@HelloTheFuture I forgot about Makers! That one is great too. Also, do you have a goodreads I can stalk? Based on your tumblr, we have very similar tastes (My Real Children is SO GREAT).
@garli To clarify, it's sci-fi set in Disney World. And I have to imagine he picked Haunted Mansion as one of the attractions his protagonist cared about because it is one of those classic attractions that people are super, super into (author included, I believe). I honestly think if you had to place money on what ride will never go away you'd have to go with either Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean. They're too iconic and beloved by both the public and the people who work at Disney.
Also, Nicole, have you read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow? Getting rid of/changing the Haunted Mansion in the future is a major part of the plot.
I'm definitely more of a ride person than a character meeting person (though I do enjoy meeting Tigger while eating waffles at a character breakfast) but I actually really enjoyed Enchanted Tales with Belle when I went last summer. The show I went to had few enough eager little kids that they actually cast my brother's girlfriend as Maurice and me as the wardrobe and we had a ton of fun. That said, I feel like New Fantasyland is still mostly rides. They added a Little Mermaid dark ride and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and they still have the Dumbo, Peter Pan, It's a Small World, Mad Tea Party, Winnie the Pooh, and Barnstormer rides. Oh, and the carousel and the train.
I was so afraid this was going to turn out badly but this was so sweet. I love all of these so much.
I wish I could bike to work! I live three miles and no hills from work, but the road I take is a very busy one with amounts of shoulder/sidewalk that range from wide, pleasant expanses to teeny spaces composed primarily of potholes. I do see maybe one person a week biking there and I'm always worried for them (slash angry when they are not paying attention while also not wearing a helmet). I have bad hair enough of the time that helmet hair wouldn't make my life notably worse.
I'm impressed that you've managed not to shout "FUCK OFF" in response to any of the pointless "who's watching the BABY?!?" inquiries. Why do they care? Do they think you just forgot you had a kid and left them at home? Is it that mind-blowing that someone other than the mother is with the baby?
I think I'm better at clothes shopping online because when trying on stuff at home I can pair the new stuff with the stuff I already own and figure out if this sweater actually matches this dress instead of convincing myself it will and then going home to find out I'm wrong. Sure, I could just return it in either case, but when I order stuff online I'm often already committed to making a return (I order a lot of multiple sizes) so I'm less likely to blow it off. Also, it's way less stressful to try things on at home alone with something fluffy on tv and a beer to drink when no pants fit.
@garli Totally seconding camelcamelcamel. It's great for pricy things you know you want eventually; I used it when buying my camera and my sound system and it was great knowing I got the best price they'd ever offered.
If I have to pick, I gotta go with amusement parks over water parks (I love roller coasters) but most amusement parks around me have water park areas, so in my family we usually hit the water park first thing before it gets too crowded, do all of that, change into dry clothes, and then do the dry rides. I find it really interesting that some places still make you pay per ride as opposed to having a single entrance fee. I always went with the single entrance ticket model when building parks in Roller Coaster Tycoon because it seemed unfair to do it the other way, since I never wanted to pay per ride at the fair or whatever. Of course, I'm the kind of person who gets there when it opens, stays until it closes, and rides literally everything.