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Old 09-26-2010, 08:54 PM   #16
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Day 2

We got ourselves up and checked out at the Sheraton, and headed over to the GC!! So exciting! We dropped off our bags and Mike went to park the car while I checked us in, and set up our keys etc. They would be texting when the room was available. Mike met us and we headed into the park, and it was just about 8:15!
If you refer to the link above, you'll see the trouble we had with the passes (again). We went on the Nemo ride first; the wait was longer than we expected, but we figured it would only get worse, so we waited. I thought it was really cute, better than living seas nemo, Mike wasn't as impressed. Then we were going to go on Matterhorn, and Joel was like "I'm not going on that- are you nuts?" so, in keeping with the wise words of Timon and pumbaa we "let the cubs decide" and skipped it for now. We headed into Fantasyland and did a ton of short wait rides; dumbo, the carousel, Casey's, then over to POTC, then it was time to eat. Mike and Joel had both eaten bananas earlier, but I was hungry. We went to the French Market for "brunch", and it was pretty good. We showed our passes for the AP discount, and it wasn't working right- we did get the discount though- and then we we went back to the AP place (see link above).
Did I mention how hot it is now?
Anyhoo, we just kept doing rides, the train, winnie the pooh, Joel wasn't tall enough for Splash Mountain but we did go on the gadget coaster! We got the text that the room was ready about 2:30, and headed over around 4. We've just been waiting for our luggage (which has since arrived), and now we're heading to the pool! Our view is totally wicked awesome too! If I knew how to add pictures (I will later) I'd show it here!
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More day 2

The pool was great! Joel loved the kiddie slide too. Mike did take a spill when he got out though~ I missed it, I just saw him sitting on the ground. Apparently he was tip toe walking because it was so cold when he got out that he slipped and took out a little girl too. Everyone was fine; he was embarrassed. I overheard the little girl's mom saying something like "he took it worse than she did."
We decided to go to white water snacks for supper, and let me just say the shredded beef nachos were really delicious! Joel must have been starving too because he ate all his chicken nuggets, french fries, most of the grapes that came with my chicken salad sandwich (also delicious), and his milk. Mike got a burger and we had shared the nachos.

We have also decided that we'd watch WOC from our room. It really feels like we have the best view in the entire resort, honestly! We were joking about having people come to our balcony to watch!
More on that later!
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:57 PM   #18
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We had a super view of WOC! I was able to tape the whole thing my resting my flip camera on the table too...not that I imagine I'll watch it often though I'm sure seeing it up close isn't comparable, but being able to sit on the balcony at the end of a long, hot day really seemed more worth it to us. And Joel slept through it anyway

Monday morning had us up fairly early again. Joel woke up -we think- sleep walking. He was crying and had gotten out of the pull out, looking for water and walking toward the door. I got him some water and put him in bed with Mike, and took to the pullout for myself. Anyway, we were all up around 7, and decided to head back to white Water snacks for breakfast. We then took advantage of getting into CA early, we walked around waiting for stuff to open up, since it was before 9:30 when we headed in. We sweated the morning in the park, hitting up the swinging side of the ferris wheel, something Mike and I had never done. Man, did Joel LOVE it! He was roaring as we swung; I thought Mike was going to make use of the puke bags! After that we were going to try to get FPs for CA Screaming, but something wasn't working so I took Joel on King Neptune's carousel- he rode a whale. Then we saw Jessie and the army guy with no line, so we ran over for pictures! Joel was pumped! CA Screaming was getting ready to open up, so I took Joel over to A Bug's Land while Mike rode and would meet up with us. We did the ladybugs, and bumper cars, and then Mike came over so we all rode the chew chew train. Joel drenched himself in the water spout (as did I- but it was refreshing!) Since we were so wet we decided we'd skip it's tough to be a bug, and headed over to the mission tortilla tour and after our tortilla, we decided we should grab lunch. We went to Taste Pilot's grill - I had ribs - they were pretty good, and the boys had chicken nuggets. We also saw Mater & Lightning, and took pictures with "them."

Mike had wanted to head down to UC Irvine to get a t-shirt, so we decided we'd head out there in the peak of the heat of the afternoon. Joel napped the whole time, which was nice, and Mike got his t-shirt. We also took a "scenic" route back, and picked up some more water, and got some donut snacks at Winchell's. They were really good! We went back to the room to drop stuff off, and headed back to DL. We were going to take the monorail over because it was going to be down for the rest of our time, and unfortunately it was down so we walked. The crowds definitely seemed quieter than the weekend, which was also nice. We went straight to HM- the Nightmare overlay is really cool! Joel wouldn't let go of my hand the whole time though We hit POTC next, and jungle cruise and the tiki room again. We were trying to talk Joel into Matterhorn again, but he wasn't budging. We walked over that way too, but they had closed the line so we went to iasw instead, which was lovely too. It's so nice to have such short waits!
We're back in the room now; we were going to head to the pool, but now that we're here, we -Mike and I- don't really feel like leaving the room....It was 107 on the car thermometer when we went to Irvine; the temps are supposed to be dropping so hopefully tomorrow's weather won't be as oppressive.
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Tuesday started early again, with a phone call from Mike's boss. He ended up working for a few hours in the room while I took Joel over for early morning entry. We weren't sure how long Mike was going to be; we got in line around 8:45, and decided to grab a bite at the bakery before hitting rides. We got milks and a muffin for Joel and a croissant for me, and headed right to astro orbitor. Again, lines were brief since it was so early, and we took our spin. I kept expecting Mike to call or show up, but no news yet. I also figured it would only tick him off if I kept calling to see when he was coming- he was ticked off enough to have to work at all. We had a 10 minute wait for Buzz Lightyear, and from there, we headed toward fantasyland. We rode Mr. Toad, snow white, and Pinnocchio, and then Joel was begging for POTC again. We rode twice in a row, and while we were on the 2nd go 'round, Mike had called to say he was in the park and would meet us at the exit.

For lunch, we went to the big Thunder ranch BBQ, and it was great! The food was delicious and the service was terrific- the entertainment was cute too. We had the usual fare, chicken & ribs, beans, corn bread, and cole slaw. We got the family style chocolate chip cookie in the skillet for dessert and it was AWESOME! I'd have to say it was even better than a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich from the Main St. Bakery in WDW, which is my favorite! We worked our way around the park some more; we went to the petting zoo right after lunch, rode HM, Casey's again, and finally took some photopass pictures by the Castle.

We headed back to the hotel around dusk so we could swim again- Mike was going to take the plunge and go straight to the big slide. He did- and there was no falling down this time! They closed the slides fairly early though- defintely earlier than the other night, so we didn't stay long. We grabbed dinner at -guess where? Yup, again, White Water snacks, and brought it up to the room so we could watch WOC while we ate, which we did. Joel stayed in the room because it was "too loud" he said.
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Our last DL day :(

Every Disney trip comes to and end, and this was our last full day. We were up at DL just before rope drop. We were going to grab a bite at the bakery, but the line was too long and we wanted to hit Peter Pan before the line got crazy. We did that first, and then hit the other Fastasyland rides with little lines. Then Joel started asking about Pirates, so we worked our way over there. We saw that the river terrace was serving breakfast, so we decided to eat there first. We both had the steamboat~ pancakes, eggs, bacon for me, sausage for Mike, and we got the big fruit plate. I had more eggs than Mike so I shared more of mine with him -Joel has been fussy about eggs- sometimes he pounds them, and sometimes he can't be bothered. He also enjoyed the pancakes.

From there we decided we'd take turns on splash mountain. I went first- single rider line rocked- and I got hosed! Like, it's 10 hours later and my shorts still feel damp soaked! It was great though! Mike went next and I took Joel on Pirates. From there, we wanted to ride on the Columbia- we just missed a ride, so we lingered around in the shops before we were able to ride. We worked our way back over to Adventureland, and I really wanted to ride on the Indiana Jones ride, so we single rode again- that's an awesome ride! Mike had taken Joel up through the tree house while I was riding.

Once Mike was done, we were getting hungry again, so we decided we'd start mosying our way to Main st. shops, and work our way out. We were going to use our restaurant.com certificate for HOB. Mike squished some pennies along the way too. HOB was really quiet, it was an off time, so we ate right away. Mike and i had the same meal (how corny...)- the soup of the day was a shrimp & corn bisque that was really yummy, and the meatloaf. joel had grilled cheese. We decided from there we'd take a ride down to Long Beach state (or UCLB as I believe it's now called) so Joel could take a nap and Mike could get a t-shirt. We were successful on both counts!

We got back to the resort and headed over to CA to catch the rides we missed earlier. I really wanted to ride CA screamin, since I didn't the other day, and we'd been telling Joel we could ride the silver rockets (the golden zephyr). We also wanted to check out the "coming attractions" they had in the building that used to have the Mondavi wines show. The new Little mermaid attraction as well as Cars land look awesome! I single rode the roller coaster- I really think it's my favorite disney coaster- and it didn't disappoint! I met up with mike and Joel at the ferris wheel- we did the non-swinging gondola this time. It was a great view! I took Joel on the zephyr from there- he loved it! I thought we were going to head out from there, but Mike decided he wanted a margarita, so we headed over to the Wharf to the margarita stand only to find out it was closed Joel saw the bug's land, so we decided to do the rides over there again- Joel loved francis's boogie again! Then we headed back to the room to watch WOC and start to pack.
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Thursday morning had us up and ready to leave the resort around 9:30. It's always a little sad to leave, but we really had a great time, and we still had a few more days of vacation left. we were meeting one of Mike's interviewers who lived in LA, and we were having lunch in Venice Beach. We weren't sure how traffic was going to be and we wanted to have plenty of time, and we did get to the area with plenty of time to spare. We met Barbara, and walked along the boardwalk (or whatever you call that area) for a while, checking out the locals and the shops. I bought a few postcards, sunglasses for Joel and I, and a magnet before we headed back to the restaurant for lunch. We ate at a place called the Figtree Cafe, and it was really good! I wanted to get something California-ish, so I had a chicken sandwich with sprouts and avacado- it was delicious! Joel had a chicken & cheese quesadilla, which was really a grilled cheese sandwich with chicken, but he ate it. Mike had an omelet, as they serve breakfast food all day. As we were walking out, a gentlemen sitting behind us stopped us and said he comes here all the time, and there are so many wild, unruly kids that come in, and that Joel was probably the best behaved kid he'd ever seen in there. It was really nice to hear, especially since he was starting to get a little restless.
Anyway, we parted ways with Barbara, and decided to spend a little time on the beach. It was a little overcast, but the views were still amazing. The water was cold, and we weren't really swimming but Joel managed to get hosed by the waves. From there we decided to head down to the Santa Monica pier; we squished some pennies there, and rode the ferris wheel. By the time we were done there, we were ready to check into the hotel. We started heading over toward Hollywood, and Mike decided we should see where Pink's hot dogs was so we could go there for supper. We found it, and since there was no line, we went. Joel -mr. hot dog at home- decided he wanted a cheeseburger, but Mike and I got hot dogs. I got the Today Show dog, which was 2 beef dogs with chili & cheese, onion and guacamole. It was kind of gross to look at but really good! Mike got much more tame dogs; I think one was a straight chili dog and the other had cole slaw on it. We thought we saw a guy who looked like Dave Chappelle walking buy, and there was a girl sitting behind us who was talking about having a speaking role in a movie, but we didn't know who she was.

From Pink's we did go to the hotel. There was traffic getting by the hollywood bowl - i believe soul asylum was playing- and then traffic getting to Universal as it was some Alice Cooper halloween night thing. We checked into the Universal Sheraton, and it didn't seem too different from when we stayed there in 2006. We decided we'd head over to Citywalk to check stuff out, and maybe get a snack. We trekked over and popped in and out of stores, and got ice cream from Ben & jerry's before heading back to the room. Joel got a bath when we got back to the room- he was so sandy from the beach he left a ring around the tub!
Friday we're off to the park!
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Friday had us up early and ready for Universal! We headed over to Citywalk to hit up Cinnabon for breakfast (does anyone ever eat these anywhere but at airports or on vacation!?!?), and then over to the park with our coke rewards tickets! Neither of us had done much reading up on the park, so we were a little ...unprepared? We had pictures taken as we walked in, and right off the bat we saw Dora- Joel was thrilled, and we took a picture. Then we headed over toward the Simpsons ride. The plan was that Mike would ride first, and I would take Joel over to the Curious George area. We took pictures with George and SpongeBob; I was surprised at how disorganized the picture "lines" were; people were hanging all over George while I was trying to take Joel's pictures....no respect for the line!! Also, as it turned out, the play area didn't open until 11, so Joel and I went back to the Simpsons area and took a picture with Marge, and checked out the Quik-e-mart. There was cool stuff in there, but I didn't buy anything. Mike finally came out -5 minute wait my butt- and I took my turn. He said -and keep in mind he is a HUGE Simpsons fan- that it wasn't that great; he thought the jokes in the queue were better than the ride. I disagreed. I thought the scenes in the queue were great too, and the inside of the line had me cracking up. Keeping in mind that we are both not fans of simulators, I was Ok with the ride; I thought it was really neat, but I'd much rather be on an actual roller coaster than a fake one. All in all though, I did think it was a cool ride.

I met the boys in the CG area. Joel was having a ball; we took him into the ball jungle, and then we heard someone mention shrek was starting soon, so we decided to check it out. I thought it was funny; Mike thought it might have been a little inappropriate for the younger crowd...we're not prudish with Joel, but we could see where some people might be a little offended. We went back to CG so Joel could run around- the kid got HOSED! I did too, actually, chasing him around, but it felt good.

From there we hit our longest line of the day, the backlot tour. The sign was posted for 25 minutes, but it was more like 45. It was a great ride though! The special effects were awesome, and driving down Wisteria Lane is a thrill for any desperate housewives fan! I was also keeping my eyes out for the cast of Parenthood, my other show, but just saw the buildings where they film. More great views of the area on the ride too! By the time we were done with the tour, it was late in the afternoon, so we decided to eat at Mel's. Would you believe the shake machine wasn't working!? We just had usual fare- burgers for us and chicken nuggets for Joel. We saw the animal actors show from there- Joel was impressed! And then we caught WaterWorld, which was a terrible movie but a cool stunt show! We were ready to head out after that.

All in all, I was glad we didn't have to pay to go to the park. It didn't really have much for Joel, besides the animal show and the curious george stuff. All the scary halloween stuff was out too, which he was unbothered by, but most of the attractions were too intense for him, or he was too short. Universal Orlando definitely has the advantage when it comes to kids Joel's age.

After we left the park, we decided to take a drive- and hope Joel would take a short nap! We drove up to Griffith Observatory to check out the views, and Joel did fall asleep. Then we decided to drive down Rodeo drive to see the stores we never shop at Our last stop was Hollywood Blvd so we could go to the Disney soda fountain. I thought we'd get a snack there, but we didn't We walked down the boulevard a little bit for some penny squishing, but we didn't go too far before heading back. we went back to the room for the last night of vacation, and to start to pack.
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Finale

So every good vacation has to come to an end We got up early so we could finish packing and head to the airport. Mike never bought a Universal penny book, so he decided to take a walk up to citywalk and buy one before we left. While he did that, I finished packing and got Joel up and ready to leave. We checked out and decided we'd try to find a starbucks close to the airport. I thought I remembered seeing one near the car rental so we put that in the GPS as our point of reference.

While on the way to the airport, Mike said to look for Randy's Donuts; we'd breakfast there! We got there, picked out some donuts, got the car gassed up, and decided we'd hope for a Starbucks on the other side of security. We returned the car ($134 for a week for our HHR- not bad at all!!) and headed on the bus to the airport. There was a short enough line at the check in...we paid our $30 for our 2 checked bags (I made sure to see that carseats did not have a charge), and headed toward security. While in the line, there was a lady a few people in front of us that I think might have been La Toya jackson. Mike thinks it wasn't her. Also while in line, and non-English speaking woman decided to cut the line. It was like customs at CDG all over again! The people behind me where like ***?? as was I, and then Mike got all belligerent and said "excuse me, there's a line here!" There was another Australian woman behind us with a baby who also was upset and exclaimed "are you serious?! I have a baby here! How rude can you be!?!?" The security guy checking IDs said nothing, and the cutting woman moved back behind the baby-lady. I was trying not to laugh. Mike continued to shake his head. Anyway, we were excited to see starbucks just on the other side of security Mike sent me ahead to look for milk for Joel, and we met up by the AirTran gate.

Here's where our AirTran once again showed us how sketchy they are. It was about 45 minutes prior to takeoff when they started boarding. We had just settled in to finish our donuts and enjoy our frappachinos. Mike went up to the gate to see about getting a gate check for the stroller, and no one was at the gate. There was another woman also waiting at the gate. It appeared that the only person working in the area was the guy calling people to board. We were in zone 1 so we boarded right away. We told him we wanted to gate check the stroller and he said where did we want to get it? We said Boston was our final destination, but given how chaotic the boarding area was, we said we wanted it in Milwaukee. The guy was like "just tell us where you want to pick it up and it will be there,' filling us with oodles of confidence. They tagged the stroller and we boarded. While we were on board, enjoying our donuts and frappas, Joel started messing with his milk cap. Long-story-short, he put it in his mouth, started choking, I whacked him on the bag and he proceeded to throw up (cap included) all his milk and the donut and a half that he ate all over himself, the side of the plane, and the floor. We hit the call button -at this point the plane was just about fully loaded, but we weren't leaving yet- and it took Mike getting up and saying basically "we need some napkins or something- we have a thrower-upper" before the flight attendant casually strolled over. The attendants on the flight were not friendly, they seemed quite unhappy to be on board (and not just because there was throw up on board), and not very helpful. With it being the end of vacation, i didn't have a change of clothes for Joel, so he had to stay in his pukey clothes. he couldn't have cared less though. We got him cleaned up as best as we could, and threw a bunch of paper towels on the floor to help absorb yuckiness. The flight itself was fairly uneventful (phew!) I do feel sorry for the people who would be sitting in our seats next though!

We got to MKE a little early, and luckily the gate we flew into was next to the gate we were flying out from, and the stroller was waiting for us too. We had hoped to have enough time to get something to eat (we just had pretzels and those biscoff cookies I LOVE on the plane) but since they board so early, Mike gave me Joel and my boarding passes and he was going to hunt and gather. Being Wisconsin, he came back with 4 cheese sticks and a giant bag of cheese puffs. Better than nothing, right? The attendants on this leg were like night and day from the earlier leg. They were friendly and seemed happy to be there.
We also got to Boston a little early. It's always cool to fly into Boston where I can recognize stuff. The Red Sox were playing the 2nd game of their day-night doubleheader with the Yankees, and we flew over Fenway. Once we finally got our luggage, we waited and waited and waited for the 88 bus that goes to the economy parking lot. We had hoped to be home before 11, but it was closer to 10:30 by the time we got to my car. I couldn't believe how far out the lot was- it's been a long time since we've parked at Logan. Traffic was on our side, and we did get home shortly after 11. Joel had fallen asleep in the car so I carried him in and tried to keep him asleep when I changed him -failed- but we got everything in and settled in for the night.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:51 PM   #24
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Some final thoughts...

All in all the trip turned out well -no major catastrophes, with the exception of our pass trouble- and that's always a good thing.

I really, really loved the hotel (GCV, that is); I'm so glad there are DVC rooms in Disneyland now- but I might be spoiled for other resorts. Our room was bigger than I expected, and like I mentioned earlier, the view was unbeatable! While we didn't do too many TS meals (was it just the 2???), the food overall and the parks, and especially in White water Snacks was really good. I really liked that we were able to walk to both parks; I was bummed that we didn't get a chance to take the monorail though. I liked that MK wasn't as big as MK in WDW, it seemed like we did so much and didn't have to walk as far; I particularly liked that we could ride POTC over and over again too!

As far as the crazy, record-breaking heat, well, I'd much rather have it be really hot than really cold. Plus, as Beyonce says "a little sweat ain't never hurt nobody!" Also, it's a lot easier on our pale skin to go swimming in the evening, rather than during the middle of the day- although my ride on Splash Mountain was like swimming in my clothes. While I did miss my 2 favorite desserts, ice cream cookie sandwiches from the bakery, and creme brule, the cookie skillet we shared at the BBQ was right up there!

I did decided (again) that I like seeing the parks better with no holiday decorations, but the HM was really cool with the Nightmare overlay. We did miss Space Mountain, which I was a little bummed about, but we were *lucky* enough to see Captain EO. Yikes! I am super excited about Cars Land (as is Joel of course), and the little mermaid ride too!

The only real problem I saw with our time at DLR -besides the pass debacle again- was that there didn't seem to be too many photopass photographers in the early morning, or even around the park in general. I was doing a share, and my thoughts on shares is always that they're worth it as long as you get 2 good shots. I believe we took 2 pictures at MK and 8 at CA, and the CA pictures are just of me and Joel.

At Universal, we were pleased to have our free tickets from Coke points. I just didn't find it that great of a park for Joel. I was also annoyed with how long we waited for the back lot tour, and how people didn't line up for character pictures- it was just a free-for-all. I was also annoyed that the shake machine at Mel's wasn't working. I did like the 10% off discount that we got with the AAA card though.

All in all, a terrific trip, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
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The next chapter!

here's where our story continues~

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2520221

Thanks for reading!
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