Disneyland 2008

Disneyland Easter 2008

A Disneyland video that makes me want to be there right now!

I found this wonderful video of Disneyland, put together by a fan of the park.

I don’t think my videos will even begin to touch how wonderful this one is!

See the first post about our Easter 2008 Disneyland vacation here: Welcome to our trip report!


Disneyland July 2008

Some people have been wondering where our travel plans are. Frankly, we don’t have many… but here they are:

We have airline tickets (flying out early Monday morning, changing planes in Houston, arriving Orange County airport before noon), rental car reservations for Friday and Saturday, Lisa kindly offered to pick us up from the airport Monday and go with us to the Disneyland Resort after lunch and us getting a few things on the way, hotel reservations at the Disneyland Hotel, all our tickets, and dining reservations.

Monday

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Highlights: Flying in, meeting our friend Lisa (Jiminy on Disney Echo, picking up some supplies we didn’t want/have room to pack in our luggage, having lunch at the In ‘n Out burger place (our first time, and we’re looking forward to it), then checking in to the Disneyland Hotel. After stowing our suitcases and stuff (hopefully our room will be ready), we’ll all go into Disney’s California Adventure together, including Lisa! That will be so much fun. 🙂 We have reservations at Wine Country Trattoria to celebrate Lisa’s birthday (a little early, but we won’t be in L.A. when she has it soon) for dinner.

Tuesday:

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Highlights: Up early because Disneyland opens at 7 am for Magic Morning. Eat just a light breadfast in the room, cups of coffee to go from the lobby for Carol and Rich. Enjoy Disneyland for two hours of attractions, then break to eat at the Plaza Inn for Minnie’s character breakfast. For lunch we plan to go to one of the Golden Horseshoe shows for a burger in Frontierland. At 6:40 pm we have reservations at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square.

Wednesday:

Highlights: Early breakfast (7:30 am) at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel, then head out to Disneyland (it opens at 8 am, Disney’s California Adventure opens at 10 am). For lunch, I’d like to eat at the Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland — I did it years ago and liked it. We have reservations for dinner at 6:30 at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square — outdoor dining. Maybe they’ll be a Dixieland band!

Thursday:

Highlights: Another early entry day so we’ll try to be at Disneyland when the park opens at 7 am, after we eat a light breakfast at the hotel to tied us over. We’ll head to the Rivers of America to dine on the patio of River Belle Terrace for Mickey pancakes around 9 am (they don’t take reservations). I ate at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland decades ago and would like to do it again for lunch that day. It is a counter service Mexican restaurant and I remember the food as being good there. Thursday at 6:45 pm we’ll dine at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney — we had reservations for that place last Easter week, but got busy at Legoland and had to cancel eating there. We like the Brennan’s restaurants in New Orleans and want to compare this one to them.

Friday:

Highlights: A small breakfast in or around the hotel, perhaps the DL Hotel’s Coffee House… Then at 8 am or earlier we’ll get our rental car from the Alamo office at Downtown Disney. We should head into Disneyland which opens at 8 am to get some FastPasses to use later — then get into the car and drive to Los Angeles to see more that we didn’t have time to see over Easter time. We’ll stop for lunch at Disney’s Ice Cream Parlor & Studio Store and then go into the El Capitan for the movie and stage show: We’ll see “WALL-E” in digital projection with digital sound, as well as a live Disney stage show and the mighty Wurlitzer organ in the beautiful El Capitan Theatre. After that, we’ll drive to Griffith Park where we’ll take a look at our engraved paving stone at Ollie Johnston’s train station near Walt Disney’s barn. I’d also like to see the caroussel in Griffith Park where Walt Disney was first inspired to build a theme park like Disneyland.

Saturday:

We’re up early, check out, drive the rental car to the Orange County airport and turn it in, eat breakfast at the airport, then fly back home with a change of planes in Houston.

See the first post about our July 2008 Disneyland vacation here: Koster family July 2008 vacation at Disneyland

Note: This post used to be a page on this blog but was converted to a post. When it was a page, these comments were attached to it:

I have tears streaming down my face… I almost feel like I did watching their version of Wishes from the Small World area… I wish I were back there…

MKBaughan

You can follow along with our planned schedule on the chart here as I post each day with updates about our Disneyland vacation.

On Saturday we’ll be flying Continental Airlines to California, landing at John Wayne airport in Orange County, CA. Our friend Lisa will meet us there at 1:38 pm and then bring us to the Disneyland Resort after we retrieve our luggage. After checking into our room and stowing the suitcases she’ll be giving us a tour of Orange County sites including the nursery where Disneyland’s original Town Square gazebo is now located. I’ll also be able to finally dip my toe in the Pacific Ocean . . . never got around to that before on my two previous vacations at Disneyland when Carol and I attended official Disneyana Conventions. This is our son’s first trip to Disneyland, although he’s been to WDW many times, and also is his first time visiting California. When we’re out and about with Lisa, we also plan to pick up some supplies for the week at either Wal-Mart or Target and then eat out with her someplace in the area before she drops us off at church in Anaheim.

This will be our first time at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, where we’re going Saturday night at 7 pm for Easter Mass. On our previous Disneyland vacations we went to church at St. Boniface Church. When the Mass is over I’ll call for a cab to pick us up (I can’t call ahead of time to have it waiting for us at a certain time because we don’t know exactly how long the Mass will be… probably around 1 1/2 hours, though). Then it will be a short roughly 2 mile cab ride along W Ball Road to the Disneyland Hotel where we’ll probably be so tired, with the time zone difference, that we’ll all be ready to sleep!

We’re staying the first 4 nights at the Disneyland Hotel followed by 3 nights at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. For tickets, I’m getting Carol a Premium Annual Pass, which gives her 365 days (no black-out dates) of Disneyland/DCA park admission starting on Saturday, March 22, 2008 plus gave us 15% discounts on the 7 nights at the Disney resort hotels and will also give us 20% off tours, 15% off dining, and 10% off all merchandise purchases. My son and I will be using multi-day park-hopper passes. We’ll pay for all the tickets when we check in Saturday afternoon, but don’t plan on going into Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure at all on Saturday. We’ll probably be very tired that night after church and ready to go to sleep and rest.

The next day, our first full day at Disneyland, will be Easter Sunday. We have 7:00 am Priority Seating (reservations, still called P.S. at Disneyland even though it was changed back to “reservations” at WDW) for Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. When we’ve had enough breakfast and enough time with the Characters we’ll stroll through Downtown Disney and into Disneyland, walkin’ right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A. I can’t wait to see what my son thinks of the place compared to what he’s experienced at WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

Later on Sunday we have PS for 5 pm dinner at DL’s Blue Bayou Restaurant. The park closes at midnight, and we plan to take a mid-day break during the day back at the DL Hotel. We might not even get into DCA at all that day, but we’ll play it by ear… It is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day we’ll be there. On our way back to Disneyland from the middle of the day rest at the hotel, we might take the monorail into Tomorrowland. We’ve got Fantasmic and fireworks to look forward to that night, as well as parades!

On Monday we’ll pick up some breakfast at the hotel then head into Disneyland for our 9:30 am Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour, starting at the DL Tour Garden off Town Square. Lunch that day is provided as part of the tour, at 12:30 pm. After working up an appetite again that afternoon, and changing into nicer clothes, we’ll dine at the Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose Restaurant in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, starting at 5:30 pm.

I’ve heard such good things about Napa Rose that I also made PS for us there the following day (Tuesday) at 5:30 pm, also for the Chef’s Counter. If we decide to dine at a table instead, they said it would be no problem to sit there because dining spots at the counter are at a premium (even though it doesn’t cost any more to do so). On Tuesday we also have brunch with Minnie and Friends booked for 9 am. Disneyland opens with Early Entry that morning at 7 am and we’ll try to be there lined up for the rope drop.

Wednesday will be a change of pace in many ways. First thing we do is have all our bags packed for Disney CMs to take them from our DL Hotel room and bring them for us to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, where we’ll be checking in that day. I’ll also be renting a car at Downtown Disney’s Alamo rent-a-car place that morning, then the three of us will drive to Legoland for the day. We’ll leave before the park’s 6 pm closing time, allowing time for traffic along the way, so we can get to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney for dinner at 6:30 pm.

Thursday is another Early Entry day at Disneyland, with the park opening at 7 am. We don’t have any dining reservations made at all for that day, but we plan on trying out places in the park which don’t take them.

Friday is our last full day in California and we’ll be doing more sightseeing away from the Disneyland Resort. We’ll drive into Los Angeles and meet Michael Broggie in Griffith Park at Walt Disney’s barn, then take him out to lunch someplace nearby, perhaps getting some In-N-Out burgers at the one on Brand Blvd. in Glendale at the Glendale Galleria. I posted maps of the area here on the Disney Echo. That day we also want to see the caroussel in Griffith Park where Walt decided he wanted to build a theme park like Disneyland for the entire family to enjoy. We also plan to drive by the Disney headquarters on S Buena Vista Street in nearby Burbank and see Walt’s grave in Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale. If there’s time, we’d also like to drive around the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles — but we need to get over to Hollywood in time for a 2:30 pm showing of “College Road Trip” at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre… We’re rather see a different movie, but that’s the only one playing at the theater that week, and we really want to show our son how nice the restoration of the theater is that Disney did. Carol and I saw it on a previous trip to CA we took and want to share the experience with our son. Right across the street from the El Capitan we’ll look at Grauman’s Theater as well as the Kodak Theater were the Oscars take place each year. As we walk along the sidewalk we’ll look for Mickey Mouse’s star and Walt’s as well. Next door to the El Capitan is Disney’s soda shop, which we’ll visit to check out the souvenEARS and perhaps have a bit to eat or a milkshake. When we get back to the Disneyland Resort, we’ll spend our last night at DL and DCA before returning to our GCH room for a good night’s sleep.

Saturday morning we check out, leave in our rental car bright and early, and drive over to John Wayne Airport in time to turn in the car there and catch our 8:15 am flight, heading home.

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The display on this page is set up to show the posts in reverse chronological order of when they were posted originally, so if you want to read the reports from the beginning, go to the last post on the last page and work forward. The first entry about the Koster family's July 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by clicking here and the first entry about their Easter 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by selecting this link.

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