We Moved to Disneyland!! Now What…? Stories from New DLR Locals - Updated 1/15

Discussion in 'Disneyland Trip Reports' started by tayalltheway, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. tayalltheway

    tayalltheway Mouseketeer

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    We definitely love Walt's personal touches at Disneyland. I think that they will always be something special about this park.

    I have seen poor Toad in the pet cemetery. I love those kinds of nods to extinct attractions! We also like in Pooh Corner here how if you look into the kitchen where they're making the treats, there are paintings of Pooh characters with the Country Bears as an acknowledgement that Pooh evicted them from Disneyland.

    We just felt like they should have warned up about the cream cheese icing because that's not your "standard" cinnamon roll. At DCA, they actually have them at Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe, and there it does say "Signature Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing." Oh well. Live and learn.

    You should definitely go on Storybook Land again sometime! I think the Aladdin and Little Mermaid updates are the only ones from more contemporary movies, but we always have a lot of fun on that ride.

    I was definitely proud of being the Rebel Spy. Tracy had gotten it on one of our rides in WDW, but this was my first time. I need to actually take a look at all of our combinations that we've gotten. We've definitely made it to each destination plenty of times, but I'm sure we're still nowhere near the 54. My favorites are probably Tattooine pod racing and the Naboo underwater ending. It actually took us until we had ridden at least 20 times to get that ending for the first time, and since then, we get it all the time!

    We will definitely take advantage of our Disney time while we're young! Even now, though, we find we only make it to closing once in a very long while...

    Glad you agree with me on the Cinnamon Roll. I know some people love cream cheese frosting, but in a park with so many kids, I'm surprised they would have such a popular menu item have such a taste-specific feature like that. Ew.

    Yes you should definitely go on Storybook Land soon. It's a lot of fun! And I've just been writing down all my notes about each visit in a Word document when we get home. Nothing fancy, but at least it helps me remember things!

    I definitely understand that some people like it. A warning would have been nice though...

    :rotfl2: I definitely understand! That's all a part of reading trip reports, I think. You see what other people are up to and just want to be there! Despite how content we are with Disneyland, I still read Jess' report and get jealous of WDW, so I think there's just no way around it!
     
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  3. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I'm sitting here with the biggest smile on my face.

    I have an identical hat to the one you're wearing. :thumbsup2
     
  4. AussieMumma

    AussieMumma Has the travel bug

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    I love that statue of Walt & Mickey, it's so relaxed and carefree, the way I feel when we are in the parks :lovestruc
    Counting down the days until we are there again!
     
  5. sarahk0204

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    Yes, we do! ;)

    Thank you for the update!
     
  6. tdashgirl

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    Sorry, another cream cheese frosting fan here :) I agree with you though, it would have been nice if they included that info. on the bakery sign.

    So cool that you were the Rebel Spy. I've been it exactly one time, back in January, and I've been on that ride tons! For some reason I get Hoth a lot and it's not my favorite scene :faint:

    I love, love, love the new DCA. I liked, even loved, certain parts of the park before -- but not the park as a whole. Now I do. :lovestruc
     
  7. tayalltheway

    tayalltheway Mouseketeer

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    I'm glad!! :cool1: And it's a good hat. Definitely keeps the sun out of my eyes!

    I agree about the statue. The whole area just harkens back to such a cool time period. I love Buena Vista Street! Hope the days until your next trip pass quickly! :thumbsup2

    Of course! Thanks for reading!

    Ugh, these votes in support of cream cheese frosting :sad2:

    I love being the Rebel Spy. My favorite is when they catch one of us making a ridiculous face! We always used to get Hoth. In fact, the first 5+ times we ever rode the new version, we only got Hoth. While at the time I was sick of it, now we rarely ever seem to get it and I miss it! :rotfl:

    Definitely agree with you about new DCA. Neither Tracy nor I got to experience DCA 1.0 in all its "glory," but based on everything I've read/seen, I think the new DCA is definitely change for the better.
     
  8. tdashgirl

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    :rotfl: I will dream about the day when I will miss Hoth ;)

    I would love to hear what you guys thought about Luigi's when you finally got to try it. The first time we rode it, thumbs down :( But, on our trip in late June, DH got FP for RSR so DD9 and I got to ride it 3 times in a row with very minimal waits (it was park opening and *everybody* was at RSR.) We got the hang of it and had a blast zooming and floating on air. :thumbsup2
     
  9. luulu1999

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    I have absolutely loved ypur report!!! I just decided the other day that when I get done with RN school I would LOVE to move to Cali and be a nurse at Disneyland!! My kiddos already want to move there lol....its gonna be a year before we get to go on our second trip but I absolutely can not wait
     
  10. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

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    Yay! You got to see BVS and Carsland. I agree, they are both awesome.

    But I am one of the few who liked DCA even before it was redone.

    I am loving your TR especially since we will be spending a few months down there this fall/winter.

    You've given lots of good tips, not only about the parks but about what its like to live there.

    BTW what's with this area not providing refrigerators in their apartment rentals???? I'm hoping to rent one reasonably. We'll be starting out with airbeds and camping chairs for furniture. This will be interesting...and fun I think! Although I'm much more adventurous than my husband...lol
     
  11. tayalltheway

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    Believe me, there MAY come a time someday when you too will miss Hoth. Maybe...

    I'll write about our full thoughts on Luigi's in one of the updates coming very soon, but I will say that our opinion of it is much like your new one seems to be, and the polar opposite of most of the opinions I've heard. :thumbsup2

    I'm so glad you've been enjoying! Thanks for reading along :banana:

    You should absolutely move here when you are done with school! I'm sure it's a great place to have a nursing job. Hopefully the time will fly by before your next trip here!

    I think we honestly would have liked DCA before it was redone too, but I'm glad we love BVS and Cars Land!

    I'm glad that reading along has helped you plan your long-term trip this fall! Hopefully you can utilize some of our tips when you're here. Your spirit of adventure sounds like fun, and I'm sure you'll make the best of your living situation whatever it ends up being!! And I have no idea what's up with the stupid fridge rule here. I'm glad we ended up not having to deal with moving one, but I'm sure the time will come someday when we do...
     
  12. tdashgirl

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    I couldn't agree more! A lot of people seem really upset about this ride and the amount of real estate it takes up -- but I think it's awesome. Classic dark ride, takes you into Ariel's world, is a super fast-loader ... I'm just not sure what people were expecting :confused3 It's not RSR nor does it try to be ... and there isn't 2 hour+ waits! :rotfl:

    And agreed about Starbucks. I think it was very nicely done, doesn't "scream" Starbucks, and the cups are super cute.
     
  13. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Just checking in again. I need to catch up on your last couple of posts again (I just did the quick scan tonight).....and hope to find time at the weekend. 3D life has been hectic!
     
  14. tayalltheway

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    I'm just so glad there aren't super long waits for it here. I can't believe it's usually over an hour at WDW! At least we know we never need to ride it there since it's the exact same!

    We LOVE the design on the Starbucks cups. I wish they would make a reusable mug with that design on them.

    Hope real life has been more manageable this weekend! Don't you just hate when it intrudes like that? ;)
     
  15. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Fantastic pics of Carsland.

    Love that hat Tracy's got. Really so cute!
     
  16. oypoodles

    oypoodles Earning My Ears

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    The weather looks great!
    You two look like you are having so much fun! :)
     
  17. RI Disney Star

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    Love the Carsland pictures especially at night. Looks like a lot of fun for a child and an adult who's still a child (that's me)!

    Question about the weather. I will be there Jan. 4 to 11. I was not planning on bringing heavy coats but it looks like you are wearing them. Should we bring them?
     
  18. tayalltheway

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    Glad you like the pictures! I like Tracy's Duffy hat as well. It was a good choice :thumbsup2

    The weather was really nice in late-February, though a little on the cold side at night. We were fans. And we are indeed having lots of fun! :banana:

    It is definitely a lot of fun for adults with Peter Pan syndrome (which is exactly what we are!!) :rotfl2:

    When it comes to the weather, it's sort of hard to say. In early January, we were definitely wearing our heavy coats when night fell because it does get cold (30s and 40s). It seemed like we were always the only ones around in REALLY heavy coats, but we also always saw people in lighter jackets complaining about being chilly, and we never felt cold in our down coats. I guess I would say bring a variety of layers (whatever will fit in your luggage) and decide what to wear once you get here. At least you will know the days should be quite comfortable (probably highs in the 60s and low 70s).
     
  19. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Wow! you guys got a lot done! So glad to follow your report! You two are too cool with what you do. I hope we can visit as may spots as you had!!!!
     
  20. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

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    Thanks for another great installment! Your reports help keep me connected to Disney, living so far away.

    We do the same thing as you do. We follow a flexible plan and ride the rides with no waits over about 20 minutes...sometimes we'll wait 30 depending on our mood.

    Happy to see you got to ride Peter Pan without the usual 40 minute wait.

    Where would you recommend we stand while the fireworks are going on so we can be one of the first to ride PP once they open the rides again when fireworks are finished?
     
  21. Daisybelle

    Daisybelle You don't have to go fast, you just have to go

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    The porch on Main Street! I couldn't remember where I had read about that.

    We were just there in July and I had told my daughter that I had read about a porch on Main street that had chairs on it and that I really wanted to find them when they were empty and sit and eat ice cream and watch people go by.
    On one of our last nights we were starting to wear out but were determined to stay until the park closed. We were walking down Main Street and to my great delight, the porch was empty!
    We sat up there with our treat and watched people go by until Midnight. We played a game of 'Guess how many days they've been at DLR' as we people watched. ;)

    So thank you for the wonderful tip! It's one of our favorite memories from our trip. :cloud9:
     

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