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Reflection

 

When I first think the word “reflection”, Mulan is the first word that comes to mind. This just shows how much Disney has affected my life, even in an academic way. I never thought I would be able to ever say that Disney has taken over my life. I really appreciated having a class like this because it was not only fun to write, but it was also about something I actually enjoyed. I thought that having this blog would be a hassle to keep up with but it was actually the best part of my week. I actually want to keep going with this blog to see how much I can teach others while learning new things for myself. I really wished that there were more weeks in this semester so that my Professor could provide me a prompt for my blog post. I am really going to miss having this class and this blog.

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Social Media’s Impact

In today’s society, technology is a very important part of our daily lives. Looking back on most of my daily routines, I have found that there is not one thing about my day that doesn’t include technology in some way. I believe that using social media has helped me in keeping this blog going in numerous different ways. I was always able to turn to Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, or Youtube to find helpful GIFs or videos to make my blog posts more interesting. For example, using Facebook for my Disney blog was useful because I am part of this “Disneyland Annual Passports” group on Facebook where I can tell my friends when I will be going and can ask for help taking pictures or recording rides for my blog. Also using Instagram, I am able to look under different hashtags and explore “Disney” related tags to find cool and innovative ways to take pictures of the park. Using Tumblr was a main part of the reason why I even chose my blog to be about Disneyland because I follow so many Disney tumblrs, it was so easy for me apply my new knowledge about the park. Lastly Youtube had a big influence on my blog because I feel that through others’ videos on Youtube, people are able to experience the park or rides through the videos I find on Youtube. Social media helped me to learn more about Disneyland while helping me teach about Disneyland too.
Youtube video of my favorite parade :

Instagram photo of the castle using #disneycastle

Before and After

Although many students who visit Disneyland today could never imagine the rides that were there when our parents were that young, many think that the rides that are there today, have existed ever since opening day. I know that I will be able to tell my children that I remember when they started to build Car’s land and Ariel’s Grotto but my parents tell me what they remember watching as well.

1.  America Sings is now Innoventions in Tommorrowland.

2. Submarine Voyage is now called Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

3. Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse has now been transformed into Tarzan’s Treehouse.

4. Davy Crockett’s Island which is now called the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

I think for some, the before attractions were a lot better than compared to what they are today. For example I do remember being in awe with the details on the previous Submarine Voyage which makes me slowly start to hate Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage. I also would have loved to see America Sings because I love Splash Mountain which some of the robotic singing animals were placed within the mountain after America Sings closed down.

It all started when my niece and nephew got their own Disney passes for their Christmas presents.

  Once we heard that we were going to Disneyland, it only took us 20 minutes to get ready and buckled up in the car.

Of course we had to stop first and listen to the music of Disneyland’s own Dapper Dans.

After riding a fair amount of rides, we decided that it was time for lunch and headed directly to the turkey leg stand. For only $9, we were able to feed all four of us.

Erika and I were able to meet one of the cast members on the tv hit show, Pretty Little Liars. We were star struck and couldn’t believe that we actually saw an upcoming celebrity.

My niece, Adalyn, wanted to ride The Tower of Terror where we were told that she wasn’t tall enough so we took her to see pictures of people on the ride and came across these inventive guests.

Due to the popularity of Disney’s water show, World of Color, we stood in line for over an hour and a half, hoping to get good seats for the kids.

Although I have been to Disneyland over 50 times, this trip with my niece and nephew would definitely be the best. This picture made me know that this trip was the best I ever had.

Where to Eat?!

I’m sure on your very first trip to Disneyland, your family had no idea which restaurants were good and worth the amount of money they were asking for. So I wanted to blog about the restaurants that I find to be worth the food and some where I feel that their menus are very over priced. First let’s start off in Tomorrowland where my favorite place to eat would have to be Pizza Port. They offer salads, pizzas, and pasta but my favorite would have to be the Asian salad or the chicken Alfredo pasta. I feel like these are 2 medium portioned plates that are worth $10.

  Located between Autopia and Space Mountain.

Next we have Fantasyland where I Edelweiss Snacks which serves turkey legs, chimichangas, and corn on the cob. My favorite would definitely be the turkey leg for only $9. Although many think it’s gross and fattening to eat it, that’s what makes it so good. I love the way I immediately turn into a carnivore once they hand me the chunk of meat. This is definitely a big portion that you might want to share with others.

Located between Matterhorn Mountains and It’s a Small World.

In Main street, USA, my favorite restaurant would have to be the plaza inn. I believe that this would be my favorite restaurant throughout the entire park as well. My go-to dish would be the fried chicken which includes 3 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and a biscuit; but for those carb lovers, you can always substitute the green beans for more potatoes. I love eating dinner in here around 9 o’clock at night and finding a perfect seat to watch the 9:35   pm firework show in the summer. This is a very big portioned meal for only $15 so my friend and I both feel stuffed after eating and need a twenty minute resting period. I highly recommend anyone who hasn’t tried the food at Plaza Inn to at least try it once (but the pot roast dinner at times can be very dry). I hope that after you read this post, you will at least have 3 different restaurants that you can either try, or stay away from.

Located next to Star Tours and to the left of the Walt and Mickey Statue.

Buildings of Disneyland

When going to Disneyland, the first glance at the buildings of Main Street, USA can be a blur in the excitement for the rides and attractions. If you pay close attention to the buildings each and every one is unique in its own way. The windows of the buildings have different names written on them where most would think that they were just random names that the artist thought of, but they are actual names of the imagineers and other contributors. The buildings are all very detailed and each have their own characteristics whether they are shopping stores, ice cream parlors, or restaurants. When walking towards the Sleeping Beauty Castle, Walt wanted the buildings to look small compared to the Castle, so as the buildings get closer to the castle, they are shorter than the ones at the front of the park. Same concept when walking away from the castle the buildings seem to get larger so it persuades the guest’s thoughts that it will be a long walk to the exit and that they should stop and shop. Many haven’t taken the time to look at the window above the firehouse next to City Hall but that window was an apartment for Walt Disney when he wanted to stay in the park. The next time you visit Disneyland, I recommend trying to take a few moments to actually appreciate the structure and details that go into each and every building.

Here are a few of the beautiful structures of Main Street, USA :

 

I’m sure most of you have heard of the scavanger hunt at Disneyland where you can find Hidden Mickeys all over the park, in bushes, buildings, shops, restaurants, on the ride, and basically out of anything that you can figure out Mickey’s head. Did you know that there are also hidden Mickeys in the Disney movies as well?

If you don’t know what hidden Mickeys are here is an example from the ride in Fantasyland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: where if you look into his eye, you can see a red Mickey head.

Hidden Mickeys are not only limited to the Disneyland and California Adventure parks but are also found in a variety of Disney classics such as The Lion King, Lilo and Stitch, Enchanted, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, just to name a few. Here are a few screen shots of the movies where you can find your own hidden Mickeys.

The Lion King: The golden Mickey that the monkey is holding

Lilo and Stitch: Three watermelons create a Mickey

Enchanted : Stitches on Giselle’s dress

Snow White : The shadow below the flower

Sleeping Beauty : The cracker in her hand

The Nightmare Before Christmas:Mickeys on her pajamas, Donal Ducks on his pajamas

I’m sure that most of you just sit and enjoy the movie like you should, but if you are a Disney fanatic like me, I challenge you to find some of your own hidden Mickeys the next time you watch your favorite Disney film. Happy searching!

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