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Old 03-24-2013, 12:44 AM   #2776
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Wow! You just pack so much in on all your updates!

Looks like you are closing out your trip with a lot of great memories for DD2 and the rest of the crew!

I was so glad to see you HM pics even if it is closed down, I was able to show Fran the plaques on the bricks and she verified that those are the ones that she purchased a couple of for our HM room in our new house.
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Another great update. DD2 sure sounds like she did well out of all the adults and attention. It may be merchandise (and Disney does well out of it), but to the kids.....they are treasured memories.
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The pics of DD2 with Tigger, Pooh and Eeyore are adorable. My nephew is here and enjoyed your POTC pics. He's looking forward to his trip in May.
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Wow! You just pack so much in on all your updates!

Looks like you are closing out your trip with a lot of great memories for DD2 and the rest of the crew!

I was so glad to see you HM pics even if it is closed down, I was able to show Fran the plaques on the bricks and she verified that those are the ones that she purchased a couple of for our HM room in our new house.
Thank you Alison. After doing so many trip reports these last few years, I added more to the updates with more comments of what I was thinking and what my party members were saying during the trip. I always let my pictures do my talking on my trip reports and it is nice to add comments on it.

We did get a lot of things done during the trip and everyone had a wonderful time and they are still talking about it today and want to go back.

That is neat to hear that you were able to show the plaques of the bricks from the HM. That must be very neat to have all those HM merchandise for the HM room in your new house.


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Another great update. DD2 sure sounds like she did well out of all the adults and attention. It may be merchandise (and Disney does well out of it), but to the kids.....they are treasured memories.
Thank you PiO. DD2 got a lot of merchandise that trip and her suitcase was so full that she had to carry the Minnie stuffed character and made my aunt carry baby Ariel. We did buy a lot of merchandise during the trip and these were all treasured for DD2, my aunt, her DBF and Kay. Everyone really enjoyed the Glow with the Show Ears that I have purchased for everyone during the trip and they were very nice in our nighttime pictures.


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The pics of DD2 with Tigger, Pooh and Eeyore are adorable. My nephew is here and enjoyed your POTC pics. He's looking forward to his trip in May.
She looked very good in the pictures with Pooh, tigger and Eeyore. I am glad that you nephew enjoyed the PotC pictures. Hope you and your family have a great time during your trip in May. Maybe we will be able to do a DISer meet during the trip. I will be back at the DLR on May 3rd to 5th for the D23 Walt Disney Studios and Tour on Saturday.


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Day 3 – January 14, 2013 – Part 5

Day 3 – January 14, 2013 – Part 5

On our last update, we just finished riding Pirates of the Caribbean and it is so fun to go on this classic ride. Everyone enjoyed it except for DD2 who was scared a little bit on the ride. But she was able to go through the ride without any problems. Just when we were about to leave, we went to one of the merchandise carts right at Café Orleans and bought a Minnie ears. She was excited to get the ears. Now back to the trip report.

We just got the Minnie ears for DD2 and she was happy. I know that she was happy but my aunt and her DBF bought a lot of different merchandise during the trip which almost totaled at least over $100 with the stuffed Disney characters and ears. They were glad that I am an AP holder so they saved quite a lot of money from the merchandise and restaurants.

Next we were close to the River of America and I told them that they should get a picture in this area since I want to get a picture of DD2 with her ears. They all went over to the railings right across from Cafe Orleans and it was a nice picture of them together.


After getting a picture of them, we started to walk down on over to Frontierland and head on back towards Fantasyland.

While we were walking on over towards Frontierland, we all got to see the closed area of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad while it is closed for it’s almost one year refurbishment. It was weird to see BTMRR closed for almost a year for the refurbishment. This is similar to the Matterhorn from last year where it was down for almost a year for the track replacement. It will be fun to see the newly refurbished BTMRR and ride it later on this year. During our trip, Big Thunder Ranch was opened but we couldn’t walk through the backside of Frontierland since it was blocked off during the construction. I know now that the walkway is open right now but during our time we couldn’t go to Fantasyland or vice versa from the backside.


My aunt and DD2 are walking together in Frontierland while I was talking to DBF and Kay about the trip.


While walking down, the front entrance to the Pioneer Mercantile store was closed due to refurbishment on the main entrance. But the store was still open during our time.


During that morning, it was not that busy while walking on out of Frontierland but the day was getting a little busy on a non-busy day at DL.


When we got to the Hub, my aunt DBF remembered the Dole Whip Float from the other night and wanted to get another float before we left that day. Before we head on over to FL, my aunt, Kay and DD2 went on over to FL through Sleeping Beauty Castle while DBF and I head on over to the Tiki Juice Bar to get the float and the soft serve. She still remembers that float from the other night that she mostly finished all by herself. So when we got to the Tiki Juice Bar there was anyone in the queue since it was just close to noon.


We got a float and a soft serve which I usually get. After getting them, we head on over towards FL and through SB Castle to meet with the others. DBF was really going through the float so much that when we got to FL she drank half of the float.

Just when we were in FL, Kay and DD2 were back on King Arthur’s Carousel. This must have been DD2 fourth time riding KAC during the trip. She really likes the merry-go-round a lot since we have one at the Sacramento City Zoo. My aunt was in the ECV waiting for them.


DBF almost finished the float by herself while I am still eating my float when we were in FL.


When Kay and DD2 got off KAC, they were surprised that DBF had finished the float so quickly before they were able to drink the float. She was sorry that she finished quickly but she couldn’t help herself for drinking the float. So I told them that I will go back to the Tiki Juice Bar to get them one while the others do some rides while we were in FL. DD2 wanted to ride Dumbo and that was the next ride for them. The park was a little busy and Dumbo was at least a 20 minute wait. So all four of them head on over to Dumbo while I head on back to the Tiki Juice Bar.

FL was a little busy that afternoon which rides like Peter Pan was long


When I got back to the Tiki Juice Bar, the queue was not that long and I only had to wait about 5 minutes to get the float for DD2 and Kay. When I ordered the float, the CM at the stand asked me that you are back and I was surprised that she remembered me just a while ago. I told her “Yes, I am back and I had to get another one that day”. She was laughing to hear that. I purchased another Dole Whip Float for DD2 and Kay. So I head on over back to FL to meet up with them.

When I got to Dumbo, DD2 and Kay were on Dumbo. I gave the float to my aunt so DBF won’t be able to drink the second float and I got my DSLR out to take pictures of them on Dumbo. For most of the ride, they didn’t go up in the sky and were on the bottom while riding Dumbo.




When they were about to get off Dumbo, I took a few pictures around the area.




We met up with them and my aunt gave Kay and DD2 the float and they help themselves to it. They really went through it quickly since they are enjoying it a lot just like DBF. While we were in the area, there was another ride that DBF wanted to go on and that was Pinocchio Daring Adventure. So we went on over to PDJ and rode it. This is another ride that could be scary for DD2 but she wanted to go on the ride and we all went on it.


During the ride, DD2 was scared of the ride while some scenes like Monstro where she screamed a lot. She wanted to get off while Kay was able to calm her down. So we knew that this was a ride that she wouldn’t like and we told her that it was a scary ride.

When we got off PDJ, DBF wanted to go on over to Disney California Adventure and go on Mickey’s Fun Wheel (excuse me Mickey’s Fun Wheel of Doom which we call it right Sherry, TK). That was one ride that she wanted to do over at DCA. But we weren’t able to do it the other day since we were doing a lot of different rides. Unfortunately, it was close to 1:15pm and we had to leave the park at 2pm so we can get back to the hotel and catch our shuttle back to John Wayne Orange County Airport. We didn’t have enough time and the only time we had was to have something to eat before we left the park. She was a little disappointed that we are not able to ride MFWoD but she understands the situation and hopes to ride MFWoD in the future.

A look at SB Castle with the snow still on during mid January which is neat to see.


We just left FL and back to the Hub. We wanted to get something light before we left that day and I know a perfect place to get something quick before we left. We were now back at the Hub and see that it wasn’t around the Hub.


It was not that busy at Tomorrowland


When we just passed by the Plaza Inn, we stopped on over towards the Little Red Wagon stand to get corn dogs. This is one of my favorite stands to get a corn dog in DL. The line was a little long that afternoon and we only had to wait about 5 minutes to get our corn dogs.


We got a table at the backside of the Little Red Wagon close to the First Aid area and right across from the Main Street Photo Supply Co. store. We ate the corn dogs and everyone was so impressed with the corn dogs even though they cost about $5.35 with the PAP discount. We all talked about the trip and everyone was glad that we got to do this trip. Even though it was our last day, my aunt, DBF, Kay and DD2 will remember this trip for a long time since it is DD2 first trip to DL. DBF is enjoying the trip through a parent view where it was so memorable to her. She even still talks to me and my aunt about the trip which she remembers a lot.

After finishing the corn dogs, we start to head on out of the park and back to the hotel. It was just past 1:35pm that day and we had to get back to the hotel so we can catch our shuttle.


We left DL around 1:45pm and we were now back at the esplanade and start to head on back to Best Western Park Place Inn where we have stayed during our trip.

It took 7 minutes to get from the park to the hotel. I really like BWPPI so much because of it’s location. If I had the choice of what hotel to stay without budget limits, I would stay at the Grand California Hotel all the time but I do like staying at BWPPI and Best Western Anaheim Inn which is a few buildings down from BWPPI. When we got to the lobby, Kay drove her car to the hotel on Sunday and is now going back home to Los Angeles. We all said good-bye to her and she was going to see us again since she will be in Sacramento in less than a week. So we were able to see her back in Sacramento.

When she left, we all waited in the lobby for the SuperShuttle to pick us up and on over to OC airport. When it was around 2:30pm where the SuperShuttle was supposed to pick us up didn’t arrive. We had a 4:30pm flight from OC back to Sacramento and we were all wondering why it hasn’t come and my aunt had to call them and see why the van hasn’t shown up. They told her that here wasn’t a reservation for us to be picked up at BWPPI and over to OC Airport. My aunt was not that happy and she was upset with the SuperShuttle Company for not having us get picked up. The employee at the BWPPI asked us if we need a ride to get from the hotel to OC and my aunt just told them that we need a ride to get to OC Airport. The employee called the Anaheim Limo company and got us a ride on over to the airport. She also told us that we can get a discount on the limo and we were so happy that the employee at BWPPI was able to get us a deal on the limo.

The limo arrived at the hotel around 3pm and was driving a Luxury Sedan. We were all excited to see the car and we were able to pack all of our suitcases and bags in the car. We left the hotel and over to the John Wayne Orange County Airport. We got to the airport around 3:30pm. It took quite a while to get from Anaheim to Orange County where there was an accident when coming to Orange County.

We were all thankful to the driver to come on short notice and got us to the airport. Our flight was Southwest Airlines and we checked a few of our bags. We waited in OC for about 30 minutes until we got on the plane and headed back to Sacramento at 4:30pm. We were all sad that we were leaving and we all knew that we need to get back home to Sacramento to go back to our daily lives.

While we were on the airplane, we were talking about all the things that we have done on this trip and see what we enjoyed the most. They all enjoyed the whole trip which is a good thing. I enjoyed being there to guide them through the parks.

We got back to Sacramento around 6pm that night and we got our car while we parked it at the airport. When we got the car we head on over to my house first since my aunt is taking back her DBF and DD2 back to her house since they left her car there. They dropped me off around 7:30pm that night at my house and said goodnight to me and we will talk to each other tomorrow. This concludes DD2 First Trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.

A few days after when we got back to Sacramento, my aunt talked to us about the SuperShuttle that didn't show up when we were about to leave on Monday and they told her that she had canceled the pickup that day. She told them that she didn't cancel the pickup that day and later on she got a refund from the company and apologized for the inconvenience. At least she got her money back where we weren't picked up that day at BWPPI. Luckily the customer service at BWPPI were so helpful of calling the limo company to pick us up that day.


This has been a memorable trip for DD2 which is her first trip to the DLR and it was a memorable one. DD2 had a great time and she is still talking about DL to this day. She has been asking her mom when are we going back at least once a day. DBF told me that she is looking forward to going back down to where she told me the same thing that she still can’t stop thinking about DL. When I gave them videos of the shows from the trip and from previous ride experience that I have videotaped over the years, they watched them a lot including her soon to be husband kids. They all want to go to the DLR one day and are still talking about it. DD2 was so excited to see Kay come down from LA and be with us during the trip.

The main goals of the trip were for DD2 to have a memorable time at the DLR. It was successful at the beginning when we entered DL when Cinderella was greeting the guests. When DD2 got to meet her, she was so speechless that she wants to be at the park for a long time. The character dining at Goofy’s Kitchen and Ariel’s Grotto were very nice to do and everyone enjoyed eating at those two restaurants. I was glad that they enjoyed those two sit down restaurants and to meet a lot of Disney characters. DD2 was able to meet a lot of Disney characters from the princesses, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc. where she enjoyed meeting all of them. We were able to do the shows like Remember Dreams Come True, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and World of Color which they all enjoyed. We got to go on a lot of rides that they have enjoyed. The one’s that we went on the most was It’s a Small World Holiday, King Arthur’s Carousel and Dumbo. We also bought a lot of merchandise for DD2 which she got a lot of stuffed Disney characters and ears. We also bought a few merchandise for the boys during the trip where we have spent over $100 in merchandise.

It was nice to go with them during the trip as a guide for them. It was also my first experience seeing it through a young child for being at the DLR for the first time. I did everything I can for them during the trip with all my experience and all the valuable information on the boards which helped me prepare this trip with a young girl. I would like to thank all the DISers that have helped me on this trip. This is a trip that I will remember for a long time since I was able to enjoy it with my aunt after we have spent some time during the WDW trip in October/November. I got to spend a lot of time with her DBF and DD2 which was great. I was able to get to know Kay a lot where we have talked to each other on the phone. It was very nice to meet her in person and we had a great time. I was able to see the nighttime shows like I usually do when I go to the DLR and it is always so fun to watch RDCT and WoC. I was satisfied with the nighttime pictures which are getting better and better. I was also happy with the dark ride pictures where some of them turned out great while some of them were still blurry.

This concludes DD2 First Trip to the Happiest Place on Earth on 1/12/13 to 1/14/13. Now I am getting ready for my next upcoming trip back to the DLR on the first weekend of May. The dates will be May 3rd to May 5th on a Friday to Sunday. This trip my DA who goes with me to the DLR a lot will be coming with me back to SoCal and our main goal for this trip is that we will be going to the Walt Disney Studios and Archives in Burbank which is about an hour drive from the DLR to Burbank. I have been looking for a long time to go to the WD Studios and Archives where I have never been too. We got tickets for the tour on the D23 website where we can take a tour of the studios and archives. We will be able to go to the DLR to do some rides and the shows like we usually do, but it is all about the WD Studios and Archives tour. I will write up the pre-trip report later on and tell our plans for this trip.

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Wonderful trip for your Aunt, DBF, DD2 and yourself. I love the pink ears!

We'll fly down to OC on May 4th and visit my DBF from San Diego, then the rest of the family arrives on May 5th for our DL trip.
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Great save to your trip on behalf of the BWPPI! So nice they could get you a limo and get you to the airport on time. I'm going do triple check my Super Shuttle for my Disney Cruise in Galveston as we arrive after midnight. I don't want anyone to think I've canceled when I'm counting on getting to my hotel!


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We'll fly down to OC on May 4th and visit my DBF from San Diego, then the rest of the family arrives on May 5th for our DL trip.
Does your husband know about this "Disney Boy Friend"?
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I love those pink ears!!!

What a great update. I loved seeing shots of your travel Mouseketeers on this this TR. Made it such a fun update to read and SEE!.

Thanks for sharing.

A shame about the shuttle; but well done on the replacement.



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We'll fly down to OC on May 4th and visit my DBF from San Diego, then the rest of the family arrives on May 5th for our DL trip.
Is this something that is newly acquired since November last year?????
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Sure does since it's my best friend from high school. Lol
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That's right, Bret! Mickey's Fun Wheel of Doom. Or Mickey's Fun Wheel of Terror... or Fun Wheel of Mayhem.... or Fun Wheel of Torture.... or Fun Wheel of Nightmares.... or Fun Wheel of Nausea -- Take your pick!

Actually, you know that I was originally calling it Mickey's Fun Wheel of Death. I did not come up with that phrase - someone else did (Nancy/YellowMickeyPonchos of the DIS Unplugged podcasts says that she came up with it, so I'll take her word for it). I liked the phrase and started using it because I have a twisted, odd sense of humor and I liked the sort of darkly comedic ring it had.

Then, in my trip report, Molly/bumbershoot was pointing out that if anything terrible ever happened on Mickey's Fun Wheel she would feel awful having called it the "Wheel of Death." Bad karma, or bad energy, or something. I sort of agreed. I don't want to 'put that out there to the universe,' as they say, and have it backfire.

So adding the "...of Doom" or "...of Terror," etc., at the end of it still gives it that dark edge I wanted to keep, but without that extra morbid shout out to the universe. Disney has a whole Tower of Terror ride -- so I figure that if they can use "Terror" in one of their rides' names, then I can call the Fun Wheel a "Wheel of Terror" (or Doom, or whatever)!!!


I agree with you about wanting to stay close to DLR. If I were not staying onsite when I go, or not just going home at the end of the night, I would want to stay at another hotel within reasonable walking distance. Seven minutes sounds good. I don't want to have to deal with a shuttle or other transportation once I'm at DLR. I just want to be able to walk to the parks in a short time, and walk back to the room quickly if I need to.

An old friend of mine is at DLR this week -- taking his son for the first time ever -- and he and his family are staying at the Anaheim Marriott. That's a good 30 minutes away if they walk, but the Marriott does have a shuttle. Still, though, I wouldn't want to be staying far enough away to where it would either take 30 minutes to walk to DLR every morning, or I'd have to rely on the shuttle to get me to and from DLR. I like to be able to just get up and be there in a few minutes. I like to be staying close enough so that I can just pop back to the room in the middle of the day if I want to take a break, or if I have to get something, and then be back in the parks in minutes. Walking for 30 minutes in 'real life' is a totally different story and I do that a lot. But walking 30 minutes from a hotel to DLR would bother me after maybe the first day! It would get old really fast for me.

So as long as the hotel/motel was close enough to allow me to be at the parks in minutes (as well as clean, bug-free and not crazy expensive), that would be my other option if I couldn't stay onsite. Maybe the BWPPI would be a good choice in the future if I'm not staying onsite?


The tour in May should be fun. The pictures I've seen of it in the past are cool. I think you'll enjoy it a lot!

This was a great TR, Bret! It was nice to see the photos of everyone looking happy, and the little girl was just adorable. Plus, you did some things on this trip that you don't normally do on your DLR trips so it made the TR a bit different and more people-oriented rather than scenery-oriented.
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Really enjoyed your report Bret.

Lovely to see it from the little one's eyes.

Looking forward to more of your adventures and your wonderful photos.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:53 PM   #2787
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I haven't been on the boards lately since I just got a new job and I just have been busy during the day. I finally have some time off and I will get to the posts that I have missed.


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Wonderful trip for your Aunt, DBF, DD2 and yourself. I love the pink ears!

We'll fly down to OC on May 4th and visit my DBF from San Diego, then the rest of the family arrives on May 5th for our DL trip.
Thank you Angela. The pink ears were a nice souvenir to get for DD2. Everyone had a great time and they are still talking to me about a future trip.

Hope you and your family have a great time when you come down to SoCal in early May. I am really looking forward to my trip next month with my DA where we will visit the Walt Disney Studios and Archives.


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Great save to your trip on behalf of the BWPPI! So nice they could get you a limo and get you to the airport on time. I'm going do triple check my Super Shuttle for my Disney Cruise in Galveston as we arrive after midnight. I don't want anyone to think I've canceled when I'm counting on getting to my hotel!
It was very nice of BWPPI staff to help us with the limo where Super Shuttle canceled our pickup for that day. Without them, we would have to call for a cab where it would be more than the limo. My aunt will always do a double check with any reservations on the trip to make sure that everything is alright. Hope you have a great Disney Cruise.


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I love those pink ears!!!

What a great update. I loved seeing shots of your travel Mouseketeers on this this TR. Made it such a fun update to read and SEE!.

Thanks for sharing.

A shame about the shuttle; but well done on the replacement.
Thank you PiO. This has been a trip that I will remember for a long time and I do say that on my previous trips in the past but it was exciting to go with my DA, her DBF, Kay, and DD2. I got a lot of pictures of them during the trip and got a few pictures of me in it as well which is very nice to show on.

It was a shame about the Super Shuttle canceling on us but the staff at BWPPI were so nice to help us by calling a limo to come and pick us up at the last second.


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That's right, Bret! Mickey's Fun Wheel of Doom. Or Mickey's Fun Wheel of Terror... or Fun Wheel of Mayhem.... or Fun Wheel of Torture.... or Fun Wheel of Nightmares.... or Fun Wheel of Nausea -- Take your pick!

Actually, you know that I was originally calling it Mickey's Fun Wheel of Death. I did not come up with that phrase - someone else did (Nancy/YellowMickeyPonchos of the DIS Unplugged podcasts says that she came up with it, so I'll take her word for it). I liked the phrase and started using it because I have a twisted, odd sense of humor and I liked the sort of darkly comedic ring it had.

Then, in my trip report, Molly/bumbershoot was pointing out that if anything terrible ever happened on Mickey's Fun Wheel she would feel awful having called it the "Wheel of Death." Bad karma, or bad energy, or something. I sort of agreed. I don't want to 'put that out there to the universe,' as they say, and have it backfire.

So adding the "...of Doom" or "...of Terror," etc., at the end of it still gives it that dark edge I wanted to keep, but without that extra morbid shout out to the universe. Disney has a whole Tower of Terror ride -- so I figure that if they can use "Terror" in one of their rides' names, then I can call the Fun Wheel a "Wheel of Terror" (or Doom, or whatever)!!!


I agree with you about wanting to stay close to DLR. If I were not staying onsite when I go, or not just going home at the end of the night, I would want to stay at another hotel within reasonable walking distance. Seven minutes sounds good. I don't want to have to deal with a shuttle or other transportation once I'm at DLR. I just want to be able to walk to the parks in a short time, and walk back to the room quickly if I need to.

An old friend of mine is at DLR this week -- taking his son for the first time ever -- and he and his family are staying at the Anaheim Marriott. That's a good 30 minutes away if they walk, but the Marriott does have a shuttle. Still, though, I wouldn't want to be staying far enough away to where it would either take 30 minutes to walk to DLR every morning, or I'd have to rely on the shuttle to get me to and from DLR. I like to be able to just get up and be there in a few minutes. I like to be staying close enough so that I can just pop back to the room in the middle of the day if I want to take a break, or if I have to get something, and then be back in the parks in minutes. Walking for 30 minutes in 'real life' is a totally different story and I do that a lot. But walking 30 minutes from a hotel to DLR would bother me after maybe the first day! It would get old really fast for me.

So as long as the hotel/motel was close enough to allow me to be at the parks in minutes (as well as clean, bug-free and not crazy expensive), that would be my other option if I couldn't stay onsite. Maybe the BWPPI would be a good choice in the future if I'm not staying onsite?


The tour in May should be fun. The pictures I've seen of it in the past are cool. I think you'll enjoy it a lot!

This was a great TR, Bret! It was nice to see the photos of everyone looking happy, and the little girl was just adorable. Plus, you did some things on this trip that you don't normally do on your DLR trips so it made the TR a bit different and more people-oriented rather than scenery-oriented.
There are a lot of different names for Mickey's Fun Wheel. That is very interesting to hear that YellowMickeyPonchos came up with that name. It is a nice phrase to call MFW where it is terrifying to ride especially the swinging gondolas. You will never see me ride the gondola ever in my life since I don't like the rocking part of the ride.


No question about that since I have been staying right across the street from the DLR. I enjoy the hotels close to the DLR so my DA and I could go back and relax until we head on back for the nighttime. I have tried a lot of different off-site hotels that are not across on Harbor Blvd and they were not worth saving the money. I know that some people would disagree with me about that but in my opinion time is the key during a trip. I have lost about an hour or two when i have to park in the Disney parking lot walking to the hotel at least over 15 minutes is not worth it. If I ever live about an hour or two away from the DLR, I would easily go about 1 to 2 times a week. I also don't like the shuttles where it can take as long as 30 minutes to wait for the bus and have to stop at all these other bus stops to pick up other guests.

A 30 minute walk from the hotel to the DLR is a long time where it would be about the same time when you park your car at the parking structure and have to wait to get on a tram and walk through DTD towards the esplanade. Sometimes when I am staying at the BW Stovall's, the walking is quite long where it would take about 12 to 15 minutes and that is through the GCH. It does get tired when you do a lot of walking back and forward. I will always pick the hotels on Harbor Blvd as my first choice and if I ever stay somewhere else it is for something else like the Anaheim Convention Center. I am getting ready for my trip in August for the D23 Expo but first I have my trip next month where we will be going to the WD Studios and Archives.

The BWPPI is a very nice place to stay where it is about average price to stay and the rooms are very nice. Even though the pool is not that large like other hotels, I don't even use the pool and just use the location where it is a short walk. You will like to stay at this off-site hotel as an option if you don't stay on-site.

My DA and I will have a great time at the WD Studios and Archives. I have seen and pictures from franandaj which she went to it last year and they were all amazing. We will have a great time next month and it will be nice to take a break from work.

Thank you Sherry. It's always great to see everyone face looking happy on their first trip to DL or the first time in a long time. DD2 had a great time and she still talks about the trip every time I see her. Her mom and she watches my videos that I took or have taped in the past at least once a day where they still remember that trip. It was all about them and I was happy that they had a great time. It was also nice that I have done somethings that I don't normally do on my trips. This trip will be a memorable one for me in a long time. I had a great time eating at those two dining meals during the trip.

Thank you for your help Sherry again on GK and I might try the lunch or dinner one day.


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Really enjoyed your report Bret.

Lovely to see it from the little one's eyes.

Looking forward to more of your adventures and your wonderful photos.
Thank you disneykiwi.

It was very nice to see the trip through the eyes of a little child where I don't experience that much.

It won't be too long until the next trip in early May which I am getting excited.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:17 PM   #2788
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Looking forward to catching up on your Dl trips. Finally taking the Halloween one I've wanted to take forever. Booked PPH for 10/25 through 10/27.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:38 PM   #2789
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Looking forward to catching up on your Dl trips. Finally taking the Halloween one I've wanted to take forever. Booked PPH for 10/25 through 10/27.
Excited to hear from you again. I had a very busy weekend with my new job that I haven't read your post. You will enjoy my last trip in January where this is a different trip I have done. I am so excited for you and your family that you will be at the DLR in October during the Halloween season and staying at the PPH. i still remember from your DL trip last year that you have stayed at the DLH during your stay.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #2790
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Congrats Brett on your new job! I hope you're enjoying it.
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