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Even at the happiest place on Earth, things can sometimes go wrong. A high school senior from Taft High School became a hero after using CPR to help save a toddler at Disneyland. The Taft High School choir performed at the Disneyland Resort in California and then allowed students to spend the rest of the day in the park. After their performance in front of judges, Sara, a high school senior, was in line for the Dumbo ride when she heard a mother call for help. Sara, a lifeguard with CPR training, rushed to help the mother. Sara stated that she jumped a fence and informed the mother that she was a lifeguard. With the assistance of a nurse, Sara performed CPR on the toddler. The toddler then coughed up spaghetti. Sara later said this was the first time she had ever had to use her CPR training. Disney rewarded the teen with three Fast Passes to skip the lines at three different rides.
I cannot imagine being that panicked mother with a toddler desperately needing medical attention. Thank goodness for everyday heroes that are willing to help out when necessary! Have you heard about Disney’s efforts to recognize their employees that are saving lives or preventing serious injuries? Disney has a special award, the Disney Heroes Award, that is given to employees for their actions both inside and outside of the workplace. Twelve employees were recognized this month alone for their courageous actions, including six employees of the Disneyland Resort in California for performing CPR on a fellow co-worker!
You can read more about it here.
Have you ever seen someone come to the rescue to help another guest at a Disney park?
- What’s the Right Age to visit Disneyland? (chipandco.com)
- Disneyland Planning for Disney World experts (chipandco.com)
I always save California Adventure for Day 2. I mean, who doesn’t? Disneyland is the original and still the best place to start, and end… Yeah okay, you caught me. I always do a 3 (or more) day park hopper for Disneyland. This way I do a full day at each park and split the 3rd day between the two.
So you’ve gone to Disneyland, you’ve listened to my sage advice and riden all the best rides, seen the best shows, and all that Disneyland has to offer. And of course you ate at Blue Bayou, right? right? I mean, I kinda stressed it in that one posting didn’t I?
So here you are at California Adventure… Now What? What do you do first? Well two things, hopefully you read the posting on Radiator Springs Racers so you already knew to get those FastPasses before the park even opened. Second thing you want to do is get your FastPass to World Of Color, if you don’t already have a dining package. Don’t worry World Of Color FastPasses don’t keep you from getting any other ones. It’s simply to help control the crowd by assigning sections.
Normally I would tell you to just say no to drugs, but on a Disney World Vacation I’m tellin’ you… YOU BETTA BRING SOME WITH YOU!!!
On two of my trips to WDW I got sick. Sick as a dog. Sick as in “please Jesus let me DIE before my throat explodes” kind of sick. I’m fairly sure I spent as much on medicine at the gift shops as I did on park-tickets!
People book Disney vacations months in advance, so if they, or their children get sick it is extremely likely they will go ahead and on vacation. This becomes a problem because, if your kids are like mine, you cannot stop the darlings from TOUCHING THE QUEUE (WAITING LINE) HANDRAILS. (enter scary huffing-out-of-frustration sound here). Which means germs are being spread like wildfire.
Do NOT underestimate the importance of bringing a medicine bag with you. Now be smart… if you’re flying there are all kinds of wacko regulations about how much liquid you can bring in your carry-on, so don’t get yourself into a situation that requires a pat-down, but I wanted to make sure that I told you about some medicines that you just simply SHOULD NOT go to Disney without. Obviously you’ll remember any daily meds you take regularly, so they will be excluded from the list.
1. COLD Medicines:
- Head Cold/Congestion Medicine – DAY & NIGHT. (this costs a TON at WDW and goes fast)
- Tussin – will work for both kids or adults if a cough creeps up.
- Claritin – With the ABUNDANT flora of Middle Florida and California you may discover you have an allergy to something you didn’t know you had. I would just suggest taking one every day just in case.
- Thermometer – Is your kid just acting crabby b/c they’ve had a busy/overstimulating day, or have they caught something? A thermometer will help to see.
- Ayr Nasal Spray – again, allergies or congestion can really ruin a trip. Don’t forget this kind of stuff.
People ask me all the time what is a Disney Pin Code? The second question in that sequence is usually How do I get one? While the first question is pretty easy the 2nd one takes a little work, but here goes…
A Disney Pin Code is a special discount Disney sends to you to entice you to book a Disney Vacation. Most Pin Code deals start rolling out when Disney is running a special promotion (like now). Usually the deals are better than the offers that are out there to make it hard not to want to book a vacation. I know the ones I have received in the past have been room-only discounts, room upgrades or free dining offers.
Keep in mind with these special discounts that Disney sends out at random they are stickily for YOU! They come with a special code at the bottom that only you can use.
I have yet to figure out WHO or WHY people receive them. For the longest time I thought it was people who haven’t been to Disney in a while. But that was debunked by some friends that goto Disney all the time. While there is no sure-fire way to get a Disney Pin Code I am going to offer up a few tricks I have done that I think has nabbed me several Disney Pin codes in my email & snail mail box over the years.
Attention fans of the California Grill! The restaurant that sits atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort is closing February 1st for a major makeover! While executive chef Brian Piasecki is tweaking the menu, the culinary focus will remain on fresh, seasonal creations.
The California Grill opened on May 15, 1995, and quickly became a Disney favorite, garnering rave reviews from food critics. In addition to its California fusion cooking and sushi, it’s location on the Contemporary 15th floor, is famous for its spectacular views of Walt Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon, the Magic Kingdom and the firework shows over Cinderella Castle. The California Grill will reopen in the summer 2013.
- Disney World Refurbishment Schedule December 2012 (chipandco.com)