Star Wars Day Fun From Home

May the 4th is one of the most sacred of days in our home. Why? Because it’s Star Wars Day of course! Ever since I can remember, Star Wars has been everything to me. I knew that when I had littles, I would “show them the ways of the force” through these beautiful stories, in hopes that they would gravitate towards them too. I’m still working a bit on Kensey, but Emma has been a fan of it all from the start. Kensey loves characters like Rey and Chewie, while Emma has always had a thing for the dark side, and loves Darth Vader. We usually celebrate this day like most fans do… at Disneyland Parks. With the new addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and all it has to offer, is there a better place to celebrate? Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we’re not able to access our precious parks to celebrate. That DOES NOT mean that you can’t have some galactic fun from home and still celebrate in style! All you need is a few supplies from the house, some imagination, and a little help from the force, and you’re on your way to having a great day! I’ve listed below some fun activities to help add some Star Wars magic, along with the links on further instructions or downloads. We hope this helps your family have a blast on May 4th, and as always, may the force be with you!

Bake “Leia Buns” Cinnamon Rolls

This one seems super easy and a no brainer. Princess Leia’s iconic hair can easily be spotted in these cinnamon rolls, that is pre-icing of course. I just snagged a can of Pilsbury brand cinnamon rolls and baked as directed on the back. I took the picture while they we’re cooling and we chatted about Princess Leia and how much of a role model she is. Brave and fearless, but had heart in all she did. A general yes, but to me, she’s royalty. Enjoy this with a side of overnight oats, and bonus points if you make the Galaxy’s Edge version!

Star Wars Toilet Paper Roll Characters

What a cute and easy project! All you need to do is click on the link below and download the free printables. After that, take your printables and glue them around a toilet paper roll. Be sure to cut the paper to fit the roll, and i would recommend using a hot glue gun to keep them down. These make great photo props, and even better figurine toys for the kids to play and pretend with! We had a blast making them and will use them for future fun days ahead!

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Free Han Solo (And Friends)

Keep kids occupied for a while on Star Wars Day with this take on when Han Solo got stuck on carbonite. Take a Han Solo action figure (or any Star Wars ones you got) and stick them in a small Tupperware dish. add water to the top and stick in the freezer overnight. When you’re ready to free them, run warm water around the dish until the ice melts it out. Have kids use water to melt the ice and free the smuggler. This is a great activity for little ones to do!

Star Wars Lunch Bag Puppets

For Chewie:

You will need the following for Chewie: brown paper bag, black and white construction paper, googly eyes,brown crayon, glue, scissors, and a pencil. First, take your black construction paper and cut to create a belt. Glue down. Take the white piece of paper and cut small squares to style the belt. Cut Chewie’s mouth and glue on, as well as the googly eyes. Cut a small oval for his nose and glue on. Add silver accents to the belt with a pencil. Add fur marks overall with a brown crayon.

For Yoda:

You will need the following for Yoda: lunch bag, Green and white construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue, and a grey crayon or colored pencil. First, start off by cutting out all of the pieces you need. Two large ovals for the eyelids, two ears , and the head should all be green. You can wrap the white paper around the bottom to resemble his robe. Glue on the head and ears and color in the inside of the ears to give it dimension with the grey crayon. Next, glue on the eyes and eyelids, Take the crayon and add a mouth and nose, as well as some more overall wrinkles.

Pool Noodle Light Saber

A safe and fun way to have a full blown battle! We made a couple dozen of these for Emma’s 4th Star Wars birthday party, and I’m thankful to report that a few are still completely in tact! They are simple to make too! Take a pool noodle and cut in half. Use a combination of silver, black, and colored electric tape and wrap around the bottom to resemble the base. That’s it! You can also take added time to create buttons and shapes with a Sharpie marker, if detail is a thing you seriously need. After you’re done, you can conduct your own Jedi Training Academy from home!

Make Blue Milk At Home

What would Star Wars Day be without something food and drink related from our beloved Galaxy’s Edge?! It just wouldn’t be right. As much as i would love to recreate their famous Ronto Wrap or maybe even a beverage from Ooga’s Cantina, I figured it would be great to start with their staple beverage; the blue milk. Now, some prefer the green milk, and that’s totally okay. I personally think it tastes like the smell of potting soil, so you won’t find me making that here. I did however, find a copycat recipe that i linked below for both styles of milk, so you can recreate your preferred flavor. I really enjoyed making this, and thought it tasted pretty close to the original thing. Due to the pandemic and not wanting to travel to too many stops for supplies, I disregarded some of the ingredients listed, or replaced with something else. My advice if you cannot access all the stuff listed in the link is to improvise and experiment. Have fun and enjoy yourself!

Make Jawa Rocks

How cute are these little guys?! I’ve always been a fan of Jawas and these little rocks were so easy to create! All you need is some smooth rocks that have been washed and cleaned as well as some black, brown, and yellow acrylic paint and a Sharpie. Once your rocks have been cleaned and dried, paint them with a few coats of brown paint. Once dry, make a black circle of paint for the face shadow. Finally, after that has dried, add a few yellow dots for the eyes and use the Sharpie to draw a utility belt. After that, you’re all set! Use these for cute garden decor, or as a fun add on to any gift you’re mailing to a loved one.

Read Some Star Wars Books

We’ve been big fans of reading since the lockdown. It’s given us time to read some books that have been collecting dust, and the girls have found a new love for reading as well! Star Wars Day is a great excuse to bust out some of those Star Wars themed books in your bookshelf. Because of its complicated story line, the girls have been able to learn about the saga thanks to the Little Golden Books series. It has a great way of summarizing the story and has great pictures too. “The Galaxy Needs You” is also another great story of why you are so special and important to the world. I’ve linked both book options below. Reading is the coolest hobby in the galaxy!

Star Wars Coloring Pages

“But Megan, I’ve colored nonstop since lockdown”. I know, me too. But the fact is, we’re stuck at home and coloring is what we do now. In all seriousness, coloring is a great way to relax and spend some quiet time, and there are so many free coloring pages online to choose from! Just head to Pinterest or Google and search for “free Star Wars coloring sheets” and a bunch of options like the ones above will pop up.

Star Wars Activity Sheets

Just like the coloring pages, there are so many FREE printable activity sheets that are Star Wars themed online. I found both of these on Pinterest, and took Emma a bit of time to get through. You can also search for activities based on age group too by being a bit more specific in the search engine. You can also create your own game of Star Wars charades by writing the character names down and throwing them in hat for loved ones to act out and play along!

Make Light Saber Bookmarks

You will need the following supplies for these bookmarks: multi-colored pieces of construction paper, black construction paper, glue, scissors & white paint. Cut out the various colored pieces of paper into small light sabers. Cover the bottom with a black square of paper the is slightly wider than the saber piece and glue together. Take white paint and add saber decorations to the black part. Once dry, you can laminate to keep protected, or use contact paper on both font and back.

Star Wars Scavenger Hunt

This was such a fun way to incorporate the outdoors a bit! Galaxy’s Edge has its own scavenger hunt that you can participate in, so this one that I found on Pinterest was a total hit for us! I did not create this particular scavenger hunt, I found it on Pinterest and linked it below. I took the paper cutouts and hot glued them onto some cardboard and hung them by ribbon. I took them and hid them around the front yard area for the girls to locate. To add a little bit of dark side to the game, I had Dan pretend to be a Storm Trooper and sneak up on them every now and them to arrest them. Just trying to add a little bit of Galaxy’s Edge anywhere we can.

Have Fun with a Star Wars Scavenger Hunt!

Have A Star Wars Movie Marathon

The BEST WAY to actually enjoy Star Wars Day is to sit down with your favorite Disney popcorn bucket, some blue milk, and have a movie marathon! Disney+ has practically every movie available, with the addition of Rise of Skywalker being added on May 4th, 2020. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the saga as a family, or pop in your favorite one and relive the story together. Our favorite is “The Force Awakens” followed by “Return of the Jedi”. We hope you enjoyed some of these ideas to get your celebration going in the right direction! We had such fun putting it together and can’t wait to celebrate Star Wars Day in the parks next year!

Rainy Days at Disney Made Easy

Do you ever have a day at the parks planned, and then the weather comes and ruins all the fun? How about not knowing that rain was in the forecast, and being stuck at the parks unprepared? I’ve been in BOTH of those scenarios, and let me tell you, it’s not fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain! The smell of the earth after the showers stop. The warm and cozy feels it brings. What I don’t like, is my stuff getting soaking wet, and that includes my kids. So is it actually possible to enjoy Disney with a rainy day forecast ahead? Absolutely. As long as you’re prepared ahead of time.

When it comers to rainy day park preparation, the first place i suggest starting is the stroller cover. Each stroller should have a coinciding rain cover for sale. I have made the mistake of traveling to the parks without my stroller cover and using a blanket instead. Spoiler alert: It’s NOT the same thing. Investing in a rain cover for your stroller is worth every cent it costs. Why? The cover is designed specifically to snug around your stroller, keeping everything, including your child, dry and happy. Most also come with a zipper on the side to allow your child to get in and out, without having to uncover everything else. I use the Joovy “Zoom 360 Ultralight” stroller and I swear by it. Hands down, best stroller I’ve ever had. They make a rain cover for it as well. I’ve linked both below:

If you need additional dry storage, I would suggest taking advantage of the lockers they have available around the parks. If you are enjoying Disney’s California Adventure Park, there are full body dryers for $5 next to Grizzly Rapids. The water is a part of the process, but these options are here to help eliminate ruining your things, or creating a damper on your fun. Pun intended.

If you’re wondering what to do on a rainy day, the answer is everything you would normally do, but slightly altered. Some attractions are closed when the weather gets wet. Some of those are as follows:

  • Storybook Canal Boats
  • Mad Tea Party Spinning Teacups
  • Tom Sawyer’s Island
  • The Golden Zephyr
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant

There are also a list of rides (not all options listed) that stay open regardless of the weather. Those rides are as follows:

  • Most Fantasyland Rides like:
  • Peter Pan
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • It’s A Small World
  • King Arthur’s Carousel
  • Other rides in various lands including:
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • Splash Mountain (hey, you’re already wet)
  • Tiki Tiki Room
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Monster’s Inc

Just head to the nearest information desk or City Hall on Main Street to ask what is available for the day. It often changes depending on how bad the weather actually is. Sometimes they will have the fireworks show in the rain, as long as wind isn’t an issue. Most of the time, they will replace it with a light show. Most often, parades are cancelled due to the rain. Character meet and greets are still available, but locations to where the characters are might change. If you are on the lookout for a certain character, ask the information desk at City Hall as to their whereabouts.

Above all, HAVE FUN and don’t worry if things don’t go as planned. Maybe you didn’t know it was going to rain. Maybe you’ve had this trip planned for months and there is just nothing you can do about the timing. The fact of the matter is, we’ll wait in line for over an hour for a water ride during the Summer. So as long as we’re prepared, a little water never really bothered anybody. You’re at the Happiest Place on Earth regardless of the rain. It’s still a beautiful day no matter what. Embrace the unexpected, but try to pack and plan ahead if possible. These are the things I always take with me for a rainy day:

  • Ponchos (they also sell them at the Parks)
  • Umbrellas
  • Stroller Cover (I keep it in the car at all times)
  • Rain boots & Extra Shoes (I keep in the locker)
  • Towels and Extra Clothes
  • Rain Jackets
  • Portable Hand Warmers
  • Beanies
  • Thermos of warm water or soup
  • Large waterproof bags for wet clothes. I love Bumkins Wet Bags:
Wet Bag: Rainbows

If you’re staying in a hotel around the area, take a break and change. Sometimes all that constant rain pour can tire you out. So take a break and warm up, then head on back. If you’re not staying local, maybe just plan for a half day. The absolute best time to go to the Disneyland Resort is in the rain because there are virtually no lines for rides. The parks are empty and you can still enjoy a variety of shows and attractions. Just know your limit and come as prepared as possible. There are various fun buildings to explore that are completely covered. My favorite spot is the Animation Academy, specifically “Turtle Talk With Crush.” Utilize those spaces to wait out the storm and try something new.

I hope some of this helped. Like i said, above all, have fun and roll with the day and how it unfolds. This type of thing is not in our control, so it’s best to enjoy what we can. The rain can be really fun for the kids, and kids at heart. Don’t forget that umbrella!

The Howard Johnson Hotel in Anheim is Simply the Best!

When it comes to where our family goes to “get away for a bit,” there is only one place we head to. The Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim is located just a few minutes away from the Disneyland Resort. It is a family friendly hotel that is stacked with things to do! From the balloon swords that are given at check-in, to the adventurous “Castaway Cove” water playground, everything is themed around pirates! My kids love to snag a chocolate treasure coin when we arrive, along with a pirate hat. The staff is always so nice to the kids and are there to help with anything we may need. Traveling with an infant or small child? No need to worry. They have cribs available to use in the rooms for your stay. We used the cribs when Kensey was smaller and it was a huge life saver to not have to bring our travel crib!

Once you’ve checked in, you get to head up to your room if it’s ready for use. The rooms in building one are fully renovated, complete with an Alexa in every room! That means dance parties on command and that is really what life is all about, right? The other buildings are being remodeled as well, and in time the entire hotel will be modernized, but still have their throwback flair. Each room around the property has a vintage feel to their decor. Scattered around the rooms are old artwork of popular rides and attractions in Disneyland Park, as well as a Mickey or two. The bathrooms also come equipped with a rubber ducky, as the rubber ducky is a HOJO staple, and often displayed in artwork around the property.

Let’s talk water play! Castaway Cay is a pirate themed water playground that has something for every age level. Are your kids more on the smaller side? The have a one foot wading pool located to the side of the water park, along with a smaller water slide option. Got bigger and taller ones? This water park comes complete with a bigger slide and the best dump bucket around! I love watching the kids rush to the center as they hear the ticking of the bucket turning over. TIDAL WAVE! What would a pirate themed water park be without some water guns! Those babies are scattered around, making it easy to shoot your target without being caught! It’s easily the best time in the late Spring and Summer, when the temperature spikes and heading to the pools is a must! I would say, it’s a better option on those days than the parks! There are some trips where we will spend the majority of the day at Castaway Cay than head to Disney, and we love it!

Looking for a more relaxing experience at the pool? There is a second pool location that is not centered around the water park. It’s a nice and relaxing option where they have towels on site for your use, as well as many lounge chairs to take a nice nap by the pool, or catch up on a good read. There is also a Jacuzzi located next to the water park side, and both locations are open until 10pm. It is hands down the coolest experience to watch the Disneyland fireworks from the Jacuzzi in Castaway Cay, I highly recommend it! A great second option for a hotel fireworks viewing is your hotel balcony! Lots of rooms have a perfect view of the show, and weather permitting, you don’t need to be inside Disneyland to enjoy one of it’s major attractions!

Aside from the walking distance to Disney parks and great entertainment the hotel has to offer, this mom especially loves that there is a Keurig coffee machine in every room! Complete with little coffee pods, it’s the absolute best thing to have when you need to be up at dawn for a Rise Of The Resistance boarding pass. Another favorite amenity of mine is the beauty ring that surrounds the mirror in the bathroom. I have never looked more glam getting ready in my life! The lighting makes the perfect tool for getting ready in the morning and looking your best!

Whether you’re looking for a fun getaway with the family, or are trying to map out your next Disney trip, be sure to make the Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim your home base for it. If it’s Disney you’re there for, they have all you need to make your stay enjoyable. If you’re looking to explore other things besides Disney, they offer shuttles to fun places like Universal Studios, Los Angeles and Hollywood, and more. The hotel is also located very closely to things like the Anaheim Packing District, Downtown Disney, the Honda Center, and Angel’s Stadium. Save a ton of money by not booking at a resort property, and stay at the HOJO! To book now, click on the link below:

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Micechat Gumball Rally 2020

Let’s Get Ready To Gumball!

I know what you’re probably thinking…WHAT is the Micechat Gumball Rally? To put it into its simplest form, it’s a contest/scavenger hunt in which the goal is to visit as many Disneyland attractions as possible in the time allotted. It’s the MOST fun you will ever have at Disneyland, I promise you that! Upon registration, teams of anywhere from 2 to 4 run around Disneyland (Not DCA) from opening all the way to sundown, trying to cram in as many attractions as possible. The winner receives a one of a kind trophy made out of a gumball machine, where a talented artist has crafted around it to depict a famous ride from the parks. This year, the star of the show was the Materhorn, but the trophy also had the monorail and Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage! Being my first time in The Gumball Rally, I was in awe of the trophy’s beauty and wanted to win badly!

My team consisted of my bestfriend Jennifer (@Randomly_riley) as well as our friends Leah Green (@cutebowdaddyo) and her daughter Abby Shayne (@theabbyshayne). Our team name was “Livin’ La Vida Yoda” and we were all decked out with maracas (thanks Leah!) and cute “The Child” accessories from Buckledown Products (thanks Jenn!) We we’re ready to win! Due to my distance from Disneyland, I knew being local beforehand was key, because check-in for Gumball was 6:30am sharp! I would like to thank The Howard Johnson Hotel of Anaheim for hosting my stay, and allowing me to be walking distance from not only where i needed to check-in, but also the parks themselves.

My teammate Jenn and I were up at 5:15am to get ready for the Gumball Rally. After all, it might be early but i still want to look cute! Once we we’re ready to walk, we grabbed our coffees and headed out. Due to checking in at an event the evening before, all we needed to do was grab our lanyards and rule books. That was a bonus because girl, that line was no good! After hearing an overview of the rules and getting our books, it was time for everyone to make a mad dash to the park. Most of us we’re honestly heading to get that all important “Rise Of The Resistance” boarding pass, and the lines to get in were CRAZY! Somehow, we all made it into the parks by 8:04am, and snagged boarding group 130 for Rise, the highest it had ever gone. That was not a good sign, but that’s okay, Rise wasn’t listed in the rule book as an option and we had a job to do. It was time to head on some rides and visit some attractions!

The handbook that was given to us had the rides and attractions listed that we’re apart of the competition. Each ride or attraction had a point value to it, so depending on the value of the ride, that would help you determine your strategy. Most fast pass rides were only worth a point, which was a bummer to me because those are the rides I go on least due to being a mom. Once you boarding a ride or visited an attraction, you would need to answer a question on your handbook about the ride, as well as take a picture with your team and numbers and email it in to a specific email. That way, it prevents any cheating or planning ahead. Each year, the questions and rules change, allowing everyone to have an even playing field. We had NO strategy and just wanted to enjoy ourselves and the experience, as we we’re all first timers.

We started in Fantasyland and worked our way around most lands. Not all stops we’re rides, but “attractions” such as walking through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and visiting Mickey Mouse. Depending on the ride’s point worth and wait time, we decided to just have a blast and not worry about being first place. We only stopped for a few bathroom breaks and lunch, and hustled as fast as we could from ride to ride. Due to the popularity of Rise Of The Resistance , the parks we’re very crowded that day, which made it hard to accomplish all of what was to offer.

The latest you could turn in your ballots was 7pm. Our team was beyond tired by 4pm and couldn’t hang on another minute. We decided to call it, and head to Disney California Adventure for an early dinner and celebratory margarita. By the time we finished our meal, it seemed there might be a beacon of hope that we could ACTUALLY ride Rise Of The Resistance, so we decided to head back to the Howard Johnson Hotel to wait it out. The awards ceremony for the Gumball Rally was anticipated to begin around the time that our boarding passes could be called, so we made the hard decision to miss out on the ceremony. It was a long shot, but I personally have never been on the ride and don’t have the opportunity to get a boarding pass or even stay long enough to board. This was different. I had a hotel room and nothing stopping me from this epic moment.

An hour after leaving the parks, we get notified our boarding group had been called. Not only had boarding group 130 NEVER been called before, it was also the final boarding group of the night. We had 45 minutes to scan our boarding pass or it was curtains. We ran as fast as we could down Harbor Blvd. to scan our tickets to get in and we made it! Over an hour later, i left the ride a changed person. This ride is not like anything I have ever ridden and I cannot wait to go on it again and again and again! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, I know the process of even getting a chance to ride is grueling. But I can tell you this, it’s worth the hours of waiting for your boarding group to be called and it’s certainly worth the early morning wake up call to score one!

But back to the Gumball Rally…

Like i said, I’ve never done the Gumball Rally before. This was my first experience, and I was asked to be on a team, led by our captain Jennifer. I immediately agreed when I found out the entire point was to visit as many attractions as i could! That to me just seemed like the Disney dream! As a mom of two littles, I don’t get to visit all of the attractions that the park has to offer. I actually got to ride the rides i loved, without talking my way out of it due to a long line, etc. The added element of answering a question about the attractions made it more like a scavenger hunt, which was super fun! I will never miss a Micechat Gumball Rally in the future, as this is the dream Disney day! Registration is required, so be sure to follow Micechat on Instagram as well as on their blog for updated information on the next event, as well as up to date Parks info!

I would like to thank Micechat for sponsoring our event tickets and allowing us to experience this day! I would also like to thank The Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim for hosting our weekend stay, and allowing my family to relax while i rode rides till I dropped.

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The theme for this year’s Gumball Rally was to save the gumball “Child” which was a Mandalorian reference of the popular baby Yoda from the show. I am happy to report that the Gumball child has been saved, but sadly we did not place in the top 75 teams overall in points. Oh well, there’s always next year. Long live Livin’ La Vida Yoda!

I absolutely LOVED my outfit for the day, because it was cute and functional. Some of the pieces I already had in my closet, and some I bought specifically for the day. I linked the pieces still available, as well as some alternatives for your purchasing needs:

Baby Yoda Tee:

Sheer star mesh top:

Boyfriend Jeans:

High Tops:

Disney After Dark: Sweetheart’s Nite

On February 12th, I was the lucky date of my best Galentine, Jennifer, to attend Disneyland’s After Dark event “Sweetheart’s Nite.” Jennifer, or as you may or may not know on Instagram as @randomly_riley , was asked by Mice Chat to write up a blog on her experience at a Disney After Dark event. When she asked me to be her date, of course I didn’t hesitate to say YES. I personally have never been to an after dark event, so I was excited to see what everyone had been talking about. All of the events that I have seen in the past from posts online have looked like so much fun!

“Sweetheart’s Nite” was originally conceptualized with the idea that couples young and old will attend with their “sweethearts.” I thought that attending with your “Galentine” or best girlfriend would be a great alternative to the traditional idea, and boy was it fun! The after hours event check in starts as early as 6pm. What that means is, if you purchased a ticket for the event, you can access Disneyland Park as early as 6pm at no additional cost! I personally am an annual passholder, so this made no difference to me. I did however, think it was pretty neat that you can enjoy the parks for 6 hours total for the cost of your ticket. It may not sound like much, but most of those hours are “after hours” hours, so the lines are minimal for rides once the event begins. We arrived dressed in our Galentine’s Day best about 6pm, and that was a mistake. Major traffic getting into the parking structure, so I would plan ahead on that one and carpool.

Once we we we’re parked, we decided to snag some dinner really quick before checking in. We headed to Disney California Adventure for some baked potato soup at Pacific Wharf Cafe, in which we mobile ordered as soon as we walked into the park. By the time we arrived on our three minute walk, it was ready for us! I highly recommend downloading the Disneyland app and mobile ordering your food when possible. It saves you time in line, which means more time for things you actually want to do. Once we ate, we headed back to the Disneyland gate, where we checked in and got our lanyards for the night. The lanyards act as an indicator to cast members that you are there for the event, because they are in the midst of getting regular guests to exit for the evening. Since there is an overlap of about an hour before things can begin, we grabbed our maps and snagged a locker and headed to The Jolly Holiday to read the map and decide what to do.

The event runs from 9pm-1am. There are a handful of special meet and greet opportunities with rare characters, as well as special food items that are not available in the parks during normal business hours. Aside from that, there are photo opportunities scattered around the park, as well as the option to ride most of the rides in Disneyland with very minimal lines. It is almost impossible to do everything, so making a plan is most important in making the most of your event experience. They often release information about the evening prior to the event, so you can sometimes plan way ahead, if you need to do so. Most people we’re dressed in couple’s cosplay or costume, but because it was nearly 40 degrees the entire event, lots of us covered up in jackets pretty quickly. We decided on the few items we we’re going to eat, as well as the characters we wanted to see and we headed off.

We snagged the “Pucker Up” sour cherry churro in Tomorrowland, which already had a line 30 minutes before opening. This churro was a regular churro base, dusted in sour red sugar. The topping to dip it in was a cream cheese frosting. The entire thing together reminded us of a toaster strudel, which for me was too sweet. I thought the sour sugar topping was pretty yummy, but the dipping sauce was too sweet for my taste. After snagging the churro, we headed towards the castle for the “Sweetheart’s Nite” fireworks show. This show was a custom show created specifically for the event. From Lady And The Tramp to Up, they played the classics while the skies above the castle sparkled. Watching the fireworks always makes me feel like a little kid. Due to the distance that I currently live from the parks, watching the fireworks rarely happens. This was an absolute treat for me and a definite highlight of the night.

Once the fireworks show ended, we started walking around to meet the characters we wanted to meet. We we’re most excited to see Hercules and Meg, because they are NEVER out. Poor Wonder Boy was stuck in this tiny dress of a costume, and it was freezing! The lines for characters felt like forever because the characters take breaks often. So if you want to meet characters, it might be tricky to meet them all. After Meg and Herc, came Anna and Kristoff. They of course we’re the cutest and so fun to hangout with! Milo and Kida from Atlantis we’re also a popular stop, but because i had zero clue who they were, we took a hard skip. Since it was Sweetheart’s Nite, you could of course meet a lot of classic couple characters like Ariel and Eric, Flynn and Rapunzel, as well as Belle and Prince Adam. Fabulous singles like Gaston and Anastasia and Drizella we’re also mingling with guests until the event was over.

Once we met a few characters, it was time to enjoy some of the photo backdrops that they had scattered around the parks. Disneyland did a fantastic job recreating some of their film’s most iconic and romantic moments for couples (and Galentines) to enjoy. From Aladdin’s balcony moment on the magic carpet, to Rapunzel and Flynn’s boat ride filled with lanterns, they nailed it! Of course, we couldn’t go to all of the adorable spots, so we picked our favorite few and snapped some cute bestie shots. The photographers loved the break from the romantic mood and we hammed it up as Galentines would! These photo backdrops have very long lines, so again pick your favorite few and be patient. Most locations that are anticipated to be popular have multiple set ups that are identical, so the line goes fast.

Once we did the photo taking and the character meeting, we wanted to experience the Royal Ball, which was a small show held every hour on the hour right out front of It’s A Small World. The show was an impromptu ball that starred a few of the Disney princesses and their princes, as well as some royalty from foreign lands. Royal friends I’m guessing. This evening, we we’re graced with the presence of Aurora and Phillip, Snow White and Prince Charming, Cinderella and her Prince, and finally Aladdin and Jasmine. Since this was royal ball, the three fairies were also in attendance. Things we’re all good, until Maleficent crashed the ball. Clearly, she was not invited, and was not happy and not receiving an invitation. Once she calmed down a bit, the Princesses and Princes asked the guests to dance. I was royally flushed when Cinderella’s Prince asked me to dance. I’m way awkward and must have complimented his shiny outfit ten times. Didn’t know what to say, lol. He was a gentlemen and it completely made my night. Once we enjoyed the ball a bit, we realized it was about time to leave. We had partied until nearly 1am, and I still needed to drive back home to Thousand Oaks. We snagged our stuff from our locker and headed homeward.

Like I said above, this was my very first after dark experience, so I have nothing to compare it to. I do have some tips and opinions on the evening I would like to share with you, in case heading to one of these events is on your bucket list (which it totally should be).

After Dark Event Tips:

  • Arrive early. You can access the parks hours before the event actually takes place, so avoid the traffic jam on the road and at the gate and get there early.
  • Check the weather beforehand. I loved my outfit and was dedicated to looking cute regardless of the weather. But about an hour in, my jacket was on and I was freezing. I saw lots of cute outfits with freezing people wearing them. Don’t be them. Check ahead of time.
  • Plan your outfits! Tet tohis is the moment other than the Halloween events that you can be over the age of 14 and dress up! If costumes are your thing- Go For It!
  • If you want the special collector’s pins: Head There First! Apparently, they only hand out a certain amount per evening, and the line is nuts! ask a cast member or check out on the map you’re given where the event merch is being sold, and run as fast as you can in that direction!
  • Take Advantage of Photo Pass! The photo employees are there specifically with professional equipment to capture your moments for free! Don’t count on your IPhone in the dark to get those magical shots you waited in line for. It’s not worth it. Let them take them and download the photos to your phone from the app within minutes of taking them.
  • If you like rides- Ride! This is the moment where if photos are not your thing, to take advantage of the little to no wait time in line. Most rides are open until 1am. Rise of the Resistance was not open for the event to ride, which I thought was a mistake and a bummer. Maybe for Star Wars After Dark, we’ll see. If you are not a passholder, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the park and ride the rides without the crowds.
  • Try the Food! Each event has their own unique offerings, so scope them out and choose your faves. We wanted to try more options, but ran out of time due to waiting for characters.
  • ENJOY YOURSELF. Seriously, enjoy yourself. It will be crowded in places and lines can be long in spots. Just enjoy your evening and the company you’re with. Depending on your personal preferences, map out a night for you and your party that you can enjoy.

Despite the chilly weather, I was completely obsessed with my outfit, and rocked it for as long as i could! These overalls we’re sent to me by Pepper Kids Inc. and with the puffy organza top and Chucks, I felt like a straight Minnie Mouse park treat! I’ve linked my outfit below.

Pink Organza Top:

Mouse Overalls:


Red High Top Shoes:

I would like to thank Mice Chat for hosting our evening of Galentine’s Day fun. Mice Chat is the GO TO spot for all things information regarding Disneyland and other theme parks and entertainment in the So Cal area. To read more and get informed, head to:

If you would like to experience one of these after dark events yourself, don’t worry. There are three more events already scheduled in the future. “Pixar Nite” will be held on March 5th at Disney’s California Adventure Park. “Villain’s Nite” will also be in Disney’s California Adventure Park on April 30th, and “Star Wars Nite” will be on August 27th in Disneyland Park. You can purchase tickets by heading to:

60 Perfect Instagram Captions For Your Next Disney Trip

60 Perfect Instagram Captions For Your Next Disney Trip

You did it. You took that perfect pic you’ve been wanting to post, and now it’s finally time. You go to caption it, and your mind goes blank. Sound familiar? For me, it’s almost every time. You want to seem creative, but sometimes all you’ve had is a iced coffee for breakfast, and like 10 seconds to post. You can scroll Pinterest for inspo, and believe me that helps. But I thought it would be fun to create a list of Disney themed caption ideas, all in one blog post, just for you! Less searching, more posting! I did not invent these sayings, but more curated them in one area for you to use in a pinch, or for inspiration. Hope you Enjoy!

“There’s nothing more magical than this.”

“Ready to make some magic while I’m here.”

“Find me on Mainstreet.”

“Does this ice cream go with my ears?”

“Yo-ho! Yo-ho! A Disney life for me.”

“Looking for my Prince Charming.”

“Did anyone find my glass slipper?”

“You mer-maid my day!”

“It all started with a mouse.”-Walt Disney

“Smiling Ear to Ear.”

“Just add pixie dust.”

“Leave a little magic wherever you go.”

“Get in the elephant loser, we’re going flying.”

“Don’t mind if I Bibbity Bobbity do.”

“I wish I may, I wish I might find myself in Disneyland/World tonight.”

“Some girls we’re just born with Disney in their veins.”

“When you wish upon a bar…”

“You had me at Disney!”

“Polka dots never go out of style.”

“Everything tastes better when it’s Mickey shaped.”

“You like my ears? Gee thanks, just bought em’.”

“It’s not easy being a princess…but hey, if the shoe fits!”

“I’m never leaving.”

“Who says we have to grow up?”

“I’m either at Disneyland, or I’m missing Disneyland.”

“Speak Wookie to me.”

“Turkey legs for days.”

“And she/he lived happily ever after.”

“Be right back, just polishing my tiara.”

Caption Worthy Movie Quotes

“Adventure is out there!”-Up

“If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”-Cinderella

“And at last I see the light.”-Tangled

“Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.”-Snow White

“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” -The Lion King

“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.” -Beauty and the Beast

“Forget about your worries and your strife.”- The Jungle Book

“Let it go.”-Frozen

“If you don’t try, you’ll never know.”-The Sword in the Stone

“Unbelievable sights, indescribable feelings.”-Aladdin

“Wish I could be part of that world.”-The Little Mermaid

“Happiness is the richest thing you will ever own.”-Duck Tales

“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”-Merida, Brave

“Listen to your heart, you will understand.”-Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas

“The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.”-Ratatouille

“Even miracles take a little time.”-Cinderella

“If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.”-Gusteau, Ratatouille

“I never look back, darling, it distracts from the now.”-Edna Mode, Incredibles

“I’m practically perfect in every way.”-Mary Poppins

“True love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.”-Olaf

“Put your faith in what you most believe in.”-Tarzan

Royalty Themed Quotes

“She is a Queen, her soul is royalty.”

“What’s a Queen without her King? Well, historically speaking, more powerful.”

“Queen is a state of mind.”

“Wear the crown. Be the crown. You are the crown.”

“Never be afraid to align yourself in a position of power.”

“I have dignity and style; royalty runs in my blood.”

“Keep your crown on.”

“A King may rule, but a Queen will conquer.”

“You were born to be a Queen.”

“Me, a princess?! Shut up!”-The Princess Diaries

Frozen Two Premiere

Frozen Two Premiere

Frozen fever is officially back, and we couldn’t be happier over here at the Block house! So you better believe that when we got invited to the Frozen Two World Premiere in Los Angeles, we screamed louder than we’ve ever screamed before! Without giving away any spoilers (because that is just not nice) I would love to recap the magical evening for you all, along with my opinion on the film.

Let me start by saying that Frozen was Emma’s first movie she attended at the age of 2 1/2. All this excitement and build up, for her to want to leave 45 minutes in. A funny memory now, but i can still remember how upset i was when i had to leave. The magic and music of the first installment had me hooked. Now, being a mom of two girls, this movie holds such a special new meaning. The bond the sisters have reminds me a lot of my own girls; their personalities a bit too. In a perfect world, I would have loved to have taken both to this once in a lifetime situation. But it is more of a grown up occasion, so I decided to take Emma and make it a girl’s date.

This premiere wasn’t just filled with stars from the movie. It was also filled with guests that are also dear friends to us, so naturally we all decided to meet up beforehand at the Dave and Busters off Hollywood and Hyland. Emma was excited to spend the evening all dressed up with her bestfriend Riley, as well as new friends! She had a bit of a costume change from lunch to the red carpet. We started the day in a beautiful Anna inspired dress and white fur snowflake purse from the Disney Store. We paired it with a pair of boots from Target, which I know are not accurate to what she wears, but with these kind of events, comfort is key.


Snowflake Purse:

Tan Boots:

We were gifted by Disguise Costumes, a pair of beautiful costumes to rock at the premiere, so Emma got to channel both sisters in one night! This Elsa costume is from the latest Frozen movie and looks just like it does on screen! She wore it all night and was super comfortable in the outfit! My Anna outfit was quite a showstopper. First of all, COMFORTABLE. Like seriously comfortable. I would honestly wear it everyday it’s cold. It also looked so much like the film! The quality is impeccable and i cant thank Disguise Costumes enough for sending us these beauties! I’ve linked the outfits below:

Elsa Child Costume:

Anna Adult Costume:

Once we were all nice and fed, we were able to wait in line to head into the red carpet. We were invited by Disney Studios to enjoy the evening in the “fan section,” which means everyone in that section was encouraged to dress up in their Frozen best. Waiting in line with the fan section is the best because everyone looks so incredible! From costumes to ball gowns, everyone was decked out! While we were waiting in line, Emma and Riley we’re even interviewed by BBC America, in which Emma did a fantastic job keeping her composure. A natural television star!

After a short wait, we were escorted onto the red carpet. This is such a surreal moment, because it’s the first time you get a look at where the stars will be arriving. We snag our spots in the front and wait for the magic to begin. It’s a bit of a wait, but no one cares…we’re at The Frozen Premiere! As you look around, you notice where the limos pull up. You notice the news stations and camera crew. You notice Anna and Elsa and even Olaf! The magic of Disney premieres always includes characters!

Once the cast and crew of the film started to arrive, you could feel the energy lift. We were put right next to the interviewing booth, which was a great view! The cast and crew were escorted right to our direction, and we got to see them being interviewed firsthand. The girls enjoyed seeing the stars and even some Disney Channel favorites! Once everyone had made their way down the red carpet, the time had finally come to see the most anticipated film of the year!

My Thoughts On The Movie

Okay, so i want to break down my thoughts on the movie without giving anything away. Sounds impossible, right? Might be. But I’m sure going to try because i would hate to spoil the movie and its plot points for anyone. So here is what i can tell you, without telling you a thing.

This movie was the most powerful film I have seen Disney come out with in a very long time. From a story standpoint, a lot of questions are answered. When we first met this royal family from Arendelle, we didn’t know much about them. In this movie, their history is revealed in a way that answers so many questions. The emotions you will feel while seeing this movie is on another level. The complexity of the characters and what they are experiencing and feeling is not something i was quite prepared for. The messages that we’re spoken through both song and in the story were absolutely beautiful. And let’s talk about how funny this movie is. Not silly and childish funny, but actually funny. By far, my favorite takeaway from this film was the music. I still cannot listen to some songs without crying, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I absolutely feel that this movie has a place in the awards section this year, especially in best original song. Be prepared to sing “Into The Unknown” over and over like we all still do with “Let It Go.” One last film related thing: stay until after all the credits have finished rolling for a cute additional scene.

After the film had ended, we were all left with our jaws on the floor. The twist and turns that this movie takes will have you wanting to see it a few times to catch it all. I can’t encourage you all enough to see Frozen Two. It is by no means a prissy little princess movie, but it still has the innocence of those Disney classics it will be paired next to. I can’t thank Disney enough for inviting us on this special occasion, and I can’t wait for you to all enjoy the film as much as i have. Here’s to going Into the Unknown!

Halloweentime At Disneyland

There’s no doubt about it, the holidays at Disney parks are absolutely magical! Whether you’re more of a Halloween person or the Christmas fanatic, there is something for everyone at the Disneyland Resort. Unlike the other theme parks that surround it, the Walt Disney Company stays true to their image of keeping this season as family friendly as possible. That means no crazy monsters screaming at you from around the corner or corpse-style decorations. The characters and treats have just the right amount of spooky added, giving it that holiday feeling without going overboard. Recently, we had the pleasure of staying at our favorite hotel, the Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim. With its close distance to the theme parks and family friendly amenities, the HOJO, as it’s known,is the only place we choose to stay when enjoying a Disney trip. We were asked by them to cover our experience at the parks and all things spooky, and of course we were happy to do so.

Disneyland Parks is not the ONLY part of the parks that are decorated for the Halloween season. Downtown Disney always does an incredible job of adding an extra dose of festive to all of their centerpieces down their walkway. Each year they change the look, so when it is revealed, it’s a total surprise to the guests. This year, they had the “Fab Five” as they call them (Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, and Minnie) depicted in an artsy way, along with painted pumpkins. Even the light post displays get festive where they color and shape the floral fixtures like candy corn! If you have an extra second to look at more of the displays in the Downtown Disney Disctrict, head to the Grand Californian Hotel. There they have a giant Oogie Boogie cake that is quite a sight to see! This cake is over four feet tall and contains 260 pounds of powdered sugar, 380 eggs, 110 pounds of rice cereal, and 480 pounds of fondant! Obviously there are more ingredients to add to the mix, I just thought those numbers were insane! Definitely a sight to see!

You can honestly have the Disney Halloween experience without even setting foot into the parks! Take a nice stroll from the hotel, but dont forget your coffee for the walk over. Howard Johnson has the best coffee in every room and portable cups to take it with you! My favorite little treat for this small stroll. After you reach the parks and make it through security, enjoy walking through the shops and take in all the sights. Marceline’s Confectionery has all of the festive treats as the parks do, so you can satisfy that sweet tooth of yours. After you snag your treat, head back to the esplanade to enjoy the fireworks, or your hotel room for one of the best views of the fireworks around!

If you’re heading to enjoy a day at Disneyland, there are so many activties and treats for you to enjoy! From Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy to meeting villains like Maleficent and the Queen Of Hearts, evil has certainly taken over the parks. The Dapper Dans have switched out their colorful vests for a festive all orange and black look. My favorite part of the Halloween season is that cute Mickey winking pumpkin that shows up on Main Street. Because if you dont take a picture with winking Mickey, did you even go to Disneyland during Halloween? haha.

Both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park during the day are very family friendly. You can experience all the park has to offer without avoiding any particular area. I do think that both Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy After Dark are more adult style experiences, so if your loved one has a fear of the dark, it’s best to avoid. In Ghost Galaxy, the stars and space effects are replaced with the ride being in complete darkness with a ghost character chasing you. Kind of scary if you ask me. Guardians of the Galaxy: After Dark is still the same level of fun as the original ride, but the lights are more spooky and there is a fire monster chasing after you! If your little ones have a fear of the Disney villains, you may want to avoid them too. They get very into character and make the experience quite authentic. Kensey loves them in the movies, but wouldn’t go near them in the parks. Mickey Mouse and the gang always dress up in their Halloween best, and they meet on Main Street U.S.A all throughout the day. Check the Disneyland app for timing if you want to snag pictures with all of them. You can always meet them in their regular outfits over in Toontown. On your way over to DCA, be sure to stop in the stores for all of the seasonal merchandise and yummy treats! The ears and Disney merch gets cuter and cuter every year and the treats get more delicious! My favorite treat of the season is the cauldron cake pop! A dark chocolate cake pop with a surprise sour rainbow belt inside. The poison apple face on the side and candy crisp balls add the right amount of spooky and beautiful. The color of the season is all things purple, after all. From the poison apple mugs to the cauldron annual passholder popcorn bucket, Disney is obsessed with purple this year! And that Mickey pumpkin? Yep, he is everywhere too. From the ever so popular Loungefly pumpkin backpack, to sequin flip shirts and more, he is running this Halloween season.

You can find all of these adorable things and more in the shops down Main Street U.S.A. There is a store right next to the Magic Shop that is dedicated to all things Halloween, as well as a section of Frozen 2 merchandise. The goodies are also scattered throughout the park, and available online at Just click the link below to shop it all without having to buy a ticket into the parks!

After you have had some fun at Disneyland, it’s time to head Disney’s California Adventure, or DCA as we all call it. DCA has a bit more to offer this year for its Halloween season, be it that is the home of the trick-or-treat party they call the “Oogie Boogie Bash.” The bash is only available by purchasing tickets ahead of time, and sadly, we were not able to snag some this year. They sometimes have tickets for sale the day of, but this year was completely sold out months in advance. Your best bet is to keep an eye out next season around August when the tickets go on sale initially, as it is easily Disneyland Resort’s most popular event.

As you walk into the park, you are already greeted by a giant Oogie Boogie display hanging on the Disney California Adventure sign. And bonus: he talks! He is so entertaining to listen to as you are waiting in line to enter. Once you have entered the parks, purple banners and bats scatter all over as decor, almost as if Oogie Boogie himself decorated. There is a statue of the headless horseman in the center of Buena Vista Street as you head towards Hollywood Studios. Mickey and his friends have dressed up a bit too on Buena Vista Street, wearing cosumes they made themselves out of “clothes and pieces they found in the attic.” The shops of course are decorated with the latest Halloween merchandise and the treats are spooky too! Even the outside vendors carry spooky merchandise like pumpkin hats and ears, and things that glow for the nightime, like the Oogie Boogie lanyard. The cotton candy now tastes like candy corn and is shaped like the sweet treat, but only for a limited time!

My favorite treat of all is the spiked hard apple float, available at Clarabelle’s hand scooped ice cream, next to Starbucks. This delicious alcoholic drink is hard apple cider topped with a scoop of delicious apple sorbet, and drizzled with caramel. The sorbet comes scooped and stuck onto a long toothpick and put on top, so you can enjoy alone, or dip it into your cider. I let the sorbet melt into my drink for that extra sweetness. So delicious and festive, and perfect for these oddly hot Fall days at Disney.

The best place to spend time at DCA to get that Halloween feel has to be Cars Land. They go ALL OUT with the decor, and not one corner is missed. They transform the cones into scary monster looking guys, the car parts like oil cans into spiders, and chains into spiderwebs. They decorate the cars into their Halloween best, rocking their favorite costumes, which makes for great photo opportunties. The snacks and treats in Cars Land have gotten a spooky upgrade, like their “Spooky Cone” macaron and the “Slow burnin’ Mac and Cheese Cone,” a spicy take on their original bread cone options.

Whether you’re headed to the parks for a fun family experience, or just a great day with your friends or loved ones, Disneyland Resort is a grand spooky time! You can eat your weight in yummy seasonal food, and feel the festive atmosphere all around! The spell is cast from September 4th and will end on Halloween night, so be sure to head to the parks soon to experience it all!

We had such a great time experiencing this season as a family, and we can’t say enough great things about our time at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim! They made our trip one to remember! The rooms are so cute and comfortable, the amentites are endless, and the staff are the most friendly and professional people Ive had the pleasure of meeting! If you are looking for a place to stay on your trip, book at the Howard Johnson! You wont regret it, and like our family, keep coming back again and again! Click the link below to book your stay today!

Photography for this wonderful experience was available by the following talented photographers:

Both of these photographers we’re incredible to work with and I would strongly recommend booking them for your next park visit or shoots outside the parks! Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @jonandjessstudio and @nicolelongphotography