We All Want to “Let it Go”

OK- we are so tardy to the party on this it’s ridiculous, but can we talk about Frozen? Cause we’re more than a little bit in love with this movie. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s about two sisters, or maybe it’s the fact that it features a singing snowman, but this movie struck a cord right from the very first time we saw it. Yes, we ended up seeing the 2-D, 3-D, and yes, even the sing-a-long version! And we’re not alone in our obsession- the movie just entered the billion dollar club. WOW. We’ve also been following all the “Let It Go” renditions that have been hitting the web. Here’s a few of our favorites.

It’s kind of embarrassing when you realize that a baby can sing “Let it Go” better than you can. But, little Ella knows what she’s doing. “LET IT DOE!”

This next version by Brian Hull is a delight. He sings the song while impersonating our favorite Disney characters- (Winnie the Pooh for the win!)

Our friend Amber was the first to share this cover with us. Alex Boye’s voice is stunning and aren’t we all looking for an excuse to dress up as Olaf?

Can we be honest? We actually prefer this version to the one Idina Menzel (we mean Adele Dazeem) sang at the Oscars. There’s just something about a triangle.

While we’re at it, how about the version that started it all.

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

Products: Princess Gift Guide

Hey folks, if you’re all big procrastinators like we are then you might still have some gifts to get. Here is a guide to buying for the princess in your life.

Princess gift guide

Snow White  First Bite Bag by Mary Frances; $262

Cinderella  Pumpkin Coach Raglan Tee; $30

Ariel  Dinglehopper Hairbrush; $10.95

Rapunzel  Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Skillet; $10.97

Belle  The Annotated Brothers Grimm; $29.24

Aurora  Silk Brocade Sleep Mask Gift Set; $29.95

Tiana  Classic Sounds of New Orleans (available as digital download); $10.98

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!

Tip: Send mail from the park!

Disney Tip: Send a postcard from the park, by 2 Miss Mouses

That’s right folks, not only can you find adorable Disneyland postcards throughout the park, you can also mail them directly FROM the park!  Mail boxes are located throughout the park, but we like the idea of sending from Main Street, USA. Stamps are available in the business center of the Disneyland hotels.

Dining at Disney: Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Big Thunder Ranch by 2 Miss Mouses

We’ve probably passed the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue hundreds of times, but it wasn’t till this last October trip that we finally tried Disneyland’s only “All-you-care-to-enjoy” restaurant. So often we stick to our tried and true favorites (Plaza Inn or Rancho del Zocalo), but on this trip we really wanted to try some new experiences (check out our first visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party) and what can we say? We’re mighty glad we did.

Big Thunder Barbecue Halloween Roundup by 2 Miss Mouses

Not only was the space completely decked out for Halloween, but Big Thunder Ranch is also set in one of the quieter corners of the park, so guests get the chance to relax and dine family-style in the great out of doors. As we mentioned before, Big Thunder is an “all-you-care-to-enjoy” restaurant, which is a slightly less gluttonous way of saying “all-you-can-eat.” We came here for lunch, but dinner is also offered. The only difference (aside from cost) is that dinner also includes corn on the cob and smoked sausages. Once we were seated, we were greeted by our “ranch hand” Caleb who took our drinks order (drinks are included in the set meal price per person). P.S. We loved the mason jars!

Big Thunder Iced Tea by 2 Miss Mouses

The lunch meal victuals consist of barbecue chicken, ribs, ranch beans, corn bread, and cole slaw. The deal is that you can ask for more of whatever you want…hello, dream come true.

Lunch at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue by 2 Miss Mouses

We definitely asked for more corn bread…seriously, it was so delicious….we just couldn’t reign ourselves in…

Lunch at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue by 2 Miss Mouses

From start to finish, the meal was finger lickin’ good.

Big Thunder Dinner by 2 Miss Mouses

There’s also a beautiful stage at the front of the ranch and we were treated to great live music throughout our meal.

Big Thunder Ranch Stage by 2 Miss Mouses

One of the best things about Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is the service. From start to finish, the ranch hands were a delight. One of our favorites was Art. When he saw how much we were loving the food, he made sure to bring us a pamphlet with all the recipes (except for the corn bread…dagnabbit!)

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Recipes by 2 Miss Mouses

Oh, and did we mention the insanely decadent and delightful desserts? Even though dessert costs extra, we decided to splurge once we heard about the seasonal dessert: a snickerdoodle skillet cookie complete with 3 scoops of pumpkin ice cream and a side of caramel sauce! Yee-haw!

Big Thunder BBQ Dessert by 2 Miss Mouses

We definitely recommend a trip to the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, especially if you or your fellow cowboys have large appetites and a taste for some serious victuals 🙂 If you’re planning a trip to the park, remember that you can make reservations up to 60 days before your visit. Just call (714) 781-DINE (3463)

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!