Sunday, July 19, 2020

Amazing Disneyland Auction!







Hang on to those hats and glasses, there's amazing Disneyland memorabilia up for auction! Van Eaton Galleries have put together a pretty impressive collection of Disneyland and Disney World art, collectibles, Cast Member costumes, and park used items. It's unbelievable!

Attn: People Named Bob! There's a huge collection of Disneyland name badges with different logos over the years that all say Bob on them. If you're a collector, and your name is Bob, this one's for you!


If you want to view the entire collection (and you really, really should) you can check it out here. Also visit the website if you'd like to register for the auction. It'll take place over two days, August 15 and 16. Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page after the auction is over for details on how much the items sold for. And if you buy anything, be sure to share with us! We'll be over here in the corner dying of envy.

There's a LOT to look through in the catalog, so if you want the TL;DR version, we've got you covered. Below are our favorite items overall, and what we think are the best value.

***Just to note, these aren't our pictures, we don't own them, we've borrowed them from the amazing Van Eaton catalog.***

Most Amazing Items

See that number 10 on this Disneyland ID badge, owned by original Cast Member Milt Albright? That's his employee number! Walt was number 1. No wonder its going for $6,000-$8,000.



Do you think your mailman would deliver to this box? For $3,000-$5,000, you could put it in front of your house and find out!



Okay, it doesn't include the head, but with your own hat, you'd win Halloween with this park-used Goofy costume!


My absolute favorite item. I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of spending a grand on a garbage can, but it's a Frontierland garbage can!!!



Looking for that perfect item to bring together your backyard? What if you hung an actual Mad Tea Party lantern????

Want to know for sure that your kids are tall enough for the big rides? Measure them at home with this Star Tours height sign! What's $2,000 compared to the confidence you'll have walking up to all the 40" rides?


Saving the best, and possibly most expensive, for last... an actual Space Mountain ride vehicle! Wouldn't this look amazing in your living room? Just $50k, hahaha.

Best Bang for Your Buck

This Disneyland Hotel bedroom set is in the $1500-$2500 range. You get the bed frame (look at that headboard with the castle etched in!!!!), the bedspread with attractions on the design, and the three framed pieces of Disneyland art. That's an incredible deal for someone who perhaps was already looking to redesign their bedroom.


Men's shirts aren't always cheap to begin with, so really, when you think about it, $100-$200 for a Cast Member Tiki Room shirt is a great deal! Come on guys, Maynard could have worn this!

Outdoor furniture can get very pricey, no matter where it's from. So just consider having actual park used items for around the same price! These table and chairs sets are both around $500-$700 and would be an incredible addition to anyone's collection. The red and white set is from the Coca Cola Refreshment Corner and the dark wood set is from the Blue Bayou. I'm personally trying to convince my husband that we need the Coke Corner set...wish me luck!








Our Special Pick for Funniest Items



Any of you who have been around as long as we have, and have been Disneyland lovers as long as we have, may appreciate this. The Main Street Electrical Parade was an absolute staple at Disneyland for over 20 years before it was retired, and it left very big shoes to fill. Those shoes were NOT filled by Light Magic, which was supposed to be more technically advanced and was billed as being an amazing new experience. The technology just wasn't ready and it ended up being a huge failure, lasting only one summer. So imagine my giggles as I saw these two parade jacket/hat sets, practically identical, but one going for twice the price of the other!


Friday, July 17, 2020

Disneyland's 65th Anniversary - From a Distance!






Happy Anniversary Disneyland! I know that for a while we were all expecting the Happiest Place on Earth to celebrate its 65th by reopening, but it just didn't work out this year. 2020 is the worst, let's face it. But if you're feeling like you need a little Disney in your life and you need a reason to celebrate, there's lots of other things you can do!

Downtown Disney

Photo Credit: Disney
Ok, if you're local you *can* go celebrate from Downtown Disney. World of Disney is open with plenty of cute 65th anniversary merch and there's plenty of room to hang out and listen to the wonderful music in the esplanade while staying away from other people.
***Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands!***

Not everything in Downtown Disney is open, but these are the places you can visit so far:
  • Asian Street Eats
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes
  • California Churro
  • Curl Surf
  • Disney Home
  • Disney's Pin Traders
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Jamba
  • Kayla's Cakes
  • Marceline's Confectionery
  • Naples
  • Pandora
  • Rinse Bath and Body
  • Salt & Straw
  • Sephora
  • Starbucks (both of them)
  • Sugarboo & Co
  • Sunglass Icon
  • The Disney Dress Shop
  • The Lego Store
  • UVA
  • Wetzel's Pretzels 
  • WonderGround
  • World of Disney

Watch Disneyland Through the Years!

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, there are SO many things you can watch to feel the Disneyland magic wherever you are. We've compiled a list to help you see the best of Disneyland throughout the years, from 1955 to, well 2019...because again, 2020 is the worst.

Disneyland's Opening Day - 1955


Disneyland After Dark Special - 1962


The Magic of Disneyland - 1969


Disneyland's 30th Anniversary, with Drew Barrymore! - 1985


A Day at Disneyland - 1991


Rocket Rods - 1998


California Adventure Opening Day 2001


Remember... Dreams Come True, Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Fireworks - 2005


Paint the Night Parade - 2015


World of Color - 2019



Do Some Shopping

There's some good 65th anniversary merch available on ShopDisney, but act fast! When they held the special event for merch a few days ago, people were in virtual "waiting rooms" for most of the day with sometimes tens of thousands of people ahead of them. Here's our faves that are available online at the time of publishing this article (and there's more if you're heading to Downtown Disney!). 

Anniversary Merch

65th Anniversary Spirit Jersey 

65th Ornament


Special Edition Disneyland Wishables
Special Deal!!! 

Other Fun Disneyland Stuff to Buy!

Loungefly Backpack

Because we ALL need more sweatpants right now!

This might be the cutest hat I've ever seen!


Color!

Who doesn't love to color?? Check out these free Disneyland inspired coloring pages available from ColoringHome.com. And there are plenty more!




Make your Own Personal Disneyland

Have you checked our Paper Parks yet? You can build your own Main Street complete with Magic Happens parade!



Eat All the Disneyland Foods

We've been doing quite a bit of Disney cooking while we've been at home and over the years. Give our faves a try!

Wear your Disney Gear

We know your have some awesome Disney gear tucked away for your next trip. Put it on and pretend you're in the parks! Let's do it!


So who's in?? 
How will you be celebrating? Let us know in the comments below.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Plans for Disneyland to Reopen!




FINALLY!!! We're not big on rumors so we've stayed pretty quiet as people guessed, speculated, and assumed about when Disneyland would reopen, and in what capacity, since their closure for Covid-19 way back in March. But today we *finally* have the details on the reopening plan!

***Keep in mind, as of time of posting: This is all still pending government approval.***



This is a phased reopening

Downtown Disney would reopen first, on July 9. Disneyland Park and California Adventure would both reopen on July 17 - that's right... on Disneyland's 65th anniversary! Last to reopen would be the resort hotels.

Now, I noticed that both in this graphic above that Disney shared as well on the Disney Parks Blog, they've left off the Disneyland Hotel. Not sure if this is an oversight, if that hotel needs a little more love (aka cleaning) and wouldn't be ready in time, or if they're just not opening all of the hotels since they're not expecting as many guests. More details to come, I'm sure.

A reservation system will be in place!!

Part of the way that Disney will be able to ensure that they can follow social distancing guidelines will be to seriously lower the amount of guests allowed per day. Because of that, they'll be implementing a reservation system for ALL guests (Annual Passholders included). We don't have all the details yet, (we'll of course share as they become available) but it's looking like an online reservation system much like the one used for the Flex Passes. 

*Also right now they won't be selling new tickets or annual passes, most likely while so many people who had to cancel/postpone trips are still holding tickets.*

Some experiences will not be returning yet

Going along with the same plans as the reopening for Walt Disney World, there won't be any parades, fireworks, shows, or character meet and greets *yet.* But they are promising that characters will be in the parks "in new ways" so we're interested to see what exactly that means. But it's looking like it won't be in any sort of way that draws a crowd. At least not for a little while.

What's your plan???

Will you go to Disneyland the minute it reopens or will you wait? Personally, we're going to wait it out a bit until it feels a little more normal. But we're very excited to see and hear how it goes so we can share it with you all! 

Stay tuned...

As soon as Disney gets approval and gives us more details on reopening, you can expect to see that info from us here on the blog and on our Facebook page. So keep checking in!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Disneyland Beignets from Home!





To keep myself busy and to keep from feeling sad that we missed out on our big family Disneyland trip, I've been planning a "Disneyland at Home" day. I planned it in my head for weeks! It was keeping me going almost as much as a regular vacation countdown and prep would. Yesterday was finally the day! You may have seen some of the pics on our Facebook page. We did a lot of YouTube ridethroughs and wore our ears, but the best part was the food! Mickey pancakes for breakfast, Mickey ice cream bars and churros for a snack (Tio Pepe is the brand Disney uses, you can find it at Smart and Final!). But I was MOST looking forward to those amazing New Orleans Square beignets!

First of all, we used the official Cafe du Monde beignet mix. Cafe du Monde has been a New Orleans staple since 1862, so you know they're doing something right! You can even purchase the mix at Ralph Brennen's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney (or Amazon while everything's closed!).

*Fun Fact!* If you like cooking shows, Jon Favreau did an episode of The Chef Show where they made this exact mix and it's totally worth checking out on Netflix.

The mix makes it very simple, ingredient wise. You just need 2 cups of mix (refrigerate the rest) and 7oz of water. Can't get easier! Aside from that's you'll need LOTS of flour, powdered sugar, oil for frying, and a Mickey cookie cutter.


I didn't actually have a Mickey cookie cutter! My mom has one and when I first got this mix (you know, before the pandemic) I just figured I'd borrow from her. So that left me with a bit of a problem. Luckily for me, I have a 3D printer and a husband who loves a project!


Before we got started, we put on a "New Orleans" mix on Spotify and it didn't disappoint!

All you need to do is mix the powder and water, roll to 1/8 inch thick, and fry at 370F. But we learned a few things along the way...


To start, the dough is sticky. Like crazy, stick to everything, so-much-stickier-than-you'd-expect sticky. So when you roll it out, use WAY more flour than you'd ever think you'd need. So much flour! Be SURE NOT TO ROLL TOO THIN. Ours were too thin and it made some of our beignets kind of flat (but still tasty!).



Because of the stickiness, we found it helpful to use a knife to help separate our Mickey from the rest of the dough. Also, a spatula might help you get it off of your work surface. Don't underestimate the stickiness.


When you're frying, keep basting the beignets with more oil so they puff up nicely and cook evenly. They only take a few minutes on each side, so keep an eye on them.

Cover them completely in powdered sugar and eat immediately. They're amazing!!!!


We took the leftover bits of dough that we couldn't quite get more Mickeys out of and made them into squares. This time we left the dough much thicker and they puffed up beautifully compared to our over-rolled ones. Live and learn! 


Easy peasy but pretty messy. Give it a try and tell us what you think!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We Made Jack Jack's Num Num Cookies!




So, let's get this out of the way, I'm a homebody by nature. If I could do anything on a given weekend, it'd be to stay home with my hubby and son. So, in that sense, social distancing hasn't given me the cabin fever it's given some of my friends. 

Having said that, I have had the urge to bake. Now I have little to no interest in cooking. Dinner? How can I get out of making it? But I’ve always enjoyed baking. I am not great at it, by any stretch of the imagination. But I do enjoy it. 

I have also been feeling bummed, as many of us have, because my Spring Break Disneyland trip was cancelled. (Postponed. I’m going to say postponed.) So, how perfect is it that Disney/Pixar recently released the recipe for the Jack Jack Num Num cookies? Something from Disneyland that I could bake at home?! Sign me up!!

First, can we talk about how cute the recipe cards are?! Disney/Pixar always does an awesome job with adorable little touches!

 


 

 

 


So, let’s go through the steps. First gather your ingredient. Check!!



Next, brown the butter...I’ve never done that before. Ain’t gonna lie, I watched a couple YouTube videos first. Here’s mine:



Probably could have gotten it a little browner, but all roads pointed to “butter goes from browned to burned really quickly, so I erred on the side of caution. (Btw, if you’ve never browned butter before: medium-low heat and constant stirring are your friends.) Let that cool until is starts to solidify. 

From there, I creamed the browned butter with the sugars, mixed in the wet ingredients, then the dry ones, stirred in chocolate chips, and formed cookie dough balls. 

 


Now, full disclosure, I have never had Jack Jack's Num Num cookie before. They became a big thing *after* my last trip to the park. But I know enough to know that they are huge and served in muffin-sized cups. So I tried to make mine big! 12 cookies from the big batch of cookie dough. 



From there, refrigerate. (Ugh! I wanted to bake them right away!) Directions say at least one hour, overnight is ideal. I did about 5 1/2 hours. 

Now comes the part that I had to change: this recipe is for regular-sized cookies. 7-10 minutes was not going to cut it for cookies that were at least double-sized. So I checked on them every 5-10 minutes after the first 10. They were in the oven just over 20 minutes. 

So, after all that, how did they turn out? Amazing. Dangerously good. Possibly the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever eaten!! Two sticks of browned butter will do that, I guess. (And I don’t even like butter!) They are sweet and moist and chewy and chocolaty and all amazing things! They don’t look exactly the same as they do in the park, but again, I said I *like* baking...I’m not great at it.  



If you have the ingredients in the house already (I did!), or are planning your socially-distanced grocery shopping soon, I highly recommend trying this recipe out! You won’t regret it. 

Have you tried to make these cookies, too? Let us know what you thought of them in the comments!