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Old 03-21-2011, 05:37 PM   #706
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You got a lot done before 9am

what are they going to be doing at DLH?
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:02 PM   #707
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You got a lot done before 9am

what are they going to be doing at DLH?
They've been redoing all 3 towers......new windows (blue tinted), redoing the all the rooms, etc.

They also are totally redoing the grounds & pool. The picture is of what the pool will look like when they're done......I'm gonna miss the pirate boat & croc being there. They tore out the waterfalls......which I'm just heartbroken over!!! I loved walking the grounds, because it was different.....I'm not sure what other changes they're doing but I know the rooms now are darker now......I kinda liked the "retro" thing they had going.....so I'm not sure I'll be staying there. I've seen some pics of the new rooms.....the new backboards are cool.....but the rooms look like any other "nice" hotel room.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #708
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They've been redoing all 3 towers......new windows (blue tinted), redoing the all the rooms, etc.

They also are totally redoing the grounds & pool. The picture is of what the pool will look like when they're done......I'm gonna miss the pirate boat & croc being there. They tore out the waterfalls......which I'm just heartbroken over!!! I loved walking the grounds, because it was different.....I'm not sure what other changes they're doing but I know the rooms now are darker now......I kinda liked the "retro" thing they had going.....so I'm not sure I'll be staying there. I've seen some pics of the new rooms.....the new backboards are cool.....but the rooms look like any other "nice" hotel room.

aww...liked the waterfalls in pics...that stinks


be curious to see what they look when done
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:20 PM   #709
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aww...liked the waterfalls in pics...that stinks


be curious to see what they look when done
There were fences everywhere when I was there in February, I was so curious to see it all.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:32 PM   #710
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aww...liked the waterfalls in pics...that stinks


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There were fences everywhere when I was there in February, I was so curious to see it all.
I'll miss the waterfalls....it was so beautiful & serene back there. I'll be curious to see it when it's done as well.....but enjoyed that the DLH was "old school" & now they're modernizing it......doesn't make it as special in my book.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:32 AM   #711
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Loved all the lastest updates but am sad your report is almost over. Esp now that I have no trip in my immediate future to look forward to because I have been living through yours LOL. I really love your reports as they are so fun and detailed and you take so many great pics that most people would probably never even think to take and it makes it really fun because you see so many things you probably wouldn't even notice otherwise!!

I agree about the DLH too! I really loved it and although we preferred the actual rooms at PPH for size alone after staying at DLH the last time I did like the themeing at DLH and LOVED their pool and restaurants and such. I don't know that I am going to like the new stuff that they do to it but I am DEF anxious to see how it is going to look when it is all done.

I am going to miss Hook's for sure and not sure how this new restaurant is going to compare!

DLH was always one of the places we used to venture over to and look at all the shops and I just hope that it isn't totally changed!
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:31 AM   #712
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Loved all the lastest updates but am sad your report is almost over. Esp now that I have no trip in my immediate future to look forward to because I have been living through yours LOL. I really love your reports as they are so fun and detailed and you take so many great pics that most people would probably never even think to take and it makes it really fun because you see so many things you probably wouldn't even notice otherwise!!

I agree about the DLH too! I really loved it and although we preferred the actual rooms at PPH for size alone after staying at DLH the last time I did like the themeing at DLH and LOVED their pool and restaurants and such. I don't know that I am going to like the new stuff that they do to it but I am DEF anxious to see how it is going to look when it is all done.

I am going to miss Hook's for sure and not sure how this new restaurant is going to compare!

DLH was always one of the places we used to venture over to and look at all the shops and I just hope that it isn't totally changed!
I love doing the TR's.......it lets my actual trip continue a bit longer.....so I'm also sad when they're over!!

DLH really is changing....not just little things but a complete overhaul. So with you, curious to see the changes when done......but sorry to see so many of the things I loved about it being replaced. Will have to just wait this out to see if we love the new things too.

Still think if we get the chance to stay on-site we'll go with the PPH......just loved how bright & cheery it was........the staff there also goes that extra mile to make you feel very special!!
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When we got off the train in NOS, we were on a mission to get a funnel cake & watch the Billy Hill & the Hillbillies show inside the Golden Horseshoe. There was a small line at the Stage Door Cafe, so Mike went to get the funnel cake & I went into the Golden Horseshoe to find us a table. It was pretty busy in there with it being lunchtime.....but I did find a table about 2/3 of the way back on the right side. Here's a few pics I took prior to the show starting.






Mike got back with our funnel cake right before the show started.



Here's..........Billy!!!




















More Billy to come............

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Billy!!!

























Guess what? More Billy coming up!!!


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Ok, let's finish up our time with Billy!!















I took a lot of the pictures from the end of the snack bar, close to the stage to get some closer shots. At one point Billy said something to me.....but I was so smitten, I don't remember what it was......lol

After the show we headed towards the Rivers of America & noticed the Columbia Sailing Ship was now in dry dock.






Critter Country re-opened today, so we headed up to see what we could see.

Splash Mountain under refurbishment:




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Up in Critter Country, we decided to get in line for the Meet-n-Greet. These are a few of pictures while we waited.







Pooh & Tigger were at the Meet-n-Greet.





Both characters went to have some honey & a drink, so we waited less than 5 minutes & when they came back out......they brought Eeyore with them!!

Here we are with Pooh Bear!!



Here I am with Eeyore & then Mike with Eeyore!




And here we are with Tigger!!



We went inside Pooh's Corner shop & took some pics of the sweet treats!!











We took a ride on the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh......I love this ride, it's so bright & colorful!

We took a couple pics of the Splash Mtn refurb signs.




We were really disappointed the Hungry Bear Restaurant was still closed.....I thought I had read that it would reopen today as well........super disappointed when I got home & realized they had an all new menu!!!



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Hillybilly showed looked like it was a lot fun.

Those sweets in Pooh shops looked so good. Mickey and Minnie apples were so stinking cute

Oh, and I Noticed your shirt in one of these pics. That is such a cute top
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We stopped back by the Columbia, because Mike had mentioned there was a goldfish in the dry dock area. Well we also spotted a crawdad!!





I've heard of stories of the CM's bringing things & putting them in the water (bowling balls, computer towers, etc.) but fish & crawdads??

We went to ride POTC one last time......I took one picture of Captain Jack Sparrow at the end of the ride.



When we got off, we headed to Big Thunder Mtn Railroad to take our last ride. So for those of you looking for a fun challenge on this ride.....do it with no hands, & when you see the goat......keep your eye on it until you can't see it anymore!!! You get all spun around & slide all over the seat......so much fun!!!

We walked thru Fantasyland & thru the castle (all of this stuff being tradition for us as we leave the park for the last time).

We stopped at Coke Corner to get a Cherry-Coke. One last stop......it was on the "have to try" list.......Gibson Girl Ice Cream!!!



Here's the choices for sundaes & ice cream treats:



This is the one we decided to try!



Here are some pictures from around the shop as we waited in line.
















Here's our sundae......delicious!!!


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Hillybilly showed looked like it was a lot fun.

Those sweets in Pooh shops looked so good. Mickey and Minnie apples were so stinking cute

Oh, and I Noticed your shirt in one of these pics. That is such a cute top
The Billy show is super funny.....I wish the shows were a little longer....but you can go back during your trip & see new stuff....sometimes its a repeat, but usually each show will have something different!!

We were good......we took pics but didn't taste.........darn it!

Thank you....if you're talking about the blue shirt.....this was an AP shirt for the WoC show......I love it!
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After finishing up our yummy ice cream, we headed back onto Main Street & look who was in front of us!! The Dapper Dans!!



I was happy to see them off the bicycle, so we waited to see if they were going to perform......snapping photos as we followed!!




They pulled me up for a photo!!



And then they started to sing to me! They sang Sweet Adelaide to me. When they were done, they said "your name is Adelaide right?".....I said "it is now!!" lol




As we moved on, I took one last photo of the Dapper Dans!!



We stopped near the flag pole just to people watch for a few minutes before we had to head back over the PPH to catch our shuttle.

Pinocchio & Geppeto were out together.....we didn't get in line, but we did take a photo of them.



We said goodbye to Disneyland & made our way back to the Paradise Pier Hotel. We got our bags & headed to the Valet area to wait for our shuttle. Our Super Shuttle was supposed to be there between 4:05 & 4:20.....it was 3:45. Next thing we knew the shuttle driver comes up to ask if we are the Eck party & we said yes......he was already there waiting for us. He was sooooooo early!!

We loaded up our luggage & jumped on to our shuttle & said our goodbyes to Anaheim.

We arrived at the airport with our boarding passes but still needed to do our checked luggage. We got it all checked & then sat on a very hard, cold steel bench for the next hour. We didn't want to go thru security quite yet, so we stayed on the "open" area until around 5pm.

We headed to security with our carry-on & the Duffy bears caused a HUGE problem.......lol. It was the only thing in our little suitcase. They scanned it, & scanned it, & scanned it......... they said there was something blocking their ability to see into the suitcase. I told them, "no, I think you're seeing the bottom of the suitcase or your conveyor belt.....the only thing in there are 4 stuffed bears" It really was quite comical. Mike's carry on did have to be looked thru, since they saw potentially sharp objects. Well I guess there technically was.......we took off our Anniversary buttons & our lanyards & put them in his carry-on, not thinking about the "sharp" tips could be an issue. Well it was all good......but I was thinking the next thing they were going to do was pat us down......but thankfully, that didn't happen.

We got to our gate & waited for our plane.




We loaded the plane & actually took off a few minutes early!! This is from the plane as we flew over Portland before landing.




We landed about 15-20 minutes early!! Woo Hoo!! We landed & we sent a text to Nick who was picking us up to give us 30 minutes & then pick us up.

We dropped Nick off at home & thanked him for stepping into a hard role of parenting the 4 kids. We headed home to Salem. We were home just before 11pm. Just in time to catch the news of the huge earthquake hitting Japan. After such a wonderful trip, this was so sad to hear.....we were definitely back to reality.

So this ends the trip report for now. I will have Photopass pictures to add after I receive my CD. Hope you'll stick around to see them when I get them!!

Thanx for sharing my trip with me!!!

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