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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mickey's Magical Map

I went to see Mickey and the Magical Map the other day and I was so entranced by it that I forgot all about taking pictures! However, my friend Mallory saved the day by snapping a few with her iPhone so here you go!

Personally, I could do without the extra dancers but I liked the main
characters very much.

As always, Mulan made me cry because I relate so much to her song, Reflection.

And who doesn't love Stitch? (Don't answer that or I will hit you.)

I love Tiana!

After the show we walked through Fantasyland. Did you know there is a wonderful photo opp with Dumbo? Unfortunately, it is tucked away in a spot that is easy to miss...but we didn't!

Yours truly, hamming it up.

Next, we headed on over to Big Thunder. It was awesome, awesome, awesome. Something these pictures aren't but I'm sharing them with you anyway.

As far as I could tell, not much changed outside.

Well now wait a minute...was this train here before? I don't think so.

Oh so tempting.

Your two dining divas right before getting on Big Thunder.

If you have a chance to see Mickey and the Magical Map, I highly recommend that you do. It's very cute and well done. That's it for now, folks.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Balloons and Chocolate Easter Eggs

When you think of Disneyland, don't you usually think of balloons and chocolate Easter eggs?
Well you should!

It was an absolutely perfect day (weather-wise) to
go to the Park.

Oh, you thought I was going to post pictures of balloons and chocolate Easter eggs? Be patient!

I think Spring might be the cheeriest time of year in the Park. I love all those pretty flowers.

I really enjoyed the Easter lilies by the flag pole, too.

Doesn't this remind you of a magical path
to be followed?

Let's not forget about the hanging baskets in abundance on Main Street!

Guess what? Now it's time for chocolate Easter eggs! I don't remember ever seeing these for sale during previous Easter seasons but they look yummy and I am sure they are a big hit.

What's that? You need more chocolate Easter egg goodness? OK, here you go!

If you're like me, you enjoy taking in all the little details in Disneyland, the things most people don't take the time to notice. For you, I present
the Candy Palace ceiling.

The Next, I paused to admire the buildings and maybe get a new cover photo for my Facebook page.

You've been patient....I give you BALLOONS!

What? You want to experience the balloons? OK, here's a brief snippet - good thing I anticipated your wants and needs, right?

For all of you retro geeks, feast  your eyes on these totally cool serving dishes.

There are special eggs hidden throughout the Parks - quite frankly I had forgotten about them until I spotted this Goofy egg near the entrance to the lockers on Main Street.

I had "linner" at the Plaza Inn and recorded a Diningland segment for a future episode of
The Disneyland Gazette. The pot roast was yummy.

And that brings us to the end of our visit...sorta.
Come back in a couple of days for a peek at Mickey and the Magical Map!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Two Worth Checking Out

Every once in a while, I recommend things to my readers and today is one of those days. The first, I've blogged about before and I do so again because I believe in what he is doing and I genuinely love his work. Please click on this link and check out all that Jim Harold has to offer. If you have a strange experience to share, by all means contact him!

Next, I want to share with you a blog and book written by a wonderful woman that I personally know. Sara was a colleague of mine while I worked at Marsh and we soon became friends. Check out her blog here and if you like her writing style, buy her book!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hollywood Chocolate

Oh ya! As you know, earlier we had been over at the El Capitan to see Muppets Most Wanted. Now it was time to window shop a bit and get something to eat. We crossed the street to the fancy dancy shopping destination by the Dolby Theater and stumbled upon a GINORMOUS candy store that was an absolute delight. We noticed the sign below and we all looked at each other as if to say, "Should we?"  Oh ya we did!

Enlarge this pic so you can see all the yummies you could pick for your personal candy bar.

I watched everyone else complete an order sheet...

...and then decided I wanted my own candy bar, too!

While waiting for our order to be processed, I walked around a bit...

Now it was time to tell her what I wanted in my bar!

So much to choose from!

Here are some custom items you can order.

While our candy was in the "chiller", I walked around and explored the store.

As soon as our candy was ready we headed down to the Hard Rock Cafe for linner (You know, lunch/dinner). I didn't eat my candy for a couple of days but never fear, I took pictures of the unveiling.

I open the bag with anticipation...

Ooooh, look at this cool box!

Here's the backside...

And finally, what you've been waiting for! No, what I've been waiting for! Yummy goodness! Not too sweet, not too rich, just right! I picked milk chocolate with a gooey center of Nutella, chopped peanuts, whole almonds and peanut butter chips. I was going to break it into 4 reasonably even chunks and spread the happiness out over the course of a few days but after the first bite, I ATE THE WHOLE THING!

If you are ever in the area I highly recommend that you make your own candy bar, at least once. The store is huge, lots to see, neat merchandise from movies and TV shows (such as Big Bang Theory - I nearly lost my wallet on those!) and you can have birthday parties there, too.