Club Level Access at Paradise Pier- Breakfast of Champions

Club Level Access is labeled under “Club Level”. The room we had was Premium View with Club Level Access. It ran $72 more per night. Disneyland Hotel runs about $160 more per night. Grand Californian runs about $240 more per night This made me wonder what the difference in the club levels were. I guess…

Kylo Ren scarier in person

I don’t know if you ever sat down in Star Wars and thought, Kylo Ren is not scary at all. He seems like he would be an okay guy to meet one day. WRONG. His vocalizer is so creepy in person. I was waiting to be death gripped by the force at any moment. The…

A non-Disneyland ending is actually OK!

This time for our 5th vacation, we didn’t get to end in Disneyland due to Magic Mornings being at different times then we are used to. We arrived on Wednesday night, late. Then started on Thursday in Disneyland and Friday we were in Disneyland California Adventure. I’m a purist at heart and I have always…

SING the night!

My all time favorite parade is Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. It has now been dethroned. I love upbeat and sentimental at the same time and that’s all that Paint the Night is. If you love the Wreck it Ralph soundtrack, you will love you this parade. It was a great pep rally for our late evening…

The Silhouette Studio

One of my newest favorite thing to do is have my daughter’s profiles cut at the Silhouette Studio. The little shop is housed next to the Crystal Arts on the right hand side as you enter Main Street, USA. The studio houses an artist who has cut people’s profile for several years. They do them…

Mickey’s Halloween Party

My husband made me really tear up about this one. He was so excited about this event. He said to his daughters, “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be Trick-or-Treating in Disneyland!” When I had booked the tickets in August, that hadn’t even crossed my mind. Who gets to…

Save the bucks or let it ride? Good Neighbor versus Resorts

This past vacation, we stayed at the Annabella Hotel. The hotel was relatively close to Disneyland and it’s selling point is that it is directly behind Disneyland California Adventure. See the map (red oval) was our hotel, the green lines are the only entries into the parks. We had to walk west on Katella and…

The Pearl Factory in Downtown Disney

One of the newest experiences we found was The Pearl Factory in Downtown Disney. It is directly across from the Lego Store in a small open air kiosk. I had heard about the Pick-a-Pearl experience in Walt Disney World and I recently found out that they do a smaller one here in Disneyland. You pay…

See you Real Soon

Always find a tradition to say goodbye to Disneyland. Our family usually uses that last morning as we pack up to wear our new Disneyland gear and I buy a set of Disneyland lollipops to eat on the way home. My husband always looks for a new shirt to wear home. Then when he returns,…

In the Tiki, Tiki Room…. All the Birds sing words

I am a strong advocate for The Enchanted Tiki Room. It is a dated attraction but here are some reasons to put it at the top of your list: 1- Walt, himself financed and paid for the Tiki Room with his own money. So, it’s 100% Walt. 2- The announcer at the beginning of the…

Christmas at Thanksgiving Time… weird

There are just some times when things seem a little off. When holidays creep up on other holidays is one of those things. I enjoyed the Christmas Parade but I would have rather seen the Soundsational Parade. The whole trip was like a pre-Christmas show with lots of Christmas decorations and lots of holiday songs….

Naps? Always!

Once again, here is my nap recommendation. Do it. Around noon and wake up around 5pm. Sure, you are missing park stuff but look at how many people love naps! THE GROWN-UPS! The kiddos usually will play with their new items they got or watch tv. Disney actually makes an entire channel devoted to Disney…

Are you satisfied with your balloon? NO!

Early on in our trip, let’s say… DAY 1! Take that back, Day 0! On the night we we went to Downtown Disney, Izzy wanted this god awful HUGE baymax that lit up. It was massive, I told her I’m not buying that. To my dismay, she said, “Well, I’M BUYING IT! With money I…

Dreams Come True in Disneyland

When my mom first told us about what she was excited about doing in Disneyland, she said that she wanted to ride the Monorail. I knew that I could make it even more special by asking if she could ride at the front of the Monorail. We were extremely lucky that the conductor had room….

Turkey legs for days

We never miss our Turkey Legs at Disneyland. They are huge and just the right amount of protein for a long day at the park 😛 We usually are able to get 2 turkey legs to feed a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children). We also share a corn and an icy lemonade….

Beignets, Mint Juleps and Haunted Mansions

I always miss out on the Haunted Mansion. I think the first time, I thought it would be way more scary than it actually was. The first time I rode it as an adult was at Walt Disney World and I was grabbing onto dear life to my friend Dedee. After, I saw it wasn’t…

It’s a Merry World After All!

One of my mom’s must-ride rides was ‘It’s a Small World’. She vividly remembers the song and the figurines dancing. It is also a family favorite because it’s a sit down ride and the song stays with you the entire time. I will be humming it even months later. I’m not quite sure what it…

Ride the Purple one… It’s the fastest!

It’s a classic and there are stories that the lavender one is the fastest. Do I believe it? Not sure but either way, I’ll usually only be able to ride this ride once. Every time, I ask my Pop-Pop which was the scariest ride, he says, “The Teacups! No seat belts! I like this ride…

Frozen Fastpasses? Get them fast before they melt!

Frozen is a staple in the Begay household. I have 2 daughters who love the movie and we even took it to another level by dressing up at the characters for Halloween. So meeting Anna and Elsa was high on the Disneyland To-Do list. This was a magic morning for us so we we ran…