Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Our Disneyland Vacation, Part 1

Okay, I know some of you are thinking Disneyland,
what's the big deal???

I've been to some interesting places.

I've lived in Turkey, and quite a few states
in the good ol' USA.
I've vacationed in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico,
Italy, Greece, England and Canada.

So, when Pook asked me where I wanted to go
for my birthday-anywhere in the world that we
could get to and back within 9 days-
of course I said DISNEYLAND!

Uh Duh! lol

I hadn't been there for a few years, and I
had a hankerin' for the happiest place on earth!

So, we took off in the car and I couldn't wait to
get there.

Pookie had made reservations at The Grand Californian Hotel
and Spa, right there at the park.
We usually stay at the Disneyland Hotel,
but we hadn't visited since the new changes,
which added The California Adventure park,
Downtown Disney and the new hotel.

We had trouble with my camera and I lost
quite a few great pics. So the pics are from
mine, from Dh's camera and some I found
online so you could get a true feel for the place.

We arrived on the last day of "Gay Days"
One of my closest friends, Mike, is gay, so I had
Pookie pose for this picture outside the conference
room at the hotel.

When you check in, you are in the most gorgeous lobby!

It is decorated in the Arts & Crafts style and no detail
was overlooked.

The floor is done in the
most intricate mosaic tile work
I've ever seen.
It was stunning!

When we got to the room, we were pleasantly

We had a beautiful suite with a park view.
This picture doesn't do it justice.

The room was wonderful and the bathroom was great.
They supplied us with
the most heavenly smelling shampoo, lotions, etc.
Mouthwash too.
I'd never seen mouthwash in a hotel before!
(It takes so little to thrill me...lol)

The location was convienient too. You could walk right out of the
hotel and you were at the entrance to both parks. Or, take the
monorail right into Disneyland. On the way to the monorail you
walk thru all the great cafes, restaurants and shopping
at Downtown Disney.
I was in heaven!

After we got settled we walked out to Downtown Disney and did
a little shopping.
The Pookster is enamored with pirates and says "ARRRRRRR"
any chance he gets..lol

Usually he's a quiet guy, but place him next
to a pirate and he can be a real
knucklehead. :0)

Some more of Downtown Disney, on our way to the monorail.

The Downtown Disney shopping area is just as pretty at night.

We were blessed with perfect weather,
day and night.
Not very crowded either.
I guess it pays to be born in October, eh?

I'm going to stop here as it's after midnight
and I'm pooped.
I'll post the rest of the trip tomorrow.

Hugs, Gayle


  1. Oh wow, your hotel looks AMAZING. What a great view from your balcony too! It looks like Disneyland is following in Disney World's footsteps with Downtown Disney and such. We've had that for years already.

    Can't wait to see more pictures!!!!!

    Justine :o )

  2. Everything Disney does is first rate. There's something for kids of all ages so I completely understand why you enjoy it so much. It has been way too long since we've been to Orlando Disney and these photos make me want to go! Once we get settled in Hooterville...in about 5 or 10 years...maybe we can plan a trip then. Hooterville is only about 55 miles from Orlando.

  3. Oh, Gail, what a fabulous place where you stayed! It's beautiful and such fun at Disneyland, too. Next time you decide to go, why don't I just get really big suitcase, climb in and go with you? :)


  4. Gayle, I think I just maybe a teensy bit jealous. What an amazing hotel! Forget the theme park and just let me sit in the lobby of this grand place. WOW! Ok, I'll get up and go to the park with you, but you have to promise to bring me back here later.
    Your comment at my place still has me laughing. You are so darn cute!

  5. Hi Gayle! Oh, what a great vacation you must have had! Lovely hotel and your room is so pretty! Now you've got to get back to 'real' life! How's your house doing?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to
    help with Search Engine Optimization? I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not seeing very good success.
    If you know of any please share. Cheers!

    my weblog :: worldvipchat.com

  7. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!
    It's the little changes that will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

    Also visit my homepage - whiskey before breakfast youtube

  8. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get
    a lot of spam responses? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can recommend?
    I get so much lately it's driving me mad so any support is very much appreciated.

    Feel free to visit my website :: vertical leap exercises

  9. It's really a cool and helpful piece of information. I'm satisfied that
    you just shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Visit my web blog :: http://healthyeatingatschool.ca/

  10. Your way of explaining all in this article is in fact pleasant, all can effortlessly
    understand it, Thanks a lot.

    Visit my web blog - workouts to improve vertical jump

  11. It's difficult to find experienced people for this subject, but you seem like you know what you're talking about!

    my blog post ... compare rewards credit cards

  12. You really make it seem really easy along with your presentation however I find this
    matter to be actually one thing that I believe I might
    by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and
    very extensive for me. I am taking a look ahead for your subsequent put up, I will attempt to get the dangle of it!

    Here is my webpage - workouts to increase vertical jump

  13. You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the best sites on the net.
    I will highly recommend this website!

    my web site :: http://equal.moodle.pl

  14. Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization?
    I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not seeing
    very good success. If you know of any please share.
    Thank you!

    my blog post workouts to increase vertical jump

  15. Thanks for finally talking about > "Our Disneyland Vacation, Part 1" < Liked it!

    Feel free to visit my web site - www.


  16. My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from
    PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using
    Movable-type on a number of websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to
    another platform. I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.
    net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress
    content into it? Any help would be really appreciated!

    Feel free to visit my homepage ... workouts to increase vertical

  17. Nice blog here! Additionally your web site a lot up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your associate hyperlink for your host?
    I want my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

    Look into my web blog ... http://www.tatankanation.org/tiki-index.php?page=UserPagerandalain

  18. You made some good points there. I checked on the internet for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

    Visit my webpage: workouts to improve vertical jump

  19. It's not my first time to visit this site, i am browsing this web page dailly and get nice facts from here every day.

    Also visit my webpage; workouts to jump higher

  20. I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    My web site - taco bell breakfast locations

  21. That is very fascinating, You are a very professional blogger.
    I've joined your rss feed and stay up for in the hunt for extra of your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your website in my social networks

    My page: sporty-u.com

  22. I for all time emailed this weblog post page to all my
    friends, because if like to read it after that my links will too.

    Have a look at my page :: exercises for vertical jump