Let me confess. Though I’m a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, my first love was Disneyland. Like many of us, my first introduction to Disney Parks was at Disneyland as a young child with my family. Through the course of my childhood and teen years, my family visited Disneyland three times (which was a lot on our limited finances!). Disneyland was also the destination of my first adult vacation, visiting there after I graduated college, in fact, that was my last trip to Disneyland, back in 2004. In 2008, I made my first trip to visit Walt Disney World, and have made it priority to go back as often as my pocketbook will allow!
Disneyland, dressed to the nines for the 60th!
Like any Disney aficionado, I keep up with blogs, websites, vlogs, and books written about all things Disney. I’ve been keeping abreast of the changes to Disneyland and California Adventure. When the opportunity came up for a work-trip which took me out to California (and only 14 miles from Disneyland!) I had to work in a trip to visit this magical place. Now, I knew my Disney World experience would only have a limited application to visit this west coast sister park. So, I made sure to pick up a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland to help fill in the gaps where my Disney World knowledge feel short.
It is the end of an era. If you’re looking for that Disney unique gift that is Disney Dollars, time is running out! With the proliferation of our cashless society, Disney has decided to end the sale of Disney Dollars. This change goes into effect May 14. Guests may still purchase Disney Dollars through May 14, while supplies last at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland locations.
Disney Dollars do not expire and they will continue to be accepted at select locations at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, as well as U.S. Disney Stores. Disney Dollars were modeled to look like cash and could be purchased in $1, $5, and $10 denominations.
Guests will continue to be able to exchange Disney Dollars for cash equivalents after May 14 at Guest Relations, resort concierge, and hotel front desks.
After May 15, Guests will be able to only purchase Disney gift cards as a gift option, however gift cards are not available in amounts less than $15.
In need of a Disney fix? Homesick for the Disney Parks? Looking to learn more about the Walt Disney World Resort? My remedy, along with Disney Movie Marathons and sites such as TouringPlans, is YouTube! To be more specific, Disney YouTube Channels.
There are quite a few out there these days; and while I try to visit the Walt Disney World Resort as often as I can, a number of YouTubers have helped to expand my knowledge of the parks and resorts, granted me a glimpse or two of special park events, and just allowed me to come along for the ride with those who know Walt Disney World best! Again, there are A LOT of YouTubers out there spreading the pixie dust; but for today, I’m listing a few that you may or may not have seen but who I think are well worth your time. So get ready because here’s my list of Disney YouTube Channels You Should Be Watching!
This YouTube Channel is one of my favorites because it’s so unique! David Erickson, the creator and host of Fresh Baked Disney, visits the Disneyland Resort every single weekend and then uploads a video of his weekly visit each day. That’s why the channel is called Fresh Baked Disney, because you’re getting a little bit of Disney baked fresh daily!
David, along with co-hosts Sara and Mike, are the main cast but other friends and even fans of the show join them during their visits to Disneyland. In fact, the different relationships, personalities, and antics are part of what makes the show so fun and entertaining and you feel like you’re right there with them! When watching the show, you will notice that they are often stopped by their fans, known as Fresh Baked Muffins, for a photo and a chat. They are getting pretty well known by Disneyland Fans so be sure to keep an eye out for them if you’re out and about the resort on the weekends.
In addition to their trip reports to the Disneyland Resort, Fresh Baked Disney also produces other videos for their viewers, such as Disneyland Secrets and History, Top Tens, Mailing and Unboxings, David’s “I’ve Got Something to Say,” and even a new series called The Knothole Gang where, each week, he gives Star Wars Land construction updates from various locations throughout Disneyland.
So yeah, you should definitely be watching Fresh Baked Disney if you aren’t already. Even as a Disney World Regular, I love Fresh Baked Disney because it gives me an insider glimpse into Disneyland from someone who has visited each week for years and brings me along on a Disneyland adventures with friends.
Welcome back to the AtMousePhere series, where we take a look at some of the great background music of the Disney Parks! After thoroughly exhausting the background music of Walt Disney World, we’re hopping across the country to the Disneyland Resort.
It is well known that Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom are very similar in nature. In the background music, there are similarities and differences. We’re going to do a land-by-land roundup of the background music today. I’ll include a handy-dandy link to our Magic Kingdom AtMousePhere posts, just in case you missed it a few years back. So put on your favorite piece of Disneyland music, and let’s take a tour around Walt’s park!
The Esplanade that divides Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offers a nice variety of movie and park tunes that put guests squarely in the Disneyland mood. They are really great arrangements and orchestrations, too! Some are repeats of the entrance to the Magic Kindgom, but not all of them.
“You Got a Friend in Me” (from Toy Story)
“Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee” (from Pinocchio)
“Under the Sea” (from The Little Mermaid)
“California Girls” (the Beach Boys version, instrumental)
“Hooray for Hollywood”
“Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)”
“Smile, Darn Ya, Smile” (A Merrie Melodies tune from 1931 that was used in Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
I’m not sure why exactly, but I’ve always found haiku to be a fun little creative outlet. My law school roommate and I would often sit in the back of our Estates & Trusts lectures and compose absurd haiku as a way to pass the time. This might explain why neither of us do estates and trusts as a part of our practice, by the way, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Anyway, as a reminder for those of you that have not encountered it since elementary school, haiku is a form of short Japanese poetry that follows a particular format: a traditional haiku is 17 syllables in three phrases that follow a 5-7-5 pattern.* In other words, the first phrase is 5 syllables, the second is 7, and the final phrase is 5 syllables. To the extent that it requires you to wedge your thoughts into a small number of words and still convey something worth reading, you can almost think of it as an ancient version of Twitter (minus the abbreviations, emoticons and vitriol). Alas, I digress.
Haiku have traditionally been used to convey very Zen-like observations regarding the serenity of the natural world. Accordingly, the juxtaposition of this simple, beautiful form of poetry and its traditional use, and different subject matter — like the decidedly un-serene and not-particularly-natural Disney Parks — can lead to some wonderfully absurd results. Soooo, here’s a challenge for all of you — come up with some Disney park haiku and share them in the comments below.
As you may have seen in my blog post yesterday, Disney has moved to seasonal pricing for its one day tickets at Disneyland.
Going forward, each month will be divided into value, regular, and peak days. The new system will work as follows: If you’re visiting in September, you’ll get to pay value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the hectic holiday week during Christmas, you will pay peak pricing.
Seasonal pricing only impact 1 day tickets. Those who purchase multi-day tickets will not see seasonal pricing.
Here’s what this all means for Disneyland tickets.
Disneyland Resort 1-Day 1-Park Tickets Main Entrance Price
Ages 10 & Up
Ages 3 – 9
A 1-Day Value Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Value season date.
A 1-Day Regular Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Regular or Value season date.
A 1-Day Peak Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Peak, Regular or Value season date.
Last night was the Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 anniversary special and of course, the big topic of discussion was about what would be announced for Star Wars Land. We knew that Harrison Ford would be on hand to share some details about the land coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and what we got was some fantastic concept art, with a few additional tidbits. (Keep in mind that these are screen shots from last night’s special.)
Imagine stepping on board the Millennium Falcon and actually piloting it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control on board.
It’s almost that time again. It’s almost time to celebrate Easter in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. For the past few years, Disney has rolled out a special Easter egg hunt which allows guests to search around either Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort, trying to find eggs that are uniquely designed to look like Disney characters. This year, the fun will take place at Epcot in Walt Disney World and at Disney California Adventure,Disneyland, and new for 2016, Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort. Guests will be able to participate in this egg-cellent from March 2-27 (or while supplies last.)
Here’s how it will work: Guests will be able to purchase a map for $5.95, plus tax. With each map stickers are provided that match up with the actual character-themed eggs that can be found in each of the the parks (or Downtown Disney.) Guests are then able to search via the map’s general locations and when an actual egg is found, the Guest will then place the character egg sticker on the map where the was located. Once all the eggs have been discovered, Guests should return their map to the redemption station for a fun prize.