For February’s #CityDisneyStyle post, I was originally planning to share how I style a Disney sweater multiple ways. But when I found out I was able to get small peak of NYFW during my trip to New York, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to put together a Disney Style outfit that was a little more…extra than usual.😆 And speaking of extra, can we just take a minute to appreciate the hilarity of these “smoke” photos?!☁️🤣
So let’s jump right in and break down this outfit. And we’ll start with the most obvious piece — this crazy H&MxMoschino gold sequin parka! I’ve been meaning to break out this bad boy for the perfect occasion. So when I was packing for New York, I knew it would be the item that I built my outfit around. PLUS, it’s a padded parka that was perfect for the cold weather.
But what to wear that would simultaneously compliment, but not compete with the gloriousness of the jacket? 🤔 With Ilana‘s advice to wear a Mickey sweater, I knew this cropped Forever 21 sweater featuring a dazed Mickey would be perfect. I love that the graphic stands out from the jacket, but isn’t too busy to compete with it. And the yellow stars were such a fun way to play up the shimmer of the jacket.
For pants and shoes, I wanted to wear more “basic” items. But as I mentioned in last month’s #citydisneystyle post, I like to choose interesting basics to help keep my outfits from looking too boring. Instead of just wearing any pair of black pants and shoes, I wore these wide leg, velvet burnout pants and chunky velvet sneakers. The patterned pants are subtle enough to not overpower the outfit, but still add texture and interest. And the platform soles on these Supergas help give the whole outfit a more street style vibe.👟
And of course to complete the look, I chose a fun, graphic bag! For the shows, I actually decided to carry my Cakeworthy Mickey hand bag, but I also like how my new Pixar hard case bag looks with this outfit too! I especially like how the star plays off of Mickey’s dazed stars. And the tophandle came handy since the parka is so puffy. Have you ever tried throwing a bag strap over a puffy jacket before? Not. Easy.
And as a BONUS, here’s one other way I wore this crazy sequin parka with some Disney Style flair! After picking up this black and gold Mickey bag from the Shanghai Disney store, I knew it would look amazing with my gold parka and a sleek black outfit. And for an extra touch of Mickey, I wore these gold Mickey stud earrings I picked up from the parks a year ago. It was the perfect outfit for a late night dinner out in New York and SO easy to put together!
Since I didn’t get to share the original #citydisneystyle outfit I wanted to post for February, keep an eye out for it next month! I’m going to share the different ways I like to style a Minnie sweater!🐭🎀 And since February is already over, I promise you won’t need to wait long.😉
Happy National Polka Dot Day! And say hello to the first #citydisneystyle post!🙌🏼 If you follow me on instagram, then you already know that this series is an idea I’ve been toying around with for the past month. After getting all your great feedback, I’m finally pulling the trigger!
I hope that each month I can tell you more about how to put together a Disney Style outfit that suits your city life. Instead of following one format, I’ve decided to focus on one topic each month. I’m planning to write up step by step guides, how to style one item multiple ways, and hopefully showing you how to easily transition at-home Disney loungewear clothes into a pulled-together errand outfit!🏃🏻♀️
This month, I decided to provide three tips on how to wear one of the most timeless prints around — Minnie polka dots!🔴⚪️⚫️🔴⚪️⚫️
Tip 1: Choose interesting basics to pair with your dots.
I love a good pattern mix, but for easy city dressing, I usually pair a pattern or print back to interesting basics. What do I mean by interesting basics?🤔 It sounds like such a contradiction, Alisa. Well, I’m talking about basic pieces with an unexpected point of interest. Basics with an intriguing detail that makes them NOT so basic.
Notice in this outfit, that the points of interest in my black coat are the longer streamlined silhouette, slim collars, and distinct pocket details. For my bag, the mixed metal buckle feels unexpected. And blue tinted aviators actually pick up on the blue in Donald’s hat. These kind of small details help to elevate your basics from literal “basic clothes” to stylish staples that stand the test of time.
Tip 2: Mix different styles into your outfit.
Mixing different styles is something I often think about when putting together a #citydisneystyle outfit. As much as I prefer to have a predictable life and schedule🙄, I try to go for an unexpected mix in my outfits. And when it comes to styling Disney pieces, mixing fun and bright with more refined items easily transforms Disney clothes into city clothes.
Since I based this outfit on my flouncy Cath Kidston dot skirt, I decided to pair it with more structured items to get that nice mix of feminine and sleek. Again, my black jacket instantly adds polish with its sharp silhouette and my earrings are minimalistic and streamlined. Both give a nice contrast to a flowy skirt and that contrast is what taps into that “je ne sais quoi” cool city girl mood.
Tip 3: Tuck it in!
It’s such a simple styling “hack,” but it has so much pay off. For skirts or pants that sit at your waist, try to tuck in your top. Not only does it help keep the shape of your outfit, but doing a French or half tuck will also help you channel that cool Parisian city vibe. I mean, it’s called a French tuck for a reason!👩🏻🎨 Tucking your shirt in ever so slightly will instantly read as effortless and more polished.
Minnie dots are such a playful and timeless print to wear and I hope these three tips will help you wear them with confidence around the city! Minnie may be girlie and sweet, but she’s also strong and independent. So to style an outfit that speaks to different sides of Minnie’s character was fun and meaningful for me. And to share this outfit and these tips on National Polka Dot Day is just the icing on the cake!🎂
How do you like to wear your Minnie dots? Let me know here or over on instagram!
We’re a week out from Christmas, so trees, lights, and festive holiday outfits are in full swing! In past years, I would wear the usual lace or sparkles, but this year, 🎶to save me from tears, I’ll give ‘fits some Disney style!🎶
What I’m trying to say with my horribly forced Christmas pun is that this year, I thought I would add some Disney flair into some of my holiday outfits. I figured that would be a good way to help get me into the Christmas spirit, since I’m usually more of a Halloween ghoul.👻😆 I mourn the loss of fall weather and Halloween candy for a month.
Since most of my Disney pieces are casual, I decided to pair a casual shirt with a satin, silky skirt to dress it up. The mix of casual and dressy gives that cool, city girl vibe that I love. But part of the fun in dressing for the holidays is also being a little kitschy. Enter adorable Christmas light earrings!🎄 And since I have two ear piercings, I obviously had to capitalize on the opportunity and wear two pairs.😏 For this outfit, the green and gold pairs were the perfect accent colors. BONUS: The earrings are less than $5 on Kmart right now!
And even though I only intended to wear one piece of Disney apparel, I ended up wearing three.😅 Since the weather was gloomy, as it usually is during this time of year in San Francisco, I threw on my favorite oversized camel coat, which conveniently, features Mickey. And to carry my essentials, I opted for my small Minnie Coach bag; also adding that perfect dash of Minnie style.🎀🐭❤️
All in all, this was a perfect outfit for my afternoon work holiday party last week. Dressy enough to be party appropriate, yet still laid back, fun, and festive! And another bonus for ya…it’s an easy, comfortable, and cute outfit to wear for a visit to the Union Square tree!🙌🏼
I love that I was able to incorporate some Disney flair into my holiday outfit this year. My usual holiday go-to’s are red, black, lace, or a dress of some sort, so it was fun to think out the box and incorporate some of my favorite mouses.🐭🎀🐭
What do you like to wear for holiday parties? Comment below what you’re going to wear for your holiday festivities or let me know over on instagram!
Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! It’s Mickey’s 90th birthday! And you can bet I’m not just celebrating today. I definitely celebrated alllll year long by buying into the many Mickey True Original collections that released throughout the year. Opening Ceremony, Forever 21, Cakeworthy, Vans, Target, and most recently H&MxMoschino and Levi’s — just to name a few. So thank you, Mickey, for turning 90! I have a closet full of amazing Disney Style pieces thanks to your birthday. Unfortunately, my wallet doesn’t thank you so much.
This is also why I loved all the Mickey True Original collections so much. Each collection retained the brand’s DNA. Forever 21’s collection was fun and spunky, Opening Ceremony was unconventional and funky, Rag & Bone was ultra cool. Each brand that released a collaboration took Mickey as inspiration, but made the collection unapologetically their own. And it inspires me to approach personal style in the same way.
So to take a page out of Mickey’s playbook, I KNEW I had to make this Disney Style Canadian tuxedo my own. Obviously, I wanted everything from all the collections, but I knew I absolutely needed these Levi’s Mickey decal jeans and matching sherpa jacket for a few reasons. It’s probably obvious by now that I’m a sucker for denim and an adorable classic Mickey. But Levi’s was and still remains an integral part of San Francisco’s heritage. The company was born and raised in San Francisco! Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?😏
You might wonder why I’m sometimes overly aggressive about declaring San Francisco as my home. I can’t tell you the number of times someone has asked me “Where are you from?” and they don’t actually want to know what city. Many POC and WOC can probably relate to this. Sometimes, I keep telling them San Francisco until they ask me the actual question, “What race/ethnicity are you?” Additionally, a good handful of people assume I wasn’t born here. You would think at this point in our lives, someone wouldn’t be so shocked to learn that you were born here just like your own parents.
But as a third generation San Franciscan and with Levi’s significant ties to SF, I obviously had to pair this denim set with a San Francisco, City by the Bay graphic tee. The simple, yet strong font pairs nicely with the classic Mickey decals. Laid back round sunglasses and practical, yet polished flats finish off this outfit and lend that perfect touch of city ease and California cool. And of course, I added a little extra flair with a pin from the Disney Store’s new Mouseketeer collection!
So here’s to you, Mickey! Thank you for 90 years of laughter and magic! You look good for your age, but I reckon it’s because you’re young at heart. Just another life lesson that you’ve taught millions of people, including myself. I can’t wait to see the countless number of amazing people you’ll inspire for another 90 years to come! And of course, I know you’ll do that with your own unique flair. 😉
In 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to visit all 6 Disney parks within a year thanks to a close friend who encouraged me to do it with her. And even though it’s been a quick (read “LONG”) minute, I’ve heard your cries on Instagram and am finally writing up reviews of each international park and hopefully answering your questions on accommodations, transportation, food, and more! To kick it off, I’m starting with Tokyo Disney Resort!
Transportation to the parks from on property and nearby hotels is easy and convenient. Many hotels provide a shuttle that will either take you to the park or take to your closest monorail station. Disney-sanctioned hotels will even have the cute Mickey shuttle buses!
The monorail, unlike Disney World’s monorail, charges a fee. But tickets are fairly cheap and if you know how many days you will be using the monorail, then you can buy multi-day passes which are a better value. The monorail tickets can be bought at kiosks at the monorail station and they usually have cute seasonal Disney designs!
If traveling to the parks from Tokyo, you can take the metro (called the JR or Japan Railway). It usually takes an hour to travel to the resort depending on where you are staying in the city and how many transfers you need to make. But find the Keiyo Line or the Musashino Line, which both lead to Maihama Station. Maihama Station lets you off at Ikspiari, which is like Downtown Disney or Disney Springs. You can then board the resort monorail that takes you to the parks!
I’ve stayed both on and off resort and depending on how you want to spend your time in Tokyo, that is how you should plan where to stay. If you are planning on visiting the parks for three days, I would suggest finding a hotel “on property.” And I say that with quotes because similar to other Disney resorts, there are hotels within the vicinity of the parks, but aren’t necessarily associated with Disney. And these are great for those looking for cheaper rooms! But if you only have one chance to visit, I would recommend the Celebration Hotel! It’s one of the more affordable Disney hotels if you’re able to split the costs with a few people. I LOVED it! There are so many cute decor details (like bread and butterfly decals outside the room doors) and our room had the Joey Chou Alice in Wonderland mural along the wall. SO MANY PHOTO SPOTS!
If you plan on visiting the parks for only one or two days and seeing Tokyo the remainder of your stay, then I would suggest finding a place in the city. Even better, if you can find a hotel or airbnb near the Keiyo or Musashino JR Lines, it will cut down the number of transfers you have to make and get you to the magic that much faster.😉
TDR food is on another level. Most, if not all, things are adorably cute. However, I will say some of the food tastes a little processed. Whether that’s good or bad is a different question, but do not expect to find fresh sashimi. It still is after all, a theme park.
One of the more famed restaurants that is unique to TDR is the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. It is a cafeteria style restaurant that surrounds diners with the intricacies of Wonderland. The signature dish is the Queen of Hearts hamburger patty, which is a fun heart shaped patty topped with a cheese crown. However, since beef isn’t a super common meat in Japan, unlike the US, don’t be surprised if it tastes more like meatloaf.
Some of my favorite TDR foods include the Mickey hand bun (Disneyland, Toontown), chandu tailchandu tail (Disney Sea, Arabian Coast), and Mickey chicken nuggets (DL, Tomorrowland Terrace but I like getting them in DS at Cape Cod Cookoff in American Water). Other TDR foods that guests love are the different flavored popcorn and the Mickey shaped churro! PS: Disney Sea has wine at Cafe Portofino in the Mediterranean Harbor area.🍷 Gotta thank the Nakajima sisters (Ayano & Natsuki) for helping us tourists with that one!😉
I feel like there really isn’t much to say here because I think most Disney fans know that TDR merch is THE BEST. Everything they sell is so much better than any other Disney park. But aside from the ears, sunglasses, and apparel, I also really love TDR’s snack souvenirs!
Japan loves little packaged snacks. And at both TDR parks, you’ll find whole sections of stores devoted to snacks and candies. Even better, many of the snacks are cased in souvenir tins or containers. So after you’ve eaten everything, you still get a fun case or tin as a souvenir! I personally like bringing back the snack souvenirs as gifts for friends and coworkers. But I always buy some for myself because it reminds me of my childhood. My family was frequently in SF’s Japantown. Preschool, summer camp, basketball leagues, piano lessons…it was all in Japantown for us. So growing up, we loved going to the Japanese markets to pick out whatever snack we wanted as our afternoon treat. And now seeing some of my favorite childhood snacks wrapped up in fun Disney packaging just makes the child in me scream with joy!
Part of the reason why this one of my top Disney resorts is because of the people. Guests and visitors are not only polite and nice, but they’re trustworthy. Japan in general has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and it’s because everyone respects one another. Not saying you should leave your stuff around willy nilly, but if for some reason you left something behind, you have a good chance of getting it back. Granted, there’s probably not much crime or theft that happens in Disney parks, you just get that extra reassurance that your belongings won’t be lost forever.
Not many people there speak English. So if you’re not knowledgeable in Japanese, be ready to charade your way through a conversation. There are English maps and most signs have English translations. Worst case scenario, have your map handy and point to what you’re looking for. And better yet, also have a Japanese map with you so the cast member can read it in their own language instead of having to try to guess what the English map says. But at least know “hello” (kon’nichiwa) and “thank you” (arigato).
Tokyo Disneyland is pretty similar to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. But they do have some rides and attractions that are unique to Tokyo! And of course, DisneySea is a completely different park, so everything they have can’t be found at any other Disney park. But if you only have a limited time, here’s what I would strongly suggest you try to ride in each park!
Disneyland park: Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek
TDR is by far one of my favorite Disney parks. I love the mix of Japanese culture and Disney magic, but overall it’s just a well-rounded resort. Fun rides, easy transportation, various hotels, instagrammable food, and of course amazing merch. But what really captures my heart are all the small details in the park. The soap in the bathrooms are dispensed as mickey shaped foam, ramen egg yolks are also mickey shaped, and one time we swore the camel statue in Arabian Coast smelled like actual camel poop smell. They’re THAT dedicated to details.
To fully experience the parks, I would suggest a three day stay. However, two days will still allow you to enjoy most of what the parks offer. And I would probably spend a little more time in DisneySea versus Disneyland. Only because DisneySea is completely different from any other Disney park.
If you’ve been to TDR, let me know what you love most about it! Or if you have extra tips, leave them here to so others can learn more too! And stay tuned for the next international international Disney park travel guide!🐭✈️
As we all know, Target released a Mickey Mouse summer collection a couple months back and I’m sure thousands of Disney fans raced to their closest Target. I, of course, was one of those people because I am always SO thirsty for all the cute Disney merch!😆 The one item that I absolutely needed, and prompted my last minute evening Target run, were these white Mickey Mouse sunnies! But alas, you never visit Target and leave with only one item.
The first apparel item I reached for at the store was these lightweight chambray embroidered Mickey pants. Fun and “less conventional” pants have been everywhere this past year and for good reason. I love that these pants have an elastic waist. (Hello, Jack Jack cookie num nums!🍪) And to maximize the comfort factor, these pants are more of a straight leg cut, which gives you a little extra wiggle room for running to that FastPass station.
I love pairing light blue chambray with white and ivory, so I dug up an old white H&M scallop edge top and tucked it in for a defined waist. And accessorizing is a breeze when you end up buying all the coordinating accessories from the collection.😅 The white Mickey sunnies add that element of fun to an otherwise more proper-looking outfit, and the red Mickey handkerchief brings attention to my face. The Cath Kidston bag originally came with a navy strap, but for that extra punch of fun, I switched it out for the alternate red striped one. And to tie it all together, I wore my red Superga 2750 classics. (Bonus: California residents can get 10% off Superga shoes with the code “abitwong10”!)
Another clothing item from the Target collection is this rainbow “Good Times” Mickey shirt. I love that it’s a basic tee with a twist. Rather than a blank white shirt, a simple rainbow graphic brings more character to an outfit. And instead of just pairing it with my usual skinny jeans, I decided to try something more fun! These coral linen pants are colorful and breezy, but beware… linen = wrinkles galore.😩
I also picked up this girls😅 straw drawstring backpack from the Target collection. It has a frickin’ hidden mickey on it made out of pom poms. How does one not buy it? And this particular backpack carries so much stuff! Aside from my denim jacket, which I brought along for the chillier pre-summer evenings, I also fit my DSLR, water bottle, and polaroid camera — and I still had room for extra souvenirs.😆
If weather permits, I also like to wear a denim jacket because it’s a great way to “tone down” an outfit. These coral pants are definitely loud and a little different than what I’m used to wearing. So if I ever felt self-conscious, I just threw on my denim jacket. And being a jacket fiend, I just love the way it completes an outfit. But we all know that the real outfit completer are shoes. These Vans Winnie the Pooh shoes perfectly picked up colors from the rest of my outfit and it’s always fun to add a little extra whimsy to your feet!
Yes, I did pick up more stuff from the Target x Mickey Mouse collab, but I’ll spare you for now.😆 And even though we’re still a few months out from Mickey AND Minnie’s 90th Birthday, I’m so excited that Target and other big retailers are already releasing Disney Style pieces! I actually heard that Forever 21 is dropping some new fall Disney Style pieces, so….I’m going to go online shopping now.🛍🙈
But this is post is going to be about Minnie (and some Minnie inspired outfits), not my birthday shenannigans. 😉 In fact, Minnie had a “facebook worthy” life event when she received her star on the walk of fame earlier this month! And honestly, it’s about time!
Mickey got his star back in 1978, but Minnie was only nominated for her own star just a few years ago. And in the wake of the #TimesUp movement, I’m sure the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce felt pressure and saw the perfect opportunity to show support. More about how Minnie had to wait 40 years before getting her star here!
And I’ll be honest, I tend to choose Mickey over Minnie; especially when it comes to merch and disney fashion. And that’s usually because I find Minnie to be a little too girly for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got love for Minnie and everything she’s done. But when it comes to girly, I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I tend to shy away from it. When you’re a short asian and look “doll-like” in girly clothes, people tend to treat you more like a child rather than an adult.
Should I let the way others treat me deter me from wearing girly clothes? Absolutely not. But the other part of wearing less girly clothes is to limit the amount of defense I have play. If I encounter someone who starts treating me like a child, all of the sudden I have to make my case on why they should treat me like, I don’t know, a grown adult?! Yes, I have a major sweet tooth, hate going to sleep when I’m told to, and I like Disney. But that means I’m a child at heart, not an actual child.
But let’s get back to Minnie. I’m so glad Minnie finally got her star!⭐️ It was long overdue and just highlights how far behind we were in recognizing the gender disparity between Minnie and Mickey. So instead of just rockin’ the dots only in January, I’m going to try to let Minnie inspire more of my Disney outfits. Because the only thing better than representing this iconic fashionista is to shock strangers that dare treat me like a child.
It’s the last day of the year and instead of making a list of practical resolutions, like how I should save more money, I’m instead reminiscing on the all the ways I wanted to spend my money this past year – aka my five favorite 2017 Disney collaborations! There were so many great Disney collaborations that debuted this year, but I’ll mostly be focusing on apparel collabs because there’s no better way to show your Disney pride than to have it plastered all over your body. 😬
Last year, Coach released a special Mickey collection that sold out INSTANTLY. I went to a Coach store around 1pm the day it released and the store was literally down to it’s last few items for each style. So this year, Coach released another Mickey collaboration only in their outlet stores. The assortment was reminiscent of the original collection, but included a lot more styles and variety. You best believe I snatched up a bunch of the bags and maybe a jacket…or two. Well, one of the jackets was gifted to me, so that doesn’t count. But regardless, this was probably my favorite collaboration of the year. I wear those Coach x Disney bags so often and the jackets I’ll keep forever!
Another collection I loved was the UNIQLO x Olympia Le-Tan “Minnie Mouse Loves Dots” collection. I’m usually more of a Mickey lover, but the Minnie graphics were too cute to pass up. I especially loved the embroidered details that tied all of the pieces together. I’ll admit, some of the shirts were too sweet for my taste, but I fell in love with the cropped tattoo-esque shirts with Minnie’s face and banners flanking each side of the collar. I loved it so much, I picked up both the black and red colorways. I also picked up a couple of the bags, but my favorite is probably the red structured Minnie bag.
This one, I’m quite sad about because THEY ARE ONLY SOLD IN BRAZIL.😭😫 I was actually so close to snagging something from this collection thanks to a sweet friend that offered to pick it up for me. But I guess it wasn’t meant to be because my size was sold out in almost everything. Anyways, Arezzo is a Brazilian shoe brand that released a super diverse Mickey inspired collection. The range included espadrilles, classic pumps, and trendy slides. I especially wanted the yellow Mickey ear slides because they are perfect for a Mickey disneybound and add that great pop of color to everyday outfits. Hopefully, someone out in the world is re-selling theirs!🙏🏻
Cakeworthy released it’s first official licensed Disney collection earlier this fall and it is amazing. Cakeworthy always delivers the coolest Disney streetwear clothes around. Compared to many other small apparel businesses that create Disney-inspired clothes, Cakeworthy items always have that unique punk edge. I immediately loved the Neverland denim embroidered jacket and the novelty Mickey pizza bag. Both are a little out there, but super special pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. I’ve known the brains behind Cakeworthy for a few years now and they are amazing people. They always find that one thing that Disney fans want but doesn’t actually exist, and then make it into a reality. Their ability to identify the white space within the Disney apparel world is what puts them ahead of the rest.
I know this one isn’t necessarily clothing, but I had to add it in after my boyfriend so thoughtfully gifted me the Pendleton Mickey wool blanket for Christmas! After seeing it as part of a Disney Style gift guide, I immediate knew I had to have it. They also released a few kids’ throws which are adorable for families with younger children. But for the adult that’s young at heart, the Mickey’s Salute throw is perfection. It’s the ideal mix of Pendleton’s classic geo patterns and old school Disney charm. And I am a total sucker for that timeless Mickey. If I ever end up not using it (stab me if that ever does happen though because that would be a heinous crime committed against this blanket), I love the idea of framing it and making it this huge piece of artwork to hang on the wall!
So those are my top five favorite Disney collaborations from this year! There definitely was a huge number of Disney collections, but these were the few that I really coveted. And the fact that I had to narrow down my choices is exciting! Compared to 2016, I felt 2017 was the year many designers and companies finally realized that people love Disney and Disney products! Within the past few years, I think more people are finally comfortable showing their love for Disney in everyday life – namely in apparel!
I could be completely wrong on this, but I feel like Disney lovers would wear all their gear in the park or to some kind of Disney event, but that’s the only “acceptable” time to sport it. But nowadays, I walk around work and see other co-workers wearing their Star Wars sweater or a Mickey shirt and I get a little excited. I think we’re coming into an age of “Screw it. This is something I love, so I’m going to wear it.” And now more than ever, people are braver about showing off the things they love. And in terms of showing off Disney Style, I’m all for it.❤️
Cheers to a great 2018!🎉 And to more Disney collaborations!🐭
Aaahhhhhhhhh! Where to even begin?! For many Disney fans, Pixar Studios is a supplemental, but oh so necessary part of the Disney company and experience. It’s like adding avocado to your BLT. Pixar just makes Disney THAT. MUCH. BETTER. Omg, Pixar is an avocado. No wonder everyone loves it!😆 So when I got the chance to visit the Pixar campus with some friends, I was ecstatic.
We visited on a Sunday, which was actually really nice because it was completely empty and quiet. We could take a million photos with no one in the background! 🤗 An added bonus was the warm weather! If you ever visited or lived in the Bay Area during the summer, then you know that warm days during the “summer” months are like Pixar easter eggs — you only get them once in a while.😉 Cloudless skies meant I could wear a blue dress for my Guido disneybound without hesitation. I would’ve worn the dress anyways since Chelsea and I planned on being twinsies together, but great weather just made it that much better. P.S. Loved Cars 3! See it if you can!
Luigi and Guido disneybouds!
Aside from the multiple Pixar statues that greet you at the entrance, there’s also a trophy case filled with all the awards Pixar has won. Oscar…oscar…beaten up Woody? In the far corner, a well-loved Woody, all dirty and missing his boot, was set next to a letter from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The cast member explained how a 6 year old boy was given a new Woody doll and rather than throw the old one away, the boy left it at the park’s City Hall so his old Woody could have a great new home and “spend infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear.” I’m sorry, I would go on but it seems I’m on the verge of crying.😩
Of course, there was tons of concept art throughout the building. When we visited, most of the art was for Finding Dory and Cars 3. We saw everything from pencil sketches to clay models. Unfortunately, all of this amazing concept art was in a “no photo” zone, so I don’t have any pictures. Sorry!😭 But trust me when I say, it was so cool to see all the different stages of the animation process. And I guess Pixar made up for it with huge posters and statues that scream “instagram photo op.”😏
And Pixar being Pixar, they also scattered lots of magic throughout the rest of the property. Halfway through our visit, I headed for the bathroom. And when I reached the door, instead of the usual female silhouette logo, I spotted a familiar curvy, mom-bob, above-the-knee boot wearing superhero! She was incredible.😉 But my favorite surprises were the characters that were embedded into the floors! So while walking around, you could randomly run into some of your favorite characters!
And of course, the pièce de résistance…Luxo Jr. and the Luxo ball! Erika slayed it and actually disneybounded as the Luxo ball, but by complete accident, we all ended up wearing similar style dresses all in yellow and blue.😳 And guess what, our separate disneybounds then became a singular one. We. Were. The Luxo ball. If that isn’t the definition of serendipty, then I don’t know what else is!
We are Luxo ball.
I still can’t believe such an amazing company is just across the bridge from me. A company that not only seeks out talent and creativity, but also encourages personal storytelling, is just so endearing and heartwarming. And call me a snooty San Francisco native, but I like to think that Pixar employees are often inspired by the Bay Area and somehow weave that into their stories. Case in point, Inside Out. Ultimately, I just love the idea that employees of a huge storytelling company that millions of people know, are creating these stories in an area that is tremendously liberal and diverse. And I like to think that San Francisco’s liberal values make their way into Pixar’s stories; ultimately passing those values along to millions of people. But that just might be a snooty San Franciscan’s wishful thinking. But hey, one can dream!😊
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to sea we go! A few weeks ago, I went on a Disney cruise with a group of friends and we were probably the only group of young adults without children. I say young group of adults because there were actually older (probably retired) couples that were vacationing without children too. AKA my life in 30ish years.
“Alisa, aren’t Disney cruises only fun for families and kids?” On the contrary! Yes, Disney cruises are aimed towards families, but as we learned, it is first and foremost a cruise. Which means you still get great food and dining experiences, fun cocktails and drinks, and “adult only” areas. All of these things just happen to have a little Disney magic sprinkled in.
So how’s a group of young adults supposed to enjoy a Disney cruise? Well, let’s start with FOOD!
Each night we dined at a different “restaurant.” The first night we ate at The Animator’s Palate, which honors the history of Disney animation. You’ll find animation sketches everywhere and what once started as a still black and white drawing will then turn into a full-on colored animation by the end of the night! Throughout the night, we were excited to keep tabs on the new changes we saw throughout the restaurant. And to join in on the magic, we all Disney Bounded as Disney animated characters. Erika and Vince of Village Haus were clever enough to bring a black and white outfit and then a colorful outfit to change into at the end of dinner! So clever those two. And spoiler alert (seriously, if you don’t want to know skip ahead now!): Sorcerer Mickey comes out in full force at the end and it was the best part of the dinner.
For our second night, we dined at Tiana’s Place, which obviously serves up tasty southern inspired dishes. And we all decided to Disney Bound characters from The Princess and the Frog. I probably ordered 5 courses that night, which was not ideal for my all white Mama Odie Disney Bound outfit. And if you get a chance, take a lap around the room to see all the small details. On one wall, there were cabinets filled with photos of Tiana’s parents, her dad’s recipe box, and various frog paraphernalia. But again, the best part of the night was at the end of the dinner when Tiana and Louis led a fun-filled jazzy dance party!
Before or after dinner (depending on your scheduled seating time), be sure to catch at least one of the Broadway-style shows! The first night was “The Golden Mickeys Live Show” in which Golden Mickeys are awarded to different Disney movies. I assumed the usual characters would make an appearance — princesses, fab 5, maybe even Stitch and other critter characters if Disney was feeling adventurous. But Disney threw me a massive curveball. There was one portion of the show that featured Tarzan, Mulan, and are you ready for this…Hunchback of Notre freakin’ Dame!! I may have cried a little while surrounded by small children that were constantly their parents who that character was that was walking funny.
And I cried not so much because they were some of my favorite movies growing up, but because it was just so great to see them represented in a show! Quasimodo is NEVER in a show! Just to see them get their moment in the spotlight and get recognition was somewhat emotional for me. “Alisa, these aren’t even real people, they’re freaking animated characters.” I knooowww, but they get validation and credit for being worthy Disney characters for once! But my tears dried up halfway through the Mulan segment. Hopefully, more on that in a later post.
Aside from great dining and entertainment, the Disney Wonder is full of prime instagram spots. So for all those social media butterflies out there, you’ll love bopping around the boat getting all those cute photos. For our group of social media enthusiasts, we were on a mission to take the most #basic Disney cruise photos. And with the help of Taylor Jackson, we got some amazing shots and quite possibly the best basic Disney cruise photo ever. Check out Taylor’s vlog to see how he captured these amazing photos!
^The winner of the most basic Disney cruise photo.
Eating + entertainment + cute photo ops = fun for young adults on a Disney cruise! And of course add a few drinks into the mix for an extra fun time. But in general, you can always have a good time anywhere and anytime as long as you’re in good company! And honestly, I think this trip was SO MUCH FUN because of the incredible people I got to experience it with. Did I mention that I also cried during the last night of our cruise at dinner because I was so thankful for great time we had together and to just be there in that moment with all of them? Oh, I didn’t? Well, now you know how grateful I was to be on this fun trip with these extraordinary people. Go check them out! –> Leslie, Erika, Lindsay, Vince, Taylor