Being the Special Family

Once upon a time… Our family got chosen to open up Disney California Adventure. If you are an opening to closing Disney family, you would know that every morning a family is chosen from the lines to open the park. They get to be the first ones inside before anyone else. Their family name is…

Tom Sawyer’s Island- A perfect get away

Sometimes, the park gets so overwhelming and packed that you feel like there is no where to get away from the crowd. WRONG. Try taking the raft to Tom Sawyer’s Island. It loads from the riverbank across from the Haunted Mansion. ┬áTake the rafts and enjoy leaving the chaos and sounds. Once you get onto…

The Times Guide- Get it!

For every new Disneyland Guest, I highly recommend picking up multiple copies of the maps and the times guide. The times guide has specific times that shows, parades and events will occur. This is especially important if you are there during the seasonal offerings. It gives times for when fireworks occur. Take note of the…

Sergio makes Frozen Magic

I am always an advocate for telling your story. For Christmas, we brought my mom and I let our person checking us in, Sergio, know that my mom is amazing. She’s our family rock and needs a vacation. I told him about my mom and he was so moved by her story, that he made…

Post-Christmas in California Adventure on a Rainy Day

Christmas in Disney California Adventure is best in Carsland. You get to see all the innovative ways they decorate with car parts. I love to see the Christmas trees decorated with hubcaps and a tree made with tires. This day was raining and it was empty! There were so few people in the park this…

Christmas at Disneyland pt. 2

Christmas Trees: Every hotel at the Disneyland has a themed Christmas Tree. Adventure Tower has a tree with safari animals and exotic flowers decorating it. The Frontier Tower’s tree has spurs and cowboy inspired ornaments. The Fantasy tower has traditional trees in a Fantasyland color theme. We weren’t able to make it out to Paradise…

Christmas Time in Disneyland Pt. 1

I personally feel that Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year and my dream was to have Christmas in Disneyland last year. We booked our hotel from Christmas Eve for 4 nights and 3 days in the park. I tried to ask my family if it was the best trip we…

Galaxy’s Edge- May the Force be with You

This past Christmas was our first time in “Star Wars” land. Star Wars Galaxy Edge is the newest land to be added to Disneyland. It currently has 2 rides that you can enjoy. The only one that was open when we went was Smuggler’s Run where you can pilot the Millennium Falcon. We got in…

My peeps- Tucson Local businesses

This is my #mypeeps post. It’s a post of my Tucson, Arizona local businesses that need your help to buy curbside or gift cards when we are ready to go back to normal. Coffee Decibel Coffee-This is a business owned by one of my student’s parents. Why you support them? They are raising an amazing…

Connecting Content: Finding Nemo

Each movie if divided into ways to connect basic academic content into the Disney or Pixar movies. Before is what to front load your learning with to help them learn more about the stories, During is what you should be looking for or recording during the movie, After is what you can do after you…

Connecting Content- An Introduction

In light of being inside, as parents we have very little resources on how to keep our day to day light but with purpose. I am a 4th grade teacher who has taught grades K,1,2,3 and 4th in all general content areas. I have also been a physical education and health teacher for grades K-8….

Capacity Dining Tips for Sit Down pt. 2

  Tangaroa Terrace: No reservations needed. You can also figure a way to eat outside of the park, like at the Tangaroa Terrace which had very little traffic after 1pm while we were there. You can also go the bar around the corner and get a little adult beverage to add to your meal. Lamplight…

Capacity Food Tips for Sit Down Locations pt. 1

Dining is another beast by itself. Once you book your vacation and it’s a high capacity time, set up an alarm for 3am on the 60th day out to start booking your dining choices. If you plan on sitting down for a nice meal, this is key. If you plan on just eating quickly from…

Planning for Christmas

We have been to Disneyland during Thanksgiving when the Christmas decorations and special presentations have begun but we’ve never been on Christmas Day! This year, we will be there for Christmas. We will bask in the crowds and crazy season. Hoping to make memories and not arguments about the event. We are hoping for a…

Can you make it to Fireworks?

Finding a place to stand for all the big events like parades and fireworks. We’ve seen the fireworks from the following places: middle of Mainstreet, to the right side of the hub where Tomorrowland starts and by ‘It’s a Small World’. From outside the park, usually from our hotel and on the esplanade between the…

Character Interaction Tips

Some of my favorite character interactions are the ones that are spontaneous and heartfelt. I will let my children guide me to which characters are worthwhile. To get photos of the originals: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto go to Toon Town during opening usually an hour or two after the park opens up. The characters…

Del Sol Hotel- Let the Sun Shine In!

The Del Sol Hotel has won our heart over and over. We stayed here as a couple and then as family suite. The girls loved the elephant towel animals and the bunkbeds. They enjoyed the opportunity to have breakfast but preferred to eat in the parks and/or at Denny’s in their front yard. The housekeeping…

California Adventure’s Animation Academy

      There is a hidden gem in Disney California Adventure, it’s the Animation Academy building. In this building, you can rest and cool off (more on that later), meet Crush the Turtle, find out your hidden Disney personality in the Sorcerer’s Workshop and Beast’s Library. In this large building is ample space to…

Maxpass versus Fastpass

There is often confusion around the Fastpass and the Maxpass. And the #1 question: Is it worth it? First off, what the difference? The difference is that the Fastpass is Free with your ticket and that the Maxpass is a paid app that you add to your tickets. Fastpass: Back in the day, the Fastpass…