Dapper Day & Bachelorette Trip Report (Day 2)

Time for day 2 of our very special Dapper Day Bachelorette Trip! One of the greatest bonuses of staying at the Grand Californian was getting early morning access on every day of our trip. We were visiting during a heat wave, so this definitely came in handy. Another day, another costume change. Here’s Hayley as a retro Rapunzel.

Disneybound Rapunzel

Our first stop was Fantasyland for Peter Pan and some teacups 🙂

Dapper Day at the Teacups

Laura in a Teacup

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

We grabbed breakfast at Riverbelle Terrace (yay for the Steamboat!) and then went on the Haunted Mansion (which had just been given it’s Nightmare Before Christmas overlay) and headed back for some Astro Blasters action and Space Mountain.

Astro Blasters

Us ladies went off on our own, while the boys went to check out DCA. We did a bit of shopping.

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We really wanted to make this a special trip for Angela, so we decided to have a ladies only luncheon at the Carthay Circle (one of our favorite restaurants). Here is our beautiful bride checking out the menu.

Dining at Carthay

The gentleman who helped us to our table made sure to point out a very interesting detail on the table’s surface. That Evil Queen sure can get around.

Evil Queen at Carthay

Our experience was lovely from start to finish. Thanks so much to our server Jenn for making our visit so memorable!

Bridesmaid's Luncheon at Carthay

If you come to the parks during a Dapper Day weekend, you must check out the Expo at the Grand Californian. It was vintage heaven. Next time we are absolutely going to get our portraits drawn.

Dapper Day Sketch Studio

After a short rest, we found the boys and made our way back to the park

Dapper Day

Even though we were still stuffed from Carthay, we had to get some fried chicken at the Plaza Inn. It’s a positive must!

Fried Chicken at Plaza Inn

We had to watch Fantasmic! and then some of us decided to attend “The Royal Swing Big Band Ball.” Look at this cutie pie who wanted to get in on the dancing action. Did you ever? What a doll!

Swing Dancing at Disneyland

We basically closed down Fantasyland- Pinocchio, Carousel, and our personal favorite Casey Jr. Look who got the caboose.

Riding Casey Jr.

There’s our second day trip report- cabooses, Carthay, teacups and all.  Day 3 is right around the corner… we think we can, we think we can…

Dapper Day Bachelorette Trip Report (Day 1)

Hi everyone! We just got back from an incredible Disneyland weekend and we can’t wait to share our highlights with you. One of our best friends and fellow Disney lover Angela is getting married in a month to our cousin James (another friend and Disney lover)- there’s a lot of Disney love going around 🙂 So, when it came time to plan their bachelor(ette) weekend, we knew there was only one place to go- Canada- just kidding- Disneyland! Because Angela is a big vintage clothing fan, we planned the weekend to coincide with Dapper Day, which ended up being the best choice ever! We left on Friday morning at the crack of dawn- here we are, bridesmaids and bride, rising with the sun. Angela made our ears herself. Aren’t they beautiful?!

Disneyland Bachelorette

Once we made it to Anaheim (after a quick In N’ Out run- it’s the bride’s favorite), we got fully dapper-ed. We stayed at the Grand Californian- it was the first time for many of us (bride & groom included).

Dapper in Grand Californian

We spent some time goofing around in the lobby. Turns out, Ian is a master photo bomber.

Grand Californian Goofing

And then we jauntily hoofed it over to the park!

Off to Dapper Day

And grabbed one of the fabulous photo pass photographers to take this shot of us all together

Main Street Dapper Day

It was delightful walking along Main Street & seeing all the different dapper outfits.

Dapper Snow White

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Of course, we grabbed snacks and sandwiches at Jolly Holiday.

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And then hopped a boat for a Jungle Cruise. Watch out for that net retro Ariel!

Retro Ariel

And make sure to keep your party together!

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Waiting for Jungle Cruise

Next up was Indiana Jones & the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. It’s full of so many perils!

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Caution Don't Pull Rope

Next up were Pirates of the Caribbean & of course Thunder Mountain Railroad. After that, we took a relaxing ride on the train and found ourselves in glorious Toon Town. An extremely nice gentleman offered to take this picture of us. Look at all those toons…

Dapper Day in Toon Town

And then some more monkeying around before nap/swim time back at the hotel.

Toon Town Hyjinks

Singing in the Toon Town

Love this shot of our extremely dapper bride & groom on the way to city hall.

Bride & Groom at Toon Town City Hall

After recuperating at the hotel, we headed back to the park for a quick dinner at Rancho del Zocalo (we tried for Plaza, but it was packed) and then we caught Remember, Dreams Come True! We also made a quick run through Star Tours and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. But, what really stood out was the incredible atmosphere created by Dapper Day. We were blown away by the creativity, imagination, and glamour all about us. We can’t wait to share our Day 2 report very soon 🙂

Disneybound Retro Snow White

Our Disney Bucket List

Disney Bucket List by 2 Miss Mouses

Happy Anniversary from 2 Miss Mouses! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over a year since we shared our first post with you. 3 Disneyland trips and countless churros later, we’re still 2 Miss Mouses who love all things Disney. To celebrate, we’d like to present our “Disney Bucket List.” Some of these goals may be wildly improbable (hello #5 and #30), but you know what they say about wishing on a star…

  1. Visit all the Disney parks (Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney, Hong Kong Disney, and eventually Shanghai Disney)
  2. Dine at Club 33
  3. Attend an all-night event and watch the sunrise over the Matterhorn
  4. Be a part of someone’s first trip to Disneyland
  5. Be the voice of a Disney character
  6. Spend a full day at Disneyland (counting down to opening until being ushered out at the end of the day)
  7. Celebrate every major holiday at Disneyland
  8. Be in a parade
  9. Travel the underground tunnels
  10. Tour Walt’s apartment
  11. Stay at the Grand Californian
  12. Be the first riders on Peter Pan
  13. Be mistaken for a Disney princess
  14. Compete in the Gumball Rally
  15. Become a skipper on the Jungle Cruise
  16. Eat at every restaurant in the park
  17. Host a bachelorette party
  18. Be chased by a Disney swan
  19. Attend and participate in “The Royal Swing Big Band Ball”
  20. Celebrate our birthdays at the park
  21. Attend Dapper Days
  22. Watch the fireworks from directly in front of the castle
  23. Get a silhouette or caricature drawn
  24. Go on every ride in one day
  25. Meet Peter Pan
  26. Be someone’s fairy godmother
  27. Have a family reunion at Disneyland
  28. Attend a Disney movie premier
  29. Receive prime seating on Soaring Over California (WE NEVER GET IT!)
  30. Play basketball in the Matterhorn
  31. Plot and execute a ‘genius’ photo moment on Splash Mountain
  32. Attend a character breakfast
  33. Be involved in a moment of spontaneous song and merriment within the park
  34. Dress up like Minnie Mouse
  35. Find all the hidden Mickeys
  36. Make a wish at the wishing well and have it come true
  37. Work at Disneyland in any capacity
  38. Discover the recipe for Matterhorn macaroons
  39. Go on a Disney cruise
  40. Ride the Haunted Mansion alone
  41. Be safely evacuated from a ride
  42. Spin on the fastest tea cup
  43. Spend a night in Disney’s Dream Suite
  44. Be the singer for the song that plays after a Disney fireworks spectacular (this one is just for Hayley :))
  45. Have our picture taken with every princess in the park
  46. Have our hair done at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique (age requirements be darned!)
  47. Dance the night away at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at DCA
  48. Purchase an animation cel from the Disney Gallery
  49. Get serenaded by the Dapper Dans
  50. Buy a tiara on Main Street

Is there anything we missed? What’s on your Disney Bucket List?

Trip Report: April 2014

Disneyland Spring by 2 Miss Mouses

Hey Friends! We just got back from a very unique Disneyland trip that almost didn’t happen at all. About 5 weeks before our planned Disney adventure, I slipped on some good ol’ fashioned Chicago ice, and broke my right arm. Literally, the first thought I had after the doctor told me I had a fracture was “Ow” and “What about Disneyland?” My doctor cleared me to go, with the understanding that I couldn’t go on any roller coaster-esque rides (see you next time Big Thunder Mountain Railroad). This was our first time going to the park with any kind of serious injury, but it ended up making for a slightly more slow-paced, but also more relaxing trip. Time to get our ears on.

After a leisurely drive down the 101 (with a stop in Santa Barbara for some killer burritos- everyone check out Los Agaves!), we finally made it to the park around 4 pm. On our last few visits, we’ve made it a point to try out new restaurants (Big Thunder Mountain Ranch). Often, we get stuck in a bit of culinary rut (hey, who wouldn’t want to eat Plaza fried chicken everyday?). We strolled down Main Street and made a stop at the Carnation Café to see if we could make some last minute reservations. The wait was about 20 minutes, which actually worked out perfectly because the parade was going on right outside.

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We hadn’t been to The Carnation Café since it recently reopened. The menu features a wonderful blend of down home cooking and fresh takes on old favorites. Hayley ordered the vegan burger and she was extremely pleased. According to her, it was the best veggie burger she’s ever had. Mom and I split the chicken fried chicken. It was delicious. For a Friday evening, the crowd level was really reasonable. We walked right onto Haunted Mansion & Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Haunted Mansion Reservations by 2 Miss Mouses

We always follow this rule: WATCH FIREWORKS ON YOUR FIRST NIGHT! We’ve learned from past experience that if you get the chance to watch the fireworks, do. There are never any guarantees with wind and fire danger in southern California.  We got the perfect spot right in front of the castle and finished our day with “Remember…Dreams Come True.”

Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks by 2 Miss Mouses

The next morning, we opted to sleep in a bit and then went over to DCA for some Midway Mania (yes, you do not get a very high score when you have to play one-handed) and then stopped by Animator’s Academy (yes, you do not draw as well with your left hand when you usually draw with your right).

Ready for Midway Mania by 2 Miss Mouses

Jack Skellington by 2 Miss Mouses

A quick stop at Monster’s Inc. and then Soaring Over California.

Monsters Inc by 2 Miss Mouses

All that drawing and flying made us pretty hungry. Time for Cafe Orleans and a prime seat next to the Rivers of America. Tip: GET THE GARLIC FRIES!

Garlic Fries at Cafe Orleans by 2 Miss Mouses

And the ragout (a great vegetarian option)!

Ragout at Cafe Orleans by 2 Miss Mouses

Mom treated us to two minnie pins. How sweet is that? Mine’s the old-fashioned pinkie and Hayley of course is sequined Minnie 🙂

2 Minnies by 2 Miss Mouses

Mom and Hayley went on BTMRR. They said that it’s a much smoother ride and they loved the new padding in the seats.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad by 2 Miss Mouses

Then a stop by The Big Thunder Mountain Ranch to pet some goats and see some bunnies (the large kind that give you their autographs).

Spring Time Big Thunder Ranch by 2 Miss Mouses

Disney Cabin Life by 2 Miss Mouses

After Pirates, Pinocchio, and Tea Cups (oh, my!), we took a leisurely walk down Main Street. It is so beautiful in the spring.

Disneyland Balloons by 2 Miss Mouses

Spring on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

After a ride on the “nap ride” back at the hotel, we returned to Disneyland for an evening of Rancho del Zocalo, a tour of Tomorrowland, and of course, Fantasmic! Oh and somebody got her highest score ever at Astro Blasters.

Astro Blasters by 2 Miss Mouses

The next morning, bright and early, we headed over to DCA. We thought by getting to the park early, we had a good shot at a shorter wait for Radiator Spring Racers…nope. We hate to complain, but what is with all the line cutters?! It seemed like each person in front of us was saving a spot for their 20 closest friends. But, on the positive side, we made friends with the coolest middle-schooler ever. Emily was spending the day with her dad and we got to talking about favorite and least favorite rides. We all agreed that the Matterhorn, while thrilling, hurts like heck! Post Racers, we all went on Midway Mania together. Yay, Emily!

Making Friends at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

Radiator Spring Racers by 2 Miss Mouses

Before heading home, we made one quick stop by Main Street to acquire some souvenirs and we got to see Mickey and Minnie dancing with the Main Street Band. Can we just say, Minnie does a mean Charleston.

Dancing Minnie by 2 Miss Mouses

Happy Disney New Year!

It’s been quite a year for 2 Miss Mouses. Time to ring in the new, but before we do, we want to share some of our most popular 2013 posts with you.

Disneyland 2014 by 2 Miss Mouses

We had no idea how many of you shared our love of Disneyland clam chowder until we put this recipe post on our Pinterest board. Just goes to show that everyone likes a bread bowl 🙂

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This year it seemed like Disney sweatshirts were everywhere and this was definitely a trend we could get behind.

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We’ve also loved showing you how to decorate with Disney in our Living In posts. Our personal favorite was Living In: Minnie’s House. We’re ready to move in right now!

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We offered plenty of Disney tips over the last year, but none was more popular than this post: Saving Up for Disneyland.

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We’re suckers for vintage Disney and  couldn’t resist sharing Life Magazine’s Prom at Disneyland photo series with you.

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There were plenty of fun Disney offerings from our Around the Web series, including this Buzz Feed article “The 16 Funniest Youtube Comments on Disney Movie Clips.

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2013 meant not just one, but two trips to Disneyland. Our May Trip was one our most special Disney ventures ever because it was our surprise Mother’s Day gift for our mom. Of course, our favorite blog projects have been our trip reports. We have loved sharing our favorite moments in the park. From teacup turns

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To Main Street laughs

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To churro breaks

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We have loved sharing 2013 with our fellow Disneyland fans and we 2 Miss Mouses can’t wait to see what 2014 holds in store.

See Disneyland by Pumpkin by 2 Miss Mouses

Trip Report: October 2013

Halloween Time @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

As many of you already know, we are big fans of visiting Disneyland during October and this year was no exception. It’s become an annual tradition for us to celebrate our mom’s birthday at the park & this October we really wanted to go all out because it was her 60th! Warning this post will contain  a ridiculous number of pumpkins…

Disneyland Crystal Arcade at Halloween by 2 Miss Mouses

We love walking down Main Street and seeing all the pumpkins that line the buildings. Our favorite was this “Elvis” a top the Music Company.

Elvis Pumpkin on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

Don’t you love the music that plays on Main Street? When we heard “Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City,” we almost (ok we totally) started skipping.

Walking on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

The only downside to visiting in October is that there does tend to be a lot of construction. This trip the Carousel, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Teacups were all shut down 😦 But, you you have to give Disney props- even their tarps are themed.

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

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!

Pumpkins & Walt & Mickey by 2 Miss Mouses

Being ridiculous outside the Golden Horseshoe…hey, when in Disneyland!

Golden Horseshoe by 2 Miss Mouses

Can you believe this is the 13th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion Holiday? They’ve made some new changes to the opening…we were dying to check them out.

Haunted Mansion Holiday by 2 Miss Mouses

Welcome to autumn in Frontierland!

Halloween Time in Frontierland by 2 Miss Mouses

The park was pretty packed, so we went on our short line standard The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. You just can’t argue with a 2 minute wait.

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

There was a beautiful Dia de los Muertes display in front of Rancho del Zocalo.

Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

Then off to It’s a Small World!

2 Miss Mouses Plus Mom by 2 Miss Mouses

And then a quick stop by Toon Town…

Gag Factory Toon Town by 2 Miss Mouses

Toon Town Postal Service by 2 Miss Mouses

Before eating dinner at Plaza Inn on Main Street we stopped by the Mad Hatter and picked Mom up her birthday badge. Tip: You can always pick up pins at Town Hall on Main Street, but you can also ask for pins at numerous shops throughout the park.

Grab a Birthday Pin by 2 Miss Mouses

We were so excited to get to see not just one fireworks show this trip, but two. This night it was “Remember, Dreams Come True” (our personal favorite)- cue the Julie Andrews intro 🙂

Remember, Dreams Come True by 2 Miss Mouses

The next morning, we tried to make an early start of it, but some of us (ahem, Hayley) decided to sleep in, so we ended up getting fast passes for Radiator Spring Racers. Tip: this attraction tends to “sell out” on fast passes…well, fast. But if you can grab one, it’s a huge time saver or if you don’t mind riding separately, you can always try the single rider line.

Radiator Springs Racers Fast Pass by 2 Miss Mouses

Continuing our short wait time attraction theme, can we talk about Ariel’s Undersea Adventure? We weren’t sold on this attraction when it opened, but it’s near constant 5-minute wait time makes the heart grow fonder. To use some of our old SAT analogy prep work: Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’s is to Disneyland what Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is to Disney California Adventure

Under the Sea at Disney California by 2 Miss Mouses

Then we went to the Disney Animation Academy to learn how to draw Piglet. Hayley’s turned out the best…typical 🙂

Disney Animation Academy by 2 Miss Mouses

As we mentioned in a previous post, we ate at Big Thunder Ranch for the first time and not only was it “all-you-care-to-eat,” it was also delicious! Plus, they went all out for the Halloween season. Check out the pumpkin masks of tragedy and comedy that were above the performance stage.

Tragedy Comedy Pumpkins by 2 Miss Mouses

Frontierland also had a pumpkin carving area where the masterful pumpkin carvers show off their artistry.

Pumpkin Carving at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

We told you there would be pumpkins…and that includes “Sassy Saloon Pumpkin.”

Pumpkin Lady by 2 Miss Mouses

After lunch, we ran back over to DCA to use our Radiator Spring Racers fast passes, but on the way we decided to try Luigi’s Flying Tires for the first time.

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This ride is bizarre and hysterical. You basically float around on a giant tire. Mom had trouble controlling hers.

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Radiator Springs Racers!

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After the ride, Mom was complaining about how her hair was going everywhere. Yeah, Mom, your perfect blonde chignon is out of control…

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Monday night meant Mickey’s Halloween Party!!! We made a quick stop back at the hotel to get into our costumes.

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Here we are! The three good fairies- Flora, Fauna, & Merryweather about to go on Indiana Jones.

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The party was amazing! We loved it all: the candy, the Cadaver Dans, the costumes. But, one of the biggest highlights had to be the special Halloween fireworks show- “Halloween Screams”…even Sleeping Beauty’s Castle got in on the Halloween spirit.

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So, that’s our October 2013 trip! It was filled with fairy wings, bbq & a very special birthday. We can hardly wait for next year. Happy Halloween Time everybody!

Our Trip to Mickey’s Halloween Party

Mickey's Halloween Party by 2 Miss Mouses

We just flew in from Mickey’s Halloween Party and boy are our wings tired. We can’t wait to share all our tips and insights with you, so let’s get started! First off, a ticket to the party gives you access to Disneyland starting at 3 pm (even though our party didn’t officially start until 6 pm). This is actually a pretty great deal considering the cost of a party ticket is way cheaper than a day pass. Plus, you get free parking (which we didn’t use…but still, you get free parking). When you enter the gates, you present your ticket and get handed a nifty wristband and a bag for trick-or-treating. When the party begins, those without wristbands are politely asked to get out! Just kidding, but they are politely and slowly shuffled towards the exits.

Special Event at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

We didn’t enter the park till after 5 pm, but if we were to do it again, we would make sure and get in the gates earlier. Tip: several of our favorite restaurants (Rancho del  Zocalo, we are looking at you) were shut down during the party, while some others were closed temporarily while the party was getting started. Our advice is to eat before the party because you definitely want to maximize your time doing party events, rather than standing in  long lines for food. Also, act like this ninja and make sure to get a guide to the night’s events. It tells you trick-or-treat locations, which restaurants have halloween themed treats etc.

Ninja at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

What we were immediately struck by was the insanely exciting atmosphere filling the park. Seriously, we could have just sat on Main Street and watched all the costumes go by (yay for the Haunted Mansion tight rope walker & her alligator). When we initially starting thinking about our costumes, we knew we wanted to do something that all 3 of us could be a part of and then it hit us: THE THREE GOOD FAIRIES!

3 Good Fairies Costumes by 2 Miss Mouses

 And  look who we ran into! We saw tons of Malificents, but this one killed it (in a good way)!

Fairies & Malificent at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

One of the side benefits of going to the party is that the lines for many of the rides are shorter (except for Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion- those lines were insane). We walked onto Indiana Jones.

3 Fairies on Indiana Jones by 2 Miss Mouses

Time to find a place for our hats during the bumpy ride.

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Then we did some trick-or-treating. There are stations set up throughout the park, but the lines can get a little long. We aimed for the ones down by the Rivers of America (probably a mistake- these were super slow) and the ones set up inside Rancho del Zocalo (where we hit the mother lode). We were just in time for the Halloween Calvacade (shortened parade) down Main Street.

Mickey's Halloween Party Calvacade by 2 Miss Mouses

It was cute, but what really stole the show were the fireworks. WOW! The MC is Jack Skellington along with other Disney villains. We stood behind the main hub, but we’d recommend getting between the hub and the castle, or if farther back err on the side of  Tomorrowland in order to see the projections that are happening above the left hand side of the castle.

Halloween Fireworks @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

After the fireworks, we went on a few more rides, including Star Tours (it only had a 10 minute wait).

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Then we wandered around the park just soaking up the spooky atmosphere. The park is full of fog, and spooky sounds, and projections of spider webs…oooh creepy castle…

Spooky Sleeping Beauty's Castle by 2 Miss Mouses

Ooooh creepy Mark Twain….

Rivers of America at Halloween by 2 Miss Mouses

Tip: make sure and check out the “Cadaver Dans” on the Rivers of America. They are the coolest and creepiest quartet we’ve ever heard and throughout the evening, they serenaded the guests with chilling renditions of some of our favorite songs.

The Cadaver Dans by 2 Miss Mouses

As the evening started to wind down, we made our way to Fantasyland and were treated to a solo (or should we say triple) ride on Casey Junior. We were the only people on the entire train and when it came to a stop about 3/4 of the way through our conductor said, “Please stay in your sits, ladies.” It was the perfect end to a perfect evening.

3 Fairies on Casey Jr. by 2 Miss Mouses

Happy Halloween everybody!

Counting Down to October!

We’ve mentioned this before (Visit in October), but good news bears repeating. Our next Disneyland trip is right around the corner and the countdown is ON! (Thank goodness) It’s been almost 5 months since our last trip and we’re starting to go into serious D-land withdrawals. You know the kind where you see Mickey ears everywhere: pancakes, plates, tires… No, just us? Ok. We figured since Halloween time has officially started at the park that we would share some of our photos from our 2012 October trip. This was actually the trip that inspired us to start this blog, but we never did a full out trip report so here it is now, released from the vault.  Enjoy!

We always recommend grabbing one of these handy park guides at the front gates. Not only are they super helpful, but they also make for a great memento 🙂

Your Key to the Magic Disneyland Brochure by 2 Miss Mouses

We love Main Street all year round, but there’s just something about this Halloween flare!

Mainstreet USA in October by 2 Miss Mouses

It's Always Time for Halloween Time by 2 Miss Mouses

We actually rode Thunder Mountain Railroad right before it closed for refurbishment. We lucked out big time because it’s one of our absolute favorites. Plus check out Hayley’s well timed/placed photo bomb. A classic.

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If you get a chance, head over to Frontierland. Personally, we think they have the perfect October-esque decorations…plus who doesn’t love a pumpkin-scarecrow-hillbilly?

Yo Ho! A Pumpkin's Life for Me by 2 Miss Mouses

Last year, the park really outdid itself with these pumpkins. Make sure and check out the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. You will not be disappointed. Voila Mickey Mouse pumpkin.

Mickey Mouse Pumpkin by 2 Miss Mouses

And our particular favorite “Sparky” from Frankenweenie (it came out last year, remember?)

Sparky Pumpkin at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

OK this is so dweebie that even we are a little bit embarrassed. We had quite the celebrity citing on this trip. We were finally trying Flo’s V-8 Cafe when Hayley looked out the window and said, “Is that Vanna White?”

Is that Vanna White by 2 Miss Mouses

Turns out, it totally was!

Vanna White at Disneyland by 2 Miss MousesWheel of Fortune was filming at Disney California that week! PS it was super windy that day, but Vanna’s hair did not move at all because Vanna is perfect. So there’s a snippet of last year’s Disney October fun. We can’t wait to share our pictures after this upcoming trip (only 3 weeks left!) Heads up, there will be pumpkins 🙂

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 🙂

Trip Report: May 2013 (Part 2)

We’re back with Part 2 of our May 2013 Trip Report. We started our Saturday at the park with an early morning visit to Radiator Springs.

Fillmore's Taste in Fuel by 2 Miss Mouses

Getting our kicks on Route 66!

Route 66 Carsland by 2 Miss Mouses

Making our way to the front of the line.

Waiting for Radiator Springs by 2 Miss Mouses

Carsland is amazing y’all. If you haven’t been yet, GO! Oh and hello, Mr. Curb Feeler.

Curb Feeler at Carsland by 2 Miss Mouses

Thank goodness we made it to DCA early. By the time we made it to Midway Mania the line was…

Toy Story Midway Mania by 2 Miss Mouses

only 10 minutes long 🙂

Toy Story Midway Mania Wait Time by 2 Miss Mouses

We’re split on Symphony Swings…some of us love it (Maren) and some of us call it an exercise in terror (Hayley)

Silly Symphony Swings at DCA by 2 Miss Mouses

We grabbed a fast pass for Soarin’ Over California and then watched Minnie’s Fly Girls. This show is adorable. Gorgeous harmonies ( a la the Andrew Sisters) and you haven’t lived till you’ve seen Minnie Mouse speak-sing “Come Fly With Me.”

Minnie's Fly Girls at DCA by 2 Miss Mouses

As you might already know, this trip was our special gift to our mom for Mother’s Day. She’s so wonderful that we decided to treat her to a lunch at Carthay Circle. It was a really special meal from start (fried biscuits) to finish (lemon pound cake with blueberries). If you’re planning any special events at the resort in the future, definitely consider the Carthay. It just can’t be beat!

Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

Like we mentioned- this palace/restaurant serves fried biscuits stuffed with white cheddar, bacon and jalapeno. Ummmm…yeah…we’re moving in.

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By the time we made it back to the park after a quick nap-ride at the hotel, we ran into a bit of a crowd on Main Street.

Traffic Trouble on Main Street U.S.A. by 2 Miss Mouses

But it was nothing a little Tomorrowland couldn’t fix.

Entrance to Tomorrowland by 2 Miss Mouses

Oh and we had to have a little fried chicken at Plaza Inn…you know to go with those fried biscuits we had at Carthay.

Plaza Inn Fried Chicken by 2 Miss Mouses

We roamed around Fantasyland (which only becomes more beautiful after dark) and stopped by the Mad Hatter’s shop. Now we all have Minnie ears!

2 Miss Mouses & Mom by 2 Miss Mouses

The day ended with moonlight & Main Street. Just like we like it.

Crystal Arcade on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses