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
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning. I would wake up at the crack of dawn, and run in to the front room where the Christmas tree was to see what Santa had brought. After the presents were long forgotten, I’d realize how hungry I was. Getting up at 4:00am does that to a kid. continued
I have very picky eaters. They go through phases. One of my girls will eat everything in sight, then nothing the next day, or an entire week. I try not to worry; but as a parent, it’s hard. I’m always a little relieved when we start our bedtime routine. I know the girls will both get a full glass of milk during story time, and are getting some important vitamins and nutrients to make up for what they didn’t eat. continued
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.
While I was growing up, one of my favorite shows at Disneyland was the Country Bear Jamboree. Sadly, it closed in 2001. I still get a little sad walking through that area of the park, knowing I won’t ever get to see that show again. However, Disney kept with the bear theme, and introduced Critter Country with Pooh and Friends in the same location.
Bring your autograph book. Because you’ll see Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore at scheduled times throughout the day. Look for them just outside the exit of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride.
I also like this spot for a different reason. Just as you exit the Winnie the Pooh ride, you can walk right into Pooh’s Corner. It’s a small and often uncrowded gift and sweet shoppe where you can get the infamous Tigger Tail, or its close sibling, the chocolate and caramel-dipped marshmallow wand. This is one of my favorites and a must have on every visit. You can also see various treats being made here. A big picture window lets you get an up-close look at Cast Members making chocolates, candies, cookies, and other favorites. Stop by anytime, and they’ll be making a variety of treats for the park.
One of the must-eats at Disneyland is the Monte Cristo sandwich. It’s on the menu at Blue Bayou and at Cafe Orleans. If you’ve never had a Monte Cristo before, it’s a richer variation of the already rich French sandwich, the croque monsieur. Disney’s Monte Cristo is turkey, ham, and swiss, deep-fried in batter, and dusted with powdered sugar. continued
Fall is my favorite time of year. Actually, it might just be the pumpkin. And that my kids will eat almost anything pumpkin. So this time of year is a little easier around my house. continued
Oh how I love Summer! Living in San Francisco, we get about three weeks of actual Summer weather. One thing I miss about a traditional Summer is ice cream. I only like to eat it if it’s warm outside. I’ve been waiting for warmer weather to make ice cream sandwiches. Today it’s finally going to happen. I have several pinned over at Pinterest that I’ve been waiting to try, and thought I’d put my own Disney spin on it for our girls. continued
It’s been a couple of months since I published my book, 101 Disneyland Tips. If you already bought it, I hope you have enjoyed it. I’ve been reading the reviews on Amazon and I’m really humbled with the feedback so far. It’s great to see that the book has been helpful to many people already. So, if you’re at all thinking of going to Disneyland any time in the future (or would like to just dream about going) and you haven’t yet, you should buy the book now! continued