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    Nov 20-24

    Had a blast at DL with the family Thanksgiving week, lots of people there, but still pretty manageable with a little game plan. No real missteps at all during the trip, even got to go solo for part of Saturday while everyone else was Christmas shopping.

    We spent the 19th at Universal; I had resisted the pleas of my family to stop there for a day or two for years. I finally caved in and took them. Except for Transformers, found the rides/attractions to be mediocre, and the best part of the tram tour was the Jimmy Fallon videos.

    And why do you have to get wet on every single thing you go on?

    Overall I am glad we went, we saw something different and had a good time at the City Walk the night we drove down-hmmmmmmmm Karl Strauss Brewery. We stayed at the Sheraton, very nice, close enough to walk, uphill, about 8 minutes to City Walk/Universal.

    We left the park around 5, huge mistake. It took almost 2 hours to get to Anaheim.

    We checked in to the Park Vue Inn on the 19th, right across the street from DL. Easy check in, rooms clean, unfortunately they didn’t have two adjoining room upstairs like I asked. It got a bit noisy towards the end of the trip.

    Tuesday-Nov 20th

    We had one Magic Morning with the park hoppers we got at Costco, pretty good deal for the 4-day hoppers. Well they had hoppers, I upgraded to a PAP last trip so I wouldn’t be blocked during the holiday.

    Now to say that my Wife and Daughter are not early risers is a bit of an understatement, my Son and I usually rise well before the sun makes an appearance. My Mom was with us for this trip too, she doesn’t have a problem getting up early, but needs an hour before her meds kick in, so I had to factor that in each morning.

    We made it to the security line by 6:45; the line was half way back to Harbor Street. I was hoping they would let me in with my family for MM with my AP, CM didn’t even blink when I asked, she said come on it. Sweet! I think we made it into DL a few minutes past 7.



    I made a b-line to get us some FPs for Star Tours, something we could all go on. My Wife is not the big coaster type; she will do BTMRR, but not Space Mountain. I grabbed the FPs and we all walked on after about 5 minutes through the standy line.

    Next up was Space, my Mom loves this one. People were already cycling through for their second and third rides, took about 25 minutes to get on.



    We pressed on towards the Matterhorn, I had warned them that I thought it was even rougher with the refurb (on my back anyways) but onward we went, until we encountered the CM who told us the ride wasn’t running yet. We stepped over to Fantasyland.





    Peter Pan was at its usual 40 minutes wait already so we hopped on to Snow White. Pinocchio was next, also a walk on.





    We made our way to Frontierland for my Son’s favorite ride, BTMRR. By the end of the trip his favorite ride would be Screamin. I think I generally like most of the rides more at night, but this one seems to be my favorite at night.





    Haunted Mansion was next, our group is mixed on the overlay, I prefer the original. NOS had a few people in it; the wait was about 10 minutes to get on our buggies.





    We then made our way to POC, also about a 10 minute wait.







    Breakfast is my least favorite meal inside the parks (love me some Steakhouse 55 though), the offerings are pretty bland. We have not been back to Carnation Cafe since the refurb and menu revamp, the lone bright breakfast spot for me before. Today we settled on the River Belle Terrace since it was close by. The potatoes were good, everything else was average.

    While I was off to get another set of FPs for ST, the rest of the family checked out the shops in NOS. I met up with them at the Jungle Cruise. Wait was about 20 minutes. We heard a few new jokes.





    We went to go see if Matterhorn was running, yep. Forty-five minutes later we were on, and everyone in our group agreed that the ride was indeed bumpier and shakier. Only ride on Matterhorn for us the whole trip, just didn’t agree with my back or my Mom’s knees and hip.

    Crowds weren’t too bad yet, but picking up.



    We wandered over to IASM, 60 minute wait, no thanks.

    I grabbed a FP for SM as they headed to the Main Street shops. I went to City Hall to pick up our tickets for the Fantasmic dessert package. It was getting on a quarter past noon now, so we headed over to Café Orleans to check in for our reservation. We ordered a regular and cheese Monte Cristo and some pommes frites, more than enough for the five of us. Everything tasted great, they were quite busy, not taking any walk ups.

    We needed a few minutes to recover from the feast. We wandered over to the Pioneer Mercantile to check out the holiday offerings. It looked like the merch had been picked over pretty good already. My Wife, Son, and Mom headed back to the hotel for a break at 2:30.



    My Daughter and I headed to CA for some Screamin. She was pretty impressed with Buena Vista Street. She did a pretty good job of not looking into Carsland as we walked by, we would all hit that first thing tomorrow morning.

    Screamin was packed, standby was 45 minutes, SRL looked like 45-60 minutes. We did get on before several of the single riders we initially lined up behind before we switched to the standby line. We grabbed a FP, return time was 5:45, we could make that.



    We made our way to the Tower of Terror, it was about a 40 minute wait at 3:30. My Daughter wanted to do Silly Symphony Swings, so we made our way all the way back to the Pier. It was a short wait to get on, maybe 10 minutes.

    Decided to take a break at the Cove Bar. I had a beer, my Daughter ordered some pomegranate juice thing, the CM asked for her ID. We were confused, she’s only 17, looks like she is 14, we didn’t even see that there was an alcoholic version as well. We had a few laughs over it; secretly I am sure she was feeling a bit smug that the CM thought she was older.

    Off to hit Screamin again to use our FPs. Got a text to meet them at DL for Star Tours.

    Crowds not too bad, I mean there were a lot of people in both parks, but we could move around pretty easy. We all really like the ST queue, so the 15 minutes we waited didn’t seem long at all. We all headed over to SM to use our FPs while my Wife made her way to get our spots lined up for Fantasmic. I thought getting to the podium at 7 would be soon enough, but she wanted to get there just a bit earlier to make sure my Son wouldn’t have to sit behind anyone. He’s 11, about average height for his age, so I didn’t think there would be any problems. She got there at 6:50 and was the first one in line.

    The wait for SM was at 65 minutes around 6:30, took us about 25 minutes to get on with our FPs. We started moving towards Frontierland, rode BTMMRR and grabbed a FP for later. We weren’t super hungry since we had a big lunch and we knew we were getting the goods later when we watched the show, so we grabbed two bowls of gumbo and I spelled my wife in line.

    Check in was right at 8, we snagged seats 5-9, great seats. We wandered around Critter Country and didn’t get back to take our seats for the show until 8:30. Every seat was already filled except ours when we got back. The CM was great, got us some coffee and cocoa right away. If you can swing the dessert package, I highly recommend it just for the seats alone. I know my back would have been killing me sitting on the ground trying to save a spot for a few hours.







    Fantasmic was great as usual, miss the eels. Stayed and watched the fireworks from our seats. I don’t remember that much snow coming out of the machines before, the gingerbread scent a nice bonus.

    My Wife and Mom headed to the room after the fireworks. Me and the kids rode BTMRR 2 times and slowly made our way out of the park at 10. Great first day!
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Great TR so far. Sounds like good times! I love seeing people enjoying Disneyland with multiple generations of the family, really cool.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Love your photo perspectives!


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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you had a good time.
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    Re: Nov 20-24

    nice trip report thanks

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Those are great photos. The compositions and color are beautiful.

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    ...thanks for the TR thus far....

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Great photos!
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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Quote Originally Posted by whitestrat View Post
    Great TR so far. Sounds like good times! I love seeing people enjoying Disneyland with multiple generations of the family, really cool. [IMG]file://localhost/Users/clee/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png[/IMG]

    Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks Whitestrat

    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
    Love your photo perspectives!
    Thanks Izzy

    Quote Originally Posted by calsig31 View Post
    Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you had a good time.
    Thanks Calsig

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Dopey24 View Post
    nice trip report thanks
    Thanks Rex

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcatrik View Post
    Those are great photos. The compositions and color are beautiful.
    Thanks Bigcatrik

    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure View Post
    ...thanks for the TR thus far....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4th Gen Disney Fan View Post
    Great photos!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    Thank you for sharing!
    Thanks Kelly
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Wednesday-Nov 21

    Pretty overcast this morning, a little chilly in my shorts. The security line was not as bad this morning. We got to the CA gates right as they opened at 7:30. I headed for the RSR FP line while everyone else headed toward the single rider line. I got in line by the Disney Junior Stage, not a few minutes later people were all the way around the street across from the Hyperion Theatre.

    Talked to a few of the guys in line, one in front of me was from Washington, DVC owner, not sure if they get credit for getting others to sign up but I got that vibe. Guy behind me lived off the same street I did just a mile down the way, small world indeed. Line moved pretty fast once the clock struck 8. I believe I got to the FP machines in less than 20 minutes, return time at 1:05, and disconnected.



    The rest of my family was all the way to the umbrella in the SRL, ride wasn’t running yet. I went through the exit and met them there. Turned out to be a short wait as the ride was racing along at 8:40. Twenty minutes later we had all gotten on our cars.



    My daughter checking out the firetruck:



    They all made their way to the three little pigs for some coffee n croissants’ while I headed to get us some FPs for Soarin. Man, needed a FP to get some coffee. Line was right at the door when they went in, took thirty minutes to get to the counter.

    Hoping that everyone was still in Carsland,



    we headed to Toy Story Mania. No such luck, 50 minute wait. About half way through the line I ducked out and grabbed some FPs for Screamin. I am going to need to get on this ride more often, my kids creamed me again.



    My Mom wanted to go on Ariel so we made our way around the Pier. Fifteen minutes later we were on, she really liked the ride. Fumbling through the FPs I had I realized Screamin was also disconnected, so away I went. Other the TSM and Carsland, it didn’t really feel all that crowded.







    We ambled over to Screamin. This was the first time my Son actually wanted to try it. Up until now, his biggest ride was SM. One time through and he was hooked, became his new favorite ride by the end of the trip. My Wife sat this one out as usual and took picks of us blasting off.

    It was approaching noon, so we headed towards the wharf to get some snacks. We all shared some rice bowls, we had a 5:00 ressie at the Carthay later and didn’t want to get there full. Aladdin sounded good to everyone so off we went. We got there 30 minutes before the show and the lines were packed, we ended up way up top.









    Great show as usual. I think all three main actors were different that any we had seen before. Miss the real flying carpet. Love the show, but I think I am ready for something new.

    Everyone decided to head back to the room to relax and to change into big boy pants for dinner. I grabbed another set of FPs for Screamin and met them in the room. It sure is nice staying right across the street, but I think we will opt for somewhere with covered hallways next time, starting to get a little noisy outside.

    I think my Wife was the only one that actually got a nap, too noisy for the rest of us. Our rooms were near the corner of the building and housekeeping set up camp right outside our rooms for several hours, of course only when were there trying to rest.

    We all headed back to CA around 4. Decent crowd getting in to both parks, but not too bad.



    We decided to use our FPs for Soarin, whoa, FP line was all the way out to Taste Pilot’s. We got through the line and off the ride in about 40 minutes. We went to check in at Carthay around 4:45 for out 5:00 ressie. Forty five minutes later we finally had a table, dang. Worth the wait though. Looks like a lot of the staff from the Napa Rose moved over here, we had the same server before over there, which was good, he was excellent.

    We decided to stuff ourselves and get the WOC of tickets. We shared the biscuits and stuffed grape leaves for appetizers. Biscuits were good, small though. The entrees were outstanding.

    My Wife had the short rib ravioli



    my Daughter had the cavatelli pasta with lamb, my Mom had the same minus the lamb, my Son had the chicken schnitzel



    and I had the rib eye.



    The only complaint my Wife had was that there weren’t enough ravioli as we kept stealing them from her, we all agreed this was the best dish of the night, outstanding snap on the fresh pasta. Dessert was probably the weakest course, but still good. We shared the chocolate cake, brownie sundae, and apple strudel cheesecake.



    We were all stuffed, decided to chill out on a bench across from the wharf and people watch for a while. We made our way to the WOC area around 7:30, it was packed. Both kids snagged spots near the front of our section to get a good view, the rest of us all hung out at the very back. We had an unobstructed view until right before the show started. My wife had to move to the side so she could see; she is just a shade over 5 feet tall. I stowed the camera so I could enjoy the show, never been able to get good shots of WOC anyways.

    We waited out the crowd for a few minutes after the show ended, didn’t really make any difference. Huge bottleneck by the wharf to Carsland as they had people roped off for the next show. We moved on over to check out the single rider line for RSR.



    Line was all the way out to the sign. Right as we got there it was announced that the ride was temporarily down. That cleared the crowd considerably in the SRL, which surprised us as the stopages have been pretty short, we moved up past the bridges. Twenty minutes later the ride was operational again, another 20 minutes and we were on. This ride is pretty spectacular at night with all of the lights on the rocks and the neon coming from the rest of the land.



    My Wife and Mom were done for the night. The kids and I rode Screamin 3 times and called it a night around 10:30.
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    LOVE your pics!
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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Wonderful pictures and tr - thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by wiigirl View Post
    LOVE your pics!
    Thanks Wiigirl
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer's Apprentice View Post
    Wonderful pictures and tr - thanks
    Thanks Sorcerer's Apprentice
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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