Capacity Dining Tips for Sit Down pt. 2

  Tangaroa Terrace: No reservations needed. You can also figure a way to eat outside of the park, like at the Tangaroa Terrace which had very little traffic after 1pm while we were there. You can also go the bar around the corner and get a little adult beverage to add to your meal. Lamplight…

Capacity Food Tips for Sit Down Locations pt. 1

Dining is another beast by itself. Once you book your vacation and it’s a high capacity time, set up an alarm for 3am on the 60th day out to start booking your dining choices. If you plan on sitting down for a nice meal, this is key. If you plan on just eating quickly from…

Planning for Christmas

We have been to Disneyland during Thanksgiving when the Christmas decorations and special presentations have begun but we’ve never been on Christmas Day! This year, we will be there for Christmas. We will bask in the crowds and crazy season. Hoping to make memories and not arguments about the event. We are hoping for a…

Can you make it to Fireworks?

Finding a place to stand for all the big events like parades and fireworks. We’ve seen the fireworks from the following places: middle of Mainstreet, to the right side of the hub where Tomorrowland starts and by ‘It’s a Small World’. From outside the park, usually from our hotel and on the esplanade between the…

Character Interaction Tips

Some of my favorite character interactions are the ones that are spontaneous and heartfelt. I will let my children guide me to which characters are worthwhile. To get photos of the originals: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto go to Toon Town during opening usually an hour or two after the park opens up. The characters…

Del Sol Hotel- Let the Sun Shine In!

The Del Sol Hotel has won our heart over and over. We stayed here as a couple and then as family suite. The girls loved the elephant towel animals and the bunkbeds. They enjoyed the opportunity to have breakfast but preferred to eat in the parks and/or at Denny’s in their front yard. The housekeeping…

California Adventure’s Animation Academy

      There is a hidden gem in Disney California Adventure, it’s the Animation Academy building. In this building, you can rest and cool off (more on that later), meet Crush the Turtle, find out your hidden Disney personality in the Sorcerer’s Workshop and Beast’s Library. In this large building is ample space to…

Maxpass versus Fastpass

There is often confusion around the Fastpass and the Maxpass. And the #1 question: Is it worth it? First off, what the difference? The difference is that the Fastpass is Free with your ticket and that the Maxpass is a paid app that you add to your tickets. Fastpass: Back in the day, the Fastpass…

Six Dwarves of Disneyland or How do I please everyone? pt. 2

After you consider the youngest of your group, you should consider the older members of your group. I know it’s a little selfish but start with yourself as the planner since you are doing so much work. The Know-It-All (Age 38) Enjoys telling the group where to go and when to do it. They know…

Six Dwarves of Disneyland or How do I please everyone? pt.1

There are multiple times when I read on forums, “I have one day, what are the must sees in Disneyland.” To that my response and my family echoed it was, “One day is not enough.” We are Disneyland veterans, going over 10 times in the last 5 years. My response to this questions is, “What do you…

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

1/1/20 update! 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…

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

Update: 1/1/20 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)- my 6 year still…

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…