The last time I went to Disneyland was when I went for a grad trip in 2003 with my high school classmates from Silver Creek High School in San Jose, Ca. The Tower of Terror was under construction at the time and California Screamin’ was one of their newest roller coasters. I am a huge Little Mermaid fan, so when California Adventures came out with Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in 2011, I had been dying to go. After years and years of begging, my boyfriend Jasen finally agreed to go. It did help that his younger sister Veronica really wanted to go (she was recently disappointed that she couldn’t go with her friends earlier in the year, simply because her parents couldn’t afford it). Another advantage was that we had just learned about the discount Disneyland gives to the Military and my Uncle Aguus offered to take us and use his military card so we could get a 3 day park hopper pass for just $125. He wasn’t sure if they were going to continue the discount next year so we had till September to take advantage of that deal. So we planned a trip before Veronica was going to start school and brought my brother Brandon along. We traveled by car and stayed at the Best Western Stovial Inn, a cute place that was walking distance to the park.
Our three days at Disneyland and California adventures was fantastic! We budgeted our time well and got to go on many of the rides and attractions (our favorites more than once), and eat in some of the fine restaurants in the park. The rides we enjoyed the most were California Screamin’, Tower of Terror, and Radiator Springs Racers. We purchased the attractions photopass and got to take home a digital copy of our pictures from all the rides that take photos of you while on the ride. We are so happy we did this because we definitely got our money’s worth and got some pretty funny live shots. We had a nice lunch outside at Carnation Café, and celebrated my birthday day at the Blue Bayou. We all had a fun and amazing time and, of course, my boyfriend had to end it on a high note by proposing to me while we were doing our final train ride around the park to say good-bye to Disneyland. It’s actually quite a funny story because I didn’t believe him at first. After all, he was proposing with a toy Ariel ring. But after he explained to me that he forgot the real one at home and had to hunt for this one during the trip to serve in its place, I accepted his proposal.
Now what to do with all these photos from our trip? I took tons of photos with my personal camera and we had the Attraction photos as well—Lots of good memories that I wanted to keep alive for a long time. Shutterfly was having an end of summer promotion and there was a promo code to get a free 8×8 photo book. I took advantage of the great deal and decided to use Shutterfly to make a Scrapbook like keepsake. It was very easy to create a photo book on their website and they left lots of options available to customize it yourself by adding text boxes or embellishments. There were tons of styles to choose from for the book and ultimately I chose, “Color the Town.” My favorite tool was the arrangement capabilities. All I had to do was select how many photos I wanted on a page and it would show me different layouts and arrangements it could do with that amount of photos. I customized the front cover and back of the book as well with some of my favorite pictures. I got to see the result when Shutterfly mailed the final product to me and I was really happy with the quality of the book and it just looked great. Every time I look at it I’m in awe as I am taken back to those great days at the Disneyland Park with some of the people I love the most. Thanks Shutterfly for helping me save and share some of the awesome memories!