Pickle Corn Dog – Disneyland

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The Controversial Pickle Corn Dog at Disneyland is a Surprisingly Delicious Treat!

As a company, Disney is known for outlandish, sometimes controversial, snacks, and this one is no exception. At Disneyland Resort, guests can head into Downtown Disney for the controversial Pickle Corn Dog! At the core is a hot dog, then a crunchy dill pickle. Next, it is dipped into a cornbread batter and deep fried, before being rolled in panko breadcrumbs.

THEN it is served with a bag of chips and a side of creamy peanut butter for dipping. People either love it, or they are absolutely repulsed by it. There seems to be no middle ground! Have you tried it? WOULD you try it?

Where to Find this Culinary Sorcery

pickle corn dog at disneyland
Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs

This specialty snack is not available everywhere. To find it, you’ll need to head over to Downtown Disney, to Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs. This snack stand is located between the Lego Store and Tortilla Jo’s. And they offer a bunch of corn dog options, in addition to the gigantic pickle corn dog!

But Really? A Pickle?

First observation, they are made fresh. You can actually watch them go through the entire process of hot dog to pickle to dipping to frying to panko. So this is definitely a one-of-a-kind Disney treat! Because of this, you may end up waiting a bit before you get your order. I ordered my nachos at Tortilla Jo’s AND finished eating them before the husband even got his order. So if you’re planning on everyone grabbing something in Downtown Disney and meeting up to eat together, I would recommend the person or people eating this head there immediately!

Second observation, it is HUGE. Therefore, it is messy, so make sure you grab a ton of napkins! It definitely will fill you up for a meal. The pickle is a slightly spicy crunch that should not work, but husband said it definitely did. His suggestion is to make sure you wait a bit before biting into it, or else you’re going to torch your mouth. And the peanut butter dipping sauce didn’t seem like it was a match, but it was a tastebud’s delight!

Food Allergies
pickle corn dog at disneyland

Unfortunately, this is not an item for people with food allergies. For this reason, the husband tried this while I went and got gluten free options from Tortilla Jo’s! There is not a dedicated fryer, the peanut butter makes peanut allergies at high risk, and the “corn” batter at Disneyland is more wheat than corn. Not to mention the buttermilk. To learn more about food allergy dining, visit this guide.

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Whip It Good!

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Celebrate Dole Whip Day on July 21, 2022, All Across Disney Destinations! Let’s Whip It Good!

Dole Whip Day

Nearly every person that goes to Disney wants to get at least one Dole Whip! Disney will be celebrating the first-ever (??) Dole Whip Day on July 21, 2022. And beyond that, it will continue to be celebrated on the 3rd Thursday in July. As you might expect, there will be some special edition treats available, so let’s take a closer look!!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom – Aloha Isle

Dole Whip Day

At the Magic Kingdom, the first place you think about when you want a Dole Whip is the Aloha Isle, located in Adventureland next to the Enchanted Tiki Room.

  • Pineapple Float: DOLE pineapple juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl (available with Tiki Sipper for additional cost)  
  • Raspberry Swirl Float: DOLE Whip and raspberry swirl served with DOLE pineapple juice
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake served with choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl
  • DOLE Whip Cup: Choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl
  • Coconut Cup: Choice of coconut or coconut and DOLE Whip swirl
  • Raspberry Swirl Cup: DOLE Whip and raspberry swirl

Magic Kingdom – Storybook Treats

Dole Whip Day

Next, we head to Fantasyland and to Storybook Treats.

  • Soft-serve Cup: DOLE Whip lime, chocolate, or vanilla soft-serve, or swirl in a cup
  • Snow White Cone: DOLE Whip lemon in a blue cone garnished with a chocolate bird and sugar bow

Magic Kingdom – Sunshine Tree Terrace

Orange Bird Sipper
Sunshine Tree Terrace – Home of the Orange Bird

Right next to Club 33 inside the Adventureland Bridge, you’ll find the Sunshine Tree Terrace, home of my buddy, the Orange Bird!

  • DOLE Whip Orange Cup
  • Orange Cream Soft-serve Cup: DOLE Whip orange and vanilla soft-serve swirl
  • DOLE Whip Strawberry Cup
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip or vanilla soft-serve with your choice of Coca-Cola, Barq’s Root Beer, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Fanta Strawberry, POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast, or Sprite
  • I Lava You Float: Fanta Strawberry Soda and passion fruit flavor served with DOLE Whip orange and topped with popping candy

Animal Kingdom – Tamu Tamu

Tamu Tamu - Animal Kingdom
  • Scar’s Lair: DOLE Whip and sour apple
  • Lion’s Lair: DOLE Whip topped with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and sour apple
  • Simba Sunset: DOLE Whip with strawberry  
  • King’s Cooler: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and strawberry
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip with DOLE pineapple juice (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)
  • DOLE Whip Cup (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)

Animal Kingdom – Trilobites

Trilo-Bites Twist: DOLE Whip orange with vanilla soft-serve.

EPCOT – Refreshment Outpost

Available for the duration of the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, DOLE Whip: Watermelon, pineapple, or swirl!

Disney Springs – Swirls on the Water

swirls on the water

Over at Disney Springs, head to Swirls on the Water, where you can not only get the Dole Whip Nachos and Watermelon Dole Whip “taco,” but you can also enjoy these super tasty treats!

  • Peach Bellini Float: Peach Bellini topped with DOLE Whip orange (New)
  • Orange Bird Cone: DOLE Whip orange atop an orange cone with sprinkles
  • DOLE Whip Flight: DOLE Whip orange swirled with DOLE Whip watermelon, DOLE Whip lemon swirled with blue butter cookie soft-serve, and DOLE Whip and Vanilla soft-serve swirl

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Photo: Disney - Dole Whip Cupcake

Head to the Contempo Café from July 21 through August 20 (Mobile Order available) to try the DOLE Whip Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with DOLE Whip mousse and garnished with a cherry!

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Key Lime Dole Whip - Old Key West

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Over at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, head over to Goods To Go for these Dole Whip treats. And yes, mobile ordering is available!!

  • Key Lime Swirl: DOLE Whip lime and vanilla soft-serve swirl topped with graham cracker crumbs
  • DOLE Whip Key Lime Martini: DOLE Whip lime served with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and garnished with a lime (New) (available July 21 through 24)

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Pineapple Lanai - Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is basically the home of boozy, delicious Dole Whip options, and no one will judge you at all for just eating every single one available to you! First, you’ll want to head to the Pineapple Lanai!

  • “Tamatoa-inspired” Dipped Cone: DOLE Whip raspberry swirled with DOLE Whip orange in a white chocolate-dipped waffle cone and coated with “shiny” gold sugar (available July 21 through 24)
  • 50th Celebration DOLE Whip: Your choice of DOLE Whip with a 50th white chocolate medallion, umbrella, and EARidescent glitter
  • Pineapple Float: DOLE pineapple juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl
  • DOLE Whip with Rum Floater: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
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Barefoot Pool Bar and Oasis Pool Bar

  • Frozen Margarita with DOLE Whip Lime: Corazón Blanco Tequila blended with DOLE Whip lime and chili-lime seasoning
  • Frosty Pineapple: DOLE Whip with Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

  • Spikey Pineapple: Barbancourt Pango Rum blended with DOLE Whip

Looking for even more ice cream at Walt Disney World? I’ve got you covered!!

Disneyland Resort

dole whip day

Disneyland Park – The Tropical Hideaway

Tucked in next to the World Famous Enchanted Tiki Room, the Tropical Hideaway is the West Coast home of the Dole Whip!

  • DOLE Whip or DOLE Whip Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with DOLE Whip
  • DOLE Whip Swirl Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with choice of two different DOLE Whip flavors: mango, watermelon, or pineapple
  • DOLE Whip Swirl: Swirl any flavors: mango, watermelon, or pineapple

Disneyland Hotel – Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill 

Tangaroa Terrace Dole Whip
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  • DOLE Whip
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with DOLE Whip (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)

Dole Whip Day at Other Disney Destinations

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Dole Whip Day at Aulani
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Little ‘Opihi’s

  • DOLE Whip pineapple, mango, watermelon, and vanilla soft-serve
  • DOLE Whip Fresh Fruit Sundae with sprinkles in a waffle bowl topped with fresh pineapple (Moana-themed) or watermelon fruit (Stitch-themed)
  • Mickey and Minnie Waffle Bowl featuring DOLE Whip with sprinkles

Ulu Cafe

  • Churro Pineapple DOLE Whip with Li Hing fresh pineapple (New) (available July 19 through 21)
  • DOLE Whip (available with vanilla soft-serve swirl)

Disney Cruise Line

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Indulge in DOLE Whip at the following locations across the Disney Cruise Line fleet:

  • Frozone on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy
  • Sulley’s Sips on the Disney Wonder
  • Wheezy’s Freezies on the Disney Wish

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Halloween at Disneyland

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Everything to Know to Celebrate Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween at Disneyland
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Disney has finally given us the details for Halloween at Disneyland and it sounds GREAT! Plus, Everyone is getting in on the festive fun, including Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort Hotels!

Disneyland Park

Halloween at Disneyland
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Beginning September 2, 2022, Disneyland Park will again be decorated to celebrate SPOOKY SEASON! You will see seasonal decor, including the iconic giant Mickey Pumpkin. And, of course, Characters will be donning their Halloween best and Disney Villains will be galivanting about! You will want to make sure you stop and get that PhotoPass QR Code scanned!

Haunted Mansion Holiday returns again, to the delight of The Nightmare Before Christmas fans! Catch this spooky overlay at this Classic Disneyland attraction in New Orleans Square. At night, Halloween Screams, which features villainous tunes, projections, and lasers, will return to the skies to delight in all it’s Spooktacular Magic! And on weekends, Halloween Screams will also have FIREWORKS!! Plus, you’ll want to catch specialty treats and snacks throughout the parks, too!

Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resorts

Halloween at Disneyland

Beginning September 9, guests can head to a number of gift shops and purchase their map for Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit! For $9.99, you will receive a map, and go on the hunt for decorative pumpkins! Once it is completed, you will return it to one of the shops and pick up your SPOOOOOOKY prize! And be sure to take in the decorations at each hotel and all around Downtown Disney!

Disney’s California Adventure

Halloween at Disneyland-Radiator Screams 
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California Adventure will be joining the fun, too! Radiator Springs will be transformed to Radiator Screams to celebrate Haul-o-Ween! Here, you can see the Cars all decked out to celebrate, and take in all the decorations around CarsLand!

Luigi’s honkin’ haul-o-ween
Luigi's Honkin Haul-o-Ween
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mater’s graveyard jambooree
Mater's Junkyard JamBOOree
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Even the Cars are big fans of Haul-o-Ween, and their rides get spooky overlays, too! Take in Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, beginning September 2! When you head out of Radiator Screams towards Avengers Campus, you might notice a change to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Join forces with Rocket, as you race to rescue a Guardian during a darkened Monsters After Dark.

Celebrate Halloween at Disneyland at Oogie Boogie Bash!

Oogie Boogie Bash - Halloween at Disneyland
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Get those costumes ready, because this Halloween party has frightfully fun tricks and treats for all ages. With the purchase of a separate ticket, you can attend this amazing party on select nights in September and October at Disney’s California Adventure!

The parties will take place from 6:00pm – 11:pm, but you will be able to enter California Adventure as early as 3:00 with your event ticket. There is a limited capacity for these events, so it will seem like you have the park to yourself!

First up, TRICK OR TREAT! You can collect goodies along special treat trails throughout the park. They will have Halloween-inspired music, fun decor, and Villains! Plus, you may even spot more familiar faces! Personally, this is where I like to make my money back! Hit the treat trails FREQUENTLY and load up!

Speaking of familiar faces, get ready to meet some of your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes! And grab a photo or six to remember it!

We love a parade, and the Frightfully Fun Parade, while not NEARLY as great as the Boo To You Parade, is certainly no exception! You won’t want to miss this, as well as the bats that fly around the bell tower at Carthay Circle! Frightful fun for everyone!

Mickey's Trick and Treat
Photo: Disney

Mickey and Friends headline this live show, telling not-so-scary Halloween tales, in Mickey’s Trick and Treat! And finally, head to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and explore Villain’s Grove!!!!!

Halloween at Disneyland
Villains Grove

Party Dates, Tickets, and Information

Tickets go on sale for Magic Key Holders at 9:00am Pacific Time on June 28, 2022. D23 Members can also buy tickets for the D23 Party on September 10 on June 28.

Tickets will go on sale for the general public on June 30, 2022!!!

Contact me today to book your Disneyland vacation, and add the Oogie Boogie Bash to your package! All it takes is a $200 deposit to secure your reservation!

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Lamplight Lounge: A Review

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Read my Review of Lamplight Lounge

Lamplight Lounge - what a view!
Dining with a View!

Unlike Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort does not have a massive variety of table service restaurants. But the restaurants they do have are fairly popular, and some even have a cult-like following! After spending a ton of time examining menus, we all agreed that we wanted to try the Lamplight Lounge. Inspired by Pixar, of which we are big fans, this location offers lunch and dinner daily, with a brunch added on weekends. Guests can make reservations 60 days in advance. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Hours/Offerings/Cuisine

Lamplight Lounge exterior

The Lamplight Lounge is located, appropriately, on Pixar Pier. You will need valid park admission and a park reservation in order to eat here, IN ADDITION to your dining reservation. Dine on a menu full of American cuisine, including vegetarian and plant-based options. Lunch is served 11:30-4:00 Monday through Friday, with Dinner being served from 4:00 until 8:30. Saturday and Sunday, start off with Brunch from 9:00 to 1:00, followed by Lunch from 2:00 to 4:00, and Dinner from 4:00 to 8:30.

Theming

Lamplight Lounge themed after Pixar

The theming is PERFECT. Every inch of the restaurant has touches of Pixar, both subtle and in your face. As fans of Pixar and all Pixar movies, we LOVED this. And, as it is located on the Pixar Pier, it perfectly suits the area. We ate in the outdoor part of the dining area, with an absolutely “INCREDIBLE” view! (Get it? Incredible?) Aside from it being a tiny bit chilly, it was amazing. There are shared table spaces (where we sat), sofa-seating with a large coffee table, bar seating, a tables. I didn’t think I would like the shared table but it is big enough that we were not forced into uncomfortable conversations with strangers. If ratings were based entirely on theming, I’d give this place a 15/10.

Lamplight Lounge view
INCREDIBLE View

The Food

Lamplight Lounge Lobster Nachos
Lobster Nachos

Where to start? The food is fantastic! Starting with the appetizers, which they call “Bites,” I would describe it as upscale bar food. A Caesar salad, but with Brussels sprouts. Lobster Nachos (which are definitely a meal, if you choose to do so), Salmon Poke, and more. We started off with the Potato Skins, listed on the food allergy menu as safe for gluten/wheat, fish/shellfish, and peanut/tree nut allergies.

Lamplight Lounge - potato skins

These potato skins were CHEF’S KISS! They are described as crispy Yukon Gold Potatoes with brown butter-caper yogurt, smoked paprika aïoli and manchego cheese. I have never in my life had potato skins this good. And that smoked paprika aïoli? DELISH! I definitely ordered more of that!

Regular Menu vs Food Allergy Menu

Regular Menu Left
Lamplight Lounge food allergy menus
Allergy Menu

The menus are identical, and I did not see anything that food allergy diners couldn’t order in some way. There are 2 appetizers and 3 entrees that safe for gluten/wheat allergy diners, but only one kids meal item. I honestly don’t know what they can accommodate for kids on-site, because I haven’t ordered off a kids menu in ages, but Burger Sliders are the gluten/wheat allergy item, for what it’s worth. The availability is consistent with other Disney Restaurants. Always check the menus online and on the app before you commit to a location!

The Main Course

Lamplight Lounge allergy al pastor pork chop

First up, marinated al pastor bone-in pork chop. This had oaxaca cheese polenta, pineapple relish, charred onions, roasted red chili butter, and green chili sauce. Marked as safe for gluten/wheat, egg, fish/shellfish, peanut/tree nut, and soy allergies, this was incredible. The pork chop just fell right off the bone! The flavors were amazing. And don’t get me started on the sauce. The best thing I can say is that the portion size was perfection. It was just right and I felt full, not stuffed and bloated.

Lamplight Lounge salmon PLT

The Salmon PLT is grilled salmon with crispy pancetta, lettuce, roasted plum tomato, lemon-bacon aïoli on toasted focaccia, and served with fries. Husband says the ratio of pancetta to salmon was perfect, and the sandwich was delicious. The fries were well seasoned and not too overly salty.

Cheddar Burger, plain, and fries. I mean, she’s a teenager, so you get it. “It was really good.”

Food gets a 9/10. There could stand to be a few more options to choose from, but supply chain being what it is, we really liked this restaurant.

Drink Menu

Non-Alcoholic Drink Concoctions
Cocktails

The drink menu, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, might be my favorite thing about the menu. Everything is, again, Pixar-themed, and if I could have tried everything, I certainly would have. Instead, I only had the Scream Canister, but it was just what the doctor ordered. There is also a great selection of mostly local beers and wines. You will not only leave full, but you will leave with your thirst quenched!

Final Verdict

From the setting to the decor to the food and drink, I can honestly say this was my favorite restaurant in Disneyland. I would give it 5 stars, 10/10, perfect marks! That waterfront dining was unbeatable. I highly recommend everyone eat here at least once when visiting Disneyland!

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The Anaheim Hotel

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Read my FULL REVIEW of our recent stay at The Anaheim Hotel!

The Anaheim Hotel
The Anaheim Hotel

Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland only has 3 on-site hotels. Naturally, that does not create a ton of availability for guests. Also unlike Walt Disney World, there are a TON of Good Neighbor Hotels within walking distance of Disneyland. The Anaheim Hotel is located directly across the street from Avengers Campus, at the corner of Harbor Blvd and Disney Way. It is merely a 10 minute walk to the main gate. In fact, it’s closer than the Disneyland resorts. This hotel offers plenty of basic amenities, including on-site dining, laundry, fitness facilities, and a pool.

LOCATION

The Anaheim Hotel - Guardians of the Galaxy

Like I said, this hotel is pretty close. In fact, there are only a handful of hotels that are closer than this one. Every morning, we could see the Avengers Campus as we set out towards the park. For the price point (depending on WHEN you’re going, it’s usually between $150/$200 per night), you won’t find much better as far as location is concerned.

LOCATION: 11/10

DINING

The Anaheim Hotel - Pizza Press

To be honest, we never ate anything in our hotel. We were so close to Disneyland and Downtown Disney, so it was incredibly easy to just walk across the street. But the Pizza Press is right there in the hotel and it was ALWAYS busy. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the menu looked decent, but as someone with celiac, I don’t like to eat in places like this with shared kitchens. So we avoided it.

The Anaheim Hotel
The Front Room Lounge

Located just outside the Pizza Press, in the lobby, is the Front Room Lounge. Serving cocktails, beer, soft drinks, etc, as well as breakfast nibbles, this seemed a cozy option. But, again, we did not go there because HELLO! Disneyland is ACROSS THE STREET! They also offer in-room dining and poolside service, as well. I found it to have relatively decent offerings but nothing that said “I have GOT TO eat this.” If they offered free breakfast, my rating would be higher.

DINING: 6/10

AMENITIES

Laundry

Is this a 5-star resort? No. It’s a motel across the street from Disneyland. But the Anaheim Hotel does offer a decent amount of amenities for its guests. The on-site laundry, which was available 24-hours, is reasonably priced ($2.75 per wash $2.75 per dry) and clean. There is no detergent available in the laundry room but you can purchase it in the gift shop. Having said that, having the option to buy individual sizes would be nice. We had 2 loads of laundry and did not need a whole bottle of detergent.

fitness center

The Fitness Center is incredibly basic but it definitely has enough to get the job done. There is a good mixture of cardio machines, dumbbells, and free weights, as well as stability balls, pilates, and yoga. You will also find safety dividers between the machines.

pool

The Anaheim Hotel has a BIG pool. They claim it is the largest pool in Anaheim. I don’t know if that’s true, as places like the Howard Johnson have water parks, but nevertheless it is a large pool. They have poolside movies in the summer and the pool is heated for the “cooler” seasons. Much to our surprise, there was also a hot tub, which we happily enjoyed to soothe our sore muscles from walking 10 miles a day! There are no slides or kiddie water play areas, but the large pool gives everyone room to enjoy themselves. There are also games in the area, like ping pong tables, cornhole boards, etc, and poolside food and drink service.

We had daily housekeeping, too, which was fantastic. The room was clean, the lobby area was clean, the grounds were clean, and the staff was amazing. Nothing at all like you would expect in a motel.

AMENITIES: 8/10

ROOMS – Deluxe King Room with Two King Beds

Now for the rooms. They are not fancy. If you want fancy, this is not the hotel for you. This is a motel. BUT they were clean and updated. We were in a Deluxe King Room, so we had 2 king-sized beds. The vanity area is separate from the shower and toilet, and the double sinks were very large. We had plenty of space for everyone to get ready in a timely manner and not be in each others way.

Yes, the beds were king sized. Yes, the beds were uncomfortable. Now, if you like a soft mattress, you may like them, but I need a firm mattress. The first night I didn’t sleep that well. But the rest of the week, I was so tired, I just passed right on out! If I had it to do all over again, I probably would have booked the standard 2-queen room, if only to get the balcony. It would have been nice to enjoy the GORGEOUS California weather on a balcony and/or patio off our room.

All we used our room for was bathing and sleeping. We didn’t need to do anything else, because we were there to go to Disneyland, and that was where we spent the majority of our time. This was perfect. If you are going to be in California for an extended period of time, I would consider something nicer with more amenities, like the Disneyland Hotel or the Howard Johnson Water Park. But for just going to the parks? This is perfect.

ROOMS: 7/10

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Overall, I would give this hotel an 8/10. It served the purpose that we needed it for, and didn’t give us any problems. I would definitely consider this for future Disneyland trips!

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Halloween at Disney

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All the Announcements from Today’s Halfway to Halloween for Halloween at Disney!

It’s hard to comprehend in April, but it is now Halfway to Halloween! And now, we have some idea of what to expect this fall! Let’s take a look at Halloween at Disney!!

Halloween at Disney
MNSSHP 2018

Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party will return in 2022! I always hated Halloween before I celebrated Halloween at Disney, and now, it’s my FAVORITE event! The party will run on 37 nights beginning August 12 through October 31, 2022. Tickets will range from $109-$199, and will go on sale to the public on May 18. Do you already have a reservation during this time frame? GUESS WHAT?! Your tickets go on sale on May 12! Don’t miss out! This event is awesome and, as it was missing last year, it’s sure to sell out quickly this year!

party dates
  • AUG: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • SEPT: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • OCT: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Halloween at Disney
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what to expect
  • The Headless Horseman rides again! Don’t miss the Headless Horseman as he trots down Main St USA! And right after he’s finished, catch “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade!” It’s the absolute best parade! You’re going to LOVE IT!
  • Go Trick-or-Treating with a special reusable bag featuring a keepsake 50th Anniversary Celebration and Halloween Design. I may or may not have brought home whole suitcases full of candy before!
  • The return of the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” starring the Sanderson Sisters and your FAVORITE Disney Villains!
  • See you favorite Disney characters dressed up for Halloween at unique meet and greets throughout the park
  • Catch attraction overlays on the following attractions: Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • Jack Skellington hosts the “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” nighttime extravaganza, featuring projections, special effects, fireworks, music, and Disney characters!
  • Special food items inspired by fall flavors and Halloween
  • much more!!
Halloween at Disney
Photo: Disney

Disneyland Resort

Halloween at Disney - DLR
Oogie Boogie Bash

Great news, West Coasters! The Oogie Boogie Bash WILL return again to Disney’s California Adventure! Stay tuned for more details to come as fall approaches. And be on the look out for Mickey and Minnie’s ALL NEW Halloween Costumes!

Halloween at Disney
Mickey and Minnie’s new Costumes

Disneyland Paris

Across the pond, they have announced dates not only for Halloween but also Christmas!! The Halloween Festival will run from October 1-November 6, with their Disney Halloween Parties on October 29 and 31. Then, Disney Enchanted Christmas will run from November 12-January 8! And not to be missed, join Disneyland Paris on December 31 for their New Year’s Eve Party!

Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas
Photo: Disney

And lastly, join one of the Halloween on the High Seas Sailings for a spooky voyage at sea! First off, an all-new character meet and greet! Meet Clarabelle Cow, Minnie Mouse, and Daisy Duck as they dress up as the Sanderson Sisters! HOW ADORABLE!!!

The ship atriums will feature enchanted pumpkin trees with a spooky twist, while “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party” brings back a fun-filled costume party for all to enjoy!

Experience some villainous takeovers in adult-exclusive venues! And, of course, catch Halloween-themed movies on Funnel Vision! Halloween on the High Seas take place on sailings in September and October from Port Canaveral, Miami, and New York City! Contact me for sailing dates today!!

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For more information about these locations, you can visit this link! If you’d like more information on these Halloween at Disney offerings, contact me today!

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Disneyland Review

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly-My Disneyland Review: Is Disneyland the Superior US Theme Park?

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Let’s get into it, shall we? Now that I’ve returned from the West Coast, I’m ready to give my full Disneyland Review, and settle the “who does it better” debate once and for all! Well, maybe not once and for all, but at least for this moment in time. Ok, maybe you won’t be swayed until you take your own trips to compare. Whatever. So for years, I thought Disneyland was tiny and trashy and not at all interesting after visiting Walt Disney World. But we are big Avengers fans and wanted to visit Avengers Campus, so we decided to head out to Anaheim and check things out. Let’s get into it!

Disneyland Review

HOW TO GET TO CALIFORNIA

First things first, you will obviously need to get to California. You could drive, like the Griswolds, across the country, but we decided the convenience of a flight was a much more appealing option, so we booked our flights on Southwest, our preferred airline.

But first, we had to decide which airline we wanted to fly into. There are five or six viable options in Southern California: Santa Ana/Orange County/John Wayne (SNA), Los Angeles (LAX), Long Beach (LGB), LA/Ontario (ONT), and Burbank/Bob Hope (BUR). There is not really a “bad” airport, per se, but there are some that will be better for your sanity than others. Ultimately, we chose to go with John Wayne.

  1. SNA/Orange County/John Wayne: this is the only airport in Orange County, which happens to also be the home of Disneyland. It is a short 14 miles from Disneyland and, by far, the most convenient. We landed at 10:50 and were in our hotel room by 11:45. It does not get any better than that! John Wayne is smaller, easier to access, has a fast TSA checkpoint, and car rental available right at the terminal. There is also an overabundance of cabs and ride share. Disneyland is a $60 cab ride or $30 Uber/Lyft away! Two thumbs up! Highly recommend!
  2. LAX: if you like big, massive, chaotic airports, or really wanna catch the Hollywood sign, this is where you should go. Located 30 miles northwest of Disneyland, this is the number one origin and destination airport in the world. It is massive, chaotic, crowded, and you have to deal with LA traffic to get anywhere. But it may offer more flexibility with your flights. But be warned!
  3. LGB/Long Beach: a short 22 miles from Disneyland, this might be the second-best option for fans of quiet airports with fast and efficient TSA checkpoints. JetBlue usually offers great deals for LGB.
  4. ONT/LA-Ontario: 33 miles away from Disneyland, this airport is incredibly small, quiet, and, again, a fast TSA checkpoint. About 20% of the time, you will get a deal to fly into this airport, especially with Delta and Southwest.
  5. BUR/Bob Hope: if you REALLY want to see a Kardashian, this is your best bet. This airport is 40 miles away and you will have to go THROUGH the LA traffic to get to Disneyland. I would say this is the airport of last resort.

Where to Stay

While there are not as many Disney properties available, there is no shortage of hotel options. Whether you choose a Disney Resort or a Good Neighbor Hotel, you’re not likely to be disappointed.

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Disneyland Review - Grand California

Disneyland has three “on site” properties: Paradise Pier, Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and the Disneyland Hotel. Paradise Pier is considered the “Value” Resort, and rumor has it, it’s being rethemed. Currently, there are no open restaurants and the pool is being refurbished. It is also the furthest from the parks. So right now? I’d say that’s a hard pass.

Up next, you have the Grand Californian. This is as Deluxe as you get at the Disneyland Resort. I would say this is the Wilderness Lodge bumped into the Grand Floridian category. You will have a private entrance into California Adventure (with valid theme park admission AND park pass reservation) and Downtown Disney. This is the closest Disneyland Resort to the theme parks. If you can afford it, I say go for it! This is also home to Princess dining, which you can, of course, attend without a resort reservation.

And finally, the Disneyland Hotel. Not gonna lie, I love it. Even with all the construction currently happening. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Even the bathrooms are perfectly themed! But, even with this being the flagship hotel and the moderate resort, it’s still a bit of a walk to the theme parks. This hotel is on the other side of Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Review: for on-site hotels, the edge is obviously with Walt Disney World. There are some 27 on-site hotels to choose from, value to Deluxe Villa. HOWEVER, with the hotels ALL within walking distance to the parks? Game changer. The edge in convenience goes to Disneyland.

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What if you can’t find a reservation at one of the Disneyland Resorts? Or what if you just can’t afford them? Not to worry, there are a TON of great hotels near Disneyland, and most of them are a short walk away.

Disneyland Review - Guardians from the Anaheim Hotel

In fact, many of the good neighbor hotels are actually CLOSER to the parks than the Disneyland Resorts. We stayed at the Anaheim Hotel, which recently went through a complete overhaul (which is still somewhat in progress) and I can honestly say it’s closer than the Contemporary is to the Magic Kingdom. You can see Guardians of the Galaxy from the hotel and it is LITERALLY across the street. We were able to take an hour break one day that was actually almost a whole hour spent in our room napping, instead of at a bus stop.

Disneyland Review - Anaheim Hotel
Front Room Lounge – Anaheim Hotel

There are literally a bunch of great hotels within the Disneyland area, and, again, many are walkable and closer than the Disneyland Resorts. There are water parks and free breakfast (locations vary, of course) and even views of the fireworks. While they are quite plentiful, they are not nearly as nice as the Disneyland Resorts. But if you’re just looking for a place to rest your head at night? They’ll do just fine.

DISNEYLAND REVIEW: the edge is obvious. With Good Neighbor Hotels, Disneyland wins. While Walt Disney World has much larger and much nicer Good Neighbor Hotels, they are not walkable, the transportation to the parks is very sketchy, and you do not feel like you are “at” Disney. For lodging overall, I put Walt Disney World as the better option. There are nicer, more affordable on-site hotels, and enough of them that you don’t actually need to consider Good Neighbor Hotels. But the WDW point only applies if you’re there for more than just theme parks!

Transportation

I don’t even need to think about it. Disneyland wins AND IT ISN’T EVEN CLOSE. Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland is a pedestrian resort. Other than to and from the airport, I didn’t get in any vehicles at all, and it was amazing. EVERYTHING is walkable. There is only ONE checkpoint to get through for both theme parks and Downtown Disney. The parks are so close to each other we saw the projections from Disneyland Park while getting off of Radiator Springs back in CarsLand. I don’t feel like any time on my vacation was wasted waiting on a bus. GAME, SET, MATCH: Disneyland.

Theme Parks and Downtown Disney

Let’s start with logistics. Disneyland is absolute PERFECTION. Completely walkable. Park Hopping takes SECONDS, not hours. If you want something to eat in Downtown Disney? 5 minute walk, tops. If you want to take a SHORT break midday for a power nap? No waiting over an hour for a shuttle bus. It’s as amazing as it sounds.

Starting with Downtown Disney, and I have no complaints. It is much, much smaller than Disney Springs, but there are plenty of options. For food options, I do give the edge to Walt Disney World, because it has the Boathouse, Erin McKenna’s, Polite Pig, and more. But the dining options in Downtown Disney are nothing to laugh at! We ate three meals here and they did not disappoint. And I don’t remember ever seeing a massive pickle dog at Disney Springs!

Downtown Disney Pickle Dog
Hand-Dipped Pickle Corn Dog

Disneyland Park. Alright, the 100% honest Disneyland Review: it’s the same but so different. But right off the bat, what is that castle? I feel like I’ve built things with legos that are more impressive. Castle hands down goes to Walt Disney World. And, again, it’s not even close. Moving on, though. My first impression was literally awe. I was walking where Walt Disney had walked and that is a bit overwhelming. Problematic as he may have been, without him, we do not have these places. So, thanks Walt.

Next up, can we talk about the SIZE of Main St? Amazing. Even when it’s packed full of people for fireworks or rope drop, YOU CAN BREATHE. It is what? Double the size of the Magic Kingdom? And, unlike Florida, it wasn’t 100% built in the sun. There is actually shade! AND TREES! There are trees in California! Magic Kingdom really lost something when they took all the trees out of the Hub area. Yes, it opened up the visuals for nighttime spectaculars, but it was visually amazing. Main St USA goes to Disneyland. It’s fantastic. All of it.

Walt's Apartment
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California Adventure gives off Hollywood Studios vibes IMMEDIATELY, which I love, because Hollywood Studios is my favorite park. But DCA was the most shocking part of the trip for me. I. Love. It. For starters, it is MUCH bigger than it looks. When you walk in the gates, it looks like it’s all squished together, but it is really quite large! Secondly, you could easily get through all the rides here in no time, but this park, like Hollywood Studios, is SO MUCH more than just the rides. Take time to explore the details, the shows, the shops, the exhibits….it’s all magnificent. CarsLand is HANDS DOWN the best land in any American Park. And, shockingly, IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE. Do NOT miss this place at night. You WILL feel like you’re in the movie. It’s incredible. For the purposes of this Disneyland Review, I was pleasantly surprised.

Lightning McQueen
How do the rides compare?

Can you have a Disneyland Review without talking about the rides? Not a chance. Everything you’ve heard is true. The duplicate rides in both parks are superior in Disneyland. Except maybe Peter Pan. It’s still overrated in BOTH parks (sorry, not sorry. It’s not worth it unless you have a lightning lane). Disneyland’s unique rides are fantastic. Things you should NOT skip: Indiana Jones, Guardians of the Galaxy, WebSlingers, IncrediCoaster, Monsters Inc, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Matterhorn, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Storybook Canal Boats. You can pass on Snow White, she was better when it was scary.

I think Disneyland would be PERFECT with EPCOT. That’s the only thing that is missing. The California Food & Wine Festival was delicious (AND full size drinks, not shots for $8), but EPCOT is SO much better.

Final thoughts, on this, my Disneyland Review: while both parks are amazing, I really love Disneyland. I was not run over by a stroller once. The people were so chill and nice, not overly entitled at all. When I did get hit by an ECV, the person apologized (I thought I was dreaming). Disneyland was a vacation. Yes, we were exhausted. Yes, we walked about 10 miles a day. But we were able to relax. We could sit down and enjoy ourselves. Everything being walkable is the complete difference. There’s no feeling of “IF WE DON’T GO NOW WE’LL MISS THE BUS!” I will most definitely go back!

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Disability Access Service

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My Personal Experience with Using Disability Access Service, DAS, Pre-Registration at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

The Disability Access Service at Disney Parks, or the DAS Pass, is available for those guests that cannot wait in traditional line queues for extended periods of time. This does not include people with mobility issues, requiring a wheelchair or ECV. Many line queues are actually ADA Compliant. This is for the Guest with cognitive disabilities, like autism or ADHD. Or diseases like Crohn’s Disease, where a Guest has to have immediate access to a restroom.

Disability Access Service
Space Mountain – Disneyland

How to Qualify for DAS

In order to qualify, you will be required to explain why you, or your child, cannot PHYSICALLY tolerate long lines. For example, a child with autism or sensory issues may become triggered by crowds and the loud noises they come with. Or a child with ADHD may not be able to physically stand still, and could become aggressive when forced to do so. Whatever the reason, be prepared to explain it in as much detail as you feel comfortable with. Disney cannot and will not accept a Physician’s Note, so don’t waste time with that. Just kindly and clearly explain your needs. Approval and denial is entirely at cast member discretion.

What is the Difference Between DAS and Genie+? Do I Need Both?

Disability Access Service - Genie+

DAS is a free service only available to those guests with cognitive disabilities, like autism, or disabilities that keep them from waiting in traditional lines, like a person with Crohn’s disease who could need a bathroom with little to no notice. Genie+ is a paid service that anyone can use to skip waiting in line. That’s the first difference! The second difference is how/when you obtain the return times.

Genie+ – Walt Disney World

In order to obtain a return time, or Lightning Lane, for Genie+, you need to first BUY it. Then, you need to get onto the My Disney Experience App at 7:00 am every day and start booking your Lightning Lane return times. (This is for guests that are staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort). Next, this is only for those attractions that have the Lightning Lane included in Genie+. If it is an Individual, i.e. paid, Lightning Lane, that is a different process. If the attraction doesn’t have Lightning Lane but there is a line, you just wait.

Genie+ – Disneyland Resort

Now, on the West Coast, you can only buy Individual Lightning Lanes or book Lightning Lane return times once you tap in to the park. PERSONAL OPINION: Genie+ is MUCH better on the West Coast. Don’t shoot the messenger!

do i need both?
Individual Lightning Lane (purchase) - Rise of the Resistance

The answer to this one is complicated. So, if the person that the DAS is registered to is NOT riding, and you want to ride, you will need Genie+. So if your 4 year old with autism has the DAS, and you want to ride Incredicoaster, you will either need to wait in line or get Genie+. If the person that the DAS is registered to is fully intending to ride every single ride, you can double up with Genie+.

But if the wait times and crowds are low? You might not need it. It will all depend on how much you want to do and how quickly you want to ride. We use the waits, sometimes, to sit down and rest, use the bathroom, or get snacks and drinks. It will all be a matter of preference!

DAS Pass – Pre-Register

Before you use it, you must register for DAS and get approved. You can do this in two ways. First, you can pre-register by taking part in a video chat here for Disneyland and here for Walt Disney World. With pre-registering, you can get your pass between 2-30 days before your first PARK PASS RESERVATION (not the first day of your stay, unless that is also your first Park Pass). Once approved, you may also reserve up to two one-hour return times per day with the Cast Member on the video chat. The Attractions eligible for pre-registration are LAND and WORLD.

das pass – on-site register

You may also choose to wait until you arrive, and obtain your DAS Pass on-site. To do so, you will need to visit Guest Relations (Disneyland – City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, or any Guest Information Location. Walt Disney World – City Hall at Magic Kingdom or Guest Relations at any park). Once there, the person that needs the DAS will need to be present, you will explain why you need the pass. If approved, the Cast Member will take your (or your child’s) photo and link your party to that DAS Pass. Make sure everyone who will be in your group is all linked together. Then you can obtain your initial return time. You cannot pre-register for more than 1 attraction at that time unless you do so in advance via video chat.

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DAS Return Time in Plans
DAS Return Time in Plans
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I have had the opportunity to visit both parks since DAS became available for pre-registry, so let’s talk about it. I have sat on hold for the video chat for over 6 hours 3 times and have yet to get an actual person. This isn’t great for people with autism or anxiety who cannot wait. The person seeking the pass needs to be on the call to have their picture taken, too. This means that I cannot just handle it on my own. In both instances, though, we were able to obtain the DAS pass in the parks in under 5 minutes, and that includes the technical difficulties we temporarily experienced at Disneyland, and our first return time.

I don’t know that we will ever go through with the pre-registry, simply because it is so simple to just do it in the parks, and we have become big fans of waiting until we’re there to start choosing our attractions. I’ve heard tales that if you do want to pre-register, early Sunday morning has been the most successful.

They have added the option to obtain Return Times for Disability Access Service on the My Disney Experience App, rather than running all over the park at each attraction. This was a GAME CHANGER. As soon as you tap into your return time, you can obtain the next one. It is exactly like Genie+ except that you cannot stack return times. Like I said previously, if the wait times are low, you will not likely need both. We were able to do everything at Disneyland and California Adventure, including Radiator Springs (twice), Rise of the Resistance, Web Slingers (twice), Guardians (three times), and more!

And There You Have It!

The Disability Access Service process is incredibly simple. Children with autism, sensory processing disorder, and more deserve to have stress-free vacations, too! I really appreciate the opportunity to make things easier for families. I can’t wait to get back to Walt Disney World and use the updated service, just to see how the two locations compare! Are you ready to book your Disney Parks vacation? Contact me today!

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Mint Julep Bar – Disneyland

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Head to the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square to Enjoy Mint Juleps & Mickey Beignets!

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If you’re anything like me, you want to know where to go to get the most unique food offerings a place has to offer. Well, if you’re heading to Disneyland, you will want to head to the very back of New Orleans Square. That’s where you will find the Mint Julep Bar.

As there is no alcohol in Disneyland Park, this is not actually a “bar,” but this food kiosk is the only place you can find the refreshing mint juleps & Mickey beignets!

What is a “Mint Julep?”

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You’re probably wondering what the heck is a mint julep, you crazy person? Well, it is described as “a refreshing mint drink with a hint of lime flavor” on the Disneyland Website. Basically, club soda with mint and lime. It is the perfect refresher for a hot day. I warn you, though, it is a controversial drink. It seems to me that you either love it or you hate it. For me? I love it!

But What the Heck is a “Mickey Beignet?”

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A beignet is a fried dough doughnut coated in powdered sugar. A MICKEY beignet is a beignet shaped like Mickey Mouse! Everything tastes better when it’s Mickey shaped!

Unique Offerings and Seasonal Must-Haves

As is tradition, Disney offers seasonal flavors of both the mint juleps and the Mickey beignets. Currently, guests who visit the Mint Julep Bar can order a Passion Fruit Mint Julep and Sugar Cookie Mickey Beignets! Other flavors include pumpkin and gingerbread beignets and watermelon mint juleps.

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Beignets are available in 3-packs and 6-packs, and you can also order an assorted 6-pack, that will come with regular and seasonal beignets. As for the beverages, you can order the seasonal or traditional mint julep, either in a plastic cup or a take-home stainless steel tumbler. Coffee, tea, Coca-Cola products, hot chocolate, and bottled water are also available. And, in the case of having someone who can’t or won’t eat beignets, you can also order Cuties! And this location offers mobile ordering!

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So tell me, do you love Mint Juleps & Mickey Beignets?! Go here for more information about Disneyland Resort and to talk about planning YOUR vacation!

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Foodie Guide: California

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Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Kicks Off TODAY So Let’s Check Out the Foodie Guide!!

I. Love. Festivals! Disney does Festivals better than almost anybody! Walt Disney World kicked off their Flower and Garden Festival this week, and now it’s California’s turn! Let’s dig in to the Foodie Guide for the California Food & Wine Festival! This Festival, located in Disney’s California Adventure, starts today, and runs through April 26! The fun and feasting doesn’t stop at just the festival marketplaces. You can enjoy this celebration all around Disney California Adventure park. And don’t forget about the Sip and Savor Pass, which allows you to try up to eight different food and non-alcoholic beverage items at participating locations. This is something I wish Disney WORLD had for their Festivals (score one point: Disneyland). You can use all eight tabs yourself – or split with your friends or family! Get your pass at several locations through Disney California Adventure park. Let’s dig in to the Foodie Guide!

WARNING: DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE HUNGRY!!

D*Lish

Foodie Guide: DCA Food & Wine
Photo: Disney
food
  • Black & Tan Beef Potato Puffs: Karl Strauss Wreck Alley stout gravy and lager micro sponge (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Cubano Slider: Slow-roasted mustard-crusted pork and sliced smoked ham with melted swiss cheese and slice of pickle served on a Hawaiian roll (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Central California Cooler: Peach, apple, orange, and lemon juice (non-alcoholic) (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Cold Brew Cocktail: Irish whiskey, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Mexico Origin Coffee, chocolate syrup, almond milk, and toasted marshmallow (New)
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

I’m hoping I can get the slider with no bun, because that sounds amazing! I’m also strangely excited for the non-alcoholic cooler!

Nuts About Cheese

Nuts About Cheese
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food
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Mac with brown sugar streusel and strawberry crackle (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Next Level Crackers & Cheese: House-made herb crackers with white cheddar-infused fromage blanc, spicy prosciutto spread, and cherry jam (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • SNICKERS Caramel-Peanut Milk Chocolate Mickey Macaron: Chocolate Mickey macaron filled with caramel ganache and SNICKERS pieces (available with Sip & Savor Pass) Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Spicy Honey-Apricot Cocktail: Rye Whiskey, apricot, orange, lemon juice, spicy honey syrup, and bitters (New)
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

OH.EM.GOODNESS. That Macaron (which is verified gluten free, for my fellow celiacs) is callin my name! I’ll be honest, I’m not at all sure about PB&J Mac n Cheese, but early reviews are positive, so maybe it’s some weird, unknown, delicious combo?

Uncork California

Foodie Guide - Uncork California
Photo: Disney
food
  • California Artisan Cheese Selection: Habanero Jack and TomaProvence (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch: Chocolate-hazelnut mousse topped with chocolate-hazelnut glaze and a gold leaf (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Brut
  • White Wine Flight
  • Red Wine Flight
  • Green Apple & Lychee Mimosa: Flavors of green apple and lychee (New)
  • Passion Fruit & Banana Mimosa: Flavors of passion fruit and banana (New)
  • Cherry, Yuzu & Ginger Mimosa: Flavors of cherry, yuzu and ginger (New)
  • Tropical Mimosa Flight
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

I’m feeling thirsty! How many mimosa flights are too many? Asking for a friend…

Berry Patch

The Berry Patch
Photo: Disney
food
  • Strawberry Cheesecake with lemon Chantilly (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Blueberry-Buttermilk Pie (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
beverages
  • Cherry-Chocolate-Mint Dessert Cocktail: Vodka, crème de menthe liqueur, cherry, chocolate syrup, coconut cream, and heavy whipping cream (New)
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

California Craft Brews

Food

  • IPA Sausage Dog on a soft pretzel roll with onion-pepper Jardinière, cheddar cheese sauce, and malt vinegar-jalapeño crunch (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
beer
  • Mexican Style Lager
  • Pilsner
  • Sour
  • Hefeweizen
  • Tropical Wheat 
  • Witbier
  • Gose
  • Fruited India Pale Ale
  • Imperial Red India Pale Ale
  • Hazy Double India Pale Ale
  • Bright & Balanced Beer Flight 
  • Bigger & Bolder Beer Flight 
hard seltzer/cider
  • Boysenberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer 
  • Hard Cider
Novelty
  • Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Peppers Cali-Ente

Photo: Disney
food
  • Chile Relleno Empanada with arbol pepper salsa and Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Ají de Gallina: Spicy yellow chile creamed chicken with jasmine rice and olive tapenade (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
beverages
  • Cantarito-style Paloma: Reposado tequila, habanero-pineapple juice, rock melon syrup, lime, and Fresca
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

I ♥Artichokes

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food
  • Chicharron-crusted Fried Artichoke Dip with smoked pepper crema and Oaxaca cheese (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Artichoke Toast with Olive Tapenade: Toasted sliced baguette with artichoke cream cheese, topped with olive & artichoke tapenade and drizzled with olive oil (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Passion Fruit Rum Cocktail: White rum, Italian bitter apéritif, passion fruit, orange, guava, orgeat, and lime (New)
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

I’m not a fan of artichokes, but that cocktail sounds AMAZING!!

Avocado Time

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food
  • Petite Avocado Impossible Burger with dairy-free pepper jack (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Frozen Guacamole: Avocado paleta with lime crema, pico de gallo, and chile-lime seasoning (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Ruby Grapefruit Sparkling Beverage: Grapefruit juice, raspberry syrup, agave nectar, and Topo Chico mineral water (non-alcoholic) (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

CluckaDoodle Moo

Foodie Guide: Cluckadoodle Moo
Photo: Disney
food
  • Ranch Wings with hot sauce drizzle (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • French Onion Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider: Grilled beef tenderloin topped with a Gruyère cheese sauce and caramelized onions served on an onion roll (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Blackberry-Lavender Lemonade: Blackberry, pineapple juice, lavender syrup, and lemon juice (non-alcoholic) (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • IPA
  • DIPA
  • Belgian Style White
  • Lemonade Lager
  • Sampler Beer Flight
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

I’ll take one of everything, please!

Golden Dreams

Golden Dreams
Photo: Disney
food
  • Honey-Orange-glazed Salmon Salad with citrus vinaigrette (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Mango-Carrot Gazpacho with grilled shrimp and jalapeño crema (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
beverages
  • Orange-Honey Cold Brew: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Mexico Origin Coffee, orange blossom honey, white chocolate, orange juice, vanilla, orange extract, and almond milk (non-alcoholic) (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Pineapple-Tiki Bitter Cocktail: Aged rum, campari, pineapple juice, orgeat, lime juice and tiki bitters (New)
  • Chardonnay
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Garlic Kissed

Garlic Kissed
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food
  • Grilled Top Sirloin with roasted garlic-Gruyère smashed potatoes and black garlic chimichurri (available with Sip & Savor Pass) (New)
  • Carbonara-Garlic Mac & Cheese with peppered bacon (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
beverages
  • Rosemary Bitter Orange Mule: Vodka, Aperol, orange juice, lime juice, rosemary syrup, and ginger beer (New)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

This entire kitchen sounds amazing. So amazing I’m willing to make myself sick from the gluten in that mac n cheese!

Paradise Garden Grill (Mobile Order)

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food
  • Brisket Fries: French fries topped with shredded smoked BBQ brisket, cheddar cheese sauce, pico de gallo, chipotle crema, and green onions (available for Sip & Savor Pass) (allergy-friendly options available) (New)
  • Char Siu Ribs: Chinese-inspired grilled pork ribs with steamed rice and almond-cabbage salad (available for Sip & Savor Pass) (allergy-friendly options available) (New)
  • Impossible Gyro: Seasoned plant-based meat served in pita bread with dairy-free tzatziki, seasoned tomatoes, cucumber, and onions (allergy-friendly options available) (New)
  • Jerk Chicken: Caribbean-inspired half chicken with mango-pineapple salsa served with black beans, white rice, and fried plantains (allergy-friendly options available) (New)
  • Beer-battered Fish Tacos: Baja-style beer-battered fish on corn tortillas topped with slaw, pico de gallo, cilantro crema, and lime wedge with house-made tortilla chips and roasted red chile-tomato salsa (available for Sip & Savor Pass) (allergy-friendly options available) (New)
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Pound cake with fresh strawberries and mascarpone crème (available with Sip & Savor Pass))
beverages
  • Bourbon-Strawberry Lemonade garnished with fresh strawberry and mint (New)
  • Mexican-style Lager
paradise garden grill beer garden
  • Salt & Lime Lager
  • Honey Blonde Ale
  • Passionfruit Wheat Ale
  • Sour Ale
  • Black Lager
  • Mango Habanero Apple Hard Cider
  • Blueberry Saison
  • Hazy IPA
  • Imperial Stout
  • IPA
  • Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale
  • Mead
  • Beer Garden Flight

And this is just PART of it! There is so much more to experience! To read the rest of the menus, visit here. To book your Disneyland vacation, contact me today!!

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