I thought I'd start my trip report while I'm still here and keep it going till I leave! So here goes....
We left Santa Cruz on Friday night at 6 pm...yes pm , not am ...because I had to work all day but I also wanted to be here on Saturday as early as possible. Luckily there are 4 of us who drive in our family so we all took turns and after a few stops we were here by 1 am at the Howard Johnson's and in bed by 2 am! We are in Building 1 on the 5th floor and our room is very nice except it's on the freeway side so it's pretty loud. But I know we'll be exhausted at the end of each night so falling asleep won't be hard!
I was up at the crack of dawn...well 7 am...I am like a little kid when I'm going to DL and I have to drag my kids out bed since they're all teenagers. But by 8:30, Courtney , Tiffany and I were out the door. We stopped in the lobby and got 4 day park hoppers , but by the time we had walked to the park, I had decided I would probably be coming here at least 4 more days this year so should get an anuual pass. So we went into DL and the annual pass center. There was no line at all so I walked right up to the window. I got a new CM and she did a good job at everything then took my picture. I asked her "How does it look?" and she said "great" but then when she printed it, I noticed a glare on the photo that looks like drool coming out of my mouth!!!
So now it was time for breakfast...our tradition is to eat breakfast burritos at Whitewater Snacks. They were yummy as always! This always amazes me though....within 5 minutes of eating food at DL, I always swell up and look like I've gained about 5 pounds....the food doesn't taste that salty but it must be loaded with salt. I'm convinced it's DL's evil plot to make us so thirsty that we'll each buy at least 6 waters and sodas throughout the day at $3 a pop. We each brought 1 soda and 1 water with us in our backpacks , but today we are going to bring two each!
After breakfast, we met the rest of our family (Ken, Brittany and Kyle) and our friends Earkid (Shayne) and her hubby Kevin (or Bob, Steve, Joe, Mike, Bruce, or whatever other name we jokingly called him throughout the day). I LOVE these two people. I met Earkid online about two years ago and first met her and Kevin a year ago and they are both just awesome people. I knew we were all going to have a great time spending the day in DCA!!
As soon as we walked through the gates, we had a picture taken and it came out great. This one I can't show yet because I have to scan it first and I don't carry a scanner with me on trips to DL!!
DCA was not crowded at all, but Earkid went to get fast passes from Soarin' for all of us and the rest of us went to TOT. We walked right in the building , right to the front of the line and got right on an elevator in the front row. Yay! During the ride, when they were showing the images of the "ghosts" waving goodbye, the video informtaion suddenly appeared on the screen and then the video blanked out. That cracked us up! But I was also thinking "Yikes, if that's broken does that mean the rides broken too?! But it was just fine and fun!!! Our picture from that is hilarious too, but I can't show it to you either yet!
We went on Monsters Inc. next since some of my kids had never been on it before. It is such a cute ride. I love the scene with all the doors and at the end of the ride I love it when the creepy lady talks to the guests. She told me I had nice hair for a human!
We went over to the Animation building next and Stitch was there ! Yay! My hubby Ken is a huge Stitch fan so of course he had his picture taken first and then the rest of us did too. Stitch was so friendly!!
We went down to the grotto and did the personality tests and the singing and acting and then we went to Turtle Talk. Crush was doing a great job considering that the audience was giving him a really hard time. One of the guests asked him if he was married and he said yes and then he asked her if she had a significant other and she said "Only Jesus Christ." H e said "All righty then, say hi to the JC for me next time you see him!" It was cute!
The people who hadn't eaten breakfast at Whitewater's were hungry by this time so we went over to Taste Pilot's. There's always at least one in the bunch who doesn't want what everyone else is having so I took my son over to the Wharf area and got him a turkey sandwich. We stopped in front of the backside of the Grizzly on the way over there and got our picture taken, but I can't show you that one either of course!
After lunch, we went in the Fly and Buy and had a hilarious aviator "hat and goggle trying on" session! Then we went on Soarin'. That ride is always great!
After that we went on the Grizzley. The wait was only 30 minutes so the majority of us got in the stand by line and ate cotton candy and visited while we waited. But Tiffany kept going single rider while she waited for us to get to the front of the line. She was soaking wet by the time we caught up with her!
We went to the pin trading booth by the pier and the sunglass shack after that. We picked up a few awesome pins, Kevin got some cool POTC sunglasses and Brittany got sour gummy worms, Tiffany went single rider on Mulholland Madness, and Earkid got a blue raspberry slushy! (I forgot to mention that at this point Ken and Kyle had left to go back to the hotel because they both felt sick...drats!) But the rest of us were having a great time. We went on the Maliboomer next and I forgot to tuck my lanyard in my shirt and it flew off when we shot up in the air. I just barely caught it! After that Earkid and Kevin took Tiffany on a non moving gondola of the ferris wheel and the other girls and I did a little shopping. I got some really cute chandelier Mickey earrings. We also grabbed a quick snack of mozzarella sticks and apple slices with caramel. Yummy!
It was 4 pm Earkid and Kevin were pretty tired by now so they decided to head back to the hotel too. Tiffany and I went single rider on Screamin' then caught up with Courtney and Brittany who were shopping some more and we all walked over to bear Country. Tiffany and Brittany went inside to go tire swingng and rock wall climbing and Courtney and I went to listen to the Miner 49ers. I love them ! They did a "Ring of Fire" and ""Zipe a dee dooh dah" singalong and then invited kids up to play in the washboard band! Courtney went up and asked if she could play the cowbell! That was so funny...if you know the whole Will Ferrelll cowbell routine , then you know what I mean!
We all went on the Grizzley after that and then we went back over to the Animation building and took a drawing session to learn how to draw Mickey! It was almost 5 pm now and we were pooped too so we went back to the hotel, got in our swimsuits and napped by the pool for an hour and a half.
At 6:45 we all headed back over to DCA. The kids all went to Ariel's for dinner and they said it was a lot of fun except for the service being really slow. But they had a fun time with the characters and Kyle especially liked Ariel because quote "She was the hottest!"
Ken and I met Earkid and Kevin for dinner at The Vineyard Room. It was thier first time to go there and we were all excited. We had a nice table with a view of the sunset and a great waiter. I ordered the three course dinner that had a sweet maui onion and goat cheese appetizer, a london sirloin and tiger prawn entree, and a chocolate fondant dessert. Everything tasted fabulous and each course came with an excellent wine!
Just as we were finishing dinner, the Electrical Light Parade started so we got to watch it from up there. That was great! We followed the crowd toward the exit after that , but stopped in the Greetings Store to buy our pictures. Earkid also bought the Mickey Pirate and Minnie Redhead Pirate...that thing is sooooo funny! We watched the fireworks from the esplanade and Earkid and Kevin showed us where their brick is! They needed to do a little more shopping in Wrld of Disney so Ken and I headed back to the hotel where our kids had already gone. But when Earkid and Kevin returned , the girls and I went up to their room to do some more pin trading and visiting! It was hard to say goodbye but I know we will see them again soon!
As soon as we returned to our room we went straight to bed and were asleep in two seconds flat. It's 9:15 am now and I am still having a hard time getting everyone out of bed even though DL's been open for 15 minutes already! I better get going!!
PS Ken will now attempt to attach some pictures!!!