Disneyland Christmas 2013 Trip Report

We visited Disneyland Resort in December 2013 to enjoy the Christmas season, when both Disney California and Disneyland get a little merrier. This report features photos of both parks decked out for the holidays (including Cars Land Christmas photos!), plus commentary and photos of Haunted Mansion Holiday, ‘it’s a small world’ holiday, World of Color – Winter Dreams, Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks, Viva Navidad!, Jingle Cruise, Candlelight Processional (narrated by Kurt Russell), and more!

Although it was only a 2-day trip, we covered a lot of ground and ate at a variety of restaurants, including Cafe Orleans, Big Thunder BBQ, Plaza Inn, and Paradise Garden Grill. You can expect photos from these restaurants (and of other Christmas snacks we ate along the way), plus a variety of random stuff. If you’re heading to Disneyland Resort for the holidays, this trip report should help you plan your trip. If you’re not visiting, it should give you a nice taste of the holidays.

Click the links below to read and view each portion of the trip report!

Part I: The Greatness of Viva Navidad
Part II: World of Color – Winter Dreams and Christmas Night Photos
Part III: Daytime in Disneyland
Part IV: Candlelight Processional and Even More Christmas Photos 

With only four installments, it’s a short report by our normal standards, but we still hope that you enjoy it! (more…)

Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report

Sunrise over Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland. This is actually the inverse of my #1 Cinderella Castle photo spot in the Magic Kingdom (and is probably my #1 photo spot in Tokyo). Top 10 Cinderella Castle Photo Spots: http://www.disneytouristblog.com/cinderella-castle-photo-spots/

Our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report covers our first visit to Tokyo Disney Resort–consisting of Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and a variety of hotels and shopping–just outside of the city of Tokyo, Japan. We visited during the first weeks of Tokyo Disney Resort’s 30th Anniversary, called “The Happiness Year.”

This report will include hundreds of photos of these two breathtaking theme parks, including Mysterious Island, Tokyo’s Tower of Terror, Cape Cod, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Monster’s Inc. Ride and Go Seek, the grand opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and much more! We will also have rare sunrise and nighttime photos from Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, plus photos of details and other parts of these beautiful parks that are not often seen on websites written in English.

We feel that the two Tokyo Disney Resort parks are the nicest Disney theme parks in the world, and places every Disney fan should visit once in their lifetime. We think you’ll agree with us once you read and see this trip report!

Prepare for plenty of tangents, corny jokes, and our general travel trips for visiting Japan. In addition to this trip report, stay tuned for a series of overview/trip planning articles concerning Tokyo Disney Resort. (more…)

Disneyland Paris 2012 Trip Report

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Our Christmas 2012 Disneyland Paris Trip Report covers our first visit to Disneyland Paris in Marne la Vallee, France. The report includes hundreds of high quality photos of Disneyland Paris, the Disneyland Resort Paris hotels, and has detailed reviews of our experiences. Expect to see lots of photos of Phantom Manor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, Walt’s American Restaurant, and much more! We also review the parks, and explain why Disneyland Paris is now one of our favorite Disney theme parks, and why The Walt Disney Studios Park is our absolute, least favorite park anywhere.

Expect lots of tangents along the way and other tips on traveling to Europe!

Part 1 – Arriving in France!
Part 2 – First Night in Disneyland Paris. 125 photos.
Part 3 – Reviews of Phantom Manor and Pirates of the Caribbean. 90+ photos.
Part 4 – Dinner at Blue Lagoon, French Attitudes, and Hotel Tours. 90+ photos.
Part 5 – The Walt Disney Studios Park Review.
Part 6 – Fleeting Sunset.
Part 7 – Final Day & Concluding Remarks.

If this trip report has you thinking about visiting Disneyland Paris, make sure to check out the official Disneyland Paris website for 50% off packages and other discounts! Visiting Disneyland Paris truly can be as inexpensive as visiting Walt Disney World! Why not try a new Disney park?!

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Christmas 2012 Disney World Trip Report

Our Christmas 2012 Walt Disney World Trip Report covers the holidays in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Illuminations: Peace on Earth tag, and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Additionally, it shares photos of New Fantasyland and our thoughts about this recent addition to the Magic Kingdom.

Expect lots of tangents along the way, scant details about what we did on the trip itself, and plenty of photos from our three-day weekend during the Christmas season at Walt Disney World! (more…)

Disney World May 2012 Trip Report

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Our May 2012 Walt Disney World trip was highly anticipated for us (isn’t every Disney trip?!) and it did not disappoint! Between Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot and Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plus the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan and hotel stays at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside and Disney’s Beach Club Villas, it was one action-packed long weekend! Did we eat our weight in food on the Deluxe Dining Plan? Was Tom killed in an epic light saber duel with Darth Vader? Do we now own a Hyacinth Hippo topiary? How many dozens of alligators did we see at Port Orleans Resort? Discover the answer to these exciting questions and more by reading our trip report! ;)

Note: Due to some overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our trip reports on our Facebook page (it was very flattering, thank you all!), expect to see numerous trip report updates for this trip and our subsequent Disney California Adventure Grand Re-Opening trip posted this month. These trip reports are incredibly time-consuming to create. Given the work that goes into them, we would greatly appreciate it if you’d share any trip report posts that you like on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., via the social media buttons on each installment to help spread the word about them. We also love when readers leave comments, which let us know that people are actually reading the trip reports!

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Part I – Late Night Fun
Part II – Morning Extra “The Force” Hours
Part III – First Visit to Storybook Circus…DUMBO 2.0!!!
Part IV – Flower & Garden Festival Afternoon at Epcot
Part V – Late Night Magic Kingdom Fun!

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