It’s Always Sunny in California!..Eh?...L’il Bit!

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  1. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    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.

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    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!

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    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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  3. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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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
    Hollywood
    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
    Aladdin5
    Aladdin 5
    There Be Pirates Here
    Pirates and Snacks
    Toontown
    The Castle Walk Through
    Park Hopping
    Dinner at Flos & WoC
    WoC2
    WoC3
    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
    Graduation
    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
     
  4. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    I'm here! :)
     
  5. tinkerbell60

    tinkerbell60 DIS Veteran

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    I am here too Jen! Can't wait to see what I missed!!!!!!!

    Wendy
     
  6. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    :cool1: I'm in!
     
  7. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    I'm here!

    Jill in CO
     
  8. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Subbed in! Can't wait to hear about your AEP again!:)
     
  9. CraftyMommy

    CraftyMommy Mouseketeer

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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.
     
  10. micandminforever

    micandminforever DIS Veteran

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    I made it over and can't wait to see the pictures.:goodvibes
     
  11. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

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    I am here, Jen! :cheer2:

    Now going back to read.
     
  12. lovegrumpy

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    Can't wait to see how you liked Disneyland. I love that park.
     
  13. Timon

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    I'm here and I am so excited [​IMG]

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

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

    By the way, I still have my Matterhorn bruise :eek: :rotfl:

    And so it begins!! [​IMG]
     
  14. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    Checking in.

    Corinna
     
  15. Camonkeygirl

    Camonkeygirl DIS Veteran

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    Hi Jen, can't wait to read your report.
     
  16. petals

    petals Irish Princess because Cinderella said so!

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    joining in. Teach me everything you know by November please :goodvibes
     
  17. BellaBaby

    BellaBaby (Im)patiently waiting for next trip to Disney!!

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    I've read most of your TRs and am interested to see how you like DL! We are headed there at the end of May. We have been there a few times but that was before Carsland! My younger 2 kids are very excited to see it!:cool1:
     
  18. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Woohooo! :cool1:

    I wish you could have gone too. We had so much fun...and so much laughing.

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    It was so nice seeing you again at WDW! I am sure you can related to some of things we did and the goofiness.

    Yay for first page! I really enjoyed DL. At first it wasn't giving me the same feeling I get at WDW, but over time it really grew on me, but it is different. It wasn't a bad feeling, but it was hard to wrap my head around it being Disney too...it's hard to explain.

    Yay!!!

    Hi Karin!:love:

    It was different, but I liked it enough that I can't wait to go back and as of right now, my husband wants to go next year.

    We had so much fun!!! I love laughing like that about silly things. It was good for the soul.
    I had my bruise for a long time too. That ride is possessed!
    Feel free to add anything or your pictures if I missed something. And of course my memory might be fading too. :confused3

    Hi Corinna! :goodvibes


    Thanks. It really was a fun trip and I am glad to relive it again.

    I will do my best. The only time I ventured offsite was the day I flew in and my friend picked me up, so I can't help alot in that regards, but it might give you some ideas of things to see.

    Thanks for joining in. Carsland is really pretty and the radiator springs ride is just awesome!!!! Are you staying onsite?
     
  19. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Feb. 22, 2014, Saturday.

    My flight was for very early on the 23rd……I mean really early….6:45 AM. I live near Toledo, Oh, but I was flying out of Detroit, MI, which is about an hour away. After trying to figure out who would take me to the airport at such an early hour, I decided to just get a hotel near the airport on Sat. night. My Mom said she would drive me up and her and my youngest daughter, Claire, would spend the night and then drop me off at the airport in the early AM.

    I warned Claire the night before that we would not be leaving for the hotel till late afternoon, but of course she was ready to go at noon. The hotel had a pool and that was all she could think about.
    Finally 4:30 arrived and my Mom came over and picked us up and I took over the driving and we set my phone to get us to our destination.

    If I remember right, it was raining and pretty much crappy weather. I was so excited to be getting away to warmer temperatures. Soon we arrived at the Courtyard near the airport and I got us checked in and we found our room and took our overnight bags to it. I took a couple of quick pictures while Claire immediately changed into her swimsuit.

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    We then headed down to the pool. She was pretty excited to be the only one at the pool and she splashed around and had a good time while Mom and I sat and relaxed.

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    I sat and took a look out the window and I thought it looked neat.

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    And then I saw it!

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    The planes went right over the place and I swear at times it looked like it was just missing the roof.

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    We let Claire swim about 45 minutes, but Mom and I were starving. We talked Claire into getting out with the promise of coming back after dinner.

    We got her dressed and drove down the road to the Bob Evans we had passed coming in. Had the weather been nice, we could’ve walked there, but it was much too cold and yucky outside to do that today.

    We had a great meal and I got a mushroom burger and coleslaw….big mistake. My stomach started bloating up right away. I never even thought about the coleslaw till later. I should’ve stayed away from it.

    We headed back and I took Claire for a swim and this time the pool was packed. She swam a bit, but she was frustrated with all the people so we headed back to the room to get her showered and ready for bed. We watched TV and soon I drifted off. I woke to find Claire still up after 11, so I turned the TV off.
     
  20. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Oh my! Those planes really were close! I hope the noise didn't keep you from sleeping.
     
  21. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    In the actual room we didn't hear them too badly. Claire said she did, but I really didn't notice them much at all.
     

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