This past weekend, Pixar Pier officially opened at Disney California Adventure. For those who might be unfamiliar, Disney recently rethemed Paradise Pier ― which had a general California theme ― and transformed it into Pixar Pier, which is now based on the characters and films of Pixar. This retheming included altering the existing rides, snack stands, and game counters to have Pixar themes
The Grand Floridian is host to one of the best restaurants in the country, Victoria & Albert’s. I know that might sound surprising since it’s in a Disney resort, but it’s true…
It’s difficult to construct a reason for why Solo: A Star Wars Story should even exist in the first place. Fleshing out the backstory of a character whose ambiguous existence is what made him popular from the start is a surefire recipe for disappointment…
In 2017, Disney began rolling out its new design for Disney stores with its first test sites in the U.S. at the Northridge Fashion Center and Westfield Century City. Two international locations also received this face-lift in Nagoya, Japan, and Shanghai, China. A couple of weekends ago, Zach and I stopped by the Northridge location to check out one of its first pilot stores!
Welcome to Part 9 of our Walt Disney World Honeymoon series! Today we are covering everything we did and ate in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios is Disney’s Hollywood-themed park that puts a big emphasis on movies, film, production, and animation. It hosts some pretty popular attractions but is the smallest park of the four in WDW. We had a lot of fun exploring Hollywood Studios…
Welcome back to our Walt Disney World series! It’s been a couple of weeks, so in case you missed it, definitely check out my previous post on Epcot’s Future World. For those who might be unfamiliar, Epcot is broken up into two main areas: Future World and World Showcase. Today, I am covering everything I did and ate while in Epcot’s World Showcase. The World Showcase is probably the best thing about Epcot…
This year, God has smiled down upon us. Why? Because May the Fourth and Cinco de Mayo finally fall on a weekend. Try to contain your excitement. This gives us an excuse to get together with our nerd friends and have an epic Star Wars marathon. And now, with nine movies in the Star Wars oeuvre, you can literally spend days viewing these films in whatever order you deem most relevant. But wait: Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday! Well, I have a solution. I propose that rather than choose between Star Wars and Cinco de Mayo, why not combine the two for a legendary space-age fiesta?
With superhero films becoming so popular in the last 10 years, more female heroes have been given a stage. I am particularly fond of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and have fallen in lady love with all the women heroes this universe has provided us within its 18 films. With Avengers: Infinity War premiering this week, I thought it would be only fitting to spend some time reflecting on some of the female heroes that have been key in so many of Marvel’s films. With male characters like Iron Man and Captain America often taking center stage in advertising and media, I hope this also provides you with a new perspective on some of the lady heroes in each of these movies.
Avengers: Infinity War premieres this Friday (or Thursday night for those attending premiere showings), and as a lover of the Marvel cinematic universe, I am very excited. But, we still have to get through one more week of work before we can settle in with our popcorn and soda, ready to cry our eyes out as we watch our favorite champions face unimaginable evils.
In order to help you get through this week and hopefully make your Monday a little better, I have created a Marvel Movie Marathon that gives you a different film to watch each night this week in preparation for the premiere….
Ever since the Walt Disney Company acquired Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, it has been slowly incorporating Pixar characters into the Disney parks. ... With the newly debuted Pixar Fest, which runs until Labor Day on September 3, Pixar is finally getting the spotlight it deserves, and for the first time in a while, DCA’s theme is becoming more and more consistent and harmonious. This past Saturday, the Smoosh crew visited the Disney parks to check it out, so today we’re reviewing everything we saw and ate so you can get a taste of what to expect.
Hello, and welcome back to another installment of our Walt Disney World Honeymoon. For the last couple of weeks, I shared everything I did at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as everything I ate. Today, we move on to Epcot! Epcot was the second park constructed in Walt Disney World (WDW) and is two times the size of the Magic Kingdom. The purpose of Epcot is to celebrate human achievement, technological innovation, and international cultures. Epcot is primarily made up of two main sections: Future World and the World Showcase. Since these are two pretty distinct areas of Epcot, and both have a lot to cover, I am going to split it up into two posts, starting with Future World.
If you’re obsessed with Disney like us, you’ll know that this today — Friday, April 13 — is the start of Pixar Fest* at the Disney parks! We covered the changes in a previous post, which outlined exactly what’s being removed and introduced to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA). You can imagine how excited we are to finally see all those plans come to fruition. Since Shannon and I LOVE planning things — whether they’re parties, vacations, or holidays, we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate the start of Pixar Fest by throwing our own Pixar viewing party! How exactly do you go about throwing a Pixar party? Why, let me tell you!
Because Pixar Animation Studios produces visual art, it’s easy to gloss over its mastery of music, as well — and that’s largely due to the fact that these songs are instrumental and not being sung by Disney princesses while they let animals dress them in the morning. ... So for this Monday Muse edition, I thought I’d celebrate the music of Pixar — and get you pumped for the upcoming Pixar Fest — by making a playlist of some of Pixar’s best songs.
Last week, I shared with you everything we experienced in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so this week for Part 6 of our Walt Disney World series, I am sharing everything we ate. There are a lot of interesting and unique food offerings in the Animal Kingdom, so I feel like we barely touched the surface. Keep reading for more details and click the headers for links to the menus!
Hello, and welcome back to our Walt Disney World Honeymoon series! Today I am sharing with you everything we experienced at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is Disney’s animal, nature, safari, expedition, explorer, etc., themed park. It’s lush with plant life, incredibly beautiful, and has so much to see and do. It’s really hard to pick, but it was probably our favorite park in Disney World and the one we may have spent the most time in. It consists of a few main lands, including Africa, Asia, Pandora, and Dinoland.
For the past couple of weeks, we’ve experienced an entire spectrum of weather, from sunshine to downpours. I personally LOVE and even prefer cloudy, rainy weather once in a while and enjoy the chilling bite that comes with it — and the excuse to wear cozy sweaters and fluffy scarves — but I know not everyone feels the same. So for today’s post, I want to present you with our Disney Jazz & Blues playlist because it always makes me happy — no matter what day it is or what the weather is outside.
Smoosh has been spending a lot of time in Disney California Adventure (DCA) lately for its annual Food & Wine Festival. According to Disney, it “celebrates the bounty of California with irresistible cuisine, beverages, entertainment, and more.” We love California and cuisine, so this festival was made for us.
If you’ve been following along with my Walt Disney World Honeymoon series (Parts 1, 2, and 3), you know we’ve been covering all things Magic Kingdom lately. Last week, I shared a review of Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant, two of the most popular restaurants in the Magic Kingdom ㅡ but they’re far from the only food we tried in the park. Today, I am sharing with you all the counter-service restaurants we ate at and all snacks we tried while in the Magic Kingdom. I provided links to the menu's of each restaurant as well as what we ordered and what we thought about it!
Two the of most popular restaurants in Disney World are Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant. What makes them especially appealing, and even magical, is that they’re located inside of the Magic Kingdom. Zach and I read a lot of reviews about both of these restaurants, and it was pretty unanimous that the food is mediocre but the ambiance is incredible — that’s ultimately what you’re paying for. Since I just posted about all the rides and attractions we experienced at the Magic Kingdom, I thought reviewing these two restaurants would be a perfect Part 3 to the series.
Zach and I tried to fit in everything we possibly could in the time that we were in Walt Disney World (WDW). Surprisingly, we couldn’t do it despite being there for two weeks! For this blog post, I thought I would start out by going over every ride and attraction we did at WDW’s Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is essentially WDW’s Disneyland, with many of the same rides and attractions. While there are several similarities between the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, there are notable differences, as well. Since our home park is Disneyland, and this is the question we get asked the most, I will note some of the major things we noticed as well as which attractions we think are better, worse, or the same between the two parks.
Many you followed along with all my wedding recaps, including my reception, ceremony, and portrait series. So right after our wedding — literally the next day — Zach and I took off to Walt Disney World (WDW) in Orlando, Florida, for our honeymoon. Zach had only been once as a kid, and I had never been, so with our love of Disney, it seemed like the perfect place for us to go on our honeymoon! With that, I am starting a new Walt Disney World series! I will be going over all aspects of a WDW trip, including everything we did in each of the four WDW parks, everything we ate, restaurant reviews, etc. We also spent two days in Universal Studios Orlando, which I will also devote a post to.
On Saturday, January 27, the Smoosh crew got the chance to experience Lunar New Year in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) for the first time. The year 2018 is the Year of the Dog, so Disney had Pluto front and center, pasted on all of its banners and signs. It was so much fun seeing everything the festival had to offer, so Smoosh decided to write about what we saw, along with our recommendations, so you can have the best possible Lunar New Year experience.
Disney pin collecting can get expensive real quick — and I know this from personal experience. So, rather than suggesting you go into pin collecting, I want to present an alternative for those who don’t want to go down the black hole that is online pin hunting (whatever you do, stay away from eBay...seriously). For your Disney souvenir needs, consider pressed pennies!
Yesterday, Shannon and I went to Disney California Adventure (DCA) to experience Paradise Pier for the last time ever. :( We ate our last plate of lobster nachos, enjoyed our last Cove Bar secret-menu items, and listened to the fading shrieks on California Screamin’. Why? Because starting today, California Adventure starts construction on its new theme. Here, we break down everything that's changing, opening, and closing as Disney prepares for Pixar Fest on April 13.
The Christmas and holiday season at Disney officially began on November 10, and I had the chance to be in the parks that weekend to experience all the magic that is Disneyland at Christmas. A multitude of new seasonal foods are provided at the Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks. As you walk through the park, past Carthay Circle toward Bugs and Cars lands, the street is lined with 12 Marketplace kiosks, each themed differently and offering unique dining options
Let’s get this out of the way early: Thor: Ragnarok is good. It’s very, very good. It’s hilarious, heartwarming, well-paced, cool, and most of all, it’s just plain fun. Yes, it sags in the middle, has way too many characters and moving parts, and is about as weighty as cotton candy. All those would be a problem if this movie attempted to address any of it, but it doesn’t. The cast smiles and winks their way through all of it and does it so convincingly that most people won’t even notice those issues.
Throughout the entire Halloween season, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) have been featuring special, limited-time treats . I’ve had the chance to go to the parks about four times since Halloween Time started and got to taste a few of their seasonal treats and eats. If you follow Disney accounts on Instagram, you’ll probably recognize several of these. While Diane and I hardly made a dent in the seasonal offerings available in both parks, we were fortunate enough to try several and decided to review each! Proceed with caution; this will make you hungry.
This past weekend, we experienced our first full Disneyland Halloween. Now that we’re Disney passholders (and got our priorities are straight), we had the chance to visit both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA). We thought we’d write about our impressions so you can get a taste of what to expect if you can make it before Halloween ends. Or, if you weren’t able to go, feel free to live vicariously through us!
This past May, Disney California Adventure (DCA)’s iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel, which hosted the spooky thrill ride Tower of Terror, was completely transformed into a new ride based on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Formally titled Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!, the ride provides a similar experience to Tower of Terror, with a ride in an elevator that drops and shoots you back up a few times, but the theme is entirely different. During Disney’s Halloween season, Mission Breakout! transforms into “Monsters After Dark” at 5:00 p.m..