Star Wars land

We are closing in on 2019 people! Behind these doors is the newest land…. shhhhh… it’s still sleeping. The landscapes are going up and the ride queues are being planned. The sand stone from Frontier land is a seamless transition into Star Wars land. Disney you are so crafty. It’s also seated further away from…

Once in a lifetime… Resort Easter Egg hunt

Hunting for eggs on the reservation is a classic family event. Hunting for eggs is a big deal. We are lucky enough to have our family trip overlap with the Disneyland Hotel’s annual easter egg hunt. We got to hunt for eggs in a unique area. The girls found eggs filled with candy and even…

Snacks and Treats

  As usual, there are so many treats and snacks that our family enjoys on a yearly basis. There are some classics: Dole Whip Float, Churro, Popcorn and Beignets. This time around, we were able to enjoy the Dole Whip Floats with a SPLASH of RUM! OFF SITE! We got it from the coffee shop…

Extra Magic Hour for extra magic

  As a hotel guest on the resort properties, you get an extra magic hour. This is an hour before the general public gets to enter. You gain access to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. If you take advantage of this you may miss rope drop which also an exciting experience. You enter through the gates marked…

When we spend… we spend! Disneyland Hotel

There is just sometimes that we don’t save on when we go to Disney and it’s the hotels. If we want the visit to be especially special we  stay in the Disneyland Hotel. The smell alone was able to produce tears for me. I always think that the Disneyland Hotel is the pinnacle of our…

Hitting 40 inches… an experiment in wins and loses

There is a very important time in a Disney family’s timeline… the day one of your kids hit 40 inches! This means that there are so many rides that open up for these kiddos. In Disneyland you have to be 40 inches to ride: Splash Mountain (closed for us) Big Thunder Railroad Space Mountain (opted…

Toon Town, not so cartoony and more magical

I’ve never really given any love to Disneyland’s Toon Town. It always seems out of place to me but recently our family discovered the secret of Toon Town. It’s in the opening! Have you ever seen the Disney commercials where the characters were hand in hand skipping along with the characters. Even with several visits,…

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to KISS groupie

I love the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Experience and every Disneyland Princess must try it at least once in a girl’s life. The boutique is essentially a spa for little girls to be made over into princesses of their choice. There are varying levels of pricing for kids 3-12 years old: Crown $64.95- Hairstyle, makeup, nail…

Guardians of the Galaxy: the former Tower of Terror

Guardians of the Galaxy opened the end of May 2017 and we were there the following weekend so, the ride was still new and highly sought after in DCA. Knowing that and deviating slightly from Leia’s list, we got to DCA before they opened at 8am. The Girl Scouts weren’t scheduled to arrive until after…

Jedi Academy: There is no chaos

We hadn’t done the Jedi Academy in a few years and Izzy wanted to do it again this year so on the last day we signed up. In the past, you had to be chosen from the audience but now all kiddos can be trained! Go to the Star Wars launch bay near Autopia to…

For the Foodie in me, something new

My husband and I have have an ongoing list of things that we have yet to experience and food is always on the top of the list. On top of seasonal or special foods they offer throughout the year there are so many places to eat, that we haven’t made much of  dent in the…

Tangaroa Terrace at The Disneyland Hotel

I am bummed that I didn’t get many photos of the food at Tangaroa Terrace which is connected to the Trader Sam’s bar at the Disneyland Hotel. I love this restaurant because if you are looking for something special to eat and drink off the Downtown Disney area, I highly recommend this place. The drinks…

The food! The food! part 1

The food at Disneyland has always been top notch. I have rarely been unimpressed, maybe with the kids meals at certain locations but overall, this visit was not exception. I broke this up into three parts, two for new meals and snacks. I decided to do a piece on Trader Sam’s alone. My family has…

Sleeping Beauties: The hotel

We stayed at the Camelot Inn and Suites for all the nights of our vacation. We were looking for a hotel that was within walking distance of the park so we could return to take naps. The importance of the naps to young people is paramount. Other places we’ve stayed see here and here. The…

The family trip for 5

Every time I go to Disneyland, I begin the planning phase. There are lots of people who love the spontaneous route but with a family of 5 that would be very difficult. We had a range from 9 year old to infant. This blog was created to give some ideas and tips to families who…

Finally a 4 day in the park again!

It’s time! For my birthday and in celebration of Izzy’s 800 boxes- we are heading back to Disneyland!  Izzy has planned her day for a Saturday. My days are planned for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Sunday- Disneyland day we will be heading to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for both older gals. Monday- Disneyland California Adventure…

Making the Impossible Come True Girl Scout Style

This trip was completely different from anything that we’ve done in the past. It was a 1 day trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. We were being guided by a little 8 year old who sold 800 boxes of cookies. She earned her way here and we were going to let her run the show….

Making Dreams Come True everyday and everyway

The first time I went to Disneyland, I thought to myself… how to make sure I see everything and have fun doing it. It was slightly stressful and I felt like I was dragging my family from place to place… hurry! Hurry! By my 2nd trip, I realized that I LOVE THIS PLACE and I…

Planning for the best

I am firm believer of the Disneyland plan before you hit the parks. It keeps you focused because there is SO much to do and experience. If you wait until you get into the park, you could feel panicked and unsure about where to start. Here is how my family begins the planning process. First…