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    travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    We are back from our big vacation at Disneyland, and we had a wonderful time from start to finish.

    First just a quick note about accommodations. I had booked the Del Sol Inn this time because the price was good for the budget ($79.99) per night, and my trip in July had caused me to end our patronage of the Tropicana Inn. Happy to report that The Inn is a sweet little property (and I do mean little with only 59 rooms), all non-smoking. Very clean, the rooms are of good size, good housekeeping, (our beds were stripped and changed out every day for 7 nights including the middle blanket). Tiny family staff, tiny place, tiny but extremely clean pool and hot tub. They vacuumed the pool every morning as well. It was sparkling. The usual offered continentle breakfast in a very clean little room. The place is set back behind the Denny's and is surprisingly quiet and secluded. I was very happy and decided to book again today for a three-day stay in October.

    Our first day was Sunday, and though I was shy, I made my way to the hub at noon, wishing just to introduce myself to some fellow micechatters. I was warmly received and was introduced to Darkbeer, Monorailman, Marty, and I got to meet my hero Al as well! We hung around to see all the people gathered in their Goth glory, for Bat day! That was fun.

    We hit the park early each day, and Monday turned out to be the most crowded. Tuesday and Wed were really hot so we went back and swam at about 1:00 each afternoon, and returned at about 5:00pm.

    I can't remember if it was Tuesday or Wed, but we were watching the Dapper Dans on Mainstreet, and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a chef running out of Carnation GardensTerrace, to greet this tall black man. I knew right away it was Disneyland's new President Ed Grier.
    Before I could think about it, I rushed over and asked to shake his hand and welcome him to Disneyland. I said I looked forward to great things in the future, and that I had read about what a great job he did in Tokyo ( I still can't believe I did this). I appologised for taking up his time, and he said not at all, I am honored you even know who I am! Just then, another lead comes running out of Blue Ribbon bakery to shake his hand and welcome him.
    off he went down the street, and when my husband found out why I had taken off, he sent our daughter running after him to take a picture! he again stopped and posed for her!
    An exciting day that only nerds like us would understand! But it made my day, because it seemed like many people who worked there had not met him yet.

    Had a great day and evening in DCA over a couple of days. that park is starting to really grow on me. Electric parade is still wonderful, and very bright! And I finally got to experience Block Party Bash, and really enjoyed it. The performing cast, really give it their all and you can tell!

    We enjoyed Fantasmic again as well, and though I miss Ursella, The new Dragon effects are great.

    That Captain Jack is hard to catch! he never shows up at the same time, and I finally got a great picture of him but he was on the move! I met all the other pirate cast members though, and learned the pirate secret cheer to avoid being run through! the pirate on the Columbia was impressed that I know all the words to the Pirate anthem.

    We decided to watch the Billies every day from the booth, and they thought that was funny.
    I actually know John "bass Billy" Marshall pretty well, after being fans for ten years, and having met them. So that was fun, and they played it up to us.

    I got some great "ghost photos" in the park, I always do, and this time I spoke to Walt at the Firehouse on the last night, and as my husband took the picture, I asked Walt to give me a sign, while sending love and respect. Sure enough, I have a great picture of a huge ORB right over the window! I also asked for spirits in the elevator of the haunted mansion, and was gifted once again with orbs in the photo. I never had this happen until I lost my sister tragically 14 years ago, but it has been happening ever since. But then, I am a believer, so it doesn't shock or surprise me anymore either.

    We met some really nice cast members this time as well.
    Standouts were Jeff, our skipper on the jungle cruise, he did a great job, didn't rush through it, acted his part well, and made it really fun!
    Also, we got to know him pretty well the next day on the train, when he was "Jeffery" the conductor. Another outstanding job.
    Stephanie who drives the Gold car up and down Mainstreet, got us to the castle on our Fantasyland morning, first! That was so fun, being first on Peter Pan, and she was a delight.
    Over-all, I thought I noticed a real effort to "show" on most of the attractions. "pirates instructed us on boarding" and scary hosts greeted us on Haunted Mansion. It was really very impressive.
    Well, I think those are most of the highlights. i have never posted pics on the internet before, are there anywhere you can do it for free?
    My kids set a myspace for me, I will try to do it there. I have some great photos.

    Oh I almost forgot!
    Friday afternoon, we were sitting at Coke Corner where we always end up, and these two girls (adults), got into a real vicious fight right there in front of us on the sidewalk in front of Coke Corner. It was weird, they were walking together, and all of a sudden one says "you ****** *****" and it was on. One slugged the other one, then they went into a throat clinch, It was really bad. Then one grabbed the others hair, and I flinched because I thought a huge clump would come out. I was looking for security, and an Italian man tried to break them apart by saying no, policia. The CM that worked at the pins, came over, and stood there, but did not get in between them, and one said, "if you take you hand off my throat, I'll let go of your hair"
    The other one said okay, and the Pin guy started to escort them out. Then The white shirted security stepped onto the street, fresh off the flag ceremony we had just attended. The girls were walking together too. It was so strange. I have never seen a real fight like that ever.
    I hope I don't again.
    Goin around the world...and back to Disneyland!

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    Sounds like fun!!! You can upload and show pics for free with the site www.photobucket.com.

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    Great ghost stories, travelmom! I'd think that Walt, should he still hang around now and then, would want to be right there on Main Street over the Firehouse, just like he used to be. Very cool.

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    If you want to see my pictures they are at photobucket.com
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    Goin around the world...and back to Disneyland!

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    Quote Originally Posted by travelmom View Post
    Friday afternoon, we were sitting at Coke Corner where we always end up, and these two girls (adults), got into a real vicious fight right there in front of us on the sidewalk in front of Coke Corner. It was weird, they were walking together, and all of a sudden one says "you ****** *****" and it was on. One slugged the other one, then they went into a throat clinch, It was really bad. Then one grabbed the others hair, and I flinched because I thought a huge clump would come out. I was looking for security, and an Italian man tried to break them apart by saying no, policia. The CM that worked at the pins, came over, and stood there, but did not get in between them, and one said, "if you take you hand off my throat, I'll let go of your hair"
    I hope they were fighting over pins. Cause that would be too funny.

    How freaky, I can't even imagine seeing a fight like that in person, let alone at Disneyland...

    Sounds like a great trip, thanks for posting!

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    great trip report, and sounds like a fight I would pay money for. just not in disneyland. oh and your typing was so small, sooooo hard on my eyes

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    Awesome update. Thanks for taking your free time to share.

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    Great Pics. My Fave is of Max, Buff and Melvin!! I MISS THOSE GUYS!! I am with ya on the thumbs down on the Winnie the Pooh ride. I only ride the Pooh ride to see them/look for them now that I know where to look (from an earlier post a few weeks ago) and I am going to look this Friday when I go but this picture made me happy. Thanks!! Glad you had a GREAT trip!!

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    Re: travelmom's trip report/August 19-25

    Way to go on meeting the new Head Honcho - Gotta love being a micechat geek!!!! I did the same thing with Bob Iger.

    Anyway, it sounds like a fun trip! Thanks for the tip on the hotel.

    Will trade husband for Disneyland and DCA Pins!

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