16 Hour Disney Day

16 hours, 12 rides, 4 churros and 1 cancelled fireworks show…I can now honestly say that I have spent an entire day at Disneyland!

And boy was it a long day! My sister and I had purchased a park ticket for our mom last Christmas that was quickly expiring so my little family of four finally decided on a Saturday in December when we could all go (which was not an easy feat let me tell you)

I was worried about crowds since we were going mid-December during Christmastime. I was expecting 2 hour wait lines and loads of tourists – and I was happily surprised!

disneyland christmas

We arrived at the gates at 8:16 am after we had checked into our hotel we booked for the night. We headed right for Space Mountain to get a FastPass before they were gone for the day.

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Disney Day Extravaganza

Hello babes, I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while. School has been in full swing for me as finals fast approach yikes! But I did find time to make it to the Happiest Place on Earth this past weekend to take pictures for a photography assignment I have for class. With so many people still on Spring Break, the parks have been pretty dang busy even during the weeks, but we still managed to get on some rides 🙂

AND GUYS! Elle Fanning was at the park that day promoting her new movie “Maleficent”! We spotted her from afar and waited until she was done filming so we could sneak in a picture with her before she left. And wowzers she is TALL!

Elle Fanning at Disneyland!

Elle Fanning at Disneyland!

The Dapper Dans were singing up and down Main Street so we made sure to get a picture with them too! They were super nice and even picked a super snazzy pose haha

The Dapper Dans!

The Dapper Dans!

We also got a chance to ride Big Thunder which just re-opened after more than a year of refurbishments! I honestly thought the ride would be different since it was closed for so long, but there were only minor changes made. The tracks create a smoother, less jerky ride and they added some awesome special effects toward the end of the ride. I won’t spoil the surprise, but I highly recommend checking it out 🙂

While I wasn’t surprised that so many rides were closed for more refurbishments when we went (they like to do them now before the summer crowds), I was slightly irritated that my favorite ride Indiana Jones was closed…AGAIN!! After closing it down for almost a year, it’s once again closed and fenced off with a sign reading it will be back for Spring 2014. Hello Disney, it’s spring NOW. Oh well 😦

With summer just around the corner, the parks will soon be packed to the max with tourists, vacationers, students on break and just about everyone else. If you plan on visiting the park anytime soon, I would aim for anytime between the very end of April to mid/late May before summer breaks start for a lot of people. Take advantage of the Fast Passes and plan out your rides because the lines will get crazy.

Here are some of the pictures we got during our Disney day last weekend. I’ll update you guys with some more once my project is completely finished 🙂

Until then, I’ll leave you with my favorite picture of the day. I think it really captures the magic of the so-called “Happiest Place on Earth” haha

The 10 Types of People You See at Disneyland

As an Annual Passholder, I think it’s safe to say that I go to Disneyland at least twice a month. My Premium pass has no blackout dates, loads of discounts and free parking for every visit…all for the hefty price of $669. There are only two Disney theme parks in the U.S., and luckily for Southern California, we have one in our own backyard.

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While some people may think this is an insane amount of money to spend on Disneyland (and it kinda is…), I love it too much to NOT have one. And with the amount of times I go each year, it definitely pays for itself. For those who don’t have the luxury of frequent Disneyland visits, there are certain types of people that you see without fail every time you go to the park. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, so I have finally put together a list of the ten types of people that you see at Disneyland. (Sidenote: #3 is totally my favorite hehe)

1. The Classic Tourist

Photo: YoTourist

Photo: YoTourist

This is probably the most easily spotted type of person at Disney. With a packed-to-the-max backpack, tennis shoes and park map in hand, the classic tourist is hard to miss. They photograph everything, ride everything, meet every Disney character and usually bring a lunch so they won’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on park food. It’s usually best to avoid them unless you want to be bombarded with “fun facts” about the park and persuaded into taking a billion castle pictures of their family.

2. The Photographer

Never to be seen without their giant camera with their giant lens, the photographer never misses an opportunity to shoot. Every leaf, rock, ride entrance and meal must be photographed; otherwise, how else will they remember that special day they spent at Disneyland?? Helpful tip: Don’t try to photobomb their pictures…they won’t like it and they’ll probably yell at you.

3. The Leash Baby

Spotted this gem a couple months ago in front of Indiana Jones.

Spotted this gem a couple months ago in front of Indiana Jones.

I don’t think I’ve ever left Disneyland without seeing at least one leash baby throughout the day. While frowned upon by some, I am a definite advocate of the baby leash. Sure it may seem like your treating your child like an animal, but wouldn’t you rather them be safe and within your reach all day than getting lost in the huge crowds? It’s also much easier than a stroller that you have to continually park, navigate and store while you’re on rides. And how can you not love the leashes when they’re disguised as cute little monkeys, pigs, frogs, etc? Safe AND adorable! 😉

4. The Decked Out from Head-to-Toe in Disney Gear Guest

Photo: foXnoMad

Photo: foXnoMad

Mickey ears, a lanyard full of pins, Disney buttons, giant Mickey gloves, a Disney sweatshirt and a souvenir cup – this type of person spares no expense when traveling to Disneyland. They are always wearing at least four Disney items somewhere on their body and own every sweatshirt/shirt that Disneyland has ever made. While it’s an expensive habit, everyone around them is blatantly aware of their love of Disney. (Also similar to “The Classic Tourist”)

5. The (Usually) Overweight Person Who Scooters All Day

Possibly the most dangerous of all the people you will see at Disneyland. These people have either rented or brought their own electric scooter to ride around in all day while also zooming over people’s toes. While they can be ruthless at times, it’s actually a pretty good idea when you think about it; I’d much rather sit in a scooter all day and honk at people to get out of my way than to walk all the way from Splash Mountain to California Screamin’.

6. The Newbie

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Also known as the “first-timers”. These people are easily spotted by the “First Visit” buttons they’ll be sporting on their shirt/bag/etc. They often wander around Disneyland with an overwhelmed, confused look on their face and a park map in their hand. Many of these people (I assume/hope are from out of state or a different country) see Disneyland as a full vacation so they have lots of days to take in all that Disneyland has to offer.

7. The Awkward Couples

Photo: The Hunt

Photo: The Hunt

These are the worst! Whether it be a “He’s my Mickey, She’s my Minnie” matching sweatshirt combo or even matching ears, they are basically attached at the hip for the entire day. I wouldn’t recommend getting stuck behind these people in line either, unless you like watching people make out for 45 minutes…uhhhh. While Disneyland is a great date, please save everyone the trouble of watching your PDA throughout the park. There are children here, geez guys.

8. The Grump

grumpy cat disney

However magical Disneyland is, some people may not think that it’s the Happiest Place on Earth. While there can be crowds, expensive food and screaming children, Disneyland’s atmosphere is always cheery. But these people just want to get the heck out of there. Like Grumpy Cat, they are not impressed by all that Disneyland has to offer, which makes me feel bad for them. If you’re going to spend hours there, at least try to be like Mickey.

9. The Fake Injured People

jeryn wheelchair

3 hour wait times? Noooo thank you! While Disneyland has recently cracked down on their disability rules, people continue to abuse the system. Have a broken wrist and want a wheelchair? This could save you literally hours in line! With the stricter rules lately, I have noticed less people with wheelchairs cutting lines. However, this is an awesome service for those who are truly disabled and need assistance. Just another way Disney tries to accommodate each and every one of their guests.

10. The Annual Pass Pro

Photo: Tumblr

Photo: Tumblr

With annual passes, it’s much easier to go to the park for only a couple hours and simply leave as soon as the crowds get too bad. These people know where all the Hidden Mickeys are, when the time is best to get on each ride, they are excellent at navigating the park and (on a good day) never wait more than 15 minutes in line. It takes a lot of visits to reach this point, but it’s totally worth it. The Disneyland experience can be even better when you know the ins and outs of the park. There’s also a lot of special events that are open only to AP holders, so go buy yours now!