Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Day 953: At the Grand

I've returned from an exhausting but extremely fulfilling trip to the West Coast for a visit to Disneyland and the D23 Expo, and while I hurt all over, have developed a cold, and am more tired than I think I've been in a while, I had a wonderful time! And now that I'm back, it's time to get things back in order here at home, meaning the blog, social media and the slew of videos and pictures I have to go through and get in order before moving in next week! But first let's focus on the resting part of the vacation, a chance to stay at not just one, but two of the Disneyland Resort Hotels!

We spent most of our trip staying at Disney's Grand Californian, which for those of you who are more Disney World oriented like I am, picture Wilderness Lodge mixed with the Grand Floridian. It's the biggest and most spectacular of the hotels at the Disneyland Resort, situated directly next to Disney California Adventure Park, even offering a secondary entrance just for resort guests!

We just had a standard room, but we managed to snag one of the closest ones on the ground floor, so no elevator needed for the majority of our trip. The beds were super nice, and while we were on the ground floor, if you walked out onto our padio you could see DCA from there, which was pretty awesome. 

As you can kind of see, it's set up largely the same way Wilderness Lodge is at Walt Disney World. It definitely has that same rustic woods type of feel, and it's certainly very homey. The lobby in itself is spectacular, filled with natural light, a large stone fireplace, and features my favorite part, a live piano player for a significant portion of the day. 

But my favorite part of staying at the Grand was the ability to go up a few floors and over a bit to an outdoor padio upstairs that overlooked Disney California Adventure. It was the perfect spot to watch World of Color on the nights we weren't in the parks, meaning I saw the show at least 5 or 6 times throughout my stay. You could see pretty much the whole part from up there, despite the fact that it wasn't super high up, and definitely made for a nice addition! 

Then, near the end of the trip, we switched over to the Paradise Pier Hotel for a park view room, which meant a little extra space and an amazing view of California Adventure. We stayed in a park view room when we went four years ago and I fell in love with watching the attractions and World of Color throughout our stay. 

Of course, that park view room meant more World of Color, which I will go into in further detail in a later post, but it just has to be mentioned while we're discussing the rooms. We've yet to stay at the Disneyland hotel, but something tells me that will be changing the next time we head to Disneyland, as I'm pretty sure my brother really wants to stay there. The only question is whether or not I'll be able to give up my park views to stay there, because let's be honest, I really love my park views and ability to watch World of Color every night if I want. 

And that's the rundown on where we were able to stay while at Disneyland. In all honesty, the Disneyland Resort hotels are amazing and definitely worth the cost if you really use them to their full potential, even if it means getting up for 7 A.M. park opening everyday for Extra Magic Hour. After all, you just can't beat that bird's eye view of the park! 

Have a magical day!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Day 952: Pink! Blue! Pink! Blue!

My dear friend from high school is on her way to college this fall, and of course she's got herself an awesome new roommate. Well, we all remember what it was like to first start chatting with that new college friend, especially when it comes to making decisions on the dorm room you'll end up sharing. Some people try to match all their stuff, something my freshman roommate and I did mostly on accident. But for them, things are a little different, especially when it comes to the debate between pink and blue.

She told me this morning that they're very similar in many ways except one: the things they're buying for the dorm room. Of course, we each have our own personal space, but as she buys blue sheets and towels, her roommate finds a great pink comforter and pillow set. Of course, there was only one thing I thought of when she told me about this pink and blue debate:

Now, I highly doubt their dorm room will end up a complete mess of pink and blue, and instead it'll look rather awesome as it showcases both of their personalities. That's one of the greatest things about dorm rooms. There's little bits of each of us in a room that's completely blank, despite the fact that you share the space together. 

A quick note before I go: From August 11 to August 20 I'll be headed to California for a Disneyland and D23 EXPO adventure, so Everyday Disney won't be updated until I return (all missed posts will be made up on August 21). However, you can definitely follow my Instagram and Twitter for live updates and all the adventures I'm having! I'll be posting on both daily, and you might just find a periscope in there too! Follow all my social media for the fastest updates and I'll see you all in a week and a half! 

Have a magical day!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Day 951: For Research

Now I'm REALLY close to my Disneyland vacation, and that means that it's the exact right time to continue listening to soundtracks from the parks!

While I still refuse to listen to the World of Color Celebrate! soundtrack to keep it all as a surprise, I've been listening to Paint the Night on repeat for weeks, among other things, and I'm pretty sure I know the entire thing almost as well as Festival of Fantasy now. Ok, maybe not quite as well as Festival of Fantasy, but I still have it pretty downpacked. Then again, what else is to be expected when it's based on "When Can I See You Again" from Wreck-It Ralph, which just so happens to be recorded by one of my favorite artists, Owl City!

Then, also today, for research purposes, I checked out a recording of Disneyland Forever! In fact, I'm about to watch it right now (which means this entire paragraph will be my live reactions). The recording I found included the projections on Main Street, and already I'm totally in love with this show. And boy, I'm only like 30 seconds in. Watching this in public probably wasn't a good idea actually. If I'm almost crying here I'm never gonna make it through the whole thing there. Woah...the Disneyland Tinkerbell is wayyyyyy cooler than the Disney World one. THERE'S A TANGLED SECTION! I'm not crying. You're crying. One of the things I love about Disneyland is it's filled with the rare stuff. Like at Disney World it's just Frozen everything, but at Disneyland we have Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh and Tangled and I'm barely halfway through! OH MY GOSH THE LION KING PART. I'M DONE. They have inflatables for the Little Mermaid. What even is this? FINDING. NEMO. So when can we get this at Disney World? Because Fire. And Nemo. I spoke too soon on the Frozen thing, didn't I? Yep. I did. Ok but this is pretty great I'm not gonna lie. The fireworks work so well with Let It Go. Keep it Together Lizzie. Keep it Together.

So now I'm incredibly excited for all of the nighttime shows at Disneyland and I'm trying to figure out a way to see them all as many times as humanly possible. Also I need the ending song of Disneyland Forever to loop for eternity in my life. 

Have a magical day!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Day 950: Alpacas, Balloons, and Burgers

Another Hamburger Fest weekend in little old Seymour means another fantasmic weekend with my roommates! This time, our adventures were a little bit different though. Last year we really showed them the ropes of Burger Fest, but this time around we went into the surrounding area, spent time closer to home, went on a balloon chase and, of course, ate hambrugers and cheese curds.

First, it was off to Megan's aunts house, where Hannah and Ashley were thrilled to finally get to meet the alpacas! While an Alpaca isn't a Llama, it definitely was giving me some Emperor's New Groove vibes, and now, thinking back to this experience, I really want to watch that movie. On the left Ashley has Samuel and on the right Hannah is chilling with Jedediah!

Next up was our Balloon chase. This year seemed to have a record number of hot air balloons, and instead of simply watching them go up like last year, we headed out on a mission to go after a few. So we drove around, watching as many of the balloons went right over our heads, including this awesome Irish inspired Balloon, which sadly didn't return for the balloon glow later on beacuse of a bit of an accident involving a tree. Everyone is alright though! 

Of course, once the balloons finally return to the grounds, it's time for the balloon glow, where, just as the sun finally sets, the balloons light up the night! 

And of course, a Hamburger Fest just wouldn't be complete without a Burger to eat! 

Which brings us to the end of another Burger Fest. For those of you who might not know, I live in a little town in Wisconsin named Seymour, known as the Home of the Hamburger. The dish was first invented here in 1885, and since then we've also claimed the record for the world's largest hamburger ever made. So every year in early August we have a huge festival to celebrate, filled with lots and lots of hamburgers, hot air balloons and plenty of fun! 

Have a magical day!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Day 949: Before Disney

Let's be honest, we all have that set of stuff we do before we head to the Disney Parks, and it turns out we all tend to do the same things. Whether it's saving money or going on a diet or just planning in general, we've got to get it all done, and with my Disneyland trip only days away, I'm no exception to this pre-trip ritual.

So of course I put it into a video:

This video was actually one of the most fun to make so far, despite the fact that it was filmed amongst like three other videos and I got ahead on everything before leaving. Although, here's a fun fact for those of you who read my blog: in one section of the video I "Go on a Diet" and eat the Mickey cookies instead of Peas. Why do I mention this? I actually HATE Peas. They're my absolute least favorite food and I avoid them at all costs, but they were the easiest to grab green vegetable from our garden without actually making food. So yeah, I'd pick the cookies every single time. Or anything other than Peas really. 

What are some of the things you always do before heading on a Disney vacation? Let me know in the comments below! 

Have a magical day! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day 948: English and Music

Like most college students, I'm continuously faced with the prospect of the future. I can't even begin to tell you how many questions I get about what I want to do with my life and/or, more frequently, what in the world I'm going to do with my double major of English and Music Performance. To be completely honest, I don't really know what my ultimate dream job is. It changes almost on a daily basis, but I do know that I want to work for Disney, and today I was reminded of one of the huge reasons why.

Again, like most Disney-Loving college students, the Disney College Program is definitely on the table for my future, although I won't be able to apply until I complete my undergrad schooling due to the number of credits I need to graduate on time (music gets complicated). That doesn't mean I haven't already done my fair share of research on the program, however. I know when I'll be applying, and while I don't know what individual portion of the program I want to work in yet, I do know that's a choice that I'll make when I get there. Today has been a sort of weird reflection day for me when it comes to the future, starting with this great FAQ on the College Program by Sarah, which you can watch HERE. As a person seriously going back and forth between the college program at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, this was a great sort of information overload for me, but what really stood out was when Sarah mentioned that at Disney, it doesn't matter what your major is because anything you want to do, you can do for Disney in some capacity.

For a student who gets the "and what are you going to do with that?" question ALL THE TIME, this made a huge impact on me, regardless of the fact that I already knew that Disney is made up of an extremely diverse population of careers. I knew from Day 1 that if I wanted to pursue music, I would be able to pursue it with Disney, and today, when Sarah mentioned it in her video, I really got the overwhelming feeling that, while moving to a different state and being completely on my own is absolutely terrifying, working for Disney is also a major right decision in my life.

And for a college student to actually feel confident in a move like that, especially a couple of years before it's actually going to happen, is a really big thing.

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Day 947: Videos, Videos, and...More Videos

When I first decided to do weekly Disney inspired videos this summer, I sort of thought I was out of my mind. Granted, I knew I had a whole summers worth of trip vlogs that needed to go live eventually, and without a job I figured it was now or never, but I guess I couldn't have expected how simultaneously easy and difficult such an endeavor would be.

It's time consuming, that's for sure. On average, I'll probably spend at least three hours a week on a video, depending on how easily the idea comes, how long it takes to actually film it, and how many technical issues I run into while editing. This week, however, I've spent a solid two and a half days just working on editing videos, and at this point I'm pretty sick of staring at my computer screen. So of course, here I am, still sitting at my computer, writing a blog post. Regardless, this week was filled with so many videos largely due to the fact that I leave for Disneyland in less than a week and I don't want to have to worry about those new videos while I'm gone. So I'm happy to say that the next two weeks of videos are all up and ready to go. Thank goodness.

But I also don't think I realized the crazy things I would end up doing to film a YouTube video. Like when I ended up putting twigs in my hair for the Disney Hairstyle Video, or many of the things you'll see in upcoming weeks. But since I'll be at Disneyland, here's a quick preview of the videos you'll be able to find on my YouTube channel this month:

This Friday, head over to my channel to see what Disney Fans Do Before Disney. We all love to travel to the parks, and we all have this list of things we must do before actually leaving for a magical trip. These are just a few of those things.

Day 4 of my June trip to Walt Disney World will go live next Tuesday, and this time it's all about the Four Parks, One Day Challenge! Also, if you were around for the Tower of Terror video back in June, you'll remember that video of me screaming. Yeah, the extended edition is in this one!

In honor of my trip to Disneyland, on August 14th I'll share some of my favorite DisneyBounds with you, as well as give you an inside look at two of my OUAT DisneyBounds and Three outfits I have planned for my Disneyland trip!

The concluding day of my June trip to Walt Disney World was a short one, but that doesn't mean it's not filled with Disney magic, in this case, in the form of Epcot! 

And finally, on August 21, check in for my version of The Disney Tag, featuring questions that, unlike those in my Frequently Asked Disney Questions video, you might not get quite as often! 

After this set of videos concludes, don't think things are stopping though! Following the conclusion of my June Vlogs I'll have a blooper video from my January trip and then we head over to Disneyland for a whole new set of vlogs! 

Have a magical day!