Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. - Walt Disney
One of the things that always surprises me about my children is their ability to recall even the tiniest details about an experience, which reinforces within me the importance of making memories with them. We are fortunate to live close to the Disneyland Resort, so many of the aft... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it's sure to come true - Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty
I wish I could capture the sparkle in my daughter's eyes when they met those of her favorite Disney Princesses. Last week, we had a very special mother-daughter day at Disneyland to celebrate the opening of the new Fantasy Faire. Dressed in the Merida cos... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Of all the photos I took today, this is perhaps my favorite because it beautifully captures my daughter sleeping sweetly and peacefully after a magical day at Disneyland. I wonder if she is dreaming about princesses?
My daughter and I spent the day together at the park...a rarity these days with two small children. In ponytails and a satin Merida dress, we he... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Over the weekend, my daughter, my mother, and I arranged a special day together. At three, my daughter already has an opinion about everything, including her attire. As I was preparing her outfit for the day, I asked her which dress she'd like to wear for our special day out. Princess dress! she squealed! I'm not sure when she developed an admiration for princ... Read More »
Published on Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
We're just three weeks away from Christmas and the holiday celebrations are in full swing. Last week, I gave you a glimpse of all there is to see and do at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
You can celebrate the holidays at the Disneyland Resort through January 6th, 2013!
Here is a video compilation I put together highlighting the magic and merrim... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Two years ago, Disney Interactive launched something epic...a video game set in a world called Cartoon Wasteland, created for the "things that have been forgotten." With a striking semblance to Disneyland, the game showcases a more adventurous and mischievous side of the famed Mickey Mouse.
This year, the long awaited sequel was released on multiple platforms, incl... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
When I think back to my childhood and those specific memories I have surrounding the holidays, it was the time we spent together that I remember vividly, rather than the gifts I received. Almost as soon as Halloween was over, my son began asking us about Christmas trees and lights. He is so excited about the holiday season and my hope is that both of my children r... Read More »
Published on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier this week, I headed over to the Disneyland Resort for a mom's morning out. Knowing that the holiday season doesn't officially begin until next week, I was pleasantly surprised when we happened upon this:
This 50 foot Christmas tree is located on Buena Vista Street and features vintage-style ornaments.
This whimsical “snowcar” greets you as you en... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
A luminous Christmas tree that reaches to the sky...
Festive holiday entertainment...
Delectable sweet treats...
A shimmering wintery transformation...
Jolly Old St. Nick with a twinkle in his eye...
And a dusting of snow!
The holiday season is upon us, one of my favorite times of the year. Very soon, I'll begin pulling out our decor to ready our... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
I love the way my children's faces light up when they see their favorite characters in person at Disneyland. During their toddler years, they were shy and apprehensive. But I remember that time in each of their lives when they finally had the courage to run up to their favorite character for high fives and hugs.
You may remember that this year, my daughter will d... Read More »
Published on Monday, October 8, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
There's just something visceral about moving a puppet frame by frame. There's a magical quality about it. Maybe you can get smoother animation with computers, but there's a dimension and emotional quality to this kind of animation that fits these characters and this story
- Tim Burton
In an age dominated by high tech computer generated imagery comes a film that was ... Read More »
Published on Monday, October 1, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
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As the days get shorter and we head deep into Fall and Winter, the Disneyland Resort undergoes a spooktacular transformation. Over 300 sculpted pumpkins adorn Main Street while the store windows display original, turn-of-the-century Halloween décor. The park is lovely and festive d... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
On "letting go" of your children...
Marlin: How do you know if they're ready?
Crush: Well, you never really know, but when they know, you know, y'know?
A few weeks ago, I donned a pair of 3D glasses and sat inside a screening room at the Walt Disney Studios to watch Finding Nemo for the first time since my children were born. I've seen the film several time... Read More »
Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
The closer you get to that rockwork, it wraps around you. You can look around and you are transported to Ornament Valley...It's so beautiful, you can take a vacation in Cars Land - John Lasseter
The moment I stepped into Cars Land, I thought to myself...I'm in the film...it feels like I've stepped right into Radiator Springs.
Earlier this summer, I spent a few... Read More »
Published on Monday, August 27, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
So much of Walt Disney's life and accomplishments originated in Los Angeles and the surrounding vicinity. Earlier this summer, Disney California Adventure Park was re-dedicated to introduce the opening of Buena V... Read More »
Published on Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
The last of our fun-filled, lay-by-the-pool days are almost over (despite the fact that our weather says otherwise), so I thought I'd break out our brand new snow cone machine for some frozen fairy fun! In honor of Disney's latest release, Secret of the Wings, we cooled off with this easy, delicious, and surprisingly healthy-ish snow cone recipe:
Periwinkle's B... Read More »
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
A walk down Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park is a step back in time. Almost immediately, you're transported to the early 1920's where optimism and prosperity reigned. When Walt Disney stepped off that train, he was filled with dreams and hope. Fourteen years later his first animated feature length film Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... Read More »
Published on Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
One of my son's favorite experiences at the Disneyland Resort is the parade, a musical performance spectacular that merges his favorite Disney characters with colorful floats, dancing, and a bit of magic. The Pixar Play Parade debuted in 2008 at Disney California Adventure Park but took a hiatus in 2011 as the park underwent the final phases of it's five-year expa... Read More »
Published on Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Six years ago, Pixar's computer-animated film Cars debuted in theaters and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. But even before the film was released, Walt Disney Imagineers were dreaming up Cars Land's signature ride Radiator Springs Racers. The amount of research and intricate detail that went into Disney California Adventure Park's latest ... Read More »
Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
After jetting off to San Francisco to screen some footage from Disney/Pixar's highly anticipated animated film Brave, I've been anxiously awaiting the day when I finally get to see the film in it's entirety. For the past month or so, I've been sharing exclusive interviews and information about the film, and over the weekend I'll be heading to Los Angeles for a pre... Read More »