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Old 06-24-2014, 09:41 AM   #691
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We headed over to a store in Hollywood Land where Fran was ready to do some SERIOUS damage! To be clear, shopping with Fran is an E Ticket event!





Not sure what the name of this particular store was, I was too busy gawking at EVERYTHING around me every step, but I would guess Alison has been there once or twice and could help me out here.





A team of CMs was helping Fran make her purchases- literally- a TEAM- and while she made her choices, Alison took me behind the store (next to the store? Still busy gawking at everything, I was just going along for the ride) to see the Animation Academy and the Zoetrope.







This was the coolest thing- all I kept thinking was Sean would LOVE this- I really need to go back with him! Hopefully watching this will not give anyone a seizure-

Click to play-




Oh wait! I found it! we were shopping at Off the Page!



Fran's purchases complete, it was time for the women to head to the car with their loot-





YUP! That Fran- she can SHOP!





They headed to their car and said they were fine packing it up without me, so we said our temporary good byes (we were meeting up again on Sunday! Yay!) and I said good bye to CA-



Then turned around to say hellooooo to Disneyland!





Disneyland is different from WDW in many ways- the first I noticed was that they still use a hand stamp here to re-enter the park. When is the last time you had one of those in WDW? I was really excited that I was FINALLY in DL! Jenny was in there already having dinner at the Plaza with her kids, and I was going to meet her there. But first, had to post a selfie on FB!



Back later with the rest of my night with the AWESOME Rentayenta crew!


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Old 06-24-2014, 09:47 AM   #692
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Great Update and WOW can Fran shop !!!!!!
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:01 AM   #693
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Pretty pick of all three of you ladies!

Thank you!

That ice cube thing is really cool.....hahaha! Seriously, that is so neat and fun that they do it table side!

YES!! It was a special experience!

That food looks amazing. Especially the watermelon...sounds so refreshing!
It was a refreshing one- all the food was very good, it comes from the same kitchen Carthay Circle's food does.

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My goodness, you've been an updating machine all of a sudden, and there's no way I can pick and choose quotes to comment on. I'll just say that the Grand Californian looks amazing, and that view from your room is fantastic!

Yea, I have been busy- trying to finish 2 mega TRs at once is a LOT, so I have been at it when I get the time- just want everything done before August so I can write the Alaska one without other obligations in a more timely manner.

Very cool that you could meet up with Alison and Jenny! The 1901 lounge looked really cool, and I officially want an ice globe maker for my house.
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Playing catch up!!!!

I know the feeling!

Those trees in Yosemite are awe inspiring!

They really are- I had someone say to me once "what's the big deal- ya see one tree, you have seen them all". REALLY could not have agreed LESS with that opinion.

Yay! You are at DL! I fell in love with the GCH and I cannot wait to stay there some of these days!

It is worth it, for sure....

Awesome Dis meet at 1901! I love that place.

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Yay! Our meet. It was so fun to finally meet you and see A&F again.
YAY!!

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it is like going home when you are there. I was last there in 1998. A land long, long ago. It was pre-construction of cali adventure. I'm so glad disney took it up a notch with the hotels there. It was so holiday inn-esque. But the villa looks divine!
You could not go up any more notches from the GCH- every inch is worthy of being called GRAND.

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Yay! We had so much fun that day, only to be upstaged by the next time we met! I could really use some of that Queso Fundido right now!

Definitely!! And that queso was seriously yummy-

It was like meeting old friends, we could have chatted for hours! Buy you're right, Fran had a mission to take care of!
I agree- good thing we had more time together later in the week! Hooray for 2 meets in 1 vacay....

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Super swanky!! What a fun night, and DIS meets to boot?!

It was very fun!

The club looks fantastic; what a special experience! That ice cube business is CRAZY - how incredible!!

It was - science rocks!

So after you mentioned about those CA cruises.... I of course went on the DCL site and started looking at that 3 night out of San Diego. So now, of course, I am pricing out that cruise + a stay at Disneyland.

I am blaming you.
Yea, right- like you need a push...
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:33 AM   #694
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Is that the May 17, 2015 cruse to Ensenada? I'm booked on that and the 2 day cruise to nowhere right before it. The DIS group for that cruise sounds super fun! You'll have a blast if you joicruise

You can blame me too!
Yes that's the one!! Hahaha more people to blame, I love it! I will definitely join the DIS group if I book it.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:39 AM   #695
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WOW that was a power shopping trip!! That's a lady after my own heart!! I always love to see Disney shopping bags and the treasures that people are taking back home with them.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:43 PM   #696
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Thanks for the info Miss Kitty. I did not know that. I'll check it out.

And you too Ellen - So go to the mothership ASAP! I love that advice because that's what I really want to do, but it I have to wait I'll survive.

Now back to read!
Can't wait to hear what you decide!!

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I totally agree that meeting DISers who've never met before IS really like meeting old friends. How wonderful that you all got to meet in 1901. That really does look like the coolest place EVER!

It was amazing- and it was my first DL experience- I am spoiled for LIFE!

Yours is the second TR where I saw the amazing ice sphere. Super cool!

It was really pretty-

So glad the boys were off doing boy things that evening so you could hang with the girls.
Me too! It all worked out well- remember, originally we were going a week earlier- if that had happened, they would have seen the Giants play in SF- but since they were on the road when we were in SF after we changed our visit to accommodate and avoid D23, they saw the Angels instead.

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Is that the May 17, 2015 cruse to Ensenada? I'm booked on that and the 2 day cruise to nowhere right before it. The DIS group for that cruise sounds super fun! You'll have a blast if you joicruise

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That was some ice cube !! Yay for another Dismeet!!!1901 looks very neat!!!
It was- I could have been in there for hours reading and looking-

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Look how you roll! Getting into an exclusive club and getting to try out a new super ice invention! That orb is so cool, but the process is mind boggling. I just assumed you were meeting Drea this night - so cool you got to meet Allison and Rentayenta, too.

Drea came for the weekend- she is still a few days away.

The stone formation in the corner at the ball field is where the fireworks come out of.
Cool! Thanks! And can't wait for my Apriori to arrive!

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Great update! I recently watched a reality show on Bravo called Southern Charm, taking place in New Orleans (it just sucked me in for some reason but it was so trashy and fun to watch!) One of the guys on the show was in a cigar/wine lounge and ordered a scotch with one of those spherical ice cubes.

I saw that!! Those people were nuts (well, except the one girl- she seemed normal. ). I forgot about it tho-

Whenever I see an update to this report my day gets better!
Awww!!!! Thanks! I am so glad! I am trying to finish it in July- it needs to come to an end- so I hope you'll come and read about Alaska, too!
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Holy shopping!




I can't believe it's been almost a year since we met.
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I agree with the Holy Shopping - What fun!!

Yay for meeting up with DISfriends!!
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LOVE all the 1901 stuff! How cool.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:06 PM   #700
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Great Update and WOW can Fran shop !!!!!!
LOL Rosie- she's a PRO!!

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WOW that was a power shopping trip!! That's a lady after my own heart!! I always love to see Disney shopping bags and the treasures that people are taking back home with them.
Can't even begin to imagine the damage the two of you could do together.....
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Once inside the park, it felt familiar, but different. I kind of felt like I was having an out-of-body experience, to be honest! Look! See?



I slowly made my way up Main St, taking it all in. It is surreal the first time you experience it. No pics, I was too busy enjoying the moment of visiting a Disney park for the FIRST time again.

Don't get too many chances to do that!

I went up to the castle, and it was time for another FB post-



Something like DREA!! THE CASTLE IS HUGE!!!!!

Get ready, MEK- because as soon as your friends from your non-DIS life find out you are going to DL for the first time, they will CONSTANTLY feel the need to make you aware-

Ya know, the castle is MUCH smaller there.



I heard that so many times in the year before I went. SO many times. It got to the point I was making stuff up-

"No it's not- it's actually bigger per cubic inch it's all done with mirrors and stuff but technically speaking, it's much larger. Cool, huh?"

I don't think anyone believed me, but I figured it was better than smacking everyone.

I found Jenny etal finishing up their dinner at the Plaza. They were all having a FABULOUS time, and were ready to ride- what did we end up with? I am very excited to say, my first ride in DL was Space Mountain. During the fireworks. Which of course you can watch when you are on line, because in DL, you mostly wait outside.









There was constant chatter- it was wonderful- have you met Jenny? She is the Disney energizer bunny- zip-zip-zip- just awesome! And her kids? OMG- the best! It was the most entertaining wait in a queue I have ever had!





I got to ride with Chloe-



And Jenny, Gabby and Josh rode in another car-



LOLOLOL!!!! So funny!! Oh- and the ride? Ten MILLION times better than SM in WDW- it is smoother, you get to ride with someone next to you, and the music is perfect. AWESOME!!!



Next- we went to



It was kind of nice- like I had tour guides in DL. Me likey!







It was so sweet, and an original, and I was very glad we went on, because my men of the He-Man Woman-Haters club (not really, but you know what I mean) would never have given that one a spin. Speaking of a spin-



That we did not ride, but it is pretty outside under the lanterns, isn't it? I'm not worried- I will live on this ride I am sure when I bring Sean.

Next was Pinocchio? Snow White? Both? Not sure now- but I did take a pic while we waited-



Such a fun family, I am so happy we got to spend time together, I only wish my kids could have been there too! It was time to call it a night- Jenny etal was headed back to the beach, and I was going back to VGC. Thanks for being my tour guides, all of you- Alison and Fran too!- made my very first day at DL completely magical.



Walking to the villas-



And then back to that completely ROCKIN view-





The boys reported they had an excellent night, it was a ton of fun- yay us!

Up next- oh, so MANY great things in DL!

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Holy shopping!

Yea I know!!


I can't believe it's been almost a year since we met.
Yup! Hope we can hang out again sometime...

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Yay for meeting up with DISfriends!!
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I had much less regret about missing the museum in SF after 1901- there was a ton of memorabilia in that little space-
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Yup! That's my Gal! Shopping up a storm! I hate to say it but we have had at least two more experiences like that, once by ourselves. I literally had to drop her off at the DL pickup on Harbor with all our loot, get the car from the Parking garage and come get her and the loot, because it wouldn't fit on the tram.

Another night we were with Bret (who isn't following over here, but has an epic never ending TR on the DL boards, and again we were escorted by a CM to our loading area.) Yes we have even brought our own dolly and strapped it on the back of the scooters knowing we are going to take that much back out of the park. I'm not sure if I should hang my head in shame or stand proud for her abilities, but in about two updates on my current TR she does it again at Darth's Mall. I helped a little bit, but again mostly her....

One great thing is that now that we are in the new house all this stuff can come out of their boxes and finally be on display!

I'm so glad you got to spend the rest of the evening with Jenny and her clan, they are a lot of fun. We really haven't seen them in all their glory, they have been a bit subdued in the few times we have met up with them, but I can tell they are tons of fun!

I'm glad that your night with all the DIS ladies started off your DL portion of the trip with a bang! We had a great time with you and an even better time with you and Drea! Looking forward to how you spent the time with your Man Clan!
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Finally made it back to catch up! I must say I wasn't impressed with the tree pictures until the first one with the tiny human by the tree! Wow that thing was ginormous! Just looking at the photos of trees with nothing for perspective doesn't give one a true idea of everything.

The In & Our burger blew my mind wonderful looking, I could go for one now!

The scenery on the drive from Yosemite is much like the scenery on the way to the Grand Canyon, nothing, then wow!

Ah the mothership! I've been dreaming of going there since I was 7 years old & Walt was giving us a tour on the Mickey Mouse Club show. I knew we could never afford something like that, but a small child could dream! WDW fulfills the dreams, but Disneyland could bring me to my knees. The villa was so nice & every time it would look at the view I probably would burst into tears. I get emotional over stuff like that!

Hopefully I will be able to chime in in a much shorter time frame.
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What a fun night at DL! Looks like you all had a great time and got to hang out with some fun people.

That view from your room is incredible. Just amazing.
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