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. pharmjenn

    pharmjenn Mouseketeer

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    I had to laugh with the Welcome to AZ photo. I was expecting the NV photo to soon follow. When I lived in Vegas I did that drive a few times (through that corner of the state, not driving from CO.) It always seems so strange to pass through a tiny area of a state for some reason.

    Sorry you had trouble finding Treasure Island. The parking garages for those strip resorts are often not easy to find. I think they are trying to get everyone to use the Valet service.

    Enjoying your report, can't wait to read about your new life in LA.
     
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  3. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    just dropping by to say how much I am enjoing your posts
    what an awesome adventure :thumbsup2
     
  4. monkey30

    monkey30 Dreaming of my next vacation!

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    Joining in, it looks like you have been having fun.
     
  5. burly

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    Wow just read the whole thing....so far.:thumbsup2
    Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures.:)
    I Pray Your health improves....:hug:

    KIM
     
  6. tayalltheway

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    Yeah, the drive that day was definitely long. And for every nice bit of scenery, there were plenty of long stretches of flat ground as far as the eye could see.

    We definitely had fun in Vegas! One night definitely isn't enough to qualify as a real "Vegas vacation," but we saw a lot and did a bit of gambling. Of course you'll hear all about it soon!

    It was definitely a long drive! We made it through the first several hours all right, but by the end of that second day, we were SO ready to arrive. Smoggy Vegas looked like paradise because our arrival meant we could take our stiff legs for a walk. Hope you'll enjoy our arrival in CA and all that followed. :thumbsup2

    Thank you for reading!! I'm having so much fun sharing our story, and looking forward to describing everything that happened once we got to CA.

    Thank you so much :) I'm glad you're enjoying!

    Thanks for joining me over on this side of the boards/country. :cool1: I'm glad that you're enjoying reading about all of our escapades.

    That's so exciting that you're coming out in November! I'm sure you'll have a blast. It's definitely easier to pack your days full out here, simply because you don't have to worry about wasting time each day with transportation, etc. We really got a lot done on our 2011 trip, though we're still finding new things to do all the time. Hopefully we can say hi in the parks at some point when you're out here!

    Yeah, the Arizona drive was just funny. If only we could have made our way through Utah that quickly! Of course, Arizona would have been somewhere I would have been a little excited to spend more time driving through, especially since we were so close to the Grand Canyon. Maybe someday...

    I'm sure that the main reason they make the parking such trouble is that they know they can get lots of people to shell out the money for valet, but we're just far too frugal for that. We really lucked out when I accidentally saw the sign pointing toward the TI garage right as we were about to pass it.

    I'm glad that you're enjoying reading along. I'm looking forward to sharing all of our CA shenanigans soon. :cool2:

    Thank you for reading and for saying hello! It's definitely been a crazy ride so far, and I love sharing it with all of you on here.

    Yay, welcome! :cheer2: We definitely always have fun, and I'm glad that you're enjoying reading along!

    So glad you're enjoying :thumbsup2 I'm looking forward to sharing our CA adventures soon! And thanks for your positive thoughts about my health. It's a pain, but we figure out a way to work through it when it's bad, and hopefully it'll get better sometime soon! :)
     
  7. Linda67

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    Great shots of Vegas and yay for getting a room upgrade :)
     
  8. Mrs. Gumdrop

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    Congrats on the upgrade! The Bellagio fountain just looks amazing. I am glad that calzone won't be your last. As someone who can choke on nothing at all, I commiserate.
     
  9. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Great view from that room. Congrats on the upgrade.


    VEGAS!!! Yeah, baby!

    Your pictures of the hotels are great. Looking forward to reading more.
     
  10. OhioStateBuckeye

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    I looked up the song from the fountain. Apparently that is the song that Will Ferrel sings at the end of Step Brothers...so it is now in my head.
     
  11. tayalltheway

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    Thanks! We were so thrilled. Talk about a great way to spend our one night there!

    The fountain really was amazing. I was glad that it lived up to my memories after more than ten years since my last visit. And I'm glad I didn't die choking on that calzone either. It would have been a sad way to go.

    The view was so awesome! As you can see, we didn't exactly take Vegas by storm, but it was still fun. At least we got to see all the best hotels.

    :rotfl: It totally is that song. You're welcome.
     
  12. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I still think you had fun in Vegas. You covered a bit of ground in your time there and still managed to spend time at the slots.

    It is so easy to 'break the bank' in Vegas.....and I mean 'our' bank account; not theirs. :thumbsup2


    Glad you're on your final leg to SoCal.
     
  13. Cheshirecatty

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    I am waiting with bated breath for you to get to Orange County. What a great adventure you two are sharing with us--I love it!:thumbsup2
     
  14. burly

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    Sounds like you still managed to make it a little fun in LasVegas....


    looking forward to more.
    Here's hoping you found something magical to deal with your health issue...
    I also have a chronic illness and know how ANNOYING it is......


    KIM
     
  15. petals

    petals Irish Princess because Cinderella said so!

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    Love the pics. I really wanted to go swimming when I looked at the pics of the gondolias lol
     
  16. Linda67

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    Lovely photos of the Venetian
    We stayed there a few years ago and it really is a lovely hotel :goodvibes
    Looking forward to the next installment
     
  17. yupikgal

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    I'mSo excited to read the "final" chapter!! Please please hurry! Happy Easter to you both, by the way! (And to Duffy & Dumbo too)
     
  18. DharmaLou

    DharmaLou Once a Princess, Always a Princess

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    Really crazy question, but was the first photo of your wife (in your very first post in this thread) taken along the river in Estes Park, CO? If so, that's one of my very favorite places in this world to sit and get lost in my thoughts.
     
  19. DharmaLou

    DharmaLou Once a Princess, Always a Princess

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    Oops, I just read more of your TR and I figure it probably is, and that you stayed at Elkhorn Lodge. Was that place not the biggest dump ever?!?! DH and I stayed there right before Halloween in supposedly the "haunted" room - nothing happened - but the whole place was in such a state of disrepair and the bathroom was so disgusting. Normally we stay at the Stanley when we go for the weekend, but had a Groupon for this. Lesson learned.
     
  20. tayalltheway

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    We definitely had fun in Vegas, though I'd like to make a longer trip out of it next time. We definitely only scratched the surface and I'm dying to see some of the shows out there. Even if we do go again, I think we'll continue to set pretty low spending limits for ourselves on gambling. I wish we could break "their bank!" Hope you enjoy the last portion of the road trip.

    Hopefully it will live up to the anticipation once we arrive! We've definitely had some fun adventures since getting here. Thank you for reading along! I'm glad you're enjoying it :cool1:

    Vegas was definitely fun if a little overwhelming. Hope you enjoy hearing about the next leg of the adventure!

    No magical cure unfortunately so far for my health issues, but here's hoping you and I both feel better sometime soon! "Annoying" is right!!

    I wouldn't suggest swimming in those canals. Since it is Vegas, I imagine they're not the most sanitary...

    The Venetian was just beautiful! Of all the themed hotels, I think it's my favorite because it's just so well done. I'd love to stay there someday. I'm sure it's grand!

    Hope you enjoy the "final" chapter, though it's definitely FAR from the last part of the story. I've got lots more coming your way, including (eventually) actual Disney-related updates!

    Yup, Estes it is. The whole town is one of Tracy and my favorite places in the world. We love that area along the creek.

    We didn't actually stay at Elkhorn Lodge, but you can read about our experience with their "haunted hay ride." It's definitely a bit of a dump. I honestly can't imagine staying there; sounds like quite a mess. I'd love to stay at the Stanley though. It's so pretty there!
     
  21. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    That stretch of road is rather uninteresting and it seems like it hasn't changed at all. YAY for reaching your final destination.
     

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