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Old 03-26-2013, 02:36 PM   #316
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I love the photos with your parents!

I've never gotten the Plus version of PhotoPass - only the regular PhotoPass. Are you only getting the digital download versions of the files, or are they sending you the CD in addition to the digital files?

At this point I almost wonder, what would a trip to DLR be without some kind of saga? I practically expect the sagas on my trips, so I am comforted to know that sagas are occurring on other trips too (though not if they are horrendous events, of course, but just momentary inconveniences!)!

Did I read correctly that you all took a wrong turn on the shortcut path? I did too, on my very first solo run on the shortcut route back in 2008! Obviously I made it from the PPH to the GCH just fine - it's hard to miss the GCH right across the street - but I took a wrong turn once inside the GCH and didn't end up where I wanted to be. Then I had to backtrack. (And, coincidentally, it was also when I was headed to the ticket booths to take care of getting my AP!)

Of course, once you realize exactly where you're going along the shortcut you never forget it, as I'm sure you discovered! I didn't know that the PPH was handing out maps for the shortcut? When did they start doing that? They used to direct people to take a rather circuitous route that bypassed the GCH entirely.

Another thing that parallels your trip - on that 2008 trip, when I got lost on my first solo shortcut run, my room was also on the 5th floor of the PPH...facing the pool area!!
They gave me a resort map at check-in and drew all over it where to go. I overheard them doing the same for another guest when I visited the desk another time.

As for getting lost, I was lagging behind with little ones while DH and the two tall kids were in front, so when we should have turned left at the lobby, they continued down the hall next to it. We got outside before they/I realized we were headed for the DCA entrance instead of DTD. I think I knew before they did, but I didn't want to yell in the lobby and knew we wouldn't get far if they were lost.

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I'm so jealous that you didn't actually have to switch times! That was an issue for us, since our kids normally go to bed at 7:30 (AZ time). With shorter hours already, we didn't feel like leaving before park closing! I'm excited to hear how the rest of your trip went and to see you pictures!
My kids are a little older, so even the youngest goes to bed 8/8:30 at home. He was a trooper -- even at WDW at 6.5, he did great.

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Nice to hear that you got to upgrade your ticket to the DAP. It looked really busy that day. Can't wait to read your first day at the parks.
It was busy that first night. I could tell from the time we got to DTD. I think I entered Disneyland right after the parade (they were still sweeping up on Main Street), which probably made it look even more busy right then.

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I got all of my Photopass pictures downloaded digitally (only took 1.5 hours to arrive once I ordered it) and I'm trying to get them organized with my trip pictures. I may make a short detour and do a single post on my son's visit to DLR last weekend, just because teenagers are (unintentionally) hilarious and I'm grateful my son still likes Disney stuff.

And DD10 wants to be Walt Disney for her famous American project at school!! Finally, a project I don't mind helping her research!

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I got my pressed penny!! I loved how the return address on the envelope was PHXScuba

It definitely brightened my dull day to see it, and it is now sitting in a place of honor on my desk
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:23 PM   #318
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I got my pressed penny!! I loved how the return address on the envelope was PHXScuba

It definitely brightened my dull day to see it, and it is now sitting in a place of honor on my desk
Yay! I wanted you to know who it was from, not some random chain letter (do those even exist anymore or is it all on FB now?) Lynne G got hers too, so mission accomplished.

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:23 PM   #319
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(A brief detour -- DS16's trip and Photopass pictures)

I don't usually write trip reports that I haven't been on, but I'll make a brief exception because it dovetails so nicely with our recent trip.

Less than four days after returning home to AZ, DS16 and 250 of his closest band and orchestra friends packed up 6 buses and went to Orange County for a band/orchestra festival. They competed (and received a superior -- the best rating possible), had a clinic at Chapman College, went to the symphony, visited Newport Beach, and of course Disneyland. I got to see some of the trip through Facebook photos my son was tagged in.

They got into DCA about 10:30 and FPs for RSR were gone, so they didn't wait standby (good choice). They got on all the "big rides" in both parks. DS and his horn section met up for dinner at Ralph Brennan's. We had looked at the menu together beforehand and I was a bit nervous that he would pay $$$$ for food he wouldn't like -- he's not the world's most adventurous eater. But he had and loved the Southern Fried Chicken. He also ate the churro I didn't get.

I sent my Photopass Plus card back with DS because it was still active and I figured they could get a few ride photos that turned out better than snapping a picture with their cell phones. DS has a goofy old denim jacket of DH's that he wear when he travels, so you can pick him out


They took up the entire back row in Tower of Terror. I think his friend on the far left was trying the penny trick.



Gotta love the expressions on Screamin. After the many times he rode it on our trip (more on that later), DS is acutely aware of where the camera is.



Seriously, how do you fall asleep on Space Mountain?



I saved the cutest picture for last. They didn't realize until they looked at the ride photo that DS' friend had used the opportunity to ask one of the girls in the log to prom! Sweet and stealthy. How adorable.


I have guests in town for a family event this weekend and they will be taking over my time and my home office. I promise I will be back after the weekend with actual park photos.

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So fun! I love all the goofy ride pictures. I know where the cameras are, but I don't know people do funny/bored poses on them. On Splash I'm always trying hard to keep my hands up until I see the flash and then I grab on for dear life!
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Love the ride pics. I really enjoy stalking my kids in pictures when I'm not around. Facebook tagging is so awesome for that. I try to return the favor for other moms when I'm around. I'm guessing it's even more fun when they're teenagers!

And congrats on the Superior from a former band nerd! (Still a nerd, just don't clarinet anymore! )
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LOVE the ride pictures! Thanks for sharing. The prom invite is an instant classic
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #323
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Day 3, part 1

Day 3, part 1 -- A Day in DCA (March 11, 2013)

We woke the kids for our first EMH day at what seemed to me a painfully early time -- 6:20 a.m. Luckily my family has early-morning hotel prep down to a science -- take turns eating and showering. I was glad I had put together my park bag the night before as I always end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off, putting sunscreen on everyone, checking bags and snacks, etc.



I did manage one shot of the birthday boy and the beach-ball pillow. I believe he slept with it (on the pull-out couch).

And then we were off!! We took the now-familiar shortcut through the GCH and practically skipped/bounced/ran through DTD, we were so excited.

They took each person's picture to go with their 4-day hoppers. At the turnstiles they discovered my AP picture wasn't in the system yet. No problem, it hasn't been the 24 hours it sometimes takes. I show ID and we enter.

We line up wide-right at the rope drop for Carsland, and DD10 and I notice another little girl with the same black glitter Minnie T-shirt. "How cute," I think. The crush of people moseys cattle-call style all the way back to RSR and DH and the kids see why we stayed on the right side. We weren't at the very front of the lineup, but we walked almost the entire queue until we got to the ramps leading into the final boarding area.

As we walked through all the switchbacks, I kept seeing the same cute glitter-Minnie girl and her mother. The mom looked really familiar, and then I remembered that cristyhas3 -- one of my TR followers -- had bought the same shirt for her daughter and our trips overlapped. After switchback #725 I finally got up the courage to ask her if she was on the DIS and we said hi. Shoutout to Cristy!! She hasn't updated her trip report lately but I hope she had a great time.



Gotta love my hair attacking me. DD13 was annoyed I blocked her face with my hand. Still, we purchased our very first ride photo! Total time elapsed for the ride: about 20 minutes of our EMH. I really liked the ride -- it blended speed with interest. The Cars characters are very realistic. We got Ramone's shop on this first ride.

The line for Luigi's Flying Tires looked short so we entered. We walked all the way to where they explain the ride to you.




It was a fun ride. I would have liked more speed, but I was riding with the two older kids. The next time we rode double instead of triple.

We stopped for a Photopass photopgrapher outside of Flo's.




DH loves to toggle back and forth between these photos, flipbook-style, to see our hands shoot up in the air.

We were ahead of the rough schedule I had in my mind, so we rode Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.








I was surprised how much I liked this ride. It seems to be portrayed as the leftovers of Carsland after the amazement of RSR and the air-hockey effects of Luigi's. I thought Mater's had a great queue, cute music, and a fun ride. It wouldn't be our last time on any of the Carsland rides.


We should have waited until later in the day to take this photo -- too washed out with the early morning sun. And all of those coordinating T-shirts covered up by jackets. DH and I do love our sunglasses.

We headed over to Paradise Pier because the kids were itching to ride Screamin.' I managed to slow them down long enough to take one photo:



Let me pause here with the disclaimer that I love DS8 very much, but he can be really stubborn. Sometimes he says no to things we know he will love if he just tries them (Tower of Terror being a notable exception). He had been talking about riding Screamin' on his birthday for weeks, but just as we got to the platform (we walked on the ride), he started trying to back out.

I knew he would love it, but he was in tears as we strapped in. The ride operator told DS8 that he had to say yes or give a thumbs-up in order to ride. Yes, I basically forced him at that point. He spent the first third of the ride crying and I felt like the worst mommy ever, or at least tied with myself for some previous infraction. But he spent the rest of the ride hooting and hollering with glee! He popped out of the ride vehicle and asked, "Can we go again?!" So it was a win.



DH and the other three kids



DS8's first Screamin' photo -- you can only see the top of his head



A big thumbs-up for Screamin'

If you can believe it, it was STILL not 9 a.m., so we did what DS8 asked and ran around to ride Screamin' again.




So during EMH on a busy week, we:
-- rode RSR at rope drop
-- rode Luigi's
-- rode Mater's
-- walked to Paradise Pier
-- rode Screamin' twice
-- took multiple-location Photopass pictures
-- stopped to buy multiple ride photos

Woohoo for 8 a.m. EMH!! It was totally worth waking up early for.

At this point the clock had struck 9 and I was running later than I wanted to get in line for RSR Fastpasses. So this is where we split up, and this is where I'll end for now.
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Day 3, part 1 -- A Day in DCA (March 11, 2013)

We woke the kids for our first EMH day at what seemed to me a painfully early time -- 6:20 a.m. Luckily my family has early-morning hotel prep down to a science -- take turns eating and showering. I was glad I had put together my park bag the night before as I always end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off, putting sunscreen on everyone, checking bags and snacks, etc.



I did manage one shot of the birthday boy and the beach-ball pillow. I believe he slept with it (on the pull-out couch).

And then we were off!! We took the now-familiar shortcut through the GCH and practically skipped/bounced/ran through DTD, we were so excited.

They took each person's picture to go with their 4-day hoppers. At the turnstiles they discovered my AP picture wasn't in the system yet. No problem, it hasn't been the 24 hours it sometimes takes. I show ID and we enter.

We line up wide-right at the rope drop for Carsland, and DD10 and I notice another little girl with the same black glitter Minnie T-shirt. "How cute," I think. The crush of people moseys cattle-call style all the way back to RSR and DH and the kids see why we stayed on the right side. We weren't at the very front of the lineup, but we walked almost the entire queue until we got to the ramps leading into the final boarding area.

As we walked through all the switchbacks, I kept seeing the same cute glitter-Minnie girl and her mother. The mom looked really familiar, and then I remembered that cristyhas3 -- one of my TR followers -- had bought the same shirt for her daughter and our trips overlapped. After switchback #725 I finally got up the courage to ask her if she was on the DIS and we said hi. Shoutout to Cristy!! She hasn't updated her trip report lately but I hope she had a great time.



Gotta love my hair attacking me. DD13 was annoyed I blocked her face with my hand. Still, we purchased our very first ride photo! Total time elapsed for the ride: about 20 minutes of our EMH. I really liked the ride -- it blended speed with interest. The Cars characters are very realistic. We got Ramone's shop on this first ride.

The line for Luigi's Flying Tires looked short so we entered. We walked all the way to where they explain the ride to you.




It was a fun ride. I would have liked more speed, but I was riding with the two older kids. The next time we rode double instead of triple.

We stopped for a Photopass photopgrapher outside of Flo's.




DH loves to toggle back and forth between these photos, flipbook-style, to see our hands shoot up in the air.

We were ahead of the rough schedule I had in my mind, so we rode Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.








I was surprised how much I liked this ride. It seems to be portrayed as the leftovers of Carsland after the amazement of RSR and the air-hockey effects of Luigi's. I thought Mater's had a great queue, cute music, and a fun ride. It wouldn't be our last time on any of the Carsland rides.


We should have waited until later in the day to take this photo -- too washed out with the early morning sun. And all of those coordinating T-shirts covered up by jackets. DH and I do love our sunglasses.

We headed over to Paradise Pier because the kids were itching to ride Screamin.' I managed to slow them down long enough to take one photo:



Let me pause here with the disclaimer that I love DS8 very much, but he can be really stubborn. Sometimes he says no to things we know he will love if he just tries them (Tower of Terror being a notable exception). He had been talking about riding Screamin' on his birthday for weeks, but just as we got to the platform (we walked on the ride), he started trying to back out.

I knew he would love it, but he was in tears as we strapped in. The ride operator told DS8 that he had to say yes or give a thumbs-up in order to ride. Yes, I basically forced him at that point. He spent the first third of the ride crying and I felt like the worst mommy ever, or at least tied with myself for some previous infraction. But he spent the rest of the ride hooting and hollering with glee! He popped out of the ride vehicle and asked, "Can we go again?!" So it was a win.



DH and the other three kids



DS8's first Screamin' photo -- you can only see the top of his head



A big thumbs-up for Screamin'

If you can believe it, it was STILL not 9 a.m., so we did what DS8 asked and ran around to ride Screamin' again.




So during EMH on a busy week, we:
-- rode RSR at rope drop
-- rode Luigi's
-- rode Mater's
-- walked to Paradise Pier
-- rode Screamin' twice
-- took multiple-location Photopass pictures
-- stopped to buy multiple ride photos

Woohoo for 8 a.m. EMH!! It was totally worth waking up early for.

At this point the clock had struck 9 and I was running later than I wanted to get in line for RSR Fastpasses. So this is where we split up, and this is where I'll end for now.
I so hope to repeat your schedule during our EMT, and the crowds as low. Great pictures!
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You didn't get any photos of you and Cristy together?

I love all of the on-ride pics and PhotoPass pictures! So fun!

I asked this before, but I'm not sure if you answered and I missed it. When you get PhotoPass+ and order the digital download of your photos, do you also receive a CD in the mail with the photo files too? Or is it an either/or situation in which you can either get the digital download or get the CD? Or is there an option to order both the digital files and the CD for a higher price?

I ask this because I am one who definitely needs the CD, but for the purposes of speeding certain trip reports along (if I do anymore of them in the future) it would be great to have the digital downloads in some cases.

As for "forcing" your DS8 onto Screamin' - well, I believe that you actually would not truly force him if you really thought he could have a bad reaction to the ride. I think that you know your son well enough to know what he will love or not love, and that he might just need a little nudge. And you were right - once he got past his fear, he loved the ride and wanted to go on it again!

However, I will say that I think there are some parents who will "force" kids to go on thrill rides simply because they (the parents) want to go on the rides and don't want to miss out on them, and they assume the kids will end up loving it later. They don't really 'hear' the kids when the kids are pleading to not go on. I think that sometimes the kids don't end up loving the rides simply because they just remember being "forced" more than anything.
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Love the ride photos. Your birthday boy reminds me of my birthday girl! She was blocked by the windshield in our first RSR pic and blocked by the seat in front of her in her first Space Mountain photo! We learned to put her in the back for RSR and the front for Space! She wasn't tall enough for Screamin and was SO disappointed.

It's always a fine line between pushing your kids to do something that you know they'll wind up enjoying and forcing them to do something that they'll hate. You think you know what they'll like, but you can never be 100% certain. DD loves thrill rides, but doesn't like the dark/spooky rides. It's hard. Even worse when the people around are giving you "the look"
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Ok, so I had a momentary freakout this morning when it appeared that ALL my trip report noted had disappeared from my phone. They actually were gone from the phone but were still in my e-mail Notes file (don't ask me how that all works). So I printed them all out superfast in case my computer eats them too. Whew!!

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I so hope to repeat your schedule during our EMT, and the crowds as low. Great pictures!
I know, it's crazy how much we got done. I actually looked at the timestamps on my photos to verify that I wasn't making things up! I am a true believe in getting to the parks early. I can sleep at home.

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You didn't get any photos of you and Cristy together?

I love all of the on-ride pics and PhotoPass pictures! So fun!

I asked this before, but I'm not sure if you answered and I missed it. When you get PhotoPass+ and order the digital download of your photos, do you also receive a CD in the mail with the photo files too? Or is it an either/or situation in which you can either get the digital download or get the CD? Or is there an option to order both the digital files and the CD for a higher price?

I ask this because I am one who definitely needs the CD, but for the purposes of speeding certain trip reports along (if I do anymore of them in the future) it would be great to have the digital downloads in some cases.

As for "forcing" your DS8 onto Screamin' - well, I believe that you actually would not truly force him if you really thought he could have a bad reaction to the ride. I think that you know your son well enough to know what he will love or not love, and that he might just need a little nudge. And you were right - once he got past his fear, he loved the ride and wanted to go on it again!

However, I will say that I think there are some parents who will "force" kids to go on thrill rides simply because they (the parents) want to go on the rides and don't want to miss out on them, and they assume the kids will end up loving it later. They don't really 'hear' the kids when the kids are pleading to not go on. I think that sometimes the kids don't end up loving the rides simply because they just remember being "forced" more than anything.
The RSR line was moving so quickly that we would have held up traffic to get a photo with Cristy. I think it's cool we even spotted each other, especially when we were both employing tricks we learned on the DIS!

When I chose the download option for the Photopass+, it gave me the option of also getting a "backup" CD sent for $19.95, I believe. So if you wanted/needed the pictures right away but felt more secure with a CD (for example, if someone had a grumpy computer ) it might be nice to have. Me, I know I'd stick the CD in, copy to the computer once and never see/touch/use the CD again. So a download was perfect for me. We also have Carbonite backup for our computers since we store work-related stuff on them. It's $60 a year but my peace of mind is worth it.

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Love the ride photos. Your birthday boy reminds me of my birthday girl! She was blocked by the windshield in our first RSR pic and blocked by the seat in front of her in her first Space Mountain photo! We learned to put her in the back for RSR and the front for Space! She wasn't tall enough for Screamin and was SO disappointed.

It's always a fine line between pushing your kids to do something that you know they'll wind up enjoying and forcing them to do something that they'll hate. You think you know what they'll like, but you can never be 100% certain. DD loves thrill rides, but doesn't like the dark/spooky rides. It's hard. Even worse when the people around are giving you "the look"
Yes, sometimes it takes two rides -- the first one is to figure out where the camera is and how to arrange your party to see the littler people!

Our general family rule is that everyone tries a ride once -- how can you know whether you like it until you try? Then it's up to them and we won't push (much). You will find out later just how much Screamin' DS8 did on this trip!

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Day 3, part 2 -- A Day in DCA (March 11, 2013)

Day 3, part 2 -- A Day in DCA (March 11, 2013)

When last we left our charming tale, we'd accomplished a ton during our EMH. As we got off of Screamin' for the second time walk-on in a row, I could see the wave of regular park guests coming across the bridge into Paradise Pier. I was mentally kicking myself that I should have skipped the second ride and headed for the RSR FP line. I told DH to take the kids on the minor Paradise Pier rides (some of which spin, and I don't do those) and I would call him when I was done getting the FP.

So I walked toward the Carthay Circle Theater, knowing the line would probably be there or beyond. Sure enough, it stretched all the way back to the Disney Jr. show building. As I walked briskly, I heard my name called and saw my friend Teri! She is the mother of DD13's friend and she has a son DD10's age, so we see each other often. I didn't know they would be there, but we did run into that same family on our October 2009 trip too! I told her to have her daughter text mine.

The line for the FPs moved fairly steadily. There were some nice people near me in line and I shared with them that RSR wasn't connected to the FP system so they could go get another FP right away. I got a 1:35 return time. I called DH and he said they were just getting on a ride, so I grabbed quick-return FPs for Soarin' on my way to meet them. I saw the rest of Teri's family and DD13's friend was thrilled to think they might see each other.

In my absence, DH had taken the kids on the Golden Zephyr, Goofy's Sky School, and Mickey's (Not So) Fun Wheel. After everyone hating the swinging cars the last time, I'm not sure what possessed them to try them again, but they did and narrowly avoided the barf bags. The kids also dug into their bags for a snack.

We decided to wait in line for Toy Story Mania, knowing the line would never be any better unless we went again during EMH. The kids balked at the long line, but they seem to find ways to amuse themselves.



This is a little game I call "Poke the Bear, Swat the Hummingbird." DD10 tries to see how much she can antagonize DS16 before he snaps. Realize the boy is twice her size and kinda grumpy to start with! Here (above) he has both her tiny wrists in a one-handed grip. Yep, that's my family, keeping it real in line.



Everyone looks good in 3D glasses


By the time we waited in the 45-minute line for TSM and rode, it was time to use our Soarin' FP. We asked for the B1 (top middle) but someone else had already claimed it and it wasn't worth that much to wait extra for. We ended up in top left. I love this ride -- it makes me so serenely happy -- but the film on the left side has a lot of spots and it got distracting at times. We must have had a lot of locals on this flight, because everyone started cheering when they got to the Los Angeles part.

I was kind of bummed that our breakneck EMH pace had slowed considerably -- in the next two hours I had only secured two FPs for RSR and Soarin, and rode TSM and Soarin. I kept reminding myself it was spring break and that we had four full days in the parks.

Doing Soarin' around 11:00 worked perfectly since we wanted to have lunch at Taste Pilots Grill before the crowds got thick. I think we all just got the basics -- burgers and fries -- but it's nice to have a meal where everyone eats well (not always the case with 6 people). We always forget how big the Disneyland portions are and over-order our first couple of meals in the park.

At this point we ditched our jackets in a locker. We could cram all 6 jackets in the small $7 lockers, if anyone was wondering about capacity. We figured $7 x 4 days was cheaper than having to replace one lost jacket at Disneyland prices.

And now, PHOTOS!! We found a Photopass photographer set up at the Mickey/Walt statue with no one around. When he saw we had the Photopass card he took a whole roll of shots.






These next two show how you can crop and edit your Photopass shots to get what you want. I'd rather they shot wide and let me edit than too tight and cut something off.







Awww, aren't we cute?!

I grabbed FPs for Tower of Terror and we decided to see Aladdin. My family had never seen it and I was hopeful it would be as good as I remembered. We missed the flying carpet coming back by days!! I heard it was back the weekend after we were there. Bummer but still a really good show. The kids were cracking Genie jokes for days afterward -- both boys have steel-trap brains for those jokes.

By then our FPs for RSR were finally up!! We waited a little longer than the morning and I was able to take a couple photos -- none of the ride, just my kids!




And then we were off on our second ride, which was almost a carbon copy of the first -- same color car, same Ramone's shop. My hair still doing the same wild thing in the picture.


After that we stayed in Carsland because we had someone special to to see (no, not the mystery guest). We have a friend, Marilyn, who used to live over here near us and moved to SoCal about 4 years ago to fulfill her lifelong dream of working at Disneyland. She was the one who got us in special to see Tinkerbell in our 2009 trip, and got me and my BFF in with comp tickets on our Christmas trip. But this was her very last day as a CM -- she is starting her own business. We had Facebooked before leaving and knew she would be with Lightning/Mater outside the Cozy Cone.



We were probably the only guests in Carsland that day who wanted a picture with the character attendant and not the cars

She gave us all Celebrating buttons and a special birthday button for DS8. I was glad we got to see her there before she left. (I'm sure we'll see her again -- she lives right near my parents and her DH still works for Disneyland -- we'll see him later!)

After Marilyn, we were ready for a snack, and the Cozy Cone was convenient. DS8 wanted churro bites, and the other kids and I had ice cream (which was of course the only Cone with a line!) Marilyn was able to come chat with us a little as we ate.

We got in line for Luigi's even though the line looked like it could be up to 40 minutes.




Thankfully, I have a very time-conscious DS16, who did the math and realized our Tower of Terror FPs would expire if the line was that long. The older 3 and I got out of line to go to ToT (DH was staying with no-ToT-fan-DS8) Just as we were out of the queue, we heard them announce that Luigi's was down. We figured DH and DS8 would find something to do.




You've got to know DD10 to know that -- once again -- I am not the world's worst mother. She has been on this ride (at WDW and DLR) about 5 times and screams her head off every time. But she loves it. Little thrill junkie!

While we rode ToT, DH and DS8 did the bumper cars (Tuck and Roll -- I love them in Bug's Life -- "You're fired!!") and met us at the ToT exit.

We wandered over to Monster's Inc. and got in line. The parks were starting to get hot and crowded and I thought it would be a fairly fast-moving line given that it has high capacity and is a fast loader.


In line, we found some snacks for always-hungry DS16. "Sugar, Salt, and Fat" is pretty much a staple of the teenage diet whether you're a monster or a human, right?

We ended up waiting about 25 minutes, which was a lot longer than I wanted or expected. We did have the bonus of getting stopped right in front of Roz at the end for a couple minutes. She kept up the jokes the whole time.

At that point we decided it was time to leave the park. It was about 3:45 and I knew we had a 5:00 reservation at Goofy's Kitchen. We walked through the special GCH entrance to go back to the PPH for a little bit.

I will leave it there before we go to dinner because I have quite a few character photos from Goofy's.

PHXscuba

p.s. I have been working on this installment all day on and off, so I hope it doesn't read as choppily as it was created!

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Hi again,

I have never had a line that long at Monsters Inc. I would wait for it. I love Roz! Your kids are so cute!
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Hi again,

I have never had a line that long at Monsters Inc. I would wait for it. I love Roz! Your kids are so cute!
The queue spilled outside, which I don't remember seeing before. I was hoping we'd get into shade/air conditioning quicker.

And sometime my kids are cute ... sometimes they're just plain Goofy!

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