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  • Sat, 16:27: @aarp Scold for not returning "Renewal Confirmation" 6 months before membership expires: very, very aggravating. I'll pay up in December.

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  • Fri, 12:14: Made one last trip to Pin Traders, found they had 4 returned Ariel Diamond D pins. We took care of that! https://t.co/hsq7P5qdVE
  • Fri, 12:17: Overnight, Disney painted giant footprints leading to theater promoting the BFG movie. https://t.co/AFqD8Tww51
  • Fri, 12:27: Meant to show the "kiss goodnight" headboard in our DL Hotel room--plays a little music and lights up https://t.co/t6Tk632dTo
  • Fri, 13:53: Checked the weights of our suitcases at the bell station, all safely under the max for checked bags. Called Uber, easy trip to SNA
  • Fri, 14:05: Krissi's carry on with most of her pins weighs 44 lbs--she'll get a workout hefting that into an overhead bin!
  • Fri, 14:09: K got full security check at X-ray too--she says he even looked through her work papers. Mine with 2 small pin binders went right through.

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  • Thu, 12:13: We have 9:30 reservations at Storytellers Cafe for the character breakfast and decided to go early.
  • Thu, 12:34: Oh look, Pin Traders is open early because it's Thursday, pin release day. Bought the new Stitch Fourth of July pin and...more stuff
  • Thu, 12:36: Had time to take pin purchases back to hotel, then on to Storytellers. Nice buffet with omelet station, eggs Benedict, caramel French toast
  • Thu, 12:43: Characters at Storytellers are Chip & Dale, Meeko from Pocohontas, Brother Bear. https://t.co/Fpyl6mjSHC
  • Thu, 12:44: Bother Bear is celebrating Krissi's birthday https://t.co/1RnOF4HAMV
  • Thu, 13:18: (Make that *Brother* Bear, Koda, in that last tweet...)
  • Thu, 13:18: Meeko, too. https://t.co/pDZHuBPwzX
  • Thu, 13:19: Well stuffed and caffeinated, we're off to DCA to ride Soarin Around the World again.
  • Thu, 14:27: Asked for and got Hangar B (middle), top row for the distortion- and feet-free view.
  • Thu, 14:30: Wandering to Hollywoodland, K is doing pressed coins for Shannon who sent her a list.
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  • Wed, 15:14: Did Toy Story, K didn't quite crack 200 k this time. I didn't crack 150k. :)
  • Wed, 15:15: Collected Frozen the musical FastPasses and headed to DVC deck in GC for our tour/sales pitch
  • Wed, 15:19: DVC is fairly low pressure sales, though not "pressure free" as they will tell you. Didn't buy a contract today though. :)
  • Wed, 15:23: DVC sales office is at DL hotel, so we walked by our room and dropped off the literature, caught monorail to DL
  • Wed, 15:25: Bought pins at Little Green Men store, which has a few series 3 left of a 4-part mosaic--series 4 is easy to find.
  • Wed, 15:28: Park hopped across the plaza to DCA, to Carthay Circle lounge. I thought you could order from the restaurant menu in lounge, but no.
  • Wed, 15:52: Got a salad with smoked turkey, cherry tomatoes, corn, artichokes. Very good. https://t.co/6kiW8wzkUj
  • Wed, 15:53: Off to the Frozen musical, hope to time it to minimize standing as we wait to go in.
  • Wed, 16:31: Frozen the musical form the top of the house. The water effect on the stage looks good from here. Suspect we'll miss a bit of staging though
  • Wed, 16:31: Water projection on stage. https://t.co/3wKDElnBFh
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  • Tue, 12:06: Rode Autopia in cars 3 and 4 for the day-- only running one track, we were behind the first group of folks. Better steering than last time!
  • Tue, 12:06: Pulled Hyperspace Mtn FO, off to small world.
  • Tue, 12:20: Walk on to small world. Both of us trying to spot and photograph all 16 animals on the gorgeous set of small world mystery pin set.
  • Tue, 13:11: Riding small world again swapping sides of boatload try for more animals. Difficult photography.
  • Tue, 13:17: Wandered to Frontierland to look at pins, then to Main St to find the Dapper Dans. Temperature is headed up!
  • Tue, 13:47: Got iced drinks at Starbucks, K traded 2 pins with a guy with pins from Tokyo Disneyland as we waited for our drinks.
  • Tue, 13:48: No sign of Dapper Dans 15 min past scheduled time. Found 2 chairs on the little porch on Main St where we can wait to see if they appear.
  • Tue, 14:49: Concluded Dapper Dans are not performing today. Off to see if we can get a walk up at Cafe Orleans.
  • Tue, 14:51: Cafe Orleans not quite open when we get there at 11, CM says they will take some walk ups at opening, 11:30. Went off to kill some time.
  • Tue, 14:52: Headed to Pooh ride but stopped to pin trade with DVC sales person and had a nice chat, agreed to take the tour--will be good midday break.
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  • Mon, 12:07: S left for airport before 6. K and I went back to sleep for an hour, leisurely got up, got birthday button from Concierge (+ K's for Thurs)
  • Mon, 13:08: Coffee from the little hotel shop, walked thru Downtown to main gates. Monorail station would have been better due to lines.
  • Mon, 13:09: Off to Carnation Cafe for breakfast reservation, w detour to play Disney trivia with a pin-trading CM on Main St.
  • Mon, 13:10: Eggs Benedict for breakfast, and a complimentary birthday cupcake to top it off. https://t.co/dRdDiB6S3M
  • Mon, 13:11: Now to wander--been going hard the past few days so I don't have any must-do attractions for the actual celebration day, just enjoy Disney
  • Mon, 13:24: Lines in the ladies' restroom are common, but not usually to wash your hands...
  • Mon, 13:39: Main St transportation. Riding to the castle in the streetcar pulled by Reggie. https://t.co/vaDUpWjix8
  • Mon, 16:43: Found a PhotoPass photographer at the hub who took photos showing how DL is decked out for my birthday. :)
  • Mon, 16:48: To Tomorrowland gift shop for K to speak to a Cast Member she'd met at company store Thurs, then to different store for pin purchases
  • Mon, 16:52: To Frontierland just wandering and pin trading. Met very nice couple also pin trading, got 2 Darkwing duck pins from him, we both wanted one
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  • Sun, 17:40: Frozen musical is good, dragged a bit or else my lack of sleep affected me. Technical glitch @ sled chase scene, paused 3-4 min then resumed
  • Sun, 17:43: Got corn dogs at Corn Dog Castle, checked out area where pin traders congregate on weekends, spoke to S's contact.
  • Sun, 17:44: Back to hotel for afternoon break, S has to pack, maybe naps will ensue.
  • Sun, 20:36: Headed to GC for the afternoon pin trading at 4:15. Got nothing rom CMs but lots trading w other guests for Hidden Mickey pins.
  • Sun, 21:08: In line for Storybookland Canal Boats. Line looks long, app says 20 min.
  • Sun, 22:01: Crossed the park to Adventureland to Indiana Jones ride for S to meet a trader, also pulled FastPasses which are later than I'll last.
  • Sun, 22:01: Plan is to then go to Cafe Orleans for some dinner.
  • Sun, 22:56: Couldn't get a table at Cafe Orleans, got counter service fried chicken at The Plaza instead.
  • Mon, 00:29: Back to Indiana Jones to try single rider, but they are too busy with FP returns and not offering that.
  • Mon, 00:29: Tried Haunted Mansion, line too long for us. S hunted out a pressed-penny machine for HM
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  • Sat, 15:23: Fliks Flyers https://t.co/dL4TlEwBJf
  • Sat, 15:23: Getting something to eat and/or drink at Pacific Wharf food area.
  • Sat, 15:37: I got a kids chicken and brown rice meal, turned down squeeze tube of applesauce, the banana, and box of milk, added iced tea.
  • Sat, 16:19: Pulled FastPasses for Soarin, off to California Screaming. I took a pass on the coaster, rode King Tritons Carousel.
  • Sat, 16:31: Otters make nice carousel figures. https://t.co/74xvj5Dist
  • Sat, 16:53: Working around the pier, doing the Fun Wheel, K and her nephews at least in a swinging car. I've got another shady bench to people-watch
  • Sat, 17:07: View of Grizzly Peak from Paradise Pier. https://t.co/vQEWv0M1dW
  • Sat, 18:45: Split off to take a break and change shoes at hotel. Now headed back to park for our Soarin fast passes
  • Sat, 18:56: Kris, Eric, & co coming from Toy Story Midway Mania. S was back at hotel catching up on sleep from short night.
  • Sat, 18:59: Meanwhile back on the East Coast, *my* sister in law just arrived at Epcot for an evening party associated w the ALA convention in Orlando
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  • Fri, 12:08: Headed back to Pier area with last of my coffee. K and S working their way around pier doing things I probably won't--Ferris wheel, swings
  • Fri, 12:08: Did Little Mermaid ride, walk on.
  • Fri, 12:37: Met up with K and S who skipped the Fun Wheel but did do the swings. And shopped. :)
  • Fri, 12:42: We all rode Little Mermaid twice, back to back (that is, stayed on the ride) as there was no line and it's a favorite of S.
  • Fri, 12:56: Back to Flo's for K and S to eat. I'm still caffeinating.
  • Fri, 13:35: Going to try the line for the new-to-me Luigi's Rollicking Roadsters. Then will jump to Disneyland and try to catch the Tangled mini-show
  • Fri, 14:04: Roadsters were cute, but probably not a high priority to repeat. First trackless ride system I've been on.
  • Fri, 14:05: Hitting the shops at the front before park hopping.
  • Fri, 14:38: Back into Disneyland. https://t.co/Mi7qd614Hj
  • Fri, 14:49: In line for Haunted Mansion, says its 10 min wait.
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  • Thu, 14:20: Off to Disneyland! Got in the Disney mood watching Good Dinosaur and Zootopia on cross-country flight.
  • Thu, 17:15: Flight was a bit early, collected luggage and Ubered to Disneyland Hotel. Krissi & Shannon landed earlier, went to Cast Store.
  • Thu, 17:29: Somewhat complicated checkin w 2 reservations, K and I will use different room key cards the last night but will stay in the same room.
  • Thu, 17:41: I finished checkin and was changing into shorts as K and S got to hotel. Dumped luggage at bell station, room not ready yet.
  • Thu, 17:44: Off to Downtown Disney, S arranged to meet some pin traders at Starbucks. First though was major shopping at Pin Traders for all of us.
  • Thu, 17:48: Got to Starbucks ahead of the locals, S asked me to go into DL to Little Green Men after a Limited Edition pin sold out everywhere else
  • Thu, 17:50: Everyone goes through metal detector now, must quit filling pockets with loose pins
  • Thu, 18:00: Got pins for S and walked back to Starbucks, K had an iced tea/lemonade for me. Pin trading commenced, mostly S with pins brought by request
  • Thu, 19:23: Back to hotel with pin bags and purchases, room still not ready so to Tangaroa Terrace counter service for lunch/dinner.
  • Thu, 19:25: Got text that room is now ready, finished eating and will go claim our suitcases, dump in room, the head to park.
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