Stepping Back in Time at the Lady and the Dale Car Wash

Back in the mid-1970s America was facing an oil crisis, and one woman, Liz Carmichael, stepped up claiming she had the answer – the Dale, a three-wheeled car that got 70 miles to the gallon. But was it all it was cracked up to be? Some didn’t think so, and eventually Liz found herself in…

A Drive Down the 100 Year Old Christmas Tree Lane

Amid this pandemic, there is a strong need for fun, while of course staying safe. And with the Christmas season, I’m even more thankful for festive holiday lights, including Christmas Tree Lane, an LA area tradition that just turned 100, laying claim to the “oldest large scale outdoor Christmas display in the world.” Normally, Christmas…

A Rainbow of Bangles from Match Accessories

Long time readers of the blog are probably familiar with Match Accessories, the home grown jewelry company that pioneered the Disneyland inspired D brooch, and created many more fantastical, vintage, and Disney inspired jewelry items that have appeared on the blog. Recently they launched a glittering bangle collection and I was gifted a set in…

Greetings from Springfield

When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, they also acquired the rights to The Simpsons. Which leaves the future of Springfield at Universal Studios a little uncertain. So, I decided it was high time to give Springfield its moment to shine here on the blog, because, honestly, the theming is pretty good, and gives a decent…

Step into Whoville during Grinchmas

The fanciful town of Whoville from How the Grinch Stole Christmas pops up in the middle of Universal Studios each holiday season, and while I’ve missed it the past couple years, I was darn sure to make it this year! While there may be three versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas now, Grinchmas pays…

The Bird Cage Theatre

Tucked inside Knott’s Berry Farm’s version of The Bird Cage Theatre (the real deal is in Tombstone) is a small wall featuring wallpaper of white birds sitting inside gilded cages and swirling green leaves. I’ve always admired it, and because it gave me serious Christmas vibes I thought, “Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to have…