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Old 04-22-2010, 05:40 PM   #31
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Good to see you back! Yay for 6 spins on TSMM...wow! Looking forward to more updates. Hopefully before June.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:22 PM   #32
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:54 PM   #33
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Wednesday December 30, 2009

You will all be shocked that I went to fetch breakfast at WWS so my men could relax and prepare for a big day at DCA. The weather was a bit on the miserable side today. Misted/rained all day long. Perhaps it kept the lines down?

Rode TSMM three times by 10:45 am and went to get FPs for California Screamin' for use later that night. When we could get another FP we headed over to the TOT and snagged a FP for that too. The s/b line was only about 20 minutes DSs and I rode.


We also took advantage of the free photopass 5x7 from our Disney Visa. You had to be there before 11:30. Your family has a private meet and greet where you could choose between Pluto and Chip and Dale. We picked the guys.
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Next we ate lunch at the counter service restaurants on the Pacific Warf. I was able to find a table under cover by Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill. There was a band that entertained too. DSs went to pick up lunch at The Lucky Fortune Cookery and DH went to the Pacific Warf Cafe where we both got soup in a bread bowl. We won! YUM! The lines were really long at the cafe and I was able to join DH in line after the boys returned with their Chinese food and guard our table.

After lunch we took the tour of the Mission Tortilla Factory. It was really fun, self paced tour (and inside ) at the end we were able to sample as many fresh tortillas as we wanted. Should have done this BEFORE lunch! Next off to tour the Bakery. This tour was in sections with a video presentation describing what you were seeing. At the end was the super long line for soup in a bread bowl.



What to do on a rainy afternoon at Disney? Head to your comfy beds at GCH and nap

We headed back to DCA in the evening and used our FPs for CS and then went to see the live stage production of Aladin. We were SERIOUSLY in the nose bleed seats but LOVED the show. The Genii was hilarious. Don't look at this picture if you are afraid of heights!


Where are those little binoculars when you need them??


Quick stop at the TOT. DH felt he could chance it with his motion sickness. Yeah. Think my family knows when the pictures are being taken??


Off we dashed towards TSMM. DS and I rode CS - again saw a full moon as we went into the loop. Awesome.


We stopped only for a hot dog from the cart right across from the ride and dined in line. We were able to take three spins. As previously noted I am always the lower score but I think I did pretty well


OK, who gets 550K???? My boys are no slouches. I'm so proud


Here we are the LAST car.


We bid our friends the TSMM cast members a good night and were back in our room by 11pm.

Next up: DL Park Hoppers gone wild!
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:40 AM   #34
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I'm loving your trip report

& wanted to say thanks again for the park map you sent all the way to Australia for us in 2008, it was our first trip & we poured over that map for weeks before our trip & we still have it
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:25 AM   #35
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& wanted to say thanks again for the park map you sent all the way to Australia for us in 2008, it was our first trip & we poured over that map for weeks before our trip & we still have it
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the map (and the trip report). I was happy to be able to be a part of your trip planning. I see you are going back too!
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:51 AM   #36
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Great trip report! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:19 PM   #37
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Great TR! I'll be subbing in for the rest of the way. I know you liked the halloween/christmas haunted mansion. But I don't, I never like jack skellington so its only natural. But the GCH is awesome isn't it!
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:02 PM   #38
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Great TR! I'll be subbing in for the rest of the way. I know you liked the halloween/christmas haunted mansion. But I don't, I never like jack skellington so its only natural. But the GCH is awesome isn't it!
I know how you feel. I didn't care for the NMBC movie but the makeover was just so impressive and detailed we liked it. Disney doesn't do anything like that at WDW that's for sure!

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Old 04-28-2010, 01:50 AM   #39
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Yeah we are just in the planning & booking stages (actually I think us Disney lovers are always planning our next trip )

Very exciting!!!!
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Yeah we are just in the planning & booking stages (actually I think us Disney lovers are always planning our next trip )

Very exciting!!!!
You are SO right After our Christmas trip we didn't have our next one booked for three months. I was sad every time I thought about that fact. Sad no more - WDW this Christmas.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:46 PM   #41
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I just love your report!!!
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:13 PM   #43
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Thursday December 3, 2009 New Years Eve
Woke up for Extra Magic Morning at 6 am much to DS1's dismay! We voted to park hop like mad today and he lost

We were at our gate #12 by 6:40 am. DH had his coffee and DSs stomach wasn't awake yet. DSs and I rode Space Mountain while DH got a jump start on our 5 spins on Buzz.


Remember to email the photos back to your home. It was really fun that they were waiting for us at home. Here is an example. Pretty good scores eh? Notice anyone missing?...my scores...not so good





We were in line at the rope into Adventureland by 7:50. Looked down Main Street for the non-EMM line. Wish we would have had starter blocks for our mad dash to Indy....on your mark...get set...go!


Snagged a fast pass!


Walked briskly over to Pirates and were among the first to ride


Aren't my guys great to pose whenever I ask??

Next up was the Haunted Mansion. NO LINE! We rode and then were able to wait 10 min. and snag a fast pass for later


We left DL at 8:40 and stopped at La Bria Bakery in Downtown Disney and picked up a most excellent breakfast to go! We found a cozy place to eat. Look familiar? We did have a CM who chatted with us (after saying the entrance didn't open for a while). Nice fella!


Yes, that's my family at the entrance to DCA at 9:15 am. Went through the turn style at 9:30 am and hung out with our favorite security CM.


By today we were savvy FPers and I took our tickets to score Soarin' FPs while the men folk kept our place in line.

The TSMM escort also recognized us and it was like seeing old friends. Today was the day before the Rose Bowl and we saw MANY Oregon Ducks in to cheer on their team. (As an aside they were much happier the day BEFORE the game) Not many Ohio State fans about.

Took our 3 morning spins with DS1 topping 300K and DH and DS2 right behind.


Do you see I could pack a scrapbook full of scores?? Last one for this trip report I promise I needed to show that my men were all the high scores (everyone will be kind and not point out that we were among the first 30 to ride!)


Off to see DS1 favorite movie - Muppet Vision 3-D!

Next up: Our final afternoon and DCA gets ready for NYE!
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Where are all the Photopass Cast Members???
On our way over to the Muppets my men indulged me by waiting in line for Santa Goofy. It was one of the few Photopass pictures I purchased. In June of 2008 DL and DCA was swarming with Photopass Photogs. This vacation I was lucky to get 30 Photopass pictures. Really not worth purchasing the CD. I was happy I was able to purchase a digital image for immediate download. Suitable for our annual Christmas letter!


DCA was SOOooo much less crowded than DL. I wonder if it is because of the much larger size?


Entrance to the Muppets:


A favorite fountain:


One of the NYE party stages set up in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot across from Monsters, Inc.




Picked up a FP for TOT for later and then time to hop to DL for lunch!
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Carnation Cafe Redeems Itself!

Remember our first full day disappointing breakfast? We didn't want to leave DL without savoring the Loaded Baked Potato Soup at the Carnation Cafe so I was happy to be able to swap some PS reservations around and go here for our final lunch.

YUMMMO!


We all ordered the soup and DH and I split an entree while DS2 enjoyed a plate of fruit.


There was a HUGE stage set up in front of the castle. We were shocked by the multitude of people who were camped out at noon on blankets with little ones. Another beautiful day in California.



Anyone keeping track of our FPs from the morning's hop?

Off we went to Indy! Magic Moment While going through the line there is an area where special needs guests feed into the line. DS2 struck up a conversation with one of the Indy Cast Members. She was a delightful young lady. My men moved ahead and she said what a lovely family I had and gifted me with two 'swap' passes. WOW. After our first ride we went right back into the FP return. Did you know there are different endings to Indy?

Next, our last ride on the NMBC Haunted Mansion. Off to Tomorrowland where the sons stood in the S/B line for Star Tours and DH and I people watched from a bench on Main Street by the Astro Orbitor. Little did we know it was a prime spot for parade watching until we were surrounded. Boy did we make a young family happy when we gave them our spots on the bench when the guys got out of Star Tours

Since we weren't in a hurry we stopped in front of the train station.


It was close to 3:30 and we wanted to be back in DCA for a good seat for the 5:40 showing of Aladdin. We were in line well over an hour before show time. Talking up the show to the other visitors in line. We scored excellent seats on the main floor. No one in front of us to block our view we settled in to be wildly amused and able to actually see the Genii and the other actors.

The curtain went up and we were grinning as we watched the street rat Aladdin run through the market place. No nose bleed today~


Toe tappin' along and then 'Oh no' we can't hear Aladdin's lines.... Not 5 minutes into the performance the curtain goes down and there is an announcement that they were experiencing 'technical difficulties'. Another 5 minutes passed and they announced that the show was canceled and please exit. WHAT?????

We sat there stunned and bummed. Our last day, the last performance, and poof...no Genii. Not a magical moment.

Do not dwell Disney fans we still have fast passes to use!



DH found another 2 FPs for Soarin' on a trash can outside of Taste Pilot's Grill where we all split two pretty darned good burgers. DSs enjoyed their extra trip on Soarin'. Aren't we nice folks to give them the find??

Now Disney was passing out noise makers and hats for the celebration.


Cute idea and fun to get. Not so fun when hundreds of youngsters were tooting away...



Back to Paradise Pier for our final rides on CS and TSMM.


OK - I can't help myself. We all did pretty well for our final spins:



DCA was CRAZY crowded and we were being serenaded by many noise makers. This is not what we enjoy about holidays at Disney. We were back in our room by 9:30 to pack up our belongings.

We heard the fireworks from our room. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!

Next up...Breakfast at Storyteller's Cafe and an 'adventure' at LAX.
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