Monday, August 10, 2009


Hey you. Come here. Do you want to know a {secret?}

I don't feel like blogging about my recent trip to Disneyland. Still. And not because it wasn't fun. It was a BLAST. Because I hate uploading pictures on Blogger.

I know. You were expecting something much grander, I'm sure. Well. Sorry to disappoint. :)

Stay tuned, faithful readers. Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

DCA Top Ten

I'm still putting of my trip report because I don't feel like uploading all the pictures yet. Lo siento. :) So today's post takes us all the way over to Disney's California Adventure. Here's my current top ten list:

10. Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! The wait time for this ride is usually about 3 or 4 minutes and it's worth the "wait." It's a cute dark ride that is pretty entertaining for adults as well as for kids. Plus, it's not terrifying like so many other Disney dark rides (Hello Snow White!). Cute ride. :)
9. Disney's Electrical Parade: Loved this as a kid and I still love it today. We actually don't see this that often. I've only seen it once or twice since it changed to Disney's Electrical Parade (as opposed to Main Street Electrical Parade), but it's on my "next time" list. :)
8. Disney's Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular: Wow, this show is amazing. Most of the cast members are incredible. Although, truthfully, there's at least one.... weaker... member for each role and when each of them acts in the same show, it gets a little hard to bear. (Like the time we saw it with whiny Jasmine, lispy Aladdin, spitty Jafar, and tight-pants Sultan). It's only about an hour long and it really is incredible.
7. Disney Animation (I could have sworn this was called the Animation Studio...): Home of the Sorcerer's Workshop, Animation Academy, Turtle Talk, and Character Closeup, the Animation (Studio) is a great place to relax after walking all day. Turtle Talk is adorable and the Animation Academy is fun too! The Character Closeup is currently featuring the Toy Story Zoetrope, which is still awesome. In the Sorcerer's Workshop, you can draw an animated cartoon strip, visit the Beast's library, and visit Ursula's Grotto. Fun, roomy, air-conditioned place. :)
6. Grizzly River Run: This ride is pretty fun, especially if it's hot. Well, really, only if it's hot. Because being wet and cold is never all that fun. However when it is cold, the wait time is about five minutes. When it's hot outside, expect to wait 75 minutes, single-ride, or use a fastpass. I would suggest fastpass, as half the fun of this ride is riding with friends and seeing who gets soaked first! (By the way, the fastpasses are now connected to the rest of the park, so you can no longer "cheat" and pull two at the same time. Sad.) Not to mention, I got stuck single-riding once. It was ridiculously hot, I hadn't gotten splashed once, and we were in a very bright, unshaded area. AND I was stuck with 7 annoying teenagers for 45 minutes. Oh joy. I got to listen to commentary about my actions the entire time. "Hey, look! That girl is reading a book!" Yes, yes I am. And guess what? "That girl" has ears and is sitting a mere three feet from you. Thank heavens for iPods and good novels.
5. Mission Tortilla Factory: Is it embarrassing that this is so high on my list? Admittedly, this wouldn't be in my number five slot if it was always spitting out corn tortillas... but the delicious warm flour tortillas (or the "tortilla kind" according to Jake Coleman)... mmmm. Did I mention it's free? FREE food at the Disneyland Resort! Free. Delicious. LOVE the Tortilla Factory. And hey, the video ain't half bad either. (Even though I have it memorized in its entirety.) Maseca!
4. Soarin' Over California: My mom's favorite ride! The first time I rode this, I was AMAZED. It is incredible. But I'm a roller coaster person and the high speed loops, drops, and thrills of Tower and Screamin' attracted me much more than Soarin'. Now, I'm falling in love all over. The ride really is incredible. Last time I rode, I sat next to an adorable family who had never been on the ride. I had forgotten how magical this ride really is the first time you experience it. Visually stunning, and technologically quite impressive, it's definitely in my top five. I suggest fastpasses or single-ride. If you do wait standby or use a fastpass, be sure to request front row, middle section (Gate B1) for the best seats in the house.
3. California Screamin': This one is fairly self explanatory. I love coasters, so I love Screamin'. Besides, this attraction is the birth place of many genius Brad ride pictures, including, but not limited to, "Tortilla Face," and "Shoe Phone."
2. Toy Story Mania: Words cannot describe this ride, as evidenced by its ability to out seat Screamin' for a number 2 spot in my book. This ride is number 2 for me because of its innovation and just how amazingly FUN it is. It's slightly reminiscent of a dark ride, but it seems faster and more exciting than your average dark ride. It is slightly similar to Buzz in Disneyland, but with better targets, more accurate shooting, and a completely different skill set. And it has the added fun of 3D glasses. It's a ride! It's a game! It's a show! It's FUN! And! It's a different adventure each and every time. Definitely made for the one-time rider and the person (like me) who will ride it over and over. There are hidden targets, targets that spray you with water or trigger some other kind of reaction, and plenty of different tracks to take. It's a GREAT attraction. (2 pictures because I just love this artwork! :) )
AND... (I bet you already can guess) my number one attraction at DCA is...

1. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Not recommended if you have a SERIOUS fear of heights. I love freefall types of rides. This ride is....AWESOME.

Honorable Mentions include: Mickey's Fun Wheel (I refuse to ride in the swinging gondolas), Mulholland Madness (But be warned, everyone I know except for me hates this ride), Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar (Especially if you are an AP, visit yearly, or are a fellow fanatic), Muppet Vision 3D (This would probably be my number 11. Great show!), Heimlich's Chew Chew Train (Don't wait more than five minutes, as it's about a 45 second ride, but it is a fun, cute ride), Princess Dot Puddle Park (This area is where we spend most of our time on unbearably hot days), Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (Fun place, especially for bored little ones who need to get rid of some of that excess energy!), Pixar Play Parade (Fun parade, but prepare to get wet if you are near the front!), and Delta Daddios

I cannot wait for World of Color to start! And Ariel's Under the Sea Adventure (is that the official name?)! And Cars Land! Exciting changes. :)

Please leave a comment with your favorites. I loved reading them last time!

(P.S. Marie, I have bad news for you. McDonald's is no longer a sponsor at Disneyland and that means no more McDonald's Conestoga Fries Wagon. Sad day! And Jen, I love Disneyland food! And Mom, I can't believe I forgot about Saturday night jazz! Love it!)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

My Disneyland Top Ten

I recently went to Disneyland with my friends, Morgan and Kaytlin. We had a blast! Look for a trip report, coming soon. (I don't have pictures to post yet) :)

Today's post is dedicated to my Disneyland (not including DCA) must-dos: my favorite top ten. Here they are:

10. Haunted Mansion: I have been converted. I must confess that I was not the biggest Haunted fan, although I have always enjoyed the seasonal version of the attraction based on The Nightmare Before Christmas. I now enjoy both versions quite a bit. The technology used to create the ride is extremely impressive and c'mon: who doesn't enjoy a good chorus of Grim Grinning Ghosts? :)

9. Enchantment: This is a new one for me. Running every fifteen minutes, and only taking a couple minutes of your time, I highly recommend stopping for this. Enchantment is a music and light show that runs all night at Pixie Hollows. It's AWESOME.

8. Peter Pan's Flight: If you visit one attraction in Fantasyland, please make it this one. I love the whimsy of this ride. Although, I do attach a warning for you. Peter Pan is almost never under 45 minutes. It is not worth waiting 45 minutes. In fact, I would argue that NO ride is worth 45 minutes. If you want to ride this, and I assure you that you do, get to the park before it opens and head here first.

7. This one is a tie. I know. I'm totally cheating. Tied for 7th are the two B's: Big Thunder and Buzz. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Hang on to them hats and glasses 'cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness! Love this ride. It's even better at night!

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: This ride, simply put, is just plain fun. Can you become a Galactic Hero? I've gotten (close) with the rank of Cosmic Commando, but I'm usually a Ranger, 1st Class and sometimes even a Space Scout.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: A trip just isn't complete without a drop down to the Caribbean. Pirates is a classic. It's a short wait for a long ride and you always notice something different.

5. Billy Hill and the Hill Billies: Bar none, the best live entertainment in the park. Check it out.

4. Magical: I know the arguments against watching fireworks. It's crowded, it takes quite a chunk of time, fireworks are the best time to ride attractions because the lines are shorter, etc. But I love Disneyland fireworks. If you've seen Magical once already, I highly suggest watching them from in front of "it's a small world." You won't be able to see Dumbo, but the show is INCREDIBLE.

3. Splash Mountain: Even though I don't always enjoy getting wet, this ride is fantastic. It has many elements of a dark ride and the added thrills of fun roller-coasterish drops. Plus, the music is so fun and catchy! 2. Indiana Jones Adventure: Tourists? You had to look didn't you? Next time, you're on your own! Amazing ride, {nearly} worthless fastpass (Don't get me wrong. It still beats standing in the standby line. It's just not the best fastpass line.), and an awesome single-rider line. It's a must-do.


1. Space Mountain: Space Mountain is my number one must-do attraction right now. I absolutely love this ride! It's my at-the-moment favorite. :)

What are your top ten?

My Honorable Mentions include Star Tours, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (again, if you plan on riding Nemo, make it your first ride of the day. Other wise the wait is ridiculous), Matterhorn Bobsleds, Alice in Wonderland, "it's a small world" (Usually less than a ten minute wait) Casey Jr. Circus Train, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Disneyland Railroad, Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (Not very fun when its hot and sunny), Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Usually a wait time of less than 3 minutes), The Dapper Dans, and Jungle Cruise.

Oh no! I just realized that I left Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room off the list! How ever did that happen? It definitely needs to fit into my top 10... er... 12. The Tiki Room is an incredible display of history and a fun-filled show!

Leave a comment about your favorite thing(s) to do at Disneyland! :)