-It Takes People To Make The Dream A Reality- DCP Summer 2018 Highlights Trip Report! (NEW 12/6 x2)

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  1. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    It was so crazy and amazing. Magic was there that day. And thank you, it's one of my faves I've ever taken. :goodvibes
     
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    O.M.Gawd!!!!!!!
     
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    Wow you had some amazing M&Gs while in Disneyland Timmy! Such great photos and memories to get you through the cold winter nights.
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    I KNOW RIGHT!!!

    I really did and omg 110%. These photos save me daily.
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    One Does Not Simply Meet Ariel Once A Day Part I
    6/15/18: Incredibles 2 Premiere Day!

    This is the point in the trip report or at least on this day where I can't remember what happened next. There is a gap in my snaps and Instagram posts and so on and so forth. Maybe I rode Space Mountain and didn't pose so I didn't take a pic of the on-ride photo? Maybe I watched Jedi Training? Maybe I was in Great Moments or the Main Street Cinema for a bit? I don't know. All I can say is that I did my daily wandering thing and somehow ended up on Main Street where I ran into Ariel! She was heading back to Atlantica but I said hi and she offered to let me take a photo with her before she left.

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    It was a quick interaction but it was lovely seeing her. I continued on my way back into Disneyland after. I wasn't in the mood for a DCA hop. Kaitlyn was in the park now so I was trying to track her down. She told me she was getting a Dole Whip so I headed over that ways. We near bumped into each other as she had just gotten out of line. She told me how the line as long as it looks wasn't that much of a wait. I didn't have much money so I really couldn't spare any for a Dole Whip but I took note for the time I felt brave enough to wait in the Dole Whip stand heat.

    I asked her what she wanted to do since we still had a bit of time before we had to head to AMC in Downtown Disney (rip) to make it in time for the movie and she said she wanted to meet characters since she knew that was my thing. We were in Adventureland so I said we should see if Moana was out. We got over to the treehouse which is where Moana meets essentially and saw she was there with no line. Kaitlyn was still finishing up her Dole Whip so we took our time walking up to her. A big family kinda cut in front of us right before we got in line so she was able to slurp up the rest of the soft serve before we got to meet Moana.

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    We did have a nice conversation with her. I had met her recently prior to running off to work so we talked about wayfinding about if Moana had found Hei Hei yet. She lost him in the Land the other day so she sent me off to find him. She said the situation hadn't gotten any better so we promised her we'd bring him back if we found him. Kaitlyn got the autograph and we hugged goodbye then continued on.

    I checked the time and saw that Tiana was going to be on the boat soon. Kaitlyn hadn't gotten to meet her and had no clue she only visited on the boat (sometimes in the Hall or at Main Gate fyi), but her regular meeting place was on the Mark Twain so that was the location of choice. Tiana was getting on the boat right as we hopped in line so all was timed perfectly. As soon as they loaded us on, we made a bee line for where she was meeting with guests. Not many were around so we got to spend ample time with the bayou queen.

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    I also got some pics of just her, granted the lighting wasn't the greatest for her, but I worked with what I could.

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    Kaitlyn and I did meet her separately and I again lost access to those photos so I can't share hers but they all were super cute. Tiana was with a familiar friend that I wasn't particularly a fan of, but we had a much better interaction than last time. Much much better. She came off much sweeter, still a little standoffish, but sweeter.

    After meeting her, we noticed the third floor was open which had never happened in my entire time of being at Disneyland so we went up there and decided to have a Photoshoot all around the Mark Twain. It was super fun, especially knowing I was really giving off an Instagrammer aesthetic and Kaitlyn dressed up just for the occasion of photos. Our friendship really worked in this scenario.

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    We were also in awe of the Star Wars Land construction. It looks so good and oddly fits really well with the Frontierland "natural" architecture. I'm so excited to see it when it finally opens. I can tell it's gonna be INCREDIBLE.

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    One Does Not Simply Meet Ariel Once A Day Part II
    6/15/18: Incredibles 2 Premiere Day!

    In our exploration, we ran into Tiana again on the lower deck. I thought it was a great little photo op with our silhouetted backs so I struck up a conversation, exclusively for photo purposes. I believe we talked about tempting Jack Sparrow with some Mint Mojitos to steal us some money to buy beignets from Cafe Orleans. Or at least for me to buy beignets. Tiana makes her own as you know.

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    After going through photos and such, we had made it back to the Frontierland landing and were let off the boat. While on the boat, Kaitlyn had mentioned wanting to go back to the Royal Hall so she could meet some more princesses. She was feeling in the mood with her sunflower dress on. I wasn't in the mood to oppose although I had been to the Hall and this would mark a third time seeing Ariel since all three of the regular princesses were still there, I was all for it. I love a Mermaid queen!

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    In some ways, this was an even more fun run through the Hall. I tried to get Ariel to take a fishy face photo with me... obviously she'd forgotten how Flounder would do it. Cinderella was definitely the highlight. She was talking with Snow when we walked in and was telling us how she gets the Pixar Play Parade song stuck in our head and asked us about which songs we got stuck in our head. It was quite the casual conversation to have with a princess, but I mean Cindy used to be a scullery maid. She knows that commoner life. Then when we met Snow I asked if she had any ideas for poses and we ended up with a Grumpy photo. Definitely a time in the Hall to be remembered.

    When we exited the Hall, we saw Elena was out with very little wait so we decided to go say hola a la corona princesa de Avalor!

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    She was agradable (lovely) as usual and I believe we told her about our plans to go see Incredibles 2 after meeting her. She thought that sounded so fun. We probably mentioned Jaquins and Avalor in that convo somewhere. Elena definitely got us hyped for the rest of our day even if I had been in the park since that morning.

    Indeed though, after meeting Elena we decided it was best to go head on over to AMC and get ourselves prepped to see Incredibles 2. Kaitlyn was worried about the best time to get there, thinking we might not get seats. I told her our tickets were bought so we'd get seats and I think they were reserved so we had little to worry about. When we walked into AMC, it didn't seem too bad. We walked up scanned our tickets, bought popcorn then took some superhero photos with the Incredibles 2 cardboard cut-out.

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    Fun fact: That cardboard cut out actually ended up in one of the break areas behind Pixar Pier after the DTD AMC closed down. So yup, 'twas not dumped.

    When we got to our theater was when we noticed the craziness. There was a line that ran all the way down outside and around the back of the building. We got there early enough we weren't too far back, but seeing that line I took a quick run to the bathroom and switched off with Kaitlyn before finally being let into the theater just in time for the movie to start!

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    The one thing I took a pic of while in the theater was this part of the end credits cuz I thought it was cute.

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    How sweet!

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    That pretty much sums it up. We also, like most, LOVED the Edna & Jack-Jack relationship. Like I'm so beyond excited for that Auntie Edna short! It's gonna be amazing.

    Before we left the theater, I checked my phone and got a text from Lindsey and our mutual friend from back home, Jill! Jill, Lindsey and I used to spend a good portion of our summers together. Thanks to Lindsey, this summer wasn't much different AS LINDSEY AND JILL AND SOME OTHER FRIENDS FROM HOME WERE OUTSIDE THE THEATER FOR THE NEXT SHOWING.

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    Like I mentioned in the video above (which actually happened after this but I felt it fit at that point in my writing), we were on our way to Paint The Night which was happening soon-ish so we were making a mad dash for DCA. I had to say hi so we diverted down the long long line and managed to find them. It was such a happy reunion. They all had just flown in that day so they were gonna be there most of the week. I got to meet up with them later and got to meet princesses with them and take castle photos. At this moment I wasn't sure so I was just glad to see them and told them they were gonna LOOOOOOVVVEEEE Incredibles 2. Kaitlyn and I were in a slight rush so I said goodbye and we were off again, ready to cry our eyes out to Paint The Night!

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  8. MeghanEmily

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    I don't know if I've mentioned this yet, but I really love your Figment shirt. :lovestruc

    I'm still reading along and enjoying all your photos! (Even if my comment game has been weak as of late.)
     
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    So many great photos with Tiana! Sounds like a great afternoon and a great time seeing Incredibles 2!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Awww, thank you! I'm actually wearing it as I type this lol

    And it's totally ok. My comment game has been awful everywhere. You're doing better than me.

    It was! Such a fun day and it only got better. :teeth:
     
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    A Truly Bella Notte Part I
    6/15/18: Incredibles 2 Premiere Day!

    If you aren't aware at this point, I take scouting out a spot for Paint the Night VERY seriously so it was crucial that Kaitlyn and I had ample time to get a spot after Incredibles 2. We were cutting it close on my behalf, nonetheless we did make it all the way down to Paradise Park and found a spot over there, my new favorite spot to watch hehe Thanks Lindsey & co.!

    On our way over I believe I bought a water bottle or got one earlier and saved it for then. Kaitlyn on the other hand needed a bit more nourishment so she left her stuff with me while she went off to go do that. I spent the alone time to catch up on my Instagram since I had gotten behind a little thanks to the day being so active. In the midst of doing this, I looked up and noticed someone walking towards me. It wasn't Kaitlyn but my Twitter/Instagram friend, Lawrence! Lawrence and I had never met before, we only talked over Twitter and had seen each other in passing, but I was in training while he was playing in the parks. He's an AP and is at the parks a lot and is well known to a few. I'm usually one to plan meet ups so this came as a shock he was there. He was carrying around a bread bowl so I let him sit.

    We talked and were mostly trying to comprehend that we were finally meeting in person. We'd known each other about a year at this point and never thought we'd meet, but then I moved to California for the summer so it was bound to happen. He asked about what I thought about Cali and I told him I was really enjoying it. I had been able to go to Pride in LA at this point so I gagged about that. He was really glad to hear that. By now, Kaitlyn had come back with her own food so I introduced her to Lawrence. Disney fans always get along so the convo went on right up until Paint talking about Marvel, Lawrence's insane sense of fashion that outdid all of us, etc. etc. It was Lawrence's first time seeing Paint the Night since it had returned for Pixar Fest, which was really exciting and it was my first time watching it while being able to take pics with my DSLR. Oh it was gonna be lit y'all.

    Before we knew it, our pow-wow was interrupted by the twinkling sounds of the Paint fairies and Paint was coming through...

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    After the parade was over, Kaitlyn complained that she was getting no attention cause many performers knew Lawrence and sometimes myself on occasion and were distracted by our cameras. She was being funny about it. We all had a really fun time watching the parade together. Unfortunately, Lawrence did have to leave. He was only on his own because the friend he was with that day had other plans and left him to his own devices. He was going to meet them in DTD so we decided to walk out of the park and brave the crowds together. We split off when we got out to the Esplanade as the fireworks were going off. Kaitlyn & I gave our goodbye hugs to Lawrence and he was on his way. It was really great finally meeting him in person. It sadly was the only time I got to see him the entire time I was in California but we keep in touch.

    Kaitlyn and I still had a whole night ahead of us so we made our way to the Disneyland turnstiles trying to stay ahead of the crowds. We both said we'd hide in Hyperspace until the fireworks and Fant crowds dissipated. Bless us we made it to Hyperspace before we caught wind of any of that. We got in the single rider because there's little reason to wait in standby when you know single rider exists for Space at Disneyland. Kaitlyn actually didn't know single rider existed for Hyperspace so I was glad to pass along that info. We weren't in the same vehicle so my ride photo was separate and I managed to outdo everyone.

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    After, since the fireworks had long been over, we headed into Fantasyland to do some attractions over there. I can't remember exactly if we did Small World or not, but if we did it was the first one we went on. I do however know that we saw there was a really short wait for the Storybook Land Canal Boats and did that. I believe it was my first time on it so I didn't take photos. I thought it was the most adorable thing ever. My favorite part was passing the London park as well as going through the archways into the Cave of Wonders. It all made me so happy and it was so pretty at night. I found out later that the ride gets a lot of flack for being kind of "kiddie", I thought it was charming especially with how each boat is named after a different character and story. I believe we had Wendy on this night, which had me super hype since I LOVE Peter Pan and she represents by far my best qualities.

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    A Truly Bella Notte Part II
    6/15/18: Incredibles 2 Premiere Day!

    After the canal boats, we hopped in to ride the tea cups. I had put on my spirit jersey back when we were watching Paint because it was getting chilly so I asked Kaitlyn to get some photos of moi on the teacups and wow I was BEAMING.

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    Also, I am forever confused over the fact that the teacups' wait time DROPS at night. They are a far better attraction at night than during the daytime. The lighting package is fabulous. I mean, Magic Kingdom even decided to copy it as some "special offering" for MNSSHP, but like that's every night at DLR. I digress though.

    I'm not sure if we did Matterhorn or some other Fantasyland attraction after the tea cups or we did multiple rounds on the tea cups. It's fuzzy. It's been awhile and many nights kinda meld into one another. I spent many a magical night in Fantasyland living my best life. I'd seriously die for this Land, it is so perfect.

    STILL DIGRESSING. Let's get back on track.

    I first showed Kaitlyn the magic that is Rapunzel's Tower in Fantasyland at night. Not nearly as detailed as the one in Magic Kingdom with the whole land based around it, but seeing Punzie's hair glow. It makes my heart warm. Fantasy Faire is so underrated at night. From there, I asked if we could take some photos by the Wishing Well where I also introduced Kaitlyn to the "I'm Wishing" sequence that's always going off. Let's just say sis had no dry eyes after that. We were however presentable enough for yet another photoshoot.

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    I was really feeling the cutest on this night. Millennial Pink is truly my color and my aesthetic.

    After Kaitlyn and I had gotten the photos we wanted, we saw the park was closing so we decided to head out feeling fully satisfied with the day we both had. As we came upon Town Square we saw our beloved boss Mickey on his way out. We got so excited to the point that he let us walk with him. The host even took my phone to get some photos even if Mickey wasn't really taking photos anymore.

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    To explain all these messy dark photos, I'll begin by saying that as we walked with him I called Mickey my boss and he freaked. He stopped and turned to me and pointed at himself as if to ask, "Me?" To which Kaitlyn and I said, "Yeah!" He was so hyped about this and asked where we worked. Kaitlyn told him she was in Retail and he started shelling out invisible money. Kaitlyn thought he was making it rain but I'm pretty sure he was just counting the money lol It made it more fun. Then he asked me and I told him Custodial and he started sweeping thus the video above. It was such a sweet way to end the night saying goodnight to our sweet lovely boss, especially with how well timed it was to the Disneyland goodnight message.

    And thus our night ended.

    As much as this is a highlight Trip Report and all these days are so special, but this one stands out even amongst the highlights. It was one of those perfect days where everything was magical and it felt like life couldn't have been better. I was surrounded by the best people and we all were happy to be around each other and do what the other wanted. We were so grateful for everything and life just looked so good. It was one of those days that was so necessary and really made my whole CP. Gah, I miss it.

    There are plenty more days to write about and plenty more amazing memories so no fear, it doesn't end here. Magic is infinite and there are plenty more magical days to come.

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    It seems like this day will be hard to top! SO much magic. Love the wishing well pics and the magical goodnight with the big boss. Perfectly perfect.
     
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    What an amazing day! Your pictures are seriously amazing, and Paint the Night looks just wonderful. I so miss nighttime parades!
     
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    It was pretty hard but there are SOOOO many more magical days ahead, just you wait. :goodvibes

    Thank you! Paint the Night is my fave forever and ever, I miss it so much. I'm praying so hard to the Disney gods it's only temporarily gone. I'm not sure I could set foot into DCA without knowing I'd hear that Owl City bop.
     
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    Sounds like a magical evening from watching Paint, going on rides, and walking out with the boss! Those pics with Mickey are great! And I love the pics by the wishing well too!
     
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    It really was. I want perfect nights like that again. And thank you, it was such a great day for pics. Ugh the glow was real.
     

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