I love taking pictures of anything and everything, especially at Disneyland. Why not? It's beautiful! I am a regular contributor to The Disneyland Gazette, a fantastic podcast about my favorite place. I love to travel and seek out hole in the wall eateries. You never know what you'll see here so keep coming back!
I really really really do love the Parks at Christmas!! The other night I went to an Annual Passholder private party at Disneyland and took advantage of the low crowds to grab a great viewing spot for the Christmas Fantasy Parade. I had not seen this parade since 2008 so I was really excited. I found myself wishing I had a decent camera but alas, my cell phone would have to do. The reason for taking pictures and videos was to send them to my very good friend and fellow Disneyland lover who has been living in England for the past 8 years. She loved them! As I was uploading them to my cloud storage, I decided to share them with you and even though they aren't the best quality I think you'll enjoy them.
Here's a quick peak at a scene from the new Jingle Cruise.
I've been having quite a bit of trouble uploading the rest of the videos so I'll keep trying!
Location: Disney California Adventure, Tower of Terror
Time: 7:00 p.m.
My friend and her whole family were at DCA for a night of
fun. Unfortunately, it turned into a night of frustration and sadness. My
friend’s sister, Kim, was attempting to get fastpasses for Tower of Terror and
placed her iPhone on top of the fastpass machine.The machine would not dispense a ticket so
she turned to the next machine. At that moment, someone took her phone. When
she turned back, she noticed the phone was gone. A man, dressed all in black
was standing by the fastpass machine and she thought he was a maintenance
worker. She asked him if he had seen her phone and he immediately got defensive
and said, “I didn’t take your phone…Look, I only have mine!” When she began to
tell her family members that the phone disappeared, the man stepped forward and
insisted that she use his phone to call hers in an effort to locate it.
Meanwhile, Kim’s mother was suggesting the same thing, telling Kim to use her phone. The guy kept insisting that
she use his phone, practically putting it into her hands. She did – and unfortunately
that disabled her phone immediately.
Kim contacted guest services and reported the theft and was
told to file a police report which she did. Thinking back over the incident,
she realized that the guy’s response was odd, very odd. The officer told Kim
that apparently this is a new thing – phones are stolen and the perpetrator
insists that you use his phone to call yours in an effort to find it. What the
victim doesn’t know is that the thief has something on his phone that will
immediately disable your phone once you call your number. Sadly, Kim’s phone is
lost forever and according to the officer, probably on its way to being sold on
the black market overseas because here in the states, it will show up as a
You know how many pictures and videos you take. You know how
much information is on your phone. Losing something like that is devastating.
The phone can be replaced. The pictures cannot. DO NOT PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN FOR
This is a true story. I actually know Kim and I work with her sister.
A couple weeks ago, I was in Mission Viejo and it was such a beautiful day that I decided to spend it outside but where? The mission! I drove down to San Juan Capistrano and spent the afternoon exploring the mission. Yes, I had been there before to see a Zorro exhibit back in June of 2010, but this time I was alone and could take my time wandering...and listening to the recorded stories on a cool little device that is now included with admission to the mission.
I was amazed at the amount of restoration that had been accomplished since my last visit.
I found the mission to be quite peaceful. Several times I sat down to just look and listen.
I didn't have my regular camera with me so all of these were taken with my phone.
Long time no see!!! I know I haven't been around for a while and I apologize for that. Things have been hectic in my world but I finally found some time to go to the Parks. On November 1st, I spent the day at DCA so I'll share those pics with you now.
OK, pop quiz - Where are these next two items located? I don't know if they are new but I noticed them for the first time so naturally I had to take a picture of them.
(Answer: They are located right at the entrance to the bathrooms next to Off The Page however, as you approach the bathrooms, they are behind you. Maybe that's why I never noticed them before!)
Doing some window shopping in Off The Page, I came across some magnificent Maleficent items.
I especially dig this one since it's made entirely of PAPER!
Inside the Beast's library...
As you can see, Bugs Land is ready for Christmas!
The view just caught my eye...
Now it's time for a Sangria break!
Over in Paradise Pier, the decorations have made their appearance.
Now we're just sitting around waiting while our friends ride Toy Story Mania...
I caught it as it started to wizz by!
A few video snippets for you to enjoy...
Here is an AWESOME new shirt!
It's funny how warm it's been here lately, even in November. Trust me, I'm not happy about it. But obviously, the flowers are!
One more cool retro looking holiday shirt. Even though these shirts clearly say Disneyland, they are being sold in DCA.