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There are other changes as well.
Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:
We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.
It's time to move on and move forward.
PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.
But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.
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Who: me-39, wife of one, mother of one (age 8) The Party Girl. Disney Addict. Like to get tipsy and geek out on the details. Budget conscious for everything except park tickets. Dsis-37, wife of one, mother of one (age 9) The Teetotaler. Thrill ride junkie. Likes to tour commando-style. Luxury lover and willing to pay for it.
What: Long weekend at Disneyland
When: Th, Dec 1st (late arrival) through Sunday, Dec 4th (afternoon flight)
Why: Cause we've never taken a trip alone together, we're both Disneyland superfans, and cause we got the idea, priced it, and said "let's go for it!"
Themed environment junkie
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I have day 1 of touring plans figured out. We start at DL, because extra magic hours are at CA on Fridays.
I was really torn about our rope-drop ride! At DL, it's usually PPF as a no-brainer, because that's the only way to have a chance to ride with less than a 40 minute wait. But I'm sick of riding it at rope drop. I have a new favorite rope drop ride, BTMR. It's the best way to start a morning of commando touring! It's fast paced, outdoors for that fresh air experience, and doesn't see huge lines until a bit later (unlike PPF, which is a race to see if you will get a decent spot in line.)
Anyways, here's the morning line-up, as typed up for my sister's reference.
8:00- Big Thunder. I’m getting sick of doing Peter Pan at Rope Drop, maybe do it late-night?
8:30-Walk to Matterhorn, Kim run for FP for Space Mountain
9:30 It’s a small world
10:00 Roger Rabbit
10:30 Gadget’s Go Coaster
11:00 Pirates if less than 30 min or we feel like it
11:30 Indiana Jones (single rider)
Run to CA and grab FP for ToT
FOOD IDEAS: I like the idea of snacking from backpack etc and then having a big meal at the parks at about 2pm. So, let’s get jerky, apples, and whatever else we want on Friday. J
When Space Mountain FP is “ripe”, grab FP for Star Tours or Haunted Mansion, depending on wait times. Then ride Space Mountain.
At this time of the day, we can start improvising. Park hopping allowed!
Nice attraction plans and hope you get them all in and don't have long wait times! Good idea doing the popular ones first!
Me too. I used the estimated wait times from Touring Plans (free info, don't have a subscription) and a really involved spreadsheet I had left over from my trip last year. So far I have a pretty good track record with attraction planning, so I expect it will work out.
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Sis and I wanted to coordinate our outfits for this trip, but after spending 9 weeks wearing matching outfits with my family (DH and DS) I was ready to do something not quite so matchy. We went back and forth on a lot of ideas, but in the end we decided to order something. I wanted to sew our outfits, but Sis wasn't down for it. Felt like too much work for her. Anyways, here's what we decided on:
She suggested the red, as it is Christmas-y, but it looks like it's red and black to me. To me, that look is too "rock-a-billy" and I didn't think I would want to wear it on other occasions. Also, on close inspection, I thought the red was a pretty orange red and didn't think it would compliment my skin tone. I don't usually like wearing navy, but I decided to go for the navy in this case. I will pair it with a red cardigan and a black heavy wool cardigan in the mornings. Probably brown tights. Dsis went with the red. I think we are going to make a very charming pair!
It's unnerving buying clothes sight-unseen, but for 30 bucks I figured we'd just go for it and make it work.