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View Poll Results: Karen's TR Poll
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:59 AM   #61
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Loving the TR, especially all of those wonderful photos
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:07 AM   #62
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Reading right along -used to love Silly Swings-last ride and I felt really sick-damn this getting old!! Weather looks a bit cold.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #63
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Love it!

I can't believe you slept so long!

I was surprised that I actually enjoyed Mickey's Wheel of Death (as I am not usually a fan of ferris wheels), however we did not choose to take a death-slider, just a normal carriage
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:54 AM   #64
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This is a great report. I love staying at GVC because it is so convenient to the parks and Hagen Daaz is right across the walkway. Love that you were able to do the roller coaster and Storytellers Cafe. I have not gotten to that restaurant yet, because the ice cream is right across the street.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:43 AM   #65
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I'll do the Wheel of Doom again but never on a sliding one. And I don't care if I have to go by myself or with strangers.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:58 AM   #66
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I'm enjoying this trip report too
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:46 PM   #67
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ok where was I???

so after a minor flood event this weekend my TR had to take a back seat....but lets continue shall we....

now.....where was I??? Ah, thats right...our first day at CA....and what do we stumble over...the parade...seriously folks we wouldn't have known it was on as there was NO_ONE lined up for 3 hrs before hand..it was all very..."oh look, that's a float...shall we stand here..oh yes, lets!"....

so here's some shots of the pixar parade..i really enjoyed it, they have heaps of acrobats and its quite cute....

now they may be a tad fuzzy as the light wasn't too good.....but you get the main gist..























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Old 02-25-2013, 01:58 PM   #68
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world of colors meal & show

after much help from those in the know here on dis, i booked the dinner package for world of color......fantastic idea.....ok the food was semi crap, the service terrible, but the location for the show was brill.......

and I got ears (which are now sitting on my desk at work, and when the mood strikes, i turn off the lights and have a little light dance party...but thats another story)......so heres the pics...


happy me with my purchase...


the DH sporting the ears....


a disappointing salad....with cold and tasteless bread that took 25 mins to arrive..I kid you not..the service was appalling, thus the $2 tip..


fantastic baramundi...


the dessert sellection, DH said it was nice


my dairy free sorbet and fruit....nice but the weather was too cold to really enjoy it...


after colors...but you can see where we were located (with random guy in foreground)....great spot and the show was fantatic...dumbo was so sad


after show...


DH with the mickey wheel of fear and doom....

so.....after a great show what do you do...thats right...go to the GCH bar! The bar was to become our nightly location for a nice port and maybe some sliders if the mood hit...

but tonight we tried the local drop....not as nice as aussie/NZ wine, so we then just stuck to the gordons 40 yr old port.....


Cheers big ears! Sitting by the fire in the nook....fantastic day....phew..and thats only day 1
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:11 PM   #69
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Our first look at DL park

so today was the first time we have set foot in Disneyland Park for nearly 30 years...coffee first...so we nick into CA for a decent coffee (this is also where we see parents pushing prams with huge cups of beer at 10 am....strange..but I guess that's what some people may need to get them thru the day with toddlers at DL)





my oh my how things have changed.....since we have so far only used the GCH entrance to CA we hadnt gone thru the bag check and ticket gate at the end of DTD to DL.....the bag check has totally ruined the look of what they were trying to accomplish...who plops tents down and thinks they are a good idea..its the first glimpse a visitor gets of DL.....seriously????

Any way we get to the gates and what do we find...yup..main st station is under canvas....okay.....


starting to think this is the poorer cousin of WDW....then we turn the corner...









now no-one mentioned all the transport options.....we must have hung around the square for at least 15 mins oooohing and ahhing....this is NOT WDW....but I have to admit..the castle just wasn't impressive..or so I thought....but that was to change....
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:21 PM   #70
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space mountain....the other white meat

So in the words of some guy "not all space mountains are created equally" and being an EXPERT on space mountain in WDW, knowing every turn, every dip, every rattle and every spot to lose ones lunch, ones keys and ones mind....I think I may know what I'm on about....

space mountain at DL Rocks! But not in the way you think....I hate the line configuration...what the hell re the weaving on the roof?? Wheres my star tunnel music, my dim lighting, my ambiance...now WDW beats DL hands down when it comes to the line....and the exit is where??? Oh over by god knows where...but I digress.....the thing that made my day is the 2 seaters....this is a ride I want to enjoy with DH, as he doesn't do coasters..SM is his limit...so this was fantastic.....

the ride itself was too smooth, i love the jerky, rattle and hum of WDW SM....and it seemed a tad slower ...but overall a great ride, but my heart still belongs to WDW SM.....





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Old 02-25-2013, 02:25 PM   #71
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toontown....and a hidden gem

the little roller coaster (cant remember the name)...stumbled over it whilst checking toontown out..the line was non existent so we went.."why not"....i think this has made it on our top 10 ride list.......fan- tastic.....no pics but the kink in my neck will be a memory I will long remember....

but heres a photo of the kiddie hot dog we got at the place next door (ok its half a hot dog, but you get the idea)

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #72
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looking back....

as i look back over my photos I realise we spent a hell of a lot of time in CA..not because it was close but because it was FAN_TASTIC....

so heres a few shots of my fav ride.....




getting the aussiekaren thumbs up of approval..

now getting fast passes for radiator springs is just plain nuts...we get there for EMH and they dont open the fast pass til 10 anyway...so people are lining up from 9.....we line up 9.45..this is the line



now heres the line at 9.50 am


and here is part of the crowd waiting to join the line at 10am


I dont have a photo of the crowd behind the rope, but its huge...and this was a quiet day..all fast passes are gone by 11 to 11.30am....

so as DH waits in line..I go off to make new friends..


so if you want to ride radiator springs be prepared to either
1.get in line before 10 am for a fastpass
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2.ride it as soon as it opens at 9 am on emh mornings.....

oh and the fast pass line isnt outside the ride itself, its at the enterance of its a bug life.....i didnt know that and raced to the ride to get the fast passes...a mistake i didnt make again!
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #73
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Bugs land......

we enjoyed looking thru the land, and did come back later in the trip and rode all the rides so will have pics later on of those...but heres a few shots of bugs land in all its glory before the little people get there











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Old 02-25-2013, 05:11 PM   #74
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Thanks for the tip about getting to Carsland mega early!

Love Bugs Life area. Love the attention to detail, did you go to the show? I loved the bug 3d glasses but I can't do 3d.

How much was the WOC dinner? How far in advance did you have to book? We loved WOC but don't want to have to wait in our area for such a long time again to get a good spot. The pusher-in-er-ers were such a pain in the butt.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #75
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Thanks for the tip about getting to Carsland mega early!

Love Bugs Life area. Love the attention to detail, did you go to the show? I loved the bug 3d glasses but I can't do 3d.

How much was the WOC dinner? How far in advance did you have to book? We loved WOC but don't want to have to wait in our area for such a long time again to get a good spot. The pusher-in-er-ers were such a pain in the butt.
we did see its tough to be a bug...thought it was a tad scarier than at AK in orlando....dinner was at the winery, i booked about 1 week or 2 before hand...you just email dining and they do it for you..we got the 7.10 resi for the 9 pm show........
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