A Video Tour Guide to Teddy Bear World Hawaii (Waikiki)

The number one post that no one has asked to see, yet everyone is waiting with excitement to read about is our adventure into Teddy Bear World in downtown Honolulu. We happen to learn of the attraction by shear luck, if you can call it that, due to our addiction to Groupon (the Teddy Bear World offer is currently available again at this link), especially when planning a trip.

After our half week in Oahu, and full week on the Big Island, we headed back to Oahu for a couple days before coming home. First on our list was to use our Groupon, and what would be a full day of fun, kieki (kid) filled activities. By this point in the trip, the boys really needed a day where the entire focus was on them and their enjoyment. No running around to see historic sites or fancy meals. This day was entirely meant to give our boys a release and let them enjoy being kids in paradise.

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So off to see a side of Hawaii that really had started out our trip. On the way to the islands, we built in a multi-day stop-over (for free using miles) in Los Angeles, which allowed us to see the birthplace of animatronics, Disneyland. Therefore, some animatronic bears might be the perfect dose to childize Hawaii.

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The first half of the museum is dedicated to the 8 Wonders of America, depicting classic scenes, with the main characters being played by lovable, stuffed bears. Who would not love seeing their favorite celebrities, Presidents, or even sports stars played as a bear character?

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Luau Scene

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NYC

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Broadway/Times Square

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Hollywood

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Sports

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San Francisco

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White House

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Lincoln Memorial

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Mt. Rushmore

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Cape Canaveral

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Rocky Mountains

Following a scene out of Hell’s Bear-Angels, guests were led into the frightening Dinosaur Park. Despite scenes of bears and large scale dinosaurs, this is where Bug (3) decided to have a meltdown of epic proportions for fear Jurassic Park had come to fruition. As we proceeded through the scenes with Lan-Shark (1), we were reminded of the terror screaming back at the entrance, painfully more frightening than his reptilian counterparts. Thank goodness we were the only ones in the entire museum.

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After making a quick backtrack to carry Bug through the Dinosaur Park, we were beyond the reach of the monsters and back into lovable Bear-dom. What followed in the next section of the museum was an area dedicated towards saving the environments of the bears. There is nothing like a scene of panda riding a unicycle on the roof of a Chinese structure to influence me not to cut down the bamboo forest.

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North Pole

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Pandas of China

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Grizzley Bears

Next up was the actual museum portion of Teddy Bear World. Not only was their historical pieces of relevance detailing the history of the teddy bear, there were scenes depicting all kids of important periods of time in human history. One could see recreations of famous paintings…

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120624 Teddy Bear World Hawaii- Mona Lisa Painting

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Or how about some important, historic scenes…nothing like some bears going down with the ship, or the massacres that were the World Wars to lighten up the moods of the children. Thankfully, some underwater scenes near the end helped liven everyone’s moods.

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Titanic

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World War

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Unknown Scene

Teddy Bear World Hawaii- Underwater Scene 1

Underwater Scene 1

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Underwater Scene 2

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The finale for the museum included a sideshow of the famous Elvis, performing his historic classics of his time spent in Hawaii. Who is ready to shake their hips?

A stop at Teddy Bear World just would not be complete with a stop at the restroom, and after washing your paws, the kids get some free cotton candy and a balloon when leaving. Actually, Mrs. InACents reminds me that the only way to get free cotton candy at the end was to complete a scavenger hunt, which she got a perfect score on (and may have been the only person in history of actually completing while in Hawaii).

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Ready to visit Teddy Bear World? In reality, the boys I think did enjoy their time, minus the dinosaurs, and Teddy Bear World was cutely put together. For us Disney fans, we can appreciate the cheesiness of the exhibits and the light play on scenes to market their stuffed bears. In all, visiting Teddy Bear World was an entertaining hour of our day, and while I would have no need to ever return or see another one, it was an excellent value due to the Groupon discount.

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Off With Her Head at the Disneyland Alice in Wonderland Attraction

One of my favorite Disney rides, that particularly sets Disneyland apart from Disney World, is the Alice in Wonderland attraction. The ride is a classic original attraction to the park, retelling the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland.

There are so many wonderful details surrounding not only the Alice in Wonderland ride, but also the Mad Hatter Tea Cups. I love all the houses and intricate Wonderland features.

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The mushroom, pictured above, with the Alice in Wonderland book and a pair of the caterpillar’s shoes, apparently was an old ticket booth from the original ride. It was said during a previous remodel of the ride, and when the caterpillar was moved inside the ride, that Imagineers left a pair of shoes behind as a reminder of the rides past.

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Disney tended to make his attractions as if you were the main character. That is why just like in the original Peter Pan ride, you never saw Peter until years later when Imagineers added him in. The same thing goes for the Alice in Wonderland ride. There is only one point where you can catch a glimpse of Alice, off to the right as soon as you head into the garden scene.

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Did you know that the Alice in Wonderland ride is one of the few that have to close when it rains due to the surfaces becoming slippery and since part of the ride is outdoors?

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What do you enjoy most about the Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter Tea Cup attractions?

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Are the Disney’s California Adventure Picnic Lunches Worth It?

After being thoroughly disappointed with Disney’s California Adventure prior to the opening of Cars Land, and having hours to kill until the start of World of Color, one of the things we had to look forward to was a pre-purchased picnic lunch from Wine Country Trattoria.

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My wife, who is the Disney details planner of all meals and activities (while I take care of all the getting there, hotel(s), and transportation), had selected an assortment of meals for us. Since it was our first time experiencing the World of Color (we had last visited in 2010, just prior to its debut), we did not fully know what to expect. As a result, the picnic lunches seemed like the perfect opportunity since you also receive a ticket to preferred viewing of the World of Color.

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The meals were presented in a reusable World of Color bag. My meal was the All American, which included cold honey-stung fried chicken, green and red cabbage cole slaw with apple cider dressing, old fashioned potato salad with sweet onions and dill relish, and apple pie.

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My wife’s meal was the Mediterranean Vegetarian, which included marinated grilled vegetables in a whole wheat wrap with roasted garlic hummus, raw zucchini and squash spaghettini with first-press lemon-infused olive oil, vegetable couscous with toasted coriander vinaigrette, and lemon layer cake.

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The boys each received the Lunchbox Classic, which included a peanut butter and jelly meal, apple wedges, World of Color confetti vanilla cupcake, and a choice of small low-fat milk, 100% Minute Maid® juice box or small Dasani® water.

The kids meals also each came with a World of Color Souvenir. In our case, they each received a light-up spinner toy, like the ones they sell along Main Street at night. The souvenirs were perfect for our little ones, and considering we only paid around $15 for each meal, I considered the picnic meals one of the best bargains inside of the Disney Parks. A meal, preferred viewing of the World of Color, along with a reusable Disney bag, and toys for the boys, for around $60. At Disney, that is a steal.

The food was nothing to necessarily rave about. The choice of a chilled fried chicken made me feel like I was eating leftovers at home and in too much of a hurry to toss it into the microwave for a couple of minutes. Regardless, the food was still passable. For me, the best part of the meal though was what came outside of the takeout container.

Each adult meal included a 20 ounce bottle of ice-cold Coca-Cola (or Diet if you must). Remarkably, my one must-have indulgence inside the Disney empire, that is always served at the perfect temperature, and after a long day of entertaining, the perfect thirst quencher.

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