Disneyland Trip Report Part Four- Day Three of Disneyland

Wednesday was our last day at Disneyland and we spent half the day with my cousins who happened to be there at the same time.

We started first thing going into DCA to get fast passes for Radiator Springs Racers.  The line was all the way into Hollywood Land but we managed to get passes for the late afternoon.

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As that was our only errand to run in DCA, we went right back to Disneyland.

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And walked through the tunnels into Main Street.

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I wanted to take a look at the newly renovated Market House which is now a Starbucks… I’m not a big fan and miss the old Market House, but what can you do???

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They have a mixture of Starbucks and Disneyland foods to choose from, and all of the drinks you can get at any old Starbucks.

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To the left of the ordering area, they have a little library looking area set up with tables and chairs.  It’s much quieter than the rest of the store.

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I’m so glad they kept the pot-bellied stove and checkerboard.  My dad and grandfather used to play checkers on that board back when my dad was a kid.

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A view of where we were sitting in the library area.  It was a lot busier than it looks.

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They had (not surprising) Christmasy decor that melded with the decor of the store itself.

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I like the idea of oranges on a tree like this.  Maybe with cloves stuck in them like my aunt does.  She would stud oranges all over with whole cloves then roll them in Cinnamon and they smelled really good! Totally reminds me of Christmas.

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I just got black tea.  (Yea… It was as light and weak as it looks…)

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And this breakfast sandwich that Starbucks sells I actually love.  It’s the Bacon Artisan Breakfast sandwich with gouda cheese on ciabatta bread.  Very filling and stays with you for a good amount of time because of the protein.

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Our first ride was on Storybook which we missed the last 1 or 2 times at the parks since it isn’t my brother’s favorite.  The line was only going to get worse and my cousins weren’t there yet so we took advantage!

Fun fact that most Disney geeks know is that this is one of the remaining old ticket booths from when they had E-Tickets. The remaining ticket booths are used for decorative purposes around the parks.

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We didn’t go on Casey Jr. which I would have liked to go on as well, but the parks were just too busy to go on everything we wanted to go on.

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And off we were going through Monstro’s mouth and into Storybook.

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I’m not going to be able to tell you each character’s house that I’m showing but I’ll name the ones I know…  This is Pinnocchio’s village.

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I want to say it belongs to the Mole from Mr. Toad which I haven’t seen and I feel like a bad Disney fan for not having seen it…

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This is the town where Alice lives.

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Her home is off to the right and the rabbit hole she fell down into is in front.

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Of course, who couldn’t recognize Agrabah where Alladin and Jasmine live.

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And the mountaintop where Cincerella lives.

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Looks like her carriage turned back into a pumpkin…

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I want to say the Seven Dwarves’ cottage but I really don’t know.  I just love that they decorated for Christmas!  So adorable!

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The famous “Giant” Patchwork Quilt.

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Toad Hall.  I never saw the film… Not my favorite ride in the park but it does have quite the following.

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Back around to Pinocchio’s Village. If I could live in any of the animated movie’s towns, I’d live here.

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And ending by Ariel and Prince Eric’s castle.

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We got a call from my cousins that they were in line in Tomorrowland for Star Tours so we took our time waking towards Tomorrowland.

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If you don’t know me from my other blog, I like taking photos of flowers…

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Walked past the old Fantasyland entrance/exit for Skyway.  Even though I don’t like heights anymore, I miss that ride.

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I missed the reindeer antlers on the rooftop in Frontierland (I’m sure it’s a Christmas thing).  You can spend a lifetime in Disneyland and still miss some of the details!

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They were hungry so we went to Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port for a snack.  We weren’t hungry so we just sat with them.

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If you haven’t eaten here, the food is okay.  Not horrible but nothing to write home about.  They have a few different pizzas which have a very thick crust, a couple of pasta dishes, salads and bread sticks.  Not the best and not the worst place to eat in the parks.

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I have a lot of memories of eating in this area when I was a kid before it was Redd Rockett’s

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It still looks like the 80’s to me and having Captain EO there doesn’t hurt either.

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After they ate, we grabbed fast passes for Indiana Jones.

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The line for Pirate’s was short so we went on that.

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My whole life I’ve been trying to get a picture of this and while it’s still not great, I’m getting better at it.

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Not bad of the auction scene either.

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Another famous scene, they’ve been trying to get the keys from that dog for 40 years. (Something my dad would totally say!)

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Back to Laffite’s Landing and on to another adventure!

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By that time, my mom and I were hungry so we went off to grab something to eat while they went on Haunted Mansion.

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My mom wanted to try the Lobster Roll at the Harbor Galley. They also have soup and a couple of other sea food dishes.

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We took the back way to get to the Hungry Bear Restaurant that not many people know about.  My mom even thought we weren’t supposed to be back here.

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It’s like a secret passage way!

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Great photo ops too!

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I was craving a crappy burger and that’s exactly what I got!

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The food here isn’t the greatest but the ambiance is amazing and you can get a great view of the river.

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It’s a counter service restaurant.  You first order your food and pay for it.

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Then move forward to pick your food up.

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We managed to get a table by the water.

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THe lobster roll looks good but my mom said it was terrible.  She said it tastes like canned lobster and we’re kind of food snobs and she paid a lot for it and if you’re going to pay a $13 for a lobster roll, I would hope they’d put some fresh lobster in it.  But, alas, we are on the west coast and it’s harder to find over here…  The chips were homemade and had old bay seasonings on them . Those were pretty good.

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As I said, it’s not much of a burger, but I like it.  Probably because it reminds me of being a kid in Disneyland. The fries were good too.  They have a condiments area where you can get ketchup, mustard, and other stuff for your burger.

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It’s fun watching the different boats going by.  Here’s the Mark Twain River Boat.

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The canoes which we did once.  Just once… You get a little wet if you have an idiot in front of you that likes to splash people and your arms are sore the next day…  I already walk enough while I’m here, I don’t need the added exercise! 🙂

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Then came the Columbia.

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They have additional seating downstairs as well as a restroom which we used before meeting back with my cousins.

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The entrance to the Pooh ride and the old entrance to The Country Bear Jamboree.  I miss that show!!!

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Splash mountain.  One of my favorite rides that I never get to go on…

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We still had time until we could use our tickets for Indy so we went on the Jingle Cruise.

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It’s amazing to me that they have details in places you don’t see very often.  I rarely have to go upstairs in the queue for Jungle Cruise so it was neat to see.

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And a unique view of Adventureland.

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The lone mechanical bird watching people go up and down the stairs.

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This is the old Tahitian Terrace that my dad LOVED.  It was a luau restaurant with a Tahitian show.  The food was really good from what my parents told me.  I vaguely remember the place myself.  But I totally think they should put something similar back into that area because not much happens over there.

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Fragile! Must be French!  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

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Never noticed the chair with the fishing pole…

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Same with this sign!

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Our skipper was funny.  He kept picking on my cousin’s daughter and her friend who sat at the front.

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Yet another thing I never noticed before…

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Still had time on our hands so we got in line on the attraction side (while was busy too but not as bad as the other side) so they could get dole whips and I got a pineapple spear and a souvenir mug that I’ll show in my wrap up post…

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The outdoor show was going on while we were in line.

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After that, we got on Indiana Jones, then the girls split to do their own thing and we were off to DCA so they could ride some rides over there and we could use our fast passes for Radiator Springs.

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Again, we had a little time before we needed to be there and the line was only 20 minutes long so we went on Soarin’.  My absolutely favorite ride in DCA.

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Off to Radiator Springs!!!

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I don’t want to know how long the line was.  I don’t think I saw it shorter than 2 hours!

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Yay!

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I love the rocky mountains!

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A car shaped rock fountain.

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The entrance was under part of the rocks.

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The seating was 6 to a car.  3 in each row.

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We got a red car!

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I was the driver! They have seat belts like they do in normal cars but the middle seats just had the lap covers.

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There wasn’t anything to grab on to in the front.  I don’t know about the back.  I just had that one handle you see but it didn’t help much when I needed it.

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You start off by driving along the area before getting prepared for the big race.

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The views were lovely!

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Then it turns into the dark ride portion and you’re scrambling to get to the race. You get pep talks from the characters.

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Mater is right by your side too!

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You get a pain refresh from Ramone.

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And a final pep talk from Doc.

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Luigi and Guido are cheering you on!  Even though they only follow the Ferrari’s!

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After seeing Luigi and Guido, you race another car and there were a few dips, hence needing something to grab on to so I ended up screaming bloody murder to keep my stomach from doing somersaults.  I think we lost from what my mom said.  I was too busy trying not to let my stomach flip.

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See me screaming?!  What a dork!  I was white knuckling the side of the car! I felt bad for the girl in our row! Well really for the everyone in the car! Actually, I wasn’t that bad, at least I tried not to be.

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Overall, this was a great ride. I loved it!  Soarin is still my favorite, but this is definitely second in line!

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As I’m sure I mentioned (and it’s not surprising at all) everything is car themed right down to the flowers in the “flower pots.”

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We walked through some of the shops and I was tempted to get a ton of stuff for my nephew.

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Tower of Terror looks really beautiful when the sun is hitting it just right.

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I wanted to walk through Bug’s land and my mom indulged me!

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Sassy Francis is Sassy!

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Just like with Car’s Land, everything is bug related.  It’s made to make you feel like a tiny bug too!

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Even the benches were old popsicle sticks.

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They had christmas lights up too.

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Some lantern lights as well.  It gets pretty dark in here at night.

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Again, my mother indulged me by going on Heimlich’s Chew-Chew Train. We were the only set of adults in line…  Don’t judge me!

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Here comes Heimlich!

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You travel along and see all of the things he’s eating which are all his favorite foods.

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The first thing I smelled was the watermelon.  I don’t think the beginning of the ride had smell.

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You could smell the animal crackers too!

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I used to love animal crackers!

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The cupcake smelled too!

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As did the candy corn which is his ultimate favorite food!

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We didn’t go on anything else, but it’s really cute for the kiddies.

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The entrance to Flick’s Fun Fair. The santa is supposed to be an eraser head on a pencil.

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And a candy cane!

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We were supposed to meet up with my cousins but they were going to eat at Joe’s Crab Shack which is down where we’re staying and we wanted to eat somewhere on the resort for our last night.

We walked through the Disney Gallery area by Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

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I think this was an actual horse from a carousel in a park he used to bring his daughter’s to but don’t quote me on that.

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In honor of The Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary, they had a lot of Tiki Room artwork around the gallery.

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They had an old map of Disneyland the way it looked in 1955.

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We wanted to try the Barbecue restaurant in Frontierland but we found out while in line that they only had seating for reserved guests and if we could find someone who was okay with sharing with us, we could sit there and we didn’t want to do that…

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We’ll have to try it next time.

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We were ticked though because we were starving and tired and just wanted to sit down and eat.  And they didn’t tell us until about 10 minutes after waiting in line…

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We were glad that’s where we ended up going.  They are very friendly here and the food is amazing.

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They have paper on the tables so we played some Disney inspired hangman.

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We split the soup 111 which is a sample of their gumbo, corn chowder and soup of the day which was sweet potato and andouille sausage.  They even split it into our own little bowls.  They were amazing!

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They had the Thanksgiving menu available that day as well (it was the day before anyway)  and I ended up having the pecan crusted Mahi-Mahi which was the first time I had Mahi-Mahi and I liked it a lot.  They had these “candied” sweet potatoes that tasted more like roasted and they were delicious!

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My mom had the filet mignon medallions with mashed potatoes and that was AMAZING! The food was SO good!!!

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We pre-ordered their famous chocolate bread pudding.  This is one of the best desserts I have ever had!  It’s like a chocolate soufflé with dark and white chocolate sauces poured in the middle.  Oh my sweet Lord!!! If you’ve never been and don’t mind splurging on a meal, go here!  You HAVE to!!

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We were going to try to do some shopping around Disneyland before leaving and got a chance to see the fireworks so we did that.

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I love that this picture came out poking like a christmas tree!

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The end of the show leaves you with snow!  It’s not real snow, more like little fluffs of foam but it was pretty cool!

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Overall, the fireworks were amazing, but my favorite will alway be the 50th Anniversary ones.  I have the music to it and still tear up listening to it.

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It was insanely busy and took forever to get anywhere especially with people walking in front of us.  It was really ticking us off!  We finally parked the scooter by the side entrance to the Emporium and walked through some of the stores.

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I got almost everything I had my eye on except for a calendar that had attraction posters and you could tear them off and frame them.  They had some left at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney so I ran over there to grab it and did a little more looking over there before we headed back to our room for the night.

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I took some pictures of books I wanted to check out and this one in particular caught my interest.  I’ll have to look into it.

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This shirt cracked me up! Unfortunately, I don’t know any single men to get it for.

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After that, I took the tear filled ride back to our room and reluctantly went to bed.  I got a lot of stuff packed the night before so we could head to Fresno at a decent time.  Overall, and despite the crowds, we had a nice time in Disneyland.  I would LOVE to go back at Christmas time just pick a different week.  It looks like the first two weeks in December are prefect if you want to go for the Christmas overlay. Up next will be the Fresno leg of our trip and after that, I’ll show all of the stuff I got.

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