Don't know if there's any particular etiquette people use here at Micechat to tell about their trips so I'll just play it by ear!
My family and I left for DL on Decmber 31st at 8 am. We live in Santa Cruz so it took us about 7 hours to get there by car. We pulled into the check in area of the DL Hotel around 3 pm and I went inside to register. The first person I ran into was Goofy who blew me a kiss! Loved that!
I had called the night before to make sure that we had a view room of DTD in the Sierra Tower and the CM had confirmed it , but for some reason the CM said we were on the 9th floor of the Bonita Tower. I asked if there was any way we could have the view room we had requested and he said it was no longer available , but gave us a 4th floor room with a DTD view at a discounted rate so I was happy! I love the DLH!
So we went up to our room and debated whether we would go into the park that night or not as it was pouring rain outside. We looked around the DLH gift shops and bought some NYE Mickey ears then went a little ways into DTD to check out all the new holiday pins. They had a lot of really good ones.
Then we went back up to the room and had some champagne and Martinellis'. We had some time to kill before our dinner reservation at Yamabuki's so we walked around the grounds of the DLH being silly and taking goofy pictures. Then we hung out in the lobby of the PPH and visited with some people from New Zealand. They were giving us a bad time because we were confusing the words "kiwis" and "kiwi fruit" and they couldn't believe that we were people who actually went to DL about once a month for the last year! It was really fun seeing their reactions!
At 7 pm , we said goodbye and went over to Yamabuki's. We had great service and the food was fantastic! My husband and one daughter love Sukiyaki so they ordered that and the rest of us ordered Sashimi and Tempura and California rolls.
We finished around 9 and the weather had calmed down a little so we deicded to venture into DL. Main Street was so packed that we were directed to walk down an alley to the right and behind Main Strret. I was joking with my hubby that "the magic was ruined for me" but really it was quite interesting to me. I always find it amazing that they do such a good job of disguising DL from the outside world when you're in the main sections of the park. We ended up going through a door in Tomorrowland where the old AP center was located. We headed straight to The Matterhorn line which was actually pretty short. But we had to wait a while because the fireworks started just then.
After we rode the Matterhorn, we headed toward Frontierland. We stopped at Big Thunder Ranch to pick uyp the hats and horns they were giving out and ran into one of our favorite CM.s. We wished him a Happy New Year and kept going , then arrived just in time to see Fantasmic. After watching most of that we got right on POTC! Then we went over to the HM. We missed some of the NBC things they did last year, but we liked a lot of the new things too!
After that we went over to Pooh Country and got one chocolate covered strawberry and one caramel apple which we all shared. Then we headed back toward Main Street. When we got there it was a total mob scene since it was almost midnight and even though we wanted to cross so we could go to the Buzz Lightyear Stage , we got sent down the alley behind Main Street leading to the town square. We came out behind the fire station right at midnight when they were starting the fireworks and all we could see was the smoke. As soon as the fireworks ended, we thought about trying to go to Club Buzz still. But when we saw the mob scene that was headed our way, we decided we'd better just head out the front gates which we did. Even walking through DTD was a mob scene , but it was a mellow crowd so it wasn't that bad.
We got back to our room around 1 am and went to sleep!
To be continued.....