Bring Back HYPERSPACE Mountain! Sept 2016 TR - NEW 3/17 COMPLETED! THE END!

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  1. soniam

    soniam Wooden leg named Smith...

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    Can't wait to eat at Carthay Circle again. It is good. All of the food looked great. I would have eaten the ravioli on peas or parsnips, but I haven't found a vegetable that I don't like. I even like, actually love, mushy peas:)
     
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  2. scrappydew

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    Your sister is a woman after my own heart! I love her sneaking out for pictures. That's the kind of thing I would do! And in fact did one time in NYC with the Naked Cowboy. Hubbie had no clue till he saw the pictures. :rotfl2:
     
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  3. chunkymonkey

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    Wow you know how to make them? They sound very complicated but then again I am not really a baker!
    That's so funny we sat in the same table and had the same entree. Great minds think alike I guess, buahaha...

    Yeah I know her, I totally knew she was going to do that. Hahaha.

    It was the best meal we had on property! I wish Brown Derby is more like this, the food would be so much better and I'd actually want to eat there!
    I too love mushy peas, I just don't like peas mixed into other things. Weird I know. I don't have many picky food things but this is just one of them.

    Hahaha, that's so funny. It's totally like her to do so. You guys would have had a grand time getting pictures together!
    That's really funny about nake cowboy! He is definitely an icon here in NYC.
     
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  6. chunkymonkey

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    Sorry it's been a while since I've posted. We just returned from our Feb WDW trip where we ran the Princess 5k! It was a magical trip. You can read my trip report here if you'd like. I promise to update and finish this TR soon. Only like a day and a half more to go!

    Day 8 Part 3: Last Moments at Disneyland

    We headed back to Disneyland to ride Haunted Mansion. Before that though, I had to grab a churro. Because at DLR, the churro is king!

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    It's so convenient for the parks to be across from each other, and I will always love this aspect of DLR over WDW.

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    It was packed today. I guess everyone was back in DL for the Halloween festivities.

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    We made a beeline for Haunted Mansion - the line was super long and snaked around every corner. Luckily we had an FP but it was still not a short wait.

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    Finally we boarded the ride, and let me tell ya, this version of HM with the Nightmare before Christmas touches were amazing. It's soooo much better this way! I loved it! Maybe because I'm bored with regular haunted mansion and this was just something new and fun...but he added so much more to the ride.

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    Hmm why doesn't WDW do something like this?

    Now it was time for a snack, some Tiki Room, and then Jungle Cruise! In the meantime DH picked up some FP for Indiana Jones.

    I like how you can eat Dole Whips while watching Tiki Room now.

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    We walked over to Tomorrowland and DH wanted to go on the mattahorn again. Argh why! I was going to sit this one out but decided since it's an only in Disneyland thing I'll just go on it. Blech it was just as rickety and jerkey as the first time.

    We went to Tomorrowland and rode on Buzz then went to Star Wars Launch Bay where we met with Kylo and Chewie. I swear, Kylo makes me crack up all the time now. I can never keep a straight face with him!

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    After Launch Bay we used our FP for that monstrosity, Ghost Galaxy. It does not get better the second time around, lol.

    We decided where we wanted to have dinner, and I knew there was only one place I wanted to go, the Plaza Inn for their fried chicken dinner! All week I had said we should go here for dinner, but every time we wanted to go it was closed (it closed an hour before park closing, and with the parks closing at 8pm, it closed at 7pm!). Luckily that day DL was open late, think 11pm, therefore the Plaza Inn was open for dinner! So it's now or never! No one else was really that hungry but DH said he'll share the entree with me. As we were walking over to the Plaza Inn I spied this little beauty...

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    No, not the popcorn, although that is always tempting...but the words "Tie Fighter Popcorn Bucket" caught my eye. I totally wanted one since the SWDAS cruise we took last year on the Fantasy and I saw it but didn't buy it and of course you always want what you don't have, so on this trip I did get one! I asked the CM to put the popcorn on the side so that I could take home a pristine tie fighter.

    Tie Fighter and popcorn in tow, we walked over to Plaza Inn and I went inside and ordered while everyone went to look for a table. It's all quick service for dinner, so you just pull up a tray and tell the servers what you'd like, and I said I'd like the Fried Chicken platter with everything that it comes with.

    Here it is!

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    It was a huge platter. It seriously would serve 2 people. I even convinced my sister, who was busy eating popcorn, to eat a piece of chicken even though she wasn't hungry. There were 3 pieces of chicken on a platter and it was just too much for me and DH since we had such a filling lunch.

    Is this not the perfect little scenario? A fried chicken dinner with a Tie Fighter watching over you.

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    The food was very tasty. I thought the chicken was great, the potatoes were good, the corn was decent and the biscuit was just ok. Not a huge fan of the biscuits at Disney parks anyways.

    I also went to get us some dessert at Jolly Holiday:

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    It was a giant Mickey shaped macaron with raspberries. It was pretty look at but it was a little too sweet for me. Not bad, but one of those things that I would prefer to just admire rather than eat.

    After dinner we went to ride IJA with our FP. The last time we'd be on this ride! Boo.

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    Such a great ride. This ride should be what Dinosaur should have been. I rode Dinosaur for the first time in about 3 years just last week and I pretty much closed my eyes throughout the ride. It's not my cup of tea, but I love IJA!

    DH went to go stake out a spot for the fireworks later, and CS and I went to look for some beignets. We knew someplace near Pirates had the Mickey beignets as a quick service but we weren't sure where. Finally we saw Royal Street Verandah had a line and they had something called "Fried fritters" on the menu. Must be it, we thought, so we waited on line.

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    Finally we get to the front at we ordered, and we were presented with something that was not a beignet:

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    Sorry the pic is blurry, it was really dark out at this point!

    We took a bite anyways, and were delighted with what we discovered...they were pretty much battered and fried bananas, and they were really good!! It was a serendipitous discovery at Disney and we were glad we found it! So much for Mickey Beignets!

    We went to find DH who had found a space on Main Street for a view of the Fireworks. It wan't a big fireworks show like DL Forever but a smaller show. CS passed out the rest of her glow sticks, hahaha.

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    Soon the fireworks started...it was much smaller in scale than Disneyland Forever, but it was cute, if not memorable.

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    The park was open a little later after the fireworks but I think we were all just a little spent after our long week of park hopping. It was time to say good bye to Disneyland and California Adventure and an end to our time at these amazing parks.

    Last group shot of the evening:

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    My sister was so tempted to stay and get a picture with Halloween Mickey and Minnie but their lines were through the roof, so she relented and we all walked out of the park together one last time. We headed back to the GC where we collected our stuff and DH got the car. We loaded up and drove the short distance to the Hyatt House Anaheim. It's a modern, new hotel located less than a mile from the parks. I think its a bit too far for it to be walkable on a daily basis but what it lacked in proximity it made up for in space and amenities. We had a kitchen, a small living room, and a giant bathroom, all for less than half of what we paid to stay at our tiny GC room.

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    It was actually really nice to be able to spread out again for a bit, and the beds were really comfy!

    Coming up the next day...we're not done with Disney yet! Our breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen with the fam!

     
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  8. chunkymonkey

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    It's the coolest popcorn bucket! It sits next to my Cinderella carriage popcorn bucket right now. Hehe.
    Thank you for the link! I love the clothing! My sister will die. I hope it comes in plus sizes. I'll be in WDW at the beginning of May so hopefully I will be able to see the collection there! :)
     
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    Ack, I read this but forgot to note! Your room at the Hyatt looks awesome!! Ha, the tie fighter bucket - yay for finally getting one!!!
     
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  10. Gigi@Disney

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    Love your style and your sister's too! Got me looking at Torrid! Any other places you recommend for cute park styles?
     
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    This all makes me long for DLR in Summer 2018 so much. I really want to hit WDW, DLR, and DL Tokyo at both xmas and Halloween sometime. I have heard great things about the Hyatt House from the DIS Disneyland podcast.
     
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  12. Ruthie5671

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    This has been a great TR to read. I absolutely love you and your sister's outfits (I've commented that before - but it bears repeating). I seriously doubt I'll ever get to California, so this has been a fun adventure.
     
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    Day 8: Goofy's Kitchen Brunch and Goodbye California

    Today was our last day in California. Our vacation was over! :sad: But still we had a big breakfast to look forward to, at Goofy's Kitchen with DH's family!
    We spent the better half of the morning at the pool at the Hyatt House. It was quite relaxing and not very crowded, which was a nice change of pace.

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    We checked out of the Hyatt House and drove back to Disneyland and parked at the Disneyland Hotel this time. I only have good things to say about the Hyatt House but if you want to be right next to the parks it's probably not the best, however it definitely felt more luxurious and was a short drive away; I'm sure there is shuttle service to the parks too.

    We met up with DH's family in the lobby of the Disneyland hotel. I liked the DL hotel. It was brighter and fresher than the GC, although if you took away the Disney touches it would just seem like some sort of convention center hotel. If we return I wouldn't mind staying here instead especially since it's cheaper than the GC.

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    We walked over to Goofy's Kitchen and checked in.

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    Then we were all brought to see the man himself, goofy! There was a PP Photographer there too.

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    From L to R: DH's Mom, Brother Jimmy, Me, Chunkysis, GOOFY!, DH, Jimmy's GF Michelle, and DH's Dad

    And one more with just us:

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    We were all shown to our table which was very close to the buffet.

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    The buffet was quite large with lots of selections in different "stations"

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    Famous "monkey bread"

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    Make your own omelets:

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    I thought the selection of food was outstanding. It was also very good. I remember enjoying many things on this buffet.

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    I love how there are Mickey pancakes in addition to Mickey waffles! The monkey bread was good, as was the peanut butter and jelly pizza. Which just brings out your kid at heart. I also loved the savory prepared items they had. I can't remember specifically what they had but I remember it being delicious.

    Every so often the characters would do a little dance throughout the restaurant and wave their napkins around.

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    Soon we had some visitors to our table!

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    Steve's mom got a selfie stick!

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    And here's a group pic:

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    It was a really cute and fun breakfast with great food. The ambiance is a little crazier and more crowded than Storytellers but the variety of food was better.
    My sister purchased the picture package and it came with a bunch of smaller pictures so she gave one to DH and I, one to Jimmy and Michelle, and one to DH's parents.

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    After lunch we walked around Disneyland Hotel and Downtown Disney a bit. I went into the stores at the DL hotel and they are much better than the tiny one at the GC.

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    Here's the pool area of the DLH:

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    We tried to go into Trader Sams, but the wait was an hour and a half. They also wouldn't let me just go inside to take a picture because it was at capacity. :(
    So I got a picture of the outside instead.

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    Soon it was time to leave. DH's parents had a banquet to attend and we were going to head to the airport so we all said our goodbyes.
    It was a wonderful week in California and we couldn't have asked for better weather!

    We headed out and before the airport we had to stop at another favorite place, The Boiling Crab for some dinner before we headed home.

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    My sister and I got dropped off at the United terminal at LAX and we waited for DH while he went to return the rental car. It look him like 30 minutes! The terminal is a mess because of construction. Let's hope it gets cleaned up soon before our next trip out west (unsure of when that is though!)

    Here we are at the airport! It was an immensely fun but also tiring trip!

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    That is THE END of our Disneyland Trip Report! Hope to get a chance to visit again (I'm sure we will).
    Thank you for following along. If you'd like to read more stuff, please check out my in progress WDW TR here:


    Tale as Old as Time, a February 2017 Princess 5k and Birthday TR!

     
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  14. chunkymonkey

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    I know! I totally wanted one and regret not getting one on the cruise. I realize the tie fighter wings do come off so it's easier to transport.

    Thank you!! My sister definitely wins for the cutest outfits, and I dress more for comfort. I shop pretty much where ever I can find Disney stuff. My sister gets custom stuff made from Etsy in her size as well as shopping on Torrid. I shop for my Disney clothes mostly at Hot Topic, Target, Kohl's, Uniqlo and Amazon as well as at the Disney parks stores. I just picked up some stuff from Macy's as well (Beauty and the Beast t-shirts). I also like Fifthsun.com for t-shirts, they have cool designs. For my skirts I wear "skorts" and my favorite are from Sparkleskirts.com, Atheleta, or the Tranquility by Colorado Clothing skorts. Staying cool and comfortable is number 1 for me! I can't wear all those poofy dresses my sister wears but she loves them. She did admit in one dress that she could barely breathe, LOL.

    It was a great hotel, I just loved having so much space and a kitchen. Too bad it was only for one night. If I don't feel the need to have to go back to the resort so often I'd definitely think of staying there.
    I think it's a great idea to hit those parks! I ALMOST did that. My friends were in Tokyo the week after we were in Calilfornia. I was almost going to hop on a flight to Tokyo and head to TDL, however I would be by myself ad DH couldn't go and my friends didn't want to go to TDL. I'm glad I didn't as I would like to go with DH one year (we have both been when we were very young), and I was just super exhausted would have been jetlagged too. But it seemed like such a good idea at the time, LOL.

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate the kind comments! Thank you for reading!
     
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    OMG, peanut butter and jelly pizza at Goofy's Kitchen! So right up my alley. I've calendared to make an ADR there over Labor Day weekend when we will be at DL for the Disneyland Half Marathon. Really enjoyed your trip report. I'm a frequent DL visitor, but I still got a number of new ideas from reading your report. Thanks!
     
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    That sounds like a great trip! And you gave me some ideas for our first Disneyland trip which I'm hoping will be around 2019. :cheer2:
     
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    Well that sounds like a nice way to end your trip! Never been to the Boiling Crab, must put that on my list for my next California trip!

    The construction at LAX is horrendous, ugh I hate that airport. But it's so much cheaper for us to fly into LAX and then drive to Anaheim vs flying into John Wayne airport so we suck it up :P
     
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    Everything we ate was tasty! I really enjoyed it!
    Thank you for reading and I can't wait to go back to DLR!

    DLR is really awesome. You spend less time on transportation and everything is withing walking distance. I think you guys will enjoy it!

    It's yummy spicy seafood boil! We always get the whole-shabang sauce and it's good but kinda spicy so we get mild!

    Yeah us too, LAX is so much cheaper to fly into and we can get direct flights from NY so we'll just have to deal until they fix up the airport!
     
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    Fun report. I look forward to trying many of these things in June!
     
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    I enjoyed your report and your pics. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Finally all caught up here - sorry it took me so long, but work is crazy! Thanks for sharing - I loved reading it all - so many places we "missed" even though we had quite a few days at DL - guess we need to return rather sooner than later.

    Heading over to your new TR now.
     
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