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Old 04-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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When I left off.... I had lost my passport. Well, I knew where it was, but I didn't have it in my possession. For some reason, I was feeling confident it would be exactly where I left it, but once I decided to move to get it, I started to feel a little more anxious.

I did run fairly quickly back down to the lobby and everything was exactly where I had left it. I ran back upstairs to our room to snap some more pictures and Blanche called home to let everyone know we had safely arrived, a few hours later than planned, but still safely, finally, arrived!

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We decided we were hungry and we really wanted food. We had wanted to eat at the Rainforest Café, so we bundled up in our jackets and sweaters and headed towards Downtown Disney.

I’m at Disneyland. The first Disney Park. The original Disney park. The park that Walt actually walked in. I can’t believe it. I’m trying hard to walk slowly and soak it all in, when I actually want to hop, skip, jump, sing and scream. I’m sure I let out a few squeals of excitement along the way “EEEEEEE”.

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See the monorail? I may have noticed at the time, but if I had, I had completely forgotten that I saw the monorail!

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I had read on the Dis about the shortcut through Mimi's parking lot, so that's the way we went.

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I can see Tower of Terror! Stop for a second. Close your eyes. Imagine the feeling! I'm so close I can taste the park!

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I like to take pictures.... sometimes I'll stop and think about a picture and have it all "pretty" (or try to! ) Sometimes I just take snapshots to remember something. Or because someone would like that etc.

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I snapped some pictures of the walk, partly so I could look at the times and see how long it took! The flowered tree above is right outside the HoJo, and I took that at 6:11. The picture of the ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) was taken at 6:20.

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I let some stranger search my belongings (again) before entering the area between the parks. Okay, I’m just teasing, I don’t mind the bag checks, I understand that they will hopefully catch something and keep us safe!

By 6:26pm, we are in line trying to get our Disney tickets.

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I was sure to point out that it was my first visit to Disneyland and that we were celebrating Blanche’s birthday too. She gave us buttons. Blanche couldn’t believe how many people wished her a Happy Birthday through the week.

At this point, my heart and soul are calling out to me “Disneyland… Disneyland…” But we resist and head to Downtown Disney as planned. If we have the energy after supper, we tell ourselves, then we’ll head in to the park for a little walk through.

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