I’m not usually the person who gets crazy excited about going to Disneyland, in fact the last time I was there was 10 year ago, but a few months ago my friend and I were talking about what to do for her birthday, and Disneyland seemed to be the perfect choice (after all, we do live 45 minutes away). Since the next time I go to Disneyland will probably be in another decade, I decided to write this blog post full of Disney favorites, tips/tricks and photos.
If you’re just going to Disney for one day, it can be hard to choose what to do and what to prioritize, so here were some of my favorite rides to ride and things to do that I would prioritize over other things. My favorite rides were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World (I know I’m a 5 year old inside haha!), Matterhorn (my favorite time to ride this is at night, especially during Christmas, because you get an amazing view of the whole park lit up), and Splash Mountain. All of these rides are the ones that typically have long lines, so be prepared to wait or spend an extra $10 on tickets to get fast passes (will talk about this later). Other than the rides, Disney is full of fun things to do and places to go. During our day at Disney, I would say we spent only about 50% of the time riding rides, and the other 50% walking around, eating and soaking in all the Disney vibes. With me being me, one of the things we did that I loved was starting our day at the Starbucks on Main Street. I know this sounds super basic, but I absolutely loved the vibe inside the Starbucks (even though the prices are slightly marked up). The store was PACKED and got me excited for the day ahead (I also would not have gotten through the day without my daily coffee). Other than Starbucks, the other food I would highly recommend trying is the Beignets and Mint Juleps in New Orleans Square. We decided to stop there for an afternoon snack around 2:30pm and ended up sitting there for an hour talking, taking pictures and enjoying our snack. It was a perfect little break from a crazy day. My last favorite, pretty obvious, is to end the day by watching the fireworks in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Disneyland is such a magical place and the fireworks that are perfectly times and choreograph to match all of the classic Disney songs is the perfect way to end a day at Disney. And of course, don’t forget to take tons of pictures throughout the day!
Knowing how much we were spending on tickets, food and transportation for a day at Disney, my friends and I wanted to make sure that we were getting the absolute most of the day. For starters, we decided to add an extra $10 onto each of our tickets to get fast passes. What that allowed us all to do was to use the app to book our fast passes for the rides. We were able to use about 10 fast passes throughout the day (which probably saved us a total of 4 hours from waiting in lines). Another tip if you are going to Disney is to designate one person to book the fast passes by making a “party” on the app. All you have to do is have one person add each person to their “party” and each time they book a fast pass, it automatically gets booked for everyone in the group. And when you get to the ride and get into the line, only that one person has to scan their phone and it scans for everyone in the group. Another tip that was super helpful was to go on the busiest/most popular rides earlier in the morning. We got to the park at 8am, right as it opened, and the majority of the people there were families with young children who weren’t exactly rushing for Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. The lines for the bigger, “scarier” rides are much shorter in the morning than they are in the afternoon/evening.
Photos: Because if you didn’t Instagram a photo, did you really go to Disneyland?!
There is only one word in the swimming world that is synonymous with joy, pride, honor, and thrill. And no, it’s not 200 fly, it’s JOLYN. For the past few years, Jolyn’s have taken the swimming and water sports scene by storm. Speaking from my experience, the number of my teammates that wear Jolyn’s have grown exponentially, even in the last year. It’s become a way for our team to bond. From “twinning” pics to team orders, Jolyn has creating a strong sense of team. Whether it’s the bright colorful patterns, the unique styles of the suits, or even just the small black logo, it’s something that has proven (time and time again) to be much more than just another brand of swimsuit. I can personally say that neither my sister or I have bought a non-Jolyn swimsuit in the last two years.
Not only are Jolyn’s absolutely beautiful to look at (I may have found true love:), they are amazing suits for swimming, training, and all water sports. With both the one pieces and (some) two pieces having adjustable tie-backs, the sizes are flexible and the suits stay up. I have used Jolyn’s for everything; from swim practice to weight training, and from beach bumming to playing a beach game. And never have a suffered from a wardrobe malfunction (if you know what I mean). From training one-pieces to beach bikinis, it’s the only place I ever want to shop.
So if I haven’t already convinced you that Jolyn’s are the best, I took some photos of me, my sister and a friend in our Jolyn’s, to show you what we really mean. I will link as many links as possible down below, and please let me know in the comments if you want more information on sizing!
One Pieces- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/onesies-category
Active Wear- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/dryland-accessories
Purple One Piece- https://jolynclothing.com/collections/solid-nico-tie-back-onesie