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

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  1. kmedina

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    I must not be a fan of it either, because I cannot even remember it. I do remember seeing Electronica but never stopped to check it out.

    That's awesome. I did not even know what that was, so I googled it. As soon as I read CA and AZ residents only, I stopped reading. I am excited for you too.
     
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  3. mvf-m11c

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    I understand that some people like to go to club and party at night, but for a place like the Disneyland Resort does not make sense when Glow Fest started in 2010 and then it was changed to Electronica and now this summer will be Mad T Party. Even though those are popular events for the adults, it is not for the young kids. This reminds me of Pleasure Island for the adults at WDW which is for the adults.

    What kind of preview that you and Fran will be attending on the 9th? I am excited to see that you will be there on the opening day of Cars Land. Are you and Fran going to be out in the line on Thursday night? If I don't get to see the sneak peek on Monday the 11th, I will be looking forward to see you and Fran that night.


    It only lasted just for the summer of 2010 until Electronica took over as the nighttime event at DCA in October 2010. Electronica has run that long till last month and all of a sudden a new nighttime event will take it's place.

    Thank you Kim.
     
  4. tksbaskets

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    I agree Bret that DL and DCA are not the place to put in a 'adult club' My family pretty much avoided the backstage area when the Electronica time started. The corner back by the bathrooms tuned into a place for drinking and dancing. Not that we saw anyone particularly out of control, it just isn't what we go to Disney for.

    At WDW we never partook of any of the Pleasure Island establishments either.

    We will have to see what the Mad Hatter's Tea Party is like.
     
  5. kmedina

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    I just saw a clip for Modern Family's Disney episode on Facebook. I've never seen the show before. The clip was of two Dads with their daughter on a leash. It was hilarious. They were being judged by a guy wearing socks with his sandals, so one Dad took the leash off. Then, she ran after "squirrels" (Chip and Dale). I decided to record the show and check it out. If it is good, they may pick up a new viewer.
     
  6. mvf-m11c

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    I always like to come to Disney to get away from the real world and avoid those types of events. But after Glow Fest was so popular back in 2010, TDA had to do those nighttime events which draws the adults to come and partying while the kids are having fun around the parks. It would be nice if they have those events at DTD, but they want to draw attention to HPB at night. I have friends who like it a lot and enjoy it, but looks like we are not the type of people who enjoy that stuff while coming to the DLR.

    Same here, I have never went to Pleasure Island at WDW and I don't plan too anytime in the future whenever I go back. We go to the Disney parks to enjoy the park, rides and shows.

    We will definitely see what Mad T Party will be like, another Glow Fest & Electronica or something different. But in my opinion, it looks the same nighttime party where you dance, drink, and have fun.


    One of the DISers posted that yesterday and was excited to see Modern Family episode tomorrow. When I was there back in early March, they were filming on MS TS. So I am looking forward to watching Modern Family tomorrow. That clip of Modern Family was hilarious and it might get me into it.
     
  7. kmedina

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    The pictures you posted here were on MS. That is near where this scene is shot. When I was watching the clip, I remember wondering if you were nearby.
     
  8. mvf-m11c

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    Yes, the pictures that I posted were at MS TS. I was no where near the shot area where it was facing towards GMwML and the Mad Hatter store. There were a lot of CM's not allowing any guests near that area for the taping. I can't wait to see Modern Family tomorrow.
     
  9. Lil' Grumpy

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    :wave: friend!

    so sorry i've been missing your great reports & pictures. :flower3:

    we have had some interesting times lately, first my wife broke
    her leg ..she has taken over the whole first floor our house.
    ( means everyone else has been moved ..up. :laughing:.

    ...as you might remember our disneyland/alunai vacation is @
    the end of this month. :scared: . then last evening i heard a
    crash in one of the bathroom..it was my daughter, :faint:
    she cut under her elbow, requiring 9 stitches. :sad1:


    so i needed a break! and of course, your site the best!

    we'll be there d~land, may 27th, 28th. i know we 'll be just
    missing the new cars, but also the crowds that goes with it.
    besides it only our 3rd trip so there many other things to
    do. and with us being banged up, i think this is best.

    saw where they redid the mermaid ride....the "snow cone"
    ariel. :(....we got home last year, my daughter was wearing
    her up like that. i read because they felt it wasn't too
    realistic . but if you saw my daughter ( she wouldn't allow
    me take pictures ) ..they would have seen "it" was possible.

    i guess there's a new redhair girl in brave. it was funny to
    read others ' reactions....but it made me realized how much
    i better keep my "anger-eyes" ready, :laughing:

    wow , this is only our third trip & there has been many new
    changes.

    here's all my :shamrock: good luck , that you get the special
    invite! and all our dsiney 's pixiedust: too, you deserve it!
     
  10. mvf-m11c

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    It's very nice to hear from you again.

    I'm very sorry to hear about your wife leg and hope she recovers.

    I am getting very excited for you and your family when you go to DL and the Aulani trip at the end of this month. Oh my, I hope she is alright.

    You will be there during Memorial day weekend which I went last year and it was quite busy. Hopefully there could be a soft opening for the Matterhorn which is a possibility for you and your family. Hope you and your family have a great time at DL and your trip to the Aulani.

    After the flood, they redid Aerial hair like the other Ariel AA on the ride. Some people don't like it and some like it. Some people say scene wasn't too realistic, but it was part of the movie where her is in a cone shape.

    Yes, the movie "Brave" another Disney/Pixar movie coming out this summer which the main character is a red hair girl name Princess Merida. Is she thinking of doing her hair style as Princess Merida in Brave?

    There is a lot going on around the DLR. The MS buildings should be all done with there refurbishment during your visit, the Carnation Plaza Gardens is now gone for the Fantasy Faire which I am sad.

    Thank you and have a great trip in a few weeks to the DLR and the Aulani Resort.
     
  11. mvf-m11c

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    Now that the DLR is taking reservations for the Carthay Circle restaurant at DCA, we made reservations at the CC restaurant on the 15th at 1:40pm. But we might not be able to eat at the restaurant until November if we win the AP sneak peek on the 11th. No matter what happens for our trip in June, we will get to experience Cars Land early or dine at the CC restaurant. I am getting so excited and nervous of what to do for these two trips. I need to write up my TR when the trip gets closer.
     
  12. kmedina

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    Thanks for the heads up on CC. I sent just sent an email requesting a reservation for that, Minnie and Friends and WCC. I requested a seat for 36 at WCC. We'll see if they can accomodate that and if I am close on the guess. It could be much higher if everyone goes or lower if people do not. I have 24 for sure RSVPs with 3 strong maybes as of this evening.
     
  13. franandaj

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    Are you serious? When do you think people will start lining up? We got a room so we could have somewhere to sleep. She can't sit out all night with this wound. I can't stay out all night because i'm old. :lmao:
     
  14. mvf-m11c

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    Your welcome Kim. That is a lot of guests for WCT. Hopefully the WCT can accommodate that many people in your party for the WoC dining FP.


    There will be some people waiting on Thursday night to line up for Cars Land. I remember when WoC debut in June 2010, I read that some group of people waited out at the bus loading area around 10pm on Thursday night and waited there until we were let in on Friday morning to get the FPs for WoC. That does sound kind of crazy to wait that long for half a day. So I believe that people will start lining up around Thursday night June 14th to be the first in line to go to Cars Land & BVS. I'm sorry about that Alison. I thought that you and Fran will be trying to get in the queue to get in DCA first thing in the morning. It just going to be crazy with so many people in the queue on Friday morning to get in DCA.

    Hope you and Fran have a great time in June for the preview and on opening week.
     
  15. mvf-m11c

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    I completed the [post=44434797]YU-GI-OH! 100th Tourney & Weekend at DL March 23rd - 25th, 2012[/post] Trip Resport and now I am starting two potential trips which only depends on if we win the AP sneak peek for Buena Vista Street and Cars Land on June 11th. I will tell you that shortly. On my last trip in March 23rd - 25th, I was down there with my friends to play at a card tournament at the LB convention center. It was a very bad trip to the LB convention center when the event started late and I just decided just to quit and don't go back that Saturday night which turned out to be a great night at DL. Then all of a sudden, I decided not to go back to LB that Sunday morning and got to go to DL for a short time on Sunday morning which is something that I am happy to do.

    Now I am planning our possible two pre-trip. We are not going to do two trips that week. We are only going to go on one of the two trips. The first one is June 10 - 12, 2012 & the possible 2nd one is June 14 - 17, 2012. One of these two trips we will go down there just to see Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at DCA. If we win the AP sneak peek contest, we will head down to DL on the 10th to 12th. If we don't win the contest, we will be there for the opening week of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. No matter what, we are excited to go in June since we have been waiting for over four years when Cars Land broke ground on the former Lion King parking lot. We are hoping to win the sneak peek because my DA birthday is on the 11th and what better birthday present is have her birthday at Buena Vista Street and Cars Land during the sneak peek even if it is for only a few hours.

    Cast: Me Bret 30 and my DA Fae 60

    This will be my third trip to DL this year (Mar. 2 - 4, Mar. 23 - 25) while my DA 2nd time (Mar. 2 - 4).

    This is the most anticipated trip we are looking foward to the most because we have been waiting for a very long time for the opening of Cars Land. I have been following all the updates since ground broke in the summer of 2009 and can't believe it is about to happen in a month. Our plans for these two trip is of course to ride all the rides at Cars Land and take a ton of photo. I mean a ton of photos, not just a few hundred in one place but a about a thousand. I'm going to try to get every inch of everything at Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. This includes the buildings, rides, flowers, trees, etc. It's been awhile since I been looking forward to taking a lot of pictures for a trip report. If we don't win the sneak peek, I will be getting photos of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at night and compare the two pics of how the lands look at night. Not only the pictures at Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, I am also going to plan on seeing Magical fireworks at DL on the first night. Because I am going to take some nighttime fireworks that DISer BretJMiller posted on his trip report. I was so amazed by his pictures and it made me conclude and try the firework picture for Magical. This will also be daunting because I always use my tripod for the video camera. So I might have to bring two tripods for Magical that night. I am also looking forward to the Matterhorn being reopened this summer. But we might not ride it during the sneak peek. But if they do have a soft opening, I am looking forward to riding it this summer or later this year. There is also the Mad T Party whichis suppose to make its debut this summer. I don't plan on enjoying the event since I am not that type of person, but it is also a good idea to get some pics of what it is like. Will it be better then Glow Fest or Electronica, who knows? I can't wait to go next month.

    We will be driving down from Sacramento to Anaheim like we usually do. I know I always say this over and over on my pre-trip plans but I just like driving then flying. It is nice to drive instead of flying on my last trip, but I do bring a lot of bags and camera equipment so it does make sense to drive down in just 7 hours. It just not worth paying the extra money for extra bags and getting a rental car. This time my DA will bring her car to head on down to Anaheim. We were able to make it to Anaheim with one stop of gas and I this time I will be driving down with my vehicle. We will stop at Livingston (close to Merced) that is always on my way to Anaheim to see my grandmother. Than after we stop at my grandmothers house, we will head on over to Anaheim. It only depends on what trip we are going too, we will leave on Saturday June 9th to head on over to my grandmothers house and leave Sunday morning to Anaheim. But if we don't go on the 11th, we will leave to Livingston on the 13th of Wednesday. Then we will leave to Anaheim on Thursday morning. We will be back home in Sacramento on June 12 or June 17. It only depends on what we get for our trip.

    We will be staying at Best Westerns Anaheim Inn. Last time in the early March trip, we were suppose to stay at BWAI, but a last second deal at BWPPI was too good to pass up since we like BWPPI the most because of it's location. This time in the summertime, the prices for BWPPI were just too expensive so we went with BWAI. On the November trip, she really like it a lot. But she would prefer BWPPI because of the location. There is also advantages of BWAI over BWPPI. One is that it doesn't charge parking like BWPPI. BWPPI has the continental breakfast which BWAI doesn't have. But I would trade the continental breakfast for the parking fee anytime since we barely eat at the continental breakfast at BWPPI.

    We will be in the park for all three days of the sneak peek trip or four days for the opening day trip. Our plan is to leave around noon back to Sacramento on any of those two trips so we can get home around nighttime.

    Right now my plans for the sneak peek is to enjoy Cars Land and Buena Vista street for the time we are given. Get as many pics as I can and ride all the rides during the trip. Watch Magical fireworks on the first night and try out the fireworks shot. Then as usual for the people who follow my trip reports to do my usual rides like the monorail, MFW, BLAB, etc. and take as many pics. For the opening week trip is to get in the queue on Friday morning night to get in Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Then the rest is usually the same like I do on any trip. If we do go on opening week, I made a reservationat Carthay Circle restaurant on June 15th at 1:40pm to see and try the food.

    Here is my plan for each day.

    June 10th to 12th Trip

    Sunday
    Watch Magical fireworks at 9:30pm and get a front row spot at the Hub. This is for testing out the firework pics. I will bring two tripods in order to videotape and take pictures of the fireworks.

    Monday
    It only depends on what time we get for the AP sneak peek. So I can't make a plan on Monday until we find out on June 4th then I will write up our plan.

    Tuesday
    Do some rides that morning at both parks and head on back home to Sacramento.


    June 14th to 17 Trip

    Thursday
    Watch Magical fireworks at 9:30pm and get a front row spot at the Hub. This is for testing out the firework pics. I will bring two tripods in order to videotape and take pictures of the fireworks.

    Friday
    Get in the queue early Friday morning so we can get into Cars Land. The plan is when we get in DCA that morning is to get a FP for RSR and then head on over to Luigi's Flying Tires, then ride Mater Junkyard Jamboree. Later ride RSR it only depends on what time we get. Later in the afternoon, go to Carthay Circle restaurant to have dinner. We don't on plan on seeing WoC that night since we will spend out time at Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at night. Also see the Mad T Party that night.

    Saturday
    Go back to DCA that morning and do the rides again and take as many pics of everything that I missed on Friday. I might do Magical again that night if I feel I want to take some pics of the fireworks from my DSLR camera. If not, I will be back at CL & BVS to take pictures at night.

    Sunday
    Do some rides that morning at both parks and head on back home to Sacramento.

    The only sit down restaurant that we will be doing is the Carthay Circle restaurant on June 15th at 1:40pm for lunch. I am looking forward to eating at the Carthay Circle restaurant after they started taking reservations yesterday. I was thinking of doing dinner that night, but it would be better to have it at lunch during the busy time so we can enjoy Cars Land & Buena Vista Street in the morning and night. We are also going to try Flo's V8 Cafe for lunch on the 2nd trip. The first trip we will not eat because we want to spend most of our time riding or taking pictures.

    I will write more about my TR and ask for any advice of what I should do for the Cars Land and Buena Vista Street opening week trip.

    Thank you
     
  16. kmedina

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    I must have Disneyworld on the brain, because I wrote WCC (yummy). It looks like you caught that. Disney Dining had already gotten back with me by the time I woke up. I am confirmed at CC for 06-22-12 and Minnie for 06-23-12. They could not book me for WCT on 06-21-12, because they can only book 12 people max. They have to send a request to the individual restaurant more than that. She took my information and suggested I lower the request to 35. I should hear back in 2-3 days.
     
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    I still hope you get to attend the preview. If not, at least you get to dine at CC (and on opening day). Either way, I cannot wait to read about it. We like driving to Disneyland too. It is only a 4+ hour drive (not counting stops). We have our own car to drive around in and save a lot of money(that we can spend at DLR).
     
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    A little late to respond to this but glad to hear that you got confirmation for your reservations at CCR and Plaza Inn for your trip. I knew that you can only have a specific amount of people for a reservation. Hopefully that they will accommodate your requests and let you have your whole party to eat at the WCT for Connor birthday. I was going to ask you if you heard back from them.


    Thank you Kim. At least we will have another reason to look forward to the trip if we do not win the sneak peek on June 11th. I thought about eating at the CCR on the opening week, but I decided earlier (maybe around March during my 2nd trip) that I wouldn't get a reservation at the CCR. There was a lot of quick counter restaurants to choose from and when the reservations were open on Thursday, I just got to eat at the restaurant and take a lot of pictures of it. I have to say that I was there on the opening day of Cars Land and also got to eat at the CCR.

    It is so fun driving down to SoCal because we get to stop at my grandmothers house in Livingston and bring all the stuff we need for our trip. The only times we stop on the way to Anaheim is stopping at the gas station and having some lunch. When I look at airline tickets plus renting a car or taking the Disney Express bus, it just costs way too much just to save about 4 hours of time to the DLR. Just one airline ticket round trip from Sacramento to OC costs about three fill up of gas in our car. It does make a big difference when you can save that much money just by saving time by flying. I only fly when I bring less things with me and for one day trips. I was hoping to go down to SoCal during the AP sneak peek of the upcoming summer activities at the DLR. At least I didn't miss much that week during the sneak peek. Saving that much money by driving then flying is a big deal to people who are on budget for trips.

    Can't wait to go in less then a month to DL for the sneak peek or opening week. I hope for the same thing when you have Connor's birthday trip in June.
     
  19. Lil' Grumpy

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    thanks so much for the good wishes...:goodvibes

    as you know, we take the movie picture window, to
    marked the time we visited. so your info is very exciting to
    hear about the ms buildings, :yay:

    yeppies, we're scrambling to "get ready " ( ha! rare earth ref.)

    ..i had a big :lmao: over you asking about her hair? the reason
    is , she does not have to do anything....her hair is exactly liked
    the wigs being seen on the wdw character.

    she used to do irish dancing. when she was only 6 y/o & her
    first show @ the vets memorial. i was sitting in the 6th row,
    and when she "hit" the stage..the crowd went crazy over
    her. they also were making many comments about her hair
    ( you see?, it was her real hair...not a wig, that all the
    rest had. ) i was watching her, & could tell she could hear
    their comments. she won a gold medal & the guy that
    presented it was also the "world champion" from Ireland.
    what was really neat, "the lord of the dance" crew were in
    town, & many of the dancers came over to help the kids.,
    so :shamrock:::yes::

    we are changing our touring from "fast & furious"...to keep
    moving forward & hope for the best. we still have 3 special
    fast passes, given to us on our first visit. we konk out
    from the long flight. last year, they updated them but
    every time we used them, they gave them back. so
    maybe we get lucky again. either way, we just enjoy being
    there.

    my poor daughter did a real number on her arm, :eek:.
    but she healing real nice. i think she is a lil'clumsy, from growing
    so fast. 2 feet in the last 2 years- she only 15, but she is
    already 5-9. that means she is taller than her mother &
    father. i missed the days , when we first took her to wdw.


    one of our precious family mementos , are the old 8mm movies.
    when our children were born, i went around taking pictures
    to show them the day they were born. i remember when we
    went to wdw, taking 2 roles of film were taking a "ton".

    my mother was a firery redhair. she had a temper. one time
    she beat up the neighborhood bully. she once went on a double-\date
    with her older sister. her date was lenorad sly. later on, he
    made his marked as a singer /tv star. roy rodgers. life is an
    adventure. we think all our disney trips are too. things seem
    to happen. just reading the thread about someone @ dsiney
    doing this or that, & one eating a fried-green tomato sandwich.
    now i can't stop thinking about doing that. sorta explains how
    we tour the parks..whatever hit our fancy. funny you mentioned
    the carnation cafe, as that was where we first ate @ disney.
    :goodvibes

    now back to the scrambling, :laughing:, oh thanks for the tips!
     
  20. mvf-m11c

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    Your welcome Lil' Grumpy

    Glad to hear about the movie window when you go to DL during your visit.

    That is a very exciting story about your daughter winning a gold medal in a Irish dancing contest and received it from a world champion.

    I like the name of your title.

    Good to hear that your daughter is recovering nicely from her injury.

    A very nice memento to have for your family.

    That was neat that your mom dated Leonard Sly. You should eat at Hungry Bear restaurant and eat a fried green tomato sandwich during your visit. I have not tried it, but I heard it is a good sandwich to eat at HB restaurant.

    Your welcome and have a great time for your upcoming trip.


    I have also made a decision on my upcoming trip to DL in June. Luckily today that DCA is offering a chance to see CL & BVS on the 9th and 10th during my visit. So I got AP sneak peek tickets for the June 10th evening at 6pm to 11pm. But it didn't come cheap which was $75 a person just to go to see CL & BVS before the sneak peek and opening week. I was thinking of this AP sneak peek really well if it was worth it to pay and see CL & BVS. But since we got a chance to see CL & BVS during the 11th sneak peek which is free to everyone, we just decided it would be worth it to see CL & BVS before the June 11th sneak peek. Since our optional trip is close to sneak peek which only depends if we won, we might be able to get to see two sneak peeks during the trip. I just have a hunch that we won't get selected for the sneak peek on the 11th. This is a great opportunity to see CL & BVS before the actual dates that we were planning on going.

    So that said, we will be staying one more night at Anaheim on Saturday the 10th so we can have some rest until it is time for us to go to DCA for the AP sneak peek. Luckily, I have a free room at BWAI for my upcoming trip so we didn't have to pay for the room during that extra day at BWAI.

    Now that we got our trip all planned out, I now canceled my opening week trip is now a good thing. At first, we wouldn't be able to eat at CC for the sneak peek. But after that, we decided to eat at CC restaurant when we go back to DL for our Holiday trip in November.

    I heard the only way to eat at CC during the sneak peek is by getting the expensive ticket for the sneak peek which costs around $500 a person. That is a lot of money just for one person, but you do get a 3 course meal and a wine selection. The other part that is good about the dinner is that you will get preferred boarding to RSR which is nice to have while you pay that much for dinner during the sneak peek.

    Looks like I will do doing another PTR for the new changes for our upcoming trip. I am looking forward to CL & BVS at night and hope to get some great pics.
     
  21. franandaj

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    That's the same offer that we got to see the opening. When did you get the offer for the $500pp dinner, just curious? For $500 I want at least 10 courses, three is just ridiculous so we went for the 1-5PM on the 9th. We have a parade in West Hollywood on the 10th and we are playing hooky big time by going to DCA on the 9th, but decided that Disney was way worth the loss of the funds we will generate by volunteering on the 9th.
     

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