Tips & Trivia

Pin Trading 101

I’ve just recently entered the world of pin collecting. It’s an old Disney tradition, and most collectors also participate in a second hobby: trading! Pin traders visit Disneyland with a lanyard full of treasure, and leave with brand new bling. You don’t have to trade if you collect pins (I don’t), but if you want […] Read more…

The Haunted Mansion’s Backstory

The Haunted Mansion boasts 999 happy haunts, roaming its chilly halls and dancing through its ballroom. But what started the haunting? Why is the Haunted Mansion haunted? During development for the attraction, Imagineers floated tons of different ideas. There were tales of murder, abandonment, jealousy, limbo…all the ingredients for a great ghost story. But in […] Read more…

Summer of Heroes

Disneyland fans have been anxiously (or begrudgingly) awaiting the arrival of GOTG in Hollywood Land. And now, we have a date: May 27th. But we also have a brand new seasonal event to mark the occasion: the Summer of Heroes! Like Season of the Force in Tomorrowland, the Summer of Heroes will be a temporary overlay of […] Read more…

Lunar New Year 2017

Lunar New Year 2017

Happy Lunar New Year! January 28th marks the beginning of the year of the rooster, and California Adventure is hosting a huge party to celebrate.  Source: Find The Mouse Head over to Paradise Pier to join in on the fun. You can listen to live Chinese and Vietnamese bands, watch acrobats, get your face painted, visit […] Read more…

The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns

Disneyland Twitter exploded over the last two days, flooded with pictures of a nighttime parade. It’s not Paint the Night, and people are EXTREMELY excited about it. So what’s going on?  Source: TWIMG Thursday night marked the limited return of a classic Disneyland parade: The Main Street Electrical Parade. This nighttime show debuted in Disneyland in […] Read more…

Service Animal Relief Areas

Service Animals

Disneyland has tons of resources available for guests with disabilities or special needs, including care centers, ECV rentals, and even accommodations for service animals. Disney defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse specifically trained to support an individual with a disability, and service animals must wear their vests at all times in […] Read more…

Refurbishment Season 2017

Mid-January through early March is Disneyland’s unofficial refurbishment season. Holiday overlays come down, and with lighter crowds, attractions in need of more complex maintenance shut their doors for a few weeks. With all of the closures due to Star Wars Land construction, additional refurbishments are actually significantly lighter than usual. But there are still some […] Read more…

MaxPass Announcement – Is Fast Pass Changing?

Disneyland sent shock waves throughout its community this morning with the announcement of a new fast pass option: MaxPass. What is it, and how will it affect the existing system?  Source: OC Register First of all, this is NOT FastPass+, which is used in Walt Disney World. You will still not be able to book […] Read more…

Top 5 Hidden Seating Areas

When you spend all day running from attraction to show to parade, it’s easy to get really tired, really fast. Sometimes you just need a quiet place to rest, think, and regroup before you jump back into the action. So where should you go? Here’s my picks for the top 5 hidden seating areas at […] Read more…

Ringing in 2017 at the Disneyland Resort

Ringing In 2017 At The Disneyland Resort

2016 is winding down, but the holiday party at the Disneyland Resort is still going strong! If you’re visiting the resort for New Year’s Eve, you can participate in several special events, purchase limited edition merchandise, and enjoy the last of the holiday decorations before they disappear in January. THE RIGHT EXPECTATIONS Before you head into […] Read more…

Holiday Photo Album 2016

My favorite holiday of the year has finally arrived: Christmas! Disneyland’s magic lasts all year long, but there’s something extra special about the snowy castle and festive decor this time of the year. I’d like to share some of my favorite holiday decorations in the park, so you can share in the magic whether or […] Read more…

Extra Magic Hours & Magic Morning

Extra Magic Hours & Magic Morning

Time in the park goes by so quickly, doesn’t it? The good news is, Disneyland offers extra magic in the form of extra park hours! There are two different bonus hour offerings at the Resort: Extra Magic Hour, and Magic Morning. Extra Magic Hour Guests of one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels (Disneyland Hotel, […] Read more…

Holiday Features and Decor

Holiday Features And Decor

Once the Halloween season wraps up in Disneyland, the park goes into full holiday mode. Snow, wreaths, garlands, and ornaments flood the park, and the Dapper Dans bust out their best renditions of winter classics. So what exactly can you expect from a wintertime trip to the Disneyland Resort? LAND CHANGES In Disneyland, Main Street […] Read more…

What's In My Park Bag?

What’s In My Park Bag?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “what’s in my park bag?” My answer is: not much. I don’t have kids and I generally visit with groups of friends, so I don’t have to worry about bottles or medication or other things larger families might need to bring. But I do pack differently depending on […] Read more…

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