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Old 12-28-2011, 04:24 PM   #556
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We were too!!!!!! We sat there for almost 5 minutes before the figured out we were stuck.. Then the people in line above us were having fun with us.. Let's just say, I will never forget that ride!!
That's crazy that they didn't realize they had overloaded the boat!! I imagine those in line waiting had a pretty good idea of what was going on.....I'd be so embarrassed......lol But yes, a VERY memorable ride for sure!!!

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What a great idea for gifts for the older boys. I love gifts that you can see everyday, and wall hangings are so perfect. I collected pins starting with my first steam boat willie that has the spinning boat wheel. I have mostly limited edition pins. I have a few mystery pins also. I am so funny every now and them i get them out, nicely lay them on the bed and sort thru them all. I am just going to give to the grandkids. I totally loved the mickey red ball with black santa belt. Pictures are so vivis. I think they show the colors of a disney christams so wonderful. Looking forward to more Patty
Thanx Patty.....the boys were thrilled with them......I'll have to keep that in mind for gifts in the future.

I have my pins in a briefcase looking bag......I really need to put them in something to display them.....seems a shame to spend that much money on them & keep them hidden. Think I'll look into doing some shadow boxes with other memorabilia from our trips. I used to scrapbook every trip, but not since we got the twins......I just don't seem to have the time now (I also didn't have a safe place to do them with out lots of help).....but our set up in the new house should let me get back to doing them again. Just have to get motivated.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:02 PM   #557
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Chapter Forty Six~~The Text!!

So while we're sitting in the Small World boats waiting our turn to unload, I hear my phone go off with a text, it's Lisa again. We had discussed the possibility of going over for the WoC VIP seating (if there was room) or the fireworks. She was asking me which one I was going to do.....since the tour ran late, I decided to just stay in the park & watch fireworks again. I love the fireworks & would like to see them & not be behind a tree this time.....lol Well GREAT news.......she was already positioned for the fireworks, curbside in front of the castle!!!!! Well I was on my way once I got off the ride.

I find Lisa & what a great spot to watch everything......it also helps that both Lisa & I are tall, so people standing in front of us wasnt' a big deal..........

I was able to see the castle lighting again.....it's so beautiful in person!










SNOW!!!!!!!





We sat down on the curb for a while as we waited & I decided it was time to enjoy my delicious Gingerbread Man cookie I got from the tour.



As we sat & waited, you could see lots of people filling every nook & cranny.....if they saw a spot for one more person, they'd squeeze a group of 8 into it. Lisa & I held our own pretty well.....until the fireworks actually started. The guy just off to my right, ended up almost in my lap (if I had been sitting) by the time the fireworks were done. I thought for sure my pics would have his elbow in every shot.....but luckily I was able to shoot around that. I had visions of the Brady Bunch & Marcia with the "Oh my nose!!"

The fireworks began........LOVE IT!!!!
















More fireworks coming up next!

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Old 12-28-2011, 08:14 PM   #558
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Chapter Forty Seven~~More Fireworks.



















When the fireworks ended and the crowds started to leave, Lisa & I stayed & just waited for things to slow a bit. We were shocked by the filth & garbage that was left behind from the people in our area (I'm sure it was like that anywhere the masses had gathered to watch). Unbelievable that people would just leave piles of garbage on the ground. One lady & her family left a ton of stuff & I loudly said, do you do that in your own house......I guess I'll just go to your house & drop garbage all over....I'm sure you won't mind!!! Ugh......she ignored me, but I know she heard me. What pigs!!! It keeps a lot of CM's employed but sheesh people.......if you don't want people going to your house & dropping garbage in your place.....you probably shouldn't do it when you go out in public.....gross!!

Lisa was off & running again & we said our goodbyes. We had a great time together!!! I was in search of some dinner....the cookie just wasn't cutting it.

Next up: Let's finish the night with a dog, treat & orange soda!!


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Old 12-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #559
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Chapter Forty Eight~~A dog, treat & orange soda!!

So I was hungry, a bit shaky but didn't want a huge dinner at this time of night......so what to have. I debated for a bit as I got one last picture of the castle & did some people watching.



I decided it was time to try a Disneyland corn dog. I've seen pics & heard rave reviews but never had one or even wanted one on our trips. I'll admit the pics always make it look burnt & super thick breading. I got in line at the Corn Dog Cart by the Plaza Inn & waited my turn.

The corn dogs are huge.....they do have a thick breading & do come off a bit dark from the frying....but they are not burnt & the breading is cooked. So I found a table at the Carnation Cafe to sit at & people watch as I tackled this thing.



It was really good!!! This is definitely something I need to share with someone.....I didn't even get halfway thru it before I had to stop eating on it. Now that I know how good they are, I see a corn dog on a future trip.

I made my way up the rest of Main Street & out the gates.....another fantastic day completed. I made a stop at the World of Disney store.....not sure if I bought anything or not.....lol I'm sure I did!!

I walked back through the GCH & over to the PPH. I made a quick stop into the Surfside Lounge to pick up an orange soda to take up to the room. Well those super cute demitasse Mickey holiday cups with peppermint mousse were in the showcase & I had been wanting to get one, so I got it to take upstairs as well. This made for a fun balancing act at the elevators. But I made it up the elevator with my bags, soda & cup & to the room door.....hmm, another little balancing act & whew, I made it inside!!!

The whip cream/frosting/icing or whatever was on the top was nasty!!!! Just like the bumblebee cupcake I had.......lots of it but dry & dense....ick! The chocolate peppermint mousse (pudding) was good.....I took a few bites & the rest hit the trash......I rinsed out my cup & wrapped it up for packing. Here's the dessert.



Sherry was sleeping when I got back to the room & Molly was working on packing. I had most of mine done....just a couple things to stuff into a suitcase. I took a couple more pics of our view.





Mike started texting me & not wanting to disturb Sherry, I decided to grab my soda & head downstairs to call Mike. It was great to hear his voice & get an update on the kids. They were missing me & I think Mike & Tyler were really appreciating everything I do on a daily basis. It felt good to be missed & needed. After saying goodnight to him, I headed back to the room......whisper chatted with Molly a little & then climbed under the covers.....ready to get some sleep!!!

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Old 12-28-2011, 10:10 PM   #560
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AWKKKKKKK!!!!! I went over my bandwidth limit on photobucket & most of my pics are now gone. I knew I was close to the limit so switched to my other account.....but I apologize......most of my report is missing pics now until Jan 17th.......UGH!!!!!!!
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Well I think I fixed the photobucket issue, but page 35 seems to not want to come back.....I'll check it in the morning & if it is still missing.....I guess I'll try to redo those posts.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:56 PM   #562
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Laurie, You have taken some VERY VERY good pitures of the Castle with the firworks. You could blow those up and use your work as gifts. Don't buy pictures when yours are so wonderful. When the divas have the christmas exchange you could do a collage for who ever you get I am sure they would love it. The new camera was such a good idea am so glad your husband thought about it .

Have a nice night -- stay warm -- seems to be a bit chilly here

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Laurie, You have taken some VERY VERY good pitures of the Castle with the firworks. You could blow those up and use your work as gifts. Don't buy pictures when yours are so wonderful. When the divas have the christmas exchange you could do a collage for who ever you get I am sure they would love it. The new camera was such a good idea am so glad your husband thought about it .

Have a nice night -- stay warm -- seems to be a bit chilly here

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Well thank you so much Patty......those were taken with my camera I got over a year ago......I didn't take Mike's new camera.....I'm not sure I could even begin to know how to work it.....lol

It's warmed up here & is raining like crazy!
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I agree! The photos of the fireworks are amazing. Love them.

The corn dogs there are so yummy, especially with a little bit of ketchup (don't like a lot). I can never eat the full thing either. Too big. I want one now though.

That Mickey Mug is so cute!
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I agree! The photos of the fireworks are amazing. Love them.

The corn dogs there are so yummy, especially with a little bit of ketchup (don't like a lot). I can never eat the full thing either. Too big. I want one now though.

That Mickey Mug is so cute!
Thanx!!

The corn dog was really good....I also used a little ketchup.....lol !!!

The mug had a little plastic cup inside with the mousse in it.....so think dixie cup (you know, the disposable paper cups you keep in the bathroom). So it's a little mug.....very cute!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:21 AM   #566
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Laurie -

From one avid photo-taker to another, I really think it would be a very worthwhile investment for you to upgrade your Photobucket account (the one with the bandwidth issues) to a Pro account! It only costs something like $25 each year, and when you are someone who takes TONS of photos like we do, it's important to access the account a lot and not have the pictures disappear from view!

I have 2 Photobucket accounts - at first they were both free but I upgraded one of them to Pro and paid the $25 in January (in fact, it's time for my renewal in a few weeks). I knew that I couldn't continue to deal with the issues of the photos disappearing when the bandwidth had been exceeded. If I take a trip to DLR or anywhere else and come back with thousands of photos (or even hundreds), the bandwidth will surely be exceeded.

So I upgraded one account, and that Pro account is the one to which I upload all of my photos now. The free account still has a lot of photos in that I have posted various places on the DIS so I keep that one active, but I don't upload anything new to it. All the new stuff goes on the Pro account.

What happens is that any time anyone sees your photos - even if they simply click on a link to a photo in a DISboards e-mail alert or look at them in your TR - that uses up bandwidth.

When you advertise "869 Pics!" in your title, that means that all of the lurkers out there who see that and simply look at your photos (either by viewing what is posted on the page of the TR or by viewing them through a link to Photobucket) are using up your bandwidth! It applies to old photos, new photos recently uploaded, etc. You even exceed your bandwidth if you load more than 250 photos to each photo album in the free account, or if you create more photo albums and sub-albums than what is allowed for free bandwidth.

So I really think you should upgrade the account with the most photos in it to Pro. It's really worthwhile and I am so glad I did it. (Deejdigsdis also upgraded one of her accounts to Pro as well.) Think about it - you have a Diva trip coming up and you don't want to deal with this same hassle of exceeding bandwidth! You want people to be able to view all of your photos (whether they are lurking or active in your TR) without causing them to become un-viewable!

If the price for Pro were something crazy like $100, I wouldn't suggest it. But for $25-ish per year, and considering all the photos you take, I think it would be a good investment!
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That account used to be pro but ran out at the end of summer when financially we were strapped for money.....so I didn't renew. I went on last night and did a quickie fix & paid for one month without an automatic renewal.....when they remind me that it's about to expire, I'll pay a years worth again. I had no idea how that bandwidth was being used. I just figured after I uploaded so many photos, it would say I maxed out.....had no clue that someone clicking on the link, etc also added.
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Chapter Forty Nine~~A New Day to Accomplish EVERYTHING!!

Today started even earlier than Day Two.....Sherry got up to start her packing & I believe when I looked at my cellphone, it was only 5:30am. I did mention, mornings and I aren't friends.....lol Anywhos, Liza (FunatDisney) had sent a text saying she'd be at the hotel probably just before 7am. I wasn't ready to be up yet, so I pulled the covers up over my head for a while longer. When Liza arrived, I think I got myself up & into the bathroom to get ready for the day.

Everyone made sure they had all their stuffed packed & we took everything down to the bell desk to be held until we were ready to leave. We had talked about doing Goofy's Kitchen & then it switched to Surf's Up & then this morning it was decided that Goofy's Kitchen was where we'd be going. I was secretly happy about this, as GK is the reason Sherry & I became friends on the boards a few years ago.....so it was only fitting that on our first meet up we should eat there!!

I had arranged ahead of time to treat Sherry for this meal as a thank you for inviting me & sharing her great room!! We all paid for our meal & waited to be called to the photo area. Well in the past, everyone that had a camera would get a picture on their camera as well as the photopass one. For some strange reason that morning, that was not the case. I had been closest to the desk & my camera was on the counter before they made that announcement. I felt bad that I was the only one getting the picture, but knew I would be able to share once I got home. Anyway, here's the pic!!



We got seated & while Sherry & Liza were up at the buffet, Snow White stopped by.



After they got back, Captain Hook also stopped by....both pics are a bit blurry...I guess he wasn't feeling photogenic today......lol You'll find that Sherry & I gladly posed with the characters, where Liza did when she was there & Molly....not so much so! (Liza misplaced her daughter's AP & had to run back over to the PPH to look for it during the meal).




Pluto was next......



Followed by the Mad Hatter!! I love him.....so funny. I hadn't seen him at this meal since 2005.....so that was a nice surprise!



Next was Dale.......



I just had to pinch their little chipmunk cheeks!!!!

Then Chip!! Liza was back to get in on this picture.



Pluto came back & got some up close & personal face time with Sherry.......lol



We pointed out to Pluto that Molly really needed a little love too.....she got attacked!!



I wish the picture had come out clearer....she was pretty pink in the cheeks......lol



The meal was great, the characters we're wonderful this time (last couple times, not as much interaction) & the company was even better!!!!

I stopped to get a picture of the Goofy's Kitchen Christmas Tree on the way out.




Sherry & Liza were going to head home, so we said our goodbyes & thank you's again & Molly and I decided to spend the rest of our time together. Let's go see if the monorail is up & running today......it is!! Here's a couple pics from our ride into Tomorrowland.





First order of business......go and get a FP for Star Tours! Now that we had that in hand......we headed to Space Mountain to ride. I've NEVER stood in the stand-by line for this ride......it was strange going a different route. We had 2 young kids in line in front of us.....we thought they were with the family in front of them....but eventually figured out they were riding alone. The were play fighting, messing with the chains, not moving forward with the line.....you know.....kid stuff (annoying) but kid stuff. I'm not sure the girl really was old enough to be riding with her brother....but they knew what age to say to get on. I can't imagine letting Anthony (who's 10) go get in a ride line by himself.....but oh well. Here's Molly & I posing for the camera!



We really didn't have much of a plan on what to ride, so if we saw something...we went & did it. We stopped & did a ride on Buzz Lightyear next.




We still had time before we could use our FastPass, so we headed to NOS to get a ride on Pirates. I decided just to ride & not take pics. I usually take tons of pics on all the rides (except the fast ones).....so I decided that I had taken a ton of pics of the holiday stuff....that today would be a lighter camera day. It was nice to just ride, look around & enjoy it. When we exited the ride, I got a couple more pics of the NOS decorations.




We were nearing our FP time for Star Tours, so we cut thru Frontierland & the Rancho mexican restaurant & crossed the bridge to the left of the castle to head back towards Tomorrowland. We did make a stop on that bridge for a couple castle pics.





Up next: In a Galaxy, Far, Far Away......



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Old 12-29-2011, 09:05 PM   #569
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Chapter Fifty~~In a Galaxy, Far, Far Away......

Time to use our FP's for the new & improved Star Tours. I hadn't been on them since their major refurbed, so was excited to see all the changes.

As we entered the line.







The queing area is filled with all sorts of visual stimuli!!






These "windows" were fun to watch, as you would see different shadows passing by.








This was cool, but never could figure out where the camera was pointed at.....





We were lead to our Gate for loading.




And here we go!!



We were in the back row & poor Molly ended up on the end with no chairs in front of her to brace her feet on. The back row sits higher....I'm long legged & can't reach floor without slouching or being on tip toes. So during the ride she got whipped around & I hear "Boom"......it was her head hitting the wall.....poor Molly!! I ended up with an iPhone in my visual sight of the screen for most of the ride. It was annoying, as I was trying to look over & around it....but of course the light kept drawing me in like a moth to a flame. He was 2 rows in front of me so I couldn't smack him in the back of the head. NO VIDEOTAPING ALLOWED!!

Good thing Molly was there, so I could report more thoroughly on this. We went to Hath. On our way out, the CM asked how we liked it & I mentioned the idiot videotaping & he had us wait & we got to ride it again!!!

This time we ended up in the front row. I was thinking, woo hoo a 2nd ride.....but really, that's not a good idea I was feeling a bit queasy before it was over. I still enjoyed it....just needed to take a short break from it by closing my eyes. Well we went to Hath again.....but the middle & end was different.....so it was still really neat to experience 2 different trips.

I really needed to get on BTMRR again....but Molly doesn't do this ride....so I picked up a FP & we headed up to ride the Winnie the Pooh ride in Critter Country. Again....no pics...just rode & took in all the psychedelic colors & patterns.

We headed back over to BTMRR & I got my ride. LOVE this ride!!!!!

We stopped into the Rancho del Zocola mexican restaurant so Molly could refill her water bottle.




We made our way up Main Street.....bidding Disneyland goodbye!!


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Old 12-29-2011, 09:29 PM   #570
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I guess the official answer would be that IASW Holiday starts on the first day of the holiday season - and the opening date of the season changes every year. This year it began on 11/14. In 2012, it's anyone's guess.

But, honestly, IASW Holiday seems to always (quietly) open a couple of days before the official start date of the season. So, while the season began on 11/14 this year, if I recall correctly, IASWH was open in its holiday form on 11/11 or 11/12/11.

And IASWH seems to extend far into January. It may not be official, but it always seems to be open until at least Martin Luther King Day. Apparently Disneyland doesn't want to shut down IASWH to remove the overlay while they have Haunted Mansion closed. They don't want both rides down at once, so IASWH stays up while Haunted Mansion Holiday goes back to the normal Haunted Mansion.

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That makes sense to not close both of those attractions at same time
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