We’ve got a few we photos of our Swan wedding back from the fabulous Jocelyn McGregor Photography, and we thought we would share them with you along with a brief recap. Vendor reviews and advice will be coming soon as well.
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Sadly, Danny and I are not local to any Disney theme parks. In fact, we’re about as far away from Disneyland and Walt Disney World as one can be in the continental United States. We try to visit at least one Disney park each year, and have been fortunate enough in the last few years to achieve that goal and then some.
Something that I hear a lot from people who visit Disney parks with the same frequency that we do is that they experience a “post-Disney depression” where they slip into a funk as their trips end, then mourn their vacation upon returning home. The ways they combat this are usually mired in ritual (a “farewell breakfast” at a favorite character meal, a cathartic cry that lasts the whole Magical Express trip back to the Orlando airport, one last visit to Cinderella castle, or the most popular, booking a bounce-back vacation before checking out).
After cruising the jungle, Danny and I broke off from the group again. We were all meeting local relatives for dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen that night and wanted to change before we headed to the restaurant. We’d stowed a backpack with fresh clothes in a locker on Main Street, so we grabbed that and left the park. Our next destination was the Disneyland Hotel.
On our second morning in Disneyland, despite getting in later than the rest of our family did the night before, Danny and I were the first to rise. Everybody else wasn’t going to be ready for hours, so we ditched them and headed to Downtown Disney for breakfast at La Brea Bakery Express.
It was about 8:30 in the morning as we walked through the Esplanade. Disneyland had been open for a half hour, but Disney California Adventure wouldn’t be open until 10:00. Turnstiles open a while before the official rope drop, but we were still a little surprised to see people lining up at the gate to DCA so early. The next day, however, we would find ourselves among them.
Today marks the grand re-opening of Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim. Unfortunately, Danny and I aren’t there to witness the spectacular event because we just got home from Disneyland a week ago.
This vacation was planned before we knew what the exact opening dates would be for Carsland and Buena Vista Street. When we found out that June 15th would be the official re-opening day, it was too late to change anything. If it were just Danny and me on this vacation, we would have happily pushed our trip back by ten days. However, this time, it was a big family vacation. It wasn’t just our schedule that would have to change. My grandma, mom, sister, sister’s boyfriend, aunt and two cousins were joining us. It was the Disneyland vacation that my grandma always wanted to take with all of her grandchildren. Something Grandma had talked about wanting for 20 years was finally happening. We’d all been to Disneyland separately, but this would be the largest group in which any of us had ever toured the parks.