Disneyland-Aholic

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Hi my name is Thalia and I am a self proclaimed Disneyland-aholic. From the time I was about 3, I started going to Disneyland AT LEAST once a year while I visited my uncle in California, I’m 28, so that’s AT LEAST 25 times, did I mention I’m from Hawai’i? Oh and I’ve been a Disneyland Annual Passholder for the past 2 years, that’s an additional 50 times (so far) that I’ve visited “The Happiest Place on Earth”.  I mentioned I live in Hawai’i right? If that’s not enough, it’s not just Disneyland, it’s Disney in general, I still have every single Disney Movie ever produced on VHS tape, Barbie Dolls of every Disney Princess, a drawer (or three) dedicated to all my Disneyland outfits, I dressed my family up in a Frozen theme for Halloween, for the past 3 years I have been trying to figure out a way where I can travel AND also work for Disney, my two dream jobs.  By work for Disney, I mean be a Princess….and I mentioned that I’m 28 and from Hawai’i RIGHT? I’m sure there’s more that I could tell you to prove my case, but, I’m going to end up looking like a weirdo…unless it’s already happened?

People who know me, know I LOVE all things Disney and Disneyland. In the 25 years that I have been visiting Disneyland I have watched it grow and change and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Magic Kingdom!  I’ve also been able to pick up a few tips and tricks along the way.  In just over 2 weeks we will be taking our son to Disneyland for the….3rd time. Yes, the 3rd time and we are from Hawai’i, and yes, I have every intention of getting him hooked on Disney.

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Here are 5 ways that I gear up for Disney Vacations with my family.

  1. Outfit Planning: It’s all about the outfit!  I plan all our outfits day by day for entire trip.  I make a list and about 3 days before our trip I make sure all the outfits are washed and cleaned.  The day before our trip (or the day of if we are leaving on a red eye flight) is when I usually get to pack and I will pack each outfit in gallon sized ziplock bags.
  2. Pre-Disney Shopping spree: I go shopping here at home! The sales tax in Hawaii is half of what it is in California. Since I travel for a living I also try to make a trip to a dollar store and bring things home. What do I buy? Anything Disney. Crayons, books, coloring books, toys, pens, containers, glow sticks.  Anything that will keep my son busy.  I also like to visit Target and Ross to buy my Disney shirts. They are usually anywhere between 25% to 75% off the price of Disney Parks merchandise and usually a lot cuter. I save some money and avoid the crazy shopping madness at the Parks.
  3. I create at least one matching outfit for the entire family.  It makes for such a great picture! This year I’m super excited to share with you what I created! Last year I sewed these really cute pocket tee’s with matching shorts and this year I got to use a serger to step up my sewing game!
  4. I binge watch Disney Movies. My son already watches an insane amount of Disney Junior. The sad thing is that there is no dedicated “Disney Junior” land so he can’t really interact with the characters that he really loves! (come on Disney what are you waiting for!?) So we watch and read books with the old school disney characters like Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, Mulan, Alice in Wonderland, Nemo, etc.
  5. Have a loose plan: If you have a plan for Disneyland and are hell-bent on sticking to it, no one will be happy.  The biggest thing to remember is that you are in the happiest place on earth and on vacation! It’s okay to have ice cream for breakfast for a couple days. It’s okay buy that $10 balloon.  It’s okay if you are eating at odd hours.  If you try to stick to a strict schedule, especially with young children, you will have an angry toddler and no one will be happy. Instead of planning minute by minute. I have a general idea of what I want to get accomplished over the span of the trip and then break it down day by day. Either way I don’t let it bother me if we didn’t get to The Haunted Mansion at 5:13 PM

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What do you do to gear up for a Disney Vacation?  If you’d like for me to elaborate on any one of these please make sure you leave me a comment down below! Stay tuned for subsequent posts about staying safe at Disneyland, must eats, must dos, and more! I LOVE DISNEYLAND!

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Picking Pumpkins — Waimanalo Pumpkin Patch

It’s not fall until you’ve picked a pumpkin for Halloween. Am I right? It’s pretty new thing here in Hawaii. There aren’t very many self pick farms here in Hawaii, unlike our mainland counterparts, pumpkin patches have only been around for maaayybeee the last 10 or so years? I could totally be wrong, but I know that I surely didn’t go pumpkin picking when I was little. The closest I got to carving a pumpkin, was getting those really, REALLY, tiny pumpkins from the market, and drawing a face on them with a sharpie.

Pumpkin Picking -- Waimanalo Farms Pumpkin Patch --Inspirealoha.net

Since the advent of Pinterest, pumpkin patches have been on my mind. When my son was born, I obsessed…I mean, I carefully calculated the opportunity to take one of those super cute pumpkin patch pictures that are splattered ALL OVER Pinterest. Wait, what I mean to say is that I really wanted to have a great time picking a pumpkin from a farm, instead of Sams Club. Who am I kidding, I just wanted a good picture. We took my son when he was about to turn 1, it was a horrible experience. The farm was dusty, little man was fussy, it was hot and humid, crowded, it was just not an enjoyable experience. So, last year we skipped it and went to Disneyland instead. #happymom Continue reading

Island Life: Sea Life Park, Hawaii -- Inspirealoha.net

Island Life: Sea Life Park

A couple of weeks ago, I joined a few friends and took our kiddos to Sea Life Park. Sea Life Park has been around since I was a little girl. I’ve seen it go through some major changes over the years. I remember visiting Sea Life Park as a little girl. Prior to this visit, I had taken my son about a year ago, and it was looking run down.  I’m glad to say that the Park is looking MUCH better than in previous years. I don’t know what has inspired the change but, the infrastructure and attractions are getting a MUCH NEEDED makeover and update.

To find out more about about Sea Life Park, CLICK HERE.

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New York Stops: Central, Madison Square, and Battery Park

New York Stops: Central, Bryant, Madison, and Battery Parks

If you find that you need a break from all the hustle and bustle of the city, but don’t have the time to actually leave the city, there’s a good chance that there’s a park nearby, and there’s an even better chance that it’s Central Park.

I was able to visit a few parks during my visit and they are all unique and beautiful.

Central Park is the biggest park in the city.  I didn’t even get to explore the entire park.  Here you can find something for everyone.  If it’s warm, and you have a chance, rent a bike and explore the park. Continue reading

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

New York Stops: Grand Central Station

New York Stops: Grand Central Terminal

Located at Pershing Square, 89 E 42nd Street stands a Grand building with a lot of hustle and bustle.  When I visited the station, I had no idea that it was as big as it is.  There is a dining concourse, fine dining spots and retail shops in addition to the tunnels that lead to subway trains, trains, and buses.  This place is always packed, Later in the evening there tends to be less people, and it is no less grand.  So if you’re looking for that perfect shot, evening is probably the best time to get here. Continue reading

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

I can’t say it enough, New York City is amazing.  Last week I had the opportunity to visit the city for the second time ever, and guess what?  I got to go back for a THIRD time!  The first time I went there I didn’t get to see or do much because I was so overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do.  The second time I had a little time to do some research and planning and by this last time I pretty much had a set idea of what I was going to do and how I was going to accomplish it.  Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) there was still tons of stuff to do.  This time around I explored the city solo. Continue reading

Island Eats: Via Gelato

Ice cream is probably my dessert weakness. I’ve never really cared for pies, cakes, cookies, or cupcakes, but ice cream…I can never turn it down!  When I was pregnant, I swear I used it as an excuse to eat a bowl every night after dinner, for that I paid two fold.  I got gestational diabetes, and my son is addicted too! (well, sugar in general).  I promise, I was a good mom and I tried to keep anything sweet out of those tiny little hands and mouth, but the sweet tooth is strong in my family.  My mom, aunty, and sister are ALWAYS eating something that can and will rot your teeth, it was no wonder that one of his first experiences with cake was with my crazy family!

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New York City Stops: Magnolia Bakery

I had honestly never heard of Magnolia Bakery until a friend of mine insisted that I go there and try the banana pudding.  When I went to New York recently, it was one of the first stops on my itinerary.

Magnolia’s started as a small bakery in the west village, and since has expanded to locations worldwide. How did I not know this?!  Anywho, there are multiple locations around new york city, and the one I happened to walk into was in Rockefeller Center.

On the outside, it looks like a typical bakery, but when you walk in, it feels so homey! Continue reading

The Beaten Path: 24 Hours in New York City

I’m a west coast girl through and through.  It’s a short (short for Hawaiian’s because it’s the closest piece of land to Hawaii!) 4-5 hour flight, the weather is always nice, and the time difference is not very much; it feels like my second home!  I decided however, I would venture outside of my comfort zone (yikes!) and make the jump to the east coast, and see what all the hype was about.

I just got back from NYC aka “The Big Apple” and had every intention of making a fabulous post for you, my wonderful readers, right away! After a long 11 hour flight, and being passed out for about 4 hours after getting home, that obviously didn’t happen. Continue reading

Halloween in Hawaii

Halloween in Hawaii

When I think of Halloween, I think of the movie “Hocus Pocus”.  It’s a pretty unrealistic expectation of what to expect for Halloween in Hawaii. For starters, it doesn’t get dark until around 700, and by then we’re hungrier than hungry. Next, it almost always, rains and if it doesn’t rain it feels like a sauna. There have only been a handful of years when it hasn’t rained on Halloween. Continue reading