It's finally time to return to Anaheim. I meant to start the thread a couple of days ago, but being busy with work and housework and putting together out Linger Longer luncheon at church delayed that until just now.
The cast of characters this time includes myself, my parents, my sister, my brother, my bother in law, my nephew, and 3 nieces plus my brother in law's niece. I can't wait to go into the parks with my 2 younger nieces, Victoria and Lola, in particular. Victoria is 2 and can't wait to meet the princesses and see Tink and Dumbo in the fireworks. Lola might enjoy visual stuff like the Electrical Parade. The one character missing from last year is the ex-girlfriend (just look at Snow White and Sleeping Beauty: a lot of stories have witches). It's complicated, but a load has been lifted.
Our travel plans are as follows. My sister and brother in law took my nephew and 2 younger nieces to pick up my brother in law's niece in Vegas, then they're going to Oceanside to visit his nephew Phil, who was on our trip last year. I'm going to pick up my parents, brother, and eldest niece and we should be leaving Phoenix around 2 am. We have to be in San Diego in the morning. My dad has a follow up appointment related to his kidney transplant back in '06. It's routine and requires a little lab work in the morning and seeing the actual doctor Wed afternoon. After that, we drive on to Anaheim.
We'll be staying at the Peacock this year. We bought our park hoppers on the "5 days for the price of 3" promotion, so that means 5 days worth of theme parks.
I plan to drive over to Riverside on Saturday morning. My friend, and roommate, Travis is buried at Olivewood. It's been over a year since all of that happened and the trial won't be until 2010. I haven't even been by that house since my and the other roommate grabbed our stuff out of there. If you're wondering what all that is about, you've probably already seen it on your local news and CBS 48 Hour Mystery aired the story as well (it's called "Picture Perfect").
I'm ready for fun. As usual, I may post as time may allow during the trip, but I may not post until after my trip. I intend to share some photos. After the vacation, I also plan to compile photos and video clips into a long slideshow, similar to my previous vacations in 2007 and 2008 as well as some camp outs. YouTube - koutesu's Channel