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Old 08-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #136
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You should get it up before Amanda and I lose power And If I wasnt like 1500 miles away, I would run it with you Ann! haha
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Amanda! Yall should totally come do the Zombie run with us! After the race, alot of the participants do "thriller" all dressed up. Its down town Baton Rouge by the 13th Gate.
That sounds too cool! I'm gonna have to look it up & show it to my DH.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:43 PM   #137
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http://www.ofmovingcolors.org/#!Zomb...h%202012/c1qhu

Here is the link for you Amanda!
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #138
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Thank you so much!! We're going to be in Disney on that Friday though.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #139
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haha I honestly didn't even look at the date before I sent it!
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:53 PM   #140
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7/8 - CARSLAND! Part One

I apologize it has taken me so long to update. I can't seem to get caught up with anything and with my next trip under a month away, I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed. Where did the summer go? I love to over plan..and the planning just isn't happening. But enough whining and on to my next update. (the one some of you have been waiting for)

7/8 - CARSLAND! Part One

Morning of course came early and I was up at 6am. By 7:30, Zoe and Alex were both ready and so we headed to breakfast. The hotel actually has a nice little cafeteria with booths and counters and such. For how nicely set up it is to serve food, they really don't. We got some danishes and some fruit, but that was about it.

We were on our way to DCA by about 7:45 (the park was scheduled to open at 8am)

We entered and went down Hollywood Blvd. I knew I wanted to get in the fast pass line for RSR. First had to stop to take a picture of the new park icon.


When we got to where the line was, the cm explained how far it wrapped and that we were welcome to get in line but it would be unlikely for us to actually get one. (the line started in bugs land and wrapped around Carthay Circle so LONG)

As I was deciding what to do, a cm from the ToT approached us. He asked us if we were planning to ride ToT. Well, all I could think of was how I was going to get us to Carsland...and ToT is not my favorite ride. I also was trying to device a plan (which was a good plan as you will soon read) and I didn't want to give up my plan outloud. So as he prodded and encouraged, I neglected to realize what he was doing. As I finally got him to take the hint that we were not interested in talking to him about HIS ride.. he decided to give up and go to the family next to us.

When they were eager to ride ToT... guess what he offered them? Yup... they got to be the opening ceremony family.

Let me back up for just one second. So as DCA has different areas, each area seemed to be "opened" by a special car with a special family. (as I was devising my plan, the park was not yet open..and yes.. the fast pass line was already that long)

Now back to my plan that cost us being opening family...

I figured that as the Hollywood section of the park opened, we would be able to cut through there and through Bugsland and into Carsland through the "backway".

So we followed the Red Trolley car as the family rode it to open that side of the park. We watched as they lined up in front of ToT for pictures and all the hoopla that being opening ceremony family got them. For a moment I was sad that I caused us to miss out on that... but then I had no time to delay and the moment was gone.

Into Bugsland we went with little to no crowd (who wants to go to bugsland first thing park opening ) And then I saw it, the exit from Bugsland into Carsland. As we rushed there, we made it just ahead of Mater (and the crowds he was escorting into Carsland) My plan worked!!!

We made it quickly down the queue (which is a LONG queue) and almost to the front when.....















the ride broke down.








We had plenty of time for me to take pictures since we sat in line from 8:19 till 9:27 without the line moving. So much for being in front of the line. Now.. had the ride NOT broke down we would have been on and off in no time.

So the pictures while in line.









I decided to take a couple pictures of the line behind us.



Finally (at about 9:30am) the ride was back up and running and we were quickly on the ride.








This has got to be the BEST Disney themed ride EVER! I can not even express in words just how awesome it was...and I am not even a Cars fan. Little guys who love Cars must absolutely think they have died and gone to heaven riding this.

We got off the ride and I was so thrilled I blew right past the picture station. I ended up having to go back (after all, I had that pp+ card)



Running Tally HERE

Next Chapter: 7/8 - Carsland! Part Two

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:21 PM   #141
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7/8 - CARSLAND! Part Two

7/8 - CARSLAND! Part Two

Once we were off the ride and had claimed our photo, we made our way to the Cozy Cone Motel. Along the way I took some pictures.




There were several cones that we could choose from, but settled on a simple cone of churros.



At this point, Steve and Zach were up and we on their way. It was also heating up. Knowing that it would take all of 5 minutes for them to get to us we sat on a picnic bench and waited.

While we waited, I tried to snap some shots of Mater and Lightning McQueen. Both of these cars drove up (and I believe talked) Kinda cool, but neither Zoe or Alex were interested in getting any closer and I was too hot.



Once Steve and Zach arrived we headed to Luigis Flying tires. With over an hour wait we decided to skip it. (and the wait was never less so we missed it)

We went over to Maters Junkyard Jamboree. The line wasn't horrible, so Zoe and Alex and I got in line. At this point, Zach went off somewhere (I can't remember why or where) and Steve went to get a coffee at Starbucks. (yes, a Starbucks in the park) The line moved slow so... more pictures.










This was a fun ride. More inline with any outside carnival ride, but with better theming... especially the queue.

Once we were done, both Steve and Zach were waiting. We decided to head out of Carsland and toward the Paradise Pier area.

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Next Chapter: 7/8 - Paradise Pier in the Heat

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Old 08-31-2012, 11:59 AM   #142
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thanks Ann!

For this TR! DH and I will be in California for the holidays visiting his family. sooo...we're planning a quick trip to DLR! Of course...it's during the most crowded time of year (week after x-mas and before new years). but hopefully we'll get to see at least some of carsland. I'll be re-reading your TR to get an idea of everything. It's been 4 years since we've been to DLR and DCA so pretty exciting!
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:50 PM   #143
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This is the first I've seen an update of Carsland anywhere, and it was fun reading (especially since there is rumor it will be added to the Studios, replacing LMA).

Love that Steve went to get a Starbucks...in the park.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:41 PM   #144
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OH MY...you missed out on being family of the day!

Carsland is looking so cool....we have to go! Just when I was thinking of tabling the idea again! I wish we could just escape for a long weekend, but I know that will not fly with this house (cause Ab only wants to go if we take her to the beach too).
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:35 PM   #145
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For this TR! DH and I will be in California for the holidays visiting his family. sooo...we're planning a quick trip to DLR! Of course...it's during the most crowded time of year (week after x-mas and before new years). but hopefully we'll get to see at least some of carsland. I'll be re-reading your TR to get an idea of everything. It's been 4 years since we've been to DLR and DCA so pretty exciting!
Well, if it helps.. TP rated each day 10s during our trip and we made it work. I think even more so than maybe WDW, early morning are definitely necessary. The parks fill with locals... and night time... definitely even more so. But... going during the holidays will be well worth it!!!

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This is the first I've seen an update of Carsland anywhere, and it was fun reading (especially since there is rumor it will be added to the Studios, replacing LMA).

Love that Steve went to get a Starbucks...in the park.
I saw that it was rumored to be going into DHS! It would be super cool. DCA though really needed a bit of a face lift and carsland definitely does that!!!

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OH MY...you missed out on being family of the day!

Carsland is looking so cool....we have to go! Just when I was thinking of tabling the idea again! I wish we could just escape for a long weekend, but I know that will not fly with this house (cause Ab only wants to go if we take her to the beach too).
I really hope you are able to go. We considered a beach day, but opted just to take advantage of being right there at the parks and not go anywhere else.

As for missing out. Seriously, I imagine it would have happened to anyone who was wanting to head straight to cars land. I think it had only been open a couple weeks...so really the excitement to get there was noticeable in everyone. All I could think when the ToT cm was talking to me was.. I didn't want to ride his silly ride... please stop promoting it. I have to get my kids to RSR. Oh well, I am sure that the family that opened it was thrilled. They seemed to want to be there. I would have been feeling like I needed to be somewhere else. Course... the ride breaking down wasn't ideal... but at least I was in the queue.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:45 PM   #146
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Hello annmarieda. I recognized you from my SIL thread (oboedm). Great TR from CL! I love how Alex looks in that RSR ride pic. So cool and unimpressed. My oldest is almost 12, and she is starting the grumpy years already.
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Hello annmarieda. I recognized you from my SIL thread (oboedm). Great TR from CL! I love how Alex looks in that RSR ride pic. So cool and unimpressed. My oldest is almost 12, and she is starting the grumpy years already.


I am glad you are here!

Yes, Alex is often unimpressed. I think to a fault he is. Grumpy teen years...I think with girls (at least with my oldest) it was the worst during those young ones. By the time she hit 16 or so it was much better. 12 was hard. I hope yours is not nearly as challenging.
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7/8 - Paradise Pier in the Heat

7/8 - Paradise Pier in the Heat

Once we were all together we decided it was time to head out of Carsland and into a less crowded area of the park. We decided to go to Paradise Pier. First up was The Little Mermaid - Ariels Undersea Adventure. This was new to us. It was not there the last time we went to DCA. In fact, the building it is house in I think use to offer movies about California. I could be wrong though.

As we approached the entry, a cm told Steve he would not be able to take his drink on the ride. The venti..bla bla bla Starbucks drink that he just paid a small fortune for. Normally I am not a sneaky sort of person, but since the drink was barely touched and it cost way too much to just toss... I put in inside my purse/bag. I made sure It was secured in an upright fashion..and paid special attention to it while we were on the ride... but I was afraid the entire thing was going to spill inside of my bag. It didn't though.

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Once off the ride we decided to head over the bridge where a pp photographer just happened to be. I swear that it wasn't an easy task to find them, but I tried to get them where I could.



Next the kids went on California Screaming. I have never been nor to I have any intention of EVER going. I suspect it is much like Rockin RollerCoaster in WDW..what with the 0 to WAY TOO FAST in WAY TOO little time start.

I love this pic of Alex. He obviously enjoyed himself.


While they went on this ride, Steve and I walked around on the pier. We were starting to get pretty hungry so we tried to decide where to get a snack.

Once the kids got off the ride we decided a pretzel (and beer) was in order. I had downloaded the BEST ap for my phone prior to the trip, so it was easy to see just where we could get one. Problem was it was not quite open. It was suppose to open at noon so we waited. After waiting a bit, we decided that the kids should go on something instead of just stand around with me.

Steve in the mean time was starting to feel ill...so he went off to find a rest room.

The ride the kids went on was Silly Symphony Swings. This too had changed as last time we were there it was a giant orange.

I actually managed to get a shot of Zach on the swing.


And our favorite mouse on top.


As I waited I saw one of the parade/street performances.


For what ever reason, the stand was STILL not open. We were determined though so now Zach stood in line while I took Zoe to the Jumpin Jellyfish.



Once that ride was over (thank goodness... I hate rides that drop) it was my turn to go back to the stand to wait for a darn pretzel.

Another parade/street performance


FINALLY the long awaited



We sat a moment to enjoy our pretzels and beer. (for those who could drink it)

Then we split up. Steve and Zach went to get fast passes for ToT. They also hopped on the Monsters Inc ride.

Meanwhile Zoe, Alex and I went on Goofy's Sky School. It was so hot by this time. It was crazy. As we waited getting more and more uncomfortably hot, I soon realized I would be even less comfortable on the ride. The ride had two seats in a row which meant that one of us would sit alone. Well, Zoe can sit with a stranger and for what ever reason Alex was insisting to ride with Zoe. So I had to ride with the stranger. Now, I scream on roller coasters some times. Ok, most times. BTMRR... I don't... but EVERY OTHER rollercoaster I do. Sitting next to a stranger meant I would have to mind my manners a bit. I did pretty well until a big drop. As I tried to stifle the scream I made the most horrific gulping/gaggin noise. It must have sounded as though i was about to be . The guy sitting with me found it funny and started laughing. I started laughing and apologizing...saying "I was just trying to not scream and it came out like that" How embarrassing!!!

Since Steve and Zach were not back yet, I decided Alex and Zoe should go on the Golden Zephyr. I am not a fan..it goes up high and moves fast. So Alex got to be the good big brother and take Zoe on it.



When Steve and Zach made it back we were all hungry. Luckily it was time for the only other ADR I had made for the trip.

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Old 09-02-2012, 02:30 PM   #149
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Great updates! (I completely understand about trying to stay on top of the updating.)

Cars land looks awesome. I can't wait for it to come to HS (if the rumors are true. I don't know if it's been confirmed.) I am so glad your plan worked. Sorry that you were the family of the day!

DCA is so different to me. It seems that the rides are more like a Great Adventure or Hersey Park than a Disney Park...

Love the Mickey pretzel!!!
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Cars land looks awesome. I can't wait for it to come to HS (if the rumors are true. I don't know if it's been confirmed.) I am so glad your plan worked. Sorry that you were the family of the day!
I know! If Carsland came to DHS, I would love it!

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DCA is so different to me. It seems that the rides are more like a Great Adventure or Hersey Park than a Disney Park...

DCA is different. I think the need for the refurbishment was definitely in order. Last time we were there... it seemed so undisney. The sunwheel was there instead of it being "mickey's" There was the maliboomer (no longer there I dont' think) Goofy's sky school was mulhuland madness. So... lots of "california" but not specifically disney. It seemed a bit more cohesive this time. Still.. some things like the jumpin jelly fish are just odd rides... seems like they could have made that into a little mermaid theme.... or the golden zephyr? How does that relate to disney at ALL? Oh well... I guess even WDW has "non disney rides" Like Test track is cool... but disney? Ellen's universe? Disney? Even Mission space isn't specifically disney.


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The Mickey pretzel was yummy! Just not sure if it was worth the wait.
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