My mailbox is full of credit card offers and promises of 50,000 rewards for this or discounts for that. And I admit, I have multiple cards that I use for different reasons. I use one card for the travel points. I gave my kids a different card for emergencies. But my secret favorite is my Disney Visa.
I don’t put much on it, mainly my Disney trips. And I earn a few dollars a year as a reward, that I can then spend at Disneyland. But the main reason that I have the card is for the Cardmember-exclusive Character Experiences in Disneyland. I can’t tell you how many vacations we have taken and I am not in a single photo. But not anymore! I check the website before every trip, and then I drag my family to the Character Experi
Recently it was to meet Darth Vader in the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. I had a hard time smiling, because Darth Vader was so scary. And Cardmembers get to download all of the pictures for Free. Here is one of the pics that Hot Hubby and I took. Aren’t they fun!
I love to plan my Disney Vacation. I like to learn about the new rides and which ones are undergoing refurbishment. I like to read the Blogs about 101 Things To Do, Top 10 Things to Eat and 20 Things Not To Do. Disney is my hobby, and I like to know all that I can.
Before a Disney trip, I study the park maps. Look over the restaurant menus and make reservations. Talk to friends. Schedule my Fastpasses. Then I create a general plan for the days. But don’t plan every minute. Disney is magical and you will want to have time to wander. Take those unexpected pictures. Share those laughs and discover the magic.
At the entrance to the park, they have a free park map. You can pick one up for your scrapbook, but I don’t think you need the paper map anymore. We love the Disneyland App, that lets you know what rides have long lines and we zip around looking for shorter lines. We also watch our favorites and ride them whenever their lines are less.
The best part of Disney is that everyone can be a kid again. Believe in Fairies. Be a Princess. Talk like a Pirate. Have Fun and forget being a grown up until tomorrow.
Disneyland is introducing MaxPass on July 19, 2017. I am not sure whether to be happy or sad. The “introductory” price is $10, which means it will definitely go up soon.
Let’s go through the benefits and there are two:
First, you can download your Fast Passes directly to your phone. I think this is a HUGE benefit. You don’t have to go to the kiosk and you don’t have to keep track of those little bitty tickets. If it works as explained, you can just download them from where you are. So you leave Haunted Mansion and want to get Space Mountain tickets, BING! right on your phone. No more traipsing around the park and splitting up to get Fast passes on your way to another location.
On the other hand, I usually spend half my day walking back and forth across the park to get and use those Fast passes….do you think I won’t burn as many calories and I will have to eat less Disney food? That could be the only minus that I see.
The next benefit is a Disney PhotoPass. According to the Disney Website, “It was designed for Disney parks so that everyone in your group could be captured in photos. Rather than having that one person who holds the camera or mobile device missing from your entire trip history, he or she can now be seen! It’s a Disney miracle.” Now this would be great, except my children would rather die than take any pictures with me. I can remember when they were little and would smile and pose….then they grew up. I can imagine that for maybe one day the Photopass would be great. I could make Hot Hubby pose for some fun pictures.
The Disney PhotoPass gives you unlimited downloads of all of the pictures taken by the Disney Photographers. “Magic Shots are also included. Simply ask your Disney PhotoPass Photographer to pose you for a Magic Shot, and a select Disney Character or fun surprise will appear in your photo after it’s taken.” from the Disney website. These are the photos that you see on Facebook, where the family is holding Tinkerbell in their hand, or other special effects.
For a great explanation of how the new MaxPass works and how to use the app, UnderCover Tourist has a great explanation on their website: UnderCover Tourist
We are heading to Disneyland in 2 weeks, and I know we will purchase MaxPass at least one day of the trip. I will keep you posted about how it worked.
When is your next trip to Disneyland?
As a family, we have established a few Disneyland traditions:
- We always ride Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Thunder Mountain in that order
- We always begin California Adventure with The Little Mermaid ride
- We ALWAYS end the day with a loaf of Sourdough Bread shaped like Mickey Mouse
I bring this up, because someone has been messing with my Sourdough Mickey!
During our last trip, the CM asked me if I wanted the Mater shaped bread. I was incredulous. Why would anyone want bread shaped like Mater? or Groot? They don’t have ears to pull off and a nose that is the absolute perfection of center bread.
I don’t want anyone messing with my Sourdough Mickey Mouse! What food faavorites does your family have at Disneyland?
I may have mentioned that I am a newlywed and our marriage had its first test….we just returned from our first trip to Disneyland & California Adventure—together. I must admit, I was very nervous, because if Hot Hubby doesn’t love Disneyland…this might be a short marriage.
The trip went beautifully. We even wore our Newlywed t-shirts, so we got special attention wherever we went. It is quite special to see two old people newlyweds. I won’t begin to tell you how excited my mother is that I finally found the man of my dreams…but that is another story.
As it was our first trip, we started in California Adventure. We rode all of the rides and below is our Rating of the Good, the Bad and Hot Hubby’s pick.
The Good: Four white fingers straight up for Cars Land! We loved Radiator Springs Racers and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Four more white fingers for Frozen Live at the Hyperion, although Hot Hubby slept, it brought tears of joy to my eyes. The highlight of our day was California Screamin’, although Hot Hubby skipped lunch, because his stomach couldn’t handle food after going upside down.
The Bad: Although we enjoyed the Grizzly River Run, we were drenched twice on the ride and the hour wait turned Hot Hubby into Grumpy Patch. World of Color was amazing, but we forgot to get Fast Passes, so we had to stand in the back row…next time we will remember. Maybe.
Hot Hubby’s pick of the day was the Mickey Mouse Shaped Sourdough Bread from Pacific Wharf Cafe! Although he felt a little guilty tearing off Mickey’s ear, he loved every bite. And everything tastes better when it is shaped like Mickey Mouse.
Below are some pictures of the day, although we ate the bread, before I got the picture. Let me know what your favorite parts of California Adventure are!
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