Pin Trading: A new tradition

Pin trading is something that we discovered during the first trip to Disneyland. There are cast members around the park who have lanyards packed with pins. These are the people who are able to trade a Disney pin with one of your pins. It’s a free service, all you have to do is have pins…

Jumping Jellyfish: The 1 minute ride to ride over and over!

If you haven’t had to pleasure of riding the Jumping Jellyfish, you are totally missing out on life! It seems like a harmless and simple kiddy ride but once you get on, it’s pure pleasure. You strap yourself in and up you go to the top and it gives you a small free falling experience….

Mickey’s Wheel of DEATH!

This is one of the scariest rides I’ve been on and it’s simply due to the lack of restraints on the inside. If you are riding in one of the swinging gondolas you slide from one side of the wheel to the other when you reach certain points of the wheel. In 2011, Leia wasn’t…

Over-Thinking the Line: Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania was one of the rides that we didn’t try during the summer. It wasn’t a Fast Pass line and the line didn’t seem to be worth it at the time. Especially with all that heat radiating off the sidewalk. This ride definitely had one of those deceptive lines that seems curl into…

The New and Improved California Adventure

The last time I came to California Adventure, I pretty much brushed it off. Here’s my take on Cali Adventure last time. Now with the construction of Buena Vista Street complete and the Cars land addition, it’s gaining popularity. Buena Vista street actually feels like a mini town, it flows much more like Main Street,…

A pregnant Pause…. 8 month pause

I am currently 34 weeks pregnant here, closing up my 8th month. It’s true, I’ve got a 5.5 baby on board. It is easy to get scared about taking a trip this late in pregnancy. Some of the most common fears seem to be: I can’t ride the rides- not true. My feet will swell…

Priority Fast Passes in California Adventure

  Prioritizing your Fast Passes is one of the key lessons to learn here in the new California Adventure. We got to the park about 8:30ish. 1 hour and 30 minutes after our Magic Morning when they open to resort guests an hour before the general public. In that 1 hour and 30 minutes, the…