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Flashback Friday – California Dreamin

Disney California Adventure’s big day arrived with all the fanfare that a grand reopening deserves, and as lines for the newest blockbuster, e-ticket attraction soared to 4+ hours, I couldn’t help but smile at memories of a DCA ghost town of yore. But, say what you may, a little bit of me will always miss […]


In honor of Disney California Adventures big day, I wanted to share one of my favorite memories from the DCA of yesterday… the Eureka parade cruised the parade route at DCA, on and off, for about a year and half, but suffered the same fate of most of California Adventures opening elements. I know this […]

Flashback Friday – Carnation Plaza Gardens

As many of you know, the Carnation Plaza Gardens hosted its last dance last weekend, as it is being closed and converted to a new Princess Meet and Greet area. I try to roll with the punches when it comes to Disneyland refurbishments. I know that everything wont stay the same forever, and while Im […]

Flashback Friday – Snow White’s Grotto

One of my favorite places in Disneyland to stop and soak in my magical surroundings is at Snow White’s Grotto. I love the story of eight marble figurines – seven dwarves and Snow White – showing up at the Walt Disney Studios from an anonymous artist in Italy. Did you know that all of the […]

Flashback Friday – Pirates and Pan

I love finding old pictures of characters that arent so common in the parks anymore… I love finding unusual character pics even more. So, when I found the negative for this picture of me and Mr. Smee with Peter Pan in the background, I knew it was perfect for todays Flashback Friday. Maybe if I […]

Flashback Friday – Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

Long before Tarzan ruled the jungles of Adventureland, another family called this exotic locale home.  From 1962-1999 the Swiss Family Robinson opened their treehouse home for the Disneyland masses to experience.  In 1999, however, the treehouse received a complete makeover to align with the release of Disney’s newest animated film, Tarzan.  Thankfully, the Robinson’s live […]

Flashback Friday – Farewell to a Favorite

*Thanks to Focused on the Magic for hosting the Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Be sure to stop by and see all of the great posts!* If you were walking through the winding streets of New Orleans Square anytime in the past 45 years or so, you probably heard the sweet strains of a Jazz guitar […]

Flashback Friday – My Year in Disney

And what a year it was… From my first big group adventure in Disney World to a bittersweet D23 Expo, 2011 was a whirlwind of Disney excitement!  When I sat down to chose my favorite, most reminiscent images from the year, there were so many I didn’t think I could fit them into a collage. […]

Flashback Friday – Christmas in the Esplanade

As I’ve mentioned before on Rays of Disneyland, my family likes California Adventure… in all of its not-quite-themed-enough glory, we have a fondness for Disneyland’s neighbor. It’s no surprise, then, that I was so sad the day that those giant CALIFORNIA letters in the esplanade came tumbling down. I liked that the insides of the […]

Flashback Friday – Holiday Memories

The holiday festivities officially kicked off on Rays of Disneyland yesterday, so I figured what better way to celebrate the season than with a quintessential Disneyland Christmas moment?  This picture was taken at the end of the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks show.  I remember reading about the fireworks and the snow that falls on […]