Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 Disneyland Update

It feels like just yesterday we were writing about changes coming to Disneyland for 2016, and now here we are again. There are a few things coming and a few things going with the new year, and we've put it all in one place for you. You're welcome!

Goodbye Old Friends

Castle Heraldry Shoppe

After 22 years in Fantasyland, the Castle Heraldry Shoppe will be closing January 12. It's sad to see something so unique close. We just hope something amazing takes it place (cough, cough, not a pin store or another princess shop, cough, cough).

Tower of Terror

We've known for a while, and construction on the outside of the iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel has already started, but it'll be official on January 2. The Tower of Terror will be closing for good, and will be replaced by Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout in the summer. I'm not sure how the new attraction will compare to the old, but we know that it'll still have the same basic "elevator drop" concept, so we have high hopes that it'll still bring big thrills!

Welcome Back

Main Street Electrical Parade

Get ready for that electro-synthemagnetic musical sound. Here comes the Main Street Electrical Parade! The Parade returns to its original home on January 20 for a limited time. Must see! So much nostalgia!

Remember Dreams Come True

The amazing fireworks show that debuted back in 2005 for Disneyland's 50th anniversary will be returning for weekend showings starting February 3. You remember these fireworks right? The show that was all about Disneyland itself and took you for a "grand circle tour" around the park? Genius!

Rivers of America and the Railroad

Summer 2017: the Rivers of America reopen!!!! After a year and a half long closure, the Rivers including the Mark Twain, Columbia, Tom Sawyer's Island (Or Pirate's Lair...whatever), Fantasmic (yay!!!!!!!), and everyone's favorite Disneyland a railroad will finally return.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Disney Holiday Gift Guide

Its the most wonderful time of the year, and we've got great Disney gift ideas for anyone on your list! (Also check out the original Disney Gift Guide we created back around Valentine's Day.)

1. Disneyland Scavenger Hunt Book

For the Disneyland fan who's seen it all, give them the gift of a new Disney experience. Available on Amazon here.

2. Lego Castle

Because who doesn't need a 4000 piece Lego project? Seriously, the details on this thing are amazing!

3. Ornaments from the Disney Store - On Sale Now!

If you act fast, some ornaments from the Sketchbook Collection are $8 instead of $17. Total steal!!! My current favorite is Donald Duck riding his train from my very favorite Donald/Chip and Dale short.

4. Large Lot of Pins

Of course you can look on Amazon, ebay, or the Disney Store's website to find great pins that will perfectly match anyone's collection. But have you ever looked on eBay at the pins that are sold in lots? I've bought them once and it was so a scavenger hunt! You don't quite know what you'll end up with, but a collector would have a great time looking through and picking out favorites and hidden gems.
BUYER BEWARE: Please check the seller's feedback to make sure they're not known for selling fake pins.

5. Haunted Mansion Travel Pillow

Traveling for the holidays? Keep comfortable with ghoulish delight! Available online at the Disney Store.

6. Trash Can Highlighters

You read that right. Trash. Can. Highlighters. I love seeing Disney trash cans get some love (we've got a whole blog dedicated to them here!) and wish I was back in high school so I could highlight my heart out with these babies.  Available on the Shop Parks app or if you're lucky enough to buy them in person at the Happiest Place On Earth.

7. Chipped Cup from Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time has some really great reimaginings of classic Disney stories, and one of my favorites was their retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It seems the people at Hot Topic agree because you can find their adorable version of "Chip" here!

8. Utilize Shutterfly!

Sometimes you just need to make your own Disney magic. Go to Shutterfly and put your own awesome Disney pics on something. I made a Dole Whip phone case and its my favorite thing ever (now I just need a new one for my new phone!).

9. Toy Story Vans

They have super cute designs and patterns, and please note they have "Andy" written on the bottom!!! Amazing and good for the entire family!

10. Buttons!!!!!

Did you know we here at Dole Whip a Day make our own buttons? We currently have the two designs seen here. Give us a shout (Facebook message, Instagram DM, or email us at if you're interested.