Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tater Travel Tips!

by Joyce Kessel
What better time to create life long family memories than Summer break!!   It can be challenging to prepare for the trip, but Mrs. Potato Head shared all her secrets with us!

Now, Mrs. Potato Head has some challenges when it comes to the Potato Head family get-aways but she doesn’t let that stop her.  Ready, set, GO!!

Mr. Potato Head can be a klutz when it comes to packing, which is why Mrs. Potato Head loves to make a list of packing essentials for their vacation needs. It’s a good idea for the sweet potato to start planning her list weeks before the traveling ‘taters head off on their journey. By planning so far in advance, you are much less likely to miss off any travel necessities!

Who wants to iron an outfit when you reach your destination? Mr. Potato Head doesn't, that’s for sure! Instead of folding your clothes and placing them in your suitcase, try rolling them. Tightly rolled clothes are less likely to get heavy wrinkles from fold creases and they take up less room.

Nobody wants to be weighed down with heavy baggage, especially if you’re a tourist ‘tater who wants to wander around with ease. That’s exactly why Mrs. Potato Head suggests everybody packs lightly. Pack layers of clothing that you can easily put on or take off. And think twice about adding that spare pair of shoes to your luggage. Do you really need them?

Mrs. Potato Head is a stickler for the rules. Get to know them all before you travel, especially if you’re flying! If your journey involves an airplane ride, make sure you pack correctly and don’t place any large liquids (such as a regular-sized bottle of perfume or a can of hairspray) in your carry-on luggage. All liquids brought onto planes must be in 3.4-ounce bottles or smaller. And they must all be placed inside a single, clear, quart-size zip-top bag.

What would Mr. Potato Head do without his trusty bowler hat and his angry eyes? Well, every now and then luggage gets delayed or lost – and that’s exactly why it’s a good idea to pack your travel essentials and valuables in your carry-on bag. Never put them in your checked luggage! Make sure your ID, passport, keys, money, credit cards, jewelry and electronics are safe and secure in your carry-on bag, as well as items like extra contact lenses and a spare pair of undies. Happy traveling!


Mrs. Potato Head says: “I’m packing your extra pair of shoes!” 
Don’t be a couch potato on your summer vacation; head outside and explore. When you’re packing your bags, make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes in your luggage. Nobody wants sore tootsies!  

“And your angry eyes, just in case!”  

Who wants to get angry-eyed in the blazing sunshine? Nobody! That’s why it’s important to pack your sunglasses. If your eyes need some extra help, don’t forget to take your spectacles and contact lenses, too.

“A dime!”
A few dollars will certainly help ease your summer vacation needs. It also helps to have a credit card for any unexpected incidentals, as well as the purchase of the odd souvenir or two. See if you can seek out a bargain!

“Cheese puffs!”
Don’t forget to pack some snacks for the journey. If you’re a picky eater, it might be wise to add a few of your favorite munchies to your suitcase to ensure you’ve got lots of treats to eat while you’re away, too. Mmmm!

“A spare set of lips!”
Mr. Potato Head can swap his lips with a spare set if they become chapped or sore in the sizzling sunshine. Non-spuds can’t do that, which is why it’s a good idea to pack some lip balm for your travels. Pucker up!

“A key!”
It’s always a good idea to keep all your essentials together in one place, including your keys, money, ID and passport. Be a safe spud on your travels; don’t be a loser this summer!

Never forget to apply sunscreen in the scorching summer sun… Or, you’ll end up baked!

Now Walt knew how to pack!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Free Stylin' - Now It's YOUR Turn

by Joyce Kessel

Getting to know you, getting to know me!!! 

In most of our recent podcast episodes, we hosted what we're calling the Free Stylin’ format.  In these episodes, we asked each other questions about the Disneyland Resort, and just chatted about our answers. Now, Al and I did not share our answers with one another before the show, so there would be an element of surprise.

Here are some of the questions from the episodes.  We'd LOVE it if you would answer and share your results with us on our Facebook page: Tales from the Mouse House, or by sending us an email to We'll compile all the responses and record a special Free Stylin' episode with all of YOUR answers! Don't forget to include your name when you reply!!  Of course, there's no right or wrong answer, just yours! And we'd love it if you could maybe say why you gave a certain answer. Ok, have fun!!

  • Things to do on a rainy day at Disneyland.
  • Things to do on a Holiday at Disneyland.
  • Secret cool things that you can do and how at Disneyland.
  • Favorite Way To Eat on the Cheap
  • Favorite Guided Tour
  • LEAST Favorite Attraction, Why?
  • Which Attraction would you wait over an hour for? Why?
  • If you could turn your favorite Disney movie into an attraction at the Disneyland Resort, which would it be, how would design it what land would it fit into and why?
  • What Ride/Attraction Do you hope will never become an Extinct Attraction? 
  • If you could spend one day at the Disneyland Resort with any Disney personality (living) Who would it be and why? What would you do? Why?
  • Favorite Hotel
  • Favorite Attraction
  • Favorite Place to Grab a Quick bite
  • Favorite Place to have a meal
  • Favorite Place to Rest your feet
  • Favorite Show or Parade
  • Favorite Parking Structure
  • If you only had 1 hour to spend in the park what would you be sure to do.
  • What is fondest memory of Disneyland?  Why?
  • Favorite Item on display at the Disneyland Resort and why? (Ex. the bench inside the Opera House)
  • Favorite must-have souvenir to purchase?
  • The coolest Hidden Mickey you've found?
  • If you could voice one character at the Disneyland Resort, which one would it be and why?
  • Favorite place to sit and people watch?
If you'd like to hear our answers and discussions to these questions, tune in to Tales From The Mouse House Disneyland Podcast, on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and on our main website at !

Our dear friend Ragtime Robert has been 'off duty' from the piano at Disneyland due to some health issues lately, so we thought we'd share some of his AWESOME piano skills with anyone who's been missing him - and, if you've never seen or heard Ragtime...WHY NOT?!, Err, I mean, now's your chance to hear the BEST piano player around! - Al