Jun
15
2013

More shopping at Disneyland

here's more picture of wonderful Disneyland shopping. ah, I want to buy all of these and have a room in my house just to display these cute stuff. 

prices at Disneyland has gone up over the years, if you buy a lot of stuff from Disneyland years ago, you are so lucky; before key chains and small items are about $2-5, now even the small items are about $5-10, if you can find anything less than $4 in the park, GET IT!!!

shopping at Disneyland is not just for kids anymore, they have a lot of grown up stuff too like household decoration, kitchen supply, clothing, jewelry, but sometimes different stores carry different stuff, so make sure you go around all the stores (oh yeah, they're everywhere, cuz they want your money) to look for the stuff you want to take home. one thing I do not like about shopping at Disneyland is that you will not get a shopping cart at all, so remember everything you brought you have to carry back to the train and parking lot and your car. 

different land sell different themes, so go shop at which ever land you like the most. key chains and magnets are mostly the same everywhere, sometimes small items like these have buy 3 save more sale, just be sure to ask the cashier. 

when you are at the store, ask cashier about special sales or items, sometimes small talks can get you a lot of discount, remember if you have annual pass, be sure to use it every single time. one time I was talking to one of the clerk, he told me some really expensive collections  will not take the annual pass discount. 

well, my advice is that if you're on a budget just buy small things, easy to carry, put it in your backpack. if you really want to buy the big and heavy stuff, wait till you leave the park, that way you don't have to carry it with you all day long. I believe they have a special service if you stay at the hotel in downtown Disney, if you pay a fee, they can get your stuff deliver to your hotel room. 

here's the cars land stuff only at Disney California Adventure, you're not going to find these at Disneyland.

Jun
15
2013

ME at the wonderful awesome Disneyland!!! YEAH, SO HAPPY~~~~~

Over the years, I enjoy my trip at Disneyland, it's awesome, it's amazing, I wish when I was a kid, I would have digital camera, but I only have those old fashion film type camera. The bad thing about those old type camera is that you have to buy films which cost money and it comes in 24 or 36. Which means one trip you can only have 24-72 pictures. and the worst thing is that there's no preview or touch screen on the camera, so you have no idea if you shot a blurry picture or your eyes were closed or you didn't smile. 2004 isn't my first trip to Disneyland but somehow I couldn't find my old pictures so that's kindda sad. I want to share with you my sweet memory at disneyland over the years. 

Let's begin with 2004, here is the picture of me at Downtown Disneyland, now a lot of stores that was there before, it isn't there anymore. I love playing with photoshop so when I have time, I play with my pictures, add a little light and contrast, whoala, you have a new picture. The store that carry the big giant yellow ducky isn't there anymore, kindda sad; so happy that I brought this when  the store is still there, this is probably the most expensive toys I ever brought, around $200. I went there by myself, the lady brought the ducky out to the edge of the parking lot and I was there waiting, so exciting. When I got home, I put a rug on the floor and put ducky on top and roll it into my room. 

and here we go being our trips at Disneyland, whoa, I was so skinny back then, ~~~~~~~~~~~~ and also remember how cheap the ticket price is ? just recently Disneyland has raise their prices and annual pass too. whoa, it looks like I'm alone in Disneyland, so cool.....

at 2007, I didn't have annual pass but we decided to go to the Disneyland halloween hunt, I've been to the others but never Disneyland and I didn't realize this one has no maze and it's only for kids. but we had fun, watching the kids dress up and get candy. remember even if you have annual pass you still need to purchase tickets. I wore an orange tshirt and I had a cat in the hat tall hat.

2010, a little older and a little (huh)...... anyways, we decided to get annual pass, cuz we are CA resident we can pay monthly, you put down some down payment and give them your credit card and they'll start charging you every month, back then, they took your picture and it's on your pass card. we also got the parking pass too. back in 2010 you don't purchase annual pass at ticket booth, you have to go into one of the building to purchase and take your pix. now, you can get it at the ticket booth. as you can see, I love orange color. 

again, remember this guy? I love chip n dale.


2011, still have the annual pass, it's one of the S. CA level, so we can't go on the block out dates, you can check out block out dates on their website. one tip on getting the ice cream on main street, go before lunch hour, less line cuz everybody's either on rides or at lunch. go between 11am-12pm, don't go between 12-1pm, huge crowd and you won't be happy waiting your ice cream too long. and sometimes the small outdoor ice cream shop across the street will open, so if you don't want to wait for this one, go across the street. 

gotta try the new Star Tours ride, it's almost the same as the old one, I don't feel there's anything new. I wish they add more stuff on the ride and make it longer, wait in line 30-40 mins for a less than 4 min ride. 

 

I should be the spokesperson of Disneyland or in their commerical. haha.


2012, yeah one of the best year we had at Disneyland cuz we finally got the premium annual pass, it might be the most expensive level but it has its benefits. first of all, it includes parking pass, and it gives you more discount compare to other level 10-15%, at the premium level you get 15-20%, all you have to do is go to Disneyland more than 5-6 times a year then you get your money back. over the years, cuz my birthday is at the summer time which is all block out at the other level. this is the first time ever in my life that I could spend my birthday at Disneyland, so exciting. First thing you got to do, go pass the main street before you go into Frontier land, there's a big stand that tells you how long the line is and there's a little stand next to it, there's where you get your free buttons. yes, i said "FREE!" sometimes they're willing to give you two, I collect most of it already. yeah~~~~ get a birthday button on your birthday, they wrote your name and the whole day, everywhere you go, Disneyland ppl will say happy birthday to you. 

just had my wonderful birthday lunch at the Blue Bayou, it's hot and I had my straw hat on, looks cool, putting on my backpack, I paint on my packback, I'm really proud of it. here's the Indiana Jones shop, the whip is pretty expensive, and me rubbing the Aladdin lamp inside the store making my birthday wish. 

going home with a bag full of gifts yeah~~~~~

 

shopping at the big store at main street, tip about these stores, during the hot hot summer time, if you want to stay cool go inside the store, and most of these stores are connected so you don't have to go out on the street to go to another store, just go from store to store. trying on hats to decide which one to get.

holding my sweet premium annual pass (I really hope they have more designs like the credit cards), in front of the famous corn dog red cart at the end of the main street.


had ice cream in one hand but I still want more, I actually brought the lollipop for decoration, it looks cool and cute but I just don't think that I can eat it all. just so wonderfully cheerfully happy with my ice cream, not just ice cream but ice cream on a waffle cone, I was not able to have this when I was a kid. haha, now I'm a happy grown up adult.

across the street to DCA California Adventure. 

what ! what ! more ice cream, this one is at the main street of DCA, they have a special red cart ice cream. 

back to Disneyland, we rarely go at night but it is really cool at night, less people, less screaming, you feel like you own the place. I went there on Hollyween, we didn't purchase the ticket so we were told to get out of the park by a certain time, but we still got couple hours, it is actually really cool. 


Jun
13
2013

me enjoying my lunch at Disneyland

Everytime I went to Disneyland I try to have lunch in different places, over the years, I try many type of foods, but I still am not able to dine in every single restaurants. I hope pretty soon, I could take more pix and taste more food at Disneyland. This is a cafe style, you pick an entree and side salad and drinks and you can also get some dessert like cake or fruit. At Disneyland, there's some healthy choice too, instead of fries you can pick fresh fruit, instead of pasta you can pick salad, there's also juice instead of soda, you can always ask the friendly server for alternative choices. 

 

if you really want to know more about the restaurants in Disneyland you can check out yelp.


sometimes if you are in a hurry to go to the next ride or you just got off from the ride and don't want to eat too much, you can get something to go, and find a quiet place to sit down to eat. 

I tend to stay away from California Adventure in the summer cuz it has less tree and less shade and it's hotter than Disneyland, here's me having lunch at DCA.


when you get out of Disneyland, you can still get some food at downtown Disney from food carts or restaurants, remember, if you have annual pass, you can still get discount at downtown Disney, just ask your server how much you can save. 

Somtimes I go to Disneyland at night, because it's dark, the pix I took is different from day time. 

here's more yummy lunch at Disneyland.

here's some tips I can give you for dine in at Disneyland, bring some snacks of your own, in case the line is too long and you need to chew on something before you get your food, don't eat too much, cuz it's just not healthy for tummy. for fried food, you can get napkin to wrap the food and it will take out some greasy oil, for snacks, only get 1-2 per day, don't have too much ice cream then cupcake then sweet apples. some restaurant you can ask to put salad dressing on the side so you don't eat too much dressing. always ask for discount if you have annual pass. I always have some empty sandwich bag or just plastic bag to put left over food, you can take the left over home or eat it later in the park when you're hungry, and you should research which restaurant you want to eat before you go, so you don't end up too hungry and don't know where to eat. or you can ask any friendly Disneyland worker where to find restaurants. 

Jun
13
2013

more yummys from Disneyland

yeah more yummy food and snack from Disneyland, most of it are shape in the form of mickey mouse or has its main color - red and yellow.


some of the food that was originally sold in Disneyland is not available anymore, like this yummy fresh roasted peanuts. some of the yummy food are found outside Disneyland like the food cart next to the train stop on your way back to the parking lot. I love the funnel cake, there's many choices. next time on your way back to your car, you can stop by for a funnel cake.


the famous corn dog red cart, it's at the end of main street on the right side, but take a note, they will be closed on the hot day in the summer, cuz they don't want the worker inside the cart to get heat stroke. this is so popular there's even a yelp page for this red cart.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/disneyland-corn-dog-cart-anaheim,

it has over 400 reviews. you can choose chips or apple. But food carts at Disneyland like corn dogs and popcorn and ice cream do not accept annual pass discount.


if you want to share the yummy food from Disneyland with the ones you love back at home, you can buy them snacks in a box with cute Disneyland smiles, they are everywhere in the shops in main street. 

this is the place to get all the yummy snacks, on the shelf, in the window display or just everywhere. this store is next to the ice cream shop on main street. This place has a new look cuz the some of the main street shops just had some construction work done. Can you spot the difference?


this is a same shop over at California Adventure, snack/candy shop next to the ice cream shop. there's a cool candy sweet mountain on display, next time you're there, you should check it out by the window. 

the apples are very expensive close to $10, but hey, it's Mickey candy apple. 

Jun
13
2013

Disneyland at Christmas time

Disneyland is a place of entertainment, they change the decor on every season, if you go in the month of major holidays, you can see Disneyland in a different form. 

Did you find all the details that has mickey in it? And in the shops, you can find lots of Christmas Disney decoration to take home and have a fun Disney Christmas. 


Kindda expensive, there's a lot of things I want to buy and I got like 20% off from my premium pass, but sometimes it's still too expensive; so the next best thing is to take pix and take it out share with others. It's not only the decor and the shop that has the holiday vibe, the food has holiday theme too. of course the main color for mickey mouse is red so it's already fitting the holiday theme. If you want more details about where the to buy what and where to eat what according to season, you can sign up  http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/ 

or Disneyland twitter https://twitter.com/Disneyland 

or https://twitter.com/DisneylandToday this is everyday info from disneyland, which means, if you're inside Disneyland on a certain day, you can check out what's special that day. and for Disneyland California Adventure https://twitter.com/DCAToday

the characters are all dress up for Christmas too, yeah~~~~ and you can take one home too. I don't really like the wait line cuz you are standing next to screaming kids and tired parents and if you're an adult, you're not getting as much attention as the little cute kids. 


Jun
13
2013

awesome city - London, England

One of my 2006 Europe trip includes one of the fabulous and expensive city in the world - London, England. It has rich history, royal family and afternoon tea. English is the language but it's totally different from America. 

Buildings and streets has lots of color and character, and there's a lot of  ancient castles. It is a city full of both modern tech and ancient history. 

Also, there's one of the most famous family in the world - the royal family. Think about all the parties, jewelry, and history. 

I happen to be able to go inside one of the castle by the London bridge, here's a funny story. See the below picture of the narrow stone stairway? I climb up to the castle but when I'm ready to go down from the same stairway, the guard told me not to go down the same way. They said it's only for going up and going down because it's too narrow. So I have to go to the other end of the room to find another stairway to go down. What a trip that is, but however, I do found more stuff to photography, so all the extra walking is worth it. 

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Los angeles is great.  It has very diverse community and I love shopping, eating out and visiting new places.

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