[personal profile] oakenguy
Dear LJ,

At this time tomorrow I'll have gone to a far, far better place.

Which isn't hard, as at the moment I'm sitting here at a very messy desk in the dark in underwear and my thick wool coat because it's a) before sunrise and very cold and yet I'm b) too lazy to actually put pants on.

As usual before a big trip my head is spinning with questions, and this isn't just a normal trip but DISNEY WORLD, a place I haven't been to since I was 4 years old. Agh, SO many questions: Have we not planned enough? Did we overplan? Should I be calling their hotline right now and desperately making restaurant reservations? Will it be a ghost town? Will it be too cold? Will it be too hot? What will I do if my name is accidentally on a 'do not fly' list and I'm left at the airport? Does my new haircut make my head look like a particularly blobby pineapple?

....to be fair, I'd be asking that last question anyhow.

Anyhow, what it all boils down to is that we're about to leave for three days of close encounters with giant mice, and I'm ridiculously excited about it.

The interesting thing is that even though, as mentioned, I was 4 at the time my memories of Disney World are oddly vivid. And a lot of them, I hate to say, are of me having toddler meltdowns. Of refusing to go near the Haunted Mansion because it looked too scary. Of refusing to go in the Hall of Energy because there were a lot of people going in but no one coming out, so OBVIOUSLY once you got inside you'd be killed and eaten. Part of me feels like I should seek out those rides and go on them just as an apology to my parents (who were a little younger than I am now and isn't THAT a kick to the gut to realize?).......and also because, let's face it, the Haunted Mansion is awesome.

Date: 2012-01-11 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fbhjr.livejournal.com
I recommend the Star Wars ride at the Disney Hollywood Studios park.

Date: 2012-01-11 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plumtreeblossom.livejournal.com
Have fun! I really want to see your rendition of a toddler meltdown. :-)

Date: 2012-01-11 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakenguy.livejournal.com
Ha! It's been years since I held my breath until I passed out, but for YOU...

Date: 2012-01-11 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plumtreeblossom.livejournal.com
I can totally picture you doing that. :-)

We'll miss you this weekend at Arisia. Billy will be amok!

Date: 2012-01-11 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malterre.livejournal.com
Disney is made for ambling - bathrooms and food are never far away. You can find pretty much any food type on i-drive. My adult cousins who live in Orlando like Boardwalk and Epcot.

Date: 2012-01-11 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clionona.livejournal.com
You're going to have so much fun!!! You should totally brave "Ellen's Energy Adventure" because it's hilarious and Ellen Degeneres is awesome. :D

There's so much I could tell you about, but I'll just say HAVE A GREAT TIME! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Date: 2012-01-11 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kip-w.livejournal.com
I just want to go to Disneyland again. Last time I was there, I was two, or maybe younger. And since then, I've learned that two or three of the buildings on Main Street USA were modeled on buildings in the town I grew up in.

Date: 2012-01-11 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalliejenn2.livejournal.com
i cannot WAIT to bring Ben to Disney...probably when he's 4, actually. apparently my mom/stepdad have a timeshare there, which i was previously unaware of (they mentioned it once we had the baby)...so hooray for free lodging! i might cave and bring him even earlier (even though he won't remember it) simply because i want to go back.

Date: 2012-01-11 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plumtreeblossom.livejournal.com
Probably right up to the time you had the baby, your mom worried that if you knew about the timeshare, you'd want to use it for wild parties. Now that you have a kid, you're finally trustworthy. :-)

Date: 2012-01-12 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elkster.livejournal.com
Pictures, we must have pictures!

Date: 2012-01-20 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spenceraloysius.livejournal.com
I come back from Disney to see this post and realize that we may have been in the throngs at the same time.

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