Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Place Hodgepodge - May and June 2014

As much as I've hesitated to say it, I suppose the truth must come out. Right now I, Days in the Park, Chad if you prefer, am basically without an Annual Pass. Well, that's not entirely true. I have a Pass, it's just blacked out right now until the middle of August so, for all intents and purposes, I'm a Pass-less Annual Pass-holding blogger. Say that five times really fast!

That being the case, pictures and trips out to Disneyland have been few and far between over the last couple of months, which has left me scrounging a mite for things to write about and digging for pictures to put up for you loyal readers!

I was going through things last week and stumbled across a few that I had trapped in the bowels of my phone which I realized I had never posted! Hooray for old age and forgetfulness!! And with that, another "Happy Place Hodgepodge" is born! These were taken over the course of several visits during the end of May and middle of June when I made my last trip to The Parks before my blackouts began.

I also managed to spend some time in Downtown Disney earlier this week and took another load of pictures to share with everyone, and those will make up another hodgepodge for later in the week, so if you're enjoying these posts, keep checking back and I promise another one really soon.

I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoy taking them. The Park is so full of wonder and things to see and experience that sometimes you just never feel like you can do enough. But maybe, if I keep trying and putting these up, I'll manage to fill the same hole in someone else that looking through them again fills in me while I can't go myself.

Enjoy!

One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do every trip is just to ride the Disneyland Railroad. Grand Circle tour of Walt's Magic Kingdom, anyone?

The Mighty Ducks WERE a Disney-owned team at one point; what else would I be rocking on Main Street?!

Even trains need a little water sometimes - Disneyland Railroad, New Orleans Square Station

Pioneer Chili Cheeseburger - Hungry Bear Restaurant, Critter Country

"Honey, I'm home!" - The Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square

Look everyone, it's Amy! Four years of friendship and still going strong! #DisneylandFriendsAreTheBestFriends

I get a chance to spend time with some amazing people at Disneyland, and my friend Brittany is one of them! If you see her (and she'll probably be at the Mad T Party), tell her I said hi!

Because what else are you going to chant at 3am in the morning when you're high on Mickey Mouse Chicken and Waffles?!

See?



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Salutes U.S. Military with Special Tickets, Room Rates in 2014-2015


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Salutes U.S. Military with Special Tickets, Room Rates in 2014-2015
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. / ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California are bursting with new attractions and entertainment for the entire family – and America’s military personnel can experience the fun through special theme park tickets and special pricing for accommodations.

At Walt Disney World Resort – from Aug. 25, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:


  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax 
  • AND Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax

Walt Disney World tickets may be used Sept. 28, 2014, through Oct. 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used Dec. 22, 2014 through Jan. 2, 2015 and Mar. 29 through April 9, 2015.

At the Disneyland Resort – from Aug. 25, 2014, through Oct. 1, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:


  • Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each

Disneyland tickets may be used Sept. 28, 2014, through Oct. 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used Dec. 25, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015 and Mar. 29 through April 9, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends.  No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer.  All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by Oct. 3, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels.*  This offer is valid for stays most nights from Sept. 28, 2014, through  Oct. 3, 2015, except for:

  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 29, 2014
  • Dec. 24 – Dec. 31, 2014
  • Mar. 30 – April 4, 2015

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.  Minimum length of stay requirements may apply.  Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in, and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.  No group rates or other discounts apply.  Advance reservations required.  Additional per-adult charges apply at the Walt Disney World Resort if there are more than two adults per room.  Other restrictions apply.

For information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at the Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.  For information regarding Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort, or to make room reservations at the Disneyland Resort, military personnel may call 714-520-7088 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.  Information is also available at disneymilitaryoffers.com.

Offer Details:

  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein.  These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.  Tickets and options expire and may not be used after Oct. 3, 2015.  Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort expire and may not be used after Oct. 3, 2015.  Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse).  In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

*type and photograph courtesy of Disney

Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments (Current to September)

One of the things I will almost always invariably hear while standing in line at the security gates to get into either Disneyland Park or California Adventure Park are the words, "Dang it! *insert name of popular attraction here* is closed?! Why did it have to be closed on our vacation?" You've probably heard the same before.

Now, we completely understand this sentiment. Even being Annual Passholders who are able to go to Disneyland pretty much whenever we want doesn't make us immune, and there have been times when I've had a hankering to ride one attraction, just one, and gone to Disneyland to find said attraction closed and under refurbishment. Cue "dang it" comment from yours truly. I can't even imagine what it's like to plan an entire vacation at Disneyland, and be looking forward to one particular thing for perhaps months and months, only to arrive and find it closed. Knowing me, I'd say much worse than "dang it".

But! All of that said, and disappointment aside, we're also logical enough to know that refurbishments (also known as repairs and cosmetic enhancements) are a necessity, especially at The Park that, let's be honest here, sets the standard for all of the others. Without refurbishments, how else is Disneyland supposed to keep all of our favorite attractions so fresh and clean-smelling? Well, maybe not Pirates of the Caribbean, but that's what makes it, well, Pirates!

With all of that, we do have a list of current refurbishments taking place between now and the end of September from all around the Disneyland Resort. While we don't expect you to plan your vacation around these (please dont!), it's still good information for you, and us, to know and I'm sure everyone can make good use of it. It's true that while some of these mean you won't be able to make magic there perhaps, but that just means there's that much more magic to be found everywhere else.

Get out there and find it!





*The following attractions, restaurants, and/or shows are scheduled for refurbishment between now and the end of September.  Please note refurbishments are subject to change at any given time.

Disneyland Park Refurbishments
through       09/26/14 – Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
07/28/14 – 07/31/14 – Peter Pan’s Flight
08/16/14 – 08/17/14 – Captain EO (Magic Eye Theater)
08/25/14 – 09/11/14 – Haunted Mansion (Holiday overlay install)
08/25/14 – 11/13/14 – Matterhorn Bobsleds
08/26/14 – 08/28/14 – Sailing Ship Columbia
09/01/14 – 09/11/14 – Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm (Holiday overlay install)
09/02/14 – 09/04/14 – Jungle Cruise
09/03/14 – 09/04/14 – Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
09/08/14 – 09/11/14 – Mark Twain Riverboat
09/15/14 – 09/15/14 – Mickey’s House
09/16/14 – 09/18/14 – Indiana Jones Adventure
09/22/14 – 09/25/14 – Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

California Adventure Park Refurbishments
09/09/14 – 09/11/14 – California Screamin’

Disney's Grand California Hotel & Spa
08/02/14 – 09/26/14 – Napa Rose Restaurant