I have quite a collection of Disney games. With the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland I thought it might be nice to take a closer look at one game that features that iconic park, namely:
Made in Canada by Somerville Limited
This is a very simple game. It can be played by 2 or 3 players. Let’s have a look at the game pieces:
Still on the original card
Note that the wild card is called a Master Card and, of course, it is Walt Disney! I was delighted to find that this game had not even been used, which boosts its value as a collectible. Now let’s see the game board:
That’s one long game board!
Each player puts his pawn on the start area under one of the three lanes and draws 6 cards. The player will stay in this lane throughout the game. The first player spins and moves the amount of spaces indicated. To advance, the player must have a card that matches the character on the space he occupies. If not, they draw a card. If they still do not have the character, play moves to the next player.
There are free spaces and wild cards to help things along. The game ends when someone arrives at Disneyland! Unfortunately, not the real one.
Which color do you want? (I want red)
The game can be won in 19 moves plus however many missed turns a player may get. Again, not the most difficult game in the world, but that’s why it is for ages 6-10.
It is likely that this game is from the 1970’s or 80’s based on the artwork.
FUN FACT: This game was manufactured in London, ON which is under 2 hours away from where I currently live! Well, it’s a fun fact for me.
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are reviewing the official Disneyland hotels and some of Disneyland’s Good Neighbor hotels.
Good Neighbor Hotel: Howard Johnson
We booked our reservations at the Howard Johnson through a friend who is a Disney travel agent and we never regretted the decision! Everything went off without a hitch thanks to the professionalism of our agent and the friendly staff at the hotel.
I intend to keep this review short with a what-you-really-need-to-know approach. So with that said, here is the room we stayed in:
The bed was very comfortable and the decor was nice with everything being extra clean. We also had a great view of Disneyland off our balcony. Well, parts of it anyway:
Taking a peek at the nighttime fireworks
Blue Monorail with the Matterhorn
Red Monorail with the Matterhorn
Blue sky with the Matterhorn
The hotel was just a 5-minute walk from the entrance to Disneyland. Pricing varies with the time of visit and length of stay, so suffice it to say that we found the cost to be at least 40% cheaper than a Disneyland hotel, if not even cheaper.
The wife and I (or is it Minnie?) arriving
You can also enjoy the Family Water Playground: “Our Castaway Cove pirate themed water park area is the only one in Anaheim outside of the Disney hotels. Kids of all ages will enjoy a 30-foot pirate ship with slides, water cannons, fountains, toddler wading pool, 200-gallon drench bucket and more. There is something for everyone at Castaway Cove, from your Captain to your tiniest buccaneer. Don’t miss the 15-person Hot Tub Spa, or the Garden Pool, a separate secluded area for swimming, relaxing or getting that California tan.” It was too cold for us to take advantage of these amenities when we visited. Oh well, next time!
Other amenities include free wi-fi, free parking, gym, restaurant and bar, convenience store, great staff, and of course, information on all-things Disney!
For more Disneyland hotel reviews, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Hello everyone, and welcome to our Top 5 Disneyland60 Moments from 2015! I hope that 2015 has been a great year for you, and that 2016 is an even better year than this one! This has been a hard year for my family, as I wrote about in my post “When Life Invades Disney“, but I am going to be optimistic and tell you that I expect 2016 to be a much better year than this one! So today, I’m going to pull for you my top 5 moments from our trip to Disneyland for Disneyland60 this past July!
Moment #1: The Disneyland60 Photo
Stephanie, Shane, Lindsay (not seen), Sophie and I getting our picture taken on July 17, 2015!
On the actual birthday of Disneyland, July 17th, we were able to be at the park! It was a big thrill for myself and Sophie; having Stephanie and Shane and their baby to be there also made it special. The only thing that I missed was not having Cindy there with us. That’s okay, though, the 50th birthday of the Magic Kingdom is in just a few years, I’ll make sure we are there for that one to celebrate in style!
Moment #2: Riding all the Attractions we did!
That morning, we arrived early enough that the park was just getting going, and were able to get in to Disneyland with not much fuss. I was, to be honest, a little surprised, because I remember how crazy packed the Magic Kingdom had been for the 40th Birthday just a few years earlier. So we arrived, and looked in the gift shops briefly on Main Street, but then we started riding attractions. We must have ridden 10 or 15 attractions — rides like the Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, and others — within the first couple of hours of being there — well before the 10AM presentation that they had to celebrate the park and the occasion. It was incredible how many rides we just walked right onto.
Moment #3: World of Color
We saw the World of Color the night before the anniversary — so, on July 16th. This was a special World of Color, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Mickey Mouse, and even an appearance by Walt Disney. I had a Periscope session for this, as well as for Moment #4 and Moment #5.
Moment #4: Fantasmic
On July 18, we had reservations at the River Belle Terrace to enjoy dinner and get preferred seating for Fantasmic. The meal was incredible, but alas, the show was cancelled that night due to rain. However, on the 20th, Stephanie, Shane and myself went over to see the show on our own, and the video below is my Periscope video of the showing, which is why it isn’t 16×9. I hope you enjoy!
Moment #5: Disneyland Fireworks
Within minutes of the Fantasmic show ending, the Disneyland fireworks were being presented. Rather than try to get over by the Castle and possibly miss getting a good spot for the fireworks, we decided to stay where we were and watch them from that location. I think it was a good decision, and I have this video as well to share with you! Once again, it was recorded as my Periscope session, so that’s why it isn’t 16×9. Enjoy!
What special Disney moments will 2016 bring to our world? And what special Disney moments do you have from 2015 that you want to share with us? Hit us up, leave us a comment, shoot us an email, write on our Facebook Page, shoot us a tweet, or even give me a call! I’d love to hear about your favorite Disney moments from 2015! I hope that you all have a very happy and safe new year celebration and that you have a wonderful year ahead!
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California Screamin’, located over in Paradise Pier at Disney’s California Adventure Park, is, in my opinion, the best roller coaster at any Disney park. I know that Space Mountain certainly has it’s fans, as does Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, but for me, California Screamin’ has got it all. This roller coaster is what the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is based off of, but it is twice as long, outdoors, and offers up some great views of parts of the park. In the video, you’ll see great moments involving another train that we almost criss-crossed with during our run.
During our trip this past July, Shane and I rode in the very front seats of the coaster, and shot this video with my GoPro. I apologize in advance for the quality — I am not a videographer at all, and this video proves it! However, I hope it does give you some insight into how California Screamin’ can make you sick! If nothing else, the quality of the video may do the trick all on it’s own!
So how can California Screamin’ make you sick? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure how often people do get sick on this coaster — but I imagine if you were to load up on a bunch of junk food, maybe ride the Tower of Terror several times in a row, and things like that, getting on California Screamin’ may put you over the edge.
So tell me, what did you think of the video? More importantly, what do you think of California Screamin’? Have you ridden it before? Take a moment and let me know in the comments, and thanks for riding along with us!