Navigating Disneyland at Christmastime

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“When you wish upon a star…”

Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth is always a place filled with magic but during Christmastime, it is really something extra special. The lights and the parades and the stylized baked goods make everything feel more magical than usual.  The past few years my family has been making a trip out of Disneyland at Christmas. So if you are up to sharing the park with an excess of people you have to visit during Christmas Time. Just make sure you have a plan when you go. Read on to see some of my favorite things to make a Disney trip great.

My family likes to get to the park right when it opens to maximize our time in the park. When you get there earlier the parks are also less crowded which means wait times will not be as crazy as they will be later into the day. This also gives you a chance to head to rides that hold the longest wait times throughout the day. We like to do Star Tours (probably our favorite ride in the entire park) or Space Mountain first as those do tend to get more crowded . Especially Space Mountain which is known for it’s up to three hour wait times.

Another thing we do to maximize what we are able to do throughout the day is to get fast passes for our ‘must ride’ attractions. Fast passes are probably the best way to utilize your time well. With a fast pass, your wait time can go from the would be an hour(s) to around 15 minutes. Just remember you can only hold one fast pass at a time until you use it, or until the time at the bottom of the pass has passed. Be warned that fast pass times for popular rides go fast. Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

The Christmas season has always been a time that I spend with my family. Since I could remember there was always certain traditions my family has done every year. I remember writing a paper on my favorite traditions in 3rd grade instead of writing about one single favorite Christmas memory. What can I say I’m an overachiever. (Though my grade did not reflect that… oops) Christmas isn’t about presents but the presence of being with family and having fun together. So here are my favorite, simple, Christmas traditions.

Tamales

Instead of turkey or ham for Christmas Eve dinner, we have Tamales! We typically have Chicken, Beef, Jalapeño and Cheese, and sometimes sweet ones that are pink. Though I don’t like those at all. My grandpa mixes the masa, which is like dough made of corn, and usually, it is my grandma, mom and I spreading it onto dried corn husks and adding the filling.  My favorite way to eat them is the next day when my mom warms them up on the comal and they get a bit crunchy.

Secret Santa

Another of our traditions is we do a Secret Santa Gift Exchange. One with the kids and one with the adults. At Thanksgiving, we pick names out of a hat so we know who to shop for. Us kids write down a list of things we would want and put that with our names. As we have gotten older most of our lists now say things like “socks” or “gift cards for food.” 3 of us are in college now and practicality is starting to overrule more fun items. Though you can never go wrong with having too many pairs of fluffy socks. Continue reading

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Ten Years of Wicked

I’ve always loved musicals. Just about anything that had singing and dancing I loved. My mom has videos of me dancing around the house in my tutus worn over Bear in the Big Blue House pajama pants, or screaming singing at the top of my lungs to The Wiggles ‘Hot Potato.’ But the love I had for musicals was different then, more just a general love, like I loved my princess car or going out for ice cream. Ten years ago that love changed into something else, all due to one musical. Wicked.

I was nine when I started wondering about Wicked. One of my best friends had gone to see it. She had come to school in her new Wicked tee telling me all about it. I was intrigued. I went to her house practically every day after school at this point, and she played the soundtrack for me explaining the plot and what her favorite songs were. I can still remember us from then. Her plugging in a CD player into the wall of her front lawn. Us singing “Popular” over and over until we knew all words and dancing around the lawn creating choreography. I remember telling my mom about how great the show sounded and that I wanted to see it. Mostly because my friend had seen it and now obviously I wanted to.  I didn’t want to feel left out. Continue reading

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Spotify Wrapped ’18

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Spotify does this thing at the end of the year where they put together a little interactive slide at the end of the year that puts together all of your music stats for the year. After getting one last year I was really curious to see what my stats would look like this year. A few days ago Spotify released their 2018 Wrapped and, honestly, it is 100% me for this year. When I looked at it, I realized that my wrapped this year capsulated a ton of stories of the past few years and I thought it would be fun to share. Continue reading

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Halloween in Review 2018

“Boys and girls of every age Wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see This, our town of Halloween”

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I have always loved Halloween. It gives an excuse to dress up for a day without anyone judging you, and then at night you get free candy during trick or treating. And who doesn’t like free candy? As you get older, things start to change and trick or treating is not really something done in college, but that doesn’t mean the day can’t be just as fun.

Last year my roommate and I threw a small Halloween gathering where we watched Halloween movies (like Mostly Ghostly and The Corpse Bride) and ate snacks and candy. This year was a bit different. Continue reading

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