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Discussion in 'Disneyland Trip Reports' started by DizNee Luver, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. 6Smiles

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    plan looks great I am soooooooo happy for you guys

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  3. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Thank You!!! We're pretty excited!!
     
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    Glad the check finally came! It took 38 weeks but I notice your countdown is now 38 days!!

    Normally I think driving is worse than flying, but for your family it sounds less stressful to do it at your own pace.

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  5. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Flying is better......normally. I was thinking we have 7 people so that would work out to: 7 carry on, at least 5 checked, 2 large car seats, 2 strollers, 2 autistic kiddos, 2 anxious kids and 3 adults trying to manuever thru the airport and baggage checks, etc. Not a fun sight and was causing me a ton of anxiety. (I only have some many hands.....lol)
     
  6. debrapagliasotti

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    I'm so glad you finally got that check from the IRS!!!!!! :cool1: I know that was a long, stressful wait!

    So happy you were able to get the rooms at PPH! Sounds amazing!

    When does DL let you book CP?

    Cant wait to hear all the fun details of your trip when you return. It will be Dec before we know it :hyper:
     
  7. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    The Candlelight Processional info is supposed to be released the first part of November. I will book as soon as I can!! I imagine **** Van Dyke will be a popular narrator!
     
  8. GoofySon'sMom

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    Laurie, I am so happy that this finally worked out for you! After the year you have had you sure deserve this trip! And yay for Derek's discount to get that awesome room!

    WDW will still be there in the future. I believe everything happens for a reason so there is a reason that it wasn't supposed to be this year. Your DL trip sounds fantastic!
     
  9. Sherry E

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    I think the **** Van Dyke CP nights will be extremely popular. He seems to be the first choice of a narrator to see for many people. I think the mobs of people standing around the whole area - both the people who are supposed to be there and the onlookers jockeying for a position from afar - will be large.

    You'll be getting a dining package so at least you will have actual seats and a good view. I have a feeling that the area set aside for AP holders who don't want dining packages will be a madhouse. The AP holders don't have to pay to view the CP, according to what I saw on the Parks Blog, but I assume they will have to register for the date/time they want and hope to get chosen (just like the other sort of lottery/sweepstakes situations that have come up for AP holders) when the info is released in the next few days. The viewing area for the AP/non-dining package folks will be in some sort of distant standing location, I'm certain - like a holding pen!:rotfl2: Fun fun fun!

    My nights are going to be the Kurt Russell nights. I assume those will be a madhouse too because those are the very first nights the CP will be available to the public and many AP holders will opt for the free viewing, as well as the fact that Kurt has a Disney background. I'm going to try to get into the CP on the first available night - December 3rd - as soon as the Blog tells us how to sign up for it. I have a feeling I will regret this decision later - I envision that I will be standing there, far away from the stage, smooshed in with the other AP holders.

    Even though your viewing situation for the CP will be much different (and better) than mine, at least I can let you know how much of a madhouse the whole Town Square/Main Street area is when the CP takes place so you'll know what to expect!

    :santa::santa::santa:


    On another note... You're skipping Mrs. Knott's chicken dinner, too? I didn't see it when I looked at your new plan last night.

    I had a thought about your updated itinerary. You know, Hollywood is not far at all from Third Street/The Grove. Hollywood Blvd. is too far for me to walk and get there in 15 minutes, but by car it is not far at all. Here's how it works:

    The Grove/Farmers Market are located at Third Street and Fairfax. Heading north up Fairfax from there, the next major streets one would pass are (in this order) Beverly, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sunset Blvd. and...Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood Blvd. runs parallel to Third Street, so all you'd really need to do is turn onto Fairfax from Hollywood and drive down to Third Street - and there you'd be! It's pretty close.

    Anyway, I brought that up just in case you decide to leave your dinner options open after Madame Tussaud's. You could possibly drive down to The Grove, have dinner, see the snowfall and beautiful tree (a good way to get everyone excited for Disney's snow and trees!) and try a Sprinkles Cupcake! And then I could come and meet you all too!

    Right now, assuming that my booked (and paid for) PPH dates remain the same, I'd be back home on 12/5. So I'd be home at least a couple of days before you got down to this area. It's unlikely I will change my dates to one week later...but if I DID suddenly switch my reservation to one week later, then I'd be checking into the PPH on the same day you're checking in!:rotfl2:

    So, it's more food for thought...just in case it can be worked out.
     
  10. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Thanx Vicki!! Thank goodness for Derek's discount....made for a better deal than even the good neighbor motels!!

    Mike and I are hoping to shoot for WDW for our 30th Anniversary March of 2014......but we will see if it's in the cards or not.

    I had planned on that Weds for the CP and then they announced the narrators and I almost passed out when I saw it was **** Van Dyke!! I sure hope we're able to secure the dining package for seats. I also imagine this won't be cheap...... :rolleyes1 Oh well!!

    Mrs Knott's bit the dust too......but there is some talk of canceling our plans on the last Saturday we're there since Derek will be leaving in the morning. We're thinking of leaving it open and we could possibly hit it up for lunch (that is if it's open for lunch). I think the zoo is gonna drop off the "to do" list too. We might drive to a beach or just chillax for the day before heading home.........who knows.

    Is the Farmer's Market open on Sunday mornings?? Derek's flight doesn't come in until almost 1pm so we might be able to hit it before heading to Anaheim.

    YES YES YES......move your trip one week later!!! :worship: It would be awesome!!!! :hyper: :rotfl2:
     
  11. Sherry E

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    I'm guessing that what might happen is that Disney will offer free viewing/standing to those who have AP's but who don't want a dining package. Then they will probably offer dining packages to AP holders at a 'discount.' And then there will probably be dining packages with no discount of any kind - that the non-AP public can buy.

    If Disney charges a realllllly crazy amount for a dining package (either an AP package or otherwise), fewer folks will be inclined to buy them. There are not a whole lot of actual seats available for this thing, so I think you're right that the packages will not be cheap. They have to keep them limited. As long as the CP is being held in Town Square, the seating is very limited.

    When people see what we expect will be the crazy CP dining package prices, they will likely try to get in on the free AP viewing like I am doing. But that will also be limited, because there just are not too many places to stand without creating a nightmare. I don't want to stand way back on Main Street, behind thousands of people, to see the CP - I could do that without an AP!

    So...it will be very interesting to see how this all pans out!:rotfl2: It may be interesting in a good way...or interesting in a not-so-good way!

    Yes, Farmers Market is open on Sunday mornings. Du-Pars is a popular place to eat breakfast (and pie)! The Grove may or may not open at the same time, or an hour later (hours are often extended during the holiday season).

    By the way, there was some sort of shooting near Hollywood/Highland last night - I don't know the details but I got an ABC news alert that said that 3 people were shot.

    I may or may not keep my existing PPH dates - if I find out that my "friend" who messed everything up at DLR last year is back at DLR during my dates, I will be trying to switch to your week!:rotfl2: If I find out that she is scheduled to arrive the following week (when you guys will be there), I'll keep my existing dates!:rotfl2:
     
  12. DizNee Luver

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    I sure hope they release that info.....it's driving me crazy (which doesn't take much......) :rotfl2: I just want to move forward with plans and that's the only big thing not figured out yet. If the prices are too high (since I'm paying for 8 maybe 9 people)......we'll just skip it. I hate the idea of missing seeing **** Van Dyke......but I'm not a millionaire and I do have limits. I'm actually sad they're doing it every night......I just feel this is going to really impact the parks and the usual evening festivities I so wanted to share with my family!

    Oh, I can totally understand going when your "friend" isn't.......:rotfl: Hopefully she goes the first week of Dec......... :laughing:
     
  13. sierranevada

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    Laurie - just realized we will be there at the same time. Didn't really click until I went on the "who's going in Dec" thread to post my dates - just booked a few days ago. Will be there 12/9 - 12/11 with my sister at DLH concierge. Just a quick trip to see the holiday decorations because I miss them!
     
  14. DizNee Luver

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    Awesome!! Maybe we can meet up at the tiki bar (by Tangaroa Terrace) for a drink!!
     
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    Sounds like a plan!
     
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    Sorry your trip had to be changed to DL. We are still heading East to WDW at the same time. But DH thought it could be fun to go to DL in March! So we might be doing both parks 4 months apart. :worship: Love that man! :lmao:

    Looking forward to reading your PTR!
     
  17. DizNee Luver

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    I'm glad you're still going!! I was disappointed when we had to cancel, but to be honest with you.......I think I'm more excited going to DL since this is a place we all know well. There's a comfort level going there with the twins. I still want to go to WDW......but the timing just didn't feel right this year.

    Yay for going to DL in March!!! I'll be going at the end of February into the first few days of March with the Dis Divas. :woohoo:
     
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    I have been (impatiently) waiting for the dining pkg announcements and wondering how we will be able to book them (through dining, etc.) and then on the blog some guy posted that they are cancelling them, which threw me into a tizzy, but I talked to a rep this morning who said they just haven't offered them yet, and that they will be offered via dining when available! I'm not sure this will happen at all, especially if the price is outrageous, but we'll see. Most importantly, we will be at Disney, regardless!

    Good for you going with the Dis Divas again in Feb! Wish I could be there, my TA is having their annual seminar again around that time, but with me taking time off work to go this month/Dec, it won't be happening :( I look forward to the day when my husband and I are tooling around in our home on wheels during the retirement years, camping out at Fort Wilderness and leisurely heading to the parks with our AP's!!
     
  19. DizNee Luver

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    The more I thought about the dining package, the more I figured the price would be too high for our large family. The WoC dining runs around $40/adult......I can't do that with 9 of us!!:scared1: (especially when one of them won't be eating). So I wish they'd release the info, but I'm afraid we won't be able to do it. :sad:

    I wasn't supposed to go in Feb. but Nick (my oldest) had mentioned it was "his turn" to go and Mike said, "Why not?". So that's how that happened. Of course it will be depending on my inheritance getting here so I can treat Nick and his fiance Marie. So hopefully it will get her in time to commit to the trip. (I may even have a tax refund in time) With the price of Disney trips, I have to get these refunds and inheritance's to be able to go. :worried:
     
  20. Sherry E

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    I never even saw anything in a blog about cancelling the CP dining packages (which Kelly mentioned above). Where was that posted?

    I can see how the CP dining packages would have to be very limited - and, thus, probably even more expensive than a World of Color dining package. The seats are just not plentiful enough. If I recall - and I could be wrong - when the CP dining packages were sold in the old, old days, I think the package prices were something like $60+ each. Again, I could be wrong on that but that figure seems to stick out in my mind.

    It's the free AP viewing that will probably attract the bulk of people. And now we are at November 5th, with the first 'available-to-the-public' CP being on December 3rd...and yet, as far as I've seen, we still don't even know how the AP viewing is going to be set up! Have I missed something?

    Will the AP viewing be limited to a certain number of people? Is it going to be a lottery sort of situation? Can the AP holders sign up for more than one CP if they want to see more than one CP, or is it one sign-up/CP per person? Are the AP people going to actually have a general area reserved just for AP holders to stand in, or will it be a free-for-all, with every man and woman for himself/herself, trying to jockey for positions in Town Square?

    How is it possible that Disney/TDA could not yet have all of this sorted out?
     
  21. DizNee Luver

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    I don't think they have a clue how they're handling this.......they should have tested the waters offering this on select dates in December but not nightly. I foresee a real nightmare!! :sad2: And the more popular the celebrity, the worse it will be!

    I was thinking they'd go with the 30 day out policy, but we're past the 30 day mark for the 3rd & 4th and at the mark for the 5th.........so there goes that logic. I think we'll tackle DL a couple of the nights to see the fireworks, but evenings most likely will be over in DCA.
     

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