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

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.


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?


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?


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.


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

5 Things to REMEMBER to Pack for Vacation

Planning a Vacation? Worried you might forget something? READ and LEARN my list of things to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Hey FANS, as I have another trip planned soon, I thought I would post on a few items I (we) have forgotten and wish we didn’t. Has this happened to you? Worried you might forget something important? How about something that will COST you even more while on vacation? Or an item you can’t even purchase on location, thus putting a damper on the trip. My list of items to NOT FORGET to pack for a Disney Vacation.


So if you are off to a sunny location, sunscreen is a common packing item. Some even keep it in their toiletry kits so no matter what, its packed (little TIP). BUT if you forget this item, you might be in shock to see the price of sunscreen at your destination (upwards of $20+). Not to mention, the brands. If you wear a certain brand, have allergies or sensitivities…you might not find your brand at the quick n’ go stand. PACK now and don’t be sorry later.


Another no-brainer – or is it?? I find sunglasses are a common item to forget. I keep mine in my car, if I am headed to the airport when its dark out (Hello, 6 am), then I am not wearing them. As I hop out of the car super fast to catch the airport shuttle…guess where my glasses are left?? (eek). I now keep a pair in my travel bag (at all times). You might find cheap glasses on vacation to purchase, but even those are $$ and I personally prefer my special sunglasses that I searched high and low for.


If you are a gum chewer, PACK THIS NOW. There is NO Gum on Disney property, they 100% don’t sell it. But please, trash is properly as this is why Disney doesn’t sell this sticky, found on the bottom of guests shoes, item. Same with mints/candies…pack your favorite brands as Disney might only sell more bulk candy items.

Bathing Suit:

OK – so I never forgot a suit, but I did manage to pack one that was the wrong size. My sons suit was in our bathing suit bag, so I didn’t even think about it. Got on our cruise and it was 2 sizes too small. So while stuck at sea and having lots of beach time ahead…I had to purchase a suit on board. $50 later we had a NEW suit that was too big and didn’t exactly save me any money either. Next time – try them on before you pack.

Super Cute Disney Cruise Line Bathing Suit, but costly.

Ok – so now you are wondering…who forgets to pack the single most important item over medicine – undies. Well it happens and sorry to say, hard to replace on property. Kids undies maybe (find some cute Minnie or Cars undies) but Adult undies – good luck. Grab an Uber and hop to Walmart. Shorts – now this happened to us, the husband wore pants on the plane and forgot to pack shorts for Spring Break, 85+ degree temps. So as frustrated as I was, I had to jump into action because a hot, cranky husband on vacation is NOT a pretty site. Thank goodness for Disney Springs, but it cost us $$$ for brand name shorts on vacation.

So – do you have a list? What have you forgotten? We now joke about the shorts issue, we keep sunscreen and gum in the suitcase at all times and I purchased an extra pair of sunglasses that I keep in my travel bag.

I would love to share more packing tips with you and book you a fabulous Disney Vacation. Contact me when ready and Mahalo for Reading – Nina