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Old 01-19-2014, 06:59 PM   #31
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I doubt we will make the museum only because we have been twice and it is kind of one of those things that once you've seen it twice it is overkill BUT I do love it and you will have fun seeing everything. I'm hoping we will be able to catch up with you on the Sac day for sure though. Have no idea what my schedule is for then but luckily we are taking our Mexico trip in June so no other trips planned so we should be around.

Just read some on your DW and finished reading your Club 33 report. FUN!!

Ok, that's fine.......we're hoping to meet up for dinner in Sacramento.....we'll plan more when it gets closer!
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:22 PM   #32
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I went back and started back on the WDW trip......my laptop is over heating....and uploading pics to photobucket has to be done in shifts....these little pics off google images don't seem to "tax" my laptop as much as the data filled pics off Mike's camera.

And you're right......I just love the Disneyland side of things.....

The Farmer's Market is the one by the Grove......we were thinking of doing breakfast at Dupar's....any thoughts?? I'd love about 3 pics to use for my daily schedule!!

We're pretty excited with this trip and hopefully everything works out. We're giving up our slot at Camp Attitude this summer to allow a new family to try it.....so we best make this trip happen....otherwise I'm gonna have some very upset kids.
I know what you mean about the data-filled pictures. Those types of pictures -- especially when they are very large in size -- are the kinds of pictures that jam up my browser when it is trying to load a page (in any thread). The file sizes for those photos are too large, so if there is a page with a lot of those giant data-filled photos on it my PC will lock up.

I can imagine that the file sizes of the photos are really taxing your laptop quite a bit, and also using up a lot of storage space in your Photobucket account, as well as taking a long time to load!

I was looking at the last few pages of your WDW report. I am continually fascinated by the things that WDW has that we don't have at DLR...even down to the doughnuts! I saw that the character meal in AK had Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Not only do we not have Krispy Kreme doughnuts at any of the character meals at DLR, as you know, but we don't even have the cute mini-doughnuts that used to be at Goofy's Kitchen many years ago. Mini-muffins, yes, but no mini-doughnuts. They removed all of the doughnuts from the character meals at DLR!

I am really glad you decided to go to AK, as I know that at first you were considering skipping it and just doing DHS for the full day. I love the look of AK, and the safari is definitely something I would be interested in!

Now back to this upcoming road trip/odyssey you are going to embark on this summer...

One thing I like about your road trip agenda is that it's well-rounded, with a lot of different activities. And even if you removed half of the planned outings from the list, you'd still have a full trip! Just driving down the 101 and seeing the coastline (I know you'll be cruising through Monterey to go to the aquarium, but I'm not sure if you'll pass by Carmel, Big Sur and the other places along that route) would be "THE" main trip for a lot of people.

Another thing I like about this agenda you have put together is that you are still incorporating DLR into it, but it is not the main focus of the trip. You have said in the past that Disney is getting close to pricing you out of being able to visit (and we know the ticket prices will go up again by the end of May or beginning of June), and that you are starting to look into other activities to replace Disney trips.

On this upcoming trip you will still have a bit of DLR in there, so the kids won't miss out on that experience completely, but you are also exposing them to a lot of other things -- some brand new things and some things they have done but don't remember. This will be a great way to gauge if anything else really 'clicks' for them, and if there are any other viable options to take the place of DLR trips in the future (if the prices get crazy enough to keep you away).

I know the Camp Attitude trips were very important (and have provided priceless memories and joy) to your family, so I can see where you have to find something really exciting to fill that slot this year!



If Dupar's has not changed its menu too much in recent years, it should be fine for breakfast! I haven't eaten there in a long time, and the last time I did I was there for a solo lunch, but I don't recall too much having changed at that point. Since then there have been more efforts to 'modernize' Dupar's and the other longtime establishments in the historical part of the Farmers Market to try to keep up with The Grove, but hopefully the same basic coffee shop/diner food is intact. Dupar's has hung in there a long, long time so they must be doing something right!

I used to eat a late breakfast/early lunch at Dupar's with my grandmother every Saturday when I was a child. I have fond memories of their food. They are largely "known" for their bakery items, especially their pies. In fact, not only does Dupar's serve slices of pie inside the restaurant, but they also have a separate bakery/counter service place outside of the restaurant, in Farmers Market, for anyone who wants to take a whole pie home, or other baked goods.

If you guys opt to go with something counter service-ish instead of table service, I will mention that there is a place called Charlie's inside the Market that supposedly has good burgers. (It's in the same food court area where the Gumbo Pot can be found.) Charlie's is another place that was there way back when I was a kid and it looks like an unremarkable sort of establishment. I used to eat hot dogs there as a teenager, but never burgers. On a Travel Channel show called Burger Land last year, one of the places mentioned in the Los Angeles episode as being a great place for a burger was Charlie's (to my surprise)! Who knew?

Magee's is well-known for its corned beef and has been at Farmers Market forever. In fact, there is a photo on display there that was signed by all 4 of the Beatles on a day when they visited Magee's.

Patsy D'Amore's is another longtime establishment, with B&W pictures of Frank Sinatra and other entertainers who were customers near the counter.

Bryan's Pit BBQ has been at the Market forever.

Also, I would suggest a stop at Littlejohn's English Toffee -- another place that has been there forever and ever. Not only do they whip up a good batch o' toffee but they have other freshly made delicious treats like peanut brittle, etc.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:27 PM   #33
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Sherry, thank you for the info on the Farmer's Market. I had read the Dupar's had been there from almost the beginning and was a good place to eat.

We won't have a ton of time at the FM since we want to be up at Walt's Barn. Walt's Barn is only open from 11 to 3. But I'm hoping to see a lot of the more historical places. We're also hoping to get over to the Grove just to pick up some Sprinkle's Cupcakes......lol
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:46 AM   #34
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Day 4-July 13th:

We will wake up in San Francisco and start our day at the Disney Family Museum.

The Disney Family Museum is a museum that celebrates Walt Disney's life & legacy. It has permanent exhibitions as well as special temporary ones.





"Magic, Color & Flair" will be the special exhibition while we are visiting. This is a Mary Blair exhibit. Very excited about that. Mary Blair was asked to design the It's a Small World exhibition for New York's World's Fair (1964-65). She is known for her stylized illustrations and use of colors, watercolors and graphic designs.



Admission: $20/adult $12/6-17

After the museum, we'll take the kids over to Golden Gate Park to the Koret Children's Quarter to let the kids run around and blow off steam before getting back in the car.

A blend of old & new features at this playground. A cement slide, towering rope climbing feature, play structure with climbing, hanging & slides as well as a carousel and nice grassy area to take it all in.







Admission: FREE for the park Carousel: $2/adult $1/6-12

After plenty of play time, we'll head south to Gilroy (garlic capital of the world) for the night. Well stay at the Super 8.







We also are planning dinner at Famous Dave's BBQ!





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After reading on here I actually did a little pricing and who knows, depending on DH's return to work (he is finishing up a course) I have thrown into the back of my head a roadtrip down to DL as well...late August though maybe.

I've heard so many things about the Oregon coast, and that, and I got thinking, gas is so much cheaper down there, and if we drove, that takes out the cost of a shuttle from LAX (not that we have a trip planned, but if we did we would have to think about the cost of gas to Vancouver or Bellingham, prob at least 1 night hotel, and the cost of shuttle service to/from airport in Cali)


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You are going to love the WDFM- I know I've mentioned it before, but we had a wonderful time, and that was also with two "non" Disney kids who totally loved it! It has a super cute theatre which we watched Sleeping Beauty in.
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After reading on here I actually did a little pricing and who knows, depending on DH's return to work (he is finishing up a course) I have thrown into the back of my head a roadtrip down to DL as well...late August though maybe.

I've heard so many things about the Oregon coast, and that, and I got thinking, gas is so much cheaper down there, and if we drove, that takes out the cost of a shuttle from LAX (not that we have a trip planned, but if we did we would have to think about the cost of gas to Vancouver or Bellingham, prob at least 1 night hotel, and the cost of shuttle service to/from airport in Cali)


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You are going to love the WDFM- I know I've mentioned it before, but we had a wonderful time, and that was also with two "non" Disney kids who totally loved it! It has a super cute theatre which we watched Sleeping Beauty in.
I'd like to hope the gas prices continue to stay down and not escalate upwards this summer.....but who knows. At this point I'm basing mileage our SUV gets and the miles we'll be traveling at going on a $4.00/gallon price. Right now that is high but by this summer.....it could be right on. Hope it doesn't get that high again.....but gas prices just teeters on getting along with the foreign countries that supply it to us.

Very excited about the museum......adding the Mary Blair exhibit just puts icing on an already super sweet cake!!
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I'd like to hope the gas prices continue to stay down and not escalate upwards this summer.....but who knows. At this point I'm basing mileage our SUV gets and the miles we'll be traveling at going on a $4.00/gallon price. Right now that is high but by this summer.....it could be right on. Hope it doesn't get that high again.....but gas prices just teeters on getting along with the foreign countries that supply it to us.

Very excited about the museum......adding the Mary Blair exhibit just puts icing on an already super sweet cake!!
I always use $4 a gallon as my base price when driving down. In 2012 on our summer trip I paid just over $4 at one station but it was balanced out by the $3.25 I paid at another. You just never know what summer gas prices will be like.

Love the park you will get to play at. Those concrete slides and the playground look like a ton of fun.

Someday I will have to make the stop at the museum with the kids. We are always in such a hurry to get to Disneyland we drive straight down.
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I always use $4 a gallon as my base price when driving down. In 2012 on our summer trip I paid just over $4 at one station but it was balanced out by the $3.25 I paid at another. You just never know what summer gas prices will be like.

Love the park you will get to play at. Those concrete slides and the playground look like a ton of fun.

Someday I will have to make the stop at the museum with the kids. We are always in such a hurry to get to Disneyland we drive straight down.
We usually go straight down too....but I really wanted to do the Disney Family Museum...so I decided a road trip would be the way to go and not make Disneyland be the primary focus.
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Following along! I enjoy reading your trip reports!

I grew up near Monterey, the aquarium will be a great place to stop! And I've eaten at the Famous Daves in Gilroy many times, very yummy!!

You definitely have a lot planned out! Sounds like an exciting trip.
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Following along! I enjoy reading your trip reports!

I grew up near Monterey, the aquarium will be a great place to stop! And I've eaten at the Famous Daves in Gilroy many times, very yummy!!

You definitely have a lot planned out! Sounds like an exciting trip.
Welcome & Thank You!!!

We've heard great things about the aquarium....unfortunately, I don't think we will have tons of time to really go through it like we'd want to. But still happy we get to check it out.

Nice to hear that the BBQ is yummy!!!
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Day Five--July 14:

We will drive from Gilroy to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, about a one hour drive.

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Admission: $35/adult $32/13-17 $22/3-12 Open at 9:30am

We will need to leave the aquarium by 1pm as we will have a 6 hour+ drive down Hwy 101 and then over to Anaheim. We've never driven down this part of the coast and are looking forward to checking it out.

We will be staying at the Motel 6 Maingate for the next 5 nights!!

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Hey Laurie!

Oddly enough, we might end up doing a portion of your road trip, in reverse! My brother's family is moving to the San Francisco area (after living overseas for awhile) and I dearly want to see my new niece sometime this spring or summer. We might end up doing the LA to San Francisco piece like you and seeing some of the same things like the Disney museum and the Monterey Aquarium. We'll just have to wait and see how the dates fall for the summer.

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Hey Laurie!

Oddly enough, we might end up doing a portion of your road trip, in reverse! My brother's family is moving to the San Francisco area (after living overseas for awhile) and I dearly want to see my new niece sometime this spring or summer. We might end up doing the LA to San Francisco piece like you and seeing some of the same things like the Disney museum and the Monterey Aquarium. We'll just have to wait and see how the dates fall for the summer.

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Day Six-Seven-Eight, July 15, 16, 17th:

Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure!!!!

We haven't decided on meals yet....but Cafe Orleans, Goofy's Kitchen & Surf's Up with Mickey are a couple of our favorites.

I know that World of Color & Fireworks will be on our "To Do" list.

Here are a few of our Disneyland pictures over the last 9 years.








































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So many great pictures, so many great memories!
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