Today my Disneyland pass expires. After having an annual pass to the Happiest Place on Earth since Christmas of 2004, I am so heartbroken to not just be able to head down there whenever I want. Looking back over the years, I feel so blessed and am so thankful for all the little moments and celebrating all the major milestones. It's the place I fell in love, it's where friendships were strenghtened, its the place where my little nieces and nephews saw a whole new world with a sparkle in their eyes. And oh my gosh, I miss it already. On the other hand, Disneyland to me has always been a creative and artistic masterpiece. Every single nook and cranny has been thoughtfully executed down to the smallest detail. It has been crafted with love and a passion for the ideals of one man, Walt Disney. Walking down Main Street, I am just filled with so much creative juice that my heart just feels full and my mind is racing with ideas. And while I am taking a break from having a pass for awhile
Many people are shocked to find out I only truly fell in love with all things Disney[land] just when I met my hubby 10 years ago. I grew up on Disney's movie magic and loved the random trips we took as kids but it wasn't until Andy pointed out the random holes in the wall on the Pirates of the Carbibbean ride and asked if I could see the Hidden Mickey—that my love for Disney grew into a passion. From there, my obsession with all things secret—and even mythical—about Disneyland began. I found an outdated website with Hidden Mickey sightings, printed out pages and pages and went through the park marking them off one at a time. Yeah, Andy kept his distance from me on those days. :) What kept me so entranced by these hidden gems is the artistic detail the park Imagineers tended to. All this "hidden stuff" is just bonus fun to an already amazing place to visit. It's what kept me going back trip after trip, year after year. It's these small details that place the quality of Disneyland over an other amusement park. So I just wanted to take some of these little gems and share them with you!
This post has been long overdue but last summer—and since then—I have been taking photos of the brand new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. And while many of you may have been down to visit the gang from Radiator Springs, I know quite a few who haven't. So this is just a broad glimpse into what exactly this new land contains—where's the food, what's a store, and of course a scoop on the rides
Each and every moment with all these little children are so precious to me. But each time they learn something new and take those big steps to growing up, my heart breaks a little knowing those moments are gone. Eli's wonderful mommy, Jamie, said something so profound a few weeks ago