Our inspiration for today’s “Postcard from the Park” comes from Walt Disney himself: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Over at Zazzle they have a lot of Vintage Mickey products for those purists out there. Here are just a few of them.
Picture it: Disneyland, 1961, prom night. This next post combines so much vintage fabulousness that we can hardly contain ourselves. We spotted several of these shots at one of our favorite fashion blogs The Clothes Horse and we just couldn’t resist sharing them with you. In 1961, LIFE magazine followed one incredibly lucky graduating class as they spent their prom night at Disneyland. Photographer Ralph Crane captured these stunning images. Which just goes to show, the hairstyles may change, but Disneyland never goes out of style.
If you’d like to view more images from this magical evening (and seriously, why wouldn’t you?) just check out this Buzz Feed article with the full spread of photos.
1. Big Chill Refrigerator; $2995.00 http://www.bigchill.com
2. Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club; $275 for four months http://www.murrayscheese.com
3. KitchenAid 5 Quart Mixer; $329.00 http://www.overstock.com
4. Plastic Stand Up Heart Mirror; $7.99 http://www.amazon.com
5. Crosley Metallic Purple Alarm Clock; $39.74 http://www.overstock.com
6. 84 Inch Ruffled Curtain panel; $35.00 http://www.landofnod.com
7. Swaying Palms fabric; $27.99 a yard http://www.calicocorners.com
8. Skyline Tufted Fainting Sofa; $414.83 http://www.amazon.com
9. Williams-Sonoma Oven Mitt; $7.99 http://www.williams-sonoma.com
10. Crosley Pink Princess Telephone; $59.00 http://www.accessfurniture.com
This past weekend, Disneyland resorts increased their prices. For more on the pricing specifics make sure to check out Disney Insider’s excellent article (there’s a chart and everything). With costs rising, it becomes even more important to count your pennies when it comes to your next Disneyland vacation. In our Saving Up for Disneyland post we focused on how raise the funds for your next trip, now with our Top Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland we’re going to show you how to get more bang for your buck while you’re actually at the park.
#1 Plan Strategically
When it comes to Disneyland, timing is everything. Check out this site for when the park is mostly likely to have lighter crowds. By visiting the park on less crowded days, you may be able to reduce your trip length by a day or even two. This can lead to huge savings. Just a heads up, always be sure to check the Disneyland park calendar in advance. Less crowded days may have shortened hours and less featured entertainment.
#2 Fast Track Your Trip
If you do opt to shorten your stay to save money, don’t think this means you can’t maximize the park time that you do have. To get more out of your trip, try your best to get to the park at opening, take a break mid-day, and stay later in the evening. The park has its lowest crowds at opening and closing. You’re more likely to get on all your favorite rides and save cash by reducing the number of days you visit if you follow the come early, stay late principle.
#3 Consider Buying an Annual Pass
If you’re making at least 2 multi-day trips to Disneyland a year, you may want to consider a Premium Annual Pass. Yes, it costs $669 (boing!), but it also offers you free parking at the park, 10-20% off merchandise purchases and 10-15% off of dining. You can even get special rates at Disneyland Hotels. If this sounds out of your price range, remember you can always get one member of your party/family a pass and have them make all purchases within the park for the discount (anytime you use the pass for a discount, you will be asked for id). Also, with monthly installments it’s a little less painful to buy.
#4 Pick the Right Hotel
This is everything! Our absolute favorite is the Candy Cane Inn. It tends to run between $95 to $149 a night for a standard room, but it’s the perks that really make it affordable. Not only is it near the park, but it also offers complimentary breakfast, parking & shuttle rides to and from the park. Any hotel you stay at should do the same. Remember: eating breakfast at your hotel can save anywhere between $5-15 per person and parking can be over $20 a day at the park. Also, be willing to squish into one room (especially if there are 3 or 4 of you). You won’t be spending that much time there anyway 🙂
#5 Split Meals
We’ve noticed more and more people bringing food from outside the park and while we understand the desire to cut costs with this method, we think there is an easier way. Next time your at Disneyland try splitting meals. Great places to split meals include Rancho del Zocalo & Plaza Inn. Both of these restaurants serve rather large portions, between 3 of us we can order 2 fried chicken dinners. Also, if you want to try a fancier restaurant, try going for lunch and sharing appetizers and small plates. When we were last at Carthay Circle, the fried biscuits stole the show. We got to enjoy the ambiance and we walked away with a much lower bill.
#6 Stock Up
Before your trip, try to stock up on travel essentials (ex. sunblock, tooth paste, water bottles). Convenience stores or hotel lobbies tend to charge more for these products. Also, check out a weather report to see if you’ll need any special items (hats for sun or ponchos for rain). Nothing will waste your money faster than an unnecessary purchase of Disney-priced essentials.
This tip is going to sound a little odd, but trust us and hydrate. Water bottles at the park now cost over $3 a bottle and sodas run about the same, but many restaurants and food carts can offer you tap water for free. Think of it this way: this one tip could save you $6-9 a person per day. Plus, it helps make sure that you stay hydrated- an absolute must when you’re marching with Mickey for most of the day.
#8 Affordable Souvenirs
We LOVE Disney merchandise (don’t believe us? just check out these posts) But, we also know that many of these items can be insanely overpriced. We recommend limiting yourself to 1-2 souvenirs per trip. If you do choose to splurge, pick a signature souvenir that you may be able to bring on future trips or pick highly useful merchandise. We’ve both purchased Mickey ears in the past and have worn them on numerous trips. You can also be practical in your choices. Pens and mugs are a great way to carry a little bit of Disney with you wherever you go and get lots of use out of your purchase.
Did you see this recently on Buzz Feed? It’s all the Disney princesses with their real ages. That’s right people- Snow White is fourteen…four…teen! Geeeeeee. Awkward. Let’s just hope Prince Charming believes in long engagements.
On our May Trip, we got the chance to rediscover Red Rockett’s Pizza Port. It was a nice meal overall, but there was one dish that stood out from the rest: Countdown Chicken Fusilli. When we got home we did a little research to find the recipe used at Disneyland and we found a great one at Magical Kingdoms (make sure to check out this site for other treats from the parks). So, let’s countdown to chicken fusilli in 5-4-3-2-1
What’s so fantastic about this recipe, aside from the fact that it’s delicious, is that it’s insanely easy and fairly cheap. Literally, we went from measuring out ingredients to dishing up plates in under 30 minutes. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 5 oz Alfredo sauce mix (dry mix, we used 3 smaller Knorr packets)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup lowfat milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 oz grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 oz Pesto sauce (prepared sauce)
- 2 1b dry Cavatappi pasta (***the recipe name is a misnomer- the pasta used at Disneyland is actually Cavatappi…we bet they feel pretty Fusilli about their mistake)
- 1 lb sliced grilled chicken breast (we cooked ours ahead of time)
- 1 oz sun-tried tomato crumbles (these are optional)
Start by making the Alfredo sauce. You’ll want to follow the directions on the packet, just make sure to use substitute your 3 cups of liquid (milk + cream + water) in place of what the package calls for. Once the sauce is done, add in your pesto sauce and can we just take a moment to say that pesto is one of the yummiest substances ever? Because it is. Once you’ve given thanks for pesto, start cooking that Cavatappi.
While the pasta is cooking, the sauce will get a chance to thicken and become even more delicious and then comes the mixing…
Then slice up the chicken breasts and add some Parmesan and we have lift off…
If you’d like to try another park treat, make sure and check out our recipe for Disneyland Clam Chowder. It’s Disney delicious!
Your favorite Disneyland attraction says a lot about you as a person. We tend to find that thrill seekers gravitate towards Indiana Jones, children at heart love Dumbo, and conspiracy theorists adore Tower of Terror. So, the fact that we absolutely adore Storybook Land Canal Boats probably means that we secretly long to be 3 inches tall.
Why do we love this attraction? Let us count the ways. First, you get swallowed by a giant whale.
Then, miraculously he sneezes and blows his own tail off. WHAT?! WE DID NOT SEE THIS COMING! This ride is full of surprises.
The joke that giant ducks have invaded London never gets old!
Not only does the ride highlight the Disney movies we love, it also references lesser known classics such as The Old Mill and the giant patchwork quilt from Silly Symphonies Lullaby Land.
We’ve mentioned this before, but we love how the alps line up with the Matterhorn.
We want to move into Ariel and Eric’s castle…we just need to shrink ourselves a few feet.
Also, did you know that this ride is one of the parks original attractions and people rode it on opening day? So, next time you’re at the park, be sure to take a ride on the good ol’ Storybook Land Canal Ride. It’s a classic, pure and simple.