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Old 10-02-2009, 02:12 PM   #106
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Have a great time at Gay days. I wish I could be there right now, but I just got back a few days ago. I''m looking forward to seeing more pics and I really hope you bring some back from Gay Days.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:32 PM   #107
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I love your trip report. Your nephew is lucky to have such cool aunts. I love the stuff you sent for him to get him ready, especially the puzzle. Can I ask where you ordered it from? Too bad one of the pieces is missing though.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:15 PM   #108
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I love your trip report. Your nephew is lucky to have such cool aunts. I love the stuff you sent for him to get him ready, especially the puzzle. Can I ask where you ordered it from? Too bad one of the pieces is missing though.
Sorry for the super late reply. I ordered from an internet retailer called TreasureKingdom.com

Good luck finding the puzzle!
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:39 PM   #109
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Day 4: Tuesday, August 11th, Part 1--Low key Disney

After a loooong hiatus, I'm back and ready to finish up my trip report. This last day won't be quite as detailed because it's been awhile. Sorry folks.

When I left you last, we had spent an awesome day in the parks with Cuncle Robert and stayed up for the late showing of Fantasmic. We slept in a bit this morning, packed up all our stuff, checked out, stowed our bags at the hotel desk and headed off to Disneyland! We didn't make it to the gates for park opening but that was ok as the plan for today was to take it easy, see some favorite attractions one last time and ride a few things that we had missed.

First up, Space Mountain fast passes. DW ran off to get FPs while B and I went to ride BTMRR. There was a bit of a wait at BTMRR so Stephanie went to the opening ceremonies at Toontown while we rode. She picked up FPs for Roger Rabbit and we walked to Toontown to meet her. We spent some time in Toontown, goofing off and taking lots of pictures. I guess I didn't realize what a ham B is, he LOVED posing with all the props. Here is a selection of his greatest photos.





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Old 01-09-2010, 07:07 PM   #110
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Day 4: Tuesday, August 11th, Part 2--New attractions

After taking a bunch of pictures, we realized that there was no wait for Roger Rabbit so we jumped in line and tucked our FPs away for later. As many folks have said, the queue for this line was tricked out and fun to walk through. Don't hate but I think I prefer the queue for Monsters Inc...I'm sucker for the bad puns. The ride was just ok. I got an incredible arm workout spinning the wheel. B went in his own car and he hardly spun at all because it was so hard to turn. This was a new attraction for me.

Next we wandered over to It's a Small World, by special request from B who has really great memories of riding this with his Mom. There was minimal line and looking for the Disney characters was like having a little scavenger hunt while we were riding. Two big thumbs up for this other new attraction!

On the agenda for today was the Jedi Training Academy. I had hoped to go to the 10:30 show which was in about 25 minutes. DW convinced me that we could use our Space FPs first. We flew through the line, had a great ride, collected another set of FPs and made it to the Jedi Training Academy. Whew! Fortunately, this was the most rushing around we would do all day.

B was one of the first kids picked for the Jedi show. I had a sign which said "The Force Is Strong With This One" and he had on a Lego Star Wars t-shirt.



I think B enjoyed the experience but it was hard for me to pay attention because I spent the first few minutes of the show laughing so hard. Here's why: At the beginning of the show, the Jedi Master gives a little spiel about the Jedi code, only for defense, never for attack and most definitely never hit the other Padewans or your instructors. Well, B must have missed that part because when the Jedi master starts to teach the kids the fighting routine, he turns to the girl next to him and starts hitting her with his lightsaber! Not hard or even with much accuracy but definitely trying to follow instructions. Right shoulder, left shoulder... If you've seen the show, you'll know what I'm talking about. The girl he was hitting had this look on her face like "What is this crazy kid doing?!?". Fortunately, the Assistant Jedi Master intervened. DW was afraid they were going to kick him out but they let him stay and face Darth Vader. I hope he enjoyed it. I can admit that this was one of the activities where I was participating vicariously through my nephew. If only they let adults do this...sigh.
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Day 4: Tuesday, August 11th, Part 3--Ham, the other white meat

We asked B what he wanted to do after the Jedi Academy. His response...go back to Toontown and take more pictures! Ok, kid, let's ham it up. Off to Toontown we went.

Here are my favorites:




That last photo documents our one and only character interaction. I have to admit I was a bit creeped out until I realized it was Goofy behind me on the cable car, not some big, strange, sweaty man.

We rode Roger Rabbit again using our FPs and I still found the ride to be just meh. I could take it or leave it. DW was dying for a corn dog lunch so we headed toward the Hub. On the way we ducked in to the castle walk through which I adored. B was kinda bored.



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The corn dogs were delicious! B asked for two (!) corn dogs. DW only bought him one and when it came he said that this was the biggest corn dog he had ever seen, much bigger than the ones at school.
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Day 4: Tuesday, August 11th, Part 4--The Golden Afternoon

Around here, I start to forget what we did for the rest of the day. I know we went to the Tiki room for some air conditioned relaxation time and maybe went for another ride on BTMRR. We did some shopping in Adventureland and B picked out gifts for my nephew (age 7) and niece (age 3). Having a kid who loves shopping came in handy! We also bought another poncho for B (his first had ripped when we pulled his giant head through on Pirates). Eventually, we headed over to DCA to ride Grizzly River Run. I loved this ride but would love it even more if it were twice as long. Oh and I forgot about the free lockers so we had to put all our stuff in a plastic bag and stuff it in the center of the float.

We had some ice cream (yum!) and rode on Heimlich's Chew Chew Train. I am enthralled by this ride and all the silly things Heimlich says to you. "Is candy corn a vegetable?" (Please repeat this with vaguely German accent in your head for the full experience). I only wish that this ride were twice as long as well.



When we first got to DL, B always wanted to ride with either DW or I but by the end of our trip he was asserting his independence and riding by himself, as you can see in this picture. We went back to DL for another ride on BTMRR (total of 7 rides in 3 days!) and he rode by himself and turned around to talk to us on the ride! I was so scared that he was going to get tossed out of the car. Those seats are slippery!

At some point in DL, DW and I upgraded our hoppers to APS.

Our final ride of the day was Space Mountain. What a great way to finish a Disneyland vacation!

B wanted to buy some action figures of Disney characters dressed as Star Wars characters (like Yoda Stitch) and had a bit of a snit when he realized he didn't have enough money to buy two. I have to say this was the only time he acted up on the whole trip and I know he was upset about vacation finishing up. We did get a kick out of following him around the store picking up things and looking to see if he could buy them with his remaining funds. At one point he turned to DW and said "This is all overpriced crap!". I thought I was going to die laughing. Lesson learned kid.

Action figure purchased, we headed down Main Street to say our last goodbyes at the partner statue. We also stopped at the candy store and B bought some chocolate with the last of his cash. We were all pretty bummed to be leaving and B was especially sad. DW and I had upgraded our hoppers to APs so we knew we were coming back which softened the blow.

After collecting our bags at the Hojo, I wrote the fastest postcards ever, dashed in to the desk to have them mailed and made it back out before the DL express came. On the ride back to the airport we gave B his last secret agent package, this one for completing all his Disneyland missions. It had some comic books and other things for the long plane ride home.
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