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Jan. 20, 2021

Alicia's Closet

Alicia's Closet

Join us as we welcome the Queen of Disney Shopping, Alicia Hage. Alicia shares her pure passion and love of Disney and offers insights into Shopping done right. Alicia discusses must have items, hard to get merchandise drops, and the hard passes of the Disney March world. We also spend time talking WDW favorites and share some memories and as always laughs. 

Transcript
Marc Valentine:

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Alicia Hage:

Yes, you got it right.

Marc Valentine:

She's gonna dish on Disney merch, discuss her amazing Disney wardrobe and hopefully drop some hot tips on how to get the ultimate shopping experience while you're at Walt Disney World resorts in Orlando. Just as a reminder, check us out at our website, www.thisdislifepodcast.com where you can find all of our episodes from season one, one, I can't talk today, along with our blogs from our team of contributors. And while you're at it, don't forget to leave us a rating or review and subscribe to the show. So I'm super excited about welcoming Alicia to the show from Orlando. Alicia, thank you so much for joining us at this dis life podcast. We're honored to enchanted tiki room studio. I'm a huge fan and I've been trying to get you on but you're you're very busy. And I joke The only way I could lock you down was you know this, this is a holiday break for all of us. passholders that we we get a few weeks out of the parks. So it worked out for me. I got to sit down with you. Welcome to the show.

Alicia Hage:

Thank you. Thanks for having me.

Marc Valentine:

So how is it been? I just before we get into it, how has it been? Is it is it hard to be blacked out?

Alicia Hage:

Yes, yes, every year. I debate upgrading. Um, I don't like this summer, so I don't care to go there. It's super super hot. But um, during these two weeks, then I'm off. I'm sitting at home wishing I was at Disney right now.

Marc Valentine:

Well, I saw that you still listen, you still leverage it? Because you're still are at springs? Yes. I saw your your pictures and your videos yesterday from springs. And you said it was really busy at springs. But you know, at the World of Disney as as per us(ual). I wouldn't expect anything less though I have to say

Alicia Hage:

the shopping has to continue. And that's

Marc Valentine:

that is a judgment Free State. There's so many of us in in the group in this dislike Facebook that we do we live vicariously through you. Oh, and we've had we we just had this discussion to that. That's you know, that's the great thing about a lot of you guys that are in Orlando that like you, you post, obviously for you because you love it so much. But a big part of why you guys post is you do post to keep the Disney magic for those of us who live in Pennsylvania. And we have this thing called snow. It does. It does kind of help us connect to the parks at large. So we we do we love We love and appreciate the posts, whether they're fashion posts or the foodie pics. They're always so fun for us and we enjoy them oh so much. So thank you for those.

Alicia Hage:

Thank you. I love it. I love bringing Disney to people who can't be here, especially this year. It's been so mentally exhausting for a lot of people. They wish they could be here so I am happy to do it.

Marc Valentine:

I start every single show with the question that I always ask people to say when their Disney lives began. What like what was it for you? Is there a moment in your life that you remember the start of your Disney passion? That was it a? Was it a time that you guys went to the parks? Was it a movie that you watched Or with a lot of guests. They say Listen, I really don't remember. It's just as long as I can remember, it was Disney.

Alicia Hage:

Yeah, so I lived in Florida my whole life. I'm close to the parks. I remember we went as a family probably once a year, we used to save the little coke cans. I hate saying this, because people know how old I am. But in the back of the coke cans, you would get like $50 to go to Disney. So we would save those, and we would go as a family. And those were such special memories. I remember, every time we left the park, my dad would buy us this lollipop, swirly lollipop. And that was such a great memory because he's no longer with us. So um, I still tell that story to my nieces and nephews when we leave the parks with them. So it's just it's always been special to me. Um, I always loved the Disney movies. Lion King is my favorite. For my 16th birthday. I had everyone buy me the blind King toys, because that's when the movie came out. The obsession started probably six years ago, maybe maybe a little longer, maybe eight when the Disney announced like the passholder levels, and it was affordable to me. So I got on that I jumped on that right away. And then my family, I made them all get one. And so now we all go together. It's great. Like my aunts and uncles will come into town. They all have tickets, and then we can all just go we don't have to pay for it. Because we already have it. It's just great. And then of course I got into the Disney merch. So it's a little out of control. I would say in the last three years I've become crazy obsessed with like a wanting to be there all the time. I'm single, so I can just go do that. It's my outlet. I love it.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. Listen, it's only a problem. If if you if you admit to it being a problem. Yeah. Say that either. Like I have I have family members that look at our Disney addiction as a problem. And I'm like, Listen, it's not a problem. It's only a problem. If I if I say it's Yeah, it's good. I think it's so cool to you that it allows you to become the cool aunt yes, you and I go back I don't know maybe two years or three years now in various groups in various groups, you know, whether Franks group or whatnot, but I always loved your awesome aunt posts. Thank you taking your niece on Everest and yes, you know, kind of like celebrating that event when you know family came in. And you were like, I'm gonna I'm going to be the tour guide for Disney. So that was really cool to kind of follow those, those experiences with you on on the socials as well. But I it's funny when I sat down with Dwayne Willie, and we talked about classic rides. I didn't think the episode was gonna divert into a discussion on like Disney dads and family. But it allowed me to kind of share my Disney life too. And I said, when we were little, we didn't have a lot of money. So like Disney for us. You know, you shared the story with the coach. Ours wasn't coke cans, but ours were the timeshare presentation that we would per trip like because we never we could never afford to stay on property. We would stay at like a Days Inn or Ramada and then dry drive into Disney. And then we had to in order to afford, you know, two or three Park days past the one that we would just buy. We would sit through those timeshare presentations. And it wasn't until I was really a teenager, that we then really started to, you know, to expand our Disney experience. Because when I was a kid, and I'm dating myself here, there only was the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Yeah, there was no Hollywood studios, like we I remember opening Hollywood. I remember opening Animal Kingdom. By then I was I was a teenager, we had a little bit more money than we did when I was really, really little. You know, we had that one big trip when I was in. I think it was a freshman in college. If I wasn't a freshman in college, I was a senior in high school, and we took a really big trip and Linda was my girlfriend's, she came along. And that was the one time we splurged and we stayed at Beach Club. But that I tell people, that was the first time we ever stayed on property. And whenever I go, I always tell my mom and my dad, I'm like, Hey, we're, you know, we're staying at Beach Club. And we we talked about that trip. So that's the greatest thing about Disney's Yeah, whether it's whether it's a circular lollipop, or beaches and cream, there are little things like there's little touches that just bring you back to a moment in time with family and friends. That that's that's that's the kitch of Disney is it's the nostalgia. Yes,

Alicia Hage:

I agree with you. And I going back to my nieces and nephews, I want to be able to create those memories with them too. So they get the option of going to Disney every single year for their birthday and pay for their ticket. It's usually a park hopper pre COVID. So just creating those long lasting memories with them is priceless to me. Those are some of my favorite days. Yeah, my favorite days are with them. Yes,

Marc Valentine:

we bring my niece a lot as well. So she comes with us annually. my goddaughter Lauren because people will always ask me they see the pictures and the four of us on Instagram or whatnot and I'm like yeah that's not Bella is our daughter Lauren is in so many Disney Pictures because she she's kind of become our our fourth of our Disney tribe. And I love the same thing I love having memories with her and now she's she's as much of a Disney file as we are all of her friends like look at her as the as the Disney connoisseur which she totally is. and Lauren that's my shout out for Lauren on the on the podcast I don't know I've talked about learn as much as I do. She comes and plays family game night with us. And she wins all so she wins all the time. And everyone's like your sister in law's really good I'm like it's not it's my niece. My niece knows Disney She's so good. That's really good. That's true. So hey, real quick so real quick hits before we get into all things shopping. Um, we talked about this as well as an annual pass holder you do park so different piano rock that's the same thing. You know that you guys you do like day trips or you have missions Vikki Mouse at the same thing you go in with a purpose you go you accomplish it and then you go home. Yeah, but like Quick Hits. So what's your favorite park to go to?

Alicia Hage:

Oh, this one's hard. This is a hard question for me because I love something about each Park. Um, animal kingdom would probably be my favorite because I love Everest. I whenever I'm down or sad I wanna ride Everest. I think it's such a great thrill ride. I love how it goes backwards. I scream and laugh up obnoxiously so I just I feel like I just want to live my best life. I'm going to animal kingdom on my favorite ride.

Marc Valentine:

I knew that one. I'm like I'm ready one for one. And Alicia. I'm ready like one from I knew is going to be animal kingdom because Everest I was like I wonder if she's gonna go there. I can't I don't hate it. It's it's a good pick. Marina mouse and I sat down early in the season. And we talked about I want that park to continue to develop and get more love. Like with with Dino land. I know we're getting off the beaten path but hey, it's a podcast and that's what we do. Yeah, I want to see Dino land get a little get a little love and attention especially with with the Triceratops spin going away. I think they've got it they've got to give that area the park some attention. I think Rafiki's planet watch is some really cool real estate that can turn into something like a Zootopia land.

Alicia Hage:

Yes, it would be cool. Yes.

Marc Valentine:

So I would love to see that park grow and I think and I think it will after Epcot. I think they're gonna come back to 8k. I know that Pandora, but I don't think that Pandora was the end of it. I think they're gonna keep going. So I hope I hope for you that that happens.

Alicia Hage:

Yes or not cuz I like it. I like the park to myself sometimes.

Marc Valentine:

So you did it. So you did too for you. I was gonna say ride, which I also knew the answer to. Yes. What's your favorite snack? Okay,

Alicia Hage:

so recently discovered the Dole whip nachos at Disney Springs. I posted a picture recently. I love it. It is so good. It has the dole whip ice cream. And then it has a little waffle cones where you eat the ice cream with and the boba balls. Uh, I love it. So I think that would be my top right now.

Marc Valentine:

So I'm, I'm gonna probably aggravate a lot of my listeners by saying this. I do not do springs as much as I should. Again, if I so if I lived closer if I went more. Yeah, I have a if I have a long when we have a long vacation plan, we do springs. So if I'm staying in excess of seven days, we always do a day that we go to the springs. Yeah. Otherwise, like we'll hit up World of Disney and then for the rest of it for us. I'm sorry. Again. I'm sorry. I'm offending all of you. We view a very much like a mall. A great mall. Yeah, but for us. It very much is like a mall. And we have I listen, we're right on the border of New Jersey. Like we're the we're the king of malls over here. Like New Jersey is the hearth of the 80s never died for us up here. I see Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 84 like how is this a throwback? This is like a Saturday afternoon. But we don't get there as much. So when you posted the dole of nachos, I said okay, it's time it's time to springs a little bit better. We got to do springs a little bit. Yeah.

Alicia Hage:

And honestly, I agree with you. I mean, I live here and I don't go to springs that much. I'll go if there's like an item want at World of Disney. But um, honestly you can probably get it at the parks. I go to the springs when I'm blacked out if I'm meeting a friend for dinner. I think they have some good dining there. But other than that, I mean yesterday, it December's a madhouse. It's a madhouse so I am shocked to Got my got my dole whip nachos and

Marc Valentine:

I left. I have a friend of mine went to Disney for the first time last year, the gentlemen I work with, and he said he really enjoyed Disney but he went Christmas week. And he said it was just insane and I don't know if I enjoyed it and I said to him, listen, you would probably enjoy it 100 times we're not having to fight you and at the absolute craziest time of the year for them. So it's very hard to gauge your your enjoyment based upon that week alone, you should go off peak and I think you'll have a much better experience because you won't be fighting crowds for every single thing you know, and he said to be continued so he hasn't come back. I think he'll go back because he has little kids and he did have a good time. But I've also told him he's asked me if he should go back and I said you know wait until COVID is lifted. We will endure the mask and and all the other stuff because we love We love it so much even for us we said if it's your first time or if you rely on certain experiences to have it be magical Don't wait until the parades are back. Wait until the you know wait until there's the dining plan. Wait until there's happily ever after fireworks and I miss miss them.

Alicia Hage:

I miss it. I I cry every time Tinkerbell flies I cry every time I love her.

Marc Valentine:

Have you ever done the dessert party? No. So if you're if you're a fan of the of Tinkerbell, you have to do the desert party in the Tomorrowland terrace. And we got the position like right underneath her and the girls like they freaked out and I'll admit myself to when she passed overhead it was it was amazing. It was very amazing. I don't know if I would I don't know if I would pay that every single time to get that experience but it was pretty cool to have Tinkerbell be you know that quote and she's close to you at that point. You can really see every every detail of Tinkerbell and her costume and it was cool. It was really cool. It's a must do. restaurant is a really interesting one for you because again as an annual pass holder dining is more of a special experience. You guys don't do dining the way that you know those of us who take vacations do but if you had to pick a favorite restaurant, what would it be?

Alicia Hage:

Is it resort or park it can be either anyone I love artists point like I loved that interaction with snow white with seven dwaves and the food was good at epcot i love beer garden. I love the entertainment and I thought the food was good there. I my number one favorite restaurant is Boma Boma for breakfast. I would go there like once or twice a month, just just to go to breakfast I love for breakfast. So there's a couple that I there's some that I've tried, and I don't make a habit of going to them and sitting down and taking the time to do that. It's like a special thing. If somebody comes into town, we'll go and do that. Yeah, there's a lot that I have tried. And they're all pretty good. They're all pretty good.

Marc Valentine:

Have you done ohana over at the poly?

Alicia Hage:

I have no. So I know I get a lot of grief for this. I had reservations in March. March is my birthday. So I had reservations. But then COVID happens. So I finally had reservations and they have been happening. Not open back up. So I

Marc Valentine:

listen, we we've been I told Shawn Williams this we have had a bucket list to go to Disneyland out in California for forever. This was gonna be the first year that we did it. And then COVID and COVID. I mean, I'm not I'm not heartbroken because I know what's going to happen. But yeah, this was gonna be the year this was going to be the year and it didn't it didn't work out. But you'll get there. You'll get to ohana. It's so good. Yeah. It's so so good. All right, so here we go. The Queen I call you the queen of Disney couture. You have an incredible collection. And on Instagram, it's at Alicia's closet, because you show us all of your amazing Disney accessories at Disney inspired outfits. Always color coordinated, always on point or as the kids are saying. So I'm going to screw this up. And again, I'm showing my age. Is it is it on fleek or is it just fleek. On fleek. It's on always on fleek. I have I've officially reached that age ladies and gentlemen where the music is too loud. I use I use modern day expressions inappropriately or when they come out of my mouth. My niece and my daughter just tell me to stop. It's it's officially happened I am old. I have crossed the threshold. So my apologies to our younger listeners. I should never have used that terminology. I apologize to you. She is the queen of Disney couture and I wanted to get into that shopping experience with Alicia and say, you know, where should we go and like really break down and get lots and lots of shopping tips but you are the queen of Disney style. What would you say and all of your collection? I think I know the answer to this one too, I have to say but I want to get it out there for our listeners. What are your favorite Disney accessories? What are your What is your prized possession of your closet?

Alicia Hage:

I think it would have to be my ears love them. I have about 60 pairs. And I don't buy every single one of them. But I do buy a lot. When they come out. I love them. I have to go grab them. I just love them. And that's how I pick out my outfit. Honestly.

Marc Valentine:

It's by the ears by the ears. It always starts with the ears. I love that. I love that. And you know usually you can see that it starts with the ears. And then we have earrings. We have the sneakers. We have accessories like right now you have the mini the mini necklace on, but it always starts with the ears. That's a hot tip. You heard it first right here ladies and gentlemen. If the ears don't inspire the outfit, then just don't don't even go forward with it. I love that. What's your favorite So of all of the parks to shop in? What would you say every time you go you know you're in trouble wallet wise. What's your favorite park to go in? Because you know, if I go like this is the park that I'm going to I'm going to make purchases and I just can't help it.

Alicia Hage:

I would say right now it's Emporium. It used to be mouse gear but they switch that over it's a quarter of what it is. I can't stand it. It's not big enough for me but Emporium I'm definitely spending money there. They have the biggest selection world the Disney biggest selection. So I look for those big stores for jewelry. I love a lot of Rebecca hook Chris Lu, I'm going to ever after and going to my jewelers. Those are my main stores that I if I want something they always have it always

Marc Valentine:

when there's an exclusive drop. Where are you going to first as a hot tip for us?

Alicia Hage:

Okay, so the main mini attraction that's that's been the one this year, um, this is the tip. Okay, you ready for it?

Marc Valentine:

I'm Ready,

Alicia Hage:

they come out on the website, and two to three days later, you're wanting to get a reservation for Magic Kingdom. That's what I've learned. I've been and there's no rhyme or reason I've done it twice and not meaning to. I've been there twice. Two or three days later they release into the parks and it's golden for you. Things are hard to get.

Marc Valentine:

So I made classic blunder of shop shopping that we went to Magic Kingdom went to the Emporium and I saw a limited edition magic band for The Empire Strikes Back for the Anniversary Edition, had it in my hand said you know what, I don't know if I want to carry this around all day. I'll come back later in the afternoon. And there must have been 20 of them. Every single one of them was probably picked up by a Disney shopper and there was probably a personal shopper that purchased all 20 of them because when I came back, every single one of them was gone. And the attendance in the Emporium said yeah that you just got to grab something when you want to get it because these kinds of items go so fast. If you don't get it, don't walk away from it because it may be gone in 10 minutes. So I learned the hard I learned the hard way and they're gone.

Alicia Hage:

That is That would be my biggest tip and we talked about that. That would be my biggest tip for people is if you like something buy it, you can always return it. I'm not buying it because I have missed out on a couple of things just because like you said I wasn't sure I'll come back and get it at the end of the day. I'll see I don't want to carry it or whatever it may be. Don't do that. Get it in just carry around do what you got to do but it will be gone in these personal shoppers. They grab everything. I've literally witnessed it in mouse gear one day, personal shopper grabs all the lounge fly in they were second in line. So if I wanted that launch, I couldn't have gotten it. And so my biggest tip to everybody would you describe it when you see it and you can always return it if you change your mind later.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, you'll have it when you have your hands and again if I hadn't been burned, I might you know I might feel very differently but I had my hand on the item I put it back in the rack and then personal sock shopper surely came by and then when you see them again for sale on the internet you then also realize why is because the markup is like twice twice the amount when you see them then on eBay for those limited edition items. And it just it really pains you because you're like I had that in hand. That's just driving me nuts right now with the Disney Funko Pop is picked up. So I I'm a collector. I don't keep them in the box. I put them out for display and I Just I want that one. But I'm also not going to pay 90 and $100 from personal shopper who went and purchased it. I do have my limits get so aggravated because it's never there. It's a limited edition pop and it's never there. But I The funny thing is I have like six or seven people that are texting me that it'll populate in the shop but you can't check out there's a there's a glitch going on or they maybe they released like a set number every day and then they just don't update the code. But you put it in your you put it in your cart and then you can't check out with it. But I have people that are like it's in the shop go get it like it's out.

Alicia Hage:

Such as disappointment.

Marc Valentine:

I feel it.

Alicia Hage:

I checked for you yesterday. I'm

Marc Valentine:

like I appreciate all of you that are on the lookout for me for the buck. Funko Pops thank you thank you to my shopping army out there. Thank you to my shopping army out there. I I love you all. What is your guilty pleasure by that? You know, you shouldn't buy it, but you just you can't help it the money flies out of your wallet.

Alicia Hage:

Yes. So it would have to be Rebecca Hook jewelry. She runs about 120 to 150. So it's expensive, especially for the whole set. Um, but I love it. I think she's very classy, actually talked to her on a weekly basis. Um, I love her pieces. I wear them outside of Disney. I just feel like they're really classy. She's great. And you love about her is her return policy. If something breaks, she sent you a new item within the week. So I'm, I'm huge on customer service. I will keep buying from you with your customer service is on point. And she's really proven herself to me. So every I probably have 20 pieces from her. I'm almost embarrassed to say this. But I every time she comes out with something. I'm like, I need it. I need it. And I'm ready to get it.

Marc Valentine:

That's like your bat. That's the batphone you have her on speed dial you put like got like it's not like the bat signal. You have like the mouse ears. You put them in the sky. She knows it's like I have to call Alicia. Yes.And let's see over at Comic Book It starts at Star Wars fandom for a second. Since we brought up the bat signal. Not not Marvel or DC but let's go to Star Wars. Hey, we have to talk about your boyfriend Kylo Ren. Did you like that? Did you like the head? So I laughed hysterically because here I put up. I put up a picture of Ben Swolo. And you you comment No no, no. Give me Kylo and I loved that that made me laugh. I laughed out loud when I saw that. You said no. Give me the bad boys. I want Kylo Kylo any day over Ben. Do you just love Adam Driver or some

Alicia Hage:

I just love Kylo Ren?

Marc Valentine:

Okay, okay. I was

Alicia Hage:

nobody understands it because he's whining. I don't know. I just love him. I think I just love them. I love the way he is the only time I really got mad at him is when he killed his father. He got mad at him. I was like, Are you kidding me? Like stop?

Marc Valentine:

I'm crying. I'm crying on the inside right now from that. I haven't forgiven him yet. Listen, I haven't gotten past it. I haven't the rise of Skywalker helped me a little bit when they when they shared that moment on the on the on the moon of Endor. When you know thank God, he came back and like a force ghost and then they made good, but I still haven't forgiven him because Han Solo is my favorite. I mean a lot of people know that. But I've cosplayed as Han I love Han Solo. He's my favorite. He's a scoundrel. I love him to death. So the fact that he got killed by his own son really just broke my broke my heart. I haven't forgiven kylo, you expressed your love for Kylo It's so good. So what does the character do you think has the best style?

Alicia Hage:

Um, I would say Daisy Duck. I love how she matches and she's sassy. I love anyone who sassy. I don't know why if you ever had any interaction with her, she is a sassy little thing, but I love her style. I love her. I would say Minnie to Minnie is a close second. I love the polka dots and Minnie rocks. I love all of it. I tend more towards them and I do the princesses. I'm not a huge princess fan. I don't know why. I do love Mulan. But um, no, Minnie and Daisy. They, they rock it out.

Marc Valentine:

Okay, so follow up question. I know you're not a fan. I didn't plan this one. So if you did have a favorite princess who would it be? Um

Alicia Hage:

probably Cinderella.

Marc Valentine:

Okay, okay. I love Cinderella, Meredith Meredith. For me. I love that. I love Meredith. I just like her. She's sassy. And I love the meet and greet with Meredith. It's the It's so fun. Her meet and greet is so fun. Yes. The actresses that play her awesome.

Alicia Hage:

Yes, I agree even on. She goes by on the horse. She's just like, the way she pauses herself. She's sassy. I like her too.

Marc Valentine:

I love her. Yeah.

Alicia Hage:

She good,

Marc Valentine:

Is there a Disney item for you? That's a hard pass.

Alicia Hage:

So we talked about it a little bit earlier. It's the Minnie Main attraction. I knew from the beginning, that I wasn't going to get into it, it was a hard item to find. And then with COVID, it became impossible with the, you know, the ebayers and all the personal shoppers, it sold out in seconds. So I knew from right on that that's an item that I was like, I gotta pass I stressed me out. Because people clicked every single month. I actually only have one month. And that was that's December. I love December's I tried to get the loungefly I was actually not to Kingdom when it came out. I went through the virtual line and read it two hours, and the flies were sold out and so sad about it. I went on eBay, they're selling for $400 not that crazy. Not yet. But I do have the Ears I bought a couple of years I get it one of them. So that's one thing that I was like, I can't I can't do this. It really drives people nuts. I go on the group's and I read their comments. And I'm like, I'm so glad I didn't get into this because I would want every month. And it's just it's nearly impossible to get you'd have to be at the right right place at the right time. And then Disney is trying to better with it with their merge pass. But I have never I signed up every month and I've never gotten an email for it. So don't care about it, honestly.

Marc Valentine:

So I I like them, but they're a hard pass for me are the collectible keys. I love them. They're so beautiful. And they're so cool. Yeah, but I one.... There's so many of them out now. So I would be getting into the game so late. And then I know, you also know instinctively at that point, you're going to overpay or pay through the nose for the earlier ones, just to get them all. So I have that for me. That's the hard pass. I like them. But I just was like, You know what, in order for me to get into this at an entry level, I know I would have to pay so much money to back to collect backwards and I'm not going to do it. I'm just not going to do it. You so you've given us a few already. But like what would what would your hot tip be from Alicia in terms of shopping? What's a secret that that you would give us? I mean, you gave us one about the Magic Kingdom always being like the drop spot for those exclusive items. But if you say like what maybe is there one more that you would say, you know that we haven't gotten yet or you know, what's your What is your hot tip or your big secret that you you'd love to give us in terms of shopping?

Alicia Hage:

Yeah, so my experience, which really makes me mad because I go every single Friday. I'm New Year's dropped Saturday. I miss it by a day and I have to like, try to figure out how I'm going to get them. So New ears drop on Saturday. And most of the new merch stops around Sunday Monday. So, um, I have a quick funny story because you asked him this before, like, Do I go in the shop with a plan? Okay, so I thought about you yesterday, because I went in the shop. I went into the Disney with a different plan. And then they drop these gorgeous crocs yellow crocs. Okay, so I have to have every single prop that Disney puts out because they really like you either love or hate Crocs, but Disney has really upped their game in the crocs. And then this is hilarious too. I didn't know I needed this Sweatshirt that match the crops until I saw the crops so that the sweatshirts been out for over a year. alawys went past it. I like it. I like the design always went past it. But when they came up with the crocs I'm like, Oh, I need that sweatshirt now I need it so that's where Disney gets me is the matches. You know I looked at match so like if they have the shoes matching sweatshirt. I almost even got the matching shirt because I'm like okay, Florida you're gonna wear the sweat shirt, the hoodie like you know a couple times and then it's gonna get hot so I almost bought the shirt which I probably will go back next week and get it just so I have the set. That's where they get me that

Marc Valentine:

they know they know how to get you roped in. I I'm a sucker for the retro the retro stuff as evidenced by my my Epcot my my retro orange Epcot shirt that I'm wearing right now. But that's we I said see on the socials yesterday when you showed those crocs I said love those. Those are cool, but I love the hoodie, because it's got that retro Walt Disney World insignia on it. But I crocs Are once you've worn them, it's like, what's the hate? They're so comfortable? They are so comfortable. I mean, listen, I get it, I get it. There's some people that from a fashion perspective, they're like, No, they are polarizing. I get it, but put them on your feet and you'll you'll fall in love. Right. We have a few. We have a few pairs.

Alicia Hage:

I feel like in Disney's up the game, they come out with sparkle ones. Yeah, they come out with different colors. I wish they would come out with red sparkle. Because Yeah, I just was with Mickey Minnie. Everything. I really wish I was on their creative team to know that.

Marc Valentine:

All right, so let's let's stay on the park. Let's stay in the park of glitz and glamour. Let's go to Hollywood. Because Hollywood is all about the sparkle and all about the style on I'd like to play this or that don't over I say don't overthink it. There's no debate. There is no wrong answer. There's no judgment. It's a judgment free zone. Your answer is your own. There is no wrong answer, even if it's something that I would disagree with. So I'm going to give you a quick hit this or that and you just like first thing that comes to mind and the first answer that you get ready galaxy's edge or toy story land

Alicia Hage:

Galaxy's Edge baby You know why?

Marc Valentine:

100% Okay, Starbucks. Starbucks or Jeffrey's?

Alicia Hage:

Um, obviously Joffrey's. I don't drink coffee, but I love hot chocolate. I'm a Hot Chocolate experts. There's is Pretty good.

Marc Valentine:

Okay, good call. churro or Mickey pretzel.

Alicia Hage:

Mickey pretzel.

Marc Valentine:

Okay, right. This is for Ryan. This is for the Wookie. No pressure. Indiana Jones stunt spectacular. or frozen? The show? Ryan.. I'm sorry. Oh, my goodness. I love Ben. He so he left it broke my heart. It broke my heart I follow him on on Instagram. I follow him on Instagram. And he's he's so good and getting in touch with and being real with with his followers. And I sent him a little heartfelt message on Instagram saying how much we appreciated him and how we went to go see frozen because of his performance that it was a must do we would always look at the calendar and follow see when Ben was going to be performing as one of the storytellers and just let him know as it from a cat as a cast member how much he you know he kind of meant to our family how much we enjoyed him and he reached back out and it was a really nice heartfelt thank you from him. Big fan of big fan of him at @equityben. Ben on Instagram loves him and I love what he does too. I mean he's a very selfless person and we have nothing but love for @equityben i don't i don't think he listens to the podcast but that shout out is just for the universe and to say how much we love equity. Ben and then runaway railway. Here's the controversy runaway railway or great movie rights.

Alicia Hage:

Great movie right all day all day.

Marc Valentine:

Wow, that's a hot take. Wow, that's awesome.

Alicia Hage:

I love I I love I love great movie, right? I love it. I didn't even go on Mickey's until probably two months ago because I was so bitter. Don't get me wrong. I did like Mickey minis like it was cute, but no.

Marc Valentine:

I dig that. I really dig that. I like them both. I miss great movie ride. I went on the last time I went on I teared up a little bit because I knew it was going away. Because it was nostalgia. I remember as a kid I remember opening studios as a little as a kid. And I was a movie freak growing up I love movies. And I loved particularly the the end of that with the clip of all of the movies that they would show you in the in the mock up movie theater, set to the epic music and like to make you appreciate cinema and cinemas role in history. Loved it. loved it, so I miss it. But I do I will say that I always john Hinson and I said in season one several times, always trust Disney. If the great movie ride was going to be replaced by something runaway railway was a it was I'm okay with it. I've come to terms with it in my heart, but love that hot take. Alicia, thank you so much for joining the show. I had a lot of fun. I know that you're going to be I know a little secret too you that I know you're going to be hooking up with with the wolf and wookie on the network as a shopping consultant from time to time. So be on the lookout for for Alicia in parks that she's going to pop up on some of our live streams as a fashion consultant in the Emporium and over in World of Disney or wherever. She has found some hot deals for us. And she's going to be bringing us her pure sparkle from the parks. And I just want to say thanks again we enjoy your we enjoy Alicia's closet on Instagram. We love your posts and the color coordinated outfits. We love that the scoops on all of the items that are out, and we appreciate your fashion style. So thank you for coming and joining us and sharing your best Disney life with us today.

Alicia Hage:

Thank you so much for having me. This was a blast.

Marc Valentine:

And it's never goodbye here. It's always see you real soon.

Alicia Hage:

Thank you.

Marc Valentine:

So thank you again ladies and gentlemen for joining us here in the Enchanted Tiki Room studio for another episode of this dislike podcast. And thank you to the one and only Alicia Hage for joining he show. Don't forget to head ver to thisdislifepodcast.co and leave us a rating and a rev ew. And we look forward to ano her amazing episode next wee . Have a wonderful week liv ng your best Disney life. And as always, we hope that your wee is filled with faith, trust and pixie dust. We'll see you rea soon. Whether you're coming to Florida to visit Disney where the beach, Hinson photography specializes in vacation portraits for families and couples, a souvenir that you'll never forget. Visit www.hinsonphotography.com or call 3864788099 to learn more about booking vacation portraits with hinson photography that's www.hinsonphotography.com