My mailbox has been filling up
with suggestions from readers. Today I'll share just a few:
eMailbox for 10/26/01:
Cookie decorating time,
Before I get into my mail bag, here's
a bit of news...
It is a bit early for Christmas cookie
decorating, but Disneyland has a Halloween cookie decorating
station set up in New Orleans Square, where you can choose from
several Halloween-themed sugar cookies and decorate them with
colored frosting (above).
Disneyland added a "Cup of Mud
Mix-Up," option as well (above). Visitors can enjoy goodies
such as creepy crawly (gummy) worms in (chocolate pudding) mud.
Watch for Christmas cookie decorating to begin throughout the
resort beginning November 2.
Our family enjoyed Holiday cookie
decorating last year, so I know we will
less practical than everyone else's advice, but here goes: I
have three girls, 6, 3, and 10 months and we will be at
Disneyland next week. This is our third visit since we've had
children, but I lived in Southern California as a child and
visited Disneyland often. We researched hotels until we found
one that served a full, free breakfast, saving us paying for one
meal a day. We also booked, and rebooked, and rebooked the
vacation--it cost nothing extra--and it got cheaper. The
airlines and the hotel kept discounting the tickets. Eventually,
we ended up with an extra night at the hotel and an extra day at
the parks for $91 cheaper than the original booking. We bought
trip insurance and paid our deposit, then our agent told us we
could try again and again to get a better deal. We also got a
breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen the last time I booked everything.
It's something to try and you don't lose your original booking
if it's not cheaper. Play around with it.
My 6-year-old is very intelligent and cynical, but she fully
believes that we chose our hotel based upon the fact that Mickey
and Minnie leave treats under the pillow each night. We ordered
some and personalized name tags from MouseShoppe for them ahead
of time. My husband is going to jump slightly ahead of us in
line and ask a CM to give the tags to the girls as they come
through the gates, making them feel extra special, and like
Mickey is waiting for them.
My daughter also has pulled four teeth the last two months,
and is saving them to put under her pillow at Disneyland in
hopes that Mickey and the Tooth Fairy will crash into one
another and leave extra treats. We're also giving them each $10
to $20 Disney Dollars each day to spend as they please. Plus, I
asked our hotel if we are free to take fruit from the breakfast
bar with us to the park and they said, "Of course!"
And of course what makes this trip extra special is that I'm
bringing my mother; not only will I get to see her delight in my
children's delight, I also might get to ride on Indiana Jones
Adventure with my husband again ... hasn't happened in 6 years.
I'm going to try to hit all the small things that make each trip
different--rides on Mark Twain, Princess Storytelling, the Sword
in the Stone ceremony (with my daughter positioned just right to
get chosen--that would make her life) and chocolate Mickey Mouse
cookies. And I look forward to buying that one special thing
each day to put under their pillows that night.
Wow-- can you imagine how
excited Claire's children must be? And I love any tips that help
save money and add extra time to a vacation, too!
back from vacation to find my mailbox full of comments
about my apple- picking article. I think my favorite, though, came
from Michelle in Hawaii:
appreciate these types of things to do while we are visiting
California. So different from Hawaii where you can either go to
the beach or hit the malls.
I will be printing out this article for future use. Hey,
would you know of place where we can cut our own Christmas tree
too? We would like to visit in December hopefully depending on
all this craziness with Mr. Osama.
started turning. I went to some search engines and yellow pages
Web sites and found what I expected: a few listings, but nothing
consistent. I could not even find any links for the Christmas tree
farms that I know about. A friend suggested that just because it
is a Christmas tree farm, does not mean it would also make an
optimal experience. Many "farms" in urban areas are lots
underneath high- voltage power lines, while others further out may
provide a better experience.
So, readers, please help me and your fellow readers. If you
know of a Christmas Tree Farm in the greater Disneyland area, or
even if you know of one further out that you think someone might
be interested in finding, please e-mail me with its location and a
brief description of it. Let me know if it is a "convenient
lot," a "forest experience" or somewhere in
between. I will compile a reference list here and keep it updated.
I do wonder though, how Michelle plans on getting the tree back
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