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Friday is finally here!!! Happy Friday Guys!!
Wow - for some reason, this week felt long.
I will say - the snow was SUPER AMAZING yesterday. It started around 1-ish, here on Long Island and accumulated quite quickly! It was the thick, fluffy kind too!! The kind of snow that you can pack really well to make a super snowball (not that I made any!). But, just walking in it and hearing the "crunch" sound under my feet made my day!
Of course, the roads were not the greatest, especially around the time I had to go and get Gianna from school. I didn't care - just drove slowing, enjoying the snow falling all around. I love how everything looks "black & white" during a snow storm!!
Even Punkin was all ready for the snow in her very sophisticated red winter coat!!
Am I the only one totally getting stoked for Winter and the Christmas season?!? I'm working on filling in my calendar today with a few more definite dates for fun activities for the upcoming Christmas season! I'll give you the low-down this weekend.
As for tomorrow, stay tuned for some shopping fun as I tell you about our latest internet spree for winter boots!!
Remember the good old days...
If you are a bit older and remember back before the tragic events of 9/11 changed a great many rules of U.S. travel. In the "olden days," which we can still see in movies pre-9/11, non-ticketed individuals were able to both walk their departing loved ones to their gate as well as greet those incoming at the gate as well.
Life changed after that fateful September day and for the past nearly 20 years, non-ticketed people have been forbidden from going past security.
That appears to be changing now - at least at two major US city airports. According to AFAR Magazine's article Another U.S. Airport Now Allows Non-Ticketed Visitors Through Security,
"Last August, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first in the country post-9/11 to allow the public to access shops and restaurants beyond security without possessing an airline ticket."
And now, a second airport has followed suit. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) has become the second U.S. airport in a little more than a year to allow non-ticketed visitors to go through security.
Of course, going beyond security is not as simple as just taking a leisurely walk, it does involve a bit of pre-planning and pre-approval. For those wishing to do so, "the program is limited to 50 visitors per day, and the option for visitors to go past security only applies to domestic terminals. Those interested must apply online before 1:30 p.m. PST the day before they want to visit the airport," the article continues.
Additionally, visitors must be approved by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and will be notified of their approval status by midnight the day before they have requested to enter.
Still and all, it's a pretty good option in spite of the advanced planning. From a commerce standpoint, it also makes sense as well. According to Port of Seattle commissioner Ryan Calkins, “Some of the airport’s best features are [beyond security]: great restaurants, local musicians performing in the concourses, and some of the best views of the planes coming and going against the backdrop of Mount Rainier and the Olympics."
We will have to wait and see how many other airports continue this trend, which I hope proves successful, as it was always a treat to bid welcome and farewell when personally traveling or others in my life.
With it being Foodie Friday, I have a new article for your reading pleasure.
Freshly Made by Two Bronx Female Entrepreneurs
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Have a great Friday folks!!
Back in SoCal and recapping Shanghai Disney
Hello out there!
Wow is it great to have a good signal/wifi once again!
This of course is amongst a list (I'll be posting this list fairly soon) of other things that I kinda think that we as Americans are all taking for granted and probably not appreciating.
Yes in case you haven't noticed, I am back in the USA and back in smoky SoCal.
And boy oh boy do I have a great deal of catching up to do.
I still can't quite figure out why our server (Weebly) was blocked by the Great Fire Wall?!
Luckily I was able to shoot Elisa a text every now and again, along with a pic or video of one of the many things that we were filling our days with while in China... If you are just joining us for the first time - China is where I just returned from.
It was a trip that we will never forget (not that I ever forget any of my trips), but the difference with this one was in the fact that we were part of a group tour and making new friends along the way...
Great times were had, lasting memories made and friendships were bonded. It was such an amazing experience that talks of China 2.0 were discussed even before the trip had come to an end!
I've got my work cut out for me with playing catch up here on the Daily Scoop. So please have patience as I sort through my photos and daily notes.
For now let's talk about yesterday - which is what the Daily Scoop is all about. And yesterday was all about Shanghai Disney!
If you've watched the video clips from yesterday, you'll know that going to the Disney yesterday was a total surprise and last minute decision!
I must say and you must realize that I am certainly not the type who makes last minute decisions or works on any type of spontaneity.
So this visit and experience was something totally new and different for me. And so was the park...
Sure I've been to the original Disneyland and Disney World countless times, so why would Shanghai Disney be any different?
Oh but it was!!!
And being that it was a bit of a drizzly day - of course it was, since I finally spent the time to straighten my hair, the park was practically bare.
There were no crowds and no lines which of course added to the amazing time that we had. In addition, the park was already decorated in theme for Christmas!
Here are some interesting facts that we discovered about Shanghai Disney:
This Shanghai location definitely incorporates the concept that actually drove the development. It was the idea that it would be “Authentically Disney and Distinctly Chinese.” And that certainly holds true and can be seen throughout the park. This Disney park is not like all the others. Shanghai Disney is set apart and truly represents the people of China.
Being that there are a number of differences, there were a number of rides that we also quite different and oh so super fun!
Such as the Pirates of the Caribbean having extra flair.
Check out the video below!!
Tron was also exhilarating and nothing short of a blast!
PLUS the super exciting part is that a Tron lightcycle attraction has already been confirmed for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, to open before the 50th anniversary in 2021!
And we are scheduled to go back to Orlando for our parks visit in either the Fall of 2020 or the Winter of 2021.
I wonder how long it's going to take for the lines not to be super long?
We had to go on the classic Peter Pan, which even had it's own little differences.
And even tour the interior of the Enchanted Castle!
We had a fabulous time and we knew that both Dave C. and Dominic would be extremely jealous - so perhaps we need to go back?! China 2.0 ;)
Eventually night would fall and it would be time to head back to the airport to catch our flight - or maybe I should call it time machine, since we got home earlier than we left! LOL
Going took 14 hours and coming back took 11 hours. I slept most of the way. We arrived, it was a breeze to get through customs with our Mobile Passport, we grabbed our luggage, then Dave B. picked us up. Welcoming me back with a lovely and fragrant bouquet!
We would then head home, but our first stop was definitely going to be for something (not Chinese) to eat. Veggie Grill was the choice of the night and boy was it good!
I'm be back to play some more catch up tomorrow,