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Old 01-02-2009, 10:56 AM   #121
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I know I'm jumping the gun a little bit, but I have a feeling that I'm going to be very busy later today and won't be able to update. If you haven't seen my ticker, I have 1 day left until our trip ! Its actually LESS than a day because we leave my house at 4 am tomorrow. I can't believe its finally here. I went through some family drama AGAIN, so I'm not really in a hip hip hooray kind of mood, but I'm sure it will get there. One thing that helped A LOT was watching Bedtime Stories yesterday. It was so good and all the previews that were on for other movies looked good too. I think I'm going to be watching a lot of kids movies in the year to come .

Wish me luck on our drive to Anaheim, I'm still scared about it but I'm sure we'll be fine!
Jasmine, I am not sure if you will check this thread again because you will be swamped later today, but have a great time! I know you will go on HMH at least a couple of times anyway, but make sure you ride it as much as you can because there is a rumor going around that HMH may not return in Fall or Winter 2009 due to the Haunted Mansion's 40th anniversary celebration this year. Therefore, you may not get to see Jack Skellington and crew again until at least Fall 2010, if not later. I wouldn't even trust DLR to bring back IASW Holiday in Winter 2009 because they may want to just focus all of 2009 on the new additions to the IASW ride and not detract from that by adding the holiday overlay. So ride IASW Holiday as much as possible too - just in case!!!

I want you to know that I have been silently trying and trying to come up with a way to squeze in a solo trip this weekend to meet up with you and Kerri and the gang. I almost thought I could pull it off but it just won't work. I didn't buy any merchandise on my DLR trip 2 weeks ago, so I didn't spend unnecessary money, but I had to pay for my friend's ticket (after her transmission blew and she had to shell out $3000) and I had to get all of my film developed afterwards., which cost a pretty penny So I could scrape up the money to get to DLR this weekend, but I would be stuck as far as getting back from DLR. I even thought of asking my friend in Anaheim if she would take me home but if she did that, she would want to drive me home at noon on Sunday, which would be silly since I would be arriving at the park at 8:00 a.m.!!! And she wouldn't be willing to come and pick me up and bring me back to DLR really early on a morning where she is not involved in the trip!! Plus, I am still getting over this cold/flu and don't want to push it. But I am sad I won't be able to meet all you guys, AND I am sad I won't get to go on HMH and IASW again - just in case they don't return in the Fall/Winter this year!! I really wanted to get more pictures in A Bug's Land and ToonTown (of all the holiday decorations and trees) too, but it is just not in the cards.

So take lots of pictures on my behalf, and you know I am going to be checking your TR early next week for the beginning of the rundown from you!!! Have a wonderful time and a safe drive. I know the family drama kind of ruined your mood, but the magic will come back when you arrive at the DLR gates. I may not have had family drama to deal with before my recent DLR trips, but the money/job crises I have had have been crippling and I have managed to have a great time anyway. So hang in there...the magic awaits you...and so does the gigantic Christmas tree on Main Street!!
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:37 PM   #122
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:57 AM   #123
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LIVE FROM HOJOS !!!

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So we're here, its the last day, and I just wanted to stop by and say how much fun we had this trip. I took plenty of pictures (580 so far) and still going because today is disneyL0VE's 21st birthday !! We're going to try and get as much done as we can today before we leave, but we'll see what happens. I will definitely be posting about our experiences this weekend (including meeting all you wonderful DISers !) Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and talk to you soon !
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:33 AM   #124
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LIVE FROM HOJOS !!!

Hey guys

So we're here, its the last day, and I just wanted to stop by and say how much fun we had this trip. I took plenty of pictures (580 so far) and still going because today is disneyL0VE's 21st birthday !! We're going to try and get as much done as we can today before we leave, but we'll see what happens. I will definitely be posting about our experiences this weekend (including meeting all you wonderful DISers !) Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and talk to you soon !
For some reason I didn't realize you were still at DLR today. I think I assumed it was like Saturday to Monday or so. I am glad you got a little extra time than what you had in October, if I recall! Woo hoo! 580 pictures! How many memory cards is that?!!! I can't wait to see all of them!!! Happy birthday, Kaycee!!
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:45 AM   #125
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAYCEE!!!!!!!!! (if she even reads this!!!)

Jasmine, I hope you guys are having a WONDERFUL time!! I can't wait for all the pictures when you guys come home! Be safe on the drive back to San Jo!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:12 PM   #126
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For some reason I didn't realize you were still at DLR today. I think I assumed it was like Saturday to Monday or so. I am glad you got a little extra time than what you had in October, if I recall! Woo hoo! 580 pictures! How many memory cards is that?!!! I can't wait to see all of them!!! Happy birthday, Kaycee!!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAYCEE!!!!!!!!! (if she even reads this!!!)

Jasmine, I hope you guys are having a WONDERFUL time!! I can't wait for all the pictures when you guys come home! Be safe on the drive back to San Jo!!!!!

Thanks ladies for the birthday greeting !!
HAHA, Courtney you're so right.
Jaz told me that you both greeted me so I went on just for you ladies !
I wish we could've met you two, but there's always next time
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:25 PM   #127
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:15 AM   #128
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Hello and welcome to all who dare try to understand the randomness that is my family ! I am finally taking the time to post everything about our trip because I dropped my cousin off at the airport and now have time alone to map everything out and edit all of my photos. That took a LONG time btw because of the fact that everyone else relied on me to take all the photos for our trip (thanks guys).

SOOO, HERE WE GO !!

Saturday January 3rd : Day One

The night before was kind of hectic for me because of course I waited until later to pack everything for the trip. By the time I got in bed I could not sleep from trying to think about anything that I had forgotten to bring. By the time I looked at my clock it was 12:00 am and I had to wake up at 3:10 to get ready to go. BLEH.

I finally went to sleep. I woke up what felt like 10 minutes later (even though it was really 3 hours). Shyboy, my cousin Jesse, and I got ready and were on the road from San Jose at 4 am. I did the first shift until we hit Grapevine. I was very glad that my mother bought me a new ipod and an itrip because it came in handy ! We did not encounter as much fog as expected, which was fabulous. The ride was smooth all the way there ! We got to Howard Johnson at 9:30 am. TheAXIOM and disneyL0VE were still at their dad’s house (an hour away) and had not left yet by the time we were there, so we checked in, changed into our clothes and headed for the park.



It was 10:30 by the time we entered and it was kind of busy, but not so bad! We headed straight for Adventureland because that is what we usually do. Our first ride was the Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.



After all of those we headed straight for Tomorrowland so we could watch the Jedi Training Academy. We love watching it and wanted Jesse to see it because he loooves Star Wars, specifically Darth Maul and we knew he would love it because of how great Darth Maul looks
Before watching the show, we grabbed some food at Pizza Port (which I forgot to photograph!) and took it right back over to the show because we were not in the mood for burgers. TheAXIOM and disneyL0VE made it for the show ! We managed to sit right behind the control panel where the CMs were handling all the tech. It was a perfect seat !!

After the show, we went on BLAB. Of course I kicked their butts ! I’m always getting that hidden target about 5 times. Once we were done, we headed toward Frontierland. We went into the pin store over there and bought some pins. The boys went and looked at the pin books that the CMs were trading with. After, we headed straight for HMH. How could we not ?!!??!?!? Its TheAXIOM and my FAAAVE! The line wasn’t too ridiculous; it was about 25 minute wait. After, we went to BTMR. It was fun

We walked around some more, went into a bunch of stores for pins and penny crushers. After, TheAXIOM and disneyL0VE had to wait in line to get their APs !!! WOOO !! Sooo, Jesse, Shyboy72, and I walked around and looked at art and other things of the like in stores because it started raining ! Oh well, we went through it before this past January trip so it was no surprise to me. We managed to head outside just as the Christmas parade was happening and got to see the whole thing. It was very cute, but surprisingly short. About 10 minutes after the parade, we decided not to wait for them anymore and headed back to Hojos. We got to our room and I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice it is there. I have to admit that we’re going to be Hojo regulars

Here's some pics of our room (we managed to get it messy that day!)


















We rested for a couple of hours, and on the way out we got some McDonalds. We headed to DCA and went to ToT. We only waited for about 15 minutes! It was great.







On the way out, we caught the Electrical Parade, which I haven’t seen since it was on Main St. and that was when I was about 12. I was so happy to see it again. I even got a couple of shots !







After, we went to DL so we could see the fireworks on Main Street. For some reason, they started early and we got there just in time. It was crazy packed! We got to see it all though! After the fireworks we went to the rivers of America so we could watch Fantasmic! I don’t know why everyone tries to watch the show from Pirates. Everyone ALWAYS stops there. I just looked at them like they were newbies and walked around towards HMH and got prime spots by the water in the sitting area without any problems. Shyboy72 and disneyL0VE went to go look around and get some churros while we kept spots for them. It got pretty packed, so when they came back, they had to try not to step on people to get to our spot.





The show was great ! We did get a little wet, but that was expected. Once it was over we ran to BTMR again ! Haha Then after, we went on Indie and called it a night! It was already 12 by then and we were very tired. We slowly made our way back to the hotel because our feet were killing us already. Even though we did not get on many rides on Saturday, we did get A LOT done ! On the way out, I took pictures of castle and of Snow White's well. It was so cool over there and I had never been there before !





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Jas..........
Great photos of Fantasmic!!!! So clear.
I also love the pics of the Electrical Parade. I was so bummed that they weren't starting it until Dec 19th so we missed it.
That area by the castle with Snow White's well is soooo charming isn't it? Did you drop any change in & get a surprise?
Wonderful first day!!!!!
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1. I applaud you for having as much stamina and enthusiasm on your first day as you did - on such little sleep! Yikes! I would have collapsed at 9:00 p.m. or earlier if I had only 3 hours of sleep.

2. Great pictures, as always, but the Electrical Parade pictures are particularly special.

3. TheAXIOM is wearing the exact same Mickey shirt I am wearing in my TR (the December 2008 trip portion)!! I LOVE that shirt! That is my second favorite Mickey shirt that I have ever had. In fact, a lot of people in DL (even some Cast Members) asked me about that shirt and where I got it. I don't know if AXIOM got it at World of Disney (which is where I got mine), but I am glad I nabbed it in October because I didn't see it when I went back into WOD in December. I actually wanted to buy an extra, because when I find shirts I love, I wear them to death and I want to start getting 'back-up shirts'!! But it was gone.

Anyway, carry on...I am looking forward to the next installment!
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:21 AM   #131
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Great photos of Fantasmic!!!! So clear.
I also love the pics of the Electrical Parade. I was so bummed that they weren't starting it until Dec 19th so we missed it.
That area by the castle with Snow White's well is soooo charming isn't it? Did you drop any change in & get a surprise?
Wonderful first day!!!!!
Thanks Melanie ! I really do love it over there where Snow White is; I was pleasantly surprised to check mark things that I have not seen/done yet. It was quite satisfying

I did drop change in the well, but nothing happened. What usually happens ?

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1. I applaud you for having as much stamina and enthusiasm on your first day as you did - on such little sleep! Yikes! I would have collapsed at 9:00 p.m. or earlier if I had only 3 hours of sleep.

2. Great pictures, as always, but the Electrical Parade pictures are particularly special.

3. TheAXIOM is wearing the exact same Mickey shirt I am wearing in my TR (the December 2008 trip portion)!! I LOVE that shirt! That is my second favorite Mickey shirt that I have ever had. In fact, a lot of people in DL (even some Cast Members) asked me about that shirt and where I got it. I don't know if AXIOM got it at World of Disney (which is where I got mine), but I am glad I nabbed it in October because I didn't see it when I went back into WOD in December. I actually wanted to buy an extra, because when I find shirts I love, I wear them to death and I want to start getting 'back-up shirts'!! But it was gone.

Anyway, carry on...I am looking forward to the next installment!
Thanks Sherry! I don't know how I do it, but it seems that every time a trip comes around, I manage to only have 3 hours of sleep for the first day. I manage to stay till close too EVERY TIME! Its crazy. Thanks for the compliments on the pictures I had fun taking them. I managed to get those electrical parade pictures in reallllly quick because we did not stay for the whole thing in fear that we would miss the fireworks and we barely made it there on time!

TheAXIOM looooves that shirt. Its his fave

We noticed that on the second day we were there, there were A LOT of people wearing it that day. He was glad he wore it on the first day because he felt more original around the park! He did get it from WOD. He got it last year I think (?). I'm not sure though, we've been a couple of times together so it kind of blends in together. I saw some like the shirts at WOD this time around, except they were zoomed in on his pants and his face was not on the shirt. I personally like the other ones better.

I always try to refrain from buying shirts because I have nothing but Disney shirts and I really do need to have other ones to wear outside in the real world
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Great trip report and I really love the pictures of the electric light parade. I have that song as a ringer on my phone. I will never forget the first time my husband and I watched that parade together. It was in 1992 and we were on our honeymoon.
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Great trip report and I really love the pictures of the electric light parade. I have that song as a ringer on my phone. I will never forget the first time my husband and I watched that parade together. It was in 1992 and we were on our honeymoon.
Thank you ! I loove that song. Its so magical

HOw wonderful it is that you tie the parade to your honeymoon. That is so romantic !
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Thank you ! I loove that song. Its so magical

HOw wonderful it is that you tie the parade to your honeymoon. That is so romantic !
That was also the day we conceived our oldest daughter. The most expensive souvenir and the best I have ever gotten at Disneyland.
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Sunday January 4th: Day Two
a.k.a DIS mini-meet day; a.k.a matchy matchy shirt day!

Hello Hello! Our plans for this wonderful morning was to wake up early and get there when the park opened. Did that happen? Heck NO. I woke up to my alarm, shut that bad boy off, and hit the bed again. By the time I officially woke up, it was about 8 am, and NO one was awake. So I woke people up. We all got ready and walked to DL.







By the time we got there it was already 10 and we were kind of hungry, so we headed over to Blue Ribbon. I decided to be a nice cousin and paid for everyone since I have more AP discount than them. I got an apple juice and a sticky bun, TheAXIOM got a white mocha and a snowman shortbread cookie, disneyL0VE got a hot chocolate and a pumpkin muffin, Shyboy72 got a regular mocha and a butter croissant, and Jesse got an orange juice (we shared the sticky bun). Everything was delicious!









After that we headed for the castle and took pictures along the way. Since we knew we weren’t going to get on anything in time and also meet the DISers at 11:30, we tried to go through the Sleeping Beauty walkthrough.

The line was RIDICULOUS. Seriously? Why is everyone here at DL ? It was crazy. Sooo we bypassed it and went on Snow White’s Scary Adventures. I ALWAYS have to go on that ride just because its oooober creepy and the ending is so abrupt, it cracks me up EVERY time.

(she is such a shorty!!! )


Next, we went on Pinocchio. Of course though, we took some pictures in that teacup and Mr. Toad's car (even though we did not get to go on those rides). Then we headed for Pizza Port.

















to be continued...

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