A Frightfully Hot Day at Disneyland & How Annual Passholders keep cool 😉

It’s 84 degrees on a late September Morning and we just arrived at the Disneyland Resort.

Hmmhh, was the exciment for the just started Halloween Time already wearing off? 

Good Bye Tower of Terror … eeerrrr I mean Hollywood Tower Hotel

Not in the least because we had a few things planned, we just had to figure out ways to keep cool in between. 

First order or business was to get a Fast-Pass to the recently redone Soaring over the World (former Soaing over California).Once that was done we had two hours to kill. 

To our luck it was AP days at Disney California Adventure which meant shaded spots where we could hide from the beaming sun, take pictures, collect pins & get free cold water! Yay!

We also did some store browsing with all the new Halloween Time Merchandise and did some people watching. The AP’s go-to activity.

Then it was finally time for Soaring over the World. Can’t tell you the visited countries because what’s the fun in that? But…. SERIOUS WANDERLUST!! 


After that was done we headed over to Award Wieners by the Hollywood Studios. We got the Tower Drop Dog Read Full Review  and then we headed over to Carthay Circle lounge for some catch up princess time over a cocktail and some AC. But first let me explain why ~ princess time~. 

For the first time we Disneybounded! Disneybound Explained I was Belle and my friend was Ariel and someone recognized who we were so it was a sucess (minus my jacket in 84 degree weather). 

Cocktail was the limited time Tower Drop 

Grenadine Midori & a drop of Baileys [a little scary looking but that is the point]

And we finished our Disney Half Day with a quick cross to Disneyland to snap a pic with Cruella since villians have taken over the park 

Veridict for the day … Sucessful … And now Checking out of the Tower Hotel! We survived! Maybe I’ll Disneybound more often ? What do you think?

Mexico Part 2: A Lesson in History & Love

Love is a complicated revelation. It is a surrender of something to someone that is not yourself. Love for someone, love for money, love for religion, love for a country. In all and any form it is a hope for reciprocation, a shot in the dark at its best. 


That is what every Mexican feels on September 15th. A pride that reason tells us we should not feel, for Mexico according to the media has lost its paradise status. Here there is traffic, crime, violance and corruption. 


But you see… Mexico upon further inspection is a beautiful country. Colorful at its core, vivid with history, beating with rythm and flavor, candid at every corner. And every 15th at midnight it vibrates with the ‘Grito’ of its ancestor; ancestors that fell in love with liberty and didn’t stop until the achieved independence from Spain. 

Yes, America and France may have started revolutions, they may have ignited the flame of fraternity and colonian freedom but Mexico romanticised it. In 1810 it was no longer ‘La Nueva España’ ( the new spain) but Mexico proud land of Aztec heritage and breathtaking beauty. 


And even though the whole world calls me, the wanderlust of my Spanish conquerer roots sways me, I always go to Mexico because there is so much to discover. Won’t you discover it with me?

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Mexico Part I: A place to call home

 

 

It’s been said that home isn’t a place but a state of mind, it’s been said that it’s not a house but a person, that it’s not where you live but where your heart resides, a great many things have been said; but the truth is we all NEED A PLACE TO CALL HOME.

My home will always be Mexico City. Perhaps, that is why one of my favorite months is September. The first month of fall & the launch of Starbucks PSL is the Independence Month for Mexico.

 

 

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This will be Part I in an undecided amount of posts about my gorgeous hometown. You see Mexico, aside from what anyone ever says, is the stuff of dreams. There are endless places to go, to eat, to see.

From castles in the woods (Museo Nacional)


to museums with beautiful art collections (Museo de Arte Moderna),


from fine dinning 50 floors above the city Bellini


to nitty gritty mole two floors from the Basilica,


from falling Mayan ruins an hour outside of the city Turibus.com.mx


to the church where the Virgin of Guadalupe is believed to have told her faithful son that Mexico would become catholic.


There is not a second to be bored in Mexico,
it is the place for shopping, for eating,

  

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for calling home.

 

And even though last year was the first in more than 20 that I had spent the 16th on it’s soil is reason enough to write endless post about my travels in Mexico.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL MEXICO!


VIVA MEXICO

 

 

 

Diamonds Never Stop Sparkling:

Disney once more before the anniversary is over …

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There is a certain nostalgia when you step inside the gates of Disneyland, in wraps you up like Pixie Dust and makes you smile. It’s magic. 6o years of magic!

Perhaps it’s just me, I have after all always loved stories of times gone by. My first memories of Disneyland are actually through a television set when I used to live in Mexico City and the park was celebrating an anniversary. All the characters came out in a parade and I wanted nothing more than to be there in that wonderful happy place.

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Never would I have guessed that Disneyland would become my home at some point. That on a bad day I could always go there and without fail it would make me smile. Sometimes it’s the personal memories that surround the park. For example; every time I see ‘It’s a Small World” I am reminded that it was my Grandmas favorite ride. Other times it’s the sheer joy that kids and adults exhibit, unadulterated and uninhibited. Of the idea of doing things that make us so happy, yet we would never do outside the perimeter of these pastel walls.

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I have lived so close to Disneyland most of my life that it has become an integral part of who I am. My parents house is less than 10 minutes away and I can’t remember a major holiday or a Christmas season without Disneyland. That is why I had to capture the added magic that the Diamond Celebration brought to the park.

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There was all sorts of additional shows, shopping opportunities, character appearances and commemorative collectible. One of my favorite parts of the celebration aside from the Disneyland Forever fireworks has been all the food and drinks! Yes I am a food obsessed millennial.  It has been my mission since the Celebration started last year to go in search of all the special treats; from the royal blue candy apples, the liquor infused truffles available at select Disneyland resort restaurants [ Steakhouse 55, Blue Bayou and Carthay Circle] to the Martinis available at the hotels and DCA [Disney California Adventure].

Want to know my favorite anniversary drink? A simple gin martini with a Diamond shaped ice cube. Yeah, sometimes I’m simple like that.

 

It was a grand year indeed, a wonderful celebration for the Happiest Place on Earth!

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It was definitely a fun Thursday eating cheese filled pretzels (best place to get them is by the Small World Ride. Taking pictures, shopping at New Orleans Square (also a great place to stop and sip a Mint Julep while you gaze at the majestic Mark Twain boat), and finishing up with the Diamond Martini in the Carthay Lounge because its a great refuge from the heat (or the cold). I’m glad I got to the see the decorations one last the time and I am very excited for the Halloween decoration to come out! Come on Mickey we’re ready for the next 10 years!

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