Disneyland for Spring Break?

Disneyland for Spring Break?

I know a lot of you are planning your Spring Break trips to Disneyland, so I thought I would offer my advice.

1)      Our ultimate trip is Sunday – Thursday (add a day if you want to see Harry Potter at Universal).  We drive on Sunday and arrive around dinner time.  We make reservations for Goofy’s Kitchen for Sunday night.  We get great pictures and autographs with the characters and starts our Disney trip off with a bang.

Monday:  Disneyland     Tuesday: California Adventure   Wednesday: Disneyland  Thursday: Eat breakfast in Downtown Disney and travel home

2)       Stay as close to the park as you can afford.  Use Hilton points for the Hilton.  Good Neighbor hotels are always a good choice.  Plan to stay within walking distance.

3)      Purchase your tickets online.  If your kids are younger, no need to Park Hopper, one park is enough.

4)      Download the Disneyland Mobile App.  It has Park Maps, Character locations, Wait Times, Dining Options, Shop locations, Restroom locations, PhotoPass, Entertainment and so much more

5)      Buy MaxPass.  Once in the park, this lets you get all of your Fastpasses on your phone.   It also gives you access to all of the professional photos that the Disney Cast Members take.

6)      Pack basic snacks.  Every restaurant and food kiosk offers free ice water, so with a few snacks, you can eat one meal at the Park each day.   We prefer to carry one backpack with hand sanitizer, power bars and apples.

7)      Make Restaurant Reservations  – we usually eat at two nice places each trip.   Goofy’s kitchen for the characters and Carthage Circle (California Adventure) for the relaxing atmosphere.

 Chef Pluto with girls

When you enter Disneyland, get Fantasmic Fast Passes.  These are paper tickets and do not interfere with the ride fast passes.

When you enter California Adventure, get World of Color Fast Passes.  These are paper tickets and do not interfere with your fast passes.

Have fun and ride everything once!

If you like it, put a Mickey on it!

If you like it, put a Mickey on it!

Whew!  It has been a great week for merchants, but a really bad week for my bank account.  Well, my imaginary bank account, because I can’t actually purchase any of the items that are featured this week.

coach minnie

On Monday, Coach launched a line of Minnie Mouse handbags, coin purses and bag tags.  They are stunning with their adorable dots and Minnie ears.  But holy budget Batman, the cheapest item was $95, which was a bag tag.   Aren’t those free at the airport?  I must be the only one with budget constraints, because the entire site was sold out by Monday afternoon.

Mickey Dutch Oven

 

 

Now the kitchen can join the bandwagon, as Le Creuset has launched a Mickey Mouse Dutch Oven.  It is bright red, with Mickey Mouse featured all around it and on the handle.  I am not much of a cook, but even my humble oven would love a dash of red Mickey Mouse….until I saw the price tag.   I don’t know how much the Dutch cook, but my entire stove did not cost as much as this Dutch Oven.   I am not even sure what you make with a Dutch Oven, but I won’t be making it at my house.

Maybe in my dream, I will sit on my Ethan Allen Mickey Mouse chair, I will eat a home cooked meal from my Mickey Mouse Dutch Oven and happily swing my Minnie Coach purse.  But for now, I will admire them from a distance.

What Disney merchandise do you admire?

Zippity Doo Dah, there is a baby Hippo!

Zippity Doo Dah, there is a baby Hippo!

There is a new addition to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It is not a lion, a tiger or a bear. It is a baby hippo! It has been just five days since the birth of a Nile hippopotamus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and already the newborn is garnering attention from around the world as guests fall in love with the newest addition to the herd.

For Disney’s animal care experts, the calf’s arrival has been a labor of love as they have spent months preparing for the first hippo birth at the park in 13 years. Momma and baby are doing well and staying close together as they bond. Guests may see Tuma and her adorable calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris day and night.

The next important question, is what should the hippo be named? Any suggestions?

Picture courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

baby hippo

Disney Connects Us All

Disney Connects Us All

Today, I was sitting at my Blue Work space and I happened to notice the purse on the space next to me.  It was a Dooney-Bourke Mickey Mouse purse.  I knew instantly that this was a person I needed to meet.  I asked around, but no one recognized the purse, or remembered who had left it there.  Eventually, the owner returned to her desk and I introduced myself.  We had a quick chat and talked all things Mickey Mouse.  It was the highlight of my day.

dooney bourke mickey mouse

Whether you know it or not, there is a passionate army of adult women on the Internet, in your office, and maybe even in your home who are obsessed with Disney. They make multiple trips to the theme parks each year, collect Disney-themed items, and even dress up as Disney characters — on days other than Halloween. More than seven million millennial women devoured articles about Disney this year on POPSUGAR.  Many of these women, who grew up on The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, have celebrated 30th birthdays, honeymoons, and even weddings at a Disney resort.

Disney fans know that many people don’t get it. Almost unanimously, they said that the number one misconception about them is that they are immature. But before you judge your co-worker, high school friend on Facebook, or distant family member for their age-inappropriate Disney fangirling on social media, at least try to understand just what Mickey and his gang of princesses do for them.

In an age of aspirational social media and highly curated brands online, Disney nails it — in real life. For a generation that looked to Internet personality quizzes to tell them something about themselves, Disney can reflect your true self. Your favorite park, movie, or character is a reflection of your personality. Loving Disney gives you an identity. It means you are a person who believes in magic, happiness, and imagination.

What is the reason that you love Disney?