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    2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Well, we're back from our 4 (1/2) days at the Happiest Place on Earth and boy did we have fun! For both of us it was like being kids again. We got soaked on Splash, ate junk food, yelled when we 'won' the race on RSR, screamed in 'fear' on TOT & Space, and just let ourselves have unencumbered, no-kids-or-hubbies-are-rolling-eyeballs F U N!! Heck, we probably would have gone to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique & had Princess makeovers if we could have gotten away with it.

    Since we got to our hotel (offsite for the first night) earlier than expected we decided to upgrade our hoppers & add another day (hence the '1/2 day') and spend Sunday afternoon/evening at the Parks. We were able to keep our cute Cars plastic tickets by doing the upgrade at the WDTC in DTD. Crowds were fine, even if it was Dapper Day (everyone looked so, well, dapper!), and it was the first time for me seeing the Fireworks show, 'Remember, Dreams Come True'. Chills, goosebumps, teary eyes, laughter, all that good stuff. It was also the first time I've ever parked anywhere other than the 'old' parking lot! We parked at Buzz and rode the bus in. Not too unpleasant, but a good reminder of why I love to stay onsite. We did early check in at the Grand Monday morning 7am, got a free upgrade to Courtyard, which is my favorite, right by the elevators. Yay! Really cut down on the walking to and from the parks. Staying onsite is the only way to go! It was the first onsite stay for my BFF and now she's just as 'spoiled' as I am!

    The crowds (what crowds?) were wonderful during Mon-Thurs. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood, both guests and CMs. We didn't encounter one single 'grumpus' our whole trip. Maybe it was that good old Disney Magic, maybe it was because we were just so happy to be there that our happiness spilled over. Fastpasses were being enforced at both parks, but since I usually returned within time before it didn't really affect us. I only noticed one party return outside their window, they told the CM their dinner ran late. The CM asked if they had their dining receipt, they didn't, he let them on anyway. Indy went down during our window & I was assured we could return any time that day & our FP would be honored (which it was). All in all, I like that they're enforcing FPs. The FP lines seemed much shorter & to move faster to me. I also experienced Disney's wonderful customer service. I'd bought a cute Minnie Mouse pin & put it on my purse strap. Somehow it fell off & was lost. When I bought a replacement I told the CM what happened and she told me if I still had the receipt for the original to take both receipts to any place that sold pins & they would refund me for the lost pin. And they did! I figured that replacement policy was geared more to children and broken toys. What a great experience.

    One down side is that they are no longer giving out the gluten free list at City Hall. Apparently 'legal' decided that giving out a printed list was the same as 'giving medical advice' and since CMs aren't medically trained....well, you get the idea. I don't know if someone threatened Disney with a lawsuit because they got 'glutened' or what, but it was a real bummer. Disney is still accommodating allergies in their usual great way, it's just that you are now entering an establishment 'blind' where before you at least had an idea of what the offerings were. They still call the chef to make your meal, but (ok, I admit I'm a picky eater) now he has to explain what the offerings are and if there doesn't happen to be anything 'safe' that you also like, you've wasted valuable time, both the chefs and yours! I've written to Disney to complain, but once 'legal' gets involved, I doubt anything will be done. If they're concerned about 'medical advice', maybe they could have the RNs at First Aid give out the list. Or have me sign a waiver, whatever! Just give me my list!

    Oh yeah, by the way...why didn't anyone tell me about those barstools at Trader Sam's? You know what I'm talking about. Very funny, you guys! The drinks are great & that place is a lot of fun.

    As crazy as the 2 crazy girls were while we were in the parks, we became transformed into '2 dignified ladies' for our wonderful dinner at Club 33. How fun to walk down Main St in our fancy feathers, on our way to Club 33. And to ring that bell knowing you were, for one special evening, a 'member' (ok not really, but I could pretend, right?) of that exclusive club! Everything from the moment the door was opened to admit us to the moment our Club 33 escort left us at Main St (the park had closed when we were done 3 1/2 hours after we were seated) was just magical. The food was excellent, they catered to my need to be gluten free easily and deliciously, the servers were all attentive and informative (special thanks to Louis, what a consummate professional), the place so full of 'Disney' that I didn't know where to look next. It was truly a wonderful, memories-that-will-last-a-lifetime experience. We truly felt like 'Disney Princesses'. The souvenir case was pretty well stocked (no ears though) and I was able to purchase some nice items. Now if I can just convince my hubby that the latte mugs are just to look at, don't DRINK FROM IT!!! LOL. A very special public 'Thank You' to the very private person who made this possible. You really did make dreams come true for us.

    Now, if anyone can give me step by step instructions how to post pictures on MiceChat from iPhoto...yeah, well, that would be great!
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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    your trip sounds like it was fabulous! i'm going in may with my best friend, and i smiled at the 'no husbands, no kids' part of your TR (cuz that's exactly what we're doing too)!

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Quote Originally Posted by Avaren View Post
    your trip sounds like it was fabulous! i'm going in may with my best friend, and i smiled at the 'no husbands, no kids' part of your TR (cuz that's exactly what we're doing too)!
    Yep, as much as we love our families, sometimes us Mamas/Wifeys just have to cut loose! And DL is the perfect place. After all, "What happens at Disneyland, STAYS at Disneyland". Unless you belong to MiceChat! Looking forward to your trip report!
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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time! I love hearing the stories of adults just cutting lose and enjoying the park, not nit picking each potential problem!

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    I can't wait to see pictures!!!! What did you eat at Club 33?

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    OK, here I go...first try at posting pictures. I had the lentil soup, chateaubriand, & to die for gluten free triple chocolate cake. Name:  IMG_0757.jpg
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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    What a fun trip! I love going with girlfriends only & leaving the kiddos & spouses behind! Looks like you had a fabulous time!!!

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    It worked!! Sometimes I just amaze myself! LOL. The pics are of me & my BFF, Shelly. I'm the blonde.

    The food was just to die for! I started eating my dessert before I remembered to take a picture. It's not often I get to have cake when eating out! Shelly had the Vintner's dinner & we split an excellent Merlot. She said the Vintner's dinner was amazing, so many different flavors. Since I'm Celiac, I couldn't taste anything she had, but she was in heaven.

    Just a once in a lifetime experience. A dream come true!
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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Sounds like a great trip. I'm jealous! Glad you had a good time.

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    You and I ordered almost the exact same things!! What was the side they gave you with the entree? I had a root vegetable thing, but it looks like they gave you something else (I'm guessing due to the gluten issue).

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Ohhh, how cool! As usual, I am extremely jealous! Thanks for sharing your Disney vacation with us and all the photos! Also, thanks for reporting about the Fastpasses too. Do you know if that's a regular thing the CMs do when a ride breaks down during your return time?

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    thanks for the trip report
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    Episode 8: Darth Vader is resurrected and goes on Jerry Springer, claiming he is Luke and Leia's father

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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Quote Originally Posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    You and I ordered almost the exact same things!! What was the side they gave you with the entree? I had a root vegetable thing, but it looks like they gave you something else (I'm guessing due to the gluten issue).
    It was a Yukon potato 'cube' for lack of a better word. Kinda like a compressed seasoned mashed potato cube. It was really good. The chateaubriand had a chipotle béarnaise sauce to die for! Sauces are another thing that, as a Celiac, I don't often get to have at a restaurant (most places thicken with flour). They even had gluten free dinner rolls.

    It's just so magical to be there, isn't it? Now, every time we're at the parks, we'll be able to walk by 33 Rue Royal & smile, knowing we've been 'inside'.
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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    Quote Originally Posted by KiMcHeEfOrLiFe View Post
    Ohhh, how cool! As usual, I am extremely jealous! Thanks for sharing your Disney vacation with us and all the photos! Also, thanks for reporting about the Fastpasses too. Do you know if that's a regular thing the CMs do when a ride breaks down during your return time?
    I don't know for sure, but I think so. The CM at Indy ('shirt & tie' CM, not ride CM) assured us that we would be able to use it any time that day & his manner suggested that would be the 'usual way' of dealing with it. When he said to come back later I specifically said "So, this is now an 'anytime' Fastpass since the ride is broken down?" and he said "Of course, any time today". I will mention that when we returned a couple of hours later, the ride CM did specifically check the return time on our Fastpasses before admitting us. I assume that they knew when the ride was 'down' & checked to see if our return time was during that time.
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    Re: 2 crazy girls do Disneyland, 2 'dignified ladies' dine at Club 33

    yayy pictures!

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