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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Fantasy

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.

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I've been having quite a bit of trouble uploading the rest of the videos so I'll keep trying!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mission Visit Part Two

Some people see ruins, I see the beauty that once was. Continue strolling through the grounds with me.





I am always amazed when I see buildings of this age still standing.


Inside the church, I decided to sit and just let my eyes wander.


These details are amazing to me and the fact that they are hand painted makes them take on a magical quality. I tried to imagine the artist, meticulously at work.


The hand painted details are on the ceiling as well.


Back outside and looking for a little shade.





These "berries" look like they been dusted with sugar!



I sat on a stone bench for a good 20 minutes enjoying the quiet beauty of the mission.
If you are ever in the area, please do stop.


See you soon!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Theft at DCA

When:  November 15, 2014

Location: Disney California Adventure, Tower of Terror Fastpass machines

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 stolen phone.

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 A SECOND!

This is a true story. I actually know Kim and I work with her sister.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mission Visit

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.




We're not done.....more pics to come!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A day at DCA

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...

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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!


More decorations...


A few video snippets for you to enjoy...

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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.


I love Olaf oops...I mean Sven!!



Sunday, October 12, 2014