Disneyland: Our First Christmas Back, Day 1 Part 1

Saturday, December 27, Day 1 Part 1

We’d been watching the weather between Las Vegas and Anaheim and the Cajon Pass looked like it was going to be clear. High winds might be the only issue. We packed our bags and left instructions for a new pet sitter since the previous one had not been working out and the last thing you want to do on your Disneyland vacation is worry about your “kids” and house back home. But from all we had seen so far, we were feeling more confident and comfortable leaving all in her care.

With the gas tank full, we left our house at 9:30 a.m., stopped at Barstow for more gas and lunch at Del Taco, and arrived at the Disneyland Hotel at 1:30 p.m. The hotel decorations and the valet attendant greeted us – the latter included a caution that our room may not be ready. Having had good luck here before with early check-in, we approached the front desk with a positive attitude.

Overhearing conversations around us that other guests’ rooms were not ready, we were ecstatic that not only was our room ready, but we were being upgraded to a water view on the tenth floor in the main tower called Magic. WOO HOO! Pixie dust strikes again! It helped that we were a couple and had booked a king room – less popular especially at Christmas with families needing the extra beds. The CM was very helpful and we appreciated her personal attention, and we can’t help but wonder how this new online check-in is going to work at WDW.

This room was even better than the one we had on our last trip. Both were king water view rooms, but this one was larger with chair and ottoman, and had a very comfortable bathroom area with separate counter space, separate sink and shower, and separate water closet. This was the first time we had stayed in the main tower, which was nice because it has two gift shops and free morning coffee in the lobby.

As soon as we unpacked, we headed for DCA for some wine tasting at the Golden Vine Winery. We chatted in line with a woman who worked in Anaheim, but lived in Apple Valley (on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains) so since it was a Saturday, she was extending her day by enjoying some wine and relaxation before heading home. She reassured us she wasn’t going to drink and drive, but had other things to do before getting back on the freeway.

We chatted with our usual wine server – I keep not noticing his name – just that he’s from Huntington Beach – one of my childhood beaches.

Rich chose a glass of Peter Franus Cabernet Sauvignon and I chose the Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel – both delicious. The Zinfandel tasted fruity (as in grapes) and the Cab was bold in flavor. We sat down at a table next to the woman we met in line and chatted a bit more. She’s a mortgage broker so she cited the excellent mortgage rates available.

We thought we’d post some pics from DCA – especially from the wine tasting area – can you tell this is one of our favorite places?

Golden Gate Bridge all decked out for Christmas

Wine tasting seating area of Golden Vine Winery


Rich looking quite relaxed with his glass of Cabernet Sauvignon

Kathy enjoying her Red Zinfandel as new friend enjoys her White Zinfandel

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