Saturday, April 24, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
ITINERARY SUGGESTION: CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY: Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & Pacific Coast
Friday, October 4, 2019
My 49th at Disneyland
As a kid, I always began my day in the park in this space, and then worked my way around. Today I'm headed to a whole new world to start my grand circle tour of this amazing place. Going to get my Han Solo fix and see the Millennium Falcon first.
Single Rider plus right at opening means on the second flight of the morning! That was an awesome experience. I will be doing this one again later!
I've popped across the esplanade to Disney California Adventure and am now just hanging out with my favorite visionary dreamer and the Mouse. I love how this statue is accessible and makes for a great photo spot, unlike the more famous Partners statue in the hub over at Disneyland which is in the center of a large planter and completely inaccessible to guests. I got a similar photo to this one though when we got to visit the Walt Disney Studios for an awesome tour a couple of years ago, as the Partners statue found there is completely accessible in the Courtyard, just as this Dreamers statue is at DCA.
Monday, January 30, 2017
I enjoy staying at different places when I come to the city to be able to enjoy different experiences and be able to have a list of recommendations for clients coming to New York. This time I stayed in Yotel at 10th & 42nd. It is an excellent value and conveniently close to the theatre district. Just a short walk to the Convention Center, and the subway. The cabins are small but efficient. It's sleek and modern, with both Japanese and European influences. The elevator plays hip and fun music, and there's a robot in the lobby to help store your luggage for later in the day departures.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Recently I dined for the very first time at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland® Resort. I was there for an Earmarked Agent Education Program, and they treated us to a wonderful meal before heading over to the Paradise Pier area for our viewing of World of Color. Our menu was pre-selected for us with appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert, though we could choose between three different entrees.
Here's what I enjoyed:
- Signature Fried Biscuits stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, and apricot honey.
- Carthay Circle Salad with heirloom apples, roasted walnuts, winter greens, bacon, dates, and creamy citrus vinaigrette.
- Choice of entree: I went with the Angus beef Delmonico, with chipotle sweet potatoes, bacon, and onion ketchup.
- Chocolate Cookies n Cream Cake with winter orange chantilly (but I was too full to partake of that - a couple of bites only. Good but heavy).
Dinner at the Carthay Circle was so very good and so very filling. It was a nice touch for our hosts to enjoy a delicious meal. It's definitely not what most people think of when they think of eating inside theme parks!
Friday, June 28, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
I snapped this picture of a picture at the Disneyland Hotel on my last visit to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. It shows the Monorail arriving at the Disneyland Hotel station which opened in 1960 when the Monorail line (which opened in 1959) was extended across West Street (now known as Disneyland Drive) from the park to the hotel. The extension took great care and required special permission from the city and county as it took the Monorail out over a working public street - Disney's innovative thinking and push for progess at work! The station, was the first link for hotel guests to get directly to the theme park, and provided transportation directly into the park via the Tomorrowland Station. Other options included taking the courtesy tram or simply walking across the street and through Disneyland's parking lot.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Disneyland - Anaheim, CA
Water is filled for the very first time in the flume of Disneyland's newest (and Walt Disney's last) attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, still under construction in the all-new land, New Orleans Square, personally dedicated by Walt a few months earlier in July. (Walt's untimely death December 15, 1966 precluded him from ever experiencing the finished attraction which opened to the public on March 18, 1967).
Friday, October 5, 2012
Disneyland - Anaheim, CA
The Disneyland Hotel officially opens across the street from Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. The hotel is owned and operated by the Wrather Corporation (Jack Wrather is a good friend of Walt's, invited by Walt to build and operate the hotel with the license to the Disneyland name, and the hotel will not become officially part of the Walt Disney family until the 1988 acquisition by The Walt Disney Company).
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Walt & Lillian Disney swing dance at Carnation Plaza Gardens, circa 1958
Friday, August 10, 2012
A lot can, and often does, change during a year's time. Since then, I've posted more than 300 entries - some still lame, some not-so-lame, and others somewhat ok. Along the way I had major technical issues with the website host forcing me to change venues for the blog, I've had fun experimenting with formats and looks to the blog, and several features have been introduced, and /or retired based on changing thoughts and ideas about what I'd like to present or talk about. Some things I'd like to bring back, while others I would like to introduce in the coming weeks and months.
Certainly during that time changes happened both personally and professionally. Personally we said good-bye to a beloved family member, as my wife's father succumbed in October to his battle with cancer. Professional, just about a month after that first post was made, I was laid off from my full-time job of 11 years, and made the decision to pursue my then part-time passion in a more full-time manner. Thus what began as something to earn some extra on the side became a full-time gig, as we launched our business full-time. We also switched the host agency that I was working with for a Franchise that we acquired with a national name-brand provider of cruises and vacation packages.
During the year I went to the Caribbean on a cruise and to Hawaii to explore and check out Disney's new resort there - Aulani (for newer readers, check out the labels to the right on the home page, and search for Aulani to read various entries about the resort and check out photos I took while there. It is a GREAT resort, and definitely one you should consider visiting). Trips to California and Florida rounded out the past year, while more cruises and trips are in the works for the coming year.
I've had fun sharing the variety of Disney trivia, facts and photos with those of you who have chosen to follow along. I appreciate the readership, and the comments along the way. I look forward to spending another year sharing and posting - and working to interject more personal anecdotes and information into the blog. I hope you'll continue to follow along, and perhaps, even bring some friends along with you. Because really - Disney parks are meant to be shared by family and friends. In the next year I'm hoping to have some additional entries by guests, who will also share their own love of the parks with 9you - and perhaps their photos and memories of days gone by too.
So - thanks again for following along and sharing my adventures. Just as Peter Pan never wanted to grow up - neither do I. He's always been one of my favorite characters, and Peter Pan's Flight has always been a favorite theme park attraction... which is a big reason why I chose to use Neverland Adventures in the name for my travel business.
Until next time,