Could the Christmas season be any different at Disneyland and Disney World? One opens wider, the other pretty much shuts down.
Walt Disney World:
Could the Christmas season be any different at Disneyland and Disney World? One opens wider, the other pretty much shuts down.
Walt Disney World:
“Mandates don’t work.” I agree, up to a point. Lockdowns (and curfews) are harmful overall. There’s a way to stay safe, take precautions, accept certain limitations, but still work and live freely. (I do think masks are a good thing, although I dislike wearing them).
To find out what, exactly he said, check out the Florida governor’s latest words on Closures, Masks, and Mandates, Found in today’s email from the Disney Food Blog. Contrast that to the ridiculous curfew the California governor set to go into effect the day we arrived for the Knott’s Taste of Berry Farm event. Nevada has also tightened up – back to 50 people at church and 25% occupancy at restaurants. Some are closing temporarily during this time.
Gotta love Florida’s governor. I know I do. Btw, we are not politically aligned with either party – we are registered as Independents. And no, we did not vote for the lunatic.
We had a good time at Knott’s, but the food wasn’t quite as good to us as Fall O Ween, and the crowds were busier. The Christmas music, decorations, and atmosphere were the best part.
Somebody even came up to us and asked that we take a photo of them with her phone. I think that’s a bit rude under these circumstances, but Rich is too nice to say no. I hated waking up in the middle of the night knowing there was a curfew. That doesn’t work anyway. People (aka Huntington Beach and other cities) staged a protest at the pier at 10:01 p.m. and they can just gather in people’s homes, where the real problems are happening anyway.
For example, I don’t believe Cheezypop and the picture he paints that he’s been living under his bed for the past 8 months. Except for a couple of trips to Knott’s and Disneyland. Those are safe environments, which he proclaimed loudly. So how did he get Covid? He claims “it’s that contagious.” Oh, did it lift up and get under his super duper mask? I think not. I suspect by socializing with people not living in his apartment. Girlfriend. Maybe other friends? I don’t intend to be mean or disrespectful. But let’s be honest, okay? Something’s wrong with that picture.
“Adam the Woo” and Dillon of “Theme Park Obsession” have landed in Florida, “escaping California,” to put it in their words. Adam has even mentioned moving out of California and perhaps back to his Florida roots. A closed society is not a creative environment for his YouTube business. “Best Life and Beyond” are also joining then at WDW sometime this month. Good for them. We’re still planning a spring trip, depending on if/when/where the cruise industry opens. Is another move in our future? lol!
Photo Opp at front of Knott’s
Christmas tree at Knott’s (something Disneyland does not have in the recently opened Buena Vista Street at DCA)
Turkey Dinner Tater Tots
Cherry Lime Margaritas
Like the Disney vloggers, I got pretty excited with all the talk of Disneyland reopening being “imminent” to quote Governor Newsom. I even put together this video, a montage of Disneyland scenes with my song, “Can You Feel it?” But since then, nothing. Not only that, but check out the link to the article I found on the Disney Food Blog, “Disneyland Reopening in Limbo,” according to Disneyland President.
As lame as Governor Newsom is, what isn’t Disneyland telling us? To be frank, it’s obvious, that they haven’t really been all that communicative throughout this situation. The cruise industry has been much more vocal with each step of the process. I also put together a cruise video with my song, “Can You Feel it”? but apparently cruisers aren’t interested because I’ve had very few views, compared to the Disneyland version of “Can You Feel it?” Perhaps they have other sources, like the cruise industry themselves. Disneyland fans are so hungry for any news, that they’re more likely to click on the Disneyland video.
I find it quite hard to believe Disneyland is as innocent as they are trying to portray. I feel like they are letting down their fans. Why aren’t they doing what other theme parks in California are doing, especially Knott’s Berry Farm, opening it up with a separate admission ticket with food and wine and shopping? What isn’t Disney telling us about Disneyland?
Having worked on the inside at Team Disney in Florida, I know the bullying tactics Disney executives use. They certainly don’t want to reveal that. But what are they doing? Really? What is going on behind the scenes? They’re not as innocent as they want to portray. Are they bullying the governor, making it more difficult for any kind of negotiation? Or is Newsom the biggest jack*** just totally ignoring the industry? These days it’s hard to know who to believe. We’re not being the whole story about so many things.
A travel agent on twitter told me not to count on Disneyland opening this year and to book a trip to Florida instead. A trip to Florida is definitely in the planning stages, no doubt about that. And I’m just not sure we’ll stop in at Downtown Disney on our next SoCal trip. I’m so done with that. In fact, I’m pretty done with California.
Or maybe not…
When the musical chairs stopped, we thought we’d found ourselves at home – that was the goal. But now it looks like we were caught on the wrong coast. Who knows when California will open Disneyland? It’s been over 6 months with no word of an opening date. But WDW has been open since July.
And rumblings of cruising are being talked about – from Florida ports. You can bet your bottom dollar there will be no cruising in/out California ports for some time.
And proof of more Governor Newsom nuttiness is his proclamation that as of 2035, there will be no gas-powered cars sold in California. And where is he going to get power for future automobiles? They already can’t supply enough electricity for their state – they often borrow from us here in Nevada.
If this is what Democrats look like, no thank you. You exchange one kind of lunatic for another.
The only silver lining I see here is that Knott’s Berry Farm is doing all they can to offer several special dining/shopping events. We all want Disneyland to do the same. I guess they figure they’ve got it covered with Downtown Disney – but how much more exciting would it be to actually be inside the park. Snacking, sipping, and soaking up the atmosphere is what we mostly do at Disney anyway.
With the West Coast burning and Disneyland still closed, it’s easy to make plans to fly to Florida and go to Disney World. As I get up to feed the cats before sunrise and peek at the dirt backyard, It’s easy to remember my early mornings on my Florida lanai as the sun was just starting to break through the dawn.
But I’m a West Coast girl through and through and can never be away for long.
This year has not been kind to any of us, including the West Coast. This weekend would have been our second attempt to attend the Knotts Berry Farm Festivals – “Taste of Calico” and “Taste of Knotts,” but we cancelled because of the San Bernardino Fires and excessive heat in SoCal. The first we cancelled because Rich had to have emergency dental surgery. So…. we’ve bought tickets for the third event for next month – something about Fall o’Ween. Here’s hoping we actually make that.
Disneyland is making progress with opening a few stores/restaurants at Downtown Disney and now indoor dining has just opened. We were there for my birthday in July – World of Disney shopping followed by lunch at Uva Bar. That’s the last post I posted.
Now that indoor dining is permitted, perhaps we’ll get to Napa Rose for Thanksgiving after all. That’s the one hope that prevents us from seriously booking a Florida trip, although I’m not sure we’re up for flying 4-5 hours wearing a mask with no cocktail to get us through the flight – lol!
But if cruising starts up later this year in Florida with no hope for us actually getting into Disneyland any time soon (due to allowing in the back log of people before any new tickets are sold), and certainly no sign of cruising out here, we may just have to fly to Florida after all.
One reason I was up at first light is that I was thinking about Plan B (staying at Caesar’s), instead of driving to SoCal (Plan A) after Governor Newsom “dimmed” the lights on outside dining, bars, etc. At bedtime, we were both excited about Plan B. But somewhere during the night, I came up with Plan C, which is a bit of Plan A (SoCal) and Plan B (Vegas).
I still wanted to go to SoCal – it’s been too long since we’ve been during this house building project, and I need to see, smell, and hear the ocean. I need a road trip. It’s my birthday. So we will do the big dining celebration here in Vegas (Border Grill, one of my favorites), and then drive to SoCal for my birthday for a couple of days. It looks like Downtown Disney will open as planned with outside dining restrictions. You can read about it on AllEars. And we can drive down PCH to enjoy the ocean, and maybe even find a beach.
And I’m missing cruising. If you’re missing cruising, too, enjoy a virtual cruise here.
The YouTube video I watched over coffee this morning was FreshBaked’s live show from last night. You can watch it here.
Basically, David and Liz and the people in the chat were discussing all the changes around Disney and Disneyland right now. When will Disneyland open, Splash Mountain’s redo, and other unPC rides. As I’ve said before, I don’t think we need to rewrite American history and erase the stories of the people who lived before us. When they do that, I feel like they’re also erasing me.
If you must take Disneyland away from me, please do it after I’m gone. Disneyland means more to me than a theme park. I was there when it was being built. I saw Walt. I lived 8 miles down the road. It’s home. It’s family. It’s compensation for my mother sending my father a “Dear John” letter for another man while my father was serving in Korea, preventing me from knowing my father until my late 40s. Talk about complications when you pop into your father’s life at that late date. Next month marks 2 years since he was gone from this earth. I miss him every day.
Taking Disneyland away from me is like losing my father all over again. This year I may get to celebrate my birthday at Downtown Disney, unless Governor Newsom takes that away from me, too.
I tried to substitute Walt Disney World for Disneyland when we moved to Florida 3 times, but my heart knew the difference. And if certain people have their way, that will be taken from me, too.
My heart can’t help but sing “Break it to Me Gently,” and, yes, I prefer Brenda Lee’s version over Juice Newton’s.
Oh, oh…break it, break it to me gently
Give me time, oh give me a little time to ease the pain
Love me just a little longer, cause I’ll never never love again
Cause I’ll never love again
The question we’ve asked ourselves more than once during this long, arduous time has been, “Why did we leave Las Vegas?” If we hadn’t, we could have avoided much of the emotional and financial stress, although nobody has any idea what they would have to deal with had they taken a different road.
It would have been comforting to have been in familiar surroundings during all of this, like the second time around when we moved back into our home. But we sold the Vegas home before we moved to Florida last time, and that enabled us to buy the Florida home. That had been a difficult decision to make and we almost didn’t. Still, there were reasons to go. But if we’d known we would leave Las Vegas only to return to Las Vegas, I doubt we would have left. I guess that’s why you can’t see into the future.
When I started thumbing through our photos and vids, I remembered all the fun and excitement of our 18 months in Florida the last time around, including building a beautiful home in a golf course community near the beach. A dream come true! So I put together a video to be able to remember and reflect on that special time in our lives, even with all its difficulties.
This video takes you from the “Welcome to Florida” sign to landing in a local apartment, to house hunting, touring model homes, picking out options from the model home, beaches, tiki bars, Walt Disney World, and the last few gorgeous sunsets from our Florida home.
I now have the answer to the question, “Why did we leave Las Vegas?” We would have missed out on all of this:
Hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Thank you.
With the release of French Martini on Kindle, I was inspired to create a video looking back at our life through cocktails – lol! This was so much fun to put together (PS – a link to a recipe for a French Martini is in the video description). Enjoy! Also, please subscribe, like, and/or comment on the video. Thank you!
Looking back at our most recent time living in Central Florida, we feel immense gratitude for yet another Florida adventure, this time living closer to the beach than Disney World, enjoying beach bars and hanging out at Port Canaveral.
We even celebrated Rich’s birthday cruising to the Bahamas on the Carnival Liberty. So I put together a little video celebrating that time.
Port Canaveral is expanding so whether you’re a local, cruising solely, or combining your cruise with a trip to Disney World, I hope you enjoy it. If so, please like and subscribe to this blog and on youtube.
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Seven Layers of Awesome
Behold…The Dad Stack. Join us on Father’s Day for seven layers of French Toast, French Fries, Bacon, Sausage Gravy, Chicken Sausage, Skirt Steak and Sunny Side Up Eggs. See you June 16 for brunch?
Ah, Wine Bar George – no, we won’t be there for Father’s Day (although, we have other fun plans), but oh how we miss you! Just this time last year we were enjoying the “Rosé Tasting with Master Sommellier” event with you, George. So much fun – we hung out with you often. We were your first customers on your first full opening day. And you were the last place we went before our move back West. Thanks for the memories!
Our compensation is making reservations for special dining events for Rich’s birthday this summer at Disneyland! Woo hoo!
The F&W Festival gets more and more crowded each week, and Saturday, wouldn’t you know it, seemed to be the hottest, most humid day yet. It may have been the last hot and humid day of 2018, because it’s been cooler ever since. Anyway, all I know is that I dripped sweat like I was in Thailand so many years ago. It makes it all so very tiring, and we didn’t have a lot of energy for this one.
But our list of things to do on this trip wasn’t that ambitious – mostly to revisit Taste Track and get another one of those tasty Chocolate Raspberry Croissant Donuts, the Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, and, perhaps, the Short Rib Tostada at Mexico or the Black Pepper Garlic Shrimp Noodles in China. We did all of the above (except for the noodles) and more.
We also tried the Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes when we got the Skirt Steak. I actually preferred the Corned Beef over the Skirt Steak, although the smoke on the steak stood out nicely.
So, back to the beginning. We debated about whether to choose the Festival Center or Taste Track for our first stop but we were so hungry, Taste Track won. But we had to wait about 7 minutes for the booth to open, but it was worth the wait.
Then, we were off to the Festival Center for our free on 4th visit Passholder Mickey cutting boards (so cute!) and a couple of Mimosas to wash down breakfast. Rich got the Blood Orange I got the Tropical – mine was a bit too sweet and his was a bit too tart so we mixed them to get it just right. Hard to tell which is which from the photos.
We stumbled around and found the Flavors from Fire both and got the Skirt Steak with Chimichurri and Polenta and the Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes (amazing cheese sauce) and a wine pairing (Michael David Winery: 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi).
My apologies for the not so great photos – the sun was so bright it really was hard to see what I was snapping.
We thought we might want a refreshing Baileys Guiness Milkshake in Ireland but partway there, we decided to turn around and head for Mexico for the Short Rib Tostada and a couple of Margaritas – so hot and sweaty out!
Halfway through the margaritas, we decided to head over to Hawaii for some dessert. Rich got in line and I snagged a table.
The Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts was awesome!
We’d also heard great things about the Maple Walnut Cheesecake at the Cheese Studio so we made a final stop on our way out. It was quite tasty, too, but better suited for Thanksgiving – it had a real taste of Fall but too heavy for such a hot, humid day.
My favorite was the Passion Fruit Cheesecake in Hawaii, although the Maple Walnut may have been Rich’s favorite. Both delicious and a great way to end the 2018 Food & Wine Festival for us.