Park Talk: Toontown Ka-Boom

Mickey's Toon Town by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Tip: Grab a Photographer

Tip: Grab a Photographer by 2 Miss Mouses

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!

Park Talk: Churro Bites

Let's Get Cozy Cones by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Churro Cozy Cone by 2 Miss Mouses

 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.

Churro Bites @ DCA by 2 Miss Mouses

They come piping hot inside…you guessed it, orange cones.

Cozy Cones Churro Bites by 2 Miss Mouses

Did we mention they come with a cinnamon chocolate sauce?

Churro Bites by 2 Miss Mouses

Next time you’re visiting Radiator Springs, make sure to make a pit stop by Cozy Cones. You’ll be glad you did.

Park Talk: 24 hours on the 24th

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).

This Way to Disneyland Adventure! by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Products: Cars Land Merchandise

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.

Mickey Mouse Red Car Trolly Mug; $14.95

Mickey Mouse Red Car Trolley Mug via 2 Miss Mouses

Cars Land Postcard Mug; $14.95

Cars Land Postcard Mug via 2 Miss Mouses

Mickey Mouse and Friends Mug; $14.95

Mickey Mouse and Friends Mug- DCA via 2 Miss Mouses

Cars Land “Toothpick Holder”; $8.95

Cars Land Toothpick Holder via 2 Miss Mouses

Cars Land Piston Cup Championship Mug; $14.95Cars Land Piston Cup Championship Mug via 2 Miss Mouses

Cars Land Coaster Set; $12.95

Cars Land Coaster Set via 2 Miss Mouses

DCA: Goofy’s Sky School

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.”

Goofy's Sky School by 2 Miss Mouses

Since it’s pretty much the only ride we’ve never ridden, we decided that we should give it a go.
Goofy's Sky School by 2 Miss Mouses

How can we put this gently…this ride SUCKS!

Goofy's Sky School of Terror by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Before Goofy's Sky School by 2 Miss Mouses

Before

After Goofy's Sky School by 2 Miss Mouses

After

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?

Park Talk: Swing Dancing is Back!

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).

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Love this shot of Walt & his wife Lillian taking a spin on the ol’ Carnation dance floor

On a side note: we can’t tell you how happy we are that this tradition is returning. It really shows that the park management has taken the feelings of long-time Disney fans into consideration. Walt Disney always said that Disneyland would never be done growing, but we also know that he believed in traditions and good ol’ sentimentality. By blending the old with the new, Disneyland is proving why it’s simply the best.

Trip Report: May 2013 (Part 3)

Here it is! Part 3 aka day 3 of our May 2013 Trip Report (be sure to check out Part 1 & Part 2).

May on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Main Street U.S.A. by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Mouse Ears on Main Street U.S.A.

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!

Sleeping Beauty Entrance by 2 Miss Mouses

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!

And They Lived Happily Ever After... by 2 Miss Mouses

Hello, Monstro and one of our personal favorites: Storybook Land.Monstro & Storybook Land by 2 Miss Mouses

Time for Alice (when you get the chance, take a peek at our Living in: Alice in Wonderland)

Alice in Wonderland by 2 Miss Mouses

Uggghh! Tea cup spinning is soooo hard.

Teacup Malaise by 2 Miss Mouses

Teacups in Fantasyland by 2 Miss Mouses

Not going to lie. We were pretty dizzy by the end.

Spinning Teacup Saucer by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Toontown Jolly Trolley by 2 Miss Mouses

We made a stop by Minnie’s House…

Minnie's House by 2 Miss Mouses

Minnie’s got some sweet digs

Inside Minnie's House by 2 Miss Mouses

Then a 5 minute wait for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toonspin, which actually was more like a 20 minute wait…boo

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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.

Lunch at Jolly Holiday by 2 Miss Mouses

When the park started getting crowded, we opted for a line free excursion to the Shooting Expedition in Frontierland.

Disney Shooting Expedition by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Iron Man at Innoventions by Two Miss Mouses

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!

Front o' the Monorail by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Spring Flowers at DCA by 2 Miss Mouses

We’ve still yet to take a ride on the Red Car Trolley…maybe next time 🙂

Buena Vista Street Red Car Trolley by 2 Miss Mouses

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!

Disneyland Churro Bites by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Snacking at Radiator Springs by 2 Miss Mouses

The only place more magical than Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at dusk and the little rabbit statue agrees.

Twilight at Sleeping Beauty's Castle by 2 Miss Mouses

Quick stop at Pixie Hollow…

Pixie's Hollow by 2 Miss Mouses

to view the twinkling lights!

Posies at Pixie's Hollow by 2 Miss Mouses

Our mom HATES having her picture taken. She always stiffens up, so Hayley tried to give her some “smiling for the camera” tips.

Making Mom Laugh by 2 Miss Mouses

They worked!

Mom and Hayley at the Hub by 2 Miss Mouses

Continuing the theme of forgotten gems, we ate dinner at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. We hadn’t been here in years.

Redd Rockett's Pizza Port by 2 Miss Mouses

The “Countdown” Chicken Fusilli was decadent and delicious and the pizza was pretty tasty too.

Count Down Chicken Fusilli by 2 Miss Mouses

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?

3rd Time's a Buzz by 2 Miss Mouses

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!

Star Tours Safety Announcement by 2 Miss Mouses

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 🙂

Park Talk: Iron Man Tech Expo

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).

Stark Industries Presents by 2 Miss Mouses

From old…

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to newer…

Iron Man Tech Expo @ Innoventions by 2 Miss Mouses

to newest!

Iron Man Tech Expo @ Innoventions by 2 Miss Mouses