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Old 12-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #376
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Day Two started a bit earlier than we wanted, but Shyann was ready to get going....so reluctantly we pulled ourselves out of bed and got ready for the day. We went downstairs for the complimentary breakfast. They offer a nice variety of hot and cold foods. The family seemed to enjoy the waffle iron that flips over.









After breakfast it was time to reload the van and kids and head south. We are going to meet up with a gal I've been friends with on Facebook for a few years. We both have daughters with Pierre Robin Sequence. (it's a condition that happens in the womb and basically one thing happens and then it snowballs) Michayla was born with a significant cleft palate, funky little ears, wide set eyes, feeding issues and heart defects. So it was nice to finally meet another mom who knew what we were dealing with. So instead of going down I-5, we would be going down Hwy 99 and stopping south of Visalia in Tulare. It was a tad foggy this morning.







We met Paula and Morgan at the McDonald's, just off the Hwy. Paula brought us a gift bag full of goodies!! Her dad makes these trees and it was a decoration in our hotel room at the Pier for the week and now is decorating our dresser in our bedroom!!



She had glow bracelets, activity booklets and stickers for the kids. She had a couple plastic snow globes and she made a stop at her favorite bakery for some Portugese rolls. (sweet and delicious!)

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It was a fun lunch.......even Shy thought so!!



But alas, it was time for us to continue on our way. So we said our goodbyes and headed towards Hollywood.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #377
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So down the road we went. I took pictures along the way. This was as we were nearing the Grapevine.



Gotta love signs like this......











These are Pyramid Lake up on the Grapevine.













The freeway traffic going North is on the wrong side of us......kinda weird!



This as we were coming into Valencia......Six Flags.









Getting closer to Hollywood!
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Yay! You started! Awesome photos, as usual. Looks like dinner was fun and yummy. I love Old Spaghetti Factory.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:36 AM   #379
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Yay! You started! Awesome photos, as usual. Looks like dinner was fun and yummy. I love Old Spaghetti Factory.
That was our first time there and we really enjoyed it. We were so touched by the amount of people that came.....fun evening!
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:54 AM   #380
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We arrived at our motel for the night~~Best Western Hollywood Plaza Inn. We were right up from all the action on Hollywood Blvd. Great for the closeness but bad for the noise level all night!



We had 2 rooms, both with 2 queen beds. We had requested connecting rooms so I was a bit annoyed that originally that had us in rooms across from each other. Now this wasn't a hallway across from each other, we're talking a driveway distance apart (2 buildings separated by the driveway in and then railings around the upper floors). I told them that wasn't acceptable so they were able to find 2 rooms side by side....not connecting but we were able to make it work.





It's funny, when I was sorting these pictures I discovered that our 2 rooms had different bed coverings or one of the rooms was missing the gold bedspread.

Room 1:











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The kids getting comfortable in the rooms:







After we got everything into the rooms, we headed down to the Walk of Fame so we could go to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Here are some pics Mike took along the way.







So we got to the entrance of the wax museum only to find it roped off and an employee standing in the entrance. The place had been rented out for a private event from 4pm on. (we got there just past 4) I told the guy that I had pre-purchased my tickets online from their website and today was the only day we could use them. I asked if there was someone that would be able to refund our money. I paid $115 for our tickets and I can't just throw that kind of money away. He radioed for about 15 mins. before someone finally came down to speak with us. Here's our motley crew as we were waiting.



Sarah came down and we explained our dilemma and she asked if we could come back tomorrow but I told her we had to be leaving at 7am so that would be impossible. She told us the information about the museum being closed had been on the website for a month but I purchased our tickets in October and there was no reason for me to go back online after that.....so we never saw that notice. She looked at my receipt and tickets and said "since you bought these tickets through a 3rd party, I can't refund your money here". Ummmmmmmmm, the 3rd party is the one you have on your "official" website. At this point I was feeling sick.....the only reason we were staying in Hollywood (expensive motels in this area.....$360 for 2 rms) was to do the museum. We chose this over the Farmer's Market/The Grove, Universal CityWalk, LaBrea Tar Pits/LACMA, etc. So we were very disappointed and it was looking like I would also be out the $115. Sarah had disappeared for a few minutes and came back with a business card. She said I could try emailing this gal and explain our situation to see if they would refund our money. She didn't sound very confident.....so we left, pretty down.







We decided to go to the Disney Soda Fountain next (which was the plan after the museum). Pics to come!!
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It was close to dinner time, but our plan was to do ice cream at the Disney Soda Fountain but not a meal. So since we were right there.....we started with dessert!! When we went in 2010, we had quite a wait to be seated.....but today, we got right in.



I asked Mike to get a picture of the menu......and this is what I got....guess next time I need to specify that I actually want a picture of the menu items and prices......lol



We ordered Mickey's Masterpiece Sundae, which is 8 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, caramel and marshmallow and then a whole can of whip cream (nuts and cherries....but we opted out of the nuts due to Shy's allergies). The sundae is $29.95......actually a great deal!! Individual sundaes run $5.95 to $8.95 each.

After we ordered, Mike got some pictures of merchandise available.







Here's the sundae being made!!













A few more pics of the place:









Back to the creation!!







More Disney Soda Fountain to come!!



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Old 12-22-2012, 12:46 PM   #382
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The big announcement and presentation of Mickey's Masterpiece!!



We had vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip mint, peppermint, cookies & cream scoops of ice cream. (the cookies and cream was an oversight on our part.....we had them replace the rocky road with vanilla....but cookies and cream would have wheat.....oops)





The kids LOVED it!!! My favorite was the peppermint ice cream with marshmallow topping and whip cream!!







Even Michayla enjoyed her little tastes!!





Once everyone started lugging out, Mike got up to get a few more pics.













Well we made a pretty decent dent in our sundae......this was what was leftover.





We all got one of these pins for ordering this sundae.....which was a cool little perk!!



One more pic before heading back to the motel.



Even with the ice cream being delicious....we were a bit defeated on how the day had ended. We thought about driving out to Universal CityWalk, but parking at the motel was tight and traffic on a Saturday night was heavy.....so we went back to our rooms. While I bathed the girls, Mike & Tyler walked about 1/2 blk to Subway to bring dinner back to the rooms. We ate in the rooms and called it a day.

The tv didn't offer many channels (and what they did get didn't come in great or were in spanish).....so this helped us get the kids to sleep early.

The motel was ok, nothing fancy.....but expensive! Being close to all the action on Hollywood & Highland......we heard sirens all night long as well as the traffic sounds. I probably would chose to stay a little further away next time we go to Hollywood or make it a day trip from Disneyland like we've done in the past.
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Bummer that Hollywood was a letdown. I have never stayed there (with family in OC we just make LA a day trip too), but I think if I ever went to Universal/Hollywood/zoo etc. I would stay near Universal.

Love the Mickey Masterpiece. I also loved the movie decor circling the Soda Fountain. And the pictures of the celebrities who came there to eat. Was the scaffolding outside gone when you were there? Looks like it from your photos.

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Bummer that Hollywood was a letdown. I have never stayed there (with family in OC we just make LA a day trip too), but I think if I ever went to Universal/Hollywood/zoo etc. I would stay near Universal.

Love the Mickey Masterpiece. I also loved the movie decor circling the Soda Fountain. And the pictures of the celebrities who came there to eat. Was the scaffolding outside gone when you were there? Looks like it from your photos.

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I think if I had realized that Universal was as close as it was, we would have stayed more in that area.

I don't recall any scaffolding.
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So I forgot to mention this. When we went to the Walk of Fame in 2005 (our first time), we were really disappointed in how dirty that area was and how it was covered with costumed people scamming tourists for their money if you want a picture of them. The only reason we gave it another shot in 2010 was to go to the Disney Soda Fountain. We were pleasantly surprised at how much cleaner, uncluttered and no costumed freaks. So we had no problem considering it again for this trip. Well........it's back to 2005 again, except the characters used to totally take up the area in front of Mann's Chinese Theater......now they take up sidewalks and any larger area in front of a business. You couldn't even walk down the sidewalks without being surrounded by these people. Horrible Mickey and Minnie costume, 2 gals (that looked like street walkers) dressed up like Disney Princesses almost made me throw up in my mouth, super hereos (duds), Dora, Elmo, etc. Such a racket and really detracts from the history of the area. I don't plan on going back anytime soon unless they clean this up again. I didn't want my kids to go anywhere near these people......EEK!
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Love it so far!! I love the ones with the kids all together.
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Love it so far!! I love the ones with the kids all together.
Thanks Kaitlin!!
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Day 3, Sunday the 9th.

After a restless night due to the traffic and siren noise all night long.....we were up early and out of the motel around 7am. We were headed to Torrance to surprise my brother. My older brother is the minister at the Torrance First Christian Church. We go in and are directed back to his office and SURPRISE we're here!!! He was definitely surprised and immediately called his wife Janie to get to the church as soon as she could. (she hadn't planned on being there for the first service)





Shyann was intrigued with his tie.



And some of the little puzzlers/toys on his desk.









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After church, Janie arrived and we went outside and took some pictures.









Mike & I with the twins:





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Just chatting and catching up.







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After our short visit, we were on the road and headed to Anaheim. Derek's plane would be coming into the Santa Ana Airport before 1pm. Derek's girlfriend (who lives in Anaheim and is a CM at Disneyland) would be picking him up. So we were going to hit the Character Warehouse Store, have lunch and then meet up with them at the Paradise Pier Hotel. So here are a few of the signs as we neared the Disneyland Resort area!!







We headed to the Orangethorpe Mall to go to the Disney Character Warehouse......they've changed their name to Character Depot and they've added other "characters" and not exclusively Disney stuff. I didn't find the prices to be a great bargain this time either.....so we looked around and left.

Tyler wanted to have In & Out Burgers, and luckily there was one across the street.....so we headed that way. The parking lot was pretty full and the drive thru line was super long, so we found some shade to park in and Mike & Tyler went inside to order and then bring it back to the van.



The burgers are so good!! I also liked their fries but Tyler wasn't a big fan of them.







While we were eating I get a text from Derek....his flight had landed early!!!! So we finished up and headed towards the PPH.









We stopped in the valet area so our van could be unloaded. We had quite a bit of stuff that would need to go up to our rooms. The CM assisting us was very friendly and helped us bag up formula after the box broke, loaded everything on the cart and even helped throw away some garbage. We tipped him VERY WELL!!! We went inside and he checked our cart/stuff as I checked in. Our rooms weren't ready yet, but we got everything done and they would text when they became available. So we hung out in the lobby area admiring the tree while we waited for Derek to arrive.





I LOVE this tree......it's just beautiful!! You will find that it's almost impossible to get a picture that truly shows the colors. Its frustrating....but we tried different settings but I think some of the close ups show the coloring best.



















It really is something to see in person!




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Was the CM that helped you named Robert? He was VERY helpful for our group!
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