Disneyland Paint the Night Electrical Parade

So there is a lot about my trip to Disneyland last year that I never got to talk about. One of them was the Disneyland Paint the Night Electrical Parade. I am a big fan of the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disney World so I HAD to see the Disneyland version.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

This electrical parade has a ton of insane colors.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

One of the only times I got to see Tigger in California.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Each float was a different move/character.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Then it was princess time!

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Of course Ana and Elsa had their own fancy float with Olaf.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Then the parade ended when Mickey came out on this crazy, trip, spinny thing. You would have to see it to understand haha.

I really enjoyed the parade. The music was very upbeat. We sat in the freezing cold for like 2 hours, but it was worth it.

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Disneyland!

So now that I have done my run recaps, it’s time to tell you about my first trip to Disneyland!In caseDisneyland

In case you didn’t know…Disneyland is just two parks right across from each other. The main one is Disneyland and the other is Disney California Adventure.

On Friday we decided to go to California Adventure first thing in the morning.

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I was so excited to finally wear my Tigger ears!

Even though we were at Disney in November, it was already decorated for Christmas.

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They were also celebrating their Diamond Celebration for their 60th year.

They let us into the park early, but only in the main square. Hotel guests got to go into the park early so we had to wait until it opened to get to the rides.

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The line got crazy!!

Cheryl went to get us fast passes (they still have paper there) for Radiator Springs and we all went to get in line for Toy Story Midway Mania. It’s exactly like Disney World, BTW.

After we headed over to Cars Land.

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It was so cute all decked out for Christmas!

Then we went on Radiator Springs, the Cars ride.

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It was fun! I will be doing some ride reviews soon.

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After we headed over to Tower of Terror! I know it’s not the same as Disney World, but it’s my favorite ride so I had to see what it was like.

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I loved it! The inside was fun and even though the ride wasn’t as long, it was still a blast.

Next we got lunch and rested a little. Then we went on Grizzly River Run. It was a water ride and it was going to be the hottest day there.

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On our way out we saw Chip and Dale!

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Then we crossed the road to Disneyland. We saw Belle just hanging out so I had to get a picture.

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Walt and Mickey statues are my favorite. It all started with a mouse!

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It was crazy how much smaller the castle was compared to Disney World!

Disneyland is set up the same as Disney World. There is a Main Street and at the end is the Castle. On the right is Tomorrowland, behind the castle is Fantasyland and ToonTown, on the left is Adventureland and Frontierland. They also have a New Orleans Square and Critter Country instead of Liberty Square. It was kind of freaky going through the park. It was a lot of the same, but different at the same time.

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Characters are different too. They just kind of wander around. Some don’t even have handlers and they rarely had photographers.

Our first stop in Disneyland was Indiana Jones. Such a fun ride (same format as Dinosaur). Then we waited in line for Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride was mostly the same. It was hard to enjoy with the MOST ANNOYING family behind us.

Then we decided to rest our feet and take a ride on the Disneyland Railroad. The whole ride is one side of the train looking into the park. They had a diorama of dinosaurs!

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After that we jumped on line for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I thought I had remembered it from when it was in Disney World, but it was so weird!

Then we went on Haunted Mansion. They changed the ride to Nightmare Before Christmas themed. It was awesome, but I love regular Haunted Mansion still.

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Disneyland

While we were in line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Kristen saw that they were doing a soft opening of Hyperspace Mountain. They are building a Star Wars land eventually, but for now they changed Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain. SO MUCH FUN!

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I really wanted to see the Paint the Night parade so we stayed in the park late to watch it. The light show on It’s A Small World made waiting in the cold so much better.

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The parade was great! I love the night Disney parades.

Then we finally left since we had to wake up early for the 10K the next day.

After the 10K we went back to Disneyland.

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We wandered around Main Street and then walked through Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

After we went on Pinnochio, Snow White and It’s A Small World.

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They updated It’s A Small World for Christmas too. It was fun, they sang holidays songs along with the normal song.

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We went on Finding Nemo, the submarine ride and then Winnie the Pooh.

I looked for Tigger the WHOLE TIME I was there. Sadly he isn’t out when Santa is there :(

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We left the park earlyish to go get dinner before the half.

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Look what technology is doing to us!!

On Sunday, after the half, we went back to Disneyland.

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We got lunch at the Holly Jolly Bakery and watched the Christmas parade. Then we went to see Mickey!

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We waited in a VERY long line inside Mickey’s house. The house part was cool, but I was disappointed. There was no photographer there and the lighting was TERRIBLE. Oh well. We got our running pic at least.

Then we went on Splash Mountain which is 10,000 times scarier than Disney World. No lap bars!

After we headed over to California Adventure. We went on the Monsters Inc. ride which was fun.

Next we got some drinks and then went to see the Aladdin stage show.

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After we had dinner reservations before the World of Color show.

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Dinner was good, but overpriced. The reserved seating area for the show was awesome.

Going to see a water show in November, even in California, is COLD. It was really cool though.

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Since it was our last night there I wanted to stay as long as I could.

After the show we headed back to Disneyland (since it was open late) and went on the Teacups and Alice in Wonderland. Lastly we went on the Matterhorn Bobsleds. It was there when the park opened and man did it feel like it. All it needs is cushions on those seats! So painful, but glad I went on.

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Then on Monday it was back home!

Even though we were only in the parks for 3 days, and some not even full days, I still think I did everything there. Disneyland is a lot different than Disney World. I understand why California residents go there so often. You can do a lot in a day!

It was a great experience, but in the future if I had to choose…it would be Disney World without a doubt!

Disney Avengers 10K Costume: Ironman

Ironman Running Costume

So for the 10K I decided to run as Ironman. Sadly the character is not licensed to Disney, but he’s still my favorite.

Ironman Running Costume

I got a red running shirt and pants from Amazon. They didn’t match completely, but I got it the best I could to match.

First I cut out a circle from silver metallic fabric.

Ironman Running Costume

I found a t-shirt design online and printed it out as large as I could. Then I used black puff paint and drew the design on. It was a little lopsided, but I think it worked.

Ironman Running Costume

Then I took yellow puff paint and put in some highlights.

I got yellow fabric and cut out accents for the pants. Then I got kids gloves and sunglasses from the party store to complete the outfit.

Ironman Running Costume

It was comfortable running like a superhero!

Disney Avengers Half Marathon Costume: Baby Groot

Baby Groot Running Costume

So for the half marathon we all decided to dress up as Guardians of the Galaxy. I decided to be Groot, but not normal Groot….Baby Groot!

Baby Groot Running Costume

It took me a while to figure out how to make the “pot” that Baby Groot was potted in. Finally I thought of this old fabric/plastic laundry basket I had.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I cut the bottom out first. Then I cut it short enough to run in.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I got brown fabric from the craft store. I figured if I made it look like dirt at the top around my waist I could add elastic to hold it up.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I got the brown to match the top I got on Amazon.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I also got a leather looking brown fabric to make it look like roots on my top. Then I threaded through green yarn and some leaves.

For the hat I took paper towel rolls and brown paper and hot glued it all to an elastic band. Then I added leaves.

Baby Groot Running Costume

This is probably my favorite disney costume to date. I LOVED the way it came out and it was so unique!

Avengers Half Marathon

So on Sunday we woke up to run the Avengers Half Marathon.

Avengers Half Marathon

Kristen had wanted to be Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. After she said that I mentioned it would be fun to dress as Baby Groot and then we all decided to run as Guardians of the Galaxy.

Avengers Half Marathon

As soon as I got the Baby Groot idea I knew I had to follow through with it. It wasn’t the easiest costume to run in, but everyone got a kick out of it.

We started in Corral B again, but not as many people in the earlier corrals dressed up for the half like the 10K.

Avengers Half Marathon

We found Black Widow in Disney California Adventure.

Avengers Half Marathon

At the entrance we found Hawkeye. The lines weren’t really long, but long enough.

Avengers Half Marathon

We crossed the street and ran through Disneyland. This time we went left instead of right.

We found Captain America next.

Avengers Half Marathon

I almost took out a cast member after this picture. The lines were getting so long, but we knew the characters were only going to be in the parks, which was the beginning of the race.

Avengers Half Marathon

Finally we found Thor. His line was the longest (20ish minutes). We decided to wait because he was the only one from the 10K we didn’t get a picture with.

After we finally got our picture with Thor we had already been an hour into the race!

Less character opportunities = longer lines.

Avengers Half Marathon

After the parks we were out on the streets of Anaheim.

Avengers Half Marathon

Cheryl, Kristen and Spenser had been training with a walk/run method, so we kept to their pace.

Avengers Half Marathon

At one point we were running on a very narrow, slightly dirt path behind houses.

Avengers Half Marathon

Then we ran under an overpass. The “road” was so small people were running up on the dirt.

Avengers Half Marathon

A majority of the middle of the race was along a very narrow path next to a dried up riverbed or some sort of aqueduct? Not sure what it was but the drop-off was dangerous and under the bridges were a lot of tents of homeless people. Really not the best path for a race course.

Avengers Half Marathon

We went that way because we had to get to Angels Stadium without using the highway or closing down many streets.

The stadium was cool. There were marching bands rotating out throughout the day to cheer us on.

Avengers Half Marathon

The coolest part was outside the stadium. There were hundreds of people in old military outfits cheering us on.

Avengers Half Marathon

They even had a sock-hop dance area! It was so cool! I loved all the vintage uniforms and styles.

Avengers Half Marathon

Then we were back on the highways.

Avengers Half Marathon

Avengers Half Marathon

We had really great weather.

Avengers Half Marathon

We turned a corner and we were back on the opposite side of the highway we had used to leave Disneyland earlier.

Avengers Half Marathon

Then we were going back into Disneyland!

Avengers Half Marathon

Avengers Half Marathon

We ran through the backlot of California Adventure and then we were done!

Avengers Half Marathon

We got our half marathon, gauntlet challenge and coast to coast medals at the end!

Avengers Half Marathon

It was the first half marathon I have ever run without headphones or music. I enjoyed hearing the fans cheer us on and everyone got a kick out of my costume. It was fun to hear people yell “GROOT” or “OMG It’s Baby Groot”

Avengers Half Marathon

After the race we were even feature on the runDisney Twitter page AND I was on the Marvel website in their race review!!

It was a fun race, but the course could use some work. I wasn’t a fan of the narrow paths or treacherous drops along the course, but all-in-all a great day!

Disneyland Avengers 10K

So on Thursday when we got to California, we went straight to the expo.

Avengers 10K

The expo was pretty big. I didn’t really buy anything seeing as I have so much running stuff.

Avengers 10K

There were a lot of cool picture opportunities.

The expo was well organized. We all had to make sure we had coast to coast wristbands on until after the half so we got our medal.

Saturday morning we woke up around 4am. The race started at 5:30, but luckily we could walk to the start.

The best part about Disney races is getting to dress up!

Avengers 10K

Avengers 10K

Avengers 10K

I decided to be IronMan, even though the character is not licensed for Disney.

Avengers 10K

Before the race they had a little skit with Shield agents and Captain America.

Then it was time to head to the start.

Avengers 10K

We started in corral B. Even though we don’t run Disney races fast I like to start as early as possible so the character lines aren’t too long.

Avengers 10K

After the National Anthem..we were off!

Avengers 10K

The 10K route was great. We started off on the street, then went left through a shopping complex area and then left again down another street towards the park.

Avengers 10K

We entered Disneyland California Adventure through Cars Land. Jill and I ran ahead to stand in the character lines since we knew they were going to be long.

The first stop was Thor and the line was CRAZY. We decided to skip.

Avengers 10K

Avengers 10K

Instead we took fun pictures with the Mickey ferris wheel!

Then we ran towards the entrance of California Adventure towards the backlot area.

Avengers 10K

Right before we exited the park we saw Black Widow. Her line wasn’t bad so we stopped.

Avengers 10K

Going into Disneyland there was a high school band. There were actually a lot of bands and cheerleaders along the course.

Avengers 10K

Then we ran down Main Street to the castle.

On the way we saw the evil scientist from the skit earlier.

Avengers 10K

Then we ran through Tomorrowland and saw Hawkeye.

Avengers 10K

We went through Toon Town and through the back area. It was so cute all the custodial staff cheering for us with signs.

Avengers 10K

Then we came back through Fantasyland to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

Avengers 10K

Not the same as running through Cinderella’s Castle, but still fun.

After the castle in Frontierland we saw Captain America.

Avengers 10K

We each took a picture with him and after he yelled “Avengers Assemble” and we got this gem.

Then we were headed out of Disneyland towards Downtown Disney.

Avengers 10K

Then we were done! 10K finished!

Avengers 10K

The 10K was a really great course. I felt like we were in the parks a majority of the time and there was always something to look at.

The race itself was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t used to the limited character stops. I guess making a race about a niche group kind of limits who can be out on the course.

6.2 miles down…13.1 to go! Race one of the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge complete.

California Adventure

I’m back! Oddly enough I thought I had pre-written posts for all last week. What a mess I am.

Last week was a bit of a mess. I got back Monday from California and tried to play catch-up at work all week. Be prepared for LOTS of Disneyland posts coming up!

California Adventure

On Thursday Jill and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to the airport. Our flight was at 6am to Cali.

California Adventure

We took United, which I normally hate, but there was free movies! Who watches a disaster movie about an earthquake taking out California on the flight to California? This girl! But for real San Andreas was a good movie. I <3 the Rock.

California Adventure

Morning sunrise! I am a huge window seat advocate.

California Adventure

I also work Jill up about 6 times to show her the scenery out the window. Sorry Jill, but how pretty!?!

California Adventure

We landed at 9 something in Cali after a 5 hour flight. Time change is the worst. Then we had to wait around for the Disneyland shuttle bus we pre-booked beforehand. No Magical Express out there.

Cheryl, Kristen and Spenser had gone out the night before. They got fun doughnuts at this famous place. The s’mores on fire doughnut was amazing! Sugar coma.

Then we went to the race expo. More on that tomorrow.

After we went to the Holiday Inn to check in. Disneyland only has 3 on-site hotels. The hotels around it are in walking distance and cheaper so we went with that. Cheryl made sure to book the Frozen suite though.

California Adventure

After check-in we decided to grab lunch and then head to the beach.

California Adventure

When you are in Cali you eat at In-N-Out burger!

We decided to go to Huntington Beach because it was the closest.

California Adventure

Sadly the beach was pretty cold and the water was freezing. It was still really pretty.

California Adventure

California Adventure

There were a lot of seagulls on the beach, but they are not as friendly as east coast seagulls.

California Adventure

West coast beaches are pretty.

California Adventure

California Adventure

After the beach we headed back to the hotel. We all showered and then headed out again. Spenser wanted to go to a hockey game and some of Cheryl’s old coworkers lived near Santa Monica. We figured we would drop Spenser off in LA then grab dinner in Santa Monica and pick up Spenser on the way back….

California Adventure

Then we got in LA traffic. Seriously people in California do NOT know how to drive. We passed 4 accidents. Their main problem is the highways don’t have a shoulder to pull off on.

California Adventure

We made it eventually and then in Santa Monica we went to a cute Mexican place.

California Adventure

After dinner we all took a stroll on the pier. California was cold!

California Adventure

It was a nice first day on the west coast.

Making the Old, New Again…PhotoBin Review

So a few years ago I started a very long, tedious project. I collected all the photos in my house and started to organize them. It took a few months and a lot of trying to figure out what years things were taken, but I did it. After that my goal was to scan all the images so I had a hard copy of the photos. That took even longer.

While going through boxes and bins looking for photos I also found a lot of old slides, negatives, movie reels and videos. I bought a converter to digitize all my old movies (still working on that project) and my dad bought something to put the movie reels on VHS (which I digitized).

It’s crazy how technology has changed just since my parents were teenagers!

I put all the old slides aside in a box. I only had a photo scanner and I was trying to focus on one thing at a time. Well time has gotten away from me. I have most of the images scanned and some movies, but the project has just grown and grown.

In April I saw an Amazon Local deal for a company called PhotoBin. The deal was for 350 images (photos, slides or negatives) that they would convert for you. I looked up reviews and they seemed pretty reputable. I decided to buy 2 of the deals since I had so many slides and no way to convert them.

In May I packaged up 350 (of my over 1,000) slides and sent them off to get converted. I really wasn’t sure what was on the slides since holding it up to the light you can just barely make out faces. I did know most of them were pretty old.

PhotoBin ReviewHow cool is this old slide case?

PhotoBin Review

So I waited…and I waited…and I waited. Finally last week I got an email saying my conversion was finished! First they sent me a link to all my images so I could see them while waiting for my original slides and the disk to come back. The website option was great because I could click through the images and send the link to friends and family if I wanted.

PhotoBin Review

I looked through the images online, but they were out of order (whatever order I attempted to put them in) so I was excited when I finally got the disk.

Korea during the Vietnam War

The photos I was most excited for were the ones my dad had taken during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Korea as an airplane mechanic and some of the photos are amazing.

Korea during the Vietnam War

I am going to do an entire post just of these photos because there are so many and they are all so cool!

Korea during the Vietnam War

A lot of the older slides came out great considering how they were stored and how old they were. I love looking at pictures of my parents when they were younger.

My parents

Look at this gem I had never seen before of my parents! Also look at those cool old cars. Punchbuggy!

My parents

Some of the older slides also did not come out so well. A lot had dirt on them when I was looking at them so I knew some were going to be bad. I can definitely try to clean them up in Photoshop though.

Grand Canyon

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I have a lot of prints of our baby photos, but a bunch of these I had never even seen before.

Baby Photos

Thug babies with our bottles.

Baby Photos

Our first Halloween!

Baby Photos

We loved (and still do) rides when we were little.

Baby Photos

Do you want to build a snowman?

I was very pleased with PhotoBin and the quality of the images. It did take about 2 months for me to get everything done and back, but with the voucher I am sure they got inundated with orders. I am now going to put together another 350 to send to them and see if I can make a dent in this pile! Definitely a lot easier than sitting on the floor for days months doing it myself.