Monorail and Pin Trading

It was about 2PM at this point, Izzy and Jas had eaten lunch and I had my fill of whatever vitamin the sun gives off, I think it’s Vitamin K. I knew that our room would provide nice cool shelter, a break from the crowds. Check-in was at 3PM but I was hoping that they…

You may not pass go or collect Rapunzel pictures

After our trip through the Galaxy, our time in Tomorrowland had come to a close and right about the perfect time too because after 10:30 hits it’s much like spawning because there is a current of people and you have to push along to get to your destination. My tip would be to stay out…

Ear Wars

The force was strong with the Star Tours ride. THE ONLY WAY to ride this ride is with the FASTPASS. The line for the FASTPASS are over by the Astroblasters. Sometimes I would hear angry parents find out that they were in line for a FASTPASS instead of Astroblasters. That’s when you wonder, why don’t…

It’s a Partner World

When I went to Disneyland, my mom took many photos of “It’s a Small World” ride. We had photos of the topiary dolphins and of some of the people inside. I was really excited about this ride. It is also one of those classic Disneyland rides. It was cuter than I remember but I don’t remember much….

How to not use vouchers

When we first began this planning session for Disneyland, Jas and I decided early-on that we would do dining inside the parks when we could. We wanted to soak it all in and not have to leave every time we got hungry. So after some calculations, I decided to add the Disney Dining to our…

Let’s take inventory: Day 1

The agenda said this: 7Am with Mickey and Friends- DONE see the Princesses while Jas got us Fast Passes for Star Tours and/or Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters- Half DONE, they don’t give Fast Passes for Astroblasters. Nemo Ride- line is WAY too long AND our FastPasses for Star Tours is at 10:40-11:40 Buy some ears- That’s…

And now (Trumpet Announcement) THE PRINCESSES!

I knew that this princesses would get long quickly so we got in line 20 minutes before they were to open. Notice that I’m being economical in the park by drinking my Red Bull that I brought with me into the park. And please don’t notice my “apple shape”, I swear the humidity added 50 pounds….

The deceptive DUMBO

The Dumbo ride is classic Disneyland. If you don’t ride it, you aren’t missing much. I’m sure you’ve seen it in tens of Disneyland commercials. With wildly happy families riding together, laughing, smiling, wearing Eddie Bauer clothes, the Dumbo ride a hard attraction to miss. Who wants to ride the “flying elephant”? Don’t be fooled…

The teacups: short and quick, the way that Disney likes it

Alright back it up! Turns out we went to teacups before “The Wild Stroller Free Fall ride”. This is a classic ride that everyone has to try. Since we arrived so early, we hopped right onto the ride with zero waiting. We did just eat breakfast and most guides recommend that you DON’T RIDE AFTER…

A note on strollers

At this point, I’d taken Izzy in and out of the stroller maybe 4 times for the rides, breakfast, potty breaks so I decided… I’m not going to keep strapping her in and out of the stroller for every few feet we went to the next ride. We went from ride to ride buckling and…

Save the photos for when we are beat down

After Raul gave us a ride to the park, we started into Disneyland. There are several photo opportunities when you first enter the park, the big Disneyland sign between the parks. The Mickey head in Disneyland that is made entirely of plants is also a fun area for family pictures. Finally, there is the photo…

The Wonderful Service at Disneyland

Disneyland is based off the premise of guests instead of customers, they believe in making everything up to the best standard it can be (They actually take time to make everything as if nothing is out of place.) and their business model is so well known they sell videos about the Disney Model. It focuses…

The 2nd day cool down

(updated 7/27/11- I did some editing and added more words for smoothness and pressed that little word check box) This is the 2nd full day at the Disney Theme Parks and my crew has taken a hit. They are silently snoozing behind me curled up into little neat balls. Technically this is our 2nd full…

The First 24 hours

We arrived in Anaheim yesterday and stayed at The Quality Inn and Suites. We checked in after 3PM and got settled so we could go swimming and grab some dinner. We weren’t really into going out and hunting down food so we decided to have food come to us via The Pizza Stop (or something…

Polyester Leisure suit stays home

Packing for a vacation kinda stinks for girls. Vacations mean vacation pictures which mean tons of times when I will be photographed hot, sweaty, grouchy and in the same clothes in dozens of pictures. Clothes that I take on this trip must be: 1) flattering to the “apple shape” 2) cool  insulating and keeping me…

Denial is DEFINITELY a river in my house

One of the most helpful budgeting ideas that I got from one of Izzy’s care takers is to gather all the things Disney in your home and take it with you so they have toys already there with them and they won’t want to buy anything in the stores. In my mind, I would assume…

Revenge of the Yahoos

The tie dyed shirts came out wonderfully… I wouldn’t expect anything different from myself (patting self on back). I was really afraid that the mickey heads wouldn’t come out and they would look all wonky but it worked! I think my hubster, Jas was truly impressed as well. Since we are leaving on the 24th…

Always wear your rubbers (gloves I mean! Dirty minds!)

I am going out of town on Sunday to Baltimore for a week. I return on Saturday, sleep in my own bed and then it’s off to Disneyland! So freaking excited! I realize that I only have 2 full days to finalize the plans and tie dye for the trip. I originally thought that I…