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soniam

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Man, I so want to try that dim sum place. It's really hard to get good dim sum here. I'm not even sure I have had good dim sum. I think the place I ate at in San Francisco was pretty good. It was at least full of Asians. Maybe we will have to make a detour to hit it. I have never had soup dumplings, but everyone raves about them.
 

ArielSRL

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Glad you got to get over to get some of your favorite dim sum! I'm not sure if I have ever had any but it seems interesting!

Glad you made it for your RSR FP! Looks like such a fun ride. I wartched some vlogs of it. I'm sure in a few years my boys will be fine with it. I'm working on a way to get there in a couple or few years. :)

So convenient that the hotel was right there so you could easily change.

Ooooo....suspense....... :)
 


cinderkelly

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I thought those were cute. :)
Those are super cute magic shots!

I was also pretty excited because we could eat at my favorite dim sum place, Din Tai
I've never heard of that place, but it looks fantastic! I've only ever had dim sum twice, both times in Seattle, but they weren't soup dumplings, they sound yummy!
And they are also beautiful!

I've been to the original in Taiwan as well as one in Singapore, and multiple locations in California,
Wow, you are a very well traveled lady!
 
  • Dugette

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    It was a delicious lunch and I was really glad I stepped away from the Disney bubble a bit to get in some of my favorite eats while in town.
    Sounds great! We went to Dim Sum locally with some friends and it was great, so if we make it to CA again, I'll have to keep that place in mind - those soup dumplings sound wonderful!

    She even changed outfits before going to DLR to meet the princesses. She wanted to wear her Ariel dress again. Now that is dedication.
    It really is! She is committed to having great meets and pictures!
     

    coloredimage

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    Okay, your sister's dresses are the cutest things! I'm super jealous!

    So I already knew we were going to eat at Cafe Orleans when we go back this summer but dang those parmesan fries <3 <3 <3
     

    bcwife76

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    Ok definitely a serious advantage of staying at the GC is being able to change after Grizzly Peak!! Can't tell you how many times we've come off soaked only to walk around the parks looking like drowned rats :rotfl2:

    Your sister finds the most adorable outfits!!! Any idea where she got the dress she was wearing when she met Ariel?

    Mmmm.....dumplings.....all the nom......so tasty!
     

    chunkymonkey

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    Interesting about the soup dumplings. I have never had them or heard of them. The location you went to is also the closest to my house. We have been known to go to South Coast Plaza for shopping. I'm going to definitely put this place on my "list", but now I want Chinese food for dinner. We don't have any really good Chinese places in Long Beach.
    Definitely give it a try. It's a little different from your regular Chinese food as this is more Taiwanese, but in my opinion, it's better than regular Chinese food.

    Man, I so want to try that dim sum place. It's really hard to get good dim sum here. I'm not even sure I have had good dim sum. I think the place I ate at in San Francisco was pretty good. It was at least full of Asians. Maybe we will have to make a detour to hit it. I have never had soup dumplings, but everyone raves about them.
    A restaurant full of Asians is definitely a good indication!! LOL. In SF, the dim sum is pretty good as well, but most dim sum restaurants in the US are Cantonese. This one just happens to be Taiwanese and serves Shanghai soup dumplings :)

    Glad you got to get over to get some of your favorite dim sum! I'm not sure if I have ever had any but it seems interesting!
    I was glad to be able to go here since we don't have this back where I live! So I got my fix!

    Glad you made it for your RSR FP! Looks like such a fun ride. I wartched some vlogs of it. I'm sure in a few years my boys will be fine with it. I'm working on a way to get there in a couple or few years. :)
    Such a good ride. Definitely worth a trip out west especially when your boys are older!

    So convenient that the hotel was right there so you could easily change.

    Ooooo....suspense....... :)
    It was! So convenient! I wish WDW had resorts that you could walk to that quickly. I guess Contemporary is walk-able from MK but it's a LONG walk.
    I rarely do any water rides for this reason - no splash and no KRR. I prefer not to be wet!

    Those are super cute magic shots!
    Thanks! I love the balloon one!

    I've never heard of that place, but it looks fantastic! I've only ever had dim sum twice, both times in Seattle, but they weren't soup dumplings, they sound yummy!
    And they are also beautiful!
    Seattle has fantastic Asian food...or so I'm told, LOL, I've never been there! But I see pictures from friends who have been and the food looks good!

    Wow, you are a very well traveled lady!
    Thanks! I traveled more as a kid because my dad's job moved him around a bit. Japan, Singapore, and New York. I also traveled back and forth to Singapore every summer till college. Once college ended, and I started working, it's so hard to get time off! And now WDW is my "world" hehe.

    Sounds great! We went to Dim Sum locally with some friends and it was great, so if we make it to CA again, I'll have to keep that place in mind - those soup dumplings sound wonderful!
    It's definitely a destination for dumplings! :)

    It really is! She is committed to having great meets and pictures!
    She's already planning outfits for August. She wants to wear her Lilo dress and she wants me to be Stich (haha) and we're gonna have breakfast at 'Ohana!

    Okay, your sister's dresses are the cutest things! I'm super jealous!

    So I already knew we were going to eat at Cafe Orleans when we go back this summer but dang those parmesan fries <3 <3 <3
    Haha she would definitely agree with that! She buys them from Torrid!
    Those fries were delicious! You can't go wrong with garlic and Parmesan on anything!

    Ok definitely a serious advantage of staying at the GC is being able to change after Grizzly Peak!! Can't tell you how many times we've come off soaked only to walk around the parks looking like drowned rats :rotfl2:
    That was the biggest perk! We were able to do short breaks during the day because it was so close! And I hate being wet so it was a relief.

    Your sister finds the most adorable outfits!!! Any idea where she got the dress she was wearing when she met Ariel?
    Yup! She gets most of her outfits from Torrid/Hot Topic. But she also gets stuff custom made on Etsy. Her minnie dress she wore to the Plaza Inn breakfast was custom made from a seller on Etsy.

    Mmmm.....dumplings.....all the nom......so tasty!
    It was indeed! I wish I could have some right now!
     
  • Saphire5742

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    Adorable magic shots.
    Lunch looks delicious.
    Your sister got some great photos with the charcters and around DL.
    Glad you were able to make your RSR FP's.
    Intrested to read your experinces at Goofy's Kitchen. Was notified about 2 weeks ago that due to refurs at Grand Californian that we would be staying instead at The Disneyland Hotel with breakfast at Goofy's. One of the items on the menu I am real excited about is the peanut butter pizza. I do LOVE me some peanut butter!
     

    chunkymonkey

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    Adorable magic shots.
    Lunch looks delicious.
    Thanks! It sure was!

    Your sister got some great photos with the charcters and around DL.
    Glad you were able to make your RSR FP's.
    She does what she does best! LOL. It's the reason she loves going to Disney!
    I'm glad we were able to make our RSR FPs. It's an FP I wouldn't want to waste!

    Intrested to read your experinces at Goofy's Kitchen. Was notified about 2 weeks ago that due to refurs at Grand Californian that we would be staying instead at The Disneyland Hotel with breakfast at Goofy's. One of the items on the menu I am real excited about is the peanut butter pizza. I do LOVE me some peanut butter!
    Oh that's too bad you won't be able to stay at the GC. I hope they at least reduced the price of your trip? GC was a lot more than DL hotel, but I LOVED the DL hotel. It wasn't as convenient as GC's entrance right into the park, but it's not that bad of a walk, plus the monorail is right outside.
    I will update with Goofy's kitchen soon! Only a few more mosts until I'm at the end of our trip. :( SPOILER: We LOVED it too! You will have a wonderful time at that hotel!
     

    Khokhonutt

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    We've added the dim sum place to our list of options for our arrival day. The dumplings in spicy soup looks great. I didn't see it on their online menu, but that menu does look generic. Is that a special order or something on the local menu?
     

    VandVsmama

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    OMG, we are going to DL in June of this year and now I TOTALLY have to go for dim sum at Din Tai Fung! I'm so glad I read your trip report!! My DH is going to be so excited.
     
  • chunkymonkey

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    Day 7 Part 3: The Race to Arendelle

    As we last left off, DH and I ran up to GC to change out of our wet clothes and we literally had to get to the Hyperion Theater in about 5 minutes to make it to the Frozen show. We ran up, changed, I managed to find a clean t-shirt, didn't find any bottoms but my skort wasn't nearly as wet as my top so I was like, ok, it'll have to do. We hauled ourselves out of our room, sprinted out the exit back to DCA, and ran all the way to the Hyperion Theater.

    WHY IS THIS THEATER SO FAR!?!
    ARE WE THERE YET?!?
    IS FROZEN WORTH THIS ?!?
    WHY AM I SO OUT OF SHAPE?!?
    DID I REALLY SIGN UP FOR A RUN DISNEY 5K?!?

    Those were all the thoughts I had in my head as we were running there. And yes I did sign up for the Princess 5k, which I'm running in less than 4 weeks. Well more like walking, because if you've read my PTR, I had a stress fracture on my ankle a few weeks ago from a fall. It's not completely healed yet but it's getting there. Sigh.

    Anyways, we finally made it, all sweaty and huffing and puffing (well, at least myself). I texted my sister and we realized the FP line snaked around and my sister was right smack in the thick of it, about to go up the stairs to the theater. So we had to climb over the rails to get to her, apologizing to everyone on the way, and we thankfully reached her ok. We made it up the theater and ended up on the tier in the rear section. So not the best close up view but still got a good birdseye view of the theater.



    So what was the verdict??

    It was great. A well-done production, and the singing was wonderful. I guess it was worth the run from the GC!



    Now that we've crossed off Frozen from our list, I felt relieved! It was hard to get FP for this show because they often ran out by midday, so DH had to run over first thing in the morning.

    After the show DH told us he was going to leave in the evening to meet up with one of his best friends from HS that he hadn't seen in a while. They had been texting and turns out he was free tonight. Since we didn't really have dinner plans it was a good night for him to go. He was one of DH's groomsmen and he lives out near San Diego so they were going to meet halfway to have dinner. Before that, DH will be able to ride RSR one more time though! He went to go FP something else while CS and I headed over to the Character Close-up to meet Anna and Elsa!

    Their meet and greet is in the really awesome Animation building which is also where they had the draw a character workshops, which we unfortunately didn't get to partake in since we were never in the right place at the right time. I really enjoyed this at WDW and was sad they had to get rid of it.





    The Character Close-Up was inside the building and the wait was roughly about 20 minutes at that point.



    Our meet with Anna and Elsa was very sweet. I love that they meet TOGETHER in DLR. Just like on our DCL cruises, it's more fun to speak to both sisters together, especially when you're meeting them with your own SISTER.


    Sisterly bonding!



    As we were walking out we saw some of the parade that was going on. I forgot what the name of this parade is, but it was cute, lots of Toy Story!





    We met up with DH at RSR but not before taking some Carsland PP Pics:



    And some ridiculous shots below:




    "It's our way or the highway!!"

    Here's DH's last ride on RSR for the day!



    After RSR, DH handed us the remaining FP for the day, and set off back to the car to meet his friend. CS and I look at the FP and there was FP for World of Color, and something called Goofy's Sky School which we didn't know much of but thought we'd give a try later.

    In figuring out what to eat for dinner, I decided to try something that is uniquely from DCA...the cone shaped meals from Cozy Cone! I went to the Cone Queso cone, and got a Chicken salsa verde cone topped with cheese. It came out like this:



    It was so cute! But it was spicy!! The salsa verde had a kick. It was good, although I thought the salsa verde was a bit salty. but I guess you're supposed to eat the bread cone alongside the filling but I ate the filling first then the bread. It was just easier. Since I had such a big lunch this was the perfect size meal. I also liked how I can eat it while walking. CS didn't want anything yet so she went on her favorite ride, Towmater, while I sat outside and ate my cone meal and took pictures of her.



    It was getting dark and soon it would be time for WOC so we decided to head to PP and check out Goofy's Sky School.

    Check out this record catch!



    I love PP in the twilight with the twinkling lights.



    Goofy's Sky School is a ride that is kinda placed up high, it's not street level so we couldn't really see what it was from the ground. We got there and walked up the ramp and realized it was one of those small rickety roller coasters...I think in Animal Kingdom it's called...Primeval Whirl? Something like that. I remember not liking it that much but since we were here...



    The seats felt really small in the car as we were bucked in...then we set off! We had no idea what we had in store...and we were screaming when we got to the top!
    Because this ride is located pretty high up, when looking down, you notice how far up from the ground you are. Even though the drops are not that bad, it's just because we weren't expecting it.
    We had a good laugh though throughout the ride. We were alternating screaming and laughing. With a name like Goofy's Sky School we thought it'll be like Barnstormer which is super tame, but this one sent you spinning around hairpin turns, and sudden (though short) drops.

    OK Now that sky school was done, CS went to grab some food nearby. I think we ate in one of the quick service places right near Goofy's. She had some pasta. I can't remember if it was make your own or just made-to-order but she thought it was not bad. (sorry no pic)

    Then, we got a churro because we didn't have the dessert party so this had to make up for it somehow. Is it just me or are the churros out here better than the WDW ones? Maybe it's just me, but I crave them out here, and at WDW not so much. Maybe it's because there are churro carts in every corner tempting me! I should get a churro next time I'm in WDW, you know, just for comparisons sake.





    Soon it got dark and we decided to try this Jumpin Jellyfish ride before WoC



    For some reason they only had one side of the ride open (or working) so even though the line was short, it took longer than we expected. This was a nice a tame ride but very short. You get a nice view...and then you come back down...



    After that we headed over to our designated FP spot for WOC.



    I don't know if we stayed in where we were supposed to stay but we kept inching closer and closer to the "you may get wet" area right in front. Figured I already got wet once today, a second time won't hurt...



    Here's our last viewing of World Of Color:







    Great show...even though we didn't have seats this time. And for the record, we did not get that wet at all it's mainly more misty than anything but not sudden drenchings.

    After the show we headed back to the GC...we had some packing to do as tomorrow was our last full day at the parks and we were moving an off-site hotel for one night.
    Tomorrow was the return of Space Mountain in the form of...Ghost Galaxy. Haunted Mansion reopens, and there was some fireworks at night. Looking forward to all the festivities!

    Stay tuned for a jam-packed Day 8!!
     

    chunkymonkey

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    We've added the dim sum place to our list of options for our arrival day. The dumplings in spicy soup looks great. I didn't see it on their online menu, but that menu does look generic. Is that a special order or something on the local menu?
    The place is delicious. You will probably have to wait for a table as I've never been to any of their locations without a line. But luckily it's in a mall so there's stuff to do while you wait.
    The spicy dumplings we got are here: http://dintaifungusa.com/menu/noodles-wontons/ They are the shrimip and pork or vegetable and pork wontons in spicy sauce. Really good. The noodles with spicy sauce are good too if you like spicy. but everything is good and you can ask them for recommendations to try different things as well.

    OMG, we are going to DL in June of this year and now I TOTALLY have to go for dim sum at Din Tai Fung! I'm so glad I read your trip report!! My DH is going to be so excited.
    LOL I'm glad you found me!! If there's a din tai fong in a city I'm visiting I'm bound to go! Have fun at DL!!

    This is some of the most dangerous information I've ever gotten lol. Every time I even glance at the Torrid website my wallet cries!
    Haha yes, my sister loves that story and I think she just spends her paychecks there, LOL!
     

    franandaj

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    So not the best close up view but still got a good birdseye view of the theater.
    I'm glad you made it and enjoyed the show.

    Our meet with Anna and Elsa was very sweet.
    Cute pictures of the two of you!

    I forgot what the name of this parade is, but it was cute, lots of Toy Story!
    Pixar Play Parade. For some reason, I always seem to get cut off by this parade

    And some ridiculous shots below:
    Those are really cute!

    It was so cute! But it was spicy!! The salsa verde had a kick.
    The salsa Verde can be really inconsistent. It hasn't happened to me, but I've had friends who ordered it and it was so spicy that it was inedible. I've always liked it when I ordered it.

    We got there and walked up the ramp and realized it was one of those small rickety roller coasters.
    I've been on Goofy’s Sky School once. That was enough.

    I think we ate in one of the quick service places right near Goofy's. She had some pasta.
    Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. They have three options, spaghetti and meatballs, a chicken pasta, and I think cheese Ravioli.

    we had some packing to do as tomorrow was our last full day at the parks and we were moving an off-site hotel for one night.
    Oh boo. I know it has to happen eventually, but it's always sad when it happens.
     

    chunkymonkey

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    I'm glad you made it and enjoyed the show.
    Us too! It was really good. I'm glad I made it there in time.

    Cute pictures of the two of you!
    Thank you!

    Pixar Play Parade. For some reason, I always seem to get cut off by this parade
    I know the feeling of parades cutting me off. Then I always have to walk the long way around.


    Those are really cute!
    Thanks! Even though we felt ridiculous doing those poses!


    The salsa Verde can be really inconsistent. It hasn't happened to me, but I've had friends who ordered it and it was so spicy that it was inedible. I've always liked it when I ordered it.
    It wasn't as spicy when we had it on the eggs at Flo's V8. But in the bread cone there was a lot of it so that's probably why. Someone in line in front of me came back and exchanged her salsa verde cone because it was so spicy she couldn't eat it. She got a mac n cheese cone instead. What sounds really good is a cone filled with half mac n cheese and half salsa verde chicken. Mmmmm.

    I've been on Goofy’s Sky School once. That was enough.
    Yeah me too...I never go on that same ride in AKL. Not really my thing.

    Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. They have three options, spaghetti and meatballs, a chicken pasta, and I think cheese Ravioli.
    Aha! That's it! thanks! she got the chicken pasta.

    Oh boo. I know it has to happen eventually, but it's always sad when it happens.
    Yes it is...:(
    And it's always the first and last day that is the busiest!!
     

    bcwife76

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    I hate Goofy's sky school :crazy2: DH always takes our eldest DD on that while I take the younger DD on Jumping Jellyfish which, like you, ALWAYS has one side closed? Like seriously? What is with that ride? So we always seem to get off of both rides at the same time :p

    PP is so gorgeous at night, I just love how the lights sparkle everywhere. It's a very underrated part of the park and I think more people would have a greater love for it if they saw it at night (not just during WOC). Glad you were able to see that version of WOC :love:
     

    CaliforniaGirl09

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    I hate Goofy's sky school :crazy2: DH always takes our eldest DD on that while I take the younger DD on Jumping Jellyfish which, like you, ALWAYS has one side closed? Like seriously? What is with that ride? So we always seem to get off of both rides at the same time :p

    PP is so gorgeous at night, I just love how the lights sparkle everywhere. It's a very underrated part of the park and I think more people would have a greater love for it if they saw it at night (not just during WOC). Glad you were able to see that version of WOC :love:
    We still call goofy's Mulholland's :) The kids and I really like it, but DH not so much. He's 6'5 and getting in those cars is not easy. The original cars were even worse. He used to slam against me at every turn. Anyway, completely agree about Jellyfish! It's such a cute ride, and one side is always--always--closed. It's like they don't staff it or something. We never go on it because even a short line can take a long time. We are among the few people who *loved* the original CA Adventure park and still miss the good old days when no one was there :) Totally agree that it is underrated and gorgeous at night. The new theming is fine, and I understand why they had to do it, but I miss the tortilla factory and maliboomer--and the golden gates.

    chunkymonkey, really loving your report! You may have inspired a trip to the south bay just to eat at that dim sum place (we live in Nor Cal :)) I haven't been to Ariel's in a while for their character lunch. I remember the food behind horrible, but yours looked pretty good. I'm going to give it another shot on our next trip down in May.
     

    chunkymonkey

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    I hate Goofy's sky school :crazy2: DH always takes our eldest DD on that while I take the younger DD on Jumping Jellyfish which, like you, ALWAYS has one side closed? Like seriously? What is with that ride? So we always seem to get off of both rides at the same time :p

    PP is so gorgeous at night, I just love how the lights sparkle everywhere. It's a very underrated part of the park and I think more people would have a greater love for it if they saw it at night (not just during WOC). Glad you were able to see that version of WOC :love:
    Haha I guess I'm not the only one who wonders why that one side is always closed! It literally can take like only 10 people at a time, I guess that's why the ride is so short!
    Goofy's Sky School was totally unexpected but I'm pretty sure I've ridden it before, it just wasn't called Sky School. (Actually based on CaliforniaGril09 - It was called Mulholland Falls or something...!!)

    It was a really lovely evening. I love twinkling lights. I haven't seen the other WOC version so the only WOC I've seen is the one they have have now (or did that change too?) :)

    Wow...what an amazing report. It could be an advertisement for Disneyland in itself as you really show now incredible and magical the place is (or so I assume..haven't been yet). Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks for reading! We had a magical time! But we always do whenever it comes to Disney...World, Land, Cruise Line, we love it all!

    We still call goofy's Mulholland's :) The kids and I really like it, but DH not so much. He's 6'5 and getting in those cars is not easy. The original cars were even worse. He used to slam against me at every turn. Anyway, completely agree about Jellyfish! It's such a cute ride, and one side is always--always--closed. It's like they don't staff it or something. We never go on it because even a short line can take a long time. We are among the few people who *loved* the original CA Adventure park and still miss the good old days when no one was there :) Totally agree that it is underrated and gorgeous at night. The new theming is fine, and I understand why they had to do it, but I miss the tortilla factory and maliboomer--and the golden gates.
    Aha! Yes! I remember that ride now! Mulholland Falls or something! I knew I went on it before, but I thought I was confusing it with some other theme park as I hadn't heard of Goofy's Sky School at all and as we were riding it, I thought I had been on it before! The seats are soooo tiny on that ride. And yes I think I remember the ride vehicles being different too, hence I thought I was in a completely different theme park, but I never go to theme parks outside of Disney so I thought I just imagined it all. Thanks for clarifying!
    That's crazy that one side of Jellyfish doesn't ever open! I understand energy-savings but only having a handful of people go on at a time isn't very efficient, LOL.
    I totally remember there was a tortilla factory!! I was wondering what happened to it. I also remember a stall selling date shakes too. I can't remember the maliboomer or the golden gates though!

    chunkymonkey, really loving your report! You may have inspired a trip to the south bay just to eat at that dim sum place (we live in Nor Cal :)) I haven't been to Ariel's in a while for their character lunch. I remember the food behind horrible, but yours looked pretty good. I'm going to give it another shot on our next trip down in May.
    Thank you for reading! Yes! I am so jealous San Jose has one as that is where my brother in law and family live so I'm thinking I need to make a trip out there soon!
    Ariel's was fine food-wise. I thought it was better than Cinderella's Royal Table in WDW because that one is seriously overpriced for the same quality of food. Still, it's about the experience more so than the food! Hope you enjoy it!
     

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