Discussion in 'Disneyland Trip Reports' started by prettyprincessbelle, Nov 1, 2008.
HAPPPPY BIRTHDAY COURTNEY!!!!!
I hope you're enjoying your funcard today!!
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Hi everyone! I'm home!!!
Thank you ALL for the birthday wishes! You are just too sweet.
I uploaded all my pictures to my laptop, but I'm off to bed. I'm so exhausted from such a wonderful trip!
We had an amazing time, the crowds were low and the weather was perfect. I'll start the TR sometime tomorrow.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Welcome home Courtney!!!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!!
Welcome home! I am glad you had a good trip! I look forward to reading about your trip and seeing your pictures!
Belated Happy Birthday! Glad you enjoyed your trip!
Thank you, Jas!! I did!!!!
Thank you SO much, Laurie!!!
Thank you SO SO MUCH, Sherry!!!!!! You are just too awesome! *hugs*
Wooo!! Is your birthday today or is it your DHs? And the other one is tomorrow!? Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Jasmine!!!!!!! Oh, I loved that fun card!!!!!!!!
I'm going to start my TR riiiighhtt now!!
Woohoo! Thank you!!
Thank you so much! We had a wonderful time.
Today is DH. Tomorrow is me! Thank you!
Tuesday, April 28th - DLR Day 1
Time to get started on my TR! This will be my last TR until August. Sad. That's so far away! Our APs expire in 2 weeks and we're not going back until August for our anniversary (6 years). We're still figuring out the dates so we can book our hotel early since that's summer time still. Our actual anniversary lands on a Saturday, so we'll see what we'll do with that. Also when we go we'll be getting new APs then. Hope the prices don't go up.
Now on to the TR! My Mom dropped me off at Jesus' house super early in the morning (7am). At first we were planning to leave his house around 9am, but that quickly changed and we were in no rush to leave. I fell asleep once I got there and eventually I got up to get ready. We left his house around 12:30pm and we arrived at the Mickey and Friends parking structure a little before 2:00pm. We hit a little bit of traffic, but nothing major. So less than an hour and a half was good timing. We parked in the Donald lot and made our way to the trams.
I have about 100 pictures of this!
I don't like horses at all, but I took a picture of this cool guy.
Since this was my birthday trip, we went to City Hall to get my birthday button. Even though my birthday wasn't until Friday, we usually just wear our birthday buttons our entire trip since we're celebrating our birthdays with a trip! So after I got my birthday button (which I don't have a picture of) and the CM gave Jesus an "I'm Celebrating" button, we decided we were hungry and walked to Critter Country to get some lunch at Hungry Bear. The line wasn't too long, but there was a lady behind us who was complaining the whole time about what was taking so long. Her kids were running around acting crazy and she was yelling at them too. I just wanted to get away from her! Anyways, we ordered our lunch, I got the turkey club sandwich, Jesus got the bacon cheddar burger, we got a lemonaide and some onion rings to share. We found a place to sit downstairs by the water.
My turkey club sandwich. It came with either apples or chips (I chose apples).
Our view from our table.
And then the Mark Twain came by. Tuesday was the only day it was running.
We had a fun time watching the ducks nearby too.
Mark Twain's butt.
And some more duckies.
After our super delicious lunch I got a little chilly so I put my sweater on and we walked around and took in everything.
I like waving to the people who are going down the big drop on Splash.
This guy was walking in front of us in Frontierland. He's from the Roundup BBQ place.
We crossed Main Street and went to Tomorrowland.
And rode the Monorail!!!
From the Monorail station.
I really really wanted to ride the orange Monorail. Oooo, it's soo pretty.
Us inside the awesome Orange!
Out the window.
Small World Plaza.
Courtney---wow...it was a beautiful day and the crowds don't look bad at all!
Looking forward to more!
So where did I leave off? We made a round trip around in the Monorail and got off back at Tomorrowland. The Monorail honked right as we were walking under it and it scared us. That thing is loud!
After that we walked to Innoventions to see the House of the Future since we haven't see that yet. We never have been to the part of the Innoventions building with the moving middle and the Tom Morrow robot. It was pretty neat.
The front porch of the House of the Future (is that what it's called?).
They had an awesome huge TV in the living room. The Incredibles was playing.
I thought what was written on this trophy was funny.
I want this in my room.
This was totally the best room in the house. The pirate ship was the little boys bed and when the CM came in for "story time" the entire room just came to life. I thought it was amazing and if you're a Peter Pan fan you really have to see this.
The sail on the boat was a large screen. There were also screens where the windows are and on the back wall of the room.
That CM was awesome. She was really into her role and a really good story teller! After that we checked out the kitchen and went upstairs to look at the video games. Of course Jesus got caught playing Guitar Hero.
OT, anyone watching the JONAS show on Disney Channel? Michele, I know Kody is! This show is funny!
It was already going to be 5:00pm. We were tired and decided to call it a night at DL for the day. DL closed at 8:00pm, we figured by the time we checked in, rested a bit, changed (it was getting cold) it would already be too late. So we went to check into the hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Menage, it is right on the corner of Ball Road and Harbor Blvd. The freeway is behind it. We really really enjoyed this hotel. It was clean, the staff was super nice, there was tons of parking available, everything about it was wonderful. I read a lot of reviews and most of them said to request a room away from the freeway since the noise was too loud. Instead I requested a room with a pool view, which also happened to be right next to the freeway. With the door shut, you couldn't hear any freeway noise at all. With the door open, that was different, but we only had the door open when we were leaving. Outside on the balcony (the hotel has exterior corridors) it is very loud, but nothing to keep us from getting a room by the freeway again. I also emailed them a couple weeks before our stay requesting a fridge and it was in our room when we arrived. They do charge $10/day for parking, but since we got a really cheap rate that didn't bother us much.
This was our bed with the fancy pillow on it. The bed was super comfy and it had a memory foam padding thingy on top. It was wonderful.
To the right of the bed was a sitting area. This couch pulled out to be a queen bed.
Our mini fridge.
Our super big plasma TV and a desk.
Sink. And to the left of that was a little open closet.
This was our view. The freeway, the Matterhorn and TDA (the big green building, DL corporate) to our right and down below was the pool.
I took a shower and we decided what to eat for dinner. By the time we made up our mind it was almost 10:00pm. We decided to pick up some pizza at California Pizza Kitchen at Anaheim Garden Walk. I was already in my PJs, but I changed into some jeans and called to place our order. We each ordered a pizza, some pasta to share and a slice of red velvet cake. We parked in the big Garden Walk parking structure and walked to CPK. It was busy in there, but we picked up our food and headed back to the hotel. Oooooieee, it was super yummy. After that I was exhausted so I fell asleep while Jesus stayed up and watched TV and surfed the internet on his laptop. I'm not sure what time he went to bed, but it was late, he stays up late, crazy kid.
Up next: Late risers, people trying to hurt themselves on IASW, Sally Mae, and DCA!
Wooo! Happy birthday Michele's DH!!!! Yay! Your birthday is tomorrow!! WOOO!!
Yes! I'm so glad!!
Hi January! It was a super nice day. The crowds were pretty much nothing!
You are so awesome to get your TR started so soon after being back from the trip. You ROCK!!! The inside of the hotel looks very snazzy How much did you guys pay for it?
Loving the TR so far btw !!
Cool looking hotel! What a nice relaxing first day you had.
Didn't the Roundup BBQ guy have tight pants?
Love it. You know I have been anxiously awaiting your review of Hotel Menage. I have been kind of looking at it for our December trip. It looks nice enough and frankly price wise I think it may be the way to go.
And yes we watched Jonas last night. It was a cute show. Somehow I actually can picture Nick being sensitive like that and Kevin and Joe being so protective.
Oh goody! We still have 3 more days of TR and photos to go. I love your Trip Reports, and I am eager to hear the rundown of the Minnie and Friends meal (which I suspect was awesome!).....and whether or not you ended up getting the cake you were looking at....and what you got with your Fun Card.
You know, I was also eager to read about the Menage because just the other day on the DIS - and of course, I can't recall which thread it was - a couple of different people were saying it was a "weird" and "creepy" hotel and that they would never stay there again. I wasn't sure what that meant. Creepy? Weird how? I mean, does that mean that shifty people are hanging around, or spooky noises are happening in the middle of the night, or ghostly apparitions can be seen in the mirror? What is creepy about it? Anyway, it got me thinking, "Gee, I hope Courtney and Jesus aren't staying in a weird hotel with seedy people." But from your report, it sounds/looks like it was great. That bed looks huge and the room has a more modern look to it than some.
Loving it so far...... you always have such neat pictures!!!! You know, I've never stepped foot into the Innoventions Bldg...... I guess I really should do that one of these times.......
The motel looks nice (way nicer than the one we stayed at last time....cack!) With your view you should have been able to see the fireworks (if they were going...)
Can't wait to see more!!!
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