Back from Disneyland!

The sign in front of an incredible place to stay!

The sign in front of an incredible place to stay!

Hello everyone, I’m back from my vacation with my family to Disneyland!  I have missed writing posts for you, but I would like to thank my friends Tanya and Theresa for chipping in with an article while I was gone!  It was an absolutely incredible trip that Cindy, Sophie and I had, and I’ll be bringing you a ton of posts in the upcoming days, but for starters, I thought I would share with you the sign at the entrance to the hotel that we stayed at: the Grand Californian Hotel!

I’ll have a lot more to share with you, including posts this week about Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and how to decide between the two vacation destinations!  In addition to that, of course, we’ll have our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post and our Wordless Wednesday post, and of course, please don’t forget to read and pray for those that have Prayer requests this week!

Lastly, thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and visit us here at My Dreams of Disney — the site is truly a labor of love, and the fact that you stop by to visit warms my heart.

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Paradise Pier in Pictures

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When we arrived at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa for our stay during our trip to Disneyland, I had no idea that we were going to get the view that we got! When our room was ready and we went to it, after looking at all of the incredible detailing in the room itself (look for a more detailed post about that later) we were amazed by the view of Paradise Pier from our balcony, which you can see in the picture above. In addition to that view, I thought you would like to see some other pictures I’ve taken from the balcony. These were all taken with my iPhone, so please forgive the quality. Thanks!

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Thanks everyone for following along with us! I hope that you are all well, and that these posts get you excited about your own Disney vacations to come! When is your next trip to a Disney Park? Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

1 Day til Disneyland – World of Color!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

This is it!  Day 1 in our countdown to Disneyland!  Our final post before our trip, and today, we are taking a look at the incredible World of Color!  Located over at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure, the World of Color show is a technological marvel featuring incredible music, stunning graphics, and water!  I was lucky enough to be able to watch the premier of the World of Color over the internet when it debuted for celebrities and media back on June 10, 2010.

Seeing it on my laptop or computer screen, like I do now, is nothing compared to watching it live, and I absolutely can’t wait for that to happen! There are two ways that I plan to see it — three, if you ask Sophie.  The first way, of course, is by taking it in at the park.  To do so, you will need to get a FastPass ticket at the kiosks over by Grizzly River Run.

A second way to view the show is to watch it from the balcony at the Grand Californian.  I have done some research, though, and everyone says that the first way to watch the show should be live in the park.  After that, I have heard that watching it from the balcony gives a different perspective that is fun to witness.

If you were to ask Sophie, she would say that she wants to watch World of Color from Mickey’s Fun Wheel — but unfortunately, the Fun Wheel is one of the attractions that closes for the show.

If you have not seen the video yet, feel free to check this video out, and enjoy!

28 Days: The Grand Quest at the Grand Californian Resort!

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Image ©Disney Vacation Club

At the Grand Californian Resort and Spa, there is a resort activity that is just up our alley, and is something that I think we will check out one day.  I am referring to the Grand Quest Scavenger Hunt.

Starting at Guest Services, where you check-in and receive your instructions, the Grand Quest takes you around the resort, looking for clues and secret answers in this scavenger hunt.  Designed for resort guests with children aged three to twelve, the Grand Quest is something that I think we are going to find the time to do during one of our non-park days.  At the end of your quest, your young adventurer will receive a special treat.  I will let you know what we thought of the Grand Quest — and what the treat was — when we complete the quest!

For now, though, please let me know if you have done the quest, and if so, what did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

29 Days til Disneyland – Grand Californian Pools!

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Image ©Disney Parks

The pools at the Grand Californian are something that I truly intend to enjoy.  Normally for me, when we visit Walt Disney World, every day is spent at the parks, and I almost never take in the resort amenities.  However, this trip to Disneyland will have 5 days of park tickets, so that leaves two other days to do what we want, and some of that time will be spent at the pool!  For this reason, I have made day 29 our look at the Grand Californian Pools!

Looking at the section of the website for the Grand Californian resort that is focused on the pool, the whole area looks really great!  Maybe it’s just like any other pool, maybe not…but looking at the picture at the top, what you may not see is that the slide curves around and around before getting to this landing into the water.  That sounds great to me, and I can’t wait to try it out!

When you go to Disney parks, how often do you take in the resort amenities?  Do you budget some time for that, or do you go die-hard at the parks every day?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!