No way Jose! We are going to Disneyland! 3/13 - Movin' on Up!

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  1. Tiggerrn2

    Tiggerrn2 DIS Veteran

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    Loved the updates!!! Can't wait to read more.:goodvibes It is so much fun to see DL through 1st timers eyes again. I remember that first time-always comparing the 2. Funny thing-you just can't compare them. They are the same yet different. Sure, you can compare the rides that are alike (yet different), but the whole concept of the parks is so different. What I love about WDW is the resort areas and the ability to feel like you are in a completely different environment just by hopping to another resort. I love the Boardwalk, and the theming of everything.
    But DisneyLand is just so completely different. The hotels are nice, but they aren't "resort" areas. (well, LOL, maybe GC) But it's the coziness of it all that makes it such a great place to be. It was awesome to just wander park to park-one gets busy, you just walk across the way. And it's fun to Fastpass hop too. We gathered some from CA, then went to DL for a bit, then hopped back across. Plus I liked being able to move from land to land without the loooong walk.
    OK, so now that I've bored you with my thoughts :rolleyes1anxiously awaiting more to read!
     
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  3. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Mega updates!!!!

    I love all the pictures. I'm glad you enjoyed the corndogs. Claire is a corndog fan, but we haven't visited Casey's yet.

    I remember you posting on facebook about the other lady escaping her room too. :)

    I love how close the parks are...some day I'll see it....some day!
     
  4. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    What a fun bunch of updates! I can see I really need to get to Casey's and get some Nuggets of Deliciousness!:lmao:

    DL looks some much like WDW, but then looks so different at the same time. I was surprised to see that all 3 places are so close together. And so easy to get back to your hotel, would be nice at then end of a long day not to have to wait for buses!
     
  5. brookelizabeth

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    :rotfl2: My Mom did something similar, except she is the one who made me go on the fast ride! I was TERRIFIED!!!! I still remember that whirling ball of death at Great America! :lmao:

    How much do I owe you? :rotfl:

    Really though, your words are VERY encouraging and reassuring and will be with me the next time we are in a pool with a water slide and I make myself climb the stairs. Perhaps this will be the beginning to me enjoying the slides again! I want to like them, I remember having fun on them! And knowing you see incidents from all over the world, yet have never seen one of someone flying over the side...plus the whole fact that it's engineered....which is obvious to most, but not my irrational mind! Of course it's not just some schmo designing these slides...it's a smarty pants who knows what they are doing!

    And thanks for the tips on how to slow down! I will keep that in mind. ::yes:: I would generally be a rule breaker and start off the trip laying down, but sit up when I would start to get scared so I could slow myself down. Makes sense on why you want us laying down!

    Thanks Pat. I really appreciate it! :hug: Joe LOVES water parks, but he doesn't have fun in them anymore because he knows I'm not. Hopefully I can learn to enjoy them again!

    ::yes:: YES! Exactly!

    That moment with the lady escaping was so funny. We just shared that Mom Look. LOL

    It is sooooo nice with the parks and the hotels being so close together! We really loved that element and took advantage of it!

    :rotfl: Yes! If you've never tried the Corn Dog Nuggets it's a must do!! I prefer mine with ketchup, but many do enjoy the mustard, or even cheese sauce with them! The ones in AK, or on a buffet, don't quite compare to Casey's. They are best hot and fresh!

    It is SOOOOOOO nice to not have to wait for a bus! I cannot even explain it! It really adds an element of magic I think too, you are almost in the parks even at your hotel!
     
  6. brookelizabeth

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    Since I am not writing a PTR about our cruise, I thought I'd do a (not so) little update here to share some of the plans!

    Our first stop is in Nassau. We have gone back and forth on what to do here, and never actually signed up for anything via Disney. Last night, over dinner with Henry distracted Joe and I were finally able to finish a conversation with minimal interruption (a serious accomplishment!) and have decided to do a pool/beach day at the Hilton in Nassau. It's within walking distance from the ship, is $50/adult and Henry is free. Included are towels, beach chairs, kayaks and floats, and a $30 voucher for food (per person). It looks like a nice resort - there are resorts that look nicer, but this one isn't bad at all. Plus, since it's located downtown, it allows us to be able to really see and experience Nassau--which despite reviews, I want to do! I know we'll be heckled to buy things and it might be dirty...but in all honesty, we live in NYC, it's dirty and people constantly heckle you to buy their goods on the street. So, it might not be all that different! ;) Plus, staying downtown will allow us to visit the Pirate Museum if we decide to.

    Our next stop is Castaway Cay and it will be my birthday! :hyper::yay::hyper::yay: What a way to celebrate, right??? We are hoping to get a private cabana with Kristi's family. If Henry is willing to go into the Kids Club, Joe and I will likely take out a set of bikes and explore a bit. We also would love to try snorkeling. We are just going to play it all by ear. No solid plans, we'll do whatever we are feeling! We LOVE the beach, so we'll be more than happy even if we just sit and stare at the beautiful blue waters.

    Our third stop is Walt Disney World! :banana: We will be taking a bus at 8:15 AM to Hollywood Studios. Yes, we won't arrive until after rope drop. On a Saturday during Star Wars Weekend! We are CRAZY! :lmao: But, we definitely do not want to get up earlier than that, and we aren't going to make anything a "Must Do" at WDW, we are just going to enjoy the day. Our goals for DHS are TSM and Star Tours. We realize this might not happen. If that's the case, we'll hit up Disney Junior for Henry and maybe Rock n' Roller Coaster for us. We'll see. After a couple rides at DHS, we'll boat over to Epcot (LOVE THAT BOAT RIDE! except that it's hot if you are stuck inside!). At Epcot we'll try for Soarin', go Find Donald in Mexico, and eat lunch. And finally head over to MK via monorail and our only Must Do's are the Peoplemover and Wishes! Henry also wants Pirates. We don't have any ADRs for that day, figuring we'll enjoy our favorite Quick Service spots!

    For the cruise we recently purchased an underwater camera. I'm really looking forward to trying it out! I'm almost done with purchasing items for the Fish Extender gifts, then I just need to put it all together. Joe needs new sunglasses and I might buy myself a new pair of Crocs. Otherwise there is just a small list of To Do's!

    Time is flying by! We are SO excited to cruise and already talking about our second one!

    If you have done DCL before, what are some of your favorite Sea Day activities?

    ETA: I just realized we will be at WDW on a THURSDAY, not a Saturday. :thumbsup2 I don't know why I had thought it was a Saturday...I just looked the other day too! :confused: But, that makes DHS quite a bit more bearable! MK will be a nuthouse, but that's okay. :goodvibes
     
  7. KristiMc

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    Love your plans! I have been checking the site at least 3 times a day for a cabana opening - I so hope we are able to snag one. If not we will still have a great day on Castaway Cay. It is such a beautiful island.

    I've probably posted these on FB but my favorite at-sea day activities were:
    Anything at the spa. I had a hot stone massage
    Palo brunch - amazing
    Various tastings (I'm not a big alcohol drinker but it was a great way to try different drinks)
    Art of Entertainment cooking demos
    Guest speaker (on our cruise we had Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3. He gave a great presentation. I'm not sure if they do something like this on every cruise.
    Art of the Theme ship tour
    reading on the verandah
     
  8. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    I cracked up when I got to the bold. You earned your NY resident status !!! :rotfl2:
    I really do hope I helped. May have to go together and I can point out some of the hidden safety features to make you feel a bit better. I know it is hard when you had an incident to get over that fear. I think you can do it. :goodvibes
     
  9. merbobear

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    The cruise sounds awesome! We went to the Bahamas (on a NCL cruise) in 2007, it was beauuuuuuutiful! Seriously just amazingly beautiful. One thing that is sooo nice is that it is HOT but there is a great ocean breeze, so you never really feel overwhelmed by the heat.

    A few things about Nassau - we went to the Pirate Museum and I personally was not all that impressed. I would have rather had more time to explore than to be in a rather dark and dreary museum, however it wasn't terrible, just not my preference. We took a jitney tour around the island, which was wonderful. We got to see so many different sites, and we got out to explore a few places. We chose that over beach time, however the beaches are supposed to be amazing there, and I'm sure we would have enjoyed that.

    Downtown Nassau is nice during the day, in my opinion. Around dusk it started feeling kind of dangerous, so just keep an eye on your time, you might want to head back onboard when the sun gets close to going down (or explore mid afternoon and then spend more time at the Hilton, depending on what time you are required to be back on the ship). Be sure to visit the straw markets for souvenir shopping (but again, during the day..it was pretty dicey in there in the evening).

    We truly truly LOVED Nassau and I would love to go back some day. Just next time I will not stay out in the evening, as we were honestly pretty nervous and high tailed it back to our ship after being approached by pretty aggressive drug dealers on the street.

    OH and conch is the lifeblood of the island...you can eat it, get full (pretty polished) shells, get trinkets and sculptures carved from the shell. The shells are really pretty. And get a Kalik beer, the official beer of the Bahamas!
     
  10. Native NYer

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    I'm loving your DLR report!
    Disneyland is just so charming. Similar to the MK, but still so different.
    The corn dogs look yummy! And so does the banana.
    We're going to DLR for Christmas and your report is helping me plan!
     
  11. brookelizabeth

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    In the midst of doing laundry -- Henry was sick this morning...two washings for the comforter this AM. :worried: Just a quick reply and to edit that above I thought we were at WDW on a Saturday, but I was mistaken! It's a Thursday! :banana:

    I hope we can get it too! I've been checking whenever I'm in the system--which is quite a bit! Hopefully by getting on the wait list right away we will get it.

    Ahhhh, all excellent activities! I think you have mentioned all these too, it's helpful to see them all in a list though. :goodvibes I want to do them all! I cannot wait to sit on our verandah and stare out at the water...:cloud9:

    :rotfl2: That kind of stuff just comes right out of my mouth nowadays! I don't even think about it!

    Oooh, I would LOVE to have you show me the hidden safety features! Even just knowing there are some seriously makes me feel a million times better. I think I can get over this too, I know I can! I know it's irrational, and I am a good swimmer, and love the water. I'm actually, at this moment, with all your words fresh in my memory, looking forward to trying a slide! I think I'll re-read this all before our cruise. ::yes::
     
  12. disneyfan61

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    Just got back from our trip so I am trying to get caught up! You know what that is like.

    Love the updates. I would rather see DL pics right now as I am very depressed about just coming back from WDW.

    Aw Henry was so scared about the rides but then excited when he did it!!:cutie:

    That is too funny about that teenager riding in that cage!! I would never make mine do that. Well maybe he wanted to do it.:confused3

    Wow it looks so EASY getting to the different parks & back to your resort. That must be heaven!!

    Good luck on your apartment hunt & YES you must have a door on your bedroom!!:) It amazes me when I watch House Hunters (LOVE that show) & no doors!! Especially on the bathroom & bedrooms.:confused3 I guess that is the OPEN concept.:)

    Loving the updates!:thumbsup2

    I will hopefully start a new TR in the next few weeks. I have about 1600 pics to go through!!:eek:
     
  13. monkey30

    monkey30 Dreaming of my next vacation!

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    joining into the fun!

    Getting some great ideas for our upcoming trip. I would love to stay at one of the Disneyland resorts, but not yet.... maybe there will be some amazing discount.. YA RIGHT!
     
  14. glennbo123

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    I'm enjoying seeing and learning about Disneyland through your report Brook. Great job of trip reporting, comparing corn dogs at DL and WDW. :thumbsup2

    Your cruise plans look good. When we were in Nassau in '08, we just kind of walked around a little bit, went through the straw market and bought a couple of things and went back to the ship (Royal Caribbean, not Disney).
     
  15. DisMomAmy

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    Two great updates while I was gone! :thumbsup2 I'm really enjoying Disneyland through your eyes. I can't wait to get out there some day. How many days do you think are needed to take everything in?

    I love all of your future trip plans too. You are going to have so much fun on the cruise!! It's right around the corner!! :cool1:

    Good luck with your apartment search... I'm sure that must be very stressful, but as you said, it will all work out. I can't wait to hear where you end up. :goodvibes
     
  16. MEK

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    Glad you found a place with corndogs!!! :goodvibes

    Henry looks so cute in all his pictures! What a great age. I can see why you would want to adopt a 4 year old - its my favorite age!

    It is so cool how everything is so close and I enjoyed the walk back to your hotel. Thanks for all the great details.

    Fingers crossed that you got your FP!
     
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    Sorry Henry was feeling poorly. I hope your little man is feeling better.

    Congratulations on making such progress on your waterslide phobia! Great coaching, Dr. Pat!

    Finally: Thank you! You are helping me chip away at DH's resolve not to do Disney this year (to save up $ & time for a deluxe-everything trip). I had just told him about Starbucks coming to Disney - & somebody I know :rolleyes1 is a huge fan. Then I shared your great corn dog showdown, and that reminder of glorious Disney food opened up another crack in his defenses. For our Indian-food-loving family, it also doesn't hurt that the food court at Art of Animation will have 4 tandoor ovens! Maybe I shouldn't count my chickens just yet, but I'm already thinking another F&W trip. Just in case, I'd better get on ADRs ...
     
  18. jenseib

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    I am so jealous on how much time you are going to have on the ship. It's gonna be so fun! :cool1:
     
  19. Disneyland_Mama

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    What a great installment!

    The corn dog wagon is fabulous, right? I rarely get to eat there. :(

    I think that spot right where Alice and the Teacups meet is my favorite spot in any Disney park. Is just so whimsical and special. :goodvibes

    :lmao: at your "Is that a cat?" line. The Disneyland cats are famous. Seriously, they are all over the place. We've seen them in the shrubs near the trams on almost every visit and last weekend spied on in the bushes near Snow White's Wishing Well.
     
  20. brookelizabeth

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    I'm so happy to hear this!!! I hear so many negative things about Nassau, but I figure there HAS to be some good there! :goodvibes We will only be there during the day, back on the ship before the sun starts to set, so no worries there. I really want to walk around a bit and LOVE the idea of a jitney tour! I have a walking tour saved, but I know Henry wouldn't last too long...but a jitney would be perfect! Were they just waiting for you as you stepped off the ship? Perhaps we'll do some of that and a bit of the beach. Hmmm!

    I definitely plan to pick up a shell, maybe a smaller sized one due to our limited space. I have started collecting shells from every beach we visit!

    :yay: for Christmas at Disneyland! You'll love it!!!

    Welcome back!!!!!

    Hopping and going back to your resort at DLR is AWESOME. It's soooo easy! That is a huge benefit to Disneyland, in my opinion!

    :rotfl: about open concept! No door on the bathroom?! Noooo way! I did happen to see an episode though where there was no bathroom door on the master. Weird! No thanks! We DO have a door on that room in our current place. :lmao:

    Looking forward to your TR!

    Ya, those Disneyland Resort discounts are NOT great. They are fantastic hotels, but can be soooo expensive!

    Thanks Glenn! :goodvibes I figured I HAD to try the left coast corn dogs!!!

    I want to check out the Straw Market too, even though I hear people are really pushy--it's probably like Chinatown here! I also read the rum cakes are very good, so we might have to try for one of those.
     
  21. brookelizabeth

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    I think 3-4 days is pretty good for Disneyland. You could do 5 and make them really slow, easy days -- or if you go in a peak season you might want 4-5. We took it really pretty easy and got most everything done that we wanted to in 3. Only a few things were missed.

    4 years old has had it's ups and downs. It's definitely better than 3. :scared1::scared1: But that kid does.not.stop.talking! I know, I know, I should soak it up now because when he's a teen he won't talk to me at all, BUT! geeeeeeez! It ever ends! :rotfl: :goodvibes


    Thank you! He is feeling better! Just a 1 day stomach bug, thankfully.

    :lmao: LOVE IT!!!!!! I hope it works out! If you can book your trip starting in September you'll get free dining too! :woohoo:

    I am a tad nervous about our sea days and my tendency to get motion sick on a boat, but I bought some bonine the other day. Hopefully I just won't even notice! I am REALLY looking forward to all the ship activities though!

    It is fabulous! We had so many GREAT meals, I'm glad Disneyland has improved it's food in recent years! :thumbsup2

    I had NO idea about the Disneyland cats, but yes! Wait until you read where we saw one! :rotfl: It totally took us off guard! Gotta love feral cats. We have them here in Queens too...everywhere!
     

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