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New Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience!

May 9, 2017

Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge

 

The Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience is a great way for you to take in the Tomorrowland skyline at Disneyland® Park, from a unique point of view! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Space Mountain at Disneyland Resort, this new lounge experience will debut in Tomorrowland on May 26, 2017.

The Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience features retro décor and desserts—both sweet and savory, as well as both hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages. The lounge area will be open to Guests from 8-10 p.m. If a fireworks spectacular is scheduled, you will be able to catch a glimpse right from your seat.

The interstellar snack box will include:

  • Mickey Cloud Cake: Cream-filled sponge cake
  • Chocolate Eclipse: Cream-filled chocolate cake drenched in chocolate
  • Coconut Comet: Coconut-strawberry iced sponge cake filled with cream
  • Planetary Pie: Mini cherry-filled pie
  • Moon Rocks: Boursin herbed cheese, cream cheese, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, chives, pimentos, bacon

Cost is $45 for ages 3 and older, tax included.

To book your next Disneyland Vacation, call us at 855-434-9397

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Pre-Show Packages Now Available For “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion”

June 24, 2016

 

Frozen Show Packages

 

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is now playing daily in the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure® Park. And, if you would like to take your viewing experience to the next level, reservations are now open for three pre-show packages that include priority seating at select performances plus special experiences before and even after the show.

 

Frozen Pre-Show Package

The Frozen Pre-Show Package lets you chill with family and friends while enjoying refreshments, photo opportunities and more at a festive, “Frozen”-themed celebration before the live show. This one-of-a-kind gathering commences inside Stage 17, transformed into a castle courtyard in the wintry world of Arendelle with “Frozen” delights sprinkled all around, including a shaved-ice treat. When the magical reception winds down, you will be whisked off to the nearby Hyperion Theater and land in your priority seats. The cost for the Frozen Pre-Show Package is $49 per person, plus tax.

 

Frozen Pre-Show Plus Lunch Package

The Frozen Pre-Show Plus Lunch Package includes the pre-show experience and priority seating, plus a delicious dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant. You can savor a three-course meal that includes a choice of four stunning main course dishes. There’s also a special kids menu, but everyone big and small should save room for a sweet “Frozen”-inspired dessert. The cost for the Frozen Pre-Show Plus Lunch Package is $99 per adult and $79 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity.

 

Frozen Signature Dining & Behind-The-Scenes Package

And for the ultimate viewing experience, there’s the Frozen Signature Dining & Behind-The-Scenes Package. This is an incredible offering custom-designed for the biggest “Frozen” fans, which includes not only the pre-show celebration and priority seating, but also an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the Hyperion Theater following the performance. You will then cap off the experience with an elegant four-course dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant. The cost for the Frozen Signature Dining & Behind-The-Scenes Package is $299 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Do you want to experience the magic of a Disneyland vacation?

Contact us today to request a no-obligation quote.

 

Separate theme park admission required and is not included in the package price. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Full payment is due at time of booking and cancellation policies apply. No discounts. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

Paint the Night Parade Dining Package

December 21, 2015

Paint the Night Parade Dining Package

A great way to enjoy Disneyland’s “Paint the Night” Parade without having to stake out a viewing location in advance is to purchase a Paint the Night Parade Dining Package!  There are currently two options available:

At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the Paint the Night Parade dining package is offered with regular dinner service and menu from 4 p.m. – close. You can enjoy an appetizer, entrée and choice of dessert. Kids’ meals are available for guests ages 3-9.

Aladdin’s Oasis will have special On-the-Go meals that include “Paint the Night” Parade viewing. Meals can be picked up beginning at noon. Adult entrees include salad with choice of dressing, dinner roll, marbled cheesecake and a beverage in addition to a choice of herb-marinated grilled chicken with seasonal vegetables, lasagna Bolognese or vegetarian lasagna. Kids’ meals include seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, a dinner roll, Mickey-shaped cookie and a beverage in addition to a choice of herb-marinated chicken, pasta, or macaroni and cheese

Each dining package includes a voucher for preferred viewing of “Paint the Night” parade for that day. The voucher will list the location, arrival time and show performance time for the parade viewing. Availability of Paint the Night Parade Dining packages are limited.

Given the popularity of the Paint the Night parade, I’m fairly excited about the option to purchase the Paint the Night Parade Dining Package.  The first parade available with the package is on January 11, 2016.

New Dining Experiences Coming to Disneyland Park in February 2016

December 11, 2015

 

Mickey Mouse Pancake

 

Two new dining experiences are coming to Disneyland® Park in 2016!

River Belle Terrace will become a table-service location, serving lunch and dinner beginning Feb. 10, 2016. The menu will feature Southern barbecue staples like ribs, chicken, as well as sustainable seafood, and enticing starters and sides. Plus, new signature desserts will also be available. Reservations for River Belle Terrace will open soon.

Also in Frontierland, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante will begin serving breakfast beginning Feb. 2, 2016. Here, Guests can enjoy some favorites from the old River Belle Terrace menu, like the famous, as well as new Mexican-inspired breakfast entrees. Breakfast will be available until 11:30 a.m. every morning before switching to the lunch and dinner menu at noon.

Season of the Force Celebrates Star Wars at Disneyland Park!

November 16, 2015

At Disneyland® Park in Southern California, they’re celebrating the excitement around all things Star Wars with brand-new themed experiences in Tomorrowland beginning Nov. 16, 2015Season of the Force will take you to a galaxy far, far away with special experiences:

Season of the Force

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and much more.

Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences

  • Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars — Darth Vader!
  • Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy –Chewbacca the Wookie!

Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries

  • Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the Dark Side.
  • Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.
  • Preview Gallery – See items built exclusively for Star Wars Launch Bay by the same prop makers who worked on the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Season of the Force

 

Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships from throughout the Star Wars saga.

Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center – Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, including Disney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.

Hyperspace Mountain

Guests will launch into a galaxy far, far away aboard Hyperspace Mountain, finding themselves in an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Galactic Grill

Choose the dark side or the light at this new themed food and beverage location. In the space that currently hosts Tomorrowland Terrace, the Galactic Grill will serve up specialty menu items inspired by both sides of the Force. Here is a look at some of the menu options:

Breakfast

  • Darth Tamale – Blue corn tamale with scrambled eggs and chorizo, red chili sauce and tomatillo

Lunch and Dinner

  • First Order Specialty Burger – Angus beef and chorizo patty topped with fried cherry peppers, spicy-lime aioli on dark bun

Desserts

  • The Pastry Menace – Éclair with milk chocolate filling and a hint of cayenne pepper

Collectibles

  • BB-8 sipper
  • TIE Fighter premium popcorn bucket

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Re-live Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi in a film that recaptures favorite Star Wars moments on the big screen. The Tomorrowland Theater presents Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, an exclusive cinematic event.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Opening Dec. 8, 2015, Guests will experience a twist on the Jedi Training experience when they encounter new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.

Choose your side and experience Season of the Force at Disneyland Park in California!  Click here to begin the journey to your next Disney Vacation!

Tasty Tuesday – 24 Layer Chocolate Cake at Steakhouse 55

September 29, 2015

Disneyland’s 24 Layer Chocolate Cake

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

As promised, on my trip to Disneyland and the D23 Expo in August, I went to the Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 to try out their famous 24 Layer Chocolate Cake.  When I mentioned to the hostess that I was only there for the dessert, she recommended that I order it in the Steakhouse 55 Lounge.  I did not know I could do that, so I was very happy to learn something new.

 

Steakhouse 55 Lounge Menu Cover

 

It took about 10 minutes for my slice of cake to be delivered after I placed the order.  It was well worth the wait.

First, please note that this cake is so tall they had to prop it up with a chocolate “twig.”  They also placed some pieces of some kind of toffee or nut brittle underneath the cake.  I suppose these helped balance it on the plate somehow.  (They were all tasty, by the way.)

 

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

The second thing to note is the scoop of ice cream.  I was somewhat surprised by the flavor — it was a combination of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet, which combined to give a gourmet version of the orange creamsicle flavor.  This turned out to be a excellent choice as it allowed you to refresh your palate while still providing a great compliment to the deep and multi-dimensional chocolate flavors in the cake.

 

I know there are some who might prefer to eat the 24 layer chocolate cake accompanied by a glass of milk.  It’s been years since I drank any type of milk other than raw milk, and I wasn’t about to ruin my experience by attempting to drink the 2% milk they serve here.  (2% milk tastes like chalk-water to me.)  And, for the record, I think the ice cream they served with the cake is a better choice than even a glass of raw milk.

 

The cake itself was truly incredible.  The chocolate sponge cake layers were perfectly moist and delicious.  The dark chocolate ganache icing was perfect, and each layer of filling was amazing by itself — 75% dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and Nutella.  But the combination of all of the layers together just blew me away!  Anyone who knows me knows I love desserts, and especially chocolate desserts.  The 24 layer chocolate cake at Steakhouse 55 easily jumped to the number three spot on my list of top five chocolate cakes.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

 

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

Given the size of this cake, I would probably recommend splitting it between two or three people.  As there are very few people I am willing to share a dessert with, I decided to eat the 24 layer chocolate cake on my own. Sadly, I am not as young as I once was and I’m embarrassed to admit I could not finish the entire slice of cake.

 

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

24-Layer Chocolate Cake at Disneyland’s Steakhouse 55

August 11, 2015

 

24-Layer chocolate cake at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel

 

I’m traveling to Disneyland this week to attend the D23 Expo, and the 24-layer chocolate cake at the Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 is calling my name!

I don’t know how anyone could resist this dessert once you see it.  Two dozen layers of chocolate cake and different types of chocolate filling…

Check out this video of how they create this amazing dessert.  But be careful — this video could make you hungry enough to book at trip to Disneyland just to try the cake!

 

Don’t worry, I’ll be posting a detailed review after I return.

 

 

 

 

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

August 20, 2014

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is Disneyland’s flagship resort hotel.   The lobby alone is enough to make your jaw drop with the vast arching beams overhead.  Themed to the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900’s, the level of craftsmanship and detail is evident in both the large and small details throughout the hotel.  The Grand Californian also boasts a special Guests-only entrance into the Disney California Adventure theme park.

Grand Californian Hotel Lobby

Grand Californian Hotel Lobby

Grand Californian Hotel Lobby Detail

Grand Californian Hotel Lobby from the 2nd floor

Grand Californian Hotel Lobby Piano Player

 

The Grand Californian has 948, 44 suites, and 71 villas.  The standard rooms accommodate up to 5 Guests, and many of the rooms offer beautiful views of Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney, or one of the three pool areas.  The typical standard room has two queen beds and is between 356 – 380 square feet.  The beds are very comfortable, and all Guests receive nightly turn-down service.  (For those of you unfamiliar with turn-down service, they will “turn down” your bedding, close the draperies, turn on the light, and leave little chocolates on your pillow.  If you think this is totally unnecessary, try it for a week and then go back to a resort without it.  I promise that you’ll miss it a lot!)

Grand Californian Hotel Room Beds Grand Californian Hotel Room TV Grand Californian Hotel Room Bathroom Sinks Grand Californian Hotel Room Shower Grand Californian Hotel Room Desk Grand Californian Hotel Room Cabinet Grand Californian Hotel Room Headboard Details

 

There are plenty of recreational options as well.  There is, of course, the Bali-inspired Mandara Spa.  You can experience Storytelling at the Great Hearth and a fascinating tour called the Art of the Craft Tour which will give anyone a great appreciation for the effort that went into designing the hotel.  There is Pinocchio’s Workshop, a supervised kids’ activity center.  And there are three amazing swimming pools, including a 100-foot water slide styled around the stump of a giant fallen redwood tree.

Grand Californian Hotel Pinocchio's Workshop Sign

Grand Californian Hotel Pinocchio's Workshop Interior

Grand Californian Hotel Pool 1 Grand Californian Hotel Pool 2 Grand Californian Hotel Pool Waterslide

 

The hotel offers some great dining options:

  • Napa Rose – The hotel’s flagship restaurant and Signature Dining experience, the restaurant  features expansive windows overlooking Disney California Adventure and an open air terrace with fire pits.
  • Napa Rose Lounge – Located adjacent to Napa Rose, indoor and outdoor seating is available on the terrace.
  • Storytellers Cafe – This restaurant offers a breakfast with Disney Characters every morning, and “home-style” favorites at lunch & dinner.  The decor includes beautiful murals depicting scenes from famed Californian stories.
  • Hearthstone Lounge – This lounge is designed in a lodge like atmosphere and indoor fireplace which features a hearth and a porch which overlooks Disney California Adventure and outside fireplaces.
  • White Water Snacks – This quick service snack bar evokes the atmosphere of a campground picnic pavilion complete with nearby waterfall and located nearby the Redwood pool.

As you would expect at Disneyland’s flagship hotel, the staff is top-notch.  The beauty and comfort of the hotel, plus the convenience of being literally steps away from California Adventure or Downtown Disney (and only a five minute walk to Disneyland) make it evident that the only downside  to the Grand Californian is simply that once you have stayed here it may end up being the only place you ever want to stay when you visit Disneyland!