Category: Minnie Mouse

Love Disney, Hate Crowds?

Love Disney, Hate Crowds?

Do you love Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but hate the crowds?  Disney has a special experience for you!  When the crowds clear and the gates close, rediscover Magic Kingdom park after dark.  Disney After Hours offer 3 hours of minimal crowds for just $119…even less for Annual Passholders.

 Disney After Hours gives a limited number of Guests—including you—access to dozens of unforgettable experiences in Magic Kingdom park.

For 11 select nights from June 2018 to September 2018, don’t miss your chance to skip the wait times for more than 25 popular attractions and Character Greetings—including:

Astro Orbiter,  Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Princess Fairytale Hall, Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Mickey PhilharMagic, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirate of the Carribean, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain,  Splash Mountain and more!

Ice Cream, Popcorn & Select Beverages Included!
In the midst of the laughs and thrills, be sure to chill out with ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages—included in the cost of admission—available at carts stationed throughout the park. In addition, you can also purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and select locations throughout the park.

And remember: only a limited number of tickets are available for each night. Gives you another reason to go to Walt Disney World now!

There are eight nights left:

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018

And 9:00 PM to midnight:

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fireworks over Disneyland Castle
Fireworks over Disneyland Castle

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Pixar Pier Opens Tomorrow in California Adventure

Pixar Pier Opens Tomorrow in California Adventure

Pixar Pier is opening tomorrow.  That means that California Screamin’ is officially the Incredicoaster!   and we can eat Pixar-themed food!   When the project is complete there will be four exciting neighborhoods to discover at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure® Park —Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk, Pixar Promenade and Inside Out Headquarters.

You can visit Pixar Pier starting tomorrow, June 23, 2018 to discover many new experiences, including the Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal-A-Round attractions, Lamplight Lounge, Pixar-themed food locations and don’t forget the new float!

The fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade at Disney California Adventure® Park is currently dazzling audiences during the limited-time Pixar Fest at the Disneyland® Resort. This electrifying parade uses more than 1 million brilliant lights, high-energy music and cutting edge special effects featuring many beloved Disney and Pixar pals.

Joining “Paint the Night” on June 23, 2018 is a new float inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2.” The Parr family and their pal Frozone will make their debut in this spectacular parade with high-tech, pop-art effects.

Copyright Disney

Incredibles Float
NEW INCREDIBLES-THEMED FLOAT FOR ‘PAINT THE NIGHT’ PARADE—This June, a new, high-energy Incredibles-themed float will add more Pixar fun to the electrifying “Paint the Night” parade at Disney California Adventure park. Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone will showcase their superhero awesomeness as they take on their newest threat, the Underminer. Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack also showcase their unique powers in surprising new ways, as shown through dynamic and innovative visual technology. Like the other elements in this spectacular parade, this new float will come to life through a series of dazzling LED lights, new music elements and high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films. (Disney•Pixar/Disneyland Resort)
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?