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Old 11-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #76
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So I see that others on the DIS have been posting that Big Thunder will actually be closed much of next year. Seems it just didn't make it onto one refurb list and we all jumped to hopeful conclusions. Sometimes I long for the days when you just showed up to the park and found out what was closed. Not most of the time -- I'm too OCD -- but occasionally the Internet is overkill.

I checked my phone app today and it says 104 days to go. In less than a week we will be in double digits!

I have been on a peppermint binge the last couple days. Sherry knows how much I love that flavor, and this is the most MINTY-ful time of the year!

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #77
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So I see that others on the DIS have been posting that Big Thunder will actually be closed much of next year. Seems it just didn't make it onto one refurb list and we all jumped to hopeful conclusions. Sometimes I long for the days when you just showed up to the park and found out what was closed. Not most of the time -- I'm too OCD -- but occasionally the Internet is overkill.

I checked my phone app today and it says 104 days to go. In less than a week we will be in double digits!

I have been on a peppermint binge the last couple days. Sherry knows how much I love that flavor, and this is the most MINTY-ful time of the year!

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Well, boo on that. You know I am really bad (or is it good?) about actually looking to see what is going to be open or closed. Or opening for that matter. I planned our 2010 trip for the week that WoC opened. Hence my nickname for it World of Chaos. It was so busy that week but we had a ball.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:02 PM   #78
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Big Thunder Mt RR is my favorite ride, so I'm glad I will get to ride it here in a couple weeks!!! I will miss is for my February trip

YAY for almost being in double digits!!!!
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:49 PM   #79
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Big Thunder Mt RR is my favorite ride, so I'm glad I will get to ride it here in a couple weeks!!! I will miss is for my February trip

YAY for almost being in double digits!!!!
Yes, I know my kids will be sad to miss Big Thunder. I think of all the rollercoasters it is the most universally loved. Of course DD10 and DS7 haven't ridden Screamin' yet ... I am hopeful the red rocks of Radiator Springs Racers will fill the bill, although I'm sure we won't get to ride it as many times as we might Big Thunder.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #80
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So I am at the avoiding-my-real-work phase. I think it finally hit me how much I have to get done in the next few weeks and I am in total denial. The office needs a new printer, and the alarm system is being tempermental, so I have to do the research and figure out what to do about them. Plus I just got handed a big project that I thought I wouldn't have to tackle until February and I actually have to complete it in the next few weeks.

On the bright side, I got almost all of the Christmas stuff up (pictures later because of the whole avoiding-work thing). I still have the big tree to decorate but it will have to wait until I can sweet-talk DH into putting it up this weekend. It may require brownies ...

I am eager to get to Christmas because it will be a lot simpler to plan this trip once the kids know about it!!

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #81
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Well, it's a momentous day. It's December 1, and we now have just ...

99 days

until our trip!!!

It seems like so long and so short at the same time. I know the next month will be lost to planning (other than the Trip Reveal as I have dubbed it). I love the holidays but I have much to do as I mentioned a couple days ago.

In honor of it being a short, sweet 99 days away, I gift y'all with NINE photos (you really didn't want to sit through NINETY-NINE now, did you?) of our last big trip in October 2009. As I was exporting these photos, it kills me how young my kids look in them. Three years is a world of difference, whether it's from 4 to 7, from 13 to 16, or in between.

Behold!

(apologies for the hugeness -- I think my exporting screwed up and I'm too lazy to re-do all 9 again)



From the "you can't do that at Disneyland any more" file, my kids on the Mickey statue at the DLH just after we arrived.



Posing on the Dumbo prop after riding it.



DD (then 10) and I just behind the empty seat (and DS13 next to us). I can't believe DH caught the takeoff on camera. DD was really scared for the first 1.5 seconds and then spent the rest of the ride yelling, "This is so awesome!" Yep, another generation of coaster fans.



DD and DS hugging Stitch, DS's favorite. A CM had told me Stitch wouldn't be out that day, but we came around a corner in Hollywood and there he was!!



The kids with the must-have Mickey bars. Whatever these three don't eat, DS16 will mop up.



DS contemplating how to get the sword out of the stone.



We got to meet Tinkerbell and Fawn in the rain. Thankfully our CM friend helped us jump ahead of the half-hour line and get us in quickly. I need to find out where she will be working in March!



Another thing you can't do any more ... feed a swarm of koi at the Disneyland Hotel.



The ubiquitous picture in front of the Partners statue and the castle. I think we just traded with another family.

I hope you enjoyed these photos. I can't wait to go back and take more!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:11 PM   #82
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All right, I need some help and inspiration!

As I have mentioned, my kids don't know we're going yet, at least not specifics. All inquiries have been met with a disinterested, "yeah, we'll probably go sometime next year," and a deft change of subject.

So I am planning to tell them officially at Christmas, so they have a date, and something to count down to (75 days as of Christmas Day). I don't expect a Youtube-quality reaction to this Trip Reveal ... they've been before and they've known they would be back.

What I DO need from all of you reading along are any ideas to supplement what I've already bought ... I still have time to make or ship items to add.

So here's what I've bought so far (and yes, I got the photo sizing wrangled):



Mickey Peeps! For eating right away. ($1.99 at Walgreens if anyone else wants a stocking stuffer)



The glow sticks are great for waiting on Fantasmic, WoC, fireworks, etc. Best $1 I spend for each Disney trip. The book is mostly for DS16 ... plus I will be borrowing it to read!



New lanyards and pins for DD13, DD10, and DS7. For me too! We will likely do a blind draw for the pins and do some trading amongst ourselves over the next few months. They sometimes decide what they will collect for the trip based on what they start with. At WDW DD13 had Cuties, DD10 had Chip and Dale and Tink, I got almost the whole set of holiday snowflakes.



PEZ!! Somehow this has become a trip tradition. I hate reloading them, but the kids think they're the best thing ever. C3PO for DS16, Pooh for DD13, Rapunzel for DD10, and Perry for DS7.

..........................

So anyone have any ideas I could add to this? I also have the perfect size box and just bought a roll of Mickey wrapping paper at the dollar store. Plus the little brochure Disneyland sent me about our trip. I am toying with including a countdown, but I think 75 days out is too early for me to maintain. DS7 will figure out we will be there for his 8th birthday, but it doesn't feel like the Trip Reveal is the place to emphasize it.

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For the countdown a paper chain might be fun. The kids can help you and then they can take turns tearing a link off of the chain each day.


If you want to buy more things to round out their stuff we were in the 99 cent store the other day and they had a ton of Disney stuff in there. Just an option if you want it.
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I don't think I have any great ideas but I sure like yours. I love those PEEPS!
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For the countdown a paper chain might be fun. The kids can help you and then they can take turns tearing a link off of the chain each day.


If you want to buy more things to round out their stuff we were in the 99 cent store the other day and they had a ton of Disney stuff in there. Just an option if you want it.
I will probably wait on the paper chain. DD13 is a want-to-do-it-myself type and she'd have a paper chain circling her bedroom if I let her! Maybe at 30 days out. I have been to Dollar Tree but will probably also hit the 99 Cent store before Christmas for stocking stuffers and to see if they have anything else marvelous. I'm sure we'll find things for the car ride as it gets closer.

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I don't think I have any great ideas but I sure like yours. I love those PEEPS!
The Peeps are really cute! I am glad I'm not trying to stuff them in a stocking because I'm not sure they'd fit. Someone posted them on another DIS section and I knew I had to find them. They are perfect for what I am doing!

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(this has nothing to do with my trip but everything to do with Disney, so tune in at your own peril)

I just saw on a friend's Facebook update that they are at Hong Kong Disneyland!! I am so excited for them and a little jealous. She has been on sabbatical in New Zealand (she's a professor in Canada and we grew up together in CA) and they are traveling home by way of Hong Kong to visit family.

Actually, of all the foreign Disney parks, it would be slightly more likely for me to visit Hong Kong Disneyland than some of the others. My brother lives in Beijing and DH, and I have been there once to visit him. I should probably hold out for Shanghai Disneyland in a couple years. OOO, a Disney Parks road trip, hitting Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Yeah, that would blow the vacation budget for the rest of my life!

I have seen some amazing photos of the foreign parks. I don't really have an official "bucket list," but if I am ever in France, Japan, or Hong Kong, I am putting my foot down and spending at least a day at Disney!

But for now I will be content with California

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We're going in March, too (7-12)! Your planning is fantastic! My DH says I have Disney on the brain. He says we *still* have 3 months. I say, we *only* have 3 months!

I live AZ, too (Tempe).
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Love the Pez and Peeps. I better run to Walgreens in case DH changes his mind.


Your family is just adorable. The Mickey bars look so yummy!
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We're going in March, too (7-12)! Your planning is fantastic! My DH says I have Disney on the brain. He says we *still* have 3 months. I say, we *only* have 3 months!

I live AZ, too (Tempe).
Welcome, CristyHas3!! Yes, this trip report is group therapy for OverPlanners Anonymous. I write here because you people understand that it's *only* three months!! When is your next Disneyland trip?

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Your family is just adorable. The Mickey bars look so yummy!
You can never have too many Peeps! Even if they're not part of a Trip Reveal, they would make fun treats. Without the packaging, they're just red Mickey heads!

We think the kids are above-average on the adorable scale. They clean up pretty nice and know when to smile for pictures!

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Welcome, CristyHas3!! Yes, this trip report is group therapy for OverPlanners Anonymous. I write here because you people understand that it's *only* three months!! When is your next Disneyland trip?

You can never have too many Peeps! Even if they're not part of a Trip Reveal, they would make fun treats. Without the packaging, they're just red Mickey heads!

We think the kids are above-average on the adorable scale. They clean up pretty nice and know when to smile for pictures!

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