Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Posts of 2012

I can't wait to find some Disney Magic in 2013! Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Starbucks at Disneyland

How did they know? Seriously my two favorite things Disney and Starbucks together!!! I'm in heaven. What could be better than people watching at Disneyland with a yummy pumpkin spice latte. My only complaint, Disneyland's Starbucks is more expensive than non-Disneyland Starbucks.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our Pirate Adventrue

We had a great time on or last trip to Disneyland. We visited the park on Sept 5th so we were able to make reservations at the Pirate's League that opened Sept 1st.
My son absolutely loved it.
You could either choose to be a first mate or Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He chose to be Jake. After you are all made up you read a pirates oath and learn how to sword fight. Then you are officially in the pirates crew!
My family loved our experience at the Pirates League. The only complaint I had was that the make-up got everywhere. It even ended up on my husbands shirt later in the day.
Here is the link to the Pirates League with all the info you need to make a reservation.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Movie Star

I have seen a few movie stars and celebrities at Disneyland, Kobe Bryant, Diane Keaton, Wil Wheaton but on Wednesday the 5th we saw Christian Bale!!! OMG, you might know him from the musical Newsies from 1992!
Oh and those recent BATMAN movies!
As we sat down to ride Thunder Mountain he was escorted up through the exit. I was only ten feet away from him! HAHA! He sat on the train after ours so we waited for him to come off the ride and my hubby snapped a picture. ( I was to chicken!)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Disney Birthday

My sister knows how much I love Disney so she made me this cake for my birthday. I love it!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Special Touches

Here are some of the special details added to the New Holly Jolly bakery on Main Street. It is centered around one of my favorite Disney movies, Mary Poppins.
I'm glad that Disneyland spends so much time and effort on the atmosphere of the park because I am never impressed with the food. What do you guys think? Do you enjoy the park food?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wordless Wednesdays

It says DONT step on the diamond shaped stones!
So what does he do, haha!

Focused on the Magic

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

On Main Street

My family loves to relax in this little alley on Main Street and have some yummy ice cream. If you listen closely you can hear Goofy brushing his teeth and taking a shower in the video I shot on our last visit.  For other great Disney blogs visit Focused on the Magic.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Did you know that the Enchanted Tiki room doesn't have a Hidden Mickey. On my last trip I was told it use to be one of the perches the birds sat on but during the last renovation it was run over by a utility vehicle.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Line Times

Just in case you were wondering just how Disneyland provides us with those wait times for the rides. The cast member handed it to me at the start of the line on Autotopia and asked me to hand it to the last cast member before I got on the ride...btw it made me feel very important, haha!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Hatbox Ghost

When the Haunted Mansion opened in 1969 The Hatbox Ghost was one of the many ghosts that resided in the Mansion. Unfortunately do to poor lighting and angles the Hatbox Ghost was removed from the ride only a few days after it opened. The funny thing is when they removed the Ghost he actually disappeared. Even the molds are missing. Years and years went by where only memories of the Hatbox Ghost were shared by the lucky few who saw it on the ride the first few days. To this day there are only two actual pieces of evidence that it even existed, other than word of mouth. One being this picture below and a short clip from a guest video from 1969.
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Add it on to one of the many mystery's of the Haunted Mansion.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Where Oh Where Can We Be?

Can anyone tell me where this model of Thunder Mountain is located? Leave a comment below, lets find out just how Disney smart you are.

Focused on the Magic

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Holly Jolly Bakery and Cafe

I am so excited that Disneyland finally added to Main Street. This space has been lacking for so long!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Special Guest Post

I have a special friend sharing a post with us this week! I'd like to introduce Lisa from Over the Big Moon! Don't let here fool you, even though she doesn't blog about Disneyland, she is just as much a fan as the rest of us!

Hi there Mouse Encounters!I am so excited to be here today. I'm pretty sure my "cool factor" as an Aunt is going up for being a guest on a Disney blog!
My name is Lisa and I am one of the girls behind Over the Big Moon. A blog all about family, kiddos, home decor, DIY, and free print ables!

Today I want to share with you a cool experience we had on our last trip to Disneyland. I watched a Secrets to Disneyland video a long time ago and in it they said that out of the 68 horses on the carousel only 1 has a gold tooth and that it was Walt Disney's favorite horse. The horses name is Doubloon. I did a little research and it seems that most people agree that it was actually Lillian's horse.
Meet Doubloon

We have looked for him before and not found him but on our last trip to Disneyland as we were getting on the carousel he was right there and our son Davis chose him to ride on.

So the next time you are at Disneyland and going on the carousel, keep your eye out for Doubloon!
Thank you Lori for having me today!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Where Oh Where Could We Be?

The Picture below was taken at the Main Street train station. This model train was built by Walt Disney himself!!! I'm sure most of you know he loved trains.
Next time you are at the Main Street train station take a look around, it is full of Disney history.

January 2, 2012
Can you guess where in Disneyland Park this picture was taken? I'll give you a clue, It was hand built by someone very special!!!