6 Days til Disneyland – Soarin’ Over California!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

And then there were six…six days left until we leave for Disneyland!  Today we are taking a look at one of my favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and of course, at Disney’s California Adventure park — Soarin’ Over California!

The interesting thing about this attraction is that I didn’t used to like it!  I don’t know what it was, but for some reason, the realism of it all was so incredible that it was freaking me out!  I don’t know if I had some sort of inner ear thing or what, but I really did not care for it all that much.  I would ride it, though, because I could look over and see that if I fell, I would only break a leg or something, you know, easy peasy, right?!

However, the more I rode it, the more I liked it, and I really enjoy the ride now, and can’t wait for our trips on it when we get to Disneyland!  Soarin’ Over California is a fan favorite for a lot of people, though, so FastPass tickets are a must, at least in my mind they are, but that’s okay.  It’s the only attraction in Condor Flats, but it’s not far from Grizzly River Run, so that might draw some of the crowds away from Soarin’.

What is your favorite part of Soarin’ Over California? Why not leave me a comment and let me know, and thanks!

31 Days til Disneyland – Mandara Spa Mani-Pedi!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Wow, are the days flying by!  We are down to 31 days til our Disneyland trip!  Today, we are looking at an “attraction” that you won’t find me anywhere near!  The Mandara Spa!

Since we are looking at all that Disneyland has to offer, the Mandara Spa is one of those things that we need to examine for those of you that are of a mind to experience the spa!  Located inside the Grand California Resort & Spa, our home resort, the offerings of the spa are quite elaborate (I think!) and something that many of the readers of My Dreams of Disney would probably really enjoy!  Click the link to go to the Mandara Spa site for a list of all of the services that they provide.

Are you going to take in the spa for a well deserved relaxation day?  If so, let us know what your favorite treatment will be in the comments below, and thanks!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Herbie Rides Again!


Herbie the Love Bug

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, the weekly series that brings you a bit of Disney Trivia for you to enjoy!  Along with my good friends Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I am Mike from My Dreams of Disney bringing you some unique trivia from the book Disney Trivia from the Vault by Mr. Dave Smith.

Today, K.H. asks a question about the movie Herbie Rides Again.  Here is what they had to say:

Where did Disney film the firehouse that was used in Herbie Rides Again? K.H., Louisville, KY

The firehouse featured in Herbie Rides Again was built on the back lot of the Disney Studios in Burbank, California.  Movie magic did the rest: the street scenes of San Francisco were matted in around the firehouse.

Special thanks to my daughter Sophie for looking these up for me!  Now, check out the rest of the entries below, and enjoy!

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Planning our trip to Disneyland!

Get Ready. Get Set. Go! I am so excited!  Last Monday night, I was looking at our DVC points we had for next year (we had borrowed some for our trip this year) and I found out that we could spend a week at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa for 166 points!  I talked with Cindy about it, and decided that this would be the perfect time to take a trip out west to experience “The Park” as my good buddy Chad from Days in the Park calls it!  I can’t wait!  I have so much planning to do, and did I tell you that we have never been before?  Fortunately for us, we have some great Disney friends in California, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to meet up with them — and that they’ll be able to help me with vacation planning.  For now, though, here are the questions that I have off the top of my head:

  1. Our check-in date is June 20, and check-out date is June 27.  When should I purchase our airfare?  What airlines are the best price typically?
  2. Does Disneyland have Magical Express, and is it worth it to use?
  3. I’ve heard there are two airports near Disneyland.  LAX and John Wayne.  Which is better to fly into?
  4. Who should I get my tickets through?  My friends that are TA’s, or Undercover Tourist, or somewhere else?
  5. What are the best places to eat at the parks?
  6. How busy will it be during that time period?
  7. Are there Touring Plans type apps for Disneyland also?
  8. What else am I forgetting?  I expect it is quite a bit!

At this point Sophie doesn’t know that we are going!  So don’t tell her (she doesn’t read the blog that much, especially with all the schoolwork she has in middle school) so I expect that she won’t see this post anytime soon. :)

Have I told you how excited I am?  Thanks for stopping by!

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