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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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

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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

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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

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.

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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

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It’s officially fall friends and that means a few things. The holiday’s are around the corner, pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks (along with an awesomely tasting cousin called the Toasted Graham Latte, yum!), and it’s time to break out those cute fall ensembles that have been staring at you from your closet all summer. Continue reading

17 Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive, Monterey, California

About 2 hours south of San Francisco The 17 mile drive is a stretch of road in Monterey, California.  It winds through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, hugging the pacific coastline. Majority of the highway is maintained by the Pebble Beach Corporation, you know, that world famous golf course? Yea, them.

The drive will take you past several scenic viewing points, beach access points, and golf courses, all of which are beautifully maintained. Continue reading

Preggers Goes Traveling/There’s No Place Like HOME!

There’s No Place Like HOME!

Hawaii, as hot, muggy, and sticky as you are, I love you, really I do.  I must say though, San Jose gives you tough rubs as far as weather goes, but you Hawaii, you win, just because you have the beach.

Preggers Goes Traveling

Traveling while pregnant is not as bad as I had thought, although, I’m sure I had it easy since I sat first class, yes working for an airline does have it’s perks.  I’m pretty sure I would have been RIDICULOUSLY cranky if I had to sit in the main cabin.  I’m talking Madea from the hood cranky crazy.

I was hesitant about traveling when people started asking me about the body scanner machines.  Did you know that those things emit small amounts of radiation???? I didn’t and I used to visit the airport on the daily! Ok, you got me, it’s not grow a third boob and 4 arms amount of radiation, it’s pretty harmless actually, but being pregnant you don’t want to take chances.  Upside for Hawaii? None of those crazy machines in the interisland terminal.  Bad news: San Jose has a backscatter machine.  Good News: They also have a regular old metal detector that isn’t harmful at all.  Bad news: Crazy power hungry TSA Agent blocked the metal detector.  Good News: Helpful and friendly FEMALE TSA Agent tells him to let me through the metal detector.  In yo face white boyyyyy! Boom Kanani!  I’d like to take a moment to thank that TSA agent who made my life a lot easier, and not making me request for a manual pat down (YIKERS!).  MAHALO NUI BOOM KANANI!

So here’s what I learned from my trip about traveling on a plane while pregnant.

If you are traveling alone, the quickest way to get help is to constantly look like you’re exhausted, easy right? Considering you’re always exhausted! Check!

If you are traveling alone, be as pleasant as possible, NO MATTER HOW IRKED YOU ARE, people are willing to help the pregnant lady, ALWAYS! And if they’re not, it’s because they have no heart and are a douche mcgouche (yes I just came up with that on the fly).

If you are traveling with husband/boyfriend, make him work! He doesn’t have to carry around a fetus in his uterus!

Drink LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of water!  If at all possible, bring your own water bottle, most times Flight Attendant’s will fill it up for you, ESPECIALLY if you’re pleasant and look pitiful.

DO NOT EAT AIRPLANE FOOD!  It is uber salty and uber bad for you.  You WILL get swollen toes, feet, ankles, and calves.  Proceed at your own risk!  If at all possible, bring your own stuff.  However if you are LEAVING HAWAII, you can’t take fruits and veggies.  Why? Because it’s the law.  Oh, and if you’re COMING TO HAWAII, you can’t take fruits and veggies OFF the plane.  Why? Because I SAID IT’S THE LAW!

Walk around every hour or so.  Yea, get your booty up and do some laps.  When the seat belt sign is OFF, Flight Attendants will understand, and if they don’t then, like I said, they have no heart and are a douche mcgouche.

Bring your own pillow if possible.  I’m not talking a hugeoriffic body pillow, just big enough for you to sort of cuddle with.  It’s are to get comfy womfy in those chairs.  It’s easier in a first class cabin, however, still uncomfortable for the most part.

If you are traveling alone, check in as many bags as possible.  It get’s heavy when you’re lugging it around the airport, lifting it to get scanned, putting it in an overhead.  Like I said, most people are kind enough to offer help, especially in Hawaii, however, it’s just easier for everyone if you check in your bags.

Things I keep in my carry on purse/bag (even when I’m not pregnant):

  • 2 plastic bags: in case you wanna barf or just throw stuff away
  • Gum AND Breath mints
  • Evian Mineral Water Spray : It’s for your face, not to drink, and it’s sold in a travel size at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target
  • Antibacterial Sanitizer : Bath and Body Works has travel size ones that smell good not like rubbing alcohol BLEH! and you can get like 5 for $5.00!
  • Small Brush (or gigantic brush if you want)
  • Chapstick
  • 5 packets of Emergen-C: Pack more if you want, it’s generally good to have.  Mix with water, vitamin c and other crap that’s good for you)
  • Blotting papers (for your FACE PEOPLE!)
  • Eye Mask: to block out light
  • Ear plugs: to block out the screaming kid in the back of the plane
  • 2-3 Face Masks: Yes the ones that loop over your ears that the chinese people walk around with. Why?  Beacause the air in the plane is dry and cold, when you wear the mask and fall asleep with your mouth open (OMG, Tres embarassing) it keeps the air warmer and keeps out the crap that’s floating in the recycled air.
  • Toilet Seat Covers
  • 2 Kelenx Packs (better than napkins, easier on the nose, don’t want you looking like rudolph!)
  • Dental Floss
  • Lotion (steal, I mean ta-, I mean borrow(?) some from the hotel, you’ll thank me later when you’re hands look like a crocodiles’)
  • A ziploc of goldfish
  • A ziploc of Cheerios
  • Soda Crackers

I throw all of this into a small cosmetic bag, I found one in Japan that has handles and pockets for everything, I know you all can’t go to japan but a cosmetic bag will do.

I think that about covers it?  I’ll be sure to update this if I think of anything else. Man it’s good to be home.  I’m pooped. (literally, just kidding…maybe)

21 weeks 5 days