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Old 07-24-2013, 01:31 AM   #316
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I think night time at Disneyland is the most magical time to be there. All those beautiful lights that make it glow.....from the inside.

Now that you've finally taken what I call the Washing Machine Spin Dry Cycle ride off your "shunned" list, do you think you and Tracy would ever put your hands on that wheel and turn it....even a little?

And yes...the classic rides at Disneyland are the BEST!
I absolutely agree. Disneyland at dusk is probably my favorite, but I love the parks at night. The lighting is just absolutely perfect.

Sometimes Tracy threatens to spin the wheel just to get a rise out of me, but in general we just really don't like anything with the potential of making us too dizzy. I already spend hours feeling dizzy each day, so I don't want to induce it by choice...

We love our classic rides. Always our go-to's whenever we head to the parks!

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Fun rides, all of them

I actually think the refurb-ed Matterhorn bobsleds are more painful So if they hurt ya before ... sound like you made a good choice in passing
Very fun!

So at this point, I have ridden the Matterhorn once, and it didn't hurt me too bad. My stipulations were that I had to sit in the front to minimize whiplash, and we had to choose the "tamer" side (Tracy had been on both sides and could attest that the right one is much less jerky). It's still not something I could do that often though...

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Love the Tea Cups. They are my first memory of Disneyland, riding with my Mom who actually hated rides but did it just for me and my sister. I always have to ride them!
That's a great memory! I'm glad that we have accepted the Tea Cups into our lives. Now we always have a fun time when we do them!
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:34 AM   #317
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First off, I loved the part about how you appreciate "Walt's park". I think that's the best thing about Disneyland, no matter what they do to WDW, Walt never walked the parks there, the fact that he was here in this park, living in this park makes it totally special.

I also found it humorous how you noted that while WDW has "unlimited space" they had to remove two of the most classic rides. Do you know about Mr. Toad's figure appearing in the Pet Cemetary of the HM in WDW?

We do love cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, and not that we have had them at Disney, but this is pretty common. I'll have to remember that since for us this is a plus. However, we are also quite "plus" so maybe I should just forget it right away!

I didn't even realize that they had updated Storybook land with current princesses and princes. I better go on that ride again, it's been about 20 years or so!

OMG! I can't believe you were the Rebel Spy on your first mission! I've been on that ride more times than I can count now. I did it 12 times during the previews and in that time I saw each of the different sequences at least once. I doubt that I have had all 52 possible experiences, but I get Darth Vadar most in the beginning and my favorite it Jar Jar Binks at the end. For anyone who still hasn't seen the new ST I don't want to reveal too much, but it is REALLY cool.

I remember when I was close to your age, going and jumping in the line for the attraction that we most wanted to ride 10 min before closing and waiting it out as they closed the line off after us. Now the only time that we're there after closing is if the park closes down before we've finished dinner or a show somewhere. They're sort of ushering you out of the park, not in too rushed a fashion, but they certainly don't want you wandering off anywhere. I miss being young. enjoy it while you have it! Challenges and all, they just get more pronounced the older you get. You two are so great and inspiring to read about!
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:45 AM   #318
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Another great update! Too bad about the cinnamon rolls Cream cheese frosting does not sound good at all!

Will def have to go on Storybook Land next visit - it looks so cute and I remember taking my youngest 3 on it on our first trip about 30 years ago. I love that you remember so much about the different Star Tours destinations! I really need to write down in a little journal what I love about each attraction because as soon as my tired feet get into the car for the 40 min ride home, I forget
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I'm another one that loves cream cheese frosting.
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I am equal parts jealous of your life right now and happy to be able to read about your adventures. Thank you for sharing!

Between your report and Jess' I'm having to work on not being so jealous of others.
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First off, I loved the part about how you appreciate "Walt's park". I think that's the best thing about Disneyland, no matter what they do to WDW, Walt never walked the parks there, the fact that he was here in this park, living in this park makes it totally special.

I also found it humorous how you noted that while WDW has "unlimited space" they had to remove two of the most classic rides. Do you know about Mr. Toad's figure appearing in the Pet Cemetary of the HM in WDW?

We do love cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, and not that we have had them at Disney, but this is pretty common. I'll have to remember that since for us this is a plus. However, we are also quite "plus" so maybe I should just forget it right away!

I didn't even realize that they had updated Storybook land with current princesses and princes. I better go on that ride again, it's been about 20 years or so!

OMG! I can't believe you were the Rebel Spy on your first mission! I've been on that ride more times than I can count now. I did it 12 times during the previews and in that time I saw each of the different sequences at least once. I doubt that I have had all 52 possible experiences, but I get Darth Vadar most in the beginning and my favorite it Jar Jar Binks at the end. For anyone who still hasn't seen the new ST I don't want to reveal too much, but it is REALLY cool.

I remember when I was close to your age, going and jumping in the line for the attraction that we most wanted to ride 10 min before closing and waiting it out as they closed the line off after us. Now the only time that we're there after closing is if the park closes down before we've finished dinner or a show somewhere. They're sort of ushering you out of the park, not in too rushed a fashion, but they certainly don't want you wandering off anywhere. I miss being young. enjoy it while you have it! Challenges and all, they just get more pronounced the older you get. You two are so great and inspiring to read about!
We definitely love Walt's personal touches at Disneyland. I think that they will always be something special about this park.

I have seen poor Toad in the pet cemetery. I love those kinds of nods to extinct attractions! We also like in Pooh Corner here how if you look into the kitchen where they're making the treats, there are paintings of Pooh characters with the Country Bears as an acknowledgement that Pooh evicted them from Disneyland.

We just felt like they should have warned up about the cream cheese icing because that's not your "standard" cinnamon roll. At DCA, they actually have them at Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe, and there it does say "Signature Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing." Oh well. Live and learn.

You should definitely go on Storybook Land again sometime! I think the Aladdin and Little Mermaid updates are the only ones from more contemporary movies, but we always have a lot of fun on that ride.

I was definitely proud of being the Rebel Spy. Tracy had gotten it on one of our rides in WDW, but this was my first time. I need to actually take a look at all of our combinations that we've gotten. We've definitely made it to each destination plenty of times, but I'm sure we're still nowhere near the 54. My favorites are probably Tattooine pod racing and the Naboo underwater ending. It actually took us until we had ridden at least 20 times to get that ending for the first time, and since then, we get it all the time!

We will definitely take advantage of our Disney time while we're young! Even now, though, we find we only make it to closing once in a very long while...

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Another great update! Too bad about the cinnamon rolls Cream cheese frosting does not sound good at all!

Will def have to go on Storybook Land next visit - it looks so cute and I remember taking my youngest 3 on it on our first trip about 30 years ago. I love that you remember so much about the different Star Tours destinations! I really need to write down in a little journal what I love about each attraction because as soon as my tired feet get into the car for the 40 min ride home, I forget
Glad you agree with me on the Cinnamon Roll. I know some people love cream cheese frosting, but in a park with so many kids, I'm surprised they would have such a popular menu item have such a taste-specific feature like that. Ew.

Yes you should definitely go on Storybook Land soon. It's a lot of fun! And I've just been writing down all my notes about each visit in a Word document when we get home. Nothing fancy, but at least it helps me remember things!

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I definitely understand that some people like it. A warning would have been nice though...

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I am equal parts jealous of your life right now and happy to be able to read about your adventures. Thank you for sharing!

Between your report and Jess' I'm having to work on not being so jealous of others.
I definitely understand! That's all a part of reading trip reports, I think. You see what other people are up to and just want to be there! Despite how content we are with Disneyland, I still read Jess' report and get jealous of WDW, so I think there's just no way around it!
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I'm sitting here with the biggest smile on my face.

I have an identical hat to the one you're wearing.
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I love that statue of Walt & Mickey, it's so relaxed and carefree, the way I feel when we are in the parks
Counting down the days until we are there again!
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We also loved seeing the fountain in Carthay Circle. You all know how I feel about kinetic water!


Yes, we do!

Thank you for the update!
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Sorry, another cream cheese frosting fan here I agree with you though, it would have been nice if they included that info. on the bakery sign.

So cool that you were the Rebel Spy. I've been it exactly one time, back in January, and I've been on that ride tons! For some reason I get Hoth a lot and it's not my favorite scene

I love, love, love the new DCA. I liked, even loved, certain parts of the park before -- but not the park as a whole. Now I do.
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I'm sitting here with the biggest smile on my face.

I have an identical hat to the one you're wearing.
I'm glad!! And it's a good hat. Definitely keeps the sun out of my eyes!

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Counting down the days until we are there again!
I agree about the statue. The whole area just harkens back to such a cool time period. I love Buena Vista Street! Hope the days until your next trip pass quickly!

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Of course! Thanks for reading!

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Sorry, another cream cheese frosting fan here I agree with you though, it would have been nice if they included that info. on the bakery sign.

So cool that you were the Rebel Spy. I've been it exactly one time, back in January, and I've been on that ride tons! For some reason I get Hoth a lot and it's not my favorite scene

I love, love, love the new DCA. I liked, even loved, certain parts of the park before -- but not the park as a whole. Now I do.
Ugh, these votes in support of cream cheese frosting

I love being the Rebel Spy. My favorite is when they catch one of us making a ridiculous face! We always used to get Hoth. In fact, the first 5+ times we ever rode the new version, we only got Hoth. While at the time I was sick of it, now we rarely ever seem to get it and I miss it!

Definitely agree with you about new DCA. Neither Tracy nor I got to experience DCA 1.0 in all its "glory," but based on everything I've read/seen, I think the new DCA is definitely change for the better.
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In fact, the first 5+ times we ever rode the new version, we only got Hoth. While at the time I was sick of it, now we rarely ever seem to get it and I miss it!
I will dream about the day when I will miss Hoth

I would love to hear what you guys thought about Luigi's when you finally got to try it. The first time we rode it, thumbs down But, on our trip in late June, DH got FP for RSR so DD9 and I got to ride it 3 times in a row with very minimal waits (it was park opening and *everybody* was at RSR.) We got the hang of it and had a blast zooming and floating on air.
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I have absolutely loved ypur report!!! I just decided the other day that when I get done with RN school I would LOVE to move to Cali and be a nurse at Disneyland!! My kiddos already want to move there lol....its gonna be a year before we get to go on our second trip but I absolutely can not wait
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Yay! You got to see BVS and Carsland. I agree, they are both awesome.

But I am one of the few who liked DCA even before it was redone.

I am loving your TR especially since we will be spending a few months down there this fall/winter.

You've given lots of good tips, not only about the parks but about what its like to live there.

BTW what's with this area not providing refrigerators in their apartment rentals???? I'm hoping to rent one reasonably. We'll be starting out with airbeds and camping chairs for furniture. This will be interesting...and fun I think! Although I'm much more adventurous than my husband...lol
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I would love to hear what you guys thought about Luigi's when you finally got to try it. The first time we rode it, thumbs down But, on our trip in late June, DH got FP for RSR so DD9 and I got to ride it 3 times in a row with very minimal waits (it was park opening and *everybody* was at RSR.) We got the hang of it and had a blast zooming and floating on air.
Believe me, there MAY come a time someday when you too will miss Hoth. Maybe...

I'll write about our full thoughts on Luigi's in one of the updates coming very soon, but I will say that our opinion of it is much like your new one seems to be, and the polar opposite of most of the opinions I've heard.

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I have absolutely loved ypur report!!! I just decided the other day that when I get done with RN school I would LOVE to move to Cali and be a nurse at Disneyland!! My kiddos already want to move there lol....its gonna be a year before we get to go on our second trip but I absolutely can not wait
I'm so glad you've been enjoying! Thanks for reading along

You should absolutely move here when you are done with school! I'm sure it's a great place to have a nursing job. Hopefully the time will fly by before your next trip here!

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Yay! You got to see BVS and Carsland. I agree, they are both awesome.

But I am one of the few who liked DCA even before it was redone.

I am loving your TR especially since we will be spending a few months down there this fall/winter.

You've given lots of good tips, not only about the parks but about what its like to live there.

BTW what's with this area not providing refrigerators in their apartment rentals???? I'm hoping to rent one reasonably. We'll be starting out with airbeds and camping chairs for furniture. This will be interesting...and fun I think! Although I'm much more adventurous than my husband...lol
I think we honestly would have liked DCA before it was redone too, but I'm glad we love BVS and Cars Land!

I'm glad that reading along has helped you plan your long-term trip this fall! Hopefully you can utilize some of our tips when you're here. Your spirit of adventure sounds like fun, and I'm sure you'll make the best of your living situation whatever it ends up being!! And I have no idea what's up with the stupid fridge rule here. I'm glad we ended up not having to deal with moving one, but I'm sure the time will come someday when we do...
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