Disney Archive

The Best Shoes to Wear to Disneyland

I took a family trip to Disneyland back in 2007 and aside from some good times, one of the things I remember most was how much my feet hurt at the end of the first day. I wasn’t wearing the best shoes for Disneyland. It felt so good to take my shoes off at the end of the day. By the next morning, my feet felt fine. I was ready for day two at the park. I even stopped off to get some of those gel inserts you put into the shoes to make it more comfortable. About an hour in, my feet were in pain again. I don’t even know how I made it through the rest of the day.

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Three Weeks Left for Disney Store Summer Play Days

Each summer, the Disney Store holds its Summer Play Days event where they give away free stuff every week. The free items are part of a theme for the entire summer. This year it’s a Tsum Tsum wristband (as you can see from the main image, above). In order to receive a wristband, you have to participate in the event, which typically lasts about five to 10 minutes. The events are different each week. We’ve had activities such as learning how to draw a Disney character, a parade within the store, playing a match game, or learning how to do the Hot Dog Dance. Check with your local Disney Store to confirm the time(s) of their event(s). One store near me has two events daily, while another store has only one each day.

If you collect all 14 wristbands, you can get bonus Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Tsum Tsum wristbands. You’ll have to take your collection to a Disney Store between 8/31/16 and 9/5/16 to show them to a Cast Member so they can verify your collection.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Frozen’s Let it Go

For some reason, the song Let it Go from the Frozen soundtrack is adored by all of the little princesses out there who watched the movie. The official music video on Youtube has over 537 MILLION views, and the sing-along version has over 827 million! How crazy is that? It goes without saying that any parent with a young daughter is likely tired of hearing, listening, and singing along to that song. That definitely applies to me, but something happened during my last trip to Disneyland. I heard a different version of the song and now I can’t stop listening to it!

If you’ve watched World of Color Celebrate at Disneyland’s California Adventure, you’ve probably heard it during the show. But did you notice it? The version that’s played during World of Color has a different arrangement. The background music is played by an orchestra. If you like watching serious movies with dramatic scores and emotional music, this version of Let it Go will likely appeal to you.

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Disneyland Tickets are Priceless

This morning my Facebook memories alerted me to a photo I shared in 2012. It was a Disneyland ticket that I saved from a trip that took place in the last century.

disneyland ticket price in 1997

That’s right. $36.00. If I look closely, I believe the year on that ticket is 1997. Almost 20 years later, a one-day ticket to Disneyland isn’t even a fixed price anymore. Now that they’ve implemented a dynamic pricing system, which could either raise or lower the ticket price based on expected occupancy, it could cost $95 (Value), $105 (Regular), or $119 (Peak) per adult. Using a Regular day ticket price, this represents an increase of 191% since 1997.

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Hyatt Regency Orange County Review

(Note: This review was from 2012 and taken from my old blog. Portions of this review have been modified and updated to reflect changes at the hotel.)

My wife and I are big fans of Disneyland and all things Disney. We love going to the park and collecting souvenirs, and we’re raising our daughter, Cara, with those same “values.” We’ve taken her to Disneyland two years in a row, and she’s always asking us to go back. This particular trip to Disneyland in 2012 B.C. (Before Cara) was memorable because this was when we found out we were going to be parents! Our home for this trip was the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

Arrival and Check-in

We arrived at the hotel a little after 9pm. I pulled up to the valet area and I was instantly greeted by one of the valet drivers. I explained that I was checking-in and asked if I could leave the car for a few minutes. It wasn’t a problem and I headed inside.

It was really dark and dim in the lobby at this hour, but there was music playing so it kind of created a lounge atmosphere. I hadn’t really expected that but it was different and I liked it. What makes this lobby unique is the all-glass wall that lets in tons of natural light throughout the day.

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