A Day in the Life | Disney

A Day in the Life | Disney

A lot of people think I’m at Disneyland everyday. Sadly I’m going to debunk that and tell you all that I don’t go there everyday. So sad. But I am there often and a lot of people wonder what goes on so here’s a fun post on what I do on a regular day! Obviously every day differs from the other but usually my sister and I follow a similar pattern and we are usually only there for a few hours, the days of rope drop to closing the park are long gone. I will be dropping some tips here and there so it will be a fun and useful post! Killing many birds with one stone. So here we go! *Meant to be read in Peter Pan’s voice.

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A regular day begins with parking, of course! If you haven’t been to Disneyland, you must know that parking is a whole adventure of its own. We usually park at the Toy Story parking lot because it’s always open and it’s the easiest and it uses buses so the lines to load go much quicker. Also, my sister and I are pros at getting through bag check. The lines on the farthest side (both left side and ride side on the Harbor entrance) are shorter and go much faster and we always have our bags open off our necks and shoulders and we usually get thanked by cast members for doing that since the reason it takes longer is that people get to the front of the line and then fumble to get everything out.

Now this is where it gets fun. Depending on what time we get there, we either start with Royal Hall or eating at our bench in front of the castle (it’s better than the steps at the Met *wink wink*). For food it’s our tradition to get hot chocolate and a treat and we usually just sit and people watch. If we go to Royal Hall, we wait in line and constantly wonder if we should’ve gone to Rapunzel’s line before she switches with Merida. This is a never ending struggle.

We make a big effort to talk to the cast members and be kind to them. Regardless of their role, they have to deal with a lot of difficult people so we try to liven things up and honestly, some of my favorite/funniest Disney moments have been thanks to cast members. They really do love making magic happen and have such cool tidbits to share! Now this brings us to my favorite place, Pixie Hollow. We try to come here usually half way through our day because the line can either be really long or short and if you come at the right time, you can have an interaction with Tink and one of her fairy friends! At some point I have to go bother Peter Pan, because why not? He’s a sassy kid.

Waiting for the parade is important, especially when you know you want to take pictures, this means we usually scout a good spot and wait for a long time. But also, we go meet Spider-Man, so either way there’s no loss. Since by these few hours we’re already kind of tired, we tend to just get a corn dog from the Little Red Wagon and just make our way out of Disney. Yeah, just like that. You’d be surprised that we probably do one or no rides when we go. But even then, each trip brings a fun new adventure and new memories!

I have tons of videos I’ve recorded at Disney so I made a tiny video below! This is basically such a tiny glimpse at our many trips! P.S. You can follow my Disney Instagram for more magic!


 Are you a rope drop to closing type of person? Do you call it quits after only a few hours? What’s something that you must always do on a trip?

Disney Bucket List | Update

Disney Bucket List | Update

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.

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!

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Disney Do’s and Don’ts

Disney Do’s and Don’ts

Spending a day at the parks is like running a marathon. If you brave both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in one day, you’re sure in for a jam-packed schedule. In between, the attractions, shows, and food, it can get overwhelming and stressful, which can put a damper on the idea of fun.

A lot of these seem self-explanatory but somehow get overlooked once you’re there so make sure to always be prepared!

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Do Have Some Sort of Plan

Pick a park and start there. Remember that you can’t get fastpasses for a bunch of rides all at once because once you get one you have to wait sometime before you get another, so choose wisely. Disneyland finally has an app which tells you everything from wait times (which has greatly improved), fastpass return times, when characters will be out, dining times, restrooms, and all that, and that helps so you don’t sprint across the park and run into an hour+ line.

Don’t Be Mean to Cast Members

Look, I know there might be rude cast members, but you also have to understand that they work long hours with so many guests who are tired and anxious. It’s all about doing our part and being nice. But, if there is someone completely disrespectful, just let someone know. Remember, it’s not their fault if a ride breaks down or if something ran out. Also, there are so many wonderful cast members that go above and beyond to make the magic happen. Everyone is trying to make things run smoothly and sometimes cast members will be appreciative of visitors taking it easy on them and they will make sure to make sure you’re taken care of.

Do Take Water and Snacks

Walking around and waiting takes a lot of energy, so make sure you have snacks and water to keep you going when you’re deep in a 45 minute line. If you’re in Disneyland, the shop right outside the Jungle Cruise has bigger bottles of water than anywhere else in the park. Also, if you don’t want to spend too much on a meal in the park, Disneyland has a picnic area outside right by the entrance where the lockers are located if you want to bring food from home.

Don’t be Mean to Other Guests

Everyone is here to enjoy Disneyland. I know that there are people who do things like take spots or get inconsiderate about space. I’ve seen a fight break out before Paint the Night because of people taking spots. One: Don’t be that guy who is inconsiderate of other people. Don’t push people and look out for others. I’ve seen grown adults take spots from children. Just no. Two: If someone is getting out of line, tell a cast member and they will definitely step in and help out. Being considerate is the name of the game, don’t forget that.

Do Take Breaks

Sometimes we just want to cram everything in and taking breaks means wasting time, but it’s necessary. One of my favorite parts to take breaks is on the benches between Tomorrowland and the wishing well because it’s pretty calm and you get to see a lot of characters roaming around so you can still get some fun in while you’re sitting and regrouping. Breaks will help you last all the way to the end!

Don’t Miss Out on the “Little Things”

By “little things” I mean the galleries, shows, and other things that aren’t the big attractions you think of. Watch a Dapper Dans performance or the light up ceremony at Cars Land. There’s plenty of galleries and special spots that you can stroll through. That’s what is so great about Disney because there is so much magic to see that’s not just rides or the big parades, there’s always something great to see.

Do Be Strategic About What You’ll Do and Where You’ll Go

Kind of like having a schedule but more about where you should be. Small World is a good place to catch the parade and the firework show because you can sit through the whole thing and not be in the middle of a crowd like Main Street, except you’ll have no snow during “Let it Go.” There are plenty of shortcuts and plenty of hidden spaces to sit. Also, be aware of the places that give free refills for drinks and don’t forget to ask cast members! They’ll usually be kind enough to give you some tips and tricks.


What are some do’s and don’ts that you learned at the parks? What is your plan of attack for a full day of magic? Share your wisdom!

The Disney Bucket List

The Disney Bucket List

Read my second Disney Bucket List here!

Living in Southern California means Disneyland is a go to place for everyone and I am always at least 20 minutes away from the magical place. So after many years of wanting one, I made the jump and got a Disney pass! I got the deluxe pass, which is the one after the premium, so it offers 315 days of Disney, which isn’t that bad if you don’t feel quite ready to shell out more money.

So in getting my pass, I got the great idea of making a Disney bucket list. Yes, I know I’m going to have tons of fun at the parks, but I want to achieve things and do the typical things you should do when you go to Disney. So here is my bucket list, follow along! I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep updating as I go because there’s just so much!

Start: July 25, 2015
End: July 25, 2016


– Spend one whole day only at this park (8.2.15)

– Eat a Dole Whip

– Ride Space Mountain more than 3 times in a day 

– Eat a churro

– Get a Monte Cristo sandwich

– Take a picture with a princess, especially my fav. Mulan 

– Take pictures with other face characters, especially Peter Pan

– Get chosen as the rebel spy in Star Tours

– Watch the Soundsational Parade (8.2.15)

– Be in the first row for Paint the Night

– Watch Fantasmic!

– Get a good view of Disneyland Forever (8.2.15)

– Get a Baymax balloon

– Ride Autopia 

– Eat at any sit down restaurant inside the park and/or the Blue Bayou (Carnation Cafe & Plaza Inn)

– Stroll through The Disney Gallery

– Ride on the train around the park 

– Go to the Enchanted Tiki Room

– Attend the flag retreat ceremony

– Go on the Jungle Cruise and ask for a map 

– Ride the tea cups 

– Go on the Mark Twain Riverboat


– Ride Radiator Springs Racers more than 3 times a day 

– Spend one whole day only at this park

– Ride California Screamin’ more than 3 times in a day

– Enjoy the Mad T Party

– Draw something at the Animation Academy

– Play a boardwalk game

Ride the trolley 

– Ride the Silly Symphony Swings 

– Ride the swinging side of the ferris wheel

– Watch the Inside Out pre-parade 

– Finally ride Soaring Over California 

– Earn a badge at the Wilderness Explorer Camp

Both Parks/Miscellaneous 

– Start my pin trading collection and trade with a cast member

– Befriend a cast member

– Eat breakfast and/or enjoy magic hour

– Befriend a fellow pass holder

– Experience the parks during a holiday

– Stay at a Disney hotel

– Spend a day with my niece and nephew and do all the typical kid things 

– Take a staged photo on any ride

– Meet a celebrity. Shout out to Disneyland Celebs for making that easier

– Have a full adventure day with my sister 

– Spend a day at the park hanging out and doing what my parents want to do

– Successfully show my Disney side and dress up

– Get to the either park and spend time before it closes

– Attend a pass holder event

– Renew my pass. Let’s be real, this is the end goal


If you’re a pass holder, what are things you do? What’s your favorite thing about Disney? WDW or Disneyland? Have you been to a Disney theme park before? Talk to me and let me know what else I should do!

I’m excited for this series, so make sure to interact and follow along! It’s going to be an adventure and if you’re a pass holder, follow and try it out with me!