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Danierob  16.9 #6892 (DL) 
Danierob
Happy Husband and father to two. We took our kids to Disney last year and can't wait to go back in 2014, hopefully during the holidays.

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16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 2-16-14 12:33PM
I'm looking at buying an AP pass for myself and using park hoppers for rest of the family for our upcomming December trip. Does anyone else on here do that to get the discounts on the hotels and park food and merch?
If you are staying at a Resort Hotel you enjoy Extra Magic Hour. If you are staying at a Good Neighbor hotel. .. the AP is not entitled to Magic Morning.  I hope that makes sense.  - MickeyLumboCM   752.3 #207 2-16-14 1:08PM Like(1)  Reply
So we are looking at staying at either Paridise Pier or Disneyland Hotel,  5 nights. I believe I would get 15% off hotel rates. I don't want to make it too complicated.  - Danierob  16.9 #6892 2-16-14 9:53PM
Both hotels are great options. When you make the reservation you should add your AP and then you get the rate discount. You can add the tickets for the others on the reservation.  You pick them up at check in. - MickeyLumboCM  752.3 #207 2-17-14 12:14AM
I am doing that this year for the first time. We will be making 2 visits in a calendar year which never happens. I figured out the cost for a 3and a 4 day hopper ticket and with the savings on food and Mdse over 7 days, it will be worth it. Plus the added benefit, I will be able to buy pins exclusive to AP holders which I am stoked about... - CVDisneyland   365.6 #544 2-16-14 10:03PM Like(1)  Reply
That is a wonderful idea!  We are Vacation Club Members and always stay at one of the resort hotels, so we get early entry.  We also have access to discounted Military Tickets.  We have never thought of only buying one passport for the discounts.  I did the math and for us it will be a huge savings since we go at least twice a year! - luvthemouse   167.7 #2292 2-17-14 7:58AM Like  Reply
Luv the mouse:  currently the military room only resort hotel discount is 40% off the room rate and you know already about the spectacular military ticket available on base... combined, that's a great deal. Mention military to the Cast Member and bring the - MickeyLumboCM  752.3 #207 2-17-14 6:01PM
I'd with you at check in. Guest with I'd must be present at check and at the Maingate to show id. Block out dates and subject to availability - MickeyLumboCM  752.3 #207 2-17-14 6:03PM
You guys are the best. Thank you all for the great tips. Throwing this follow up to all of you, should I call disney direct and buy, book the trip?   - Danierob   16.9 #6892 2-17-14 5:40PM Like  Reply
:-) sure.  714.520.5050 - MickeyLumboCM  752.3 #207 2-17-14 6:08PM
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16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 2-14-14 5:11PM
I need some help guys.  My family and I are looking at going to the parks in December.  We went in October 2012 and booked through Costco. We stayed at a partner hotel and it was all good.  This time we are thinking about c  More...
We stayed at PP on our minis' first trip back in 2009, it's a great bang for the buck in terms of staying on property.  I would recommend HoJo for the first 2 nights...you can DM me for more advise and no you are not booking too early! - BombFrogFormerCM   699.1 #225 2-14-14 5:16PM Like  Reply
If you call Costco travel, they are really good at helping out, even if you don't buy right away. I know we have booked hotels for December a week or two before our travel dates. Not the best deals, but you can do it.  - mommalostone   59.7 #4071 2-14-14 5:17PM Like  Reply
Is there any perks booking through Disney as opposed to Costco? I see Costco gets you the free character meal and the $20 gift card. That seems to be the only difference.  - Danierob  16.9 #6892 2-14-14 10:04PM
You can book through http://funwithfour.com/book-your-2014-disney-vacation-package-with-dreamfinder-travel/Amanda "Belle" Starr is very knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. I booked my Disneyland vacation through her. Another Disney vacation travel agency I recommend would be Getawaytoday.com - MaryinVancouver888   4.6 #17273 2-23-14 11:48PM Like  Reply
Thanks everyone.  The location looks fantastic and the kids will love the bunkbed room.  We can't wait to see the park during the holidays.   - Danierob   16.9 #6892 2-24-14 10:30PM Like  Reply
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16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-12-13 9:49PM
So I'm curious. Are there any must have souvenirs or family traditions that you and your family have every trip to Disney? As you can see our kids loved picking out hats, and pins were a hit too. Of course once we got home we heard about  More...
We used to buy a different Mickey each visit. Now it seems to be scrapbook items or things my daughter loves. The photopass CD is also a must every time.  - warchanted   129.4 #2886 11-12-13 10:09PM Like(1)  Reply
My boyfriend and I like to get a picture in a different unique place every trip! - APirateslifeforme31   156.9 #2463 11-12-13 10:12PM Like(1)  Reply
We've got more into pins that describe our day. We tried taking home a goat but he didn't do well with our cats. - MrsSchnooks   2764.2 #36 11-12-13 11:50PM Like(1)  Reply
Photos are a must. We will definitely use the photo pass next visit. We made a photo book from our trip that my wife created online at Costco. It's so nice to have it and look through it with our kids.  - Danierob   16.9 #6892 11-12-13 11:36PM Like  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-10-13 10:35PM
Here's my ticket from August 1982. $9 bucks. Seems like a steal!
Wow. Barely get a burger in DLR for $9! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint   4075.6 #23 11-10-13 10:37PM Like(1)  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-10-13 10:29PM
So I found this in my photo album from my first trip in Aug 1982. Stovall's Inn looks a little different now.
Love these old pics! Great architecture.   Look at all those topiaries- fun! You look cute and ready for a day at Disneyland. Thanks for sharing. - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint   4075.6 #23 11-10-13 10:35PM Like(1)  Reply
That's so cool! That is the hotel we use to say at in the 80's! Thanks for sharing!! - utahdisneygal   38.2 #4775 11-11-13 10:23AM Like(1)  Reply
I remember being extremely excited. I had to do a little crop, I'm rockin knee high white socks with my shorts. My fashion sense was absent. :) - Danierob   16.9 #6892 11-10-13 10:42PM Like  Reply
Cool retro pic!!! - DisLUVney   550.6 #313 11-10-13 10:47PM Like  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-9-13 9:34PM
Matterhorn, August 1982. I'm lovin those short shorts!
Nice.  - guestcontrolrope1   69.4 #3858 11-9-13 9:39PM Like(1)  Reply
Awesome! - howdyhowdyhowdy   97.9 #3415 11-9-13 9:47PM Like(1)  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-9-13 9:33PM
Same parade, Mickey not wearing a special costume.
What year is this! He wore a tux (ish) just for you! - april_december   299.6 #808 11-9-13 10:15PM Like(1)  Reply
This was august 1982. All these shots are from the same parade. I still can't figure out what Donald is wearing. I was 7 so my memory is a little rusty.  - Danierob  16.9 #6892 11-9-13 10:22PM
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-9-13 9:30PM
Found another one, looks like Donald but I can't tell what he's dresses as. This was august, 1982
To me the hat looks german in style... Not sure what parade it is.... I was only 3 then! - wonderlandgirl   337.5 #622 11-9-13 11:18PM Like(1)  Reply
Thanks for these posts!!! - april_december   299.6 #808 11-9-13 10:16PM Like  Reply
My pleasure. It's nice to be able to contribute on here. So many great posts!  Side note, did you catch that cast members outfit in the background! - Danierob  16.9 #6892 11-9-13 10:27PM
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-9-13 8:04PM
Here's another one of IASM, 1982. Dang I'm old, :) I still have my ticket from that day too, admission was $9. Crazy.
My cousin used to be one of those guys in the stripe shirt and hat. 😍😍😍 - MeridaFan   3401.6 #27 11-9-13 8:08PM Like(1)  Reply
Aww! Loved their uniforms! Looks like your SW boat! 😍 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4075.6 #23 11-9-13 8:19PM
Yes, it does!  ðŸ˜ - MeridaFan  3401.6 #27 11-10-13 7:15AM
Love the baskets the cms sit in. So cute!! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint   4075.6 #23 11-9-13 8:19PM Like(1)  Reply
Biggest hidden Mickey in DL  - philliprocks  874.2 #173 11-9-13 11:50PM
No wonder we went so much, $9!! - ShariRenee   4200.7 #21 11-9-13 11:46PM Like  Reply
Later that year admission went up to $12 and no longer required tickets for attractions. Fun times. - BeatleMike   524.3 #340 11-10-13 10:08AM Like  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-9-13 8:02PM
So I was looking through a photo album of mine from my first trip to Disneyland, 1982. Check out this photo below, Pluto in a sombrero and Minnie in a Kimono? What kind of parade was I watching? I was 7 and really don't remember that.
Love your pics! - goducksgo   4.6 #17227 11-9-13 8:12PM Like  Reply
Great picture...I kind of remember them doing that but can't remember why. - vegashappyhaunts   92.2 #3483 11-9-13 8:17PM Like  Reply
Maybe as a ramp up for the '84 Olympics? - TiggersAndTinks   111.7 #3206 11-9-13 8:23PM Like  Reply
thats really odd, it must have been a special parade for the day like a cavalcade celebrating something because there was no parade during that time that had those costumes - Dave   11387.1 #2 11-9-13 8:38PM Like  Reply
Thanks for the insight Dave. I'll have to dig through more pictures and see what I can find.  - Danierob  16.9 #6892 11-9-13 9:08PM
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16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 11-7-13 10:45PM
Can anyone tell me if the Haunted Mansion goes through any changes between Halloween and Christmas?
This year it is going through some changes! Gingerbread doors are opening up, 13"s are popping up, and there may be more to come so I wouldn't say exactly the same. This year is special because of the 13th anniversary of HMH. - MrsSchnooks   2764.2 #36 11-7-13 11:01PM Like(1)  Reply
What she said👍 - StephandEdwinMW  9.7 #9420 11-7-13 11:12PM
Not that I know what I know it stays exactly the same tru New Years  - StephandEdwinMW   9.7 #9420 11-7-13 10:48PM Like  Reply
Like menopause? Lol. It stays nightmare before Christmas from Halloween through Christmas  - missmimi90   1397.8 #91 11-7-13 10:54PM Like  Reply
BWHAHAHA!!!!! Oh my stars!!!! The last few days have been so funny in the lounge! 😂😂😂😂 - MrsSchnooks  2764.2 #36 11-7-13 11:05PM
Thank all for the replies. I can't wait till next November.  - Danierob   16.9 #6892 11-9-13 10:15AM Like  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 9-26-13 2:45PM
Hey Everyone. I've got a question for you all. I'm looking at making a change job wise and wanted to know if anyone here has worked for Disney, non theme park positions? I'm a regional sales manager, 15 plus years, and I recently came ac  More...
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 8-23-13 10:06AM
Hey Everyone. We are in between visits, missing Disneyland, but my son got Disney Infinity for his birthday and its a blast. Is anyone playing it? I wonder if they are going to have park exclusives of the figures or discs? What's your t  More...
Ours just arrived in the mail! Buttttt we got it for our daughter for her Fourth birthday, which isn't until October :( I can't wait to hear all about your experience with it though! My hubby and I are really using all of our self control not to rip it open and start playing it after my daughters bedtime, lol. - CinderellasMommy21   265.8 #1071 8-23-13 12:01PM Like(1)  Reply
That's funny. My wife and I played last night after our kids went to bed. I saw that the series to be released next month has Repunzel, Vanelope and a few others from Frost. Just in time for your Daughters BDay. So far our kids can't put it down. Really fun.  - Danierob  16.9 #6892 8-23-13 9:23PM
I got the game when it was released and I gotta say I am loving it!!! The only down side is looking for people to trade me some power discs. On Monday I went to DL and the store across Emporium I believe it's called 20th century music, sells everything for the game. My favorite character to play is Mr.Incredible. Each power discs has different things for example some of them giving you health others gives you more money. - KladiaDisneyNinja   258.3 #1145 8-23-13 10:01PM Like(1)  Reply
I put up an ad on Craigslist and met up with someone at Starbucks and traded for all the ones we needed. We traded the power rare discs straight up and three commons to one power disc. Toys r us was sold out since they are on sale buy one pack get another for a dollar. Target will price match. Sale ends today, good luck! - Danierob  16.9 #6892 8-24-13 4:00PM
I had to buy the exclusive pack from toys r us on eBay but the rest I have been buying them at Target. I think I've gone to Target this whole week lol I found a website already and I found someone to trade with. Now all I need is Finding Nemo Skydome and Abu and my collection is done! But I will try Craigslist too thanks for the tip :)  - KladiaDisneyNinja  258.3 #1145 8-24-13 4:22PM
Pre-ordered it, picked it up release day, played it that day. I don't like it. My son will be the one using it the most. - Lelundrial   468.4 #392 8-24-13 4:16PM Like  Reply
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16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 5-8-13 12:59PM
I've got a question for all you regulars. We are planning our second trip to Disneyland and looking at the week of Nov 11th. We were there in Oct last year and loved the Halloween theme. Our thought this year was going during the Holiday   More...
Yes! Best time to go in nov is after thanksgiving. However, living far away, we usually go at times when the park is "busy" anyway so we don't really know any different. My family went the day of thanksgiving and a few days after and it really wasn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be. The lines were typically about a little over an hour wait. Being on a tighter budget, the hotel we usually stay in is the Marriott Fairfield Inn. It is reasonably priced and is only .02 miles away. It took maybe 5 min to walk to the park. Only down fall is they don't have continental breakfast. Is you can afford a DL hotel, do it!!! I've heard nothing but good things about them! - BellesLibrary   399.6 #484 5-8-13 1:12PM Like(1)  Reply
The first week of December may also be a good time. All of the decorations will be up, as well as all shows, parades and fireworks up and running, as well as extended operating hours, as well as lighter crowds compared to other parts of the holiday season (although still busy). As far as hotels, it totally depends on your wants/needs. There are several good neighbor (and non good neighbor) that are a shorter walk to the main gates than that any of the Disney properties and at a significant savings too. We have stayed at several in the area and it's hard to match the convenience, especially when you are spending all of your time at the parks. - MightyWhitey   1026.7 #147 5-8-13 1:16PM Like(1)  Reply
I live locally and that is my favorite time of year. It's perfect! - MrsSchnooks  2764.2 #36 5-8-13 1:29PM
Thanks again for all the responses. You all gave some great advice. I know we could probably use the ap pass at least 10 days over the next year. - Danierob   16.9 #6892 5-8-13 8:18PM Like  Reply
Week before thanksgiving is great - fab5   25.4 #5654 5-8-13 9:48PM Like  Reply
16.9 #6892 DL Qual #2329 5-7-13 8:58PM
Hello Everyone. First post here on Mousewait. My family made our first trip to Disneyland in October of 2012. We surprised our Daughter for her 4th Birthday. I didn't find this board till we got back of course. Love all the posts on here   More...
Welcome to MW. You're going to love it here. - DisneyGrandma   694.4 #231 5-7-13 9:18PM Like(1)  Reply
Welcome and enjoy! Nice family pic! - piratelife4me   808.6 #191 5-7-13 9:24PM Like(1)  Reply
Welcome! - Armenda   1135.5 #123 5-8-13 8:35AM Like  Reply
Welcome!! This place is full of magic. - CherryMouse   44.2 #4541 5-8-13 8:41AM Like  Reply