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Old 09-09-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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For the First Time in Forever...Sisters Trip!!!!

Make that the first time EVER!

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

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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!"
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Great start! You both will have so much fun.
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Wow, that was fast! We are booked for plane, hotel, and Supershuttle. DONE!

Next up will be compiling our must-do's (yes, we're both dedicated tour planners), and planning our outfits.
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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.

Rope Drop-
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
9:00 Matterhorn
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!
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I don't know how I missed this. Great plans for day 1!
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Nice attraction plans and hope you get them all in and don't have long wait times! Good idea doing the popular ones first!
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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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Outfit report:

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.

What do you think?
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Sounds like a nice trip and I love the title of the report!
The dresses look cute...I hope they're just as nice in person.
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