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    Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    I had not been to DLR in two years. I just got back from a wonderful visit. It was my husbandís first time at he enjoyed it greatly. He canít wait for our next trip. I am glad he turned into a big fan like meÖI would have hated our marriage to be in jeopardy due to conflicting Disneyland opinions. I am going to try to figure out how to do a Trip Report with pictures but until then, my top 10 list will have to do. Although I have been to the parks a gazillion times (this past two year dry spell being my longest ever time away from the parks) things were a bit different this time because of the awesomeness that is Micechat. Sorry I donít have names, but a big thank you to all of those who brought things to my attention that really made my trip great.

    Top 10 things that I learned on Micechat that made my recent trip to DLR great!

    10) The Happiest Haunts Tour: I have never taken the time or paid money for a tour at DLR. This was such a fun tour. Andrew, one of our guides, was so sarcastic and made the tour a blast. We laughed so much. The partially obstructed fireworks viewing area was not perfect but when I leaned my head just soÖit was a good enough view for me. Great treat and keepsake included too. Not something I would do every visit, but it was a really nice treat.

    9) Free Locker at Grizzly Rapids: I had no idea this was there. In fact, once thereÖ I still had to ask a CM where it was! I brought along dollar store ponchos and had everyone put stuff in the lockers. My group thought I was a genius. (sorry, I took all the credit). It was so nice not worrying about the camera and purse getting wet.

    8) Hidden Mickeys: I had heard of these and knew a few but after hanging out here since March, I was much more prepared to look and find the Hidden Mickeys. I think I am going to pick up the book for the next visit so I can look more in depth next time.

    7) Carnation Cafťís loaded baked potato soup: $5.99 (and an AP discount) for a bowl of delicious soup and a roll. I made a dinner reservation on Saturday morning. It was nice to sit down after a long day and be served and it was real food, rather than fried or fast. And this soup was so very yummy!

    6) Fantasmic!: Ok, so I had never actually seen DLR Fantasmic!. I saw a show in Florida years ago that I think was similar but had never taken the time to see this show. We did not get there very early and ended up seeing it from the side but it was still a lot of fun and really cool to watch. And Murphy was great. I am glad that I took time out to watch Fantasmic!

    5) Rides are not always the priority: Rushing from ride to ride makes a day seem hectic and crazy. I read trip reports here that include pictures with characters. We took the time to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter. We waited in line for Goofy in his skeleton costume because my 36 year old husband had to get a picture with him. The rides were not the most important thing all the time and it was really fun and nice. The park was richer and had more depth. It was fun being giggly and excited to see characters. I am glad that we included this aspect of the park in our trip.

    4) Pins: We had so much fun trading pins. I big thank you for those in the pin trading section who taught me about Hidden Mickey pins and what to look for. I know we are still amateurs but we had a lot of fun.

    3) Photo Pass: I always get the Photo Pass and get suckered into buying the CD and pictures. But I learned a couple of things here. First, I had the CM take pictures with my camera too every time and did not feel bad about it. Second, I did not even look at the pictures at the resort. You guys taught me that I can do it online up to 30 days after. So I did not even view the photo pass there. No messing with the crazy lines or feeling pressure to buy right then and there.

    2) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night: I love this ride. It is usually one of the first I hit when I go. But I took someoneís advice and made sure to ride it at night. It is a totally different ride in the dark! It is so freakiní awesome. I loved it at night. It is now a must for me to do after the sun sets. It was really cool.

    1) Bengal BBQ bacon wrapped asparagus: Another place I had never eaten at. The food here is great. Yummy grilled offerings and that asparagus is out of this world! I could eat that asparagus for every meal. How did I miss that all these years? So very delicious.


    So here are 10 reasons that my recent trip was better because of Micechat. Thank you all!

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    Great! Glad you enjoyed your trip and glad MC could help.
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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    Fantastic post and thank you for sharing the highlights of what you learned here. That's a good list!

    And I agree about the bacon wrapped asparagus. LOVE IT!
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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    My very first trip to Disneyland was back in July of 2005. As you can see, I joined MiceChat just prior to that. I have always said, that my very first trip to Disneyland was made so much more special because of all that I learned from MiceChatters about the Disneyland that they knew.

    I continue to read what MiceChatters know and experience at Disneyland and DCA, because MiceChatters tell it like it is. MiceChat is a fun pace for me to hangout. I don't get to visit Disneyland much, but when I do, I always know that I will have a fabulous time, and that's because of MiceChat.

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

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    8) Hidden Mickeys: I had heard of these and knew a few but after hanging out here since March, I was much more prepared to look and find the Hidden Mickeys. I think I am going to pick up the book for the next visit so I can look more in depth next time.




    5) Rides are not always the priority: Rushing from ride to ride makes a day seem hectic and crazy. I read trip reports here that include pictures with characters. We took the time to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter. We waited in line for Goofy in his skeleton costume because my 36 year old husband had to get a picture with him. The rides were not the most important thing all the time and it was really fun and nice. The park was richer and had more depth. It was fun being giggly and excited to see characters. I am glad that we included this aspect of the park in our trip.





    If you have the time, stop by City Hall and get a window guide. My daughter has the hidden Mickey book and just loves it. I will usually try to send her a cell phone pick of 1 everytime I'm there.

    I keep telling my wife that 1 day I'll go to the park and not ride 1 ride.

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gandalf75 View Post
    5) Rides are not always the priority: Rushing from ride to ride makes a day seem hectic and crazy. I read trip reports here that include pictures with characters. We took the time to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter. We waited in line for Goofy in his skeleton costume because my 36 year old husband had to get a picture with him. The rides were not the most important thing all the time and it was really fun and nice. The park was richer and had more depth. It was fun being giggly and excited to see characters. I am glad that we included this aspect of the park in our trip.

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    BEST.THREAD.EVER!!!

    I'm glad we played a small part in making your trip special and could help you see some of the smaller things in the park that MANY people miss. I'm so glad you had a great trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gandalf75 View Post
    It was my husband’s first time at he enjoyed it greatly. He can’t wait for our next trip. I am glad he turned into a big fan like me…I would have hated our marriage to be in jeopardy due to conflicting Disneyland opinions
    This made me .

    It's so awesome to have a spouse who's a Disney geek as well. Of course, our disney geekdom goes to different levels, but she get's it and that's all that matters.

    On one upcoming trip one of our goals is to try and get all of the pressed pennies. We have started our collection from WDW but there is NO WAY you could do all those in a day, or even 10 days. But I think we can do the Disneyland pennies in a day.


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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    I'm so glad you had a great time ~ I can't wait for those pix!

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    So nice to hear what those things were that made your trip special.

    Can't wait for the pictures!

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    This is a great thread. Glad you had such a wonderful time and even happier this little community could help!

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    So glad that MC could help play a part in a great trip, although something tells me the people involved in the trip themselves are pretty wonderful.

    But now I really, really want a bacon wrapped asparagus skewer from Bengal BBQ.

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    MiceChat really helped me have a feeling for the park and what to see when I first visited in 2006 as well. Although I believe I actually joined up after that...

    EDIT: Yep, much later.

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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    What a great thread.... sounds like your trip was lots of fun. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Top 10 things from Micechat that made my DLR trip better!

    Spectacular thread, thanks for sharing!!

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