Building the Lego Disneyland Train Station

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The Disneyland Train Station with Disneyland Train

With some extra time on her hands this week, Caroline decided to assemble her new Lego Disneyland Train Station with Train, with a little help from her hubby and brother.

Just 4 1/2 short hours later, it was done!

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Caroline’s Lego Train Station was her major birthday gift from Mitch in February.

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Just 2,925 pieces!!!!  Begin…..

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A good start.

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The inside of the station.

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The completed front of the station.

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The gang’s all here! Elevation: 138 blocks.

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10:30pm: DONE!!!!

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The train is a fully operational train!!!

Video link: The Lego Disneyland Train Station

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Happy birthday, Caroline!

  

Riding ‘Jingles’ the Carousel Horse at Disneyland

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I got to ride on Jingles again!

As we learned on the Walking in Walt’s Footsteps Tour, the oldest attraction still operating at Disneyland is the King Arthur Carousel.  The carousel is celebrating 145 years in 2020!

Jingles is the carousel’s lead horse and was Walt’s favorite horse.

Jingles is named for her beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and mantle.

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The 68 horses of King Arthur Carousel.

All the horses are trotters.

Interesting fact:  All the horses on the carousel are trotters.

The carousel was built by in Canada in 1875 and every horse on the carousel has a name.  You can pick up a complete list of the carousel horse’s names at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. (free).

The two finger point.

Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, riding on Jingles in the movie ‘Saving Mr. Banks’.

She made an appearance in the 2013 Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks.  (We got to go to the movie’s world premier in December 2013 when we were working at Disney World!)

For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, Jingles was repainted and trimmed in real 18K gold leaf!  That’s real gold on her!

Jingles was ceremoniously dedicated to Dame Julie Andrews on April 8, 2008.

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Jingles in all her glory.  That’s real gold on her bells!!!

Her saddle

Her saddle honoring the 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” and Dame Julie Andrews. 18K gold!  So shiny!

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Close up of Jingle’s golden bells.  Everyone wants to ride on Jingles!  She’s the best!!

Jingles most famous rider.

Jingles most famous rider, Mary Poppins.

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Celebrating 50 years of Jingles!

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We’ve actually gotten to ride on Jingles several times now.

Usually, you have to run to get to her first.  She’s a very popular horse!

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Riding on Jingles for the 2nd time. Yeah!

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Riding on the carousel with Ian. ❤

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Jingles has over 130 bells on her!

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Mary Poppins’ umbrella on her saddle!

And look who else has showed up to ride on Jingles:

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Belle and the Beast!

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Belle waved at us! 🙂

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Me & Jingles

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting Mary Poppins and friend

     

The Wilderness Explorer Camp at Disney California Adventure

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It’s like a mini Sequoia National Park.  The Rangers here always have good pins to trade!

The Wilderness Explorer Camp at Redwood Creek is one of our favorite places at Disney California Adventure.

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It’s across from Grizzly Peak.

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Russell at his meet and greet. You can also find him walking along the trail sometimes.

It’s the best place to find Russell completing his Wilderness Explorer badges.

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Russell and Dug on the wilderness trail.

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The Wilderness Explorer badge.

After some exploring, we went into the Grand Californian resort and checked out all the Russell and Dug Up! merchandise there:

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Russell Ears

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Explorer cap and Dug backpack

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Russell T-shirts, pins and dolls

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Squirrel! coffee mug

Hit the Trail

Encounter the Great Outdoors along the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Explore the area in any order you wish and enjoy a “forest” range of activities for everyone.

Practice the art of traverse climbing at the Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb. Glide down a natural rock slide. Clamber up the ropes course to the lookout towers high above the tree line. Practice your park ranger skills on the tire swing at Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower.

There’s a world of woodsy fun waiting to be discovered!

Meet Your Spirit Animal

Hidden in the rocks, the Spirit Cave awaits—where brave adventurers encounter their mystical spirit animal. What will the enchanted cave reveal about you? Are you a bear, a wolf or even… a skunk?

Visit the Spirit Cave and find out!

Big Adventures for Kids of All Sizes

The experiences of Redwood Creek Challenge Trail have no height or age requirements except:

Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb – Guests must be 42 inches (106 cm) or taller.

Hoot n’ Holler Log Slides – Guests must be 32 inches (81 cm) or taller.

Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower – Guests must be between 42 inches (106 cm) and 63 inches (160 cm) tall. Guests must also be under 13 years of age.

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Meeting Russell and Mr. Fredricksen

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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So This Is Love: A “Cinderella” Anniversary Tea Party at Disneyland

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So This is Love afternoon tea

So This Is Love: A Cinderella Anniversary Tea Party

This month is the 70th anniversary of Disney’s classic fairy tale, Cinderella.

In celebration, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is hosting a special Cinderella 70th Anniversary Tea Party.

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Special floral arrangements on all the tables.

For a limited time beginning February 7, 2020, Disney guests can dine like royalty.  The High Tea menu features a wide variety of delectable tea party dishes including salads, scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, and an assortment of loose-leaf teas and herbal infusions.

The Cinderella Anniversary Tea Party offers three different dining options – Classic, Premium, or Kids. This special tea party takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 pm – 3 pm. Reservations are required.

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Everyone gets their own little pot of tea.

Classic, Premium and Kids Menus

There are 3 tea party menus to choose from.

Classic Tea Party $55/person

  • Traditional scones
  • Tea sandwiches
  • Desserts
  • Teas and herbal infusions

Premium Tea Party  $70/person

  • Sparkling wine
  • Traditional scones
  • Salad
  • Tea sandwiches
  • Desserts
  • Farewell truffle
  • Teas and herbal infusions

 Kids Tea Party $35/child

  • Traditional scones
  • Tea sandwiches
  • Desserts
  • Herbal infusions, juices, milk or hot chocolate

Please note: Gluten-friendly and vegan options are available upon request. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.

 

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Chocolate covered strawberries.

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Little tiny tea sandwiches.

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Cake pops

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Mickey Scones

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Looks yummy!!!

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Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel

Step Back in Time

Within the glamorous Hollywood-style setting of Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel, prepare for one of the most regal rituals from a bygone era – afternoon tea. Originally introduced to European high society in the 1800s, this relaxing respite promises to forge unforgettable memories with family and friends.

You’re invited to sip loose leaf teas and herbal infusions while treating your taste buds to an assortment of delightful morsels. The menu includes traditional scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and more. Aperitifs, wines by the glass, ports and cordials are also available for an additional charge.

 Please join us for High Tea Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM.

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Cinderella opened February 15, 1950.

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Cheers to the new year! 

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Two Disney Sisters

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Jan 2020:  We ran into Cinderella just last month at Disneyland.  It was cold and she was wearing her heavy winter gown.

  

Disneyland’s Two Cigar Store Indians

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He’s very short! The Main Street Cigar Store Indian wears a blue cape.

When Disneyland first opened in 1955, there was a Tobacconist Shop on the east side of Main Street. It closed in 1990 and was replaced by the Music Company, but its Cigar Store Indian is still presiding over Main Street USA.

Most small towns in 1900 America had a tobacco shop so, to be authentic, turn-of-the-century Main Street USA had to have one as well.

Cigar Store Indians or Wooden Indians were used as advertising means to draw men into smoke shops. The idea derives from the fact that North American Indians first introduced tobacco to Europeans.  In fact, Christopher Columbus wrote about tobacco in his diary in 1492.

The Tobacconist Shop sold an international selection of cigarettes, pipes, pipe tobacco, cigars, and accessories. They also distributed complimentary match books to guests.

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The Frontierland Cigar Store Indian wears a reddish cape.

Disneyland has a second Cigar Store Indian over in Frontierland, where he draws attention to the Westward Ho Trading Company, a shop with an emphasis on Disney trading pins.

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Effective May 1, 2019, the Disneyland Resort Parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) became 100% smoke free. Also, the Esplanade (the area between the main gates to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) as well as the Downtown Disney District are smoke free, as are the three hotels of Disneyland Resort:  Disneyland Hotel, The Grand Californian, and Disney’s Paradise Pier.

In the early days of Disneyland, smoking was permitted everywhere in the park except on the attractions themselves and in their wait queues. The park brochure at the time stated: “You can put out your cigarette in the ashtrays conveniently located at the entrance to every attraction.” In 1955, 52% of men and 24% of women were smokers, whereas today only about 14% of adults smoke. Walt Disney himself was a heavy smoker who eventually died of lung cancer.

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True.

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No cigarettes here.

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balloonsWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Fire at Disneyland Last Night

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fireA small fire erupted in a backstage area of Disneyland on Thursday night.

No one was injured in the fire, which occurred near the park’s iconic Fire Station building, the location of Walt Disney’s Apartment overlooking Main Street.

The fire station is not a real, working station, so a fire crew from the Anaheim Fire Department responded, putting out the fire within minutes.

The park remained open, but parts of Adventureland were closed due to an electrical outage.  The Walt Disney Railroad also suspended operations.

The fire was described as a “vegetation fire”, but we saw this exact spot during our Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour two weeks ago and there are some storage buildings there, along with a cast member break area.  When we were there, there were a few generators being stored there.

Video link:  Fire at Disneyland

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The lamp is always lit in Walt’s Fire House.

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Me and mom inside Walt’s apartment two weeks ago.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Walk walking outside his firehouse. 1960s

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Meeting the Boss at Disneyland!

 

 

Reviewing the New Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland

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The Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland

We always try and do something new on every trip to Disneyland, and The Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland is brand new.

We love it!

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Plenty of tables and chairs, very roomy!  Covered seating.

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We love all the plants and decor.

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Christian looking over the menu

They have an extensive list of flavored Dole Whips and steamed Baos.

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Very reasonable snack prices.

Christian and Ian tried the chicken and beef bao snacks.  They were very good.

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Chicken Baos, $5.99 each or 3 for $15.99

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The perfect afternoon snack.

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Orange/pineapple Dole Whip, $5.99

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Souvenir cup and spoon.

I loved the location and how nice it is to have a sitdown place to relax for a few minutes in Adventureland.

It’s especially nice if you’re waiting on your Fast Pass time to arrive.

It’s just so nice!  We went there after seeing the birds perform at the Enchanted Tiki Room.

They desperately need a place like this at the Magic Kingdom!!!

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So tropical! So relaxing!

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Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re in Hawaii!

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Rosita keeping guests entertained.

A Tropical Outpost for All

Explore the wilds of Adventureland and then kick back and enjoy delish dishes amidst this lush, trader’s market.

Nestled at the crossroads of Adventureland, The Tropical Hideaway is a new quick-service location featuring exotic eats and a place to rest for weary world travelers. Soak in the sights and sounds of this bustling bazaar-style atmosphere with a variety of food vendors offering sweet and savory meal options. It’s an exotic Adventureland experience like never before!

Wonderful Wildlife and Flickering Tiki Torches

Grab a bite, relax on the open-air dock along the Jungle Cruise waterfront, and meet Rosita, a friendly feathered “entertainer” who’s embarking on a solo career away from the bird chorus at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

Before this colorful cockatoo spreads her wings to tour the world, Rosita will tell jokes, deliver witty one-liners and recalls a time when The Tropical Hideaway was an unknown terrace frequented by locals. At sundown, the ambiance is transformed by flickering torch lights that illuminate your way through this truly enchanted setting!

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Recognize this floor tile???

Insider Tip:  This is located at the old Aladdin meet and greet location.  The tiled rug is still right in front welcoming you!

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We met Aladdin and Princess Jasmine there several times.

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Cheers to the new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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We love Dole Whip!

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February 2020 menu

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Lots of sodas and bottled water available.

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And look what we found for sale in the mercantile!!! Minnie Ears straight from Aulani!

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Straight from Aulani!

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❤ We love Dole Whip! ❤