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Old 04-17-2013, 03:34 PM   #916
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We think we’ll go for a walk outside now
Disneyland is calling our names
Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!

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Just as I stated in the song, this is our last Disney day.
The second most worst day of a vacation.

You know it's coming to an end, but you're trying not to think about it.... but you have to get to bed early 'cause you have to catch an early flight and you still haven't packed and maybe you can squeeze in one more ride on Dumbo and.... but you're still not thinking about it.

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Our Disney plan for today is to start at Disneyland, then hop (because that’s what us bunnies do) on over to DCA;
That makes sense.

The hopping part, I have no idea if the rest makes sense.

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Hope Lady H is good and rested, and her feet are up to the task.
They look better from the photos.

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We have never been to rope drop at any of the WDW parks, but gee Wally, we want to make it to rope drop here.
Okay, Beaver.

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Unless you count the times we’ve made it to the parks before rope drop to attend character breakfasts, then we’ve made it 3 times.
Nope. Doesn't count. Keep trying!

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It’s the usual morning routine for us.
Oh, I know this one! It's where "we" make the coffee, right?

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Up early, showered, dressed, hyped up on coffee and we’re out the door to the bus.
Gus.
Don't forget your ID, Lee.

oops, getting ahead of myself here...

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As long as we can get to the shuttle stop, past the vice squad, and through the cattle prod before 9, we’ll have made it to our first ever rope drop.
They use cattle prods on bunnies?


Actually, I'm okay with that.

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Good way to begin the ending of our vacation.
Didn't you also end the beginning of your vacation this way?

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Half a Billion visitors? Couldn't they swing some free tix for loyal Disboards members? Really, it'd be just a drop in the bucket, right?

Right?

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9:00 am and we hear music, but not from the source we were hoping for.
As long as it's not accompanied by your life flashing in front of your eyes, it's okay.

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Yup we hop on the Disneyland Railroad and hope the train picks us up on the way to Frontierland.
a hop and a hope?

But if you're already on the train, why are you hoping to be picked up?

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We’re some of the first people to make it to Frontierland.
Score! This shows that you should always listen to Nebo for Disney advice.... except for the pain & injury parts of course.

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The sign said to please visit other “spirited” attractions in New Orleans Square.

There’s spirits at DL? I must’ve missed them because I didn’t see any place to buy spirits. I’ve seen plenty at DCA, but none here. That’s why we bring our own.
Maybe they thought Nebo was visiting and would have a spare Sunny D?

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Over the house and through the woods to the log ride we go.
Different wolf... but I'll let it go.

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Literally.
Really? You scaled a house in flip flops?

Color me impressed.

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Once we make it to the front of the queue we wait all of 30 seconds to get on this ride.
What? Oh, the ignominy!

After scaling houses in flip flops I would be incensed to be made to wait any time at all. I trust your ride photo showed you both with your noses pointed firmly up in the air!

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After Splash, we head on over to BTMRR. We haven’t done this attraction yet, but you can see it there in the background.
Oh!

Ha, ha! I just assumed it was your pointy head! My bad.

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Now does this look like a dumb wife to you? She’s actually enjoying this coaster.
I think BTMRR is Disney at it's absolute best. They made a coaster that practically everyone can enjoy. From rabid coaster fan to nervous Nellie's and everyone in between.

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We thought we would make this our must do picture every trip. Nebo has his rocking chair, we have our elephant.
I like it!

But.... I just can't leave it alone. Here ya go.



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Ok, now this is turning into the cookie cutter TR.
Notice of copyright infringement. Please cease and desist immediately or risk getting photoshopped in a particularly unpleasant way.


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Next we went here and next we went there.
Where?!? Where??????

OMG I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU WENT NEXT!!!!!



sorry.

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With as low as the crowds were in the morning, we were just breezing through DL again.
See in Florida you'd have a hurricane instead of a breeze, so consider yourselves lucky.

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I can hear California Screamin’ calling my name.
So that's what that was! I could faintly hear: "Mike... Mike... come here Mike..."

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Lady H on the other hand is ignoring the call and stalling for time.
Not so dumb-wife, huh?

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“If I were King of Disney. Not queen, not duke, not prince. KING.”
I'll take Emperor then... or perhaps "Supreme Ruler and Overlord".


Too much?


Nah.

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Tried as I might, I could not get the sword to budge.
Try Viagra.

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I told Lady H to give it try. Maybe she’ll have more luck than I did. If she does, I hope she at least lets me sleep in the castle and not with the Abominable Snowman inside the Matterhorn.
If she's interested enough to try and get the sword to budge and has more luck with it, then she probably won't make you sleep with the Abominable Snowman.


I could be wrong.

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Come on Lady H, put your back into it.
Whoo, boy. We're really starting to skirt the edges here....

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Oh!

That's what you meant!

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Goodbye cruel world, I’m off to join circus.
Wait! You have to finish the TR first!

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Well actually I need to post an additional chapter.
<phew!>

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I’ve almost reached my picture limit on this one. Just jump to the next chapter when you’re done here. Or you can do it the easy way like I did and just use your mouse to scroll down.
Nah, I like a challenge. I jumped.

Hurt myself a little, though.

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If you’ve never dined at CRT, before each princess comes into the room, they are announced right before they make their appearance.
We have done CRT (about 8 (8!!) years ago). I don't remember them announcing them though. They might have, but I don't remember and it feels like they didn't.

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Well D’Sis needs to learn her characters. When they announced Princess Aurora, D’Sis said “Who’s Princess Aurora?’
Thank goodness, she was DD8's (at the time) favorite princess. I remember when she told me her favorite was Aurora... I didn't know who that was either.

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It was mean, but Lady H and I started laughing at her.
Note to self. No dinners with the Bunnies unless humiliation is on the menu.

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Lady H askes her “you don’t know who Princess Aurora is? She’s Sleeping Beauty.” D’Sis responds “She has a name?” Needless to say this one of the many things we will not ever let her forget.
Needless to say, I'm on your D'Sis's side!

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Now we have to climb more stairs to get into the castle.
Hmmm.... pretty sure at WDW there's an elevator. Could be wrong.

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After touring the castle, what Disney vacation would be complete without a picture in front of the castle?
Apparently a pkondz family vacation. I'm pretty sure I never took one!

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It’s starting to get hot again. Not as hot as Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s a tad bit cooler, but hot enough to melt your Dole Whip.
mmmm.... boy I could go for one of those right now... at Disney of course.

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On the way there, Lady H stops to pose with one of her all time favorite characters. Mary Poppins just so happened to be there as well.
I don't know what it is... but everytime I see a Mary Poppins and Bert... I always buy the Mary Poppins... but not the Bert character. Maybe D van D is just too iconic for me.

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As we were walking on Main Street, we come across a glass shop that engraves glasses, mugs and will sell you a $5k replica of the castle.
At first I read that as a "five dollar" replica... I thought, "Hey, that's a pretty good deal!"

Whoops!

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$10k if you want the bigger one.
And really... if you've got the money, wouldn't you want the bigger one?
Bigger is better right?

Now how'd we get back on this topic again???

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MY ID! It’s missing. I take everything out of my lanyard pouch now and nope, no ID.
R'uh r'oh!

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Now I’m sure we’ve all been through this at some point. Panic sets in.


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She asked if I really need it.
Ya know. It wouldn't matter to me if I needed it right then or not. I'd just be in a panic to find it!

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On our way out, we got a little side tracked again. Something really caught our attention and was really quite interesting.

Come back and I’ll show you.
Oh. Like the missing ID wasn't enough of a cliff hanger for ya?


Thanks for the chapter, Mike!
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BEST PHOTOSHOP EVER!!! I would have that framed (if it was me of course) and I would call it "Soarin' over California"
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Whew! I've been a little MIA recently. I've been working on a major project at work. A Prescription Drug Abuse/Awareness Summit. And unfortunately, it requires me to work, at work. Most days I barely have time for lunch, let alone anything else. I finally have a moment of peace. I may have spoke too soon.

So before I get interrupted again.

Great job honey! I think you did this chapter justice. I know you are working on the next one so I will try to make this quick.

Did anyone notice I was wearing my "Thumper" T-shirt in the pictures?

My feet were still a little swollen at this point. but nothing like they were before. The hot tub and pool and rest the day before really helped.

We found it absolutely amazing how fast we were able to get on certain rides that morning. Even with the throngs of people that were coming in at the same time we were, ride lines weren't that bad.

We only really did one side of the park. By the time we got to the Castle, we could see the masses starting to head towards tomorrowland and figured we would skip it this morning. If we had a chance later in the evening then we would do anything we missed then.

The parks are always so peaceful first thing in the morning. Everyone rushes to go to certain areas, so those are the best times for pictures. We definitely learned something from Nebo and Smidgy.

Speaking of...I hope they are doing well. We were seeing on the news last night that parts of Chicago are under water at the moment. Maybe it's a good thing they are in Orlando.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:09 AM   #919
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Did anyone notice I was wearing my "Thumper" T-shirt in the pictures? [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
D'oh!! No! And there it is plain as day.

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Speaking of...I hope they are doing well. We were seeing on the news last night that parts of Chicago are under water at the moment. Maybe it's a good thing they are in Orlando.
Just saw that on another thread. Hopefully they've got someone watching the house for them. Preferably someone with a pump!
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Ding Ding Ding! You want to know what's even funnier? When T-Man sent me the link to video, to let me know what he was thinking for the intro for this chapter. I saw the title and automatically started singing it in my head. I KNEW THE SONG! OMG! I don't think i should have said that out loud...


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The second most worst day of a vacation.

You know it's coming to an end, but you're trying not to think about it.... but you have to get to bed early 'cause you have to catch an early flight and you still haven't packed and maybe you can squeeze in one more ride on Dumbo and.... but you're still not thinking about it.
I couldn't agree more!



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That makes sense.

The hopping part, I have no idea if the rest makes sense.
It doesn't matter. As long as part of it makes sense, the rest just comes in to fill the void.



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They look better from the photos.




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Okay, Beaver.
I'm so glad someone caught that!


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Nope. Doesn't count. Keep trying!
Shoot! Oh...OK...



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Oh, I know this one! It's where "we" make the coffee, right?
Very good Ponzi. You get a gold star!




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They use cattle prods on bunnies?
Only when we don't behave.



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Didn't you also end the beginning of your vacation this way?
Yeah, but since its the beginning of the end, we figured what better way to end it then on a beginners note.



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Half a Billion visitors? Couldn't they swing some free tix for loyal Disboards members? Really, it'd be just a drop in the bucket, right?

Right?
I'm with you...I don't think it would be that big of a deal.

Of course it may be now, seeing as they have a lawsuit on their hands regarding some of the major attractions and the safety of them for workers.



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As long as it's not accompanied by your life flashing in front of your eyes, it's okay.
Um...no. At least not at this exact moment. The trip's not over yet, so who knows what can happen.


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Score! This shows that you should always listen to Nebo for Disney advice.... except for the pain & injury parts of course.
Of course. I am so glad we listened to their advice too. It was great to get there ahead of the crowd. Felt a little odd though. Almost like the park was empty.


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Really? You scaled a house in flip flops?

Color me impressed.
Well I wasn't about to go back to the hotel just to get my hiking boots. It's too far and too hot!

What color would that be exactly?



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What? Oh, the ignominy!

After scaling houses in flip flops I would be incensed to be made to wait any time at all. I trust your ride photo showed you both with your noses pointed firmly up in the air!
Nope...Mine looked more like this:

T-Man's probably looked something like this:



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I think BTMRR is Disney at it's absolute best. They made a coaster that practically everyone can enjoy. From rabid coaster fan to nervous Nellie's and everyone in between.
Even dumb wives!



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I like it!

But.... I just can't leave it alone. Here ya go.




And that was a smiley re-inactment of my reaction to the photoshop.

WE'VE BEEN PONZIED!

I love it! And actually, the first thing i thought of when I saw that was the carousel scene in Mary Poppins, right before her big win at the horse races. For some reason that just made me think of that.


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Where?!? Where??????

OMG I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU WENT NEXT!!!!!



sorry.
Calm down. Everything is going to be OK...We'll find them. I promise.

Completely off topic and I have no idea why I'm thinking about this now...but true and funny story:

When I was a little girl, my mom would play a game with me called "go find Heather." and I would search everywhere to find her and eventually find her in the mirror or mom would find me, and we would laugh. I think this was her way of keeping me occupied while she actually did some house cleaning or resting. Well one day, I couldn't find Heather. I looked everywhere and finally stopped in the middle of the room and cried. When mom came to ask what was wrong, my reply was..."I'm lost!"

Ok. back to your regularly scheduled TR.




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So that's what that was! I could faintly hear: "Mike... Mike... come here Mike..."
I've noticed those whispers come a-callin' quite frequently when we are at the theme parks. They usually consist of some crazy ride or beverage.



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Not so dumb-wife, huh?
Yeah...give it time...



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I'll take Emperor then... or perhaps "Supreme Ruler and Overlord".


Too much?


Nah.
Do we have to call you that in public?



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Try Viagra.
Family board. family board!!!!!



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If she's interested enough to try and get the sword to budge and has more luck with it, then she probably won't make you sleep with the Abominable Snowman.


I could be wrong.
Depends on what dumb wife stunts he tries to get me to do throughout the rest of the day.



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Whoo, boy. We're really starting to skirt the edges here....



Oh!

That's what you meant!

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FAMILY BOARD!!!!!!



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Nah, I like a challenge. I jumped.

Hurt myself a little, though.
Poor Ponzi...But all you had to do was scroll...just sayin'



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We have done CRT (about 8 (8!!) years ago). I don't remember them announcing them though. They might have, but I don't remember and it feels like they didn't.
During every announcement of the princesses, the lights get dimmed and start to twinkle and all the "princesses" in the room are asked to wave their wands (you get them when you sit down at your table). And then you have to say the magic word "Bibbity Bobbity Boo" and they announce the new princess. It was kind of fun to watch the kids. DSIL did not want to do it even though she was supposed to be the princess that day. I was "Queen" and T-Man was "King"...I found it sad that they thought we were old enough to have a daughter her age.



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Thank goodness, she was DD8's (at the time) favorite princess. I remember when she told me her favorite was Aurora... I didn't know who that was either.
I was surprised that T-Man knew to be honest.



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Note to self. No dinners with the Bunnies unless humiliation is on the menu.
It doesn't have to be on the menu...We make exceptions.



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Hmmm.... pretty sure at WDW there's an elevator. Could be wrong.
But then you wouldn't see all the cool pictures!



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Apparently a pkondz family vacation. I'm pretty sure I never took one!
You will have to correct that young man!



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mmmm.... boy I could go for one of those right now... at Disney of course.
Mmmm...Those were good. But your right. They would have to be at Disney. Where it's warm enough to practically melt it from one second to the next. I was having such a hard time keeping mine from melting all over me or the bench.



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I don't know what it is... but everytime I see a Mary Poppins and Bert... I always buy the Mary Poppins... but not the Bert character. Maybe D van D is just too iconic for me.
No one could have done Bert like DvD. For once I would love to see them in the chimney scene costumes instead, just to change it up. Maybe then I would believe it a little more. Especially with Mary Poppins touching up her face with her soot filled compact.



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At first I read that as a "five dollar" replica... I thought, "Hey, that's a pretty good deal!"

Whoops!
If only.



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Ya know. It wouldn't matter to me if I needed it right then or not. I'd just be in a panic to find it!
We usually double check that we have ID's before heading out the door. It's usually number 1 on our check list, especially if we are planning on having a couple of adult beverages later on. For some reason, we didn't even think about it this day, and just left the room. This is what we get.



Alright...I've done my TR duty, gotta get a little work done today. I'll see if I can sneak back later.
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I could get used to this. I do the chapter, Ponzi breaksdown and Lady H does the callback. Of course the TR is getting close to the end now. Better late than never?
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I could get used to this. I do the chapter, Ponzi breaksdown and Lady H does the callback. Of course the TR is getting close to the end now. Better late than never?


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The Dream Begins

"I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with 'expressing' myself with obscure creative impressions." (Walt Disney)





These are just a couple of the hidden treasures we stumbled upon. To find these hidden treasures, we must go back to the start. Waaaaayyyy back.

The date was Sunday August 26, 2012. It was the 2nd day of our DLR vacation, and our first park day at DL. If you recall in our “Taking Advantage of EMH” chapter; Lady H and I had a one time perk of an Early Magic Hour and we chose to use it on this day.

From this day, I showed you a picture. Ok I showed you several pictures. I’m going to post one of them again in this chapter. This particular picture is of the Disneyland Opera House. The DOH is located towards the entrance of the park. It’s to your right as you’re walking in, your left as you’re walking out; or you can pick if it’s to your left or right if you’re dyslexic. The DOH was not yet open during our EMH hour. We only had 2 lands we could visit during this time: Tomorrowland & Fantasyland. DOH would open with the rest of the park at the official park opening time.

Here it is again: The Disneyland Opera House.


After I discovered that I didn’t have my ID with me, Lady H and I head back towards the entrance. I want to go back to the resort first to see if I left it there. If not, then we’ll come back to DL and see if any has by some chance turned it into Lost & Found. If it's not at either place, then I'll guess I'll have to head back to the resort and head out. I won't be able to board the plane without it. Good thing I still have the rental car. At least I have a way to get home. Lady H on the other hand can still board the plane and fly home if she wanted to.

Now that I think about it, may not be such a bad thing. I can make a pit stop in Vegas. I'll have a hefty fee though, for returning the car to a different location.

As we get to the front of the park, we notice the DOH is now open. Not a lot of people going in. We haven’t been in here yet, and since it wasn’t that busy, we decided to go in. I’ve been without my ID this long, surely I can wait a little bit longer.

We walk in with the intent of seeing/hearing the Voices of Liberty and to see what Great Moments Mr. Lincoln was going to talk about.

As you walk in, this is one of the first things you see.



The inscription on the plaque reads ”The actual park bench from the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles where Walt Disney first dreamed of Disneyland.”

We make our way to the right and come upon some more Disneyland history. I think we stumbled upon a mini Disneyland museum here. There are models, drawings, paintings and pictures of how Disneyland came to be.





One of the pictures from this collage look familiar?


INSPIRATION: Walt Disney loved trains - a passion he shared with Disney animator Ward Kimball. He even built a scale model locomotive in his backyard and dubbed it the Lilly Belle, after his wife Lillian. To Walt, trains meant adventure, excitement, and the optimism of America. And although his for a new kind of “family park” would change many times, one thing was always certain - it would be surrounded by a train.”

Lady H and I found all these to be fascinating. It’s as if you’re right there with Walt as he’s dreaming of this magical place.






How would you have liked to go to DL back when it first opened for only 10 cents? If you look at the ticket in the front right hand corner, it says "EXCHANGE FOR ONE 10 CENTS ADMISSION." (I had to spell out cents, because there is no sense symbol on the keyboard, You would think it would make cents to add it.)


Some of the tickets in this picture are up to 35 cents.


Of course it would’ve been a little more than that. Back then you had to trade your ticket for a choice of the following:

Main Street
Tomorrowland
Fantasyland

You didn’t pay one price like you do today, to see the whole park. Then again, the little ticket stub (at the top of the most recent pic) says 60 cents. I wonder if this was the beginning of the multipark ticket? And of course, back in those days, 10 cents was a lot of money. I don’t even think you can buy a thought for 10 cents now a days. Instead of a penny for your thoughts, inflation has raised them to at least a quarter.

Ok. Out of curiosity, is there anyone on these boards that visited DL when it first opened?
Anyone visit within the first year it opened?
Anyone remember when it first opened (not necessarily visiting)?
It would be interesting to hear your thought about DL at the time.

As we looked around, we came across more artifacts stating some of the facts for some of the attractions that are still around today. And that’s a bonafide fact.

Does this one look familiar?






How about this one?


This one I found the most fascinating?


For a brief moment, I had forgotten that Walt lived at DL. How cool would it have been to live in the happiest place on earth? I wonder what I have to do for a chance to stay in the Dream Suite the Imagineers have created. I can only dream of staying in that suite. If I wish upon a star, I hope my dreams come true.

Another thing we found interesting (that was not related to DL but more to Mr. Lincoln), was a replica of the State Capitol Building.



Does anybody remember why we came in here the first place? Oh yeah. We wanted to watch the Voices of Liberty and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. We got so enthralled with the history of DL, that we never did see either one of those.

I hope you find this just as interesting as we did. If you’re ever at DL, take some time to take a ride through history with Walt and Mickey.




We spent about a half hour in here and could’ve very easily have stayed longer, there was still so much more to see. There is a matter of a possible lost ID I needed to tend to.

Lady H and I make our way back to the bus and eventually back to our resort. We climb MORE stairs and get back inside our resort. Man it’s hot in here. The darn maintenance people must have come in and turned off the a/c. I turn it back on and look at the last place I left my ID. My heart dropped and I could’ve cried. I was so happy and relieved to find out that I left it here. Now I don't have to drive home. There's goes my plan for stopping in Vegas. While we’re here, Lady H and I take some time to make a Simply Lemonade for the ride back to DL. Which is a good thing we did. We had a little bit of a wait at the bus stop. By the time the bus came I had finished my Simply Lemonade. By the time we had to go through security again, Lady H finished hers. Talk about timing.

We’re done with DL for the moment. We’ll have to eventually go back for the shot glasses, but I can still hear the call of California Screamin’, which Lady H will take you through.

I think.

She’s been really busy at work lately and I hog the computer at night. J/K. I give her about 30 minutes to do what she has to do before I scooch her over. Hey, she has a Kindle that gets internet and one of the latest and greatest smartphones. All I have is a “take me out and shoot me now” smartphone.

Ok ladies, no need to get hostile. I don’t really scooch her off the computer. I try to be fair with the computer time. Since we both work on a computer all day, sometimes neither one of us wants to turn it on when we get home.

Ramble On, And now's the time, the time is now, to sing my song.

I don’t really have a song this time, but its time I stop rambling on. I need to talk to Lady H to see if she’ll have time to live up to her end of the TR. Now that we’re getting close to the end, one of us will get another chapter up soon. Hopefully it will be her as this the last time she'll get to talk about our DLR trip. After that, you're stuck with me.

Have a great weekend all.
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Your walk through the Opera House was cool! Nothing like a little Walt Disney to get your Disney geek on.

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Very good Ponzi. You get a gold star!
Oh boy! I haven't gotten one of those since the 4th grade.



so... it's been a while.

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They use cattle prods on bunnies?
Only when we don't behave.
So.... often then.

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Color me impressed.
What color would that be exactly?
Puce. With a hint of ochre.

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I love it! And actually, the first thing i thought of when I saw that was the carousel scene in Mary Poppins, right before her big win at the horse races. For some reason that just made me think of that.
Good. 'Cause I thought the same thing.

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When I was a little girl, my mom would play a game with me called "go find Heather." and I would search everywhere to find her and eventually find her in the mirror or mom would find me, and we would laugh. I think this was her way of keeping me occupied while she actually did some house cleaning or resting. Well one day, I couldn't find Heather. I looked everywhere and finally stopped in the middle of the room and cried. When mom came to ask what was wrong, my reply was..."I'm lost!"
Love it!

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I'll take Emperor then... or perhaps "Supreme Ruler and Overlord".
Do we have to call you that in public?
Yes. Of course.

In private too.


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Nah, I like a challenge. I jumped.

Hurt myself a little, though.
Poor Ponzi...But all you had to do was scroll...just sayin'
I've told you... I don't scroll, I sashay.


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During every announcement of the princesses, the lights get dimmed and start to twinkle and all the "princesses" in the room are asked to wave their wands (you get them when you sit down at your table). And then you have to say the magic word "Bibbity Bobbity Boo" and they announce the new princess.
They definitely did not do that. I just remember having breakfast and every now and then a Princess (or Mary Poppins) would show up at your table and bother us while we were trying to eat. Well the DDs didn't seem to mind, so I guess it's okay.
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From this day, I showed you a picture. Ok I showed you several pictures. I’m going to post one of them again in this chapter. This particular picture is of the Disneyland Opera House.
Yup. I remember that one.

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It’s to your right as you’re walking in, your left as you’re walking out; or you can pick if it’s to your left or right if you’re dyslexic.
If you turn around to see where you came in as you entered, it's to your left and if you turn around for one last look at the castle before you leave it's to your right. If you're Nebo and you've had a few too many Sunny Ds, it's somewhere over your head as you lay prone on the pavement. After you leave Disney and fly back to your homes, it's below you.

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Now that I think about it, may not be such a bad thing. I can make a pit stop in Vegas. I'll have a hefty fee though, for returning the car to a different location.
Who cares about the fee? Your winnings will take care of that.

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We haven’t been in here yet, and since it wasn’t that busy, we decided to go in. I’ve been without my ID this long, surely I can wait a little bit longer.
Man, I just could not do that. If Ruby suggested a pit stop on the way out, I'd be, "Okay, See ya! Bye!"

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As you walk in, this is one of the first things you see.



The inscription on the plaque reads ”The actual park bench from the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles where Walt Disney first dreamed of Disneyland.”
That is just about the coolest thing ever. Man that is History right there! Imagine him sitting there, watching his girls on the Merry-Go-Round and idly dreaming about how he could do something like that himself. It just boggles the mind, doesn't it?

I presume it's roped off, but even if it wasn't, I don't know if I could sit on it. It would seem almost... I dunno sacrilegious?

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Lady H and I found all these to be fascinating. It’s as if you’re right there with Walt as he’s dreaming of this magical place.
It's all pretty cool. And I can't wait to show the DDs Neuschwanstein castle and now I have an extra bit of trivia for them.

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How would you have liked to go to DL back when it first opened for only 10 cents?
Nope. Looked up in Wiki. Apparently they referred to that day as Black Sunday. Not an all round great day apparently.

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If you look at the ticket in the front right hand corner, it says "EXCHANGE FOR ONE 10 CENTS ADMISSION." (I had to spell out cents, because there is no sense symbol on the keyboard, You would think it would make cents to add it.)
¢ signor.

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Of course it would’ve been a little more than that. Back then you had to trade your ticket for a choice of the following:

Main Street
Tomorrowland
Fantasyland

You didn’t pay one price like you do today, to see the whole park.
So they must've had ticket booths or ticket takers at the entrance to the lands. Can you say 'bottleneck'?

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I don’t even think you can buy a thought for 10 cents now a days. Instead of a penny for your thoughts, inflation has raised them to at least a quarter.
Nah. My thoughts are still worth only a penny. Actually, they're pretty much worthless, really.

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Ok. Out of curiosity, is there anyone on these boards that visited DL when it first opened?
Anyone visit within the first year it opened?
Anyone remember when it first opened (not necessarily visiting)?
It would be interesting to hear your thought about DL at the time.
Nope. Before my time.

But....

I do remember watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" (on a black and white TV with rabbit ears antenna) and watching an episode where they were showing what Disneyworld was going to be like. It was either just before it opened or just after. That got me (and my DSis) all excited about going to see it. We finally did about 6 years later, not too long before EPCOT opened up, so there was just the one park.

Back then you could refer to MK as Disneyworld.... and you'd be right!

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Does this one look familiar?
Space Mountain?
No, wait! EE?

jk. I know it's POC.



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For a brief moment, I had forgotten that Walt lived at DL. How cool would it have been to live in the happiest place on earth? I wonder what I have to do for a chance to stay in the Dream Suite the Imagineers have created. I can only dream of staying in that suite. If I wish upon a star, I hope my dreams come true.
I've wondered if it would be a good thing or not. How great to be the last person in the park... and the first person too! But.... I don't really want to see Main Street with workers all over it replacing bulbs, etc. Takes away some of the magic for me.

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Does anybody remember why we came in here the first place? Oh yeah. We wanted to watch the Voices of Liberty and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. We got so enthralled with the history of DL, that we never did see either one of those.
But I don't blame you. That was all really interesting.

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I hope you find this just as interesting as we did.


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The darn maintenance people must have come in and turned off the a/c. I turn it back on and look at the last place I left my ID. My heart dropped and I could’ve cried.
Usually when people describe "heart dropped" it means a bad thing has happened. Then you add in you could've cried. Plus you mention someone was in your room.....

But glad to hear (minus the disappointment of Vegas) that you found it.

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We’re done with DL for the moment. We’ll have to eventually go back for the shot glasses, but I can still hear the call of California Screamin’, which Lady H will take you through.

I think.
I foresee hearing the lament of the "dumb wife".

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I give her about 30 minutes to do what she has to do before I scooch her over.
Seems fair to me.

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Ok ladies, no need to get hostile. I don’t really scooch her off the computer.
Noticed how you only apologized to the "ladies" there.

You knew that all the guys are going, "Yeah! All right, man. You show her! You the MAN!!" All while puffing out our chests and strutting self-importantly to and fro.... until our DWs tell us to settle down, get the dishes done and get off the computer 'cause they want to use it....


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Have a great weekend all.
Thanks Mike, thanks for the chapter!
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Will Thumper Man jump in the car and head out?

Will Lady H ride California Screamin by herself?

Maybe they are staying at Hotel California, and they can never leave!

Stay tuned!
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Lady H,
Totally off topic here but my son came home from an anime convention the other night and this one of the pins he bought and was proudly wearing:



I immediately thought of you! Had to share. I'm slowly getting caught up on all my subscribed threads after my DIS absence but every time I think I've caught up I find everyone has posted again. Still loving your TR!
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Terrific pix, T-man! My hubby would be all over that exhibit. The one time we made it out to DLR we had very limited time (one afternoon/evening in MK), so we didn't see many things like this. He has a big collections of books on Walt, the parks, etc, so I'm sure he's seen pix of all these... but to see the actual items and models, he would love it!!

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