California Here I Come- Day 1in review

Alright, after a long day at work for both my husband and myself we boarded a plan in Ohio and headed to Los Angeles for RunDisney’s Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend!!!

The first thing that I learned on this trip is that flying after work is exhausting, especially when it is a 7 + hours in the air kind of trip. When I originally planned the trip in my mind it was going to be WAY better to fly out on a Thursday after work so that we could hit the race expo AND enjoy more park time on Friday.  I still think this was the right choice, but eeesh with the 3 hour time difference and waking up at my normal Ohio time, I’m pooped and the day hasn’t even begun.

All flights went smoothly AND we got a fun bonus… as we were eating our dinner waiting for our first flight, a man asked if anyone was flying southwest (which we were) and handed me 4 drink vouchers to use on the plane!!!  SCORE!  What a nice way to start the trip and take the edge off on a long trip!

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We got into LAX at 11:20pm California time, so 2:20am Ohio time… LONG day!!!  After getting our bags we were ready to hit the road by 11:45 or so.  When I booked our trip I had purchased round trip transport on the Disneyland Express.  Much to my dismay when our travel documents arrived I realized that our flight was coming in far to late to use this bus service and that it was non-refundable.  Lesson learned.  There are other shuttle services that run 24 hours, but after having so much fun and success with Uber on or Disney World trip we decided well in advance that we would just take Uber to our hotel in Anaheim.

I won’t call using Uber for our hotel ride a mistake per say, BUT at midnight there were absolutely no Uber X drivers at LAX (I don’t know if that was the time of day or if that is standard practice for Uber out here), so we had to take “Uber Select” which is considerably more expensive.  The reason that I won’t call it a mistake, is that after 7+ hours on a plan with VERY little leg room, riding in the back seat of a BMV 7 series with leather interior and dual climate control was a DREAM!!!  But for a nearly 40 minute car ride from LAX to anaheim it was WAY more expensive than I care to admit that I paid for a car ride.

We got checked into the beautiful Best Western Stovall’s Inn around 12:30 pm and hit the hay!  I am excited for Day 2 of our adventure because that’s where the fun is!!!  Day 2 will be in the parks, race expo at the Disneyland Hotel, (hopefully a nap), hanging out with friends that live out here, and a drink at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!!!  Have a great Friday mouskaholics

Words of Walt- Disneyland

“I first saw the site for Disneland back in 1953.  In those days it was all flat land- no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships- just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.”

Disneyland has been around for 60 years now and the city of Anaheim sprung to life around it.  It’s hard to believe that where it used to be just orange groves!

The land where Disneyland was built

The land where Disneyland was built

Here’s a look at what Disneyland has become as we know it, as well as all that has been built up around it.

Satellite view of Disneyland and California Adventure

Satellite view of Disneyland and California Adventure

This quote was taken from Dave Smith’s Compilation book “The Quotable Walt Disney”

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 26 “Favorite Thing at California Adventure Park”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

California Adventure Park is the second park at Disneyland.  This park is absolutely fantastic with lots to see and do!  My favorite part is hands down “Carsland.”  When you turn the corner you feel as if you’ve stepped right into Radiator Springs.

Radiator Springs

This themed area opened during the summer of 2012 and is home to the popular ride “Radiator Springs Racers” and also my all time favorite Quick Service meal that I’ve ever consumed at “Flo’s V-8” cafe.

I think my favorite detail that I noticed when in Radiator Springs was the traffic light… every third blink really was slower 🙂

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 13 “Favorite Quick Service Restaurant”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

Today is another tough choice.  Walt Disney World is sprawling with places to eat, many of them being quick service locations.  I am going to highlight a few of my favorites, just because there are SO many options between the parks, and resorts.

Magic Kingdom- Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe.  If you’re on the dining plan, you can’t beat their chicken and ribs combo at dinner time.  The cost is about $16, and by the time you add in your dessert and drink you’re easily looking at a $21 value.  The meal is HUGE and very sharable if you’re one who likes to share your quick service credits.  This location also has indoor seating which is a plus when it’s hot outside and you want to sit in the AC.  There is also animatronic entertainment in the seating area.  It’s always fun to watch “Sonny Eclipse” with his stand up comedy and music!

Sonny Eclipse

Sonny Eclipse

Hollywood Studios- ABC Commissary.  I love this location because it has a unique selection of food.  Many locations have your typical hamburger, hotdog, and chicken fingers.  ABC has unique selections Salmon, Steak, Shrimp (Yes this is a quick service location!!!) Salads, and a unique twist on burgers.  Another perk here again is the indoor seating and air conditioning.

ABC Commissary Menu

ABC Commissary Menu

I know this isn’t at WDW, but the best meal that I’ve ever consumed at a quick service location was at Disney’s California Adventure Park- Flo’s V8 Cafe.  When I visited in 2012, the Radiator Springs part of DCA was brand new, and was just WONDERFULLY details!  I loved every part of it, and we made sure that eating in radiator springs was part of the plan!  I am going to have to make this my #1 choice as far as best quick service location I’ve eaten at.  I had the turkey breast meal.

Flo's V8 Cafe- Disney's California Adventure Park

Flo’s V8 Cafe- Disney’s California Adventure Park

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The best quick service meal that I’ve enjoyed from a resort was at Pop Century’s court-“Everything Pop.”  They have unique selections at all times of the day, including a breakfast sandwich that uses pop-tarts as the bun.  I enjoyed lunch there during my last stay, and it was delicious (I had just run a 1/2 marathon too, so I was REALLY hungry!)  I had their turkey sandwich (Oven-roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Mayonnaise, and Watercress on Texas Toast served cold with House-made Chips, Pasta Salad, or Coleslaw)… my mouth just watered thinking about it again!  It was so yummy!

Everything Pop Food Court

Everything Pop Food Court

With so many choices at WDW and DL you really can’t go wrong!

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Fun Fact Friday- Trader Sam

Who is Trader Sam?

Trader Sam is the “Head Salesman” located at the end of the Jungle Cruise.  When they say Head Salesman, they’re not meaning one who is in charge of other salesmen and women… they literally mean the one who sells heads (of the shrunken variety). The Jungle Cruise one of the original rides at both Disneyland and Disney World.

Depending on which Disney park you most often frequent Trader Sam may look a little different.  Below are photos of the two different Trader Sams.

Trader Sam at Disneyland

Trader Sam at Disneyland

Trader Sam at Walt Disney World

Trader Sam at Walt Disney World

Why would I bring up who Trader Sam is?  I bring it up because of the recent opening of “Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at the Polynesian Village resort.  This bar (which also serves appetizers) is based off of the storyline of Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise.  With the opening of the Grog Grotto, you can now visit Trader Sam’s both at Disneyland (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel) and at Walt Disney World.

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar @ Disneyland

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar @ Disneyland

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto @ Walt Disney World

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto @ Walt Disney World

In 2012 when I was at Disneyland we visited Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar for beverages and a snack and we fell in LOVE with it!  I was very excited to find out that WDW was adding their own version of Trader Sams, and I can hardly wait to visit!  If it’s anything like the one at Disneyland, I know it will be incredible!  The theming is outstanding, and I love it when they use a tie in from the parks into their resorts!

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Words of Walt- Disneyland- a work of love

It’s no doubt that the Disney Corporation is a hugely successful and is worth a LOT of money, but the Disney parks didn’t necessarily start off with money as the end goal.  Walt always made it clear that the goal of the parks were to bring people together.  While a Disney vacation can be pricey, it still is and always have the purpose of bringing families and friends together!

“Disneyland is a work of love.  We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money”

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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Fun Fact Friday- Main Street USA

I’ve done a LOT of Disney research and reading, because let’s face it… I love Disney parks, and consider Walt Disney to be one of my idols!  I’ve heard many times that Main Street USA is supposedly based on Walt’s childhood hometown of Marceline Missouri.

After more research I’ve discovered however that Main Street USA was based on two towns!  A man named Harper Goff worked along side of Walt Disney when developing Main Street USA.  He grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and showed Walt photos of his hometown.  Main Street USA is based on elements of both Marceline, and Fort Collins.

Additional Fun Fact- each Disney Park worldwide has their own version of Main Street USA, although it may have a different name in some international locations.

Main Street- Fort Collins, Colorado

Main Street- Fort Collins, Colorado

Main Street- Marceline Missouri

Main Street- Marceline Missouri

Main Street USA, Disneyland

Main Street USA, Disneyland

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