Sorry about the delay–unexpected company this evening. Good thing I baked cookies today!
Okay, on to the report!
On Sunday my Dsis drove to my house with my DN and my wonderful mom who agreed to come watch the two young ones and cook dinner for my helpless DH while I went to play at Disneyland :happy: Okay, my DH really isn’t helpless, but he had an audit later in the week and there was no way on earth he could take the three days off to take care of the kids. My mom is always so happy to have the kids to herself and she was really looking forward to spending time with them. My mom rocks And so does my DH :wub:
On Monday we leave the house at 7am. We stop at McDonalds for a much longer than should have been breakfast, and hit I-5, stopping for gas about halfway. We pull into the Candy Cane Inn at 1:35pm. Good timing considering the stops were about an hour total!
When I first booked this trip for the two of us, I was on a super tight budget, but wanted to stay close to the parks. I had booked a room at the Park Vue Inn opposite DL. It was nearly $100 less than the CCI (no AAA rate available) for the 2 nights and I was fine with that as I looked at the $100 as food money, and this was going to be a ‘cheap and quick’ trip. One day here at MB, I came across ddoll’s experience at the PVI :eek: and decided to bail! I compared prices online and decided I’d call the CCI one night (night time may be the trick) and low and behold they had a deluxe room, AAA rate for what was only $30 total more than the PVI! I was so happy, lol. As I type this I realize now how silly it all seems, but at the time $100 was a good bit of my budget
Anyway, I went to check in and of course we were too early. That was fine for me–I’m going to DISNEYLAND! I bought 4 park hoppers from the gal behind the desk, put the parking slip in the car and off we went for the shuttle!
We called the two women we were to meet in the park. Both parties were in DL…one (SBF and kids) were on their way back to the DLH for a swim and the other group (SIL and kids) was eating in New Orleans Square (rats! I missed the Monte Cristo!).
We told SBF we’d catch her later and we hooked up with SIL and clan at the Haunted Mansion! I rode with my DS and we got the short guy with the top hat that I always seem to get. We walked to Pirates and as we waited in the lines the kids took off in various directions for random treats. One came back with a tub of popcorn, one had a Toll House cookie ice cream sandwich, one had a frozen lemonade and one had a lemonade slushie. We shared and gabbed and played silly games in line–maybe 25 minutes and then we loaded into our boat. We listened to the pirate and kept our ruddy hands in the boat and I blushed when I saw Captain Jack Sparrow so close to me on the ride He’s a babe, even if he’s mechanical. A stop in the pirate store for a few souvineers and we were on our way.
At this point, I decided I needed a Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwich and shared it as we waited in line for Indy (another babe) to save our lost tourist bacon (the story on this ride is some tourists go in to a temple, and don’t return so Indy goes in to save them, but he goes missing too. Of course he saves us in the end ). It was great fun! And really fun with 4 big kids!
A curious thing we were noticing here both days in regards to several lines that que up indoor as well as out. The lines were outside the buildings and were being stopped at the door. So while the Indy line was back to the fast pass area, it wasn’t as long as one would think because the indoor que was empty! I’m not sure if it is a fire hazzard issue or if it’s easier on the air conditioning units or what the reason was, but it was kind of nice to walk right up to the loading area, almost like a free pass, lol. Also the lines were shorter than the sign said (YAY!) and the longest we waited was 45 minutes for Space Mountain.
Oh boy, I’m really rattling on. Sorry, heehee. Guess I’m hyper after the cookies :ph34r:
After Indy, we take a ride on the Jungle Cruise :wub: and the kids go through the tree house. We decide we simply MUST ride Indy again, and 10 minutes later we’re in! It was the favorite ride of the trip!
We head to Tomorrowland! The kids go on Star Tours and my Dsis and I decide we need to eat as ice cream and breakfast at 8am were not going to cut it. We head to Redd’s Rocket and get pizza for the boys and salad for us girls. The pizza looked good and the ceasar’s salad was tasty (no chicken on mine). I was tempted to have the fusili dish, but it just looked too hot and heavy to eat. Eddie and I washed this down with a churro that we shared :wub: and we met up to say hello to SBF and her two charges. The smiles on those two kids faces was priceless! They were having the time of their life with their aunt. They had plans and fast passes for the rides we had already done, so they left us after making plans to meet the next am for panckaes
The 6 of us went on Buzz (I got a whopping 1,600 points, lol) the BTMRR. We were headed towards IASW, but Remember was about to start, so we watched them from Fantasyland. Not the best place as there is no sound where we were, and we missed the WOW factor of having the castle in the foreground, but everyone was impressed nonetheless.
The gaggle of preteens really wanted to do BTMRR agin, so we did–twice, lol. (Erin, I thought of you every time I saw the goat :happy: )
The park was closing at 11 and there were souvineers to be begged for so we started heading out of the park to beat the Fantasmic crowd at the end of the night. We lollygaggged and spent our $$ like good tourists and said good bye to my Dsis’ SIL and her two wonderful, fun kids.
A short walk to the CCI, a 3 minute check in and we were in our jammies by 11:30pm. The room was nice and clean as always, and more importantly very close to where we ahd parked the car in the afternoon (there was not a spot to be had at night). I set the alarm and drifted off to sleep with visions of pancakes dancing in my head…
TBC tomorrow :mickey: