Disneyland to-do list…how did I do?

Before I went to Disneyland, CA, I made a to-do list…so did I manage to accomplish everything?

Disneyland Park

  • Jolly Holiday Bakery for the macaroons and macarons – I had both a Mickey shaped Macaron and a Matterhorn Macaroon.
  • It’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean…just so I can compare them to Walt Disney World! – All three ridden!
  • Pinocchio’s daring adventure – Done
  • Mr Toad’s Wild Ride – Done


  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – Done – this ride throws you around a bit and is not very comfortable!


  • Mickey’s Toontown, I really miss Toontown since it was closed at Walt Disney World. – I visited this during the Halloween party, to collect candy, so did not spend as much time as I wanted to.


  • Hyperspace Mountain,  am not a fan of this attraction at Walt Disney World. – Done, the ride vehicle here is much better than at WDW.

California Adventure

  • Animation Academy, this was one of my favourite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it is so sad that it has gone, I hope they relocate it somewhere else. – Unfortunately, I did not manage this attraction.  
  • Soarin’ around the world – I loved Soarin’ and am very sad to see it go, but I am looking forward to experiencing the new film and where better than Disneyland! – Done, as much as the new film is good, I prefer the California film way more!


  • Paint the Night Parade – didn’t do 😦
  • World of Color – not sure whether this will be the 60th version or the original one…either way I don’t mind as I have never experienced it at all – didn’t do this either.
  • Rope drop – I got to the parks several times for rope drop.
  • Afternoon parade – I watched Mickey’s Soundsational parade at Disneyland and Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure – my favourite parade is Festival of Fantasy at the Magic Kingdom.
  • Cars Land – done, I love this land and it was fab at dusk when they switched the lights on
  • Toy Story Midway Mania! I love this attraction – Done
  • Lobster Nachos at the Cove Bar – There is a DIS Unplugged video with Ryno and Tom – they were delicious


  • Cozy Cone Motel for food!  Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything to eat from here…there were far too many other food options!!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – this has now been re-themed as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission – BREAKOUTI got to ride one last time, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version is much better!!
  • Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue! – Done


I also attended Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Park which was amazing, there was so much candy!!

Although I did not do everything on my list I got so much done in the five days, by the end of it I was absolutely shattered and my feet needed a well-earned rest…which they got in Las Vegas!

Emma x


Walt Disney World Tickets

I am starting to get super excited about our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World Resort Florida…even though it is still 120 days away!!

I secured our Disney tickets back in February with Attraction Tickets Direct, I used them for my Disneyland, Universal Hollywood and SeaWorld tickets last Autumn. They provide a great service, you get actual tickets, as opposed to a voucher which you have to exchange when you get to the parks, and you get a fancy wallet to keep them in!

I would highly recommend them. On this occasion, I only paid a £40 deposit (£20 each) and it meant that I would only have to pay the price they were when I paid the deposit, which has increased significantly since I bought them.

I have finally decided to pay the balance so I can have the tickets in my hand…even though I cannot do anything with them for another 90 days…when I can start booking my Fastpass+.

As I live in the UK we can buy ultimate tickets for either 14 or 21 days, this gives you unlimited park access, including park hopping, access to both water parks, a round of golf per person each day and Memory Maker, for 14 (or 21 days) from the day you first use your ticket!

Source: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/
What type of ticket do you get for your trips?

Emma x

Walt Disney World vs Disneyland

People probably realise I am a HUGE Disney fan and I love going to Walt Disney World. I can’t remember how many times we have been! Now, Disneyland is a different matter, I have been just four times, most recently in the fall of 2016. I thought it would be interesting to compare some of the attractions which are at both parks.

Disneyland park is the original park which Walt built (with his brother Roy of course) it is a much more intimate experience than its counterpart at WDW, the Magic Kingdom. Their centrepieces are both castles, however, Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is much smaller than Cinderella castle at MK. Walt did not want people to see the castle at DL until you entered the park and walking downMain Street USA, unlike at WDW you are drawn into the castle as you approach the park from the TTC on the monorail or boats across Seven Seas Lagoon.

When I first started this post I was planning on comparing the attractions are WDW and DL, however, it is not that easy!!! Both resorts are so different in size, WDW has four parks and covers an area of approx. 47 square miles, whereas Disneyland has just two parks and there are so many attractions to compare.

Some of my favourite attractions at WDW can also be found at DL.

I love Toy Story Midway Mania, these attractions are the same at both parks, although I think that the queue area at WDW is more interesting (at least before the second track was added, which I am yet to experience).

Hollywood Tower of Terror is very different at DL as it has the same drop pattern each time, unlike WDW where it is random each time.  It has recently been re-themed to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. I am glad I got to experience this attraction once more before it was re-themed.

Another favourite is the Haunted Mansion, these do differ, the land in which they sit is different, at DL the Haunted Mansion is in New Orleans Square compared to Liberty Square at WDW.  Also, the stretching rooms differ between the two, “Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm?”. Spoiler…At DL the ride is below ground so it is an elevator which takes you down, but at WDW there is no need as the ride is on the same level, so it does actually stretch…well the ceiling goes up!

At DL they had Hyperspace Mountain (this has recently returned to classic Space Mountain) which I was looking forward to, I don’t recall riding this attraction on previous visits, although I am not a fan of Space Mountain at WDW as I find it too jerky. At DL they have a different ride vehicle, instead of sitting in a single row you sit two aside.

Soarin’ used to be another favourite, however, it has since been overhauled and has a new film, Soarin’ Around the World.  I was a little apprehensive over this new film and just hoped that I still loved it as much…well I have to say I much prefer the original Soarin’ 😦 don’t get me wrong, it is nice to see something different but there was a lot of distortion, depending on where you were seated.  I would love to see both films played so you can pick which one you want to experience.

The Disneyland Monorail differs to WDW, it is more of an attraction at DL, as opposed to a mode of transportation at WDW.  You can also ride up front with the driver at DL, which I got to do 🙂 img_6395

Some other attractions which are unique to DL are:

There are similarities between the attractions, but also very big differences.  A few of my other favourite attractions which can be found at both WDW and DL are:

I like the fact that both resorts have these similarities as well as their unique attractions.

If you are interested in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland I highly recommend the Disunplugged podcasts. The weekly shows are fun and informative and the history segments by Michael Bowling are fantastic.

Another great podcast if you want to know more about Walt Disney and the building of the Disney parks is Connecting with Walt, part of the DIS Unplugged podcast network, hosted by Michael Bowling.  Michael’s knowledge of Disneyland is amazing and the pairing with Craig Williams makes for a fantastic show, I would highly recommend it.

Let me know your favourite attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Emma x

Plane spotting…

The weekend before the Easter Bank Holiday we had glorious weather…it had been a while since it was sunny and hot ☀️.  I decided to take myself off to the Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport.

My favourite planes are the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380, luckily both of these come into Manchester Airport, in the form of Virgin Atlantic and Emirates.  Virgin Atlantic has also recently launched some new routes; Boston and San Francisco, although these are on the newer Airbus A330.

As I arrived the Emirates A6-EEA was just taking off, heading to Dubai.

Next up was the VS75 to Orlando, Jersey Girl (G-VGAL), we’ve been on this plane a few times ourselves 🙂

20 minutes later VS73 to Orlando, Miss Sunshine (G-VRAY) took off too…this flight doesn’t usually leave until lunchtime, and it was an Airbus A330 rather than the Boeing 747.  I’m not sure if it was due to the new routes and also the fact that there is also a Las Vegas flight on a Sunday.


It was a busy day for Virgin, G-VBGR took off for San Francisco and G-VXLG to Las Vegas.

Anyone else like plane spotting?!

Emma x