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Aug. 24th, 2016 12:01 pm
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  • Tue, 20:06: Disney again! It's the late summer pin event trip. I drove down today, K flies in tomorrow
  • Tue, 20:10: Staying at the Hilton Disney Springs tonight on points (plus resort fee and parking), nice view fr 9th floor https://t.co/WjdfhndCMJ
  • Tue, 20:14: Used new pedestrian bridges to walk to Disney Springs, arrive at familiar Marketplace. Quickly get turned around in new Town Center.
  • Tue, 20:17: Decided on Art Smiths Homecoming for dinner, lots of seats at the bar. Fried chicken, collard, doughnuts.
  • Tue, 20:18: Oh, Pinot Grigio with that chicken. https://t.co/JdjDYU4Yqs
  • Wed, 11:44: Had a leisurely morning at the Disney Springs Hilton, grabbed a scone from their market for breakfast in my room.
  • Wed, 11:45: Off to airport to pick up Krissi. Long wait in cell phone lot as lightning delayed the baggage handlers.

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Aug. 21st, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jul. 2nd, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jul. 1st, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jun. 30th, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jun. 29th, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jun. 28th, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jun. 27th, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jun. 26th, 2016 03:17 pm
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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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Jun. 25th, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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Jun. 24th, 2016 12:01 pm
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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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New grill

Jun. 11th, 2016 03:31 pm
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It seems I acquired a larger-than-intended gas grill to replace my 20-ish year old Weber Genesis 1000--the product line now called the Spirit series. I went to Lowes (free assembly and delivery....) early this week and made the purchase of a Spirit E-310, to be delivered Friday. Friday morning came a couple of calls to my voicemail saying my grill was damaged but they would get another one and deliver Saturday.

The truck arrived around 2, the delivery crew quickly carried it to the patio, and left. Bad consumer--I took a superficial look while they were here, but really only to make sure it was for natural gas and not LP. I started removing the packing tape and protective films, then decided to make sure the new cover I'd bought would fit....but it was too small.

I first got mad at Amazon, then checked again (really to make sure the larger size in the same brand would fit). Measured the grill. Measured the grates (easier than getting a tape on the overall length). Walked next door and measured Brian & Robbie's Spirit E-310. Concluded I have a Genesis E-310 on my patio, not a Spirit. You'd think the "Genesis" on the front would be a clue, but Weber has been playing around with the Genesis brand name for a while and I'd discounted that.

The upshot is that Lowe's offered to let me keep it at the price of the smaller one ($519 vs $719). I don't care about the color (dark brown, not the black I'd ordered), and while I don't often need a larger grill, I don't see too much downside in it. And I don't want to have to deal with a pickup, then another delivery.

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May. 21st, 2016 10:51 am
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  • Sat, 01:36: Not good @Budget--waited 30 min at Laguardia while other shuttles went by. Was trying to find another rental when bus finally showed.

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Feb. 7th, 2016 06:19 am
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  • Sat, 12:05: Bussed to POFQ right after fireworks getting on the first bus easily, and with seats! Then it was pin sorting and catching up w accounting
  • Sat, 12:12: Another early morning, off to MK for Be Our Guest breakfast. Caught bus @ 6:58. Will meet S to catch the "morning show" then into the park.
  • Sat, 12:21: Floral Mickey is purple and yellow this trip.
  • Sat, 12:26: Shudder....we are here as the steam train tour is getting started. Wondering if the start time shifted when the engineers quit running it.
  • Sat, 12:55: Skipped the morning show as Scoop isn't here today and won't be in it. Got to walk up Main St pre rope drop w only a handful of folks around
  • Sat, 12:58: Waiting for Be Our Guest to open at 8, studying the menu cards as we wait https://t.co/eEKlZKicaI
  • Sat, 13:16: One can customize BOG items beyond what the ordering system, like swapping poached for fried egg. Once you know to ask. :)
  • Sat, 14:12: Done w breakfast (Croque Madame w poached egg, open face), off to Mine Train.
  • Sat, 14:22: Next up, Peter Pan, S's usual position.
  • Sat, 14:52: Rode Haunted Mansion with FP, now headed to Frontierland.
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Feb. 5th, 2016 07:05 am
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  • Thu, 13:09: Concierge said the first bus to Disney Springs would be 7:15. Actually appears to be 8:15. Still waiting at the bus stop...
  • Thu, 13:11: Glad I fortified myself with a breakfast biscuit and a good level of coffee before heading to the bus. K has her iced coffee.
  • Thu, 13:33: Made it to Disney Springs and the line to by the Pixar pin released today. Line is short. https://t.co/kypNu39ssq
  • Thu, 15:21: Pixar pins procured. Others I asked about have not arrived yet.
  • Thu, 17:34: Headed to MK hopefully to see Scoop.
  • Thu, 17:34: First trip over one of the new pedestrian bridges, Shannon picking us up at SunTrust parking lot. https://t.co/f1g2nNbcIM
  • Thu, 17:36: Couldn't park at Contemporary so on to Poly. Did a pin sweep there, monorail to MK.
  • Thu, 18:02: I lost at security roulette and had to walk through scanners after my bags were searched.
  • Thu, 18:10: Found Scoop and the Mayor hanging out at The Plaza check in desk, chatted a while. Showed off our morning purchases https://t.co/8MogbTkUEw
  • Thu, 18:35: Another check of Trading Post pins after S introduced us to cheeseburger spring rolls at the Adventureland cart. Then monorail to Contemp
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Feb. 4th, 2016 07:07 am
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  • Wed, 14:36: Just missed a bus, long wait for the next. Throughout the gate at MK a little after 9--not exactly rope drop but not too bad.
  • Wed, 14:40: Headed to Starbucks pin trading as we went. Sandwiches and caffeine in hand, found a table on Center St. to sit and enjoy, watch Main St.
  • Wed, 15:33: Rode Haunted Mansion with FP+, very quick thru queue. Over to Fantasyland to look for Shannon to say hi.
  • Wed, 15:39: Don't see Shannon at Peter Pan or small world, will ride small world as the wait is short.
  • Wed, 16:07: Emerged humming "it's a small world", walked across to Peter Pan and spoke to Shannon. Will wait for her shift to end, try Skippers Canteen
  • Wed, 16:50: Bought a few pins at Trading Post, now doing Country Bear Jamboree. Never going to be a favorite, but worth seeing once in a while.
  • Wed, 16:51: Deeper in Frontierland--missed FP window for Big Thunder, instead will wander and pin trade.
  • Wed, 17:12: Around to Pirates gift shop, nice chat w CM Figment fan who gave us this button. https://t.co/T4wltgTX74
  • Wed, 17:13: Jungle Cruise skipper likes the Figment celebration button.
  • Wed, 17:34: Very good skipper for Jungle Cruise, hampered by speaker system w very low volume. We were sitting right by him. :)
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Feb. 3rd, 2016 07:04 am
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  • Tue, 14:02: Off to Orlando for an off-season Walt Disney World visit. Airport traffic light, flight not full. That's a pleasant change.
  • Tue, 21:30: Late getting started w tweets. Got rental car, drove to Port Orleans French Quarter after some navigational issues. :)
  • Tue, 21:35: Got checked in by novice cast member, while we greeted Shannon, a cast member and fellow pin trader who will hang with us this week.
  • Tue, 21:38: Room was ready, at far corner of this small resort, at the side that borders Riverside. Can get to either food court or store easily.
  • Tue, 21:39: Grabbed lunch at Riverside then went back to room for a pin trading session.
  • Tue, 21:41: Shannon drove us to Epcot, will check out pins and wander. K and I have FastPass+ for Illuminations, S will head home before that.
  • Tue, 22:55: Browsed the shops in Future World then to Pin Central. Will come back later for major purchases.
  • Tue, 23:56: Still with Shannon, we went through MouseGear, pin board was out. Traded with several cast members too. Then over to west Innoventions.
  • Tue, 23:59: Got Coke around the world tastes at Club Cool, then to Pixar short films. They showed Get A Horse, La Luna, For the Birds, all in 3D.
  • Wed, 00:02: Stopped in Figment shop, nothing new. Shannon left, Krissi and I got fish & chips, found spot to perch on wall behind the England pin cart.
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Nov. 12th, 2015 07:04 am
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  • Wed, 16:32: K is off via Uber to Orange Co/John Wayne airport. Last minute I decided to try Disneyland Resort Express bus, which makes scheduled pickups
  • Wed, 16:34: Have hauled my bags about a block to Howard Johnsons hotel for what's supposed to be an 8:45 bus to LAX. $30 vs $40-$52 w Uber.
  • Wed, 16:52: Bus arrived at 8:48, now to other hotel pickups before heading to airport.
  • Wed, 16:57: There's a small seating area in front of HoJo, bus pulls up to curb on W Manchester.
  • Wed, 17:27: Bus goes to Disney hotels after HoJo, ending at DL Hotel where ticket agent takes fares. Now to airport.
  • Wed, 17:29: Meanwhile kid who locked self into bus bathroom finally managed to turn knob and get out. Driver sympathetic, had no key or tools to help.
  • Wed, 18:00: Looks like LAX arrival will be more like 10:30 not 10. I have a time buffer and TSA PreCheck, not worried.
  • Wed, 18:20: Southwest terminal at 10:20, so about 10:30 for Delta should be right.
  • Wed, 18:58: Suitcases dumped on Delta for usual fee$$, thru security painlessly, walked Terminal 5 construction zone. Limited restrooms & food options.
  • Wed, 19:56: Minor mayhem in boarding area w construction walls restricting space. I'm Delta's zone 2, translation "bottom of the barrel".
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Nov. 11th, 2015 07:04 am
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  • Tue, 16:34: Last morning. We're at McDs for breakfast again before heading to DCA for something close to rope drop.
  • Tue, 18:45: Wandering through DCA looking at pin boards and getting some PhotoPass pictures by Disney photographers.
  • Tue, 18:47: Counter-clockwise around Paradise Pier, thru Pacific Wharf to Carsland. Got a roving PP photog who led us to 4 spots for pictures.
  • Tue, 18:49: Now if I can get my AP linked to my DL pictures I'll be good. My pass is on the WDW system...OTOH K's pass got her in today, on Day 5.
  • Tue, 19:04: While in the picture mode, will use the special Disney Visa meet and greet. Can't tell what characters it is in advance...
  • Tue, 20:16: Picture was with Minnie Mouse-- just missed Stitch.
  • Tue, 20:21: Left DCA via Grand Californian, watched gingerbread house construction. Fire in fireplace flickers. https://t.co/XzLu9M3Nsk
  • Tue, 20:25: Downtown Disney browsing pin boards, shopping. Lunch at Earl of Sandwich--kids grilled cheese & cup of tomato soup https://t.co/r9QUo2jHyC
  • Tue, 21:09: Paused after eating to call PhotoPass support. She was able to see my pictures, link for me to connect them not visible on mobile web site.
  • Tue, 21:39: Autopia has a 5 minute wait--gonna drive a miniature car around the 'scenic' track.
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Nov. 10th, 2015 06:56 am
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  • Mon, 16:56: McDonalds breakfast, much less of a crowd scene than Friday. In the entry line around 8:50 for 9 am DL open.
  • Mon, 16:57: Now to see if Disney IT solved the problems with Krissi's pass....
  • Mon, 17:03: Problem not solved. K stuck waiting for Guest Relations to deal w problem...again. Hope fix isn't another day ticket w discounts screwed up
  • Mon, 17:06: Some clouds this morning instead of the clear weekend, supposed to clear by noon-ish but keep highs down to 68.
  • Mon, 17:18: In line for Peter Pan, 30 min posted wait, we hope for shorter. It doesn't get better as the line last night at 11:45pm showed.
  • Mon, 17:50: Wait estimate optimistic, can observe Fantasyland details. Toy knight on was made into a completer pin. https://t.co/4yw7E4mGTL
  • Mon, 17:51: Evil queen parts curtains of Snow White 2nd floor window and peers out. https://t.co/TpHYSAEZtL
  • Mon, 19:41: Peter Pan wait ended up at 45 min. and then not all the extra effects were working. K took a pic of operators stand for CM Shannon at WDW.
  • Mon, 19:43: Did single rider walk on at Matterhorn Bobsleds. That's going to be a one and done attraction--very uncomfortable vehicle, blah coaster.
  • Mon, 19:45: Walked to Haunted Mansion for FP stopped to see our friend in Frontierland who found the pin for K.
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