Disneyland’s AP Days

We live close enough to Disney land that I don’t mind doing the drive by myself with the munchkin and plus, we love Disney! It helps that the kiddo is free until 3! So in December we purchased Annual Passes to Disneyland.

As an event in February, Disney did a month long Annual Passholder Days event.

The emails we received about the event were really confusing on what was offered and what wasn’t and when and where things were happening. It was a little clearer once you arrived in the park.

We ended up going twice in that time frame.

Basically each week you got a button and a recipe card. In some of the special areas you got into there were coloring pages and special character greetings.


Besides the character greetings they had some cool backdrops up for pictures, Photo Pass photographers out and some special pin trading opportunities.

At one of locations, someone was stationed to talk about the Photo Pass capabilities (which we knew how to use and didn’t need).There was also a charging station for your phones.

A few locations had complimentary bottles of water and medium sized bags of popcorn, I think you could get these weekly also. They scanned your AP when you entered these areas, to check that you hadn’t been through already, I assume. I didn’t mind this but I felt like I had my ID scanned 3+ times each time I came into one of the AP areas and the line for scanning took longer that I imagined to be necessary.

Overall I was pretty unimpressed. I mean I enjoyed the free water and popcorn, the buttons are cool but what am I going to do with them?

I would have preferred one pin versus 4 buttons. What was nice is since we missed the first two weeks worth of buttons, they gave us those as well as the ones we were in attendance for.

Same with the recipe cards, though I have not tried any of the recipes yet.

Another feature they had was a special tour. I believe it was called A Walk in Walt’s Shoes? W thought he read or heard about it at some point but wasn’t sure. He mentioned it to me in passing once but I completely forgot about it. We received a survey after AP Days ended where the tour was mentioned. I was definitely disappointed with the email communication we got because a special tour would have been cool.

I don’t expect free stuff, that’s not why we purchased the AP. Disneyland does Magic Hour for resort guests, where almost every day they can access one of the parks an hour early.

Doing this for AP holders would have been awesome. The park has been super crowded and getting an hour in the mornings even once in awhile just for AP holders would be awesome. Or even letting the AP holders in during the resort Magic Hour would be great too.

I’d much rather have more quiet time in the park than free popcorn and some buttons!

I love my AP no matter what the AP Days is like. We get tons of discounts around the park and other perks, so it’s absolutely worth it anyways. But I definitely wouldn’t mind some quieter hours in the park!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!



Disneyland Egg-stravaganza

If you are a Disney person and plan on going in the next week, check out the Disney Egg-stravaganza.

We took L there yesterday to check it out. He didn’t really care much for it but we thought it was cool.

Basically in California Adventure, Disneyland and Downtown Disney you purchased a map. One map per location. Each map was $6.43 with tax.

The map came with stickers and told you where to look, like Wetzel’s Pretzel’s in Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney Egg-stravaganza Map

At each location to look for there is an egg that looks like one of the characters (your stickers correspond with this).

Pretty easy!

We rolled into the park around 12:30 and by the time I nursed Logan in the Baby Center and W bought our map it was 1 pm. It took us about an hour and a half to walk through Disneyland and find all of the eggs.

Tinker Bell egg

They were all in fairly easy locations, we had trouble with one of them by the Tomorrowland Terrace. They were definitely pretty cool looking.

We didn’t go in to California Adventure at all. We were only going for a short day and it was crowded with Spring Break starting. Hopefully the week is a little quieter.

Disneyland Egg-stravaganza Map

Then we took our completed map to get our prize, a plastic egg that looks like a character. The options we saw were Mickey, Minnie, Stitch, the Cheshire Cat, Woody and Jessie.

Egg-stravaganze Prizes

Woody and Jessie

L (10 months old now!) didn’t care at all about the event. We stopped and showed him each egg as we found it (while he was awake) but he definitely didn’t get it.

While we thought it was cute, I think this would be really fun if you were in the park all day, or staying for a couple days and had kids a bit older. Then as you were hitting rides and areas you could spot them as you are going. We went strictly to stretch our legs, check out the event and bring home a caramel apple.

Hope everyone has a great week! I have some more Disney blogs coming up including a review of my thoughts on AP Days, the upcoming Disney California Food & Wine Festival and the Baby Centers!


Disney anyone?

Since we have our little guy and we take him to Disney so frequently, I think I’ll do a couple blog posts about taking tiny humans to Disneyland.

If you were taking your little to Disney, what would you like to know?

Anything in particular you want to read about?

Let me know!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 🙂 I’m off to enjoy the rest of it with my sweet little family.

Babies and technology

These two things are not a good combo! L keeps me so busy I don’t have much time to write. When I do it’s from my ipad and that just takes forever.

My laptop died nearly a year ago. W’s is almost dead. That leaves the desktop which is hard when my hands are full of wiggly baby.

My cell phone is also dead, I dropped it one too many times. But the fatal drop at least came at Disneyland, so how can you be all that mad?

We took L there for the first time yesterday. It was ridiculously hot so we made it a short day.

Pictures to come later when I can get them off of my poor phone.

Hope everyone is having a great end of the week. Enjoy the weekend and…FOOTBALL!


Cheers to 2015, Goodbye 2014

I love when I can end a year and say wow….this was the best year ever! But that was definitely not 2014 for us.

As I’ve said in a few posts, we started out on a major high, only to have the year fall apart 9 days into it with a miscarriage.

That’s how our year started and, in many ways, it didn’t seem to get better.

I suffered from a really rough ovarian cyst in February that caused serious pain and a multitude of doctor appointments to make sure everything was going to be OK.

Followed up by months more of doctor appointments, difficult treatments and injections on our infertility journey.

Throw in three additional losses to our family, my 17 and a half year old childhood dog, Patches. Our 8 year old bunny. And Wesley’s kind and sweet grandmother.

Me and Patch playing



We have dealt with a lot. All of those lost this year held a special place in our heart, whether four legged, two legged or someone we never got to meet, each one was part of our family and were very loved.

In all of the negative, there were still some bright spots.

I made some new wonderful friends this year……

4thjuly cupcakes

……and spent some great moments with older friends.

me marie and kerri meandm

mek starwars

colleen disneybrunch

I got to spend two weeks on the east coast with some of my favorite people.


I attended the wedding of my favorite sister in law.

loren and doug


We discovered we were pregnant again, and still going strong as of today at 20 weeks and 4 days along.

Wes and were able to make some great memories, with a trip to Kauai for our 4th anniversary, a trip to Disneyland for a mini baby moon and time spent in Los Angeles with my family for Thanksgiving.


cousins  family

All in all I will look back on this year remembering how all of these losses were hard, and so many moments made me want to cry in frustration and quit.

But with my caring and supportive husband and lots of love from our friends and family, I made it.

So when I sleepily sip Sparking Cider tonight, I am toasting each and everyone one of you that made this year bearable. Pictured here or not, you know who you are and you know how important you are!

There will never be enough words to say thank you, I appreciate you, and I love you.


And I can’t forget these two little loves…


So here’s to looking towards 2015 with many new adventures to come!

Love to you all and Happy New Year!