A Spectacular Festival Pageant of Nighttime Magic!

If you are visiting Disneyland in from now until June 18, you are in luck! You will get the chance to experience the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade!

 

We were lucky enough to visit the second weekend of the parades return – the parade itself will have its own post, but we were also lucky enough to get to enjoy some of the tasty treats that were created to celebrate the parade’s homecoming. Jolly Holiday had an entire mini menu of sweet treats, and there were also some other items available at a variety of bakeries.

 

At Jolly Holiday we ordered the entire parade menu – and to her credit the cast member only looked at me a little funny for about 13 seconds. The menu consisted of a Cheshire Cat Cookie, PB&J Éclair, Pineapple and Coconut Parfait, Ladybug Macarons, and Turtle Creampuffs.

 

The Cheshire Cat cookie was yummy! It was a shortbread cookie with strawberry jam and a chocolate drizzle. It was also the only treat that I was able to easily take ‘to-go’ from these, which was great because it was a whole lot of dessert to eat at once.

 

The PB&J Éclair was also good – the chocolate piece on top was almost too pretty to eat though! One thing I will say, is that we kept managing to get bites that only had one of the fillings, and had to try to get a bit that had both. The éclair was nice and light, and enjoyable.

 

The Ladybug Macarons were what I expected. If you have had a macaron at Disneyland and liked it, you will most likely like these! I don’t always like macarons and enjoy the ones at Disney. One warning for these though – they will turn your tongue BLACK! Part way through eating our desserts and my husband asked what happened to my mouth. On the plus side, the color was quick to fade when I drank some water. 

 

The Turtle Creampuffs were a strange item for me. I really enjoyed the flavors, and thought the cream was very tasty. The green substance on them was a bit strange though. I liked the flavor it lended, but it took away from that airy consistence of biting into a cream puff. The creampuffs were topped with a cookie made to look like a turtle head, and cute little macaron hats. They were decent, but not spectacular.

 

The obvious winner for us was the Pineapple and Coconut Parfait. It was light, refreshing, and just down right delicious. It was the only dessert that we completely finished, and with good reason. It was just so tasty! 

 

Some of the other treats available at the bakeries included marshmallow wands and cakepops. If you normally like these treats, you have to get one! Decorated as different floats from the parade, they are super cute!

 

What is your favorite Main Street Electrical Parade treat? Do you have memories of seeing the parade as a child?

Butterbeer, Oh Butterbeer...

 
 

Oh, Butterbeer… I don’t think I will ever be able to fully express my love for this sweet and delicious concoction. If you have not experienced it, you need to… and I mean now. Seriously, get in your car, book a plane ticket, hop on a train… whatever it takes to get you to the nearest Universal Studios so that you can consume as much of this substance as possible during your time there. Really. Go now. I mean it.

 

 

I had my first taste of The Wizarding World’s Butterbeer in May of 2012, and my tastebuds have never been the same. On that first trip, only two types of Butterbeer were available – the regular cold beverage, and the frozen. The drink itself is delicious, but it is that foam on top that drives it over the edge for me. If they would serve me a cup of just that foam, I would happily eat it until I was sick (don’t get any ideas though… on our last trip my husband asked for extra foam on his drink, and was told they couldn’t do that, because the amount of foam on the drink is trademarked).

 

Since then, we make sure to get plenty of Butterbeer any time we are in a Universal Park. On our trip to Orlando last month, it was my goal to make sure I had as many Butterbeer flavor things as I could during our day in Universal. I had the standard cold and frozen options, and for the first time was able to try the hot Butterbeer, and Butterbeer ice cream! The ice cream was good, but not great – a soft serve cone of what seems like a vanilla and caramel swirl, it was enjoyable but didn’t quite live up to the expectations established for me by the drinks. The hot Butterbeer, however, was an absolute delight, and is possibly my favorite of the drinks. Of course, I doubt I would say the same if the weather was warmer when we were there, but for a temperate day in December, it was perfect.

Really though, the entire point of this post is just to say that Butterbeer – in any of its forms – is a true treat. So put on your favorite house gear, grab your wand, and go get some. 

Haunted Mansion Prints!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

Ryan just finished and released a new Haunted Mansion print, available on the 'Shop' page - he is doing a timed edition of the print, which will be available until Thursday, November 17th at midnight PST. Prints will be ordered after the timed edition ends, and after receiving them Ryan will be signing and numbering all of them before we send them out to you!

Prints are 18x24, on matte paper. 

We are also considering ordering the design as shirts - if that is something you would be interested in, let us know in the comments!

Tangaroa Terrace - Dining Review

This past Disneyland trip, we stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, which was a major dream of mine. We decided to take advantage of our stay to eat at a couple places we don’t normally go to, such as Goofy’s Kitchen and Tangaroa Terrace. Most of the time, I am unable to convince myself to go anywhere other than Trader Sam’s, but since we were on property we just went to all three! I will be reviewing Trader Sam’s and Goofy’s Kitchen shortly, but here are my thoughts on Tangaroa Terrace.

Tangaroa Terrace is a Quick-Service option located by the pool at Disneyland Hotel. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On our trip, we ate here for breakfast one day before heading to the parks. The menu here does offer a few things that you won’t find at most of the Disney restaurants, such as the Loco Moco (a Hamburger Patty served on ride with gravy and an egg on top), and the option of Portuguese Sausage as a meat for most meals.

For our breakfast, we decided to go with the Mickey Waffles – because how do you not get Mickey Waffles? – and the French Toast. The Mickey Waffles are the same that can be found across the parks, but we enjoyed them. Topped with some powdered sugar, with bacon and fruit on the side, they were a little crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The fruit, which is advertised as ‘Island Fruit’ was a mixture of pineapple, cantaloupe, and honeydew and was pretty good – I would imagine that the fruit might change some seasonally. The bacon was standard quick-service bacon, meaning it was kinda floppy, but hey it’s still bacon.

Ryan had the French Toast, which was topped with a banana-caramel sauce and powdered sugar. He ordered his with the Portuguese Sausage as well, so that we could try that. The French toast was pretty good, and we liked the sauce. Overall though, we prefer the French toast option at Flo’s Café in DCA. The sausage was the standout for his dish – it was tasty, and definitely different than the standard sausage option!

Overall, we thought that Tangaroa Terrace was a good option breakfast before the parks, especially for a family. They had a decent selection of food, and the prices weren’t that bad. We were able to get meals and drinks for under $20, and if you are a light breakfast eater like me, you could share some of the entrees here with someone else.

I would give Tangaroa a 7/10 for a Quick Service breakfast option, but doubt I would go here for lunch or dinner when Trader Sam’s is open!

Be Our Guest

This week the 25th anniversary edition of Beauty and the Beast came out, and it has since been on a constant replay at my house. I've also done numerous dance renditions of Be Our Guest - and I might have a growing bruise on my leg to prove it.

To celebrate the release, here is some great Beauty and the Beast stuff that is available now! First, of course, is the movie itself, available for purchase on Amazon-

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition - (BD+DVD+DIGITAL HD) [Blu-ray]
Starring Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

 

At Hot Topic, you can find some cute jewelry inspired by the rose and stained glass featured in the movie, such as these earrings. Click any of the images in this post to be taken to them!

 

 

At Him and Gem, a great Etsy store, they have this and some other great Beauty and the Beast shirts. I love the sweater option for fall, but they also have designs available on tanks or t-shirts, and you can choose to ‘glitter’ the design!

 

Finally, you can never go wrong with a Disney mug, especially with cooler weather around the corner! This Art of Belle mug can give you a bit of magic with your morning coffee (or your mid-morning cup, afternoon cup, late afternoon cup, evening cup... okay maybe I have a caffeine problem).

 

What are you favorite Beauty and the Beast products? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

 

Animation Studios Trip

It is officially mid-September, and it is getting hard to contain my excitement. Not only does September mean fall is on its way (I can’t wait for weather below 100 degrees), it also means that this month is the trip I have been waiting for.

For those that know me, they know I’m a huge Disney fan – from home décor to travel, Disney plays a large part in my husband and I’s lives. As a result, it has always been a dream of mine to tour the Walt Disney Animation Studios… and this month I will finally get to do just that! This trip has been years and many Disney movie purchases in the making, but after surrendering a whole lot of points to Disney Movie Club, and clipping out a lot of Proof of Purchase tabs, we were able to claim the ultimate prize – a private tour for 8 people at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

After I cried tears of joy and ran around my house like an overexcited Chihuahua for a few days, it came time to plan our trip. Originally we were just going to drive up, stay at a cheap hotel nearby, take the tour, and drive back… with some Chick-fil-a stops thrown in, of course. After thinking about it though, we changed our minds. This opportunity isn’t one that comes around often, and so we decided that this trip needs to have a little more Disney going on. So the random hotel near the studio was tossed, and instead we booked a room at the Disneyland Hotel. Now, we go to Disneyland pretty often – but my husband and I have never stayed on property, so we are pretty pumped about that! A few text messages later, and everyone in our tour group agrees to go the Mickey’s Halloween Party, and we make a reservation for Goofy’s Kitchen the night that we are getting to the hotel. So the plan is to drive up Thursday, do Goofy’s Kitchen for dinner that night, go to the Animation Studios and the Halloween Party the next day, and then come home Saturday.

Of course, then they announce the Late Check-Out for Tower of Terror – so we booked a room at Carousel Inn and Suites for Saturday night, and are now going to the parks on Saturday and coming home Sunday. We are actually excited about this for a couple of reasons – extra time in the parks, getting to experience Tower of Terror before it changes, and our hotel. We have stayed at Carousel numerous times in the past, mostly because we are a bit lazy and like being directly across the street so mid-day naptime can be a thing. Recently we found out the hotel is closing to make way for a new parking structure for Disneyland – and we were a bit bummed. While more parking will be great, we loved our stays at Carousel, and we especially love eating at Pizza Press, a quick made-to-order pizza place located at the hotel. This will give us a chance to stay here one last time and eat at Pizza Press at least once a couple of times before they close. We also love the rooftop pool at Carousel - it is a great way to watch the fireworks on the nights you aren't in the parks to see them!

 

Ryan snuck a photo of me watching the fireworks from the roof at Carousel on one of our trips last winter.

Ryan snuck a photo of me watching the fireworks from the roof at Carousel on one of our trips last winter.

As you can see, I have a problem with limiting my Disney experiences - it seems like there is always a new reason to visit the parks!

The trip is still a couple of weeks away, but I’m hoping it will be here before I can say “Mickey Bar”. Expect plenty of photos on Instagram while we are on the trip, and lots of reviews when we get back!

What are your top ‘wish list’ experiences at Disney? I know I still have plenty!