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Old 03-08-2012, 10:23 PM   #181
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You guys and your coffee!

Yay for making rope drop!!!

I love hearing how some of the rides are the same, and some are so different. I can't wait to see for ourselves!

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:32 AM   #182
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Holy cannoli mother of updates! That was a smashing lot of pictures!

Couple of comments.

Wilderness Lodge on Steriods. Yep, that's about right!

Mr. Toad just ok? I won't flame you. I'm sure if I went on it now and had never been before I'd probably feel the same but it has a huge spot in my heart as one of my first rides ever (that I remember anyway).

Peets inside HD huh? I'll have to remember that, we always get coffee at the bookstore and I didn't know about the Peets.

I'd probably like Astro Orbitor a LOT better on the ground. That is the one ride that totally freaks me out.

You have me really really wanting to go on Pinocchio!
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:36 PM   #183
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Joining in! DH and I are planning a trip to DL without the kiddos (gasp!) in July for our anniversary and reading this is great! We're DVC owners at WDW and have been there quite often but have no experience with DL. I was there for one day when I was about 13 and hardly remember it; DH has never been. So reading this TR is perfect for giving us info and getting us excited for our trip! Looking forward to more!!
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:54 PM   #184
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You know, I didn't get Mr Toad's ride either. It's dark (no pun intended) and for being in Fantasyland, I can see why they removed it from WDW.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:19 AM   #185
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Wow! The Grand Californian is gorgeous on the inside! Love all that stained glass!

Hurray for making it to Rope Drop!

Poor Henry not liking the darkness of Peter Pan. I hope that gets better!

Okay, I will try not to say anything about you not being a huge fan of Mr. Toad. I am like Cynthia, since it is one of my earliest memories of Disney trips, I think I am biased.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:56 AM   #186
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Wow...mega updating! I love it though. The pictures are fabulous and you guys got some great angles of of the castle. I soaking up all this info...Hopefully a day will come when we can go there as well. I do dread the long flight though.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #187
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #188
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I'm on board...loved your Disney World Trip report...can't wait to hear what you think of Disneyland...haven't been there yet...not sure if I can give up my Disney World love for a trip to California.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:49 PM   #189
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I am in .

GCV looks so great. I am getting so excited and my trip isn't for 6 months.

I am with Cynthia and Jackie. Mr Toad holds special memories. I remember riding it in WDW right before it closed and I was like Not quite how I rememebred it but that last scene makes me crack up every time.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:04 AM   #190
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I'm here and loving seeing Disneyland through a WDW addict's eyes

One of these days we'll make it there!

So glad y'all got to see how the other half of the country does Disney!!

Henry is lookin SO Big all of the sudden! Which is silly of me really. I see his pics on Facebook all the time, but man... when did our boys grow up!?

I've been reading your TRs since he was 1!! CRAZY!

Hope y'all had a wonderful time. Can't wait to read the rest of it.

I'm slowly finishing my Two TRs for one.... I'm determined to finish it before I start a PTR! Maybe that'll motivate me.

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Old 03-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #191
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Wow!! Lots of wonderful pictures and my oh my, how things have changed since I was last there! I guess it's good and bad. I remember when Disneyland had an actual parking lot right in front of the park (where DCA is now).

Thank you for the shots of the GF!! I am taking a trip to California for a wedding, and staying in San Diego. I'm trying to convince my cousin that we need to go and stay there for a couple of nights. I told her I would take care of the room cost, being DVC members now.

I do remember Astro Orbiter being elevated. You had to take an elevator up just like you do in WDW. I truly hope we'll be able to go, but I'm wondering if it will still feel the same.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:50 PM   #192
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You're visiting my happy place! I've lived on the West Coast for almost all my life and Disneyland is my "home" park.

I find the comments from the WDW folks funny...yes, DLR is quaint and much smaller than WDW's Magic Kingdom Park, but I like that more intimate feel. I like being able to walk from our hotel to either park (DL or DCA) in a few minutes, so we can take a break in the middle of the day easily. I agree that Cinderella's castle is more impressive, but I just love Sleeping Beauty's outline. Brings back happy memories. Plus, I love the fact that Walt Disney himself walked throughout Disneyland and had a hand in creating so many of the experiences we all love today.

I suppose if I'd been to WDW more than 3 times in my life (yeah, sad, huh?), I'd probably feel differently. Don't get me wrong, I love WDW and am looking forward to taking my family there someday (although I'm dreading the looooong flights from Oregon to Florida). My family just adores Disneyland and loves our trips there - I wish we could afford to go more than every couple of years, but the DIS keeps my Disney dreams alive between trips. I'm so happy that you're enjoying DLR!

I've loved reading all of your WDW trip reports as well - they're so detailed and have lots of gorgeous photos, and you have a beautiful family! Henry's just a doll.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:34 AM   #193
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I haven't been to DL since 1996. But from what I'm seeing so far, I think I might would like it a little bit better than DW. Because of the size. Unfortunately I live in the south and therefore driving distance from FL and with airfare costs, DL is just not as accessible. But hoping to get my DS there soon. And it will be interesting to see which one he likes the best.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:44 PM   #194
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I could have sworn that I subscribed to this when you started it..but then after a while without seeing any updates, I had to go searching, only to find that you have had several updates so far! So here I am, better late than never, and all caught up. It's really interesting to see how many things are the same and how many are so different!
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:35 AM   #195
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Smile Awesome!

Looking so very forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!
To live would be an awfully big adventure!
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