Getting Ready for the Rock Your Disney Party

On May 23 Disney is having another 24 hour event. This will at Disneyland, California Adventures and Walt Disney World.  This will be the first time I will be at one of those events. I have watched videos from other people that went to this party. So I have a idea about what this is going to be all about. It’s going to be a zoo when they first open the gates at 6 am. There will be people that have camped out just to be the ones to get there when the gates open. But what happens when you get in the gates? Well there is going to be a big crowd. All of these people are going after what Disney is giving out.

Well when I get there it will be after 7 am. I’m just coming in for this so it’s a fly in and fly out trip. I travel on Southwest Airlines Well the earliest flight doesn’t get me in to get in at 6. Well I’m not that crazy!   Well I’m the type of person that always have a game plan.

Here is my game plan for this event. I won’t be getting to the park until after 7. So there is the chance that the park is at Max people. So I don’t know when I will be getting in. I’m going to be there for 20 hours. In that time I want to pace myself. I don’t want to get burned out after a few hours. When I get to the park there is the search for a locker. There I can store my bag. Disney has a lot of lockers. There are lockers inside both parks and one outside. But they will get taken up right a way so there is the chance that I’m going to have to keep my things with me for a awhile. But sometime during the day I hope to get a locker.

I have a game plan when I get into the park. I don’t know which park it will be. There are going to be a lot of different characters going to be out during this event. So I’m planing on seeing as many as I can.

I’m going to bring a lot of pins to trade. I’m a big pin collector so I’m going to bring at least 100 pins. In the morning people will be hitting the rides first thing. So if you want to do the rides in the morning there will be long lines.

If you are going to this event it’s a good thing to have a game plan and over all pace yourself. Your are going to be there for 20 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Your Disney Side Event

Disney announce a event that people are Tweeting about. It’s going to be the Rock Your Disney Side Event.  The came out with a photo of 140 characters lined up in a giant hash tag. The event is going to happen May 23 and 24. The parks will be open for 24 hours. From 6 am Friday to 6 am Saturday. This event will be in both California and Floria. In  California,  Disneyland and California Adventure. In Florida it will be The Magic Kingdom.

This type of event has happened twice before. Another Disney Day that happened 2012 and Monster Summer last year. This will be the third one that Disney has done.

I missed those first two because I heard about it after it happen. This time they announced early so I will be there on May 23. It will be a zoo but it’s Disney history. 

Life of a Disney Horse

 

Anytime that you go to Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom you will always see the horse drawn Street Car. Horses have been a big part of Disneyland since the opening in 1955. Walt Disney had a great love for horses. When Disneyland first opened there were 125 horses that were working in the park. There was even a Mule Train ride. The place that stables all the horses is the Circle D Ranch. Some other farm animals are housed there. Circle D Ranch is located right behind Toontown. Now Circle D Ranch has 25 horses.

 

The most famous horses are the ones that pull the Street Car down Main Street. These horses have the easiest work schedule in the park. These horse only work 3 hours a day and each horse works 3 days a week. These horses are out from 10:30 – 1:30 everyday depending the weather.

 

On my last trip to Disneyland I caught a ride on the Trolley. This horse was doing he park training. So there were some of the trainers that was with the horse. I got the chance to talk with one of the trainer. This horse name was Rodger. He was on his park training. During the ride he stop off and on he wasn’t use to the some of the things going on but over all he was good horse.

 

I asked the trainer some questions about the horse training. There horses that Disney gets have been trained in pulling a wagon. Sometime the will get a horse that is 6 years old. The training can take a lot of time before a horse goes to work inside the park. In the training that a horse goes though has task that have to be handed. A horse has to get use to a lot of different things before going out. The horse has to use to things like balloons, a lot of people. Strollers and sounds of the park. To get to the point of being able to work the parks has no set time table.

 

When a horse gets ready to work in the park they are now Cast Members of Disney. They even have their own name tag. The tag hangs inside of the trolley that they are pulling. Each trolley has two Cast Members. One is driving the trolley and the other walks with the horse. They are also to make sure people are out of the way.

The horse love their work. The horses work as long as they as able to handed things. When I was talking to the conductor one time I was chatting to her about the horses. The horse that was pulling the trolley was named Fritz. While chatting with the Cast Member I mentioned about another horse, the night before I wen to Mickey’s Not So Scarey Halloween party, I has said to the CM that the horse that they Headless Horseman was riding was a very beautiful horse. While I was talking Fritz started shaking his head. I said to Fritz that he is beautiful too. When I said this he started nodding his head. Disney horses have a personality. There are horses that have been working in the park for 15-18 years.

 

Now the Ranch that the horses are at Walt Disney World is housed at The Tri Circle Ranch that is at the Fort Wilderness Resort. I have never been to this ranch yet. At this ranch houses all the horses that work at WDW. At the Tri Circle Ranch has Horse Back riding and Carriages.

How I got a Disney Doll for $7.50

Like many Disney collectors I look for deals for Disney collectables. Well I have a Disney Card from Chase and that card has some great perks. From time to time they will send members a Friends and Family sale. It’s only good for  5 days. The discount was 25% off of things at the Disney Store and Online. I went to the Disney Store and was looking around at all the things that they have. I saw the Classic Dolls that they have.  Well they had a  deal on these dolls. It was buy 2 or more Dolls and get them for $10 each. I picked up a Rapunzel in the wedding dress and Mulan. I paid only $7.50 a piece for the two.  

So if you want to be able to get some great discounts pick up the Disney Card though Chase. They have two types of cards. One is a Debt Cards and the other is a Visa.  

What it would be like if I lived close to a Disney Park

If I had the chance to live close to a Disney Park I would choose to be close to Disneyland. But since I currently live in Arizona this is only a  dream. 

I would have a Annual Pass tot he parks. I would be there at least 3-4 days a week at the park. Since I’m retired I could do more but there is other things that need to be done.

I would always try to get there first thing in the morning.  The mornings are the best time to get to the park.  I would head to Indian Jones first thing since this ride has a record to breaking down during the day. It is to be be said that this ride has over 160,000 different combos that the ride is different each time.  These things are so slight that you would not know it. 

On some days I would head to California Adventure. I would be in line to get a Fast Pass for Radiator Springs Racers. Since these FP’s can go very fast. People go there first thing in the morning. Some people go there just to get a pass and then they go to work or school. These passes will be gone in the matter of hours. The line can get as long that it wraps down the street.  Many people head to Radiator Springs just to rise it first thing.  The Stand By  line can be over 120 minutes long.

Another thing I would do is go to the Haunted Mansion. There is something that is so unnoticeable that you would have to ride it over and over. That is  right when you get to the Ballroom scene in a corner you will see a spider web. This isn’t something that is a read web or Disney doing but as the story goes that someone had taken a gun into the ride and wanted to see if the ghost were real or just something fake. I’m not going to tell the whole story about how they make the ghost but all there is a sheet of glass that make the ghosts. Well this person shot the glass to break the illusion. It didn’t break all the glass but made a star in the glass. Since the cost and what they would have to do to replace the glass would be costly and hard to replace they just covered the hole with a spider and the rest of the star into a web.

If I had this dream I would have made a lot of friends with Cast Members and I would be able to write a good book about living the Disney Dream. 

Where to I get my information

I got a comment awhile back that wondered where I get my information. Well here is your answer!

I have been going to Disneyland many times. Too many to count. So I know a lot about that park. Also I live closer to Disneyland so I go a lot.  I have been going to Walt Disney World since 2007.  i have been there four times since then.  In that time I have gotten to know the ins and outs of the parks. I have made friends with Cast Members.  So I’m awhile asking questions and getting the dirt of what is going on. I have read some books on Walt Disney. The best book that I have read is “How to be like Walt Disney.”  It’s a lot about how Walt did the things that he did.

I also like to read Inside the Magic and listen to the podcast. This give my ideas of things to check out on my next trip.

 

 

Using Magic Band

 

On my trip to WDW in 2013 I was able to test the Magic Band, When I got the email that my resort was part of the testing I was so thrilled. I had heard a lot about this new program that WDW was rolling out. Magic Bands streamlines everything at WDW. It holds your room key, tickets, meal credits and charging service. Also another service that the Bands give is the next Fast Pass system called Fast Pass+. This service gives you the chance to book your Fast Passes 60 days before your trip. When you are in the parks you can make your Fast Passes at kiosk though out the park. You can also change your passes at anytime.

 

 

When I was at WDW in September 2013, I was there for 10 days. My first night was at The All Star Movies Resort. This resort wasn’t in the testing for that time but I wasn’t spending my whole trip there. When I checked in I was surprised that my Band could open the door. I did have that reservation linked to the Band so I was able to open my room door. I also added my credit card to my Band. I don’t do this often but I wanted to see how it worked. The first night went well.

 

The next day I transferred to the second resort. Pop Century. I would be staying the rest of my time there. The transfer went smooth. I just took my bags to Bell Services and they transferred my bags to Pop. Once I checked in to Pop I was able to use my meal credits and tickets. My room wasn’t ready yet but the did text me when my room was ready. So I headed to the park.

 

When I got to the park gate thing were easy I had two tickets linked to my band. When I was at the gate all I had to do was hold my band up to the poll and the poll read my band so I got to entry the park. Since I had a Annual Pass I had to go to Guest Service to exchange my pass since I got my pass at Disneyland. This took some time because the Cast Member wasn’t sure how to make the exchange.

After this was done I was able to go about my day.

 

When I used my meal credits it was easy. When I was to pay for my meal I would have to hold my Band up to the scanner and put in my pin number it was that simple.

 

When I use the band to buy things was also easy. I would scan and put in the pin,

 

After that trip, I went to Disneyland and took the Magic band with me. I wanted the Cast Members there what the Band looked like. A lot of the CM thought it was cool. When I talked to higher up CM’s about if Disneyland was going to use this system. The answer that I got that Disneyland won’t change to the Magic Band, Disneyland operations are so small that it wouldn’t work.

 

Now my next trip won’t be for a year. I have been reading other blogs and listening to Disney podcast and it sounds like it will be rolling out to everyone soon.

 

 

Disneyland or Walt Disney World- Which is Better?

 

People are always wondering which park is better. Disneyland or Walt Disney World? But they are both worth going to. It just depends of what you are looking for.

 

Disneyland was opened in 1955, it is the only park that Walt Disney over saw the construction of. Walt got the idea while watching his daughters play on the Merry-Go-Round in Griffith Park. He was sitting on a bench eating peanuts. He thought there should be a place that kids and parents could enjoy together. So he built and called it Disneyland.

Disneyland is in Anaheim CA. Disneyland is 160 acre. It is made up of 22 rides and many attractions.

It is broken down to 7 areas. Main Street, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter County, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Mickey’s Toontown.

Disney opened California Adventure in 2001 in the 72 acre parking lot of Disneyland. Disney California Adventure is divided into eight themed areas called “districts”.

 

Buena Vista Street taking the name from the street that Walt Disney Studios was on, the main entrance gate, which resembles the landmark Pan-Pacific Auditorium. Buena Vista Street includes an immersive recreation of early 1920s Los Angeles when Walt Disney first arrived with Mission and Art Deco facades housing shops and restaurants. A recreation of Carthay Circle Theater, which showcased the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 sits at the end of the street, serving as the visual anchor for the district. Red Trolley Cars travel from the entry, up Buena Vista Street to Carthay Circle, then down Hollywood Boulevard towards the Tower of Terror. Buena Vista Street was opened to the public on June 15, 2012.

 

Paradise Pier, Grizzly Peak, Condor Flats, Pacific Wharf, A Bug’s Land and Carsland. It has 11 rides and attractions. Carsland was opened in 2012. Carsland has a ride called Radiator Spring Racers that has some of the longest lines. The wait times have been up to 3 hours long.

 

Disney owns 3 hotels. There are countless motels around the park.

 

Time to do and see it all 2 days.

 

 

 

Walt Disney World’s first park to open was in 1971. Walt Disney died in 1966. People thought that The Magic Kingdom wouldn’t open , Walt’s brother Roy made sure that it did. Walt Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida .The property covers 30,080 acres and has 4 parks with 2 water parks.

 

Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, EPCOT opened in 1982, Hollywood Studios opened 1989 and Animal Kingdom opened 1998. The Water parks Typhoon Lagoon opened 1989 and Blizzard Beach opened 1995.

 

Walt Disney World has 27 resorts that includes Disney Vacation Club and a Campground.

 

Time to see and do a week.

 

 

The difference between each park is size Disneyland is smaller but it is where it all started. Walt Disney World is a destination vacation,

 

They are both places that any Disney Fan must visit once in a lifetime.

Tips to Save up extra money

I have found many ways to save up extra money though a lot of ways. There is a way that i like to save up money so when i’m on my trip i will have extra cash to go shopping with. I save up all the change I get when I go shopping. A few coins here and there can add up after a while.  Most people throw the change into a jar, but I like to use something different. On my last trip to Disneyland I went and got some of those special glass and I also got a yard drink glass.  Every time I get change some a shopping trip I throw it into the glasses. When it get closer to my trip I go to a Coin Star machine and cash in the coins. I will use that money for shopping on my trip.