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Old 07-12-2012, 06:02 AM   #31
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Wow! Your trip looks like it has been amazing! I love the idea of the Disney air fresheners, I would buy it!! California Grill looked soooo good, i've never been there but would like to!
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Subbing I don't know how I didn't find you until now, but I am loving your TR, looks like you had a fabulous birthday.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:27 AM   #33
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Wow! Your trip looks like it has been amazing! I love the idea of the Disney air fresheners, I would buy it!! California Grill looked soooo good, i've never been there but would like to!
It really was amazing. We made memories we will never forget.
Right?!?!?! They could make a million dollars just off of Disers I HIGHLY recommend trying it next time you go. It will always be MY magic place since we had such a amazing night there on our first trip.


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Im so glad you did find me! THere for a while I kinda felt like I was typing to myself, so I am SO glad people are starting to find my TR! It looks like you aren't to far from your next trip! How exciting!!! I think we will be in Disneyland when you are in Disney World. I am super excited to see all the new construction in Disneyland California Adventure!
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Ladies and Gentleman We Have an Announcement...

Ladies and Gentleman we have an announcement…


Beep, beep, beep, beep…..snooze!

Although I was REDICULOUSLY excited to go to the Magic Kingdom, especially
since I had to wait yet another day due to the rain on my birthday, the beds
in the Sharaton Vistana Resort just swallow you up in their comfort. Like a
big, warm, soft hug. I seriously just yawned thinking about it.

So in case you didn’t catch on yet, we overslept by a lot! We woke up at
7:45 and our plan was to leave at 8 to give ourselves plenty of time to get to
the gates and see the opening show. Also because the Magic Kingdom was
closing at like 8 or something that night. That just wasn’t going to be enough
time for me! So I wanted to spend every second in the park that I could! I
jumped up and RAN to the coffee pot to make a pot of coffee, jumped in the
shower, gulped down my Glorious Vacation Coffee, and we got in the car and
drove over to the parking lot for the magic kingdom. WE got to the parking lot
around 8:45 and Martin really wanted to take the ferry over, he knew there
would be some pretty cool views of the hotels and stuff surrounding the
Magic Kingdom. I wasn’t going to complain about getting to experience
another mode of Disney transportation, so we boarded the boat. He was right,
it was beautiful!







See the top floor that’s where the California Grill is located.



As you can see in the pictures it was still a little overcast, but it cleared up in
no time!

I heard a couple behind us trying to work up the courage up to ask someone
to take their picture for them, so I turned around and offered. I am such an
eavesdropper, I often wonder when I accidentally overhear peoples
conversations in Disney, and they are trying to figure out how to get
somewhere, or what time Fantasmic or the parade starts, if I should turn
around and answer them. It gives away that I was listening to their
conversation even though it is always on accident, but at the same time I am
sure they would like an answer to their questions…. I don’t know I probably
creep people out, but these people seemed grateful they didn’t have to ask
someone to take their picture. They kindly offered to take ours for us.





You can’t tell but I was pretty much bursting with excitement at that point!

We got off the boat and Martin practically ran through security to start taking
pictures. I got stuck for a few minutes in the bag check, but I wasn’t mad, I
was in the Magic Kingdom!!!

We were ready to “Let the Memories Begin” I LOVE LOVE LOVE that phrase. I
think it totally describes the feeling you have when you are beginning a
Disney trip. That giddy, warm, fuzzy, excited, emotional feeling you get when
you know you are about to have a blast and make memories you will have for
the rest of your life. You guys know what I’m talking about right?!?!

My first impression of Main street was how BIG it was! It looks similar to
Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. but all the buildings are much taller and the
paint is brighter. It’s so beautiful! Don’t get me wrong, Disneyland will always
be my favorite park for many reason, but the Magic Kingdom is just so pretty!


Martin had to take a picture of the horse for his little sister, who is in the
obsessed with horses stage. (Shes 12) So every time we see a horse in
Disney Martin has to take a picture to show her when we get home.







We stopped to take a few photopass pictures



And then I saw it….One of the prettiest sights I have ever seen in my
life….Cinderella’s Castle!!






Ahhhhh its so pretty!!!!!


We were super excited to compare all the rides they have in both the Magic
Kingdom and Disneyland so we made our way over to Tomorrowland to ride
Space Mountain.

We are kind of in love with Disney topiaries. Disneyland usually doesn’t have
them, but we had seen them in shows on the travel channel and other
people’s pictures. Someday we will have one in our yard!!! We were super
excited to come across this adorable sight!



We stopped to take a few pictures





We found Space Mountain, the standby wait was about 45 minutes so we got
fastpasses for later and went on the People Mover.





So fun! I wish Disneyland still had it.

When we got off the People Mover we saw that the standby for Space
Mountain had gone down to only 25 minutes. So we hopped in line, and went
to explore space. OH MY WORD!!! Is all I kept saying the whole time we were
on this ride. First of all the line was super fun, I love how they have the little
astro blasters game you can play while you’re waiting in line. However the
ride….its super fun but your head is so close to whatever is above you the
whole time! I had the front, and thought for sure I was going to be
decapitated if I didn’t duck the whole time! I can’t imagine if I was even taller.
Like how would a NBA player ride on that?!?!? I know they have a height
requirement, but it seems like they should have a height limit too! It’s a very
different ride from the Space Mountain in Disneyland. Disneylands is more of a
rollercoaster and it is completely in the dark, except for the stars you can
barely see as you zoom by. They are both super fun though!




Can you tell I am all tense thinking I am going to lose my head hahaha

When we narrowly survived space mountain, we went back to the castle to

take in its beauty again. Heres me doing my happy dance…



And some more of the beauty…





So intricate and just perfect!





After we got our fill of the beautiful castle, we went through to Fantasyland.

Just like on main street, I loved how big and bright it was!





We looked around and ended up at Mickeys Philharmagic.



We LOVED Mickeys Philharmagic! Its one of those things you will absolutely
adore if you have a Disney heart as I like to call it. It has all the classic
characters and is just cute and entertaining. They have some really cool 3D
affects too! It was our favorite thing of the whole park.

After Mickeys Philharmagic I really wanted to go do Winnie the Pooh and see
the new interactive line that I had read so much about here on the Dis. We got in line and I looked around and played with everything. Yeah it was me and the 4 year old playing but oh well, everyone is a kid in Disney right?!?



Then the ride was having some difficulties and the wait kept getting longer
and longer. I figured the ride itself was just like Disneyland’s version so I
mostly just wanted to see the cool stuff in line. So we decided to hop out of
line and come back to do the ride later.



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Old 07-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #35
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Ladies and Gentleman We Have an Announcement...

We walked around the back half of Fantasyland and headed toward The
Haunted Mansion, another ride I was super excited about because I had read
so much about the new line.





It looks so different on the outside from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion!



I was very pleased to see you could skip the new longer line if you didn’t want to play with all the stuff, but of course I wanted to see what was behind that gate!





Do I look scared?



I had a blast like the Disney Dork I am!





Look at the creepy shadow on the tombstone!



This was one busy guy!



The ride inside is very similar to Disneyland’s and equally as fun!

Next we went over to Liberty square. I kinda love stuff like this. One of my
favorite things in Disneyland is Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. I have always
been fascinated by Abraham Lincoln, when I learned that Lincoln was also
Walt Disney’s hero, it just made me love both men even more! Anyway back
on topic.







After Hall of Presidents we went to an attraction Disneyland no longer has.



Right when we were walking around to Adventureland we heard them make an
announcement over the speakers…. Ladies and Gentleman we are pleased to
announce that the Magic Kingdom park with stay open to everyone for an
extra hour!!! How cool is that?!?! Talk about pixie dust. I had been feeling like our short precious time in the Magic Kingdom just wasn’t going to be enough!

Since we were right next to it when we stopped to listen to the
announcement and we no longer felt like we had to rush, we stopped and
watched people fall down into the briar patch for a few minutes.



Then we entered Adventureland and went to meet some pirates.





Again the line for Pirates in Disneyworld is so much fun! There is so much more
to look at while you wait. However the ride itself in Disneyland is WAY better!


We wandered around the corner, I was of course on the lookout for Aladdin
because well... do I really need to explain why…?


As I was walking I noticed the huge camel and the puddle on the ground but before I
could put two and two together I got hit! Yep I was one of those people, who
saw the puddle and was still surprised when I got sprayed by the camel.



Then we really wanted to do the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House because
in Disneyland it is now the Tarzan tree house which is super cute, but we
remember the tree house from when we were kids as the SFR. It is huge and
so pretty!







After all the climbing up and down the tree house we were quite hungry so we
went in search of lunch.

Next update…where did we decide on for lunch?

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Old 07-12-2012, 03:48 PM   #36
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I love Philharmagic and the new interactive lines! They are so cool! Sounds like you had a great time even though you woke up a bit late!
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Im so glad you did find me! THere for a while I kinda felt like I was typing to myself, so I am SO glad people are starting to find my TR! It looks like you aren't to far from your next trip! How exciting!!! I think we will be in Disneyland when you are in Disney World. I am super excited to see all the new construction in Disneyland California Adventure!
Oh I am excited for you, we have never been there but we saw the new cars land on Ellen when Sophia Grace and Rosie were one and it looks fabulous . Take lots of pics, we'll live vicariously through you until we get out to CA.
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The pictures are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Oh I am excited for you, we have never been there but we saw the new cars land on Ellen when Sophia Grace and Rosie were one and it looks fabulous . Take lots of pics, we'll live vicariously through you until we get out to CA.

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I have been sitting here for over an hour catching up on your trip report and am having a blast! I love how Dylan said you were his girlfriend - how cute! and I love the view you had of the fireworks at the Contemporary. What a great way to celebrate your birthday dinner
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I have been sitting here for over an hour catching up on your trip report and am having a blast! I love how Dylan said you were his girlfriend - how cute! and I love the view you had of the fireworks at the Contemporary. What a great way to celebrate your birthday dinner
Awww I am so glad you are enjoying yourself! I am having a ton of fun writing it, especially now that I know people are reading!
I about died when Dylan said my name, I seriously just had to keep telling myself not to cry because ALL the cameras in the building were on the two of us hahaha but it seriously melted my heart it was so cute!
I don't think I will ever have a birthday that will top that night. It was amazing!
Thanks for reading along and letting me know you are enjoying it, it makes me so happy!!!
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Definitely one of my fave reviews on here! So many pics and info! thanks!
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Oh my goodness that is such a amazing compliment! Thank you so much! I am so glad you let me know, and you are enjoying it!
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PTR for Disneyland in August




I will be doing a update tonight or tomorrow, in the meantime I know its off topic, but I figured I would post my PTR for our Disneyland trip in August over here so you guys could check it out if you want.





Hey there! Im Genee and I am a Disney Pro! Meaning I love all things Disney, like a lot, a ridiculous amount for a 24 year old in fact. I love being in Disney and the feeling in your heart when you and everyone around you is having fun and making memories. I have started a few TR on here but I have been bad about finishing them because I never kept up with notes, and we used to not take enough pictures to just go off of that. However now I know what I am doing and how to do it. I am also currently working on my TR for our trip to Disney World that we took in January. So if you would like to read about that you can go here. http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2902944
So let me introduce my partners in Disney craziness for this trip.
First there’s me:





as I already said my name is Genee and I am 24. I LOVE DISNEY! I listen to Disney music more than anything and I have a Disney movie on in the background pretty much all the time, partly because I am one of those crazy people who never gets tired of watching them and partly because I am a nanny. I watch two kids 4 days a week and I love them so much. They are funny quirky adorable little kids and they make me laugh and smile every day. I love my job!
My favorite character is Gus Gus from Cinderella.



Just look at him he’s is so fat and cute and everything he says makes me crack up.

My favorite park of all Disney parks is Disneyland of course! I love them all but I just really feel like Walt Disney’s heart went into Disneyland; there is just something about it being the original park and the one I grew up going to. It is most definitely the happiest place on earth to me. So that about sums me up.


Next is my Husband Martin:



We have been together since I was 15 and he was 16, and we have been married for 6 ½ years now. I love him so much! He is funny, and fun and smart and he works hard so we can go to Disney as much as we want. He is a general manager at an industrial and construction supply store. He sells power tools, nuts, and bolts… that kinda stuff. He loves Disney, he especially likes to keep up with all the changes in the parks and the behind the scenes secrets.

His favorite character is Doug from up, and his favorite park is also Disneyland. He likes that all the big rides are in one park, where as in Disneyworld there is more to look at but less rides per park.

Then there is my older brother Lonnie





Notice the ride hasn’t even started yet….. Heres a normal picture of him




He is 27 and other than my husband, he is my favorite person! He is so goofy, and we just have so much fun together in Disney. We have made many memories growing up in Disney so I love going back with him and feeling like kids again.





Arnt we so cute!



He went with us in August a couple years ago and it is my favorite trip we have taken so far. Here are a couple pictures from that trip. I have lost 60 pounds since then so ignore the fact that I look a little different than I do in the picture I posted as my introduction.













We had a blast!

Also joining us on this trip are our friends Nick and Crystal:







They are twins; they are 19 and two of the nicest people I have ever met! They also love Disney and this will be their first trip with just friends, no parents. So they are super excited and I think we will all have so much fun together!!!!!

Nick is going to school at a Christian College here in northern California to be a Worship Pastor, and Crystal is finishing up her general ed at the community college and then will be transferring in a year or so to a school in southern California for art. She is a amazing artist! Martin and I have this piece proudly displayed in our house.



She hopes to work for Disney when she is finished with school.

Since she is such an amazing artist she was so kind to make us all shirts for our trip. I will post pictures as soon as they are done, but they are amazing! They are each different colors and will have our favorite characters on them and then say Disneyland across the top. I chose Gus Gus from Cinderella, Martin chose Doug from up, Lonnie chose King Fergus from Brave, Nick chose Kuzco from Emperor’s New Groove, and Crystal chose Archimedes the owl from the Sword and the Stone. “Who Who what what?” So that explains the title of my PTR.

Next update where are we staying and when are we going?
Hope you come along with me for the PTR and eventually the TR. I love comments, so I know you are out there reading!
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PTR for Disneyland in August prt 2

Hello again guys thanks for reading along, I am usually not a big fan of PTR but I had to put all my excitement somewhere!!!

So in preparation for our upcoming trip we have been getting together with Nick and crystal at least once a week to do something Disney. Usually dinner, a Disney movie or a round or two of Disney-scene-it or Disney Apple to Apples. Of course on opeing night we went to see Brave.



Yes I know we really need a tan, and I caught the people behind us at what might be their worst moment ever We had fun, and we LOVED the movie! Her hair is amazing! Of course I am partial to red hair.

Anyway back to the PTR so our official dates are August 22-26th
Originally we were going to go mid September but Martin realized Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion would be closed for holiday refurbishments, and we really didn't want two main rides to be closed while we are there so we switched to August 22-26th.

I feel like our vacation will really start the night before though. Everyone is staying at our house Tuesday night so that we are all together and ready to leave at 4am Wednesday morning. Yep you read that correct folks 4 AM. It is a 8-9 hour drive from our house to Anaheim, without traffic, so it gets pretty miserable if we do hit traffic. A couple trips ago when it was just Martin and I and we had annual passports, we wanted to leave super early so we got to Disneyland in time to spend half the day at the parks. Well what we discovered was if we leave at 4 am we hit like 0 traffic and it makes the drive so much shorter and more pleasant! So that has become our tradition getting up at 4 am and getting to Anaheim between noon and 1pm.

So the plan for Tuesday night is for us all to have dinner together and hang out playing Disney games and watching Disney movies. I always paint my nails with some sort of Disney designs the night before I go to Disneyland so I am going to do that on mine and Crystals nails. I am sure we will try to sleep at some point, but it is always so hard to sleep the night before DISNEY!!!!
After that night of fun, we will all squish in the carand drive to Huntington Beach.
Our plan is to spend the day at the beach and have dinner on the beach at Sandys restaurant in Huntington Beach and then check into our hotel get cleaned up and walk around DTD and enjoy the live music and shops, and probably get dessert somewhere.
We will be staying at the Anaheim Plaza hotel. We have stayed here a few times, its nothing super special, but it is withing walking distance and usually pretty cheap. So we always end up going back. The rooms are pretty big too if you get a first floor room, so hopefully we do because we will be squishing 5 people into 1 room.
Then we will go to the parks Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then make the sad sad trek home on Sunday.
Well that's all I got for now, I will post more pictures as we do more stuff in preparation for our trip.
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