We booked our LA and Vegas flights back in July of last year and since the beginning of this year we have planning like mad. Slowly but surely the itinerary has come together and everything is now in place for a fab & fun filled trip. As soon as the flights were booked I knew that if I could convince Tom that I wanted us to spend at least one day in Disney in Anaheim - it seemed daft to be so close and not go. At first he wasn't very receptive to the idea but after talking to a few friends that have recently been and watching countless You Tube vids I finally got him to agree to go, and even better he agreed to two days!! Cue time to shop for Disney essentials....
The first thing I bought were these fab ears. Now I know I could have bought them out there, and the chances are I will buy at least one more pair in the park but I wanted to have a pair that I could wear when we walk through the gates on our first day. I also wanted a pair that were totally unique and unlike any others. I found these on Etsy from a seller called Made for Mouse (she is also on FB and Insta under the same username). Nikki is a joy to work with, you can either buy your ears from the selection on her page or you can message her and she will custom make you a pair. I could not recommend her highly enough, product and customer service were second to none. If your planning a trip to any of the Disney parks and you want a special pair of ears then go check out her page.
Next on my list was footwear. Again I wanted something a little different, the idea of plain trainers or Converse were just not doing it for me so I started to look at Facebook pages and Etsy. The first thing that I found were some hand painted Converse that you could customize with any design of your choice. I liked the look and idea of these and it's what I was going to go with but then I started to worry that the paints might crack or run if they got wet/damp so I continued my search. Now anyone that knows me even in the slightest will know that I have something of an obsession for all things sparkly - so the minute I saw these babies I knew that these were what I needed to have for my Disney days. Again I received nothing but fab service from the seller, I ordered these on a Sunday night and I had them on my feet the following Friday. I just wish I had opted for the fully blinged up version with the bow and crystals on the back too. If you want to see the full range of customized footwear check out the Sparklemixx page.
As we only have 2 days in Disneyland we spent a whole Saturday night with the watching You Tube videos of the attractions on laptop along with park maps and a guide book to try and figure out some sort of itinerary. We have planned out what rides and attractions we want to do and have kind of worked out in what order we should best do them. However its not set in stone as its just the two of us and we are in no real rush. We may try to get Fast Passes for some of the rides if the queues are massive but I don't think that's going to be too much of a problem. There is a handy app that I have downloaded so we can keep an eye on ride wait times as well as find out where the characters are located for those all important pictures.
I have also downloaded a Disney soundtrack so I can refresh my memory with the words to all the songs, you have got to be word perfect when you do the rides right?? Problem is I now cant get the words to A Whole New World and Its a Small World out of my head!!
This will be my second Disney experience and Toms first. My first was a trip to the Magic Kingdom in Florida but that was many, many years ago, I think something like 30 years!! To say we are excited is a total understatement and at this precise moment I am actually more excited to be going Disney than I am Vegas!! A couple of people have questioned why we are going saying things like 'isn't it just for kids?'.....my answer to that is NO!! You are never to old to go to the happiest place on earth and anyway life is too short to not do what makes you happy. I literally cannot wait to walk down Main Street and catch sight of the castle for the first time and I am pretty sure at some point over the two days there will be (happy) tears! I promise to do a full review and share some of the pictures when we are back, if you cant wait that long then just keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram where I will be sharing as much as I can.
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