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Old 03-09-2013, 04:08 PM   #271
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Well, the day, even the hour is finally here. I was a good girl and got all my work done, so I have a just a moment to say goodbye to all. As soon as I finish typing, I am throwing the food in the cooler, zipping the suitcases closed, and turning off the TV (where my kids are watching Disney channel of course).

I can't believe the trip is finally here!!!! Thank you all for reading along and helping me pass the time waiting for this day to finally arrive. I promise lots of pictures and hopefully some fun stories when we get back.

I hope all of YOUR Disney dreams come true too!

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Woo hoo! Time to hit the road!! I can't believe your trip is finally here - the time has flown by since you first started planning it.

Have a wonderful time!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #272
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I hope your trip is truly *+*+*Magical*+*+*!!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:58 AM   #273
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We made it here to the beautiful Paradise Pier and I actually got connected to the hotel wifi!!

Our rooms are just what we paid for, view over the (empty) pool. I can't complain. DTD was super busy this afternoon/evening. I have my AP activated!!! Maybe I'll get a Photopass picture of that!

Kids are in bed and presumably sleeping; early to rise for early entry to California Adventure tomorrow.

Weather is supposed to be warm and beautiful all week.

Best wishes to all for a lovely week; I feel so blessed right now to have my family here and to be visiting one of my favorite places.

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:06 AM   #274
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I hope you all have a ball! The weather should be lovely too!
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:55 AM   #275
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We made it here to the beautiful Paradise Pier and I actually got connected to the hotel wifi!!

Our rooms are just what we paid for, view over the (empty) pool. I can't complain. DTD was super busy this afternoon/evening. I have my AP activated!!! Maybe I'll get a Photopass picture of that!

Kids are in bed and presumably sleeping; early to rise for early entry to California Adventure tomorrow.

Weather is supposed to be warm and beautiful all week.

Best wishes to all for a lovely week; I feel so blessed right now to have my family here and to be visiting one of my favorite places.

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Yay for great weather!! Have a blast!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:01 AM   #276
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PHXscuba, have a great time. It's always nice to share the parks with your family. I'll be there tomorrow from AZ. I'm taking my mom as part of her Christmas/B-day gifts.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:30 PM   #277
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Have a wonderful time! It's snowing here outside my window at work. Thinking about your family at DL.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #278
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We have made it back to my parents' safe and sound. We have a wonderful trip and everyone even stayed healthy (my biggest fear). There are always things you miss getting to do even in a 4-day trip, but we had a grand time and I look forward to sharing it with you all when I get back!!!

I even ran into CristyHas3, one of my trip report followers, in the RSR line one morning!! How cool is that?!

Today is laundry and tomorrow is repacking and driving back. Don't wanna go

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Old 03-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #279
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:30 PM   #280
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Thanks to all for the well wishes while we were traveling.

We are back home, safe and sad I miss CA already and Disneyland too. It was nice to spend some time with my parents for a couple days and we will be seeing them for a family event over here in a couple weeks.

I probably won't start the TR for a couple days. I have to hold it out as the incentive for me to get some work done before I let myself dive in. But never fear, I was taking notes on my phone every day so I could remember everything. I was just scrolling through the pictures I took and I have never seen so many goofy faces as this trip!

And I never ate a churro

So "watch this space" for something middle of the week.

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p.s. I just noticed I hit 2000 posts yesterday!!
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #281
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Glad you are home safe and sound! I'll be monitoring my email for the notice that there is action on your thread.

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Old 03-17-2013, 03:13 PM   #282
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Thanks to all for the well wishes while we were traveling.

We are back home, safe and sad I miss CA already and Disneyland too. It was nice to spend some time with my parents for a couple days and we will be seeing them for a family event over here in a couple weeks.

I probably won't start the TR for a couple days. I have to hold it out as the incentive for me to get some work done before I let myself dive in. But never fear, I was taking notes on my phone every day so I could remember everything. I was just scrolling through the pictures I took and I have never seen so many goofy faces as this trip!

And I never ate a churro

So "watch this space" for something middle of the week.

PHXscuba

p.s. I just noticed I hit 2000 posts yesterday!!
Woot, glad you had a great trip. Take it easy. getting back into routine after vacation is always a chore unto itself. Love to see the pictures.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:11 AM   #283
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:55 PM   #284
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The Prologue (and disclaimers)

I am almost ready to start the real trip report ... tonight if I get some time. But I thought I'd start with a short intro for those who don't want to wade through 19 pages to see how we got here!!

We traveled to Disneyland March 10-14. We stayed in the Paradise Pier Hotel and had 4-day parkhoppers. My original plan was to scheme my way into an AP -- and that dream miraculously came true!!

My family consists of me, DH, DS16, DD13, DD10, and DS 7-turning-8, who shall be referred to as DS8 for consistency's sake throughout our journey. Special guest appearance on our third park day by ....? Photos of us and the kids are all posted on the first page of the pre-trip report, but don't worry, you'll be seeing lots of them soon enough!

Things you WILL and WON'T see in this trip report:

-- You won't see a lot of artful landscape photos of park icons, etc. My family is in about 95 percent of the pictures. If that's not what you're looking for, there are some great park photos on lots of other trip reports. This one is mine, mine, mine, as the seagulls would say.

-- You won't see many photos of what we ate, except for a few cherished snacks. My family thinks I'm weird enough anyway without me taking pictures of their food, and I honestly don't think I could have held back the hungry hordes from their plates at most meals.

-- You will see lots of Goofiness. I swear every time I reviewed photos on the camera, someone was making a loopy expression, on purpose. We also did some funny poses on the ride photos.

-- You will get my opinion on what was great, what was missed, what was worth it and what wasn't. I have visited enough to have a good idea of what kind of a standard we can hold Disney to.

I am excited to start writing. You should see my Sanskrit notes -- I'm a bad typist to start with, and I so cannot type on an iPhone keyboard!


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p.s. I think I have a title for the TR -- watch the thread title to see what I came up with. OoooOooo) suspense!
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #285
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I also failed to welcome denluvsdisney to the trip report because it was posted while I was there. Thanks for reading and I hope you had a great time too!

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