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Old 01-31-2012, 06:35 PM   #16
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You are first, Michele! I'm impressed!!!

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I had my bday on Presidents day a few years ago. When you got in free for your bday. Oh boy was it crowded. It's on Feb. 15. I have gone for a 5 years in a row for my bday. This year isn't happening.
I bet it was crowded on Presidents' day! That's cool that our birthdays are so close together...February will be the month of celebrations!

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I had a pulmonary embolism 3 weeks ago. So I need to sit this one out. I am really bummed about it as there is the Dis Diva's going and that was going to be my gift. Oh well maybe next year.
WHAT?!?!? Oh my gosh!!! How are you doing??? I sure hope you're getting stronger day by day...

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Looking forward to reading along. I grew up in Ca. and miss it now and again.
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Here, Lynne! I am so excited that you are getting to go to Disneyland! This is going to be a great trip!
Yay! I'm happy you're joining in, Jackie! I am so excited to be going to DL too...I honestly didn't think it was going to happen!
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:45 PM   #17
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Nice way to sneak a little Disney time in.
You like that? LOL! I had to fit it in somehow!

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I know you guys will have a blast, and we will enjoy all of your good pictures. It's fun to travel to all of these places that I will most likely never see through your pictures.
I hope you enjoy the ride and I'm so happy to have you here!

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If you get a chance, check in to our Christmas trip, All I Want for Christmas and see the latest holiday fun we had with the girls. We're beginning to make our plans for the June/July trip.
Done! I appreciate the heads-up! I love reading about your adventures too!!!

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Between that trip and the October one, we will be adding a new little Disney fan.
YAY!!! I'm so excited for you all! You've got to be over the moon!

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Yay!!! I'm in! And so excited for your California/Disneyland adventure!
So happy to have you here, Tracy! I'm so excited too...these last couple of weeks are going to be really hard because I'm ready to go NOW!

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I'm here!! I can't wait to read all about your trip! I have never been to Disneyland...this may have to be something I convince DF to do soon!!
Yay! Glad you're here, Shannon! Oooohhhhh...definitely put DL on your to-do list! I bet you two would LOVE it!

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I'm here Lynne! I can't wait to hear about all your California adventures! I absolutely loved your CA coast TR!
So glad you're here, Jen! We have some fun things planned and I can't wait to DO them and SHARE!!! Awwww.....thanks! I hope this TR lives up to the same reputation!
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #18
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Hey girl!!! Glad I checked my PM!! lol

You know I am here for this ride!
Hey, Heather! I'm so glad you checked too!

I'm happy you're here!

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Thanks for the PM. So looking forward to this. I love going on vacation with you.
You're welcome! I'm so glad you're going on another "vacation" with me, Cheryl!

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I'm here too. Can't wait to read all about your trip.
YAY!!! I'm happy you're joining me for another TR!!!

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I went on two separate trips to So Cal in 2010, including a 5 night stay at GCH on our second trip. Loved it, and hope to be going back soon.
Nice!!! I'm jealous...I bet it was fabulous!

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Don't miss WOC, it is fantastic. Thanks for the PM.
Thanks for the tip! It is definitely on our to-do list! I've heard amazing things about it and can't wait to experience it for the first time!

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Thanks for the heads up! I'm so excited you're headed to DL!
You're welcome! So glad to have you here, Nicole! I'm so excited to be going there too!!!

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I went to DL once waaaaay back in 88 when our dear Spartans last went to the Rose Bowl!
I bet that was AMAZING!!! Speaking of our dear Spartans...during the Outback Bowl we were in Punta Cana and we pried ourselves away from the beach to watch the 2nd half of the game! I'm so glad we did! You can tell that Chris was just a bit excited in this picture!
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:22 PM   #19
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Yay! A new trippie by Spartangirl! I'm checking in for now but i'll be back to read!
So glad you're here, Tammie!

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ETA: I'm so excited for you two, but also for me to read your report and see your pics! I always look forward to your pics.
Awww...you're too sweet!

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Good job of getting your Disney in!
Thanks...I certainly try!

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DLR is my happy place, as that's where I was first introduced to the magic. Can you believe I was 28 yrs old before I ever got to experience the Magic? Oh Well, my kids were 6 and 4 by then, and my grandkids have all gone at very young ages, so we're making progress as a family!
Well, you may have started late, but you've certainly made up for it and have done a nice job in spreading the magic to your family!

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We may visit the end of March, but I'm thinking you will already be back at work by then?
That would have been fantastic to be there at the same time...but unfortunately, I am back to work by then!

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Thanks for the heads up! I am so happy that you are getting to do a birthday/Disneyland trip all in one.
You're welcome, Lisa! So glad you're here to join me on another TR! I'm happy that I get to do a birthday/DL trip too, even if the Disney portion is just part of the trip. You know I'll make the most of it!

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I'm here!!! Thanks for the heads-up that you started a report!!! Can't wait to read it!!!
Yay! Glad you're here, Hope! I hope I have lots of exciting things to share at the end of my trip!!!
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:37 PM   #20
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Yay!!

I LOVE reading your reports... your California coast trip was awesome, i'd done alot of the same things a couple of years before and you took me right back to that trip...

Can't wait to read more - have fun planning and preparing!!
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:49 PM   #21
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Yay!!

I LOVE reading your reports... your California coast trip was awesome, i'd done alot of the same things a couple of years before and you took me right back to that trip...

Can't wait to read more - have fun planning and preparing!!
So glad you are here to read another one of my reports!!! I can't wait for this trip to begin and I definitely can't wait to share it!!!
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:24 PM   #22
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Our Plans!

Or maybe I should say "tentative plans" because we're just over 2 weeks out and I'm still currently planning, rethinking, and changing my ideas. I'm usually quite decisive and it's just not panning out that way. Things may not be entirely in place until the week we go...that's a first for me! At least it will be an adventure!

I've been going over ideas and getting some tentative plans in place since mid-December. That's when Chris found out he had vacation time with me. I was SO EXCITED about the fact that I had "talked my way into" California and Disneyland that I didn't even really think about the dates that we were traveling. Originally, I had planned on doing DL the first half of our trip (so I could spend my birthday there) and finishing up in Hollywood. However, researching prices, I found that hotel prices were quite high during the first part of Presidents' week for DL and OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGH (think triple/or higher the price for normal hotel rates) for Hollywood from mid-week until the weekend. Come to find out, the week we are traveling is also OSCAR WEEK! So, it was back to the drawing board...

We ended up reversing our stay, beginning in Hollywood and ending in Disneyland! My fingers are crossed that this will work to our advantage because we will NOT be in DL for Presidents' Day and the Oscar traffic should hit Hollywood at the end of the week since they air on the 26th.

Here's what I have planned so far...
February 18th - Fly into LAX (***See Below!)

February 19th - VIP Experience at Universal Studios
Chris and I went to Universal Studios Hollywood about 9 years ago. We loved our experience then and were interested in going back. Through research, I found out about the VIP tour that provides quite a bit of "behind the scenes access," escorted "front of the line privileges," and all sorts of other perks. I really wanted to do this tour! I'm a "movie buff," so this is right up my alley! It was pricy, but it's going to be a "once in a lifetime" experience for us.


February 20th (***See Below!)

February 21st (***See Below!)

***As you can see, my plans are not in place yet for LosAngeles/Hollywood! However, I do have a list of things that we'd like to do and see and we're going to try our best to hit most of them in our visit. For those of you who have read my previous TR's, you know that I love my "commando touring plans," and we go, go, go! Part of the reason I don't have any definitive plans is that I'm waiting to see if Jimmy Kimmel opens up any shows for the 20th or 21st. Booking or not booking a show should help us to set our schedule.
~Hike Runyon Canyon (for views of the Hollywood Hills)
~Downtown LA (Chinatown, Disney Concert Hall.....more Disney!!! )
~Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills
~Hollywood (Graumann's Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater (home of the Oscar's), Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Disney's Soda Fountain...even more Disney!!! )
~Farmer's Market & The Grove
~Venice Beach
~Santa Monica Pier


February 22nd - Head to Anaheim
Explore Downtown Disney and maybe the Grand Californian Hotel

February 23rd - California Adventure
Dinner at Wine Country Trattoria - Preferred Viewing Ticket for World of Color


5 years ago at California Adventure...can't wait to see World of Color for the first time!


February 24th - Disneyland
"Remember... Dreams Come True" Fireworks Spectacular


Here we are at Disneyland 5 years ago...I can't wait to walk in the "Original Park" once again!


February 25th - Come Home


Once again, I'd like to say "Welcome to my TR and thanks for coming along for the ride!" It's sure to be an adventure and I CAN'T WAIT to share it with you!!!
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:58 AM   #23
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Sounds amazing so far!!!!!!!!!!!!! It'll be here before you know it!
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #24
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ooo i'm in. Love your reports.

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Old 02-01-2012, 11:11 AM   #25
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Your plans sound great so far. I hope you are able to get Jimmy Kimmel tickets!

I can't imagine what those prices were for CA around the Oscars
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Plans are sounding good so far.

Love the food at Wine Country Trattoria.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:26 PM   #27
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I'm a longtime lurker on your trip reports... I've read them all, but don't think I've ever posted. When I saw you had a trip planned to Disneyland in your ticker, I was hoping you'd write a trip report! You have awesome pictures... and wonderful trips. The last trip you took to Disneyland made me want to go and see everything you had taken pictures of. Even though I live in So Cal (San Diego area), and I've been to most of the places... I saw them from a new prospective!
Yeah... can't wait to see all you did on this trip!
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Hey Lynn!

Sorry it took me so long to get here, but I am not on the boards as much. How exciting this trip sounds. I am hoping to make it back to DL in the next couple years, or a day next year before our DCL cruise from LA to Vancouver. Jimmy Kimmel is fun. We did it when we did our ABD trip to LA and Disneyland. The guy who warmed up the crowd was from Rochester Hills. I really can't wait to hear about your experiences and I am glad that you are going soon and don't have to wait until this summer.
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Just over 2 weeks to go! How exciting!!
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:03 PM   #30
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Sounds amazing so far!!!!!!!!!!!!! It'll be here before you know it!
Thanks, Tracy!!! I am so excited to go! I'm definitely counting the days!

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Your plans sound great so far. I hope you are able to get Jimmy Kimmel tickets!
Thanks, Jen! Unfortunately, I just found out we're not going to be able to get Jimmy Kimmel tickets. His show is on HIATUS until the 26th (Oscar Night). I guess it makes sense though since he tapes right by the Kodak Theater. I guess that means I can add some more things into our schedule!

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I can't imagine what those prices were for CA around the Oscars
Here's an example......a hotel that usually goes for around $180.00 a night was priced at almost $700.00 a night. I DON'T THINK SO!

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Thanks, Cheryl!

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Oh, that is SO GOOD to hear! It will be a first for us! Since we have limited time in the parks, I didn't want to race to have to get a FP for World of Color and have to worry about the section that we might have to view it from. We booked the package at WCT that includes a preferred viewing area for WOC.
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