10) You clicked on this TR just to make sure you don't. Knowing full well you do. 9) You actually know what Disboards and MiceChat are and the difference. 8) Your iphone ring tone is the Fantasmic song. 7) You refer to all employees at all companies as Cast Members. 6) When you're feeling a little sad, you put on one of your many Mickey t-shirts (or earrings or scarf) to feel better. 5) You correct people when they call Disneyland Disney World & vice versa. 4) Your children have fought about who gets to write a report on Walt Disney. The teacher finally caves and lets them both do it. 3) Your friends and family text "Have a Magical day" as a standard greeting. 2) You are currently and regularly listening to Mouse World Radio on your iphone. 1) Despite having a perfectly good Disney close on your coast, you are more than willing to spend the money to take your family to the other Disney just to compare. Guilty! Hi! My name is Perla. I'm part of a 2 woman Disney obsessed team. My other half is named Suzy and we write TR's all about the ins and outs on the Disney World thread. Suzy visited Disneyland several years ago with her family. My family was understandably jealous. And we made it our mission to get there ourselves. While awaiting our turn, Donald (my sweet dh) and I were shooting a wedding in Malibu for a friend and decided to just check it out a year and a half ago. From that point on, it wasn't just a dream. It was an official plan. Which brings us to today. Well, brings us to 13 days from now when we fly out of this state into the Eureka state. But I'm gonna just give you a bit of a pre-trip and intros, for now. As stated, my name is Perla. I'm 38 and the mom of 3 girls. I'm the vice president and general manager of a small heating and cooling company. I'm pretty well traveled. Italy, Russia, Spain, Yellowstone, etc. etc. I've even visited the exotic destination of California a couple of times. But I've spent just one, soaking wet day at Disneyland. I love the mouse. And want to share his home with my girls. Here I am in Disneyland with my sweetie: Donald is his name. He is almost 38 (in less than a week) and works with me. Many of his childhood vacation memories are at Ft. Wilderness at WDW so though originally not as into WDW as I was, he was quite easy to convert. And it is him 100% that has driven this family pilgrimage to Walt's park. Here he is soaking wet at Disneyland: We have three girls, as I already mentioned, and the five of us are quite the little team. Mulan is the eldest. She's a mature 11 year old & will start 8th grade next year. I'll stereotype here and have you imagine exactly what an elder sister should be and act like. Boom. You've got it. Smart, sarcastic, bossy, fiercely loyal to her family, born to caregive, willing and capable. She's slowly becoming an adult and I'm not one bit sentimental about that. She'll make a great adult. Here she is at BBB at WDW. Ariel is the middle child. She's ten. I'd love to say that you can just stereotype her as well. But that simply doesn't work. As the only typical thing about Ariel and that there isn't much typical about her. And she LOVES that about herself. Despite feeling often like no one understands her, she wouldn't have it any other way. Being a one of a kind is very important to her. And sometimes that can be a little lonely. But what's the alternative? Being typical. And that, my friends, would be beyond unacceptable. She starts 6th grade next year. And she LOVES Disney. You want the honest truth? She loves it more than the rest of us. And we love it a lot. Here she is on Maelstrom in Epcot: The youngest is Boo. She's 5. If Ariel is quirky, Boo is just weird. And sadly in this narrative I must admit she's the one that's like me. Good thing cause I LOVE weird. Love it. She's funny, happy, fearless, and overall a kid. A full out dirty, barefoot, frog catching (and sometimes kissing), swimming, giggling, enthusiastic, Disney loving kid. You want easy going? You want funny things said that make you laugh right out loud? You want honesty? Then Boo is your girl. Here she is at the Magic Kingdom WDW Barber shop: And here we all are at the WDW Teacups: So. Disneyland. I know what you're thinking. We WDW vets need to change our strategy when we head on over to the west coast. But don't you worry. My little one day pouring down the rain preview, has prepared me. Well, that and Suzy's trip and report, reading Hydroguy's stuff, and all kinds of other things and research. And I got Ridemax. I'm ready to mix my Disney knowledge and my fastpass skills with my chill attitude. I do hereby promise and solemnly swear to use the two parks as one park. I promise to avoid DL on weekends (though I'm going on Memorial day ) and get to the park 30 minutes early. I will dash at 10:00 (9:45) to DCA and get our FPs to WoC. I promise to get to WoC 60 minutes early and follow the handydandy map on this site. And I got a room at HoJo and will eat at Mimi's. I promise. Here's the actual plan: Fly in and stay at airport. Drive to Sequoia and Yosemite. Then visit our friends in Malibu (they actually live in Thousand Oaks but you know, of course, we'll be popping over those mountains and watching the surfers.) And then 6 nights at the HoJo with LA & Anaheim highlights. We arrive at the HoJo the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend. And are planning right now on Monday and Tuesday putting in long, killer days running wild with the happy crowds. Then the next three days we'll just casually do Hollywood and DL however we feel like doing it. But my casual isn't exactly the same as everyone else's casual. That's my intro. More to come in the following days as the mayhem begins!!!!!!!!! I've not even BEGUN on my packing and true plans/itinerary. Prepare yourselves for a bit of panic as we get closer.