A Naive Aussie's TR - Completed!

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    Next up, we got lost in Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. This was a lot of fun, but it was a bit crowded – we didn’t even bother to go up in the queen’s castle because it was too hard to get up there through the crowd. I liked how it exited into the teacups area too, it was great theming!

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    For a comparison, these are some of the areas I took photos of the previous day when they were covered in snow.

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    We thought the line for IASW looked a little long, so we made our way around the side of Fantasyland, and came out at the castle and AP office. We passed Pizzeria Bella Notte, another restaurant which was closed while we were there.

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    I really liked the Discoveryland theming with the shards of rock.

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    By the time we entered Discoveryland, it was nearly at the time where we could get another fastpass, and we planned to get one for Buzz. We thought about riding Space Mountain again, but the wait time was 20 minutes and we had to use our BTM fastpasses in the next half an hour. Instead we just took in the surroundings and I took a couple of photos.

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    Once we had our Buzz fastpasses, we hightailed it back to Frontierland for BTM. I made time for another photo of the beautiful castle on the way through.

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    Dad enjoyed his first taste of fastpass. He got a bit of a kick out of passing everyone in the regular line. They even had a mine train going just for fastpass passengers! He thought the ride was fun, but he wouldn’t bother going to too much trouble to ride it again – it didn’t have enough thrill factor for him. I have to admit it was a bit tame after Space Mountain, but I do enjoy the theming of BTM.

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    After BTM we were at a bit of a loose end, so I suggested we see if the dragon was available today. Turns out she was, and we entered her lair just as she was waking up!

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    We got a bit lost in there as it was so dark, and I wasn’t expecting there to be so many paths! We eventually found our way out, and ended up at the back of the castle. I thought then it might be fun to do Space Mountain again, and thought we’d go the back way through Fantasyland to Discoveryland.

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    It turned out that they’d blocked off direct access from Fantasyland to Discoveryland, perhaps for parade preparations? Anyway, we were forced to go via the castle again. While we were passing, we thought this area (where I got the photo from) might be good to come back to and watch the parade.

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    We continued on to Discoveryland, and organised to meeting time and place for Mum, then went off to Space Mountain. It was just as much fun the second time around!

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    On the way back to meet Mum I took another couple of photos around the area.

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    We met Mum and made our way back to our parade spot. There was still about half an hour until the parade, so I suggested it might be nice to go and get some hot beverages to have while we waited. Dad volunteered to mind the spot, so Mum and I went off to the ice-cream place which seemed to be the closest place to get hot beverages. Looking back, we should have just left when we saw the line, but we really didn’t think it would take that long to get through. 20 minutes later we were looking at our watches wondering if we should just ditch the coffees and get back to the spot, but we decided to wait it out, and ended up getting waffles too. When we finally emerged, it was a lot more crowded than when we’d gone in, and we rushed back to Dad. He told us off for taking so long and making him keep our spot. There was no time to have our coffees or waffles before the parade, so we had to hold them. In the meantime, there was a little kid who Dad let in front of us, and even held up so she could see over the fence when the parade came – he’s getting soft! Two other little kids squeezed themselves in rudely and knocked over Dad’s coffee. Their parents didn’t say a thing.

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    When the parade finished, it was almost time for our Buzz fastpass return, so we made our way back to Discoveryland. We had a look at one of the shops to fill in a few minutes.

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    It was finally time for our fastpass return, so we went to join the line for Buzz. Mum was getting nervous, but I told her it was no worse than Phantom Manor, plus you get to shoot things! She enjoyed it in the end.

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    While we were still in Discoveryland, we thought we may as well explore the Nautilus. As we entered, Mum freaked out and asked what this ride was like – we’d forgotten to explain to her that it was just a walk-through. The CM explained it to her and we continued on our way.

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    Dad and I decided that we wanted to do Star Tours next, so we organised a meeting place and time with Mum again and set off. The wait time was 20 minutes, but they were looking for a group of 2 to fill a ship, so it was probably only 15 minutes in the end. This was the ride that made me feel the most sick for the whole week – I don’t do very well with simulators! It was fun though.

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    Since we hadn’t taken as long as we thought we would, Dad wanted to take the opportunity to get a coffee. I wanted to take some night time photos of the park, so we split up too, and would all meet when we it was time to meet up with Mum. I only had about 15 minutes, so just stuck with Discoveryland and Main Street.

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    We all met as planned, and staked out a good spot for Dreams. We stood right behind one of the garden beds in the hub. It was a great spot as we were far away enough to get the full effect of the show, but no one could stand right in front of us. The people on the other side of the garden bed were far enough away not to bother us. However, we did wait for an hour to get this spot, and had all just about frozen solid by the time the show started lol! We all agreed that it was worth it though, Dreams is spectacular!

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    After Dreams finished, we filed out with what seemed like most of France lol! And made our way to the bus stop. Turned out we needn’t have rushed, because the first bus back wasn’t until 9pm. We had to wait at the bus stop for about 20 minutes! But eventually it arrived and we all managed to fit on board. Most people got out at the Adagio apartments stop, so the last part of the journey was comfortable.

    We went straight to our little Italian restaurant in the shopping centre for some dinner, knowing that as soon as we got to our room we’d collapse into heaps and not feel like going out again. Then we finally made it back to our room, and did collapse into heaps, knowing that we were planning to get to the park early the next day.

    If you've stuck with me, congratulations! I applaud your patience and/or enthusiasm for DLP!
     
  6. Travel Mum

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    Another great update thanks! :cool1: Gosh some of the ride queues seemed long. I'm a total novice when it comes to DLP so why did you get annual passes? Are you planning to go back within a year? :confused3
     
  7. zanzibar138

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    I wish :lmao:

    The APs we got (we weren't there on any block-out days, so we could get the cheaper ones) actually worked out cheaper than 3 day tickets. Since we were there for 5 days - it was a no-brainer! Especially taking into the account the food and merchandise discounts, and perks like EMH.

    I was very surprised by the crowds and wait times, as I had been under the impression that it was a quiet time of year to go, so not sure what happened there :confused3 It kind of threw me to be honest :scared1:
     
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    We were up relatively early this morning, to take advantage of what we could of EMH. The weather forecast described it as ‘dreary’, and we supposed that meant grey and cold with a fine mist in the air which made it damp. The first shuttle bus didn’t leave until 8:45am, and Dad had something against the idea of catching the train, even though one of the reasons I chose the hotel was because it was so close to the train station! Anyway, I’d heard that the park was practically deserted during EMH, so I thought we’d still get some benefit from turning up after it had started. We didn’t even have breakfast this morning, basically just got up and dressed and went down to the bus stop.

    There was a bit of a crowd heading towards the park, and to me it seemed like basically everyone had access to EMH! I felt the same way in the US too. There was no line at the turnstiles, and we were in by about 9am. I headed straight for Peter Pan, hoping there was a reasonable line. The wait time there was 40 minutes. So then we checked out IASW – wasn’t operating. Next we tried Buzz, and that was 45 minutes. So we decided to go back to Peter Pan and just wait it out. Feeling a bit deflated that we hadn’t really achieved anything by getting in early, we joined the end of the line, which had probably increased by another 5 minutes by the time we got back.

    I have always refused to wait more than half an hour for anything (and that goes for parades and shows as well), so this visit was a bit of an eye-opener. Unfortunately the fastpass machines for Peter Pan weren’t operational while we were there, so there wasn’t much choice but to just wait it out. Turned out that the time passed fairly quickly, and soon we were getting into our ship. Mum thought it was great!

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    The next part of the plan was to get to the Studios for opening and beat the line for Crush’s Coaster. By that time we were running late for that too, so we didn’t rush so much. I took the opportunity to check out the castle from the back. I liked how it had a Merlin-esque section (the brown wooden bit and the Archimedes statues).

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    This was the only time on the whole trip I saw any Main Street vehicles. Mum and I were pleased to see that the horse had a quarter sheet on to keep him warm. We thought he was very cute!

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    We had decided that we might try to get to Walt’s for lunch today, so I thought we’d better drop by on our way out and make a booking. They had one spot left at 2pm, so we pounced on that one! We also stopped by DLH on the way out to enquire about their afternoon teas. We were told that they don’t do them anymore, but we were welcome to come and have afternoon tea at the café anytime. It was nice to see the inside of the hotel anyway.

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    So next it was off to the Studios. There was no line at the turnstiles, and after we struggled through Studio 1 (which is really an inefficient design for dealing with crowds!) we headed straight for Crush’s Coaster. Unfortunately it looked like we’d well and truly missed our opportunity as the wait time was already up to 85 minutes. Dad said if I wanted to do it, then we may as well do it anyway since it probably wouldn’t be any better the rest of the time we were there. We decided to go and have some breakfast first though, since we figured it wouldn’t get any worse.

    We headed back to Studio 1 and got croissants and hot beverages all round!

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    When we’d finished we organised a meeting time and place with Mum again, and Dad and I prepared ourselves for the long wait ahead. We thought we may as well pick up some fastpasses that would just about be ready to use by the time we were done, so visited TOT on the way through.

    When we got back to Crush’s Coaster, the line had actually died down a little bit, so we were pleased we’d decided to have breakfast first. The queue was long and pretty boring. I could really tell that this was a budget park. And we wondered if they’d ever considered putting in some outdoor heating for the guests lining up lol! I had some guy behind me who had NO regard for personal space at all and kept running into me with his backpack. Fortunately though, once we got inside the line went very quickly as they were only letting in so many people at once.

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    We both decided that it was worth it in the end. The ride was great fun, and we both got a real surprise when the rollercoaster part started! It’s so hard to describe, we hadn’t really been able to figure out exactly what we were up for. It also helped that the wait time was actually under an hour, as opposed to the 85 minutes it had specified. We ran into Mum at the exit, who had done some shopping then come over to see if she could see us on the ride. Turns out she had, but we were too busy talking to notice here lol!

    We decided that we had time for more hot beverages before using our TOT fastpasses, and headed to the nearest coffee van.

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    We found some tables and chairs to use, and Mum opened the lolly stash she’d just bought. We ended up having some chewy lollies and chocolate coins to accompany our beverages.

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    Then Dad and I headed to the tall ominous building. Mum just waited for us this time since we had fastpasses. We practically walked straight into the pre-show. This is a ride that absolutely terrifies me. To be honest, I’m not sure why I even put myself through going on it lol! But I can’t deny that it is fun in a very thrilling kind of way. As usual, I let out some very genuine screams, and held on for dear life! Dad enjoyed it, especially the way the CMs all got into character.

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    Turns out Mum had decided to take a look in the shop while we were riding, so we saw her when we exited. We laughed at our photo, in which my eyes were firmly closed, then did a bit of shopping ourselves. Mum and Dad both bought scarves, and I bought a TNBC plush mini top hat for my friend. She loves both TNBC and mini top hats, so I thought I couldn’t go too wrong there, plus they were on special! I took a few more pics on the way out, and managed to stop shaking long enough to not make them blurry.

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    We wandered over to Rock N Roller Coaster with the idea of lining up if it wasn’t too long a wait, or perhaps getting fastpasses. As would be the theme for the trip, it was down with a technical error. We had about an hour until our lunch, so we thought we would just wander leisurely back to Disneyland and stop at what we liked on the way through. We looked at some more shops on the way out (I swear I hate shopping when it’s not Disney lol!), and I took some photos.

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    I couldn’t help stopping for a photo of this hippo ballerina on the way back through to Disneyland – so cute!

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    We still had time, so we went to have another close up look at the castle.

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    Just as we were making our way back to Walt’s for our reservation, we saw the 20th anniversary character train coming. We waited outside until it had passed to wave and take photos.

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    Then we went inside to check in. We were taken straight upstairs and seated next to a window overlooking the little laneway off Main Street. We all loved the atmosphere.

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    I convinced Mum that we both needed to get light-up cocktails. Apparently it’s not as big in Europe as it is in the US. We ordered the drinks and they came with no light. When I mentioned it to the CM, she said she would bring the lights out later! She brought them out then and just gave them to us. When we put them in our cocktails she looked at us like we’d just grown 3 extra heads each lol!

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    Mum and I both ordered the spice crusted fish for mains. It came on a bed of baby spinach leaves with maple glazed veggies. Those veggies sure were sweet! But the fish was very nice. Dad ordered a steak which he said was very nice as well.

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    The CM had wanted to take our order for desserts when she took our order for mains. We were a bit surprised and hadn’t really decided yet. Usually we wait to see if we have room after mains! But we bit the bullet and ordered dessert platters. Turns out I could fit it in (even though I probably didn’t need to…) and it was all very yummy!

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    Our plan had been to head back to the hotel after lunch and hit the shops across the road. Mum was just dying to have a proper look! So once we’d finished our lovely lunches and desserts, we said goodbye to Disneyland for the day and headed back out towards the bus stop.

    Mum got distracted on the way by the World of Disney store.

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    We really had to go then to get the next bus, so she said she would make it her mission to come back one day before we left and have a proper look.

    When we got back to the hotel, I went and dropped our bags off up at the room while Mum and Dad went across to the train station to try and organise their tickets for their next destination. Turns out they didn’t have much luck there and would have to try at the DLP train station.

    Once we all met up again we headed across the road to the shops. I was on the lookout for a pair of boots and some gloves, and didn’t really find what I was looking for. I did end up buying a pair of gloves at the sports store though, which took longer than any line at Disneyland lol! We found the outlet centre, which unfortunately was still pretty much out of our price range. Dad bailed at this stage and went back to the hotel for a Guiness.

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    Mum did eventually find a coat which was sufficiently marked down to actually be on the expensive side of normal pricing. She had been pretty set on getting a coat, so she bit the bullet and got that one. Not sure how much use she’ll get out of it in Perth, but she might be able to bring it to Melbourne when she visits me!

    On the way back to the hotel we picked up a tray of macaroons, and some wine from the supermarket. We met Dad in the room and, since none of us was particularly hungry after our big lunch, we just snacked on chocolate, lollies, chips and macaroons for dinner.
     
  10. PrincessInOz

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    Fantastic updates. I love the dragon in the castle and there are lots of areas at DLP that are different.

    Someday.....I need to make a trip to the Continent again.

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    Great updates. Love your snow white photos of DLP. What time did it get dark?
     
  12. zanzibar138

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    DLP was quite different, interesting and beautiful. Especially in the now :rotfl:

    Thanks Minniemum :goodvibes I was actually surprised by how late it stayed light. It seemed to start getting dark early, but the sun took a long time to actually disappear. It didn't get really dark until around 6:30pm.
     
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    We had decided that today would be the day we’d go and see some of the shows. Dad was especially keen on the car stunt show. We didn’t bother to get up at a specific time, just at our leisure, and got ready. We went across to Paul’s at the shopping centre for breakfast. The weather was grey and dreary again.

    When we got to DLP, Mum and Dad needed to visit the train station first to organise their further travels. They went from one desk to another and finally ended up with the tickets they needed, so we continued on to the Studios.

    I had planned a bit of a show schedule over breakfast, starting off with a showing of Cinemagique at about 11:30am. Having had a bit of a hold-up at the train station, we only just made it, and got seats on the side but in the middle rows. There was nothing wrong with the view from there. We all thought the show was great and very clever.

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    After that we had a bit of a break in the schedule until the parade, and we had a choice of Rock N Roller Coaster or Armageddon to fill in the time. Although Dad and I would have loved to go on RNR, we chose Armageddon because it was something Mum could do too, and picked up fastpasses for RNR. We would later regret this decision lol! It seemed a bit disorganised and we weren’t quite sure what we were supposed to be doing or what it was really supposed to be. Still, it was nice to do something as a family.

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    When we came out of Armageddon, the plan was to watch the parade from that area, and then head into the car stunt show for the 2:15pm session. I took a photo of Rock N Roller Coaster while we were waiting for the parade.

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    The parade came from the other direction to what we expected. At first we thought it was running late! But then we heard a few sounds coming from the other direction. We got front row positions about 15 minutes before the parade started.

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    After the parade finished we (and what seemed like a few hundred other people with the same idea as us) moved swiftly towards the stunt show. We got seats towards the side but in the middle rows again. Being in the middle would have been better for this show, but the view wasn’t too bad from where we were sitting. Dad saw that the show went for 45 minutes, and I wondered if that would be too long to watch a bunch of cars driving around, but it went quite quickly in the end (although there did seem to be a lot of unnecessary chatter). I quickly realised that I would have to set my camera to sports mode! Still, the show was unpredictable and I didn’t manage to get many decent photos. Here’s a selection of them anyway.

    First of all a lone motorcyclist came out to entertain us with some tricks.

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    Then the cars came out to perform a bit of a chase scene.

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    After that there was a bit of a cameo appearance from Lightning McQueen and Mater.

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    Then some more car stunts.

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    Followed by another chase involving cars and motorbikes.

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    Then there was the audience participation (with the lady who had been picked out at the beginning of the show). I won’t give too much away here.

    After that was the grand finale where they showed a film clip featuring some edited scenes that we’d just seen, all put together as part of a movie, finished with a surprise action scene at the end.

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    As I mentioned earlier, the 45 minutes went very quickly – I had no idea that was the end already and was not prepared with my camera lol! It had been an entertaining and informative show.

    We all filed out towards the exit. The exit was behind the sets used for the show, which I thought was a bit cool. The entry had also featured what appeared to be a working garage where they were fixing some of the vehicles used in the show.

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    According to my schedule, we would have time for a quick lunch, use our RNR fastpasses, then make it to the next showing of Animagique. That theory quickly went by the wayside when it took us 20 minutes to order food at Studio 1. It seemed to be the only CS place open in the Studios, and was very busy! We decided then that we would aim for a later showing of Animagique, which would give us plenty of time to do RNR.

    Dad got a chicken burger for lunch, which he enjoyed. Mum and I shared some chicken nuggets and fries, which were actually very nice! We’d also bought a double Mickey cake and a brownie to share for dessert. Mum and I didn’t really like the light Mickey cake, but enjoyed the chocolate one. I was too full to have any brownie. We sat in the upstairs section which had a bit more room.

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    When we were finished, we arranged to meet Mum out the front of Animagique in time for the show, then Dad and I made our way to RNR. Unfortunately it was down with a technical problem again. We decided to take the opportunity to wander around the rest of the park.

    Over near Crush’s Coaster I saw Goofy, and thought I would take advantage of the very short line. Dad rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed to take photos.

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    We checked out Toy Story Land, which I liked a lot better than its HK counterpart. It seemed more orderly and well themed. I especially liked the stringed lights at the entrance.

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    When we were finished in Toy Story Land we walked back past the TOT. The gardens even looked ominous in winter with all the bare branches.

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    By then it was time to make our way around to Animagique, taking our time to take in all the details and of course, take some photos.

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    We found Mum in front of the building as planned. She had taken the opportunity to do some more shopping. We were about 10 minutes early, but we decided we may as well go in and sit down in the warm. Next time I will remember that the Animagique song plays over and over again, punctuated with annoying noises, and maybe wait outside until the last minute lol! On the plus side, we got excellent seats right in the middle.

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    The show was cute and happy. Everyone was bopping and clapping along to the songs. I was constantly expecting villains to take over at some point and for Mickey to have to rescue Donald, but it was just kept as a very light-hearted show with just song and dance numbers. We all enjoyed it anyway, even Dad, who had spent the first week of the trip telling me that he wasn’t keen on spending all our time watching people in costumes dance around. I did try to tell him that Disney put on a good show – think he believes me now.

    That was really it for the shows, and we decided to spend some time checking out Disney Village, since Mum had been so desperate to go shopping there. On our way out we got some photos of the park entry.

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    We decided to wander to the end of Disney Village and see what was there first, and do the shopping on the way back.

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    When we got to the end, we could see the hotels when we got to the end. Dad and I had talked about doing the ice-skating at the Hotel NY, so we decided to check it out while we were so close. When we got there though, we realised it wasn’t actually ice which was a bit disappointing. We can go roller-blading any time, so we decided not to bother with that one.

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    Next stop, shopping! The first place we came to was a toy store, so we didn’t bother going in there. Next up was a clothes shop, so we raced in and started looking around. These were more dressy clothes than just t-shirts and stuff, and Mum and I both found a good variety of items to try on. The changing room was massive and Mum and I both fit easily, with plenty of room for manoeuvring! I tried on a few tops I liked, and thought I might get a couple. In the end though I went with a jacket which was quite expensive and a bit of a splurge, so I only allowed myself one top. Mum bought a couple of things too.

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    Before we went any further, Dad wondered what we were going to do for dinner. We were aiming to catch the bus back to the hotel before Disneyland closed, so he suggested it might be good to do dinner first, and then continue to shop until it was time to go. We didn’t feel like anything too big and meaty, like steaks or anything, so we ended up trying the Rainforest Café.

    I haven’t been to one in the US before (although I had wanted to try it). I assume they all have a similar décor. This one had a big aquarium at the entrance.

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    We were seated in a section off to the side, under what appeared to be a giant mushroom.

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    Mum and I weren’t that hungry, so we had one of the shared appetizers as a main meal. It had garlic bread, chicken wings, sweet potato fries, quesadillas, and fried camembert. It was nice just to nibble on. Dad had the chilli con carne, which was quite a big serving, but tasty apparently. I had a cocktail with my meal which was yummy! We were able to fit desserts in. Dad had a crème brulee, and Mum and I went with meringues with raspberry sorbet. They were very yummy and nice and light. I described it like eating sugary air lol! Unfortunately I didn’t take any food porn, but we all really enjoyed the whole experience.

    By the time we’d finished dinner, we didn’t have that much time before the bus we were planning to catch. We had about 10 minutes to wander into a shop, so I chose the collectables type store and managed not to drool on anything. I was pretty tempted to take half the shop home with me, if only I could fit it in my suitcase lol!

    Then it was time to go. It was a pleasant bus ride, not being so crowded since Disneyland hadn’t closed yet. When we got off we went straight up to our room and had a nice early night.
     
  16. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Another great day. Seems like you caught most shows there. Was that the first time you were eating at Rainforest Cafe?
     
  17. zanzibar138

    zanzibar138 DIS Veteran

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    Yeah I think we pretty much caught all the shows. And yep first time at the Rainforest Cafe.
     
  18. Minniemum

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    Did you get another chance to ride RnR during your stay?
     
  19. zanzibar138

    zanzibar138 DIS Veteran

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    No unfortunately that was it for us - it was out of action every other time we thought we might :rolleyes2

    ETA - sorry got confused, I'm currently doing the prep for the next day's TR :lmao: Spoiler alert... Yes, we did finally get a chance to ride it the next morning :thumbsup2
     
  20. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Hi!
    Subbing in! We just started talking about going to DLP maybe in 2015, so I started to cheeck out the boards over here. I reconized you from PIO's TR!

    I'll be back to read more later!
     
  21. zanzibar138

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    DLP

    We were hoping that we might see a patch of sun again before we left DLP. Alas, it was not meant to be, and we woke up to another grey and dreary morning. Being our last day, we just got up and went directly to DLP. We stopped at Starbucks at Disney Village on the way through for light breakfasts and coffees.

    The plan for the day was to do attractions we’d missed and re-do our favourites, so after breakfast we headed straight to the Studios to see if Rock N Roller Coaster was actually working. We were in luck! Not only was it working, the wait time was only 15 minutes! So after making arrangements to meet up with Mum afterwards, we hastily joined the line and finally experienced RNR!

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    While we were in the Studios, we also wanted to re-do Crush’s Coaster, so made our way over there next. The wait was about an hour this time, and we were entertained in the first part of the line by watching the magic carpets.

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    Soon enough we were spinning around in the darkness again and loving it!

    We found Mum and said our goodbyes to Walt Disney Studios. Next up, Disneyland. On the way we came across these plaques in the ground with information about the other Disney parks. I thought it would be fitting to have a photo with the Hong Kong one since that was my next destination!

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    In Disneyland, our first stop was Indiana Jones. On the way I took a couple of detail photos.

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    We were thrilled to see a wait time of only 15 minutes! Mum was happy to browse in the nearby shop while we did the ride, so we got in line. The line was very well themed, and I even found a hidden Mickey!

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    The ride was fun, but I was glad we hadn’t bothered to line for 45 minutes for it the other day. You couldn’t really see the loop from the queue, and it was a nice surprise for Dad.

    Next we decided to see whether the Molly Brown was up and running yet. On our way we noticed that the wait time for BTM was only 15 minutes! Dad wasn’t that keen on doing it again though. Unfortunately Molly Brown was still under the weather. Mum was disappointed. To help make up for the disappointment, I asked Mum if she would like to have another go on Phantom Manor. She was up for it and the wait time was only 5 minutes, so we were off. Dad wasn’t a fan, but he came on with us anyway.

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    The next plan was to head off to Fantasyland and ride IASW. Along the way we checked out the lines for Peter Pan and Pinocchio, and decided to skip both.

    Continued in next post...
     

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