Disney in Quarantine

Hi, Everyone!

Not to sound like a broken record about disappearing (AGAIN, I’m sorry, I’m truly the worst), but life really can be wild! This blog died for a little (sorry!) but with being forced to stay inside for almost two months AND my grad degree wrapping up, it is back!

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Just like Mushu, it lives!! (credit: gfycat.com)

What is going on in the world right now has thrown everyone for a loop. And if you’re anything like me, when you’re stressed, you turn to Disney. I quit working for the company in December 2018, but I became a passholder. So I had the luxury of being able to go to the parks at the drop of a hat. Believe me, I took full advantage. There’s nothing like being able to go on Pirates of the Caribbean after a rough day of work and classes. And sometimes after a particularly hard day of criticism from teachers and classmates, the only thing that kept me from crying was a drink in California Adventure while strolling through Cars Land.

I managed to juggle working part time, seeing friends, homework, working out, and an amazing boyfriend with going to the parks at least twice a month. And then, just when I was going to renew my annual pass after a month absence, Disneyland closed.

What? It closed?

This felt like the last straw. I could take classes online, that reduced my daily commute. Not seeing my friends was a bummer, but FaceTime and Skype were great for that. But not being able to go to Disneyland in the springtime? When I’d been planning on taking my graduation pictures there? And celebrating being done with my formal education? I was crushed. To be honest, I still am. I used to work on my thesis in the Grand Californian lobby or at the Downtown Disney Starbucks. I’d sometimes even do my reading in California Adventure. I’m only a little embarrassed to say that I cried.

A few days turned into a few weeks, and now it’s been almost two months since the parks closed. There have been no formal news of opening dates, although the Disney Parks Blog posted on their instagram that Disney Springs in Orlando will be opening some things May 20th. No news on DTD, yet.

So to keep myself sane, I’ve been doing a lot of Disney-related things:

  1. listening to Disney music, particularly parks music and blasting it throughout the house
  2. working on Disney puzzles
  3. redecorating my bedroom to be more Disney-fied
  4. reading Disney books
  5. watching Disney movies and Disney tv shows (thanks, Disney+!)
  6. watching some of the videos that have been posted on official Disney channels showing what the cast members still working have been up to
  7. planning out outfits for when the park does open!

What have you been doing to ease that missing-Disney-ache? Let me know in the comments!

Reach for the Sky: What your Favorite Disney Character Says About Your Study Habits


Disney characters. There are tons of them. From the classics like Mickey, to the newer characters like Coco and Moana, there’s a Disney character for everyone. Your favorite Disney character says something about you, whether it be your fashion style or your personality. But have you ever thought about what your favorite Disney character might reveal about your study habits? Your favorite might be Mickey, which shows that you like to take charge on group projects, or you might be more of a Dopey, where you have no idea what is going on, but make it through the quarter nonetheless. Take a look at the list below and see what your favorite Disney character says about your study habits:

  1. Mickey Mouse

The first character we’re going to take a look at is the Mouse himself, Mickey Mouse. Mickey is the figurehead of Disney, and as such, is the leader of his friends. Mickey can often be seen as the one that takes charge when there is a problem. Indeed, he often comes up with very ingenious solutions to sticky sitches, whether it be that Peg Leg Pete has captured Minnie or that his fish can’t breathe. If your favorite character is Mickey Mouse, it is most likely that you are someone who always gets your assignments and homework done, no matter what crazy things stand in your way. Just like the mouse, you also tend to be the leader in group projects; but it’s not a bad thing, because everyone loves when you lead.

2. Princess Tiana

If Tiana is your favorite Disney character, I aspire to be you. (Seriously. Teach me your ways). Tiana was a go-getter. She didn’t let anything stand in the way of getting her restaurant-not being a poor single black woman in the 1920’s,  and not being turned into a frog. Her song was “Almost There,” for crying out loud! If your favorite Disney character is Princess Tiana, you’re the type of person that doesn’t let anything get between you and your dreams of graduation (You’re dreaming of a 4.0 GPA). You’ll do the same physics problems over and over until you get them right, every time. You always go to office hours. And Wine Wednesdays (and the resulting hangovers)? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

3. Olaf

Everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf is cheerful and optimistic. He’s wise. (Ahem, Anna, some people are worth melting for.) Although Olaf may seem like he isn’t the smartest, this snowman has a lot of determination. If Olaf is your favorite character, you’re the peacemaker in group projects. You crack jokes to make people laugh, or you dispel the tension by figuring out how to use everyone’s ideas. No matter what, you always somehow reach your goals. Some may say that you can have a one-track mind, and you can be simple-minded, but this can work out in your favor. Keep doing you!

4. Belle

If Belle is your favorite character, you most likely love reading and have an endless thirst for knowledge and adventure. Belle was a wonderfully smart princess (remember how she put Gaston in his place?). She dreamed of adventure far away from her little town, just like you probably dream of adventure far away from your dorm or apartment. You’re probably the kind of student that works tirelessly at her English and history assignments. However, just like Belle, you can be a dreamer, and sometimes you daydream the hours away, leaving you two hours to write an entire essay. However, when inspiration strikes, you can work for hours without a break.

5. Donald Duck

Oh, Donald Duck. Mickey Mouse’s “sidekick,” the original Angry Bird. Chances are if Donald Duck is your favorite character, you can have a bit of a short temper. You get frustrated by something if you don’t get it within the first few tries, and it is doubtful that you attend office hours of your own free will. You don’t like to admit that you ever need help. Most likely, you spend more time on the subjects that come easily to you, and neglect those that are difficult for you to grasp.

6. Woody

How do I say this politely? Woody is a bit of a control freak. Toy Story is essentially him losing it because Buzz shows up and everyone begins listening to him instead. He tends to freak out when things don’t go his way. If Woody is your favorite Disney character, you’re used to taking charge, and you’re used to people listening to you. You can freak out if your study schedule is tampered with. Although you’re always convinced that your way is right, sometimes it is good to see how other people study. You might swear by flashcards, but your friend might use bulleted notes. Take a chance and try something new-you’ll be glad you did.

7. Pooh

I love Winnie the Pooh and his constant optimism. When I’m trying to think, I often quote him: “Think, Pooh bear, think!” If Pooh is your favorite Disney character, chances are you have trouble studying. You may start out with the best intentions, but things always seem to get in your way. Your friend calls you with a problem, your computer decides to break or the WiFi crashes. However, despite all obstacles, you always find yourself, one way or another, back at your desk to study.

8. Dory

We all love Dory. With her constant playfulness, her whale-speaking abilities, and great advice, what isn’t there to love about the little blue fish? Unfortunately, if Dory is your favorite character, you might share some of her flighty tendencies and extreme short-term memory. Studying for finals? You might find yourself studying the same thing over and over. However, if you can convince yourself that O-CHEM is as important as P.Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, you’ve got college in the bag.

9.  Ariel

I’ve always loved Ariel. She’s such a rebel, and gets herself in trouble, but Prince Eric made it worth it (YUM). Just like Ariel, you probably have a rebellious streak, meaning that you sometimes refuse to study. And your fondness for exploring, whether it’s a new place to hike, a beach you haven’t been to yet, or a new Disney food to get, can mean that your study habits can get pushed to the side. Don’t get me wrong; you might sit down thoroughly intending to read the 500 pages due tomorrow, but you haven’t had a chance to eat at the Blue Bayou yet (same, help please)! Not only can your fondness for exploring be a problem, you tend to trust your friends implicitly, even when they’re wrong (So don’t borrow study guides).

10. The Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter is odd. What’s so great about “unbirthdays,” anyway? Everyone has 364 of them a year. But anyways. If the Mad Hatter is your favorite character, you’re very unique (in the nicest way possible). You probably study in such strange and obscure ways that there’s no way you could partake in a study group. You’ll make really complicated study guides and character diagrams for English that make no sense to anyone else. You study at really weird times, like on the way to classes and while doing yoga. No one understands how you do it, but you somehow pull all A’s.

Update Post!

I’ve been SO MIA from this blog, and for that, I am so sorry!

College can do that to you.

I graduated from Cal Poly SLO, and immediately moved to Orange, CA to attend Chapman University for their graduate program in creative writing. This was a big step to take, but the most important thing about this is that Chapman is less than twenty minutes from Disneyland!! Words couldn’t express how happy and excited I was to be living so close to the parks.

I don’t even have to hop on the freeway to get to Disneyland, and I can even hear and see the fireworks from my house. My first day in Anaheim, I was shopping at Target and could see Space Mountain from the parking lot. Cue me jumping around like an idiot and my brother pretending he didn’t know me.

I ended up taking a hostessing job at Naples, the Italian restaurant in Downtown Disney. With this job came a lot of perks:

  1. free parking
  3. major discounts in dining and shopping
  4. ticket discounts for friends and family
  5. access to Company D, the store for cast members
  6. being able to work on Disney property?????
  7. being able to add to the daily magic!

I also applied to work at Disneyland in the parks. I was accepted to work in attractions in California Adventure. Although I didn’t end up taking the job, I got to go through the Disney interview experience. I haven’t written off working for Disney yet; it just wasn’t the right time.

I’m still writing. I’ve also started working on screenplays, which is another way to stretch my mental muscles. I hope to have another published book by the end of the school year!

With all of that being said, this blog can only get better and better. I know what it’s like now to be a Disney local, where I have the ability to go to Disneyland for a few hours if I want. I can’t wait to share all my new information with you all!


Must-Haves in the Disney Parks

Some must-haves (and have-nots) for a magical Disney vacation!

It’s finally December!! Otherwise known as peak Disneyland and Walt Disney World time for families all over the world. Many of the people visiting will be park veterans, but just as many, if not more, will be first-time visitors. It can be overwhelming: there are so many sites and blogs telling you what you need to pack, eat, ride on, and see. I’ve seen a lot of these lists, but I’m hoping mine is more comprehensive, and most importantly, realistic. I’ve been to Disneyland many times over the Christmas season, and Walt Disney World once during Christmas. The lists that I’ve seen also had one glaring flaw in the sense that they were always very generic. What about the fashionistas? So, my list is made for you in mind, but even if you aren’t a “fashionista,” I guarantee this will be useful for you as well.

Absolute necessities

  • Backpack/purse/fanny pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Powder foundation
  • At least $20 cash
  • Lip gloss/ lipstick
  • Jacket or sweater during the cooler months
  • Pants or leggings during the cooler months (Maybe even a change of clothes if you go on a water ride and get soaked, and it will happen. Trust me)
  • Snacks (granola bar, fruit, sandwich, etc)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Phone battery pack
  • Camera: phone camera, video camera, disposable camera; however, I don’t recommend any fancy lenses

Things you can live without but are still really nice to have

  • Aspirin
  • Concealer
  • Hair tie
  • Water bottle (plastic only)
  • Hairbrush if you’re vain like me haha
  • Earplugs-some bring them for small children if they want to see the fireworks, but my brother and I have been going to the parks since we were a few months old and never used them, and we’re fine! But it’s up to you.
  • Hat
  • Minnie mouse ears (or buy them in the park, I won’t judge)

Things you don’t need:

  • Headphones
  • Heels (unless you’re going to a fancy dinner at Club 33, Be Our Guest, or the like, but  I recommend bringing other shoes to change into)
  • Anything even remotely resembling a Nintendo DS or the like- kids shouldn’t be bored with Mickey Mouse running around!
  • An iPad. We all have phones or cameras-don’t be that person holding up an iPad during the parade or fireworks. Everyone hates you. And there’s a chance that it could get stepped on, jostled, dropped, cracked, or water damaged. I’ve shattered more than one phone at Disneyland, and IPads are way more expensive
  • Lastly, a bad attitude. I’m not kidding. You’re at the happiest place on Earth!!


Underrated things to do in Disneyland and California Adventure

I’ve been going to the Disney parks for as long as I can remember, despite growing up in San Jose. In nearly twenty-two years of frequent visits, I’d like to think that I’ve acquired a somewhat decent amount of knowledge about the parks. With that being said, there are so many activities and rides in both Disneyland and California Adventure that are seriously underrated. Everyone knows that Pirates of the Caribbean is a great ride and the Haunted Mansion is a can’t miss. California Adventure is also full of underrated experiences that people blow by on their way to Cars Land. Look no further: I’ve rounded up some of my favorite underrated rides and activities at the Disneyland resort.


The Newsies

The newsboys in DCA are on my must-see list whenever I’m in the parks. The show hasn’t changed since it began, to the best of my knowledge, and it’s centered on 1920’s-era newsboys (and girls!). It starts out with the Newsies singing inspirational songs about seizing the day and making it big. They joke around and call out headlines about Walt Disney’s arrival to California and even Mickey Mouse. Even the Mouse himself joins them for the last few minutes of the show! One of the reasons why the Newsies are so great, at least to me, is that they truly interact with the audience, regardless of age. Like all Disney songs, theirs are catchy, and my mom and I have found ourselves singing “A suitcase, a suitcase, a suitcase and a dream!” for the rest of our trip. Cute singers and dancers, inspirational songs, and Mickey Mouse? 10/10!


Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

I seriously do not understand why this ride NEVER has a line. I’m not even kidding when I say that the longest I’ve ever waited for this ride was five minutes. One day I went on three times in a row. In the middle of summer. On a crazy packed day. I don’t understand. The outside of the ride is gorgeous, the workers have cute costumes. While the ride isn’t as cool and I mean like physically cool as Pirates, the ride is cool and a relief on blisteringly hot summer days. Plus, the little mermaid! It’s a short ride, but very fun. It never fails to put a smile on my face, and and I don’t understand why it isn’t more popular.


Disney College Band

This is something only around during the summer time. I first saw the DCB when I was a senior in high school, and I fell in love with it. The band, which is usually around twenty or so extremely talented college students, play classic Disney songs all around the park. The energy of the band, how good-looking the members of the drum line were….well, there’s a reason why I always make sure to catch a performance any time I’m back in Disneyland for the summer.


The Winnie the Pooh ride

Another ride that almost never has a line, the ride designed after everyone’s favorite “silly old bear” is tucked into Critter Country, near the entrance to Splash Mountain. It can be easy to miss the Winnie the Pooh ride also because Tigger, Pooh, Eeyore, and sometimes Rabbit are seemingly always available for pictures by the entrance to the Winnie the Pooh-themed store. But look at it this way- if you go on the ride, you exit practically inside the store, and the characters are still waiting for you when you get out! I haven’t seen an episode of Winnie the Pooh on TV in over a decade (Is it still on the air? How old am I?!?) but going on this ride never fails to transport me back to my childhood.


Snow White’s Grotto

Tucked away on the right side of the castle if you’re entering from Main Street, Snow White’s Grotto is so much more than just a shortcut to Fantasyland. There are statues of the dwarves and Snow White and her animal friends on the side of the hill, and if you listen really closely, you can hear Snow White singing. Just like in the movie, there is also Snow White’s wishing well. If you lean over it, and close your eyes, and listen really carefully, you might just hear a beautiful voice singing about wishing for her prince. This wishing well is no ordinary well. All money-wishes-dropped in the well is given to Make-A-Wish. If that isn’t enough to get you to visit the grotto, this next fact might. The grotto is often a spot to meet characters. I personally have met Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and the Fairy Godmother there, and that’s just the ones that I remember. So, visit the grotto, make a wish, do good for others, and your wishes might come true.


Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through

Okay, I might be crushing some spirits with my next sentence, but in my defense, if you didn’t know what I’m about to say already, then you have bigger problems than Disneyland spoilers. The castle in Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Cinderella’s castle is in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. I’ll let you have a few moments to collect yourself. Everyone good? Okay. Moving on. If you’re walking through the castle from Main Street, the Walk-Through will be on your left. It’s a great way to cool down during a hot day, a good way to kill time if you’re waiting for a fast pass, or a great experience if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the park for a few minutes. The 3D images and the interactive parts are well-made, and truly make you feel like you’ve stepped inside the story. I might be slightly biased because Sleeping Beauty was always my favorite growing up, but take the literal five minutes and do the walk-through. You’ll thank me later.


I hope you decide to go on one of the rides or see one of the shows that I suggested! Everything in Disneyland is wonderful and magical, but I feel that discovering something new in the parks can be even more so. Let me know in the comments what you think!

Why you Shouldn’t Date Boys who don’t like Disney

You shouldn’t date a guy that doesn’t like Disney because if he doesn’t, what else doesn’t he like? Fairytales? Happiness? Good over evil? The Genie??

Alright, folks. School is starting for many of us (unless you go to a quarter school, like me, in which case, ha-ha, we still have almost a month of freedom left!). The weather is going to get colder. Halloween will soon be upon us. Cuffing season, better known as Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, when it’s pretty much the worst to be alone, is coming. I feel that now is the perfect time for this article, which tells you why you should never, ever, ever, date someone who doesn’t like Disney, in case you started to fear being alone during the couples costumes/Christmas season and became desperate. With that being said, I have a confession to make. I did exactly what I’m telling you not to do…

*horrified screams* *organs playing* *children wailing in terror*

Ah-hem. Onto the story.

I should’ve known my last relationship was doomed before it even began when he claimed he “didn’t like Disneyland” or any of that “fantasy stuff.”

Excuse me? You what? I should’ve run for the hills. Now, everyone in my life has told me at least once that I tend to be dramatic (as if!) but hear me out. You shouldn’t date a guy that doesn’t like Disney because if he doesn’t, what else doesn’t he like? Fairytales? Happiness? Good over evil? The Genie??

Every boy that is #blessed enough to date you should realize that and treat you like a princess. But unfortunately, a boy who doesn’t like Disney probably won’t do that. I’m not saying that I’m not into feminism and equality because I am. But I also love going on dates where the guy pays, having doors opened for me, and doing things more than just going to Chipotle. And honestly, if the guy that you’re seeing thinks Disney is dumb, he’ll probably think that Netflix and chill counts as a date and that “U up?”qualifies as a phone call.

Watching anything else but The Bourne Legacy and The Hangover is just going to be a distant dream. Couples costumes where you’re Jasmine and he’s a shirtless Aladdin? Forget it. Cute couples pictures in front of the castle and the triple-digit likes that come with them? Not gonna happen for you, but you will be passive-aggressively liking your friends’ pictures with their boyfriends while you’re sitting at home alone drinking wine and watching Tangled for the tenth time.

I’m not saying that you need a boyfriend that knows all the lyrics to every single Disney song (even I’m not that good). However, I was at Disneyland for Halloween a couple years ago, and I have to say that the couple’s costumes were on point. There were cute families dressed as the Incredibles, the emotions from Inside Out, and Peter Pan, Tink, Smee, and the crocodile from Peter Pan. They were adorable, but what made me the most jealous were the couples my own age. There were two I remembered above all the rest. One was a really cute couple who decided to Disneybound Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. For those of you who don’t know, Disneybounding is when you dress like a Disney character, land, or attraction using regular clothes instead of costumes. They were total #goals, and I was incredibly jealous. And I told them that. Even cuter than the Disneybounding couple was one whose costumes were so good, my mom and I thought they were Cast Members taking a break. They were dressed in full-on Prince Philip and Sleeping Beauty costumes, including hair, and they were gorgeous. Let me tell you, if your boyfriend doesn’t like Disney, getting him to do that will be impossible. I don’t even want to contemplate the bribery involved.

Trust me; I’ve third wheeled in Disneyland. Take it from me that you do not want to be without your S.O. when your friends have theirs with them. Just trust me. Learn from my mistakes. Don’t date a guy who doesn’t like Disney.

PS: The guy who didn’t like Disney? Broke up with me via email. I know, so 2003. And so unromantic. Ugh.

PPS: Any single boys who are reading this and do like Disney, hi! Feel free to contact me below.