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OOGIE BOOGIE BASH

Did you know?

-Oogie Boogie’s is a separate ticket event held in California Adventure every year around Halloween time

-Guests of all ages can dress up in their Halloween costumes (though its not required) and trick-or-treat throughout the park – all rides are open, too

-The park closes to other guests at 6pm (but you can enter at 3) and from then until 11pm, the park is all yours – there are special characters, photo ops, an amazing parade and other perks special to this event

-Villains Grove is a relatively new addition (and my very favorite thing ever) to this event and is absolute magic. Disneyland’s website says it best, “Explore Redwood Creek Challenge Trail like never before as the worlds of Maleficent, Scar and other Disney villains unfold via ethereal scenes replete with hauntingly beautiful color, sound, light and shadow.”

-Its 100% worth the money. Its a Disney experience unlike any other. Its sold out for this year, but if you’re tempted and you can make it work, you should definitely put the Oogie Boogie Bash on your bucket list

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THE LITTLE MERMAID ~ ARIELS UNDERSEA ADVENTURE

Did you know?

-There are roughly 200 characters on the ride, including 50 spinning starfish

-Sebastian is one of the smallest audio-animatronics Disney has made

– The original voice recordings of the voices of Ariel and Ursula are used in the attraction

-Each scene of the attraction was first built as one-quarter-inch scale model and then as a one inch scale model before full scale production began

-On your voyage, you travel in a bright colored clam shell

Oogie Boogie’s Bash, 2021

You already know that Halloween time in Disneyland is my favorite thing. I’ve already given you a post about our trip but I saved the best for last. So here it is! Enjoy our pictures.

We went with being the Fab 5 this year (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald) and my sisters were Chip and Dale. Our costumes were relatively easy to make and came together so cute!!

Gosh, I love it all.

October in Disneyland, 2021

We just got back from our traditional October Disneyland trip that we unfortunately weren’t able to attend last year because Covid is the worst. Being back gave me a high like no others. Gosh, it was good to be back, you guys. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it, perhaps, billions more times, Disneyland is the best – especially in October.

This trip was also Flora’s first time to Disneyland because, again, thanks for nothing, Covid. I mean, she doesn’t really speak much English yet, but I am pretty confident in saying she loved it. She loved the food, the sights, the rides (especially Little Mermaid and Web Sligers) and all the music she could dance to.

My boys were in absolute Disney heaven. I’ve raised them well (if I do say so myself) and they love Disney hardcore. They’ve missed it, too. They were so eager to get back in there and they were especially excited for Oogie Boogie’s Bash (Disney’s Halloween party). They were so excited and full of big, big emotions. They were pure joy to watch. We had some really cool experiences – like a particular encounter with an extra magical Cast Member that I’ll post about soon, and the memories we made in those few short days will last us a long time.

Can we also take a second to appreciate Craig? I’m so glad I found myself a guy who took on my Disney obsession head-on and has also made it his own. You can just tell he loves this place, too. Its one of my favorite parts about him.

Now enjoy a small photo dump from our magical days in the happiest place on earth!

Oh.. and stay tuned for our Oogie Boogie pictures which will be their own post 😉

SatisFACTual Saturday: Tower of Terror

TOWER OF TERROR

Did you know?…

  • The attraction stands at 199 feet tall, making it one of the tallest Disney World attractions
  • While falling up and down, you reach a top speed of 39 mph
  • The drops are randomized sequences, making it very possible that you may never ride the same sequence twice
  • Its rumored that originally, the attraction would be both a ride and an actual hotel but, (if these rumors are true), Disney decided it would be too expensive
  • The cobwebs in the lobby are made of glue from a special hot glue gun spinner that essentially shoots the “webs” out
  • If you see the wait time listed for Tower of Terror as 13, you better get in line – 13 means there is a nice, short current wait

Opening Day!

Today is a magical day! Today is a special day!

Happy opening day, Disneyland!! Today you open for…forever!!

I’m typing this with actual tears in my eyes. It has been so long…too long…since Disneyland Resort has been open and I’ve felt the sting of its absence so, so frequently. I’m not a California resident, so I’m still unsure of when exactly I can make it back to the happiest place on earth, but the fact that its OPEN has my heart fluttering non-stop today.

The world is right again. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be stalking all social media accounts of California residents who are in the park today!

Magical Monday: Changes to Jungle Cruse

Have you heard the news?! Jungle Cruise, in both Disneyland and Disney World is getting some major updates!

K. Not gonna lie, when I first heard this, I was gutted, but only for a moment. Jungle Cruise is one of my very favorites, so knowing change was happening scared me. Then I read more about it and now? Now I am ok. This will be cool.

Maybe, like me, you immediately thought that maybe they were changing the ride to tie into the movie, Jungle Cruise, (staring Emily Blunt and The Rock), but from what I can tell, that is not the case.

So lets dive in to what we do know.

Jungle Cruise is getting a whole new story added in. The backstory is that four people, a skipper, an entomologist, a bird watcher and a wildlife painter go off on an adventure into the jungle on a jungle cruise. News comes back to those at the dock that their boat may have sunk, so we as riders are sent off to investigate and find out what happened. Doesn’t that sound so fun? Reportedly, more information will come out later (I mean, obviously), but that being the main knowledge we have so far makes me really excited.

It is said that the comedy will be enhanced. Its also said that they way the natives are depicted will be done away with, as to make the ride more modern and better reflect the diverse world we all live in.

Imagineer (& former Skipper), Kevin Lively, said, “As part of this story update, we’ll get to follow a skipper and his passengers as their journey goes awry. Thats right, for the first time ever, the skipper role will not only be that of a live, experienced and witty guide, but also represented by a show figure within the attraction itself. In fact, the expedition will be up a tree (literally!) after their sunken boat splits apart and chimps board the wreckage, with monkey business ensuing.

But thats not even half of the hull story. Fans of the Jungle Cruise attraction may recall some boats that used to make their way around the river but haven’t been seen for a while – specifically the Mekong Maiden and the Kwango Kate. Ever wonder what happened to them? Well, you might go ape when you find out! Ultimately, the jungle gets the last laugh.”

Uh. How fun does that sound?! I cannot wait. I for one, will be waiting anxiously for concept art and new details into the changes happening. One thing I know for sure? Disney knows what they’re doing and they do not disappoint.

How to Cope with Disneyland Being Closed #letsLEARNfriday

Ok, so I could be the president of this topic. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I frequently whine about my desire to get back to The Happiest Place on Earth, and how life honestly (no sarcasm here) is harder without Disneyland being a constant in it. When I read the suggestion for #letsLEARNfriday that said, “How to cope with Disneyland Being Closed,” I not only felt a boatload of sympathy for this person, but also knew I’d have to jump on this quickly. I’m not 100% sure that it was a serious suggestion or not, but if its an excuse for me to talk about Disneyland, then heck ya I’m on board.

Its also occurring to me that I’m not sure how much we’ll really be learning here today, but hey, maybe you’ll be able to learn some new coping mechanisms to navigate the world without Disneyland. Also, I feel pretty hopeful that 2021 will bring Disneyland back to us. Lets all hope that thats the case.

Sooo… If you want to learn how to help the sting thats burning within your heart because Disneyland has been closed forever…I mean, since March 2020, keep on reading. Here are my go-to ways to help my heart when I’m missing my happy place particularly badly.

HOW TO COPE WITH DISNEYLAND STILL BEING CLOSED

  • Look at your Disney pictures. The ones your parents took of you in front of the castle when you were 1 to the ones you took on your latest visit. Look at all of them and feel all the emotions. Cry, laugh, reminisce, then hang your head and allow yourself to feel some sorrow for you are not in a Disney Park. Its ok to admit you’re sad without it. Then end that thought on thinking back to some of your favorite Disneyland memories.
  • YouTube all the Disney things. Our personal favorite things to YouTube are: Fantasmic , most Disney parades but I’m particularly fond of the Paint the Night and Soundsational currently. Watch peoples Vlogs from the park.
  • Wear your Disney apparel. It doesn’t matter if its a shirt with Mickey Mouse on it, socks with the castle, sweat pants with DISNEYLAND going down the leg or maybe its even your favorite pair of ears – wear them. Also encourage your family to do the same. Dress your baby in all his/her Disney clothes. Inform your spouse how much you’d love if they followed suit. Tell your friends to join in. Then, feel a little more magical in your outfit.
  • Hang up another Disney picture somewhere in your house/room. You know, if there is room. Because if you can’t be there its only natural to have every nook and cranny in your home remind you of the place you longed to be. Then stare at those pictures and text your spouse about when your next trip will be – because you aren’t there and you need to be, pronto.
  • Change your wallpaper on your phone to a Disney Park picture. Or, if you’re like us, switch from one Disney Park picture to another. That way each time you look at your phone you will be greeted by some Disney magic.
  • Listen to all the Disney Park music 24/7. It is crucial to your happiness/misery that you never have a moment without the magical melody of a Disney tune playing in your ear. Close your eyes and imagine you’re there. Think of your beautiful memories from The Happiest Place on Earth. Feel the joy swell in your heart. Smell the smells. Then open your eyes. Shoot, you aren’t there. But instead of getting too sad – plan your next trip – whenever that will be. Just start planning.
  • Get online and start surfing shopdisney.com, I mean, you probably need some new Disney stuff in your life. Aaaaaand, technically Disney merch is cheaper than tickets to Disney, so, you’re basically saving money on this one. You’re welcome.
  • Cry. Because lets me honest. Its kind of impossible to cope with not being in Disney and sometimes crying can solve a problem or two — and it feels good. I cry about Disney all the time, just ask my kids.

Happy Birthday, Walt

On this day, in 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born to Flora and Elias Disney. I wonder, as he grew up, if they ever imagined him accomplishing what he did. I wonder if they saw the pure magic that lived inside of him.

You know when you’re asked if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My answer is nearly always Walt Disney. Man, I would have loved to have had the opportunity to listen to him tell stories. Imagine how incredible it would be to listen to him while he brain dumps about park ideas or movie story-lines. Just to have the honor of shaking his hand and telling him how much I admire him… Is it weird if I say I truly hope to meet him in heaven? I owe such a large portion of my happiness to him. A world without the world he created is one I never, ever want to imagine. Heck, I’m forced to live without Disneyland right now (ugh) and thats hard enough!

I am so glad Walt was born. I’m glad he had a dream. A vision he saw as we sat on a park bench watching his daughters and he didn’t rest until he made his dream a reality. I’m glad he said and believed, “if you can dream it, you can do it.” I’m glad he didn’t take no for an answer and worked tirelessly to create magic for kids of all ages. He did a great service for humankind.

Happy Birthday, Walt. I hope your celebration is magical.

Magical Monday: First Look at Disneyland

Fun Fact: On this day in history in the year 1954, LOOK Magazine gave its readers a first look at Disneyland. There weren’t any pictures of the park or any pictures of what was going on – but there was this incredible map that I can’t get over. I want this framed in my house. Its incredible. This is said to be the map that Walt Disney used to sell the idea of Disneyland!!

The text on the left side of the map reads:

“Walt Disney’s imagination is running wild again

At Anaheim Calif., 25 miles from Los Angeles, bulldozers are piling up miniature mountains for a new product of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination — a fabulous playground called Disneyland. At present, Disneyland mainly exists in drawings, models and the color map on these pages. But already its four major areas (see map) are backdrops for the Disneyland TV show, making its debut October 27. The areas are: Adventureland (lower left), with riverboats churning along tropical rivers; Frontierland (left center), with Indians, stagecoaches and a paddle-wheel steamer; Fantasyland (top center), home of Sleeping Beauty and site of Never Never Land; Land of Tomorrow (upper right), with spaceship rides and exhibits by major American Industries. Of the park, Disney says, “Its something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a show place of magic and living facts.”

The text on the right side reads:

“Disneyland Park, “magic” show place, permanent fair, will cover 160 acres, cost $9,000,000; it will open in midsummer of 1955″

I love seeing history of Disneyland. This new development had to have been so exiting for the people paying attention to it! Now look at it, a super successful, super magical, super wonderful, super visited place. I know Walt Disney would be and is so, so proud of this land he created.