Thumping Our Way Through Disneyland.

Thumper_Man's Wife

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shan23877 said:
I was going to vote for pie recipes because I have an awesome one for frozen lemonade pie, but I can dig up some cake recipes too!

I've made fancy cakes and wedding cakes for a while, so I just don't bake them for fun anymore. ;)
Pie is good. I'm not picky. Hence the reason I mentioned cake OR pie. Frozen lemonade pie sounds yummy.

Don't blame you on the cakes. I wouldn't want to be the cause of any traumatic stress for you, so please post what you would make.
 

pkondz

Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
Joined
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I'm gonna tackle this one at a time... otherwise it ain't gonna happen.

My first trip report and I already don’t know where to start.
The end. Well that was quick. What? Still going?

Okay, then...

I guess I can start by saying thanks to a certain TR writer
Oh, no. It's perfectly all right. You don't have to thank me. Really, it was my...

(I won't mention Nebo's name quite yet *coughs*)
Oh.

Nevermind.

I just hope I can write this TR as could as he can, and hold everyone’s attention.
I'm sorry, what? Drifted off there for a bit. What were you saying?

Of course I will have lots of help from DW. She's the true writer between the 2 of us.
Don't worry. You're doing just fine.

Patience Nebo, patience. I'll give you credit at the end of this TR.
You're going to give him a swelled head, you know. Then we'll never hear the end of it.

So who are the rookies you ask? Well I guess that would be me (Mike), T-Man as I’m known by Nebo and all his sidekicks. Although I’ve also been called thumpy, thumper dude and wascally wabbit.
Bunny-boy works too.

Can you guess which one is me? I’m the cute cuddly one.
Got it. Who's the dude standing beside you?

Meet Lady H. She is also the cute cuddly one. (She wanted me to post a warning so you don't get scared to death. So I guess WARNING: Cute lady in picture.)
Thanks for the warning. Cute one beside the rabbit.

Check.

We haven't gone, yet. "Hey Ponzi, quit pushing us out the door. Not time for us to go yet."
Oh, all right. I just thought some helpful nudging was in order.

Why am I calling us rookies? This will be our first trip to DL together.
Hang on... let me check the book.

umm...

Okay, here it is! Yup. That qualifies as a reason to be called rookies.

All I remember was I was young, dumb and full of.................................................................................RUM of course. What were you thinking I was full of?
crumb?
gum?
plum?
scum?

Nope. I have no idea what you might be alluding to. :rolleyes1:

Family board! Family board!

I had just turned 21 that year. I was legal now. And I went with family, so I had to be some what good.
And you hung out with them? What were you thinking? :laughing:

How we could we be rookies since we’ve each been there in the past?
Yeah! Wait a minute! Gimme back that rookie card!

Well so much has been added and changed since we’ve last been there. The only parts of Disney that existed back then was DL and the Disneyland Hotel. Since then, DCA been added; as well as 2 more hotels and Downtown Disney. Now that there is more to do and see, and it's taken us FOREVER to go back, we feel like this will be our very first time going to DL.
Welll...... all right, you can keep the rookie card.

I (yes, yours truly) am in the process of planning 2 Disney vacations for us. Lady H just comes along for the ride. She leaves me to do all the planning.
Wow, does that sound familiar!

Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? I know all the women here like to take control and plan their Disney vacations. Or at least most do.
Not in your household.
Not in my household.

That's two for two.

Our first Disney vacation will be to DLR. Which is why most of you are probably here.
Wrong. I can read about DLR in a book. But I can't get your personal insight anywhere else.

You probably want to know how DLR will compare to WDW. If this is your true objective, then I will disappoint you right now; we will not compare DLR to WDW. Or at least we will try not to. If we do, it may be inadvertently.
I'm okay with that. I'm sure you'll mention anything that strikes you as really worthwhile. Otherwise, I'll just enjoy the ride.

And the occasional, we'll never do that again and this is why.
Those are the good ones.

I believe everyone who goes to each place should enjoy each place for what they have to offer. This is our intention and exactly what we plan to do.
Sounds good to me. :thumbsup2

I hope Lady H and I can take you on a magical journey. So grab your glass of wine (you know who you are), beer, fuzzy cup or whatever it is you like to drink; sit back relax and have a good time with us. Hope to have Part 2 up by tonight.
Great start, T-man. I'll be back later for the next bit.
 

Thumper_Man

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Joined
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I'm gonna tackle this one at a time... otherwise it ain't gonna happen.

Football is just getting started again and you already want to tackle something. Now that's a true fan. :thumbsup2

The end. Well that was quick. What? Still going?

Okay, then...

Short, sweet and to the point. And yes I'm still going. I spent a lot of money on this vacation already.

Oh, no. It's perfectly all right. You don't have to thank me. Really, it was my...

Yes, Ponzi. I have to thank you to. You and Nebo have both given us inspiration to try and write.

(Psst. Think Ponzi bought that.)

Oh.

Nevermind.

Fine, I take that back then. :snooty:

I'm sorry, what? Drifted off there for a bit. What were you saying?

Already putting people to sleep. Man I better find a way to up my game.

Don't worry. You're doing just fine.

As he's laughing while typing that. "Man this Thumpy dude thinks he can write. He should just stick to re-wording songs."

I guess thanks in order. We'll see how it goes when I get down to the actual trip reporting itself.



You're going to give him a swelled head, you know. Then we'll never hear the end of it.

His head is already swollen. Every time he falls down, falls on his head and gets swollen. Heck I don't think the swelling even has time to go down before he hurts himself again.

Bunny-boy works too.

Look Lady H, I have another nickname. Soon I'm going to have as many as you.

Got it. Who's the dude standing beside you?

Some guy that thinks he can write TR's as good as you and Nebo.

Thanks for the warning. Cute one beside the rabbit.

Check.

Isn't she though. :love:

Oh, all right. I just thought some helpful nudging was in order.

We'll get there eventually. Man this waiting business is brutal. Maybe I should go start packing to kill some time.


Hang on... let me check the book.

umm...

Okay, here it is! Yup. That qualifies as a reason to be called rookies.



crumb?
gum?
plum?
scum?

Nope. I have no idea what you might be alluding to. :rolleyes1:

Family board! Family board!

::yes::


And you hung out with them? What were you thinking? :laughing:

Her actually. Just me and my aunt. Our main purpose of going to CA was to watch a tennis tournament. There was a day break before the final, so we spent the day at DL.

Yeah! Wait a minute! Gimme back that rookie card!



Welll...... all right, you can keep the rookie card.




Wow, does that sound familiar!

Not in your household.
Not in my household.

That's two for two.

Lady H might tell you I have OCD and don't let her plan. Don't believe her.

Wrong. I can read about DLR in a book. But I can't get your personal insight anywhere else.

And what makes you think you'll get it here? Oh right, I'm the one writing this TR.


I'm okay with that. I'm sure you'll mention anything that strikes you as really worthwhile. Otherwise, I'll just enjoy the ride.

You need to buy a park ticket in order to enjoy the ride. For that matter; you need to plan a trip to the park, to buy a ticket, to enjoy the ride. Just don't take my word for it.

Those are the good ones.

Usually. What's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander.

Sounds good to me. :thumbsup2

Glad we finally agree on something.

Great start, T-man. I'll be back later for the next bit.
Great, there he goes again. :laughing:

Thanks Ponzi. I'll make sure and keep taking the credit for Lady H's writing.
 

Thumper_Man

DDC 684
Joined
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Waiting......:thumbsup2
Me to. popcorn::

Oh right, my TR. I forget. I'm used to someone else doing the writing. Plus I gave you two chapters already. Well really it was only one, but in 2 parts. Not even Nebo and Ponzi gave them to you that quickly.

Working on it. Want to have at least 2 more pre-trip chapters up before we go.
 

queenbetsey

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Joined
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I'm in! ::yes:: can't wait to hear your thoughts on DLR.
Low Fat Oreo Cream Pie
1 Large box of cookies and cream instant pudding
2 cups fat free milk
tub fat free whipped topping
Mix pudding and milk let set up for 5 minutes, fold in whipped topping
Pour into crust of choice (i make a ghrahm cracker crust using I can't believe it's not butter half a stick melted and crushed crackers bake 15 minutes)
Chill for 2 holurs

ok so it's not zebra domes with real butter and eggs and... sorry just miss my heart clogger desserts.

Does that get the in on the fun??
I hope you enjoy our corner of Disney. I hear Carsland is amazing.
we are regulars out here so if ya need anything pm me.
 
  • cp'ersmom

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
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    I'm in! Boy you guys like putting this pastry chef to work! As it happens I used to work in a Pie Bakery so I will share some of our best selling recipes...later

    As for comparing DL (can't get used to calling it DLR) to WDW, you almost can't help it. As we were walking around, the thoughts kept popping in my head. Some of it was, this is better this is worse and some of it was this is different, this is interesting. The biggest thing is the castle.

    Can't help but mention that if you drove you could have kind of combined Vegas and Disney as there are several casinos along the way.

    Oh and seriously get a fastpass for the Carsland ride which means being at the gate for rope drop and bee lining right to the fast pass area. Also get a fast pass for world of color, ou have to do that early too!
     

    Thumper_Man

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    Joined
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    I'm in! ::yes:: can't wait to hear your thoughts on DLR.
    Low Fat Oreo Cream Pie
    1 Large box of cookies and cream instant pudding
    2 cups fat free milk
    tub fat free whipped topping
    Mix pudding and milk let set up for 5 minutes, fold in whipped topping
    Pour into crust of choice (i make a ghrahm cracker crust using I can't believe it's not butter half a stick melted and crushed crackers bake 15 minutes)
    Chill for 2 holurs

    ok so it's not zebra domes with real butter and eggs and... sorry just miss my heart clogger desserts.

    Does that get the in on the fun??
    I hope you enjoy our corner of Disney. I hear Carsland is amazing.
    we are regulars out here so if ya need anything pm me.
    Hi QB.

    Thanks for posting the recipe. I added the link to my reserved post (Post #2). No recipe necessary to join in the fun. Well at least I'm not requiring it. Lady H on the other hand, she's the one asking for them so you may have to pay her admission fee. Glad you could join us.

    I've been spending a lot of time on the DL boards. So I think I have found most of the answers I am looking for. At least for now. If I come up with anything though, I'll be sure to ask. TIA.
     

    Thumper_Man

    DDC 684
    Joined
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    I'm in! Boy you guys like putting this pastry chef to work! As it happens I used to work in a Pie Bakery so I will share some of our best selling recipes...later

    As for comparing DL (can't get used to calling it DLR) to WDW, you almost can't help it. As we were walking around, the thoughts kept popping in my head. Some of it was, this is better this is worse and some of it was this is different, this is interesting. The biggest thing is the castle.

    Can't help but mention that if you drove you could have kind of combined Vegas and Disney as there are several casinos along the way.

    Oh and seriously get a fastpass for the Carsland ride which means being at the gate for rope drop and bee lining right to the fast pass area. Also get a fast pass for world of color, ou have to do that early too!
    Hi CP.

    I'm sure it will be a natural instinct to compare. Just hope we're not comparing so much that we don't enjoy it. So that's why we're going with an open mind.

    If we didn't have the flight credit to use before it expired, we probably would've drove and stopped at Vegas on the way. With the credit we had, it was good for a one way ticket for each of us. Plenty of casinos where we live as well. Pass one each day to/from work. If we go again next year, the plan might be to drive. I really don't feel like planning a 3rd vacation at the moment, so we'll get through this one first before Lady H starts, oops, I meant until I start planning the next one.

    Thanks for the FP tips. We'll keep them in mind.
     
  • MAGICFOR2

    Condimentessa
    Joined
    Nov 29, 2005
    I'm looking forward to reading your DL adventures!:yay: We have been to DL alot, but not since all the changes to DCA. We are moving to Phoenix soon and plan to drive over for weekends and have APs!!!:banana::banana: You amd Lady H make a cute couple, BTW:love:
     

    Thumper_Man

    DDC 684
    Joined
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    I'm looking forward to reading your DL adventures!:yay: We have been to DL alot, but not since all the changes to DCA. We are moving to Phoenix soon and plan to drive over for weekends and have APs!!!:banana::banana:
    Welcome Magic.

    As I said in my last chapter, being from NM, you would think we would go more often since DL is so much closer to us, and cheaper. At least that's what I'm finding out.

    You amd Lady H make a cute couple, BTW:love:
    Ah. Thank you. You're just being modest. I bet you say that to all the TR writers.

    Nebo and Smidgy
    Laura and Mr. Squid
    Ponzi and ? Well I know Ponzi's DW's name is Ruby. Being we have never seen Ruby, I don't know if Ponzi is cute enough for her. Could be she's too cute for Ponzi. :rolleyes1 If their daughters look anything like mom, I may not be too far from the truth. :rotfl:

    J/K kidding Ponzi. I'm sure you and Ruby make a cute couple.
     

    pkondz

    Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
    Joined
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    Lady H might tell you I have OCD and don't let her plan. Don't believe her.
    Obsessive Compulsive DISer

    Nebo and Smidgy
    Laura and Mr. Squid
    Ponzi and ? Well I know Ponzi's DW's name is Ruby. Being we have never seen Ruby, I don't know if Ponzi is cute enough for her. Could be she's too cute for Ponzi. :rolleyes1 If their daughters look anything like mom, I may not be too far from the truth. :rotfl:

    J/K kidding Ponzi. I'm sure you and Ruby make a cute couple.
    Nah. Everyone knows I'm butt-ugly... and mean, too. Ruby's cute though. Don't know why she picked me.

    Probably felt sorry for me or something.
     

    pkondz

    Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
    Joined
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    This should finish up Chapter 1.
    ...and my comments thereof.

    You would think since Lady H and I live so much closer to DL, we would go at least once a year. Or at least more often. If Nebo and Smidgy can drive to WDW a gazillion times a year, surely Lady H and I could drive to DL at least once a year. Right?
    Right! What the heck gives?

    When you compare it would only take us a little over 12 hours to drive there, compared to Nebo’s & Smidgy’s 20 hours; and both Lady H and I can see where we’re going, surely we could do it.
    Heck, where we live, you can't get anywhere without a minimum 8 hours of driving. You gotta do 14 or so to get anywhere interesting.

    Ok. I’m poking fun at poor Nebo and he’s not even around to defend himself.
    Technically, that's the best time.

    Sure hope he’s doing ok.
    We should know soon, I think.

    Anyways, Lady H and I prefer to fly and just rent a car. You waste valuable park time by driving. Plus I need the airline points. Flights to WDW are expensive and we use our points to fly to/from Orlando.
    Sometimes we have no choice but to drive... but I'd prefer to fly and rent too, given the choice.

    Of course maybe not as weird as taking a Hawaiian vacation, sneaking in a day trip to Aulani and calling that a Disney vacation.
    That's a shot, isn't it?

    It is!

    I'm outta here!

    Oh Ponzi, come back. Didn’t mean to chase you away already. It was a great TR.
    Well... ok. I'll stick around for a little longer.

    Almost every year since we’ve been together (a little over 9 ½ years now),
    9 ½ years? Wasn't that with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger?

    Orlando would be our only trip that year because the following year, we decided to get married.
    That's no excuse! Slacker!

    Although I propositioned it one time we where there.
    Isn't that illegal within city limits? Oops! Never mind. What happens in Vegas...

    We valued our lives though and finally decided it was best to make sure to include our parents.
    Good call.

    Where was I? Oh yeah; slot machines, card games, craps (the table game) and why we go to Vegas each year.
    Isn't slot machines, card games and craps (the table game) why you go?

    Sorry. My mind keeps drifting off.
    That's what happens to things that are lighter than air.

    Which reminds me, our first trip together to Vegas was for my birthday. April is really a good month to go to Vegas. Not too hot and not too cold.
    There's an outdoors at Vegas? Who knew? :confused3
    DD15 and my DDad have April bdays, too.

    The truth be told, we had decided to go back to WDW while we were still at WDW. I’m sure most of you know how that goes.
    ::yes:: And then they try to sweeten the pot with bounce backs, too.

    Now Lady H will tell you I’m the king of the spreadsheets. So naturally, I put one together to compare the costs.
    :worship: All hail the King! Long live the King!


    too much?

    (Use your best Michael Buffer voice when reading this)
    Fighting out of the blue corner, this city has been chosen 10 times and is the current reigning vacation destination of the Thumpers. Ladies and gentlemen, the sin city capitol of the world. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA.
    And fighting out of the red corner, this city lost out last year due to financial situations. He is 0-1 when it comes to city choices but hoping to pull off an upset victory here tonight. He holds the land that Walt built. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA.
    popcorn:: This should be good. My money's on Vegas... it cheats.

    I tell Lady H my thought and remind her how we said we could probably go to DL this year. So I start crunching the numbers, if you can crunch numbers. Let me rephrase that then, I started doing the math and the research on what each trip would cost. I would put all the figures onto my newly created spreadsheet and see which destination comes out on top.
    I do that too. Then skew the numbers in favor of wherever it is I wanna go.

    I started thinking, what do we normally spend on hotel, flights, rental car, food and gambling when we go to Vegas? With the gambling money, we can apply that to the theme park tickets. Still have flight vouchers to use from our bad flight to Vegas last year, plus I have enough points for a free flight. Just need to pay for Lady H’s flights. If we stay in the timeshare, then we can eat breakfast in the room and cut down on meal costs and hotel costs. We can push the vacation back to August and go for our wedding anniversary instead. This will also give us time to save up a little more money. This just might work I think (as I pat myself on the back). I present my findings to Lady H and we have a winner.
    Like I said. Skew the numbers.

    Atta boy.

    I’ll give you one guess on which trip came out on top. If you need more than that, then obviously you have no clue why I’m writing this TR; or why you’re even here.
    Mexico?

    Ah, I get it now. You’re hoping to gather cake and pie recipes.
    Might have one for you tonight.

    Needless to say, planning 2 Disney vacations has been fun (well not really that fun) and a lot of work. I’m sure in the end, it will all be worth it.
    It always is, isn't it? :)

    Sea World and Universal too you ask? Stay tuned and we’ll tell you all about it. :thumbsup2
    I'll be here! You're off to a great start T-man! :goodvibes
     

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