Alright, I need your help/advice/ears (or eyes I guess)...
If you've read this blog for a few minutes, you know how much I love Disneyland. We've had season passes since late 2007 and we've been to the Happiest Place on Earth more than 50 times easily since then.
On Thursday, Yvie's pass expires. Kennedy's expires next month and Mrs. LB's pass, along with mine, expires in late January. Not sure how that happened but...
Yvie's pass expires 11/11/10. Sad.
What's even more sad is we've decided not to renew. Sad sad. Triple sad. Quintuple sad times infinity...
Why not? We barely went this year. We didn't go at all from early March to mid-September. Not once. Not even during the summer. We went once in September and once in October. Our weekends are usually filled with other things, and last summer was short (six weeks) and packed, with camping, family vacations, our San Francisco Marathon trip and swim lessons. There was no time to squeeze in even one trip to Disneyland.
I would still like to renew, but at $329 a pop, we can't justify spending that much money for such few trips. We just can't.
So it's the end of an era and I'm genuinely saddened by it.
My question is this: should I go on Thursday? There is no school so we can go old-school, like when the girls were 3 and 1, 4 and 2, and we could go whenever the hell we wanted to, at whatever damn time we wanted with no restrictions.
But I'm pretty sure I'll be a little emotional and not sure how I'll enjoy the trip.
Every time we go, the girls have so much fun. Their eyes light up now at the same things that lit up their faces the first time we went. That place does not get old no matter times we've gone. The girls enjoy it to the max and that's what will make me sad, knowing that they won't get the same enjoyment there any more.
Part of me wants to go, to do all of our favorite rides one last time: Small World, Pirates, Buzz Lightyear, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and the ride we've gone on the most, Alice in Wonderland.
But part of me doesn't want to go because it will be too painful. I know, I'm being selfish, possibly turning away a potentially memorable day because I don't want to deal with the emotional fallout.
So, what say you, dear blog reader? Should I go for old time's sake? Or should I just concede defeat and find something else to do with the girls on Thursday? I'm guessing that if we stay home, we'd probably watch a movie, bake some muffins/cookies, maybe go to a park, nap... fun stuff but nowhere near as fun as Disneyland.