Pixar Fest

Pixar Fest

Last weekend Jeremiah & I went to Pixar Fest at Disneyland. We initially weren’t planning on going to Disneyland at all this year (which is something we always say, but never actually follow 😂), but all of the posts & articles of Pixar Fest wouldn’t let us stay away!
We were actually able to arrive before the park even opened, which is something that’s only ever happened once out of the 9 times we’ve been here together 😂
Buying our tickets on the Disneyland app & using the MaxPass, we were able to breeze through the lines quicker & didn’t have to go through the hassle of purchasing tickets at the booth. This is now our preferred method whenever we go to Disneyland. With the MaxPass, you can reserve fast passes without having to walk to designated fast pass machines (& this is especially useful if you don’t want to walk between parks to get a fast pass) & you also have unlimited downloads for Disney Photo Pass.
If you don’t know what MaxPass is, click here for more information.

I’m so glad we scored Pixar themed tickets!

The first thing we did was put our name down at our favorite place to get breakfast: the Carnation Cafe. We roamed the shops while we waited so we could decide which souvenirs we wanted to bring home. It’s much better to look through the shops early in the day to avoid the crowds.

Once we finally got seated, we had our breakfast fuel! Mickey shaped waffles!!!!!

After breakfast, we headed to Disney’s California Adventure to roam the shops because we hadn’t seen any of the Pixar Fest themed merchandise that we wanted at Disneyland.
We also checked out the pins, of course.
Oh, what a blustery day
We didn’t see any of the Pixar Fest themed merchandise that we wanted in the main shop, so we decided to grab one of the Pixar Fest snacks before making our way to the other mini ships around California Adventure.

& here we have the Bugs Land Churro! Overall, we both thought it was good, but we wished the cereal would cover the whole entire churro & not just half. I don’t want to complain much because cereal + a churro? IT’S A WIN FOR ME!

After roaming through all the shops in Disney’s California Adventure, we just asked a cast member where were all the Pixar Fest themed merchandise we were looking for. Unfortunately, we were told that the merchandise we wanted was out of stock & back ordered until probably the end of June, which SUCKED. I was pretty bummed. Okay, not pretty bummed…I was SAD. If you’re a Disneyland fan like we are, I’m sure you’ve seen the Pixar Fest merchandise of the green aliens from Toy Story. Well, they didn’t have the merchandise that we wanted with the little green aliens 😔
Our only guess is that Disneyland really underestimated its stock.
After roaming frantically (exaggeration) around Disney’s California Adventure for the Pixar Fest merchandise, we made our way back to Disneyland to check out Pizza Planet for the green alien macarons.

We actually didn’t get the macarons because I wasn’t feeling for sweets since I had just eaten a churro. We ended up missing out on them because they were all sold out by the end of the day. It’s okay because it’s just a macaron & I’m sure it tasted just like one.
I love all the posters that they put up 😍

Since we were all for trying new things, we decided to play Astro Blasters! Can you believe we’ve been to Disneyland together about 9 times already & have never played this game/ride? I actually really enjoyed it. I scored high vs. Jeremiah 😉 He didn’t like the game though. LOL.

After Astro Blasters, we took our obligatory photo in front of the castle. We actually did the untraditional thing & took a photo with the castle at a different angle.
1) The line was super long to take a photo with the Disney Photo Pass & we just didn’t have time for it since we wanted to go on rides
2) It was cool to try something different

After taking photos with the castle, we made our way to Fantasyland. We are never really in Fantasyland unless we ride Peter Pan’s Flight (one of my fave rides). We decided to spend time actually going on the rides there, so we did Storybook, which is a ride that I’ve actually been on before with my family. Jeremiah said he had never ridden it before, so it was nice to do that with him. I vaguely remembered my first experience on this ride, but I definitely remember now! We both enjoyed it. I love all the detail that went into the little models.
We also rode on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, which was actually quite frightening tbh. That & Alice in Wonderland. During our last visit, I told Jeremiah that it’s odd that those two rides are for children because they’re both quite terrifying to me. haha.

After the rides, we got out reserved seating for the Pixar Play Parade from the Plaza Inn. You can only get reserved seating for the parade if you buy the picnic lunch special. It’s expensive, but it was worth it because we didn’t have to worry about arriving early on Main Street to score good seating & we also got to sit in the shade 🤗 I’m glad we did this because the parade took a while to actually get to Main Street.

We both loved the parade! I wish they would alternate between the main parade & the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland. lol.
After the Pixar Play Parade, we finally made our way back to the Plaza Inn to have lunch. We were starving at this point.

It was good & Jeremiah enjoyed it (probably only because he was hungry haha), but I still prefer our regular meals here 🤗
After the Plaza Inn, we tried the Pixar Fest Cocoa Churro which is located in Frontierland. It has a little spicy kick to it, but we liked it! There are other exclusive food that cater to Pixar Fest, but we didn’t want to try everything. We only wanted to try a few of the ones that sounded good to us.
For Pixar Fest themed food, we used these websites as references:
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After munching on the Cocoa Churro at Frontierland, we made our way to Toy Story Midway Mania since they opened up late. We were trying to go in the morning, but it was temporarily closed. It may look like it’s closed because of the Pixar Pier renovations, but double check anyway because it’s still running.
I also lost real bad at Toy Story Midway Mania 😭 So now Jeremiah & I are 2-1.

I lost really bad! Like, HOW!!!!

After Toy Story Midway Mania, we headed back to Disneyland, took some photos at the front since it was less crowded. This is another thing we do: we don’t take photos right when we arrive to the park anymore. It’s always super crowded in the morning.
After taking photos at the front, we made our way to get dole whip & munched on it while we waited in the Fast Pass line at Indiana Jones.

After the Indiana Jones ride, we were going to go on Peter Pan’s Flight because we skipped it during our last three visits until we realized how crowded it started to get in front of the castle for the Together Forever — A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show. We didn’t want to risk not getting a good spot, so we sat down & luckily a guest made room for us on the bench next to her. (bless her heart! 💖) We got a good spot, but Jeremiah still let me sit on his shoulders because I was still too small to see over everyone 😅 I’m not going to complain because we got a way better view than the time we went for Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Overall, we loved the fireworks show! I want to see it again. I almost cried 😭
After the fireworks show, we headed back to California Adventure to get a hot cup mug. Even though they didn’t have the merchandise we wanted in stock, we still wanted to to bring something home that was exclusive to Pixar Fest.

We left Sunday morning, but we already miss it! If only we lived in the area, we’d definitely have annual passes and go whenever we’re free.

Our Ninth Time Together at Disneyland

Our Ninth Time Together at Disneyland

Jeremiah & I were talking about how we haven’t been to Disneyland during the holiday season for a while now. The last time we went to Disneyland during the holidays was in 2014, which may not seem like a long time, but it is if you love Disneyland like us!
After weeks of talking about how we miss Disneyland (we actually miss it all the time lol), Jeremiah & I decided to go for his birthday weekend.
We didn’t go right when the park opened because we both wanted to sleep in a bit.

Right when we got there, we always go to Carnation Cafe to have breakfast & coffee on Main Street, but we were told that it was reservation only specifically for that day. We were pretty bummed out about it (we’re still not Disneyland pros!), but we didn’t let that ruin our morning.
We had breakfast at The Plaza Inn, which surprisingly was a Breakfast with Minnie & Friends event. We took a photo with the lovely Minnie Mouse!

After breakfast, we took photos with the castle (of course) 🏰

& headed off to Adventureland to ride Indiana Jones. We stood in line for a while even though the ride had just broken down, but we were hopeful. After much waiting, they announced that the ride will be down indefinitely, so we left Adventureland.

& headed to Toontown! I expressed to Jeremiah over our recent Disneyland visits that I’ve never been to Toontown (yes, I know), so we decided to check it out!

Toontown was so cute, it felt like I was walking in a cartoon, but we didn’t stay there too long because we wanted to watch the Christmas Parade. We usually watch it on Main Street, but we were planning on checking out Mickey’s Magical Map in Fantasyland right after the parade, so we didn’t want to walk all the way back. We just stayed put & watched the parade in Fantasyland.

After the parade, we watched a show called Mickey’s Magical Map because I saw it on our way to Toontown & we were curious to check it out.

Overall, we loved it! I follow several Disney accounts on Instagram, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this show. It’s definitely a must see! It’s also nice to just sit & take a break from all the walking, but also be entertained at the same time. The theatre is also shaded, so that’s a plus!
After Mickey’s Magical Map, we headed to an Alice in Wonderland ride because we wanted to try a ride that we’d never done before. The line & ride didn’t take long, but we left feeling unsatisfied with the ride. It just wasn’t our cup of tea, so it will be a hard pass from here on out.

After the Alice in Wonderland ride, we got dole whip, sat on Main Street, & ate it. Our favorite thing to do together.

After eating our dole whip, we waited in line at the Haunted Mansion, which was probably the longest line of the day.

After The Haunted Mansion, we rode Space Mountain & Indiana Jones (the ride went back up)!
finally, making our way to Disney California Adventure.

We didn’t know about Disney California Adventure’s “Festival of the Holidays”. Had we known about the event, we probably would’ve park hopped there sooner to check it out.

They had all these various kinds of food vendors presenting little dishes from different cultures.

After munching on some food, we finally made our way to Toy Story Midway Mania!

& I won!!!!!!!!! So, right now, the score is 1-1 between us 😊

Ya girl also got the best in vehicle during this round 💁🏽‍♀️

After Toy Story Midway Mania, we got macarons & left Disney California Adventure.

The Fantasmic show was down for a while, but it came back a few months ago, so of course we had to see it! We skipped fireworks, The Cove Bar, & World of Color because we wanted to see the new Fantasmic.

We both loved it! It’s cool just seeing the characters do live action performances. It’s one of the reasons we enjoyed Mickey’s Magical Map so much.
After Fantasmic, we made our way out to the souvenir shops because Jeremiah wanted some new pins.

& finally, that was it for the day! It was a real short trip, but we made the most of it. I’m glad we tried new things this time around 💖

Hilton Anaheim

Hilton Anaheim

While Jeremiah & I were in Southern California during his birthday weekend, we stayed at the Hilton Anaheim. We booked the hotel last minute for a great price! The lobby was nicely decorated with different Christmas trees that you can purchase. There was even a train set!

We got two Queen beds for a good price, but too bad it was just the two of us! 
The only con about our stay was the layout of the hotel. It was confusing & felt like we were going through a maze. Our room was also so far from the elevators.

A Throwback Post: Holidays at the Happiest Place on Earth

This weekend Jeremiah & I are taking a trip out to Southern California for his birthday. He is so excited to go (lol). We haven’t been to Disneyland during the holiday since 2014, so I just wanted to post a little major throwback post full of photos to reminisce ☺️

I’m grateful that we’re able to experience Disneyland throughout the years as things will be changing at the park. New additions & attractions are coming for Marvel, Star Wars, & The Incredibles 2.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney

The last day of my birthday weekend getaway, Jeremiah & I spontaneously decided to check out Downtown Disney. The night before, I had just seen an Instagram story that Disneyland slowly put out some Halloween merchandise, so OF COURSE we had to check it out. Plus, Jeremiah really wanted to check for any new pins since our last visit.
I also would like to note that Downtown Disney’s parking/visit policy has changed. They no longer allow you to park for free at Downtown Disney if you don’t spend at least $20 at a store or restaurant. This was a policy not in place before. Visitors used to be able to park at Downtown Disney for free, but now you HAVE to make a minimum purchase of $20 in Downtown Disney & then get your parking ticket validated.
Here are some cute pins I saw:

I love this mug! It is so cute that Eeyore & Winnie-the-Pooh are the handles ☺️

Some cute treats!

Look at how cute this card is!

We got a treat to share on the way home 🍭

Another Time We Went to Downtown Disney (without going to Disneyland)

For more pictures of another time we went to Downtown Disney together without going to Disneylandclick here.

Our Third Time Together at Universal Studios

Universal Studios

Jeremiah & I woke up really early because we didn’t want to run into traffic on the way to Universal Studios. After we got ready, we headed straight to Universal Studios, parked, & looked for a place to grab breakfast.
Most of the restaurants on CityWalk were something that you would eat during the afternoon or evening. As we were walking, we spotted VooDoo Donuts, which is one of the places that we didn’t try when we traveled to Oregon. We were tired, so we wanted coffee & also grabbed a regular chocolate donut just to have something in our stomachs before we endured the day.

After having coffee & a donut, we checked out the Universal Studios Store to check out any merchandise we’d like to bring home later. If you want some Harry Potter merchandise & don’t have the money to spend on a ticket to enter the actual park, you can check out this store instead because they have a great selection. They even have some of the wands!
After checking out some stores, we finally made our way into Universal Studios!

We spent quite a bit of time checking out stores for any cool merchandise to bring home. We were also unaware of the fact that they started doing Pin Trading (yes, just like Disneyland). We’re pin traders at Disneyland, so we hopped on the nerd train & got ourselves lanyards & pins for here too 😊

After checking out some stores, we made our way to the Studio Tour (one of our favorite things to do there). The line wasn’t as long since we went sometime later in the morning. I’m sure it’s always longer right when the park opens because people would rather go when the sun isn’t at its peak. It wasn’t that hot at the time we went though.
Here’s some photos from the Studio Tour:

After the Studio Tour, we were finally ready for an actual meal. We always eat at the Three Broomsticks because we like their portions.

After lunch, we walked around some Harry Potter stores to see if there were any cool pins.

My brother & his girlfriend were in Southern California & went to Universal Studios too, but by the time we arrived, they had just left for San Diego. My brother bought the activated wand the actual weekend that Universal Studios opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He tried using it during his visit this time, but it didn’t work. An employee told him he could go inside Ollivander’s to see if there was anything they could do, but my brother told me that the wait time to enter Ollivander’s was 30 minutes long & they didn’t want to wait.
After he told me this, I asked him what he was talking about because you can enter Ollivander’s & get a wand WITHOUT doing the Wand Experience. He didn’t know this & it’s okay because I didn’t know either the first time I went. There’s a little blue door on the side of Ollivander’s that you can enter to check out or purchase wands. I felt bad that he didn’t know because maybe he could’ve gotten it fixed or possibly replaced. He was only able to use the wand once & it’s expensive, so it’s all just unfortunate. Hopefully they’ll be able to do something about the wand the next time they visit.

We didn’t stay too long in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter because we already planned on spending most of our time there during the evening to catch the new light show.
We went on the The Walking Dead Attraction & unfortunately no photos or recording was allowed. They have workers inside constantly telling you to put away your devices, so there aren’t any photos from the experience, but if you’re from the Bay Area, it’s kind of like the Halloween Haunt. People hide & jump out to scare you.
After The Walking Dead Attraction, we checked out the Special Effects Show, which I didn’t take any photos of, but we both loved it! We’ve been here twice before & this is the first time we ever knew about the Special Effects Show. The show is an exclusive look behind-the-scenes how stunts, effects, & technology is used in films & television. I highly recommend checking this show out along with the Studio Tour, especially if you’re into film.

After the Special Effects Show, we headed back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, walked around some shops, practiced our spells/magic with our wands, & waited for the light show.

Thankfully the light show isn’t long like the ones at Disneyland (don’t get me wrong, I love all the shows there haha) because it’s more of a show that you need to stand the entire time. The show is only 10 minutes long & they start again every 10-15 minutes. We watched it twice because we enjoyed it so much.

After we finished watching the second light show, we finally headed home!

Jeremiah & I did checked out more places at Universal Studios than photographed in this post, but I didn’t want to spend too much time taking a photo of every single thing we did. I wanted to spend time in the moment & enjoy our time together.

Our Second Time Together at Universal Studios

For more pictures of our first time together at Universal Studios, click here.

Our First Time Together at Universal Studios

For more pictures of our first time together at Universal Studios, click here.

Our First Time Together at the Getty Villa & the Santa Monica Pier

The Getty Villa

The first thing we did for my birthday weekend was check out the Getty Villa. We went to the Getty Museum/Center in 2015 which you can read about & check out photos of here. Since then, the Getty Villa has always been on our list of places to go & I’m glad we were finally able to cross this off our list.

Most of the exhibits were temporarily closed due to renovations, which we both didn’t know about, but we didn’t mind it too much.

We were pretty amazed by this mummy. Prior to this trip, we had recently watched the new Mummy movie starring Tom Cruise. We also watched the ones with Brendan Fraser when we were younger. We both thought it was cool to be able to see a preserved mummy in real life.

The pool was unfortunately not filled with water because it’s still undergoing repairs. Hopefully it will be filled whenever we visit this place again.

The Santa Monica Pier

We have never been to the Santa Monica Pier, but we see it often enough on our Instagram feed. Well, maybe it’s more like I’m the one that often sees people post about it because I follow many people who live in Southern California.
I didn’t know we were also going here, so this was a complete surprise too. We arrived sometime around 6 PM & parking wasn’t an issue for us. Plenty of people were actually leaving as we were arriving, but there was still plenty of visitors!
As you can see in the photo below, it was a hot day & everyone wanted to be at the beach. Maybe it normally looks like this on a Saturday 😅

We walked around the Santa Monica Pier, checked out the little stores, bought fruit & munched on it, & then checked out what else the pier had to offer.

this is what support looks like haha

We checked out the games & rides, which were quite underwhelming to be honest. I thought that the Santa Monica Pier would be bigger & have more games, & more rides. We were slightly disappointed.

Although it was nice for the both of us to experience something new, I’d say this would be a hard pass if you ever plan on visiting. If you’re from the Bay Area, just stick to & appreciate our Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk because it has way more to offer.