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Old 08-01-2013, 09:24 AM   #3001
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What fun updates! Your meal experience at BB looked wonderful. We have only eaten there once but really enjoyed it. Very nice family pictures there as well. It is strange to go from there to the bright sunshine outside.

It was nice that your DM and DA to hold spots for the firework. I always enjoy your pictures. The second shot in Part 7 was outstanding! and your Tinkerbell picture really captured her well!

Sounds like you are having a busy night with Fantasmic coming up and FPs for Splash Mountain.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:32 PM   #3002
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What fun updates! Your meal experience at BB looked wonderful. We have only eaten there once but really enjoyed it. Very nice family pictures there as well. It is strange to go from there to the bright sunshine outside.

It was nice that your DM and DA to hold spots for the firework. I always enjoy your pictures. The second shot in Part 7 was outstanding! and your Tinkerbell picture really captured her well!

Sounds like you are having a busy night with Fantasmic coming up and FPs for Splash Mountain.
The food porn at BB was great and we all had a great time. I can't believe I haven't eaten at BB in a long time and it was well worth it to have dinner with my aunt, Chris and DM. We all had a great time at BB. It was a little strange from coming outside where it was bright and when we got in where it is dark. Later on it was almost dark that night when we left BB.

My aunt and DM were very nice to hold the spots for the fireworks. Mostly I am the one that holds on the spot for the fireworks but my aunt wanted me to take Chris around to do somethings before the fireworks. Glad that you are enjoying the pictures of Magical fireworks.

We are having a great night and you will find out later on during the trip report to see what we have done later that night.


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Day 2 – June 29, 2013 – Part 8

Day 2 – June 29, 2013 – Part 8

On our last update, were watching the 9:30pm Magical fireworks show. It was a nice night where it wasn’t that windy and it was clear. We had a great spot to watch the fireworks on the curb side right close to the Hub at Main Street. My aunt, DM and Chris were looking forward to Magical that night.

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That’s it for this post and I will have more pictures of Magical fireworks.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:51 PM   #3004
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I like how you captured the little girl with the princess mouse ears in your pictures.
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Lovely pics of you and your family! Dinner at BB looked yummy and the fireworks pics are great.
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I like how you captured the little girl with the princess mouse ears in your pictures.
The girl in the picture had very nice princess mouse ears.


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Lovely pics of you and your family! Dinner at BB looked yummy and the fireworks pics are great.
Thank you Angela. We all had a great time at dinner at BB.


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Old 08-02-2013, 12:18 AM   #3007
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Day 2 – June 29, 2013 – Part 9

Day 2 – June 29, 2013 – Part 9

On our last update, were watching the 9:30pm Magical fireworks show. It was a nice night where it wasn’t that windy and it was clear. We had a great spot to watch the fireworks on the curb side right close to the Hub at Main Street. My aunt, DM and Chris were looking forward to Magical that night.

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Dumbo flying in the sky








































Love the Mickey shape firework




Can’t forget about Tinkerbell again




That’s it for this post and I will have more pictures of Magical fireworks.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:47 AM   #3008
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Day 2 – June 29, 2013 – Part 10

Day 2 – June 29, 2013 – Part 10

On our last update, were watching the 9:30pm Magical fireworks show. It was a nice night where it wasn’t that windy and it was clear. We had a great spot to watch the fireworks on the curb side right close to the Hub at Main Street. My aunt, DM and Chris were looking forward to Magical that night.

Back to more pictures from Magical fireworks that night


























After Magical was over, we packed all of our stuff from my tripod, video camera and blanket in the bags. Than we head on over to Frontierland with all the other guests that were heading in that direction to see the 2nd show of Fantasmic! at 10:30pm.

It definitely took a while to walk from the Hub in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle all the way to the Rivers of America to see the 2nd show of F!. Since my aunt had the ECV and we were barely moving an inch through the crowds, it was going to be hard to get a ground sitting spot to watch F!. Plus it was really busy that night where there were more people heading on over to the ROA to see the 2nd show. Mostly when I see the 2nd show of F! after the fireworks, it is a breeze and I get to the sitting area for F! with no problem. This time could be the time where we won’t get a decent spot, so I might have to go with the other plan which I will get to shortly.

When we were walking through Frontierland towards the sitting area right by the RoA, the area was already fill up with about 30 minutes to go until F! starts at 10:30pm. The backup plan that I have mentioned to my family is to be behind the F! light towers right across from the Haunted Mansion. It was behind the F! dessert seating area which is not a bad spot to see the show from that spot. We could have watched the show from the handicapped section right across from the River Belle Terrace restaurant but the handicapped viewing area was half filled so we went towards the light tower.

This was a very nice spot to watch the show where there isn’t any spots in the sitting spot. I haven’t done the light tower trick in a long time since I mostly get the sit down spots for F!. So it was neat to try the light tower trick.



When we got our spot which was a railing spot, we talked about Magical fireworks and Chris really fell in love with Magical. She likes the part when Dumbo flew in the sky. It was very nice to see Dumbo fly that night where I didn’t see him fly during the May trip. We talked about all the different fireworks shows at DL and she has seen Magical and Remember Dreams Come True fireworks. She said that she like Magical over RDCT. My aunt said that she really enjoyed RDCT since she got to see RDCT back in January.

My aunt has been looking forward to seeing Fantasmic! ever since she saw the show with me when we watched the Disney Hollywood version over at Walt Disney World. F! at DHS is almost the same as DL where there are a few different scenes from each version. We didn’t get to see F! during the January trip since it was down for refurbishment so this was a great time to see the show with DM and Chris. Chris and DM have seen the new F! back in 2009 and they remember when the dragon had mechanical problems during that year. She said that one time during the trip that they did get to see the dragon when it was working.

For the show, I used my DSLR to take pictures of the show while I had the tripod with the video camera so I can videotape the show for my aunt, Chris and DM. We had a fine spot to watch the show.

Here are pictures from the 10:30pm Fantasmic ! show on Saturday night.


















That is it for this post and I will have more from the 10:30pm show of Fantasmic!
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:17 PM   #3009
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Hi Bret

That meal at BB looked very yummy - we didn't go there in the end as it seemed a bit expensive, but wish I had after seeing those pics

The fireworks pics are "magical"!! sorry couldnt resist. You got such clear photos of Tink and Dumbo - wonderful. I didnt know Dumbo would be coming out when we saw it so that was the amazing to me and my favourite bit of the show - made me a bit teary to be honest

I am getting excited about your D23 Expo trip as well, just being able to follow along what you do and see will be the fix I need and look forward. Thanks so much.

But for now - loving this report. Hope you are well
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:43 AM   #3010
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Hi Bret

That meal at BB looked very yummy - we didn't go there in the end as it seemed a bit expensive, but wish I had after seeing those pics

The fireworks pics are "magical"!! sorry couldnt resist. You got such clear photos of Tink and Dumbo - wonderful. I didnt know Dumbo would be coming out when we saw it so that was the amazing to me and my favourite bit of the show - made me a bit teary to be honest

I am getting excited about your D23 Expo trip as well, just being able to follow along what you do and see will be the fix I need and look forward. Thanks so much.

But for now - loving this report. Hope you are well
Hi Toni,

We had a great time eating at Blue Bayou. The food and service was outstanding and everyone had a great time. Eating at the BB is expensive but the experience is well worth it eating right by PotC and having Creole food.

Magical is a very nice fireworks show. I still prefer Remember Dreams Come True over Magical anytime. But Magical is so amazing with Dumbo flying in the sky. Thank you very much. There are times when Dumbo is not flying during Magical due to high winds. I didn't see Dumbo fly in May and we were glad that he flew during the June trip.

I am getting excited as well which we are less than 6 days away till the D23 Expo trip. Two years since the 2011 D23 Expo trip went by really quickly and now it is almost time. I have a lot of planning to do of what to see and do. I haven't done too many live trip reports lately since I am having so fun with my family members. Maybe when we are waiting in the queue's for the screenings, I will post the pictures and updates during those days.

Thank you and hope you are doing well too.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:54 AM   #3011
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I am still working on my June trip report which I am about half done and I might not get it done until the D23 Expo trip in 6 days [post= 48881547]Quick Trip with the Family during the Heat Madness - 6/28/13 to 6/30/13[/post] This trip was a fun trip with my aunt (not my DA that goes with me to DL a lot but my dad’s sister), cousin Chris and my aunt DM. This trip was an unexpected one in just a few months before the trip. This trip was all about my aunt, cousin Chris and DM where Chris and DM haven’t been to DL since 2009. My aunt was just with me at DL back in early January which is her first time in over 20 years. They all had a great time and it was great to experience some restaurants that I haven’t went to in years and go on rides that I haven’t rode on as well. We got to see the new show at DL called “Mickey and the Magical Map” at the Fantasyland Theater. We did quite a lot of rides, shows and restaurants during a busy summertime.

Now I am planning my pre-trip for August 8 – 12, 2013 during the 3rd Annual D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Cast: Me Bret 31 & DA Fae 61

This will be my fourth trip to the DLR this year (Jan. 12 – 14, May 4 – 6, & June 28 – 30). This will be my DA 2nd trip to DL this year (May 4 – 6).

This trip is all about the D23 Expo. For some of you don’t know what it is here is the website for the D23 Expo. This is the big Disney convention that any Disney fan has ever dreamed of. I have been to the first D23 Expo back in 2009 and the second D23 Expo in 2011. You can read my trip from First Trip Report DLR & D23 Expo 9/9 – 9/13 & 2nd Annual D23 Expo August 18 – 22, 2013. The 2009 D23 Expo trip was the very first Expo and it was an amazing one. The 2011 was just as great as well. I do miss the four day event which the 2009 had where the 2011 and the 2013 have 3 days. I have participated at all three Expo’s and this will be my DA 2nd time to the D23 Expo which she attended with me in 2011.

Here are some of my pics from the 1st ever D23 Expo back in 2009.

D23 Expo Sign outside the Anaheim Convention Center


D23 Expo Sign outside the Anaheim Convention Center


D23 Expo Dream Store Entrance


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion Entrance


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Posters of the attractions






Radio Disney Pavilion


2011 D23 Expo


The Wonderful World of Disney Parks & Resorts presentation


Stage 28 presentation of Buena Vista Street


Stage 23 presentation of Cars Land


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Carousel of Projects


D23 Arena Queue


The Lion King 3D Screening at the D23 Arena


Here are some merchandise that I bought during the D23 Expo in 2011




We will be driving down from Sacramento to Anaheim like my DA and I always do on our previous trips together. It is nice to fly, but I do bring a lot of bags and camera equipment so it does make sense to drive down in just 7 hours. It is not worth paying the extra money for extra bags and getting a rental car. We will be driving down in DA Honda Civic. We will stop at Livingston (close to Merced) that is always on our way to Anaheim to see my grandmother. After we stop at my grandmother house, we will head on over to Anaheim. The plan for us is to leave Thursday morning and head on over to my grandmother house at 7am. Than we will head on over to Anaheim and be there around 3pm.

We will be staying at the BW Stovalls. I have stayed at BW Stovalls in the past and it is a very nice hotel that is just across the street from the DLR and the Anaheim Convention Center. I have chosen this hotel is that it was cheaper and in between the hotel. I wanted to stay at any of the hotels that is just across from the ACC, but the price wasn’t right and I got a free night staying at BW Stovalls. I like staying at the BW Stovalls since the beds are way better than the other hotels that I have stayed.

The only time that we might be in the parks is on Thursday and Monday when we leave that day. I might be able to get on over to the parks that day. But with the D23 Expo the top priority, I might not go on any of those days during the Expo but I was able to go to the parks each night during the D23 Expo. I should have just rested up on those night after the Expo and I might not be able to go in the park except for Thursday and Monday. There is a DISer meet up at the Hearthstone Lounge at the Grand California Hotel on Thursday at 5pm which should be really fun to meet other DISers before the D23 Expo. I was able to meet a lot of DISers during the 2011 D23 Expo trip where I got to meet frandandaj (Alison), HydroGuy, and a lot of DISers and hope to meet more during the meet up on Thursday.

Our goal for this trip is the D23 Expo. I plan on going early all of those days during the Expo since I am a D23 member and the Expo will let the members in one hour before the general public. The times that the D23 members are allowed to enter the Anaheim Convention Center for the D23 Expo will start at 9am so I can use that time to get into the D23 Expo Dream Store queue to go shopping for the merchandise. The one pavilion that I will be looking forward to is the Journey into Imagineering.

I plan to get in line for the D23 Expo Dream Store and get the LE D23 merchandise. I plan on buying a lot of items and I will also be taking pictures of everything at the D23 Expo. Not only the Dream Store but the Mickey’s of Glendale Store which is an outlet of WD Imagineering’s employee-only store.

Right now, we don’t have a plan of what we plan on seeing during the D23 Expo. We did come up with a few screenings that we will be very interested in seeing. This year doesn’t seem like they have a lot of screenings for the Disney Parks and Resorts which I was looking forward to the most. This year it almost seems like they don’t have much about the Parks and Resorts like last year with Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the New Fantasyland.

The screenings on Friday that we are interesting to see are Undiscovered Disneyland at Stage 23 from 12:30pm to 1:30pmExclusive Screening of Disney’s Planes in the D23 Arena at 3pm to 5pm, & Pixar: Doing Our Homework in Stage 28 at 6pm to 7pm. We are considering going to see Art and Imagination: Animation at the Walt Disney Studios at the D23 Arena but it will depend on how much time we have when we do our shopping.

On Saturday, Disney Legends Awards Ceremony at 2pm to 4pm at the D23 Arena, Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook from 6:30pm to 8pm at the D23 Arena.

For Sunday, Walt Disney Imagineering 60th: working with Walt at 9:30am to 10:30am at Stage 23. We need to get to Stage 23 first thing in the morning since this is the screening that I want to see. They do have 5 different Walt Disney Imagineering 60th screenings but this one has Disney Legends Marty Sklar, X Atencio, Alice Davis and Bob Gurr talk about what it was like to work with Walt.

As for the days that are not the D23 Expo, I do plan on going to the DISer meet up at the Hearthstone Lounge at the GCH at 5pm which there will be a lot of DISers that are here for the D23 Expo and to meet them. If I do have some time during the trip, I might go around the parks and just walk around like I usually do and go on some rides.

I will keep planning for the August trip which will be in less than 6 days.

Please feel free to say something about my upcoming trip during the 3rd Annual 2013 D23 Expo.

Thank you
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I can't wait to hear about your adventures at the Expo Bret. I wish we were able to go. The next time it's held DH and I will go!

I agree that our focus would be the expo itself. From your past expo reports it's fun enough without a trip to the parks!

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I can't wait to hear about your adventures at the Expo Bret. I wish we were able to go. The next time it's held DH and I will go!

I agree that our focus would be the expo itself. From your past expo reports it's fun enough without a trip to the parks!

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Thanks you TK. My DA and I are hoping that we will be able to see all the different screenings that we have on our list and a lot of shopping. I hope that you and your DH will be able to attend the next one.

The Expo is the focus point of the trip. I am excited about it and also sad that some screenings won't happen this year like a Parks and Resorts screening.
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Amazing shots of Tink and Dumbo.

I need to come back and take a better look at your pictures. They are beautiful at first glance and I want to spend more time enjoying them.

Not long to D23!
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I thought about doing the expo, but we decided to dump the extra money into our October trip instead. Cannot wait to read your report on it.
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