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Old 08-27-2014, 12:54 AM   #1
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Disneyland or Bust: A Mother-Daughter Coastal Road Trip **UPDATE 1/24!!**

Hello DIS Friends! Welcome to my latest trip report! First, a brief introduction for the new readers I hope will join in here: My name is Roni - In real life, I’m an attorney. I’m pretty much Elle Woods.

Wait, more *this* version, I’d say.

On weekends and evenings, I morph into an obsessed Disney Trip Planner. I have one child, 7-year-old Willow, and she is, if possible, an even bigger Disney fan than I am. Here we are (back row, right) on one of Willow’s favorite rides in January at DLR.

Willow and I treasure our Disney trips above almost anything else that we do because they have become a way for the two of us to escape the routine and stress of day-to-day life, which at times gets pretty intense as it is just the two of us trying to keep everything on track. On a Disney vacation, we are able to leave all that behind and just have fun together. I am willing to move mountains to make these trips happen for that reason!

This trip was a little different because it involved more than Disney. That’s right, we took a two-week road trip from our home in Eastern Washington State, down the coast of Oregon and California, stopping to see the sights along the way, ending with a 6-night stay at Disneyland Resort.

I plan to share our entire trip here, because the non-Disney part of this trip was equally as fun and meaningful for us, and because I hope that there will be at least a few people who will have an interest in reading about some of the other things we did or who may be contemplating a family road trip like this themselves! And now…..


Now this is a trip report all about Disney and all about road tripping as a family. So I thought I would try something a little different here and shake things up a bit. Each chapter title will feature a (hopefully spot-on, appropriate, relevant) quotation from either a Disney movie or a family road trip movie (not necessarily Disney). The first person to identify the movie from which the chapter-title quotation hails will get a point; two points if the character who said the line is also identified. (If the first person only identifies the movie, the first person to identify the character will also get one point.)

The person with the most points at the end of this trip report will get, well, a lot of points at the very least and, at the most, a shout-out photo of some sort in the upcoming 2015 trip report that will follow the Two DIS Princesses trip scheduled for Willow and Shannon’s (shan23877) daughter Maddie next year!

No fair using Professor Google to figure out the answers - where’s the fun in that?????

So fasten your seat belts and get ready for a ride through Oregon, California and Disneyland! And awaaaaaaaay we go!!!!!

Up Next: Day 1

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Old 08-27-2014, 12:55 AM   #2
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Reserved for chapter links.

1. Day 1

2. Day 2A

3. Day 2A (cont.)

4. Day 2B

5. Day 2B (cont.)

6. Day 3A

7. Day 3A (cont.)

8. Day 3A (cont. again)

9. Day 3B

10. Day 3B (cont.)

11. Day 3C

12. Day 3C (cont.)

13. Day 3D

14. Day 4A

15. Day 4A (cont.)

16. Day 4B

17. Day 4B (cont.)

18. Day 4C

19. Day 4C (cont.)

20. Day 4D

21. Day 5

22. Day 6

23. Day 7A

24. Day 7A (cont.)

25. Day 7B

26. Current Day (Oct/Nov) Update

27. Current Day (Oct/Nov) Update Cont.

28. Day 8A

29. Day 8A (cont.)

30. Day 8B

31. Day 8B (cont.)

32. Day 9A

33. Day 9A (cont.)

34. Day 9B

35. Day 9B (cont.)

36. Day 10A

37. Day 10A (cont.)

38. Day 10B

39. Day 10B (cont.)

40. Day 10B (cont. again)

41. Day 10C

42. Day 10C (cont.)

43. Day 10D

44. Day 10D (cont.)

45. Day 10E

46. Day 10E (cont.)

47. Day 10F

48. Day 10G

49. Day 10H

50. Day 10H (cont.)

51. Day 10I

52. Day 10I (cont.)

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Old 08-27-2014, 01:01 AM   #3
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Hello Friend! I do hope that you'll teach me the Bend and Snap when we finally meet up!

And you can smash mountains too. You are beyond fabulous.

I can't wait to hear about the whole trip! And if I win the game you have to buy me a can of spray cheese. I'm assuming I'll already have some shout outs.

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I read your trip report from January, although I never commented! Looking forward to seeing where you two stopped along the way to the DLR! Road trips are so much fun.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:10 AM   #5
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I'm in. I love the Elle Woods' pics. That is one of my nicknames. I am actually L. Wood (singular) and also a lawyer. I would opt for pic 2 as a better depiction as well, mostly because of the facial expression.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:02 AM   #6
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Joining in, can't wait to hear about you new adventure!
Sept and Dec Pre Trip report! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....5#post51545645

A December 2013 Trip report "I'd rather be sick at Disney than at home! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post51587193 (Completed)

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Marking my place to go back and read!

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Old 08-27-2014, 10:35 AM   #8
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I'm a serial lurker on here, but I am hooked already! Looking forward to following your adventure. I have always wanted to do a long road trip down the coast from Portland.

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:13 AM   #9
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Here Roni and so looking forward to riding along on your journey.

Oooh a contest with a shout out prize in what will I'm sure be an EPIC trip report? I'm intrigued...
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:24 AM   #10
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I'm here! You can start now..... this sounds like an awesome TR! I'm excited to see all the things you did on your road trip!
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:41 AM   #11
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Your use of gifs kills me!!

I'm so glad you're including the road trip portion! One of my best friends from high school lives in Oregon now and he really wants me to visit, but I'm a broke college kid so flying to the opposite coast isn't really an option right now. So I'll be excited to see West Coast pictures

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Old 08-27-2014, 12:09 PM   #12
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I'm joining in. I will try to keep on top of this although it will be hard with my own TR still going and a PTR and we leave in 23 days for Disney. If I don't post often, please know that I am reading along.
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Hi! Came over from the joint PTR. We always do road trips and we'll be visiting the West Coast park in January, so I'm looking forward to reading about your trip.
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Joining in, love your trip reports!
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Joining in! I've loved reading your other trip reports. You offer great advice. Fellow attorney, Disney fanatic and mother of princesses (DD12 and DD1), so I find myself relating to just about everything you write.

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