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  • Trip Report Nov 20-24

    Had a blast at DL with the family Thanksgiving week, lots of people there, but still pretty manageable with a little game plan. No real missteps at all during the trip, even got to go solo for part of Saturday while everyone else was Christmas shopping.

    We spent the 19th at Universal; I had resisted the pleas of my family to stop there for a day or two for years. I finally caved in and took them. Except for Transformers, found the rides/attractions to be mediocre, and the best part of the tram tour was the Jimmy Fallon videos.

    And why do you have to get wet on every single thing you go on?

    Overall I am glad we went, we saw something different and had a good time at the City Walk the night we drove down-hmmmmmmmm Karl Strauss Brewery. We stayed at the Sheraton, very nice, close enough to walk, uphill, about 8 minutes to City Walk/Universal.

    We left the park around 5, huge mistake. It took almost 2 hours to get to Anaheim.

    We checked in to the Park Vue Inn on the 19th, right across the street from DL. Easy check in, rooms clean, unfortunately they didn’t have two adjoining room upstairs like I asked. It got a bit noisy towards the end of the trip.

    Tuesday-Nov 20th
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Re: Nov 20-24

    Great TR so far. Sounds like good times! I love seeing people enjoying Disneyland with multiple generations of the family, really cool.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • #3
      Re: Nov 20-24

      Love your photo perspectives!


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        Re: Nov 20-24

        Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you had a good time.
        "Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada."

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        • #5
          Re: Nov 20-24

          nice trip report thanks

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          • #6
            Re: Nov 20-24

            Those are great photos. The compositions and color are beautiful.

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            • #7
              Re: Nov 20-24

              ...thanks for the TR thus far....

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              • #8
                Re: Nov 20-24

                Great photos!
                "I do not like to repeat successes. I like to go on to other things." - Walt Disney

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                • #9
                  Re: Nov 20-24

                  Thank you for sharing!


                  Thank you to Poisonedapples for my awesome signature!
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                  • #10
                    Re: Nov 20-24

                    Originally posted by whitestrat View Post
                    Great TR so far. Sounds like good times! I love seeing people enjoying Disneyland with multiple generations of the family, really cool. [IMG]file://localhost/Users/clee/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png[/IMG]

                    Thanks for sharing.
                    Thanks Whitestrat

                    Originally posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
                    Love your photo perspectives!
                    Thanks Izzy

                    Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                    Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you had a good time.
                    Thanks Calsig

                    Originally posted by Rex Dopey24 View Post
                    nice trip report thanks
                    Thanks Rex

                    Originally posted by bigcatrik View Post
                    Those are great photos. The compositions and color are beautiful.
                    Thanks Bigcatrik

                    Originally posted by Treasure View Post
                    ...thanks for the TR thus far....
                    Thanks Treasure


                    Originally posted by 4th Gen Disney Fan View Post
                    Great photos!
                    Thank you

                    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
                    Thank you for sharing!
                    Thanks Kelly
                    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nov 20-24

                      Wednesday-Nov 21

                      Pretty overcast this morning, a little chilly in my shorts. The security line was not as bad this morning. We got to the CA gates right as they opened at 7:30. I headed for the RSR FP line while everyone else headed toward the single rider line. I got in line by the Disney Junior Stage, not a few minutes later people were all the way around the street across from the Hyperion Theatre.

                      Talked to a few of the guys in line, one in front of me was from Washington, DVC owner, not sure if they get credit for getting others to sign up but I got that vibe. Guy behind me lived off the same street I did just a mile down the way, small world indeed. Line moved pretty fast once the clock struck 8. I believe I got to the FP machines in less than 20 minutes, return time at 1:05, and disconnected.



                      The rest of my family was all the way to the umbrella in the SRL, ride wasn’t running yet. I went through the exit and met them there. Turned out to be a short wait as the ride was racing along at 8:40. Twenty minutes later we had all gotten on our cars.



                      My daughter checking out the firetruck:



                      They all made their way to the three little pigs for some coffee n croissants’ while I headed to get us some FPs for Soarin. Man, needed a FP to get some coffee. Line was right at the door when they went in, took thirty minutes to get to the counter.

                      Hoping that everyone was still in Carsland,



                      we headed to Toy Story Mania. No such luck, 50 minute wait. About half way through the line I ducked out and grabbed some FPs for Screamin. I am going to need to get on this ride more often, my kids creamed me again.



                      My Mom wanted to go on Ariel so we made our way around the Pier. Fifteen minutes later we were on, she really liked the ride. Fumbling through the FPs I had I realized Screamin was also disconnected, so away I went. Other the TSM and Carsland, it didn’t really feel all that crowded.







                      We ambled over to Screamin. This was the first time my Son actually wanted to try it. Up until now, his biggest ride was SM. One time through and he was hooked, became his new favorite ride by the end of the trip. My Wife sat this one out as usual and took picks of us blasting off.

                      It was approaching noon, so we headed towards the wharf to get some snacks. We all shared some rice bowls, we had a 5:00 ressie at the Carthay later and didn’t want to get there full. Aladdin sounded good to everyone so off we went. We got there 30 minutes before the show and the lines were packed, we ended up way up top.









                      Great show as usual. I think all three main actors were different that any we had seen before. Miss the real flying carpet. Love the show, but I think I am ready for something new.

                      Everyone decided to head back to the room to relax and to change into big boy pants for dinner. I grabbed another set of FPs for Screamin and met them in the room. It sure is nice staying right across the street, but I think we will opt for somewhere with covered hallways next time, starting to get a little noisy outside.

                      I think my Wife was the only one that actually got a nap, too noisy for the rest of us. Our rooms were near the corner of the building and housekeeping set up camp right outside our rooms for several hours, of course only when were there trying to rest.

                      We all headed back to CA around 4. Decent crowd getting in to both parks, but not too bad.



                      We decided to use our FPs for Soarin, whoa, FP line was all the way out to Taste Pilot’s. We got through the line and off the ride in about 40 minutes. We went to check in at Carthay around 4:45 for out 5:00 ressie. Forty five minutes later we finally had a table, dang. Worth the wait though. Looks like a lot of the staff from the Napa Rose moved over here, we had the same server before over there, which was good, he was excellent.

                      We decided to stuff ourselves and get the WOC of tickets. We shared the biscuits and stuffed grape leaves for appetizers. Biscuits were good, small though. The entrees were outstanding.

                      My Wife had the short rib ravioli



                      my Daughter had the cavatelli pasta with lamb, my Mom had the same minus the lamb, my Son had the chicken schnitzel



                      and I had the rib eye.



                      The only complaint my Wife had was that there weren’t enough ravioli as we kept stealing them from her, we all agreed this was the best dish of the night, outstanding snap on the fresh pasta. Dessert was probably the weakest course, but still good. We shared the chocolate cake, brownie sundae, and apple strudel cheesecake.



                      We were all stuffed, decided to chill out on a bench across from the wharf and people watch for a while. We made our way to the WOC area around 7:30, it was packed. Both kids snagged spots near the front of our section to get a good view, the rest of us all hung out at the very back. We had an unobstructed view until right before the show started. My wife had to move to the side so she could see; she is just a shade over 5 feet tall. I stowed the camera so I could enjoy the show, never been able to get good shots of WOC anyways.

                      We waited out the crowd for a few minutes after the show ended, didn’t really make any difference. Huge bottleneck by the wharf to Carsland as they had people roped off for the next show. We moved on over to check out the single rider line for RSR.



                      Line was all the way out to the sign. Right as we got there it was announced that the ride was temporarily down. That cleared the crowd considerably in the SRL, which surprised us as the stopages have been pretty short, we moved up past the bridges. Twenty minutes later the ride was operational again, another 20 minutes and we were on. This ride is pretty spectacular at night with all of the lights on the rocks and the neon coming from the rest of the land.



                      My Wife and Mom were done for the night. The kids and I rode Screamin 3 times and called it a night around 10:30.
                      They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                      • #12
                        Re: Nov 20-24

                        LOVE your pics!
                        For the love of Disney....:yea:

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                        • #13
                          Re: Nov 20-24

                          Wonderful pictures and tr - thanks


                          "We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."

                          -Walt Disney

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                          • #14
                            Re: Nov 20-24

                            Originally posted by wiigirl View Post
                            LOVE your pics!
                            Thanks Wiigirl
                            They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                              Re: Nov 20-24

                              Originally posted by Sorcerer's Apprentice View Post
                              Wonderful pictures and tr - thanks
                              Thanks Sorcerer's Apprentice
                              They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                              • #16
                                Re: Nov 20-24

                                Thanksgiving-Nov. 22

                                I was out the door and headed toward the security line right at 7. Headed toward CA, third gate, third person in line. Magic Morning crowd was slow arriving across the Esplanade. Gates opened at 7:30, rest of the family was just making their way through security. As soon as they all got in my Daughter joined me with their passes in the RSR FP line, third back in line again.



                                Line moved very quickly at 8, they headed for the RSR SRL, we did the same after getting the FPs. We made our way on to the ride in less than 15 minutes, they already cycled through and were going again. Not sure of the accuracy, but the standby line posted a wait of 120 minutes at 8:15.





                                We decided to check out Flo’s for breakfast. OMG, OMG, OMG, THEY HAVE RACER 5 IPA. I guess it was a bit early for a beer, even for a good beer, I shall return. We shared a couple of the American breakfast’s and the brioche French toast. Pretty good, except for the eggs, which pretty much suck resort wide. While they were finishing up, I took my coffee and strolled over the Screamin to grab some FPs.

                                We were hoppin today, over to DL to get some small world. The crowd was up now; we entered with the mob a quarter of 10. I hightailed it over to get FPs for ST and met them right as they got in line. It didn’t take long to get on the ride, maybe 15 minutes.







                                We made our way to HM next, also a pretty short wait.





                                They headed toward Big Thunder Ranch to get us some seats for the Billy’s. I made a stop to get FPs for BTMRR. The machines were not cooperating, CMs helping out people left and right, very efficient. We love the Billy’s, but I am not a fan of the holiday show or the outdoor venue. We just love the Golden Horseshoe and their regular show.



                                We had a good time; the bears were giving us all kind of love.

                                My Mom got in on the act:



                                Liver Lips McGrowl would not leave my Daughter alone until he got a big kiss. It took him a good 14 tries before she gave in.



                                So we made our way through Fantasyland towards Tomorrowland. Uh-oh, my Daughter spies Flynn, now she’s the stalker. Unfortunately, there are about 60 minutes worth of kids in line to see him, well probably Rapunzel, but 60 minutes worth nonetheless. Off to Buzz Lightyear!

                                As they got in line I grabbed us some FPs for SM, 60 minute wait at noon. Return time not bad, 3 something.

                                Buzz was packed, 25 minutes to get on. Man, I got creamed again. Apparently I am allowing my kids too much time on the video games. I am getting owned this trip.



                                My Daughter and I made our way to the shops on MS, everyone else went back to the rooms for a break. I am pleasantly surprised at the crowd levels so far. There are ton of people here, but we are doing a lot of things and it is pretty easy to move around. I still think it was more crowded last month when my Son and I attended a Halloween Party, but I am still bitter about my perceived oversell of the event probably, maybe.

                                My Daughter suggested we hit Gibson Girl and get some ice cream, excellent idea. No place to sit, so we checked out the MS cinema and lost ourselves quite easily for 25 minutes. We really had the place to ourselves most of the time, very few people came in and those that did didn’t stay very long. We then checked out the Gallery, we both love the art work, the concept stuff is so amazing, another 30 minutes whisked by.





                                Back out in the sun, it was quite pleasant today, mid 70’s or so. We got on the double decker bus and enjoyed the ride.



                                We did the castle walk-through, then back on the bus.






                                We grabbed some sidewalk to watch the parade. I sat down, my Daughter checked out the Emporium. I thought I was plenty early an hour before the parade, but the shaded side of MS was half full already. The hour went pretty fast as carolers showed up not soon after I sat down, and they were not far away.











                                We all loved the parade. What we didn’t love were the rude people that crowded in behind us. I have no problem with people standing behind me for parades or shows, especially kids so they can see. But, have some manners! Two of the three kids that got right behind us were fighting the whole time, parents doing nothing, and dropping candy and popcorn all over my kids. My kids just laughed it off, I should have too, but I have no patience for rude or mean people. Their kids probably didn’t know any better, they were pretty young, but the parenting skills were non-existent. Fortunately, the only real thing that bothered me the whole trip, and it was pretty trivial.

                                A brisk walk would cool me off, so I headed off to get some FPs for BTMRR. Everyone else headed to Star Tours. I caught back up with them and got in the FP line. So my Son loves Star Wars, as do I, we have probably ridden this ride 30-40 times the last couple of years. He has yet to be the Rebel Spy. So as we sit down, we are all pointing to him, he is making goofy faces. Yep, they picked my Wife sitting right next to him. We all had good laugh on that.

                                It was about 4, we had a reservation at Ralph Brennan’s in DTD at 5 for Thanksgiving dinner. Nice easy ride on the Monorail and we should have some time to walk around. Whoa, big time line waiting for the Monorail. We had to wait for 5 rides to cycle us on; we called to let them know we might be a little late. We made it with 5 minutes to spare, still had to wait 30 minutes for a table inside, lol.

                                They had Cajun turkey and turducken tonight. We started with some garlic bread and fried artichokes, yumm. We ordered two of the double chocolate bread puddings early since they take 30 minutes to make. Not sure why we always order two when we know one would be enough for all us. I got the Cajun turkey, my Wife and Daughter shared the turducken, my Son got the kids burger, Mom got some sides. Everything was great, this has been our favorite DTD restaurant for some time now.

                                We spent some time checking out the stores in DTD, I could have taken a nap on a bench if they would have let me. We slowly strolled back to the Esplanade and made our way into CA around 8. Ten minutes later we were in line for RSR using our FPs, 10 minutes later RSR was out of commission. Fortunately, the disruption was short, ride was operational after 20 minutes, then it took us about 30 minutes to get through the FP line.



                                My Mom and Daughter joined me for TOT, FPs we collected earlier dropped us right in. We gave away some FPs for Screamin we had and headed over to DL. My Wife and Mom went back to the rooms, took the camera and our extra backpack filled with sweaters. I really love taking pics in the land, but it sure feels good to ditch the gear every once in a while. There were a lot of people leaving DL as the fireworks were finishing.

                                We went to SM to use some FPs, short wait to get on. Gave away our second set, getting tired. Headed over to BTMRR and rode it twice. We left, tired, and getting cold, around 10:50. Twas another great day.
                                Last edited by chris001; 12-05-2012, 06:10 AM.
                                They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Nov 20-24

                                  Wow! I didn't know the RSR FP was disconnected. I hope that's true in January.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Nov 20-24

                                    Originally posted by smartlabelprint View Post
                                    Wow! I didn't know the RSR FP was disconnected. I hope that's true in January.
                                    Seems like it had been disconnected during the busier times.
                                    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                                      Last edited by chris001; 12-06-2012, 08:00 AM.
                                      They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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                                      • #20
                                        They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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