We forgot to mention the “Welcome” card we received from Disneyland for becoming Disneyland Annual Passholders. It was exciting. We wasted no time reserving the Disneyland hotel with our AP discount for our September trip AND our Angels baseball tickets at half price, thanks to our AP.
And then our Disneyland hotel confirmation letter came in the mail – more excitement. Now we’re just waiting for our Angels cap, t-shirt, and night-shirt.
Speaking of the Angels, the best part about our 4th of July celebration this year was watching the Angels play a great game on the 4th. Ah, it’s good to be home.
In the morning I enjoy tuning into Radio Disney on Live365. Radio Disney is broadcast from Birmingham, Alabama and plays music from WDW. I discovered Live365 when I worked in the IT Department at Team Disney. One of my fellow contractors, also a writer, was originally from New York. He was living in Ocala and commuting to WDW. We bonded right away. Every morning I’d hear him say over the cube wall, “Kathy, are we having fun yet?” And then he’d say, “I’d be having more fun selling hot dogs.” He was also struggling working there.
For example, I couldn’t find anybody to help me with getting my questions answered, even for something as simple as, “Where is the printer paper?” The manager had paraded my Silicon Valley resume around, and the staff members felt threatened by me. They shouldn’t have. But at least the contractors bonded. It was a situation of “us against them” – not pleasant. I couldn’t believe the sabotage going on.
Anyway, this guy had the opposite problem – he was working for a micro-manager. So as soon as I heard him ask his morning question, I’d pop into his cube to chat (one of the few people who would talk to me), and I noticed he would bring his really nice laptop with him and would play Live365. I have him to thank because Rich and I then bought our own spiffy laptop and subscribed to Live365. I don’t regret either – that was probably the best part about working there. And that’s how I now have a little bit of WDW with me every morning.
Is there a major highway in your town that when you see signs for it, you smile because it’s the road that takes you to Disney? When we lived in Tampa Bay we’d smile every time we saw the “*I-4 Orlando” sign. So much so we moved to Orlando that last year before we moved back west. And now that we’re living in Las Vegas, we love seeing the “I-15 Los Angeles” sign. We can’t wait to get on the road to drive to Disneyland.
Sometimes our heads spin just thinking of how much things have changed in so little time. One moment we’re living in Florida and the next we’re living in Las Vegas. Maybe that’s one reason we needed to create a new Two4Disney blog – it’s visual proof of where we are now.
Next: Pre-trip Report, Parts 1 and 2.
Some of you may have found this blog because you know us from our Two4Disney blog on blogspot, which is no more. That blog was started when we moved from the west coast to Florida and made frequent trips to WDW. When we moved back west, we didn’t see a need for it anymore.
Well, guess what? Last night I had a dream that I should start another Disney blog. Obviously, planning our first trip back to Disneyland after living in Florida for almost 5 years was creating this desire. And since “a dream is a wish your heart makes,” well, I just had to do it. Since I now blog on wordpress, I created a brand new Two4Disney blog here.
Sitting here at my keyboard, listening to my 50 Year Anniversary CD of “A Musical History of Disneyland,” surrounded by Disney characters, typing this by the light of my Mickey Mouse lamp, I may as well confess: Disney makes me happy. So…
“To all who come to this happy place, welcome.”
Walt Disney, opening day of Disneyland, July 17, 1955