When I first made this bucket list, I didn’t think Disney would become what it did for me. It was just going to be a fun pastime that I would go to like 10 times in a year (real estimation we had) but Disney became so much more than that and I’m glad. I’m actually already planning a new list because things are getting crossed off so fast. For this bucket list I’m going to be sharing the favorite things I’ve done and what I haven’t! However, before I get into the bucket list, I need to explain why I love Disney so much.
When we were kids we lived close to Disney but only went a few times. I never got to dress up like a princess or meet the characters, probably because I was so shy. But I never had that ultimate Disney experience. As I got older we probably went once a year but I just love the magic it has, although I was all about rides and Disney California Adventure and just getting my money’s worth. I honestly thought that when I got my pass I would go once in a while and ride California Screamin’ 30 times and then go home. But once I just started going with the flow, enjoying the little things, and people watching everything change. Disney is a fantasy and one I enjoy from the toils of my work week. I enjoy meeting people and having fun when meeting characters, which has made me step out of my comfort zone. People watching is so therapeutic and I get to spend a lot more time with my family all in one place. Disneyland gets you in the feels and just makes everything around you whimsical. I always get warm fuzzies when it’s dark and I’m at Fantasyland by Alice for some reason but that’s the moment why I get why Disneyland is such a magical place that people flock to.
People can think it’s weird or might tell me to chill. But everyone has a thing that makes them happy that they always gravitate to and Disney is that for me. Trust me, if I wasn’t there I would probably be shopping every weekend or stay home and do nothing. I usually do everything all or nothing. So if something makes me happy, I’m going to go to it. The following tweets kind of summarize everything.
So before you judge someone for going to Disneyland A LOT. Would you want to be judged for seeing your loved one A LOT? Didn’t think so.
— Francis Dominic (@frncissdominc) November 12, 2015
That’s probably the reason I love Peter Pan so much is because Disney is like my Neverland. I know that one day I probably will grow up and not have a pass and things will change. It’s the place that keeps me imagining and where I can be weird and silly before I really grow up. So for now, I’ll keep being a lost girl and getting feels while watching Disneyland Forever and drinking all the hot chocolate at Jolly Holiday and enjoy all the magic that Disney has to offer. Live the magic.
Now for the bucket list! I sincerely thought that this would take me the whole year but I think a lot of things were easier than I thought. I’m going to be sharing what my favorite things were and which I definitely need to do.
Like I said before, I used to be all about rides and never stopped to enjoy all Disney has to offer. This meant I had my first churro a couple of months ago. Crazy, I know.
Favorite Things: Spending all day at the park. I can probably live at Disneyland. I don’t even mind just being there and waiting for a parade doing nothing. I just love looking around. Meeting characters. I always thought I was too old for this but it’s so much fun. You can get the funniest conversations or random happenings. Watch Paint the night front row. I watched PTN the day I got my pass and that basically sealed my fate. I LOVE it. I found great places to watch it up close and even once got seated in reserved seats by a nice cast member. BONUS: Jungle Cruise Map. Okay, I’ve never ridden the Jungle Cruise but I did and enjoyed the corny jokes. My shy self mustered up the courage to ask the cast member for a map and I got it!
Still to be Done: Go on Mark Twain Riverboat. I basically have only weeks to do this before it’s down for a year, but I have to do it! Eat a Dole Whip. Judge me. I’m not that big of a fan of pineapple and the line was 40 minutes long the day I decided to get one. But I will force myself to do it.
Disney California Adventure
Okay so, when I first got my pass I thought I would spend so much time here because of the big rides and I don’t know what else I found extra appealing. But it’s nothing compared to Disneyland and somehow the theme of Hollywood Studious bothers me so much for some reason now. Doing stuff at DCA is hard now because I sometimes don’t even step into it when I take a trip but I still have to try to complete my list!
Favorite Things: Ride Radiator Spring Racers more than 3 times in a day. By some miraculous thing, there was a day that it had a 25 minute wait so we seriously got off and rode it again and again and we also had fastpasses. God was looking out for us y’all. Ride Silly Symphony Swings. This is random but I’ve always loved these type of rides and at DCA you fly over the water and it’s perfect. Thankfully one hot summer day I finally went on it!
Still to be Done: Draw something at the Animation Academy. Whenever I go I just see such a long wait time and it just tires me and I always miss the hour they draw Baymax and it’s just a mess.
Here are the things that are kind of all over and still very important.
Favorite Things: Befriend a cast member. Seriously, cast members are the nicest people and will go above and beyond for you if you’re nice to them. My favorite CMs are actually in Pixie Hollow and they’re always so fun. Enjoy Magic Hour/Morning. This happened unexpectedly because I always thought it would only get done if I stayed at the hotel, but one day we got there super early and a CM was kind enough to give us an early ticket in. It’s pretty cool to be inside the park early and with not a lot of crowds!
Still to be Done: Meet a celebrity. DRAKE BELL WHERE ARE YOU? But really, I’ve been there when celebrities have been there and the closest I’ve been to meeting one is to Meredith from The Office. I have yet to officially meet one. Trade a pin. I never thought I’d get attached to my pins but I’m going to have to trade one, one day just to say I’ve done this.
Have any of you tried anything in my Disney bucket list? What is something that you absolutely have to do when you’re at the parks? Give me ideas! I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a fresh list soon because this is one challenge I am taking seriously!