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Dec. 1, 2020

California Dreaming with Lisa from CustombowtiquebyLisa

California Dreaming with Lisa from CustombowtiquebyLisa

Lisa R joins the show from California for a lighthearted episode of Disney Life Podcast. Lisa is a purveyor of an adorable Disney Boutique;  CustombowtiquebyLisa. As a Disney Parks Connoisseur (having visited both Orlando Parks and DisneyLand in California) we asked Lisa to discuss current state of affairs from California. Lisa shares her personal favorites from the "Happiest Place on Earth" and play a World versus Land This or That. You can't miss this outstanding episode, perfect for any traveler looking to begin their journey westward to visit Walt's Original Park. 

Transcript

Marc Valentine:

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Lisa R.:

Thank you so much. It's really great to be here. Marc.

Marc Valentine:

How are you guys been doing on the West Coast?

Lisa R.:

We're doing we got Buena VISTA street open. So that helped a little bit I haven't gotten yet. I'm still cautiously watching but it's a start.

Marc Valentine:

I only get like the really big headlines for what's going on with the Disneyland in California. So right now, if and if I'm wrong, just correct me but some of the shops have opened. Correct some of the shops, the restaurants, what's open right now.

Lisa R.:

So Downtown Disney is mostly open every restaurant indowntown Disney's open and every food service that's been since July and it's been gradual. We've had some shops you know those sponsored shops that are not not opened back up yet. Buena VISTA street which is the entrance at California adventures just opened last Thursday, and it's limited they allow 700 people at a time. The lines are insane to get in but everyone tells me at night it's a little bit easier. And over there they've opened up all outdoor dining because Orange County's outdoor dining only no indoor Food Services counter service. They have one sit down carthay circle which is their big restaurant in Downtown Disney California Adventure. But people are peeking at Marvel land because that was supposed to open pretty like this last summer and then it didn't They've opened up almost all the way to Hyperion. And they've got like a little photo op that socially distanced. They haven't brought characters out over there yet, which is what everyone's kind of waiting for. And trolley treats, which is like the Marsellines of Disney California ventures is open but not doing everything that they normally carry. So it's limited. But it's something more. I mean, I think a lot of Disneyland passholders have gotten a little tired of Downtown Disney. You can only stroll that like not even half mile stretch for so many times before you're like, Okay, I guess I'm done. So Disney kind of felt that and is trying to show the governor that we can safely open would not have any traceable issues back to Disney.

Marc Valentine:

You know, I we I hate getting a lot of what I love about Disney groups social media groups is I like that there's so a political or non political, but it's so interesting to see how just the governor, the government, in both of those states have had such radically different approaches that you have Walt Disney World which I'm a passholder and Walt Disney World in Florida. I'm very sad at what's going on in California on a personal level, because this year was supposed to be our bucket list trip to California. So I told you this off air, I've never been to California. It is it like it's it's a trip that I I've always wanted to make this year, we finally decided that we were going to make the trip. And by the way, all of this revolves around like my inability to fly by the way, so I had a very bad phobia of flying, where I didn't know if I could do the five hour plus flight. Really like in the last year and a half. I've just grown and tremendously with like tackling my anxiety, and desensitizing myself to a lot of my phobias and my fears, and I've overcome like 100% and I looked at Linda and I said this is it. Like we're going to do this now. I'm not afraid to fly. Like I've always wanted to go there. And we're finally going to do it. And then boom COVID Yeah. So like, I'm so sad right now. But it's so weird. Like you see the different approaches in Florida and California right now. Yeah. And like I really have been rooting for you all out on the West Coast that like there is a resolution coming soon. Because it seems like 2020 is like it's it's a wash. Now there. There were rumors that things were gearing up and there was a potential of the plan being executed. But it seems like that Disney said, Listen, it's not economically viable for us to do this.

Lisa R.:

It wasn't Disney. It was it was the governor, the the state legislature and the State Department of Health decided that it was not manageable. And the really the problem with it is the fact that Disney World has been done a really good job of keeping masks on keeping people socially distance. We've seen they've done an amazing job with that when you go to some of the other parks in Florida, not the case. So California is looking at this going well wait a minute. If Disney can control it, that's great. But we have so many parks in California, we have Universal Studios, we have mountain Magic Mountain, we have SeaWorld, the zoos have been able to open because they're all outdoors. But a lot of these places with indoor attractions, Californians, they don't follow instructions very well. They were they like to push the boundary. And you know, masks are subjective. So we're so it's really difficult to try and make these people do this. And the thing that we see is with Disney people, they're going to follow directions because they want to be there. That's not necessarily the case with some of the other parks.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. And our trip in August. That's what we found. It wasn't that people love to the mask, Mandate at Disney, but they just want it to be there. So

Lisa R.:

you want to be there. Yeah, you don't want it. You don't want Disney to get shut back down?

Marc Valentine:

No.

Lisa R.:

So you follow instructions. And that's the thing about Disney people. Yeah. They they really appreciate it being open. And so for those people, it's hard because you you're going to obey, you're going to be obedient, because you don't want it to close back down again. So as far as we know, it won't be this year, we have to get to a certain level, we're supposed to get to the yellow tier, which in California just seems kind of not going to happen anytime soon. Okay, we're all the way back up at the very top of purple where restrictions are certain counties don't have any dining at all. That just happened. outdoor dining is is the only option right now for all the counties in California except for two who are all the way in the yellow, which means that they've had like, less than one case a week. Okay.

Marc Valentine:

Well, I know it's closed. Yeah. And like we kind of knew that going into this interview and Yep, you know, and I said, Hey, listen, you know, in spite of the fact that Disneyland is closed right now, I said I'd love to have you on the show because for one, a lot of my listeners we are very Orlando based but many of us crave. We crave recommendations We crave individuals that are out on the west coast. And we would love to glean some knowledge from you. Yet we also love to just collaborate and talk Disney. So I said, Listen, let's come, come on. I want I want your I want to hear your Disney story. But also, as someone who's traveled to both parks, I wanted this episode to be like, we call it the tale of two parks of this or that that I wanted. I want to get your perspective on rides and dining and attractions in both places, and have a lot of fun with it. So that even though you have not had Disney, I wanted this to be an opportunity for you to live your best Disney life with us virtually today.

Lisa R.:

Absolutely. And you know what, there's so many great things about Disneyland that when you come from Disney World, which is a massive endeavor, and you come to Disneyland people tend to be underwhelmed. But the fact is that because all the magic in Disneyland has come from Walt directly. It's a much different experience. And I want to Disney World guests who come to California to feel that same magic that we feel, because I know what magic I feel when I go to Disney World, but it's with a different perspective.

Marc Valentine:

Awesome. Let's do this. I'm ready. I'm ready.

Lisa R.:

I'm ready. Let's go.

Marc Valentine:

Alright, so I like I said to you, every guest I always have on the first time that they come on the show. I always ask them to share the beginning or the genesis of their Disney lives. So what was it for you that started your love with Disney? Was it a film? Was it a family trip? Was it like something that you saw? Like we see the gift that make a wish commercial? Where there's a gift, which is oh my god right, tear jerker. What was it for you? What started your Disney obsession?

Lisa R.:

You know, I don't really remember where it started. I just know it's always been. I think I was about five years old that I first remember going to Disneyland with my parents. And you know, back then it was the tickets and the rides and you had to have the ticket books. And I don't remember much, except that really warm and fuzzy feeling of being in Disneyland, but we'd always gone as kids, you know, we were never passholders as kids, we would go three or four times a years always a surprise. So maybe the magic of the surprise, kind of fed into it but loved all the Disney movies. My dad was a huge fan is a huge fan. So we've watched them all we've had every VHS we had Disney Channel, it came out on cable. It's just as far back as I can remember.

Marc Valentine:

Was there a trip in particular that stood out to you?

Lisa R.:

I would say probably what really solidified It was my first date with my husband.

Marc Valentine:

It was Disney.

Lisa R.:

Yeah, it was our first date was Disneyland I was 17. He was 19. We'd known each other since we were 15 and 17. But our actual we were friends for two years before we started dating. You know that that first trip was it? And it kind of added a little romance to the magic, right? So our honeymoon was Disney World Of course. And our first anniversary was Disney World Of course and we became passholders. We've gone off and on of being Disneyland and Disney World passholders over the years. Yeah, it's it's so intertwined with our marriage and our kids and taking our kids that we kind of don't know where it started and stoped. But that I think may Disney just be the thing that I enjoy doing.

Marc Valentine:

I love that Linda and I when we dated in high school, we would take... she would come like after a while she would come on our family trips. Mm hmm. And then through our like it there was the romance of Disney that was intertwined. And then we didn't we took our daughter when she was three. Mm hmm. And now it's such a big part of our Disney like Disney is in our DNA.

Lisa R.:

All of my kids memories are tied to Disneyland and Disney World. You know, we've been I think my son, my son's first trip. He's 23. Now was when he was 18 months old. Okay, no. And then as the kids came, I have three kids. As the kids came, they went a little bit younger and a little bit younger. Because she kind of as the more kids you have, the less fear you have of them getting sick. And my kids have gone to Disney World since they were three. You know, it's like as soon as at thinking back, I probably should have taken them when they were free. But what are you gonna do?

Marc Valentine:

Well, I tell people ask why we waited so long. And I said listen, every family. I never judge. I never judge people that they you know, for your family when it's right. Yes, it for us. We want it we the primary thing was we just we were a little germ phobic as well. But we wanted to have our daughter be potty trained. So that wouldn't have to worry about changing diapers in Disney and having a diaper bag. Like we would the two of us did Disney enough to know, carrying around all of that stuff

Lisa R.:

is a pain.

Marc Valentine:

It's a pain. It's a chore, and navigating Disney with children is a chore in and of itself. Like you really have to be like Linda's first episode that she ever came on. Like we joked We called her the packrat you know she's she's like the Pack Mule whenever we would travel and she never exactly she said to

Lisa R.:

I call myself, the family Sherpa.

Marc Valentine:

And she said because I'm the mom. And she was like dads are lucky dads just have their own water bottle, maybe their camera and you know,

Lisa R.:

their wallet,

Marc Valentine:

their wallet and that's it. The moms are carrying everything so like mom's like, props to you, but we knew we knew and It's so funny. Every family always knows when it's the right time. But since three again, that's such a big part of our story, and we we love it like we go every single year at least once, if not more, because we're DVC members and we're annual passholders I love Growing Up Disney and I always love hearing people's Disney story. Your years is great. I love it. Awesome.

Lisa R.:

Thank you.

Marc Valentine:

In this episode, I wanted to focus on two coasts. But I want to start a little bit by talking about Walt Disney World in Florida because we that's what we do a lot of. So what's your favorite park? Over on our side of the world? What's your favorite park in Walt Disney World resorts?

Lisa R.:

It's It's It's been Epcot for a very long time from because of the food wine fest mostly.

Marc Valentine:

Yep.

Lisa R.:

And but Disney Hollywood studios, I still call MGM in my head is a really close second. they've they've really stepped up all of the offerings to where it's but it used to be just a half day Park. And now Hollywood Studios has become a major day. So I'm starting to kind of waver a little bit on Epcot. But Epcot's Got Ratatouille coming so you know, it's probably gonna win out as my favorite again.

Marc Valentine:

On my second episode that I ever did. I talk about my love for Epcot was always very strong. So Epcot growing up was always my number one Park recently with the construction.

Lisa R.:

It's been a little bit of a bummer.

Marc Valentine:

A little bit of a bummer. Yeah, very disappointed. But the fact that Hollywood Studios went from a half the park to having Toy Story and adding Toy Story land, adding my fav.. because I'm a Star Wars nerd. Just amazing galaxy's edge is amazing. And then again, me overcoming my phobias of heights and just like thrill rides, now that I am no longer phobic, and that I wrote our terror and rockin roller coaster for the first time. Like it was a life changing experience. For me it is I at the age of at the age of 41. Now said like, this is a full park for me. So it really it left over EPCOT. And I'm the same way. It's Epcot and DHS or

Lisa R.:

it's neck and neck. And Epcot, only redeeming to me is that they've the Flower and Garden Festival is amazing. You know, the fact that their festivals completely changed the look of the park really is a big thing to me, because it's not always the same Park, depending on what time of year you go. Whereas to Hollywood Studios is always the same. Yeah, they do a little bit more here and there. But for the most part, it's the same.

Marc Valentine:

The only thing right now that Epcot lacks other than the fact that you can't we can't walk through it because it's walled everywhere. It's lacking some real blockbuster attractions right now,

Lisa R.:

which that that guardians coasters is going to flip it on its head because I remember when test track came out test track was a huge draw, you know, for a long time. And then they brought in soaring and they brought in mission space. So when they did all those things, it made it a much different Park. I know. I talk to a lot of people about you know whether they should skip that cotton like absolutely not even if you have kids, there's still so much there. Because you know, when they had the Land of energy that was kind of a snooze, but it was a great way to escape the heat. So it's like up you pick and choose, you know, but they are moving away a little bit from the idea of energy, seas, land, and I and I liked that about future world.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, the edutainment aspect of it seems to be waning. It looks it's going to it's going to be gone. And Epcot is going to just be taken over by IP'S. I don't mind that. I know that there's a lot of traditionalist that really they loathe the injection of intellectual properties and the world showcase. I like it. I like the fact that Disney Epcot, I like that it's always changing. And it's always growing because they have a nice balance of what you knew. And they haven't thrown everything out. But they also bring in new stuff every year that makes it a new trip every single time you go.

Lisa R.:

Yeah, that's true.

Marc Valentine:

So I love it. So what's your favorite ride?

Lisa R.:

Oh my gosh, flight a passage. It's no brainer, right? Animal Kingdom is not my favorite part. But Flight of passage Hello. Now they have to do is bring in a different movie, and we'll be golden.

Marc Valentine:

Listen, I tell people who have never gone to Disney. I cite that ride as a quasi -religious experience. Like I say, listen, when you get off of this thing, you're just you just don't know what happened. Who don't know what happened to you. Like it's that it's that good. It's a sensory overload. And you're and you're emotional. You are emotional when you get off that ride. And I my wife doesn't even like avatar. She does not even like that property. She watched avatar once when we went to the when it came out in theaters because I was so bonkers over it. But she gets off of that and loves like she's like, That's amazing. Yeah, that's amazing. Hundred percent.

Lisa R.:

It's a whole other world experience. Like if you haven't done it if you don't want to, you know, deal with the wait. It's worth the wait. It's worth the rope drop. It's worth staying till the park closes. amazing ride.

Marc Valentine:

What's your favorite resort?

Lisa R.:

Oh my gosh, Yacht Club. It's a good obviously walking distance to Epcot. So back when we had Park hopping, we could just go there every night for dinner. You've got the boardwalk. It's just gorgeous, amazing pool, fantastic rooms. It's really I mean the Floridians nice I've been there. But the yacht club. It just it's a little bit different. I think because it's not so grand as a Floridian. And again, the proximity to EPCOT you just you can't beat it. Beach clubs. Nice. Same property, kind of they share the same stormalong Bay but when you have kids, it's amazing.

Marc Valentine:

That pool spoils you

Lisa R.:

that pool I we take pool breaks during the day to get away from the heat. And to you know to enjoy that amazing pool you like you have to make a day for that.

Marc Valentine:

It does it ruins you. The problem is, is that pool ruins you for some of the other resorts.

Lisa R.:

It does. We stayed at pop. And it was like oh, this is kind of the kid park.Like a kid hotel, I wasn't expecting that...But I like the skyliner acees

Marc Valentine:

I do,

Lisa R.:

which is why I like pop.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, pop is pop is our actually that's our go to whenever if we have to add days, we always add them at pop because We like the skyliner

Lisa R.:

skyliners. Great.

Marc Valentine:

I love the theming of pop to like I have to say I really love the theming of the of the resort itself. Because I'm a big I'm a big pop culture, dude. So I like I like all of the oversized, the Rubik's cubes and the bowling the bowling pin.

Lisa R.:

Yeah, that's cute.

Marc Valentine:

It's cute.

Lisa R.:

But I don't know, I like the All Stars better. But obviously all stars aren't open right now.

Marc Valentine:

So I've done we've done movies, we've done music, I will not stay at sports because of the massive amounts of groups that are there. And I've just I've heard horror stories from people that say the resort itself is very nice, but they purposefully book it with teams, and it's just kind of overrun. And if their chaperones aren't Johnny on the spot that the kids

Lisa R.:

Which they never are

Marc Valentine:

Which they never are the kids just run amok. Yeah, and I I don't I don't need that aggravation. I was a teacher for 15 years. So like the classroom manager in me goes a little like a little crazy. So I think I would honestly like go teacher mode. And like just be opening my door and screaming at people in the middle of the night. And I don't need that on my on my vacation. So we avoid that one.

Lisa R.:

Yeah, we've we've done sports once out of last minute Whim. And it had, it's always has the cheapest room out of everybody. Yeah, but it was like it was never a good experience. Because it was just people running through the hallways at 2am. It was crazy.

Marc Valentine:

That's what I heard. That's what I've heard.

Lisa R.:

There's just no way around it, you know, but it's like, if you're on a budget, and you want to be on a property, then that's your go to, you just have to know you're going to need to bring earplugs.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. Well, if I had no other choice, if you said this is the last resort, this is the last potential booking. And and that was the only room that I could get, like if there were even no other upgrades. Like if you're like Mark, the only other thing you could get is Parkview for, you know, contemporary, it's gonna be $900 a night I'm like, book it because I'm not staying. Let's stay with that nonsense. But if that was the last possible option, sure, I guess I would do it. But I wouldn't be happy about it.

Lisa R.:

When the kids were younger, we didn't mind it. Because my kids are going, you know, it's hard to get them to not jump on the second floor or jump off the beds, you know, so I didn't care when they were little. But now that I'm a grown adult, and I don't take my little kids because I don't have little kids. Yeah, we'll spend the coin to go to a better resort?

Marc Valentine:

So if you if you had to compare the two experiences, what would you say that you prefer? Do you prefer Walt Disney World? Or do you prefer Disneyland?

Lisa R.:

Disneyland's nostalgic? It's the magic. It's the original castle. I know people knock our teeny tiny little castle all the time. But you know what, it's the first one that was imagined.

Marc Valentine:

Now I understand that though.

Lisa R.:

It's emotional.

Marc Valentine:

I get that.

Lisa R.:

I love Disney World. But I also don't love the 25,000 steps and being dead tired at the end of the day.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, I get that. Look, I understand. Like, I haven't gone to Europe, seeing the buildings that are centuries old. Like I understand I get it. That is that's kind of the same thing, you know that it may not be as grandiose or as big as oversized Walt Disney World. But there's history to it.

Lisa R.:

Yeah,

Marc Valentine:

I was a history teacher. So I get it, I 100% I get it, which is why I have to go I have to be there.

Lisa R.:

Well. And you know, because the parks are smaller, they're very compact. The things that we have at Disneyland are often spread out among three parks, or four parks, depending on what it is. You know, so you have to go to four parks to catch every single thing that you would want to do that you do

Marc Valentine:

And I dig that it's like a greatest hits. Yeah, at Disneyland. because real estate is at a premium. They try they try to use up every last inch of of that space.

Lisa R.:

Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

So speaking of which, I know that I didn't really like ask you this when I do you think that because of that. Do you think that eventually the submarines the NEMO submarines are going to go away?

Lisa R.:

You know, I don't think so. I really like to finding Nemo, right. And because it's very similar to living seas. Nemo, it's basically the same thing without it. You're in a submarine. It's such an old tradition. It's an it's original Walt imagining that I don't think they're going to get rid of it, but it does take up a lot of real estate.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, I mean, that was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Right that that that is the new fantasy land. Yeah, they drained it and and you have an entire part of the park that wasn't there because that one ride.

Lisa R.:

Yeah. And well, and that's the same thing is you know, the argument about Mat Mat... about the matter horn. The matter horn is a break is a backbreaker. You know, but it's so central to the park.

Marc Valentine:

Have you done our Space Mountain recently?

Lisa R.:

Yeah. So that is the one thing I have an issue with with Disney World. Magic Kingdom has not reimagined any of those rides. So your Thunder Mountain is just as bad. Your Space Mountain is just as bad and I ride and I'm like, holy cow. I know I'm older. But I'm not that old. California redid the tracks A few years ago, and it's so smooth and fast that I actually don't really ride those rights in Florida. Yes, it's just rough

Marc Valentine:

Duane Willie and I were talking about that specific concept about the need to use some of the new technology to update some of these older rides. Big Thunder Mountain was one that I cited Space Mountain is obvious. Space Mountain just needs a new track. They need to just rip they need to gut it and they're not going to do it right now. Because there's so many other priorities, but it really needs to be redone.

Lisa R.:

Yes, it's not worth the wait for the back break.

Marc Valentine:

What's the one thing that if you if you said I really love that Orlando does so what's like a ride? Or what's the best thing in Walt Disney World that you would really love to see over in California,

Lisa R.:

I would love to see flight of passage over there. That obviously because it's my favorite ride. Mission space is amazing. And it doesn't take up a lot of real estate. You know, we've had something similar to that. I would love for them to take out Buzz Lightyear honestly and put in space because Buzz Lightyear is just, I don't know, it's a sad little ride,

Marc Valentine:

I have to give you credit. And I mean, this is a this is a compliment. You're the first person that I've ever had on the show that has waxed poetic about mission space. We did a thrill ride episode I had john Henson and Dwayne Willie on and Melissa eckler. And they did not like mission space. Yeah, that was the last place one for for them for the vote and the people's vote, that we put it out to the Internet, and they actually voted last. So that's cool. Like, I dig that

Lisa R.:

If you know how to ride it. You're not traumatized by it. But you're you know, I mean, it's really you literally have to stay focused, going straight ahead. You don't look right, you don't look left, and you'll be fine. And you enjoy the GS and you enjoy the fun.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah,

Lisa R.:

but most people don't get that and they want to be nosy and look at the people next to them.

Marc Valentine:

So for those of us that are coming out to visit Disneyland for the first time, like I realized too, and I hope to not like I don't want to spill the beans and do everyone great in depth and and if you like if you really have fun with us, that's the other thing is I would love to have you come on and talk about these things in greater details. But if you said Hey, Mark, like, for those of you who are planning a trip here are your your can't miss dining experiences in Disneyland. Like what are some quick hits of and we'll take out our notepads in our paper to say Lisa said I have to eat at... Okay, fill in the blank.

Lisa R.:

So that's not as simple one thing answer. So so we'll give you a few. I'm a big foodie so for quick service at Disneyland it's the little red wagon corndogs they're hand dipped and nobody can touch them for a table service at Disneyland and you're at Plaza Inn, which is a little high end that their fried chicken is amazing. Or cafe Orleans, which is New Orleans Square is unique to Disneyland they don't have one at Disney World Magic Kingdom in the food at cafe Orleans is phenomenal. Yes, you could go blue Bayou it's cool because it's inside the pirates ride. But cafe lanes is pretty much the exact same food for a much lower price point.

Marc Valentine:

Good tip!

Lisa R.:

For California adventures. They have their own amazing eats so award weiners is a great counter service. They have just constantly reinventing hot dogs which Yes, it's a hot dog but it's actually not it's actually more than that. And lamplight lounge. It's alcohol it has amazing eights like lobster nachos. It is a reservation spot you the walking list is pretty difficult to get on. It used to be Ariel's grotto and it has an amazing view of Pixar Pier. So for a view, for great food, great eats, good music. lamplight Lounge is the place to be

Marc Valentine:

You had me at lobster nachos.

Lisa R.:

They're amazing. You can get them at Craftsman grill, but they're not the same. And that's the thing Disney will take one dish and put it three different restaurants and they're not the same. There's something different about it between Craftsman and lamplight lounge.

Marc Valentine:

And if there's like one can't miss snack item for us, what would you say you got? You just you got to have it.

Lisa R.:

Your churro You know what's funny is I've had churros all over Disney World, every single Park and for some reason they're all stale compared to California. I have no idea what to do. I have no idea what the deal is. They're their there are, people who will argue with me on that point, because they're diehard Walt Disney World people. And like, No, that's not true at Animal Kingdom. You can get them better. I've had them everywhere. When you have one in California. You're like, Whoa, this is what it's supposed to be like. It's soft. It's it's got a little bit of dough to it. It's not over dry. The sugars not crusty? I don't know. I don't know.

Marc Valentine:

So I have no argument to that because I again, I totally get it. I've had Guinness Draught. Like all over the place. I love Guinness. There is nothing like going to the Guinness factory and having ..., and I tell people or just let's just say Ireland.

Lisa R.:

Yeah, that's true. Period Raglan Road's pretty close, though.

Marc Valentine:

I mean, like I've told people like I've had Guinness in Ireland, and I don't know what it is. It is nothing like having a Guinness over here in the States. So I totally understand like a churro can be better. It can be better and and it's and it's true. It's just true

Lisa R.:

It's a silly thing. But to me, a churro is Disneyland because, you know, growing up in Disneyland parks, that is a snack, your parents get you, Mickey bars, dime a dozen get them anywhere. You can get them at the grocery stores. They're great. Mickey bars are great, but there's nothing like a churro.

Marc Valentine:

Alright, we're gonna take a real quick break. And we got a word from our sponsor traveling with Lissy. And then when we come back, I want to play a game called this or that, where I have you pick something from Disneyland and then something from Disney World, and we're gonna make you make a decision. So you can you, you have to take a pic. It's gonna be really fun game. So we'll be right back in a second. Disney Live podcast is brought to you by traveling with Lucy. You can find them over at traveling with lissy.com. Melissa is there to help you plan your dream vacation, whether that's Disney universal or another destination. Leave the details to Melissa and enjoy the beauty of your destination without the hassle of the planning. Most of you may be asking why to book with the Disney travel agent. Why not? Traveling with Lizzy will actually save you money by always price monitoring and applying deals or promotions to your reservation. They are the ones that are staying on hold for hours so that you don't have to. It's a common misconception that using a travel agent costs more. They are completely free to use. That's right folks, they are completely free. Disney pays them to take care of your every travel need. And they're also there to deal with any problem that may arise while you're visiting the parks. So instead of spending your valuable time at the front desk, you could be in the parks with your family while Melissa is on the phone dealing with any problem. Interested in a free quote, head over to www.travelingwithlissy.com and let Melissa help you start planning your dream vacation today. Again, that's www.travelingwithlissy.com. Okay, so here we go. I want to play a little bit. It's called like we'll do like this or that and, California and Florida edition, I'm going to ask you to make some really tough choices. Okay. So if you want to expand like so if you need to, if you feel the need to justify you're more than welcome to expand upon your answer, but you don't have to defend yourself like okay, your choices are your own... I know I know what you're gonna do now that we've talked about Space Mountain and Walt Disney World or disneyland,

Lisa R.:

disneyland, refurbished track, smooth, crazy fast,

Marc Valentine:

awesome. Pirates in Walt Disney World or Disneyland

Lisa R.:

Disneyland we have two drops. Can't beat that second job. So we're always waiting at Walt Disney World for the second drop. They suck. They don't have it.

Marc Valentine:

We don't have it. We don't have it. We don't have Johnny Depp just pop over every once in a while.

Lisa R.:

You guys didn't get that reimagining which is funny.

Marc Valentine:

Oh my goodness. Hollywood Tower Hotel versus mission breakout.

Lisa R.:

You know, that one's a hard one because the Tower Hotel at Hollywood studios, the car moves through a room. It doesn't do that in California. It just goes up and down. And that's it. But the Guardian drive is pretty amazing. And it changes according to the music. So at the end of the day, I'm gonna have to say mission breakout.

Marc Valentine:

Hey, Joe, that's Joe Rhode. Joe Rhode,

Lisa R.:

The reimagining was so fantastic, because the only difference between Florida and California originally with tower terror was that Florida's car moved but the ride is, in essence was the same. Yeah, when they added mission breakout. There's five different songs and depending on which song is playing will determine how many drops you get.

Marc Valentine:

That's cool. So I love...

Lisa R.:

It's kind of a game to figure out okay, what do we got today?

Marc Valentine:

So on the last episode that we just recorded with Ethan Rawson, and so we did we did a podcast with the wolf of Walt Disney and the Wookie. And we said one of the things we we cannot stand about Orlando is years ago they made a deal with the devil and Orlando Got all of the Marvel properties so we do not have a Marvel campus, right? We're not ever going to get one we get no Marvel in our in our Disney experience. It drives me crazy because I love Marvel. So that's another huge reason why I cannot wait to come and see you guys in California. I want to have Marvel be in my... Yeah, I need it. I need it. I crave it.

Lisa R.:

It's gonna be pretty amazing that animatronic Spider Man is just phenomenal. We can't wait for that to open.

Marc Valentine:

Oh, all right cars versus test track

Lisa R.:

cars. Better story,

Marc Valentine:

I get that,

Lisa R.:

that test track and the bumps in the the I just

Marc Valentine:

I like the modern iteration of test track. I do like it a lot better that it was... It is there's no there's no store. There really is no story to it.

Lisa R.:

And if for kids that like the Pixar stuff, and who like cars to be in Radiator Springs, you can't beat that.

Marc Valentine:

I know, I know that. It's not always this that it's limited but soaring over California or soaring around the world

Lisa R.:

soaring over California. Yeah,

Marc Valentine:

there's something... the original.

Lisa R.:

It's the original.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah,

Lisa R.:

it's it's great. It's all the highlights of California. And you know, the thing behind California Adventure was that for someone who came from another state, they got to experience all the great things of California in one shot. And that was the whole premise behind it. A lot of people don't understand that. And they're like, yeah, this is kind of a lame Park. But soaring over California is amazing

Marc Valentine:

Uh, Pandora, which I know you guys don't have versus galaxy's edge, but you've been to both.

Lisa R.:

Yeah. Pandora. Pandora is amazing. It's great at night. I mean, a galaxy's edge is great at night too. And they have more rides, you know, but there's something about Pandora, just the floating mountains and waterfalls.

Marc Valentine:

Props to you for answering that because I can't I can't do that. I can't do that. I can't answer it. I couldn't do it. If someone asked me to do it. I'm like, nope. That's like, like, which child do you like better? Nope, not doing it. I love them both.

Lisa R.:

I like galaxy's edge. I love Star Wars. We're a big star wars family. But there's just something about the uniqueness of Pandora.

Marc Valentine:

Oh, I hear you Mickey pretzel versus and a Mickey bar.

Lisa R.:

Um, it depends on which Park Mickey pretzels are not good in Florida, but they're great in California. And in a Mickey bar, because I can buy it anywhere. It's kind of like yeah, so it'll pretzel would actually have to win out.

Marc Valentine:

Especially if you're getting it in your park not

Lisa R.:

I'm gonna get it. Yeah, yeah. But you know what, though, the Simba pretzel over by Everest is amazing. Because those are. Those are amazing pretzels. Like, it's only at this one little place right across from the exit of Expedition Everest, but is soft and chewy. And it's exactly what a pretzel should be everywhere else. Kind of hard.

Marc Valentine:

And it's probably because they're not getting pushed out to the entire park and getting cooled off and getting hard and right. turning stale

Lisa R.:

They're not pre made. They're made on demand.

Marc Valentine:

Exactly.

Lisa R.:

Yeah. And it's a simba shape you can't get Yes, cute.

Marc Valentine:

So this one I'm going to this is a harder This one's a little harder than you would think. Because one is very old and nostalgic, but so you get the nostalgic feel versus one that's just brilliant. Matterhorn or Expedition Everest.

Lisa R.:

Expedition Everest.

Marc Valentine:

Wow. That's surprises me that surprises me a little bit.

Lisa R.:

I never loved Matterhorn, even as a kid I you know what? I didn't. I didn't like the Yeti. I didn't like that. I don't like the track. I've never liked the track. Yeah, man. Everest is amazing. You come off that going. What just happened? Yeah, disco Yeti. I love it. So the disco Yeti wins Disco yet won out. That's awesome. And then aloha Isle or sunshine tree terrace. Sunshine tree. Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

Wow.

Lisa R.:

They... They always have something new. We don't get new in California. We get dole whip, dole whip float then sometime citrus swirl, but very rarely where in sunshine. tree it's constantly new stuff. It's crazy.

Marc Valentine:

I agree. Like I so I I thought I was the only person in the world to say that. I know. I'm not a traditionalist. Sunshine tree terrace always has something cool whether it's reds float, they have the I love the I lava You flow

Lisa R.:

The little Hei Hei, one that was so cute.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, I agree.

Lisa R.:

They come up with some stuff. And I'm like, why can't we have that here? Same machine. We just have to put another flavor. We get one flavor and one flavor only all day long.

Marc Valentine:

So I awesome. Hey, thanks for playing with us. So tell tell us a little bit about the shop. I want you to put like plug the shop because it's great. I love it. So my shop is custom bowtique by Lisa. It's we'd make custom cups. So we take Starbucks cups and we also use some non Starbucks ones now and we add characters onto it. There's a lot of people out there who fan over obscure characters and so we do that we also do traditionals obviously we do Mickey and Minnie and Belle and the Beast and but it's it's it's 100% Custom experience so you can buy one of the things we have normally, which we try to do fun stuff with color integrations and glitter. And, you know, it's a very girly stroller accessory type of deal. It's also a don't steal my cup. I know that's mine.

Lisa R.:

Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

But we really take a lot of fun and doing the obscure stuff. You know, for a long time, there was nothing with villains on it. villains are nowhere to be seen except at Halloween. And except during that time period, you can't buy anything with a villain. So that's kind of where we start veering off the path and doing villains and doing sidekicks. People love sidekicks, they like, you know, Bruni, or they like Pascal, we put names on stuff, it makes a great gift, we ship all over the world. We've had customers all the way as far as Israel and New Zealand, because they don't have Starbucks, and they don't have Disney. And so it kind of gives them a little bit of that magic, even though they don't live in a country where they've got it. So it's been a lot of fun. It's we started out just like a little passion project, and it's turned into a little bit more. We do a lot of resin work. So we make trinket trays and coasters and key chains and straw toppers. Yeah, I mean, listen folks too like to all of you that are out there. And to you know, those of you who join us on a weekly basis in the Tiki Room Studio. We're like right on the cusp of the holidays, these are perfect for stocking stuffers. These are perfect gifts for the family. For someone who's looking for that obscure character, custom bowtique, custom boutique by lisa.com. Correct is the URL or at custom boutique by Lisa at on Instagram, like

Lisa R.:

and Facebook,

Marc Valentine:

and Facebook, check it out. Really cool stuff. That's actually where the two of us met was I fan'd hard over her over her shop. And then we just started talking offline. And I and I invited her on. I said, Hey, listen, I'd love to have you come on the podcast, and talk about the West Coast. And thank you like this has been alot..

Lisa R.:

thanks for having me.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, it's been a lot of fun. I really hope you enjoyed, I would love to have you back. Because I know too that like, it's so hard when we're in a 30 or 40 minute window to really like dive deep on a lot of this stuff. And that's what I would love to do just in future episodes. If you if you'd love to come back again. I'd love to have you as part of the show.

Lisa R.:

Absolutely. If there's nothing I like talking about more than Disney,

Marc Valentine:

and in the words of Marina mouse. Do you want to talk Disney? Yes, yes. Always.

Lisa R.:

Always. Yes.

Marc Valentine:

Always. Yes. Lisa Thank you so much.

Lisa R.:

Thanks for having me. Mark.

Marc Valentine:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Thank you for living your best Disney life with us today. And it's never goodbye. We'll see you real soon.

Lisa R.:

We'll see you real soon.

Marc Valentine:

Thank you.

Lisa R.:

Thanks.

Marc Valentine:

So that'll do it for another episode of Disney life podcast. Thank you again to Lisa for coming on the show. She woke up really early this morning on the west coast to be here. Check her out at custom bowtique by Lisa on Instagram On Facebook and she also has a URL custom boutique by Lisa .com. Thank you again for joining our show. Check us out at www.dis eylifepodcast.com Subsc ibe to the show. Leave us a rat ng leave us a five star revie . Thank you so much again and I hope that your week is fille with faith, trust and pixie dust. See you real soon