Tag Archives: Disneyland

Tips for an egg-cellent egg hunt at Disneyland

Spoiler Alert: This post has two photos of locations for the Eggstravaganza hunt at Disneyland.

 

As we stood on the far side of it's a small world, the corner reserved for service dogs taking a break and a wide expanse of running room, Wonder Boy and I spied a familiar rabbit-faced egg peeking from a sea dragon topiary.


Turns out the Egg-stravaganza had just started yesterday, and we decided to play along as part of our first time attempting the parks as a three-some. (Let's say on that note I learned everything NOT to do the hard way.)

Instead of standing in lines for any ride we as a three could possibly pull off, yesterday Wonder Boy, Lil' Wonder and I instead grabbed a $5 map for each boy and spent the day winding around Disneyland looking for Easter Eggs.

But with a full park for spring break, it was a lot of work for myself and my four year old. Castmembers aren't supposed to give you hints, though they helped verify things like, yes, that shop is on Main Street.

Start early and try to keep a lookout for stuff in you area – but we did it with just going from place to place for eggs and a couple extra adventures in three hours.

At the end you don't get to pick which egg you want- part of the fun!


So, if you decide to do your own Easter egg search, here's some tips and tricks to get you going.

 

  1. Stuck? Look for other people holding their maps. They're probably standing right in front of it.
  2. Look up. There were several eggs hiding up high in trees or on signs.
  3. The locations are pretty literal.

…and some location-specific advice for the harder ones for us…

 

 

  1. The Fortuosity Shop is where they make the custom watches – and this egg likes to be able to see the action.
  2. The locker area on Main Street have some lovely flowers in boxes above it.
  3. One egg has a bird's eye view of a tea party.
  4. One egg is watching people in line to go on a trip around the world.


And one last photo for the HARDEST one for us- it took three laps around the area to finally find someone at just the right angle.

Let me know if you too go on an egg hunt!

 

Small World Celebration

Disclaimer: I am a Disney fan just spreading the news because I love it that much.

It was a ride my son had ridden on several times  before he was even born, and one he rode on during his first trip to meet Mickey Mouse.

IMG00044-20100411-1420

It was the first app I downloaded on my phone for him to play, and he still chills tapping all of the different characters, singing the song quietly as he plays.

Our last trip to Disneyland he sang it over and over and over even though the ride was closed.

For Wonder Boy, “it’s a small world” is one of the highlights of a trip to Disneyland. Shelter from the sun, a calm longer ride with plenty to see, a respite out of the stroller in a safe place.

And now it’s time for someone else’s first ride.

This Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic ride, which was first at the 1964 World’s Fair. Thursday there will be a celebration at Disneyland park and voices from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort will sing that song that is a global earworm, whether or not you’ve ever ridden the ride.

You can even join in at home, by joining a Google + hangout  (which I can watch from my phone while we’re there) and submit a question for Disney Legend Richard Sherman,

Earlier today I finally got a chance to make a doll, which I will have my son also do as we gear up for our trip to Disneyland for the 50th anniversary.  For every doll made on the site, Disney will donate $1 to UNICEF on top of the $150,000 it already donated. It’s still less than halfway to their max of $100,000 so go make one!

You can also film a sing-along on the SmallWorld50.com site – and the singing, I’m sure, will keep going the rest of the day!

I also encourage anyone with a free afternoon to check out a participating Disney store (call ahead and ask)  from this Thursday to Sunday, where children are invited to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say “hello” in various languages and singing “it’s a small world” along the way.

Will you be celebrating this week too? What’s your favorite section of the ride?

I ditched my kid on Easter

My mom walked out to the car to greet us. I handed over everything he would need for the day.

His backpack.

His little sweater vest, carefully kept clean.

The iPad, just in case. (He is the only little one at family gatherings).

I watched him walk into the front porch, then shout from the door “Goodbye Mommy!” after a quick prompt to do so.

It was Easter.

I was going to Disneyland.

My son was not.

We got the offer from one of my husband’s coworkers to go to Club 33 for Easter lunch. Now, being an avid Disneyland fan this was a dream come true. So many times I had paused in front of the door- well, this time, I was the one who got to ring the doorbell.

club33

It was hard making this decision, as easy as a choice it came to be.

3-year-old Wonder Boy was old enough to be excited about Easter. The bunny ears he hopped from preschool in, the anticipation of seeing the Easter Bunny.

I was afraid he would realize we were missing and want us.

I was afraid we would miss out.

Then I realized that it was only one year.

One day in a year of days, a lifetime of days that would most likely never be replaced.

I would probably never get this chance again, to eat at Club 33.

My heavy belly was reminding me that soon I would be tied down even stronger to home and family, working the balancing act between myself and parenting two small boys.

So Easter was a day for my husband and I to walk around, hand in hand, just enjoying the beautiful weather.

And visiting most of the bathrooms we saw (heck, I am pregnant after all).

Have you made a similar decision after you had children?

 

 

 

Disney’s Halloween treat

Last night my mom, Wonder Boy and myself went with a small group to Disneyland for their annual trick or treating event. We’d never been before, although since my birthday is just around the corner, I’m very familiar with the park during the fall holidays.

Me. It’s amazing what a few bucks and slight inspiration will do for a costume. I was the only ladybug I saw. There were about 1,000 pirates and Jedi though.

 

Best friends. Note the plaid shorts- it was blazing and Wonder Boy would get hot very quickly in his costume. He wore it total of an hour- the rest of the time he was Buzz Lightyear on vacation, I guess.

Wonder Boy’s first time in the treehouse.

 

My favorite time of year is Haunted Mansion Holiday. We even have a CD of the old queue music, the Christmas carols done up Halloween style. Unfortunately, Wonder Boy did not make it to the Doom Buggies so we left via a sneaky exit.

Do these guys do parties? Seriously. taking old barbershop quartet songs and making them morbid.

My favorite pumpkin in the parade.

Cheese!

 

 

And for those who do not know, you get to trick-or-treat for candy and healthy snacks at Disneyland during the event. Here’s the loot.

Seeing Disney magic

I know a lot of people that don’t ‘get ‘ Disneyland.

They don’t enjoy it, they think it’s too commercial, they think it’s just too… Disney.

For them, they don’t see the Disney magic, the fine layer of pixie dust that changes even the sunlight the minute you walk under the arches and onto Main Street.

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Walt Disney

The fine layer of pixie dust is invisible to those who close their eyes to it, but all it takes is a little clapping to bring it back to life.

Yesterday I went to Disneyland with my son and his little friend who’s turning three, and his mother, a good friend of mine.

Along for the day was her castmember friend, who had fun juggling burdens of a toddler- from the strollers to the boys to the tickles and giggles.

The day was full of good moments, fun rides, and little moments like this, when Wonder Boy met Minnie for the first time and could not take his eyes off of her. Minnie drew a heart in the air and blew a kiss after my son thanked her and waved goodbye. A small, loving moment in time where the pixie dust flies in flurries and my heart grows a little bigger.

 He has such an eye for the girls.

But all of these moments, this happy day was not the definition of Disney magic, although it had a definite sparkle to it.

Seated a few people down from us at the parade was a young man with Down’s Syndrome, who our off-duty castmember ‘tour guide’ knew quite well. He comes to the park often as a reward, and our friend mentioned he was kind of a favorite among the castmembers.

While I watched over the McNugget-digesting twosome he went over with my friend and talked for a while, signing back and forth with a young man who had lived years beyond prediction, happiness beaming from his face upon seeing an old friend and making a new one.

When the Soundsational Parade started, colored lights beaming down on my son’s face and we sat to enjoy the parade, his first Disneyland parade and I took pictures of his upturned face in awe, watching him wave at Mickey, Goofy, Ariel and Mary Poppins.

But to our left was where the real Disney magic was happening, the light shining just a little bit brighter and more colorful, twinkling with magic dust.

Characters blew kisses, beaming down from their floats. Dancers winked and waved and mischievous monkeys scampered over crouching to eye level.

So many, signing ‘I love you’ as they swept past the boy with the glowing face and nasal cannula, each breath sending a swirl of pixie dust around him. 

As they left Main Street he did too, following the ropes that mark the end of the parade and the surge of tired guests heading home.

I felt so blessed to watch the real magic of Disneyland yesterday.

Disney magic is not just fun rides, delicious churros and a stuffed animal to snuggle on the way home. Watching the day through a child’s eyes, bringing you back to that space in time as Walt Disney hoped his work did.

Neither is it the escapism of Disneyland, of walking through the gates and seeing the light shine a little more softly and the lights twinkle a little brighter, the outside world for the day the fantasy.

The Disney magic is a gift.

It is an action.

It is a blessing.

It was witnessing them show warm affection for a special young man, seeing and hearing that he is as near and dear to some of them as family. 

It was applauding them with my heartbeat, making the magic a little stronger.

I hope that everyone has the chance to witness that Disney magic someday.

 Want to know why I love Disneyland? It is my alternate reality.