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Friday, October 16, 2015

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

During a recent trip to Disneyland, I was able to attend Mickey's Halloween Party with my sister. I've actually never been to this hard ticket event, at either park!

We met at the airport on the night before the party, checked into the Candy Cane Inn, then walked to Trader Sam's for drinks and dinner.

Hippopota-Maitai and a tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki rum. Both fabulous.

Yay! I'm in my happy place.

Our incredible bartender, Kelly. We also ran into him at Tiki Day, a few days later.

The next day was the Halloween party but we couldn't enter the park until 4pm. We walked around Downtown Disney for a bit...

Look I match the sign!!
Adorable decorations at one of the shops

Our parents arrived that afternoon, so we met them at the Disneyland Hotel, where they were staying.
We walked in the lobby and look who was there! Minnie is so lovely!
My mother and I in the wonderful teacup chair.

We then walked back to our room and changed for the party...
I was Mouseketeer Annette Funicello! Disclaimer: my costume was not very accurate thanks to a very hot day with temperatures close to 100 degrees. I had a wool skirt that would have looked much better but... No way! I made the shirt with some iron on letters.

My sister was a very adorable Minnie! This was actually her first time in Disneyland ever!! While it's pretty neat that her first visit was during the Halloween party, I think it might have been a sensory overload.

Posing by some fun decorations.

If you've never been to one of these events, here is how it works. If you don't have a regular admission ticket for that day, you can enter the parks up to 3 hours before he party starts. In our case, that meant 4:00. At this time, everyone else is still in the parks plus the party goers are all entering which makes for a bit of madness. You receive a wrist band when you enter the gates and a little bag for candy. Once the party starts, cast members hold up lighted signs and you can only enter rides, restaurants, etc if you have that wrist band. 

More Dia de Los muertos decor near Rancho del Zocalo.

Most of the rides run as normal during the party which is nice. There are designated trick or treat stations set up in each land where you get a lot of candy! There is a special park map that has each location. There are special decorations that pop up for the event, and special characters. The night time parade, this season, is the same as the regular one (Paint the Night). However, there is a special Halloween fireworks show).

Every time! I can't believe they wouldn't let Annette in. Rude.
By the hotel
I kind of love this picture.

The party was a lot of fun but next time I wouldn't do it on my first day. It's extra crowded from 4-7 when all of the party goers are there plus the regular crowd. The park does thin out significantly when the party starts though. It was so fun seeing all of the costumes. Perhaps my favorite was a family dressed as Mad Madame Mimm, Merlin, and Wart. And there was an IN-credible Cruella DeVil, I couldn't tell if she was with Disney or not!

We mainly used the time to get on some rides. We did get some candy and enjoyed as we watched the Paint the Night parade and the special Halloween fireworks.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Farewell to Summer

Ok, we all know that I love summer. No, I mean REALLY LOVE summer. The sunshine, the heat, swimming, shorts, sandals. I want it all year long. Temperatures are still relatively warm here in Colorado for now but I'm already dreading the long long winter ahead. I wanted to take some time and look back at this especially gorgeous past summer.... just some odds and ends that never made it into the blog:
One of my absolute favorite things to do is take the poodles on long walks around the neighborhood. A frequent stop for us is this incredible rose garden. Always take time to stop and smell the roses!

Oh Pierre, you're just too much - look at him posing! "Lights, camera, and me without a stitch of makeup."

And little CB. This was right before his summer haircut... which helped to keep him cool.

Another view of the rose garden.

So pretty!

Look at this little fella! We see him a lot as we pass his yard, and he always wants to say hello.

Sunset pool is the best!! I pretty much went here every Sunday for the entire summer. They have adult swim from 10-1 and there were never many people there.

Oh, did I mention that they have 2 amazing water slides?! They do.

Hands down my favorite poolside read of the summer. It's about a young woman in early 70s that moves to Florida and gets a job as a Weeki Wachee mermaid!! I know.

I fell in love with this serape inspired suit.

Brent worked over the majority of our summer weekends but he did make it to the pool with me once or twice.

Coffee and grahams for breakfast in the tiki room. (Look at those amazing Disneyland trashcan salt and pepper shakers that I got last year!!)

Whiskey release party at Spirit Hound distillery in Lyons. So delish.

Elitch Gardens for our anniversary. This day was perfection.
And just about 2 weeks ago, I was crowned Miss Modernism at the Denver Modernism Expo!! Oh my gosh it was so much fun, the other girls were so beautiful and talented, I really couldn't believe it when they called my name as the winner. I won a trip to Palm Springs for Modernism week in February, $500 to spend at the expo, and... most importantly... a sash and tiara that I got to wear for the rest of the weekend. I'm planning to do a whole post on this so I can share the goodies I picked up!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Heritage Square

When I heard that a former Disneyland imagineer helped to create a small amusement park and shopping village in Golden, CO AND that parts of it would be closing for good at the end of the season, I knew a weekend road trip was in need.
Beautiful view of the swan boats and Ferris wheel. 

Heritage Square was originally built as a Magic Mountain back in 1957-59, and designed as a storybook Victorian shopping village and theme park. Still today the park and village have free admission and you pay individually for the rides.

The park is probably most famous for its alpine slide, a very unique attraction indeed! Sadly, the slide will be closing in October. Brent and I walked up to the kiosk, bought our tickets, then hitched a ride in one of the ski lifts... That alone would be worth the price of admission for me! The views were incredible!

Once off the lift, you grab a sled, which has a lever to pull back for breaks so you can control your speed. There are 2 half mile tracks, one for more experienced riders and one for beginners. Brent was a daredevil and I was a scardycat :)

Here I am coming down to the end. It was really so much fun!!

And here we are in the shopping village. It really was quaint and I could certainly see the Disneyland influence. Did I mention there is a railroad?! We also got some ice cream from a darling little 50s themed diner. Um... Chocolate banana Oreo?!? It was the best.

When I saw these beautiful swan boats, I nearly lost it.... Classic!! We bought some tickets and spent a good amount of time just lazing around in our swan.

Ok... Look at this! There was one black swan in the bunch!!! Ahhh, I can't stand how fabulous it was. I was a bit disappointed that we didn't get to ride in her but it did allow me to snap some shots.

If you're in the Colorado area, definitely take a look at this hidden gem, we really enjoyed our visit!

Thursday, September 3, 2015


OIt was so wonderful to have my parents here for a few days in July!
Dinner at Tortuga's, one of my favorites! Caribbean themed with incredible seafood!
Panoramic view
Poodle Whisperer
We spent a good amount of our time in Golden, CO... about 45-60min away from where we are located.
We stayed at the Table Mountain Inn, this was our view! The hotel was really incredible... well themed, beautiful, clean, and dog friendly. Best of all, you're right in the middle of everything.
Night view

Bar/restaurant at the hotel

Clear Creek River

My mother and I both had great finds at a local consignment shop! I grabbed an African print maxi dress and my mother found that adorable floral skirt.

Sherpa House! I tend to shy away from Indian food as it's so heavy (but delicious).... I make an exception for the Sherpa House. It reminds me of Yak and Yeti and Disney World :)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Elitch Gardens Anniversary

I thought that the third anniversary was the year of the roller coaster. Brent swears it's the year of the water park. Either way, we had it covered :) I took the day off work and we drove down to Elitch Gardens, an amusement park right in the city of Denver with an attached water park!
Classic Ferris Wheel


I have no idea what this part is really called but I refer to it as the Main Street area. it was cute!

Our first ride, isn't that a great sign?! The ride itself was alright but really jarring, ouch!

Brent really likes the roller coasters.

We got there early and the park wasn't too crowded but it was a hot day.

This ride was so fun! Ghost Blasters is a Haunted House but you get to shoot at the ghosts, I won!

Pretty cafe. This was actually a starbucks inside, sort of like how they are in the Disney Parks.

Pretty sign and lighting

After a few rough coasters, I had had enough of the jarring and painful rides so we split up for about an hour. I headed to the carousel, isn't it pretty?

The Disneyland carousel was also bought from the Philadelphia Toboggan Co!
I rode a few times but this was my favorite horse, isn't she lovely?

Another view of the "Main Street" area
Around 1 or so, we made our way to the water park and spent the rest of the day there. It was CROWDED! But we had a lot of fun, mostly just lazing around the lazy river. We found some lawn chairs in a nice area and enjoyed a margarita and beer in ridiculous/fabulous souvenir glasses.

For dinner, we made a stop at Adrift, the wonderful tiki bar in Denver. Oh we miss it!

Bourbon Special

It was really such a wonderful day, we had a blast! The water park was such fun that we decided to check out Water World with our friends that following weekend. Unfortunately, being a water park, i didn't get any photos. But IT WAS AMAZING. Voyage to the Center of the Earth has animatronic dinosaurs and wonderful foggy before time atmosphere.