Disneyland in October

Disneyland in October brings you right into the thick of Halloween Time at Disneyland! If you’re going to Disneyland or California Adventure this month, here’s what to expect at the resort for October 2016.

Updated for October 2016!

Photo credit: HarshLight / Foter / CC BY

What’s New at Disneyland in October

  • Be aware Beware, Mickey’s Halloween Party means Disneyland in October closes EARLY for non-party-attending guests. Expect Disneyland to close at 6 or 7pm on 10/3, 10/5, 10/7, 10/10, 10/12, 10/14, 10/17, 10/19, 10/21, 10/24, 10/25, 10/31.
  • If you do not have a ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party you WILL NOT get to see the exclusive Halloween fireworks that night.
  • Want to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party? You need a ticket, in addition to or in place of a regular park ticket. Read all the details about getting tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party here.
  • Haunted Mansion gets a special treat from Jack Skellington that’s not to be missed in Haunted Mansion Holiday. Plus, Sally finally makes an appearance inside Haunted Mansion.
    Sally finally makes an appearance in the Haunted Mansion overlay in 2016.
    Sally finally makes an appearance in the Haunted Mansion overlay in 2016.
  • Ghost Galaxy takes over Space Mountain at Disneyland in October, be prepared as this version might scare little ones.
  • The Fantasy in the Sky fireworks lights up the night on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Disneyland (not on Mickey’s Halloween Party nights).
  • Tower of Terror is nearing its last days at California Adventure, after twilight, you can ride this attraction in total darkness!
  • Disneyland’s new demand based ticketing prices are in effect; save off the marked prices below with discount Disneyland tickets here from our trusted partner, Park Savers.
    Ticket prices for Disneyland in October. New value, regular and peak prices.
    Ticket prices for Disneyland in October. New value, regular and peak prices.

Costumes for Disneyland in October

If you scored tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party, get ready to dress up and trick or treat! This is one of the few times adults can wear costumes at Disneyland and I’m prepared to take full advantage of the opportunity, are you?

 

Disneyland in October Hours

October hours vary now that school is back in session and value days are back! Weekday park hours are typically 9 am – 9 pm, but be sure to check the official Disneyland app for the hours during your visit.

Disneyland in October Closures

  • Splash Mountain (10/3-unknown)
  • it’s a small world (10/24-11/13 estimated date)
    • Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (thru 2017)

    Are you headed to Disneyland or California Adventure during October, tell us about it or let us know how we can help plan your trip.

The FIFTH Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Anaheim

The FIFTH is Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge, located on the top of Grand Legacy At The Park hotel, right on Harbor Blvd across from the Disneyland Resort.

Unwind after a day at Disneyland at The FIFTH, Anaheim's only rooftop bar and lounge.
Unwind after a day at Disneyland at The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge.

I got to tour The FIFTH when it was still under construction earlier this year and finally got to experience it in its full glory this summer. The FIFTH is quickly becoming an Anaheim hot spot, and you’re about to hear why.

The FIFTH Rooftop Bar: Location

What better way to enjoy the evening and Disneyland fireworks than at The FIFTH’s rooftop bar and lounge overlooking the Anaheim skyline? The FIFTH simply kills it on location.

Save this address in your phone right now because you’re gonna want it:

The FIFTH (rooftop of Grand Legacy At The Park) 1650 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim CA 92802.

Imagine yourself relaxing with a drink in hand watching the sun go down over the Disneyland Resort.

Sunset at The FIFTH overlooking the Disneyland Resort.
Sunset at The FIFTH overlooking the Disneyland Resort.
Anaheim's only rooftop bar and lounge, The FIFTH, overlooking the Disneyland Resort.
Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge, The FIFTH, overlooking the Disneyland Resort.

Note that is not a flying saucer from Buzz Lightyear’s planet Morph, just a reflection.

After the sun sets, chill out on cozy couches by the fire and watch the Disneyland fireworks light up the sky. Now that’s what I call a vacation.

Relax by the fire at The FIFTH.
Relax by the fire at The FIFTH.

The FIFTH Rooftop Bar: Food & Drinks

The FIFTH in Anaheim.
The FIFTH in Anaheim.

The FIFTH boasts over 60 beer and wine options, plus their own private label and artisan craft cocktails. During Happy Hour, enjoy discounts on small bites and drinks from the bar.

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The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge.
The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge.
The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge.

On our visit I had the bartender create a non-alcoholic drink just for me. It was delicious so don’t be afraid to ask them to come up with something special if you’re not feeling what’s on the menu.

We arrived at the tail end of Happy Hour and ordered almost everything on the menu so we could all sample the amazing food at The FIFTH. If you’ve been to Cove Bar at California Adventure, it’s kinda like that but the prices are right on point.

The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge.
The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge.

We dove into things like their quesadilla with fresh guacamole, chicken tacos, beef sliders and more.

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The FIFTH in Anaheim; Happy Hour M-F from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
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The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge.
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The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge.

And let’s not forget dessert at The FIFTH. You’re gonna need some of this:

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Dessert time at The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge.
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Dessert time at The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and lounge.

As you can see, my daughter was a little excited about dessert. Which brings me to our next subject . . .

The FIFTH Rooftop Bar: Family Time

Do you remember Reese Witherspoon’s famous line in Sweet Home Alabama, “You brought your baby to a bar?” Well I kinda did. The FIFTH has a designated family area for guests to enjoy before and during the fireworks. Afterwards, most family guest tuck those little ones into bed and call it a night.

There’s plenty of space to enjoy time as adults only or as a family.

Games for guest of all ages at The FIFTH.
Games for guest of all ages at The FIFTH.
The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge, family area.
The FIFTH rooftop bar and lounge family area.

 

The FIFTH Rooftop Bar: Events & More

What else are you going to love about The FIFTH? With over 5,000 square feet of space, this is prime property for hosting a private event or wedding in Orange County. Plus, The FIFTH regularly hosts live entertainment to kick things up a notch. Check out their Facebook page for the latest details on what’s happening at The FIFTH or visit them at TheFIFTHoc.com for more information.

And if you’re looking for a place to stay in Anaheim, be steps from all the action at The FIFTH with a stay at Grand Legacy At The Park.

Have you been to The FIFTH yet—we want to hear about it!

 

 

Holidays at Disneyland: Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year

Holidays at Disneyland features a magical assortment of celebrations throughout the season November 10, 2016 through January 8, 2017 including Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year and more.

Holidays at Disneyland, everything you need to know to help you celebrate.
Holidays at Disneyland, everything you need to know to help you celebrate.

Back this year is Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle that took a break during the Diamond Celebration. Here’s what to expect during the holidays at Disneyland this year.

Holidays at Disneyland (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
Holidays at Disneyland (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Holidays at Disneyland: Parades & Entertainment

California Adventure welcomes an all-new World of Color for the holidays. “World of Color — Season of Light” takes you on a journey through magical winter wonderlands complete with your favorite Disney characters and songs.

World of Color at California Adventure. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)
World of Color at California Adventure. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

To see “World of Color — Season of Light” get your FASTPASS near Grizzly River Run (behind the huge bear, can’t miss it!) for your reserved seating area. FASTPASSES are free with paid admission. Read here for how to start your day at California Adventure so you get all the FASTPASSES you need first thing in the morning.

Festival of the Holidays is a cultural celebration at California Adventure, including the ever popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad!featuring musical performances from a variety of cultures around the world, plus internationally inspired cuisine and more.

Believe . . . in Holiday Magic fireworks return to Disneyland park, along with A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Click here for parade viewing tips and our free Disneyland parade seating guide.

Paint the Night Parade will be shown on select nights during the holiday season. Read all about this incredible parade coming back from the Diamond Celebration for a limited run.

Disneyland's Paint the Night parade to return during select holiday nights in 2016.
Disneyland’s Paint the Night parade to return during select holiday nights in 2016.

Holidays at Disneyland: Insider Secrets

Discount tickets are available from our trusted partner, Park Savers. You can grab 2 day tickets and more for your holiday at Disneyland. Don’t forget, if you’re local you can use 2 day tickets within 14 days of the first use so you don’t need to use both days back-to-back. Plus, check out our Disney Christmas gift guide for all the Disney fans in your house.

Discount Disney tickets from Park Savers.
Discount Disney tickets from Park Savers.

Dining reservations for the holidays is something I highly recommend. You’ll avoid waiting in long lines for meals and can enjoy special events and even reserved entertainment seating options when available. Book your reservation 60 days out for the best selections.

photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Holiday photo ops are everywhere at Disneyland during the holidays. Remember that Disneyland Photo Pass photographers will take your picture for free with your camera. For a list of more free things at Disneyland see our post here.

Save at Disneyland Resort hotels. There’s only a few times a year that the Disneyland Hotel (and other onsite Disney hotels) discounts their rooms. This is one of them! If you want to stay onsite, grab this discount now.

 (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Holidays at Disneyland: Seasonal Attractions

There’s nothing like celebrating the holidays at the Disneyland Resort, especially when it comes to seasonal attraction overlays. This means it’s the same ride you’re used to, but with extra magic just in time for the holidays.

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – Jack Skellington takes over Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and Sally finally has a spot in this year’s overlay as well!
    Jack Skellington is back in the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
    Jack Skellington is back in the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
    Sally finally makes an appearance in the Haunted Mansion overlay in 2016.
    Sally finally makes an appearance in the Haunted Mansion overlay in 2016.
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday returns with a twist to this classic Disneyland park attraction, and don’t miss the exterior all lit up in the night time sky!
    "it's a small world" (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
    “it’s a small world” Holiday (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
  • Jingle Cruise will be returning this season to take you on a holiday cruise to the backside of the water.
    Jingle Cruise (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
    Jingle Cruise (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Holidays at Disneyland: Santa & Seasonal Characters

  • Santa Claus can be found at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in California Adventure, during the Christmas Fantasy Parade and in Critter Country at Disneyland park.
  • Mickey and Minnie and their friends can be found on Main Street in festive seasonal outfits.
    Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
    Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
  • Jack Skellington and Sally can be found near Haunted Mansion; check the Disneyland app for more character meet and greets.
  • Princess Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland Resort debut during the holidays at California Adventure.
  • Three Caballeros—Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito Pistoles can be found during the holidays at California Adventure.
    (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
    (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

    Are you planning to spend the holidays at Disneyland—let us know how we can help!

Disneyland Parades- Free Seating Guide and More!

Disneyland parades are one hot ticket. Growing up in Southern California, I am total parade brat. We had the Main Street Electrical Parade and The Rose Parade all within our reach. I never saw a “hometown” type of parade until high school and I was thinking, “Wait, what? This is a parade?” Even though I’ve come to appreciate those down-home kinda parades and entertainment, you truly can’t beat the parades you’ll see at the Disneyland Resort.

All about Disneyland parades, plus a free seating guide.
All about Disneyland Resort parades, plus a free seating guide.

Today we are talking Disneyland parades 101. What to expect from the Disneyland parade, where to sit and more.

Disneyland Parades: Now Showing

Here’s what parades are showing now at the Disneyland Resort, entertainment offerings can change at any time so be sure to double check which parades will be showing during your visit on the official Disneyland app.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Mickey's Soundsational Parade (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

This daytime Disneyland parade is typically shown daily every afternoon at Disneyland park.

The sun is shining and the music is rockin’ during this upbeat performance with Mickey and friends, plus Disney princesses and familiar iconic characters.

You can usually grab any seat you’d like an hour before the parade. Less popular spots can even be found up to 15 minutes before the parade during slower park days.

I recommend grabbing a seat on the shady side between the top two stars on our seating guide below which is basically somewhere along the parade route in between Sleeping Beauty Castle and “it’s a small world”.

Pixar Play Parade

Pixar Play Parade, photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Pixar Play Parade, photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

This daytime Disneyland parade is typically shown daily every evening at California Adventure park. Rumors swirling say this parade may get the ax after October, never to return. We’ll wait and see!

But for now you can usually grab any seat you’d like about 30 minutes before the parade. Less popular, walk up spots can even be even during the parade.

I recommend grabbing a seat in the shade near Tower of Terror so Mom and Dad can take turns riding while the kids enjoy seeing all their favorite Pixar characters complete with bubbles and water fun!

Disneyland Parades: Bonus Tips

Disneyland Parades: Coming Soon

Paint the Night Parade

Paint the Night
Disneyland’s Paint the Night Parade tips and seating guide. HarshLight / Foter / CC BY

Paint the Night Parade debuted to packed crowds during Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration and ended its inaugural run in September 2016. Paint the Night is expected to make a return to Disneyland park during the holiday season in 2016. Get all the details on Paint the Night here.

Main Street Electrical Parade

(Preston Mack, photographer)
(Preston Mack, photographer)

It is back! The night-time parade that set the standard for generations is coming back to Disneyland park from Walt Disney World for a limited run in 2017. Do you remember the Electrical Parade? Will it still be able to dazzle us now that we’ve seen Paint the Night? One thing is for sure, I can’t wait to hear the electrically synthesized music we all associate with the Electrical Parade.

Disneyland Parades: Holidays & Special Events

Frightfully Fun Parade

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Available only for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party during select nights in September and October complete with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will run from Nov. 10, 2016, through Jan 8, 2017. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

See Santa Claus, marching toy soldiers and your favorite Disney character during the holidays at Disneyland (complete holiday guide here!).

Mickey’s Rainy Day Cavalcade Parade

El Nino Rain Hits Disneyland
Rain Hits Disneyland. Photo credit: Castles, Capes & Clones via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

If you happen to be at Disneyland during a drizzle, you might get the rare chance to see Mickey’s Rainy Day Cavalcade with some of your favorite Disney characters. Check out our rainy day guide here.

 

Disneyland Parades: Seating Guide

My favorite Disneyland parade viewing spots.
My favorite Disneyland parade viewing spots.

I’ve pin-pointed three great spots for parade viewing at Disneyland. Let’s start with the star closest to the top near “it’s a small world”. This area is a great hub for parade seating. You’re close to bathrooms and snacks, you have access to shade, some benches and tiered locations if you show up last-minute.

The middle star is in between Sleeping Beauty Castle and Pixie Hollow. I love this area because there are multiple built-in benches and a narrow area to sit on the floor. This is great because it’s easy to block off your space without people squeezing behind you at the last-minute.

The star on the bottom, near the Main Street, U.S.A. hub is a great last-minute spot. There’s multiple tiered options to get a distant view of parade floats, plus this gives you an easy escape if you’re heading home right after night-time shows.

Will you be watching a Disneyland parade during your vacation? What are your favorite Disneyland parades?

Mimi’s Cafe – Dining Near Disneyland

Food and Disneyland go together like Ariel and Eric, Cinderella and Charming. Well, you get the picture! Part of what makes Disneyland vacations so much fun is the food. Today we’re adding to our Best Offsite Disneyland Dining Spots with a feature on Mimi’s Cafe near Disneyland, located on Harbor Blvd.

Mimi's near Disneyland; offsite dining locations near the Disneyland Resort.
Mimi’s near Disneyland; offsite dining locations near the Disneyland Resort.

This post is sponsored by Mimi’s Cafe, read more about our disclosure policy here

Mimi’s Cafe – New Menu Options

Mimi’s Cafe is a popular neighborhood cafe with French-inspired American comfort food. It’s a great place to start your day before heading to Disneyland or dining out when you need a night off back at home.

Just like Halloween Time at Disneyland, Mimi’s is kicking off fall flavors with a new dish, Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop (available nationwide September 19, 2016). The new entree is an original recipe developed by Michael Wattz. Michael, along with hundreds of other Mimi-loving aspiring chefs around the country, submitted recipes for a chance to win a trip to France.

Dining near Disneyland, Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop at Mimi's Cafe. Photo courtesy Mimi's Cafe.
Dining near Disneyland, Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop at Mimi’s Cafe. Photo courtesy Mimi’s Cafe.

The Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop was chosen as the winning recipe by Ellise Pierce, author of Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent.

After combing through over 100 recipe, I can see why Mimi’s Cafe selected Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop for their fall fare. Everyone in our party was very excited to taste test the creation and we all took turns savoring the unique and delicious flavors.

Mim's Cafe - new entrees and classics, dining near Disneyland.
Mim’s Cafe – new entrees and classics, dining near Disneyland.

I particularly enjoyed the fresh mixed green salad served on the side. It was a wonderful compliment to an already delicious meal.

In addition to new offerings , you’ll find Mim’s Cafe traditional favorites like French Dip, Quiche Lorraine and Mushroom & Brie Burger. We tried the Spinach Artichoke dip (my go-to appetizer everywhere I go!) and the Roasted Turkey and Brie Melt with apricot chutney for part of our meal.

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Mimi’s Cafe – Near Disneyland

It’s no secret, I love Mimi’s Cafe and their amazing blueberry muffins, but we’ll get to those later. The ambiance is reminiscent of many Disneyland restaurants in New Orleans Square and throughout the park. From cozy booths, to walk up seating and French inspired decor, you’re sure to feel right at home.

Mimi's Cafe near the Disneyland Resort.
Mimi’s Cafe near the Disneyland Resort.
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Mimi’s Cafe near the Disneyland Resort.

Mimi’s Cafe – Family Friendly Dining

Mim’s Cafe has a huge menu. There are so many things available, we had to divide and conquer. This meant we all ordered something different and shared a bit. It’s kinda my favorite way to do dinner.

The kids menu is particularly awesome. They have your standards (which my kids ordered) and some on-theme items like ham and cheese crepes as well. One daughter ordered the mac and cheese and it was probably the best kids menu mac and cheese ever. It’s made with Tilamook cheese and is seriously so yummy.

Family friendly dining at Mim's Cafe.
Family friendly dining at Mim’s Cafe.

Another winner was the chicken fingers on the kids menu. The breaded coating was incredible! They don’t have chicken fingers on the adult menu, but it is the same coating used on the Chicken Cordon Bleu and the Chicken Parmesan if you want to try it yourself.

Mimi’s Cafe – Breakfast Before Disneyland

Breakfast is my favorite. In fact, you’ll often find me chowing down on my favorite dessert—a bowl of cereal—just before bed time. When you’re looking to fuel up before a long day at the parks, Mimi’s near Disneyland will not disappoint.

Breakfast near Disneyland, Mimi's Cafe.
Breakfast near Disneyland, photo courtesy of Mimi’s Cafe.
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Breakfast near Disneyland, photo courtesy of Mimi’s Cafe.

Grab some muffins to-go or stay awhile and enjoy their famous omelets. If you’re looking for breakfast during dinner—good news! Several of their breakfast items like Fried Chicken and Waffles are on the menu all day.

This post is sponsored by Mimi’s Cafe, read more about our disclosure policy here

Another perk for Mimi’s Cafe? Options vary by location, but most have multiple dining areas available for hosting private events. If you need a space for a large group meal for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner or just your whole huge Disneyland family reunion, Mimi’s Cafe could be the perfect place!

Before you head out to Disneyland be sure to sign up for their e-club and you can get a free two-pack of muffins just for joining. Will you be heading to Mimi’s Cafe near Disneyland to try their new Honey Lavender Pork Chop or maybe for an omelet in the morning? We’d love to hear about it!

 

 

Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review

The Disney Vacation Club presentation is a must-do when you travel to the Disneyland Resort. I’ve put this one off and finally decided to say yes to the DVC presentation. I was blown away. Of all the things Disney does right, this may be the one that takes the cake.

How we got 15 "golden FASTPASSES" at Disneyland by doing a Disney Vacation Club Presentation. Here's our review of the process.
How we got 15 “golden FASTPASSES” at Disneyland by doing a Disney Vacation Club Presentation. Here’s our review of the process.

If you’ve ever strolled through Downtown Disney or spent a few nights at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels, you’ve likely passed the Disney Vacation Club kiosk and explored the idea of taking a tour of the Disney Vacation Club villas.

Here’s our review on the presentation and time well spent.

Disney Vacation Club FASTPASS

On my last trip I promised it was something I would do the next time. I set aside a day to visit Downtown Disney and endure the pain of a timeshare presentation with my mom and kids. One reason? The reward! In exchange for giving your time, you are given 3 FASTPASSES for every person that comes with you. Since we had 5 people there (your kids count!), we got a total of 15 FASTPASSES (be sure to check the current offering before you commit to the presentation). 15 people! This is big.

The FASTPASSES were valid for any FASTPASS attraction (not shows or parades) excluding Radiator Springs Racers at any time of day! Since I already had a game plan for Disneyland and California Adventure set up, I planned to keep these in my back pocket when things didn’t go according to plan.

Disney Vacation Club presentation review and why you should check it out on your next vacation.
Disney Vacation Club presentation review and why you should check it out on your next vacation.

Note: Be sure to check your FASTPASSES when you receive them. Ours were actually expired and I didn’t notice until I was about to use them in the park! You can always exchange them, but you must go to the Disney Vacation Club office and leave the parks to get new ones.

I just played it cool and was still able to use my expired ones on every attraction. Since these are a type of “golden FASTPASS” it seems the Cast Members weren’t all that concerned with the dates. And just in case you were wondering we used them on Soarin’ Around the World, Star Tours, Space Mountain and Indiana Jones. It was epic.

Disney Vacation Club Presentation

So what torture do you have to endure to get these FASTPASSES? None! Well, technically 90 minutes or so, but none of it was torture. I walked away in a great mood and couldn’t believe I had waited this long to listen in on the presentation.

Our Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review.
Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review.

Why wasnt it pure torture you ask? If you call getting free babysitting, chilling out in an air-conditioned office, sipping free Coke products, ice-cold water and snacking on free Milano cookies, getting a swag bag to take home and an awesome tour of the Aulani models torture, then I don’t know how to help you.

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Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review.

Our Disney Vacation Club experience was super enjoyable and while we did talk cost, there was NO SALES PITCH! That’s right, no sales pitch. As in, I never had to say NO! They couldn’t even sign you up and take your money on the spot if you were throwing it at them. There are no transactions that take place there.

So let go of that worry and just enjoy yourself!

We were in a nice sized office with just me and my mom. It’s not a big group setting feeling all awkward.

Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review.
Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review.

We learned about all the benefits of being a Disney Vacation Club member and how their system works and then took a tour of the Aulani models. This is where my mom and I had the most fun trying out the beds, pretending we were in Hawaii on the lanai- you get the picture.

Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review
Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review.

Bonus: Disney Vacation Club will validate your parking, so enjoy parking at Downtown Disney or any of the Disneyland Resort hotel parking lots. Boom.

Disney Vacation Club Presentation for Kids

Bottom line, all my kids (ages 12, 9 and 6 at the time) loved the kids area. And they keep asking me to take them back! What? Well, remember all those snacks the adults enjoyed? Kids get snacks and juice boxes too. Plus, the kid room is stocked with Disney Princess dress-ups, boy costumes, toys, coloring pages, crafts and Disney movies and TV shows.

Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review
Disney Vacation Club Presentation Review and why your kids will keep asking to come back.

My kids loved it! They even managed to snag 3 exclusive 60th anniversary trading pins from our guide. He was so kind to offer these pins too them since they can’t even be purchased.

And when you’re done, have some fun in the lobby area with their free photo booth area. We maybe spent too much time snapping silly pics, but it was a ball.

So what now? Use that arrival day to take the tour, you won’t regret it. And if you end up buying in, let me know! Have you ever taken the Disney Vacation Club presentation tour? What were your thoughts?

 

Disney Giveaway from The Happiest Blog on Earth!

We are celebrating three years of The Happiest Blog on Earth with a Disney giveaway for you to win!

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Disney Giveaway from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Win a variety of Disney prizes from our amazing sponsors.
Disney Giveaway from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Win a variety of Disney prizes from our amazing sponsors.

You have a handful chances to win one of these awesome Disney inspired prizes sponsored by Where Seams Come True, MissCrazyHandmade, Neverland Trading, Enchanted Type and Mouselets App.

The giveaway is open for entries until September 10, 2016 midnight PDT. And best of all, you only need to enter your email address to win! No liking, repining, tweeting and all that (although we love it if you share, it’s not required!).

Let’s jump right into the prizes!

Disney Giveaway – Lanyard & Hair Bow

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Aurora bow and lanyard to wear during your visit to Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disneyland Resort.

If your princess is ready to meet royalty at Disneyland? Then she’s going to need a custom Disney lanyard for her next Disneyland vacation! This lanyard comes with adorable coordinating bows—one attached to the lanyard and one to wear in her hair. Our friends at Where Seams Come True, all the way across the pond wanted to help you have some Disney magic, visit them on Instagram to see their entire Disney collection.

Disney Giveaway – Mermaid Tail Blanket

Win a Mermaid Tail blanket in our Disney Giveaway for an Ariel inspired movie night.
Win a Mermaid Tail blanket in our Disney Inspired Giveaway from The Happiest Blog on Earth and MissCrazyHandmade.

Life is better under the sea and we have this Ariel inspired mermaid tail for you to snuggle up with and channel your inner mermaid. Hand made by MissCrazyHandmade, each blanket opens up in the back like a regular blanket and then cocoons around your ankles and feet.

Mermaid tail blanket.
Mermaid tail blanket, photo courtesy of MissCrazyHandmade.

Our special mermaid tail blanket was made just for The Happiest Blog on Earth giveaway winner, measuring width 35″ length 45″, plus the mermaid fin of course. The color used in this custom creation is “waterfall” with blue and aqua shades throughout the tail and fin.

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Mermaid tale blanket details, photo courtesy of MissCrazyHandmade.

Visit MissCrazyHandmade on Facebook to see even more incredible creations.

Disney Giveaway – Neverland Trading Shirt

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Win an original design, Robin Hood t-shirt in our Disney Inspired Giveaway from The Happiest Blog on Earth and Neverland Trading.

We never rob, we simply borrow a bit!

Unisex Robin Hood shirt from Neverland Trading. Win it from The Happiest Blog on Earth!
Unisex Robin Hood shirt from Neverland Trading. Win it from The Happiest Blog on Earth!

Neverland Trading has tons of original and incredibly cool Disney inspired tops and tees. Just one look at their Instagram and I think you’ll be hooked! It was a tough job, but I picked out one of my favorite t-shirts from their collection to offer our winner.

Women's Robin Hood shirt from Neverland Trading. Win it from The Happiest Blog on Earth!
Women’s Robin Hood shirt from Neverland Trading. Win it from The Happiest Blog on Earth!

The winner of the Neverland Trading shirt will have a choice between a unisex crewneck tee or a women’s crewneck fitted shirt, both available in a variety of colors.

Disney Giveaway – Enchanted Type Print

Disney Giveaway! Enter to win at The Happiest Blog on Earth.
Disney Giveaway! Enter to win at The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Enchanted Type has stationary inspired by our favorite fairytale stories complete with colorful prints and greeting cards. Enchanted Type will be giving away one digital download (print at home) item to one of our winners. Some of our favorites are inspired by The Disneyland Resort itself!

Be sure to check out Enchanted Type’s Instagram for even more Disney inspired items.

California Adventure art print, state map wall art printable of CA State the land of Adventure. Courtesy of Enchanted Type.
California Adventure art print, state map wall art printable of CA State the land of Adventure. Courtesy of Enchanted Type.
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Disneyland Castle Home Wall Art Printable, Disney Sleeping Beauty Castle Art Print. Courtesy of Enchanted Type.
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Walt Disney Quote “To all who come to this happy place welcome” Sign, Disneyland Wall Art Print. Courtesy of Enchanted Type.

Disney Giveaway – Mouselets App

On top of these great Disney prizes, each winner (plus some runners-up) will receive a FREE download of the newest must-have Disneyland Resort app, Mouselets.

Don't run out your cell battery at Disneyland, enter to win from Mouselets and The Happiest Blog on Earth!
Don’t run out your cell battery at Disneyland, enter to win from Mouselets and The Happiest Blog on Earth!

Mouselets shows you where to charge your cell phone and other devices at the Disneyland Resort, complete with maps, detailed photos and walking routes.

We’re super excited about this new app and know you will love it when you’re at Disneyland and find how quickly your battery begins to drain. Give this brand new app some love by following them on Facebook.

Disney Giveaway – Enter to Win!

We’ve made it super easy to enter and win our Disney giveaway—all you need is your name and a valid email address to enter (and don’t forget to read the fine print below).

–Giveaway now closed– Any entires received after the deadline will be subscribed to our newsletter for more Disneyland fun!

Disney Giveaway Rules and Details

  1. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.
  2. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 and up.
  3. One entry per person.
  4. Four winners will be chosen at random to win one of the above prizes, along with a free download of the Mouselets app.
  5. Entering the giveaway gives The Happiest Blog on Earth and above mentioned sponsors permission to add your name to said mailing lists. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  6. Winners will be contacted on or around September 12, 2016 and have 48 hours to reply before another winner is chosen.
  7. Winners must provide mailing address and other applicable information to receive their prize within 48 hours of first notification or prize is forfeit.

Are you ready to win! Enter and share; wishing you lots of Pixie Dust along the way.

Kipling Disney Bag – Purses and Backpacks for Disneyland

I’ve added a new Disney bag to my Disneyland Resort vacation this summer; let me tell you why the Kipling Disney bag is here to stay!

This post is sponsored by Kipling USA. Read more about our disclosure policy here.

Recently, readers asked me, “What’s in your Disney bag?” and I answered with a break-down of the 3 types of bags I bring to Disney parks for different groups and occasions. One for teens or adults going without kids, one for adults with a little more stuff to haul, and one bag for families.

Must have Disney parks bag.
Must have Disney parks bag. My favorite selections from Kipling, a colorful array of handbags, backpacks, luggage and more.

In the companion post, we focus on what is in my Disneyland bag, but today we’re talking about the bag itself. Find out why I’ve labeled the Kipling Diane Crossbody Bag my new go-to Disney parks purse.

Kipling Disney Bag Style

When I first went shopping for a Disney Bag on Kipling-USA.com, I quickly realized this would be no easy task. There are tons of styles to choose and every designer product is playful, stylish and carefree. Plus, you can customize your Kipling USA accessories at their very own Monogram Shop. See monogrammed inspiration right here.

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What kind of purse and bag do I bring into Disneyland? Kipling crossbody bags are my fave.

Kipling Disney Bag Quality

Kipling USA recently opened a store in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, but that didn’t stop me from bringing my Kipling bag to Disneyland in Anaheim. Plus, Kipling takes its name from the author of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling. How great is that my Disney fans?

Kipling dubs their products as “lightweight, lasting and functional.” I took my Kipling bag through the ringer at Disneyland when I visited the resort for 5 days this summer. Since I chose the crossbody bag, I rarely had to take it off. The strap was comfortable, adjustable and sturdy.

Every zipper is snag-resistant with a circular Kipling pull to grab on when making quick open and closes. I used every single pocket and compartment with no complaints or issues.

Kipling Disney Bag Perks

For a Disney parks purse or bag, I recommend a crossbody bag from Kipling. It’s perfect for the girl on the go and moms who want to keep their hands available for hand-holding, chowing down on churros and putting those arms up in the air when you fly through Space Mountain.

Another reason I love my crossbody Kipling Disney bag is there’s no need to remove your purse on rides. It’s compact enough to stay on without interfering with safety belts or harnesses, plus the crossbody strap makes it totally secure.

While Kipling has many bags, backpacks and even luggage sets to choose from, I knew I wanted something sleek and slim. But it also needed enough compartments to make it the perfect Disney bag.

The Kipling Diane Crossbody Bag has two zippered compartments that are the main storage areas for the purse. Inside the first compartment is a small zippered pocket.

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Compact, lightweight and fashionable—my new go-to Disney parks purse.

In the second main compartment you’ll find two open pockets for a cell phone and other items.

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Zippered pockets and a crossbody strap leaves your hands free for churros or Mickey shaped treats.

But what I’m really flipping out over is the two front zippered pockets. If you’ve been to Disneyland you know how important it is to have some small, secure place to store your tickets and FASTPASSES. The bag I’d been using at Disneyland only had one major compartment where tickets could easily become lost.

I recommend dedicating one zippered pocket strictly for holding Disneyland tickets and FASTPASSES. This way they’re easy to retrieve when you need them and they won’t get lost.

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Front zippers offer a perfect place to stash tickets and FASTPASSES while at Disneyland.

Where to Shop Kipling Disney

If you’re ready for the perfect Disney parks bag, backpack or even luggage to take with you on your Disneyland vacation, you’re in luck. Kipling USA is available online and in retail locations throughout the United States, plus their very own store at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs (just like Anaheim’s Downtown Disney, but a little bigger).

While you’re looking through Kipling’s extensive line of  purses and bags, here’s a few of my personal picks to help you decide what you’ll bring to the parks next.

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Monaghan Bungee Laptop Backpack. Photo courtesy Kipling USA.
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Brent Double Compartment Handbag. Photo courtesy Kipling USA.
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Cole Waistpack. Photo courtesy Kipling USA.

Tell us! What Disney bag do you bring with you on your Disneyland vacation?

Build-A-Bear Workshop Downtown Disney – Disneyland Experts

Disney souvenirs abound at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, and Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney is the perfect place to create Disney memories and keepsakes your children will treasure long after your Disneyland vacation.

This post is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney, read more about our disclosure policy here

Build the perfect Disneyland souvenir at Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney.
Build the perfect Disneyland souvenir at Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney.

One of the reasons we love stopping by Build-A-Bear, Downtown Disney is the huge selection of Disney, Star Wars and Marvel products they have in their workshop.

They truly know how to extend your Disneyland experience in their workshop with helpful staff and interactive exhibits for you or your little one to “Build-A-Bear.”

Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney First Visits

Our very first Build-A-Bear visit was to the Downtown Disney location. My kids worked hard and saved their allowance to get a Build-A-Bear. By the time they saved, we had a surprise Disneyland vacation waiting for them.

We actually used Build-A-Bear as a way to keep our Disneyland trip a surprise . . . we told them we were going to Build-A-Bear, but we left out the location :).

Limited edition Disney themed Build-A-Bears available at The Disneyland Resort.
Limited edition Disney themed Build-A-Bears available at The Disneyland Resort.

If this is your first time making a Build-A-Bear, here’s the basics on how it works:

  1. Choose from a variety of bears and other un-stuffed animals including limited edition Finding Dory characters, Marvel and Star Wars bears. Pick your un-stuffed favorite from the bin and get ready for a hands-on building adventure.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop Downtown Disney District. Bring home a magical souvenir worth snuggling.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop Downtown Disney District. Bring home a magical souvenir worth snuggling.
  2. Next you’ll head to the stuff station where an employee will help you fill your bear, be sure to put a heart full of love inside and an optional Disney-themed  sound.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffing station. Choose a Disney, Star Wars or Marvel Build-A-Bear at Downtown Disney.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffing station. Choose a Disney, Star Wars or Marvel Build-A-Bear at Downtown Disney.
  3. After your bear is stuffed and sewn, you move on to the fluff station where you comb and blow dry your new friend.
  4. Choose clothing, accessories and more for your Build-A-Bear. This is my favorite part! Look at all the Disney cuteness you can choose from!
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    Snow White gown for your princess’s Build-A-Bear at The Disneyland Resort.
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    Star Wars costumes for your Build-A-Bear straight from a galaxy far, far away.
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    Star Wars outfits and accessories for your Build-A-Bear.
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    The complete suite of Frozen outfits, accessories and wigs at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney.
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    Even The Avengers get in on the action with pajamas and slippers for bedtime.
  5. Mad Hatter costume for your bear at Downtown Disney's Build-A-Bear Workshop.
    Mad Hatter costume for your bear at Downtown Disney’s Build-A-Bear Workshop.
    Cruella De Vil dress up at Downtown Disney's Build-A-Bear Workshop.
    Cruella De Vil dress up at Downtown Disney’s Build-A-Bear Workshop.
  6. The last step is to name your bear on the computer kiosks, you’ll get a special box and certificate to take home along with your bear.
    Will you give your Build-A-Bear a Disney inspired name? Elsa, Charming, Luke, Nemo?
    Will you give your Build-A-Bear a Disney inspired name? Elsa, Charming, Luke, Nemo?

Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney

What’s better than Build-A-Bear by itself? Build-A-Bear at Downtown Disney! My favorite souvenirs are ones that will last and be cherished through the years. Add a special event like a Disneyland vacation, and your kids are even more likely to remember its significance.

Queen of Hearts outfit from Build-A-Bear at the Disneyland Resort.
Queen of Hearts outfit from Build-A-Bear at the Disneyland Resort.

During your Disneyland vacation, head over to Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney and let your child create a bear that resembles their favorite Disney Princess, villain or Star Wars character.

Build-A-Bear Downtown Disney More Fun

Here are some ways to make your visits to Build-A-Bear special, even if you’ve been there before.

  • Build another! Build-A-Bear comes out with new stuffed animals and licensed characters all the time. Along with the Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters they also had Disneyland Diamond Celebration clothing and bears on our trip. These limited editions bears won’t last long!
    Diamond Celebration and Disneyland Resort outfits, complete with Mickey ears for your Build-A-Bear.
    Diamond Celebration and Disneyland Resort outfits, complete with Mickey ears for your Build-A-Bear.
  • Build-A-Bear Birthday Parties are perfect for your entire group!
  • If it’s been a while since your last visit, it’s probably time to get your Build-A-Bear a new outfit or even a pair of Mickey ears just for your bear.
  • Add a special sound like the Imperial March (sounds can be added to bears both old and new).
  • Get your bear cleaned and fluffed or even add special SCENTiments in scents like strawberry, pizza or bubblegum.
    Now playing at Build-A-Bear Workshop . . .
    Now playing at Build-A-Bear Workshop . . .

This post is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop, read more about our disclosure policy here

Build-A-Bear at Downtown Disney is an experience you don’t want to miss; will you be heading to Build-A-Bear Workshop soon?

Build-A-Bear Workshop at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA.
Build-A-Bear Workshop at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA.

 

 

 

Frozen — Live at the Hyperion Viewing Tips

Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, a Broadway style adaptation of Frozen opened May 27, 2016 at California Adventure. The details on this spectacular production including where to sit, when to see it and more.

Viewing tips for Frozen — Live at the Hyperion at the Disneyland Resort.
Viewing tips for Frozen — Live at the Hyperion at the Disneyland Resort.

Frozen — Live at the Hyperion

The Hyperion Theater located in Hollywood Land of California Adventure was home to Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular since 2003. Fans of Aladdin nearly lost it when they heard Frozen was coming to replace their beloved Genie-in-a-lamp. The last weeks of Aladdin’s run were performed in front of “sold out” crowds while fans petitioned to keep this California Adventure classic.

We know it’s always hard to see change at our Disney theme parks. And there were plenty of skeptics who did not want even more Frozen stuff filling the parks. I’ll admit, I wasn’t super excited about it myself. But one thing I tell myself with the Disneyland Resort is to wait and see. They always seem to do things better than I could ever imagine.

When it came to Frozen, I didn’t watch any leaked videos or behind the scenes footage. I wanted to be completely surprised. Not only was I surprised, I was blown away!

Even if you’re a little bummed about the never-ending Frozen takeover at the Disneyland Resort, the bottom line is, you want to see this show. Today we will talk about when and where to see Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, along with bonus tips for planning your day at California Adventure.

Tickets to Frozen — Live at the Hyperion

Let’s start with tickets. You do not need a separate ticket to attend a showing of Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, only valid theme park admission is required.

Don't miss Frozen — Live at the Hyperion on your next Disneyland vacation.
Don’t miss Frozen — Live at the Hyperion on your next Disneyland vacation.

While Disney could easily charge big bucks for this Broadway-worthy show, your discount Disneyland Resort ticket will get you in at no extra cost.

Currently, all you need after your park admission is a FASTPASS to enjoy this top-notch entertainment inside an air-conditioned venue with treats and drinks available for purchase inside. More on FASTPASSES below.

FASTPASS to Frozen — Live at the Hyperion

I don’t know where all the Frozen haters went, because it seems everyone is rushing to the FASTPASS line for tickets to Frozen the moment California Adventure opens.

Grab FASTPASSES to reserve your spot to Frozen — Live at the Hyperion.
Grab FASTPASSES to reserve your spot to Frozen — Live at the Hyperion.

A FASTPASS is your best option for viewing Frozen. During busy summer months and peak seasons like the holidays, be sure to make your way into Hollywood Land to get a FASTPASS well before noon.

Your FASTPASS saves you a spot for one the shows that day. You do not get to choose which time you attend. FASTPASSES are distributed for the first show first, and so on.

Your FASTPASS will also tell you your assigned seating section and what time to return to the theater. If you missed out on FASTPASSES, head toward the Hyperion Theater at least 30 minutes before the next show and ask a Cast Member for the stand-by line. There’s a chance you could still get in and get great seats too.

We arrived at rope drop, got FASTPASSES for Radiator Springs Racers, then some for Frozen which gave us seating in the first show of the day. Be sure everyone in your party enters the park first thing in the morning. You can’t let them sleep in and expect to get FASTPASSES while they slumber. Their tickets must be scanned in at the main entrance to get any FASTPASSES.

Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. (Piotr A. Redlinski/Disneyland Resort)
Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. (Piotr A. Redlinski/Disneyland Resort)

Seating Frozen — Live at the Hyperion

Your FASTPASS will tell you where you will sit inside the 2,000 seat theater which will be either Orchestra, Mezzanine or Balcony seats. Every seat offers a pretty good view and there is action at every turn, so don’t be worried! Little ones may have a hard time seeing, so consider bringing a sweatshirt or stuffed animal to boost them up. Mom and Dad’s laps work well too.

The first block of seats near the stage is the Orchestra seating. Above the walkway is Mezzanine, where we sat. Just to the left of us is the VIP seating (more on that below). And of course over our heads are balcony.

The aisle way just the front and right of this photo was often used for cast exits, so sit there if your

Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. Seating, tickets and more.
Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. Seating, tickets and more.

VIP Experience

Looking to make your Disneyland visit extra special? There’s plenty of ways to make that happen and if you have a Frozen-crazed fan in your life, this just might be the ticket! Make reservations here.

(Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)
(Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)

Frozen Pre-Show Package

Your VIP Frozen experience begins before the show when you enter Arendelle tucked inside Stage 17. You’ll get access to exclusive photo ops, a beverage station with both non and alcoholic drinks, along with a royal announcement inviting you to the show. You will also get access to priority seating as shown below.

Price: $49 per person, reservations are required.

VIP seating for Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. California Adventure's newest live theatrical production.
VIP seating for Frozen — Live at the Hyperion. California Adventure’s newest live theatrical production.

Carthay Circle Frozen Experience

Royalty at its finest. Choose from the Frozen lunch or dinner experience which begins with a 3 or 4 course meal at Carthay Circle and along the pre-show package above you’ll also have access to reserved seating inside the Hyperion.

Lunch Price: $99 per adult and $79 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity.

Dinner Price: $299 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Those that go with the dinner option will enjoy their meal after the show and step backstage to view incredible costumes and more behind the scenes surprises.

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View of the stage from the VIP seating area.

More Tips for Frozen

Meet Anna & Elsa at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure.
Meet Anna & Elsa at Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure.
  • The show runs about one hour, but plan on about an hour and thirty minutes of your day to be spent here.
  • Bathrooms are located outside the theater; make sure you stop there beforehand. You can leave to use the restroom during the show, but you won’t want to miss even a minute.
  • Food and drinks are sold both outside and inside the theater so feel free to bring in snacks as well.
  • Meet Anna & Elsa before or after the show inside Hollywood Land’s Animation Academy; check the Disneyland app for character meet and greet times and more.
  • Want more Disney Princess tips? Learn about meet and greets, plus Disney Princess makeovers.

Looking to learn more about Frozen before you see the show? Check out more reviews with the video below.

Did you see Frozen at California Adventure? Tell us what you loved and what tips we missed, we’d love to hear from you!

Best Offsite Disneyland Dining Spots

The best offsite Disneyland dining spots made our list by meeting 3 important criteria: close to the parks, favorable flavors and prices to match. See our top picks and what we eat when we’re dining offsite at Disneyland.

Best offsite Disneyland dining spots. Close enough to walk from Disneyland, good food at affordable prices.
Best offsite Disneyland dining spots. Close enough to walk from Disneyland, good food at affordable prices.

This post is brought to you in part by The Pizza Press on Harbor Blvd. All opinions are my own. Read more about our disclosure policy here

Rumor Alert: News from the Disneyland Resort came out this week about Carousel Inn being torn down in October for a new Disney parking garage and pedestrian bridge. Many took that to include Pizza Press which sits just next to Carousel Inn. The word straight from Pizza Press corporate office has confirmed Pizza Press will STAY in their current location until April 2017. We will keep you updated with news from Pizza Press as April approaches.

Disneyland Offsite Dining Spots is brought to you in part by The Pizza Press.
Offsite Disneyland Dining Spots is brought to you in part by The Pizza Press.

Nothing gets people going quite like a good meal and whether you’re dining offsite while staying in a hotel or looking for a quick getaway from theme park food, we’ve made our decision based on these three important factors below.

Offsite Disneyland Dining: Making the Cut

  1. Proximity to Disneyland. Yes, the Garden Walk boasts tons of dining options, but it’s called Garden “Walk” for a reason. If you’ve been walking all over the Disneyland Resort all day and just need a place to grab dinner, you’ll find the 30 minute walk from inside the parks is just too much. That’s why our list only mentions offsite Disneyland dining locations on Harbor Blvd. (Harbor Blvd. is kinda my fave. I love the hotels, I love the food and I love how super close it is to the main gate.) 
    Offsite Disneyland dining spots, enjoy lunch while the monorail goes by from inside The Pizza Press.
    Offsite Disneyland dining spots, enjoy lunch while the monorail goes by from inside The Pizza Press.
  2. Good Eats. Don’t eat just to get rid of your hangry (hungry and angry, anyone else or just me?) attitude, you want a meal that actually tastes good. Plus, a good meal can help you party late into the night, especially when Disneyland is open until midnight!
    Keeping it classic with a cheese pizza for the kids. Ready in minutes at The Pizza Press across from Disneyland.
    Keeping it classic with a cheese pizza for the kids. Ready in minutes at The Pizza Press across from Disneyland.
  3. Affordable Prices. I am all about Disneyland on a budget. I literally wrote the book on it. Disneyland On Any Budget is available on Amazon and has tons of ways to save for your trip! But back to food, if you’re leaving the parks to eat you definitely want it to be worth it. Our picks are cost-effective and taste good. What more can you ask for?
    Prices that won't break your budget. The Pizza Press in Anaheim, CA.
    Prices that won’t break your budget. The Pizza Press in Anaheim, CA.

Offsite Disneyland Dining: The Pizza Press

Topping our list is none other than The Pizza Press at 1534 S. Harbor Blvd. The Pizza Press has four locations in the surrounding areas and is expanding to places throughout L.A., Hollywood, San Diego and even Vegas and Texas. As they continue to expand, you won’t want to miss it, check out their locations here.

The Pizza Press on Harbor Blvd., across the street from the Disneyland Resort.
The Pizza Press on Harbor Blvd., across the street from the Disneyland Resort.

Why We Love It

I’m a pretty new fan to Pizza Press, having tried it a few years back but it quickly became a staple in our Disneyland routine. Besides the ability to “publish” your own pizza with a variety toppings, Pizza Press is fast and delicious.

Publish your own pizza near Disneyland at The Pizza Press on Harbor.
Publish your own pizza near Disneyland at The Pizza Press on Harbor.

At Pizza Press on Harbor, the staff works hard to create the same magical experience we’ve been having at Disneyland inside the restaurant. I’ve heard people and even Disneyland cast members talking about Pizza Press while out and about in Anaheim—it’s that good.

Best offsite dining locations near Disneyland.
Best offsite dining locations near Disneyland.

What to Expect

Quick service with fresh, made-to-order pizzas, fresh salads and desserts with a 10% discount for Annual Passholders. Plus a large selections of craft beer from local, Orange County breweries.

The Pizza Press
The Pizza Press

If you’re short on time you can even order Pizza Press online! Go ahead and squeeze in one more ride in Tomorrowland; you can place your order and head over to Harbor when it’s ready.

Seating is limited, but with how quickly pizzas are made and then devoured, you should be good to go.

Indoor and outdoor seating available at The Pizza Press near Disneyland.
Indoor and outdoor seating available at The Pizza Press near Disneyland.

Offsite Disneyland Dining: Delicious Chains

Harbor Blvd. is filled with familiar names, but sometimes a chain restaurant is exactly what you’re looking for with familiarity and amazing food. And if these chain eateries are new to you, they’re consistent, popular places to stop for a bite to eat.

Panera Bread 1480 S. Harbor Blvd. Panera is a quick eat, made to order items with freshly baked bread, breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, along with paninis and sandwiches.

The Best Offsite Disneyland Dining Locations, including Panera Bread on Harbor Blvd. © 1999-2014 Panera, LLC. All rights reserved
The Best Offsite Disneyland Dining Locations, including Panera Bread on Harbor Blvd. © 1999-2014 Panera, LLC. All rights reserved
The Best Offsite Disneyland Dining Locations, including Panera Bread on Harbor Blvd. © 1999-2014 Panera, LLC. All rights reserved
The Best Offsite Disneyland Dining Locations, including Panera Bread on Harbor Blvd. © 1999-2014 Panera, LLC. All rights reserved

Prices are a bit higher than other counter service restaurants, but I feel the prices and quality reflects their clean ingredients policy, which also states that their food never has any artificial preservatives, colorings, sweetening or flavor. You can read more about their no-no list here and see our round-up of healthy(-er) food options inside Disneyland park.

Mimi’s Cafe 1400 S. Harbor Blvd. right next to one of our Top Water Park Hotels. I’ve always been a fan of Mimi’s Cafe’s breakfasts. Muffins, omelettes, and muffins. Oops! I think I already said muffins. You’ll have to forgive me, they are divine!

Photo courtesy of Mimi's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Mimi’s Cafe
The best offsite Disneyland Dining locations including Mimi's Cafe on Harbor Blvd. Photo courtesy of Mimi's Cafe.
The best offsite Disneyland Dining locations including Mimi’s Cafe on Harbor Blvd. Photo courtesy of Mimi’s Cafe.

Mimi’s is a sit-down, family friendly French-inspired restaurant with a huge menu. It’s hard to choose just one thing, there are so many options. Bring the entire family and you’re sure to find something everyone can enjoy. Prices are on point with other area sit down establishments. Plus, join their e-club before your visit and enjoy a freebie or two!

Offsite Disneyland Dining: Quick Eats

The Cove on Harbor 1540 S. Harbor Blvd. What appears to be a fancy liquor store is really much more. It’s clean, has your typical sodas, drinks, beer and wine plus basic groceries. In addition, The Cove on Harbor also has a variety of ready-made sandwiches, fresh paninis, a coffee bar, pastries and pre-assembled snack packs.

The Cove on Harbor Blvd.
The Cove on Harbor Blvd.

If you don’t have time to hit up a grocery store near Disneyland, this is the best place to grab a few essentials and a souvenir or two. Follow them on Instagram to get a better idea of what they’re cooking up.

The Cove on Harbor Blvd.
The Cove on Harbor Blvd.
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The Cove on Harbor Blvd.

McDonalds 1500 S. Harbor Blvd. Yes! There is a McDonald’s by Disneyland! Because you were wondering, weren’t you? Sometimes a Happy Meal can go a long way. Trust me, it’s why we do our “Happy Points” when we take our Disneyland road trips every year.

McDonald's is a must-stop for us on Disneyland road trips.
McDonald’s is a must-stop for us on Disneyland trips.

At McDonalds, you know exactly what to expect and you know you’re getting a good deal, quickly. McDonalds is an ideal place to stop for breakfast on your way over to Disneyland. It’s also a great choice for those on a budget to grab a few burgers or Chicken McNuggets and be on their way.

I also love to grab a large soda and take it with me into the parks in the morning.

Looking for more dining options at the Disneyland Resort? Don’t miss our 10 Meals for $10 at Disneyland and California Adventure, plus our Downtown Disney Dining Guide.

What did we miss? What restaurant or quick service place do you suggest we add to our best offsite Disneyland dining spots?