Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

Disneyland & Dream Jobs

So, the full quote is as follows:

Truth told, the odds are not in your favor. But that's what will make it such a great story.

Y'all really thought I was gonna start doing sad quotes now? No, no. Positivity, man. Good vibes only. Etc., etc.

I'm writing this blog post a little further in advance than I usually do because I am at Disneyland today. Whaaaaat. How ducking cool, amiright? It's officially fall at Disneyland and shoutout to Dino Nugget for taking pity on my poor self and taking me to Disneyland.

Y'all know my weird thoughts on the cinematic universe of Cars. I've talked about it before. The whole franchise is very weird and if you think about the concept for too long, your brain starts to hurt. However, Cars Land at California Adventure is one of my absolute favorite "lands" Disney has ever created. And, best news ever, it's decorated for Halloween and I am preemptively losing my mind about it for a multitude of reasons. A lot of it comes from my love for neon and my love for Disney's absurd attention to detail.

Look at this beauty:




Needless to say, I will lose my mindddddddddd.

A weird fun fact about my youth; I would help my parents' friends plan their trips to Disney World because I read a bunch of Walt Disney World travel guides for fun in my free time. I was very cool I'll have you know. Anyway, since I'm going to be at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure for the next two days, I thought I'd give you my five Must Sees for each park. What? This is a super niche thing to talk about? Incredible. Thank you for that feedback.

Tina's Must Sees in Disneyland

  1. Jungle Cruise - I don't care what anyone says, the Jungle Cruise is the best ride. It's like a nine-minute fake cruise with bad animatronic animals and a skipper who tells terrible dad jokes. It is 100% my dream job and I hope I get famous enough that one day Ellen Degeneres will let me do one of those hidden camera pranks on that ride.
  2. Indiana Jones - I am ride or die for this ride. It is so ducking fun. It's an off-road adventure to help Indiana Jones. As someone who grew up idolizing Indiana Jones, this ride is like everything ten-year-old me could possibly want. I was so into Indiana Jones that I watched the Young Indiana Jones series. Yeah, bet you didn't even know that existed.
  3. Haunted Mansion - This one only makes the list during the Halloween season. I know, I know. Put the pitchforks away. I get it. People love this ride and yeah, I think it's a fun ride, but the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay is what makes it cool. I haven't even seen Nightmare Before Christmas and I'm into it. (Put the pitchforks away! I'm serious!) All I know about that movie comes from my youth playing that Disney video game, Kingdom Hearts.
  4. Matterhorn Bobsleds - I'm a big believer in the idea that Disneyland wipes the floor with Florida's Magic Kingdom and the Matterhorn is a main reason for me feeling that way. Also, I'm so #blessed because the ride's finally open again.
  5. Space Mountain - Anyone who has been to the Magic Kingdom with me knows that I am petrified of their version of Space Mountain. I'll ride it, but I won't be happy about it. HOWEVER, Disneyland's Space Mountain is so much smoother and feels a lot less like a death trap. Plus, there was (is?) a Star Wars overlay complete with lasers and Admiral Ackbar. Every ride would be better with the presence of Admiral Ackbar.