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.