Looks like it’s going to be one of those days…
Apparently, in Toontown tonight there was an “explosion” (and no, not the fireworks kind). You can find more on the story here. It looks like someone filled a plastic bottle with dry ice and dropped it in a trash can and you can imagine the noise that that made. The bomb squad was called in and Toontown was evacuated. There were no injuries and the park remained open throughout the rest of the evening. It looks like it was a childish prank, but we’re breathing a big sigh of relief that everyone is ok. Just goes to show, if you see something suspicious report it to a cast member and stay safe mouseketeers.
We learned such an important tip on our May 2013 trip: grab a photographer! You’ve seen them – those photopass photographers located on Main Street U.S.A., in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, next to Carsland’s entrance…basically wherever there’s an ideal photospot, they’ll be there! Often we think that their services are only available for those who have paid for photopass, but actually these skilled photographers will take pictures of any park guest. All you have to do is ask and then hand them your own camera. While we were on Buena Vista Street in DCA, the fantastic Patrick (photopass photographer extraordinaire) saw us struggling to take a ridiculous 3-person selfie shot in front of this statue. He ever so politely offered to take the photo for us. Not only did he take a great shot, but he also gave us tips on how to effectively use our camera in the park (tip from Patrick: use the flash for full sun shots- it helps get rid of pesky shadows). What a guy! What a shot! Thanks so much Patrick and all you hard-working photopass photographers in the park who help make memories everyday!
We’ve said it before (May Trip Post) and we’ll say it again- the best snack in all of Disney California Adventure is to be found inside a giant orange cone.
That’s right. Cozy Cones inside Cars Land is serving up the most delightful “Churro Bites.” We know what you’re thinking, you’ve had churros before, but NO! These are churros taken to the next level. They’re divided up into delicious bite size and might we add shareable pieces.
They come piping hot inside…you guessed it, orange cones.
Did we mention they come with a cinnamon chocolate sauce?
Next time you’re visiting Radiator Springs, make sure to make a pit stop by Cozy Cones. You’ll be glad you did.
Ever dreamed of watching the sun rise over the Matterhorn? Yeah, us too! Well, now that dream can become a reality because Disneyland is staying up all night on May 24th. That’s right! Disney California and the Magic Kingdom will also be getting in on the late night action. To celebrate the start of summer all three parks will remain open from 6 a.m. on the 24th to 6 a.m. on the 25th. That’s 24 hours starting on the 24th (clever Disney, very clever).
We can’t go because of work (gaaaaahg, fists to the sky, we curse you responsibility!), but we’re curious…would you like to spend all night in the park? Disneyland did stay open all night in February 2012 to celebrate Leap Year. Apparently, the crowds got pretty crazy, but we could definitely put up with some long lines for a 24-hour adventure.
Not only has Cars Land completely revamped DCA, but the people over at Disney have come out with a lot of great merchandise (and they all seem to be drink related). Here are some of our favorites.
So, on our May 2013 Trip we walked by the newly redesigned “Goofy’s Sky School.” Before the DCA overhaul it was known as “Mulholland Madness.”
How can we put this gently…this ride SUCKS!
If you’d like to lose a kidney or want to question your sanity, ride this ride! If you think taking up residence inside a sadomasochistic pinball machine sounds delightful, ride this ride! If you secretly dream of riding within the belly of a large rodent who has been given meth, ride this ride! Don’t believe us. Check out Hayley’s before & after shots.
In conclusion, DO NOT RIDE THIS RIDE…unless you want to. Now that we’ve got that covered, we’re curious. Are there any rides at the park that you refuse to go on? Do they rhyme with Moofy’s My Mool?
Hi Everyone! Great news! Saturday night swing dancing will be making a return to Disneyland this summer. We mentioned this in our May Trip Report, but when Carnation Plaza Gardens was closed down to make room for Fantasy Faire, the Saturday night swing dancing was moved out of the park. Park management promised to bring the dancing back once Fantasy Faire opened, but then they delayed its return. For many who have made this a weekly tradition (seriously, there are couples who have come every Saturday for 50 years) this delay/cancellation meant major heart break. Luckily, the “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Dance Party” will be returning to the park on June 15th. So, if you’re in the park area on Saturdays in late June, grab your dancing shoes or just stop by and listen to the wonderful music in a beautiful new environment. For more on this and other upcoming events check out Inside the Magic (one of our favorite Disney sites).
No matter how many trips to Disneyland we make, we never cease to be amazed by the beauty, detail and old-fashioned charm of Mainstreet Disneyland U.S.A.
One of the cool things about going during a less crowded time of year is that the hours are different. On Sunday the park didn’t open till 9 am (instead of the usual 8 am), which meant we had an extra hour to sleep in and made it to Mainstreet right at opening.
Don’t you love how when you pass through the gates of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle you hear “When You Wish Upon a Star”? It gets us every time!
We toured Fantasyland for most of the morning. True confession: Snow White’s Scary Adventures lives up to its name. Don’t let the roses and hearts fool you. This ride is all kinds of freaky!
Time for Alice (when you get the chance, take a peek at our Living in: Alice in Wonderland)
Uggghh! Tea cup spinning is soooo hard.
Not going to lie. We were pretty dizzy by the end.
One of the areas we don’t often visit is Toontown. But, whenever we do, we are always blown away by the degree of theme & cartoon awesomeness that can be found here.
We made a stop by Minnie’s House…
Minnie’s got some sweet digs
Then a 5 minute wait for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toonspin, which actually was more like a 20 minute wait…boo
We really enjoy having lunch at the Jolly Holiday. True, the lines can be a hassle, but it’s all worth it to sit right on the hub and enjoy some home made potato chips.
When the park started getting crowded, we opted for a line free excursion to the Shooting Expedition in Frontierland.
On this trip, we made it a point to visit parts of the park that we hadn’t seen in awhile. Cue Innoventions! Yes, many of us Disney-lovers avoid this area like the plague because it’s not usually all that innovative. But, we’re actually glad we visited because we got a chance to see the new Iron Man Tech Expo.
Then we decided to go to Downtown Disney (a great spot to hang out in when the park gets too crowded) and traveled via monorail- we had the best seats in the house!
After hanging around Downtown Disney, we made our way back to Disney California Adventure. Can you believe these flowers we found at the end of Buena Vista Street?! Talk about gorgeous.
We’ve still yet to take a ride on the Red Car Trolley…maybe next time 🙂
One of our recent snacking discoveries are these churro bites from Cozy Cones (we mentioned them in our January 2013 Trip Post). They are heaven wrapped in cinnamon-sugar!
Cozy Cone seating can be a little squished. We like taking our goodies over to the backside of Flo’s V-8 Cafe. The outside seating faces Radiator Springs’ track and you can just sit back, relax and watch the cars whiz by.
The only place more magical than Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at dusk and the little rabbit statue agrees.
Quick stop at Pixie Hollow…
to view the twinkling lights!
Our mom HATES having her picture taken. She always stiffens up, so Hayley tried to give her some “smiling for the camera” tips.
Continuing the theme of forgotten gems, we ate dinner at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. We hadn’t been here in years.
The “Countdown” Chicken Fusilli was decadent and delicious and the pizza was pretty tasty too.
One this trip’s highlights was getting to go on Astro Blasters 4 times in a row. It’s one of Hayley’s favorites and when the line got to be under 3 minutes long late in the evening…how could we resist a few return visits?
We closed out the evening with Star Tours. This ride is awesome and it gets tons of bonus points for having Allison Janney (C.J. from West Wing) do the voice of its safety robot. Whatever you say Jan-bot!
So, there’s our 3rd and final installment of our May 2013 Trip Report! Hope you enjoyed the pics as much as we enjoyed our trip 🙂
We still haven’t gotten a chance to see Iron Man 3, but we did get to check out the Iron Man Tech Exhibit at Innoventions during our May trip! In the “Hall of Armor” we saw Iron Man suits Mark I-VII. Yeah, it kind of rocked and made us a little jealous of Tony Stark. Make sure and visit before September (that’s when it’s currently scheduled to close).