This time of year, in SoCal it’s hot outside and for those visiting Disneyland I know the struggle to stay cool, well lucky for you I’ve taken it upon myself to try different kinds of ice cream at Disneyland 😉 (I know, I know I’m a saint) and these are just a few of my favorites
One of my favorite treats is the Dole whip float. I know you’ve heard how yummy a Dole Whip is but let me remind you. It’s so yummy and refreshing!! I’m sure you’ve walked by the line and thought it was way too long to wait for a dole whip but if you go inside where you wait for the Enchanted Tiki Room the line is way shorter (usually)
A trip to Disneyland Resort wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ghirardelli! They have so many different flavors to choose from and always offer you a free sample when you walk in. Can’t say no to a delicious free sample! This flavor is black cherry in a chocolate dipped waffle cone, my mouth is watering!
Next, Ice cream nachos! This is an “off the menu” item. They are found inside Disneyland at the Golden Horseshoe. Did you know Ice Cream Nachos was originally on the menu at the Golden Horseshoe? It was removed from the menu several years ago. It is made with waffle cone “chips” topped with three scoops of your choice of ice cream, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips with a cherry on top. When I ordered them, they didn’t even hesitate and a few people in front of me ordered it too. So, don’t hesitate to try it next time!
Finally, is Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream inside Disney’s California Adventure. They have this amazing ice cream sundae served in a “Kitchen Sink”. They have so many different combinations of flavors all served in a kitchen sink. One of my favorite flavors is called The Oswald Sundae it’s one scoop of Vanilla and one scoop Chocolate Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Cherry, and a Chocolate Dipped Banana and you get to take the sink home! I currently use mine to hold my sponges and soap by my kitchen sink. For one lucky reader, I’ll be giving away a kitchen sink!! (sorry ice cream not included) Check out my social media pages for entry details!
Have you heard about the new and exciting churros flavors at Disneyland? Well this past week my husband and I tried some, for better or for worse. I’ll be rating them from best to worst and I mean worst.
I’m a sucker for s’mores! The delicious marshmallowly chocolatie goodness! This churro is coated in gram crackers and you dip the churro in melted marshmallow and melted chocolate. Is your mouth watering? Mine is!
It tasted like a regular churro so it was yummy! It did look way to pretty to eat though I mean come on look at those pretty edible stars!
Sour Watermelon Churro
Was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted in my life but if you are adventurous please try it for yourself. It’s supposedly a limited time only flavor, it’s to celebrate the return of Fantasmic. So taste it before it’s gone!
One of my foodie guilty pleasure is funnel cake! I’m a sucker for funnel cake, I love them with strawberries, powdered sugar or boysenberry jam. Did you know that Disneyland has delicious funnel cake? Located at The Hungry Bear restaurant near Splash Mountain is where they are hidden. They have seasonal funnel cake flavors and right now they have peach cobbler and churro! So delicious! I highly recommend trying them when you’re there next!! One of the best parts of the funnel cake is the whip cream! It’s not overly sweet and they’re definitely generous with their portions. Best part is your annual pass discount applies! Have you tried them yet?
Peach Cobbler Funnel Cake
Churro Funnel Cake
If your child is anything like mine your child has an unlimited amount of energy and can’t sit still for a minute! She also has sensory issues, she always craving more. She is constantly seeking more thrills. Walking inside Disneyland and California Adventure should be enough right? WRONG! That’s just a walk in a park for my child ( get it???) the list below guarantee my child will sleep all through the night.
1. Goofy’s Playhouse- Located inside Disneyland
This place is great for both parents and kids. On the outside of the house there’s a lot of climbing and area to run around. It has a small slide and shaded seats for parents. Inside there’s a piano that plays silly noises, a goofy sofa and cute goofy family portraits.
2. Tarzan Treehouse- Located Disneyland
The tree house is a great place to let out energy! This place has a lot of stairs and bridges and beautiful views of Adventureland once you get to the top
3. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail- Located in California Adventure
This place is a hidden gem within California Adventure! It is huge! Taken from the Disneyland website activities include:
- Practice the art of traverse climbing on the Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb.
- Glide down a natural rock slide.
- Play with the Boulder Bears—rock formations that “bear” a striking resemblance to grizzly bear cubs.
- Climb up a trio of wooden lookout towers featuring authentic ranger gear, rope bridges and hidden surprises.
- Practice your park ranger skills as you slide down a tire suspended from a cable on the Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower.
- Walk through Big Sir—a towering 35-foot-tall redwood stump.
- Inspect a cross-section from the Millennium Tree and examine growth rings dating back 1,000 years.
4. Animation Building- Located in California Adventure
This is one of my favorite area’s of both parks, this place has benches, air conditioning and a large space for my child to run around! Siting in here is beautiful. Stunning images from your favorite Disney movies are projected onto the walls with music from the film.
5. Princess Dot’s Puddle Park- Located inside It’s a Bugs life in California Adventure
My Daughter loves the puddle park, it’s a great place for her to cool down and run around. Water squirts up from the ground in random places.
One of the best parts of the puddle park is the two convenient changing rooms/ family bathrooms. You take take your family in there to dry off and use the potty.
The best part of the disability pass is the fact you don’t have to wait in line. Sounds easy right? Well for the most part it is and Disney makes sure to help you any way they can. When got the pass they gave me this awesome booklet (pictured below) . Inside the booklet they go over each ride inside both California Adventure and Disneyland and describe attraction details in case you have someone that is sensitive to sound or light or if you have someone that doesn’t like to get wet, this booklet includes all those and more! I recommend that if your in the park or sign up for the disability pass ask for a booklet if they don’t give you one. In order to use the pass you might find a cast member located at a guest services podium. It’s very easy, just walk up and ask for a return ride for a specific ride. They will then scan your passes and tell you the time to return. Tip: Download the Disneyland app, it not only gives you wait times for rides but it also show’s where to find the nearest guest services to get a return time for rides. Finding the disability entrance may not always be easy, don’t hesitate to ask a cast member at any entrance to a ride also ask where the nearest exit is, a lot of the time my child has a melt down walking through the lines at Star Tours so I have to quickly get her out of there.
As a child Disneyland has always been a place of happiness for me. Walt created Disneyland as a place that is both educational and fun. He said it best with his opening day speech “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
I’m proud that my parents love all things Disney, I love all things Disney and now my child does. There is no better feeling then the butterflies if my tummy when I walk into Disneyland. Getting married at Disneyland has always been a dream of mine that I never thought was possible but thanks to my prince charming he made it a reality and we got married on May 16, 2016.
Disneyland will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s where I got married but it also helped with my daughter open up. My daughter never really explored her surroundings and has trouble interacting with others. One day while we were at Disneyland we were eating breakfast at the Plaza Inn (for those who don’t know its a restaurant that has character dinning. ) my daughter saw Dale from across the restaurant, I wasn’t sure what her reaction was going to be since most kids are afraid of the giant heads. She slowly got closer to him and from the corner of his eye Dale seemed to catch of glimpse of Sophia Rose getting closer to him. He quickly turned around and hid behind the counter, Sophia Rose laughed so hard! She ran to where he was hiding and pointed at him and laughed. Being a mom with a child with Autism you appreciate the small things, you don’t take anything they do that “normal” kids have no problem doing for granted. So in that moment, she was interacting!! She’d point and laugh and look at her Dad and myself as if she was saying ” do you see this guy? He’s Hilarious!”. Disneyland has really helped my daughter feel safe and its a place where she can be herself. Everyone loves her sense of wonderment. She recently started to communicate with words, her vocabulary has really exploded so when she finds the words to say something, she says is with such excitement because most of the times it’s the first time she’s saying what’s coming out of her mouth.
Whats your favorite Disneyland memory?
As most of you have already seen the announcement of the new Star Wars themed land. Towards the bottom of the photo you can see what I’m guessing is Rivers of America and the lower right the entrance from the Thunder Mountain area. This the largest expansion and I cant wait!! It’ll be so interesting to take a steam train from New Orleans to this Star Wars themed land.
With any change comes controversy, a lot of people are not happy with the expansion.
I was following a group on Facebook that would post vintage photos and details of Disneyland and a lot of them were very upset with this expansion. People are upset for many reasons some examples are, most people think ticket prices will go up, or the parks will be overcrowded and the construction will take too long. All these things are probably true but I feel Disneyland needed more. I personally can’t wait for the new expansion! Star Wars hold a special place in my heart as because we had a Star Wars themed cake for our wedding (with a millennium falcon cake topper).
What are your thoughts of the expansion? For more information in regards to the announcement go to the Disney Blog.
Our wedding cake