We had decided as we left last time that we would be returning to DLRP. We had been home only about 2 weeks before we got an email from Disney, offering some really good deals for Easter. Can you believe it was Husband who wanted to go for it, and it was I who was sensible and said we really couldnt afford it? Amazing to think of now. I loved the idea of going in February - kids went free for starters. Also I love Christmas so much that I find January a really difficult month. With a trip to Disney to look forward to, it becomes a little easier. We knew our next trip would be more expensive, as Son was now 12 and counted as an adult. We waited until about October to book. The travel agent said that she had to tell us that Space Mountain would be closed during our trip did we still want to go? Well, of course we did thats only one ride (and I dont even do it!). As she started putting stuff in the computer I said to Husband shall we ask about the price of 3 nights, not 2 and he said why not, cant hurt. Well that was it having got that much approval, there was no way I was backing out, so we were booked in from 14 Feb for 3 nights at Santa Fe. This time we told the children straight away, as they enjoyed the planning as much as we did. Dtr is a list writer she soon had reams of paper detailing exactly what she wanted to do and when. Son was disappointed that SM was to be closed but he was still looking forward to the trip. We decided in advance where we would eat: first night at Annettes then we wanted Tuesday in the Blue Lagoon, after our abortive attempt to eat there the year before, then lastly in the Silver Spur. We had learnt that we needed to book, so we intended to do that at concierge as soon as we got there. I found out that one of the teachers in work was going with her family on the same flight as us, although as there were 5 of them they were staying offsite at Explorers. It was their first time there and they were staying for 3 days. At long last Valentines Day arrived and this year my BIL was taking us to the airport and even better the flight went on time. We waved at teacher and her family but werent sitting near them. We took one look at the queue for the VEA and decided to go for the TGV our experience the year before had frightened us a bit. We checked in at Santa Fe and then went to the Park. We were just as excited as the previous year maybe more so as we knew how good it was now. Ohmigosh it was even better than we remembered. How could that be? This year the Kids Carnival had taken over the area outside City Hall and everywhere, even the litter bins, was decorated in the bright carnival colours and the music soon stuck in your head. (La Di Da Carnival). We went through the bottom of the Castle to say hello to the dragon and through into Fantasyland. On our list of things we hadnt managed to do last time was Alices Labyrinth, so we went into that and had a good explore, ending high up in the castle in the middle. It was lovely up there, having a look around at the place I had been dreaming of for a whole year since our last visit. No doubt about where we would go next POTC to find out if the tune was as catchy as I thought, yo ho yo ho yes it was. We wandered through Adventure Isle and over towards Indiana Jones, although the boys didnt feel up to riding this, having bad memories of the previous year when it ran backwards. We were all feeling peckish by now, so went out to Annettes and were seated right away. Husband and I had bacon cheeseburgers, while Son had a foot long hot dog and Dtr had mini hotdogs. We were all much more refreshed as we went back into the Park. Back on POTC it was a cold cold day and the warmth in there was very welcome. Going into Frontierland we went on Phantom Manor and then the other 3 went off to BTM while I went to watch Fantillusion. Then came the announcement we all dread Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, Disneyland Park is now closing.... so we had to wend our way down Main Street and into the Village. Oh, how thick were we? All of the last year we had walked along the road back to Santa Fe and here was another way! We had never realised that if you walk through the Village you can get to all the Hotels that way. So for the first time we walked round Lake Disney, past the people ice-skating outside Hotel New York, marvelled at how Newport Bay looks all lit up, strolled along the canal, over the bridge and back to Santa Fe that way. We went to the garage for water and essentials (sweeties!) and then back to our room to crash out for the night.