Lands In Pictures: A Bug's Land

Lands In Pictures: A Bug’s Land

The #1 land visitors tend to skip in California Adventure is A Bug’s Land. If you don’t have little ones with you on your trip, there’s not much appeal at first glance. But if you take some time to explore this little land, you might just fall in love with it; I certainly did! This […] Read more…

Foam Tiaras

Foam Tiaras

It should come as no surprise to any reader of this blog that I’m a huge fan of tiaras. I wear one on virtually every visit to the park. Disney has some great options, both sparkly ones for grownups (New Orleans Square & Main Street) and sturdier ones for the little ones (all over the […] Read more…

Fine Tobacco

Fine Tobacco

 Source: Frontierland Station July 1955 – June 1990 LOCATION Main Street USA – Fine Tobacco once boasted a coveted storefront at the entrance of Main Street USA, right next to the Main Street Cinema. Today, this space is home to the 20th Century Music Company. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, souvenir lighters and […] Read more…

Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade

July 1955 – present LOCATION Main Street USA – The Penny Arcade is hard to miss; it’s the largest open façade on the street. If you walk toward the castle, you’ll see it on the left side, just after Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – candy, pastries, souvenir tins Price Range – […] Read more…

Little Details: New Orleans Square

Little Details: New Orleans Square

I know I’ve said this before, but New Orleans Square is just the best. Every land in Disneyland pays meticulous attention to the little things, but there’s just so much to find in New Orleans Square. Every alleyway, shop, balcony, garden…EVERYTHING works together to transport you from Main Street to Bourbon Street. Here are just a […] Read more…

Treasure Chests

It’s no secret that New Orleans Square and Tom Sawyer Island have been captured by pirates. They lurk everywhere, leaving anchors and crypts in their wake. But what’s the most important thing pirates leave behind? Buried treasure! Over the years, two treasure chests have washed up on the Rivers of America shoreline. The first chest […] Read more…

How To Score Big On Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

How To Score Big On Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters always makes my “must do” list for a day at Disneyland. The shooting game is fun, and requires much more skill than Midway Mania. But shooting at targets without a strategy can be extremely frustrating, especially when your partner just keeps racking up points. So how can you score big on […] Read more…

Minnie's Fly Girls

Minnie’s Fly Girls

 Source: Disney Parks Blog January 2012 – October 2013 LOCATION Condor Flats – Minnie’s Fly Girls took the stage on a small platform in Condor Flats, directly across from the entrance to Soarin’ Over California. Today, this space is part of the widened walkway through Grizzly Peak. BACKGROUND After “Golden State” split into several different […] Read more…

Ask The Duchess – Vol. 22

Welcome to Ask The Duchess Vol. 22, a monthly Q&A post covering a variety of resort-related topics. Ask The Duchess answers questions submitted by readers. If you have a question you’d like answered, send me a message here! 1. Favorite shop? (submitted by Shannen) Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street. Their selection is awesome, and the art deco styling is very cool. […] Read more…

Resort Updates - August 2017

Resort Updates – August 2017

Happy last day of August! And for Disney fans…happy last day of summer. Tomorrow, we’re officially in Halloween season, and the park is about to sprout up some pumpkins and cobwebs. So for today, I’m soaking up the last few moments of summertime Disneyland. Disneyland glows all year long, but I love how the colors […] Read more…

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