So... as it was mentioned at the Pre-Gumball Pasta Party and on the Gumball Rally results page, I got married two days after this year's Gumball Rally. We decided that we wanted to hold the wedding at Disneyland, and in the spring, so it made sense to combine the two trips!
The first part of the trip was the Gumball Rally. It was, as always, a ton of fun. Since I used my film camera for the Rally, I don't have those photos back yet. (I know - "what's a film camera?" I had thought that all digital cameras were banned, since they could be used to cheat, and was playing it safe with the old tech.)
We didn't place in the top 50 this year, but since we had split off from my parents and were running the Rally with two newbies, as well as dealing with Dave's recovery from surgery, I still think our 65 points was quite respectable. Next year's Rally goal: make it to the top 50. I don't know if we'll be team "It Doesn't Matterhorn" as in years previous, or "Poor Unfortunate Soles" as we were this year, or even a brand new team. But we've already discussed our top-50 goal, and some possible ways to get there.
We went to the Mega-Meet the day after the Rally, and had fun socializing with the other teams. We also brought along one of my friends (who was coming to the wedding) and Dave's mother and sister to share the fun.
a family photo before the Mega-Meet
many, many MiceChatters!
Since it was Cinco de Mayo, the Mega-Meet lunch took place at Rancho del Zocalo. After that we headed over to ride Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. When we got off Pirates, Dave received a phone call that our room was ready at the Disneyland Hotel, so we headed over to check in. We were in one of the Signature Suites, so we invited a few of the MiceChatters along to see the room as well.
The room we'd rented was the Pirates of the Caribbean signature suite. It is a beautiful room, and was large enough to hold all of our wedding guests, so this is where we'd decided to hold the ceremony.
Todd & Teresa by the POTC Suite's fireplace
the second bedroom
The room was so spacious and luxurious, we regretted having made plans to spend time anywhere else, even inside the parks. However, we had plans for a family dinner at Steakhouse 55 that night, so we left the room for that. Dinner was quite good, and it's certainly a restaurant I'd return to. I've heard it compared to the Napa Rose, but I tend to disagree with that comparison - I don't think anything on property compares to Napa Rose quality. Steakhouse 55 was a very good meal, though, and was a nice alternative for a formal dinner (or at least as formal as meals get on the resort).
the POTC suite's guest bathroom
After dinner, we'd made reservations for Fantasmic! VIP seating, but neither Dave nor I wanted to go into the park to see a show we'd seen countless times when we could be exploring our suite instead. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Fantasmic! However, the suite was a once in a lifetime experience. Plus, it has a Jacuzzi tub.
the tub in question
We spent a nice, relaxing evening in the suite while our families went in to watch Fantasmic! Neither Dave's dad or sister had seen the show before, so I'm glad we were able to arrange for them to see it from the VIP viewing area.
We made a few final preparations for the wedding before calling it a night, and then turned in to make sure we were well-rested for the big day. I woke myself up a few times during the night when I remembered things I needed to do, but other than that we slept well and woke ready to go the next morning.
(I'll continue in another post with pictures from the ceremony itself.)