Saturday, October 5, 2019

Oogie Boogie's Halloween Bash


Oh my goodness, so much fun!

I started my afternoon with a great lunch at Wine Country Trattoria.

We spent some time going over the food guide...

To kill some time we rode Monsters Inc. I love Roz!

I tried the Howl-O-Ween and it was an epic failure. I threw it away. That's how bad it was. DO NOT waste your money on this. It consisted of Caramel Vodka and Honest Abe Apple Pie Cider.

Genesis tried the Worms, Dice and Everything Nice and it was a thumbs up! Looked really cool, too! It consisted of Midori-Limeade Slush, Gummy Worms and Dice glow cube.

Off to the Blue Sky Cellar to check-in for the party and then we left the Park to check-in to our hotel. We stayed at the Anaheim Marriott Suites.

We dropped off our bags and then returned to DCA and the first Treat Trail we did was awesome. I present to you my Queen...

We each got new ears!

The Grizzly Peak Treat Trail was awesome. It had lots of atmosphere...

...and it ended with the Evil Queen!


We relaxed a spell and watched the parade then went to the Hollywood area to find Oogie Boogie

We had a blast and I can't wait for next year's party!

And just in case you are wondering what is being offered at the Hollywood Lounge, here is a link to their menu. You can ear a description of our party experience in the latest episode of Not Strictly Disney podcast. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

DCA and Disneyland Goodies

Well glory be...Woohoo! First time in the new parking structure!

In the Esplanade, this vehicle was on display. It's pretty cool but I would have chosen a different vehicle. Maybe it's just me but a mini van doesn't seem like the right fit.

They wanted to be sure everyone knew that DCA would be closing early...

Not sure what's getting updated here...

I popped into Elias & Co. to see if there was anything new..... Ooooh a Hocus Pocus Dooney!

I got such a kick out of the way Pluto was signing autographis!

I told Pluto that I was a cat lady but he was OK with it because my purse had Disney cats on it.

A few of these cool screen fences lined the walkway next to the Wilderness Creek Challenge Trail. It was open but I decided that I really wanted to see it at night so I opted to wait until I attend the Oggie Boogie Bash on October 3rd.

By this time I was hungry and I wanted to see what was being offered at Rancho del Zocalo so I made my way to Disneyland.

I ended up with the Sopes Trio and the Frozen Abuelita Horchata.

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved these patio lights and the fact that they have them at Disneyland makes me happy.

After eating and relaxing and recording stuff for the podcast, it was time to catch Haunted Mansion Holiday for the first time this year.

I thought those new lanterns were cool. But what's even cooler is the gingerbread house inside the mansion.

And now....ducks!

While duck watching, I checked the Disneyland app and saw that the wait time for Snow White was only 10 minuted so I hobbled over to Fantasyland.

I actually stayed at the Park until dark and then headed home before the mass exodous.

While preparing this post, I decided to Google Not Strictly and was so surprised to see all the listings! If you haven't listened, check it out!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Mango Dole Whip, Halloween Merch and Light Sabers

The other day I ate my way through Disneyland. It wasn't easy but I knew that you were relying on me to keep you informed on the goodies at the Park, right? RIGHT?

Work continues in front of the parking structures. Many trees have been added and I'm still not quite sure how this area will be used.

First stop was to check out the merchandise...

Then I needed to cool down so my next stop was at the Hideaway to have a luscious mango Dole Whip. Oh my goodness, talk about incredibly good!

Good to the last drop!

On my way toward's the Hungry Bear, I noticed something going on in the river...

I'm sure this sign is a couple months old but I just noticed it and I think it's cute!

I find the rock work in Galaxy's Edge to be quite interesting.

Trash cans are interesting, too!

I knew I wanted something cold to drink but I was sure what I wanted so I killed a little time by exploring.

I ordered a Tatooine Sunset and I am so glad I did. It was delicious!

This post is really, really late as I had planned to publish it about two weeks ago but life got in the way. Originally I was going to put together a few video snippets that I had taken in Galaxy's Edge but that never happened so I will just post a few of them here and I won't drag it on and on like I had originally planned. Basically I just wanted you to see how cool it looked as several young boys and men enjoyed their brand new light sabers.


Let me tell you, watchng the fireworks from inside Galaxy's Edge is a totally different experience. I loved it.

By this time, I was getting hungry so I used the handy dandy mobile ordering feature in the Disneyland app to order some food.

Well guys if you came here after listening to the podcast, thank you. If you haven't heard the podcast, check it out anywhere podcasts are available. The easiest is iTunes and Stitcher. It's called Not Strictly Disney. So long!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Halloween Merch Is Now In The Parks!

I met up with a friend last night mainly to record an interview for my podcast. It made me soooo happy to see Halloween stuff in the Parks!

I only took one pic of some Halloween merch as I was walking down Buena Vista Street because I was in a hurry to meet up with my friend and then I took a few later in the evening. But have no fear, I am going back specifically to check out all of the Halloween stuff!

This will just be a quick post - short on comments - mainly just wanted to share with y'all.

I love Snapchat, LOL!

Here's a new hidden Mickey!

That's it for now. If you haven't checked out my podcast, take a listen to Not Strictly Disney, available everywhere!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Odds and Ends and Disney

On Friday, July 12, 2019, I met up with some friends that were staying at the Grand Californian. I parked at the Mickey and Friends parking structure as I always do and noticed that the structure is indeed connected to the new Pixar Pals parking structure.

Something is going on in Mickey and Friends but I'm not quite sure what.

Work continues in front of the two parking structures with the addition of several trees.

We met up and decided to go out for breakfast and then went to Old Town Orange to peruse the antique shops.

I found a unique outfit...

...and something that would make a nice addition to someone's living room. Not mine, but someone else...

The weather was getting quite ugly so we went back to the Grand Californian and took advantage of the great air conditioning the the hotel lobby. Once we had cooled down we decided to order some food right there and enjoy the pianist playing Disney classics while we ate.

And then....

It was time to check out the new pool bar! The Craftsman Bar is absolutely stunning. The entire pool area has been spruced up and is absolutely gorgeous.

Who doesn't love a good pool slide?

These cabanas are so cool. They are for rent but you have to be a hotel guest.

Wait until you see the inside of the cabanas!

Last but not least, I had to check out the new parking structure before I left for the night!

Well that wraps it up for this post. Thanks for stopping by!