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Disneyworld 2014

Posted on: Thursday, June 12, 2014

MagicKingdom // missblaser

We finally made our way to Florida last month. Daniel had never been to Disneyworld before and it has been on our list for a while. It was a great way to celebrate 5 years of marriage (June 13!).

 

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MagicKingdom Turkey Leg // missblaser.com

We used their new Magic Band system and it was pretty flawless and a little dangerous. You use it for everything, room key, park admission, fast pass, and your credit card. One touch and turkey legs felt almost free! We enjoyed having all our fast passes planned out before hand so you weren’t running around from ride to ride. The weather was HOT and HUMID so running around was not exactly a great idea.

 

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MagicKingdom People Mover // missblaser.com

Magic Kingdom Splash Mountain & Buzz // missblaser.com

I had to document the one and possibly only time I beat Daniel on Buzz Lightyear. It is actually one of my least favorite rides, but that doesn’t mean I don’t give it my all.

 

MagicKingdom Be Our Guest Restaurant // missblaser.com

We had lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant  that just opened a few weeks ago. I had the Tuna Nicoise Salad and Daniel had the Braised Pork. Both were delish and something I would recommend! For dessert we had “the gray stuff” which was basically a cupcake with a chocolate mousse frosting, it was pretty good – not a must have. In the restaurant they have 3 rooms. The ballroom (pictured), the West Wing (where we sat, but it was too dark to take pictures), and the Rose Gallery. All rooms were beautiful and so much like the movie, except I don’t remember the Rose Room being in the movie…? Wasn’t the rose in the West Wing?

 

Epcot Mickey // missblaser.com
Next stop was Epcot where the Flower & Garden festival was happening. It was breathtaking! So many flowers and fun topiaries (yes, I learned that word on this trip). I wish I had taken more photos of the landscaping.

 

Epcot UK // missblaser.com

After riding most of the rides we did the world showcase. We had lunch at the Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (french bakery) in France and it was adorable and all the servers were so eloquent explaining what the desserts were.  But the UK is always my favorite. I got a Crunchie bar which is a candy bar with honeycomb in the middle. Mmmm! (Check out that frizz. Humidity was not my friend this trip.)

 

Epcot Agent P // missblaser.com

We played Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure which was a lot more fun than I thought. We had heard about it for a while, but I’m really glad Daniel remembered to do it. I actually think I ended up liking it better than him. You meet at one of the Agent P. stations and they ask you to choose a county (I chose the UK, obvs) and then they give you this really dorky cell phone. Once you get to your country you press certain buttons and they give you clues to what you have to find. Example: Inside a light fixture above a random door once you were in front of it with your cell phone would reveal an Agent P figurine. Or a normal looking butterfly cage that once it was triggered by the cell phone a butterfly would flap it’s wings and reveal the next clue. It was really fun and totally something I would have been all about around ages 8-11.

 

Disney's Hollywood Studios // missblaser.com

Disney’s Hollywood Studios was a lot bigger than I remembered. Rockin’ Roller Coaster is a must. Especially when you have a husband that just acts like it is real the WHOLE time. “I can’t believe they got Aerosmith to play here!” “We get back stage passes?” “How are we going to get there on time?!”.  Also, the Tower of Terror used to not bother me, but Daniel sikes me out almost every time.

 

Disney's Hollywood Studios // missblaser.com

For revenge? I took him to the Beauty and the Beast performance. Mostly because I was tired of walking and I wanted to see Belle’s dress. It was worth it. Even with all the cheese I still got goosebumps.

 

Harry Potter // missblaser.com

We made one day devoted to Harry Potter Land. I know the proper name is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but what a mouthful! Honestly, J. K. long names are not always better.

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts // missblaser.com

The Hogwarts ride was fantastic. I didn’t know what to expect at all. Somehow I missed all the spoilers in the past however many years it has been open. I recommend riding the ride that way. DON’T read up on it. I didn’t even know if it was a roller coaster, simulator, or 3D movie. I just got on. It was so great and all I will say is I blood-curdle-screamed during a certain part BOTH times we rode it, but don’t worry it followed with a huge laugh.

 

Harry Potter Butter Beer // missblaser.com

Best part about Harry Potter Land? the BUTTERBEER! More specifically, the FROZEN Butterbeer. It was….we shared 3…it was so yummy. It is like a butterscotch mixed with cream soda with an amazing melted vanilla ice cream on the top. I’m not really a fan of butterscotch OR cream soda OR soda floats and I loved this. It is a must.

 

Harry Potter Honeydukes // missblaser.com

Honeydukes is a really cute candy shop. We of course got Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans (totally appropriate long name) and one Chocolate Frog. The beans were fun and tasty and the Chocolate Frog was cool to get the collectable card inside, but the chocolate was not good. I was expecting european chocolate and I was bloody disappointed.

 

Harry Potter Chocolate Frog // missblaser.com

Harry Potter Wardrobe // missblaser.com

xoxo
j

Meet Me in Disneyland

Posted on: Thursday, August 15, 2013

MeetMeInDisneyland | missblaser.com

Daniel and I are huge Disney fans. You’re not going to come to our house and really see that we are, but Daniel did propose to me there and all. I have had a few people ask for tips/fav food and attractions and I thought I would share a few with anyone that would like to spend a day roaming the park Blaser-style.

The primary reason we are such big Disneyland fans is really because of the history. It is so fascinating to learn about the man who really created this world from nothing. Walt truly paid attention to each and every detail. (I may do a post about such said details later.) Daniel and I aren’t ones to blow past everyone to jump on a ride, because part of being at Disneyland is the atmosphere. I did NOT understand this when I was a kid, and thought the people who sat around listening to the Dapper Dans were obviously tourists that had no idea how to do Disney right. Now, we are the ones slowly strolling like we have no place better to be.

These faves are in the order of someone that is first entering the park. Please let me know if I am missing one of your favorites! (Also, it breaks my heart that most east coasters have never been to Disneyland only Disneyworld, they just don’t get it.)

(tip!) DON’T go in the summer. The summer is for chumps. Go in the fall or spring while most people are in school. We recommend September-October. Cooler days, really low crowds, and it’s decorated for Halloween. And if you have kids, let them miss a few days of school; it’s DISNEYLAND for goodness sake!

Disneyland Entrance | missblaser.com

  1. Disneyland Rail Road | At some point ride the whole track. It’s not just a way to get around it is an attraction. Daniel loves the dinosaur exhibit they have when you are between New Orleans Square & Tomorrowland. Walt was obsessed with trains and even had a small model in his back yard. Even though the exhibit is a little dated I hope they never change it!
  2. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln | Inside the Opera House before you even hit Main Street, this is an attraction that I had never been to until just a few years ago. Built in 1964, it was part of the New York World’s Fair. It is a great place to just sit and enjoy a tribute to our country and see a real piece of Disney history.
  3. Fire Station | Even though you can’t go up into Walt’s apartment above the fire station, it is always fun to walk over there look up at the window and pretend he is still there. (When Walt was alive, the guests knew he was in his apartment by a light he would turn on in the window. It has remained one since his death as a tribute to the man that started it all.)

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  1. General | Most people speed past Main Street USA. We like to stroll like old folks on days we just want to relax. This includes walking through every store and looking up at details you might miss when speedily trying to make it to your next fast pass location. There are some incredible displays in the windows and stores that shouldn’t be skipped.

  2. Main Street porch | A new favorite thing for us to do is grab a hot chocolate or soda and sit on the one and only porch on all of Main Street. This location used to be The Wizard of Bras which is now closed (can you imagine going bra shopping at Disneyland?) but you can still sit on the porch and people-watch. Also, if you look up at the windows you can see names of past VIP people who have worked for Disney. Animators, imagineers, Disney family; it’s pretty neat!

  3. Carnation Cafe | This is another great place to sit and people-watch while eating delicious breakfast. One morning on our last visit we were the first in line and were able to sit in the gazebo right on Main Street while we ate Mickey waffles. Mmmmm…another reason not to rush.

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  1. Tiki Room | First, don’t skip the Tiki Room, it’s another Disney classic that has so much history. This was originally planned to be a restaurant. It is actually a lot more fun than you remember as a kid. Also, it’s air conditioned; yesssss….

  2. Dole Whip | Before you go into the Tiki Room, grab a Dole Whip, then bring it inside and eat it while you watch the birds sing words! What is a “Dole Whip?” A great refreshing pineapple ice cream treat that instantly transports you to a tropical hideaway, you lucky person you! (okay okay, I’ll stop.)

  3. Jungle Cruise | This is another ride you might skip because it isn’t a thrill ride. It is, however, a Disney classic that you should ride in Walt’s honor. While riding, make sure to actually listen to the skippers! They are hilarious! Laugh so they know just how hilarious they are (especially when it is a boat filled with non-english speaking tourists). When I work at Disney I’m going to be a skipper. Mark my words.

  4. Indiana Jones | This is my favorite ride when I was 10-15. It really is great. Don’t get so preoccupied with getting on the ride that you miss the theming of the queue line. It’s one of the best waits there is.

  5. Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse | I know this is Tarzan’s treehouse now, but who really cares? Tarzan only lived in a treehouse for the first 2 min of the movie. This is the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse, gee whiz! It even still says “Mind Thy Head” at the beginning just like mama Swiss would say. This can be skipped if on a time crunch, but you get a pretty cool view of the park from the top, and it’s a great 15 minute distraction for little kiddos.

New Orleans Square | missblaser.com

(By far my FAV land.)

  1. General | Strolling down Royal Street and going through all the stores and faux back alley’s is a treat.

  2. Pirates of the Caribbean | Another classic. This ride is also known to be legitimately haunted, which makes it even better. It’s also the longest ride in all of Disneyland. My only complaint is that they put characters from the movie in it. I mean really, Captain Jack has to be in there THREE times? Gimmeabreak.

  3. Blue Bayou | You can’t go on Pirates and miss the Blue Bayou. It’s the restaurant inside the ride. Just do it. Make a reservation from any Disney phone or just go to the restaurant. Request to sit by the water for the best experience. You can do lunch there too!
  4. Cafe Orleans | If you can’t go to the Blue Bayou go to Cafe Orleans, it’s just right next door. Get the Monte Cristo Sandwich and Pome Frites. Tell them Jordan sent you. They will probably say, “Jordan who?”, but just ignore them, it’s part of this thing we do. You can split this meal between two people. If you eat NOTHING else at Disneyland at least eat THIS. It’s the best.
  5. Club 33 | Even though we are not members to this exclusive club, we are on the 10+ year waiting list, and we like to walk by and marvel at the closed door and blue “33” plaque.
  6. Haunted Mansion | This is easily one of my favorite rides. This place is also haunted. People sometimes have their family sprinkle their ashes inside this ride after they die. It has become a big problem, but it also sort of adds, don’t you think? Also, did you know you actually leave Disney property when you are on this ride? Yep. This is another classic Walt ride that has special effects that remain amazing after all these years.

Frontierland | missblaser.com

  1. Tom Sawyer’s Island | Did you know this island has it’s own Missouri zip code? Talk about details people! Even though we don’t always visit Tom Sawyer’s island, it’s still a pretty cool spot. My 7-11 year old self would say it was the kewlist spot.
  2. Turkey Leg & Corn on the Cob | Another must have treat. Get a turkey leg. Get a cob. Get on the Mark Twain boat and enjoy as you go around Tom Sawyer’s island. It’s the only way. (Don’t forget the napkins.)
  3. Big Thunder | This is one of Daniel’s fav rides. Another classic. And no, there wasn’t a guy that was decapitated while riding this ride. He only died. Head intact. But it’s because he stood up like an idiot.
  4. The Golden Horseshoe | A great place to grab a bite and watch a show. Walt had his own box seat here. He also celebrated one of his and Lilian’s anniversaries here. It was a big hangout spot for the adults back in the day.
  5. Shooting Range | I had never done this before Daniel made me. It is really cute. Just a classic midway shooting game.

Fantasyland | missblaser.com

  1. Peter Pan | This ride ALWAYS has a line. Just embrace it. It is actually pretty cool that such an old ride is still a crowd favorite. A classic MUST. You can avoid the line by going here the second the park opens, or late at night right before it closes.
  2. Mr Toad’s Wild Ride | Another one of Daniel’s favorites because you go to Hell. He laughs about it every time.
  3. Small World | I remember avoiding this ride when I was younger, but actually it is AWESOME! They recently updated it with new Disney characters, but you have to really look for some of them! This is a classic ride that sometimes gets a bad wrap. It’ santo her ride that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair.
  4. Matterhorn | My grandpa worked on this ride. Yep. He is the kewlist. This ride is another classic that always transports me back to the 50’s. It’s the first steel roller coaster to exist in a theme park, and it’s exceptionally rickety… in a good way.
  5. Teacups | I NEVER go on this ride, mostly because Daniel gets sick when spinning. My grandpa also worked on this ride too, and I recommend giving it a go at least once, because it’s iconic.

Toontown | missblaser.com

(Sadly, we skip this land usually.)

  1. Mickey & Minnie’s House | The only thing really worth doing in this land.

Tomorrowland | missblaser.com

  1. Space Mountain | Another ride that usually has a long line, but if you can grab a fast pass or get lucky it is totally worth it.
  2. Star Tours | They updated this ride a few years ago and it rocks! The original was good too, but the new version has a random track every time, so rarely do you see the same video twice.

And that is all for my tour through Disneyland! Maybe I’ll do one California Adventure soon? Basically, see World of Color!

xoxo

J

Disneyween 2012

Posted on: Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Disneyween 2012 | missblaser.com

Disneyween 2012 | missblaser.com

We. Had. A. Blast. Auntie and family came. We attended Mickey’s Costume Party. We dressed up as Charlie Chaplin’s entourage. Disneyland is so fun with just the two of us, but with Auntie’s cute kids it was even better. It always feels good to be the first pick for a ride companion over the parents. ha! Kian was a little nervous for some of the rides, but he ended up loving every ride he went on. Zia was fearless and even shouted out, “I like him! He is so funny!” when seeing Darth Vader on the Star Tours ride.

Oh and we ate, and ate, and ate. We have a list of ‘must eat foods’ every time we go to Disneyland. This time on our list was: Monte Cristos. Twice. A turkey Leg. Corn on the cob. Dole Whip. Micky Mouse Beignets. Cream cheese filled pretzel. Corn dogs. Hot dogs. Caramel apples. Mozzarella sticks. Root beer float. Sirsly, and the list just keeps getting bigger. Disneyland food is the best food.

The last day Daniel and I just enjoyed the scenery. We ate at the Carnation Cafe, watched almost all the mutoscopes they had, we walked through every store on Main Street. We actually went inside the Tiki Room. I almost convinced Daniel to ditch the plane ride home and work there with me. He almost went for it. Maybe after we conquer NYC we’ll conquer the Happiest Place on Earth.

xoxo

J

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