Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: California Adventure

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop is hosted by Debs at Focused on the Magic. Be sure to click on the blog hop icon to find more great Disney Wordless Wednesday photos!


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And if blog hops are your thing, please consider joining the "Monday Munchies" blog hop here to share yummy photos of Disney meals and treats!
 
Thank you for visiting!

Monday, August 29, 2011

NEW Monday Munchies Blog Hop!

I'm extremely excited to announce the start of a new, delicious blog hop: Monday Munchies. 

Every Monday, join the hop and share a photo of a Disney meal or treat.  Just tell us what it is and where you found it.  It's that easy!

I hope you all will be able to join.  I can't wait to see all the yummy photos!




The Disney pastry chefs are so clever!  These delicious treats are called Tigger Tails and Cheshire Cat Tails.  They are marshmellows on a stick, dipped in caramel, and then covered in sprinkles and chocolate stripes.  I found these over at Pooh Corner in Critter Country and are priced at $3.95 each. 



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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Disney Blog Hop: What inspires me

Today's Disney Blog Hop theme from Babes in Disneyland is "What inspires you?"

It's simple.  Memory making. 

The great thing about Disneyland, or any Disney park, is that you create memories that last a lifetime.  When I was a kid, I only visited Disneyland 3 times with only 2 trips that I remember.  My earliest memory is the trip we made when I was in 2nd grade.  Everything about that trip is still vivid to me.  Walking through the gate, posing for a family picture in front of the Mickey flowers, meeting Minnie, riding Splash Mountain, being tall enough to ride Big Thunder Mountain, funny inside jokes made with my family, having my brother as my riding buddy, and of course, the popcorn!

I want my daughter and future kid #2 (whenever that happens!), to have wonderful memories of Disneyland as a family.  My daughter recently turned 3 and she's been talking about Disneyland since she was 2!  I constantly ask her what she remembers and what ride she likes.  And she recently responds back with "The Abominable Snowman!!" referring to the Matterhorn.  That was a big deal for her since back in May she was tall enough to go on her first roller coaster.  All she talked about that day was the Abominable Snowman! 

If you were to see me at Disneyland, you probably wouldn't know it was me since I have a big fat camera in front of my face at all times.  I'm usually busy snapping away hundreds of photos to forever capture the memories.  You'd think that I'd run out of things to photograph, but nope.  There's always something new to experience and find. 

Each future trip I plan inspires me to keep blogging and sharing with the world what I've experienced and seen.  It keeps the pixie dust alive in me.

Thank you readers for reading my post and letting me share my inspiration. 

Please be sure to check out other great inspiration posts from the Disney Blog Hop!




Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: "I feel so little"


The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop is hosted by Debs at Focused on the Magic.  Be sure to click on the blog hop icon to find more great Disney Wordless Wednesday photos!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hidden Mickey: The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure

The next time you're waiting in the queue for The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure, look up!  You have to be at a certain angle to see the Hidden Mickey, but when in the right spot, the lights form the perfect Hidden Mickey.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Disneyland to add Fantasy Faire

Today, the Disney Parks Blog shared a D23 announcement that the Disneyland Fantasyland boundries are expanding.  Carnations Plaza Gardens Stage (CPGS) will be replaced with an expansion of Fantasyland called the Fantasy Faire.  CPGS is a part of Main Street and if you're facing the castle from the hub, it's on the left.  It's also home to swing dancing nights, which if you haven't participated in this, you're missing out on some good fun! 

Disney Parks Blog describes the Fantasy Faire below:

Guests will travel through a village square surrounded by fairytale cottages and pavilions to the heart of the square – Tangled Tower, inspired by the film. The village square will come alive with activities and entertainment, including a Royal Ribbon Parade where guests can dance and interact with Belle or Rapunzel. Guests can visit the their favorite Disney royalty from such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled.”

The Fantasy Faire Stage will be a new entertainment venue where the stories of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines will be brought to life, letting guests become part of the story as well.

And at night, the Fantasy Faire Stage will come alive with the classic music and dance offerings that Disneyland park guests have loved for years.

I understand that Disneyland is a project that will never finish which means change is inevitable.  I think this project sounds good and could be fun for families but my biggest qualm is in the location.

Disneyland succeeds in bringing guests to another time with each of their "lands".  The second you walk through any land, you are submersed into that realm and you almost don't even notice the change as you walk from land to land.  Based on the location of CPGS, it's a part of Main Street.  Unless they're going to extend the castle wall, I don't see how Main Street's theming is going to remain in tact. 

As I said earlier, CPGS is to the left of the castle.  To the right of the castle is Snow White's Wishing Well.  It's a small area and with the placement of the side bridge and the trees, it's blends in nicely.  Now, if you take a look at the concept art for the Fantasy Faire, it's a lot more than just a wishing well and can't be covered by trees to separate the theme-ing from Main Street.

Photo copyright Disney

Photo copyright Disney

Photo copyright Disney

Disney Parks Blog did not address what will happen to the Princess Fantasy Faire that's located in Fantasyland across from "it's a small world".  Are both locations going to have princess meet-and-greets?  What's going to happen with the stage from Princess Fantasy Faire?  Seems like they should just reimagine that space and keep CPGS in tact. 

What are your thoughts?  Do you like the concept for the new Fantasy Faire?

Starting them young: Who is Walt Disney?

I just started my YouTube channel a few weeks ago and have been pulling some videos together for my blog.  I came across this one and thought I would share.

When my daughter was 2, I started showing her pictures and videos of Walt Disney.  My goal is to teach her about the incredible man and everything he did.  This is me trying to teach her who he is.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Disney Blog Hop: Why I love Disney

I could go on and on and on and on about why I love everything Disney.  But I'm going to focus on why I love Disneyland.

Because it takes me back to this age:
1980-something on the carousel in Fantasyland


I'm considered a "grown up" these days but I certainly don't feel like one when I'm at Disneyland.  All the stress of work and responsibilities fly out the door once I enter the front gate.  I totally feel like I'm 8 again and still get excited on each visit. 

Maybe it's because I grew up fast by starting work at a young age.  Or maybe I didn't let loose enough at home because I was so serious about making sure I was doing everything right for my future.  Either way, I love the way Disneyland makes me feel.


Monday, August 15, 2011

A Date at Disneyland with my husband

Exactly one year ago, we went down to San Diego to visit my husband's family to 1) visit with them and 2) celebrate our daughter's 2nd birthday.  During our time there, my mother-in-law kicked us out for a day so she could have our daughter all to herself for a day since she doesn't see her very often (because of distance).  Ok, so she didn't really kick us out, but she did tell us to leave our daughter with her all day without interference from us.  So what were we to do all day?  Go to Disneyland!

I'm not really sure how I pulled this off, but I somehow convinced my husband that we should spend that day at Disneyland, just the two of us go do all the "big kid rides" before we went with our daughter later during our trip.  We were already planning to bring her for a day to celebrate her birthday, but we also knew we wouldn't be able to go on roller coasters because at 2 years old, she didn't meet all the height requirements. 

So, off we went to Anaheim for a whole day of Disneyland by ourselves!  It was a GREAT day to spend with him and I thank him so much for agreeing to it!  I also thank my mother-in-law for kicking us out for the day! 

Here are some pictures from our adventure that day.  And yes, it really WAS an adventure considering someone had to stop by First Aid!  Hint: It wasn't me!

This was a great day to get photos of us two.  Since this day, not many have been taken!

I told him to say 'cheese' and I immediately stuck my finger up there. 
Not really sure who this is more embarassing for...

A headlock was payback for the picture above.  But it was totally worth snapping the pic!  lol!

Someone was happy to find a Vinylmation with a bonus figure!

Screaming our way through Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Now it's off to Air Hockey in Tomorrowland...here's his game face

This is my "I'm going to win" game face

And I won!  7 to 1, baby!!!  We did two games and I won BOTH times! 
That's right, babe, you CAN'T beat me on my turf!

Next up, some basketball hoops.  He thinks he's going to beat me.

That would be my "I'm going to win again" game face.

And what do you know?  I win.  AGAIN! 
NOTE: You can't see his score because the scores took turns flashing on and off.  Score was 21 to 17.

While at Disney California Adventure, someone's lame sandals were cutting into his feet causing pain when walking.  Off we go to to the First Aid Station!

Before asking for band-aids, you have to sign in.

He seems awfully happy to get band-aids for his feet. 
I'm just waiting to get out of here so we can go on more rides!
NOTE: Can you see the black and white color coordination in my husband?  So cute!

Now that his feet are bandaged up, it's off to California Screamin!!!

Awesome!!!

Let's see if I can continue my winning streak and beat him at Toy Story Midway Mania...

Unfortunately, I lost! :-(   17,640 to 11,000-something.
BUT, this game is unfairly favored towards men.  Next time you go on this ride, look at how the shooters are set up with you're trying to do rapid fire.  It's not very lady-like!

For any couples out there with kids, I highly recommend doing a day without them. It can be a lot of fun enjoying the park with your significant other. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Video: Experience California Screamin'

For anyone who wants to experience the awesomeness that is California Screamin', a roller coaster at Disney California Adventure, check out my video of the entire ride.  It will give you a good feel for the ride first hand from the front row.  Ok, really the 2nd row because I had my niece and nephew in the front. 

Warning: If you sit in the front, you will likely have tears running down your face because it's so fast.  Just warning you in case your husband asks if you were crying.  I am not implying that said situation ever happened to me...





My sister in law was kind enough to watch my daughter and her youngest son while I went on the coaster with my niece and nephew (featured in the front row and also are the owners of the little hands that pop up in the video).

If you watch the video, you'll see the camera turn to me close to the end.  That's where I was timing it for the ride camera.  Here's the photo below. 






Friday, August 12, 2011

Disney Flashback Friday: Merlin

Welcome visitors from the Disney Flashback Friday hop!  It's my first time joining, so a big thank you for checking out my blog!

Here's a photo of Merlin and me in Fantasyland back in 1998. You can tell it was 1998 based on the photo scan quality (this really was scanned in '98!).

This trip was a character hunt and I luckily found all kinds of rarely seen characters that trip. For Merlin, this was the last time I've seen him despite my frequent visits. Has anyone seen him lately?






Thanks again for visiting and don't forget to check out the other flashbacks from the hop!

CLUES: August 2011 Scavenger Hunt

Finding yourself a little stuck on August's Photo Scavenger Hunt list? Below are a few clues from Main Street to help you out!

[ ] A moon with a face
You'll have to enter one of the stores and look up to see this beautiful display.
















[ ] A toy train that you can't buy
This little train set is in the same store as the moon and Peter Pan display.
















[ ] "Fargo's Palm Parlor"

I wish there really was a Palm Parlor to visit on Main Street...could be fun!



































[ ] "Hotel Marceline"
This "hotel" is located off in a little nook and has "clean rooms"!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Disney Blog Hop: Shine a Spotlight...a shout out to my fellow bloggers!




This week's Blog Hop theme from Babes in Disneyland is "Shine a Spotlight".  I had been meaning to do a big shout out and thank you to my Disney blogging peers to celebrate my 4th month of blogging and this happened to pop up as the theme.  So thank you, Lisa, for bringing it up and stop me from procrastinating on this post!  Also, thank you for hosting the blog hop.  It's introduced me to wonderful people that I may not have connected it without the hop.

I started my blog only a few months ago and was overwhelmed by the support of the Disney blogging community.  I was so excited when I got my first comment from Lucinda at "Without a Care in the World".  Somebody actually read my blog and liked it!  It was the greatest feeling!  I remember calling my husband telling me that someone out there checked out my blog.  After Lucinda, the support kept coming in and I realized that the community I entered is very warm, friendly, and supporting.  So today, I'd like to send a few special shout outs to those who have welcomed me to this wonderful blogging world.

Lucinda aka dizzneemomma @ Without a Care in the World
Thank you for being my first official visitor and commenter.  You totally made me feel welcomed and felt like I got a big hug.  My favorite photo from your blog is still the "Minor Meltdown".  It totally makes me crack up!

Manda @ Manda's Disney Blog
You are such a fun blogger!  I love checking out all the fun stuff at your blog, especially the baked goodies you make!  Your support has been very appreciated from this side of the pond.

Beth @ A Disney Moms Thoughts
You are so fantastic!  You were an early supporter and follower and I've learned so much more about WDW from your blog.  The super organized lists and plans are good reminders about how proactive I need to be when I finally trek it over to Florida for my next trip.  And I love you still take pictures with the characters.  :-)

Bird @ Disney Bird
OMG, you are such a sweetheart!  Thank you for always checking out my posts and supporting.  I love how honest you are on your blog. 

Debs @ Focused on the Magic
Thank you for being one of the sweetest people in the blogosphere.  You are so compassionate and caring.  You are a true gem and I always enjoy viewing your photos from your trips.


There are many other bloggers that I could list and give a high-five to, but the list could go on for another day.  I do want to thank every visitor and person that has commented on my blog.  Each though getting comments and visits is not the goal of my goal, it sure does give me warm and fuzzy feelings knowing someone out there liked what I shared. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Somebody got the shy bug...

This is the first time I'm joined the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!  So excited to see everyone's photos today!  Thank you for visiting my blog and don't forget to check out everyone else's in the hop!






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Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: Breakfast at Tomorrowland Terrace

For the first time ever, I had breakfast at Tomorrowland Terrance.  A couple of weeks ago, we wanted to grab some grub in the morning but Carnation Cafe had a 30 minute wait.  Not one for wasting time, I skipped it and went straight for Tomorrowland since I had previously seen folks with breakfast plates on a previous visit.

Tomorrowland Terrace is a Quick Service dining establishment set around the corner from Buzz Lighter Astro Blasters and in front of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.  They serve breakfast until 10:30 am and then the lunch/dinner menu is open primarily with sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

The breakfast menu is pretty simple and much cheaper than Carnation Cafe.  Everything is under $7.  Annual Passholder discounts can be used.

-Breakfast Burrito
-Breakfast Platter with scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes and a biscuit
-French Toast
-Fruit Platter

For kids, they serve smaller versions of the Breakfast Platter and French Toast and it comes with fruit and your choice of juice, milk, or bottle of water.

Kid's French Toast

Kid's Breakfast Platter



Adult Breakfast Platter (sorry, no Mickey plate!)

The French Toast was actually pretty good considering the price.  But the bacon...it was gnarly.  I hate posting anything negative about Disneyland, especially food, but this was just gross.  I've never seen bacon so saturated in fat and so limp.  I quickly set it aside as I couldn't dare try to eat it.  Just look at it and tell me if you would try eating it.



Here's the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

GOOD: Price.  If you're on a budget then this is for you.  The French Toast was pretty good and the fruit was good (there's nothing really special to report on fruit.  It's just...fruit).  The potatoes were also good too.  The lady in front of me ordered the Fruit Platter and it was a very generous plate full of assorted fruits with a side of yogurt.  I should've ordered one to share had I known.

BAD: Ordering the food and getting the food took about 10 minutes.  There were 2 people in front of me but getting the food just took a long time. 

The Ugly: The bacon.  Just take a look at the photo above.  There is nothing crispy about it.  I know bacon's not that good for you to begin with, but this looks like it was sitting in a bowl of fat.  Don't be fooled by the other photos of bacon.  They were just as limp and soggy.

Overall, it's not bad if you're on a budget but want to have breakfast in the park.  Next time I'd like to give the Breakfast Burrito a try. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mickey Mouse Chicken Nuggets!

Take a look at what I went hunting for at Costco...Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets!



These are made by the Kirkland Signature brand and the nuggets have whole grain breading.  I have to admit these are quite tasty and possibly the best frozen nuggets I've ever had.  My daughter simply LOVES these! 


Here's the size of the nugget in proportion to my fingers. 


And for anyone who's calorie counting, here are the Nutrition Facts.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Disney Blog Hop: I blog with integrity!



The ladies over at The Three Disneyland Moms' blog (Marcy, Lisa, and Suz) have launched the Three Disneyland Moms' Pledge.  Reading through the pledge, it's great to see the Disney community come together to pledge an honest blog.  

One of the first things I experienced being a newbie blogger is that the Disney blogging community is so warm, welcoming, friendly, and supportive!  I started to blog to share my love, experiences, stories and photos of Disneyland with others.  It's never been about getting sponsors or putting up display ads to get some extra money through blogging (my blog is free of ads).  I blog because I'm passionate about Disneyland and just want to share with the world, even if no one is reading.  I save all my posts so my daughter can flip through them later in life and read about her adventures at Disneyland and everything Mommy went through so she could have great memories.

Just like at my 8-5 job, I work with strong ethics and set a high bar for integrity.  I take pride in my work during the day and more so during the evenings when I'm blogging.  So, dear readers, know that I, P.T. am dedicated to blogging with integrity and vow to:

  • Never post rumors or items I know not to be true. If you are speculating on a new attraction, movie, etc., it is important that you clearly state that it is rumor or speculation and whenever possible, disclose where you got your information.
  • Respect my audience and always be truthful in the ways in which I review and describe Disney experiences and products.
  • Fully disclose sponsored posts and advertisements.
  • Bring the fun and light side of Disney to my readers.  (This pertains to fan sites and blogs.)
  • Report timely and truthful insight. (This pertains to news-related sites and blogs.)
  • Write to the best of my ability and use the correct terms and phrases when reporting Disney news and information.
  • Never take photographs or text from other blogs or sites without the owner’s permission.
  • Be a friend to other Disney bloggers and fans, for we are part of a community, not a competition.
  • Keep my blog current by posting on a weekly basis.
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