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Old 07-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #16
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Since I'm not sure what to talk about next on account of this report being a catchup report right now, I'll let you make the call. More on El Capitan or more on the Walt Disney Studios? I will cover the other one in a future update anyways.


Both!! I love hearing about all of it!

I'm overwhelmed planning this trip. It is our first to Southern California. We are staying 6 nights at GCV and 3 nights in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado. We are going to do DL with a 3 day pass. Not sure what days to go, but I am guessing weekdays are best? We received free front of the line passes to Universal from a friend. I was not planning on going but for free...why not? I am really excited for the studio tour portion. We also want to see all of the LA sights, Hollywood, Malibu, etc. I am trying to map it all out and every time I sit down to do so it gives me a headache! I think maybe I will try to start a trip report and get some feedback on this one!
You might want to add an extra day for the DL portion. 3 days is going to fly by plus being so close by staying at the GC your going to want to stay around the resort. I love the GC.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:55 PM   #17
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We are going August 17...I think that there are no blackouts at that time. I have 6 nights there and want to get all of LA in, plus Disney. My husband also wants to find the ice cream place....Farrell's. He had a birthday party there when he was a kid and there are only a couple left in the US...only on the West Coast!

We'll have our nights to explore the hotel, and the others as well. Our night of arrival we are going to check out Trader Sam's at the DL hotel. It looks pretty cool!

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:38 AM   #18
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I promise a report is coming, but in the meantime it's off to Gotham City.

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You might want to add an extra day for the DL portion. 3 days is going to fly by plus being so close by staying at the GC your going to want to stay around the resort. I love the GC.
I agree with Mike here. I think 3 days being enough to fully experience the DLR parks ended the day Carsland opened. I'm of the opinion that you need 2 full days for Disneyland itself.

Honestly, I would cut a day off of L.A. I don't recommend going to Hollywood unless you're going to see a movie at El Capitan. In my opinion, it's a huge time commitment with traffic and may not be worth it. The walk of fame is interesting, but in the end it's just names of famous people and characters on the sidewalk. Same with the Chinese Theater. You may be spending 2 hours one way in traffic to walk around and see random things on the sidewalk. Again, all this changes if you're going to see a movie at El Capitan, but without that I think the extra day in the DLR is the better call.
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Chapter 3: An Evening at the Walt Disney Studios

Chapter 4: An Evening at the Walt Disney Studios

Well one great thing about going to the El Capitan is that you wind up on their mailing list. And while L.A. is too far away for me to simply go to a movie down there, when you're on the El Capitan mailing list you find about what movies are showing there. And so one day in October 2009, I got something in the mail advertising the Ultimate Disney Experience. As part of the celebration of the return of hand drawn animation with The Princess and the Frog, Disney would be holding advance screenings of The Princess and the Frog at The Walt Disney Studios open to the public. So yes, once again I get to visit the Walt Disney Studios and see a new movie there.

Since the dates worked wonderfully around my traditional December trip, I decided to extend it out a day this year and see the movie at the Studios. But what's even better is that I would get to see the studios at Christmas time.

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Almost to the welcome center. Stay on target. Stay on target.





Sadly, this trip will not include a visit to SQUIRREL!!!!



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A different statue from Narnia. I saw the Mr. Tumnus one during my first visit as well as the actual wardrobe.



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Thanks Mike. Sometimes I think people get caught up in this notion that Disneyland is for kids only, so they overlook the value it provides as an escape from the pressures and stress of life.
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That's just how I feel...the weight of the world coming off my shoulders -carefree!
For me that moment almost always happens as I walk through underneath the train station and see the sign about leaving the world of today behind.
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I think I in the minority here but I really liked Princess and the Frog. I thought the colors were gorgeous and the music was very catchy and entertaining.
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I think I in the minority here but I really liked Princess and the Frog. I thought the colors were gorgeous and the music was very catchy and entertaining.
I really liked the movie too. I easily place it in my top 20 of Disney animated films. And I would place Ray the firefly in my top 10 of animated supporting characters.
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I think I in the minority here but I really liked Princess and the Frog. I thought the colors were gorgeous and the music was very catchy and entertaining.
I agree, Mike. I liked Princess and the Frog a lot. It was a *Disney* movie, not a Pixar movie (nothing wrong with Pixar at all, don't get me wrong) and it had that distinctly Disney feel to it. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else, but it makes sense to me .
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Makes sense to me. The movies from the two companies feel different, though at the same time I absolutely believe that Pixar has made a lot of movies just like Walt and the Nine Old Men used to make them.

I think Pixar feels more "modern" while Disney is more "timeless." But to defend Pixar, their movies feel modern without being dated.
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Makes sense to me. The movies from the two companies feel different, though at the same time I absolutely believe that Pixar has made a lot of movies just like Walt and the Nine Old Men used to make them.

I think Pixar feels more "modern" while Disney is more "timeless." But to defend Pixar, their movies feel modern without being dated.
I agree on all points. Pixar movies are not dated, and reach people of all ages. I could probably spend a lot of time discussing the strengths of each company over a glass or two of wine. That is a conversation that would only be interesting to a small handful of people on this planet, though.
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I think that's what message boards are for. So that those of us who could discuss these things for hours on end have a place to do so without driving our other friends crazy.
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Love the report so far... you are a wonderful writer..... I also am in love with the "Mouse"....
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