Previously… from Knott’s Merry Farm

Now that Disneyland is open and we’re back with our brand new “Magic Key,” we feel it’s time to bring back the blog. In fact, we just got back from our first Magic Key trip to Disneyland. But first, we need to update you on some visits to the parks since last October when we went to the food event at Knott’s called A Taste of Fall O ‘Ween.

Knott’s Merry Farm, November 2020


“A Taste of Fall O’Ween” Knott’s Berry Farm Trip

Knott’s Berry Farm plays a huge role in my childhood:

  1. The first time I knew (from the back seat of the car) what the parents were spelling and it happened to be Knott’s Berry Farm
  2. The celebration place for winning the 6th grade spelling bee
  3. The meeting place for family get-togethers (sitting with cousins after school)
  4. Me in 2020, sitting (without thinking) in the same place as I did back in 1961-62


Two months after our wedding, we’d just bought a new Mustang and headed down to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland to test drive the car. It’s been 24 years since then and our last trip to Knott’s Berry Farm (other than breakfast at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

Knott’s is doing a fabulous job with contactless temp and bag checks. We didn’t even know it was happening. Arriving at opening, the crowds were low and we felt safe throughout our visit. The food was awesome, especially the Pastrami Tater Tots and Apple Cheesecake Trifle. We even did the Trick or Treat trail (and why didn’t Disneyland do this? Too busy playing the “all or nothing” game, as we see it.).

We brought back some Boysenberry Turnovers (2 for the room and 2 to take home), and a box of Chicken to go. We also finally got the Kitty Clock we’d had our eyes on since that first trip – boysenberry to honor our Knott’s Berry Farm trip (plus a couple of T-shirts and some Boysenberry Taffy).

We’re still hoping Disneyland offers something like this during the holidays. If not, we may be back for Knott’s. I’m pretty sure they’ll transition into the holidays once Fall O’Ween ends on November 1st.

Here are a few photos and more in today’s YouTube video:

 

#Disneyland and the #Cruise Industry: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Disneyland and the cruise industry seem to have one thing in common (besides the fact that both are our favorite recreational choices): lots of talk about what they’re doing to restart but without any real dates. Both tried last summer and both were shot down.

The latest video I saw, uploaded by Sharon at Sea, was called “Carnival Cruise Line: Gearing up to Cruise Again.”

It looks awesome to me, and Florida and Europe have actually pulled it off, proving that what they are doing works. But restarting cruising in North America and Disneyland out west is still just talk. I’m starting to think by the time cruising and Disneyland actually get back to business, this whole situation will be over. And maybe that’s what Governor Newsom and the CDC are hoping for.

Enough delays. Give us some real dates. Give us something to start feeling!

If you’re feeling it, check out these videos (music created/produced by me during 50/90):

Cruising: Can You Feel It?

Disneyland Reopening: Can You Feel It?

Disneyland Reopening – Can You Feel it? Apparently, Not

So I’m getting all revved up, really feeling the vibe of a Disneyland reopening date announcement as “imminent” to quote Governor Newsom. I even spent hours today creating a video using some of my Disneyland footage and a song I wrote/produced for #50/90 this year called “Can You Feel it?” Perfect, right?

And then my Mickey balloon is deflated once again.

More Cruise Cancellations (#cruising #OasisoftheSeas #RealWomenWearRed)

After last Friday’s big whopper announcement from the CLIA, today Carnival Cruise Lines announced their cancellations through September and some even October.

Our money is on no cruises on any of the major cruise lines until next year. And why we cancelled the late November, early February and even August Princess cruises, because we had a triple plan: 2 short cruises and then we’d make Platinum for the 25th anniversary Med cruise in August.

Final payment for the late November cruise was September and without any ships sailing before then to show us how the ships are going to handle this Bob thing and whether the experience appeals to us before final payment wasn’t going to happen. We’re not sure we want to commit to any cruise until we see what it’s going to look like. The only cruise we still have a deposit on is in 2022.

We’re also in wait mode for Disneyland and WDW – we want to see what the experience looks like before we make any plans – when we can make plans because we don’t have an AP at either park. So, it’s very doubtful cruising or Disney is in the cards for 2020 for us.

Our Oasis of the Seas video is still climbing (68K as of right now), but it’s fewer than 25 seconds so I cannot use any of the YouTube tools to promote our channel. I uploaded it for fun and was ignorant of Youtube requirements or really any possibilities for the channel. I since uploaded a longer one of Oasis of the Seas Part 2, but it hasn’t caught on quite like the original.

I would like to bring your attention to the “Cruise the Caribbean with the Women of Real Women Wear Red” (and Real Women Sing the Blues) video. That was so much fun – brought back the excitement of when the first book was first published.

I’m playing at working on the third book in the “Real Women” series that my agent had requested back then. Sales aren’t what they once were, so I’m not sure about the time commitment, especially because I’ve been so focused on writing/producing electronic dance music (EDM). But sales are picking up again, motivating me to get back into the writing groove.

Let me know if you’d like to see more of this.

Margarita Monday with Sharon at Sea #Cruise #Travel #amwriting

Okay, so our new latest thing is hanging out with Sharon at Sea and the gang on YouTube on Monday nights. We’ve even reserved a cabin for one of their group cruises, and are considering a second one.

So all of this having happened last night, got me excited to make a video for my novels Real Women Wear Red and the sequel, Real Women Sing the Blues, to replace the one I had on youtube years ago (before Goggle bought it and messed it al up). I kept thinking I’d try to recreate one, albeit, a bit different than before, but I did keep the same music. It’s just too perfect.

Maybe we can’t cruise right now but it’s such fun to hang out with other cruise lovers, and to relive the glory days of writing these two novels, remembering our past cruises.

“Dear Kitten” and Other Laguna Beach Fun

I’m watching Adam the Woo’s video for today, one in a series of local SoCal food locations offering take-out, pick-up, drive-thru, etc. Lo and behold, he’s at the first Taco Bell in Orange County in Laguna Beach.

Well, once again, the Woo is taking me back to my childhood and teen years. I even based a short story on Laguna Beach in Dear Kitten. Laguna Beach will be one of my first destinations sometimes this summer, hopefully, for my birthday.

Dear Kitten…

Dear Kitten, My Favorite Pussycat,

Love,
TomKat

Kitty Arness hasn’t been called “Kitten” since her college days. So when a chance encounter reunites her with an old love on Laguna Beach, she realizes she longs to be “Kitten” one more time.

Still hurting from the breakup all these years later, she must make a hard choice: to hold onto her pride or forgive and forget, especially when she reads the writing in the sand.

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French Martini & Cocktail Video (Inspired by Disney, Cruising, Las Vegas, California, Florida)

With the release of French Martini on Kindle, I was inspired to create a video looking back at our life through cocktails – lol! This was so much fun to put together (PS – a link to a recipe for a French Martini is in the video description). Enjoy! Also, please subscribe, like, and/or comment on the video. Thank you!

Our Last Trip to Disneyland (#Covid-19)

During this time of isolation, we’ve been binge-watching our favorite Disney and Cruise YouTube channels, namely (in no particular oder) The Daily Woo, Best Life and Beyond, Fresh Baked, Mr. CheezyPop, CruiseTipsTV, Tim Tracker, Scott Singer Cruises, and even peeked into Sharon at Sea.

And uploading some of our own videos, too, especially since this Oasis of the Seas video has now had over 14.5K views (and climbing). Our latest upload is the 3-Part series from “Our Last Trip to Disneyland” last summer to celebrate Rich’s milestone birthday. So glad we went!

Our Last Trip to Disneyland (Disneyland Park)

Disneyland Hotel Tour and Birthday Dinner at Catal

Walt’s Favorite Cocktail at Carthay Circle and Other DCA Fun

Nothing fancy here – just a collection of photos and video taken on our iPhone from the trip.

Hope you enjoy!

Last Trip To Disneyland (#YouTube)

I uploaded a video of our last trip to Disneyland last summer, celebrating Rich’s birthday. I think I’ve scoffed a bit about vloggers getting all tearful over not being able to go to Disneyland right now but watching this video, I realized how much fun it was and I can’t wait to go back.

You can watch it here. We’re just getting started with our channel, mostly for us, but it’s kinda fun to share it with others, too. So if you’d like to subscribe, that would be awesome!

Oasis of the Seas: 22-Second Video Gone Viral?

You may or may not know we have a YouTube channel for Two4Disney – it’s mostly videos we’ve uploaded for ourselves or for others who happen to stumble upon them. Our views are anywhere from 0 to 7 – lol!

So imagine my surprise when our 22-second video of Oasis of the Seas started climbing in substantial views (for us). As of right now, it’s received 1807 views! (Now over 4300 – keeps growing.) In our world, it’s gone viral – lol!

When I noticed the interest, I created a longer video of that ship, but it’s not really getting the views. I have a suspicion the shorter video is on a playlist and that explains the views.

Oasis of the Seas (22-second video)

Oasis of the Seas, Part 2 (longer video)

Btw, if you love cruising, you might want to check out my two novels set on cruise ships – Real Women Wear Red (Book 1) and Real Women Sing the Blues (Book 2).

Now if only my sales would go viral. 🙂