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!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Galaxy's Edge

I could not believe my eyes when I got a text from a friend, Tommy (from DisGeek and The Cruise Dudes) asking if I wanted to be included in his reservation for Galaxy's Edge! I have said many times that I wasn't even gonna try to get in for at least a year so getting this opportunity was exciting!


I bought a cool hat.


The weather was great that morning....until it was time for us to line up. UGH. Y'all know how much I hate the heat and the heat hates me. But not even the heat could ruin my day. It tried, oh it tried...but I refused to succumb to it.

I had watched so many YouTube videos on Galaxy's Edge and I was still not prepared for the enormity of it all. No photo or video will ever do it justice. Take my word for it, this is something you have to see for yourself, up close and personal.





Can you find the Storm Troopers?


This place is MASSIVE.



Believe me when I say my jaw hit the floor.




I found this little section to be quite intriguing.


We were lucky enough to score entry to the Cantina and it's a good thing because my leg was killing me and I needed something to numb the pain. Doc said a cocktail would be good for me and gave me a prescription...for medicinal purposes.



Even though I had my entry ticket and was standing at the door to the Cantina, I still couldn't believe that it was actually happening.


Yes, I did take a couple of videos inside...and you will see much better stuff on YouTube but I know you guys want me to share so here goes...



Wanna check out the menu?



Here's my drink:  Jedi Mind Trick
Delicious!


A big thanks to Tommy for taking me along!!!


Finally it was time to board the Millennium Falcon. You guys know that I take pictures of all sorts of stuff, things that other people don't even notice. I think I took too many pictures, way too many to share here so I will pick out a few just because everywhere I looked there were so many details.



Look at the size of these doors. Unfortunately they don't open.








Looking out the windows...



And the line continues....




We got our assignments and I was a Gunner!


The interiors are amazing.



Inside the cockpit.




Guess what's next? The bathrooms!





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I have to be totally honest...I had no idea where I was the entire time I was there. There is no way to learn a land in four hours. I couldn't help thinking about how I felt when DCA opened in 2001. I was witness to history. This place...this was history in the making once again.



By this time I was hungry so we all decided to grab something to eat. Since I was experiencing some thing new, a new land, I felt like eating something no and different, too. So I went vegetarian! Let me tell you, it was delicious!


I had the "meatloaf" and yes, I would have it again.


Tommy's wife got a very curious dessert.




Back outside....


I love the castmember costumes in Batuu. This is a custodian.


Before leaving, we did a little more shopping and inside one of the shops I was mesmerized by this section....nothing to buy, just theming to make the place look awesome.


Thank you hanging in until the end...I know it was a lot to throw at you! If you haven't listened to our episode about out visit to Batuu, check out Not Strictly Disney podcast, anywhere podcasts are found.