Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure offers a look at Walt Disney’s backstory

DAY THREE OF FIVE — Ready to walk in Walt Disney’s shoes? At the newly revamped Disney California Adventure  in Anaheim you can saunter down Buena Vista Street as it might have been when Walt Disney as a young man with a suitcase, $40 and a big dream in  the early 1920s. This being Disney, everything has a back story. You might first see Oswald’s—Disney aficionados know Walt Disney named his early cartoon rabbit Oswald. There is …

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The Disney parks in California offer a smaller and more intimate experience

DAY TWO OF FIVE — Who says a theme park visit has to be stressful? It is mid afternoon at Disneyland and the Hazels are relaxing  away from the theme park fray. They’re enjoying complimentary snacks and beers as well as stellar views  at the E-Ticket Club at the newly refurbished Disneyland Hotel . “So much more relaxing,” says Shawna Hazel, here on her first “family” trip with her husband and two stepdaughters Lili, 13, and Julie, …

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So much new to see and do at Disneyland in California

DAY ONE OF FIVE — Welcome to Radiator Springs. For the uninitiated, Radiator Springs is “the cutest little town in Carburetor County” and where the loveable characters of the Cars movies live along Route 66. In this case, a new “land” just opened with much fanfare at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim.   “I want our guests to feel like this is the greatest road trip they’ve ever been on,” says John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar, which …

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Detroit’s Disneyland (Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport)

My friend Richard Joseph recently made a trip with a layover in Detroit… and found himself suprised by the airport’s environment.  Read on to see his report.  Kind Regards- Heidi To my astonishment, Detroit and Disneyland have more in common than just starting with the letter “D”. My visit was a simple stop between flights landing at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. A two hour layover on our cross country college visiting tour was taking us …

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The Disney Parks

Staying at the Grand Californian, we were pretty conveniently located to be able to run back and forth between Disneyland and California Adventure, which we did.  Frequently.  For three days. California Adventure is a fun park, and there were several rides that we loved over there… a favorite for everyone was the Grizzly River Run, a “raft” style ride that combines river rafting with a rollercoaster.  Prepare to get wet on this ride… there’s a sign as …

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The Southern California Adventure Parks as a Pre or Post-Cruise Excursion

Taking a cruise that begins or ends in Los Angeles or San Diego?  My family just got back from a trip to Southern California, where we stopped at both Legoland and the two Disney Theme Parks- all of which have locations that make for an excellent pre or post-cruise excursion. Legoland, located in Carlsbad, is approximately 30 minutes North of San Diego and about an hour South of Los Angeles (get directions here), making it an easy trip if you are …

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