Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another Year of Disney!

Since the summer and my job as a stilt walker at Magic Mountain comes to an end, it was time to renew my Disney annual pass and revisit the happiest place on Earth. 
First thing we did (even before we turned our one day ticket into an annual pass), was to run to the new Star Tours. Since there are different ride combinations, we got a fast pass and then hopped in line. It was nice that we got to have 2 very different ride experience. I have to admit, I totally geeked out both times. Here are some photos:

First ride of the day!

A storm trooper guards the ride


Gunk Droid fast pass =P

The next ride on our list was The Little Mermaid at DCA. I was thinking it would be a 30 minute wait, but it was only 5 minutes! I loved the Little Mermaid ride, it made me feel like a part of the movie, and love the transition of going in and out of the ocean. Check out my on-ride video:

After hitting the 2 rides I've been waiting for all summer long, we took our time walking around, doing a little pin trading, and seeing all the changes they've made to the parks through out the summer. I especially love seeing the progress they've made on Cars Land. We even got to see "Laserman: R3CONF1GUR3D". Have you seen both versions of Laserman? If so, which one did you like better? I think I liked the original version more, but there are some cool visual effects in the new one as well.

And my blog wouldn't be complete with even more pictures! Here's more photos on Disneyland/DCA updates and more!

Cars Land is taking shape!

New entrance of California Adventures

Same ride, different look.

I almost got both of them!

Light pin trading this time ;)

That's all for this one. Thanks for reading and check back soon for more!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hello Summer... Goodbye Disneyland

At least for the summer time anyway. That's right, my annual pass has expired and I won't be renewing it until after summer. Here's a look into my last day at Disneyland (until September). 

We decided to hit some of the spots that we don't usually do, like the Dream House!

On our way to ride Pirates, we ran into Angelica and Jack Sparrow. Ahem, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Jack wanted to know where I got all my "treasures" and why I didn't have any of him, haha!

Space Mountain for the last time =(

Hidden Mickey? Where do you think this one is at?

Star Trader reopened! And there were tons of new merchandise. I was quite taken with the Yoda Beanie =)

Aww so sad. Thankfully I had a yummy ice cream sandwich to cheer me up. Until September, Disneyland!

I will continue to update this blog with new of new pins and other various disney news until I renew my pass. Thanks for reading!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Thor Merchandise @ Disneyland!

From my last visit to Disneyland (it seems so long ago...) I found some fun Thor merchandise! They're mostly marketed to kids, but I couldn't help but gear up, ha ha!
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday, March 27th

Impromptu trip to Disneyland on Sunday evening! We had so much fun and there were so many new updates at Disneyland/DCA, like the Cars Land Entrance, Remember Firework, Fantasmic Meleficient Dragon returns, and more! What's best, is that it wasn't over crowded or freezing cold or rainy =)

Our first stop was California Adventures since it closed first, and we usually have the best luck at finding pins there.

Here's a look at the updated Cars Land Entrance:

The Cars Land entrance has updated since my last blog entry. Now it has more of a Grand Prix look and also promotes the Cars 2 movie  

On our way to look for pins to trade, we stopped by the Mission Tortilla Factory and found this guy... 

After a couple hours at DCA, we moved on over to Disneyland. We started off in Tomorrowland and SWING DANCING! I've heard of swing dancing at the Tomorrowland Terrance, but its usually only on Saturdays, so when we heard the big band music we had to stop by and drop in on the dance floor =)

Swinging the night away with the Rumble Kings! Sorry for the bad quality picture.

I wonder if they'll continue to have swing dancing on Sunday nights for the duration of the non-peak season... or what's left of it, ha ha!
After dancing, we wanted to get in line to see the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sneak peek at Big Thunder Ranch, but the line was reeeeaaally long, so we went on Big Thunder Mountain instead. We'll hit up the POTC sneak preview next time and I'll be sure to take a lot of pictures.

While we were waiting in line for Big Thunder, we caught the Remember firework show. I've never seen it before, and I have to say I liked it a lot! The show is basically a montage of all the different attractions at the park, complete with theme music from each ride.

Another update, the Meleficent Dragon in Fantasmic is back! I know this specific dragon has been in Fantasmic before, but I've never seen it until now, so I took this opportunity to take tons of pictures:

 We ended our night with dinner at the River Belle Terrace, best turkey sandwich ever! And if you ever stop by there, get the Strawberry Shortcake Parfait. Soooo good!

And on our way out, we stopped in at the Disney Gallery where they were showcasing "Magic On the Water", the artworks were okay, but it was these guys that really intrigued me...

Looks like something out of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" or perhaps from the movie "Atlantis"

Looks like a concept model of an attraction... bumper boats perhaps?? What do you think?

Another model. Very much resembles a Gondola, maybe they have them at Tokyo DisneySea.

And of course, here are the pins I got from tonight:

 Top Row, left to right:
- Jasmine Morocco. This one is from Epcot. They have different princesses with different countries.
- Princess Jasmine. I've gotten this one before, but since that was a scrapper I threw it out and was very lucky to have found it again (and real this time, haha!)
-Ariel WoC. The back says Travel by Disney, and it looks like the pin showcases the World of Color and the big Mickey ferris wheel.

Bottow Row, left to right:
-Donald Duck Cupcake. I've been dying to get my hands on these! I know I can buy these in the stores (7 pins in a pack), but I just didn't want to pay $30 for them. So happy I found this one!
- Mickey Strawberry. Enough said =)
-Castle from The Little Mermaid. I believe this is a part of a series as well, with different castles from different movies.

I hope you enjoyed all the updates and pictures! I'll be updating again soon. My annual pass expires in May and I probably wont be renewing it until after the summer break. But don't worry, I'll still be updating through the summer.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break

Disneyland on a Monday... sounds like a relaxing day with no crowds or long waits for rides, right? Only we forgot one tiny detail... SPRING BREAK! When my boyfriend and I decided to go to Disneyland on Monday, we didn't think about that. So we didn't get to do some of our favorite rides like Space Mountain, Matterhorn, or Indiana Jones (We had only planned to be there for half day, and fast passes had already reach 5:45pm by the time we got them). So instead, we got on some rides with short lines... like Winnie the Pooh!

Walking around both DL and DCA, we noticed how far the new rides and additionals are coming along. The Little Mermaid ride is really starting to take shape, and I can't wait for it to open. But the progress of Cars Land is the most impressive to me.

Say hello to King Triton!
Little Mermaid archway taking shape
Another angle of The Little Mermaid ride
Wow! Look how far Cars Land has come along
Entry way to Cars Land?
More Cars Land progress

 And of course, our day at Disneyland wouldn't be complete with some good ol' pin trading. Here's what I got:

 From the top row, left to right, is Tinkerbell. This pin is awesome, it looks like Tink is peeking out for behind your lanyard! Next is Aurora in her pink dress, with Belle in her yellow ball gown next to her. And the last one on the top row is Belle and Chip with the words Au Revoir written on it. The back of the pins says Adventures by Disney.
Bottom row, left to right, is Zazu and Scar fromThe Lion King, the last one is Minnie dressed as the bride from Haunted Mansion. Back of the pin says GWP (Gift with Purchase). I believe she's a part of the series, which includes the Daisy Madame Leota pin I got a while back.

I was a little sad that we couldn't stay the entire day, and it felt like time just flew by. Not sure when I'll be coming back to Disneyland... I hope at least a couple more times before our passes expire in May. Then we won't be renewing our passes until September.

Late for a very important date!

 Thanks for reading! Check back soon for more updates on the Little Mermaid ride, Cars Land, pin trading, and more!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Back at Disneyland!

I made a last minute impromptu trip to Disneyland last Sunday with my friends Diana and Kim and we had such a blast! We got to the park later in the evening, about 7pm. It had started to drizzle when we got in the park, so most of the guests were leaving. It was one of the least crowded Sunday night that I've experienced. Still, there were tons of cast members with lanyards on! We missed all the pin traders since it was so late in the afternoon, but I still found some pins that I wanted on Cast Members:
   Vinylmation Hamm
Princess Minnie from "Brave Little Tailor", this pin is from Disneyland Paris
Cool looking Mickey Jedi pin
Stitch FL license plate!
Yay for more princess pins!

I also saw a lot of new merchandise, too. And new packaging for candy. My favorite is the Jessica Rabbit dark chocolate mint cream box. 

New packaging for candy
I love the Jessica Rabbit box

 That's all for now. Thanks for reading!