Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade – RETURNS?!?!

Miss seeing an Evening Parade? Miss the original Night-time parade? Well Guess what?? READ and find out about the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Hey Guys, if you have been following all the Disney chatter, you would know that the Main Street Electrical Parade is returning. But for how long? And why? How come Disney made such a BIG deal about retiring the fan favorite…just to bring it back again?

Main Street Electrical Parade – Disneyland
Disneyland:

2 Years ago, almost to the day, Disneyland brought back the FAMOUS parade for a LAST, FINAL show to then retire the parade forever. I was there. I just happened to have plans with my family for that final show. They announced it would retire and fans came out to see the parade, one last time…for weeks. It was the parade I first saw, the one I grew up with. Its been part of the Disney magic since the 70’s. Its been to Disneyland, Disney World and beyond…but its the USA parks that hold it near and dear to their hearts.

The RETURN:

Late August 2017 was its FINAL run…or was it? Just yesterday they announced that the Main Street Electrical Parade would return to its original home for a 2 month span. That’s right, its coming back to Disneyland, this Aug-Sept!!! But its got me wondering and it has people asking…why not at Disney World?

Why:

AS excited as we all are, as I am…as once again I will be there, it has me wondering why? Why bring back this amazing parade for just 2 months? Why make such a HUGE good-bye if they are just going to bring it back? Makes me wonder, what else can they bring back? PLEASE oh please bring back the Backlot Tour at WDW. And please…where is the Redhead? I want her back too. And Paint the Night, that was a great parade too? But with all of this…why? Is it because of Galazy’s Edge? Too many people or perhaps not as many guests as thought?

WDW:

This also makes me wonder, where will the parade go after the 2 months? Will it once again become permanent somewhere? Perhaps a post Holiday Parade for 2020 or what if…it moves back to Walt Disney World? I mean, WDW hasn’t had an evening parade in forever, its needed. Why not bring back Main Street? And with Galaxy’s Edge expected to hog all the guests at Hollywood Studios, why not give Magic Kingdom a draw?

But don’t get me wrong, I love the Main Street Electrical Parade more than any parade ever and I am uber excited to see it again, for one last time? But what if? What if it doesn’t retire, I mean perhaps the Main Street Electrical Parade needs a “come-back tour”? Musicians and Actors can do it, why not a parade? Stay tuned as I will post about it when I see it in a few weeks, but hoping it won’t be the last.

Mahalo for reading and following along – Nina

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Monsters Inc – Disneyland RIDE Experience

Thinking about visiting Disneyland? Love the Monsters Inc movies? READ to learn more…

Hey Fans, to piggie back on my YouTube video, I thought I would talk more about the super cute, family friendly, great for all ages – Monsters Inc attraction ride at the Disneyland Resort.

Entrance
Location:

So this attraction is in the Disneyland Resort, but is actually located at Disney’s California Adventures Park. Its located across from the Animation Academy, on the way to Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror). I find the area to be fairly quiet, which makes this ride kinda a hidden gem. Super Heroes are now meeting in this same area, so not sure how long it will be “hidden” for…but I haven’t had to wait longer than 15-20 mins max.

The Queue:

A ride queue is the pre-ride area, some are just a line and some are interactive. The pre-show to Monsters Inc is cute with hidden details that really make it a perfect way to entertain yourself while waiting in the line. The premise to the ride is you are getting ready to take a Taxi Cab ride in Monstropolis. On your way to your taxi, you are in a subway like area with pay phones, vending machines and public service announcements. Look at the details, listen to the screens and enjoy.

Welcome to Monstropolis!!
The Ride:

The actual ride is much like every Disney “Dark” Ride. You are in a “taxi” car and it runs on a track thru a series of scenes. The basic story-line is the retelling of the Monster’s Inc movie, the first one. You get to see Mike, Sully and Boo. Randall of course makes an appearance and so does your other fave Monsters. The scene with the doors is pretty cool and I love the cute touches added to make you feel like you are in the movie, so to speak.

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Disney World:

Walt Disney World also has a Monsters attraction but its SO different. Disneyland’s is an actual RIDE, WDW’s is a show. At Disney World, in Magic Kingdom, you enter Tomorrowland for the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. This attraction is an interactive show where random audience members are asked to participle and answer questions. Its funny and silly all at once. Sadly its not all that popular, but a good way to keep out of the sun for a few. Most people, I think, would prefer a RIDE over a show – am I right?

I hope this post gave you a little insight into a ride that might not be as predominate in the typical guests vacation game plan. I find that if its not a coaster or a fastpass ride, people don’t always know its there. Disney is filled with “hidden” attractions that first time guests don’t usually know about. So please…put Monsters on your list and let me know if I can help plan a fabulous Disney Vacation.

Mahalo for READING and Following along – Nina

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage RIDE – Disneyland

Ever wanted to travel in a Submarine? Want to experience the bottom of the Sea? READ about Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage RIDE at Disneyland.

Hey fans, yesterday I uploaded a NEW video that features the super cool ride – Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland. This is a kid favorite, family fun, classic ride that is worth the wait. Wonder what the bottom of the ocean looks like? Wanna ride in a “REAL” submarine? Then this ride is for you.

Submarine:

The first question I always get is…is it really a submarine? YES, yes it is…well sort of. Its a boat really, but designed, crafted and feels like a real submarine. AND you actually board it and sit in these attached fold-up/spring loaded seats, like at a stadium. You look directly into your own port hole (every view is a good view) and witness the “diving” of the sub into the depths of the ocean (aka Disney Lagoon). Witness colorful sea-creatures, coral reefs, Nemo and friends and more.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Is this NEW?

So this ride is a remodel of the Original Submarine ride at Disneyland in the 50’s. It was renovated to feature Nemo and the gang. Newly painted subs, updated sea life and new tech that allows you to see Nemo (on a screen) while bubbles and sea life are in the foreground. Its actually pretty sweet and for those still under the imagination magical spirit of Disney (kids)…this is a REAL thing. You are actually in water and are actually moving.

Is that a Diver? P. Sherman??
The Original:

Remember the original ride – Submarine Voyage? I LOVED it. Loved seeing all the hand-painted sea life, the bubbles when you “dive” to get closer to the bottom and the basic “cheesiness” of it all. Its SO not real, but with an imaginative heart, it is. You can imagine, is this whats it’s really like. Are starfish really that bright? Wow a ship wreck at the bottom of the ocean, how cool. Its kinda a Disney cult classic ride, so don’t miss out and expect a wait, so time it right.

Mermaids?

Years ago, Disney added real life Mermaids to this attraction. Lovely Mermaids with gorgeous tails would sit and splash around on the rocks. They would sun-bathe and entertain guests as they waited for the ride. Sadly the mermaid addition ended due to many factors, health being a major reason. Those “mermaids” spent a good part of the day in chlorine, smelling toxic chemicals and being under the direct sun 🙁

Tips/Tricks:

For those headed to Disneyland, please don’t pass up this attraction. There are always rumors spreading that a ride could close, so see it while you can. It is 100% cheesy, and rightly so…but kids love it, its family friendly and gets you out of the direct sun for a few. You don’t actual “dive” if that’s a concern. Only slight issue, that I can see…is the tight, spiral staircase that you have to use to get from the dock to your seat. Its only a few steps, but might be difficult for littles.

Make sure to check out my RIDE video on this attraction and if interested in a Disneyland Vacation – let me know. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina