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Old 08-11-2012, 05:34 PM   #31
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I know that would do that too...
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I'm in!! So glad you posted the link.
Glad to have you. I hope you and your family (or at least DH) can make an Expo or other event sometime, I know you would love it!

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Thanks for refreshing my memory of the lounges during the Expo last year.

Last years Expo was way better than the first one in 2009 where there were a lot of problems. I did remember the first Expo back in 2009 wherever there were long lines outside the presentation rooms where it was difficult to walks through. At least the side rooms were nice where we waited for the presentations. We'll just wait and see if they are going to try that wristband technique for next years Expo since it will save us a lot of time than being in the side queue for a presentation.

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I remember the 2009 one when the queues were overlapping in the hallway and the CMs had no idea what to do. They have clearly learned that we are exuberant fans, and hence why they can charge the exorbitant amounts for the packages and we still pay it!

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So very excited to read about your trip! Have a wonderful time!
Thanks, so far Day 1 has been awesome, but it will take me some time to write it all out, it's so jam packed!

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Thanks for the link - Your trip and the events sound fab !
Will be waiting to hear more...
First small update coming up next!

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Congrats Alison! Nice getting those perks. I'm soooo looking forward to living vicariously.
It will be so awesome. Now I just need to score the hotel on points for the four nights!

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Alison, I learned a long time ago that my time was worth the price for a reserved ticket, I know it seems like a lot, but your time is f\worth something also.

the lounge and additional benefits sounds like a nice perk.

Congrats and I am looking forward to all that I learn from your trips.
Luckily Fran's DF worked his A** off and left her at least something so that we can afford some of these finer things. We just need to get her healthy enough to enjoy it. She is taking pain pills to thwart the pain and No Doz to counteract the pain pills, as a result she feels icky. While I make/eat food on the breaks, she lies down in bed hoping to get some relief. I wish she didn't feel so bad. Thank god for germ killers!

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Oh wow! Definitely a lot of cool perks! Love the massage part and am pretty sure you'll be partaking in that
You know even last time, they had that listed and my package didn't include it, but we could have paid for it and I couldn't find them!

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Wow, just saw the link for the new TR, you have a lot going on. Hope you have a great time, and can't wait for pictures!
Good to have you, we're so far having a great time!

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Hope it is cooler weather.
It's really cool in the ball room!

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I know that would do that too...
If I can find them I will!
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:29 PM   #34
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Hi Everyone!

So we arrived safe and sound. Most of this TR will happen once we get home because every day is JAM PACKED. I havenít been online today at all (well at almost 7PM and I have to rush back to see Dick Van Dyke). We didnít get the 10AM start like we wanted, but we were on the road just after 12 noon and arrived at the hotel by 1PM (lots of going back before we even got a couple blocks away and a drive thru stop for 1st meal of the day, call it lunch/breakfast chicken McNuggets for me and a Filet of Fish for her! )

So we arrive at the hotel and oddly enough our room was ready!!!! Never in all my years of DVC have we arrived before 4PM and had a room ready! So we went up to the room, called Bell Services and I put all the frozen goods into the freezer, got the cooler unpacked and we headed over to D23 check in. Diamond level check in started at 1PM and it was quarter to 2PM. Laura recognized us immediately (I tell you this woman is on the ball), either that or we were the only diamond level guests both riding in scooters!

We signed in and they gave us our credentials.



Then we got in line for the main event today (for Fran) shopping! Here is the D23 store:







We picked out these books:





And these bags are made from the posters of the last Expo, so they are made of heavy canvas and really durable. As us Dooney fans know, placement is key and we picked Chip and Pumba!





After this we decided to head back to the room and let Fran rest a little before our dinner reservation. We are lucky enough to have some friends in high places that even though we are staying on DVC points, we were able to get access to the Concierge Lounge for this stay. We stopped in there for a snack since dinner was still a few hours away and we were still hungry after our ďdrive thruĒ experience! Franís plate:



And mine



Since we left the room so abruptly, I decided to take some pictures of our view. Itís fairly awesome! The only better thing would be on one of the higher floors, but this is our first time in probably over a year of having a Paradise Pier view, so Iím thrilled! We wonít be here to watch WoC, so I didnít make any requests.











And our swag, the last one is something I bought, but all the others were included in our diamond package. Running back to see Dick Van Dyke!









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Nice pictures! Nice bags. How does dick van dyke look these days! Enjoy the evening!
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Alison! That is so awesome to have the room ready. And you have a fantastic friend/fairy godmother to arrange things for you. Good for you. After the tough times you've had lately, you so deserve it!
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Great pictures of the D23 store and merchandise. That is a very nice lanyard with your name on it. Glad to hear that you got to check-in early to your room. Have fun tomorrow.
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Ah so nice of you to get me some strawberries!

Enjoy D23 and your PP view.
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Ah so nice of you to get me some strawberries!

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Thanks for all your well wishes, Ican baRELY type this I am so tired. I will check in Tuesday after all this is over. . it is awesome!@
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Rest and enjoy. We're not going anywhere and there is lots of time for lengthy updates later.
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The highlight for me was the Animation Studios Today presentation.

They were very very strict on no recording or cameras. Shown was the Short Tangled Ever After, followed by Wreck-It Ralph highlights.
And a new Black & White short called Paperman, that was different and fun.

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Amazing was the fall 2013 movie "Frozen" presentation.
They showed the background art, storyboards, and told much of the story.
They had a live presentation of a Song from Frozen that was wonderful and moving.
The background art looks great. The main characters are two beautiful Princess sisters from Norway.
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Thanks! I may just barely get this thing started before we check out of the hotel for our studio tour tomorrow morning 6AM

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They were very very strict on no recording or cameras. Shown was the Short Tangled Ever After, followed by Wreck-It Ralph highlights.
And a new Black & White short called Paperman, that was different and fun.

PAPERMAN Lithograph:


Amazing was the fall 2013 movie "Frozen" presentation.
They showed the background art, storyboards, and told much of the story.
They had a live presentation of a Song from Frozen that was wonderful and moving.
The background art looks great. The main characters are two beautiful Princess sisters from Norway.
It's hard to say what was the highlight! It was all so exciting! Some parts more than others. So a lot of the animators have been talking all weekend about which Animated Disney film hooked them in as a kid to want to be an animator. I didn't want to be an animator, but I have to say the Disney animated film that hooked me in was "The Aristocats". My BFF (at the time) and I left the theater singing O'Malley's song!

What was everyone else's first clinching Disney Animated movie?
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Mine would be Lady and the Tramp. Si and Am singing the Siamese Cat Song.
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OK, I’m back with a few quick updates. Just to continue with arrival night and then I’ll get to the good stuff. After a little nap and I uploaded the pictures from earlier Friday to Photobucket, we headed down to dinner. We stopped in at the lounge for a drink before dinner. I had a pear Martini



Fran had a margarita



We were seated in the solarium, note to self, next time ask for the main dining room.



I had a view of a VERY young John Lasseter all night.



The menu





Us





Charger plate



The plain bread service



Tomato Salad



Now these jalapeno biscuits were awesome, not spicy at all



They’re filled with bacon and cheese and all ooey gooey in the middle



I got the papperadelle pasta with turkey meatballs

Fran got the bacon wrapped shrimp





By the time we left, we had the place to ourselves.



Some shot from the terrace





We stopped by Marceline’s in DTD and then decided to head up to the CL for a little dessert.



Little did we know that someone had sprinkled some pixie dust in our room!



And after some more milk and cookies we went to bed. We had an early morning ahead of us!

Next up it all starts!!!!!!!
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That menu and food looks delicious.

Fantastic pixie dust. Did it taste as nice as it looks?
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