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    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010 (Photo Heavy)

    I know this is several months late but I thought I would go ahead and post since I have finally found the time to work on a report. I've done a trip report every year for the past several years so I hate to stop now. It's kinda fun to look back on the fun we had and I hope some of you will enjoy what I have to share. So here goes......

    This year’s trip marked our 10th annual Disney trip! I would love to be able to say that it was our 10th Disneyland trip but for various reasons we took a hiatus last year and vacationed at DisneyWorld instead. That excursion was most likely a once in a lifetime trip for us. Our goal at the time was to try the park on the opposite coast for comparison and to spend some time with some friends who live in Florida while we were there. The trip was okay but not quite all that we had hoped for. Actually, it really ended up confirming exactly what I had expected all along. Our hearts belong to Disneyland and from here on out we will be sticking to the west coast. Anyway, after having missed making it to our favorite park in 2009 we have now thrown the whole darn trip count all out of whack! Now I have to settle with saying that this was only our long awaited 9th annual trip to Disneyland. So you see having to skip a year to see our beloved Disneyland explains the second long awaited part of my title.... and also will give us a good reason to make it back in 2011.

    Anyhoo…… usually, as soon as we make it back home from our trip I am ready to start planning again for the next year. 2010 was looking a bit different because like many others our finances have been affected by the bad economy. I wasn’t even sure if we were going to get to make a trip at all so I sadly held off making too many definite plans. Still, in the back of my mind I fully intended to find some way to make it happen so I did go ahead and make reservations in January at Anaheim Desert Inn…. just in case. Finally in April we talked more indepth and decided we would indeed plan to take our annual trip to Disneyland. Hot dog! The trip was on! Let the planning begin! :woohoo:

    I purchased our annual passes in July so I could beat the price increase. Airline tickets in August. The original dates we chose were Nov. 10-23 but when my DH informed me that we should have Thanksgiving Day in the park I did not hesitate and quickly made the necessary adjustments. Needless to say there was a bit of a price increase but I was determined that I would not miss this opportunity no matter the extra cost. A Thanksgiving Day meal in the park! Doesn’t get any better than that!

    Anyway, enough small talk. Let’s get some action going on in this report!
    Here’s the cast:

    Me- The ringleader/amateur travel agent/devoted Disney nut


    DH-My enabler/DS’s usual park buddy/old softie when it comes to Disneyland


    DS-My fellow enthusiast on this particular trip/thrill rider of the bunch/Cold Stone Creamery and turkey leg addict


    DD-My precious little shadow/my usual park buddy/smiling face in the majority of my photos



    Day 1, November 10, 2010

    So our first day FINALLY arrived! Having gone to WDW last year we were really missing our favorite park so the household has been filled with an abundance of overexcited anticipation…. Well, all except Emma who has been saying all week that she just doesn’t know why she wasn’t all excited about our trip this year. This morning her tune finally changed and she is as giddy as the rest of us.

    Anyway, hustle and bustle all morning long. Got everything done, luggage loaded and we are off about 20 minutes ahead of schedule to drop off the dog at the kennel, stop off for gas and head to the bank drive through. We made it to the airport, dropped the car off at long term parking, checked the baggage, grabbed a Subway sandwich and made a last minute potty run with just a few minutes to spare before it was time to board the plane. I guess even though I have always wondered if allowing 3 hours was a bit excessive it ain’t such a bad idea after all!

    We hit a slight amount of turbulence in the first part of our trip but it calmed down after we had gained altitude. The most important thing is that we had a smooth landing. And guess what? I did it all this year for the first time without any Dramamine! It was also the first time I did not end up sitting next to someone who was wheezing and coughing. All in all a good flight!

    Safe at the airport, we grabbed our bags and a cab. Our driver this year was from Kenya, Africa. I’ve personally never met anyone from that far away. It made for some very good conversation. Before we knew it we were arriving at the Anaheim Desert Inn which would be our home away from home for the next 2 weeks. After a brief moment of panic, our reservation were finally located and we headed to our room. We got our bags unpacked and rested briefly.

    Upon arrival the weather in California was perfect! As usual, it was a little nippier in the evening. I didn’t bring a big coat so I was hoping that it doesn’t end up getting much cooler. I did bring a couple long sleeve shirts so it looks like I might be wearing layers if necessary.

    We decided to head out to find a bite to eat. We went to Mimi’s and ended up having the best quiche I have ever had! We also had our first seasonal treat, pumpkin spice loaf, which was oh so good. I had a $10 off coupon, which was enough to cover the tip, so our trip was off to a nice start with good food and a bargain. I might add that I also wanted to walk down towards Hojo’s just to get an idea of just how far it is just in case we ever need alternate place to stay. I think it is a little further than I would like to walk at the end of the day but certainly doable if they end up offering a deal too good to pass up.

    We had skipped dessert at Mimi’s so on the way back we stopped in at Cold Stone Creamery. We left our tip. Heard our song and gathered our yummy ice cream and headed back to the room for the evening. Everyone was pretty tired and I did not sleep well the night before… especially since my DD found a scorpion in the bathroom…. So we settled in for a hopefully restful night so we would be fully charged and ready to go for our first day in the park in the morning.
    Last edited by mariezp; 02-19-2011 at 04:57 PM. Reason: Added warning that report is photo heavy.
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    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...23-2008-a.html

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Day 2, November 11, 2010

    After a rough night of sleep because my DD kept waking me up I still managed to wake up ready to go to the park. First days are just that way! Since it was our first day and I wanted us to all enter the park together I patiently waited for the guys to wake up. Thankfully, they did not sleep all day. We actually made it to the turnstiles about 9:30 which is good for us because we are definitely not park opening sort of people. We stopped at the little gift area just before you enter the tunnel on the left to pick up a disposable camera for my son since he had decided he would jump right in and be taking pictures this trip too. Next, we headed though the magical tunnel and were transported into the Happiest Place on Earth. It was wonderful!!! So great to be back!

    We made our way down Main Street and stopped in at the Market House for coffee, cappuccinos and our first sweet treat inside the park, gingerbread cookies! Yummo! I’ve never really cared for gingerbread all that much but I do have to say that Disneyland makes the best! And, just so you will know the chocolate dipped ears are the very best part! A drink in one hand, a cookie in the other we headed on down to the annual pass center to get our mug shots….err…. I mean photos taken and passes processed. What a wonderful feeling to be an annual passholder again! My DH loves feeling like a VIP because he has a ticket with his photo on it and not one of those plain old paper tickets. I especially like the idea of knowing that having one of these babies doubles the likelihood that we will make it back again before the year is up.

    Ahhh the joy of becoming an AP holder! Just look at their happy little faces!


    Now that we had that important step out of the way the next logical thing to do was go ride something! The family voted unanimously to make POTC our first ride since it is pretty much everybody’s favorite and typically our traditional first ride every year. A short wait and we were drifting through that wonderful swamp. The BB was not opened for lunch yet and the area was empty and beautiful. It was also so very quiet for a change which was so cool. All you could hear was the sound of the swamp… crickets chirping, frogs croaking, and that wonderful banjo being played… all so much better than dishes crashing, and the rumbling, mumbling background noise coming from a restaurant full of noisy people. I wished I had snapped a picture but at this point I was too busy soaking up the atmosphere and just so happy to be back at DL so I hadn’t quite gotten in the frame of mind to start whipping the camera out just yet. As a matter of fact, this first ride was all sentimental and I didn’t end up taking a single picture!

    Since we were already in the area next we decided on HM, another family favorite. First the guys ran over to Splash and nabbed some FPs and then we hopped in line. The line seemed very long but as it turned out they had not moved the chains in the queue line yet so it wasn’t making all the twist and turns towards the side of the building but went straight in the front door which just made it look like it was backed up. The line here moves amazingly fast so in what seemed like hardly any time we were inside visiting with the happy haunts and singing along with the NBC song. I really like Madame Leota’s new spiffy ornament that she was floating around in. It may have been there last year but it was new to me. I love this ride and always find something new. This year I could really smell that gingerbread!







    Next up was Pooh. Usually, if we are on that end of the park DS and DH end up riding Splash. We wanted to take my DS on it because he never gets to ride it. He grew up watching Pooh bear and still enjoys reading the books so it only seemed fitting that we make an effort to get him in there! Wouldn’t you know it! We get there and the line was longer than I have ever seen it! No matter. We are just happy to be here so we wait. Normally I don’t mind waiting at all. Lines are just part of the fun and we always come up with something fun to do like people watch or annoy each other or chit chat while we wait BUT this was one of those rare occasions when we had annoying people in front of us. There was a family who had a little boy who was climbing all over the wall and climbing up in the bushes. He was all over the place trampling stuff and they were just oblivious. Well, not totally. They were snapping pictures because little Johnny or whatever the heck his name was was just so darn cute! Grrrr! Some people just have no respect or concept of how much work goes into trying to keep the park beautiful. It’s a peeve of mine to see people behave like that cause I am just a little protective of our happy place. Anyway, we made it through the line with me biting my tongue the whole way. I eventually pulled out the camera and took pictures to keep myself distracted.




























    DS did end up enjoying the ride and I even got the chance to point out the Country Bear tribute to everyone.

    When we got through the Splash FPs weren’t in effect yet so we decided to grab a bite to eat while we waited. Since the Harbour Galley was right around the corner and we had not been there since they stopped selling McDonald’s fries (boo!) we decided to give the clam chowder a try. Seemed to 3 of us that they had changed the recipe and it just was not as good as it used to be. Too many peppers and the flavor changed. Just guessing that they came up with some new and improved healthier recipe. Bah humbug! I’d prefer they just leave a few of our favorites alone. Anyhoo….. even though we were disappointed with the food we did at least enjoy the quiet spot we found to sit in behind the building over by the water. When we were through DD and I took the bread bowl tops and fed the ducks off a bridge over by the Hungry Bear while the guys rode on Splash.








    Emma shared her bread with 2 boys. They were very nice and polite and even thanked her. One of them accidently dropped a bottle into the water. They were determined to retrieve it. It kept us entertained to watch them as one held on to his brother’s feet as he was precariously hanging upside down over the water. He was successful and managed to nab the bottle and deposit it in a nearby trashcan. A little unorthodox and I am not even sure I would have allowed my own child to do the same thing but I was very proud to see a couple of young men aware enough to care about taking care of their surroundings and not just assuming that someone else would come along to clean up after them. Kuddos to the parents for their parenting skills!












    We had a grocery delivery arriving soon so we needed to head back to our room. We hopped on the train to to save ourselves a few steps and catch a ride back to Main Street. Along the way we spotted the sails above NOS.


    I also pointed out to my family the bullet hole as we headed through the Primeval World. Of course, they were wowed with my vast accumulated knowledge of the park.

    We made it back to the Desert Inn and I thought I would check with the front desk to see if our groceries had gotten there early. Glad I decided to drop in because indeed they had delivered them ahead of schedule and had been stored in their breakfast room for me. We loaded the goods on a luggage buggy and made it back to the room. I was annoyed to find that Von’s had goofed. They left off DH’s sausage and biscuits and substituted some nasty chocolate chip muffins for DS’s banana nut muffins. Going to have to think twice before ordering from them again! Thankfully, they did have a capable customer service person who issued a refund for the missing muffins but I was still a bit miffed because they had really screwed up our breakfast plans…. which really was one of the main reasons I had ordered to begin with. After storing the groceries we did receive we hung out in the room and rested awhile.

    We headed back to the park about 4:00 to try to catch the Veteran’s Day Flag Retreat Ceremony. It’s one of those things I’ve always intended to see but had just never gotten around to. Unfortunately we really should have gotten back to the park a little earlier because there was already quite a crowd and we were not really able to find a decent spot. We stayed anyway even though we couldn’t really see much but at least we could hear and sing along with the National Anthem. It is now one of the things that I am able to mark off my list.






    My DD is generally pretty cooperative with all my picture taking but….. on occasion even she gets annoyed with me. Actually, she was exaggerating a bit but I fairly sure she was getting a little bored with the waiting. Not quite at an age to really appreciate the ceremony.


    Of course, a big brother is even more annoying! Here’s the response he got!


    We decided to make our way over to the info board and check the wait times and to see what time the Hungry Bear closed. DH had requested that we eat there since we had not done so in a very long time. It seldom ever seems to be open when we are there but it was this time so off we went to Critter Country. DS ran and grabbed a turkey leg and met us in the dining area overlooking the ducks. Now I have to say that the burgers they make looks very appealing. However, I have no idea how a burger can be so bland. I added 2 packets of salt and it was still pretty flavorless.

    We set out after our meal and headed towards Fantasyland. The plan was that we were going to show the guys around and let them see what it is like to actually ride all the rides. In their usual mode they tend to only ride the “big rides” and never take the time to stand around in the lines for rides such as can be found in FL. We started with a nice long wait in line for Alice. It really wasn’t too bad. The only really memorable thing that happened was that I got clunked in the head by a toddler’s teddy bear. Thankfully, it was a nice soft fluffy fellow.







    Anyway, plans do tend to change and in this case after the wait, one ride on Alice and the inability to agree on what to ride next the guys decided to skip the rest of our tour and strike out on their own. DD and I really didn’t mind because we actually probably do accomplish more on our own. It is much easier for the two of us to agree on a course of action and we can go at our own pace. DD wanted to ride the carousel so off we went.




    Next was Dumbo. While we were waiting in line DD and I had a long conversation with a local young lady who was there with her young son. She had some other family members off elsewhere in the park. She was telling us that her uncle had proposed in the park a few days earlier. Awwww!


    I tried to catch a picture of Small World as we whizzed around up high but alas I had no luck. This is the best I could do. It probably didn’t help that DD and I were in giggle mode the whole time. I do love catching a glimpse of the lovely twinkly lights from a lofty pachyderm! Everything else looks really pretty from up there too!



    We decided to take a late night ride on Casey Junior. I really wish my DD didn’t enjoy those cages so much! They are slightly cramped for an adult but we did manage to squeeze me in and off we went. Such a pretty ride at night!

    We almost decided to ride Peter Pan but as usual the line was long so we drifted around a bit, grabbed some popcorn and stumbled upon some really pretty window displays.




























    When I had done my fill of taking pictures we wound up heading towards Adventureland through one of the side roads through the castle.






    We rode the Jungle Cruise and had a pretty good skipper. Then we headed over to the Tiki Room.









    I was still wanting to ride Peter Pan so we checked on it and again the line was huge so we passed by and continued on to the Carousel again. This ride I was unfortunate enough to saddle up next to a girl who was seriously wrapped up in her own little world. She was flipping the leather strap this way and that and smacked me in the back and never even had a clue she had done it. It didn’t really hurt so I didn’t even mention it. Then, as if that wasn’t enough before the ride was over, on the other side of my trusty steed, I got kicked in the shin by a little boy. It just wasn’t my night. Still glad we did cause these ended up being some of my favorite photos of my DD.




    Still ever determined to carry on in Fantasyland, we made our way through the crowd and rode the Teacups.






    Next was Storybookland. Kids have the best memory! The last time we were in DL was in 2008. On that trip my DD had made up a story about having an invisible hamster. Lo and behold, she brought him again. And, just so you know he did not jump off the boat and into the water this time.


    Poor Harold came out such a blur. He must have been turning that popcorn really fast!


    We were starting to get a bit tired so we decided to make Nemo our last ride of the night. I made a quick phone call and the guys came over to join us. I was really glad we thought of it because when we got there we had only about a 3 minute wait. You can’t do that during the day!

    On our way out of the park we stopped off at the candy shop and then headed back to the hotel. Poor DD ended up getting a spot rubbed on the inside of her leg. Luckily it didn’t end up turning into a blister before we made it in for the day.

    And, just on case anyone remembers my inquiries… DS did find himself a cherry slushie at the Edelweiss Snacks, just across from the Matterhorn. They also sold turkey legs so he was one happy camper! This place came in very handy several times on our trip.
    Me,DH,DS-23 ,DD-14



    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Great report : ) Loved reading it

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Great trip report and pictures. Where is home? Arizona? Scorpion in bathroom, I don't think I would sleep well either.

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    It's never too late to do a trip report.

    I wish that I could remember enough from my most recent trip to include as much commentary as you have included here. I guess the brain is failing, after all.

    Great pictures. I look forward to seeing more.

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Looks like you put some hard work into this trip report. Worth the time to read and view. Job well done.

    And 3 minute or less wait lines are the BEST!
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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    What a great Trip report!!! I love to see people enjoying Disneyland as much as it looks like you all did in those pics. It truly is a magical place and one can not help but be filled with overcoming Joy. Keep them coming.

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Awesome report!

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Cool! I have readers! Guess I will make a few responses before I continue on with my report.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip and Dale View Post
    Great report : ) Loved reading it
    Thanks for reading along. I am glad you are enjoying it. Stay tuned. There's still lots more to come.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazziered View Post
    Great trip report and pictures. Where is home? Arizona? Scorpion in bathroom, I don't think I would sleep well either.
    Thank you for joining me as I recount our trip! It is so much fun to share and even better when I hear that people are liking the report.

    Home is actually in Texas. Scorpions are definitely one of my not so favorite critters that occasionally show up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaraann View Post
    It's never too late to do a trip report.

    I wish that I could remember enough from my most recent trip to include as much commentary as you have included here. I guess the brain is failing, after all.

    Great pictures. I look forward to seeing more.
    I know that I was hoping late was better than not at all! I know I love reading reports no matter when the trip actually happened. Of course, I am just happy to read anything about the park. I noticed that you have a new report too so I am going to have to head over there as soon as I can to see how your trip went. Thanks for joining me on mine!

    As far as brain's failing... you will have to count me in on that! I have a memory like a sieve! The only way I "remember" is because I make sure to write down notes every evening before I go to bed when we are on our trip. Thankfully some of it filters back to me as I am going back and posting photos to the report. If I had to count on my memory alone this would end up being a VERY short trip report indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Micoofy Duck View Post
    Looks like you put some hard work into this trip report. Worth the time to read and view. Job well done.

    And 3 minute or less wait lines are the BEST!
    Thank you! Have to warn you though. I am just getting started! Only up to day 2 and we were there for 15 days! More to come soon.

    The only bad thing about 3 minute waits is that they don't happen very often!

    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonAppleDear View Post
    What a great Trip report!!! I love to see people enjoying Disneyland as much as it looks like you all did in those pics. It truly is a magical place and one can not help but be filled with overcoming Joy. Keep them coming.
    Thank you for your kind words. I am very lucky that I have a family that loves Disneyland almost as much as I do. It is without a doubt my favorite place!


    Quote Originally Posted by Dlandclub33 View Post
    Awesome report!
    Thank you! I hope you stay with me and enjoy the rest!



    So now that I have responded to my wonderful readers I guess I had better add some more to keep their attention. I also saw that my report made the Micechat Round-Up! Thanks guys! Looks like the pressure is on to keep this report flowing. Day 3 coming right up!
    Last edited by mariezp; 02-16-2011 at 08:31 PM. Reason: added thank you!
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    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...23-2008-a.html

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Day 3, November 12, 2010

    Thinking to avoid the big Official Christmas Season kickoff crowd we decided to spend the day in California Adventure. I think that everyone else in California must have had the same thought about avoiding Disneyland today. I have never seen CA this crowded! Whatever they are doing to ramp up attendance is definitely working! Of course, it did not help that we didn’t get an early start. We probably arrived about 10:45. Those boys do like to sleep!











    Today may just be the death of me! My son is planning to make me finally ride Screamin with him. I’ve promised him every year that I would and every year something has magically come up to prevent the ride from happening. Guess my time has finally run out. As we made it through the turnstiles he was already plotting to make Screamin our first ride. Luck was still on my side for the moment. The line was huge so we grabbed FPs instead.











    We decided we would go ahead and eat and have that out of the way so we grabbed DS a turkey leg and made our way to Pacific Wharf to see what other eats the rest of us could find. DH opted for the Cocina Grill while I decided to give the Lucky Fortune Cookery a try. I really was considering the Thai Coconut Curry but wasn’t brave enough to try it because I thought it might be too spicy so I got the Mandarin Chicken. Turns out is was sorta good but still too spicy for me. DD’S Teriyaki Chicken was much better. When we were done we headed back over to Screamin but realized that the FPs were not good until 3:00. With plenty of time to waste we decided we might as well wait in the hour long TSMM line. We are not willing to do that for many rides but this is one of the exceptions. I just love it even though my score usually isn’t all that great.











    Next up was King Triton.





    Afterwards everyone but me wanted to take a break back at the hotel so they left and I stayed for awhile by myself. I wandered around and snapped pictures for a short bit. I figured if I did not go back before too long that they would all be rested up and I would be the one still tired so I didn’t stay too long. I also discovered that I was really kinda lost without my family.





















































    We got rested up and headed back to CA about 6:00. My DS was all ready to go straight to Screamin but we stopped at Soarin first which was okay with me. Not only did I get to stall the inevitable but I got to ride my favorite ride. When we got done there I figured I had held out as long as possible and that I might as well go ahead and get it over with so DH took off in one direction with DD while DS and I got in line with out FPs for Screamin. Obviously, I lived to tell the tell of my first ride. Honestly, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had worked it up to be in my mind. And to be honest I did at least like the way the seats pin you in securely so you are not sliding around. It was way better than Rockin Roller Coaster! However, I really don’t have that teenage sort of desire for thrill rides so I don’t have any desire to turn around and go do it again anytime soon.

    With that out of the way I was ready for something calmer so I took DD on King Triton again. We considered going on TSMM again but as always the line was huge and we just weren’t up for commiting that much time since we had already once earlier in the day. So, DH took off with DS in the direction of GRR while DD and I made a decision to go check out Bugsland.

    I understand that a lot of folks never go back to this part of the park because it is mostly for the little kiddos. However, I think the stench that is found in that area is an even better reason to stay away! I have no idea what was giving off such a horrid smell but it smelt nasty in there! We rode Heimlich which Is our favorite. We were in line for Lady Bug Boogie when the guys showed up to join us for our ride. It was a tight fit but everyone was in good humor so we just made the best of it. I do believe it was the giggliest ride we have ever had. Next, we all rode the Tuck n Roll’s Buggies. I didn’t get smashed too many times and I didn’t even catch on fire! When I was young I was always scared to ride any bumper cars because of the sparks! Last we rode Heimlich again, but this time with the boys.

    We decided to call it an evening. On the way out we stopped in at the bakery to grab a snack. DH and DS got more gingerbread cookies. I decided to try one of the shortbread snowmen. I should have stuck with the gingerbread as the shortbread was really not that good. We made our way back to our room, called in pizza and watched Pink Panther.

    Me,DH,DS-23 ,DD-14



    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...23-2008-a.html

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Day 4, November 13, 2010

    The time change has really been messing with my brain’s idea of when I should sleep. I’ve been waking up about 6:30-7 every morning. This morning I decided to go down and grab some of the free breakfast the hotel has to offer. I decided while I was already down there that I should stop in at the lobby to use the computer to check my e-mail. I am glad I did! After wading through tons of junk e-mail I found one good message from my friend, Sherry, who I familiar with from another Disney board, saying that she would be at Disneyland sometime today. Oh boy! I was so excited! So fun to be heading to the park with a prospect of meeting up with one of my fellow Disney fans! Now I just have to hope I actually can hear my phone if it does indeed ring! Under the circumstances, I decide I might want to go ahead and make my way to the park before half the day is over. Thanks to the thundering feet of neighboring children outside our room the guys get woke up early and we are indeed able to make it to the park quite early for us. There actually wasn’t much of a line at the gates this morning so I figured it meant that we still must have been late enough to miss the big morning rush.

    Once we were inside the gates DD decided we should make our way over to the horse drawn carriage. Poor timing for us though because we got there just as they took off to switch out the horses. Oh well, another time. Down Main Street we went. We noticed some of the windows along the way. My DD spotted a package in one window with her name on it.





    We made a brief stop in the Market House and made it in front of the castle just in time to catch the opening day show. We all really enjoyed it ! In all the years we have been this was the first time we had ever been there at the right time. I do have to say that over the years I have decided that Tom Sawyers Island aka Pirate’s Lair is the hottest place in Disneyland. Now we also know that the spot right in front of the castle is the second hottest place in the park BUT the show was fun so it was worth it.



























    Next we made our way through the crowd and made our very first trip through the Castle Walk Through. I missed it reopening last year and had been really looking forward to it. It was very nice. The walking area is larger and better lit than I had imagined. I will definitely be making a second trip though when I don’t feel like I am being rushed.

    Since we were already in Fantasyland we glanced at the line for PP but again everyone thought the line was too long so we went on Pinochio.





    Then Snow White.









    Next we went over to Pirates which had a very long line. We waited about 5 minutes and then the guys decided that we wouldn’t make it in time for our dining reservation so we got out of line and checked in early at BB.

    We requested a waterside table and after about 20 minutes we were ushered to the best table we have ever had! DD was mesmerized watching the boats. She is so sweet and innocent. She gave me a chuckle. As she was waving at the passing boats she said “Those people are taking pictures of me and they don’t even know me.” Who knows? Maybe it really was the Blue Bayou Paparazzi! She certainly thought so. DH had the Jambayla, DS had the Salmon, I had the Monte Cristo and DD had the kids Salmon. Everything was great although no one was able to finish their entire portions…. because of course, we had to leave enough room for dessert. Our server amused me when he asked us about dessert. He said he could recommend 2 items but would not recommend the cake because it was always dry. At least he gives his honest opinion. No matter! Our minds were already made up before we ever arrived. BB’s Crème Brulee is our favorite and it did not disappoint this time at all. We thoroughly enjoyed the new one larger vanilla crème brulee topped with a whole batch of lovely berries even better than the assorted trio we’ve had in the past several years. We finished stuffing ourselves and managed to roll ourselves out the front door.









    DD was determined to ride Pirates so we got inline while the guys took off elsewhere. To prove that we would have had enough time to have waited in line earlier we timed how long it took us to wait in line from the point we had gotten out of line earlier. We came up with 20 minutes which does prove that while the line does look very long it does indeed move quite fast.

    While inside on the ride I missed my call from Sherry (stupid quiet phone ringer!) so I immediately called her back when we exited. We made plans to meet at the hub where I recognized her right away. Not only did I get to meet Sherry but 3 other wonderful ladies and one's family. The parade was about to start so we took the opportunity to talk and got a Photopass picture made. I felt like an Amazon woman since I was taller everyone else. :laughing:



    Next we headed over for a group ride on Small World. My DD took charge of shepherding two of the little girls since she loves children of all ages. We had a busy boat full of photographers snapping pictures left and right. Silly me. I didn’t end up taking any. I enjoyed meeting everyone but it was time to meet back up with my family since we had previously made plans to go see Megamind in DTD. We finished our day with the movie and called it a night.
    Me,DH,DS-23 ,DD-14



    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...23-2008-a.html

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Day 5, November 14, 2010

    Up by 6:30 again! I decided I would try to test my skills at getting online with our laptop so I could check my e-mail and do a few things online. I confess I am electronically challenged. On top of that the only time I ever use our laptop is when we are on vacation so it is like a foreign object to me. The first thing I did was forget to put in the D-link so when I went to restart I must have hit the wrong button. The computer didn’t blow up but it did go into some sort of lockdown except for the administrator or owner and required a password. After trying every password I could possibly think of I was about to give up in defeat and suffer the wrath of my DS. However, my determination kicked in again and I decided to give it one more try. Evidently I did something different and broke through the lockout on my first attempt! Finally I got connected and made my update. After the entire incident and the extended time it took for me having to learn how to use the touchpad to navigate I ended up wasting away a good portion of the morning. By the time I finished up and got ready to go to the park it was getting close to 11:00.

    This morning was an amusing one. As we were walking into the park DH told us that we were all walking way too fast. So funny coming from him because he is always in a hurry everywhere he goes. Anyway, we tried to humor him because it was really nice to see that he wanted to make an effort to relax and enjoy himself. However, his next statement was that he wasn’t going to make any suggestions for the day and let everyone else pick what to do so we knew he must have a fever or something. LOL! So okay, we’ll go with it and see how long it lasts…. just a hint.... not long.

    We made it in the park and made our usual stop at the Market House. While the grown ups are in line DD finds ways to entertain herself.



    Next stop we decided would be the Jungle Cruise. As we pass by DH says we might as well go to the Tiki Room while we are already here so we turn back around and go to watch the birdies. (see that didn't take long)













    Next we headed to the Jungle Cruise.





































    When we were done the guys wanted to take the train over to the monorail to head on over to the RFC for our 1:00 reservation. I am thinking but we haven’t done anything! Of course, we go ahead and start making our way to the train station in NOS. Knowing that we have plenty of time to do something…anything…. we stop off at Tarzan’s Treehouse. DH and DS zip through while DD has to stop and touch everything. Me…. I just take lots of pictures while I wait.











































    We finally meet up with them at the exit and can tell that they are wondering how in the world it could possibly take anyone so long to go through a treehouse. So much for being leisurely. Clearly we are all on different wave lengths… as we often are when at the park.... and is why we generally end up split in 2 different groups.

    Anyhoo... we head to NOS and board the train for Tomorrowland.





    When we get off the train we glance at Nemo and there is NO LINE so off we go in search of some deep sea adventure!









    When we get off our sub we hop on the monorail and head over to DTD. I check us in at RFC and we get to sit upstairs since we are Safari Club Members. I do believe it is a little less chaotic up there. The food was pretty good but honestly the RFC at WDW beats this one on food quality. The service was also pretty slow. One thing that is the same is the yummy Volcano!







    We finished up and decided to head in for an afternoon break and wait to go back later when the heat had died down a bit. We hung out in the room and did nothing. We found Shrek on tv so we watched it.

    Somewhere around 6:00 we slowly made our way back to the park. Once inside we took the train around to HM and then on to POTC. The crowds were much lighter in the evening than they had been earlier in the day. We made our way over to check on the PP line but Fantasyland was closed for the fireworks. We rode the Teacups. Then we grabbed a turkey leg for DS and chimichangas for the rest of us. We sat down on the little pier tucked away behind the Edelweiss snack stand that overlooks the water and faces SW. We practically had the area to ourselves… that is until DS started goofing off and had a napkin stuck to his lips which just happened to be about the time a couple of cute teenage girls walked by. He was thoroughly mortified but it gave us a great laugh when it was all said and done. There was one other guy sitting on the pier reading. DS said he thought it looked like a great idea and I have to agree that I think it would be oh so relaxing to just sit and absorb the surroundings while reading a good book. I was certainly impressed that my DS thought so. I do believe he has become a true Disneyland devotee!

    It was very close to fireworks time so we decided to stay in our own little private viewing area. The area was FANTASTIC! There were trees slightly obstructing the view in places but we were able to see both the fireworks going off over the castle and the ones going off from Toontown. By the time the show was over we were all really feeling the magic! At the finale we quickly stepped around the corner under one of the snow machines. Magic complete! I have never been a huge fan of staying for the fireworks but I have to say after this experience we have found the spot that truly makes it magical for us!

    We quickly made our way over to SW and then finally to PP. While standing in line for PP, DD had something akin to a panic attack and stood in line with her face buried in me the whole time. It was a perfect uncrowded evening in the park. All the lights were amazingly beautiful and I was so enjoying being in such a wonderful mood and would have gladly stayed until closing but after we made it off the ride all DD wanted to do was go home and the guys were tired so off we went. On the way out I showed them the secret bathroom and then we were done. Made it back to the room and watched How to Train Your Dragon and called it a night.
    Me,DH,DS-23 ,DD-14



    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...23-2008-a.html

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    Day 6, November 15, 2010

    This morning I decided I would try to have patience about not spending every possible moment in the park and let everyone sleep late and decide when to head out. Apparently this bunch needs guidance! While I am still on Texas time DH can still sleep til almost noon even in another time zone! We stumbled into the park finally a bit before noon.

    Actually Emma raced around the poles all the way into the park.


    We decided to take the train around to the back of the park. Before we left the Main Street train station I casually asked if we might be able to ride the Lily Belle, never imagining the answer would be yes! We were told to check back in about 4:10 so we could ride the 4:30 train. COOL! In the meantime, we made our way over to have lunch at Troubador Tavern since DS is thouroughly absorbed in all things German. DS enjoyed his Bratwurst and the place had very nice scenery for lunch. My silly family members took the opportunity to have a few staring contests.




    The girl in the background cracked me up! She must have been in awe of their staring expertise!


    Next we headed over to Toontown and wandered around the streets reading signs and taking photos.








































    We ran into Pluto. Shortly after that the guys decided to take off. We wandered around some more.








































    We finally made our way over to Mickey’s house.



















































    DD was disappointed because she likes Mickey in his regular attire, not his sorcer’s outfit.






    We went over and checked out Chip n Dale’s treehouse.
















    Then Donald’s boat and then we slowly made our way through the rest of Toontown.
































    We decided to make our way over to Reindeer Roundup.
























    Who should we find but Santa!








    I took more pictures of the area.























    And, then we sat and colored for a LONG time.




    A little girl came over and sat by me for the longest time… no mom in sight… then a little boy came along and knocked an umbrella down which almost fell on top of all of us. Thankfully, it didn’t hurt anyone or him but he took off because you could tell it scared him. Mom finally showed up but never said a word about the whole ordeal. As it turned out I do think she was the mom of both the children who appeared to seem to be there on their own. While we finished up our coloring I tried to call another friend I'd made from another Disney boardto see if we could work out a meeting time since this was one of our days in the same park. She didn’t answer so I left a voice message. After a very long coloring session we wandered through Frontierland and headed over to POTC.






























    While on the ride my phone rang but again I missed catching it in time because my ringer is so quiet. My friend had been trying to call me back and she had left me a message. I could not believe it! She was scheduled to be on the Lily Belle at 4:40 too! I called her back when we got off Pirates and we made plans to just go ahead and meet at the train station. I called the guys so they would not forget to meet us too. We strolled through the stores on our way to the station.


    When we got to the station we found my friend, her husband and their kiddos. Our families sat around for a while talking as we waited for our very cool ride to come in.


    The Lilly Belle finally pulled in and we were ushered in with another 6 people. It was very awesome to be riding in Walt and Lillian’s own private train car! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip around the park.






    This CM was full of information. I wish we had been sitting closer so we could have heard him better.
















    We snapped a picture of our entire group somewhere along the way.


    We decided to all go over and ride Pooh together. Somehow after that we ended up in the gift shop.






    When we were through there the kids wanted to go ride the teacups together so we followed the leader over to that area of the park. The guys wanted to ride Splash but it was down so they ended up riding Big Thunder while the girls took on the teacups. The big girls had a wonderful chat while we were spinning out of control. We learned that besides homeschooling that we have a number of things in common. The little girls were giddy with excitement and acted like they had been best friends forever so I am pretty sure we will be staying in touch.

    Our bunch decided we were hungry so we parted ways and headed in for the evening. We grabbed some Denney’s, watched a repeat performance of How to Train Your Dragon, ran back down and got some Coldstone’s for dessert and settled in for dreamland.
    Me,DH,DS-23 ,DD-14



    Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report November 2010
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...post1056434199
    Our First Trip to WDW December 2009
    http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disn...16-2009-a.html
    November 2008 trip report! Updated 1/13/09!
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...23-2008-a.html

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    I am really loving your report. So many great photos, and so much interesting commentary. It makes me remember the great trip I had back in 2008 at Christmastime.

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    Re: Our Long Awaited, Long Awaited Trip Report - November 10-26, 2010

    I always love seeing the park though other's eyes. Nice TR Mariezp!

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