Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disneyland Park - My Thoughts

I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland earlier this summer.  It is a truly magical place that I can’t get out of my head. This is coming from a Walt Disney World lover and annual passholder.

Leading up to our trip all I heard was “it so small, you going to be bored” or “there because there is nothing to do there.”  And boy, oh boy, has the peanut gallery ever been so wrong.
Just like Minnie, I'm in love.
Disneyland is made up of two parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Both are so completely wonderful parks that are full of fun things to do and fun attractions. We only had two days in our schedule to visit Disneyland so we allowed one day per park and at both parks we didn’t get to see or do everything (another reason we get to go back I suppose). 
Marvel is coming to Disneyland!

Let’s start with the original park: Disneyland Park. This was Walt Disney’s park. Being the Disney fan I am, it was simply overwhelming to be in the same park, walking the same path and riding the same rides that Walt himself walked upon and rode on. There may have been tears and a sit on a bench so I could reel the emotions in. (Not going to lie, tearing up just thinking about how lucky I was to get to visit Walt's park). 
Disneyland's Train Station.
Disneyland Park is jammed pack and full of things to do (in fact, we didn’t get do it all). Disneyland Park has classic Disney rides including the Mad Tea Party, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Peter Pan.  
Disneyland's Tomorrowland entrance.
Then there are the truly iconic Disneyland Park rides like the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Storybook Canal boats, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Indiana Jones Adventure and Mickey's Toontown to name a few. Mickey's Toontown area has a lot of fun things for kids to do - including exploring the Disney character's houses and getting to meet the characters as well!

City Hall in Mickey's Toontwon section of Disneyland

Then there are the rides that are at both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom but the rides are in fact, different rides like Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world, and Jungle Cruise.  It was so much fun comparing these rides to their sibling at Walt Disney World, I couldn’t pick a favorite between many of them, but it was fun to talk about the differences between the two versions.
Disneyland's Space Mountain ready to take off!

Disney California Adventure is the newer park at Disneyland. These rides are generally unique to both stateside Disney parks (aside from Soarin’ Around the World and Toy Story Mania). The new star of DCA is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAOUT! This newly reimagined ride is really, really cool and something not to be missed! (I’ll be writing a blog post about this ride later on, I promise!).  I love this ride (I cannot say the same for the ride it used to be as it terrifies me), Guardians was just such a fun and unique ride I wish we had time to ride it more than once.  
The new Guardians ride!
Cars Land at DCA is a section of the park where you can literally get lost in the Disney-Pixar movie Cars.  Everywhere you look is this amazing Pixar world and that is all you'll see, hear and do. Even the restaurants are straight from the movie!  My tip: do not miss this section of the park during the day or the night! All the neon lights are so unique!
Cars Land at night!
For kids and toddlers, "a bugs land" is made just for them. The theming here is also really cute – everything in this section is scaled to a size so you feel as though you're the size of a bug! The bathroom is an upside-down box of tissues!
a bugs land!
The true star, for me, at Disney California Adventure is the Paradise Pier section of this park. There are restaurants, rides and Boardwalk style games that will keep the whole family happy for hours.
Paradise Pier.
At Paradise Pier (soon to be Pixar Pier), guests will find the most intense Disney ride (once again, in my opinion) California Screamin’! We loved this one so much we rode it twice in a row (thanks to Extra Magic Hour being a Disneyland Resort Hotel guests). I then had to take a team-time out so my head and body could figure out what I had just put it through.
Extra Magic Hour allows Disneyland Resort guests into the park one hour before non-resort guests!
Mickey’s Fun Wheel is another ride that I really loved at Paradise Pier (I promise it has nothing to do with getting proposed to there!). I loved sitting at the top of the wheel and getting to see all of Disneyland and pointing out everything. It is a unique Disney view that you won't get anywhere else.  If you're more of a thrill person, pick the swinging buckets!   
Swinging or non-swing baskets are the choice you'll have to make!
The grand finale of DCA, World of Color, stirred all of the Disney emotions that I’ve come to experience with all of Disney parks' finales. This unique show uses water, lights, music and scenes from various Disney films that make you think about the relationships in your life. I was beyond impressed with this show. (Tip: Don't stand too close to the water or you will get wet!)
World of Color at Disney California Adventure is a unique show!
If you’ve been thinking of a trip to Disneyland Resort, just go already! Email me, for a quote!  I promise you won’t be disappointed. There is so much to experience  that will keep you (and everyone in your family) occupied and busy. As Walt Disney said, “To all who come to this happy place: Welcome! Disneyland is your land.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Walt Disney Presents Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the park is truly in the middle of an exciting transformation. 
Today, comes another park update that will very soon give you a thrilling, up-close look at what’s to come at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The One Man’s Dream attraction is currently being reimagined into Walt Disney Presents, which like its predecessor, will continue showcasing historic items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos and storyboards. But wait – Walt Disney Presents will also act as a preview center where you can explore what’s next for the park. Starting in mid-September, you will be able to view concept art, ride vehicle maquettes and a never-before-seen model for Toy Story Land. A portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model also will be on display, as well as concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction. 
The attraction will also continue to host greetings with characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, plus special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films. 
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mahalo Season of Savings at Aulani

Are you ready for family fun and relaxation at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa?  Aulani Resort is making it easier to extend the fun of summer into fall. During Aulani Mahalo Season, now until October 24, 2017, you can save up to 30% on stays of 5 or more select consecutive nights August 20 - December 21, 2017 (excluding November 20–23, 2017). You can even save up to 25% on 4 select consecutive night stays. 
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Savings based on the non-discounted rate for the same room. The number of rooms allocated for this offer may be limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation. Excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional charges may apply if more than two (2) adults per room.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Florida Resident Discounts at Disney World Restaurants

Florida Residents can experience some of the Disney Resort signature restaurants at Walt Disney World® Resort with a special limited-time offer available August 9 - September 30, 2017. Florida Residents will receive complimentary valet parking and one select complimentary appetizer with the purchase of each adult entrée when dining during the dinner meal period at the following locations:

Some exclusions and restrictions apply, and offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. A valid Florida driver’s license with a Florida address, Florida state-issued ID with a Florida address or valid Florida-based military ID must be presented.
Offer may not be combined with any other discount, offer or promotion. There is no limit on how many Guests may be at the table, however one Guest must present their valid Florida ID. One select single service appetizer per adult entrée purchased. Not valid with purchase of children’s meals. Not all appetizers listed on the menu are included. Each location will determine available appetizers. Not valid for appetizers that serve two unless two Guests have purchased two adult entrees and they wish to share that appetizer (where available). Offer not valid or during breakfast or lunch meal periods where available. No substitutions. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Dessert Party Returns!

The “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Holiday Dessert Party will return this year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort! It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the Holiday Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show. 
In the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, enjoy multiple food stations, featuring holiday-inspired sweet and savory delights like warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread and flatbread, warm pumpkin pie and spiced-bread pudding with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream. The Liquid Nitro Station fires-up the party with chocolate mousse and choice of toppings, including salted caramel sauce.
Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available for Guests over 21. Specialty non-alcoholic beverages are also available, and of course, the hot cocoa is a crowd-pleaser. 
While a special VIP character comes to meet and mingle with dessert party-goers, you won’t believe your eyes when you check out the festive lights wearing a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses you'll receive. The glasses turn bright lights into holiday holographic illusions such as gingerbread men and candy canes.
For parties November 9 - December 15, 2017 the cost is $79 per adult, $45 for children 3-9, and includes tax and gratuity. For parties December 17-31, 2017, the cost is $89 adult, $49 child (tax and gratuity included.)
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I'm a Disney Vacation Planner with hundreds of satisfied clients and I want to help you plan a magical vacation for your family at no extra charge! You won't pay one penny more to book with me but you'll get personalized help, tips, advice and much more (which you're not going to get if you booked on your own).  
Just a few of the few things I'll do for you for FREE: help to find you the perfect Walt Disney World Resort; I'll make your Advance Dining Reservations and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Reservations; make your FastPass+ selections; and send you tips and tricks!