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Old 07-09-2013, 09:15 PM   #316
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There were also lots of fountains around the Spectrum. I’m a sucker for kinetic water, so I was impressed.
I just love the phrase "kinetic water"
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I'm really enjoying all your stories and love the fact that without passes you got to explore a whole lot of So Cal and learn where you are living, but I'm getting really ancy to find out when you actually GET your passes and then how you go crazy.

Oh and I'm not sure how long it really takes, but eventually you become, not jaded, but realize that actual life takes over and as much as you would like to spend all your free time out at the park, you have real life responsibilities that need to be taken care of and end up balancing time. In our case, it's like "hardly getting out there at all unless friends come into town or something special is happening". Hopefully you two don't get that way.

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We're pretty sure we will be going to the Expo. Haven't decided if we'll do all three days or just one. Are you going to be there?
We have Sorcerer tickets, so we'll be staying at the Anaheim Hilton starting Wednesday night. We have been to all the Expos and so far they were both amazing. We made the mistake of driving home each night the first year, by the end of each day we were so tired that we couldn't stay for the nighttime activities and had to head home just to have the energy to come back the next day. We live a little farther than you, but also with Fran's RA, she gets very tired and needs to rest. There isn't really any time to rest at the Expo, but staying close by helps.

It's totally worth it as far as I'm concerned, you just really need to have a plan of attack and strategize your time. With the "Stage Passes" they are talking about it sounds like you will be able to pick one session outside the Arena per day and perhaps get in line for the Arena. There is plenty of other stuff to do like shop and view the various exhibits. It's total Disney overload and so much fun. There is a link in my signature to my TR from the 2011 Expo if you're curious about what there is to do.
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I've enjoyed all your updates! I mostly check for them now on my phone and I don't comment a lot cause I hate typing on my phone.

I have a pretty good feeling you guys are getting close to getting into the parks...not really sure what gives me this feeling Certainly not inside info...
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:30 AM   #319
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Another nice update for life in the O.C.

I've been looking up the Irvine Spectrum Mall and the shops there. Might have to make a visit there....that carousel and ferris wheel looks gorgeous.

Nice cake and food porn. I'm going to have to ignore Bruxie in Old Towne Orange! That is just wicked!!! But I'll definitely be indulging in the beignets when I'm there in September.
You should definitely try to pay a visit to the Irvine Spectrum if you have some extra time. We thought it was a really neat place!

I'm glad that you've been enjoying the food pictures. I'm sure that your beignets will be as good as you're imagining when you get to have some in a couple months. They're just such a delicious invention!

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I'm really enjoying all your stories and love the fact that without passes you got to explore a whole lot of So Cal and learn where you are living, but I'm getting really ancy to find out when you actually GET your passes and then how you go crazy.

Oh and I'm not sure how long it really takes, but eventually you become, not jaded, but realize that actual life takes over and as much as you would like to spend all your free time out at the park, you have real life responsibilities that need to be taken care of and end up balancing time. In our case, it's like "hardly getting out there at all unless friends come into town or something special is happening". Hopefully you two don't get that way.



We have Sorcerer tickets, so we'll be staying at the Anaheim Hilton starting Wednesday night. We have been to all the Expos and so far they were both amazing. We made the mistake of driving home each night the first year, by the end of each day we were so tired that we couldn't stay for the nighttime activities and had to head home just to have the energy to come back the next day. We live a little farther than you, but also with Fran's RA, she gets very tired and needs to rest. There isn't really any time to rest at the Expo, but staying close by helps.

It's totally worth it as far as I'm concerned, you just really need to have a plan of attack and strategize your time. With the "Stage Passes" they are talking about it sounds like you will be able to pick one session outside the Arena per day and perhaps get in line for the Arena. There is plenty of other stuff to do like shop and view the various exhibits. It's total Disney overload and so much fun. There is a link in my signature to my TR from the 2011 Expo if you're curious about what there is to do.
You don't have to wait much (really any) longer to find out about when we got our passes. Just check out the next update! We've been glad to get to explore SoCal and find out what it's all about, but there's been no substitute for Disney. I understand what you mean about it being easy to get a little jaded when it's always there and you can go any time, but I'm glad to say that we certainly aren't there. We still love going as often as possible, and I think one of the things that makes it nice is just how close we are. We can make an evening trip which is really just about hanging out and walking around. We've gone several times and not ridden a single attraction. I just think that we approach Disneyland from a much different perspective now. Very little of it is "new" anymore, but we are able to dig deeper, appreciate some of the history, and learn a little bit each time we go.

That's fantastic that you got the Sorcerer tickets for the Expo! I'm sure it will be nice not having to stand in some of those lines! I think we're mostly just excited to go and really experience what it's all about. With my medical stuff, doing too many long lines won't really be an option for us, so we'll just do what we can and enjoy the Disney immersion. I'll have to check out your TR to get a better idea what we have in store!

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I've enjoyed all your updates! I mostly check for them now on my phone and I don't comment a lot cause I hate typing on my phone.

I have a pretty good feeling you guys are getting close to getting into the parks...not really sure what gives me this feeling Certainly not inside info...
I'm glad that you're still enjoying reading along, and I totally understand about not wanting to comment from the phone. I detest trying to type anything longer than a brief text message on my phone's keyboard.

You are certainly right that the day was drawing near when we made it into the parks. Can't IMAGINE how you knew...
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Part III
Mid-February-May 2013


Chapter 44
What’s Different About Today?


February 22, 2013

There was nothing obviously special about the week leading up to February 22nd. I was still working from home, and Tracy had finally given in and was interviewing for various jobs that matched up with her past experience in New York.

While she had been working with an agency to try to find a position, the interview that she had on that Friday afternoon was actually with a company that she had found all on her own. A technology company that we’ll call CoolTech, she struggled at first to figure out what the company even did. After a talk with her dad the engineer, however, Tracy was able to decipher the technical mumbo-jumbo behind CoolTech. The potential job likely wouldn’t have jumped out to anyone else, but the hook that got Tracy interested was the fact that the company was actually based in Boulder, CO with another office in Denver. Their Anaheim office was their newest outpost, and it was close enough that she wouldn’t have too long of a commute each morning. Further sweetening the deal, the job seemed to be almost exactly what Tracy had experience doing in NYC and the company seemed like a similar “cool” tech startup. Among the office perks listed on the job description were free beer in the office, a ping-pong table, and Nerf gun wars. On the whole, it sounded like a good place to work.

Almost immediately after submitting her resume, Tracy was contacted to do a phone interview. On the afternoon of the 22nd, therefore, she had her call with CoolTech. It went really well, and they asked her to come in for an in-person interview the following week. Without even getting any feedback after the phone screen, Tracy had a good feeling about this job. It seemed like they wanted to move quickly and have her interview with several people. And even if this job didn’t work out, she had another interview the next week with a big medical company. Once she entered the market in her specific field, Tracy suddenly seemed to be a hot commodity. It wasn’t Disney, but at least she seemed quite employable.

Suddenly, we were left with a quandary. We didn’t know exactly when Tracy would be starting a job, but it seemed to be inevitable within the next month or so. We knew that once that day came, our relaxed routine would quickly become a thing of the past, giving way to 40-hour workweeks (or more). We would have spent all this time living so close to Disneyland, and now finally get passes, but we would only be able to go with the masses on the weekends.

We were sitting on our balcony talking through these latest developments when we asked ourselves if it really made sense to keep waiting. After all, Tracy WOULD get a job—she needed to (and soon) if we were going to be able to keep paying our bills. So we could either wait until the job officially came through, or we could pounce now and enjoy at least a week (if not more) of Disney parks time when we could actually go for the majority of the days and enjoy missing out on the crowds. We knew it wasn’t exactly the smartest choice (after all, the jobs might all fall through), but we were honestly just too tired of waiting. We had moved here for Disneyland, and we wanted to see Disneyland.

Once the decision was made, everything seemed to kick into high gear. If we were really doing this, we were going to do it NOW. It didn’t matter that it was 3:00 on a Friday and our previous plans for the evening had involved going to Target to pick up toothpaste. No, we were going to Disneyland. This evening. We dug through the closet and prepared my fanny pack for its first excursion in almost a year. We grabbed electric and cable bills to prove our California residency (we still hadn’t gotten CA driver’s licenses). Most importantly, we got down some of our favorite ears from their displays so that we would be appropriately dressed to go to the parks. All of this accomplished—in a matter of moments—we headed out to the car and began the familiar drive to Disneyland.



Despite the fact that we had done this drive more than ten times since moving here, something was obviously different this time around. Getting off the 5 at our usual exit, we FINALLY got to get into the lane marked “Theme Parks Only.”



Following the signs, we entered the massive Mickey and Friends parking structure.



We had to pay to get in this time, but we knew that we would get it reimbursed when we bought our passes.



Since it was a Friday evening at the beginning of what looked to be a fairly busy holiday weekend, the structure was already pretty full. They sent us to the roof and we parked a decent walk from the escalators.



We got out of the car and officially donned our Disney gear.



Next, we took one of the many enormous escalators down from our level. This structure is very cleverly built to avoid bottlenecks as much as possible, and it does a very good job at least 90% of the time.





Having familiarized ourselves with the trams just a week or so before, we actually knew what to do from this point.





We boarded and could barely contain our excitement.



Our trip on the tram was pretty uneventful, and when we made it to the Main Entrance Plaza, we headed straight through bag check. Our first stop, of course, had to be the ticket booths that had been taunting us for months.



Now, while it might not have been the BEST idea financially, we knew that we needed to get Premium APs. Once we were able to hit the parks, we couldn’t handle the idea of blockout dates. Plus, since we are locals, we were able to sign up for the monthly payment plan. After paying a down payment, we could pay off our passes throughout the rest of the year. When you choose this option, the difference in monthly payments between the different passes is almost negligible—especially when you consider the perks associated with the Premium pass, like free parking and heftier food and merchandise discounts.

Our ticket agent cast member was very nice. She was able to very quickly take down all of our information, check our utility bills for proof of residency, and draw up the payment contract. Soon we were signing the commitment to pay off our debt over the year, and that was the last step before she handed us our shiny new APs.





It was hard to believe what this little piece of plastic represented. Sure, people get to go to Disneyland every day. There are thousands of Annual Passholders and thousands more tourists showing up to Anaheim and swiping their way into the Happiest Place on Earth. But for us, this really felt like an accomplishment. We had a dream back when we were still living in New York, having just come back from our first trip to this park that both wowed us and wooed us. We wanted to know what it would be like to live near Disneyland and always be able to go to our happy place—a place where magic lives and where dreams DO come true, no matter how cliched that may sound. We had moved almost 3,000 miles from our original home, encountering more than our fair share of bumps along the road. It was already more than six months since we had left NYC and more than a year and a half since our dreams had first been hatched. To many people who just don’t “get it,” this day may have seemed like any other, but to us, it was literally one of the most exciting things that could be happening. And I’ll admit, one of the many things that crossed my mind as we prepared to enter Disneyland was how I was looking forward to sharing all of our upcoming Disney adventures with all of you who have been so faithful in reading along with our story.

This report is obviously going to take a bit of a change from this point out. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading about our exploits IN Disneyland as much as all the buildup.

Hold on tight, because, in the iconic words of Peter Pan, “Here we goooooooooooooo!”

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Oh yay! This is the bit I've been waiting for, so happy you got your APs! Can't wait to read more of your adventures, especially now that they'll involve being in the parks!

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OK, rhis deserves even a response from the phone! Yay for passes!

I'm sure it will take you a long rime before you get complacent and even then the special new stuff just lures you back in. We will sometimes just gobto have a Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans, window shop, or real shop and go home. We've been so busy this year we haven't properly used our passes, but I truly hope that changes and we run into you at the park sometime!
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Oh WOW!!! You got your APs in February! We have more than half a year to catch up on. Excellent.

Congratulations on achieving the dream. I take my Mickey Ear Hat off to you two. Not many people would act on moving all that way just to be close to Disney. Well done.
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Yay ... finally! I share your excitement and can't wait to join you both on the rollercoaster ride that is sure to come!

Just so excited!
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I have loved reading about all of your adventures so far and I'm glad you got to explore so much of the surroundings of your new home but I'm so happy for you both that you have got your AP and I can't wait to hear all about being able to visit the Magic whenever you want xx
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Yay!! So happy that you got your APs! Can't wait to hear about your adventures in the parks.
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Well, I know it's a little late but, CONGRAULATIONS on being AP owners!!
This is very exciting news. I look forward to reading about your in-park and out-of-park exploits.
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Loved reading all of your experiences so far, but the suspense for Disneyland was killing me
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Count me among those who have followed your journey all the way. I've enjoyed this great read about your move to be near the place you love best.

How fun to know we finally get to hear about your first Disney day as locals. Keep it coming!
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OK, rhis deserves even a response from the phone! Yay for passes!

I'm sure it will take you a long rime before you get complacent and even then the special new stuff just lures you back in. We will sometimes just gobto have a Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans, window shop, or real shop and go home. We've been so busy this year we haven't properly used our passes, but I truly hope that changes and we run into you at the park sometime!
Yay, passes!!

We definitely know what you mean about just going for certain little things. Whether it's a dessert or something we're looking to buy, we have based trips to Disneyland off such bizarre reasons for going. Hopefully you can start making it to the parks to use your APs more sometime soon. We would love to meet up with you sometime when you're there!

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Oh WOW!!! You got your APs in February! We have more than half a year to catch up on. Excellent.

Congratulations on achieving the dream. I take my Mickey Ear Hat off to you two. Not many people would act on moving all that way just to be close to Disney. Well done.
It's almost a daunting task knowing that I'm still that many months behind when we've been to the parks SO many times over that span. Hopefully I'll be able to fit it all into this TR without falling further behind... I am very excited to share all our stories from the parks, though, as we've had many exciting and interesting adventures.

We felt very accomplished stepping through the gates for the first time just knowing that we had accomplished our dream

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Yay ... finally! I share your excitement and can't wait to join you both on the rollercoaster ride that is sure to come!

Just so excited!
So glad that you're so excited to hear about our park adventures! I'm just as excited to share them

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I have loved reading about all of your adventures so far and I'm glad you got to explore so much of the surroundings of your new home but I'm so happy for you both that you have got your AP and I can't wait to hear all about being able to visit the Magic whenever you want xx
We were definitely glad to get a feel for our new home too, but nothing was going to beat the excitement we felt about getting our APs. Hopefully you'll enjoy hearing about everything we've been up to in and around the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Yay!! So happy that you got your APs! Can't wait to hear about your adventures in the parks.
We were SO HAPPY to finally get them too! Thanks for reading along this far, and I'm excited to tell our stories from inside Disneyland.

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Well, I know it's a little late but, CONGRAULATIONS on being AP owners!!
This is very exciting news. I look forward to reading about your in-park and out-of-park exploits.
Thanks! We certainly love being among the Disneyland AP holders. I hope that all of our exploits continue to be entertaining

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Count me among those who have followed your journey all the way. I've enjoyed this great read about your move to be near the place you love best.

How fun to know we finally get to hear about your first Disney day as locals. Keep it coming!
Thank you so much for reading all the way up to this point. I hope you keep enjoying hearing about everything we've been up to in Disneyland and DCA. It's continued to always be a wild ride!
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