Category: California Adventure

Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier

Disney recently announced that there is a new themed land coming to the Disney’s California Adventure park in 2018. The company is converting Paradise Pier, that California themed boardwalk that features midway games and the popular California Screamin’ roller coaster, into an area devoted to the movies of Pixar. So say goodbye to the Santa Monica Pier, and hello to attractions based around The Incredibles, Toy Story, Wall-E, Inside Out and other Pixar greats.

California Screamin’ will be rolling away forever, as it’ll be rebranded into the Incredicoaster. This Incredibles-based coaster will maintain the same track layout as Screamin’, but with retooled cars and a new queue. Screamin’ is already one of the most popular rides at the park, but this will give Hot Hubby and I another excuse for riding.

Elsewhere Inside Out will be getting its own small area, with an as-yet-unrevealed “family-friendly attraction”.  Toy Story Midway Mania, which has been a part of Paradise Pier for almost a decade, will be the linchpin of a new, expanded Toy Story section. And those old midway games will be getting a Pixar overhaul, so expect something like an Up balloon game.

This will give us another reason to visit Disneyland while we wait for Star Wars Land to open in 2019.Toy Story Pier

Disney with Family

Disney with Family

For our first trip to Disneyland I read everything I could get my hands on.  Back then, travel guides were the thing…I am showing my age.  The popular guide had a “Dumbo in a Day or Die Touring Plan.”  It gave a plan that would let you see everything in the park in one day with the best route and order of rides.  It was efficient and effective and exhausting.  We didn’t die, but we had sore feet and cranky kids by the end of the day.

It is so easy to get caught up in trying to do everything.  You want to get your money’s worth and Disney is expensive.  But you came to Disneyland to spend time with your family.  Enjoy your family as well as Disneyland.  Spend a little more for extras like a character meal or a table service restaurant.   Families don’t get enough time to just be together.

Take a few minutes and take some pictures.   The new PhotoPass allows everyone to be in the picture and the Disney photographers are great.  They capture that hug with TinkerBell or when Tigger grabs mom’s head.  They have the right filter and lighting and everyone is in the shot.  Mom can relax and be part of the fun, rather than being missing from every picture.

Life is getting faster and faster and family time is less and less.  For your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, relax and take the time to enjoy your family.IMG_0433DLPCA_CASTLEICON1NC_20170828_8090459589IMG_1246

 

Snow White -Love or Hate her?

Snow White -Love or Hate her?

I have never really bonded with Snow White.  I just can’t relate to a girl who sees a house of 7 men and says, “I can cook for you and clean for you and make your house a home.”  I can’t cook and I only clean when throwing a party.  Hot Hubby, on the other hand, loves Snow White and sees a philanthropist who wants to serve others.

Recently, I have begun to feel like Snow White, so I can like her a little more.  When Hot Hubby moved in, he brought a beautiful cat named Tiger.  Tiger has lived in rural Nevada his entire life and now resides in a neighborhood of Phoenix.  In his new home, Tiger has a doggy door, so he can come and go as he wants.

Living up to his name, Tiger is a hunter and a very good one.  Tiger hunts for lizards, rabbits, birds, and mice.  At first, he brought them home and ate them in the living room.  It was messy, but tolerable.  Then he showed some mice the doggy door, so they came in and made a home.  Tiger noticed that I was not feeding Hot Hubby, so he started bringing home live snakes and rabbits trying to train Hot Hubby to hunt.

Now I am living in Snow White’s cabin in the woods.   Wild animals are running around my home.  Snow White is teaching me to love my situation, sing a happy song and hopefully train the animals to clean my house.   I will let you know how that goes.snow white

Do you Grizzly River Run?

Do you Grizzly River Run?

Are there any rides that you avoid when you go to Disneyland?  I have always avoided the Grizzly River Run, because of the water.  I saw everyone coming off and they had wet pants and it looked miserable to me.  Because of my aversion, it became my kids’ favorite ride.  They would get fast passes and wait in line while the fast passes weren’t active.  I would watch from a distance and stay dry.

Recently, I took my first trip to Disneyland with my new Hot Hubby.  He brings out the best in me and he insisted that we “ride everything”.  He said, “We only get one chance to do it for the first time, so let’s do everything.”  Everything, included Grizzly River Run.  Of course, the line was super long and super hot.  I was a worried grump by the time we reached the front of the line.

Grizzly river run

 

We boarded our boat and I was in a chair by the “door”.  Then the ride began.  We swirled and bumped and splashed.   We passed a corner and bumped into a rapid and a huge wave of water came through the door and soaked me.  We went down rapids and a huge plunge.  I laughed, screamed and loved every  minute!

 

 

Yes, I was soaked, but I dried.  It made me realize how much fun I had missed with my kids, by wanting to stay dry.  Then expanding it further and seeing how long I had played it safe in my life and missed the adventure.   Maybe I am just getting older, but I don’t want to miss another adventure.  I want to take the rapids and laugh and scream.  I wanna get wet!

Grizzly river run wet butts