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Old 03-30-2009, 02:01 AM   #1
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A much delayed trip report...2/28-3/3

Back in January (a whole whopping six weeks prior) DH and I had taken both of our parents to the Land (see previous trip report). Part of our strategy for that trip was to get annual passes--beause, you know, discounts and all. Of course, the danger of those annual passes is that you suddenly say things like 'hey, want to go to Disneyland in a couple of weeks? air flights are $199 round trip!' Which is of course met by the response 'I'm asking off of work, right now, book it!'

That's how DH and I found ourselves on a flight to LAX the afternoon of February 28th. Darn.

Earlier that morning, we decided on a new tradition to go along with the soon to be increasing trips to Disneyland (because, you know, gotta make those annual passes work for you!). We met my parents at 13 Coins, a 24 hour establishment across from SeaTac. It's one of those places that we've always wanted to go, but just never had. It's older, from the 60s, and it looks like the rat pack could wander in at any moment. It was a wonderful, traditional breakfast--though massivly huge, and a great way to start a weekend getaway. My parents live closer to the airport than we do, so we were able to avoid parking fees...and have a great morning with my parents!

After visiting the airport Borders and Starbucks, we made our way to the gate. Something that I had forgotten about at the SeaTac Airport is the (I think it's called) Laughing Fountain. It's a water fountain in one of the concourses that is hooked up to a speaker, so that when you drink from it it makes a really really loud water noise. I got a kick out of filling my water bottle up with it, just letting the sound go and go while people stopped around to stare--and, eventually, laugh. I think they need that fountain in Toontown.

We had a decent enough flight, and I've discovered that I actually really like the Alaska Air snack packs that you can get. It's not just 'eh, it's airplane food and I'm hungry'..but I truly enjoy it. That, and the excellent Alaskan Amber. mmmm. good.

After landing, we took the Disneyland Express to the GCH. It's such an easy thing to take that ride. You don't have to plan, at all. Just remember your cash! One of the things that's nice about buses, strangly, is that they are loud. Is there a family with young children who are way excited? Excellent! they're sitting at the front...we'll make our way to the back. It's just like a private coach then! I have a strange ritual that I now do whenever we're on our way from the airport...I use my phone to trace how close we're getting. Strange, yes, but I enjoy it.

We ended up with a garden view room (and darn it! I kept wanting to get a photo of the monorail passing through, but never did). No King bed, which is always dissapointing, but a comfortable queen did just fine. I had called ahead of time and ordered a few things to be in the room when we arrived...bannanas, apples, apple slices, milk and juice...and I asked for and received a carton of half and half. Of course it was $10, but it lasted the whole time and if I didn't drink the coffee in the room, I would have spent at least that much on buying it elsewhere. I always bring my own coffee, and my own sugar, the only thing missing was the half and half...and now I can easily get it! ahhh, a perfect vacation recipe.

That afternoon, 4ish? we had shrimp po boys at the Jazz Kitchen Express. They were ok, not too exciting, but fine. I'd rather have a real Po Boy with oysters. The beignets, however...oh my lord YES! so, so amazing.

We wandered around Downtown Disney for a bit, I had my heart set on finding the perfect wallet for Disney vacations...ideally one with Tink. It was not to be found at the Disney Vault or the Downtown Disney store, it would be quite a hunt, actually, to find the perfect wallet.

DH and I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening around DCA. We knew it would be crowded, so we went in with thee idea that we would just lazy around DCA, doing the little things and not getting involved in the crowded rush.

We saw Drawn to the Magic, drew Piglet, saw Muppet Vision, and went on Monsters before wandering back to the hotel for a brief time/nap.

That evening we wandered back to DCA and headed to the Redwook Creek area. We had so much fun, playing on the ropes and with all the toys. In particular, I enjoyed messing with other people with the radio...



I had also never seen the spirit cave before, very interesting, I think. I appear to be a hawk...





I love that whole area. I love reading about the animals and plants, I love finding the quiet places to steal a moment with DH. My only complaint about the Redwood Creek? I want to go on the zip line!!!
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:09 AM   #2
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Still Saturday night, I had never seen DCA so crowded! granted, we usually go in the off season and during the week...but still, it was a shock to the system. It was ok, though, we were fine with wandering around, checking out the sights, taking photos, and looking for my wallet.





We didn't ride anything in the Paradise Pier area. I wonder how much of the crowding was due to both California Screamin and Tower of Terror being down? I would guess a great deal.

Honestly, I love just walking around with DH, just holding hands in the lights of Paradise Pier...or any other area around Disney. It's just wonderful, taking our time while people rush by. So often I feel like we're in a movie that's about us, and all the others around are the extras. It's a good feeling--a romantic one at that.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
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We made our way to Bugs Land. I really enjoy the new flower displays with the figures of the characters. The smell of clover was so thick and heavenly. Unfortunaly, my photos didn't turn out very well.

Bugs Land at night is just magical.



we finally rode Heimleich...and I screamed when we went through the watermelon. The smells on that ride are just to die for. There needs to be an animal cracker vending stand right when you get off.

We also rode the bumper cars for the first time. I can't believe how many people I slammed into, it was quite fun.

*warning, tangent from someone who doesn't have kids and never wants to have them, please forgive*

With all the discussions on these boards about rides that are appropriate for children, rides that you shouldn't bring kids on, rides that might harm them--either physically or emotionally...I'm surprised that this one doesn't get more attention. I saw so many parents ramming their cars directly into their kids and laughing the whole while. I think that's great, that's how it should be...but I'm surprised that more people don't complain about it.

*tangent over*





I also rode the Lady Bug Boogie thing...LOVED IT! I just which DH enjoying spinning rides, then we could have really gotten that thing going with our combined weight!

From there we rode Flick's Flyers...again, much fun to be had. DH even managed to not get sick!





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Old 03-30-2009, 02:30 AM   #4
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Rounding out our Saturday, we headed to Bug's Life, one of my all time favorites. Personally, I like to sit in the bak so that I can witness the mahem in the audiene. Always entertaining. I also love getting there right after the previous show starts, so that DH and I can walk around holding hands and listening to the music while taking in the decor. Whenever those bugs bust into 'Somewhere' or 'Tomorrow' I swear, I'm this close to tears.





We attempted a small amount of wandering around after that, but DCA was closing, and honestly, we felt like going back to the hotel.

Can you believe it, day one and we didn't even set foot in Disneyland park.

I wanted a cocktail and snack, so we went to the Hearthstone Lounge. I think we had sliders...or flatbread...or something along those lines. It was fine, just typical barfood. Of course, the cocktails were great.



Side note, while in the Lounge we got to witness some amazing hospitality. There was an older couple there with their bags. Something had clearly happened because the suites were coming in every now and then to check on them and saying things like 'we really appreciate your understanding' and 'our apologies'. They must have been there awhile because every person on the bar staff seemed to have a cammadarie going on with them. I just got this vibe that something about this couple's trip had really gone awry, but there was never a moment where you felt that it was a negative experience. Before they left, the gentleman stated 'mistakes happen, it's what happens after the mistake that makes for good customer service'. That's my opinion too, and, imo, that's what makes Disney so great.


Next up, Sunday and the Gospel brunch! That's some good eatin!
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