D23 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Experience

Over the weekend Patrick and I went to the D23 Expo, a three day event that is best described as Disney convention, but it’s all things Disney, including Star Wars and Marvel. There are exhibits to view, places to shop, and many panels to attend. Some are massive, and cover big announcements for upcoming films…

Foolish Mortals: How the Haunted Mansion Manifested to Frighten for Fifty Years

Last week Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, the “delightfully unlivable” southern plantation that is home to 999 happy haunts, turned 50. Patrick and I visited the “happy haunting grounds” to wish it a spooktacular birthday. What few may know about the Haunted Mansion is that the ghosts could have been having their “swinging wake” for much longer.…

Vintage Disneyland Postcards: New Orleans Square

In 1966 Disneyland debuted its first new land since the park opened in 1955 with New Orleans Square. Inspired by New Orleans of the 1800s, it features gorgeous wrought iron, convincing forced perspective, and originally was going to feature a larger in-park apartment for Walt Disney. From 1966 until 1996 there was the One-of-a-Kind Shop,…

Forgotten Disneyland Attractions at the Van Eaton Pop-Up Exhibit

Last week I was invited to a preview party of the That’s From Disneyland pop-up exhibit that just opened to the public yesterday, and it was all sorts of amazing. The pop-up exhibit showcases items from Richard Kraft’s collection, including vintage souvenirs, posters, ride vehicles and more. All of which will be going to auction…

Christmas Day at Disneyland

Patrick and I went back to back with theme parks this Christmas, with Knott’s Berry Farm Christmas Eve and Disneyland Christmas Day. We enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds of the holiday season throughout the park, from the garlands to the Dapper Dans, it was a beautiful sun filled Christmas Day. I won’t lie, I…

Are You Ready for Halloween?

The real “goal” of going to Disneyland this go around was to attend one of Mickey’s Halloween Parties, something I’ve never done before.  These parties, which take place during select nights during the Halloween season, are the only time when those over the age of nine are permitted to wear costumes, and since I love…