Hi, I’m Richard, and I’m here as a “guest blogger” to talk about the Disney cruise to Alaska my wife Erica and I took September 4-11, 2017. I know that many of you have been on a cruise, even maybe a Disney cruise, but not too many have been on a Disney cruise to Alaska…so I thought a discussion of each aspect of the cruise would be helpful!
Do you wear mouse ears when you are at a Disney park? When I first started going to Walt Disney World, I didn’t. The horror. I didn’t even wear Disney t-shirts. In my defense, my first trip to a Disney park was for my honeymoon. I was much too busy planning our wedding than to properly plan for a honeymoon.
It’s no startling revelation at this point to say that my wife and I are HUGE Disney fanatics. If we’re away from the parks for more than a few months we start to get antsy and are itching to return. But that’s not to say that we don’t enjoy doing other things as well. And, in fact, our love of Disney lead us to one of our new passions: CRUISING!
Our main motivation for our first cruise was because it was, surprise, a DISNEY cruise. We were excited for all of the unique Disney experiences on board, but we probably weren’t prepared for how much we would like cruising in general. I’d recommend taking a cruise, of any kind, to ALMOST anyone. I say “almost” because let’s face it, if you don’t like water, or food, or have motion sickness, it’s just not going to be for you.
So, without further ado, here are my Top 7 reasons that you (yes, YOU) should go on a cruise vacation!
The second of two Wizard World Comic Cons that Gary and I attended last year was held in Richmond, Virginia. Even though Virginia is our friendly neighbor to the east, our visits there aren’t very frequent. It was also the first time either of us had been to the Richmond area. I was excited to plan a 3-day weekend to the area to attend the convention, and also to see the WWE Pay-Per-View show called Backlash, which was being held at the Richmond Coliseum.
Since we’re coming upon Halloween season, and Walt Disney World has already had their first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year (yes, in August), I thought I would share some photos from our Halloween-time trip to Disneyland last year.
This was not only our very first time to Disneyland, but also our first trip to California. We loved it, and I’m already planning to get us back there in a couple of years.
My favorites? Well since Space Mountain is my absolute most favorite ride, I loved the new spin on it with Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. But really, the Haunted Mansion Holiday (the Nightmare Before Christmas version of the Haunted Mansion) has to win top honors. Pretty amazing. A must-do for any Walt Disney World fan who has yet to make it to Disneyland.
Here are a few photos with Halloween decorations from Disneyland.
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While I don’t consider myself a super-collector when it comes to autographs, I have started obtain a nice little collection of celebrity signatures. I’ll write more in-depth later about chasing wrestlers and other minor celebrities at various conventions. That’s definitely a blog post in itself. But, this post is going to be a little bit different…..
When my wife and I first started going to Walt Disney World on a regular basis, one of our favorite things to do, as mentioned in a previous post, became getting our photograph with the glut of Disney characters on hand. Nobody should leave Disney without at least ONE character photo and interaction (if only one, it has to be Mickey Mouse, right?), but it has become a bit of an obsession to meet as many different characters (in as many different outfits) as we can.
Last fall we decided not to go to Florida for vacation (blasphemy!). Instead we flew to California and had an amazing time. We traipsed all over Hollywood, witnessed a star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, saw where the rich and famous lived, ate at In-N-Out Burger, visited cemeteries, and of course, for two die-hard Disney parks fans, we went to our mecca, Disneyland.
One thing that wasn’t on our list, but was near our hotel so it was a what the heck let’s do it, was visit Madame Tussauds Hollywood, aka the wax museum. A Madame Tussauds has recently opened in Orlando so I assumed we would go there eventually. But since we were staying at the Hollywood Orchid Suites, which was a few minutes’ walk away, and the museum I had originally wanted to go to was already closed, Madame Tussauds became plan B.
Pittsburgh is the biggest city near us, and even that is a two hour drive away. This year we’ve gone up to the ‘Burgh to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Benedum Center, a U2 concert at Heinz Field, a day at IKEA and Dave and Busters with my niece and her boyfriend, and most recently, a day at the pickle festival known as Picklesburgh with an added visit to the Andy Warhol Museum.
Have you ever done a split stay? A split stay is when you stay at two or more resorts/hotels during your single vacation. We did this at Disneyland last year (the Candy Cane Inn and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel) and most recently at Walt Disney World, where we stayed at Disney’s Pop Century and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village.
The big draw to staying at Kidani Village or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (the next resort over) is having a view of the animals on the savanna from your balcony. We didn’t splurge on this however. Our view was the front of the resort, near the bus stop. Doesn’t sound too great huh?