First visit to Disneyland!

I recently got back from my visit to California, which was absolutely incredible! I went to Disneyland for the first time!!!!! Needless to say it was magical! =D

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I had tears while walking down main street. It was surreal to see the original theme  park that Walt build from the ground up. I knew it was smaller than the Magic Kingdom but it didn’t feet underwhelming or small it was actually cozy and warm…it felt like home. The general atmosphere was more like hanging out with friends than a “vacation,” which was nice. And one of the greatest moments was seeing the light above the Disneyland Fire Dept.

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Since it was my first visit to Disneyland, I had to Disneybound. So we disneybounded as Anna and Elsa and waited 3 hours to meet them, but is was so worth it. They didn’t just love and shove like we thought but they spend a while with us talking and sharing stories with us. I loved them!!!!!

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We saw World of Color which was amazing!!! And we had great viewing because we did the Carthay Circle three-course dining special. =)

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Another really special moment was when we met Sarah and Leo. They were so nice and it was awesome to finally meet them in person! =)

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We went on Radiator Springs Speed Racers and it was SO MUCH FUN! I loved it and our car won!!! hahaha We saw the Aladdin show as well and the genie was so funny!

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We also had lunch at the Blue Bayou Restaurant and it was delicious! I had jumbo for the first time and it was soooo good!!!!!!!!!!! I could have eaten an whole pot full! And right next tot he restaurant was the entrance to Club 33! One day I’ll go inside! One day!

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I also love Soundsational!!!!!!! One of my favorite parades! And I loved Toon Town! I remember when it was still in Disney World and it was so fun to see Minnie and Pluto walking around without forming a line for pictures or crazy people chasing them. They just walking around and had fun! It was so cool!

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Overall Disneyland and California Adventure were AMAZING and it was so humbling to see everything and truly appreciate the opportunity I’ve been giving through the professional internship, which btw..starts next week!!  =D

I can’t wait to go back and visit again!

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My Favorite Disney Merchandise

Merchandise is a major part if the Walt Disney Company and there are a wide change of products to choose from.

Anyone can say that their favorite Disney merchandise is their first plush or a t-shirt of their favorite character, but my favorite merchandise is a major milestone in the company heritage.
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Yes, the Mickey watch is my favorite piece of merchandise. Not only does it feature the original mouse, but it serves a useful function as a watch.
It was also the Mickey Mouse watches that brought the company out of bankruptcy at one time. In the 1930s, during the wide spreading sensation of Mickey Mouse, the public demand was for more and more Mickey. The image of mickey mouse was licensed and used on many different types of merchandise, including alarm clocks and lunch boxes, but the signature mickey watch with Mickeys arms as the hour and minute hands started it all.

Kay Kamen had a big part of getting Mickey watches manufactured in 1933 and allowing the company to stay afloat and expand into another division, i.e. consumer products.

The Mickey watch is unlike any other piece of Disney merchandise and I got mine while on the Disney College Program where I worked at One Man’s Dream. Needless to say, I enjoy when current merchandise reflects the original products and embodies Disney heritage.
What is your favorite Disney merchandise? (link to the Disney Store, click on the photos)

Imagineers Bring Full 3D Audio-Animatronics to Life at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

I am super excited about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction! I think Walt would be really proud of how new technology and innovation is joining forces with his original creativity. Back in the late 30s and 40s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was a sensation and I think this attraction will be a reminder of how truly incredible the film is, not only as a story, but as a milestone in animation and entertainment history.