Tag: Disneyland

Battle of the Lands – Disneyland vs Disney World

Battle of the Lands – Disneyland vs Disney World

Hot Hubby and I were having dinner with friends last night and the question came up, “What is the difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.”  Once, I got over the shock that there were grown ups, who did not know the answer…I decided to answer the question on this blog.

First:   Disneyland is in California.  Disney World is in Florida

Second:  Disneyland is the original, opened in 1955.  People say it is more magical, because it is the park that Walt Disney built.  Walt lived at Disneyland during construction and his apartment keeps a light on in tribute to his genius…but I digress.

Disney World did not open until 1971 and it is newer, bigger and closer to Floridians.

Third:  Disneyland consists of two major Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure which have their own flare and rides.   Disneyland is broken into 8 majors lands: Adventureland, Critter Country,  Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street USA, Mickey’s Toon Town, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland.  Soon there will be 9 when Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at Disneyland (first).  Disneyland can be conquered in a day but Hot Hubby prefers the two-day approach.

Disney World has 4 Major Parks and 2 Water Parks:  Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.   The Disney Company learned a lot when building Disneyland and they secretly bought millions of acres for the Disney World Development.  So there is a lot more walking and  you can easily fill a week in Florida with everything there is to do.

Florida’s Magic Kingdom most closely matches Disneyland with seven lands:  Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, MickHot hubby and castleey’s Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also opening in 2019, but after the Disneyland one opens.

Finally, the most important detail:   The center of Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Cinderella’s Castle is the center of Magic Kingdom.

Hot Hubby and I are standing in front of one of the castles, do you know which one?  Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella?

Do you have a Disney Visa?

Do you have a Disney Visa?

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

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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!

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don’t Forget to Have 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.075

Is MaxPass Goofy’s Son?

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:maxpass

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?

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

I love the ride It’s A Small World.  It is one of my favorites.   I love both versions, the “normal” one and when they change it for the Winter holidays and all of the children sing, “Jingle Bells”.  When my children were little, they called the winter version “It’s a Snow World”.IMG_0500

One of my favorite memories on that ride, was a time when the music stopped midway through.  Our entire boat began singing the song together.  By the time, we entered the last room, all of the boats were singing together.  It made me glad that it is a Small World and one song can bring us together.

What is your favorite part of It’s a Small World?

To Whip or Not to Whip

To Whip or Not to Whip

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 excdole whipuse.

I researched the calories and according to MyFitnessPal the Dole Whip is pretty good:

Disneyland – Dole Whip
Calories 80 Sodium
Total Fat 0 g Potassium
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars
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?

Moana Writes Code!!

Let’s try something new today!  Learn to code with Moana!  That is right, Disney has joined forces with Code.org to offer a new Moana: Wayfinding with Code.moana

This program designed to take just an hour, teaches you the basics of coding by using the Scratch program, which is very visual and easy.  You will learn the basics of coding, the logic, the language in its simplest form.  You will be coding in minutes and having fun at the same time.

I volunteer with this group and provide the Hour of Code to the local elementary schools.  We loved the Star Wars program in the past.  Can’t wait to start Wayfinding with Moana and Maui.

Follow this link for more information: Wayfinding with Moana