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Old 01-03-2014, 11:36 PM   #241
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Hello! I just found this TR a few days ago and am all caught up now. My best friend and I are taking our first trip to DL in May, also staying at PP in a concierge theme park view room. We're WDW vets; I'm a former CM there and he's a current CM. I really like your report-the alternating story telling is great.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:45 AM   #242
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Hello! I just found this TR a few days ago and am all caught up now. My best friend and I are taking our first trip to DL in May, also staying at PP in a concierge theme park view room. We're WDW vets; I'm a former CM there and he's a current CM. I really like your report-the alternating story telling is great.
Welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying our report! I hope you enjoy DL as much as we did
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:25 AM   #243
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I'm enjoying reading about Disneyland so much. Hopefully we will get there sometime soon.
That seemed like a pretty reasonable price for a character meal compared to the ones at WDW. Love that they ha e Meeko, he is one of my favorites.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:43 AM   #244
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I'm enjoying reading about Disneyland so much. Hopefully we will get there sometime soon.
That seemed like a pretty reasonable price for a character meal compared to the ones at WDW. Love that they ha e Meeko, he is one of my favorites.
I'm so glad you're enjoying our TR

We thought the meal was worth the price and since it was practically empty we had a lot of extra fun with the characters.

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Old 01-06-2014, 01:50 PM   #245
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So the big question What was I up to that morning?!

When we began our research on the DL hotels we found out that the Grand Californian offered a lot of fun activities and as long as you were a guest at a Disney hotel you could participate! There were a ton of activities but the two the interested me were the Yoga/Pilates hybrid class and the walking tour of California Adventure. Unfortunately the hybrid class wasn't available on days that we weren't in the park but this morning they offered the walking tour! Since we were having a relaxed day and just heading to LA we could afford the time for me to go! The best part of this is it's completely free!

When I split up with mom and dad I headed to the special entrance from the Grand Californian to California Adventure. It took a while for everyone to show up and there were about 6 people including the instructor. The purpose of the tour is for you to get a look at the park before anyone else is allowed in! It was so cool seeing California Adventure for the first time without any other guests in it!

The video I will post shows that you are supposed to sort of get a description of what your seeing and get special facts but our group ended up arguing about whether DL or WDW was better. I missed the cool facts but seeing the park was worth it.

I was the only person who hadn't been in the park before and when our walk took us to Carsland my jaw dropped! It was just gorgeous! Everyone looked at me and laughed and was excited for me.

It was a great experience and I would recommend it to everyone! The group can either choose to slow down or walk faster depending on the type of tour you're looking for. It also takes you all around the park from the Grizzly River Rapids area through the Boardwalk area through Bugs Land and through Carsland. It's an awesome experience! This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip and if I could have done it again I would have! Be sure to have good walking shoes and no cameras allowed!

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Old 01-06-2014, 04:33 PM   #246
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So the big question What was I up to that morning?!

When we began our research on the DL hotels we found out that the Grand Californian offered a lot of fun activities and as long as you were a guest at a Disney hotel you could participate! There were a ton of activities but the two the interested me were the Yoga/Pilates hybrid class and the walking tour of California Adventure. Unfortunately the hybrid class wasn't available on days that we weren't in the park but this morning they offered the walking tour! Since we were having a relaxed day and just heading to LA we could afford the time for me to go! The best part of this is it's completely free!

When I split up with mom and dad I headed to the special entrance from the Grand Californian to California Adventure. It took a while for everyone to show up and there were about 6 people including the instructor. The purpose of the tour is for you to get a look at the park before anyone else is allowed in! It was so cool seeing California Adventure for the first time without any other guests in it!

The video I will post shows that you are supposed to sort of get a description of what your seeing and get special facts but our group ended up arguing about whether DL or WDW was better. I missed the cool facts but seeing the park was worth it.

I was the only person who hadn't been in the park before and when our walk took us to Carsland my jaw dropped! It was just gorgeous! Everyone looked at me and laughed and was excited for me.

It was a great experience and I would recommend it to everyone! The group can either choose to slow down or walk faster depending on the type of tour you're looking for. It also takes you all around the park from the Grizzly River Rapids area through the Boardwalk area through Bugs Land and through Carsland. It's an awesome experience! This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip and if I could have done it again I would have! Be sure to have good walking shoes and no cameras allowed!

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I've been following your trip report for a while and I must say....this sounds amazing! I just joined a gym and will be taking a trip to DLR in May with my son and father so I'm glad to know that this is available so I can keep up with working out while I'm on vacation.
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I've been following your trip report for a while and I must say....this sounds amazing! I just joined a gym and will be taking a trip to DLR in May with my son and father so I'm glad to know that this is available so I can keep up with working out while I'm on vacation.
Thank you for reading!

It was a lot of fun! They also offer one through Downtown Disney.
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Thank you for reading!

It was a lot of fun! They also offer one through Downtown Disney.
Did you just make the reservations through the hotel? How much ahead of time did you have to make them?
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Very cool! I am TOTALLY doing that when we finally visit next year. Thanks for posting the video. I am learning so much!
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So the big question What was I up to that morning?!
That sounds pretty cool!
Too bad about the argument, but glad to hear you enjoyed it anyway.
No cameras? That seems odd.
Must've been torture for you!

I'm at work, so I can't see the vid.
I'll check it out at home, later.
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Did you just make the reservations through the hotel? How much ahead of time did you have to make them?
Yes you can either call the Grand Californian or go over and talk to their guest relations CM. I only made mine two days in advance so I think 24 hours is the max? I know it says so on the sheet you get with the times and the list of activities.

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Very cool! I am TOTALLY doing that when we finally visit next year. Thanks for posting the video. I am learning so much!
It's a lot of fun!

I watched the video before I did it so I could know more about it so I thought it would help!

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That sounds pretty cool!
Too bad about the argument, but glad to hear you enjoyed it anyway.
No cameras? That seems odd.
Must've been torture for you!

I'm at work, so I can't see the vid.
I'll check it out at home, later.
It was!

I was a bit tortured with no one there I could have gotten some great pics!
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That looks like fun! I wonder why you can't take a camera since it wasn't a behind the scenes tour?
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That looks like fun! I wonder why you can't take a camera since it wasn't a behind the scenes tour?
There is a set time for the walk to begin and end so maybe they thought it would take too long if people were stopping for pictures
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Love the details of the Storyteller restaurant!! The character interaction did look so cute!

And what a cool thing to offer...power walking pre-park opening! I would sign up for that!!
We all had a great morning!
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