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Old 07-14-2010, 12:45 PM   #946
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Lynne!

Your slide show was amazing! The best lunchtime entertainment I've had in a LONG time! It's so good that I hope Pete and the gang see the link. I think they'd love reliving the trip too!

Ok. I'll admit it. I cried. At work. Just a little. Reliving the trip through your images and the songs was very moving. Reminded me how much fun it all was and how quickly it passed.

Can't wait to see you all again!
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:25 PM   #947
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Hi all you April ABD'ers!

I'm getting ready to go on the July trip, and am wondering if any of you worked out while on your trip in April? Will there be any time? Will I have any energy? Is it really worth the suitcase space? I normally do something (running, weights or both) everyday and since I'm pretty sure I'll be eating (much) more than normal on this trip it seems like a good idea. Then again, I don't want to sacrifice any touring time since this is such a unique experience!

Any advice you have in this area is appreciated - thanks!
While in Hollywood, I used the fitness center at the Renaissance Hotel. The first morning I arrived at about 6 and all 5 of the treadmills were in use. I showed up earlier the second morning and found an open treadmill.

Once we got to Anaheim there was not a lot of free time to work out. You get plenty of that during the day. One of our adventurers had a Fitbit and it showed that he (and the rest of us) walked more than 9 miles on the next to last day of the tour.

Despite the exercise and all of the walking I came home about 6 pounds heavier. It took me a while, but I am back to pre-adventure weight.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:26 PM   #948
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Hi all you April ABD'ers!

I'm getting ready to go on the July trip, and am wondering if any of you worked out while on your trip in April? Will there be any time? Will I have any energy? Is it really worth the suitcase space? I normally do something (running, weights or both) everyday and since I'm pretty sure I'll be eating (much) more than normal on this trip it seems like a good idea. Then again, I don't want to sacrifice any touring time since this is such a unique experience!

Any advice you have in this area is appreciated - thanks!
I usually run three/four times a week myself, but on this trip I was dog tired and had no extra time for it. There's TONS of walking though so there is that. It's sad that I still gained five pounds!

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Ok. I'll admit it. I cried. At work. Just a little. Reliving the trip through your images and the songs was very moving. Reminded me how much fun it all was and how quickly it passed.!
I totally cried too! With the things I'm going through with my cat in her last days this week, that video totally lifted me up. Totally cried, but totally lifted me up!

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While in Hollywood, I used the fitness center at the Renaissance Hotel. The first morning I arrived at about 6 and all 5 of the treadmills were in use. I showed up earlier the second morning and found an open treadmill.
You got up even earlier and went to the gym? You are a god!
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:26 PM   #949
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You got up even earlier and went to the gym? You are a god!
Not even close. I was still on east coast time. It may have been 5:30 Pacific but as far as I could tell it was 8:30 eastern.

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:40 PM   #950
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Hi all you April ABD'ers!

I'm getting ready to go on the July trip, and am wondering if any of you worked out while on your trip in April? Will there be any time? Will I have any energy? Is it really worth the suitcase space? I normally do something (running, weights or both) everyday and since I'm pretty sure I'll be eating (much) more than normal on this trip it seems like a good idea. Then again, I don't want to sacrifice any touring time since this is such a unique experience!

Any advice you have in this area is appreciated - thanks!
Hi Kristen,

I thought that the cardio equipment at the Hollywood Renaissance was good, a decent amount of treadmills, recumbent bikes, etc. But the room could get very crowded. I'd say the earlier you could get there the better.

Next to the room with the cardio equipment is an outdoor area, with a good selection of free weights (ranging from 10's up to 50's). Unfortunately, they do not have much in terms of weight machines, the only one they had was a leg extension machine.

The Grand Californian had a great gym. Excellent cardio equipment (recumbents, treadmills, etc), a lot of free weights (again ranging from 10's up to 50's), and a ton of weight machines. I was able to do everything here that I usually do at my gym at home.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!

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Old 07-15-2010, 12:31 AM   #951
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Hello ABD friends!!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer - nice and toasty here in Houston, heh!

I put together this montage of the trip and added a little music. I used a lot of my pictures, and "borrowed" a few from Photopass. Because of the size and length, I have posted on my personal blog: wonderingwhatsnext.com

You will likely have to load activex to view - let me know if you have any trouble. Warning: it is LONNNNNGG (20 minutes!) but boy, did we have a good time!

Take care, all!

Oh, Lynne, it was wonderful! It didn't seem long at all - just like the trip itself, the show totally flew by. Sweet choices on the music - you are a terrific producer!! I had big smiles, tears, the whole shootin' match. Thank you!!!!!


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Hi all you April ABD'ers!

I'm getting ready to go on the July trip, and am wondering if any of you worked out while on your trip in April? Will there be any time? Will I have any energy? Is it really worth the suitcase space? I normally do something (running, weights or both) everyday and since I'm pretty sure I'll be eating (much) more than normal on this trip it seems like a good idea. Then again, I don't want to sacrifice any touring time since this is such a unique experience!

Any advice you have in this area is appreciated - thanks!

Although I am a fanatical gym goer in regular life, I have yet to devote a minute to gym time on a Disney trip. On the ABD trip I went from early morning until late at night, especially during our time in Anaheim, and wouldn't have given up any of the Disney moments for a gym moment. There is mega walking to be done with touring, so you won't be inactive!



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While in Hollywood, I used the fitness center at the Renaissance Hotel. The first morning I arrived at about 6 and all 5 of the treadmills were in use. I showed up earlier the second morning and found an open treadmill.


Wow!


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Hi Kristen,

I thought that the cardio equipment at the Hollywood Renaissance was good, a decent amount of treadmills, recumbent bikes, etc. But the room could get very crowded. I'd say the earlier you could get there the better.

Next to the room with the cardio equipment is an outdoor area, with a good selection of free weights (ranging from 10's up to 50's). Unfortunately, they do not have much in terms of weight machines, the only one they had was a leg extension machine.

The Grand Californian had a great gym. Excellent cardio equipment (recumbents, treadmills, etc), a lot of free weights (again ranging from 10's up to 50's), and a ton of weight machines. I was able to do everything here that I usually do at my gym at home.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!

Jason


Wow again!

You guys were amazing to find a way to squeeze in the gym time!


Lauren and Jeri - I'm very sorry to hear that your kitty isn't going to get well. Love and hugs to you in this very tender time. Please let me know if I can do anything to help.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:19 PM   #952
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Lauren & Jeri - - so sorry to hear about the kittie I hope you can enjoy what time you have left together

I have to admit - I did go into the fitness center in Hollywood ---- they had free apples

I didn't every bother to look for the one in Disneyland.

We were moving from morning til night everyday - I fell into bed each night.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:21 PM   #953
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So......... has anyone else gotten the second survey from ABD?

THey must have heard you Pete - this one is all about our dining experiences
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We are back in Winnipeg...we got the call yesterday morning that Chris's grandpa had passed away and were on a flight last night to be with his grandma and mom.

They say it was peaceful and while we are terribly sad about the loss and worried about Grandma, we are relieved to know his suffering is over.

Please send some good thoughts our way, I know Chris would appreciate them!!
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:56 AM   #955
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So......... has anyone else gotten the second survey from ABD?

THey must have heard you Pete - this one is all about our dining experiences
I received one earlier this week. It is on my to do list for tomorrow.
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:00 AM   #956
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We are back in Winnipeg...we got the call yesterday morning that Chris's grandpa had passed away and were on a flight last night to be with his grandma and mom.

They say it was peaceful and while we are terribly sad about the loss and worried about Grandma, we are relieved to know his suffering is over.

Please send some good thoughts our way, I know Chris would appreciate them!!
Tracey, please know that you, Chris and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. Grandparents are special people.

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So......... has anyone else gotten the second survey from ABD?

THey must have heard you Pete - this one is all about our dining experiences
I thought the same thing, Marilee. While it seems that many in the group didn't enjoy the Big Thunder BBQ - that didn't bother us at all (except that they ripped us off and didn't give us dessert). It just reminded us of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review food. However, I was BRUTALLY honest about that terrible food at the Italian restaurant in Hollywood and Highland on the first night and the fact that our lunch sat out in tne direct sun for an hour at the Henson Studios.

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Well said, Dave. Our thoughts are with you as well. HUGS.

Lauren and Jeri - Our fur babies are family. I'm sorry for what you're going through. It's hard. HUGS.
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We are back in Winnipeg...we got the call yesterday morning that Chris's grandpa had passed away and were on a flight last night to be with his grandma and mom.

They say it was peaceful and while we are terribly sad about the loss and worried about Grandma, we are relieved to know his suffering is over.

Please send some good thoughts our way, I know Chris would appreciate them!!
Tracey,

Cathy and I have you, Chris and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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Old 07-17-2010, 03:58 PM   #959
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Tracey, you and Chris and your family are in our thoughts and prayers today

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I addressed both those issues also, Dodie. The Hollywood segment could use an overhaul that's for sure as far as meals
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