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Old 04-05-2014, 10:01 AM   #1
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It’s Always Sunny in California!..Eh?...L’il Bit!

Hello all!
Welcome to my newest trip report! This time I totally went out of my comfort zone and took a trip to Disneyland!

Who am I? Well I am Jen.

Why did it take me 45 years to get to California? Well that is a good question. One reason was airfare. Every time I priced it….. I cringed. Secondly, the length of the flight also scared me a l’il bit! I tend to get anxiety when I sit for long periods. I have the same issues with car trips too.
And of course I have a husband who always talks of going, but then just can’t quite get up the nerve to go so far away and out of HIS comfort zone.

Finally my real chance came this year. We have talked of going off and on many times, but I kind of knew that unless I went first and gave it the official OK, there would not be much of a chance to go as a family in the future.

A work conference came up…. I jumped on it! ….This was my chance!!!!!
I told Skip about it, he said yes, I fainted…picked myself back up, and immediately booked airfare. And you are not even going to believe this! Air was the same (actually a L’il bit cheaper) than flying to Florida. This was meant to be, as in the past, air was always super high.

The next thing I did was contact my best friend since 3rd grade, Stacy. She lives in the LA area and I wanted to let her know I would be coming out and possibly, if it worked for her, we could get together. She jumped at the chance too and soon we had a few small plans set in place, with her picking me up from the airport and giving me a tour of the area.

Another thing about these conferences…they make you room with other people in most cases. Luckily I knew a few people who had signed up. When it came down to who being able to go, only one of my co-workers could make it work. Cass!

She posts on the Disboards and she is actually the one I contacted when I was looking into this career choice. We had never met, but I knew I liked what she wrote and from talking to her online, she seemed to be a pretty fun person and I figured I would get along OK with her. Boy! Little did I know how well we would hit it off!

Cass I talked via facebook and decided we wanted to come in early and stay an extra night. We also needed hotels for those nights and I went with her suggestions. We ended up getting the Disneyland Hotel for the first 2 nights for a pretty decent rate and then the Grand Californian for our last night. The conference was putting us up at the GC as well and we figured it would be nice not to move to another hotel that last night.

Then there was life at home. I had to make arrangements for Claire, my 9 year old. My husband shocked me once again and said he would do most of it and just have his mom help out when he was working. He is a dairy farmer and works right here at home and his mother also lives next door, so it would work out nicely. I was completely shocked at how well everything was falling into place.

Plans were in place and we just had a very short time to wait till we were both on our way to Sunny California!
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:02 AM   #2
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Feb. 22, 2014, Saturday
Let's get going

Feb. 23, 2014, Sunday
California...here I come!
Lunch at Venice Beach
Beautiful Venice Beach
Stacy's Neighborhood
Off to Universal
Universal and Dinner
Disneyland Hotel
A Quick Walk through DTD and my First DL Park
Cass' Update
Looking for Keri and the Mad Tea Party
World of Color with Keri
My first look at Disneyland

Feb. 24, 2014, Monday
Early Morning Tour
Touring DLH
The Last of My Morning Walk and Getting Ready for the Parks
Early Entry into California Adventure!
Radiator Springs Racers
Flying Tires and One More Race
Mater's and Screamin'
Toy Story and the Death Trap
Lunch at Story Tellers
The Zoetrope and Crush
Tower of Terror
Aladdin 1
Aladdin 2
Aladdin 3
Aladdin 4
Aladdin 5
There Be Pirates Here
Pirates and Snacks
The Castle Walk Through
Park Hopping
Dinner at Flos & WoC
WoC4 and an end to the Evening

Feb. 25, 2014, Tuesday
One Last Look at DLH
The Worst Ride Ever
Indiana Jones and Haunted Mansion
Cafe Orleans and Time to Check in
Conference Time and a Great Tour
Walt's Apartment
The Windows and Castle
World of Color Dinner
Another World of Color Evening

Feb. 26, 2014, Wednesday
Conference and Breakfast
Checking Out the Pools
Lemon Trees and Flowers
The Lounge and Views From Above
The Monorail Courtyard
A Quick Single Rider Line
Little Mermaid
A Not so Tasty Lunch
DLH Suite
Frontier Tower
Adventure Tower
On to Paradise Pier
Theme Park View
Paradise Pool
Pop Goofy
GC Suite
Cass' Food
Kids Club and Space Mountain
Best Nachos EVER!!

Feb. 27, 2014, Thursday
Another Day, Another Conference
The Annabella
Annabella Rooms
On to the Courtyard
Pool and Rooms
Hampton Inn
Hampton Rooms
The Marriott
Rooms and Pretty Pictures
Marriott Pool and On to the Sheraton
The Beautiful Sheraton
Time for some Adventure
Pixar Parade
That's a Lighting Ceremony?
Lightening Bugs and Mosters
Monsters Inc.
Cars and Steaks
Back to the Grand

Feb. 28, 2014, Friday
Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen
A Little Taste of Hawaii
A Wet Day at MK and a Dole Whip Float
Let's Go For a Splash
A Big Splash
Time for One Last Haunting
Casey Jr. and Time for the Lunch Dash
Lunch and My Future
Our Final Fun in Disneyland
Downtown Disney and Nachos

March 1, 2014, Saturday
Time to Go Home

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:09 AM   #3
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:13 AM   #4
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I am here too Jen! Can't wait to see what I missed!!!!!!!

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Old 04-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #6
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:26 PM   #7
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I'm so excited your TR has begun. I can't wait to hear all about your Disneyland trip! And, for the first time in...ever...I made it on the first page.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:10 PM   #9
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I made it over and can't wait to see the pictures.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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I am here, Jen!

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Old 04-05-2014, 03:53 PM   #11
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Can't wait to see how you liked Disneyland. I love that park.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:54 PM   #12

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I'm here and I am so excited

Looking forward to reliving our trip and reading about it through your eyes (words!)

I had the BEST time, it was an incredible week! OMG, I haven't laughed that hard in so long!

By the way, I still have my Matterhorn bruise

And so it begins!!
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:10 PM   #14
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Hi Jen, can't wait to read your report.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:01 PM   #15
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