Trip Reporting has officially commenced! Saturday, Feb 9: 1. Getting ready to leave 2. At the airport 3. Arrival at the hotel 4. Our first night at Disneyland, Soundsational parade and our first DL ride 5. Dumbo and Remember...Dreams Come True fireworks Sunday, Feb 10: 6. Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen 7. GK Part 2 8. We're going to Hollywood! 9. On the bus tour 10. The bus ride back Monday, Feb 11: 11. California Adventure 12. Our first visit in Radiator Springs 13. A Bug's Land and Tower of Terror 14. Lunch at Flo's and meeting McQueen 15. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree 16. Luigi's Flying Tires 17. Lunar New Year celebration 18. Pixar Play Parade 19. World of Color attempt Tues, Feb 12 20. Our not so Magic Morning 21. A Beast of a morning 22. Mardi Gras in New Orleans Square 23. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulet 24. River Belle Terrace, New Orleans Square 25. Pooh's Playful Spot 26. Tarzan's Treehouse 27. A Genie and 2 Fairies 28. Space Mountain 29. An evening in Tomorrowland Wed, Feb 13 30. Toy Storia Mania 31. Redwood Creek Challenge and we FINALLY meet the big cheese! Starting a PTR, b/c Im just too excited and I can come here and ramble to myself. DH and I will be surprising the kids on Christmas with a trip to Disneyland for Mardi Gras week. The plan is to wrap a large box full of Mickey head balloons for them to open. Im going to print pictures to tie to the strings of each balloon so they know were going to DL, not WDW, and when. I have some pics saved from Bayou Bash last year to clue them into the Mardi Gras week and some DL-specific pics including the sign and Cars Land so theyll know its DL, not WDW. I have a 7 year old son, a 5 year old daughter (who'll turn 6 the day we arrive!), and a 2 year old son. The older 2 have been to WDW twice, the youngest was 4 months for the second trip. Theyve been asking to go back since the day we got home and now the baby is obsessed with Me Mow CubHows None of us have ever been to DL or California. Im just busting out of my skin excited to tell them. Also, joining us on our trip will be my mom and dad who made this possible by paying for the airfare. I'd priced a DL trip, but decided it was too expensive, and settled on WDW. Invited my parents to come along, and they said they wanted to, but they weren't up for the drive, so they wanted to pay to fly us to Orlando. When I started pricing flights, the direct flights to Orlando were already sold out. The price and travel time with layover weren't that much different from the direct LAX flights I'd previously priced when I was looking at DL. So, I asked if they're buying plane tickets anyway, would they want to go to DLR instead and they said YES! Anyway, back to the Christmas reveal. I have a large box to put the Mickey balloons in and wrap with Christmas Disney paper. I already have the ear balloons and helium tank. Im debating putting the Mickey balloons inside another clear balloon. But, the round ball outer balloons are pricey, and Im worried about being able to properly get one inside the other, and having enough helium. But, I love the idea of it. Just seems way more park-like. I also have park maps, 2 guide books, small plushes of Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy in Mardi Gras attire, the 2013 planning DVD, and the PhotoPass+ stock CD to put in the bottom of the box. I have a number of embroidered shirts for them too. I was going to put them in the bottom of the box, but my neighbor does embroidery and I get them shirts from her all the time and for all trips, so Im thinking now that they should be wrapped from us and not in Santas box since the kids may realize where they came from. For their stockings, I have Mickey light spinners Some Mickey and Minnie cookies from Walgreens Kaleidescopes from Party City Glow necklaces from Party City And also bunches of Fab 5 lollipops and packs of Disney Jelly Beans. Hmmm& And now I need to go look in the closest, bc it seems like I have more than that, but I cant remember what!