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  • Sun, 12:39: Park hopping in California: bought a few pins at Trolley Treats in DCA at 9:18, in DL at 9:24 killing time before tour checkin.
  • Sun, 12:42: Today's tour is Happiest Haunts, focuses on the Haunted Mansion and maybe other 'spooky' stuff. Like the ID button https://t.co/UKiIAP3bep
  • Sun, 12:50: Women tour guides wear a riding helmet, a costume that dates to the 1960s where you could have seen it on Wonderful World of Color
  • Sun, 13:02: Men guides don't wear a hat at all. Women also carry a riding crop, to keep us in line, perhaps. https://t.co/takIsklofv
  • Sun, 13:04: Guide Tiff sounds a bit scripted, which previous guide didn't. Maybe this is a tour more junior CMs get.
  • Sun, 13:05: Tour audio has spooky background music.
  • Sun, 13:12: Goofy popped into our tour circle to wave.
  • Sun, 13:13: Starting in Town Square taking about early ideas, Imagineers.
  • Sun, 13:17: Imagineers via Windows on Mains St. https://t.co/Yxd4flsk92
  • Sun, 13:18: X Atencio was in Town Sq.
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  • Sat, 12:23: Just strolling...don't think I need to ride Soarin again enough to either wait in line or pull a FastPass.
  • Sat, 12:24: Wandering in Hollywoodland: replica Dumbo animation art in concrete at the Off The Page store entrance https://t.co/C7STb42hV9
  • Sat, 13:17: Ride Mike and Sulley to the rescue--ride rumored on way out to build Marvel-based land. Roz in last scene was doing live guest interaction
  • Sat, 15:31: Morning coolth is gone, had enough sun and pavement in DCA for now. Retreated to room with iced tea and pumpkin twi… https://t.co/nZ3PuJndjK
  • Sat, 20:44: Spent the afternoon on a nap, then work--prep for next week. Will probably do the same tomorrow PM. Off to find dinner.
  • Sat, 21:03: Found a table at GC Hearthstone Lounge, not inside where it's hopping with pre-dinner drinking parties, but at a terrace table just outside
  • Sat, 21:05: One other party eating out here, still quieter than inside. Traffic from pool and occasional cast/maintenance folks is quite tolerable.
  • Sat, 21:12: Wagyu beef sliders with prepared and arugula, subbed cheddar for the bleu cheese. Glass of Shiraz https://t.co/X5LDl6ROMV
  • Sat, 21:59: That was a lovely dinner, despite a few bugs and the passing foot traffic. Lots of Pokemon activity, too--2 new species at one meal!
  • Sat, 22:00: Off to Disneyland to catch the regular fireworks.
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  • Fri, 12:03: Enjoyed my burrito and coffee in the cool of the morning on the Ranco el Zocalo terrace. Sounds of Big Thunder Mine Train testing behind me
  • Fri, 12:05: Strolled back to front of park to Tour Gardens, checked in, placed lunch order fr limited Jolly Holliday menu, got button so guide can ID me
  • Fri, 12:13: Characters meeting in Town Square in Halloween costume. Goofy as skeleton, Mickey=Dracula (maybe), Chip&Dale=cops, Pluto has purple collar
  • Fri, 12:30: Tour is "Walk in Walt's Footsteps". Looks like we'll be about at the 15 person limit.
  • Fri, 12:35: Guide has appeared with the headphones
  • Fri, 12:39: First stop, the fire house for Disney childhood story. https://t.co/wFucz2UdmT
  • Fri, 12:49: Goofy briefly joined the tour as we headed up Main St to the castle
  • Fri, 12:59: Clydesdales pulling the Main St streetcars are braided up for Halloween.
  • Fri, 12:59: https://t.co/ZHnII2chhY
  • Fri, 13:03: Guide has lots of recorded sound bites from Walt to play as he takes about the park history.
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  • Thu, 18:19: Changed to shorts, assembled stuff for parks, headed out. Will stop at concierge for the sheet of hotel activities.
  • Thu, 18:32: TV commercial filming in Downtown Disney, disrupting traffic flow a bit. Lots of cast members directing us to the open path.
  • Thu, 19:10: Into Disneyland, decided to do the DL PinQuest since I did WDW one. Supposed to be a sort of scavenger hunt across the park, buying pins.
  • Thu, 19:11: CM at Music Store let me buy the entire set at once. I promised to go solve the clues over my weekend. :)
  • Thu, 19:15: The Pokemon/Disney conflict. Am standing under the music teachers window enjoying atmosphere, can't move on cause of the 2 lured Pokestops
  • Thu, 19:40: Collected caffeine at SBux, found a space to catch part of the afternoon parade over heads of those who staked their spots out early.
  • Thu, 19:42: https://t.co/DIKzvQN6jS
  • Thu, 20:00: In the "be kind to your feet" mode, will move fr parade standing to the Fantasy Fair show. I think it's Tangled, but mainly its seated.
  • Thu, 20:37: Dios de los Muertes decor https://t.co/mrvcMlqYcR
  • Thu, 21:03: Can't get a table at New Orleans Cafe, trying French Market's shrimp po boy. https://t.co/yot7uMf6ix
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  • Thu, 17:33: Parked my rental car, monorail goes by, must be in Disneyland!
  • Thu, 17:57: Splurged on the Grand Californian for the weekend, though at least at something of a discount. Add more for parking the rental car.
  • Thu, 17:57: Elevators to my room wing are just around the corner from the hotel's special entrance to Disneys California Adventure park

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  • Mon, 08:34: Radio silence yesterday was due to a very busy day. Breakfast was leisurely, Captains Grille in Yacht Club side of resort.
  • Mon, 08:35: Captains Grille--neither of us had chocolate waffles, surprisingly. Personal electronics time was consumed by Pokemon Go, thus no tweets.
  • Mon, 08:39: After breakfast we loaded up all our pins in my car and drove to the B Resort in Disney Springs hotel cluster for PinCon World pin event.
  • Mon, 08:44: PinCon was organized by the group behind https://t.co/uP77cPpfPu, a group-sourced database of Disney pins. Other pin-trading groups helped.
  • Mon, 08:49: Basically PinCon was a large room of tables. Sections set off for sponsorship level, meaning registration fee amt. We were silver.
  • Mon, 08:54: PinCon 'sponsors' got a 4-ft table space to set out pins and trade. Other activities also: pin boards like the Disney event, raffles, games
  • Mon, 08:57: We spread out pins side by side, also near table for Debbie and Larry, the eBay sellers we met Sat. and had planned more trades with.
  • Mon, 09:00: Our friend Mark came in later and grabbed space on the table behind us. K had a big pin trade going w Mark who had set aside stuff for her
  • Mon, 09:02: PinCon then became like manning an exhibit at a busy convention--constant flow of people looking at our pins, showing theirs, negotiating.
  • Mon, 09:04: We both had wanted to wander the room and look for certain pins we want, but never found a break. Did do the trades w Mark, Debbie & Larry
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  • Sat, 14:50: Lines are shorter and moving better this afternoon as people finish using their tabs.
  • Sat, 15:00: More trading in line, I traded an Artist Proof pin from the boards for a 20,000 Leagues pin, had a Hidden Mickey someone wanted, etc
  • Sat, 15:04: We're staying in line with Mark who we met last year, and Carol and Rocky and their grown son David. Nice chatting with friends.
  • Sat, 15:05: Almost to the head of line for our last trades. Hopefully they will change the boards soon.
  • Sat, 18:31: After our last boards, headed into the back room trading area, the "shark tank". Avoided the sharks by using Shannon as a guide.
  • Sat, 18:33: Did another large trade with Debbie, a back room trader, mixing pins from me and K. K traded her complete set of small world pins.
  • Sat, 18:45: I like the parting gift (may be the first time)! Jack-Jack from the Incredibles. https://t.co/agseZy5KeG
  • Sat, 18:47: Said goodbye to some folks, will see others tomorrow at the non-Disney PinCon World trading event at a Disney Springs hotel.
  • Sat, 18:52: Back to hotel in post-thunderstorm humidity. Now taking the bus to Animal Kingdom to do a twilight safari ride.
  • Sat, 18:53: We've decided the Pokemon for this trip is the Magikarp, a fish on its side, gasping. Probably due to Fla. humidity https://t.co/qTFiHcLvsZ
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  • Fri, 14:13: Update.... stayed in the line with 2 boards and are maybe 30 minutes from using our third tab. We take turns on break, ate bag lunch in line
  • Fri, 14:15: Have gotten our "board pins", which no longer have to be collected on the boards. 6 pin set themed to Finding Dory.
  • Fri, 17:17: We were down to our last tabs, waited in the hour and a half line, finally got to front, and the board was recently refreshed. And...
  • Fri, 17:26: ...cont. Both K and I found our last tabs had fallen off our lanyard cards. Searching around didn't turn them up, so we told the CM and left
  • Fri, 17:30: A guy we'd traded with in line gave me a tab he wasn't going to use, K went to check out the upcoming pins on display and wait on trivia.
  • Fri, 17:35: Switched to a game w a quicker line which then didn't move. Jumped to line next door, got to pick from 2 cork circle boards. Nothing good.
  • Fri, 17:38: Krissi's trivia game is on. 15 people seated facing us. It's the end of the day, hosts are having to select people to fill in for no-shows
  • Fri, 17:38: Questions in earlier round were very tough!
  • Fri, 17:45: Q1 tough, took third person to get it. Second easy, third hard--but I knew it! K got a shot at 4, no one got it correct. Not an easy game.
  • Fri, 17:55: K knew several but didn't get in time. Good game.
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  • Thu, 14:41: Got our preordered merchandise and moved into the trading room. No confusion with the other Nancy Barber this year.
  • Thu, 15:22: Met up with Carol and Rocky and their son David. I brought them a couple of DL sets in return for Xmas pins last year.
  • Thu, 15:24: Grabbed the end of a trading table where S and her friend Torie were set up, got some multi person trading going.
  • Thu, 15:26: S found someone who wanted almost every one of my Pixar alphabets, reg. and chaser--26 pins. I'll look in her and Torie's stuff to balance.
  • Thu, 15:29: Left Coronado Springs close to 3, back to Beach Club to dump pin stuff. Grabbed snack of house made chips, lavash, hummus in lounge.
  • Thu, 16:08: Off to Magic Kingdom by bus. Bus sign says "My other bus is a magic carpet".
  • Thu, 17:04: After some back and forth, found store with Pin Quest starter, solved first clue, off to Storybook Circus.
  • Thu, 17:05: Emerged fr store in time for flag retreat.
  • Thu, 17:33: Pretty hot today too, but a little less humid than yesterday. Made it to Circus and did next stage of Pin Quest.
  • Thu, 17:34: Skipped our Mine Train FP, K not interested and I wasn't enthusiastic enough to make her wait on me.
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  • Wed, 12:41: Woohoo! Upped to club level at Beach Club for the stay.
  • Wed, 13:59: Anhinga taking advantage of the new anti-alligator fencing at Beach Club. https://t.co/ONHMq3mmK0
  • Wed, 14:01: Got checked in, left bags at Bell Services as room is not ready, moved car to self-parking, and we headed to Epcot in the heat and humidity
  • Wed, 14:03: Security definitely tighter, more thorough search of bags, and everyone goes through metal detector. Only one detector at Intnatl Gate.
  • Wed, 14:05: Lots of ongoing prep for Food and Wine Festival, normal shortcut path to The Land was blocked. Played a little Pokemon Go as we walked.
  • Wed, 14:07: I got a power salad w chicken at Sunshine Seasons. 2 pm Soarin' FastPasses,can cool off & ride in the next hour. https://t.co/8l3p9oTFoA
  • Wed, 15:07: Asked for B concourse to avoid Soarin distortion, have now seen it with the Epcot ending instead of DL.
  • Wed, 15:08: New women's restroom at Soarin are greatly expanded from old, very nice.
  • Wed, 17:46: Back into the sauna that is WDW in August, walked across to Mouse Gear for A/C and some pin trading.
  • Wed, 17:48: Too hot to wander so headed back to Beach Club. No message on room so found a table near a lounge w power outlet for phones. Pokestops near!
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