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  • 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    First... start with the cast of characters...
    A: the lovely mother of my 3 girls.
    KEW: 6.5..Disney veteran supreme
    CEW: Turned 4 yesterday... she is jazzed to get a Disney trip for her Bday vs. for KEW's like
    normal.
    VEW: 8 months... LOVING IT!!


    05/19/2013....05:17..
    Delayed departure (by 77 mintues!!!) - All 3 girls awake, happy and excited.






    Leaving Phoenix on the 10..





    05/19/2013....06:45....
    CEW: "We are far away from home, but I don't see Disneyland anywhere!" Snacks have started.
    Forgot girl's water bottles - DOH!!
    VEW is the only kid sleeping.


    05/19/2013....07:19....
    Gas up and bathroom break at Exit 5 complete (the last full-service exit before kali-country..) Sport-topped water bottles purchased and back on the road. All three girls awake and not angry... next stop.... Cali border fruit checkpoint.


    05/19/2013....07:52....
    Activities called into action. VEW won't take formula or water bottle and is NOT a happy baby.


    05/19/2013....08:42....
    Pit Stop in middle of nowhere for KEW to get sick (throwing up into a cup). Changed CEW/KEW's
    clothes, fed and changed VEW. Back on road after what seemed like an eternity.


    05/19/2013....09:05....
    KEW asleep. Wind farms in view





    05/19/2013....10:17....
    30 miles away and stuck in gridlock traffic
    All 3 kids FINALLY asleep.


    05/19/2013....10:18....
    Found English language radio station - SINATRA!!! 88.1 KJAZZ




    05/19/2013....10:32....
    Nearly there!!!





    05/19/2013....11:55....
    In queue for Pirates after grabbing Indiana Jones Fast pass.





    What I wouldn't give to get in here.....





    There was some sort of scavenger hunt going on, lots of teams were seen.... they seemed fixated on this map...





    05/19/2013....12:35....
    Haunted Mansion Queue looked longer than the 10 minutes quoted by mousewait... Decided not to chance it as our FP return times were 12:35 - 13:35.. got kids frozen lemonades, and a snack pack thing... A and I split a clam chowder bread bowl... let the kids feed some of it to the Disney
    ducks.









    05/19/2013....12:57....
    With lunch finished, and not wanting to push our luck, we headed to Indy to use the fast pass..
    KEW LOVED it. Other than the opening where you aren't supposed to look into the diety's eyes,
    she was excited and grinning EAR TO EAR... she was tall enough to ride this last trip, but the CM
    working the like refused to let her in even though she was touching the bottom of the height
    marker... they even made her stand in again, and she's over California Screaming tall now... I
    must say, they really smoothed the ride out. It was AWESOME. I didn't even remember it being
    this awesome, and so smooth. Was really jerky in 2011 last time I rode it. We were up front, and
    I was the one driving!!


    On the way back to Haunted Mansion, stopped here for a pic. Most of you probably get the
    significance, but park goers were looking at us strangely...







    05/19/2013....13:35....
    In queue for Haunted Mansion. KEW is complaining her stomach is hurting again... going to be the last ride for a bit. I took VEW, and CEW and KEW rode with A. KEW was super afraid for some reason... the thinks the lyrics say "Tear your eyes" instead of "terrorize", and she's never been when it was traditional HM vs. Nightmare before Christmas version...Afterwards, she was LOVING it. VEW fell asleep on the ride in my arms. We double timed it back to the hotel as our room was ready when we were having lunch. A nice early room...


    05/19/2013....14:00....
    In the room. Courtyard view. (144x room) Never had this view before. The monorail zooms by
    every 5 mins or so. Kind of a trek and have to use lobby elevators, so I hope the morning goes
    smoothly. KEW is in the bunk bed resting. Out on the balcony with a cold Hop Knot IPA from AZ...


    Last edited by whoever; 05-28-2013, 06:57 AM.

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    KEW and I on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree






    There may be a few straggler pictures (will go through everything this week and post any I missed), but this likely concludes the trip report.

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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    duplicate post

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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    A few pics that Lindsey took. The Girls with Aladdin.




    The Girls getting Crazy in the Pirates Queue





    CEW and Reese with Tigger



    CEW and Reese with Eeyore



    CEW and Reese with Cinderella's Fairy Godmother

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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    Our last ride on RSR before heading back to AZ.

    We WON!

    Last edited by whoever; 07-13-2013, 12:31 PM.

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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    Shame the time I decided to do a POV on Screaming I had a long haired person in front of me. Oh well... I'll do the front car next time I do one (and use a real camera vs. the P&S)

    Last edited by whoever; 07-13-2013, 12:30 PM.

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  • whoever
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    KEW's first ride with me on California Screamin'

    She had her eyes barely open... that would change by the next time...

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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    KEW and I on Goofy's Sky School

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    KEW and I on Dumbo

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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    KEW's first ride on Radiator Springs Racers.

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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    Originally posted by kirstenh View Post
    They guy in the vest next to you on ToT looks scared out of his mind, lol.
    I was jazzed to be riding it. I missed riding it in 2011.

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  • kirstenh
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    They guy in the vest next to you on ToT looks scared out of his mind, lol.

    Great trip report. I can't go again until next fall and it's sooooooo hard to wait that long.

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  • smartlabelprint
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    We wear glasses on tot all the time with no problems.

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  • KellyMcG86
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    The picture of your wife and daughter on RSR, the speakers look like Mickey ears on your daughter! So cute!

    I've loved living vicariously through your TR. It was so thorough and well done!! Looking forward to your videos.

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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    There are a few videos coming next, but that's pretty much it. Looking back at the pics, we had such an awesome time, and I'm so sad we aren't going back anytime soon. Next spring is pretty much in jeopardy, and even next fall is up in the air. Being single income sure sucks because any big expenditure HURTS.

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  • whoever
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    05/22/2013....17:30..
    Left the hotel… with much sadness. Noticed that the valet was not charged to my room, nor was it collected at vehicle pickup. I wonder if they are going to charge me after all. Upon loading up, there’s not a free spot for anything anywhere…. If we do any longer of a trip, we’ll need to move up to a full-size SUV vs. the midsize we have. The LA metro traffic was HORRIBLE. Leaving in the afternoon on a weekday was a poor decision. Not any better options available though unless you give up park time. We all make our choices…


    05/22/2013....18:22..
    Kids are all asleep. After spending too much time in grid lock, it FINALLY opened up, and I was making phenomenal time until I had to stop for fuel somewhere out by Indio. $4.59/gallon for the premium the V8 Volvo SUV we were driving drinks. Holy smokes. It’s a good 60 cents cheaper right across the border in AZ for the same grade. Swapped drivers now that we are pretty much out of Cali. Let the wife drive while I catch up on the trip report.




    05/22/2013....21:00..
    Crossed back into friendly territory… aka AZ. Made a pit stop as KEW and VEW are up. KEW wants French fries and VEW needs some mommy time. While there, there was a family parked next to us doing the same thing. Mentioned we were coming back from Disney, and they said they were going to Disney. What are the odds? Wished them safe travels, have fun, and God speed.


    05/22/2013....21:18..
    Back on the road…. Easily an hour and a half left to go…They should put in a high speed train directly from Down Town Phoenix to Disneyland… I’d ride it.


    05/22/2013....23:13..
    Switched with A somewhere at a rest stop roughly 60 miles from Phoenix. She was starting to drift between the lane edges. I stepped it up a bit to get home, and pulled into the driveway at 23:13. Thirty minutes of unpacking the vehicle into the garage and necessities/perishables into the house, and its bed time….

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  • whoever
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    05/22/2013....14:40..
    KEW and I are boarding RSR (yay for FP, pretty much walk-on). On the way in, I grabbed a stroller swap pass. We had a Red car, went the paint booth (I still haven’t gone the new tires route), and we WON! Was an awesome ride. Got out, and swapped with A. She got the new tires, and their car did NOT win. The tractors were all broken this time around. Wonder what’s up with that. Doesn’t seem like they are a particularly complex piece of Imagineering. Hmm.





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    05/22/2013....14:47..
    While KEW/A were doing RSR, CEW really wanted to go do Monsters Inc., so I trekked the little girls up there. On the way, I stopped at Carthay, and made some measurements of a project I want to do. CEW, VEW, and I ended up riding it 4 times with an average of 11 minutes per round.



    05/22/2013....15:45..
    A showed up with some much needed food/drink. She had stopped at the Cozy cone, picked up some pretzel balls for the kids/her, and a chili con carne cone for me. The chili was alright (chili like pizza is good even when its bad), but the cone itself wasn’t terribly tasty. I bet most people just pitch the cone when they’ve consumed the filling. Given the relatively low volume of food, KEW and I were still hungry, so I got a chili cheese dog for me, and a hot dog for her from Wiener’s.



    05/22/2013....16:20..
    After dining, and getting the girls bathroom breaked, and cleaned up, I had that parent swap pass for TOT from before, so A said go run it. I hustled over. They were asking for single riders down in the boiler room, so I got on a good 3 cars earlier than I would have otherwise. This is the first time I’ve seen the ride clearly (I wore glasses the previous times and was afraid of losing them), but this time I had some daily wear contact lens samples, so I got to see the show in the elevator and out over the park in detail. I remembered the ride itself being longer, it’s like they cut out a full cycle of up/down, but maybe it’s just perspective looking back. All told, I was walking out 15 minutes after I walked through the entrance. I did get a “Happy anniversary, you picked a great hotel to stay at” from one of the CMs which gave me a good laugh. I really love the set dressing in the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Art Deco is one of my “things”. They pull it of superbly.
    While I was doing TOT, A took all the girls on Monsters one last time… then we made our way through the Buena Vista Street shops giving the girls a chance to pick out one thing each. Some really neat stuff, and I was half tempted to get the mini sculpture of Walt and Mickey from the circle out front of Eligah’s, but just couldn’t justify it.


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  • whoever
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    Re: 05/19/2013 - 05/22/2013... My DLR trip with my 3 girls.

    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    I know the feeling. At least you have amazing memories and photos from it! I'm looking forward to your post tonight, but pretty sad that your TR will be finished!
    In progress right now... The end is certainly sad.... that we can't enjoy more DLR.

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  • KellyMcG86
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    I know the feeling. At least you have amazing memories and photos from it! I'm looking forward to your post tonight, but pretty sad that your TR will be finished!

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  • whoever
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    Should finish tonight. Only a little bit left... Going through these, I'm sad that I won't get to go back for a while. It was such a great trip

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