Tee Tuesday: 2017 Disneyland 10k tee

To say that I love t-shirts is a major understatement, I’m obsessed with them! I literally have to ban myself from buying new shirts because I will just KEEP BUYING THEM. I currently have several hundred all folded in the Marie Kondo method in my closet.

A t-shirt can give you a glimpse into a persons life in an instant. Their favorite music group, show, an event they went to, a company they work for or even a funny saying. For me it’s a way to say, “This is a part of who I am” or “This is what I love”.

If someone is wearing a graphic tee I am literally craning my neck to see what’s on it. I remember I was at Disneyland and I kept staring at this girl (and low key stalking her..) until I could figure out what concert tee she had on!! (It was Shakira…)

So I decided to tell some stories about my tees/tanks. I dub thee Tee Tuesday from hither forth!


 

I am starting with my 2017 Disneyland 10k tee simply because I was wearing it today when I got this idea. 

The 2017 Disneyland 10k was not the first 10k I ever ran but it was the first time I ever ran two races back 2 back. It all sounded really good when I signed up 100 months earlier. Ok, it was like 7ish months but you have to register for the Disney races WAY in advance. I had already signed myself up for the Tinkerbell 10k (which I hadn’t ran at this point) and I was feeling sporting…so i said, “I’ll do the 5k and the 10k! This time I’m going to train for sure!” It was also the anniversary of the first race I had ever ran, the 2016 Disneyland 5k.

Guess who barely trained for their race? *Waves hand sheepishly* The depth of the commitment I had made really hit me the Thursday before the 5k when I picked up my racing packets. I think I went to Trader Sam’s and had a drink…hachi machi.

But I didn’t pay all that money to not follow through. This was my 3rd 5k, so I was feeling good about that. Btw both mornings of both races I almost missed the start because we couldn’t figure out where the bus stop was by the super seedy hotel I had booked. *facepalm*

I remember the first two miles of the 10k  I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. I was like, “The tram is going to come get me, I’m going to pass out right here..right now” They call it, “getting swept” when you aren’t at pace and a little tram goes and picks you up and takes you to the finish line.

Around mile 3 I stopped panicking. I was telling myself, “You’re halfway there, you’re halfway there..” and the last 2 miles were actually easier then the first! No, I didn’t jog the entire thing, are you kidding me?! But, I did keep the required pace and I didn’t pass out or get swept. I was very proud indeed!

But what inspired me to write this?? Well, I was at the gym today (wearing my Little Mermaid workout top I wore during the race, btw) and I saw a lady working out with a trainer. I noticed she had the sponsors “a la” a race shirt and the top one was PANDORA. I was like, “That’s a Disney racing shirt!”

Then I sat there for a few moments trying to figure out which race it was because I could only see her back. Mental process:

“Pandora….Pandora sponsors Tinkerbell races!

Did she do the Tinkerbell race my year?

No… her shirt is purple mine is pink…

She must have done the 10k another year!”

I was dying to confirm this and I stared until she got off her machine and faced me. Unfortunately I am so blind I couldn’t see what year or race it was. But I did see Tinkerbell and the RunDisney logo on her sleeve that wasn’t facing me when I first saw her.

I got so excited, i just wanted to run up to her and say, “You ran it too?!” But she was working with a trainer and I am not the type of person that goes up to strangers. I was really hoping I’d run into her in the locker room though…

And that’s why I love t-shirts. I know absolutely nothing about this older lady, but instantly I had a connection with her. We had a commonality with this random person and I would have never known that if she was wearing a different shirt. I think these days finding commonalities with people that seem completely different from us is even more important. 

I had taken my Disneyland 10k shirt to change into after my workout. So I wasn’t wearing it when I was staring at her like a crazy person, but I did wear it out. I was still hoping I’d run into her so we could talk about running Disney races.

Participating in “The Disney Swap”

I follow a lot of Disney peeps on instagram. I don’t recall who, but someone posted that they were participating in “The Disney Swap”. The swap was closed at the time and they had just received their package. It looked interesting! So I added them on instagram and waited until the swap opened again. 

A few months ago, it finally opened. The ask you for your favorite Disney characters, colors and shirt sizes, plus other general info like your name, instagram handle, email address and mailing address. The swap only accepts so many people at a time, it was filled up within a few days. It took about a week after that to get assigned my partner.

The way it works is that you’re assigned to a person but they are assigned to someone else. So, the person you send a box to is not the one sending you a box. The boxes value has to be around $30 but you can fill it with whatever Disney goodies you think your partner will enjoy. The swap facilitators send you the form that the other person filled out and it gives you a pretty good idea of what that person might enjoy. You have a swap deadline, your package should be sent by that date. 

My swap experience was AMAZING. I had the sweetest partner that informed me they had ordered me some items from Japan so they might be shipping past the deadline. JAPAN?! Oh-em-gee, of course I didn’t mind if it was going to be past deadline! She kept me very informed and I was never worried that I was “forgotten”.

The date to send really snuck up on me, so around the deadline I emailed my own swap partner and told her I’d be sending a bit late as well. I had ordered her something and it came while I was at Walt Disney World. She was also very nice about it, she just received her package today in fact…I hope she liked it!

I loved everything my partner sent me, she totally “got me”. That is what is picture above, Mermaid Monday indeed!!

The only con about the swap is that there is always the possibility that the person sending to you won’t send anything. The swap facilitators say that they block people who do this. The person who sent me my package hadn’t received one from their partner. I feel so bad! She did such an amazing job and didn’t get anything from whomever her partner was. They do have “swap angels”. People that will send packages to those that didn’t receive one. But it is not guaranteed you will get a swap angel if you do not get a package.

I think it would be better if the swap was mutual. Meaning that you sent the person a box that sends you your box. I think this would add more accountability in sending. Though, I cannot speak to the percentage of people that didn’t receive boxes because I don’t know how many total participants there were. I would be pretty bummed out if I got burned though.

Would I recommend it? Yes of course, I had a wonderful experience! I believe most people are generally honest and you can’t let the bad ones keep you from trying something new. I think I would participate again if the swap partners were mutual. 

To check out the swap and try and get on board with the next one visit:
https://www.instagram.com/thedisneyswap/

Oh how I missed you DLR!

We returned from Walt Disney world October 5th. It was amazing, it was awesome and YES I will write about it. Currently it’s a logistics issue, I need to get all the pics Adam took on his iphone, he took the bulk of the “regular” pics and I have all the photopass pics.

Anyway, every since we got back I’ve been wanting to go to Disneyland/California Adventure. As I told Adam, it felt like I cheated on my home park. *mentally hugs DLR tight*. Now, WDW is freakin’ AWESOME but Disneyland/Cali Adventure will always be my fave.

I got a terrible cold my last few days in Florida, then Adam caught it. With other engagements we hadn’t been able to make it to the parks. So early last week I told him we HAD to go before Halloween was over. I have a feeling the weekend before Halloween was going to be very crowded so we decided on this weekend.

We renewed our passes shortly after we returned from WDW. I decided to upgrade and went for the “Signature” pass. I really think it will be worth the extra money. We previously had the Southern California passport. But, since I’ve switch to a job with regular days off (sat-sun) we’ve found it to be a lot more challenging to go. PLUS, being blocked all summer SUCKS!!! I wanted the parking, photopass pics and the higher discounts. I tend to spend more money on “stuff” including photo pass pics for races. (Even though there won’t be any more races in 2018, due to construction BOOO!)

So I went for the “signature” and convinced Adam to go for the “deluxe”. You don’t get that many more days with the signature, deluxe passports can still go in summer too! We both don’t need parking and higher discounts…so I think it’s going to work out really well! This upgrade is why we were able to go on SATURDAY for once. *Toy Story alien style, “oooooh”* Hey, when you’ve been So. Cal Select and So. Cal for 3 years, it feels like a real treat to go on Saturday. =p

We got to DLR around 3pm. One thing I will say about WDW is it has made me appreciate how easy it is to navigate DLR! One tiny little tram ride and your there, one quick walk and you can park hop. There is no such thing as “quick” in WDW! It’s cool because you feel like you truly are in a Disney WORLD though.

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Obligatory tram selfie

Unlike most Disney trips, I had two agendas. 1. See Cars land “Haul-o-ween” and 2. Go to Cove bar and have a “Sea Witch” cocktail. But first things first, we were both STARVING. Adam wanted to go to Rancho del zocalo in Disneyland (his favorite place to eat)…but I told him all my objectives for the day were in DCA. After a quick magic shot with the headless horseman we were on our way to find lunch.

First we thought about having lunch at Cove Bar, but that was quickly squashed when I saw the line. We were way too hungry to wait. So then I compromised and said we could have the mexican food at Cocina Cucamonga. The food is really similar with a few key differences.

  • Cocina Cucamonga does NOT have free drink refills like Rancho del zocalo
  • It also doesn’t have enchiladas OR chips
  • The beans are better at Cocina Cucamonga though, imo

I also noticed they installed the same readers they have in WDW for the magic bands. I hope they bring magic bands to DLR!!!

Adam had to go vape after he ate so I took that time to go to The Little Mermaid store, of course I found a pin to buy. I also was ogling all the new TLM housewares! Soon maybe…

Then it was off to cars land. OMG it was so cute. And though the Cozy Cone had already sold out of the macaroon I wanted *sniff* we still thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorite thing was the day of the dead car and altar for Doc Hudson…love seeing my culture represented in such a cute manner! I made Adam wait forever for the “Haul-o-ween” photopass pic because it was going to be our only chance to take it!

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This thing was actually scary and made terrifying noises!

After our little cars land adventure we decided it was time to go to Cove Bar. Knowing that we were going to have to wait Adam went to the Karl Strauss truck and got a beer. I got one too…but I don’t like beer. I probably drank 1/4th of it and Adam finished the rest.

We waited about 40min at Cove Bar which wasn’t bad at all. By the time we  got to the front however the line was MASSIVE, I think because it was dinnertime(??) Either way we timed it perfectly.

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My favorite ride in DCA..

We got in and our server was a little slow to begin with. After our first drink came out she was on top of everything though. Either that or we stopped noticing. I tried a “Zombie” which was a lot of rums with a 151 floater. It was good but the winner was definitely “The sea witch”. We drank those for the rest of our time there and ended up ordering tri-tip nachos and fajita rolls. (That ended up being our dinner as it was already 7pm.)

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One of the biggest perks of being a passholder is being able to spend 2 hours of your day at Cove Bar and not even feeling slightly guilty about wasting time. It’s my favorite place to sit and relax! I wish we could have done that at WDW but we had to keep it moving to see as much as possible.

After Cove Bar we went on The Little Mermaid Ride then headed back to cars land to see it at night!!! I love the way they have the Cadillac range lit up and also the eyes on the firehouse.

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After Cars land we headed to Hollywood and got some moonlight margaritas. Yay, more glow cubes! lol We could have a dinner party with glow cubes!

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I did some shopping before we left DCA at Elias & Co. I had to get the new 90’s Mickey Mouse stuff! I will post my purchases later though.

We park-hopped to Disneyland right at 11pm, apparently with everyone else that was in DCA. We only had time to get on one ride, but it was a good one, Thunder Mountain. We stopped at the pin store in Frontierland and I bought some more pins…then the park was closed.

I’m so glad we got to see Haul-o-ween!! If you can make it to the parks before they get rid of it, do it!

Escape to Trader Sam’s

Saturday August 5th

All week I had been seeing posts for the “Who’s its and Whats it’s” pop-up shop at the Anaheim Gardenwalk. I love supporting “small shops” that make their own Disney merch so I was really excited to go check it out.

I’ve been to the Gardenwalk several times, usually to eat dinner at P.F. Chang’s. We did exactly that first and foremost. I was hungry from doing that dreaded Saturday cleaning. P.F. Chang’s was delicious as usual. While their I asked Adam if he’d be down to go to Trader Sam’s/Downtown Disney to kill some more time, he said sure.

After dinner we made a beeline to the pop-up shop which was only a few doors down from P.F. Chang’s. They had SO MANY cute things. Unfortunately for me a lot of people went the opening day (Friday the 4th) and snagged most of the stuff in my size. 😦 It was probably all for the best because I would have spent WAY too much money in there!

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I did manage to snag this cute Little Mermaid Shirt


We walked around a bit more…

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Then it was off to Downtown Disney!

We made a another beeline for Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel. If you have never been there, YOU MUST. It’s probably my favorite bar, ever! The atmosphere is a Disney-infused Jungle Cruise themed Tiki Bar and the drinks are amazing!

 

Trader Sam’s is always jampacked with people, especially on a Saturday. We were trying to find a place to stand near the bar when I felt a tap on my hand. I turned around and this young couple asked if we wanted to sit at their table with them. I jumped at the chance for a seat!

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Trader Sam’s is covered in fun decor

They actually turned out to be super nice. The guy was originally from Cali but they were both located in Orlando now and both worked for the theme parks. (He worked for Universal and she worked for Disney.) They were major Disney fans like Adam and I so we had a blast trading “insider” tips to the parks. They really helped point us to some “can’t miss” places at Walt Disney World and I was so grateful! WDW is VERY overwhelming when you’re trying to plan and you’ve never been before. 

I should have really got their full names or at least added them on a social media site. Too many drinks and too much fun and I wasn’t thinking straight. I hope, somehow, we run into them when we go to WDW.

After 3 drinks we threw in the towel at Sam’s (mostly because we were getting close to our free parking limit..) and walked around Downtown Disney. Amazingly I managed to only buy one thing!

Adam went to use the restroom and I gingerly wandered into Marceline’s Confectionary. (a place with so much delicious stuff I try to avoid it at all cost). But my drinks had me in a, “treat yo self” mode so off i went. 

I ended up getting a s’mores on a stick which is funny because today is National S’mores Day! I just celebrated a few days early. 😉 After I devoured the chocolatey-marshmallowy goodness we headed back to my place. 

 

This week they announced changes to the Downtown Disney parking. Though we rarely go to Downtown Disney and not eat at a sit-down place, so it won’t affect us too much. I think it’s pretty easy to spend $20 there but it still sucks that it’s not “free” anymore. Glad we got to take advantage of the free parking one last time!