Sunday, July 31, 2016

Block Out Day Adventures

      I do not like saying anything negative about Disney Resort, the negative posts I made are to hopefully make people see that their rudeness affects others and to possibly help those at Disney become aware of things they might not be aware of. Enough negative things, now on to positive.

     We are annual pass holders, we are only able to purchase the deluxe pass so when we go on vacation in June and July we do have block out dates. This past year we had 4 because we went over the Fourth of July. It is hard being in Anaheim and unable to enter the parks however there is so much we find to do that the days fly by.

     Actually this year our block out days were so busy that we never really got that rest day to energize us like usual. That rest day makes it where we can go head on for the second half of our ten Disney days.

     Usually we have only one or two block out days. The block out days are Saturdays. We go to the Outlets at Orange, walk along Harbor Boulevard and chill at the room. Well at Pizza Press.  Sometimes my son and I go to the pool for a bit and well, we rest.

     This year with 4 days we kept very busy. Our first block out day we walked along Harbor. It was relaxing and restful however we weren't tired yet so not that much in need of the rest ha ha.

     Our second block out day we went to the Disney Vacation Club presentation. It was interesting but not for us so they graciously took us back to Downtown Disney. Then we shopped the rest of the day. When I say shop, I mean shop. We went to Company D, then to Wal Mart because my aunt had to pick up a prescription
. Then hopped on the ART and off to The Outlets where we shopped until 8:30. It was a busy day.

     The next day was another block out day. We went to the beach and walked our little legs off. We didn't realize we were so far from the pier but walked there anyhow. We had to hurry back to the van though because we only paid for 2 hours parking. We had to walk 4 miles back at a rather fast pace in beach shoes. We went to the room, got food and crashed.

     On the 4th of July we went to Knotts Berry Farm. Went to the room after that day and rested the rest of the day.

     We walked a lot the three days off, we had a great time but we were pooped. We wouldn't change it though because now these are adventures to remember.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Camping out on Main Street USA- There Has to Be a Better Way

     I do not like posting negative things about Disneyland, but sometimes there are negative things even in the Happiest Place on Earth. Most are created by guests though but I think that Disney needs to come up with a way to stop certain things from happening. I am not sure if my solutions will work but I did send them to Disney hoping maybe it could help.

     I love the Paint the Night Parade and I love the fireworks but I do not love how the park almost shuts down from around 5:00 PM until the end of the fireworks, just for those shows. People start lining Main Street USA around 4 or 5 to get a good spot. Well I think that is too early. Disney should not allow them to do that because it becomes way too crowded.

     Some people actually camp out on Main Street. They have blankets, toys and other items. These things line the street to the point if you are coming from the park and want to enter a shop on either side of the street you have to make sure you get on the sidewalk before you get to main street or you can't get through. People literally block the entrance to the sidewalk area all along the street. We wanted to go into one of the shops this year and did not want to go all the way to the end of the street. We should not have to, we paid our money just like those camping out. We could not get through though, there were people, strollers, blankets and toys all along the street. So we decided we were just going to cut through the people.One lady got mad because we stepped on her blanket. Well, sorry it is not a camp ground so the blanket should not be there.

     All of this camping out also makes the park look cheep and seedy. It makes it look like a city park, not a theme park where guests pay hundreds of dollars to visit.

     You can hardly maneuver the park after around 5:00 PM due to the people saving spots for the parade or fireworks. You also can't sit down to eat at some of the restaurants after 5 because people are there until the shows.

     I know people want good viewing spots but the parade starts around 8:30 and the fireworks at 9:30. Disneyland should not allow people to start saving spots until an hour before the first parade showing. They also should never allow people to camp out. Don't let them put their blankets and toys down on the streets or sidewalk. People should not be allowed to block the entrances to the shops on Main Street. I think if they want to save spots there they should have to stand and move out of the way if people need through.

     World of Color in DCA is a popular show but they have worked hard to make the viewing area less congested. It is not hard to get around there until around an hour before the show. Yes people do camp out there too and I think that should not be allowed but at least it is not from 5:00 until show time. There has to be a better way!

Rude Guests at Disney Resort" You are Not the Only Guest Who Wants to View

     People are just so rude, I really wish there was a way for Disney Resort to get a handle on the rudeness. I am not sure how they can since they tell people the rules and people do not follow them. They don't care that they take away from other's enjoyment. Some people think they are the only ones there and the only ones who want to view shows and attractions.

     For example, before Frozen they ask people to be considerate of others and avoid any back lighting
of cameras and phones and not to use a flash. This not only distracts from other guests enjoyment but can be distracting for the actors and sometimes dangerous. While watching the play we observed several people in the Orchestra section using a flash. We observed many in that section using their phones to take pictures. The back lighting was rude and I know distracting to those behind them.

          The lady in front of my mother had her phone out texting the entire show. The light is annoying and my mom should have tapped her on the shoulder telling her it was distracting. I wonder why that kind of person even bothers to go to the show. She obviously isn't interested. She could have sat outside texting.

     When I take pictures I use the view finder in my camera so that no one can see the light. I've checked and it does not put off any light at all. This is why some of my pictures are not that good but oh well, some are and that is fine.

     It is going to come to a place where Disney will have to make people put their phones and cameras away and not allow them into the shows.

     While trying to watch World of Color many people had their iPads and phones up in the air so that all we could see was the show through their device. This is extremely distracting. Do people not realize there is someone behind them wishing to see the show. Some of them will even come up behind you and put their phone in your face. Makes me want to knock it out of their hand and say "oops".  I am fine with people recording but keep their phone at face level so that those behind them can see the show too.

     While on Indiana Jones this man and woman had their phones up the entire ride. All we saw was the phone and the glare. When we got to the exit the case member let us go again. Do people really think all you want to see is their phone?

    Then there are of course the rude people who put their kids on their shoulders. This one seems to happen everywhere and so far Disney doesn't ask people to refrain from that. I guess they take it for granted that people realize their kids are not see through.

     I really wonder what goes through people's heads, are they so ignorant they think their kids are see through or that everyone wants to see their phone screen instead of the show they waited in line to see?  Sadly most people know this, they just think they are the only ones wishing to view the shows, they are the only ones who want to enjoy them. Newsflash to them, You are not the only one's there, others want to enjoy the magical experiences too!!!

+Disney +Frozen +Hyperion +California Adventures

Play on Disney Ride Words

     I had a lot of fun with this little play on Disney attraction words. These phrases are all from attractions either in Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure park. I posted to my Facebook wall but no one was game for the fun of either adding to it or saying which phrase came from what attraction.

     So, I will post this little play on words here on my blog. I give all credit for the original phrases to Disney but this little play  on words is my creation.

     Have fun and please add to it and share if you know where each phrase came from..

    Welcome foolish mortals you have just entered the Twilight Zone where every day is a zip a de do da day. We'e got gadgets and gizmo's a plenty. It's a great place to beheaded. Remember dead men tell no tales so kick back and get ready to screeeam! Wait, you're not racing yet it's show time. You'll be boarding in a few minutes so remember to stay seated with your seat belts fastened and make sure to watch your kids!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dangerous and Rude Drivers Inside Disney Resort

     I love Disney Resort in Anaheim, most of what I say about the resort is good but sometimes things at the park are not so good, most are brought on  by guests but these are things Disney allows. One incident happened during our July 2016 vacation. My aunt was run down by someone in a motorized wheelchair, actually it was one of the motorized carts but same idea. We saw several cast members almost plowed down by a man on a cart as well. Some people need the carts but we have noticed many times people have them and share riding time. Whatever the reason these carts pose a danger to other guests when the driver is inexperienced or just plain rude.

     The lady who ran my aunt down was just learning to drive the motorized cart. Yes at Disneyland where there are hundreds of people in her path. She actually ran into my aunts leg and luckily my aunt did not hit the ground but it hurt her badly. She has issues with that leg anyhow. If she had hit the ground it would have been even worse because the woman was not going slow. The woman just kept on going like nothing happened but the lady with her stopped to apologize. She said the woman was just learning to drive it and she hoped my aunt was ok. My aunt could barely speak at the time because of the pain so we told her that the parks are not a good place to learn to drive one and yes it did hurt, it hurt my aunt a lot. There was a huge knot in her calf where the cart had hit it.

     The next night while we were waiting to watch Paint the Night we saw someone on a motorized cart zoom behind cast member carts. The cast members had to jump out of the way to avoid being plowed down. The man on the cart was honking the horn as he drove by. At that moment the cast members should have made that man leave the park.

     We have experienced many rude people on motorized carts or wheel chairs. They honk for you to get out of their way thinking because they are on the cart they have the right of way. They don't think they should have to wait in a line of people walking down the street, they should move ahead. They will plow you down if you do not move. I have almost been hit by them  many times.

     Something needs to be done about this. Either Disney needs to stop allowing motorized carts and make people get a push wheel chair or they need to make sure the people using one know the rules and enforce them throughout the day too. They need to make sure the people using them really need them too and are not just getting one so they don't have to carry their stuff around the park. Those who really need them know how to use them and are polite, most of them are anyhow. It's the people who are new to them or who just get them because they either don't want to walk or they need somewhere to haul their stuff or, they want to get on the rides faster.

     My grandma was elderly and could not walk all day when she went to the parks. She tried a motorized chair once and was dangerous so we got her a wheel chair and pushed her. It was fine, we loved her and no one minded at all.

     I am not sure how Disney could handle this but I do know someday someone is going to be seriously injured by a person  just learning to drive or someone who is simply rude. There are elderly people in the park who could break a hip if knocked down. Small kids could die if hit and run over by one. My aunt could have been seriously injured if she had fallen down. Disney would be liable for allowing them in the parks. So hopefully they will stop and think about that, find a way to solve the problem of the dangers of inexperienced or rude drivers.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vacation Pictures 2016

     I have a friend who is not on Facebook and I have tried to e-mail my shots to him but well, they are too big to mail so I decided to create a picture post. These shots are from our California vacation 2015. I plan to create a photo slide show soon too. This is not the forum for this type of thing but hey it is fun.
+Disneyland +Disney + ocean + beach

Huntington Beach
 Aunt Donna and Kim in the ocean. Brr cold water.
 Tide coming in

Huntington Pier

Huntington Beach. walking back to the van. It was rather a long walk in shoes that were not made for walkin.

                                                                                                                                                                   Squirrel on the beach.

Near Corona, CA

Inside the AMC theater

Ducks in Fantasyland

The babies going into Pixie Hollow
Best Gumbo ever and
Monte Cristo from Cafe Orleans Disneyland

Disney's California Adventures the Pier
Cars Land

Cozy Cone

Cozy Cone with Tower of Terror in the distance

Peach cobbler funnel cake at Hungry Bear Cafe in Critter Country.

Churro funnel cake at Hungry Bear.

Both are delicious!

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train in California Adventures. Bug's Land

Hollywood Land at night. So beautiful!

More Huntington Beach shots. Same day as before but they jumped down here. Too crazy to move them.

Knott's Berry Farm outside park

Wild coaster at Knott's. No way did we ride this one!

Boysenberry funnel cake. Oh yes so yummy!
Beautiful place near the restrooms at one of the shops.

Kirk and the Hillbilly show at Knott's

My mom and me with one of the Hillbillies. He was so nide!

The old wooden roller coaster at Knott's. It was so fun!

Back to Disneyland.
This is a fantastic show!

We got to meet Chewbacca!

In front of It's a Small World. So many bush sculptures there. They are beautiful!

Mark Twain on the temporary closed Rivers of America.

Mickey's Magical Map

Monorail and Matterhorn

Main gate not far from our room.

Frozen stairs.

The Butts

 Cars Land

Our sweet friend Anthony.

 New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square near Haunted Mansion


Partner Statue

Visiting Pixie Hollow

Plaza Inn character breakfast.

Minnie helping with the Flat Stanley.

Cast members being fun!

 Radiator Springs Racers!

Rockin Roadsters

Disney fun foods

Storybook land

Fun with the Dapper Dans

Josh wondering about the "Butt" shirts.

Nathan sings to my cousin.

Toad Hall

Tower of Terror

Waling the boulevard