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Old 02-09-2010, 01:13 AM   #31
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Glad you had a great trip! Can't wait to read more. Nice shooting on Buzz.
Thanks Dizneydaz! I got a bit competitive at Buzz later in our trip.

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I love the last car on BTMRR too!
Love your DW's BTMRR picture, she really caught a neat sky with that one!
Your DF's goat story is hilarious - I would have done the same thing (sent the goat picture)!
I passed along the compliment on DW's photo. Thank you. If you like the goat story, wait until you hear about DF riding Space M-unfortunately, he has motion sickness. I know that he didn't enjoy the ride but his discomfort made for one funny photo for the rest of us.
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:44 PM   #32
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Just back from long weekend in Tahoe with the rents. Update coming soon.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:52 PM   #33
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Jan. 29--Day 1, Part 5

After our spin on BTMRR, we decided it was time for the DLR breakfast of champions; the churro! We hit the cart in New Orleans Square. Delicious as always! The walls around the Rivers of America are not pretty. Usually Frontierland feels vast and open but not so much with the walls up. We knew we were traveling in off season so we tried not to let it bother us.

We had a few minutes before we could get another fastpass so we wandered over toward Winnie the Pooh. I know I've said this a million times but I find this ride to be so charming and always always always ride it when I go to get a Splash fastpass. We jumped in our honeypot to visit the Heffalumps and then grabbed a Splash fastpass on our way out. It was pretty chilly out (at least for us Califonians) which meant no line at all for Splash. We debated for a bit about getting wet and maybe cold and then said what the heck and jumped in the queue. Splash Mountain is my absolute favorite!

In preparation for this trip, we had watched the Song of the South. You can find it in its entirety on the web if you are interested. Since there was literally no one in the queue, we stopped and read all the movie quotes on the walls when you enter the enclosed area. Liked this one alot "You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far."

We requested seats in the back of the log in hopes that we wouldn't get too wet. We followed this strategy throughout the trip and while we were always wet, we were never soaked. Riding Splash after seeing Song of South gave me an extra dose of respect for Disney storytelling. We kept pointing to the different scenes saying " Oh, that's when this happened!" and "Look, that's just like the movie!".

We ambled over to visit the Haunted Mansion then decided to make our way to Adventureland and grab an Indy FP. We took the back way through NO square so that I could stop at the bathroom and guess who we saw in her greeting area? Tiana, looking so beautiful. Her dress is just gorgeous. And this is from someone who rarely puts on a skirt!

Does anyone else miss the old art store above Pirates of the Caribbean? There was a little courtyard up there that no one ever seemed to sit in except us. Before DW had to go on her medical diet, we would get soup in a breadbowl from the CS stand, climb the stairs and enjoy a quiet lunch away from all the bustle. Maybe I would miss it less if I were magically granted a night in the Dream Suite.

After getting Indy FPs, we climbed up Tarzan's Treehouse. DW claims that she had never done this before and we needed to check it off on our list. I'm pretty sure we were there in 2007 with our friend Ross.

Does anyone else find Tarzan to be a bit too muscular? I know he's King of the Jungle shouldn't the all fruit diet produce a leaner build? He seriously looks like a body builder!

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Old 02-24-2010, 06:56 PM   #34
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Great TR! I'm having fun reading, and can't wait to hear more. I really like the photos- particularly of the BTMRR.

Sorry if I missed it, but can you please tell me what the abbreviations for the friends stand for? For some reason, I have it in my head as "dear father", but I'm not sure.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:24 PM   #35
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Great TR! I'm having fun reading, and can't wait to hear more. I really like the photos- particularly of the BTMRR.

Sorry if I missed it, but can you please tell me what the abbreviations for the friends stand for? For some reason, I have it in my head as "dear father", but I'm not sure.
Hi heatherleigh! I'm glad you are enjoying the trip report.

DFM stands for dear friend Misha (or Mike)
DFC stands for his girlfriend, dear friend Cinthia

DFM and DW grew up together on the same cul de sac in Washington state. The four of us have been friends for many years. It was so exciting to take them to DLS.
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We watched Song of the South just before one of our WDW trips - the one where I actually got on Splash Mtn! my brother's in laws have a bootleg copy of the movie.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:20 AM   #38
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Great TR, thanks for sharing! :-)
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We watched Song of the South just before one of our WDW trips - the one where I actually got on Splash Mtn! my brother's in laws have a bootleg copy of the movie.
Glad you made it on Splash at least once!

Haven't forgotten you all...update coming soon.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:05 PM   #39
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Jan. 29--Day 1, Part 6

When I left you all we had grabbed some Indy FPs and were heading through Adventureland toward Gadget's Go Coaster. It was getting toward noon and I rather expected there to be a long line in Toontown but we needed to check this ride off in our quest to ride every attraction.

On our way through the Plaza, a bright red fire engine caught my eye. We made a spur of the moment decision to jump on and take a ride down Mainstreet. Neither of us had ridden any of the Mainstreet vehicles before and it was FUN! We're the go go go types who usually view Mainstreet as territory to be conquered on the way to Space Mountain. It was fun to just take in the sights on our ride. I saw some of the dedicated windows that people always talk about on the Dis. Our driver was a friendly guy who recently appeared in a Disneyland commercial. How cool is that!



When we climbed down from the fire engine at the entrance end of Mainstreet, we still wanted to ride Gadget's Go Coaster so we hustled over to the waiting horsedrawn trolley and scrambled up for a ride back to the castle. Our horse's name was Kaleb. Here's a photo of the handsome guy himself.



I just have to include this beautiful shot of the castle. It was such a gorgeous day.



I'm about to say something which I have never said about any other Disneyland attraction. Gadget's Go Coaster kind of sucked. Every other attraction I've ridden at DLR, I felt like there was at least some Disney spark but this just didn't have it for me. Maybe I was grumpy because we had to wait over 20 minutes for a ride that DW describes as "20 seconds of my life that I barely remember". Maybe it was my total lack of knowledge about the theming. Maybe it's because I'm over 5 years old. Whatever it is, my advice is if you don't have kids, skip it! If you have kids that are tall enough to ride any of the other coasters, skip it! If you absolutely must ride this, go right when Toontown opens.

After our less than stellar ride on GGC, we got a text message saying our room at the Grand Californian was ready. Sweet! I was beside myself to go check out our view.

The omnibus just pulling up when we reached the Plaza. We scampered up the steps to ride down Mainstreet in style, from the top story. There was a big line in front of the Corn Dog Cart which I pointed out to DW with some surprise as I had read on another Disney site that it would be closed for refurbishment. Once DW realized it was open, there was no stopping her. As soon as we got off the omnibus, we were hoofing it up Mainstreet for lunch. So much for the food we brought from home!

We popped in to the Main Street Cinema and enjoyed a few minutes of classic Mickey before making our way to the Plaza to buy lunch.
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We rolled down Mainstreet, stuffed to the gills with corn dog goodness.

We of course walked through DCA and into the GC using the guests only entrance by Grizzly River Rapids. Gotta enjoy the perks while we had 'em! Next trip we're back to the Hojo.

Hope you guys are enjoying our low season, high life adventures.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:42 AM   #40
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:33 PM   #41
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I just read your trip report so far and am really enjoying it. I love reading about other people who are as excited by DL as I am. How great to stay in the GC. Looking forward to hearing more about that stay and the rest of your trip. I tour DL just like you gals do. No time to mess around.

Have you ever tried the fritters in NO Sqare at the Mint Julep bar? I personally like them better than churros. We used to get them every time we went when I was growing up. They are yummy!

Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read more!!
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:01 PM   #42
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I just read your trip report so far and am really enjoying it. I love reading about other people who are as excited by DL as I am. How great to stay in the GC. Looking forward to hearing more about that stay and the rest of your trip. I tour DL just like you gals do. No time to mess around.

Have you ever tried the fritters in NO Sqare at the Mint Julep bar? I personally like them better than churros. We used to get them every time we went when I was growing up. They are yummy!

Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read more!!
Hi wdwfan22! Yes, I am a total Disneyland nut like you. My family is talking about doing a big reunion at Disney World and I'm trying hard to convince them to come to DLR instead. BTW, the fritters sounds like a great idea. The Mint Julep bar is counter service, right? Don't want to waste too much touring time.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:20 PM   #43
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Jan. 29--Day 1, Part 7:

I can't believe I'm on Day 1, part 7 and we've just eaten lunch! Gotta speed things up a bit.

We collected Soarin' FPs, then headed through the Grizzly River Rapids area and into the Grand Californian. It took us a couple tries to figure out how to leave the lobby and head toward our room but we finally made it. Fourth floor, new wing, facing DCA. It was amazing! We were looking right out over Paradise Pier. People on Mulholland Madness would wave at you from the cars. Here is the view at night, just unbelievable.



We called Guest Services and our bags were delivered within 5 minutes. The bellhop was friendly and told us a bit about the hotel amenities. We futzed around, unpacking, exploring the room and setting up our minibar. DW had so much fun shopping for this before we left home. She said it was like "shopping for Barbie's bar".



Just so you all know we're not total lushes, there was plenty of food, too! Popcorn, almonds, dates, chocolate bars, pretzels, granola bars and mixers that we bought at the Hojo gift shop. Our friends are on a tight budget and we truly wanted to show them a great time on the relatively cheap.

At this point I was so tired and excited all at once. I was still refusing to admit that I had a cold (popping the DayQuil on the sly of course). DW convinced me that I should at least try to nap and as much as I hate to admit it, she was right. I fell asleep for over an hour and woke up feeling much better. Almost good enough to tackle the Maliboomer!

I had been dreading going on the Maliboomer since DW and I decided that we are going to try to experience every attraction at DLR while we have our APs. DW talked me into going on something similar (and smaller) at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and I was terrified. I can ride rollercoasters all day but I get so scared on things that have big drops or freefall. Tower of Terror doesn't seem as bad because you only know how high up you are at the very top when the windows open. There's no pretending it's not very high on the Maliboomer.

Anyway, we used the GCA entrance to DCA and made the long trek to Paradise Pier where we grabbed a FP for Screamin' and then got in line for the Maliboomer. The wait was about 5 minutes which made me happy for two reasons; 1) no time to chicken out; 2) less time spent in the totally unthemed and barren queue. When our turn came, we dropped our stuff in the holding baskets for shoes and bags, hauled ourselves into the seats, pulled down the massive vomit (I mean noise) guards and tried not to look too terrified. I guess that last one only applies to me. DW was excited. The countdown was the worst part and while it was scary, I wasn't absolutely terrified. I guess those rides on ToT paid off. Still, I was happy to get off and know I would never have to do that again. Especially now that Maliboomer will be decommission.

We wandered over to SS Rustworthy to fight some fires and ring the big bell.


Then over to King Triton's Carousel. I think this ride is underrated. I would even call it a hidden gem. The canopy has little pictures and names of different seaside amusement parks in California. The sea creatures are charming. Here's a picture of my carousel cowgirl.



Screamin' was rocking as usual. Always glad to have a FP but lines were pretty light for everything except TSMM. We strolled over to the Mission Tortilla factory to grab a freebie and weigh ourselves in tortillas. Numbers will not be revealed.

Next up was the Pixar Play Parade. A very nice Disboards member had given us priority seating passes. We really didn't need them as it was not crowded at all but it sure was fun to sit in the "VIP" section. DW ran off to get ToT FPs and made it back just as the parade was starting. The seating was right where the parade begins in the corner of Sunshine Plaza, close to Hollywood Blvd. I felt like the performers gave us extra attention and interaction. The coolest part of the parade was the acrobats dressed as cowboys who performed on the very last float. It's like the Olympics, where the gymnast swing around the highbar doing splits and flips. And they were totally in sync. It was great! Here are a couple not so great pictures. I hope they give you a feel of the positive energy at the parade.





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Great TR! I'm in! We're staying at the Villas in two weeks for our first time in the new wing. I hope we get a view like yours!
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