Sep 15, 2016

A Fun Disneyland Scavenger Hunt

If you haven't figured it out yet, Cameron and I are kind of nuts for Disneyland, and Disney in general. You could call us Disnerds. And the best part is, our friends are very much the same. 

One day while sitting and watching the girls' swim lessons, I got bored. Sorry, I can only watch swim lessons so many hours before I need a little more entertainment. This was during the time I was planning out the Disneyland 30-day countdown, so I turned to Pinterest. When I searched for something like Disneyland or Disney, I noticed several Pins that had facts about Disneyland - some of which were not only interesting and intriguing but not known to me yet. After spewing some of the gems to Cameron, he suggested we create a Scavenger Hunt for our trip. And when I suggested it to our friends that were also going on the trip, they were all in (though they have yet to submit their pictures for it!). 

I provided the Scavenger Hunt questions to everyone in advance and you could research the answers before you left - but the deal was that you had to take photographic evidence of it once you were at Disneyland. 

Here is my scavenger hunt and the photographic evidence of what we could find. We couldn't find it all and we tried. All answers are in Disneyland - there is no crossover with California Adventure except for the Hidden Mickeys. This also added to some of the best pictures of our trip too! And next trip, I plan to complete it! 

Entire Park

1. Find 5 Hidden Mickeys

Look closely at the Red dot





2. Take a picture of each “Mountain” in Disneyland




3. Find a Partyline phone. What year is the conversation taking place in?


Main Street, USA
4. Find the bench Walt Disney was sitting on when he dreamed up Disneyland 


5. Where does a light always shine?


6. Find the Red & White light bulb


7. Steve Martin used to work here. 


8. Find the “Sample” wall



Adventureland (This land has the most interesting tidbits out there - I had to pare down the list I had created in the end)

9. What happens when you pull the rope?


10. Who are the two characters not from Tarzan in Tarzan’s treehouse


11. Touch the Pole. What happens? (Child-friendly photos only!)


12. Find a Hidden Eeyore Sign


13. What airport services The Temple of the Forbidden Eye
14. Find the Little Man of Disneyland’s Front Door



New Orleans Square
15. Visit the Pet Cemetery at The Haunted Mansion


16. Find the number 33


17. The Belle that connects Frontierland, Adventureland and New Orleans Square


18. Where can you always dine under the stars?



Critter Country
19. How many animals hold the Critter Country sign?


20. Find  the letter on the Splash Mountain sign with a paw print


21. Take a hidden path and snap a shot in front of Splash Mountain


22. Find Max, Buff and Melvin



Frontierland
23. Find the Oldest thing in the park


24. What prints do you see on the ground


Fantasyland
25. Find the one doll in “It’s a Small World” that isn’t smiling
26. What happens when you touch the Brass Apple?


27. Find  a gold spike in the ground


28. What is the phrase around the compass?



Toontown

29. Find Donald in Mickey’s House


30. What do you hear in the Dog Pound?



Tomorrowland (This was the toughest land to find questions for!)

31. What is the only ride in Tomorrowland that was there on Opening Day?





Sep 12, 2016

Disney's Photopass & Funny Faces

Ok - this is the second to last post on Disneyland. This one is more tip-focused and the next one is just plain FUN!

Any how, I discovered Disney's Photopass services and package deals during our last visit. First, I love that Disney has photographers staged throughout the parks in iconic locations to grab full family photos for you and certain character meet & greets get Photopass photographers as well. And they take some great shots with some magic weaved in too. But I've discovered with the purchase of certain packages that you can also get event and attraction shots included in a download with all your other pictures for one price. 

Last visit, we had to order this a month in advance and then we received a special photopass card on a lanyard. You could still add on additional cards collected throughout the parks during your visit. 

This time around, I didn't need to purchase in advance (though I did, once the package I preferred came along). But we didn't need to get a special card - we could get any card from any photographer. So I got one, Cameron got one and Vicki got one to carry around. I could also access my Photopass from the Disneyland App on my phone - as well as view loaded images, even share them from my phone immediately. And we still could load event and attraction photos - all we had to do was enter in the photo's ID. Cameron and I would take pictures of these IDs and then load the ID number into my phone while waiting in line or sitting down to eat later. 

My package covered 7 consecutive days of photos. I simply had to select my start date when ready to download and all photos were covered in the download. Yes, we were only there for 3 days, but it was a better deal to buy the 7-day package instead of the 1-day package (it made sense to get the 7 days for any visit longer than 1 day when factored in cost per day). This package also only became available within a week or two before our trip - the 1-day pass had been the only package available all summer. 

We love being able to get the attraction shots - each year we select a funny face pose to do in each one when we can and this year we brought the girls in on the fun. We can remember what trip it is based on the pose! And the girls loved it - they wanted to make funny faces in almost ever photo - which is why you may notice this in many of our pictures. 

Any how, here are some of my favorite photos from our Photopass. We ended up getting over 162 images this trip!