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Old 07-24-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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DisneySuiteFreak's Summer Nightastic Photo Intensive Trip Report; updated 3-17-2010!

Hi everyone, and welcome to my first T/R on the Dis. Sorry this is so tardy, but I got sick (again) this time after my trip. So I went on vacay from June 11-26 worked for a few days, and then had to stay off work for another week and a half because of bronchitis. Needless to say I had lots of work waiting for me when I got back.
I’m not as witty and talented as some of you when it comes to retelling the story of what we did, so I’m going to do more of a photo T/R and use as few words as possible. I know some of you post photos of yourselves and your families on this site, but I am not comfortable doing that on pretty much any site because we come from a small town where everyone knows everyone, or everyone knows someone that knows everyone; and that’s all I need is for someone to recognize me as the slacker who posts all the time on the Dis boards! Ha-ha! Ummm...yeah, I cherish my anonymity. I’ll refer to my son as DS and my husband as DH. Simple enough.

My family and I go to Vegas and/or Disneyland at least once a year. This year we went to Vegas and Disneyland twice because we bought discounted APs through the DL website.
I’ve been going to DL off and on since I was a kid. I was too young to remember my first few trips. I know I went because I’ve seen the pictures. Anyway, our first trip as a family was back in 1997 when my DS was just 8 years old. It was the perfect age to take him because he remembered everything and because remembered and loved everything, he became my official ‘Disney Partner’ after that trip. For a few years he was just as obsessed w/ all things Disney as I was…Now he’s kind of grown out of it, but he still likes Disney and is still my DL partner, just not as obsessed about going as I am I guess. (Oh well, they have to grow up sometime I guess…) We’ve gone to DL and Vegas every year since 1999, and in 2001 we went to WDW! One day I would like to go back there, but I have to say after being in WDW in the summer and being in DLR this past summer, DLR beats WDW hands down! It’s miserably hot and humid in WDW. California has really nice weather compared to WDW where you spend half your time trying to find a way out of the extreme heat and humidity. We normally go to DLR in the winter for the Holiday overlay. We went a couple of times in October and it was pretty busy, hot, and the wildfires were burning which bothered my asthma. We prefer the winter to October because of the fire thing and because the parks are just magical during the holidays. Unfortunately, the last few trips that we’ve gone during the holidays, I’ve gotten extremely ill, probably from the combo of asthma/allergies, thousands of people and dirty hands in the parks, flu season, and it was extremely cold and sometimes rainy. So we decided that since we have APs we should take a trip in the summer and that’s how this trip came to be. This was our first trip as a family during the summer to DLR. We really enjoyed the ‘June Gloom’ weather! It was perfect! Cool in the mornings, warm in the afternoons and cool/cold at night. Honestly, I didn’t get sick on this trip. I got sick after I came home. Some people on the plane and also at work were coughing and ill and I think that I caught it from either of those 2 places. Oh well. At least I wasn’t sick on vacay!

Our first trip this year was in January. If this T/R generates enough interest I may work backwards and post some info about our DL Holidays trip, and maybe even do a walk down memory lane like Sherry did (Hi Sherry!) or a never ending T/R like PPB or Wazowskilover. (You all are my heroes for putting in so much work on your T/R's.) But for now this T/R will cover what we did from June 11-17, 2009 in DL. I’ll probably link to a Vegas T/R later as soon as I finish this T/R.
I guess I'd better leave some room here for any future linking that may need to be done...

Day 1, June 11 is below on page 1 or
Part 1 Beginning, Magical Fireworks take one
Part 2 Main Street shots and
Part 3- End of Day 1 & beginning of Day 2 -Barona Casino, Joes Crab Shack and Do we make it to DEP?.

Day 2, June 12
Part1- Disney's Electrical Parade
Part 2- DEP continued
Part 3- Nemo's Submarine Voyage
Part 4- Tomorrowland & Main Street Long Exposure shots and
Part 5-End of Day 2

Day 3, June 13 Seaworld
Part 1- Beginning, Food Porn, Dolphin Discovery Show
Part 2- Dolphin show, Flamingos, Cirque De La Mer
Part 3- Fishtanks, Sea Lions Tonite Show
Part 4- Ignite Show
Part 5- Shamu Rocks
Part 6- Shamu Rocks continued
Part 7- Drumline & Dancers
Part 8- Shark Encounter
Part 9- Electric Eels, Piranhas & end of Day 3

Day 4, June 14 Disneyland - Pirates, Fireworks, Fantasmic, Indy and Ice Cream...
Part 1-Entrance & Pirates
Part 2-Pirates
Part 3- Magical Fireworks take 2
Part 4 - Fantasmic
Part 5 - Fantasmic
Part 6 - F!, HM, and Indy
Part 7, Gibson Girl Ice Cream and Main Street

Day 5, June 15 Long Beach Aquarium aka Aquarium of the Pacific and Knotts Berry Farm
Part 1-Entrance, Sharks and Sea Lions
Part 2-Touching tanks, Friendly Manta Rays, and Shorebird Santuary
Part 3-North Pacific Diving Birds, Jelly Fish and another touching tank
Part 4-The Untouchables, Sea Otters, Shrimp and Crabs
Part 5- Knotts Berry Farm First Impressions and rides
Part 6- Knotts Berry Farm Ghost Town and Ghost Rider - Aaack! also Kiddie rides...
Part 7- Knotts Berry Farm More Kiddie Rides and reflections on our day

Day 6 Disneyland all day and night!
1. Entrance, Pirates
2. More Pirates
3. Yes, even more Pirates!
4. Haunted Mansion
5. More Haunted Mansion
6. Some Fantasyland shots, IASW
7. IASW 2
8. IASW 3, Toontown, Castle Area and Snow White's Grotto
9. Hub area, DCA, HM exterior queue shots, DCA again
10. Busy shots, Theme Parks are Busy, Celebrate a Street Party shots, Roger Rabbit, Toon Town and the Golden 1/2 hour or what's left of it

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