Group - Where do I start - My crew, Me, old, MickeyDogMom - 22, Youngest - 18
We joined my sister who had been there since the 27th, and her crew was - Sis, 30s, our mom, 60s, Niece1 - 7yo, Nephew1 - 5yo, Nephew2 - 3yo, Niece2 - 2yo, and Nephew3 - 4 mos. They stayed at GCH.
We are joined on 11/1 by SIL (29) NephewG1 -5yo and NephewG2 4yo.
We left later than expected on the 29th. We had hoped to leave by 2pm, but Youngest had a midterm so we didn't leave til after 5pm. We arrived at the Desert Inn about 930pm. Traffic was nonexistant. The room was clean. I even spent 2 days walking around in white socks, and they didn't get dirty!!! That is amazing to me in a hotel/motel. The beds were not the greatest, but they were clean. We had a parlor suite which worked out well. We checked in, got unpacked, and began the "Should we get dinner?" routine, but decided we were tired and hung out and decided to get a good night sleep and be up in the am. Now, here is one thing we did not like. The wireless internet. "Free". I would have rather have paid and had a solid connection. The connection faded often. Not fun.
10/30. We get up and head to the park. I call sis and arrange to meet. We go to Tomorrowland and get breakfast at the Terrace. Now, my sister had been there since Monday, but they had done few rides because of the ratio of children to adults. So, we take over and start heading on rides. We take off for POTC, Jungle Cruise, HMH, then MDM heads back to the hotel to handle dog issues, while I go with the others and we go on Poohs Psychadelic Adventures. Now the younger 2 are tired, and we have Goofy's at 730p, so my mom and sis take little ones back to the hotel, while Youngest and I take the older 3 to tour FantasyLand, then back to ToonTown. MDM rejoins us. We learn the 3yo is a rideaholic! We could not find a ride he was tall enough for that was fast enough for him. He LOVED Gadgets Go Coaster and Matterhorn. About 6, we take the monorail to DTD and to BuildaBear. MDM needs to make a bear. So my mom and sis join us, and we build some bears. Just before 730, we head to Goofy's. GREAT DINNER, GREAT ENTERTAINMENT. The 2yo niece cried when any character came near her. I *think* they spread the work backstage, as all characters were careful to make a wide berth around her. The rest of the kids got plenty of character time. We saw Chip and Dale, Pluto, Goofy, Jasmin, Minnie, the Wizard, and a couple others. After this we head back to crash and be up early!
10/31 - It's HALLOWEEN! And we get to go Trick or Treating! So, we send the day in Disneyland. We head back to the hotel about 5 to get ready for Trick or Treating. We go as Jedis again. We get there early and head in. It was fun to see everyone dressed up. All Cms we met were friendly and outgoing. We headed to Soarin first. We go to the station by Soarin first, then head to Soarin to ride. I opt to stay off with the babies and dog while everyone rides. Now, I also had my older son's tickets and we hadn't met them yet. So, just after everyone goes on the ride, leaving me with the 3 little ones and a dog, my son calls, they are at the gate.... So, I get brave, and put the infant in the back seat of the stroller, taking the 3yo out (infant rides in his moms front pack that she had... Its a Ted and Bills stroller.) So, here I am pushing a stroller with a 4mo old and 2yo, and hanging onto a 3yo and a leash for the dog. We maneuver back to the gate, get my son his tickets, meet his friends, and we head back to soarin. We had a great time trick or treating, seeing characters, and riding rides. Everyone had a GREAT time. We waited for the parade, and 3 of 5 kids were asleep... Not asleep, the 2yo. She is wide awake and on a sugar high. She is eating the candy as fast as her little hands and teeth can open it. She loved the parade (where characters kept a distance) and shrieked with joy as they danced around her. But, everyone said, as soon as she got back in the room and into bed, she was OUT for the night! On to tomorrow....