Discovering Another Mad Dash (Oct 14): Santa Monica Pier and Band Performance #1518 (04/05)

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    i NEVER noticed that Hidden Mickey in the sign of Marceline's and we go there to buy one (or six) of the Chocolate Marshmallow sticks every time we go to DLR, which recently has been at least once a month!
     
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  3. tiggrbaby

    tiggrbaby <font color=deeppink><marquee>We must work harder

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    What a lovely update; you are a very good photographer!
     
  4. usnuzuloose

    usnuzuloose DIS Veteran

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    Sure rub it in. Well you are just going to have to buy us something and send it our way. I'll let you know what I want we I see all the other pics.:cool1:
     
  5. shushh

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    Action packed first day as expected with lines and all! I've been looking at the not so obvious "hidden" mickey for a while and I still can't see it...

    Love the photo of your DS upside down and of the traffic light. Classic!
     
  6. DisneyFirefly

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    I can't wait to be there! :tigger:
     
  7. skiingfast

    skiingfast <font color=teal>Has had no bacon<br><font color=b

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    Really good stuff. I also enjoy walking into DLR when I get to Anaheim. Your photo journey helps me relive my past delights.
     
  8. AussieDisneyNut

    AussieDisneyNut Mouseketeer

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    Fantastic photo's :worship: I have just been showing them to my kids and they are just bursting with excitement at the thought that they will soon be there too! Your photography has really brought DTD alive for us. :thumbsup2
     
  9. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Thank you. Too much sugar is not good for you...so you're gonna have to wait until Lunch before I dole out anymore!

    Next time you go, check out the Hidden Mickey's here as well....

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    Thanks!

    If I thought sugary fatness would ship to Oz well, I'd be letting her know what to get me too.
    On second thoughts, maybe I'll just go slap some more icecream on my thighs.....:rolleyes:


    Mmm. The curl at the bottom of the M forms one ear. The curl at the top of the C forms the other ear. The 'flourish' that makes the start of the C is the big circle...

    Hope this helps!


    Not long now....:hug:

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll stick around for the rest of my TR.

    Excellent! I always like it when kids jump up and down....especially when sugar is involved :headache:.
     
  10. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    The Happiest Place on Earth!


    Today was Disneyland Day! The Happiest Place on Earth.

    After the long Groundhog day getting to Anaheim, I was deep in DreamLand when the alarm rudely went off at 7.20 am.

    Wait…that was another TR…and a 50-minute earlier rude awakening!! It might be a different holiday and state, but nothing much had changed.

    DH and I got back to the room last night and decided that an alarm to wake us up was in order. Afterall, we only had this one day at DLR and we had decided that with the list of ‘must-do’ rides to get through and not much time to do it. So, we set the alarm as “protection” as we didn’t want to chance an unexpected and unplanned…..sleep-in.

    So, with no chance of a sleep-in, I got up, got ready and faced the breakfast buffet at RI. There was a heap of other people making the stampede for the buffet and I knew I was on a hiding to none trying to get in the middle of the herd to take pictures. So I opted to take a picture of my breakfast plate instead.

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    We then headed out into the beautiful, crisp day and looked out to see this….

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    YES! My top of snowy mountain, with real snow.



    Despite our dawdling DS, we got going and made it to the Guest Relations window by 9.15 am. This was a new experience for us as we normally go to a standard ticket box and purchase our tix. But we were going to have lunch at Club 33 today and were following instructions provided by our hosts.

    After confirming our names, we had our park hopper tix issued for the day.

    DH and I turned to head towards Disneyland and the Mountains…..when the curve ball came!
    DS had decided that he wanted to get on the swinging gondolas in DCA instead of starting in DL. And he was not budging from this. This was NOT part of DH nor my plan nor any family discussions we had before the trip. Right! NOT.Right!

    With that ‘look’, DH and I decided to play ball and we headed into DCA. Afterall, we did have a list of rides to do at DCA and we were flexible….er…somewhat. On the way in, we stopped to pick up fast passes for Soarin’ when DS decided to Goof around….

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    I’d forgotten how tall Goofy is….

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    … or is that…I’d forgotten how vertically challenged I am??



    It was still pretty early in the morning and DS was still rubbing away the sandman from his eyes….

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    …When he was enticed by some DisneyCast Members into just hanging around.

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    Definitely having a swingin’ ole time!

    ..psst. Take note of his t-shirt…more later.



    We were sad to see that one of our favourites at DCA was indeed left high and dry.

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    But we knew that before coming and decided to grin and bear it.

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    I was anxious to keep going and had obviously forgotten one tiny little detail…It was only still 9.45 am and the schedule opening time was 10 am (winter hours).

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    Yes…I made yet another rope drop!


    It was very evident that Tinkerbell was really busy to the right of the pier...and that entire section was closed. I guess that sometimes it is possible to have too much Pixie Dust.

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    We all rushed to the left of the pier…

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    ..which was where EVERYONE was heading. And I knew why…but first I had to do some real fast-talking to DS. With my motor mouth non-stop, I herded us into a detour.

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    DH was also happy with the change in plans. Contrary to appearances, he really is a PRINCE!

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    DS, on the other hand, was not so happy with the change in plans….he could see his destination! X marks the spot.

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    This was strictly walk-on at this time of the morning. We loaded into our vehicle and went in..

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    This is normally an attraction that….well…I SUCK at. Even DS can beat me hollow. Everything normally looks like this to me!

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    But in October at the World, DisneyFirefly gave me some pointers…

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    … and surprising, I found that I was better at seeing clearly in this attraction. At least I knew where to aim and where to shoot.

    And I still found time to take a couple of the other kind of shots inside..

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    Surprisingly, I was also getting better at this kind of shooting inside dark rides.

    And when we came out…

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    ..I was even more surprised to find that my score was over 119,000. Not great…but respectable. More the point, I beat BOTH the boys…..and someone was NOT happy about it.

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    Score One to Me!


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  11. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    (Continued from Previous Post)


    Games of a Different kind equals Mischief!

    After the Midway Madness, we headed for DS’ choice ride pick. With no queues at all, we bundled ourselves into a swinging Fun Wheel gondola.

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    We’d last been on the big swing in 2007 and I was looking forward to reacquainting the pit of my stomach with the bottom of my lungs.

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    The view is pretty good and I took the opportunity to nab some shots. I must admit that I only had eyes for one spot.

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    …Slightly to the right of the yellow fire hydrant.


    I eventually spotted the nearby snowy mountain.

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    Um…apologies for the slight out of focus picture. Not only was I playing with manually focusing the camera here, but this was the moment of the biggest drop slide and it was all downhill from here for me. I hope that no one out there reading this was at the DCA on this morning…that loud person screaming like a girl who wasn’t on Screamin’….well, that was me, first time down AND second time down.


    So, much as my stomach and lungs enjoyed the experience, I was really pleased to be back on solid ground again…getting off the Fun Wheel! And it is OFF!

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    We came out right by the Boardwalk Games…

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    …and DS had obviously decided on a very different agenda to the one that DH and I had planned. He wanted to go FISHING!

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    I’ve checked my Must Do List in the PTR….definitely don’t see any Fishing on the list.

    So, whilst the boys were fishing, I looked towards Screamin’ and decided to try my luck on my own kind of boardwalk games....the kind that involves patience and a steady hand.

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    Turns out the boys had their own patience and steady hands success at Fishin’ and came back with these beauties for their 10 minutes work.

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    We walked right past Screamin’…both boys looked at it…and then chickened out! Let me repeat that again. They.chickened.out!

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    That list of ‘must-do’ rides? Well, it was sure being turned given a whirl around today!


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    DH saw me eyeing off the carousel photo opportunity and suggested that we get on…Nope…this one isn’t on the ‘must do’ list either.

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    Still, from my viewpoint it wasn’t all bad…

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    …even with the low spin cycle effect turned on.

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    By this time, our Soarin’ FP window had opened up and we headed back.


    I stopped to take a look at a Disney Menu as I have long term plans of eating here someday…

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    …Thank Goodness I did! Because out of the corner of my eye, I noticed some colour and motion in A Bug’s Life. We snaked in to find some old friends, waiting for anyone..someone to walk up (no queue!!).

    I’ve raised my DS right. He could tell his Dale…

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    from his Chips…

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    …and THEY could smell Mischief in the air….

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    I hope you paid attention to the 'Mickey Hug Me' T-shirt DS was wearing this morning.

    Chip N Dale were a very happy couple of chipmunks that morning…especially when they KNEW someone else has spied that T-shirt DS was wearing.

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    The Duck came over to check it out and he was NOT Happy!

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    I think we can all guess what was going to happen next when DS wandered over to him…and these pictures say it all!

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    I LOVE the Duck…and for once….the protective lioness in me did NOT care that someone was pushing my DS around (and out of the picture of me and my Duck!).

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    One of the best ever and funniest character interactions we’ve...er I've..experienced!



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  12. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Soarin’ towards Lunch


    After seriously putting the Duck's beak out of joint, we made our way over here….

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    …and we were stopped at the Fast Pass entry by the Cast Member.

    Turns out Mickey had a chore to do…

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    ..He knew exactly what to do with the plastic!

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    We dropped it off at the end of the line….er….space….er…..empty….queue…to the other Cast Member.

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    I wonder how they update the ride times for a wait time of 45 seconds?? And that was with me stopping to take pictures!


    Whilst no photography is allowed while you are soaring, I made sure I grabbed these on the way out.

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    Next time, I might just ignore that rule!


    When we finished, it was getting close on lunchtime. So, we started to make our way out….

    …via CarsLand 2011….as it is now (not in 2012).

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    Someday in the future, this shot may be a CLASSIC Remember When? on the DisBoard.

    We didn’t even stop for the Green Army Men and marched straight past them..

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    ..as it really was time to head out of DCA.

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    A great morning!



    Up Next – Across the Promenade to DisneyLand for lunch



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  13. shushh

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    Love DSs T-shirt! And congrats on making rope drop AND the high score!
     
  14. shushh

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    A great morning indeed! Is Soarin at the land different to the world?
     
  15. DisneyFirefly

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    :lmao: What tips did you follow for TSM? Aiming high? I absolutely LOVE the pictures of Donald, especially the one where he butts in with the chipmunks.
     
  16. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    Great Pictures! I'm glad you directed me to your trip report! It looks as if there simply must be a DL trip in the future with our family!

    Bobbi:goodvibes
     
  17. usnuzuloose

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    I love your pics. Even though it is crisp outside you all look so happy and enjoying each other. Cant wait to hear about lunch. :banana:
     
  18. usnuzuloose

    usnuzuloose DIS Veteran

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    I love your pics and even though it is crisp out side you all look happy and enjoying each other. My stomach would have been dropping on the big wheel. Cant wait to hear about lunch. Keep it coming.
     
  19. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    No need, I was watching the Food Network this morning and one of my favorite chefs made them.

    Beignets by Anne Burrell
     
  20. usnuzuloose

    usnuzuloose DIS Veteran

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    Who made them?
     
  21. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Is this PIO's TR or the Old Fogie Thread? :rotfl2: :rotfl2:
     

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