Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#TravelTuesday 14// A Day of Disneyland Magic

Happy #TravelTuesday friends!!
I am excited for another link up and to see where all you have been! 
I am actually taking a stroll down memory lane today and sharing a trip that we took back in 2013, because my little Mickey-ear-shaped-heart has really been longing for some Disney lately!!  

Back in May of 2013 Babe surprised me with a trip to California to visit Disneyland. As Orlando natives, we had been to Disney World many a time, but never Disneyland. So it was a trip of many firsts; first trip to Disneyland, first time sticking my feet in the Pacific Ocean, first time paying $20 for guacamole (Cali is expensive yo)! 
I could tell you that my favorite part was all the gorgeous Cali-coast views, but that might be a lie. While I did LOVE them (I mean just look at all these non-Disney pictures), my Disney loving heart could have spent every second wrapped up in Disneyland. Thankfully, Babe pulled me away so I could enjoy all the California beauty, but the Disney moments were magical. I mean Disney really is a dreamers paradise. So I figured I would share what a day in the life of a Disney dreamer looks like. 

Every true dreamer's story starts out...
At 11 o'clock I was Sally driving through Radiator Springs (probably my favorite spot since we don't have Radiator Springs at Disney World) and by noon I was a mermaid swimming alongside Ariel as she she wished for more...
At 2 o' clock I was inside the Beast's library discovering my true character from a magic book...

*This was awesome by the way.  I love that I got Belle because, while I am not a huge Disney Princess fan, she was always my favorite one because, well, she did not just lie around waiting.  She explored, she read, she discovered and she protected those she cared for above all else.
I also thought Babe's description and character were pretty dead on. He would be Marlin and is truly all of those things.  One night, when we were watching the movie The Impossible (awesome movie by the way), I was a little surprised by a choice the father had made when he went in search of his missing wife and son.  I asked Babe if he would make the same decision (you will have to watch to see what it is) and look for me. His response had no hesitation, he didn't even turn his face from the screen to look at me, and said "I would never stop." He really would swim the seas for the people he loves.


By 3 o' clock I was Princess Dot in A Bugs Life, living in a world much bigger than myself...
 and as the sun was starting to set I had the pleasure of visiting with the dreamer himself and the mouse that started the magic. 


After nightfall I was back in Radiator Springs to see the street light up in all it's glory and honk wave a final farewell to Mater as he cruised down Main Street! The lighting of the Radiator Springs strip was one of my favorite things. It wasn't crowded, as basically anywhere on the street is a great place to stand, and it was so fun to have all the lights come on to the tune of the music, just like in Cars! Times changes depending on the time of year, so be sure to ask a Disney Cast Member when you first get to the park. You can always see the street lit up once evening falls, but you really should try to make it for the actual lighting if you can!! 


And, as with any good dreaming day, it all ended with a "happily ever after." At least our version of it anyways.



And then the dreaming day started all over again the next morning as we ventured into Disneyland (the first day took place at Disney's California Adventure park)! 

I thought I would end with a note from Captain Jack because I do quite love me some Pirates of the Caribbean and was excited to be "stuck" in the skull and bones cage.  

"Better to not know what moment may be your last. Every morsel of your entire being alive to the infinite mystery of it all."



"Did everyone see that? Because I will NOT be doing it again!" 

Except I would love to do it again please!! And soon!! Now that we no longer have our Disney World passes my little Disney-loving soul is in need of some of that magic! 


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Have you ever been to a Disney park? What's your magic moment?
Any fun trips of your own recently? 

Share your link below and let's travel together! 
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up. 
~I will also be sharing my favorite post from the month before. February's fave was from House Blend, because her trip to the Keys had me all kinds of reminiscing about when Babe and I went for my Senior Spring Break (many a moons ago)! 

44 comments:

  1. DisneyLand! I still haven't ever been there. I'd love to see Radiator Springs... Cars is still one of my favorite Disney movies. I hope Disney World opens something like that. :)

    I like Belle too.... she liked to read! hehe

    Looks like you had a fun time.

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  2. This looks like so much fun!! I'm a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan, too. :)

    Great post!

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  3. We are planning Cali and Disney land for late summer it looks awesome!

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    1. Yay!! You will LOVE it!! Have an awesome time :)

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  4. We LOVE Disney! I want to go to Disneyland so bad, I've only been to Disney World! Looks like you guys had a great trip!

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    1. Disneyland is fun! I a little bit smaller scale, but it's neat to note the differences. Hope you make it there someday soon!!

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  5. I have never been to Disneyland and have only been to Diseny world but it looks so magical. And it must be nice to really feel like a kid again.

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  6. How fun! As a European, we all dreamed of Disneyland Paris as children, and I'm happy to say, I did that one ;)

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    1. Oh. My. Goodness!! I would love to check out Disneyland Paris!! I would also love to check out Paris lol

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  7. I've been to Disneyland twice and we're going back again in September for the Half Marathon Weekend. I cannot wait. I loved looking at your pictures - what a lovely trip down Memory Lane. I'm so torn between DL and DW. There's so much to see and do at DW and it can be quite exhausting. DL is so much smaller, but it's much more "do-able" in a couple of days, you can experience so much. Whichever park you go to, there is no such thing as too much Disney, amirite or amirite?!

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    1. You are SOOO right!! We had passes two years ago and were there at least once (if not 2 or 3 times) per week. It was nice to get to do Disney World in small doses, since- like you said- it is so large. Being able to do one or two rides, grab some dinner, and then call it a night made it far less exhausting! I was so worried that two days at Disneyland wasn't going to be enough, but I really felt like we fit it all in. Plus it was really nice to not feel like we had walked thousands of miles at the end of the day! Have a great time with your Half Marathon!

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  8. Love the photos! I live Disney, have never been to Disneyland California though. I've linked up my trip to Orlando from last year, hope that's ok :)

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    1. Thanks you!! And so glad you joined in!! Your trip looked wonderful!!

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  9. This sure does look like a magical experience! I haven't been to Disney in SOOO long! I love the whole "which Disney character are you" thing and that you got your favorite Princess, Belle! Such a great trip! :D

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    1. It really was an awesome trip! hope you get to relive some Disney magic for yourself soon!!

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  10. I've never been to Disneyland but this looks like so much fun! What a fun surprise!

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  11. Like you, I've been to Disney World on a few occasions and absolutely love it. Yet - for some reason, I haven't made my way to Disneyland yet, but it's near the top of the list for sure sure. Definitely looks like you had an amazing, memorable experience.

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    1. Hope you make it happen soon!! It really was awesome to note the differences between the parks!

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  12. I love Disneyland! I haven't been in like 4 or 5 years, but it's always so much fun! Now I really want to go back!

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  13. This looks like so much fun. Reminded me of our Florida trip. My daughter was just 4 years old at that time and she had blast. #Citytripping

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    1. Oh my goodness, I'm sure! I love seeing kids at Disney for the first time. Everything just seems so much more magical!!

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  14. I haven't been to DisneyLand since I was a kid! It'd be fun to go back!

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    1. Hope you get too! It's definitely a lot of fun as an adult too!!

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  15. Looks like a fun trip! Disneyland has always been my dream place to visit,, I'm heading to Paris soon, will definitely try to get to Paris Disneyland!

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    1. Ahhh, Disneyland Paris would be AWESOME!! Hope you get to make it happen!

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  16. Looks like you had a great trip. I recently spent New Years Eve at Disneyland Paris which was magical but this post has left me desperate to try Disneyland in California as it looks magical!

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    1. New Years Eve at any Disney Park is awesome, but Disneyland Paris?! Sign me up!! That sounds so wonderful!!

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  17. I would love the Radiator Springs part - just like stepping back in time (and I'm sure my husband thinks he's Lightning McQueen. Mind you, so does my daughter!) Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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    1. Haha, I think that too sometimes! Except in all honesty I would probably consider myself to be a little more like Mater lol

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  18. Never been to Disneyland but it looks so much fun!!

    xo,
    GlobalGirlTravels.com

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  19. I've been to Disneyland Paris when my son was a child so more than 10 years ago. So funny and we tried quite every attraction! Reading this blog post I would like to visit again.

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    1. I would LOVE to visit Disneyland Paris!! Hope you get to go again soon!

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  20. I have never visited Disneyland. But I do believe it is a lovely experience that every adult should repeat from time to time to awake their inner child! I need to visit it, asap!

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  21. I am such a Disney nerd!! I love it so much and plan on making it a yearly thing mainly in Florida. I do want to go to California's park though and see the different attractions. I love the Bug's Life!! I remember it being such a great experience especially with the stink bug.

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    1. Yay for another Disney nerd!! I do love Disney World, there are endless options here in Florida. But Cali's parks are fun too!! Definitely interesting to see the differences!!

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  22. I've been to Disney World before but never Disneyland but it seems like there is enough different stuff to make it worth while. I had never heard of Radiator Springs before and it looks really cool. Which park do you prefer or is it too close to call?

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    1. It is neat to see the differences between Disney World and Disneyland. There are some similarities, especially Disneyland, but the California Adventure Park side is the one you really want to check out to experience a different side of Disney, that won't have as many similarities to Disney World. I am a Disney World girl at heart, just because I grew up in Orlando and it's like home to me, but Disneyland (and especially Disney Cali. Adventure Park) are totally worth checking out if you get the chance.

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  23. This was great! we are heading to Disneyland in May and I am looking forward to it. It will be my second time there and our daughters first time, so it should a lot of fun. I was really amazed by this park on my first time and have wanted to return ever since. I love the idea of adding links to your post by the way!

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    1. Awww yay!! I love seeing kids get to experience Disney parks for the first time!! Makes things a little extra magical!! Also, LOVE your blog name!! My mom actually named me from Gone with the Wind and we both love wine, so that's right up my alley!!

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