Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happiest Place on Earth?

About a month ago we drove down to Anaheim to take advantage of some of the sweet, juicy perks that come with being a Disney employee. I don't know if I'm at liberty to say exactly what those perks are but let's just say that it saved us a ton of money. Let's just say I probably wouldn't have gone without said perks. Let's just say I'm cheap. Really, extremely cheap.

For those of you who grew up in California, going to Disneyland is probably a regular "thing" for you and your family. For us FOBS, going to Disneyland is the land flowing with milk and honey. It's where the streets are paved with gold. It's Willy Wonka's factory. It's where everybody knows your name.

We only had the weekend, so we woke up at the buttcrack of dawn and drove straight for Anaheim, not even bothering to see the other sights in LA like 21st and Lewis and other locations mentioned in West Coast hiphop.

Tips and Recommendations:
  • Definitely check out the Aladdin musical. It's like a mini Broadway show with excellent renditions of the entire Aladdin soundtrack and then some.
  • Catch the crazy Michael Jackson Captain EO film (with effects from a young George Lucas and his team of vfx gurus/nerds) while you still can... I heard it may be replaced with something else like Wreck-it-Ralph land soon. Whatever it is, there's no way it will be able to top the spectacle of what equates to Michael Jackson in a Star Wars movie.
  • Go on Star Tours (the Star Wars ride) multiple times. Each time is different, but no, there's no version in which Han shoots first.
  • Get a Disneyland app to give you an idea of the wait times for attractions around the park. You gotta keep one jump ahead of the slowpokes.
  • They have official Disney photographers around waiting to take your picture, and then if you have a Disney Photo ID or a Silver Pass you can view them online later. Don't bother with it unless you're just filthy rich though because it costs $14 for the rights to download ONE high-res photo. Yeah, it's a total ripoff. Here's a tip... just ask the Disney photographer to take your picture with your camera so you have a hi-res version. Some will even be nice and take the picture for you without a Silver Pass. Also, the Silver Pass ID doesn't work for ride photos--LAME-O
  • Try the churros
  • If you have a Disney Debit Card from Chase, check out some of the benefits, especially the private meet n'greet with a random Disney character at a secret location! The secret location is a back alley behind a non-descript building in a remote part of the park and it seems like it's going to be a trap... but trust me, it's not.
  • If you have kids, be sure to blindfold them every time you walk by a store with Disney merchandise. Don't be afraid to use force to pry those overpriced toys out of your child's precious little hands.
  • Don't bother trying to pull out Excalibur, even if you are the Chosen One. It's a replica.

1 comment:

  1. Hoping to visit Disnay land soon, i will follow your tips. It is great that you saved a lot of money :)

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