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Old 03-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Disney_Ohana's (+ another ohana's) Surprise Trip! Feb 2013 COMPLETE TR

ALOHA!!!

Welcome to my first ever Disneyland TR!

We surprised our daughters with a Disneyland trip- on our way to the airport.

We visited February 22 through February 28th.

Introductions


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My name is Pua! I am a lover of all things Disney & writer of this trip report. My DH & I have 3 daughters ages 15, 7 & 3. My favorite ride at Disneyland is Pirates. My favorite characters (currently) are Rapunzel, Minnie Mouse & James Franco- I mean Oz The Great & Powerful


My DH is K. He is an attentive, loving husband & dad. He is an absolute goof ball that will try anything once. His favorite ride is Tower of Terror. Character that he is most like is Sulley

S (15) is our oldest. She has grown out of the Princess phase and is growing into quite an exceptional young lady. Her favorite ride at Disneyland is Screamin'. Her favorite characters are Tink, Belle & the Cheshire Cat.

A (7) is our middle. She is sweet albeit strong willed. She is our FIERCE child. Knows what she wants & who, what, where, when, why & how to get it. She is adventurous, hysterical & down for whatever. Her favorite ride is Splash Mountain. Favorite characters are Cinderella, Rapunzel & Jessie.

T is 3 years old. She is our cruiser. She is mellow, super outgoing, silly, cuddly, talkative & our eater. She loves Peter Pan, Tea Cups, the carousels. Her favorite characters are Snow White & Dumbo.


Thanks for reading!


Up next: Surprise! & Travel Day!
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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We've been to WDW many times, my oldest has been to Disneyland a few times but it was the 2 little ones first visit. We were also celebrating our birthday- my DH & I share birthdays.

Our plan, early on, was to Surprise our girls to avoid "Are we leaving tomorrow?" "Is it time yet?" "When?!" "Next month is too far away!"

Our flight was at 11:55 pm on Friday evening 2/22. We go to church Friday nights and because I was already packed and ready to go we decided to go then head to the airport after. I had our suitcases in the trunk- ready to go, Aliya asked why we had them in there and my response was that we were going to give them to "Auntie Jencey" after church. She didnt question it. After church was done Aliya (the 7 year old) always asks to go somewhere whether it be to get dessert, a smoothie, to eat or some crazy impossible off-the-wall request. This we knew and we planned on using that as a way to break the news to her that we were really headed to the airport. So we piled into our van and sure enough she asked to get a smoothie in which my DH replied "How about we just go to the airport & go to Disneyland right now?" She looked at us with her "You guys are dumb" face. Then she smiled & said "Really?! Yayy! Are you serious?! Not. *scream* Yayyy!" We explained that all of our bags were packed, we have our tickets, it's REALLY where we were going By now, we were ALL VERY excited & it was time we headed to the airport.


We got there at about 10:30pm after picking up a late night snack. Check-in was a breeze. We decided to do all carry-ons this trip. Worked really well. I only forgot all of our toothbrushes

We like red-eyes normally. Except about 2 hours into our flight a 3 (or so) year old, seated directly in front of us started fussing then screaming at the top of her lungs. Her dad had headphones on and I was thinking he probably didnt hear her. And the mother kept loudly shushing her while the kid was yelling "I don't wanna be down here!!" This went on for about 1 1/2 hours. I stood up to just see what was going on. Apparently, the mother had made a bed on the floor for her child and was making her stay down there! WTH?! So anyway, everyone on our flight was now UP including my kids. Little girl quieted once her mom put Dora on the iPad in which she watched WITHOUT headphones. Seriously?!

Everyone glared at them when exiting our flight.

We had a short layover in San Fran. We had breakfast, checked emails, charged our phones & much needed COFFEE & hot chocolate.

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We had a nice uneventful flight to LAX. This is the 'We're here!' dance!

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Made our way to our Disneyland Resort Express & to our hotel with no problems at all.

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We checked-in. They held onto our luggage while we made our way over to Downtown Disney.

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We explored for awhile. Had some lunch at Jazz Kitchen. I had a shrimp platter which was pretty filling. We went there for the beignets though They were so delish!

Our room was ready and so we decided to shower & rest because we had another surprise for our girls!


At about 5pm I got a text from my cousin. He said that they had just checked-in and that they were in the lobby. Everyone was asleep when I took the 7 year old downstairs to the lobby for her surprise. My cousin & his wife surprised their kids (15, 12, 8 & 6) too & they were here at Disneyland with us! Aliya was going to FLIP when she sees that her cousins were HERE too! And FLIP she did

We let them get settled & shortly thereafter we were on the #16 ART Shuttle to The Outlets at Orange to grab some dinner, a bubble drink (for me) and get my H&M on. We don't have one at home so I was really looking forward to it

After shopping to my hearts content. We boarded the shuttle back to the hotel & fell into bed & konked out. Soooo excited for first day in the park!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Sunday, Feb 24th- Disneyland

I've only seen pictures of Dapper Day & didn't know that today- our first day in the park- was Dapper Day! It was so cool seeing everyone dressed up.

These Hawaiians were fuh-reezing on this day. Cuddled alot to keep warm!

We had to have our photo taken first thing.

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The cousins!

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Made our way to the castle! Love walking down an empty Main Street

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Walt, Mickey & Aurora's hizz-ouse! So peaceful & quiet, no one around.

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Until our loud dancing tribe came!

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The pink castle

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We rode Peter Pan then made our way to Storyland Canal Boats.

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Rode Tea Cups with Tayani while everyone else rode the Matterhorn.

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We met up and met Alice & The Mad Hatter.

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We rode Nemo, which was a first for me. So cute and claustraphobic. And I had to pee the entire time But fun!

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Space Mountain Child Swap was in full effect. Couldnt fit all 9 of us in one pic but that's ok.

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Passed by Tarzans Treehouse on our way to Pirates!

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Some of us!

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My oldest & I

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How sad is this face? Sad enough that daddy sat out with her and bought her a toy.

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<----me in the back row

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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Best ride photo! Had to take a quick shot of the group photo after ours Splash Mountain Gangnam Style!

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We had lunch reservations at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. Group shot of all the kiddies while we waited.

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Aliya took a pic of my DH & I

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We're cute, starving & fuh-reezing!

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Dig in!

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Tayani was ALL over this when they called kids to the stage

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After lunch we went back to the hotel for a quick nap & to wait for our grocery delivery. We were to meet up with some friends to watch Wishes later on that evening.


Next up.....Wishes & my Abuelita!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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We returned to DLP after a short nap.

Looks like we kidnapped Minnie Mouse huh?

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It was kind of crowded that night. You can kind of see the crowd in this pic where my DH is eating the castle

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We met up with our friends, rode Buzz Lightyear. He is a drummer at DLP! Some of you might recognize him

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It's a bad photo but you can see that we got a good spot minus the 7 foot tall guy with his kid on his shoulders

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We hopped on Star Tours! One of my DH's faves and we browsed the shop alittle.

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By now we were ready to call it a night but not before I got my abuelita & jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzel!

We were so excited for our first peek at Carsland and the new DCA!

Next up.....Day 2: DCA 2/25
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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Got up bright and early with time to spare. And it was a good thing we did because the security bag check was packed this day, congested on the Harbor Blvd side all the way back to the shuttle area Took awhile to get through. Once at the gate, they toook our photo for our passes. We sent the dads to RSR to get fastpasses. They stood 45 min in line for those babies!

We headed over to Paradise Pier to wait for them and get a few rides in. First up was the Mickey Fun Wheel. Everyone got into the Swinging Gondola line and we waved good bye as they passed by.

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We were smart & rode Non- Swinging

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View from on top. Snow on the mountain beyond Matterhorn. So pretty!

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We met up with the dads and chit chatted with this guy & rode TSM.

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We rode Screamin', Goofy's Sky School & Golden Zepphyr.

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Had some lunch at Taste Pilots Grill before heading over to Tower of Terror. Took Tayani to see Turtle Talk with Crush, Beasts Library & relaxed in the Animation Building while we waited to meet up with our TOT riders. Look! It's home!

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By now it was time to ride RSR, Finally!! We made our way to Carsland.

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We did a child swap and had some extra FP so we got to take the cousins for a ride with us.

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I wish I could have seen their faces better while riding

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Such a fun ride, gorgeous views

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:56 PM   #7
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Fabulous trip report.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:45 PM   #10
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Yay! I love hearing about fellow Hawaii family trip reports. Mahalo nui for sharing. :0). Have you folks tried out Aulani yet?
Mahalo for reading!! We haven't stayed at Aulani just yet but hopefully one day soon

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Great TR, thank you for sharing!
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Great TR - I really love your photos
Thank you!! I forgot my camera this trip So all of my photos were from my Galaxy S3. Luckily they came out pretty good considering
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Cute family and super trip. Have you tried the Disney Hawaiian resort? That might be too uneventful for you, but I would like to get there some day!
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Yay! I love hearing about fellow Hawaii family trip reports. Mahalo nui for sharing. :0). Have you folks tried out Aulani yet?
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