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Old 02-14-2014, 11:31 AM   #1696
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I have to say, that "special entrance" sure is a nice perk for resort guests. Granted I used the Grand to get back and forth from the Parks, but I had to go into DownTown Disney like the commoner I am.

Bahahahaha, Is that your arm I see in the Cars mirror shot? Nice work!!!

Awww, such a great SM photo.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:08 PM   #1697
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Really enjoyed the DL intermission!! I've never been, but hope to get there one day!

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Old 02-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #1698
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Glad that Emmy had such a wonderful birthday! You all looked like you were having a blast!
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:59 PM   #1699
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Love your action shot Brenda! Those are hard to get just right so kudos to you my dear I am in the early stages of planning our first ever family trip to DL in July and it's so overwhelming! I think more so than when I researched for our first trip to WDW and stumbled upon this great place because there just does not seem to be near the resources for DL as there are for WDW. And I get it WDW gets more of a traveling vacation crowd whereas DL is more of a locals spot but ugh! Anyways loving you posts with GCH I want to stay onsite so badly for this trip but talking DH into it is a whole other thing...he wants to stay at the Candy Cane Inn.... but it's not the same....waahh
More importantly though what was that yummy drink from the cove bar....was that rassberries I saw? Yum Yum!
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:37 AM   #1700
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Looks like fun, but I think I've seen all these pictures before.

Of course I have, on FB!

Y'all look like you had a great time. It's good to run into friends while in one of your favorite places celebrating one of your favorite people.
I can't believe your baby is all grown up now. I thank goodness I have a few more years before we hit that one, but at the same time I'm looking forward to that next phase of my life too. Although I'm not looking forward to the fact Mackenzie will be 18 before she even starts her senior year.

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Old 02-15-2014, 05:41 AM   #1701
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EMH at 7am? Nice! How very convenient to use the hotel entrance. The park looks empty.

That Cars attraction just looks so cool. I really can't wait to see it for myself. Very cool.

How fun that your friends met you there to join in the celebration.

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Old 02-15-2014, 07:09 AM   #1702
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Wow, great DL pics! I want to visit so much. The cars ride looks adorable, and lunch looks really good! Wonderful way to celebrate Em's birthday!

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Old 02-15-2014, 07:40 AM   #1703
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What wonderful updates! I am very glad you shared it all with us! It looks like Em had a wonderful birthday!

And... I LOVE your action shot... Very cute!

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Old 02-15-2014, 08:15 AM   #1704
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:16 PM   #1705
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we don't mind the intermission!!! Everything looks like such a great time
DH thinks I'm crazy, me (raina) a new disney addict, DD (8)sweetpea and DD (4)evie had their 1st trip and LOVED it!
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:43 PM   #1706
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I've been reading along - enthralled with Cinderella's Dream Suite but so excited to read the intermission!
I am planning our 1st trip to DLR in May .... AND..... We're staying at the Grand Californian.... SO.....
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:15 AM   #1707
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Still here and playing the world’s biggest game of catch-up…..

So think back, about 100 years ago, when you were having issues with AKL………….

I’m glad you got a decent AKL room! I loved that Em went to get you a Diet Coke. Pretty sure Willow already knows when I need coffee….

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I love your AKL view - this is why this is one of my top resorts to try next trip - it seriously reminds me so much of when I graduated from high school and my parents took me and my brother on a 2-week safari trip to Kenya. EVERY time I go into AKL, I am taken back to that trip. Can’t wait to stay there one day!

What a fun late-night DHS time! You know we LOVE ToT! And Willow is quietly biding the time until she is finally tall enough for RnRC! Love your ride pics!!!

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Old 02-16-2014, 03:52 AM   #1708
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Originally Posted by JulieODC View Post
What great photos of DL!! We've never been...but someday!

Great action shot!!

The kiss photo is adorable --- hope you guys have a Happy Valentine's Day!
I have a few somedays myself Julie!

Ha ha! Thanks. That 'action pose' took only one shot!

Thanks and same to you and your hubby.

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Sounds like an enjoyable morning at DCA. Carsland sounds like the TSMM of DL. But hey, that's what single rider is for.
You got it! Radiator Springs Racers is definitely the TSMM of DCA. Single Rider being a walk on made that one a no brainer for sure.

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Sounds like a great birthday weekend! The Grand Californian looks beautiful, and the walkway seems like a great perk!

Love the Space Mountain pic.
Thanks Shannon! I don't think there could be a more convenient in/out from the hotel in/out of the park. I've been thinking where can they put a resort at WDW that would be right there in the park?? That would be amazing.

It looks like I'm grabbing my hubby's face and he doesn't stand a chance!

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Aw what a fun morning & birthday! Thank you for sharing this intermission with us. I love hearing about disneyland. I love your hoodie too! Soooo cute! Adorable photo with Frozone too, you guys are too cute!
Thanks Jennifer. I think there are about 1,899,345 other gals that have that Minnie hoodie. It is adorable when the hood is up with the Minnie ears.

I was excited to see Frozone. We're never out in the parks early in the morning for the special characters. Frozone was great with the kids before us. He took one kid over to the fruit stand and picked up some crushed ice and was pretending that he made it. Adorable!

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What a wonderful trip to Disneyland! I've only made it out there once and only for 5ish hours. I definitely need to go again someday.

I love the SM pic, too cute!
Wow! 5 hours is a whirlwind. Definitely spend at least 6 hours next time!

Romance and SM... it just seems to go together sometimes.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:46 AM   #1709
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First, happy belated birthday to Em. She always looks good, but her birthday dinner pictures are STUNNNING. I've always wanted to go to Disneyland and if I didn't absolutely hate traveling, I'd be there in a heartbeat!

Been MIA for a while, but I leave for The World in one week!!!! So excited!

Your pictures from the suite tour are amazing and I am so happy for you guys that you got to experience that!!

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I always love your pictures from Disneyland. I've only been to DLR twice in my lifetime. The last one was a couple of years ago during a conference in San Diego. Had a great time! As things stand now it appears that both of my major conferences in May and October of 2015 will be in San Diego. So you know what that means! Twice the opportunity to visit Disneyland!

Sounds like it was a wonderful birthday weekend for Em!
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