Okay, let me first say, somehow I left the camera sitting on the counter in Vegas, so there are no pictures. But, I had a great time!
Got up, and left Vegas at 6:30 am for the 4 1/2 hour drive. Kids were great, and were were inside the park by 11:00 am. Mickey and Friends tram area was teeming with people, so I was a little worried about crowds. The crowds never seemed to materialize during the day though, so maybe they didn't have enough trams running?
We have a tradition of starting every day at Star tours, so that's what we did. (I think we counted steps once and this was the closest ride?) Anyway, then we got fastpasses for Buzz. We met up with my cousin, her DD, and my aunt. The DD had never before been to the park, so at 6 she was a little nervous. We started her out easy, and rode Storybook land, then IASW--kids singing at the top of their lungs--my favorite part of the ride. She was loving it, so we moved on to Alice, then had lunch at the Village Haus. We rode Mr. Toad, Peter Pan (where we ran into the only grumpy CM at the entire park) We decided to do some outside rides, and save the indoor ones for the next couple of days when it was rainy. On to: BTMRR, and the Jungle cruise--Gloria was the "skipper" and she was awesome! Great delivery of her lines. We caught the Aladdin Storytime, then had dole whips....mmmmmmm...even though it was cold. Rode the horse carriage up Main st, then crossed over to catch Monsters Inc. (somewhere in there we did use our buzz fp, but can't remember now when...) We saw and/or talked to: Alice, wendy, aladdin, Jasmine, pluto, goofy (he grabbed by 10 yr. old dd and danced around out front of the 50 years place for about 10 minutes--a highlight of her trip) eyeore, tigger, piglet, Mickey and minnie. Wow! Light crowds the whole day, sunny, and happy CM's! Couldn't ask for a better day at the park! We left at 5 pm, and drove the 10 minutes to Costa Mesa (okay, not 10 min. at 5 pm, but usually.. ) to check in to our priceline hotel. We were at the Marriott Suites just down from the south coast plaza. What an amazing hotel! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone! They were great with my kids, front desk was helpful, gave me a room with a pull-out couch, a queen, and a twin. And a view! Perfect. At $48 a night, a steal! Especially compared to the Red roof inn on Disney Way that my cousin stayed in--at $56 a night! Dinner at Claim Jumper where because there were 8 of us, and 3 who had never been we were given free appetizers, and seated quickly. A great end to the day. All in all a very fun day at the park! ---more days to come later....