Should I PACK my Camera for Disney, for vacation?

Headed to Disney? Wondering if you need to bring your REAL camera, Memory Maker? READ this and see…

Hey guys, thought I would answer a common question I get. Cameras, to bring or not to bring, that is the question?? Sadly this isn’t an easy answer and 100% dependent on your type of vacation and the type of pictures you want. It also matters if you are getting the Memory Maker (Disney World) or another Disney picture package. Should I pack my Camera for Disney?

YES:

So, yes, PACK your camera if you are a photographer. 100%!! People who are actually trained, do for a living photographers will not be happy or content without their vices, aka camera. This is where I fall as well, not only do I have professional camera training but per my job…I take THOUSANDS of images and video on vacation, its a MUST to pack. In fact, crazy me packs 2-4 cameras with backup batteries. I have special lenses, a camera backpack and a few tri-pods. Only a “crazy” person needs to bring this, and by crazy I mean devoted 😉

NO:

For those who are staying for a few days, who have the Memory Maker package AND for those who are happy with cell phone images, you can leave your camera at home. Cameras are bulky, add another item to carry and can be annoying to remember to charge. Even a smaller Point & Shoot can be a pain. I mean you have your phone in hand, use that. Need to quickly capture some Magic…you need to have that camera at the ready (as I do). For those just wanting to enjoy, your cell is fine.

Maybe:

So the maybe is for the in-between people. Perhaps you love your camera, take it everywhere and plan on capturing images that the Disney photographers can’t. Or for whatever reason need a camera. I urge people to remember the heat and how heavy a camera can feel after a few hours. So for those who want to take GOOD images, I usually suggest a nice “Point & Shoot” verses bringing the DSLR (the Big Boy as I call them). I think in “normal” situations they aren’t needed and just become another thing to protect against the rain, heat and water rides.

So as I am the worst person to ask, this is my advice. Do as I suggest, not as I do. I am rarely without a camera. Different ones are used for different reasons and when one has died, I move the next one. I use my cell on water rides as its waterproof and pack special bags for the others. Its alot going on. My kids and husband even joke when we are in the park and see something I didn’t photograph as they still think I am silly for taking a picture of garbage cans, lol. “Mom, did you see that vent or sewer cover?” They think they are SO funny.

“Incredible” Garage Cans!!

Anyways, I hope this helped. Cameras are great but add an extra layer of packing and something to remember. If you can, go light and get the Memory Maker. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Mickeys Toontown RIDES at Disneyland

Thinking about Disney? Wondering between World or Land? READ and LEARN about Toontown Rides, a Disneyland exclusive.

Hey guys, thought I would switch gears and head back to Disneyland. After the recent events at Toontown, I though I would share some HAPPY times in this area. Did you know Mickeys Toontown is a kids, little kids, playgound? But adults have just as much fun with 2 coaster/rides and a 3rd ride coming in the near future.

Mickey’s Toontown – Disneyland
Little Kids:

So Toontown is FILLED with stuff for kids, but the toddlers too. The land has a few playground areas with playhouses that kids can explore. Kids can go down slides, climb stairs, sit in Mickey’s furniture and try to drive Goofy’s car. Many of the areas are interactive too, so be sure to give plenty of time to explore. PLUS, it gets all the wiggles out. For a kid, this is a MUST!

Bigger Kids and Kids at Heart:

Along with the kiddie stuff, there is a coaster and a car spin ride to enjoy. Bigger kids can also explore the houses and relive childhood dreams. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Mickey’s House and Donald’s Boat. Plenty of photo ops and snacks too. We had to wait a few times for adults to finish taking selfies so we could do the same, lol. Its a good time for all and definatly not just for kids.

Location:

This land is located at Disneyland Park as I mentioned. Its in what I call the back end or far end of Fantasyland. Its located next to It’s A Small World and is basically straight back from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Mickeys Toontown even has its own stop on the Disneyland Railroad and might have different operating hours from the rest of the park. It does fill up fast, so try to go early OR as I say, get in, then get out, lol

RIDES:

As mentioned, there are 2 rides currently in Toontown. A 3rd has been mentioned, a Mickey & Minnie Railway Ride (Exact or Similar to the one designed for WDW). But the 2 current rides are Gadgets GO Coaster, a family roller coaster, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. The coaster is a coaster, just on a smaller scale. But Roger Rabbit’s spin is a Disney “dark” ride that spins. I am gonna compare it to Mr’s Toads but MORE wild, lol. SEE my RIDE Video. And its a Fastpass Ride as well.

Overall I wouldn’t personally call it a MUST unless you have little ones that NEED to run, but I would say to do it. After years of passing it by, since I got plenty of exposure to it when I was younger…It is a fun area to explore. Even as an adult, I enjoyed reliving some childhood magic. We go back next month and its on the list, again. We want to explore it further, as a fastpass cut our time short before. So give it a try, Mickeys Toontown is worth the time to explore and release some energy!!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

Sweet Treats & Mickey Dessert – Disney Cruise

Thinking about a Disney Cruise? Wondering if you can get Mickey shaped Desserts? READ this review…

Hi guys, Its hot out and I am remembering the yummy ice cream sundae I enjoyed on my recent Disney Cruise. I know many people LOVE the fun desserts they have in the parks and wonder if the cruises do too. Well I am here to report, they do!! 2 of the 4 ships actually have Disney themed sweet shops on board to fill that Mickey shaped void. READ this Dessert Review.

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats
Disney Dream:

My most recent cruise adventure was on the Disney Dream. The Dream is a fabulous ship with a hidden sweet shop, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats. Yep, as in Wreck it Ralph. This cute little gem is all decked out with King Candy, Vanellope’s Go Cart and lots and lots of sugar filled goodness. Ice Cream, Ice cream concoctions, Mickey shaped cupcakes, cookies, oh my and other sweet treats. A life sized candy Go Cart is in the shop for your perfect Instagram pics. And I must add, I found the sweetest Cast Member working behind the counter.

Disney Fantasy:

I cruised on the Fantasy just a few months back and found a very similar Sweet Shop on board – Sweet On You. This very cute confectionery is decorated with Minnie and Mickey. A sculpture (if you will) of Minnie and Mickey sharing an ice cream treat while seated in old fashioned patio furniture is featured in the shop. The treats sold are very similar, if not the same as the Disney Dream. Several pre-packaged options were also in the shops, like they do in the parks. The dark chocolate covered pretzels are a fave. Now if only they can sell the Soft Mickey Pretzels, yum!!

The Skinny:

The shops described above are extra, meaning the cost is not included in the cruise fare. But this didn’t stop me, nor did it stop all the other cruise guests. Every time I walked past these shops, business was hopping. Guests just can’t get enough of their favorite sweet Mickey shaped goodness. Of course for those that are watching your pennies you can always get the unlimited Dairy FULL soft serve as well as order Mickey Premium Ice Cream bar from Room Service.

Food Allergies/Vegan:

If you are allergic to dairy and/or are vegan…both of the shops had options for us. I was able to score yummy Chocolate Ice Cream on BOTH ships and the Dream had a few extra flavors I didn’t remember the Fantasy having. So I was able to score a frozen vegan treat like all the other guests. And, although not guaranteed, I was able to get SAFE vegan ice cream with a clean spoon and scoops from a safe container. The Cast Member did give me the usual CC warnings, so be cautious and ask questions.

The other ships:

The Disney Magic and Wonder do NOT currently have these yummy additions to the ships but don’t you worry. The buffets are FILLED with sweet treats and so are the dinner menus. They also sell Dole Whips on board now, so that’s a HUGE plus. If you have food allergies, I help my clients with this so you too can have yummy treats. I have enjoyed many cookies, brownies and most recently a strawberry shortcake with my allergies.

I hope this helped you either get excited about your up-coming cruise or perhaps makes you want to book one, which I can help with. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina