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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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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Fun Fact Friday- Walt and Trains

Walt Disney had a childhood love of trains, and it goes all the way back to his childhood in Marceline.  As a child he would watch his Uncle Mike who was a train conductor.  As an adult his love of trains continued.  When he and his wife Lillian purchased their home in Holmby Hills, California, Walt began work on the “Carolwood Pacific Railroad.”  This backyard train was a 1/8 scale train that ran through their sprawling backyard.

Carolwood Pacific Railroad

Carolwood Pacific Railroad

Walt was able to further live out his childhood dreams by driving the steam locomotive to the Main Street Station at Disneyland on opening day.

Walt Disney opening day of Disneyland

Walt Disney opening day of Disneyland

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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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Tumble Monkeys and Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Update

If you’re a regular here at Mouskaholic.com you know that yesterday I posted about RunDisney’s- Disneyland 1/2 marathon registration opening at noon on February 10th.  Within 35 minutes the Dumbo Double Dare (DDD) was sold out!  How crazy is that?  If you’re still interested in running at Disneyland, do not dismay!  The 1/2 marathon is 80% full!  If you’re interested in running that you’ll want to jump on the band wagon quickly!

DIsneyland 1/2 marathon is 80% sold out!

DIsneyland 1/2 marathon is 80% sold out!

Alright, enough about running and RunDisney, here is a completely different form of athleticism at Disney.  This is in the form of performances, not guests having to do anything physical 🙂  Today I’d like to share with you a video from the Disney Parks Blog about the “tumble monkeys”!  If you’ve ever been to the Animal Kingdom, you know that “The Festival of the Lion King” is one of their most popular shows!  It’s full of energy, excitement and music.  This spectacular is great for all ages!  I took my Godson to see it when he was 18 months old and he LOVED the monkeys!  As and adult I even love the show and make it a point to see it every time I visit the Animal Kingdom!  It’s hard not to leave the show full of energy and whistling Hakuna Matata!  Enjoy this video featuring the “tumble monkeys”

The Tumble Monkeys

The Tumble Monkeys

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Tuesday’s Tip- Register for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Today!

Good Morning Mouskaholics!

Today registration for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon- “The Happiest Race on Earth” opens today at 12pm EST.

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I speak from personal experience when I say this is an amazing race!  I ran the race in 2012 as part of the Coast to Coast challenge, and it was not only my first trip to Disneyland, but also my first time in California!  If you’ve never been to Disneyland, it is such a neat experience to walk where Walt Disney walked 🙂

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The Disneyland race is different from the Disney World races in that in Disneyland you only spend about 3 miles actually on Disney property, and the rest of the race is through the city of Anaheim.  Disney World races are entirely on Disney property because of the vast amounts of land owned in Florida.

With that being said there are opportunities for some neat non-Disney experiences in the Disneyland race, like running through the Anaheim Angels Stadium!

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In addition to the Disneyland 1/2 marathon, you can also register for the Disneyland 10k, or 5k.  If you’re up for an even bigger challenge register for the Dumbo Double Dare where you run the 10k on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.

2014 Disneyland Medals

2014 Disneyland Medals

The Disneyland 1/2 Marathon weekend will kick off on Friday September 4th with the 5k, and continue on Saturday with the 10k and Sunday with the 1/2 marathon.  This is all held on Labor Day weekend which can make getting off work a little less complicated for these events!  To register visit http://www.rundisney.com around noon today!

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Me with my 2012 DL 1/2 medal and Coast-to-Coast challenge medal

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