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    Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Part one:

    So yesterday (April 4) my Mom and stepdad had brunch with friends in Laguna Beach, and dinner with friends at DTD, so they offered to drop me off alone at the Park for the whole day. Since I never pass up a chance to go to DL I went! And I had a blast.

    Morning. I had an uncooked english muffin for breakfast because I was being slow and we were in a rush to get down to Orange County in time.


    About 35 minutes later I was dropped off at a Residence Inn in Anaheim where we would always stay when we lived in NY. It's only about 1 block from the resort so I had a leisurely stroll and listened to some music.


    I got to the park at 10am-ish. I don't remember exactly when. Kinda crowded, but not too bad. And less crowded than last Sunday.


    The weird celebrate envelope:


    What next?


    I decided on Indy but it was 101 so I surprised myself with an old standby:






    Coheteboy suggested that I do a bunch of things that I wouldn't normally do, and while I didn't do a bunch of things per-se, I did do some things I wouldn't normally go out of my way to do and Pirates was one of them.

    It was about this time in my trip where I realized I'm not very good with a camera, and without a tripod I don't know how to get decent low light shots. So, I apologize in advance for any blurry shots.

    Next up was Splash Mountain, which I got a single rider ticket for. There was really no wait at all. I got on instantly.









    Next I got on HM! Easily my favorite dark ride in the park.


    I downloaded all of Datameister's Virtual Tour videos from youtube (and fixed the sound) a while back so I could watch them on my ipod and use them as a reference in the park. Very handy and fun to watch when you're in line.




    The wait times were pretty good until later that afternoon, but even then they were still manageable. This shot was taken around 11:30 am:


    I grabbed a fastpass for Space:


    And got a single rider ticket for Indy, which was now up and running again:




    Adventureland was crowded, as usual:


    I wanted to try something I've heard a lot about. Behold; my very first Dole Whip:


    It was tangy like sherbet, but creamy like ice cream. Did it like, change my life? No. But it was very good and I plan to have another one someday.

    Next up was the matterhorn. I usually prefer side A (Tomorrowland side) but I accidentally got in line for side B (Fantasyland side) and I still liked it a lot. Very fun coaster.


    Lunch time:


    I got a bacon cheeseburger and a 32 oz coke at Village Haus. With my AP discounts, it added up to $10.07 I think. Not bad. Beleive it or not, this was the first time I had ever bought park food. I usually bring a sandwhich or something. I thought the portions were kind of small, but the prices were alright after my discount.

    I rode Big Thunder that morning but I can't seem to find the pictures I took. Either way I did ride it sometime that morning. The wait in line was only 15 minutes too.

    After lunch I rode Pinocchio, another thing I may have skipped if Coheteboy hadn't suggested I try some things I wouldn't normally do.





    I went back to the west side of the park after that as a single rider again but even that line was very long. So I tried another thing I may have skipped: Pooh.







    I hadn't ridden it in a few years and I thought it was pretty good. It confuses me a bit though.

    Alright that wraps up part one. I'll post part two containing DCA, Innoventions and the rest of my day later tonight!

    Thanks for reading!
    Last edited by Alex E; 04-05-2009 at 03:26 PM.

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    looks like fun!

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Looks like you had fun! Every time I go with my family (my kids are 11 years old, 8 years old and a 1 1/2 year old) I think...If only I was here by myself. Hopefully I'll get to go alone someday. =)

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Dude, that Monstro pic is awesome!

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Enjoyed your trip report. looking forward to the next part P.S. i can't believe you've never bought park food before or a dole whip since you are an AP'r.
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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Seems like you really had great time huh...
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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Delightful photo intensive report. The Pooh pics were certainly bright and coloful. Looks like you had a blast on Splash and Indy. Nice camera work.

    btw ..all that food made me hungry.
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    Cool Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    What?!!? your Dole Whip didn't change your life. Are you sure you're alright? Very nice TR!

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex E View Post

    This picture makes me smile. It's awesome!



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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Way cool! Glad you had a great time cruzin' the park solo! Its fun with others, but sometimes its nice to just have some "you" time and take it at your own pace and relax and enjoy! Looking forward to the rest of your pictures!




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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Awesome job Alex!
    You know, I'm still working on my video trip report from all our fun last sunday....it's taking forever!

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    good trip report. glad to hear you had a fun time.

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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Great photos. That Monstro shot was awesome!
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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Very nice. Merci.


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    Re: Alex E's first trip report! (Photo Heavy!)

    Awesome trip report.


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