We just celebrated Hercules’ twentieth birthday on June 15, 2017. Wow, how time flies. I can remember taking my children to see this in theatres and falling in love with the Muses. Those girls can sing!
My favorite line from that movie is when we meet Megara. She is being beaten by the Centaur, as he scoops her up, throws her down and finally holds her in his strong grasp. Hercules rushes in to be the hero. Megara retorts, “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this.”
I love that line. I have used it multiple times in my life, when my job gets overwhelming, my boss is asking for more than I can give, my kids are complaining or I’ve lost that loving feeling. This line, more than any other, gets me going and convinced that I don’t need Hercules to rescue me, I am strong enough myself.
I have been doing Disney for most of my life. But it wasn’t until this past trip, that I actually tried a Dole Whip. If you are like me, you always saw the long line and thought, “Nothing is that good.”
I did my research and found out that I could skip the line, by going into the Tiki Room Waiting Area, and buying my Whip there. Okay, so now the line is no longer an excuse.
I researched the calories and according to MyFitnessPal the Dole Whip is pretty good:
Disneyland – Dole Whip
Okay, so maybe it was time to buck up and try a Whip. It was delightful. Cool, refreshing and so light. The perfect snack on a hot day. I am a fan! What do you think? Whip or No Whip?
I often get the question, what age should you take your child to Disneyland. I am not sure that my children remember their early trips, but I do. The first time I took my children to Disney World, my mother and I took a 2-year-old and a 6 month old.
We spent the entire trip in Fantasyland alternating between the Carousel and Dumbo. These were the first two rides we rode and the girls were content to call these their favorite rides. We went from one to the other and back, over and over and over. I was starting to get upset that they wouldn’t adventure and try other rides, but my mother calmed me and said, “Who is going to know if we never leave Fantasyland?” That was brilliant, because we had a delightful, relaxing day alternating between Dumbo and the Carousel. I got to slow down and enjoy my children for the whole day. It was just one of the millions of pieces of parenting advice that my mother provided me over the childhood of my children. We had a great memory, even if the kids don’t remember it.
As my kids have grown, our regular trips have given us time away to catch up, unplug and be young together. We have inside jokes from different trips and traditions that we continue with every visit. Disney is a part of our family and we never get tired of it.
Anytime that a family can spend time together, reconnecting in a wholesome environment, is worth the trip. At any age.
What age were you when you first visited Disneyland?
Whew! We visited Disneyland together for the first time and it was a huge success. I think this is the true test of a relationship. If you like Disneyland together, you will stay together for ever. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
For our first visit, I wanted Hot Hubby to ride all of my favorite rides, but take in some of his favorite also. We started by going left when we entered the gates. So we hit Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. Hot Hubby was one of the first visitors to ride Pirates when it opened, so it holds a special place in his heart.
Next we got a fast pass for The Haunted Mansion and rode Splash Mountain and Winnie the Pooh. On Splash Mountain, we rode with a man and his daughter who made our souvenir picture really funny. We got totally soaked, but Hot Hubby was a good sport, reason number 589 why I love this man. There is a lot of construction in this area and I can’t wait to see Star Wars Land! Then we ran back to The Haunted Mansion and made it just in time for our fast pass. Hot Hubby is in good shape and never tired, which is reason number 590.
Our next adventure was Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is so fun since the makeover. It was so much fun and so non-crowded that we rode it twice. I love the goat at the top who is chewing on a stick of dynamite. Hot Hubby liked the rattlesnake, but he sees those at home, so maybe it is the familiarity?
Our next stop was Fantasyland. We whizzed through London with Peter Pan, escaped the Evil Queen with Snow White and barely survived Mr Toad’s Wild Ride. Alice was too long a line, but we Tea Cupped until we might puke. As always, we ended Fantasyland with the Carousel.
We headed over the Matterhorn for fast passes and rode It’s a Small World, twice because Hot Hubby enjoyed it so much. There were two laughing hyenas that I have not noticed before, but they were especially funny today. So we had to ride it twice to laugh again.
Mickey Toon Town was next and Go Coaster and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This one is a family favorite, because my daughter is named Jessica after Jessica Rabbit. So we always take a picture next to Jessica’s stage door, as a trip memento. I have pictures of our family at every stage of life, by that Stage Door.
Whew! I have so much to share, but I am running out of time. Join me again and I will finish the day. Thanks for stopping by!
I heard that my cousin was planning a trip to Disney World to see my favorite Mouse. She had already ordered your park hopper tickets and was staying in the Contemporary Hotel. Love that hotel, because the monorail makes it so easy to get to the Magic Kingdom. She had gotten her magic bands and ordered your fast passes and making restaurant reservations. Here is the advice I provided about autographs:
In the contemporary hotel lobby, is our favorite restaurant. Chef Mickey. It just started serving lunch also. This restaurant serves great kid, friendly meals, mac & cheese, peanut butter and jelly pizza, chicken nuggets, while also serving Prime Rib, caesar salad, baked potatoes, and yummy adult food. In addition, they have 6-8 characters who stop by your table and take pictures, sign autographs or just talk. We usually schedule this early in our trip, so the pressure is off for getting so many autographs. Also, while you are waiting for your table, they will take a picture of the entire family with a character. Just remember to give them your phone or camera, and they will take a great picture for free.
We have tried a multitude of different signing options, autograph books, t-shirts, pillowcases and tote bags. Our two favorites are the plain while pillowcases and the plain white book bags. I carried an assortment of colored permanent markers and had each character sign with a different color. Then the kids can take their bags to and from school and remember the trip for a long time. The pillowcase was good for remembering, but they didn’t get to show their friends as much. Do not recommend the t-shirt idea, because the characters have to get too close to sign them and the ink goes away quickly after 5-10 washes.
Don’t try to do everything. You will go back. Oh yea, I forgot that they have a place, Fantasy Faire or something like that has a bunch of princesses in one place for autographs. So you can knock them out with one time in line and get back to Dumbo.
Thought you would enjoy. What are your tips for autographs?
Recently, I read an ad for Disney Travel Professionals. They asked a variety of questions including: “Do you love Disney?”, “Do people ask your advice when planning their Disney trip?”, “Have you been to more than one Theme Park?”. I sat there in my Mickey Mouse pajamas and slippers and answered a huge “Yes”. Then I thought, why not share the Disney knowledge in my head with a blog?
I have lived on both the East Coast and West Coast, so I am a fan of both Disney sites. I have attended the parks in almost every condition….with small children, tweens, teenagers, adult children, no children, grandchildren and even as a newlywed with my new husband. But more than that, I have a true love of Disney, that I hope to pass on to you.
I hope you will come back and ask questions. To keep you interested, here is a picture from my last trip to Disneyland in May 2017.