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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by dougeebear View Post
    Is it possible to select this as the best post of the year in the next MiceChat RoundUp?

    AWESOME! And your details make me feel as though I'm one of your friends right there with you. Thank you so much!
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    I say join the OP's posts and make it a sticky for a year. This is the best report of the Dream Suite I have ever seen and I think everyone who visits micechat, either it be daily or is returning from a short break, should see this. This is good stuff that rarely comes around often.

    I agree! Awesome report. I've lost count of how many times I've gotten misty eyed and my cheeks hurt from smiling. I'm glad all of you got to have such an amazing experience and it shows in spades how much you truly appreciate it! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    This thread has restored my hope in MiceChat.

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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Man, I'm not ashamed to admit that I got a little choked up during the video of the "magic moment".

    This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Words can't describe how excited I would be if this was me, nor can they describe my gratitude for you being thoughtful enough to share your experience!

    THANK YOU THANK THANK YOU!! Looking forward to more details, pics, and coverage.
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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Amazing!
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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    thanks for sharing! just amazing.

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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Well for my second post in 7 years, I thought I would share my experience as well.

    Once the day came and I picked up Monica for our awesome adventure I felt like John McClain and Zeus Carver were on a mission (from the movie Die Hard: With a Vengeance), me being John McClain of course and Monica as Zeus. I felt all life hinged in the balance of us getting that envelope, figuring out the code, and getting into the Dream Suite. I almost went as far as to remove my t-shirt revealing the white tank top I had underneath.



    We sprinted to lockers with the speed of Usain Bolt, I punched in the code that Monica dictated to me like bomb squad agent deactivating an IED in the base of the Nakatomi plaza. With a click the door swung open and the envelope with the clue was revealed. I tore open the package, read the clue to Monica and we made quick guesses of the possible answer and headed to the location where we could get the definite answer, Carnation Cafe.


    Once we got the answer we took a bee line to the Dream Suite. First we checked the left side entrance. No attendant, no one to give us permission to ascend those glorious steps to our palace in the sky. So we headed past Pirates to the other set of stairs. Again, no one there to tell us to go up. I finally stopped a Cast Member, but with all my excitement I don't think I did a very eloquent job of explaining myself and he really didn't offer much help. So we took it upon ourselves to jump the chain and head up, with our code word at the ready.


    We hit the button, and heard......nothing. I started yelling "pickles" into the speaker. Nothing. Pickles! Pickles!! A million times, at the top of my lungs. Dear God why isn't pickles opening the door? I could now see the Cast Member coming up the stairs motioning us to come down and leave the VIP inhabitants of the Dream Suite alone.


    Time froze. Was this a joke? Was Sir Ruston the jester playing a cruel joke on me? Toying with my emotions knowing how much I had been looking forward to this, how involved and excited I was. A millisecond elapsed; everything happening at once, flashes of the Cast Member about to escort me out of the park, guests laughing at the shell of a man who was taken on this emotional roller coaster only to see the track broken right before the loop and death his only relief.


    Then, in what seemed to be a year later..........CLICK it was the greatest sound!!! Like the Disney Choir upon steps of the Main Street Train Station in blissful unison singing Hallelujah, the door unlocked. I grabbed the handle and started my journey into the Dream Suite. One final look over my shoulder at the Cast Member and as if to say "Not today sir, Today I am VIP", then Monica and I crossed the threshold. Once inside I thought the anticipation excitement would subside, but it only got worse. There was so much to see so much to experience. I only wish I had 20 sets of eyes to drink it all in.


    One of the coolest experiences I have had at Disneyland.

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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    This is, indeed, one of the best threads I've seen on here. Staying in the Dream Suite, or even seeing it at all, is a..well, Dream for me too. Looking forward to the rest of the report.

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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler
    This trip report gives an extremely detailed report of our experience at the Disneyland Dream Suite. Be warned, if you read this posting, and then stay in the Dream Suite, many of your magical moments will not be as magical.

    If you happened upon this page and you're actually going to be staying in the Disneyland Dream Suite,
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    DO NOT READ THIS!!!
    It will be so much more magical if you experience it all for yourself first.



    The evening was passing more quickly than we would have liked. It was already close to 9pm and time for Fantasmic.

    The view from the balcony at dusk is very nice.



    We headed out to the balcony and Chelle went to the back room to get some directors chairs for people to sit in. I can't post any photos here since these rooms are now considered "Back Stage", but the rooms are still there and sitting empty except for a few small prints on the walls and some extra chairs.



    Personalized just for the Dream Suite guests.






    It's almost time for Fantasmic to begin and we're getting excited!


    Just inside the doorway to the Frontierland bedroom was a button labeled "Fantasmic". It dimmed the lights on the balcony and also turned on the speakers to allow us to hear the show. We also joked that this button would actually start the show!

    Jacob recorded a video. We're talking in the background and singing with the songs, but it was fun for all of us. It won't be the best video you've ever seen of Fantasmic, but it's special to us.



    It's Mickey!










    During the monkey floats, Scott said, "I can dance like that!" and showed all of us on the balcony exactly how to dance like the monkeys.






    My favorite part of the view from up here is that you can truly see everything! The whole area around the Rivers of America is within your field of view.




    Is it crazy that in all my times seeing this show, this is the first time I've noticed Maleficent aka Murphy's claws are grabbing on to castle turrets?










    Waving to the Mark Twain


    My absolutely favorite part of the show!


    Truly one of the best seats in the house for Fantasmic!




    Shortly after that, the fireworks started.


    It was pretty awesome to think that here we were sitting on the balcony of the Dream Suite watching the Disneyland Fireworks.








    Aha! These chair backs come off! Souvenir?


    No, not a souvenir. Just a prop for some photos.








    Mike's memories - Over the years when I would struggle for a great spot to nestle-in and watch "Fantasmic!", I would notice groups of people comfortably perched on a balcony above Pirates of the Caribbean. I always scratched my head (not literally) and thought to myself, "How the heck did they score that spot!?" I thought it had to be a part of an exclusive dinner package with Club 33. I had NO IDEA what they were really experiencing.
    I promised myself that one day, I would see Fantasmic! from that balcony. I had no idea how it would happen - I just knew that it would happen. And what do you know? With a little bit of Disney Magic, my buddy Ruston won a night's stay in the coveted Dream Suite and invited me and my girlfriend to experience the magic first-hand. Not only did we get to enjoy the shows, but we met a gaggle of awesome new people, which made the experience that much more amazing.
    Do I believe in magic? Yessir... I must admit that I do. Thanks, Ruston!!



    After Fantasmic, it was finally time to push the Kiss Goodnight buttons in each room.
    We started in the Frontierland bedroom. This time we gathered everyone there and pushed the button on purpose.



    Spoiler



    Then we filed in to the Adventureland bedroom to push the Goodnight Kiss button there.


    Spoiler


    And another look at the mermaids.


    We headed back to the parlor to get a group photo. We did a few serious ones.


    And then we just started being silly.


    After that, it was time for the chocolate clock to be consumed.


    3...2...1....


    Smash!!!




    Next, we broke out the non-alcoholic Martinelli's apple cider.


    We toasted Walt Disney and the amazing park and company we've all come to love.


    We also toasted Ruston for inviting us all to share this special night with him.






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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by StarDustFairy View Post
    Awesome report. I've lost count of how many times I've gotten misty eyed and my cheeks hurt from smiling. I'm glad all of you got to have such an amazing experience and it shows in spades how much you truly appreciate it! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Just so much of this..
    "Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money" - Walt Disney

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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    GREAT TRIP REPORT! Thanks for showing us what it is like to "live like the other 1%" haha. It is great seeing you guys enjoy yourselves so much and I think you have been able to explain to all of us why we love the Disney parks so much. Bravo!

    BTW, I loved your guys' Tokyo trip report as well. You 4 seem really close and all have an affinity for Disney. Also, what role exactly does Ruston have as a Cast Member?

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    Re: Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report - with lots of pictures

    Amazing! Watching that train drive out of its display case brought a huge smile to my face! LOVE thiS!!!

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    Great read, basically got emotional the whole time. Hopefully someday I'll have the same experience! Congratulations!

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    Joe you have done it again!! This trip report is fantastic! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. I'm excited for all of you just by looking at the pictures and videos.


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    Around 10pm, our phone rings and we learn that Chelle and Karen will be leaving us for the evening and we'll have two more hostesses.


    Meet Michelle and Leandra!


    It was close to 10:30 and almost time for the 2nd showing of Fantasmic. Just before it though, we asked if we could have another magical moment in the parlor.

    Spoiler


    This time Geppetto showed up in the clock face.


    And what was once a mirror above the fireplace, suddenly turned into a castle, along with a magic wishing star.






    At 10:30, most of us filed back out to the balcony to catch the 2nd showing of Fantasmic.








    After the show, everyone sat down to get a photo on the balcony.

    Mike and Janet


    Jacob


    Paula


    Steph and Farman - Nice work pal




    Scott and Monica


    Theresa and me.




    Kenny and Michael


    ... plus Ruston


    Ruston and Michael


    Ruston and Bruce


    Bruce and Roger








    At 11pm, there was another magical moment in the parlor. I didn't get video of it at that moment but here's another video from later on. The clock face shows Cinderella and Prince Charming. Then you hear "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes". After the two figures in the glass case start dancing and the glass slipper lights up.

    Spoiler



    From there, most people retired to the patio to lay out in the chairs and chat with each other.




























    Unfortunately, the evening had to draw to an end. We were told earlier that our guests had to be out before the park closed. Around 11:45, everyone started to file out.


    Good night Dream Suite.


    Goodbye Ruston!


    Those of us who were still left lined up on the stairs to get a group photo.


    Paula - Words cannot express how much I appreciated Ruston asking me to be a part of his special evening there. All of the furnishings and magical nuances everywhere were absolutely astonishing. Needless to say, getting to spend time in the Dream Suite was the experience of a lifetime! I really felt like Cinderella when I was there because I was dreading the moment when the clock would strike midnight and my evening would be finished. There are so many wonderful things to experience, from the French Provincial style furnishings in the main room to the two bedrooms which are themed to Adventureland and Frontierland. I loved everything about being there, but I think watching the fireworks with everyone and seeing the train go around the Frontierland Room were at the top of my list.

    One of the most amazing elements of the suite was the bathtub in the Master Bath which includes a stained-glass window, music, and stars which light up on the ceiling when you flip on the appropriate switch. Without a doubt, however, the highlight of my evening was getting to watch the FANTASMIC! show twice out on the balcony which overlooks the Rivers of America, high above the crowds, without someone’s head blocking my view. Needless to say, it was an evening filled with wonderful surprises and I am so grateful to have been invited to be part of such a special and truly magical evening. Many thanks again to Ruston for inviting me to be a part of his special night, the memories of which will undoubtedly last a lifetime.


    I asked Scott to share some of his thoughts on the night.
    Scott - It was everything I would expect from Disneyland. Amazing and not over the top. There were so many awesome things and so subtle that they didn't distract. Sitting on the balcony watching the first Fantasmic took me back to the original reason why I got my Annual Pass. I was young enough at heart to be lost in a place like this, but old enough to appreciate it. I haven't felt that for some time here. I feel like it has really become about bottom line and not about the quality of the show. I know in part it is because I am jaded and in part because the quality has slipped a little. I felt old school again in the Dream Suite with old friends and new. Can't wait to see all the pictures, thanks Joe for taking them. Thanks to everyone for being so fun. Thanks to Monica for including me and special thanks to Ruston for allowing us into your special night.

    Scott is sad to be leaving.



    Who's awesome? This guy is awesome!


    Good Night!


    I asked everyone else if they wouldn't mind sharing their thoughts on their time in the Dream Suite.
    Bruce - My stay was just magical. The constellation tub (oh how I long to lounge in there), the swan faucets, the magical hour chimes of the living room clock, The Jolly Roger shadow floating across the moon, even the $2,000 garbage bins and the incredible Disneyland Dream Suite stationary. It was all so richly detailed and beautiful. Capped off by our seemingly hour long photo shoot taking a group photo. The longer it went, the more wild it got and the more fun I had doing it.

    Watching Fantasmic from the balcony really touched me, but the real showstopper for me was the fireworks. It was a new show, we had a phenomenal view and private speakers for the soundtrack. It was the moment when all the magic and unique specialness of the day really hit me and I truly felt moved to tears. Close friends and new friends enjoying a truly unique experience. That one moment above all the others resonates most with me.

    The day was winding up and we all retired to the courtyard. Lounging, talking, watching the fireflies and admiring the lanterns. It felt like a perfect way to end this truly memorable day. A day that I’ll always remember for its new experiences, unbelievable beauty and good friendships.


    Monica - We were amazed at every perfect detail. It truly was an experience that made me feel not only lucky to be one of the select few to experience it but also so happy to work for a company that took such time to create something so magical for everyone who came through. Anytime we found something new we gasped and gazed in complete awe. One of the best parts was being able to experience it with other true Disney fans who really appreciated it. My favorite part however? The bath tub…yeah, I may have snuck a quick pic inside…


    As the night ended, Scott insisted we ask about staying since the occupancy we were told was 6. Obviously, we didn’t but we did manage to take one last pic (despite everyone waiting outside for us to go). I kinda love this picture. A lot. It kind of looks like it’s a reflections of us as little kids…exactly how we felt that night.


    Up next, our after hours tour of the park!

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    Oh my gosh! Love it! Love it! Love it!!!!!!

    Normally I'd be like, "I hate you!" But you really, really made it hard for me to hate any of you. In fact, I'm really happy for you. I love the fact that all of us here on MC are able to share your experience. I suppose dreams do come true!

    Thank you so much for sharing. I think I've been tearing up! Such a beautiful place. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE AFTER HOURS TOUR!!!!! I hope you took a billion pictures
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