The characters and coasters trip - day 1

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  1. DLPdaft

    DLPdaft <font color=royalblue>Cannot stop singing "Just li Moderator

    Jun 3, 2007
    The cast -
    me (40) DLRP daft
    DD (7) apprentice DLRP daft
    Dsis (39) 2nd trip to DLRP
    Dbil (39) 2nd trip to DLRP
    Dnephew (11) 2nd trip to DLRP
    Dniece (8) 3rd trip to DLRP

    Day 1 - Monday 6th October.

    Up early, journey by car then plane then bstransport all smooth and on time.

    Arrived at our hotel, the Santa Fe, at around 10am. We could see Mickey Mouse doing his meet n greets on the stage there, so the kids headed off with Dsis to see him while Dbil and I started checking in. Our CM started sorting through our paperwork, then stopped and said "we have a special offer for you - your whole party of 6 can stay in the Newport Bay Club if you wish, at no extra charge". After I'd picked my chin off the floor I said yes please :cool1: :cool1: .
    Our CM arranged for our luggage to be taken to the NBC, she gave us our park tickets, easy pass ID and half board/meal vouchers, and off we strolled to the parks, all grinning from ear to ear. 15 minutes in the resort, and we'd got the Main Mouse's autograph, and been upgraded!

    At the park gates, I stopped at Guest Services to pay for DD's new AP, then we were in and checking out all the Halloween decorations. We walked up Main St USA, then into Discoveryland, and onto Buzz with no queue. Then the coaster fiends (ie Dsis, Dbil, and Dnephew :goodvibes ) rode SM2, with only 5 minute wait, while the girls and I did a little window shopping. Dsis professed SM2 to be her favourite ride, and stuck with that opinion all the way through the trip.

    Then we headed to Frontierland, to find BTM with a technical fault, and a train full of passengers stuck right on the island. The coaster fiends went to do PM, girls didn't want to, so we took a walk to Boot Hill - and found a very friendly pair of Halloween stars -


    We also saw the Splatchmobile passing by



    We wanted to see Minnies House, but unfortunately it had been changed to fit in with the Halloween theme. We saw Jessie and Pluto at Woodys Roundup though, so got some more pics and autographs. On the way back out of Frontierland, we found Goofys Magic Pot -


    It was 12.30 now, so we headed for Caseys Corner for some lunch, and ate it outside while we waited for the Character Express to come up Main St. Casey Jnr looks lovely all splattered up for Halloween -


    After the Character Express had gone by, and we'd finished eating, we went through the Castle and into Fantasyland. It was busy at this time though, so we went to POTC instead, which we rode about 4 times over the 3 days, and never queued more than 5 minutes for. Then we did IASW for the first time this trip. I then took DD to get her permanent AP sorted out, while the others went to do Buzz again. At the AP office, I handed over the 18-months for the price of 12 letter DD had been sent, and they honoured it without a murmur, even though DD's pass ran out 4 days before I renewed it, and I was downgrading her pass from a Dream to a Fantasy :thumbsup2 .

    We met up with the coaster fiends again, and decided to stake out our parade spot. We chose near the bandstand, but on Main St, as we were hoping to be in the right place when the Peter Pan float stopped. I nipped off for hot drinks to keep us going, and was back in position for the Halloween pre-parade - which I though was absolutely brilliant, and the tune is completely addictive :banana: :banana:






    The main OUAD parade was, as always, amazing. And we were in the right spot for the Peter Pan stop - which was really good fun



    After the parade was over, we went to the Studios. We did Cars all together, then the coaster fiends went off to ToT, while I took the girls on the Flying Carpets. We browsed in the shops after that, and about 6pm went back to the Park, as we wanted to see Candleabration. We had time to do Buzz yet again before that though. Candleabration was lovely, but it wasn't quite dark enough at 7pm to really get the best effect of the candles being lit on the castle. We were all really tired by this point, but glad we had stayed to see it. We left the park with the crowds, looked to see if Mickey was waving at the train station, but no sign of him today :sad2: .

    We strolled through the Village to our new hotel - wow its so beautiful from the outside. The public areas are gorgeous too. I've done a separate review of the NBC in the hotels FAQ, and whilst I really do appreciate the upgrade gesture from DLRP, lets just say, I'm glad I didn't pay the NBC prices to stay there ;) . After we had eventually got checked in, we headed off to the Cape Cod restaurant there, where we had a reserved table for dinner. The food in this restaurant is very very good, best meal we had our whole stay, and thinking back, probably the best meal (choice wise and quality) I've had in all our visits to DLRP :goodvibes .

    After dinner, we grabbed our cases from the conciergerie, and trekked to our rooms. After having to get a maintenance guy to sort a couple of things out in my room, we finally got to bed around 11pm. You can bet we all slept well tonight :wizard: .
  2. cap'njack.

    cap'njack. Totally in love with Lisa_C

    Jun 13, 2008
    Wow! What an upgrade!! Hope your gang had as much fun as we did :cool1:
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  4. Dianetigger

    Dianetigger <font color=peach>May have to give the corkboard o

    Oct 21, 2005
    Fantastic start to your trip report, what a fabulous upgrade as well, looking forward to the rest - oh love your pictures too!
  5. Cyrano

    Cyrano DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2004
    Read your review about the Newport bay Club which will definitely be useful for other travellers :thumbsup2
    It is a large hotel but a super upgrade from your usual preference of the Santa Fe.

    Love the picture of Jack and Sally :)
  6. tripodjw

    tripodjw DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2007
    Great to see the pics of Jack.

    Looking forward to the next installments.
  7. Samf1971

    Samf1971 Mouseketeer

    Aug 30, 2008
    Thats a brill upgrade, I love the photos too, glad you had a great time
  8. scampbunny

    scampbunny <font color=darkorchid>The most fab of surprises!<

    Mar 5, 2008
    what a fab surprise - a good upgrade there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    sounds like a fun time so far, and love the halloween pics - makin me think of halloween next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! looks like so much fun - and quiet too with those wait times???

  9. Danauk

    Danauk <font color=green>I would be sitting on the patio

    Jun 27, 2003
    Great upgrade, lovely pictures and fab report. Can't wait to see more.
  10. joolz1910

    joolz1910 <font color=green>I would have gone down to recept

    Aug 24, 2008
    Surely that has got to be the biggest upgrade anyone has ever got!! Sounds like you had a good trip. I'm off to read your hotel review now...
  11. PJackson

    PJackson DIS Veteran

    Nov 8, 2007
    Will read your Hotel report later but your first day sounds fab :goodvibes Loving your halloween pics too :thumbsup2
  12. tennisfan

    tennisfan Was told off for sliding down the bannister at SL Moderator

    Jul 15, 2004
    A great way to start a trip getting a free upgrade. Lovely photos:goodvibes
  13. Bolanette87

    Bolanette87 <font color=deeppink>The Queen Bee<br><font color=

    Mar 2, 2008
    Fab upgrade!! Well jealous of the Jack and Sally pic!

    Bob xoxoxox
  14. mommy2ash

    mommy2ash <font color=deeppink>Has a Pooh pushin' Ash<br><fo

    Aug 7, 2008
    wow what a great upgrade!!! lovely pics. im so excited to go now
  15. Anne64

    Anne64 Mouseketeer

    Aug 11, 2008
    Great pics :thumbsup2

    What an upgrade :cool1: shall go and read your hotel review now
  16. MrsTigger

    MrsTigger <font color=green>DLRP board....guaranteed to make

    Sep 7, 2008
    lovely pictures! Great start to the trip getting an upgrade
  17. karenmoloney

    karenmoloney DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2006
    What a great way to start your trip! Your photos are great - making me excited about my trip in 5 days time.
  18. Ware Bears

    Ware Bears Bring me that horizon Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    What a great start, getting an upgrade! :yay:

    I love your photos, especially the one of the girls with Jack and Sally.
  19. hildasmuriel

    hildasmuriel <font color=magenta>I'm a really really scaredy sc

    Jan 23, 2007
    Smashing photos and a great first day.:thumbsup2

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