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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Changes at Disneyland and California Adventure


We used to make an annual spring break trek to Disneyland and California Adventure. We did so again this year, but it’s been a few years since we did both.
2919: both
2018: neither
2017: Disneyland and Universal Studios
2016: Disneyland and California Adventure
There have been a lot of changes since both 2016 and even 2017, mostly for the better. Here’s what was new for us. And no, we weren’t there in time for the Galaxy’s Edge opening.
The Mark Twain in the Rivers of America, with Galaxy's Edge in the background. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Both parks

Is the Disneyland MaxPass Worth it?


The MaxPass was introduced at Disneyland/California Adventure since we last went. It's one of the changes at Disneyland in the last few years (read about other Disneyland changes here). It’s currently $15 per person per day. We are FastPassexperts, and the FastPass is free, so we debated whether to spring for the extra cost. We are so glad we did. Here’s why.
You can see Galaxy's Edge in the background. The app's listing of our FastPasses. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Benefits of the MaxPass
The MaxPass is part of the Disney app, and provides these benefits:

Monday, May 27, 2019

Our Disneyland Haunted Mansion Cake

For the first time in many years, we visited Disneyland when it wasn't Passover, and we could actually eat whatever we wanted. The plan was to get churros, as we always talk about that but aren't able to eat them during the holiday. This year when my sister said "let's get a churro" late afternoon, I told her to wait until after dinner. I had another plan.

Our trip to Disneyland was right in between my daughter and my sister's birthday, though this was not top of mind when we made reservations for the Blue Bayou, where we always wanted to eat, but didn't bother, given holiday restrictions.
The Blue Bayou restaurant in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

I decided to surprise them with a birthday cake. You can't order or find Disneyland cakes online.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco - sign up for details



What's the hottest Broadway show since Hamilton? That would be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I finally got tickets to the show in New York - for June. It was too crazy expensive and difficult to get them before that! Good news, though. The traveling show is getting ready to hit the road. It comes to San Francisco in October. You can be the first (ha ha) - or among the first - to get the scoop on tickets. Sign up here so you'll get emails about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child San Francisco tickets. Don't worry - they don't go crazy with the emails. Know that it's a two part show - and you have get separate tickets to both shows. You can buy them at the same time, but it will be double the price of normal shows to see the whole thing. If it's like the New York show, on weekends (and maybe Wednesdays?) you can see both - with a few hours in between. Otherwise you go on consecutive nights.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

App Research Project - $175 payment per child

Touchstone Research has a special opportunity for teens ages 12-17 to be a part of a fun app research project with an in-person follow-up session for a popular technology company. Please read the description of the project below carefully, so that you can determine if this is a good fit for your child. They are looking for teens (ages 12-17) to participate in a 3 day diary project plus an in-person interview.

Here are the details:

  • 3 day online diary project starting in November or December
  • Follow-up interviews at a facility in Menlo Park 
  • Teens Ages 12-17 years
  • They pay $75 for the diary and $100 for the in-person session. That is a total of $175 per child.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and will help them determine whether your child fits the criteria they are looking for. You will be able to select the times you are available. Please click on this link to take the survey.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to answer all questions as honestly as possible. Failure to do so will result in the removal of your account. Please click on the link below to take the survey:
https://touchstoneresearch.3uu.us/uc/2018F2110118APP/?a=&b=FK

This post is sponsored by Touchstone.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Big Book Sale - SF Public Library - at Fort Mason this weekend



The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale is in its final two days (today and tomorrow). Sunday is $1 Day. Buy books, support the Library. It's the largest book sale on the West Coast and EVERYTHING is a $1 on Sunday! It's at Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion from 10:00-6.