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Old 10-12-2008, 10:01 PM   #1
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My First Vacation in 13 years!! (No, really)! *LOTS of Pictures!!!*

I...don't know really how to start this thing...

Hi.

My name is Rachel. I've been a disney fan since birth. My mother programmed me that way. I've been to disneyland once before, when I was 10, I believe. I don't remember a whole lot of it, so I knew I would document the crap out of this trip. In total, I came home with 744 pictures. After deleting and editing, I'm now down to about 600 or so. I have no idea how many I'll actually be posting in this trip report, but you'll get to see a lot of them. I promise.

To start you off, here's a picture of the three of us who went on this trip. As I already said, my name is Rachel. I'm the girl in the middle, obviously. To the left of me is my best friend, Matt, and to the right is our very good friend Tim.


We all met at work, which is a call center for an entertainment company. Tim no longer works there, so it's just Matt and I now, but we've been great friends ever since we met a year ago.

Our trip started on Monday, October 6th and lasted until Saturday, October 11th. Monday was reserved for travel. I was a first time flier and I had never really been to an airport before, so I was thankful to have my seasoned veterans with me. I had been on a tiny little 4 seater airplane before, which was fun and frightening, but the big airplanes really freaked me out!! We got to PDX pretty early and checked in and got ready to go. Our flight actually left 20 minutes early because everyone was good to go! So that was awesome.


The boys were trying to freak me out because I had never been on a plane before.

Lucky me, I got the window seat.

It was all laughs and giggles until the engine started up...

Right as we took off I demanded to hold Tim's hand since he was seated next to me. My little heart was racing crazy fast. The sound of the engine starting up really just upset me. Once it was over I calmed down, but there was some geninue fear in me for awhile.

We flew into SNA, otherwise known as Orange County, or… John Wayne Airport! It was so tiny compared to PDX but it was easy to navigate and I liked it a lot. I especially loved the statue of the cowboy himself in the main entryway.


Matty and I tried our best at “dueling” with our “guns.” I think these are two of my favorite pictures from the whole trip



Disneyland Express was so cute! I was glad we planned ahead and had already paid and just had to show the voucher to the woman in the express booth. We boarded the bus and the whole trip, including dropping several people off, took a maximum of 20 minutes. It was amazing.


Matt really liked it, too. He used his Iphone to show our location and how far we were from our hotel.

As we pulled up onto Magic Way Matt got really excited:


More to come later!!!

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Old 10-12-2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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I am not able to see any of your photos! I don't know if it is just my stupid computer? Can you see your images when you exit out of the thread and then come back into it to look at your post?



Edit: I can see photos now! Evil red X's of doom gone forever!
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:15 PM   #3
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So far it looks like you had a great trip!

I love all your pictures so far! I can't wait to read/see more.
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:16 PM   #4
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I am not able to see any of your photos! I don't know if it is just my stupid computer? Can you see your images when you exit out of the thread and then come back into it to look at your post?
Hi Sherry! I was linking them incorrectly, I hope they're fixed now! I was getting the evil red X's of doom.
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:38 PM   #5
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Hi Sherry! I was linking them incorrectly, I hope they're fixed now! I was getting the evil red X's of doom.
That is hilarious - the evil red X's of doom have been obliterated! I can see photos now!!
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:10 AM   #6
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Sounds great so far. Love all the pics!
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:06 PM   #7
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And the story continues!!!

The lobby for the DLH was dark, but cute. I thought it was adorable how Goofy was there helping some little kid with his luggage. It set the mood for our Disney trip!


The room was less than stellar, though. It was small, and it was pretty hot when we entered. Not really sure why, but we fiddled with the thermostat right away.


Although the first thing Tim did was turn on the TV and found a football game. Ayup.


The room was clean, but SMALL. And the view was ridiculous. It was of the parking lot. Charming, eh?

So, the power went off in the middle of the night ON PURPOSE, they were resetting it, which they failed to notify us about. So it’s a damn good thing we didn’t use the alarm clock in the hotel room, because we would have missed our early entry into the parks. Also, since the room reset… so did the heat in the room. I think in the middle of the night we all kicked off the covers off our bed, it was so gross and hot in there that first night even though we DID turn down the heat once we entered the room. Thank goodness it stuck at 65 degrees after that. We like to bundle up in our covers, not sleep on top of them, thank you very much!



Tim can fall asleep anywhere. We left him alone for 5 minutes and he was OUT. Snoring.

Once we had settled and unpacked and just relaxed a bit, we headed into downtown Disney.






I was very impressed with Department 56 and ended up spending well over $150 there. I bought my first house for my Christmas village while on vacation. I had to get it sent home, and it hasn’t reached me yet, but it’ll be a treasured keepsake.


This was over by an ATM which I think was tucked into a corner near Wetzel’s pretzels. There was no one around back there and I thought I would be naughty and go where only cast members were allowed!!!



We ate dinner at the rainforest café. We were seated right next to the bathroom on the top floor, so inconsiderate people kept bumping my chair. We were also right in between the noisy gorillas and the elephants. Still though, I enjoyed it, although the pizza I got was a little bit weird.


Matt was really unimpressed by this pickle. I think it offended him.


I think I may have reached my picture quota for this post, so I'll leave it at that for now! Hope I'm not being too talkative
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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Love it

keep going please - I just love hearing about and seeing peoples trips - looks good so far, shame about the heat in the room though.

Please do share more!
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:04 PM   #9
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I LOVE your report so far! The pictures are all so great.

Sorry about your parking lot view room.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:38 PM   #10
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Rainforest, please keep going! You see how long MY Trip Report is! I love hearing all the details of people's trips, so you can't write/explain too much for my liking!!!

By the way, I am SO glad you snapped a little picture of the Halloween village in Dept. 56! I loved it! I fell in love with that whole display when I was there and was snapping photos (none of which have been developed yet) in the store like crazy! I love that whole Halloween amusement park theme with the little spooky people riding in the spinning pumpkins and then the ferris wheel and the haunted houses! It was spectacular. My friend and I just stood there staring at it, trying to absorb every detail. I highly recommend to anyone to visit Dept. 56 to see it before Halloween is over!
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By the way, I am SO glad you snapped a little picture of the Halloween village in Dept. 56! I loved it! I fell in love with that whole display when I was there and was snapping photos (none of which have been developed yet) in the store like crazy! I love that whole Halloween amusement park theme with the little spooky people riding in the spinning pumpkins and then the ferris wheel and the haunted houses! It was spectacular. My friend and I just stood there staring at it, trying to absorb every detail. I highly recommend to anyone to visit Dept. 56 to see it before Halloween is over!
I loved the little halloween village too, i thought it looked better than some of the christmas ones! My mother is a halloween fantatic so when she saw that picture she was glad there isn't a department 56 anywhere near us, because she WANTED that village like no ones buisness! Lol.

I'm glad y'all are enjoying my TR so far! My favorite trip reports to read on these boards are the ones with TONS of details and pictures. I may not know the people in the images, but i feel like I get to know them through the photographs, which is why I feel like sharing so many of mine!
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Smile Enjoying your Trip Report!

Loving the details and loads of pictures! You have fun friends!
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:56 PM   #13
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Ugh, so. I went out just now to go buy pizza which is my Monday night ritual, and while I was stopped at a red light, someone rear ended me. I've never been in an accident, I don't speed, never got a ticket... I'm a very safe driver, a defensive driver, when I need to be. But meh! I can't believe this happened to me. Sorry for the whinge but I wanted to get that out!

I knew I had to do something to brighten my evening, so here's a bit more of my trip report.

After dinner we headed back to our hotel and spent some time near the DLH convention center hallway where they have a bunch of pictures of Walt building the park, and also famous people who had visited. I thought it was charming.




We went to bed pretty early that night, around 10pm so we could get up for our magic morning at 9am.

We later decided that was way too much sleep. Haha.

In case you were wondering, ladies (and maybe gentlemen), he's a boxer-breif kinda man.


Matt really wanted to show me his undies. I don’t even have underwear that is that pretty and colorful. I was jealous. He was pleased.



I think here we were in the queue to get our bags checked. It was around 8:15am and it was already disgustingly hot. I wore my hair down for about 10 minutes on the way from the hotel. Then in downtown Disney I had really just had enough and put it up in a gross pony tail to get it off my neck. I was so thankful for SPF 70 Sunblock. The boys mocked me, but it literally saved me, I would have been burnt to a crisp without that stuff.

Although as usual, Matt has a big smile on his face. Not a lot fazes this man, including the nasty heat. Which is why I adore him, he's the most positive person I know!

And boy oh boy was he ready to GO! He was practically running to the gate after I got my purse checked for bombs and blades.



From reading these boards and various planning guides, we knew at minimum, we had to be in line at least 30 minutes before park opening. Well, everyone else had the same idea. Even still, at gate 13 we were maybe 10-15 parties back, so it didn’t take long to get is in at all. It was the rope drop that was crazy….



Believe it or not, this is how many people were lined up for the early entry rope drop. Based on other pictures I've seen, this is a LOT of freaking people!!!


I was hoping someone would take pitty on us and take a picture of the three of us, but we instead settled for Tim's arm outstretched with my camera in hand. This is right before the rope drop.

Once they let us through the rope drop we booked it over to Peter Pan's flight. It was funny listening to people talk in the lineup as we were waiting to get scanned in. Some little boy complained to his mother, “See mom? We got here too late, now everyone’s going to head over to Peter Pan’s flight and the line is going to be crazy!” I couldn’t help but laugh because that’s exactly where we were headed.

We only had to wait about 5 minutes to get on. We were kinda worried since the boats are pretty small that the three of us fit on one, but we did it!


Then, it was time for Mr. Toad and his crazy driving skills!

He also cleary has a taste for manflesh:

Ready...

Set...

GO!!!!!!


Think that'll make me reach my picture limit for this post, so when I return, it's MAD TEACUP TIME!!

Phew, I do feel better now that I've done that

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Looks like fun!

Those are some colorful boxer briefs, most definitely. I love boxer briefs.

How is that pickle at RFC seeming to stand up?



(that was a strange combo of question/comment)
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How is that pickle at RFC seeming to stand up?
Haha, I think there was a really long skewer through it then going into his burger.
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