The Disneyland Resort Puts on Its Winter Coat for the Holidays

Olaf's Snow Fest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the happiest place on Earth just got merrier as the Disneyland Resort puts on its winter coat! Now through January 6, 2016. Continue reading

Awaken to ‘Star Wars’: Season of the Force at the Disneyland Resort

Star Tours the Force Awakens

Disneyland Resort has made traveling to a galaxy far, far away a whole lot easier. ‘Star Wars’: Season of the Force is now open in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, and the Force is strong in everyone. Also, churros. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 25 – D23 Expo


This week, it’s just Justin and Jamie as we recap the events of the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim. Jamie was on hand for all three days of the expo, and we talk about what went down, what there was to see, why there were so many lines, and whether it’s worth it. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 22 – Walt Disney Archives


This week, we’re honored to be joined by the director of the Walt Disney Archives, Becky Cline. There is perhaps no other arm of the Walt Disney Company that inspires as much romance and mystery as the Walt Disney Archives. In short, it’s a closed-to-the-public repository of pretty much everything of historical importance to Disney. Continue reading

Happy 60th Anniversary to Disneyland and Why You Should Go

Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

It would appear that diamonds are a mouse’s best friend as Disneyland Park (and the entire Disneyland Resort) has officially kicked off its 60th Anniversary Celebration, aka Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and with it some very amazing new shows that offer just the right blend of tech and magic. Also, lots and lots of diamonds. Tons of them. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 11 – Princesses, Beasts, and Superheroes


This week on the show, we welcome Will James as Third Wheel and chat about gender portrayals in various Disney properties, Princess Leia as a Disney Princess, the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ live-action cast, and Will’s experiences running the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Star Wars’ runDisney races. Continue reading

Running Geek: You Can Run a Marathon


“Whether you believe that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” I came across this great quote from Henry Ford in the middle of the woods during an 18 mile, 4 hour trail run recently, and it really struck a chord with me. I am a firm believer that almost anyone can do a marathon. Continue reading

Teaching Your Kids Physics on a Roller Coaster

California Screamin' Roller Coaster (Image by Ken Denmead)

There are people who are passionate about roller coasters, who travel the world to ride each and every one they can find, rating them and even breaking world records on them.  I am not one of those people.  I do, however, enjoy a good roller coaster.  My older son may well be on his way to becoming one of the former, passionate coasterphiles, however, and I often get to join him as he tries new rides out.  Continue reading