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Now, this is my first 'Official' Trip Report, one I actually planned! Though I have to say, unplanned Disneyland Trips are the best.
This is the first 3 days of the trip, Day 1, which was driving 5 hours from Ione to Bakersfield to stay the night with my Aunt, Day 2, from Bakersfield to Anaheim, and Day 3, first day in the park!
I've been planning this trip for months and we where actually able to go when I wanted! The 2nd week of december, so the kids could see the Christmas decoration, and so I could see them too. I'm a fan of Disney, (in case you can't tell by all my lovely Disney icons) and we always used to go only in the summer. So in the summer, I planned a trip for December. And it happened!
I planned this for 1 full week in the park. And by graphs and people I talked to, it was supposed to be very empty the week we went. The most empty of the entire year in fact. Which was a lie, or, way too many people saw the same graphs as I did, lol.
We left home on Saturday the 6th, and made our way down to my aunts house in Bakersfield for the night. She was lovely enough to lend us her time share for the week, so we didn't have to pay for a hotel.
And it was a chance for mom to drive all the way to LA, by herself, and prove to g-ma, that she was in fact, an adult. And to prove that the GPS I bought mom actually works.
Our lovely GPS system which I got from woot.com a while ago for mom's birthday, it was only $100, and it works great. It needs to be updated a bit though. I named her Captain Janet. Yay!
Drivin to Bakersfield is boring, as always, but it was very, very, pretty.
And what fun is being stuck in the car for 5 hours? Loads of fun if you have my siblings for well, siblings and car mates:
After a very long, uneventful car trip, we where happy to be at my aunts house. But, it was freezing. And, Matthew being Matthew wanted to go swimming. Of course. Mom wouldn't let him, he pouted, we went out to dinner to the ever fun and lovely Casa Mexico! Mallory was not home, she was at Pismo for the weekend, and after dinner Nick left for a party. Aunt Angel was busy doing her biscoitti for the Christmas season, so me and the kids took the chance to try out Mario Kart for Wii.
What a fun game. We stayed up for hours playing it, I totally want it now. Anywho, we where up until about 1am, then woke up the next morning at about 9ish, but we where in no rush, check in wasn't until about 4pm, we had a 2 hour drive, and then hand out at the hotel all night. Our annual passes where not good for the weekends, so we couldn't do anything until the next day. We unloaded, took a walk around, got some great pizza, watched TV, and went to bed late.
The drive down to Anaheim was fun, Lindsey had wanted to spend Sunday driving around Hollywood searching for movie stars, and well, Janet took us through Hollywood, but we didn't see any movie stars. We did see a guy pee on a wall though.
And then we saw it:
Hollywood Tower! I mean, it's not like you can see the castle from I-5, you can sorta see Space Mountain, if you try hard. So Hollywood Tower is the new landmark for me. We quickly found the hotel, which was wonderful. The wonderful Dolphins Cove Resort on Orangewood St. Mile and a half away from Disneyland. It used to be an old apartment complex, now it's time share condo's. The grounds are wonderful, and the rooms, omgoodness, don't get me started! Beautiful!
As we where getting to bed, at the lovely hour of about 9ish (no sleep the night before, blah) we couldn' sleep...again! We where so excited about the next day. Me and Lindsey where sitting on the balcony over looking the parking lot, when we heard a bang, and a bright light filled the air! THE FIREWORKS! Mom and Matthew jumped out of bed, they had no idea what it was, and they couldn't sleep either, so we went out to the parking lot and watched them for 15 minutes, then went back inside to try and sleep.
We woke up bright and early, got to Disneyland, got the AP's for mom and the kids, got their pictures, and was right in time for Hatter and Alice with the band! But I wasn't able to take many pictures, because everyone wanted to get goin on rides.
We then headed towards main street, where we saw Chip, tried to take a picture with him, but mom pressed the wrong button and the line was getting long. So then we got a picture with the tree! It's soo big and pretty!
Then we headed to our first ride of the day, Pirates! Then over to HM Holiday! Which...eh. It was fun to see it decorated, but it wasn't anything special -ducks from thrown pineapples-. We then wandered a bit, and I have to say, it was crowded, cold, and we quickly went over to DCA to do what we had to do there so we wouldn't have to go back till Friday (for Aladdin!!!) We did everything there, caught part of the HS3 parade too! Here are a couple HS3 parade pics, and some from the Monsters Inc. ride. Now, some of them do look like I used flash, but I did NOT.
I would have to say that we spent most of the day at the Animation place, right next to Off the Page. We went through Sorcererís Studio like, 3 times, did Turtle Talk, which was so nifty, and several times almost did Animation Academy.
On to Ursulaís Grotto we had some major fun. My brother and I did most of the things, Lindsey helped out with the Bambi one. And then we did a couple songs. I have to say, my favorite was the Beauty and the Beast voice over thing, cause at the end, after I said 'Well, if you wouldn't have frightened me I wouldn't have run away' and then Beast is speechless, my brother decided to add the ever lovely 'Screw You!' which you could actually hear loud and clear when they re played it back. My mother dragged us out of their after that.
On the Beast and Belle's Library! We all sat down and did the charecter thing, mom was Lady from Lady and the Tramp, Lindsey was Yzma
, Matthew was Lumiere
, and at first, because Matt was a pain in the behind, I was the ever wonderful Maleficent
, then when I did it all on my own with out Matt's help, I was Belle, which is just like always.
After we spent most of the day at DCA, we headed back to DL for a snack before heading back to the hotel for a meal. After searching through parade crowds for a pretzel cart, me and Lindsey finally headed over to Coke Corner to see if they had them, and they did~ And we caught the end of musical chairs with Hatter and Peter! Lindsey totally has the couple pictures I caught of Peter before he ran off into the crowd.
We ate, went back to the hotel for a meal, watched a movie, then headed back. While waiting at the bus stop, the fireworks started!
We then went and rode Soarin' Over California, Matt and I anyway, then headed over towards Grizzly, which we rode twice in a row, and then to Toy Story Midway Mania!
We rode single rider on TSMM, only had to wait about half an hour. Matt and Mom where sorta paired up, same car anyway, then I got on a couple cars later, and Lindsey a couple after me. I thought I did really well, 130k+, but the guy next to me was kicking my butt! I totally thought I was beating him, I was hitting all the 2k plates and stuff. Lindsey said she didn't even look at her score because the guy next to her was scary and WAY too into the game, lol.
We then started heading back to the hotel, when me and Lindsey decided that we where going to be crazy and ride Grizzly one more time, we where already wet and cold, why not right? It was walk on, we had our own raft. We got drenched. But it was fun. We went home wet, spent an hour in the nice hot tub each, then went to bed.
* Disclaimer, the night is fuzzy, so what I posted might not have all happened in that order, but that is what we did on Monday!
2 camera's where used on this trip, my new Canon Rebel XS and my old, but still wonderful Canon Powershot S5 IS. If you want certain info on a picture, just mail me and I'll tell you what I can about it. I'm still learning with my Rebel.
~Also, this is it for Part 1. Part 2 should hopefully be up tomorrow! It's already 3:30am, so I will work on it inbetween work in the morning!~