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Old 04-21-2013, 09:31 AM   #46
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When is your next trip to Disneyland? Are you going during your next cruise? The line is amazing. I should have taken more photos but it was literally a walk on. That morning was great but I like to move a little slower in general. There's always next time.

I also love the new Partners statue. I can't wait to go back and visit Buena Vista St. and take a big bite out of DCA.
Less than 4 weeks now. We have 4 nights in Southern California. We will spend the first night at the Grand Californian and then the other three with our friends in Seal Beach. I will spend the Friday at California Adventure by myself and then on the Saturday, we will go to Disneyland with our friends. Sunday we will spend with our friends and Monday we get on the Disney Wonder. I have just bought my ticket for Disneyland this morning.

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:32 AM   #47
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Less than 4 weeks now. We have 4 nights in Southern California. We will spend the first night at the Grand Californian and then the other three with our friends in Seal Beach. I will spend the Friday at California Adventure by myself and then on the Saturday, we will go to Disneyland with our friends. Sunday we will spend with our friends and Monday we get on the Disney Wonder. I have just bought my ticket for Disneyland this morning.

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Seal Beach? I've got dear friends who live in Seal Beach. We were just there during this Disneyland trip. Spend a few days there. I love Seal. I bought this great lighthouse for my mantle in one of the little shops. I grew up going to all of those bars on Main, good times. Love Hennesey's. Walt's Wharf has the best oak grilled artichoke ever and there's a new place called 320 Main that looks great. And I can't leave out the breakfast burritos at Nick's. So good. I'm defenity in for your report.

Love the Grand too. It's so gorgeous. I'm excited to hear all about your trip.

Is your cruise to Mexico?
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #48
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Our friends live pretty much across the road from the Naval Weapons Station.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:18 PM   #49
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Our friends live pretty much across the road from the Naval Weapons Station.

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Very cool! I'm jealous. I love Seal Beach. The Ruby's on the pier closed.

Small small world. My friend lives just off Main St and Ocean, off 5th.
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For a little place, Seal Beach sure gets around!

Another fan of Seal Beach and Walt's here.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #51
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For a little place, Seal Beach sure gets around!

Another fan of Seal Beach and Walt's here.

It sure does. It's a great little beach town, easy to park, great little bars and restaurants. Good times. Walts clam chowder is awesome too. On this Disneyland trip I had a bowl of chowder and an artichoke. It was heavenly. I should have done a full vacation report.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:48 PM   #52
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When I left you we were heading out of Disneyland and to the DLH. Everyone was beat by this time. Truly beat. I had been texting with Alison as we had plans to meet up before our dinner. I had to change the time to about a half hour later due to the kids being exhausted. Can't keep up with the old folks. In all honesty, I'd nap if I could but I sleep poorly in general and during the middle of the day? No way. LOL!

We headed out of Disneyland and into DTD. Walking out of the park and into DTD seems less painful than walking out of the area completely unless its the final walk out and in that case it's very sad. But I was far from sad. The weather had been a mix of clouds and bright sunshine. DH and I don't nap much so we decided we'd head to the pool while the kids napped.

On our way back to the Disneyland Hotel:



We got to the room, the same one Sadee and I had on our birthday trip and called bell services. Our bags were up in no time. I can't believe how on top of it the DLH was especially during the peak of Spring Break. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

Once we got our swimsuits on the girls crashed out and Joshua decided to come swim with us. He's no dummy , he knows when he hangs out with us it's a good time. We left the girls with water bottles and a few snacks. Chloe has a seizure disorder that requires she rest when she feels like she's wearing down. I'm glad Gabby was tired too so they could rest together. Sweet sisters. This is what our hotel looked like mid afternoon:




We went down to the pool and all I can say is wow. They did a great job with the new pool. I was so impressed. The pool wasn't full at all and we grabbed three lounge chairs and an umbrella. I didn't bring my camera because I just wanted to chill but I did get a few pics with my phone.

Of course the pool calls for cocktails. I mean how could we not? I ordered a Mai Tai, Michael got a margarita, and Joshua got the virgin piña colava. We were happy campers.

Michael's first margarita:



Joshua and I walked around and got some photos. The outdoor fireplace:



I really wish we had a full pool day in addition to our park day. I really enjoy my resort time.

The Monorail slide:



And the iconic signage. Love love love:



See the mix of clouds and sunshine? That's how it was all day. It was great park weather.

We all sat in the hot tub and it was fabulous. We didn't really swim, just chatted and relaxed. It was a perfect afternoon.

Michael had another margarita and it looked just like the first. The 3rd also looked like the first. My honey was buzzed and we had a blast.

I walked Joshua back up to the room as he wanted to shower. I came back down and ordered another drink.

We also decided we may need a small bite so we ordered the Chinese chicken salad to take up to the room so every one could have a few bites if they were hungry. Although we were headed to 1901 and were going to dinner right after, I wanted them to have pre-dinner hunger pains. Hahaha!



It was getting to be that time. We had plans to meet Alison, Fran, and their friend at 1901 in DCA about 4:45. We had dinner reservations for Michael's birthday dinner at Club 33 at 6:15. We were feeling like Disney royalty. I am so grateful for the generosity bestowed upon us.

On the way up to the room I wanted to check out Trader Sam's. If you order a certain drink the Tikis come alive. I didn't need another drink but wanted to check it out so we popped our heads in. It's really cool and I could easily spend an evening in there:




To be continued........




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You're leaving us hanging about 1901 and Club 33. Can't wait to read about your reaction and the family's!

The pool looks great!
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You're leaving us hanging about 1901 and Club 33. Can't wait to read about your reaction and the family's!

The pool looks great!


I have so many photos from both that I'm going to need probably two uninterrupted hours to write each of them. Chloe was our photographer and did a great job. She captured so much which was great.

Their reactions to both were awesome. They actually knew about 1901. We gave them the option to stay at the room, go to the parks, or come with us. I knew they'd choose to join us. I was so excited there was no way they'd miss out. In general they kind of figure I'm their mom and I might know a little about some things but when it comes to Disney and vacations they know they'll have a better time sticking with me than venturing on their own for more than a ride or two..This night did not disappoint.

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In general they kind of figure I'm their mom and I might know a little about some things but when it comes to Disney and vacations they know they'll have a better time sticking with me than venturing on their own for more than a ride or two..This night did not disappoint.

I think my teens are finally figuring this out too. We had told them they might be able to split off for awhile on our recent trip, but we were all having so much fun they never even asked!

Kinda nice when they believe Mom is an expert ... even if it's just in this one area!

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p.s. I also can't wait to see the reactions!
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What a great afternoon I can't wait to hear what comes next!
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I am glad that you got some down time. The Margaritas looked great. I do love Trader Sam's, but have never been inside.

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I think my teens are finally figuring this out too. We had told them they might be able to split off for awhile on our recent trip, but we were all having so much fun they never even asked!

Kinda nice when they believe Mom is an expert ... even if it's just in this one area!

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p.s. I also can't wait to see the reactions!


Its amazing when they finally realize we aren't total dorks. It's also nice for them to verbalize that we may actually know something. Thats nice that you all stayed together. I think your kids are a little younger than mine.

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What a great afternoon I can't wait to hear what comes next!

It really was such a great afternoon. As I type this report, I can't believe everything we experienced in just one day.

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I am glad that you got some down time. The Margaritas looked great. I do love Trader Sam's, but have never been inside.

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It was pretty crowded and really neat inside. I'd love to have an afternoon there. That big deck area is nice too and the lanterns were cool. I need a trip to the DLH or at least to be ale to send a full day.
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Finally caught up!

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[CENTER]When I left you we were heading out of Disneyland and to the DLH. Everyone was beat by this time. Truly beat. I had been texting with Alison as we had plans to meet up before our dinner. I had to change the time to about a half hour later due to the kids being exhausted. Babies.

We headed out of Disneyland and into DTD. Walking out of the park and into DTD seems less painful than walking out of the area completely unless its the final walk out and in that case it's very sad. But I was far from sad. The weather had been a mix of clouds and bright sunshine. DH and I don't nap much so we decided we'd head to the pool while the kids napped.
I have to admit that surprised me. I can't imagine kids napping while at Disney if you are only there for one day! The pool now...that's another story.

I really want to visit Tiki Sam's.

I really want to do a surprise trip, it's been a while. I love surprise trips! Or just surprised in general. Loving the many many you have packed into one day.

So...did you guys have lunch or just early pastries and then breakfast? I feel like I missed lunch,....

Great morning but oh that family, they should have listened to you! You were robbed a few rides

I completely agree with you, the cart pastries are BLEH.
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I have to admit that surprised me. I can't imagine kids napping while at Disney if you are only there for one day! The pool now...that's another story.

I really want to visit Tiki Sam's.

I really want to do a surprise trip, it's been a while. I love surprise trips! Or just surprised in general. Loving the many many you have packed into one day.

So...did you guys have lunch or just early pastries and then breakfast? I feel like I missed lunch,....

Great morning but oh that family, they should have listened to you! You were robbed a few rides

I completely agree with you, the cart pastries are BLEH.


You missed breakfast. It's on page 3. We ate a proper breakfast at the Riverbelle. Gotta have pancakes. We skipped lunch and had snacks and that salad and of course the fruit in my drinks count as food right? I always pack a ton of food. We had jerky and fruit etc....they snacked but I did kind of starve them so they'd pig out at Club 33.

They slept. They know they're going back. I've made it too easy for them. I'm glad they slept though. It made the meet and long dinner so enjoyable as everyone was awake and engaged. Chloe will seize if she doesn't get enough rest so I never balk when she wants to nap. And let's be honest, less kids = less money + a better time. Does that sound bad? I'm teasing of course. I love when we're all together but also understand a little away time is good too.

I got robbed! But like them I'll know I'll be back. We haven't made up our minds about APs yet. I'm waiting for the inevitable AP price increase before I get serious about pressuring Michael into a December holiday trip.

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