The Disneyland Hotels

One of the massive differences that Disneyland and Disney World have comes in terms of space. With this comes the differences in the amount of areas that each one controls, especially when it comes to hotels. Disneyland only has three hotels, while Disney World has 25 hotels to choose from. One of the reasons for this is because Disney owns so much land in Florida and does not own even half as much land here in California. One of the major problems that California has is the land when it comes to expansion and updating.

However, one of the first things that my roommate took me to see whenever we got down here was the three different hotels here in California. They're all so different, yet so great. Now, they don't impress me as much as the hotels in Florida do, but that's also because the theming is not as in your face as the hotels in Florida. While I'm very okay with this, I love the fact that Florida's hotels theming is very out there and in your face. 

The three hotels out here in California are Paradise Pier, Grand California Hotel and Spa, and the Disneyland Hotel. My favorite had to be the Disneyland Hotel solely because of the fact of how beautiful it was. They had conception artwork and original pieces from each park in each of the three land based hotels: Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Adventureland. There are hidden Mickey's in the elevators, and there are beautiful pieces of art work in the halls. 

In California, there are no really 'budget' hotels, like Florida has. Because like I've said earlier, there's not the room for it. If you don't want to spend nearly as much, you can always stay in non-Disney hotels, however you don't get the same experience that you would if you stay in a Disney hotel. It's a trade off, but it's always something to consider. I would always say to stay in a Disney hotel, but I know it's not always something that is feasible. Disney does an amazing job with their theming throughout and they definitely did an amazing job with their hotels here. 
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One Week Alone

Recently, my roommate had to fly home out of the blue for a family emergency and although I was worried for her while she was away, I was also worried about how I was going to be as well. We live in a studio apartment, the two of us in one big apartment, and so this would be the first time that I would really be "on my own." I was nervous about coming home to an empty house, or really just spending time alone in our apartment. 

My roommate leaving was probably one of the best things that happened to me this program. It taught me a lot about life, about myself as a person, and how I handle being alone. It actually taught me that I quite enjoy being alone. This is something that I've known for a while, but never really understood until now. I never knew if I could support myself, or just be okay with being by myself in the apartment. But I learned that I can.

This time when she left, she allowed me to use her car on a day to day basis to get to work, and it was the greatest godsend ever. I was getting to work on time, and driving to get groceries, and I even got In-n-Out. After not having a car for so long, it was nice to be in a situation where I could go where I wanted, when I wanted, if I wanted. 

I liked being at home alone in our apartment because I knew if the mess was my mess. I knew if the dishes int he sinks were my dishes, and I knew that if I needed to use the restroom there wouldn't be anyone in it. It's nice to know that I am able to live on my own, if I wanted to, but I was also very glad whenever she came home as well. 
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The Most Terrifying: The Tower of Terror

When Lauren and Madison were in town visiting, one of the things that they really wanted to do was go on The Tower of Terror in Disney's California Adventure. Now, Disney World has the original ride which opened in 1994, and California Adventure's opened in 2004. We all adore Tower out in Hollywood Studios, so we figured that it would be the same/very similar to the one there. Though to be completely honest we didn't really have a clue what would happen. 

The picture above is from the second time that we went on the ride because the first time we went on it, our faces were of hysteria/pure terror. Because we went in blind, and weren't really sure what to expect it was fun and terrifying at the same time. After we got off of the ride for the first time we were all kind of shakey and had to take a moment because we were like 'what did we just experience.'  

One of the largest differences, that isn't really a spolier, is the fact that in Disney World, the ride takes you through the tower, and in Disneyland they do not. This is the biggest difference because we didn't really know what to expect because there wasn't any switching tracks. It's solely up and down. The other difference here is the queue line. The line inside the tower after you watch the video is absolutely terrifying here as well. I feel as if it's a lot creepier and a lot more ominous here. 

Loading here is really different as well, because there is an upstairs and a downstairs. I still haven't quite figured out how it works just yet but basically depending on which side you go on depends on if you go upstairs or if you stay on the ground floor. It's the same loading type situation, I've been in both, and honestly it's very similar to the one in Hollywood Studios, there are just six loading stations. All in all, I can say Tower of Terror is one of my favorite ride at both parks and they're very well done in both parks as well.
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