[post=50948191]Last Installment on the Trip Report[/post] Day 3 – December 28th, 2013 – Part 4 A Mint Julep Drink & Crowdedland After Silv and MP rode King Arthur’s Carrousel, we all head on back where DAW was sitting on her ECV. We started to go onto our next destination that afternoon at Disneyland which was back to New Orleans Square. MP told me that she wanted to get a New Orleans Mint Julep at the Mint Julep Bar. That was one of the places that she wanted to stop during the trip to DL to get a Mint Julep drink. So we all headed on over to NOS from Fantasyland. So we took the backside to Frontierland passing by Big Thunder Ranch. When we passed by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which was all blocked off during the long refurbishment since it was down in January 2013. I am now glad that it is about to reopen after this weekend to the public. While we were in Frontierland right by the Rivers of America, NOS looked very busy and the Christmas break crowds have al showed up that day. It was tough to walk through NOS that afternoon. When we were trying to get to the Mint Julep, the area to get to NOS from Frontierland River of America, the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean was extended towards the walkway and the CM’s were escorting the guests to go around and not towards the PotC queue. It was just a big messed that afternoon with the queues extended towards the walkway. I have never experienced heavy crowds this much when I went during 4th of July weekend. It took us a while to get to the New Orleans Railroad station area and of course another queue was extended towards the station which was the Haunted Mansion Holiday queue. It was just so busy that day. We head on over to the Mint Julep Bar to get a Mint Julep for MP and we also bought some Mickey-shaped Beignets which are another popular treat at that place. It is too bad that there is no AP discount at the Mint Julep Bar just like the Tiki Juice Bar. After we got our snacks at the Mint Julep Bar, DAW, Silv and MP went shopping at the stores in NOS. So it was going to be a while the ladies are shopping in NOS from Cristal d’Orlean, LeBat en Rouge, etc. stores which are very interesting to them. While they are in the stores, I looked around the second level of NOS where Club 33 is getting a makeover. It wasn’t too long when my DAF and I ate at Club 33 during the November trip. It is so sad to see the Court of Angels all closed when I walk in NOS where it will be turned as the new Club 33 entrance. When they were finished shopping in NOS which they bought a few things that day from pins, and some Nightmare Before Christmas shirts, we walked on out of NOS and on to our next adventure that busy afternoon. The whole day where it was just so busy. When passing by Adventureland, it was just as busy as being in NOS. Indy was over an hour and Jingle Cruise was close to 40 minutes. Over at the Hub, the New Year’s Eve Countdown screens are up and ready for the New Years. It would have been neat to be here for New Year’s Eve at DL which is something I want to do but that will be another time. After walking through the Hub and we head on over towards Fantasyland. We went on over to watch “Mickey and the Magical Map” show. I knew that they will like this show since I have watched it almost ever single trip in 2013 except during the D23 Expo trip in August. DAW told me that they will like watching MatMM and it was a good thing that there were plenty of shows to choose a specific time. Even going towards IASW Plaza is just as busy that afternoon as well. We got to the Fantasyland Theatre with 10 minutes to go and we were seated at the back which is to be expected when you show up just when the show is about to start. During the show, I didn’t take too many pictures of MatMM since I was enjoying it and videotaping that day. So I just got a couple pictures of this show since I have got a lot in the past trips. If I do watch this show in my upcoming trip and I don’t plan on spending time to get a front row spot, I will consider renting a telephoto lens for specifically for this show and F!. When the April trip gets closer, I will consider it. Stitch coming out of the stage. The show still is amazing every time I watch it ever since the show debut in May 2013. MP and Silv really enjoyed MatMM show that day. DAW enjoyed the show when we watched it back in June and it was nice to relax after a long day at the park. When MatMM was over, we started to move on towards our next activity that afternoon. We were right next to Mickey’s Toontown Depot and I thought about getting everyone on the Disneyland Railroad but most of the guests that watch MatMM like us went in the depot and it was already extended towards the outside. We were about to leave FL and go on over to our next activity but the 2:30pm “A Christmas Fantasy” parade was going on at IASW Plaza so we were going to be stuck in this area until the parade is over. I do enjoy looking at IASWH during the holiday season. Instead of waiting around IASW Plaza until the parade is over, we hea don over towards Mickey’s Toontown and maybe we will be able to go on some rides or do more shopping. It was a little busy that afternoon at Mickey’s Toontown but it was not that bad than being at IASW Plaza during the parade. It is so nice to walk around Mickey’s Tooontown during the holiday season where it is all decorated. It was packed everywhere where the wait times to see Mickey or Minnie was in the 50 minute wait time which was just crazy. Even Gadget’s Go-Go Coaster was in the 40 minute wait time. We went into the Gag Factory store to look at any merchandise that Silv or MP wanted to buy while we were in Mickey’s Toontown but they didn’t find anything interesting to buy at the store. Just when we were exiting Mickey’s Toontown, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade was almost over and we were following the end of the parade so we can get to our next activity that afternoon. I wanted to get them to see the parade that afternoon but the timing was just off when MatMM was going on and we had a choice between the parade and MatMM. My DAW chose MatMM over “A Christmas Fantasy” parade that afternoon since they would enjoy MatMM over the parade. That will be it for this post and you will find out on the next post where we went that afternoon at DL.