Cars Land is is the newest and most loved areas of DCA. And for good reason. Each time you walk into Cars Land, it feels like you just stepped onto the set of Cars, the movie. An animated movie no less. The reproduction of Flo’s V8 Cafe and Luigi’s Tires looks just like you remember it from the movie. continued
This weekend we had a fun playdate with a few friends. We had several neighborhood princesses over for a cupcake decorating party. Although Sofia the First was our main theme, we were able to incorporate several other princesses as well. The girls dressed up, played games, decorated cupcakes, but best of all, they had a great time using their imaginations. continued
We loved the Disney movie, Big Hero 6. Who knew we’d fall in love with a big robot “marshmallow” for lack of better terms. Being a San Francisco resident, I wasn’t so sure about the name of the city, but I was sold on that too. The movie is phenomenal.
Since it was just released, I don’t want to give too much away.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go! My daughter is six. She had some hard questions in the middle of the movie, but other than that, she loved it too. continued
Last year, I offered ten reasons to visit Disneyland during the holidays. This year is no different. Every year we go, there is something new and exciting to share with you. However, I still have my can’t-miss favorites too. Disneyland during the holidays is full of holiday cheer, you won’t be disappointed.
Here are even more reasons why you need to visit Disneyland during the holidays. If you have FROZEN fans in your house, you’re in for a real treat this year.
Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street is new to Disneyland California Adventure. There’s a 50-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The 1920s themed tree will be decorated with vintage-style ornaments, just as Walt envisioned. Santa will also be on Buena Vista Street. Children can visit him at Elias & Co., the main department store along this street.
Some might say that Disney California Adventure park is more for adults than kids. While there’s plenty for kids inside DCA, many rides and shows cater to adults or older kids. Plus it’s the only park where you can purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
When we were getting ready for our first trip to Disneyland with a baby. I didn’t know what amenities would be available. Fortunately, Disney makes it easy for families with babies in tow. If you’d like to feed in private or change a diaper, the Baby Care Center is the place for you. Whether breast-feeding or bottle-feeding, there is a quiet, private area to sit and feed your baby. If you need to heat up or mix a bottle, there’s a small kitchen for use. Each center has large changing tables with disposable liners. Diapers, wipes, and formula are available for purchase as well. Using cloth diapers? Not a problem. The Baby Care Center in Disneyland has a place for you to wash those dirty diapers. continued
Mickey’s Fun Wheel offers a twist to the classic Ferris wheel. This ride offers two very different experiences. The question you have to ask yourself is “to swing or not to swing?” If you want your gondola to swing back and forth, along with the moving wheel, be prepared for a thrill ride. If you like a gentle ride, then opt for the non-swinging gondola.
I prefer the stationery gondola. However, our 5-year-old loves the thrill of the swinging one. She will laugh and scream as the gondola swings up and back. When I go along for the ride, I have my eyes squeezed shut, and I clutch the sides with both hands. Don’t worry, if you’re feeling a litte queezy, there are motion sickness bags inside each car.
This is also a great ride if you have multiple people in your group. The cars are spacious, and can accommodate up to six people at a time. Whether you pick the swinging or stationary car, riding Mickey’s Fun Wheel will get you a great view of Paradise Pier, the rest of the park, and even some of nearby Anaheim. It’s a view not to be missed.
Years ago, you could walk around Disneyland and randomly encounter Disney Characters throughout the park. As the parks get more popular, those times seem long gone. Now, you need to seek them out at designated meet-n-greet locations and times. It may seem like you keep missing your favorite Character by a few seconds as they get whisked away to their next location. You might be looking for a specific photo opportunity with your child’s favorite Character. (Or maybe your favorite Character.) continued
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is out in theaters today. Last night, I got an advanced screening of the flick with a couple teenagers I know. Kids can be brutal critics, so I wasn’t sure how this would go.
The great news is all three of us loved this movie. I don’t want to give any spoilers about it, but some general reasons why we loved it so much… continued
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For the last few years, we’ve been going to Disneyland during the Halloween festivities. Last year, we attended Mickey’s Halloween Party for the first time. We typically go sometime in October. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. continued