Our 3rd Annual Holiday Trip to DL in November - November 22nd - 25th, 2013 Post #3416

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  1. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Not long now. :thumbsup2
     
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  3. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you Jenny.


    Just 1 day to go and I can't wait to leave tomorrow morning.

    I believe this is the first year "The View" television show is at DL. I have never seen or heard that it was set up at DL during the month of November. Hopefully the stage won't be up during my trip in which it will change my plans during the trip. Hopefully you and your family will be able to go next year during the Holiday season.


    One day to go! :cool1:
     
  4. kmedina

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    Bret --

    If you happen to check in to the Superthread at any point during your trip, and if you have time to find out, can you let me/us know if by any chance the Dreyer's peppermint ice cream (the pink stuff, not the regular green mint) has suddenly popped up at either Gibson Girl or Clarabelle's in DCA?

    As you know from my recap of last Friday, a CM at Clarabelle's told me with certainty that they do not have the peppermint ice cream this year, because Dreyer's wouldn't send them the right size container. The ice cream was also not at Gibson Girl. However, rumors trickled in that people have supposedly seen the ice cream at Clarabelle's -- just a day or two after I was there. Someone posted a photo of the ice cream from the BTR BBQ, so I am wondering if it is only available at some places in DLR this year and not others.


    I need to get to the bottom of this mystery once and for all!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

    Have a great trip!
     
  6. mvf-m11c

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    A quick update from the trip. We got here safely on Friday afternoon and we got to go to DL and DCA to see the decorations. We were able to see the Olaf atthe meet and greet atthe former tangled meet and greet area at FL. Got to see JJJ which is a little different then from last year.

    We got to go in the GCH to see the Christmas tree which is nice. We also went to the DLH and saw at the lobby at gingerbread castle. I will have more from the trip report. But you can see some of my pictures from this trip by clicking on my flickr link below.

    Here are some of them from the trip. I will catch you later during the trip report.

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    Gingerbread Casle
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    GCH Christmas tree
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  7. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Love the photos, Bret.

    Glad you got there safe and sound. Have a great time. :thumbsup2
     
  8. Sherry E

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    Bret --

    I was delighted to see your picture of that cute display at the DLH! You know that I am a seasoned DLR holiday visitor, but you showed me a holiday decoration I have never seen before! I think that the gingerbread castle display in the DLH is new this year. It was not there in 2010 or in 2011, and I am pretty sure it was not there last year either. Honestly, the DLH needs something extra in the lobby because the ceilings are not high enough to accommodate a towering tree like the ones at the GCH and the PPH. So I'm glad they put up that display.

    I don't know if you'll be able to sneak away and run across the street to the PPH, but I'm hearing that the tree in the PPH lobby has some different ornaments on it this year and I am curious to see what those are all about. I hope the decorators did not change it too much. It was so pretty in previous years.

    How about the giant gold mask hanging above New Orleans Square? What do you think of it? I don't think I really like it very much, even though it fits in with the theme of all of the other masks in NOS.


    I have a feeling I can guess your "surprise" on this trip. I have no evidence or facts...just a hunch!
     
  9. kmedina

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    Nice hearing from you, Bret. Looks like you are having a great time. Love the photos. Super excited to be following you in 11 days now!
     
  10. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you PiO. We are having a great time and now we are resting so we can watch "A Christmas Fantasy" parade and World of Color: Winter Dreams!

    Hi Sherry,

    It was neat to see the gingerbread castle in the DLH lobby. Since I had some time to rome around the DTD, I thought it would be nice to go to the DLH to see any of the Christmas decorations. I believed you are correct that the gingerbread castle in the DLH lobby is new since I haven't seen any pictures of it from the last few years. It is a nice addition to the DLH when you enter the lobby.

    I haven't gone to the PPH yet since I didn't have time yesterday to go on over to the PPH. I'll just wait to see your pictures or from someone else of the CHristmas tree at the PPH.

    The giant gold mask above NOS is nice, but I don't like it that much which I am so used to seeing the wreath above NOS during the Holiday season. It does fit the theme with the other masks around NOS but just like you I don't like it that much.

    You and everyone else will find out later when I get back from the trip.


    Hi Kim. We are having a great time and I am really looking forward to tonight since we will get to see WoC: Winter Dreams!. Thank you and glad that you enjoyed some of the pictures. I am getting excited for you and your family when you go in 11 days.

    I am resting back in the room until we head back to the parks for the parade and fireworks. Here are more pictures from the trip.

    Winter Village store
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    Jingle Cruise
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    New Christmas decorations to A Bug's Land
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    Jingle Jangle Jamboree
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    Olaf at the new meet and greet area
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    Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle
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    Viva Navidad entrance
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    Even though we didn't see WoC: Winter Dreams! during the AP preview on Friday, we were able to get tickets and a Christmas ornament that night.
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    I will post more later during the trip or when I get back tomorrow.
     
  11. PrincessInOz

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    Lovely pics.....and it looks like you're getting a freebie ornament. :thumbsup2
     
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    Brett, enjoying your pics... I leave on Tuesday. :goodvibes

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  13. kmedina

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    I am looking forward to the special screening and ornament for WoC Winter Dreams. The only pass holder magic available during our last trip was a special Thor exhibit and/or screening. We got there relatively early, but they were out of passes. Glad you got the ornament even though you are seeing the show a different night.

    I just booked the Holiday Tour to ensure we get to ride the Holiday themed rides. That is the only way Crap will allow us to wait for a parade too, so I am excited about that. The weekend was sold our, so we are touring on Xander's actual birthday.

    I want to go ice skating in DtD. It looks cool.
     
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    Stunning pictures.....i love the castle photo but I think my favorite was the oh-so-very clear (and almost edible) picture of the snacks ;) I'm already trying to add up in my head how much money I'm going to need for snacks and souvenirs!

    I think that Winter Village area looks like a fun place to spend some time. I cannot ice skate so I'll have to settle for some snacks and hot cocoa!

    I only have 2 more work days and in exactly 4 days we'll be in the air, on our way to California! I'm about to bust from excitement and don't know how my co-workers are going to be able to handle me for the next 48 hours!

    I look forward to the rest of your trip report....very curious about your Frozen ornament :) I think that will make a nice momento of WoC!
     
  15. ACDSNY

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    I'm trying to get in the holiday spirit so I'm using your castle pic for the desktop pic. You're pics are getting me excited for next year.
     
  16. franandaj

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    I hope you made it home safe and had a great trip!
     
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    Your photos are incredible. You're very talented.

    Bugsland is even cuter during the holidays.
     
  18. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you PiO. My DA and I were able to get the World of Color: Winter Dreams! ornament on Friday. I thought that we wouldn’t be able to get one of those ornaments on Friday since we came later that day. Luckily we got two of them. Unfortunately, we didn’t see WoC on Friday since we were with our group hoping to watch “Believe…In Holiday Magic” fireworks that night but it was canceled due to bad weather. But we were able to watch the fireworks on Saturday night and got to see WoC: Winter Dreams! yesterday. I will have more from the trip when I have time to upload the pictures.


    Thank you Lori. Hope you have a great time.


    We were lucky to get the ornaments when we got to the park on Friday. My DA and I could have seen the show on Friday but we decided to stay with our group and enjoy DL that night. The show looked great on Sunday.

    That is great news to hear that you and your family will be doing the Holiday tour at DL. You will love the tour.

    The Olaf Frozen Ice Rink looks a little better than last year.


    Thank you Kathy. The treats and merchandise look very nice and with all the selections, there is a lot to choose from.

    The Winter Village looks way better than last year’s. The ice rink looks nice this year with the addition of the DTD Christmas tree.

    Hope you have a great time during the Holiday season.

    I am uploading the photo of the ornament and it will be up on this post.


    Thank you Angela. It was a magical trip for me and my DA. But it was also a magical trip with the other family that we spent our time together. I’m glad that you are enjoying my pictures.


    Thank you Alison. Just got back home tonight and we had a great time.


    Thank you Jenny.

    ABL entrance looks way better this year.


    Here is the WoC Winter Dreams! ornament that we got on Friday.
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  19. PrincessInOz

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    Nice ornament. Was blue the only colour it came in?
     
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    Great pictures! I hope you had a wonderful trip. :goodvibes
     
  21. kmedina

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    I like the ornament too. Thanks for posting a picture. We are going on the last day, 12/06/13, so I just hope they have some left by then. I would have preferred red to match my tree, but I get why it is blue.
     

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