We were supposed to pick up our rental car on Thursday. It just so happened that an ice storm blew into town and made some changes to our plans! We could not get a confirmation on delivery of out HERTZ vehicle. The pickup rental location we had chosen was closed because of the weather so we opted to cancel the reservations we had made and drive our own car to catch our train in Houston. We were to pick up our son’s friend at the airport but her flight was delayed 3 hours due to the weather too. The next day we finally arrived in Houston. We had made arrangements to leave our car for 2 weeks at a friend’s house. He had to leave so we stood outside in the cold waiting for our cab. Our friend’s son-in-law felt sorry for us and insisted that he take us to the train depot. Still don’t know if the cab ever arrived! Finally we made it on the train!
Sunday morning we arrived in LA Union Station. I had made shuttle reservations but could not get through their phone lines to find out where they would pick us up. After being placed on hold at least 30 minutes we just opted to grab a cab. An hour later we arrived at the Anaheim Desert Inn. Finally the 5 of us (hubby-John, son-Lukeus, daughter-Emma, myself-mariezp and son’s friend-Alex) got to breath a sigh of relief and let the fun begin!!!!
Our daughter-Amy, aka DisneylandorBust, son-in-law-Greg and grandson-Wyatt had arrived Saturday so we met up with them to make our way to the park.
We made POTC our first ride so we could check out the new Captain Jacks before our group of 8 split in different directions. We were all pleased with the changes. It remains one of our favorite rides.
Since it has been a couple weeks I do not remember all the exact details of each day. I do know we were all glad to be back at Disneyland! I am also pretty sure one of our next stops was at one of the churro stands!
I planned our trip so that we would have one specific highlight for each day. For Sunday, John, Emma and I had reservations for the Candlelight Processional at 8:00pm. Since our dinner reservations were at 5:30 for Hook’s Pointe, we went our separate ways fairly early. I must say that it is quite a hike through Downtown Disney! The lights were beautiful. We were seated fairly quickly. Our waiter was very nice. My husband had the pork chop which he said was okay. My daughter had salmon which was probably was the best of all three. I had a chicken dish that tasted similar to a tv dinner I have had before. So much for entrees…. We did, however, have a wonderful chocolate cake.
Afterwards, we made our way back to stand in line for the show. We ended up with front row seats right in front of the narrator’s podium. The stage was lovely. The music and singing was beautiful. We had a perfect view of the woman doing sign language. She did an excellent job. Mr. Garcia was an excellent narrator as well. While the seats were up close, I can’t help but feel like we missed something being too close. I do believe it would have been perfect if we had been able to take in a view a bit farther back so we could see the entire overall performance. Still it was worth seeing at least once.
We did have an interesting experience. While waiting for the performance to begin a woman sat down and began talking to us. She had on a cast member badge. Turns out she was the tour guide for Mr. and Mrs. Garcia. She wanted to know if we would be taping the performance. It turns out that Mrs. Garcia had forgotten her video camera so she was trying to find someone who might be able to provide a copy for Mrs. Garcia. She left us her card with e-mail information. We actually did have plans to tape the show. However, again… our luck wasn’t going too well! The video camera had accidentally got set on the wrong tape speed and quickly used up the only disc we had brought! After that was gone DH attempted to use my camera but it took up all the memory cards I had and still ran out before the end. As you can understand, we don’t have much more than an incomplete choppy version to offer this woman. If any of you out there have a decent copy I could send this lady please don’t hesitate to contact me! Wouldn’t it be great to help out Mrs. Garcia?
The next morning we found our brick on the way in!
The entire group!
We did Disneyland rides early and eased over to CA since the park closed early for CM Christmas parties. My DD, Emma, got to Pilot the Mark Twain!
While at King Triton’s we ran into a familiar face! Princess Aurora!
Wednesday morning we got up for early entry to Toontown.
Mayor & Chip
Chip & Emma
Can you tell which one is Goofy?
Emma and Minnie
Emma on the Jolly Trolley
Parents be sure to watch your children in Toontown! It can have strange side effects!
In the afternoon we shopped Downtown Disney and watched “the Santa Claus 3” at the theater.
Thursday morning was up early for Chip N Dale at Storytellers Café. The banana stuffed French toast was wonderful! Someone played with the settings on my new camera and I didn’t notice until I had already taken photos. A shame too because the characters were great! I did get one good photo from my daughter.
We decided to try my patience and do the Princess Fantasy Faire. Lots of fun and great photos opportunities but really needs work keeping lines in order. Generally I am pretty calm but was ready to lose my cool because of parents and children cutting in line. Am I the only person in Disneyland who notices people around me? Am I the only parent in Disneyland that teaches my child to wait their turn? Am I the only parent in Disneyland who actually waits my turn with my child instead of sending them off by themselves? Obviously not because the place was packed but come on people! Have some common courtesy!
Be sure to watch for Part 2!