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    Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    Tink and I did a lot of thinking in the days leading up to 9/11. I had some very old friends having a reunion at Disneyland. Initially we had a babysitter lined up, but decided we wanted to be with the kids. Tiink and I talked about "getting away from it all" and camping that weekend in the local mountains. We also talked about taking the kids to see the 9/11 exhibit at the Nixon Library. What it really came down to is the fact that they are too young to comprehend what that day meant... and we needed a place to go as a family. I called a couple old friends, apologized for the late notice, and asked if they could do me a favor. The day before Tink and I did some last minute shopping, and braced ourselves for the day ahead. The next morning we told the kids we were going to the Lego Store in Downtown Disney. I said something about new princess Legos and the girls were immediately onboard. With the plans set in motion off we went.

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    The girls weren't very happy when they realized we weren't going to see princess Legos

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    The standard "tourist" got in the door shot.

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    We walked through the front gate and almost ran right into the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit outside City Hall. I felt bad that we had so many autograph books, but the kids were so excited. Our little girl is now a shy 3.5. She was too young to remember the last time we were at Disneyland. Starstruck would be the best word for her... just in awe of the magic.


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    Across the way was Alice and Mad Hatter. At this point I realized having only 1 pen was a huge mistake. Mad Hatter had a blast interacting with the kids. Tink kept laughing, the 3.5 year old wouldn't budge but giggled non-stop.

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    By sheer chance we stumbled into Bert and Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is one of the kids' favorites. They watch that movie every time they spend the night at Grandma's (along with Alice in Wonderland I might add). Mary Poppins walked with us, holding hands with the kids and cheering them on. Really an amazing opening to the day.

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    The chaos of the day. Tink and I packed extremely light. 5 kids, a baby backpack carrier, an umbrella stroller and 2 backpacks. We'd initially planned on taking the folding wagon but the night before I caught one of DLFreak's rule posts... that saved us!

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    One of my dear old friends Pat. His wife was the one taking a lot of these photos. This day would not have been possible without them.

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    A quick photo on the drawbridge. People kept asking if the kids were all siblings... Fantasyland would be the first stop.
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    The "first attraction" was going to be Dumbo. We were in line, ready to go. One of the girls slipped and split her lip on the handrail and chaos ensued. Tink got her out of line and got her cleaned up. At the same time we heard the announcement over the loudspeakers that Dumbo was experiencing "technical difficulties"... it happens. So We quietly redirected the kids to Peter Pan

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    Just walking the line was fun! The 3.5 year old alternated between walking and being carried (it was still early, and crowded). She was like a little chimp, eyes wide open asking a million questions about everything around her. I told her we'd go on a flying boat and all she could do was stare.

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    The older girls knew the drill and Tink took the baby.

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    I took the oldest and the 3.5 year old. She was so excited she didn't want to sit down. I've ridden this attraction countless times, seeing how much she enjoyed it made it mean even more to me. She kept whispering "we're flying"... thank you Mr Disney... she loved it.

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    The carousel was the next logical choice. Each kid picked the horse they wanted, and the little 3.5 year old got Mr Jingles! She loved the "pretty pink horse".

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    Sisters...

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    This is the "before" shot on Toad. Against my better judgement we allowed the girls to go together.

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    Ironically they'd watched "Wind in the Willows" the night before.

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    She wasn't so sure of this one... as it turned out the last few scenes scared her. I didn't get the "after" pictures, let's just say that the girls together on their own was a BAD idea.


    sure.. all smiles when the car isn't actually MOVING...
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    For anyone who may have frequented Jungle in the past decade... almost everyone in this photo is a former Jungle Skip. I hadn't seen a lot of these people in almost a decade. It was a great reunion. Plenty of old stories retold as we watched our kids playing together.

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    Through some careful negotiations we got a boat, and somehow managed to get the newest kid on the dock to be our Skipper. He was practically sweating bullets when the Lead explained the group.

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    Ok to clarify a couple things; No we did not heckle or in any way distract the Skipper. We've been in his shoes, and we know how difficult that job can be. We also didn't teach any "new" jokes. We did however reminisce about the fun we had within certain scenes. We all paid attention to the spiel, and he did an amazing job. He was surprised to learn that his "crew" was responsible for whole chapters in Mouse Tales, legendary last trips, serenades on the African Veldt, countless jokes that are now approved and enough mischief to make even the most straight faced hyena laugh. It was weird to hear him deliver a joke, watch my old friends double over, and realize "hey I wrote that one"...

    We also did Indy with the group (this terrified my 2 older ones) and headed to Pooh before splitting off on our own.
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    Re: Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    How cool. That poor skipper! Taking an entire boat full of previous skippers would be terrifying.

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    Re: Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    Great Update TechSkip. Your kids are a joy to watch as their smiles widen and the eyes open wide with surprise and wonder. That new Skipper held it together and it made for a great trip for all aboard. So glad it went well, except for 1 or 2 incidents but it happens. Thanks for this great update. I am assuming there is more to come.
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    Love to see how much fun the kids are having, especially the three year old. Fun!

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    Re: Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    Yay a Tech TR!! I always look forward to reading your reports!!


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    Re: Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    Wow, great trip report

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    How wonderful that you got to spend time at Disneyland with your family. Great photographs.
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    Re: Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    Great report Skip! Nice to see you and the family - and a BIG thimbs up on the umbrella stroller.

    The cruise with all the former Skippers - priceless...







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    Sadly I didn't take any shots of Pooh (not much to say). I'm pretty sure only the 3.5 year old understood Pooh. The downside of Critter is that once you're "there" you need to walk all the way back to get anywhere else. So we stopped for Mint Juleps.


    Since I ordered several I decided to have te 3.5 year old hold one of them while I passed them out. BIG mistake. I had about 1/4 of "my" Mint Julep. She then finished off the other kids' drinks when they didn't want any more.

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    Next stop was Alice. Sign said 20 minutes and 15 minutes later we were standing in the front of the line when it broke down. Why buck a trend right? I mean we already watched Dumbo go down so this time we waited... and waited... and waited... and eventually got on. The look on her face was worth the wait


    That was one of the kid's juleps. Like I said she finished the drinks. As much fun as it was it was time to go to Princess Fair. We had to bite the bullet sometime might as well do it now. Along the way I spotted something. Now we brought snacks but... this was a necessity


    I saw it as a $12 toy that came with free popcorn!


    And then in a cruel twist of fate this thing called my kid swiped it and claimed it as his own.

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    You know it's going to be a wait when Disney hands out free stickers and crowns

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    decorating is a serious business

    One of the CM's was nice enough to grab all 5 books (one for each kid) and get them signed ahead of time so that the kids would have more time with each Princess. We actually closed the show (ours all had parade appearances to make).
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    Wide eyes and plenty of amazement!
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    Princesses done, kids hungry, we decided it was time to head to WhiteWater Snacks. The only problem was we were on the wrong side of the park and had tired little feet. Steve D will appreciate this... we utilized the Steam Trains as actual transportation.

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    There was a great deal of excitement just hearing and feeling the train approach the station. We decided to head to Tomorrowland where I had another little surprise for them.

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    From the past and into the future... the kids had a chance to experience the Monorail all the way into Downtown Disney. We had a nice lunch at White Water (no pics). I honestly miss my French Dip but aside from that it was a great lunch. Since we were literally "there" we decided to duck into DCA for a quick trip

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    With near perfect timing we hit Little Mermaid with a 15 minute wait. Amazing attraction. All the kids were singing and dancing in their seats. They loved it. We would have gone on again but the line doubled in the short time we were on it. We also had a slight emergency. At some point the baby decided that he needed to outdo his sister's split lip from Dumbo. He slipped on one of the handrails and had a decent sized knot forming on his forehead. We rushed to First Aid and they looked him over pretty good. They gave us ice (which he fought) and told us to keep him awake, explaining what to look for with a concussion.

    We walked through the Land O Walls and finally made it back into Disneyland. It was starting to get dark by now and the kids were tiring so we again took the train... to ToonTown!
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    I didn't get a shot of it but they refilled the water in New Orleans. I explained it all to the kids, also mentioning that their great-great-grandfather worked on the Union Pacific. Again thank you Walt for wanting that added detail of realism.

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    playing Piano

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    You could see the smile on her face. She literally couldn't talk. All she could do was dance and giggle and hug Mickey (several times).

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    Crashed Minnie's pad too!
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    Re: Tech's 9/11/11 TR

    We also hit up Goofy's place for a quick stop in. It was dark when we left ToonTown. At this point we stopped taking photos because we were all very tired. Tink and I talked the kids into Small World, they loved it. Then we made a fun decision. Instead of walking back to the entrance we once again took the train. This time we took it all the way to New Orleans. I didn't realize until we stepped off that Fantasmic was 15 minutes away... wow it was late. We did a Jungle Cruise at night (required in my book) and closed with a show at Enchanted Tiki Room. Everyone made it through the show, no sleeping, just smiles and the wide eyes of amazement. The 3.5 year old kept saying "they're talking, they're singing, look at the talking parrot Daddy". I had to slip out a bit early to get the stroller, Tink got them to the door at the end.

    The baby was asleep in his backpack carrier well before we made it to Main Street. Our best guess is the 3.5 year old was asleep in her umbrella stroller by the time we rounded the corner of Tiki Room. We walked out as fireworks burst overhead. We didn't rush, we let the kids take their time. They were tired, and sadly it was a school night, but they had an amazing day.


    I couldn't resist I snapped this in the parking lot.

    A few asked what we packed and how we handled souvenirs (this was an unexpected trip). So here's the rundown;
    - The diaper bag had the obvious supplies. Since we have 1 in diapers and 1 in training pants we split them by size and put them in gallon zuplocks. We had a ziplock for the wipes and several "spare" ones in case of an accident. We also added the bottled water and juice boxes to the diaper bag since it was on the back of the umbrella stroller.
    - Tink carried my beloved backpack. Many of the older MC's will remember it. Ironically the group of Skippers I showed earlier knew me when I bought that backpack. They laughed when they saw it and mentioned several gags involving it. Ziplocks are the best parent invention ever. I had a whole box of Nila Wafers, a whole box of Kix, and plenty of fruit snacks all in gallon Ziplocks. I also had a column of Ritz crackers, applesauce cups and spoons. Keep in mind this was snacks for 5 kids and 2 adults and we still bought lunch!

    As far as souvenirs we actually bought shirts for the kids at a local Walmart. We wanted them to have Disney shirts for this trip but didn't want to deal with the price. The "autograph books" were actually from the 99cent store. The older 3 have autograph books we'd made years ago, but we couldn't find one for the 3.5 year old. All in all we had a blast on a budget.

    I'm also very sorry we missed the Micechat Meet. We tried to do as much as we could but we couldn't make the Meet. Tink and I are hoping to make a holiday trip. Hopefully we can all meet up then. We miss all of you!

    -- Techskip

    (P.S. the reason for the lack of reports is because we didn't travel much this summer. But we did get another van so look for some new travels throughout the year!)
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    ..nice TR...thanks for posting....

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    Nice trip report. Thanks for sharing. My daughter has the same pink princess shirt.

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