Two Sisters finally get to go to WDW together! - TR has started!

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  1. If U Had Wings

    If U Had Wings DIS Veteran

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    I loved reading about your trip to Disneyland. One of these days I want to get out to California to see it, and then head to San Diego for a few days.

    That's too bad about the Jambo pool, but at least it will be open for the last few days of your trip. When I stayed at the AKL in 2003 I never even made it out to the pool. We were only there for 5 days and had no time. :sad1:
     
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  3. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    I have watched this video a few times now and still love it!! :goodvibes

    Thanks for the the comment on Remy, I think I remember reading about it in your TR... :thumbsup2

    Sorry, no matching shirts picture - it just doesn't exist! At least not with these shirts... :rolleyes1

    I agree with your opinion on the GC, isn't it amazing? I just can't see myself spending so much money on a hotel room... :confused3

    It'S so funny about you being scared by Remy. But I guess it is one those things one is trained to react badly to: rodents in restaurants (unless they are as tall as humans and wear cloths). I think that's one of the appeals of the Remy audioanimatronic, he looks so life like! :goodvibes

    Space Mountain I am counting on being open again, it's Splash that is going to be closed! ;)

    1979 is really a long time ago!! One of the things I really enjoy about the Disney parks today is that you don't have to pay for every attraction, so I am really glad that they changed the ticket system! But I think it is amazing how Disneyland tickets supposedly created a new term: E-ticket! :thumbsup2

    Well, you could drive to DL, couldn't you? :goodvibes Actually I would love to drive across the US on the old route 66 (I know it does not exist anymore, but there still are roads you can follow). On the Cars DVD there is a documentary about route 66 and this got my interested. But then it would not be a short trip by any means! :lmao:

    And thanks for the thumbs up on the PV! I always thought that this was one of the greatest perks of PV: you already have secured a great location. We actually did not put in any room request (but might still add one asking for a room above first floor).

    More about Disneyland still to come! I have never been to San Diego, but have seen most other bits and pieces of California and I think it is extremely beautiful there. I also very muched enjoyed the atmosphere there!

    I am quite a water person, so a dip in the pool is really an important part of a WDW vacation for me. But I am not someone who spends ages loungeing at the pool. But I am sure that I will manage to jump into the water at some point during the trip!!:thumbsup2
     
  4. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Part of the package my aunt had gotten for us was one entry for “Magic Morning”. Which was the same as morning EMH, but included breakfast as you can see here:

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    (You can also see nodnol, our aunt and me with Eyore. Even though characters were free roaming, it was very often possible to get pictures with them without other people in the picture because people just waited for another person to be done before they stepped up. I was very impressed with that!)

    I have no idea what we had and wether we liked it (most likely not, we did not really approve of cooked breakfasts then, we just wanted bread and cheese or jam for breakfast), so no dining review here. :confused3

    I think we must have gone on Space Mountain that morning because the Magic Morning took place in Tomorrowland. But I don't have a lot of memory of that ride. :confused: I think we did not enjoy the ride too much, we might have been a bit scared by it, I really wasn't a roller coaster person at that time. I was 20, but really scared of any fast rides. :scared1:

    After the breakfast my aunt made a point that we had to get to Critter Country early on in order to ride Splash Mountain without standing in line for too long. Splash was still fairly new then and my aunt told us that it was the best ride ever invented. She really hyped it. Nodnol and I were not sure at all about that drop!! We had never been on a flume ride before and did not know what to expect. We might have been there early, but I think we still had to stand in line for 60 minutes or so. :eek: Considering that the line was 120 minutes for the rest of the day that was still pretty good. But for us it felt just way too long!! :scared1::scared1:

    Here is a picture of us in the Splash Mountain overflow line:

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    I guess you are suspecting what happened: Nodnol and I hated the ride!! We did not see any point at all in singing critters, we were constantly scared that the big drop was just around the corner and were soo relieved when we got off the ride!

    Overall Critter Country was not a huge success with us. We thought the Country Bear Jamboree was more strange than anything else (and I can tell you, my opinion on this has not improved, I saw it this January and am not planning to return there any time soon!:sad2:). We also had a meal at a fast food eatery in Critter Country. While it was a lovely setting, I remember getting a very bad burger there.

    But we really fell in love with the theming of the place and took quite a few pictures of things that we thought were just pretty. So here are a few random pages:

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    On that last page you can see nodnol, our aunt and me.

    nodnol and I were rather thorough in our touring and tried to cover every attraction. I have no idea in which order we did them, but I will write a bit about our impressions of the different lands. But I will do that in the next update...
     
  5. nodnol

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    I'm quite sure, we loved Space Mountain! I have to admit I don't remember much about the trip. But I know that it was my first roller coaster ride in the dark, I think we were quite fascinated with it. But of course, there was another ride we liked a lot, especially for the costumes. But I guess it will be up soon in the pictures ;)
     
  6. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Yes!! I am going to write about that ride soon! :love: And, dear readers, it is not "It's a small world", which we classified as the worst thing ever invented! :laughing: However, this did not keep us from going on IASW every time we were at DLP... :rolleyes1

    I remember a few things very well, but not Space Mountain. I think you might have liked it much better than me since you were the dare devil then. But I guess you are right that we still enjoyed the roller coaster in the dark concept...
     
  7. tiggrbaby

    tiggrbaby <font color=deeppink><marquee>We must work harder

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    Another lovely "update" from the past!
     
  8. Lady Lallie

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    More great pictures from the past. I just love them! They really really make me want to go to Disneyland. Marc & I have been thinking of making a trip out there but it's so hard to "give" up Walt Disney World in order to get out to California.
     
  9. If U Had Wings

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    Great update. I like hearing about your impressions of the rides and attractions. I love Splash Mountain, but one of the scariest flume rides I've ever been on was in an amusement park in Austria. There was no water in the downward track and my friend and I went flying on the hill down. Scariest thing ever! After that I was convinced that they didn't have the same safety laws for Austrian amusement parks as the US and had no desire to ride anything else.:laughing:
     
  10. PNO4TE

    PNO4TE I used to be the DIS Musician and a Jamborini...

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    I love reading about your 1979 DL trip! What a nice way to pass the time before your 2010 trip to WDW! :goodvibes
     
  11. brookelizabeth

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    I remember seeing that video a while back-it's amazing! Thank you for the link again, I just subscribed to the blog using my RSS reader. Now I can stay up to date! (or at least somewhat better :laughing:)

    Despite having watched the movie approximately 3822 times, I didn't realize there was a documentary on it! I gotta watch that - I love documentaries!

    "Healthier Egg Breakfast"

    Hmm. What could that mean? Just eggs and the juice/coffee?! :laughing:

    You like Splash mountain now, right?

    I will admit, I've only been on it once - and because it's a water ride, I didn't really like it.

    I like all the other stuff-minus the whole getting soaked thing!
     
  12. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Will reply to everyone tonight, just had to say that I am sitting at work thinking about today being our big ADR day! I am really relieved that our TA is doing the work, especially since online ADR did not roll over at 3 am EST!

    When I hear from our TA I will let you all know how successful we were.

    Oh, and despite my ticker claiming otherwise, today is our three months mark!
     
  13. John's Mom

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    Hope you get all your ADRs. pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:

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  14. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    I am glad you are enjoying it! :thumbsup2

    Disneyland is great and I liked California Adventure, too, when we were there in 2005. It will be even better soon! California actually is a wonderful destination and if you are so inclined, you can do history there, too: San Francisco and the gold rush come to mind! :thumbsup2

    If you ever visit an Austrian amusement park again, I can assure you that they have very strict safety laws there as well! :lmao: But that ride sounds really scary!! :scared1:

    Hi Elin, great to hear that you are enjoying it! But it was Tarak who was in DL in 1979, we were there in 1992... Still so many years ago!! :eek:

    Well, it is on my German Cars DVD. But I would be very surprised if they did not put it on the American DVD as well! :confused3 It is kind of a making of, about what inspired the film and how the animators went on a research trip on route 66...

    I was wondering about that, too! :laughing: Perhaps it is an all whites omlette? Or those "egg beaters"? Both things I have never eaten, only heard about in American movies or seen on menus. :confused3 I am pretty sure that this was not what we had...

    I love Splash - but I think WDW's Splash is much better than DL's. I normally don't mind getting wet, I love water. But not when it is cold. So I am really a chicken and put on a ponch when going on Splash. Same for Kali River Rapids. I already have a stack of 10 or so ponchos for nodnol and me to go on water rides (and of course in case of rain... which reminds me that nodnol and I really need to post about our Heide Park adventure in August...)

    No news on ADRs yet. I am very confident that my TA was busy booking millions of her clients today, so I am expecting an email someday soon, but not necessarily today. She is not the fastest in getting back to me, but so far she never let me down with any request I made, so I am pretty sure things will work out fine. Our January 2009 ADRs were booked at the beginning of December and we were able to get anything we wanted. We don't want anything really difficult... :thumbsup2

    Further on the planning side: February hours are out and it appears to be just as we expected from last years hours... So no big surprise there. They only added Spectro on 2/3, nodnol's birthday, so we will figure out wether we should avoid MK on that day.
     
  15. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Thanks for the pixiedust Kathy! I will report here as soon as I have heard from our TA! :goodvibes
     
  16. If U Had Wings

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    Our friends who were watching said that we actually took flight. I was fine on the giant ferris wheel, but that flume scared me!
     
  17. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    That's horrible? Was that at the Prater in Vienna? I was on that giant ferris wheel, too! :thumbsup2
     
  18. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    We got everything we wanted, but a few reservations are a bit off time wise. Still nothing more away from our preferred time than 30 minutes. So we are fine!

    This is our list:

    1/28 10:20 am Tusker House Breakfast
    1/29 7:15 pm California Grill Dinner
    1/30 5:35 pm Flying Fish Dinner
    1/31 5:00 pm Whispering Canyon Café Dinner
    2/1 7:10 pm Boma Dinner
    2/2 12:00 pm Sci Fi Dine-In Lunch
    2/2 7:00 pm Artist Point Dinner
    2/3 2:00 pm Garden View Tea Room Lunch/Tea (nodnol' birthday!)
    2/3 7:30 pm Narcoossee’s Dinner (nodnol's birthday!)
    2/4 7:15 pm Jiko Dinner
    2/5 9:05 am Boma Breakfast

    I kind of like how we start and end our vacation with breakfasts! :thumbsup2

    We are also booked on the Wild by Design Tour on 1/29! :woohoo:

    As nodnol just wrote to me on Skype: now it's time to start questioning our plans and redoing them... :rolleyes1 :laughing:

    To a certain extent we might - I need to check Tourguide Mike's recommendations based on the now released park hours as well as any updates on touringplans. I have the feeling that we will just have to settle on touring the MK on a not perfect touring day... :confused3 But then I have always planned on this trip not focusing on the MK.
     
  19. Lady Lallie

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    Congrats on the ADRs!

    Let the tweaking begin! :rotfl2:
     
  20. PracPerfPatricia

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    Hurray!...:woohoo:

    Those are all excellent choices...I think you will be really pleased with everything you got...:thumbsup2


    Changes? What Changes...?

    Oh I see...you have been reading LL's trip report...hmmm...

    so how many versions are you going to have...?:lmao:

    (BTW-I do it too...especially when you read TGM...his recommendations sometimes come out later and make you want to changes things around...)
     
  21. brookelizabeth

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    :lmao: Typical DISer fashion. :goodvibes

    Congratulations on getting all your ADRs! I've heard a few nightmarish stories about the big ADR day, so it's great seeing your TA was able to get them ALL! :thumbsup2
     

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