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.


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…

Postcard from the Park: Dream Big

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.”

Dream Big by 2 Miss MousesSo, what are you going to dream today?

Park Talk: Storybook Land Canal Boats

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.

Storybook Land Canal Boats by 2 Miss Mouses

Why do we love this attraction? Let us count the ways. First, you get swallowed by a giant whale.

Monstro in Storybook Land by 2 Miss Mouses

Then, miraculously he sneezes and blows his own tail off. WHAT?! WE DID NOT SEE THIS COMING! This ride is full of surprises.

Storybook Land Canal Boats by 2 Miss Mouses

The joke that giant ducks have invaded London never gets old!

Ducks invade London by 2 Miss Mouses

Peter Pan in Storybook Land Canal by 2 Miss MousesYou get to see the world, a whole new world 🙂

Agrabah at Storybook Land Canal by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Storybook Land by 2 Miss Mouses
Alice's Village in Storybook by 2 Miss Mouses

We’ve mentioned this before, but we love how the alps line up with the Matterhorn.

View of Matterhorn from Storybook Land Canal Boats by 2 Miss Mouses

We want to move into Ariel and Eric’s castle…we just need to shrink ourselves a few feet.

Eric's Castle @ Storybook Land Canal Ride by 2 Miss Mouses

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.

Storybook Land Canal Boats by 2 Miss Mouses

Making Memories: Early Disneyland Trips

So, we’re just about to head out this early Friday morning to treat our mom to an (early) Mother’s Day trip to Disneyland:) We ran across a couple of these awesome shots of (early) Disney trips & just felt like sharing…

Riding Casey Jr.

Riding King Arthur's Carousel

Meeting Pinocchio by 2 Miss Mouses

Can’t wait to share new memories with you when we get back!

Postcards from the Park: Here We Go!

We are counting down to our next Disneyland trip (for more on how we surprised our mom with a special Mother’s Day gift check out this link)

 We still can’t believe we’ll be standing outside of Peter Pan in only 4 DAYS!

Here We Go! by 2 Miss Mouses

Vintage Disney: It IS a Small World After All…

Did you know that when It’s a Small World opened at Disneyland on May 28th,1966, Walt Disney invited children from all over the world to be present? Each of the children he invited brought a small container of water from their country. Before the ride opened, the children poured the water into the attraction’s flume. Which goes to show, it is a small world after all.

It's a Small World Opening Day via 2 Miss Mouses

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Living In: Snow White’s Scary Adventures

Ever ride an attraction and never want to leave? We present to you…

Living In Snow White by 2 Miss Mouses

Living in Snow White by 2 Miss Mouses

1. Antique Reproduction Oak Trestle Table; $3400  http://www.europeantique.com
2. Owl Cookie Jars (set of 2); $25.98 http://www.worldmarket.com
3. Paula Deen Rolling Pin; $16.99 http://www.target.com
4. Terra Cotta Pitcher; $19.95 http://www.crateandbarrel.com
5. Bronze Mica Shade Swing Arm Lamp; $79.99 http://www.lampsplus.com
6. Squirrel Salt and Pepper Shakers; $24.55 http://www.kathkidston.co.uk
7. Green Crystal Gem Paperweight; $17.50 http://www.jtv.com
8. Vintage Brass Candle Holder;$22 http://www.etsy.com
9. Hand Carved Cuckoo Clock; $82.29 http://www.amazon.com
10. Ruffled Pie Dish; $19.95 http://www.crateandbarrel.com
11. Farmstead Stool; $159 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com

Living in Snow White by 2 Miss Mouses

1. Brass Leaf Side Table; $189 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
2. Blue Sofia Goblet (set of 2); $11.98 http://www.worldmarket.com
3. Evil Queen’s Heart Box by David Kracov; $769.95 http://www.secretcompasscollectibles.com
4. Louis XIV Oval Mirror; $192.20 http://www.interiormall.com
5. Vintage poison bottles available on ebay
6. Thurston Storybook Wall Bracket; $580 http://www.rejuvenation.com
7. Rivulets Quilt and Shams; $68-$369 http://www.anthropologie.com
8. The Raven Pillow Cover; $22 http://www.etsy.com
9. Insight Skull Candle; $42 http://www.sundiego.com

Living In: Alice in Wonderland

Ever ride an attraction and never want to leave? We present to you…


Living in Alice in Wonderland by 2 Miss Mouses

1. Silicone “Eat Me” cookie stamp; $14.41  http://www.amazon.com
2. Kate Spade “Greenwich Grove” Tea Set; $300 http://www.macys.com
3. John Lewis Croquet Set; £29.99 http://www.johnlewis.com
4. Pink Flamingos; Set of 2 for $8.95 http://www.amols.com
5. 36″ Topiary (urn sold separately); $129 http://www.improvementscatalog.com
6. Outdoor Zinc Dining Table; $599 http://www.homedecorators.com
7. Fuscia Nina Chair; $299.99 http://www.worldmarket.com

Living in Alice in Wonderland by 2 Miss Mouses

1. Gloria’s Garden Rug; $398-$1698 http://www.anthropologie.com
2. “One-Lump-Or-Two” Lamp (base only); $198 http://www.anthropologie.com
3. Bright Botanical Curtain Tie-Back; 2 for $24 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
4. Grand Central Pocket Watch Wall Clock; $109 http://www.homedecorators.com
5. Romantic Floral Scarf Duvet Cover; $89 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
6. Edie Velvet Chaise; $649 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
7. Classic Swan Neck Flower Lamp; £124.95 http://www.earshamhall.co.uk

Trip Report January 2013

What better way to ring in 2013 and celebrate a birthday than with a quick trip to the happiest place on earth? A few days after New Year’s, the whole family hopped in the car before dawn and made a quick (ok it was 6 hours, but who’s counting) trip to Anaheim. All right everybody, here we go!

Ticket Booth @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

After grabbing tickets for Mom & Dad (their Christmas gift), we started a leisurely stroll down Mainstreet, U.S.A.

Main Street Arcade by 2 Miss MousesAfter resisting the “Forbidden Sweets” for now…we decided to play a few arcade games. First up the Kiss-o-meter.
Frigid @ Kiss-o-meter on Mainstreet by 2 Miss MousesApparently, my kiss is well, frigid – thanks, Kiss-o-meter. We were starving after the drive, so we decided to go to Jolly Holiday Bakery and pick up some sandwiches. I got the turkey and it was reaaaaallly good and the house chips were practically perfect in every way.
Turkey Sandwich @ Jolly Holiday by 2 Miss MousesOne of the happy bonuses of eating at Jolly Holiday is getting to sit outside, next to the hub and people watch. We found a table, under an umbrella, and watched the world go by.

Yellow & White Umbrella by 2 Miss MousesThe park packed was pretty packed by the time we got there, so we decided to just leisurely enjoy Fantasyland. First ride, Alice.

Alice In Wonderland Attraction by 2 Miss Mouses

We took this trip for a special reason…to celebrate Hayley’s birthday! She’s always wanted a pair of sequin Minnie ears, so we decided to make her dream come true with a quick stop @ the Mad Hatter’s.

Mickey Ears @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

When we mentioned to the nice lady at the counter that it was Hayley’s birthday, she grabbed out this special birthday button. How Disney is that!?

Disney Birthday Pin by 2 Miss Mouses

Tip: if you’re celebrating a special occasion (birthday, engagement, 1st trip) stop by Town Hall on Mainstreet and get a button. There’s something so magical about everybody saying happy birthday to you. Hayley loved it. Time for more rides…It’s a Small World. The holiday overlay was still up- lucky us

It's a Small World Holiday Overlay by 2 Miss Mouses

Snow White’s Scary Adventure, confession- I am still freaked out by this ride and scream everytime!

Snow White's Scary Adventure by 2 Miss Mouses

After hanging around Fantasyland and grabbing some fastpasses, we went to one of our favorite places:

Plaza Inn  by 2 Miss Mouses

We are obsessed with the fried chicken @ the Plaza Inn and it’s totally big enough to share.

Fried Chicken @ Plaza Inn by 2 Miss Mouses

After filling ourselves to the gills, we wanted to go ride the teacups, but then we thought better of it and just hammed it up in the stationary cup outside the Mad Hatter’s

Rocky Tea Cup by 2 Miss Mouses

Normally, we watch fireworks from in front of the castle, but this time we viewed them from behind the castle right next to Dumbo. It was really cool to see them from this new perspective. Plus, we were able to line up for reentry to Fantasyland and a quick ride on Peter Pan. Timothy Mouse approves!

Fireworks @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

DAY TWO: We decided to make an early start and head to Disney California Adventure hoping to bypass the super long line for Radiator Springs Racers. There’s an old Disney saying, “If you’re not there at rope drop then you’re late.” Well, we were late & unfortunately ran right into a 100 minute wait! Yikes!

Radiator Springs Racers by 2 Miss Mouses

Then…after waiting an hour and a half, the ride broke down for 45 minutes…This is not a happy mickey!

Disgruntled Minnie by 2 Miss Mouses

But at least the view was gorgeous!

Dawn @ Radiator Springs by 2 Miss Mouses

I mean, come on, somebody built this- that’s some serious imagineering

View from Radiator Springs by 2 Miss Mouses

After waiting 120 minutes in line, we decided it was definitely time for a churros- the breakfast of champions. You’ve got to try the churro bites @ Cozy Cones. They come with this cinnamon-chocolate dipping sauce. DANG!

Cozy Cones by 2 Miss Mouses

We love the new Buena Vista Street and it was all decked out for the holidays

Christmas @ Disney California Adventure by 2 Miss Mouses

Time to enter Monstropolis. Monsters Inc. is one of our favorites. The line is never too long and it’s a classic dark ride with excellent design.

Enter Monstropolis by 2 Miss Mouses

Even Roz got in the holiday mood-Holiday Roz @ Moster's Inc by 2 Miss Mouses

We made an impromptu reservation for Carthay Circle. The lunch menu is actually pretty reasonable & the space is just plain incredible. The Smores Bar/Dessert thingy-ma-bobber (not it’s actual name) was…more about that in another post 😉

Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

We hung around Disney California for a few more hours and then went back to the hotel for a much needed “nap ride.” Then back to Disneyland for the evening.

Christmas @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

Apparently, our father really enjoys photobombing-

Holiday Main Street USA by 2 Miss Mouses

Put twinkle lights on anything and it’s magic. Put them on a castle and BAM!

Holiday Sleeping Beauty's Castle by 2 Miss Mouses

Time for spinning teacups

Spinning Teacups by 2 Miss Mouses

DAY THREE: Mom & Dad only wanted to go to the park for 2 days, but Hayley and I have passports, so we decided to do an early morning/breakfast outing- just us sisters. We got on ever so many rides- 9 in the span of 2 hours!

Sleeping Beauty's Castle by 2 Miss Mouses

Then breakfast @ the River Belle Terrace

River Belle Terrace by 2 Miss Mouses

I always get the Mark Twain (pancakes + bacon + eggs). When I was a kid, I didn’t know that it was named after the author and then one day somebody mentioned how great Mark Twain is and I said, “I know! It tastes soooo good!”

Breakfast @ Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

The day before, one of the CMs at Storybook Canals told us that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was about to be closed for an extended refurb. We decided we had to take one last ride before heading out.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad by 2 Miss Mouses

And now for the saddest sight you ever did see:Disneyland Exit Handstamp by 2 Miss Mouses

We had an amazing trip and are so glad that you got to share it with us. So long for now, Disneyland. We’re missing you already!