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Old 08-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #1036
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Can you believe next week will be a year since we started this report. And we're still not done. This is the report that does not end, yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started reading this not knowing how it goes, and they'll continue reading this forever because this is the report that never ends.

Ok. Eventually it will end. I still say not until after our 2nd trip to DL. By then, I hope we're not mixing up our trips.
I just finished the next installment. Just need to add a few touches and will post.
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It's here! Finally! A new chapter!!!!

I swear I would have gotten this up sooner, however, in the past 2 months, I have had, not 1 but 2 summits to prepare for and execute. Just finished the second one today. Just in time to start preparing for the 3rd. Needless to say, I've been going a little crazy.

Anyway, I have prepared a special chapter for you, to make up for lost time. Because of all the pictures, this chapter will be split into two. I will get them up one right after the other, so there is tons to read! Hopefully this will keep the village from coming after us with the torches...at least for a while.

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After our self portrait and the well deserved adult beverage, we headed into Radiator springs just to see what the crowd looked like today. The crowds were just as bad. I’m hoping by the next time we go (and there will be a next time) the crowds will thin out a little. It’s hard walking through those streets. When you have kids running you over, you think nothing of it. True Disney fans get used to this after so many trips. However, when you have actual cars characters trying to run you over, that’s another story.



We walked into “Sarge’s Surplus” to take a look at the merchandise. There was some really cool stuff in here, but for the time being we were saving our money for dinner. After that we will see what we can afford.

After going in and out of some of the shops and trying to navigate through the crowds, we gave up and took a short cut through It’s a Bugs Land, stopping only to grab another beer for the journey. What? It’s hot out. And I just went on the death defying Ferris Wheel. I think another beer was in order…

We headed towards the other end of the park, passing the Hollywood Tower of Terror, and noticed it was only a 10-minute wait. I stopped to seriously consider it. However, I still had a pretty full beer in my hand and I was not going to chug it just to get on the ride. So we continued to walk.

As we turned the corner, we noticed a huge line forming off to our right. We stood off to the left to get some shade, and noticed the line was forming for the next showing of Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular. They had 3 more showings for today. 3:20pm, 4:45pm and 6:20pm. We both knew that we wanted to hit up The Cheesecake Factory for dinner a little early if possible, and we want to make sure to make it back early enough to pick up the souvenirs from DL and still go back to DCA for World of Color. We still had a few minutes before the doors opened, so we finished our beers in the shade before heading for the line.

We didn’t have to wait long. Soon the doors opened to allow us into the cool theater. We got some great seats towards the front of the stage, and off to the side. This was our view.



Of course since our last trip to WDW, T-Man has been on a kick to find hidden Mickey’s everywhere.


The picture’s a little blurry I know, but you can still make out the hidden Mickey. This was over one of the doors.

Pretty soon the show started. Now, I’m a huge fan of musicals. I always have been. My favorite Disney show, has been Beauty and the Beast. I can watch that over and over again, and never get tired of it. Until now…This has got to be one of my top favorites. The actors were great, the comedy the actor playing the genie brought to the show was awesome. I am so excited to see it again!

Oh…you want to actually get details about the show…What’s that? And pictures? Geez…You all want everything don’t you?

OK…You twisted my arm.

Most of these pictures were taken by T-man because my camera died on me pretty much as soon as the show started.

As the show opened up, we are transported to a deserted land, where camels roamed on the hot sand and no one dared venture for fear of never returning.



I don’t remember if this guy had a name at all…But he set the mood for the story…


We begin with the sultan, thinking he has the one true person who will do his bidding for him, makes some poor schmuck go down the mouth of the Cave of Wonders (please insert the echo into your mind as you read that) to retrieve the golden lamp.



Unfortunately for the schmuck, he didn’t make it.

We return to the city where a street rat is trying to get his daily dose of protein by stealing from the local street vendors.







This does not bode well for the street rat when the authorities catch him and almost cut off his hands for stealing.



Lucky for him, a beautiful woman, wondering through the towns market happens to come to his rescue.



It is only after they do not heed her orders, that they find out this beautiful woman is in disguise and she really is the Princess.



D’oh!



The sultan thinks this guy has Ba…I…er…mean…guts…and thinks he could be his saving grace when it comes to the Cave of Wonders (echo echo echo).

Here he is chatting him up, making it look like a great deal.



Of course like the Schmuck that he is…or wait…he’s the street rat…Sorry. Like the street rat that he is…he takes the bait.



Now he’s starting to second guess himself…



Once down in the cave, he sees all the neat stuff…



“…Look at this trove, treasures untold, how many wonders can one cavern hold, looking around here you’d think, sure, she’s got everything…”

Oh wait…Wrong story.

Right…Aladdin…I remember now.

So once in the cave, Aladdin finds the treasure he is seeking, but also finds a million other treasures and of course being the street rat that he is, can’t keep his grubby little hands off it, and the cave collapses.

All he has now is the lamp and a new friend, the magic carpet. Because everyone needs a friend that can fly…

He rubs the lamp after his new friend shows him what to do, and Viola! er…Voila!

Instant smurf!



I mean…Genie. It’s easy to get them confused. I mean, he’s blue…

Random spontaneous musical number ensues, while the Genie tells Aladdin how he has never had a friend like him.







Eventually the Genie gets them all out of the Cave of Wonders, and Aladdin makes his first wish to get the girl of his dreams.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…er…I mean…Castle…

Jasmine’s father is trying to marry her off to Jafar, because there have been no other suitable prince’s for her.



Then Prince Ali makes his grand entrance…





When Jasmine denies Aladdin’s proposal, and he asks if it will ever be possible to get her to agree, Genie tries to cheer him up, “Anything is possible if Snookie is a mother!”
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Goodbye Disney California Adventures...

Jarfar and Llago look like they are up to no good here…


Aladdin takes Jasmine on a magic carpet ride (I would post pics, but we really didn’t catch any good ones here.) Once Jasmine falls in love with Aladdin…the Genie tries to remind him that he promised to release him from captivity as his last wish. But Aladdin tells him he can’t. Genie is now mad at Aladdin and refuses to talk to him saying, “Talk to the left hand because you’re not right!”

Yes…I got a kick out of Genie’s one liners this day.

At some point there were some people who started leaving in the middle of the show and Genie spouts off, “I haven’t seen this many people leave in the middle of a show since the Justin Beiber concert.”

Jafar gets a hold of the lamp and asks Genie to make him the most powerful wizard around.



Aladdin makes Jafar use his last wish to become a Genie, and then gets trapped in the lamp.

Aladdin uses his last wish to give Genie his freedom, he and Jasmine live happily ever after…The End!



After making our way through the crowd, we finally get outside, only to be bombarded with the heat again. It was so nice and cool in the theater.

Now, here is where both T-Man and I get a little fuzzy, and it could honestly be from the alcoholic beverages, or just from it being so long ago, but we cannot remember for the likes of us, when we got Fast passes for Grizzly River Rapids.

What we do remember is this: After watching Aladdin, we made our way towards GRR, whether this was to get FP’s for World of Color and GRR, or because we already had them, is unknown at this time, but either way we walked over there.

We decided to take the time to get on the ride since we were in the vicinity. We got into the raft with another couple who were pretty outgoing. We talked on our way up the ramp.

Now with this ride, I think it’s hard to really say whether I really liked it or not. I would categorize it with Animal Kingdoms Kali River Rapids. I think it’s pretty much the same in regards to the getting wet factor and how tame the ride is. As opposed to say, Bluto’s Barge over at Islands of Adventure, where you are bound to get soaked no matter what.

Given that information, I will take you through it. We unfortunately don’t have any pictures of this ride, since we weren’t sure what we were up against, we didn’t want to take the chance of the camera getting wet. But you can definitely go to Youtube and get a great POV video, like this one here http://youtu.be/4kB4kPXcct4 and see it for yourself.

As you climb up the hill, you almost expect to be immediately dropped. I think after all the years of going on rides and playing “dumb wife” I have gotten accustomed to just assuming the worst right away. I was pleasantly surprised that once over the hill, you are slowly lowered into the rapids.

Once in the rapids, you are sort of pushed from one side to the other. Luckily for most of the ride we were facing straight ahead, going along with the ride. It’s so much better than being the one facing where you just came from and having to gauge the faces of the others in the car to find out what is in store for you. Like the other couple was probably doing.

So far the ride has been pretty tame. A few splashes from the side have made their way into the raft but nothing major and, we are all still dry for the most part…until…the drop. Now this drop wasn’t a huge drop, but as you come around a bend, you see it. You almost know what is going to happen. There is a big boulder stopping you from going straight ahead, so you have to go down in order to continue on. It’s not until you are going over that you can tell how far down it really is. Luckily it is not too steep, no matter though, even that slight drop has made what seems like the entire river come into the boat and onto us!

It never fails. No matter where we sit on any water ride, we are going to get soaked. When we went to Animal Kingdom a couple of years ago, The first and only time we did KRR, My sister in law, who loathes water rides, got minimally wet, while T-Man and I were soaked. It’s just written in the stars I guess.

After this, the raft started steering us around, and of course, now we are looking at where we just came from and the other couple is looking at us like, “HAHA…now we got you!”

We stayed this way for a majority of the rest of the ride. Nothing major happening again until just before the end, The rapids slowly die down, till you think it’s over and it will just be a coast to the exit, and then BOOM! Down you go and of course, we are now sitting in another perfect position to get soaked!

Needless to say, we walked off that ride not soaked to the bone, thankfully, but wet enough! Thank goodness we are wearing clothes that dry easily. I hope the heat from the day will speed that process along.

From here, we head back to the lockers to grab one of our Simply Lemonades for the ride to dinner. T-Man mixes them up while I dispose of anything we don’t need in the locker and off we go to the shuttle.

Now is the fun part. In the past week that we have been here, we have taken shuttle number 1 each time we have left from Disney in order to get back to our resort. This time however, taking that shuttle will get us no-where close to our final destination. We have to take shuttle #8. Shuttle #8 is on the other platform. It’s like trying to get onto platform 9 ¾…Luckily we don’t have to take a running start into a pillar. We get on the shuttle pretty quickly and begin our journey to Anaheim Garden Walk.

We came here the first day, to eat at Johnny Rockets, tonight; we are dining at The Cheesecake Factory. We don’t have one in NM, so any chance we get to eat here, we take it.

While the shuttle ride isn’t a long one, it gives us a chance to drink our drinks. Our stop is still a ways away from the restaurant, leaving us to walk the rest of the way, and to cross the street. Trying to do this while chugging my drink is not recommended, I’m amazed I did not have Simply Lemonade all over my shirt by the time we got there.

Finally we arrive and are seated immediately in the bar area. We already know what we want for appetizers. Buffalo Blasts.




These are little wonton packets of goodness. Sort of like a buffalo chicken tender, shredded and placed into a wonton wrapper and deep fried. YUM!!!

T-Man also ordered a Spiked Milkshake called the Flying Gorilla. According to the website, it’s a “kicked up” chocolate and banana milkshake, made with Godiva Chocolate liqueur and Banana liqueur. I took a sip…it was good.

I on the other hand did not order a drink, outside of an Iced Tea. I just downed that Simply Lemonade and needed a reprieve before drinking again. I needed sustenance.

We ordered dinner. I had the Herb crusted salmon and shrimp scampi, while T-Man had the Shrimp Scampi and Steak Diane.

We only have a picture of T-Man’s dish, because at the time, I didn’t think to have T-Man take a pic of my dish and I have no clue why I didn’t take one myself.




For dessert, The options were endless. T-Man always goes for the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle cheesecake. He never differs from this option. Me on the other hand, I have to try a new one each time. This time, I went for the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Both were very yummy.

Once we were done with dinner and dessert, we started out for the shuttle stop…However, this time, we started looking at the map of all the shuttle stops, and believed there was one closer, that would take us back sooner. So off we went in search. After a little wandering, we finally found what we hoped was the stop since there was no sign or marker stating so, but there were a few people in Disney gear standing around. As we waited, more people started coming out of the hotel near-by and waiting with us, so we hoped we were in the right area.

A little while later, the shuttle appeared. Now granted, we probably could have walked back to the park, in the time it took this shuttle. But, I don’t think T-Man was too keen on the idea. So once in the shuttle, it was a hop, skip and a jump to the park entrance.

Once again, we had to go through the security check; luckily we didn’t have all our bags like before, so it was pretty easy to get through. We headed over to DL first, to pick up the glasses we had engraved.

What we didn’t take into consideration was the Parades. We got there just as the parade was going through, and the sidewalks were packed. It was like dodging objects in the Despicable Me game on my phone. Eeek.

Eventually something triggered in our brains and we remembered that most of the stores are connected to one another on Main Street. We ducked into one of the stores and made our way through.

In no time, we were trying to make our way through to the exit. I stopped in another shop as we walked through, to get my boss a little something. I think this was the fastest we were ever in and out of DL…

We walked across the way and entered DCA, going straight to the lockers to pick up our stuff. As T-Man made a pit stop, I sauntered over to the little market store next door. I had been eyeing the pickles there and decided to grab one along with a bottle of water. As I waited in line to make my purchase, T-Man came to join me and just shook his head. He knew I had wanted one for a while. Every time we passed that place I would eye them. Now he looked at me with that curious look he gets when he’s thinking and said “Only one?” I sagged my shoulders in defeat and went and grabbed another one. He knows me too well.

Pickles and water in hand, we headed towards our favorite watering hole. We grabbed a beer and headed to the line for entry into the World of Color viewing area. Our show starting time isn’t until 9:00, but people start lining up at 7 to make sure they get a good spot. We are among those people.

I usually don’t like to stay still too long with all this Disney wonder around me, but you do what you have to do in order to get the spot you want. So we sat, and waited.

Around 7:30, they let the rope drop, and allowed everyone to race to their positions. This is the fun part. Staking out your spot, and then not moving for the next 2 hours.

I gave T-Man the all clear to run ahead and find the spot he wanted. I wasn’t picky. I caught up with T-Man and we moved in. Putting down our jackets so we could sit on the floor, I leaned back against the railing and began to read the DIS while we waited. I decided this would also be a good time to snack on my pickle.

Time passed quickly. T-Man mixed us some drinks and took a few pics while we waited.

Here is the Wheel of Death!




The Wheel of Death with the Roller Coaster of madness.



A colorful Wheel of Death…


I noticed a theme with these pictures. There are a series of about 10 or so from that last night on Flickr, all of the Wheel of Death. Do you think T-Man was trying to tell me something? Just because it’s colorful doesn’t make it less scary!

This time, we made a pact that during this show, we would just enjoy it. No pictures, no video, you all got that the last time anyway, but we wanted to take in the full effect. I absolutely adore this show. So it was nice to be able to watch it without worrying about capturing certain pieces.

Once the show was over, we stayed back, hoping the crowd would die down so we wouldn’t get lost or trampled. In hopes of the crowd lightening up even more, we took some night shots of Carsland. You may have seen some of these previously, but it doesn’t hurt to see them again right?



This is the “Taste In”, The hippie market place of Fillmore the VW Microbus.


Flo’s V8 Café, and the street light.










This was one ride that always had a crazy line. We just weren’t willing to spend over an hour waiting to ride a tire on air. Hopefully we will get a chance to do it next time we go.


Slowly we made our way to the exit. We said goodbye to Mickey’s Wheel of Death, Goodbye to Tower of Terror, Goodbye to Grizzly River Rapids, and Goodbye to Radiator Springs. We had a wonderful final day here, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Except for the fact that we were leaving of course.

But our day is still not completely over. I’ll let T-Man finish it off. I hope you can stay with us for the final installment of this TR, as Mike takes us home…Literally 
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I loved your description of the Aladdin show. That was one of my favorites when I went on a solo trip to DL about 5 years ago.

I didn't ride the Grizzly River Rapids. Didn't want to be too soaked.
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I noticed a theme with these pictures. There are a series of about 10 or so from that last night on Flickr, all of the Wheel of Death. Do you think T-Man was trying to tell me something? Just because it’s colorful doesn’t make it less scary!
There was no theme to my madness. bwahhahahaha.

If you recall, the first time I took pictures of this alleged wheel of death. It's alleged because you're still alive to tell the tale. Dead men (and women) tell no tales. Anyways I took the pictures because there was a section that wasn't lit up the first time I took them. Now the whole wheel is lit up so I needed to take a whole new set of pictures.

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Slowly we made our way to the exit. We said goodbye to Mickey’s Wheel of Death, Goodbye to Tower of Terror, Goodbye to Grizzly River Rapids, and Goodbye to Radiator Springs. We had a wonderful final day here, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Except for the fact that we were leaving of course.
Leaving any Disney park is always tough. Getting back to reality is rough. I wish I could win the lottery already. Then I can spend all my time at Disney.

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But our day is still not completely over. I’ll let T-Man finish it off. I hope you can stay with us for the final installment of this TR, as Mike takes us home…Literally 
Lady H did a wonderful job summarizing our final hours at DCA. Good thing we're getting close to the end, because as she stated, we're having a hard not so much remembering what we did, but the order we did them in. I agree, must have been the heat and alcohol.

This TR won't last much longer now. While Lady H was busy working on her summits for work, I was able to write the next (possibly the last) chapter. Stick around just a little longer. I promise this will be ending soon. Really soon.
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I loved your description of the Aladdin show. That was one of my favorites when I went on a solo trip to DL about 5 years ago.

I didn't ride the Grizzly River Rapids. Didn't want to be too soaked.
Aladdin has become one of my new favorites as well. I'm glad we finally got the timing down to see it. We'll definitely be seeing it again next trip.

As Lady H stated, we seem to have the luck on KRR, GRR, Splash Mountain (both of them), that we will land up the ones soaked. As hot as the days were, it felt really good. We've learned to dress for this.
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Now that we are officially done with DCA, I can now provide you with a link to all the pictures we took. Some you may have seen, others you may have not. Some similar because obviously Lady H and myself were thinking alike. Next time we'll try to take more pictures. We'll at least try and take some of the things we missed on this trip. Whether or not you see those remains to be seen.

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what great chapters!!! I am so excited! I am SO hoping nebo gets a good report on his wrist and we can go in october!!!!
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what great chapters!!! I am so excited! I am SO hoping nebo gets a good report on his wrist and we can go in october!!!!
I hope Nebo gets a good report on his wrist also. Not so much for the sake so you can both go in October, but more the sake of his well being. Lady H and I (well more I than her) have changed itinerary's 3 times already for our flights. We're looking to stay an extra day in Anaheim, and a couple of extra days near San Diego.

We'll continue praying for him. Hope he feels better soon.
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Final chapters coming soon to this TR.

Last chances to get your pie and cake recipes in for Lady H.
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Finally! The Finale!

On this date last year, Lady H and I started this TR. We never imagined we would drag it out this long. With work and life often getting in the way, this TR has survived a long drawn out process. It’s barely alive and has been on life support long enough. I think it’s time to pull the plug and send this TR to its final resting place.

Now without further adieu, I bring you the final chapter/chapters (I may have to break it up into 2 separate posts) of Thumping Our Way Through Disneyland.

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” (Margaret Mead)

Lady H and I once again prepare to head back to DL. We bought park hopper passes and by golly we were going to get our use out of them today. One thing we wanted to do, but didn’t do and are now headed back to do, shoo be doo be doo, was to take night photos of DL. We had some from DCA, maybe not all of DCA, but we did have some. With the exception of the few we took of Fantasmic, we have zero of the rest of DL. We make our way out of DCA and head on over back to DL. I gotta say this is still my favorite part about DLR. Both parks being within walking distance of each other. Only about 2 minutes to walk from one gate to the other. Unlike WDW where the closest walk to the next park is 15 minutes; and those parks being Epcot to DHS, or vice versa.

Anyways, quite a few people were thinking like us. People were rushing over to DL. I think most are hoping to catch the 2nd showing of Fantasmic. We make our way down Main Street. It seems there was just as many coming in as there was coming. At least this will help balance out the crowd level.



We make our way towards the castle. We’re hoping to take a few more pictures with Walt and Mickey. Unfortunately so were several Japanese people. We waited, (queue Jeopardy music)...................................and waited............................................ .............and waited............................................ .............until finally we gave up waiting and just took some pictures of W & M.




These people would not leave or move. We were lucky to even take some pictures. While taking pictures, we hear a voice. “Our final showing of The Magic, The Memories and You will be starting in 15 minutes.” I start thinking, “Walt is that you? Are you back from the grave? And why do you sound like a woman?” We had totally forgot about this night time show. It’s probably already packed. We rush over to Small World in the hopes of at least getting a decent viewing spot. Upon our grand entrance we see it isn’t packed yet. In fact, there’s hardly anyone at all. We waited around for the show to start and grabbed a spot as close to the rail as we could get. 5 minutes til show time and not many people have come. Lady H and I had the railing all to ourselves. As it if we reserved this area and no one else was allowed to stand by it. The only thing we can think of is that everyone already saw the first show, then moved on to watch the fireworks and Fantasmic. Either way, we enjoyed having this space all to ourselves.

The Magic,The Memories and You was (yes WAS, as in it no longer exists) a night time show that took place at IASW. It seems Lady H and I got lucky to see one of the last few days for this show as the last official showing was on Labor Day of 2012; 3 days after we had seen it. Disney used several projectors to create this show. It was a show based on photos taken by the Photopass photographers and some of Disney’s animations. If you happened to have your photos taken by a Photopass photographer the day you visit, then there was a slight chance that your picture could land up in this show. This show also used to take place at WDW, although we never got the chance to see it at WDW. The show at WDW has since been replaced with a similar night time show called “Celebrate the Magic.”

Now that we got the brief history lesson out of the way, I bet you want to see some pictures.
This is Small World right before the beginning of the show.


And this is Small World after the show. Pretty isn’t it. (Note the lady that has her stroller parked where they ask people not to Park Strollers).



What do you mean you want pictures from the show? We were too busy watching the show that we didn’t take any.

Ok, ok. No need to send the lynch mob after us. I’ll post a few then, because even though we took several pictures; many came out blurry. We both forgot to change the settings ahead of time on our cameras. This is some of the better ones we have.











After the Small World show, Lady H and I made our towards Splash Mountain to take some pics over there. On our way, we stopped to take a few pics around Fantasyland.







On our way to Splash Mountain, we soon came to find out why there was no crowd at Small World; because mostly everyone was by Tom Sawyer’s Island watching Fantasmic. The CM’s did a pretty decent job keeping a path clear so we could just walk by. As we walked by, we notice other people have discovered our viewing spot. I’ll let them stand there for now, but when we come back in the future, they best be moving. Right now our objective is to get to Splash; not to ride it but to just take a night time picture of it. If we really wanted to, we could’ve ridden it. If I recall, the wait time was only like 10 minutes. Neither one of us wanted to get wet this late in the night. We finally managed to dry off from our soaking on GRR. This is one ride we’ve never done in the dark. There is a first time for everything, so we may have to ride it in the dark next trip. Doesn’t it look like it would be fun to ride in the dark?



Might as well take one of HM while we’re here.


And the train station. Which we would soon board.





While we were taking pictures, we could tell Fantasmic would soon be ending from previously having seen the show. We want to beat the crowd back to the front of the park, so we hop on the train. We don’t go all the way to the front of the park. We decide to take one last stroll through Tomorrowland. Now you would think since the primary reason we went back to DL was take night photos, we would’ve taken better pictures. These are some of the best we took.




Now just like MK, DL is a dry land. Lady H and I stop by the Matterhorn


and mix up our last Simply Lemonade. It may be a dry land, but we came prepared.

Lady H and I decide that its time to call it a night. What exactly we’re calling it remains to be determined, but we know we still have to finish packing and get ready to leave back home tomorrow. Plus we’re still at the mercy of the ART shuttle. If we miss the last one, we’ll have to walk back to the resort. It’s not too far of a walk, but after a long day, its like walking the Green Mile and we all know that dead men and women tell no tales (where have I heard that before).

On our way out we stop to take one last picture of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle



Fantasmic has finally ended and the crowd makes their way towards the exit.


One thing that is consistent at both WDW and DL is the running of the bulls at the end of the day. If you can’t beat them, and at this point I don’t even want to try, might as well join them. We take our final stroll down Main Street and prepare to exit.

Good-Bye Disneyland.


Until we meet again.
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The Final Finale!

Lady H and I didn’t have to wait long for one last shuttle ride. There were 2 shuttles for our route this time. Why is it, this last ride is always the longest? Nothing major to report on this shuttle ride, but we did have to carry on a tradition that was started on this bus. Well not so much of a tradition but a nice gesture. The passing of the shuttle passes. The passes that were passed on to us, were still good for a few more days. We found a couple on vacation with their children. Since childs passes are much cheaper than adults, we struck up a conversation with them. We asked them if they just started vacation, which they had and then offered them the passes. We told them there were probably only a couple of days left, but this would help them out a little. They accepted them and thanked us whole heartedly just as we did with the lady who gave them to us.

Soon we arrive at our shuttle stop one last time. It was a quiet walk back to the resort. Not because we were tired, but because we knew this was it. The dreaded time when you know vacation is officially coming to an end. Lady H and I got back to the resort and continued packing. We had packed a little on our non-park day, but now we really needed to pack. Our flight leaves at 1:55 pm. Which means we have to be at the airport by at least 11:55 am. Which means we have to leave our resort no later than 10:55 am. If traffic is still as bad going to the airport as it was coming from the airport, then we may want to leave sooner than 10:55 am. Which means we have to be up early once again. We leave out only the stuff we need for the morning. Everything else is now packed and ready to go.

Now to honor the tradition we did start when we got here, sit out on the balcony and have some beers. Being there are only 4 beers left (3 for me and 1 for her), we made quick disposal of those beers. No more beer, no more park bottles, I guess we’ll take a nap now.

Well it seemed like only a nap anyways. The alarm goes off at 7. Morning seem to come around pretty quick. It must have been hiding around the corner.

We go through our usual morning routine. Please don’t make me repeat it. Lady H and I finish packing our remaining stuff. I start taking everything down and loading the car, making several more trips up and down the stairs. Once the car is loaded, we drive towards the front desk and proceed to check-out. Tricky Larry is already busy working on his next victims. It sounds like he has them hooked. We don’t stick around to see the outcome.

I program the rental car company’s address into Dru and we’re on the road again. As we drive along, Dru takes us a different route this time. One that doesn’t have tons of construction going on. Good thing I didn’t throw Dru out the window after all. We’re making it back to LAX in no time here. I tell Lady H “How come she didn’t take us this route the first time?” Lady H just shrugged her shoulders and laughed. Along the way we also passed Knott’s Berry Farm. Looks interesting. One of these days we may have to give it try.

We make it to Los Angeles in about 40 minutes. I’ll have to try and remember this route for next time. Dru is getting us close to Thrifty now.

Remember when we didn’t have any help finding a car? We felt like ex-prisoners being thrown back into society. We were given walking papers and forced to fend for ourselves. Not having help with this process is about to leave us in not such a good mood.

Anyone that has rented a car knows they have 2 options when it comes to gas for the car. You can prepay for a tank of gas, meaning you don’t worry about finding a gas station when you return the car. Or you can fill it up before you return it. I have always chosen to fill it up when I return it. Mainly for the reason being I found it saves you a few bucks. They charge you a certain price per gallon (which they claim is usually the average price), per the size of the gas tank in the car. If you only use half the tank, you still pay for a full tank. Most of the gas stations close by usually charge about 10¢ more per gallon than those not close to the rental car companies.

Anyways when we picked up the car, I opted to fill up the tank before returning it. We found a station about 2 blocks away from the company. I filled up the tank and proceeded to return the car. The person that checked us in comes over, zaps the tag on the car and asks for a gas receipt. I tell him “I’m sorry but I don’t have a gas receipt. I wasn’t told I needed one.” He sounds surprised by comment, "You don't have a receipt?" What part of "I wasn't told I needed one" didn't he understand. I tell him once more "NO. Again, I wasn't told I needed one. Would you like me to bring the transaction up on my phone?" He just shakes his head no, prints out my receipt and we proceed to the shuttle that will take us back to the airport. At first I didn’t think anything of it, but as we were on our way to the airport, I decided to look at the rental car receipt.

That . He charged me for the gas anyways. Not much I can do about it now. I’ll write a complaint to the main office when I get home. The reason this really ticked us off was because on the day we picked up the car, there were at least 2 employees we came in contact with that could've informed us about this. Neither one did. And even more, when I offered to bring up the transaction on my phone and show it to the person checking us in and he said no.

Back on the shuttle to the airport, we soon we get to checkpoint Charlie at LAX. I mean we literally get to a checkpoint.


“¿Que Paso Vato?”

Ok, I didn’t really say that. I’m sure I would’ve been dragged off the shuttle and detained against my own free will. Even if I willed it, I would still be detained. Being on the shuttle we were allowed a free get out jail card. Our driver was just waived on through. Anyone in a car wasn’t so lucky. They had to stop, be strip searched, tires taken off the cars, trunks inspected and then submitted to a full body scan.

We’re dropped off at the same place we got picked up. Lightning McQueen is still in the same spot. We proceed to check in our bags and prepare to go through yet another check-point. We both passed through with flying colors. Since we made it back faster than what we thought we would, we have some time to eat. We spot California Pizza Kitchen. This is one of our favorite places to eat. We had planned on eating at the one close to where we were staying. We just never got a chance to make it. This must be density.

We proceed towards CPK. One word of advice here if you happen to be in this part of the airport. When going towards CPK there are escalators to the left, right before you get to CPK. DO NOT go down the escalator for any reason. If you do, you’ll have to do the security check-point all over again. No, I didn’t find out the hard way. There’s a TSA agent standing by the escalator making sure no one is trying to run up the escalator. You know what all of us tried to do as kids. Come on everyone, you know you tried this at least once as a kid. I bet some adults have even tried it.

Now, back at CPK we each place our orders. We get our drink cups, fill them up at the drink station, go find a place to sit and wait for our number to be called. Said it would be about 5-10 minutes. They were pretty accurate with the time. Our number is called and I go to the counter to get our order. I take it back to the table and both pizzas are the same. I added some extra toppings to mine and I didn’t get them. I take mine back to the counter so they can fix it. I show them my receipt, show them the pizza and they proceed to fix it. Said give them 5-10 minutes to make me a new one. 10 minutes passes, no pizza. Another 5-10 minutes passes by and still no pizza. I go back up to the counter and try to get someone’s attention. I finally get noticed and I get the usual apology, we’re having a problem blah blah blah problem and it will be a few more minutes. Another 5-10 minutes passes by and I finally get my pizza.

Regardless of these 2 instances, the rest of the day would be smooth sailing. Or smooth flying I should say. When we took off, I didn’t think we were going home. When flights take-off from LAX, they head out towards the ocean. When this happened, I thought “Cool, we’re headed to Hawaii. I don’t have any money left, a room or clothes; but I can pretend I’m a castaway and sleep on the beach. Who cares I’ll be in Hawaii.”

I tell Lady H we’re flying over the ocean.


Now’s a good time to pay attention to the safety procedures the flight attendants point out to you. Put your oxygen mask on first. Forget about the kids until you have yours on, then pick to save the one with the most potential. Don’t worry if granny is struggling she’s already lived a full life, and on and on. I think the most important one to pay attention to here is about the flotation device under the seat.

Soon we’re really far out over the ocean.





Maybe we really are going to Hawaii. Or not. The pilots make a left turn and we’re now flying up the coastline.


Downtown Los Angeles




“They’re making another left turn.” We now start heading back towards the mainland. Shoot. I guess we’re not going to Hawaii after all. At least not this year. We will be sometime in 2014.

I continue to take pictures and soon I realize where we are at. I had to go back and find this specific post, but our good friend Ponzi couldn’t be further from the truth when he posted this. I wanted to comment earlier on this, but waited for this moment.

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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.
Ponzi really hit the nail with his head on this one. If you recall one more time, I was talking about the DL Opera House. What I described as a mini Disneyland museum. Yup, it is now right below us in case you haven’t figured out what I’m looking. I'm sure you all did though.




I cropped the photo to bring it in a little closer and pointed out a few things that really stand out.


This would be my final glimpse of DLR for this vacation, but hopefully it won’t be the last time we ever see it. I wave one last goodbye, turn on my ipod and take a nap. Soon we would arrive back in Albuquerque, as would all our luggage. We call our Chauffeur (aka D’MIL). She picks us up and Miss Daisy moves to the back seat. Some how I’m stuck driving again. We stop to eat some New Mexican style cuisine at one of our favorite restaurants and head on home; where Lady H and I would anxiously wait for our return trip to WDW within the next 3 months. What can I say, one can never get enough Disney.

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien


Well my friends and fellow Dis’ers, this concludes our adventure of Thumping Our Way Through Disneyland. We are happy to say we will be returning to DLR this year and can’t wait. We have a few Dis meets in the works, but always welcome more. We hope you have all enjoyed this TR as much as we have enjoyed telling it. We’ll post one final chapter for some final thoughts and words. Post the remaining links to our pictures and comment on any comments. Please stick around with us just a while longer before we pull the plug.
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Thanks for identifying the objects in Disneyland. All I could tell was that it must be DLR.
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Thanks for identifying the objects in Disneyland. All I could tell was that it must be DLR.
There where 4 things that really jumped out at me that made me realize it was DLR: Matterhorn, Space Mountain, BTMRR and the DL Hotel. If it wasn't for those, I'm not sure I would've recognized it. It wasn't until I cropped the picture that I was able to identify a little more. I was definitely looking for it though. Had we been sitting on the other side of the plane, I doubt I would've seen it.
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Here are the rest of our photo links. If you ever want to go back and look at them again, I provided the links to all our photos on Post #2 of this TR.

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