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  • #81
    Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

    So amazingly fun and refreshing to see DL again through the eyes of people who barely ever go. I'm not an AP holder or anything, and I rarely go more than once every year or two, but it's still a blast hearing/seeing how your trip went. It says a lot about Disneyland that it has such incredible repeatability, yet it doesn't require much "growing on you" and near-first-timers like yourselves can have a fabulous trip.

    Can't wait to see more! And by the way, many people do like the holiday overlay of the Haunted Mansion, but I'm with you--it just doesn't feel right. Don't let your opinions of the ride be worsened by the overlay. The original ride is still very much the way you remember it, I'm sure, and, in my humble yet oh-so-correct opinion , it's a lot better than the holiday version. Anyway, I'm not saying this to start yet another debate about the quality of the NBC overlay--just to say that y'all should be sure to give it a very open-minded second chance if you get to go again in the non-holiday season.

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    • #82
      Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

      Amazing report!

      I love seeing Disneyland through the eyes of people who aren't there ALL the time, especially seeing the planning and travel that goes into a trip to DL for so many people.

      Looks like a great family vacation. Wish I would have been at the meet that day to meet you guys in person. Can't wait to see more!!

      Julie

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      • #83
        Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

        Still lovin this report! One of the best I have seen! Can't wait for the next installment!

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        • #84
          Re: Pt 2 of Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26

          Originally posted by lil lisa View Post
          Our 20 minute wait for HM turned into a 60+ minute wait. It was quite warm in the early afternoon sun surrounded by lots of people and no place to sit. We assume the ride must have broken down, though we never heard for certain. What we did know was that we were hot and Joey was crabby and we were too far in the line to work our way out of it. Joey refused to go on the ride and I wasn't about to force him. When we finally got to the front, we spoke to the Cast Member and asked if we could trade off. Tom and Trev went first and the waiting continued. Finally they came out and Kaylie and I went on. Haunted Mansion was disappointing. On the way home we determined it was the most disappointing ride we had on the trip. We did concede our opinion was possibly skewed due to our long wait. I personally didn't care for the Nightmare Before Christmas themeing inside. I've never seen the movie, so it didn't do anything for me. The ballroom scene looked strange compared to my childhood rememberance. The Christmas tree was out of place and the ghost couples were dancing right through it and it was weird. And instead of the ghost in our buggy at the end, it was a load of presents that seemed kinda fake. But like the Matterhorn ride the night before, our opinion might have been different had we not been tired and stressed after an hour and a half of listening to Joey complain.
          Wish you had me with you. We could have done your ride list in less than two hours probably, maybe a bit more.

          The key is fastpasses. I would have gotten a fastpass for Mansion first, went on Pirates and Jungle Cruise then grab a fastpass for Indy. Then I would have went on on the teacups and then Star Tours. By this time your wait for both Mansion and Indy would have been 10 minutes or so for each ride.

          Also, it seems lately there has been a huge problem with ride wait time estimates. Disney used to have this down to a science. As of late it unfortunately is not as accurate as it once was.

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          • #85
            Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

            Originally posted by JulieMouse View Post
            Amazing report!

            I love seeing Disneyland through the eyes of people who aren't there ALL the time, especially seeing the planning and travel that goes into a trip to DL for so many people.

            Looks like a great family vacation. Wish I would have been at the meet that day to meet you guys in person. Can't wait to see more!!

            Julie
            This is so true!

            I go so often eveything they are experiencing for the first time is second nature to me. I think half of the reason they were so exhausted at night is that everything is so new and amazing.

            Great report so far!

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            • #86
              Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

              More please!!


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              • #87
                Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                OMG I can't believe I didn't see this TR before! I've been waiting for your TR specifically to show up haha. I loved reading it so far, and just like everyone else said, because you're from out of state and we get to see it in a different perspective.

                I can't wait for more!!!


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                • #88
                  Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                  Having been an AP since almost as long ago as I can remember, I never realized that someone might be surprised by the small size of the landmarks after all those pics. I guess they are pretty small, come to think of it, compared to all of those exaggerated media pics, and the castle is a literal illusion!

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                  • #89
                    Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                    What a beautiful family you have! Great trip report--one of the best I have ever read/seen! Keep it coming!

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                    • #90
                      Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                      Thanks to everybody for your kind words and compliments on this trip report. It's my pleasure to bring it. After so many years of dreaming, and then months of anticipation, I still can't believe I'm actually posting my own TR! I owe so many thanks to everyone on the mice chat board. I used people's trip reports and pictures to help prepare my youngest for what was to come. I took in everyone's opinions and suggestions to help plan the trip. So now I post my own TR to share my experiences with my fellow chatters and to hopefully provide a bit of joy and insight to others planning a trip to California. That said...

                      Day 3 of our trip was not at Disneyland. We decided to break up the Disney days with a trip to San Diego to visit Sea World and the ocean. It was a day to rest and relax and go to bed early so we could take most advantage of our last day at Disneyland. So for those who are interested or thinking about other things to do while in Southern California, I post our Sea World and ocean pictures. Tomorrow (hoperfully) I'll post the pics of our final day at Disneyland and our night at Mickey's Halloween Treat.

                      Here we go!

                      As we headed down to breakfast in the elevator that Monday morning, I had to take this picture. Just as the small details help make Disneyland so special, the same can also be said of our hotel. Each elevator door had a different picture and message.


                      I say again how nice it was to be able to get a nice, filling, hot breakfast at the hotel each morning. I'm not much of a breakfast person myself, but it's often my husband's biggest meal of the day, and it saved is a lot of money on the food budget.


                      The breakfast pizza's were fun and delicious!


                      We were on the road to San Diego by 8:30am. I loved the drive, it was so pretty all the way. Three things we don't see in Nebraska- toll booths, mountains, and six lanes of traffic going each way.


                      Our first views of the ocean were as we drove to San Diego. It took us a few minutes to realize we were seeing the ocean. The morning was misty and the water was the exact color of the sky, making it hard to distinguish one from the other.


                      All of the travel and weird sleep times made us take advantage of all opportunities to rest!


                      Trev was all about the food. We'd filled a hotel garbage can with ice and mini cans of pop, and then brought along a sack of cookies and chips. We didn't want to go hungry on that long 2 hour drive to San Diego!


                      We passed this church/temple as we drove. It was so pretty I just had to take a pic.


                      Sea World at last! Joey was in a weird mood that day. At first he was excited about Sea World. Then when we got there, he said Sea World was dumb and he wanted to go back to Disneyland. The reality was that he was off of his routine, which is what calms a person with autism. Stress, even good/fun stress can be overwhelming when it involves so much change. So Joey was grumpy. Fortunately, the animals themselves were great distractions and he loved watching them and interacting with them. We all loved Sea World. A lot!


                      We loved the sea gulls!


                      Our first views of Sea World included the whale tank. As we were walking down the hill to the underwater viewing area, I caught this picture of one of the whales swimming towards a little boy.


                      Then the whale gave him a kiss through the glass. How adorable!


                      Joey was immediately intrigued by the whales and asked question after question of the SeaWorld guide.


                      Joey also insisted on a picture of him with one of the whales. I was happy to oblige. So was the whale.


                      A while later we went to view the whales from above. We cracked up to see the whales interact with the sea gulls. Someone had tossed buckets of fish into the water. One of the whales kept gobbling fish, then making a hacking noise he would "throw up" the fish and spew it at the sea gulls who were more than ready to accept the gift. The whales would also hack up the fish, swim after it and eat it and hack it again and again like a dog playing fetch with a toy. Hilarious!


                      Stay tuned for more!

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                      • #91
                        Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                        Awesome TR!!!
                        Can't wait for the rest!

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                        • #92
                          Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                          Poser! Kaylie is a huge fan of dolphins and she was thrilled to be able to see them in person and up close.


                          I'd never heard of a Bat Ray before. Apparently they are related to the Sting Ray, but the Bat Ray's had had their stingers removed and were more than tolerant of being petted. Just keep your fingers away from their mouths or they're liable to sample. The Bat Ray's reminded me of a bull frog. Their faces are like that of a black bull frog and their texture/feel is like a frog. Very interesting!


                          The Bat Ray underwater.


                          Do you see the frog resemblance? We had a blast petting them.


                          The boys cracked up laughing when we found the eels. They are the weirdest looking creatures ever! They look like some sort of warped Sesame Street Muppet- only they're real!


                          After a lengthy explore we decided lunch was in order before our Penguin Tour. We ate here.


                          I don't remember why Joey was mad here, but he was. He probably was tired of hot dogs and wanted something else. Or maybe he was wanting to go back to the hotel again. The Shamu lunch box and giant chocolate cake eventually perked him up a bit.


                          Kaylie was happy to see the large cups of strawberries. Then we just HAD TO HAVE a Shamu rice crispy bar! Yum!


                          We had lots of good friends closeby as we ate. There were signs all over the place (including on each napkin- with a picture example) requesting that the birds NOT be fed. But all around us, people were feeding the birds. We were good though.


                          This is fellow Mice Chatter, DisneyRoyalty. When she heard I was interested in Sea World, she kindly PMed me. She works at Sea World. Thanks to her, I was able to get a lot of great information on what to see during our short visit to Sea World. She wasn't working on the day we were there, but she came out to meet me and the family once she got out of classes, and took in a show with us. She's as nice and kind as she is pretty!


                          For me it was more Disney Magic. Imagine got us the tickets for Aladdin, Disney Royalty helped with Sea World questions and made a special trip out to meet us. toadann is a photopass operater and she contacted me with her work schedule and invited me to find her at the park for a friendly hello. I had every intention of meeting her, but lost track of time and missed her. I was disappointed and tried to find her, but with no luck. DisneyIPresume also contacted me before the trip and personally extended the hand of friendship, giving me his number so I'd have a contact for any questions and inviting me and the family to the hub for the Mice Chat meet. Sadly, I missed him.

                          All of these kind people gave us a bit of Disney magic. And I thank them. It all helped make the trip more special.

                          Oh yes. There's more!

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                          • #93
                            Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                            What a truly magical report!!! Can't wait for the next update.

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                            • #94
                              Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                              With DisneyRoyalty's insight for help, I decided to pay a bit extra to take the family on the Penguin Experience tour. I've always been intrigued by penguins and Joey had studied them in school and found them interesting. I thought it would be fun for all of us, as the tour guarantees you the chance to pet a penguin. I figured we'd get a wee touch and then be done. It was much better than that though!

                              Our tour guide first let us see the outdoor penguins, explaining that there is a species of penguins that live happily in warm climates. This guy looked pretty happy to me.


                              Joey was immediately caught up in the penguin talk and we finally had to grab his hand to keep him from asking so many questions. He always raises his hand and says "Excuse me," but if he's excited about something- like Penguins- he'll do it constantly.


                              Our guide took us inside to the places that no one else usually goes. We were introduced to a Penguin specialist, who brought out a penguin and sat it on a block of ice covered with a towel. He cautioned us to avoid projectiles from the Penguin's back side. We had to disinfect our shoes and hands and then after a brief speech about the penguin (who was very noisy! We were told it was quite unusual, but this little guy obviously had a lot to say) we got to take turns petting him.


                              I figured that would be the end of things, but no, there was much more! After once again disinfecting our shoes and hands we were taken into the freezer. There, the experts have tried as best they can to reconstruct an arctic like environment for their penguins. It was colder than Billy Wampus (that means COLD!) back there, but seeing all of the penguins was amazing!


                              I wanted to take this little guy home! Cheeeeeeese!


                              I don't know how long we were back in the freezer. They didn't rush us at all. The penguin guy stood in the ice with a baby penguin sitting on his feet- just as it would with his "daddy" and he answered our many questions and volunteered much info about the critters. Meanwhile, there was one little penguin who was very social. He kept coming over to the tiny fence we stood behind and loved it when we petted him. He would even snuggle against your arm. It was precious! Tom is getting in a good pet here.


                              I could have watched the penguins forever, but we were frozen and wanted to see at least one show before the day ended. We found Disney Royalty again and walked over to watch the Pets Rule! show. It was funny and amazing! Look at this dog leap!


                              Dontcha just wanna take one of these critters home?


                              Our last Sea World activity was revisiting the dolphins at feeding time. For $5 you can buy a tray of fish to feed them. We bought two trays and the dolphins were our very good friends for quite some time. We all got in quality dolphin petting.


                              After their tasty meal, they were ready to show off for us! For a change, my camera was perfectly timed and focused.


                              Next up- our trip to the ocean!

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                              • #95
                                Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                                Yay Sea World! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed visiting Sea World. It was such a pleasure to meet you too! I take my job for granted, getting to see these animals all the time, (to where I can recognize all the Killer Whales and know their names!) but it really is fun to see the experience through the eyes of a park guest who has never been there before, and getting to experience the animals close-up!

                                If my Sea World information helped you guys enjoy your visit a little bit more, then it was well worth it! I'm thrilled that all of you had a good time.

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                                • #96
                                  Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                                  You got to go in the penguin habitat???? Ohhhh, I have to take my SIL to do that sometime. How cool!
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                                  • #97
                                    Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                                    We had planned ahead of time to visit Mission Beach in San Diego after our Sea World trip. E-Clair didn't know where to send us because we didn't have an address. She was very close, but we finally stopped to ask for directions. We stopped the car and excitedly hit the beach around 6:00. The sun was beginning it's descent over the water, and the colors were amazing. From our vantage point, we could see the pier in the nearby distance, and surfers out in the water. A couple walked by hand in hand, a woman jogged by with her dog and down the beach a bit a man was busy with his metal detector. I was in heaven. It was so surreal, like something from TV come to life! I'm a landlubber, a flatlander from Nebraska. You can look out my back window and see 6 miles of farmland and cars driving 7 miles away on the horizion. That's how flat it is. Mountains and oceans are distant concepts seen only in pictures. Yet there we were.

                                    Tom and the boys.


                                    The clouds, the colors were beyond words. It was warm and breezy and so peaceful!


                                    Trev and Joey loved the water as much as I did. We never wanted to leave.


                                    Kaylie and Trev started a shell hunting posse. We found a lot of little, colorful shells.


                                    Joey loved playing in the water. It was quite cold, but we adjusted to it. Joey was miffed that I didn't bring his swimsuit, but that didn't stop him from rolling up his pants and making the most of it. To fully appreciate my thoughts of seeing Joey in the ocean, understand that a few years ago, Joey couldn't stand being wet. Water made him cry. He couldn't properly process the way it felt on his skin because his skin was so sensitive. He would scream when it rained and cry during baths and showers. We had to send extra clothes to school with him because if even a few tiny drops hit his clothes, he would scream and have to change his clothes. Slowly we've worked with him on his water issues. He can still be sensitive at times and doesn't like unexpected wetness, like splashing or squirt guns. But he loves to wade in water and play.


                                    One of my favorite pictures of Joey, ever. To me, this is joy in a pure form.


                                    Trevor had the lucky find of the night. A sand dollar!


                                    After the beauty of the ocean, I was ready to move to San Diego.


                                    We all loved Southern California. The weather, the palm trees, the beauty, the excitement. Tom wants to work at Disneyland. He's an electronic engineer and the thought of the robotics, the programming of some of those Disneyland rides really excited him. Hmmmmm could there be a relocation in our future?

                                    E-Clair helped us to find a Burger King two blocks from the beach. We chowed down!

                                    We were worn out by the time we drove back to Cypress.


                                    Dreaming about our upcomming last day at Disneyland.


                                    That's all for tonight. I hope you enjoyed our San Diego day. I'll try to post our last day's fun tomorrow. Good night and sleep tight!

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                                    • #98
                                      Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                                      Now I'm anxiously awaiting the rest ... just like everybody else on here! The pictures you've showed us in your TR have been great, and indeed the one of Joey playing in the ocean captures the moment so well.

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                                      • #99
                                        Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31



                                        Wait a second...that's gotta be penguinsoda's cousin Carl. You know, the one she doesn't want to speak of after the imfamous turkey gravy incident at Christmas a few years ago? :lol: :lmao:

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                                        • Re: Lisa's Mega Colossal, SupercaliforniafragilistikexpialaTrip Report! 10/26-31

                                          The pic of Joey swinging/splashing around in the ocean brought tears to my eyes. Magical Moments, your trip so far has been so FULL of so many I am grateful you're sharing. I am sooooo looking forward to tomorrow, yet know I will be all welled up by the time it ends. If MC has trip report awards, THIS one gets my vote hands down.
                                          Just countin' the days til the next visit!

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