D!SNEY

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A DISNEYLAND ANNUAL PASS HOLDER

4/18/17

Wow. This is my 6th Disney trip this year and it’s only April (writing this in May because life happens and I’m still patiently waiting for summer). Every time we go I’ve noticed that it has been a different experience. That might be hard to believe considering it’s the same place, the same rides, and the same characters but my Disney buddy and I make it a priority to do something different each trip. The first few times this year were focused on the “big rides” and slowly it evolved into “the haven’t done in a while” and “character pictures” and recently the ” it’s 5’o clock and I think i’m ready to go home” because why not. Now, we’ve never gone home at 5 o’clock, normally it’s 8 but as summer approaches not many people are leaving around dinner time and it can be very crowded. Anyways, onto my detailed explanation of the day. So, it was hot and we made today our “water rides” day. Any other time of the year (especially November/December) we would get SOAKED on Grizzly Rapids or Splash Mountain. Today, when we actually came prepared with extra clothes, rain ponchos, and planned to go at 11 in the morning instead of 6 at night (not a very wise decision in November), not one drop landed on us. We somehow managed to stay completely dry on each ride and honestly it was quite upsetting. It was 89 degrees and we wanted to cool off. Luckily, we were able to use our extensive knowledge of the Disney app and FastPass to make an efficient use of wait times. It’s pretty simple actually, grab a fast pass for a ride, then go wait in the line with the longest wait time so that when you get off that ride you can virtually walk on to the one you have a fast pass for, then repeat. We were lucky enough to W A L K onto pirates, TWICE after it had been closed from early February to mid March (it opened 5 days after our last trip /: ). We then grabbed our traditional dinner of bread bowls from Pacific Wharf in California Adventure and headed home around 8:30 just as the Electrical Parade was starting. Major tip : Set aside a day to sit and see the parade, just one because if you just so happen to be walking down main street around 8:15 – 8:30 you can walk alongside the parade as the cast members are ushering you out. The next trip we have planned will be May 9th and this is a special trip because, it was planned around a college tour. Yes, thats right! Not in the slightest coincidence that my top two choices right now are colleges that are within 20 minutes away from Disneyland. Nope, no coincidence. Until next time Disneyland!

3/10/17

Unfortunately, (wow, didn’t think a sentence about a Disney day could start with that), BUT it wasn’t a sad day at all! Just not much to report because we chose today to be a “chill” day. Which basically means that we went on about 6 rides. Only 6? Yes, I’m aware thats like basically nothing because oh my god DISNEYLAND but ……”chill” day remember. So, about 4:15 rolls by and the next showing of Frozen is at 5:30. We both looked at each other after getting of Soarin, and proceed to not walk, not skip, not jump, but R U N to the Hyperion Theater. We just barely make it in before they close the doors at 4:30. I assumed because we got there so late that we would be up in the balcony. W R O N G . We were second row and Olaf was about 5ft away from me!! After the show, we enjoyed my favorite bread bowl (and I obtained a Ariel cup because why not), and spent a good hour in downtown disney trying to find me a Chip cup which was only hard to find considering that Beauty and the Beast was premiering next week. I did find one and was very happy it was only about $8. The park closed at midnight because it was Friday, and normally we would have been all for staying until the park closed. and normally when we’re here the park closes at about 9 or 10. Clearly, that idea was shot. It wasn’t crowded at all, but by the time 8 rolled around we were both pretty much done. We also had to keep in the back of our minds rule #7 (“DON’T STRESS ABOUT GETTING ON ALL THE RIDES BECAUSE YOU WILL BE BACK SOON”), and sure enough we’ll be back April 20th, and then again for 3 days in May! I’m very excited for this. I just booked the hotel a few days ago and I’m counting down the days. Until next time Disneyland!

2/16/17

Disney – vu….like dejavu but Disney form. Considering I was here just a mere 7 days ago, certain things start to feel familiar. So, 2 days after Valentine’s Day and 1 day before President’s Day Weekend was probably not the best day to go. IT WAS CROWDED. And crowded isn’t even an understatement. We had a plan to try and do the smaller, more overlooked rides today because we normally do the bigger rides first and never get to the smaller ones. This includes : The Pooh Ride, Splash Mountain, Astro Orbiters, Teacups, Peter Pan’s Flight, ALL of the storybook rides, Carousel, Goofy’s Flight School, Mickey’s Symphony Swings, and a few others. These are all pretty short rides but you wouldn’t believe who long the lines were for them. Luckily, fast passes are a thing and let us space out wait times. We got to the park at 9:30, this is important because the park doesn’t open until 10 and I completely forgot that most people who don’t go regularly try to get there before the park even opens. So yeah, that was fun :/. Not at all haha, I stopped counting how many small kids, strollers, dogs, purses, and aggressive mothers ran into me. But, I’m still alive! The other thing we were hoping to do was finally see the Main Street Electrical Parade in full instead of normally just passing it on our way out. That turned into us sitting/standing on Main Street for 2 hours while we held our viewing spots. The parade was FANTASTIC! Getting out of the park was not. Simply said, It took us an hour and a half to get from Main Street to Mickey and Friends parking lot, and if you know what the distance between those two are, it should only really take about 20 minutes. Overall, still a fun day because obviously it’s Disney and we all know I’ll be back soon. Until next time Disneyland!

2/8/17

THIS WAS NOT PLANNED! I REPEAT THIS WAS NOT PLANNED! And you know what the great thing about having a season pass is? Unplanned, spontaneous Disney trips that may or may not be the reason why I almost broke my bank account. Now, it’s been about 20 days since I was last at Disney so I was feeling a little deprived. We got to the (VERY crowded) park around 4pm and only managed to jump on a few rides before California Adventure closed at 8 and Disney closed at 9. Skipped the traditional broccoli and cheese bread bowl for subway before getting to the park and opted out for the classic dole whip. Even though we only spent about 6 hours in the park, it was still such a memorable experience. For some reason, Matterhorn, Pirates, and a few other major rides were closed so that was kind of a bummer but, as rule # 7 says “DON’T STRESS ABOUT GETTING ON ALL THE RIDES BECAUSE YOU WILL BE BACK SOON”, and sure enough I’ll probably be back soon. And by probably I mean definitely because I’m going again on Thursday. Until next time Disneyland!

1/19/16

It’s only been 6 days since I was here……hmm, weird. It rained again the day before we were planning to go (I think the universe knows when I’m planning on going and does this), but another Disney hack I’ve learned is that even though it may be slightly uncomfortable and wet, going on rainy days are the BEST. However, it didn’t rain a drop until we were leaving the parking lot that night. Again, rule #9 may sound ridiculous and another thing to carry around but California weather is all over the place so you never know. A rainy night before worked in our favor because both the parks were nearly empty! First time at Disney this year so that was very exciting. Learned another Disney hack as well : right when getting to the park head over to California Adventure and get a fast pass for Radiator Springs because it normally has the longest wait time for any ride at California Adventure. Typically there is a 2 hour gap between getting the fast pas and being able to use it (this is based on getting to the park at 10:30 and receiving the fast pas for 12:25 – 1:25). Go back to Disneyland, get in line for Hyperspace Mountain, Star Tours, Buzz’s Astro Blaster, Autotopia. Star Wars Launch Bay generally has no line. You could probably squeeze in Haunted Mansion and Pirates depending on time and park population before heading back to California Adventure. The park was pretty empty the rest of the day so we walked onto almost everything. Ended the day like always with bread bowls from the bakery on the pier. We got a fast pas for “World of Color” and since I didn’t have a close up view last week , we stood in our reserved spots for an extra 30 minutes but once you see “World of Color” you know it’s totally worth it! Until next time Disneyland!

1/13/17

First trip of 2017! I didn’t go to Disney today because I was going with a friend who unfortunately does not have a season pass. BUT, she had a 2 day pass which offers you admission to a single park of two different days within a certain time period. So, California Adventure it was! It had rained the day before so we were crossing our fingers as we tracked down to Anaheim at 7am in the morning. Lucky for us it was a beautiful day and didn’t rain a drop (rule #9 though). Finally got a chance to see the Frozen show and I can certainly say it did not disappoint. Practically walked onto almost every ride and the only fast pass we needed up needing was the reserve seating for “World of Color”. We didn’t end up using that fast pass either because after we got our bread bowls from the bakery on the pier, it was 8:30. Discovered a Disney hack though, if you sit at certain tables near the bakery you have a perfect view of Mickey’s ferris wheel and an almost perfect view of “World of Color”. Until next time Disneyland!

11/14/16

This was not a Disney trip that I took when I was a annual pass holder, but it was the trip that inspired me to become one. I thought it may be slightly important for me to include it. So, my main Disney buddy Heather has been a pass holder for years and I had been itching to go for a L O N G  time. Mostly everyone I knew was either busy or didn’t want to drop $95 (now $97) to go. Luckily, Heather was more than willing to take me! We both had different work schedules and the only day the Heather could go this week (because I basically texted her 4 days prior “HEATHER WE’RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND NEXT WEEK AND IF WE DON’T I WILL CRY”) was a day that I had school. My Fall semester classes were not that grueling, I’m a college freshman, and no one is going to call my parents and tell them I didn’t show up to my class. So, off to Disney we went!!!! And it was the most amazing, magical, fantastic day! And now here we are only a few months later buying a annual season pass for 2017. Shoutout to Heather for hooking me on  embracing my inner 12 year old. (To this day, it’t the only time I’ve ever skipped a day of school)

RULES :

1. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO TAKE PICTURES WITH THE CHARACTERS

2. YOU MUST TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE CASTLE

3. IF YOU DO NOT SKIP/DANCE/HOP DOWN MAINSTREET WHY DO YOU HAVE A PASS?

4. AGE DOES NOT EXIST HERE 

5. SMILING AT ALL TIMES IS REQUIRED

6. BRING A BUDDY AND STAY WITH THAT BUDDY AT ALL TIMES

7. DON’T STRESS ABOUT GETTING ON ALL THE RIDES BECAUSE YOU WILL BE BACK SOON

8. WATER IS $4, BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS AND BEVERAGES

9. ALWAYS BRING A JACKET/UMBRELLA EVEN ON THE HOTTEST DAYS

10. PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY DURING FIREWORKS

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