Oct 02

#TBT – Parade of the Stars – Disneyland 45th Anniversary (March 2000)

To mark the 45th Anniversary of Disneyland and celebrate the release of Fantasia 2000 the Disneyland Resort had a parade called Parade of the Stars taken in March of 2000.

If you missed it, recent #TBT posts featured:

Oct 01

Disneyland Hidden Mickey App (v2) – 1st Impressions (Guest Blog)

Hidden Mickeys of the Disneyland Resort App
Earlier this month version 2 of the Disneyland Hidden Mickey app was released. It includes Hidden Mickeys from both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as well as Downtown Disney and the Disney Hotels that are featured in the book: By Steven M. Barrett Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort’s Best Kept Secrets (4th Edition)

When you enter Disneyland, do you know where the first hidden Mickey is? Have you found all of the hidden mickeys on your favorite ride?

The Disneyland Hidden Mickey app will lead you to all of these answers and more. As an annual passholder while my love of Disneyland will never fade, the thrill of something new is not always there. This app provides a scavenger hunt as a way to go through the Disneyland Resort and explore all of the hidden mickeys. It gives you difficulty ratings, clues and hints to help you find every one that is out there. The app also connects you to other users by the option to challenge your friends and looking at where you rank on the leader board. During my latest trip to Disneyland this app proved to be a delight in spotting hidden Mickeys throughout the parks.

Compared to the hidden Mickey book, which runs around $10-15, I would say that the app is the better option as it can be updated when new ones are added and you do not have to carry the book in addition to everything else. Having it on you phone is truly convenient and worth it for me.

Disneyland Hidden Mickey App:
As of Sept. 2014 the app cost is $5.99 on iTunes App Store
Note: There is no Android version of the Disneyland App yet, but there is of the Walt Disney World one. If you purchased a previous version you are entitled to upgrade for free.

About the Author:
Teri is a Southern California native who grew up visiting Disneyland and is now an Annual Passholder. She has vacationed at Walt Disney World several times over the years.

Oct 01

Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House #Disneyland (Disney Parks Video)

Today Disney Parks posted a video showing how the Gingerbread House in the Haunted Mansion Holiday was installed. You get a glimpse backstage and then some great views of details of the creation, much better than you can get from the Doombuggies.

Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House | Halloween at Disneyland Park

Oct 01

Tell Tale Toy Story Storytelling Card Game Review

Tell Tale Toy Story

Love telling stories? Then you’ll love this new game by Blue Orange Games! It’s called “Disney-Pixar Toy Story Tell Tale Storytelling Card Game.” Now you can bring Woody and the rest of the Toy Story game to life. This storytelling game comes with 100 detailed illustrations featuring characters, actions, and settings that will inspire you to create new adventures for your favorite Toy Story characters.

Open the box up and take out the beautiful cards. There are many ways you can play this game. You can play in teams of two and string stories together, letting each team have a turn at picking up cards and creating a new storyline. You can even create a storyboard first and then each player can have a turn talking about each card. It’s fun for both adults and children.

I personally like pulling random cards out of the pile and start telling a story to my little one. I have a two year old daughter, so I let her pick out the cards she wants to use in her story. I would tell her a story using the cards as prompts. She enjoyed the game and would ask me more questions as I show her the cards. It was a fun way for us to bond. She would ask me questions about the scenes or tell me about what she thinks is happening, and I would work her ideas into our story. I believe games like this really help develops creativity and spark imagination in your child.

Tell Tale Disney-Pixar Toy Story game comes in a cute package that looks like a story book. My daughter and I really like the magnetic enclosure that keeps the content in the box. In the package, you have 50 cards (a Toy Story scene on both sides) and an illustrated rule book with sample story lines. The list price for this game is $15.99, which I think is a bit on the expensive side. The game is best for ages 5 and up and can be played with 1-8 players. The skills achieved with this game are speech and language, creativity, and social play. But I think the bonding time you have with your family and friends is the best part of the game!

Read more about this new game at BlueOrangeGames.com. Also comes in a Princess version.

daynahAbout the Author:
Daynah is a mother of one who’s passionate about technology and the web. She enjoys blogging about motherhood and crafty Disney projects, as well as browsing Pinterest. You can find her at latest crafts at Scrapp’n and join her motherhood journey at CoderBaby.com. You can also follow her on Twitter.

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