Food pt. 2: treats and snacks

Ariel’s Grotto is always expensive but their desserts never disappoint. This time they had a creme brûlée and a Chocolate cake- Smores type of deal and a chocolate covered strawberry. We had this as part of the World of Color dinner. The beignets are so yummy, the pumpkin ones were different but I thought the…

Cones, sticks and chips Food Pt. 1

  Food is a big part of any trip to Disneyland. There are iconic favorites like the turkey leg and the Dole Whip. However, every time we go we try to find a new items we never ate before. There are always seasonal goodies no matter what time of year you go. Currently in Disneyland:…

A long time ago in the Star Wars Launch Bay….

A family favorite is Star Wars all around. So, we are a pro Star Wars land family! Until then there is lots to see and meet in the Star Wars Launch Bay in the former Innovations area. I think it works to my advantage to know that I have no memories of Innovations so I…

A Girl Scout in Disneyland… dreams do come true!

This year my little monkey earned her trip to Disneyland through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. She sold enough boxes for her to qualify for the Disneyland Turnaround trip in June. We made a chart for her see how much she sold and how close or far she was from that goal. When she first…

The Stroller Game and how to win

Every year, I wake up in time to see the sun rise over the parks. I love waking up early in the morning and getting inside for a Magic Morning (1 hour earlier than other ticket holders). You hit the pavement in from Downtown Disney and I always curse when I remember that we have…

Don’t Wait until “they can remember”

One thing I hear over and over from parents is, “I want to wait until they can remember.” That made sense to me when I had only 1 little one, the Iz which is probably the reason we waited until after she was 4. We thought, 4… that’s a good age. So, we went on our…

Paradise Pier: Snack Level Wine, Beer and Cheeses

Snack Level turns into adult level at 5pm and lasts until 7pm. That’s when they change the snacks over from goldfish and cokes to cheeses and wines. They are also more cautious with the wine and beer. They don’t just put the beers out to grab but they have a waiter come to you and…

Club Level Access at Paradise Pier- Breakfast of Champions

Club Level Access is labeled under “Club Level”. The room we had was Premium View with Club Level Access. It ran $72 more per night. Disneyland Hotel runs about $160 more per night. Grand Californian runs about $240 more per night This made me wonder what the difference in the club levels were. I guess…

Kylo Ren scarier in person

I don’t know if you ever sat down in Star Wars and thought, Kylo Ren is not scary at all. He seems like he would be an okay guy to meet one day. WRONG. His vocalizer is so creepy in person. I was waiting to be death gripped by the force at any moment. The…

A non-Disneyland ending is actually OK!

This time for our 5th vacation, we didn’t get to end in Disneyland due to Magic Mornings being at different times then we are used to. We arrived on Wednesday night, late. Then started on Thursday in Disneyland and Friday we were in Disneyland California Adventure. I’m a purist at heart and I have always…

SING the night!

My all time favorite parade is Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. It has now been dethroned. I love upbeat and sentimental at the same time and that’s all that Paint the Night is. If you love the Wreck it Ralph soundtrack, you will love you this parade. It was a great pep rally for our late evening…

The Silhouette Studio

One of my newest favorite thing to do is have my daughter’s profiles cut at the Silhouette Studio. The little shop is housed next to the Crystal Arts on the right hand side as you enter Main Street, USA. The studio houses an artist who has cut people’s profile for several years. They do them…

Mickey’s Halloween Party

My husband made me really tear up about this one. He was so excited about this event. He said to his daughters, “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be Trick-or-Treating in Disneyland!” When I had booked the tickets in August, that hadn’t even crossed my mind. Who gets to…

Save the bucks or let it ride? Good Neighbor versus Resorts

This past vacation, we stayed at the Annabella Hotel. The hotel was relatively close to Disneyland and it’s selling point is that it is directly behind Disneyland California Adventure. See the map (red oval) was our hotel, the green lines are the only entries into the parks. We had to walk west on Katella and…

The Pearl Factory in Downtown Disney

One of the newest experiences we found was The Pearl Factory in Downtown Disney. It is directly across from the Lego Store in a small open air kiosk. I had heard about the Pick-a-Pearl experience in Walt Disney World and I recently found out that they do a smaller one here in Disneyland. You pay…

See you Real Soon

Always find a tradition to say goodbye to Disneyland. Our family usually uses that last morning as we pack up to wear our new Disneyland gear and I buy a set of Disneyland lollipops to eat on the way home. My husband always looks for a new shirt to wear home. Then when he returns,…

In the Tiki, Tiki Room…. All the Birds sing words

I am a strong advocate for The Enchanted Tiki Room. It is a dated attraction but here are some reasons to put it at the top of your list: 1- Walt, himself financed and paid for the Tiki Room with his own money. So, it’s 100% Walt. 2- The announcer at the beginning of the…

Christmas at Thanksgiving Time… weird

There are just some times when things seem a little off. When holidays creep up on other holidays is one of those things. I enjoyed the Christmas Parade but I would have rather seen the Soundsational Parade. The whole trip was like a pre-Christmas show with lots of Christmas decorations and lots of holiday songs….

Naps? Always!

Once again, here is my nap recommendation. Do it. Around noon and wake up around 5pm. Sure, you are missing park stuff but look at how many people love naps! THE GROWN-UPS! The kiddos usually will play with their new items they got or watch tv. Disney actually makes an entire channel devoted to Disney…