-It Takes People To Make The Dream A Reality- DCP Summer 2018 Highlights Trip Report! (NEW 1/13!)

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  1. Tink2Day

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    Well as long as I know you're applying I can wait.:rolleyes1

    Sorry your New Year's eve was a bust (?) We had a freak snowstorm out here and when that happens we're stranded.
     
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  2. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Of course I would, especially now I can apply up to a year after graduation. Will be going back one way or another.

    Awww I'm sorry about that. But honestly with how my NYE I wish I had stayed put than had gone out it went so awry. Makes sense though for how my 2018 was that it would end that way.
     
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  4. PlutosRHM55

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    A Day Begun By Failing To Get Into Pixar Pier And Not Being Sad About It
    Part I
    6/22/18: Remember That Day I Met Three Princesses At Once?

    As I said before, tomorrow is another fabulous day and I was going to make the best of this one. My last day off and tomorrow was the opening for Pixar Pier which I would be getting up extra early to go to. Would I try again to get in today? Probably. Was I gonna be sad and whiney and crabby and bratty about it today?

    NOPE.

    We were gonna have the best day ever today whether I liked it or not.

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    I donned one, in what seems like a plethora, of rainbow tees, grabbed my DSLR, my rainbow Mickey ears and was on my way! Today was gonna be a good day.

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    Normally my days began at Disneyland because OG park means first park, however I took things a different route today and went to DCA first.

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    Yeah, I was still hoping that maybe just maybe I could get into Pixar Pier today. I really was THAT optimistic about life today.

    How did that fare me?

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    Yup, another big Media day. No way was I getting in. Tomorrow it would be then!

    I was going to try to compensate for not getting into Pixar Pier so I went over to the Pixar Pals M&G that was by Goofy's Sky School. I asked the host manning the line who was going to be out and they told me that it was gonna be Dug and Russell. I hadn't met them yet since being at Disneyland so I was all for this. They were so much fun out at DAK which was no longer a thing since they cut DUG (the better of the two IMO) so I was excited to have these Wilderness Explorers back together for what would undeniably be an exciting visit.

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    Perfect way to deal with Pre-Pixar Pier depression. These two were so much fun and were so hype for Pixar Pier as much as I was even if they don't have a place for themselves on the Pier. They did tell me they would be over there aided by Mr. Fredericksen's balloon, I didn't know much beyond that. I was so happy they decided to do a paws up pose, it felt very right for me cuz you know...

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    After saying our goodbyes, I was back on my way. I had no intention of staying in that part for long, but the longing for Pixar Pier was omnipresent soooo just one last photo...

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    *sigh*

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  5. PlutosRHM55

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    A Day Begun By Failing To Get Into Pixar Pier And Not Being Sad About It
    Part II
    6/22/18: Remember That Day I Met Three Princesses At Once?

    My time in DCA wasn't over, I had some other things to attend to. First, I made a stop at Boudin and Ghirardelli for the blessed free samples because sis was needing a little snackage and they know how to deliver in that regard. I was still in the mood for a cool drink. The day was indeed warm. I hadn't gotten a Flo's milkshake before so I stopped in there. I decided to get the strawberry.

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    It was your pretty generic milkshake minus the fact they had Oreo crumbles which shockingly taste good with strawberry. I enjoyed it. Did I prefer the Red's Apple Freeze/Le Fou's Brew? Yeah. So yeah, no spoilers, this was the only time I ever had a Flo's milkshake. Wasn't worth a return, but I can say I've had a Flo's shake.

    After Flo's, I decided to see how FPs were for Guardians. I hadn't been on in awhile so I thought it would be a good time to go today. These days prior to Pixar Pier were pretty quiet so FPs weren't going too quick for all the E-ticket high profile attractions and you could take your time until you maybe really needed to grab one. The lines weren't bad either, however FPs were still beneficial making it a near walk on for most attractions. Guardians wasn't too different and so I nabbed one that was within the next hour. I had time so I headed into the Marvel area of Hollywood. Over there, I came to the realization I had yet to meet Black Panther and Black Widow. The line didn't seem too too bad however as soon as I got in, the host told me they were leaving soon so there were no guarantees I'd be able to meet them. I decided to take my chances. I've heard nightmare stories about this line but the park was dead and I was feeling the magic so maybe I get lucky?

    It seemed so as eventually I was at the front and face-to-face with one of the Dora Milaje. The Dora Milaje normally stand guard out in front of the Avengers vehicle, however today they weren't and this one was at the front of the outdoor line. Most went up to her for a photo, but knowing me I like to converse with these characters. Little did I know where this would go. It started off casual, talking about my day and my plans then sis dropped a big question: "If you lived in a world with no limits, what would you do?"

    Yes.

    A DORA MILAJE.

    AT DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE.

    ASKED ME THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS.

    I'm not kidding or making this up.

    My answer: "A director. Of a movie or musical. That would be the dream."

    To be honest, that is my answer. I'm about to graduate with a Bachelor's in Management & Business, but sis still wants to be involved in theater. It's been there my whole life, even more so than Disney has and if I ever got to do that professionally, I'd love it. It could never be a job for me. I will love it forever and ever and directing is where I've learned to find an intersection of passion and talent that works for me. So yeah, I gave her the honest truth.

    She was all about it and I think she could tell I was being fully honest so she asked if I'd make a musical for Wakanda. I said, of course! I was shocked they didn't have one and she said they're too involved with technology and need an improved arts department. Sounds like another country I know of, I digress though. We were still deep in conversation when they invited me into the M&G area. I had a minute to wait in there and then I finally met T'Challa and Natasha.

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    They both were extremely friendly. T'Challa introduced me to Natasha and asked me about my day as they do. Then, the Dora Milaje I met outside had followed me (probably signaling I was the last person to meet the Wakanda squad + Romanov) and announced to T'Challa that I was going to write a musical for him. I probz went a bit red in that moment and squeaked out a "Yes" to which we began discussing details which included the other Avengers. Natasha asked if I would include her and I said "Of course" and that I'd make her either the comic relief or scene stealer. Uncomfortable watching her reaction to that, but you know it's all a creative process. Bad ideas and good ideas need to pop out.

    For the photo, he decided we'd do the Wakanda sign which I did immediately to which I found out I had done it incorrectly. For the record, the Wakanda sign of greeting is right over left hand. It's not which ever hand you want. T'Challa told me this and corrected me for a pretty BA photo. After that, I shaked their hands agreeing to return to discuss our plans for the musical another and headed out. To say I was in a state of shock was an underestimate but WOW, what a 180 from my mood yesterday.

    I went over to Guardians and saw that the line had dropped SIGNIFICANTLY so I hopped in line and after stopping in with Rocket for an unnecessary briefing on the plan to free the other Guardians (I'd been on it enough times now), I was continuing to live my best life while rocking out in a gantry lift, most likely to "Born to be Wild".

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    FPs were still available so I thought, why not? Mission: Breakout was LIFE.

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    After, I decided it was my time to leave and head over to Disneyland. I decided today that I wanted to go catch Mickey and the Magical Map. Another iconic Disneyland mainstay that deserved my attention. On the way out, I passed through Marvel one more time and caught a Custodial CM making a really elaborate and gorj Mickey flower arrangement.

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    It was TTFN to DCA and back to the OG, Disneyland! Let's go!

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  6. Lesley Wake

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    Sounds like a great day to perk up your spirits!

    I could be wrong, but I swear I saw both of them together at AK last month! They just went on breaks during the bird show.
     
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  7. Tink2Day

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    Eh, doesn't matter, I'm old...seen a lot of New Year eves.
    I do see great things in store for you in 2019!:tinker:


    Your meet and greet!!! Perfection:dogdance: Dug and Russell? Much better than anything else you could have done.
     
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  8. missangelalexis

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    Adorable pics with Russel & Dug! Sounds like a great start to your day!
     
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  9. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    It was and it got BETTER.

    Oh really? Last I was there (two years ago now), they had cut Dug from the meet so Russell was the only one out. I'd be so happy if they were back out together. They're one of my fave duos to meet together.

    Awww you're so sweet. I hope you're right. :)

    They are the best. It's too bad their new M&G location is such a mess. Eck.

    Thank you! It was. Love those two :goodvibes
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    So Much More Than A Destination
    6/22/18: Remember That Day I Met Three Princesses At Once?

    Upon entering into Magic Kingdom, I realized I had come in during the Pixar Play Parade. I tended to end up doing this a lot, sometimes by accident, sometimes just because but it happened. So I do what any normal Disney fan with taste does: Duck into Great Moments. Lowkey I was hoping I'd stumble across some characters and peeking my head in for a moment, Ariel notices me and waves me over.

    AND SHE'S WITH TIANA!!!!!!

    No one is around them. No line. No one is hanging out with them. Nothing. They were just chilling and waved me over. Ariel was so happy to see me and I just was shook beyond shook. I didn't know what to do. My phone was in my bag so I was trying to be casual with them, Tiana showing off her beautiful lily pad dress and all, getting the darn thing unplugged and out of my bag. Eventually, I got a photo to capture this moment.

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    The meet kinda began and ended there I was so shook but WOW. Did I just meet TWO of my top THREE princesses at the same time? Whaaaaaaaatttt?????? It was a moment to be remembered and I wish I could've been more eloquent in that moment to actually have a conversation with them. I had very few things to say I was so shook. It was... WOW. Iconic. Never to be outdone.

    But I'd eat my words later. Oh I ATE THEM.

    Anyways, I left Great Moments, Pixar was still coming through so I scooted around and headed off towards Fantasyland. My brain's a little fuzzy on this since I think something else happened before I went to Magical Map. Maybe I rode the Matterhorn single rider? I cannot remember. I hopped on over to something, did the the thing, didn't take photos and now I'm at Magical Map. This was my first time watching it I believe since my trip in January. I wasn't super in love that time, partly because I was exhausted and annoyed with my park partner, but y'all should check out that trip report for that story. Today, I was happy and living my best life. Let's see how Magical Map faired this time around.

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    I've got to say this has become a show I cry over every time I watch. I don't know what switched, but I absolutely LOVE Magical Map. It is so much fun and heartfelt and so perfectly Disneyland. It really stinks that they only show it Friday through Mondays I WANT MAGICAL MAP EVERYDAY! Then again, I guess that makes it more special. *sigh* Honestly, if you haven't seen this or set aside time to see it, I HIGHLY recommend. It is a wonderful show that I could see myself watching time and time again.

    After Magical Map, I believe I went in search of something to eat and drink. I don't have any photographic evidence but I'm pretty sure sis needed a snack after the show. Once I got that, I decided I'd stop by Fairytale Hall. A bit later in the day for a visit and weird considering I already ran into two princesses that day but WHAT THE HECK. I might as well add in two more and a repeat visit, y'know!

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    It was a super fun visit. I believe this was the visit where Ariel and I discussed different flavors of Tiana's food for some reason. I'm not sure. I can't remember what Snow White and I talked about. I know Cindy and I were talking about her dress and about how Fairy Godmother should make it rainbow since she loved my shirt so much. Then I asked her to twirl with me (I had gotten one with Ariel some time earlier and was trying to cover bases) and we got a fun video to go along with everything. Overall, a lovely meet and then I peace'd out of the Hall.

    It was starting to get close to that time where I needed to redeem my FP for Guardians so I began making my way out. Little did I know what magic waited for me at the Main Gate!

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  11. missangelalexis

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    What an awesome surprise getting to meet Ariel & Tiana together! Sounds like something even better is about to happen though!! ;)

    I love Magical Map, such a fun show!!
     
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    Awww, pics with 2 of your fav princesses together is pretty magical, but you've got me very curious about what magic awaited you next!!!
     
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    Ohhhh... just you wait...

    You'll just have to wait and see but those two outsold by the end of the day. The magic got REAL.
     
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    "They Must've Followed The Rainbow From The Hall"
    6/22/18: Remember That Day I Met Three Princesses At Once?

    Before I officially started making my way out, I noticed that Belle had popped out for a meet and had a very short wait. I immediately hopped in line to say hi. It wasn't a long M&G if I recall and I think she complemented me on my rainbow shirt then we got into something about that. Maybe threw shade at Gaston? Y'know usual Belle things. Belle asked if I wanted a photo and I decided that I'd take photos of just her this time. Here is the result:

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    We love a small town queen (just like moi!).

    That quick chat with Belle then prompted me to continue on out. I was loving the look of the castle at this hour so I decided to get some photos of it.

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    No more procrastinating though, it was time to be on my way especially if I wanted to get a good seat for Paint The Night along with making my Guardians FP slot so I quickly sped walked to the front. At the Main Gate, I noticed a line had formed. It seemed a bit late for a line so I assumed it was a fur character than I noticed that it was Snow White! I hadn't met her at Main Gate so I decided I hopped in line. There was something quite curious about this line and about Snow. I recognized a few Instagrammers, one of which let me go ahead of her and had been around the park all day then another was well ahead of me in line. Snow was also taking a lot of time with everyone and being extra affectionate and talkative. I'd only seen this happen once before and that was on the day of MK's 45th Anniversary when the Mad Hatter was having his last day. Snow wasn't leaving MK but a very special friend of hers was as I soon figured out, which would explain her behavior since the friend was present. I was pretty sad since Snow's friend was there when Snow and I talked about Figment, the one and only time I saw her before this. I was sad this would be the last time I most likely would see her. I hoped she would remember me.

    Anyways, I couldn't focus on the emotion as the family in front of me were being huge disgusting jerks. As I said a lot of Disney Instagrammers in line and there were some particularly standout male ones. It is rare to find males who meet characters in the parks, which has kinda put a stigma against those like myself who enjoy it. This guy was on the older side, visibly older than me, and the family in front of me took notice. When he met Snow, he was spending a lot of time with her, hugging her, taking hugging photos with her and taking all these pics of her, which the family took as creepy. I found myself reacting in the same manner except my response was more out of concern and I did realize that they knew each other and they were just taking their time saying goodbye, that was all. However, this family just decided to ridicule him making snide comments and really inappropriate sexual jokes about him. It was the most appalling thing and I cannot believe they were going to be one of the last families to meet Snow on her friend's last day as a Cast Member. Disgusting. However, I brushed it off and kept to myself.

    As the line crept along, a line had formed along the fence, all sweet friends of Snow and her special friend watching her say her goodbyes and helping with photos when need be. Then, out of nowhere...

    :earseek: !!!! ARIEL AND CINDERELLA SHOWED UP !!!! :earseek:

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    When I tell you a gurl was shook. A GURL WAS SHOOK. I was essentially on the verge of tears especially when Cindy just immediately went in for a hug and whoever was next in line let it happen. After Cindy and Snow had their moment, Snow went up and gave Ariel a hug. It was obviously an emotional personal moment I felt bad for video'ing but this needed to be saved. It just needed to be.

    Then they all went in for a group hug...

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    I have to speak on how beautiful this moment was to me. Y'all KNOW I love princesses and have since I was little. Over the years, especially recently, they've become so special and meaningful to me. To see three of the most identifiable ones in a unique moment of love and support and care like was happening right here... this is what being a princess is about. Being there for one another, loving one another and being an example for your kingdom. On top of it, it was the three regulars of the Hall, my day off home. When I say this moment remains so vivid to me among a series of memorable, unforgettable and emotional moments in my life and at the Disney Parks, you know this was a special moment. I was definitely choked up. I didn't even fully expect Ariel and Cindy to stick around since I had JUST SEEN THEM IN THE HALL but then THEY DID.

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    Was I about to meet Ariel, Snow and Cindy?

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    I DID.

    Lemme tell you, it was just as amazing as you'd expect. I'm kinda fast forwarding through the line and watching all the princesses be adorable with group after group after family after small princess after older prince and everyone in between, but what the heck IT WAS A MOMENT TO REMEMBER. I walked up and immediately I was recognized and greeted with excitement. Ariel and Cindy were like, "He was just in the Hall!" and so excited even if I only saw them moments before. I had to put my stuff down quick but then I was able to talk. Snow then responded to that like, "Well, they must've followed the rainbow from the Hall out to me" to which I said "Oh they are so out here for you" knowing well why they made this special appearance. Then Snow made one of the most profound beautiful comments I've ever heard, "You know if you shine a light on a diamond, it makes a rainbow." Those words have stuck with me. Simple idea yet I know she was meaning a lot of things with it. We then got a little goofy and asked Cindy if we could use one of hers to try then asked Ariel if maybe we could test that theory with a Pearl. Ariel was looking pretty emotional, tears held in her eyes so she was caught off guard but she said she would for next time. Then we took the photo.

    After the photo, I asked if I could have one with just Snow. You know, to commemorate her special friend's last day. It would never happen again I would meet them together and everyone was doing it. Of course, the other two obliged and Snow was more than happy to have the moment. Immediately, she went in for a tight hugging photo and ugh THIS MOMENT.

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    After she gave me one last hug and said, "Thank you for coming to see me today. I'm glad you did."

    Yup. TEARS.

    I waved goodbye to the other two and went on my way. Lowkey I wanted to see what was happening with the crowd that had formed around Snow since the energy was so lovely. I wanted to see what happened once Snow, Cindy and Ariel finished meeting everyone, but better to bring the energy elsewhere and I had a date with Guardians who needed that kind of energy with the trouble they were in with the Collector.

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  15. BrerMama

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    Popping back in after month away and this latest chapter was an amazing story. You do a wonderful job of making the reader feel your emotions and I thank you for that. Thanks for sharing so much of your experiences with us!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Hello and welcome back! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think really feeling apart of what's happening rather than having the most photos is important so I always try to write around the photos or only use them as a light crutch. I'd like what I was feeling during that day or moment to be evident and really felt even by the most passive reader. :)
     
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    Aww!! This brought tears to my eyes! What a special moment to witness and be a part of! The group pic is absolutely fabulous!!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    I still can't believe it happened. Just... the magic of Disneyland. And thank you, bless them for being such gorgeous queens to my LOUD ensemble. :goodvibes
     
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    How incredibly special!!! Lucky for you to get have this experience, and how awesome for all these amazing princess friends to celebrate with Snow White on this day.


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  20. Jaina

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    What an awesome experience! :) <3
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    I still am just in disbelief it happened. That's how magical it was. I will always remember that day for many reasons but primarily THAT.

    It was! :goodvibes
     

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