10 Things I am Looking Forward to at Disneyland this Week

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By the time you read this, I will be in the middle of a work vacation in the Happiest Place on Earth! Yes, my job is a rough one, it often requires me to travel to, of all places – Disneyland! And to top it off, they are putting us up in my favorite hotel anywhereDisney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. So I’m sure that at the moment you are reading this, the sides of my face will be aching from all the smiling I have been doing. Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to the most!

1. I’m Taking a Newbie! – Well she’s essentially a newbie. My roommate (and work colleague) for the trip hasn’t been to Disneyland since she was seven! She’s very familiar with Walt Disney World and goes all the time but Disneyland is a whole new thing for her. I’m excited to show her everything that Disneyland has to offer and watch her fall in love with it as I did several years ago.

2. Carthay Circle RestaurantI finally am going to try Carthay Circle! I can’t wait! I’ve seen the menu, I’ve read the reviews, and I’ve drooled over the pictures of the food. And again – I can’t wait! Did you know if you order an appetizer or dessert with your entrée you get a FASTPASS for World of Color? Even more value for our money! Okay, there’s no cost associated with FASTPASSes so there may not be actual value there, but it feels like it!

3. Cozy Cone MotelI also have not eaten at Cozy Cone yet, and Seth’s review has me intrigued. Or should I say scared? I’ve gone on record as saying food in a cone sounds rather genius to me. It’s kind of like egg rolls for me. If I break it down I probably don’t actually like a single thing in an egg roll. But put it all together in a tasty wrapper and fry it up? I’m there! I was thinking the cones would be similar, but maybe I was wrong. Maybe horribly wrong if Seth’s experience is common.

 4. Extra Magic Hours for Hotel Guests – I was so excited when the powers that be decided to make this available to all Disney hotel guests, and to extend it to either park every single day! A whole hour to enjoy Cars Land before the general public! Or a whole hour at Disneyland any morning I choose! No more confusing schedule of which park I could possibly go into early if I meet one of the several different requirements. With this announcement, I just roll out of bed and go to whichever park I feel like! Well, I do shower and put on make-up first, but you get the drift. Here’s hoping this onsite privilege sticks around!

5. New Hotels – On this trip we are touring several Harbor Boulevard hotels. You can expect a blog soon on which ones I liked the best! There’s no substitute for actually stepping in a hotel, and better yet, in a room, to see what a hotel is like. I’m sure I’ve stayed at many of the places we’ll be touring, but I’m hoping to see some new ones!

6. I’ve got a new camera! – Really this one should have been number one based on excitement factor alone, but I know this bores the heck out of some people who will want to skip ahead. My dear sweet wonderful husband recently agreed to a camera upgrade and I’m going full frame! Again, if your eyes are glazing over at this point and you’re wondering what language I am speaking when I say full frame, move on to point number 7. But if you know what that means, you understand my excitement. I can’t wait to try this baby out, and what better place to put a new camera through its paces, than Disneyland?

7. Downtown Disney District view at Disneyland Hotel – After our conference ends we are moving over to the Disneyland Hotel for one night. Last time I was at the Disneyland hotel, I had a lovely view of a parking lot. This time, thanks to a great military rate, we have a Downtown Disney view! I love Downtown Disney view rooms. It makes me want to sit in front of that floor to ceiling window and just soak in all the excitement below. I also wouldn’t mind catching the fireworks from there just to see a different perspective! And to be able to watch them in my PJ’s.

8. Mad T Party – Okay, I admit it. When I’m coming from a different time zone, it takes a real effort to stay awake for something like ElecTRONica or the Mad T Party. But this time I’m doing it! I am determined! I have already made aforementioned roommate promise to drag me out of the hotel room if jet lag starts to overtake me. I won’t be there every night, but I will be there at least once!

9. Billy Hill & the Hillbillies – I’ve never been shy about my love of Billy Hill and his hillbillie peeps. I love them, and I cannot wait to see them in their new location.  I’ve heard some mixed reviews of the new, maybe temporary location, so I want to see it myself. I will definitely miss the air conditioning and eating opportunities in The Golden Horseshoe, but Billie’s show seems like it would work well in the Big Thunder Ranch setting. I hope people don’t forget they’re back there!

10. Cars Land – I’m not sure anything else needs to be said about this one. It’s amazing, and I’m going to soak in, and photograph (!), every detail.

How about you? Are you going soon? What are you looking forward to most on your next trip to Disneyland?

 

 

Tammy Whiting

Tammy has been a lover of all things Disney for most of her life. There’s nowhere on this Earth she’d rather be than on a Disney cruise with her family. She’s an Air Force wife and proud mom of two wonderful children and one beautiful daughter-in-law . She fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2008 and became a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. She now owns her own travel agency - Storybook Destinations. You can reach Tammy at Tammy@StorybookDestinations.com.

15 thoughts on “10 Things I am Looking Forward to at Disneyland this Week

  • August 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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    I am most looking forward to your pictures!!!

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    • August 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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      Haha! I am loving my camera!

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  • August 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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    You’re looking forward to the Cozy Cone, but not Tigger Tails? Clearly you and I have different priorities! 😉

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    • August 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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      This list is NOT all inclusive. 🙂

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  • August 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm
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    Help! Educate me. I don’t want to miss Billy Hill and the Hillbillies! Are they now located at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, or can I watch them without ordering food?

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    • August 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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      Definitely don’t miss them! They are still at Big Thunder for now, and no you do not have to order food.

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  • August 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm
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    The photo nerd in me wants to know what type of camera?

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    • August 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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      5D Mark III. Please, no one google the price and judge me because it is awesome.

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      • August 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm
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        Ohh, color me impressed. I have the Canon 7D and thoroughly enjoy it.

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        • August 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm
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          I have heard nothing but good things about the 7D too!

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  • August 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm
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    I just came back from there and the Cars Land is AWESOME!
    At Cozy Cone Motel; Pretzel Bites with Cheese sauce is yummy; Loved Reds Apple Freeze; tried to order the Souvenir Sipper Cone with the Docs Wild Grape Tonic but they can only put soda in it. I opted for the cup to collect. But it leaked, so I asked for a new one and not only did they give me one, they even filled it back up with soda, no charge. But that one leaked also, oh well. Went to Fiddler,Fifer & Practical and the line looked short but it took 1/2 hr to order. Sandwich was good but not worth the wait. My nephew had the breakfast at Flos and said it was terrible. We never miss the BBQ at Thunder Ranch, it is the best value! It is sooo good for the price.

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    • August 25, 2012 at 8:47 am
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      Pretzel bites with cheese sound great! I have seen so many people with the Souvenir cones! That’s too bad yours kept leaking! We’ve eaten lunch at Flo’s and it was good. Still have to make it over to catch Billy!

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      • August 25, 2012 at 10:59 am
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        I watched it. I’m curious to know what you thought of the new setting & show.

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        • August 27, 2012 at 10:42 am
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          Sadly, I missed it. We just had too many things to cram into a few days. I’m so sad! 🙁

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  • August 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm
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    I just came back from there and the Cars Land is AWESOME!
    At Cozy Cone Motel; Pretzel Bites with Cheese sauce is yummy; Loved Reds Apple Freeze; tried to order the Souvenir Sipper Cone with the Docs Wild Grape Tonic but they can only put soda in it. I opted for the cup to collect. But it leaked, so I asked for a new one and not only did they give me one, they even filled it back up with soda, no charge. But that one leaked also, oh well. Went to Fiddler,Fifer & Practical and the line looked short but it took 1/2 hr to order. Sandwich was good but not worth the wait. My nephew had the breakfast at Flos and said it was terrible. We never miss the BBQ at Thunder Ranch, it is the best value! Sooo good for the price. And I always get my Mint Julep at New Orleans.

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