Second All in One Disneyland TR Thread - Flying Back Down with DD4 3/8-10, 2015 Post #4784- 486 3/30

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  1. ACDSNY

    ACDSNY I love my job! I love my job! I love my job!

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    I finally found my way over.

    Nice pics in the Little Mermaid and Radiator Springs Racers. I can't imagine waiting 3 hours in the standby line.

    I absolutely love the entrance to the cave of wonders pic, stunning.

    Breakfast at AG looked good too. It's been years since we've eaten there.
     
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  3. PrincessInOz

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    Awesome. I'm sure you'll have a great DisMeet and enjoy the food.
     
  4. ACDSNY

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    I'm sure you'll all have an awesome dinner. Enjoy!
     
  5. franandaj

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    I'm late, but it looks like I made it over in time for my cameo! Looking forward to joining you and your DA at the Chef's Counter! It's been a couple years since my last meal at NR. It's about time!
     
  6. rentayenta

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    I'm here Bret. :goodvibes Going to catch up.
     
  7. tksbaskets

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    While I am envious of the pictures you take on MFWoD I can't even get my DH to go on the stationary gondolas. I'll rely on your pictures to see the sights from there.

    We enjoy the eating area on PP. It's very relaxing and I really enjoyed the entertainment at Christmas time.
     
  8. mvf-m11c

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    Nice to see you found my new DL Mega-Thread Angela. :goodvibes

    There was no way I would even wait that long for any ride even though RSR is an amazing ride to go on. I would not even wait two hours to go on it. But I can wait that long for the fireworks, Fantasmic, or WoC (if I want to get up close in the viewing area).

    Aladdin show was nice and I need to use a telephoto lens for this show since using a regular lens is not enough to get up close pictures of the characters.

    We all had a nice time eating at AG for breakfast and it might be a while until I eat there again.


    My DAF and I are getting excited for the trip next month and a DISMeet at the Napa Rose.


    Thank you Angela. We are really looking forward to eating at the Napa Rose for the first time. There are a lot of restaurants that I haven't eaten and it will be nice to try it for the first time.


    Nice to see you over here Alison. :goodvibes I am really looking forward to eating at the Napa Rose with you and Fran. It is great to have dinner there at the Chef's Counter for our first dining experience. When was your last time eating at the NR?


    Hi Jenny. :wave2: It is nice to see you found your way to the new DL Mega-Thread.


    I'm glad that you always enjoy my pictures from MFWoD. There was no way I would even gone on the swinging-gondolas that day. I hate the swinging-gondolas and won't break that streak of not riding the swinging-gondolas. I will be happily go on the non-swinging if they want to go on.

    The Viva Navidad event at Paradise Pier was so great that I really regret of not spending more time there. If it is back during the holiday season, I will spend some more time over there later this year.


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  9. mvf-m11c

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    [post=50835585]Last Installment on the Trip Report[/post]

    Day 2 – December 27th, 2013 – Part 6

    Dinner & Cars Land @ Night

    While we were relaxing in our room at the Desert Inn & Suites where we are staying during the December trip, we were almost ready to leave the room and have dinner that night. This time, we won’t be eating on property but we will be eating off-site. I love eating on-site and trying all these different restaurants. But with the high season, the restaurants at the DLR are hard to get in or we would have to wait a long time until we are seated. So this time, we decided to eat at Tony Romas on Harbor Blvd which is a couple of buildings down from our hotel. I haven’t eaten at Tony Romas on Harbor Blvd for a while and it is a nice place to get a good meal while off-site.

    It was around 5pm when we left our room to Tony Romas for dinner. We only stayed in the room for about an hour which wasn’t a long break but we had a lot of activities to do that night from World of Color: Winter Dreams and some rides if we can get on them that night. But since the parks have been crowded on Friday, it was going to be tough to get on some rides.

    It was not that busy at Tony Romas around 5pm when we were seated immediately. We all had something to choose from that night and it was nice to eat off-site.
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    For the price, we got to choose from a lot of different sides including the entrees. Silv and MP got the Original Baby Back Ribs which is one of the restaurants signature dishes. Cousin C doesn’t want me to take a picture of his plate but he also got the Original Baby Back Ribs with different sides.
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    My DAW got the signature salad which was the Tony’s Asian Salad.
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    For me I got the Filet Medallions with different sauces.
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    After we finished our dinner at Tony Romas, it was time for all of us to head on over back to the Disneyland Resort to enjoy the rest of the night.

    When we got over to the Esplanade and about to enter Disney California Adventure, getting into DCA was a little busy that night to get in while DL was way worse than DCA.
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    When we got in the park that night, DAW had to go on in the Chamber of Commerce building or Guest Relations to check something out that night. So while we were waiting, MP and I were talking about the trip and she was glad that her mom and her were down here with DAW, Cousin C and I during the trip.
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    When DAW came out of the Chamber of Commerce, we started to head on over to our first activity that night. But first, we passed by the Buena Vista Street tree which is so amazing to look at during the holiday season.
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    I really like this picture of the Carthay Circle Theater with the Red Car Street Trolley passing by.
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    The first thing when we were in DCA was to head on over to Cars Land but this time to see it at night which is the best time to visit CL. I really enjoy seeing CL at night but it is so amazing when the neon lights are on. While it is great at night during the other times of the year, during the holiday season it is even more amazing with the Christmas decorations.
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    Fillmore’s Taste-In Fuel.
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    Sarge’s Surplus Hut with the red, white and blue lights along with the fireworks on top which is one of my favorite buildings during the holiday season.
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    Flo’s V8 Café Sign
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    Passing by Ramone’s House of Body Art
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    Everyone was so amazed of how Cars Land looks during the holiday season. DAW has seen CL at night but not like this during the holiday season with all the lights on with the Christmas decorations.
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    Lizzie’s Curios store
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    After looking at Radiator Springs (Cars Land) for a while, it was time to head on over towards Paradise Pier so we can get our spot for the 9pm World of Color: Winter Dreams show. We went towards the backside of CL passing by Radiator Springs Racers. We also passed by the backside of Flo’s V8 Café.
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    You can never get tired of seeing Radiator Falls waterfall from back here or riding RSR.
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    Before we head on over towards Paradise Pier, everyone was started to get a little thirsty that night and wanted a nice dessert after a nice dinner at Tony Romas. While we were in Pacific Wharf, we head on over to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.
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    I have passed by Ghirardelli store a lot in DCA but I never go in since I don’t eat too many sweet treats or chocolate. But everyone wanted to get a chocolate drink or ice cream that night and we all went inside to get different items.
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    After everyone got some kind of dessert at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, we started to head on over towards Paradise Pier to get our spots for the 9pm World of Color: Winter Dreams show.

    We were coming a little bit late since we spent some time in Cars Land and at Ghirardelli at the Pacific Wharf. We didn’t get to PP until 7:45pm. The CM’s let the guests in the viewing area for World of Color: Winter Dreams one hour until the show started so people won’t stake out a spot for hours. Luckily for us, we decided to go with my favorite spot in the blue section that night since it doesn’t require a lot of wait time. But we didn’t want to take any risks of not getting our spot that night since the parks are very crowded.

    When we got to PP right at the area to get in the viewing area. Since DAW was using the ECV, we had the option of going in the handicapped section but we told them that we didn’t want to go in the handicapped section in the blue area but get the spot right at the green fire hydrant in the blue section. The CM’s had no problem letting us get the spot in the blue section with the ECV. We were let in a little early before it was 8pm and we were able to get that spot that night.

    Just when we got my favorite spot, the other guests were let in the viewing area and just in a few minutes, the viewing area was already packed at the bottom. So we just waited until it was time for the 9pm World of Color: Winter Dreams show.
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    Even though I got to watch WoC: Winter Dreams during the November show, it was nice to come back and watch it again to see it. Even though some people didn’t enjoy the new show, I still love watching WoC and seeing all these different variations of the show. At first I was excited to watch it back in November but this time I was hoping that everyone will like this show. DAW has seen the original WoC in January and June and maybe she will like the new one. But that will be found out on the later post.
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    It was almost time for the 9pm WoC: Winter Dreams show. This time, I was videotaping and taking pictures that night. I was also trying a new toy that I got for Christmas. Just before the trip, my other family relatives bought a GoPro Hero Black 3+ for me and my DB. Since I have been doing a lot of videotaping and taking pictures, it was a nice gift to get from them. It was very interesting to videotape WoC: Winter dreams that night with the GoPro along with my Sony video camera but it was nice to try it out and see if the video is good or not. GoPro are not that known for high quality dark videos like my Sony video camera. I didn’t get to use it on certain rides during the trip since I didn’t have a head mount or chest mount for the GoPro.

    But I will tell you the next time of how World of Color: Winter Dreams went for everyone that night.

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  10. PrincessInOz

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    I keep meaning to try that Tony Roma's but haven't yet made it there. Maybe one of these trips, we'll get there.

    Nice pictures. I love seeing CL all gussied up with Christmas decorations. It's been quite a few years since I've seen the park all dressed up for Christmas. Maybe next time.

    Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to WoC.
     
  11. mvf-m11c

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    You will like Tony Roma's. Maybe on the next trip when you come back in California.

    It is so amazing going during the holiday season and you will love it a lot. Even during the Halloween season is great as well. The Halloween season isn't as much as decorated during the holiday season but it is still great to go down and visit.

    Thank you PiO.


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  12. mvf-m11c

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    [post=50861065]Last Installment on the Trip Report[/post]

    Day 2 – December 27th, 2013 – Part 7

    Winter Dreams & Sleep Time

    Now it was time for the 9pm World of Color: Winter Dreams show. This was the second time for me watching the new WoC show during the holiday season since I was able to see it back in November. My DAF (who goes with me most of the time during the holiday season at the DLR) didn’t enjoy the new WoC: Winter Dreams show which it is more of an advertisement for the movie Frozen with Olaf as the host and most of the songs are Christmas songs instead of Disney songs. I was hoping that DAW would enjoy the show while Cousin C, Silv and MP are watching it for the first time.

    I didn’t take as many pictures of WoC: Winter Dreams that night since I was trying to enjoy watching the show and looking at all the little details. But I can always go back with my videos when I videotaped it.

    I haven’t uploaded my video of World of Color: Winter Dreams from the December trip but here is a link of my video of WoC: Winter Dreams from the November 2013 trip. World of Color Winter Dreams 11/24/13 Full Show

    Here are pictures from the 9pm World of Color: Winter Dreams Show.
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    Bambi and Thumper
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    Queen Elsa
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    Woody and Jesse
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    Olaf during the song “In Summer” from the movie Frozen
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    World of Color: Winter Dreams was over and the fountains still go off for a while until it was time to start the next show for the next guests that night.
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    When the show was over, the show was a little different from my November trip in which some scenes were taken out from the November show to the December show. They made it a little shorter from a few seconds. But the show was still very nice to watch that night. DAW was fine with Winter Dreams but she would see the original WoC over Winter Dreams anytime. Cousin C, Silv and MP enjoyed WoC: Winter Dreams for seeing it the first time. But if they had seen the original version, they would like it even more then Winter Dreams.

    I packed everything up and DAW told us that it was time to head on back to the room and call it for the night. Since we didn’t took a long break in the afternoon and just getting about an hour rest, everyone was a little tired from today. I could have stayed a little longer that night but I was also getting tired and the crowd level was just so heavy. So I just went along with everyone else and call it for the night.

    It’s always insane when you watch the first show of WoC and have to walk through all these crowds. But during the Christmas break, walking through the park at night was a little busier. I am so used to these heavy crowds during the summertime, spring break but this was my first time going during Christmas break in which I don’t experience too much.
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    When we were walking on out of the park, “Believe…In Holiday Magic” fireworks was going on at DL and I was about to mention to everyone that if they wanted to see the fireworks at the Esplanade but they were all tired and wanted to go back to the room. When I watch the fireworks at DL, it is fun to watch it in DL when the music is playing. It is so different and not the same when you watch the fireworks outside of the park.

    Just when we exited the park, Believe was almost done.
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    We got back to the room before 10pm that night and everyone was glad to be back at the room to rest up so we can enjoy the next day at the parks. Tomorrow will be at DL since we were in DCA that Friday. I knew that Saturday at the parks was going to be the worse time to visit since it is on a Saturday and the Christmas break crowds.

    That’s it for this post and stay tune for DL that next day.


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  13. mvf-m11c

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    This is not one of my usual trip report updates from DL but I just got back home from working at the Sacramento Comic Con today and it will be a three day event from Friday to Sunday at the Sacramento Convention Center. The highlight of the event is Chris Hemsworth (actor of Thor), Bruce Campbell, Stan Lee and other celebrities are making an appearance at this event. But I was working as a vendor this weekend.

    It has been a long day today and it was busy today with a lot of people at Sacramento Comic Con. I wasn't able to get pictures when it was busy since I was busy today. But it was a nice time tonight and I will remember to bring my DSLR tomorrow.

    Here are some pics from earlier today before the event started.
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    The official Sacramento Comic Con 2014 shirt that I had to buy.
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    After work tonight, we ate at a restaurant called "Streets of London" Pub for dinner. Food porn pics from tonight.

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  14. PrincessInOz

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    Hope you enjoyed Sac ComicCon and that the stall went well. Glad you got a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.

    Food looks good.
     
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    The Sac Comic Con went well this past weekend. There were a lot of people in the Sacramento Convention Center on all those three days and the stall didn't too well. But overall it was a nice event. I was glad that I got the t-shirt that Friday since they were sold out on Sunday.

    Dinner was very nice on Friday. For Saturday, we had ate at Extreme Pizza and Sunday Chipotle.


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  16. mvf-m11c

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    Day 3 – December 28th, 2013 – Part 1

    Busy Saturday Morning at DL

    After a great time at Disney California Adventure on Friday, now it was our third day at the Disneyland Resort. Mostly this is the last day of the trip when I go down for 3 days but since we are here for four days, this will be the last day at the DLR for all of us since we have three day passes. My DAW upgraded her Deluxe AP to the Premium which she will be able to go to the parks anytime just like me. But since this is the last full day, we had to make most of it with the heavy crowds during Christmas break. The first two days of the trip were busy as I have thought but it didn’t seem like it was that crazy as I have expected during Christmas break. This could be a good thing or a bad thing.

    It was around 7am when we all got up and mostly everyone was still tired from Friday night. We didn’t stay in the park till midnight since we wanted to get some rest for Saturday morning. Everyone got up except for Cousin C since he will possibly joining us later that day at the parks since he was going to see an old colleague from work who lives in Orange County. So everyone got us except for Cousin C so we can enjoy another day at the “Busiest Place on Earth”.

    We didn’t leave the Desert Inn & Suites hotel around 8:20am since the ladies were all getting ready so we didn’t make it in time for the rope drop at DL. I wanted to get them in the park early so we can take advantage of getting on rides while the wait times are expected to be in the 30+ minute wait time on average for all the rides. I knew that we weren’t going to get on all the rides and shows during the trip but I was going to make sure that they get on some of the good rides during the trip.

    My DA picked up the ECV at the front entrance of the lobby which was a good idea since it was tough to get the ECV into our room every day. This was a smart move to leave the ECV in the lobby of our hotel so we can get it and use the ECV at the DLR.

    The day was so nice with no clouds and it was going to be a great time and I was able to wear shorts again during that day which is crazy to wear shorts during Christmas break.

    When we were heading on to the Esplanade, there were a lot of families heading on over to the DLR. We knew that it was going to be a busy day as this would be the busiest out of all the days during the trip.
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    It took us awhile to get in the Esplanade since there were a lot of people trying to get in. Even at the turnstiles at DL were all the way to the Monorail columns. So it was going to take some time until we got in DL that morning.

    We didn’t get in DL until 8:43am which was really late for which I come to the parks. It took almost 5 minutes to get from the turnstiles until we got in the park.
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    When we got in the park, we head straight on over to our first ride that morning and I wanted to get them on the Haunted Mansion Holiday. HMH is a very popular ride during the holiday season and it was time to get on it first thing or the wait time will be in the 30+minute wait time in the afternoon. So we head on over to the ride the HMH.

    There were a lot of people walking in Main Street that morning.
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    When we went through Adventureland, I thought about taking them on the Jingle Cruise but the wait time was already in the 20 minute wait time as Indy ride was already in the 35 minute wait time and it is before 9am. There was a traffic jam around Indy that morning.
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    We had to walk through all those crowds and we finally got to the HMH. The wait time was already in the 15 minute wait time and it was time to ride the HMH as our first ride that morning.
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    Since DAW was using the ECV, we went towards the handicapped queue.
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    It was nice to go back on the HMH again during the December trip in which I am really looking forward to see the dining room to see the gingerbread house. Silv and MP are looking forward to this ride while DAW is looking forward to seeing the HMH as the holiday version over the original version.

    It was just 5 minutes since we had to wait in the queue which was not that bad and we started to walk in the Haunted Mansion and in the stretching room.
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    Now walking down the hall of portraits.
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    Now we are at the loading area and about to board the Doom Buggies. Silv and MP went together while DAW and I rode together.
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    Here are some pictures from our ride experience on the HMH that Saturday morning.
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    I was looking forward to the dining room and at the gingerbread house. The one with the Jack Skellington faces are now covering all the numbers and shows a different face expression.
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    In the attic and all those presents.
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    Santa is here. Oh wait its Jack Skellington.
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    There is Zero.
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    The Oogie Boogie at the end of the ride.
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    The mirror area and you can see me taking pictures while my DAW had gingerbread cookies in front of her.
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    Sally at the end.
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    We got off the ride, Silv and MP enjoyed riding the HMH that morning and glad that we rode it first thing in the morning. Now we started to head on over to our next destination that morning.

    That’s it for this post and I will have more from DL that morning.


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  17. mvf-m11c

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    Day 3 – December 28th, 2013 – Part 2

    Break Time at the Plaza Inn with the Characters

    Just when we got off Haunted Mansion Holiday, it was time for breakfast that morning. My DAW got to have breakfast every morning but we didn’t get any breakfast at the hotel since we were heading on over to DL that morning. I mostly don’t get breakfast in the morning since I want to get as many rides and taking pictures of the park when it is not that busy in the morning. But since it was after 9am, they all needed to eat something.

    So we started to leave New Orleans Square and head on over to our next destination.
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    The restaurant that we are eating at breakfast at Disneyland was the Plaza Inn with Minnie and Friends. Very interesting that I just ate there one month ago with my DAF back in November and now I am back at the Plaza Inn having breakfast with DAW, Silv, and MP. Just before we got on over to Main Street Hub area, I told them to go to the Plaza Inn so I can get FP’s for a ride so we can go on later that day after breakfast. It was nice to have breakfast at the Plaza Inn with them and hope that everyone will enjoy the breakfast where DAF didn’t enjoy it during the November trip.

    While the three of them head on over to the Plaza Inn to check-in for our 9:30am reservation, I head on over to Tomorrowland to get FP’s for Autopia. When I looked on my iPhone at the wait times and return times for the rides at DL, Space Mountain was already close to nighttime while Star Tours was in the afternoon. MP told that she would like to go on Autopia that day and the return time was close when we finish breakfast.
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    When I was walking on over to TL, it was very busy around Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster. It was tough to walk through that area to get on over to Autopia. It just shows you even around 9:30am that the Christmas break crowds are already in the park.
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    I somehow made it over to Autopia FP distribution area. The wait time was around 10:30am to 11:30am which was a good time to return to ride Autopia when we were finish with breakfast.
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    When I got the FP’s for Autopia, I head straight on over to the Plaza Inn to meet up with everyone for breakfast that morning. Just like when I walked by the crowds around Star Tours and BLAB, it was just as busy when I was there awhile ago.
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    I went in the Plaza Inn and everyone was already seated on the left hand side of the restaurant. So I sat down with everyone and we had a nice seating area. They were seated at the table immediately when I walked in there was a long line to get in the Plaza Inn that morning. It was a good thing that I made a reservation at the Plaza Inn with Minnie and Friends or we would have to wait outside to get in.
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    It’s nice to see the Christmas tree in the Plaza Inn during the holiday season.
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    We all head on over to the lines to get food that morning and it did took a while to go through the lines to get food from the hot food, Mickey waffles, toasts, and even the drinks had a line. With the heavy crowds, even eating at the Plaza Inn was busy.

    When we got our plates, we started to eat and here comes the characters that morning. We missed Eeyore and Perla. It was very neat to see Perla during our breakfast which I have not seen her out at the Plaza Inn for breakfast which I have seen Suzy. Perla is in the purple dress while Suzy was in the bluish type dress.
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    Max was out that morning and MP had a laugh with him.
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    Later on it was Eeyore.
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    After that, Tigger appeared. It was nice to see MP so happy to see all those different characters that morning. She told me later that day that meeting all those different characters were a real treat.
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    Just when MP sit down, Rafiki approached and they both played around at our table.
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    Than he came over to get a picture with DAW and Silv.
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    MP did get a picture with Rafiki when he was at our table.
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    Now Suzy made an appearance to our table that morning.
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    And just before we were almost done that morning for breakfast, Chip made an appearance. We didn’t see Dale that morning which was a shame.
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    We were in the Plaza Inn for breakfast over an hour which we had a fine breakfast. Even though my DAW thinks that the breakfast can be a little better, she would choose this one over Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. We ate at GK back in January and she thinks that the food at the Plaza Inn with Minnie and Friends is better over GK. The good thing about the Plaza Inn during breakfast is that it is cheaper than GK. I like both places and it is nice to be at the Plaza Inn to have breakfast while in the park. Silv and MP liked the breakfast at the Plaza Inn which had a variety of choices. MP liked the Mickey shape waffles the most. I enjoyed eating at the Plaza Inn even though I was just there a month ago. It is nice to eat at sit down restaurants while I am so use to eating at quick counter restaurants at the parks.

    When we finished eating at the Plaza Inn with Minnie and Friends, it was time to use our FP’s for Autopia. So we head straight on over to Tomorrowland to use the FP’s for Autopia.

    The park started to get a little busy that day around the Hub.
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    Over at TL, the crowds were just crazy around Star Tours which we barely even moved.
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    The wait time to get on Star Tours from the stand-by queue was already at 70 minutes. I haven’t seen that long wait time for Star Tours ever since it reopened in 2011.
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    While looking at BLAB and Space Mountain, the wait times are already so high that it looked like afternoon times. BLAB was in the 40 minutes while Space was 90 minutes while we were passing by.

    After walking through the crowds around TL, we finally made it over to Autopia. But everyone had to use the restrooms and we had time until it was time to use our FP’s.

    This will be it for this post and stay tune for the next update at TL that day.

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  18. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    WOW! Fairly busy day at DLR on that Saturday. Love the pictures inside HM! :thumbsup2


    Breakfast characters are fun at the Plaza. Glad you enjoyed it.
     
  19. tksbaskets

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    Hi Bret,
    Your HMH pictures were outstanding :thumbsup2. The breakfast at the plaza seemed very nice. We have had dinner at GK and not enjoyed that you can't really get good pictures with the characters as the tables are crammed together.

    WOW the park is busy this day.

    TK
     
  20. mvf-m11c

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    It was very busy at DL that Saturday. I knew that this was going to be the worse day out of the three days of our trip. We didn't get to do everything we wanted during the trip with the crowds. If we came during a different time like the January or June trip, we would be able to get a lot of rides done than during Christmas break. The pictures are getting better with the new DSLR and I am considering trying a f/1.4 lens one day when I go back.

    It is nice to have breakfast at the Plaza Inn at DL. We got to see a lot of Disney characters and it was fun.


    Hi TK,

    Thank you. They are getting better and I am now considering renting a f/1.4 lens for the dark rides so the quality can be better. The breakfast at the Plaza Inn is always nice to have in the par. When I compare the experience at the Plaza Inn and GK, it does feel like GK is a little crammed over the Plaza Inn. But in certain areas at the Plaza Inn does feel like you are crammed. Maybe it is outside at the Plaza Inn that it feels crammed than inside.

    The park was busy that morning and I knew that it was going to be a very busy day at DL.

    The next post will be up shortly.
     
  21. mvf-m11c

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    [post=50920902]Last Installment on the Trip Report[/post]

    Day 3 – December 28th, 2013 – Part 3

    Cruising in Tomorrowland & Spinning Around in Fantasyland

    After we used the restrooms after a great breakfast at the Plaza Inn with Minnie and Friends even though we didn’t see Minnie during her breakfast that day, it was time to go on another ride at DL during the heavy Christmas break. After walking by rides like Star Tours, Space Mountain, etc. and seeing all those long queues it was going to be very difficult to get on the big rides without the FP’s. So we were lucky to use the FP’s for Autopia that afternoon or we would have to wait in a long queue.

    Just when we were about to enter Autopia, the wait time was in the 50 minute wait time and I knew that it was going to take some time to get through the FP queue.
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    When we were in the queue of Autopia, we were in there for about 15 minutes which took quite a while than I have expected. But it went by quickly that I didn’t look at it carefully.
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    Silv and MP went together while DAW and I rode together. I didn’t elected to drive since I was going to be taking pictures during our ride experience.
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    Our pictures from our ride experience on Autopia. It has been years since I have rode Autopia at DL. It must have been over 7 years since I have rode Autopia at DL. I mostly don’t ride Autopia since I do a lot of driving when I am coming from Sacramento to Anaheim. It is always nice to go on a ride that I haven’t ridden in years. I do enjoy the track at DL over the MK at WDW which is more unique.

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    It looks like Silv and MP are way ahead of us.
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    Almost at the finish line.
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    We finally caught up with them.
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    After we got off the ride, we all enjoyed riding Autopia. It has been fun to ride Autopia that day with my DAW. Even though we couldn’t keep up with them it was nice to ride with her while she was driving so I can get pictures during our drive.

    We walked on out of Autopia and looking at TL started to get a little busy that afternoon.
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    MP wanted to get a picture of a driver license when we rode Autopia as a gift and it was quite a while to get one so we waited.
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    Just when she got her Autopia driver’s license, we started to go on to our next ride that afternoon. When we were passing by Tomorrowland, it was getting a little busy and it was tough to walk in certain areas around Disneyland. This is to be expected during Christmas break season. It was nice to come for this one time and I will not want to experience again when I have been coming to the DLR a lot during certain seasons.

    When passing by the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the queue was extended on the other side of the Monorail track. I haven’t seen the queue extended that long during the busy times when the FNSV was new back in 2007. I remember that I have to go on the FNSV when the trip is over since the FNSV is now closed for a lengthy refurbishment until September. Just like BTMRR has been closed for over a year, the FNSV will be closed for less than a year. Even at the Matterhorn has a long wait time in the 60 minutes area.
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    We head on over towards FL to go on some rides. I made an itinerary from MP must do rides during the day at DL. She wanted to go on the Mad Tea Party and King Arthur Carrousel. She also wanted to go on other rides in FL like Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride but the wait times for all three of them were in the 40+ minute wait time that it was tough to get on them while the other two rides are in the 20 minute range.

    So we started with the Mad Tea Party. DAW didn’t want to go on and I did the same thing of not riding the Mad Tea Party. It is another ride that I haven’t ridden in years and I wanted to talk to my DAW about our plans for that night.

    Silv and MP in the queue of the Mad Tea Party which took 15 minutes which was kind of fast when the wait time post on my iPhone App Mousewait stated at 20 minutes.
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    MP and Silv look so excited to ride the Tea Cups.
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    After they got off the Mad Tea Party, we all head on over towards King Arthur’s Carrousel. I was surprised that MP didn’t make the Tea Cup spin a lot with her mom. But she told us that she didn’t want to get her mom sick that afternoon.

    It was quite busy around FL that afternoon where a lot of the rides including KAC had a 25+ minute wait time.
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    When Silv and MP were in line for KAC, my DAW was just relaxing in her ECV while I was looking for a decent spot to get pictures of Silv and MP while riding KAC. While I was walking around, I looked at the Frozen Meet & Greet area and looked at the wait time and it was at 140 minutes. That is so crazy just to meet Elsa and Anna. I wouldn’t even consider waiting that long to meet them.
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    It took them 25 minutes to get on KAC. That was a very long time to get on KAC even during Christmas break. But we were here during the worse part of the day around noon which the crowds are now in the park. This time till 3 is one of the worse times when the park is busy during the day.

    Silv and MP were having fun riding KAC while I was getting pictures of them when they were circling.
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    When they got off, MP wanted to pull the Sword in the Stone right next to KAC.
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    They had a fun time riding KAC and MP trying to pull the sword out of the stone, we started to go onto our next activity that day.

    That will be on the next post so stay tune.


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