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Old 03-18-2010, 09:59 PM   #271
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Great family picture! And how fun for your DD to make a new friend. That will make a good memory for her.
Too bad they live in Alaska, Katelyn would really have fun with her if she lived around here!

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You do a great trip report!! Im living vicariously through your TR until our trip in November
Awww, thank you! I know how it is, I did the same thing all the way up until we left!

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What a fun day!!!

Isn't it fun meeting up with people at Disneyland!!!! Glad the girls hit it off & had fun together!!

The margarita looked delicious!!!!

Love the family pic by GRR....my kids always grumble for these, but it's nice to have a picture with everyone in them once in a while!!
I really take way too many family pics but its just my thing and the kids know that they have to suffer if only for a few seconds! lol

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I thought I was the only one who's ears got warm when they drank. Great trip report Cathy, I am really enjoying it.
I always get hot and red when I drink?!?! oh well, I look cute with rosy cheeks
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:08 PM   #272
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Too bad they live in Alaska, Katelyn would really have fun with her if she lived around here!


Awww, thank you! I know how it is, I did the same thing all the way up until we left!


I really take way too many family pics but its just my thing and the kids know that they have to suffer if only for a few seconds! lol


I always get hot and red when I drink?!?! oh well, I look cute with rosy cheeks
Hey that's all you can ask for!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:16 AM   #273
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Day 3

Day 3 started out exactly the same as day 1 and 2. What can I say? we arent that fond of change?!?! LOL Dont worry, on Day 4 Im pretty sure we ate at Carnation Cafe for Breakfast so there will be some changes. We ate at Mimis, again, because those muffins are AWESOME! It was strange but we were the only ones in there for breakfast, im not sure if it was because it was only 7 or because not many people know about this hidden gem! I sure do wish we had one around my neck of the woods!

We made it to the park right around opening and found that again, no lines! this is really spoiling us, even Peter Pan had no more than a 5-10 minute wait. Oh, I forgot to add that on our way in we had to stop by the guided tour booth to trade in the vouchers for our GAD program, we opted for the fast passes and after DL give you the tickets you have to redeem them for the 6 special fast passes. While there the kids were excited to run into Alice, The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit


After taking pics we strolled over to the Wishing Well by the Castle and we all took turns making our wish.


I really didnt keep track of what we did, ride wise, so im going off of the order of our pics. Next was Autopia. Everytime were at DL Im the one who gets stuck in the car by myself because we always have an odd number of people, this time we were 6 so I got to ride with DH, although maybe it was a blessing in disguise to have my own car! we were squished and looked like clowns in our car, LOL


Of course BFF and DD looked perfect in their car, geez, some people have all the luck lol j/k!!!


Next on our camera was the Tea Cups. This trip marks the first time EVER that Ive been on this ride, Ive always had a weak stomach on things that spin but I braved it and took dramamine in the morning but still got a little queasy when BFF thought she would try and spin the cups, one threat of vomit on her lap by me got her to stop REALLY quick!


We took Katelyn to meet the fairies but only Silvermist (not really her favorite) and Tinkerbell were there. She was thrilled to meet Tinkerbell again, but commented on how different she looked than last time. cute lol.
I personally thought this Tink looked more fairy like than the other ones ive seen before, shes got something cute about her and it totally works!


By this time we were getting hungry and decided to stick with the tried and true...Cafe Orleans
first is the Blackened Caesar Salad


and the bowl of gumbo


Next is the Gumbo Crepe, yum


Both of the boys each demolished a Monte Cristo but for some reason I didnt get pics of that?!?! Katelyn only wanted fruit (shes strange like that, she'll always choose fruit or broccoli if she has the choice) so she didnt order, just ate all of our fruit


Later on in the day she wanted some ice cream so we headed over to Gibson Girl and she got Strawberry ice cream in a sprinkle waffle cone. We headed over to the Partners statue where she ate and people watched on the bench in front of us and I got a few really good pics, this is my favorite


Along with this one...


Im guessing next we went on the Astro Orbiter, for some reason DD kept pulling the lever up and down and it was seriously making me sick and everyone laughed at me for screaming like a baby, lol what can I say? I told you all I get sick!!! maybe next time I will keep my feet on the ground!

This pic was obviously taken before the nausea began hahaha

Space Mountain was next, DS15 REALLY loved this ride, more than I thought he would, we all had a great time, until it broke down. Right at the end where you go thru the tunnel of lights we just abruptly stopped, so strange! then they turned on the lights and played the announcement that someone would come by soon and push us into the station. This took about 15 minutes and when they finally released the brakes and someone pushed us in we came around the corner to the loading area and the whole waiting area broke out in applause! it was fun being the center of attention for a few minutes!


I'm pretty sure we went back to the hotel after this and DH went out to get some Taco Bell (hey there are times you have to eat a little cheaper!) then the kids swam and I took a shower.
Thats the end of our third day. Stay tuned for tomorrow, we literally ate our way thru the day beginning with Carnation Cafe for breakfast and ending with Napa Rose for dinner, so yummy and I got some really good pics!!! thanks for reading!
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:22 AM   #274
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Next on our camera was the Tea Cups. I totally love that line. Tagfairy where are you!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:32 AM   #275
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Ooohhh...I especially love that picture of your daughter sitting on the bench with her ice cream, turned around and watching the people. My son used to be like that...choosing broccoli over stuff like pizza. When he was 2 he would wake up and ask for "bocky" for breakfast. Looking forward to more of your report!
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Love the trip report. The pictures with Tink and the princess are my favorite. I'm glad to hear you are/were having a great time!
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:57 PM   #277
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You're doing a great job Cathy! Looking foward to Napa Rose!
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I agree, there is something about that Tink..........

Thanx for sharing more Cafe Orlean's pics....these are items we've never tried or seen.....so I enjoyed drooling on my screen...

Not big on spinning?? Hubby talked me into looking up at the lanterns on our first night (it was dark) & then he spun the heck out of the cups....first time I'd ever gotten green on this ride.....bad hubby!!!!

Can't wait for Day 4!!
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Just starting in now. Great report! I think you've convinced me on Cafe Orleans. Love that your daughter only wanted fruit and ice cream, can't fault her for that!
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Next on our camera was the Tea Cups. I totally love that line. Tagfairy where are you!!
Seriously, your not the first person to say that but she is never around, someone on another thread said I should bribe her with chocolate, which im totally willing to do

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Ooohhh...I especially love that picture of your daughter sitting on the bench with her ice cream, turned around and watching the people. My son used to be like that...choosing broccoli over stuff like pizza. When he was 2 he would wake up and ask for "bocky" for breakfast. Looking forward to more of your report!
That was my favorite picture too, something about it just made me fall in love with it

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Love the trip report. The pictures with Tink and the princess are my favorite. I'm glad to hear you are/were having a great time!
Thanks, it was definitely my favorite of all the trips to DL that Ive been on, everything was just perfect and totally worked in our favor. I love when that happens!

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You're doing a great job Cathy! Looking foward to Napa Rose!
Napa Rose was AWESOME I guess I didnt know what I was missing! Im going to try and work on day 4 today!

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I agree, there is something about that Tink..........

Thanx for sharing more Cafe Orlean's pics....these are items we've never tried or seen.....so I enjoyed drooling on my screen...

Not big on spinning?? Hubby talked me into looking up at the lanterns on our first night (it was dark) & then he spun the heck out of the cups....first time I'd ever gotten green on this ride.....bad hubby!!!!

Can't wait for Day 4!!
Yeah she is definitely the cuter of the Tinks they have! and I will never ride the teacups. ever. again.

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Just starting in now. Great report! I think you've convinced me on Cafe Orleans. Love that your daughter only wanted fruit and ice cream, can't fault her for that!
Yeah, its definitely a must do and I used to feel that way about BB but its just over priced, even if the ambiance is good. I mean I have no problem what so ever with paying a little more if the food is worth it, but to me the food at Cafe Orleans seems just a little better and for half the price! just worth it to me to eat there!
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Day 4, part 1

This day started out a little different than our other days. It was our Magic Morning day. We got to the park at about 7:45 and got in line.

When they did the rope drop we headed straight for Fantasyland. It was dead. We walked onto everything, with the exception of Peter
Pan, that had a 5 minute wait. We were able to ride everything at least twice before 9a.m. Now thats the way I like to do Disneyland!





By 9a.m. we were hungry so we headed over to Main St to try Carnation Cafe. None of us had ever been there but I swore to everyone that
the ladies on the DIS boards said it was good so we had to try it. We were not disappointed! The kids all ordered hot chocolate. I got a
picture of it. Everyone was used to me taking pics at this point so when the waitress delivered food the kids made sure not to touch it till I
got a picture, what good kids, LOL



DD8 got the Mickey waffle kids meal with strawberries



BFF got the bacon and egg croissant


DH got the cinnamon roll french toast which came with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting, I tried a bite, it was fantastic!



I got the eggs benedict on croissant halves, so yummy.


DS15 got a mickey waffle


and last but not least DS12 got the Oscar scramble special thing, he said it was delicious.


While we were waiting Oscar came over and I was enthralled! I was so excited that I got to meet him. I dont think anyone at the restaurant

even knew who he was because at one point he went to another table to see how everything was and to introduce himself and the lady at

the table didnt even look up, just asked for more butter, he kinda gave a small laugh and got her some butter and moved onto another

table. Im sure alot of people were wondering why we were taking pics with him. I even asked about the recipe for the famous soup and he

quietly chuckled and got me and my BFF a copy of the recipe and then bent down and gave us the secret to making the soup even more

delicious. (I swore I wouldnt tell, LOL)




After our amazing breakfast we all stood out in front of the carnation cafe to decide what to do. The kids all wanted to go ride Calif

Screaming but mu tummy was too full, that is when BFF said "how about I take the kids over to Calif Adventure and you guys can have

some alone time?" ARE YOU SERIOUS? DH didnt even say anything, he just whipped out their tickets and handed them to BFF with a "you

are awesome" look on his face. LOL So they headed out towards the front gate and we were left standing wondering what to do. We

figured this would be a great time to head to the castle and get some photopass pics of just the two of us. We found a PP photographer and

he said he would take our picture, when all of a sudden we were interupted by another photographer, he apologized and explained that

there was a guy there who wanted to propose in about two minutes to his GF and he needed the PP Photographers help. I cant believe we

get to see this! The girl had no idea! He got down on one knee and proposed and I cried, lol I was so excited that I got to see that and be

a part of that. awww DH even took a picture, not sure if they appreciated that or not, but he couldnt help it!

The people around the castle didnt even know what was going on around them, lol too funny.

After that excitement we headed to PotC and Haunted Mansion, when we got off that ride we both noticed our phones going off. I got a

text from DS12 saying they were chosen as "family of the day" at California Adventure! They were pulled out of line, got tons of pics taken

with Mickey, Goofy, Minnie and Chip 'n Dale and were personally escorted by those characters to Tower of Terror where they were allowed to

ride in the elevator all by themselves before the park even opened!!!! Then at the end the cast members gave them the picture they had

taken while on the ride. Some people have all the luck! All the pics are on my photopass, so when the CD comes in the mail I will post pics

of all of this!!!
While im on the phone with DS12 I notice my husband on the phone with a really serious/happy look on his face. I get off the phone and ask

whats up and he says, "that was liberty tax service, we got a $1500 refund check waiting for us in their office" somehow someone there

made a mistake and told us we werent getting a refund, but the IRS caught it and issued us a check....ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I had my

dad go down there and pick it up and deposit it into our account. I think it was at this point we decided WE ARE DOING NAPA ROSE

TONIGHT!!
WHAT A DAY SO FAR!!!
We still had time to kill so DH and I headed over to Tomorrowland and went on Innoventions, neither of us had ever done this and were

curious, it was neat, but DH definitely liked this better than I did, im not too impressed with technological stuff like this, lol




Got a picture of a fruit tree, which always impresses me, not sure why, but it does.


We walked back down Main St to meet up with BFF and the kids and saw that they had a new window dedicated that morning so we took a

few pics of it.



I'm ending my TR right before lunch because I think im getting close to my 25 pic limit and I still have a ton of pics from this day left, when

I pick up again it will be at Thunder Mountain Ranch for some awesome bbq and then will finish it off with Napa Rose for dinner.
Thanks again everyone for reading!
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Really enjoying your TR!

I can't wait to eat at Cafe Orleans during our trip next month - thank you for the food porn! Too bad there isn't a drooling smiley.

So awesome that you got to meet Oscar and your kids got to open DCA!

Many congrats on your surprise refund check, too! Extra money for Disney - yay!
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After our amazing breakfast we all stood out in front of the carnation cafe to decide what to do. The kids all wanted to go ride Calif

Screaming but mu tummy was too full, that is when BFF said "how about I take the kids over to Calif Adventure and you guys can have

some alone time?" ARE YOU SERIOUS? DH didnt even say anything, he just whipped out their tickets and handed them to BFF with a "you

are awesome" look on his face. LOL
This made me laugh out loud. Its amazing how a couple of hours of adult time can mean so much

Once again, Im so impressed with your post, I love the details and the photos, especially with Oscar. I so hope that we are lucky enough to meet him when we go. I thought it was funny how the lady at the next table didnt even look up when he asked how the meal was, she passed up a rare opportunity to meet a Disneyland Legend.

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How cool that you were able to meet Oscar. I would love to meet him. And you have "the" recipe. I can tell from the pictures that you made him feel good. How nice to have grown up time too.
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Really enjoying your TR!

I can't wait to eat at Cafe Orleans during our trip next month - thank you for the food porn! Too bad there isn't a drooling smiley.

So awesome that you got to meet Oscar and your kids got to open DCA!

Many congrats on your surprise refund check, too! Extra money for Disney - yay!
Oh yeah and after we got that check we went for it, bought way too much stuff and pretty much let the kids have whatever they wanted, but hey, you only live once and im not quite sure when I will ever be there again with all 3 of my kids, the boys are getting older and im not sure with all their sports and such they will have time to go for awile :-(

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This made me laugh out loud. Its amazing how a couple of hours of adult time can mean so much

Once again, Im so impressed with your post, I love the details and the photos, especially with Oscar. I so hope that we are lucky enough to meet him when we go. I thought it was funny how the lady at the next table didnt even look up when he asked how the meal was, she passed up a rare opportunity to meet a Disneyland Legend.

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Absolutely! we had no idea she was going to do this and we appreciated it so much! AND on top of that she watched the kids back at the hotel that night so we could go to Napa Rose, she definitely gets BFF of the year award!!!

And as far as the lady goes, I wanted to get up and grab her by the shoulders and say "dont you know who that is??? hes a legend!" but of course I didnt, just shook my head and mumbled "what an idiot" but hey, he spent alot of time with us and maybe if she had known who he was then we wouldnt have got so much time

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How cool that you were able to meet Oscar. I would love to meet him. And you have "the" recipe. I can tell from the pictures that you made him feel good. How nice to have grown up time too.
He really made me feel good! I was honored to have met him!
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