Not too shabby for a consolation prize! A Dec 2013 TR! Update 5/3 p. 28 COMPLETED!

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  1. tstidm1

    tstidm1 DIS Veteran

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    The Grand Californian lobby is amazing. I guess I'm easily impressed because everytime I stay at WDW it's at a value resort.
     
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  3. rentayenta

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    I'll be back to reply all but wanted Cynthia to know that Michael isn't hauling anything. :rotfl2: These jobs are cake. And when he's the medic not Moho driver, fuggetaboutit!


    I'll be back. I'll reply tonight from home. It's the end of my at work work day. Now onto laundry, dinner, and two futsal games. Happy Friday! :goodvibes
     
  4. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Ok, I want his job then. LOL!

    Jeff and I reviewed the itinerary again for the September cruise as we contemplate how broke we are after all these trips and K's expenses and came to one conclusion...

    We HAVE to go. By hook or by crook. LOL!

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  5. jedijill

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    Look into the SW credit card...I saw someplace they were giving 50,000 points for signing up...that would make a big dent in airline tickets to PR.

    Jill in CO
     
  6. Pinkocto

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    What a great morning so far, you got tons done already!

    Love the holiday decorations in Bugsland, that was too cute!

    I think the area next to Monsters Inc. is a nighttime dance party called the Mad T Party. I didn't make it to one on my trip which makes me sad.
     
  7. rentayenta

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    As a native of Long Beach, CA I would have never dreamed I'd enjoy the parks in the rain. You'd be surprised what 20 Utah winters will do to you. :rotfl2:

    :thanks: Our last RSR fiasco made it an easy decision. My girls don't love RSR either. :confused3I think its fantastic! ​


    It was such a great morning and it gets better, even better than I imagined. pixiedust:

    Why did they get rid of the fries? So odd. I need the fries to scoop up what drops out of the cili dog. Chips don't cut it. ​

    Garden Grill looks great but Michael has this strange love for Award Wieners. :rotfl2: Poor guys asks for so little so when he actually has a preference, I go with it. ​



    Your food looked so good. Next time! ​


    I think Disneyland/DCA runs smoother too but I'm also much more familiar with both parks having been to them too many times to count. While I love WDW, and I do, I like having just the two parks to navigate from.

    ToT at DL is much more tame, it doesn't do the side to side action like at WDW. ​


    :scared1: In April? :faint: Wow. I'm okay when I expect the heat but wouldn't expect that in April. ​


    I agree. The rain really wasn't bad. Our feet stayed dry and that's all I care about. ​



    He pretty homesick today, he's on his way home. He was tweeting me Disney song lyrics. He's drinking wine in the United Club listening to Disney music. Is there a wonder why I love that man? :lovestruc

    I'll work up a list of my favorites this week. :thumbsup2





    Got it. :thumbsup2 Thanks for explaining. I wonder what they'll do? I'm guessing they'll make you pay the increased price gap but I don't know. ​


    Say that 10 times fast. I remember when the pass for all 6 parks was first introduced, it was $700. I can't believe how much it's increased.​

    How do you get 20%? :thumbsup2



    You got a screaming deal! :cool1: I agree on the 200% fee. Less services being used so why so $$? ​


    Hi and :welcome: The GCH lobby is amazing. If you even go to Disneyland, you've got to check it out. It's the same vibe as AKL but more woody, no Africa. ​


    We missed the party too. Bet it's fun for local kids with APs. ​
     
  8. rentayenta

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    Oops, I forgot to post this super cute pic:

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    Still loving a slightly damp and totally empty park, we wanted to do a little shopping. Some photos on the way:

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    Look at the skies. They looked much worse than they produced. :woohoo:

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    Luckily they wanted to shop on the Pier so I could get a few photos I really wanted.

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    And a few randoms that I enjoy so much:

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    We ended up buying new sweatshirts and a beenie for Michael.






    About this time, we received a text that our villa was ready. We decided it would be a good idea to head over and get our bags from bell services so we wouldn't have to do it late. Plus Michael and I had reservations at the Napa Rose that evening at 7:00 (finally) and figured we wouldn't be very active after a bottle of wine. ;)

    We ended up on the 3rd floor with a decent view of the Pier area, not great, but certainly better than the first floor that we were originally on. We were near the far end so we had the room across in the corner of our view. We had to stand on the way right end of the balcony to get this shot. It wasn't a straight on view.

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    At this point, we split. The girls wanted to ride ToT again and again. We wanted to draw Olaf in the AA but had a little time so I convinced my fellas to take a spin through Carsland before drawing our favorite snowman. They are both so sweet and patient when it comes to my photo madness. We were also a little hungry and I wanted a snack so what could be better than a chicken chili verde cone at the Cozy Cone?

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    Olaf was the dude of the hour. We headed over to the AA a bit early to check out Belle's Library area and to be able to get a seat in the front row while drawing. I love the little details all over the Animation Academy.

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    Continued in next post.....​
     
  9. rentayenta

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    The theater to draw Olaf was pretty crowded much to my surprise. He's pretty popular though.

    Our animator:

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    How cute is the decor?

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    The boys and Olaf:

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    Me, Joshua, and Olaf:

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    We just love drawing at the Animation Academy. It's a real treat and nice break.

    We stopped in Off the Page and drooled over all the stuff we'd love to buy but can't afford right now. We were also looking for a Vinylmation for Joshua.

    A classic in our family:

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    Hilarious:

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    Everyone's favorite Jedi:

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    I have to have this:

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    Same pose thats on Michael's Reedy Creek FD coin:

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  10. rentayenta

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    We headed to CarsLand after. We were set to meet the girls at 4:30 to use our RSR FPs. Little did I know our FP return time was the perfect time to return. You'll see why but we still had some time and we wanted to ride Luigi's and TowMater. The drizzle was still on and off.

    We got photos on TowMater but not Luigi's. I don't know why but we can never get our tire to fly?

    On Mater:

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    And a few more shots while we waited for the girls:

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    I feel like I have perma-grin:

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    The girls showed up and much to my delight, our timing was perfect to watch RSR light up. If you haven't seen this, it's absolute magic. Put it on your list NOW! Trust me, it's unreal. The photos don't do it justice.

    I apologize in advance for posting nearly the same photo over and over but as the sky got a little darker, the lights got a little brighter. As we took a step forward, out view changed slightly. So cool!

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    I look beat!

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    Next up, riding RSR, Napa Rose, and hot tub time!

    To be continued.......



     
  11. tlenzendorf

    tlenzendorf Always Dreaming of Disney!

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    We just got back today and I misssss DL already!! And your post reminds me of the stuff I forgot... Definitely have to go back again. I forgot the cozy cones, the lighting of Carsland and Award Weiners. Hopefully we can go back in 2 years. I don't think next year will work, as badly as I want it to.

    Mater's ride was SO much fun! That was one of the highlights of our trip. I wasn't expecting it to whip quite so much and went flying into DD. She started laughing and pushed back. Unexpectedly fun ride :)
     
  12. mvf-m11c

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    Even though it was drizzling on and off during the day, it didn't stop you or your family from having a great time at DCA. Very nice pictures of the family at DCA. Your drawings of Olaf at the Animation Academy look very nice especially Michael's. It was a good thing that you got RSR FP's so you won't have to wait that long in the stand-by queue.

    Very nice updates.
     
  13. tlenzendorf

    tlenzendorf Always Dreaming of Disney!

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    Oh, and Carsland? Breathtaking. Amazing. Awe-inspiring. Fantastic. Blows everything WDW has out of the water in my opinion, rides included. What a spectacular ride RSR is.

    Can you tell we fell in love with it?
     
  14. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Ok 4:30. I need to remember that! Of course it might be later since it will be lighter out later in April? Tell me about that chili verde cone. I might need one!!!

    Did they tell you ahead on time it was Olaf? I thought you didn't find out until you were in the class. Cool!

    The 20% is the Merch/food discount you get with the premium ap.

    Fun update, you look like you are having a blast!
     
  15. tlenzendorf

    tlenzendorf Always Dreaming of Disney!

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    There was a sandwich board outside the building with the times/characters listed :)
     
  16. mvf-m11c

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    The merchandise discount for the Premium AP is at 20%. It is nice that Disney extended the merch discount again for the AP's. The food discount is at 15% at most quick counters and sit down restaurants at the DLR. There are a few places that doesn't get you the AP discount like the Tiki Juice Bar, Napa Rose restaurant, etc. There is a 10% discount at certain stores, restaurants, etc. (that is not owned by Disney) at DTD.
     
  17. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    it looks like you had a great day so far and if it finishes with Napa Rose, it was a fabulous day! I'm glad that the rain kept the crowds away.

    Your session of drawing Olaf sounds really fun. I would like to do that sometime, but I'm not sure if Fran would be interested. I'll have to try her.

    Other than the firefighter figures (as Fran doesn't have the same firefighter reference that you have), I'm a little embarrassed to say how many of those figures that we have ourselves! :blush: I just can't wait until we can get them out of their boxes and see then!

    You got on a lot of rides and got to do quite a bit due to the weather and lack of crowds. I hope you and Michael enjoyed Napa Rose!
     
  18. emmysmommy

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    I love the Animation Academy building. I could just sit in the cavernous room and watch the movie clips for an hour.

    I had to laugh at your comment about Luigi's. I've only done that ride solo and it didn't work so well with one person trying to make it go. Uhhh I'm not in a hurry to try it again. On the other hand, they hit a home run with Tow Mater! I love everything about that ride. During the holidays they had a special soundtrack that was a Christmasy version. So cute.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your evening with Napa Rose. We'll be spending the weekend at the GC hotel with Napa Rose dinner on Friday for our DD's 18th b-day. I sure wish they had AP discounts at that restaurant. :)
     
  19. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    I love all your photos of the Christmas touches. Your Olafs look great, too. I have yet to do the mater ride, but I love Luigi's Flying Tires. I have to try to catch RSR asthe lights come on. It does look stunning.

    Corinna
     
  20. MEK

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    I just love how many wonderful pictures you have of the kids and the entire family. What great memories!

    There are just SO many details in that park. I can't wait to see every single one. Soooooo cool! And the Christmas decorations make it that much better.

    Glad that the drizzly weather did not keep you away from the parks.

    Love the view from your villa.

    I'm really looking forward to reading about your dinner date!
     
  21. jwwi

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    I was wondering the same thing, I don't think they ever do that at DHS. :confused3
     

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