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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holidays at Disneyland Resort Begins November 14, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Mickey Mouse celebrates the holidays with a cartoon-style Christmas tree this season as new décor adds merriment to Mickey’s Toontown for the 2011 holidays at Disneyland Resort. The holidays shine brightly throughout the resort from Nov. 14, 2011, through Jan. 8, 2012, as guests create memories for a lifetime.
Those holiday memories might even appear in the nightly “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” show on the façade of “it’s a small world” in Disneyland park. A new segment of the show, specially added for the season, features a musical score filled with favorite holiday tunes and images of resort guests celebrating their holiday visits. As the presentation unfolds, the façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday is frozen in ice, decorated with wreaths and candy canes, wrapped in Christmas paper, and even turned into a giant snow globe. This new segment appears in “The Magic, The Memories and You!” beginning Friday, Nov. 18.
Nearby, in Mickey’s Toontown, the centerpiece of the new holiday décor is an 18-foot cartoon-style Christmas tree in front of Toontown City Hall. Sculpted garlands and wreaths adorn the Toontown gazebo and add holiday cheer to the Gag Warehouse. The personal  Christmas trees in the front yards of Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses also carry the “toon” theme. On Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland welcomes back the traditional, 60-foot-tall Christmas tree that is a popular guest photo location.
In Disney California Adventure park, guests are treated to a jolly seasonal addition to the “World of Color” nighttime water spectacular. This holiday season, Lanny and Wayne, Santa’s techno-savvy elves from the “Prep & Landing” holiday specials, appear in a “World of Color” sequence.
Disneyland Resort also welcomes back all the guest favorites for the holidays. Among the popular offerings are “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, the nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A, and special holiday versions of“it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion. In Fantasyland, holiday guests will find the traditional snowdrifts and icicles adorning Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle.  After dark, a sensational holiday lighting and special-effects show carries the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square.  The 60-foot-tall Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show like no other with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.
The Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A.  The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square.
“A Christmas Fantasy” parade has become a holiday tradition in Disneyland. Guests enjoy watching as Disney characters celebrate the magic of the season, wrapping gifts, baking  holiday treats and preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus, who shouts a jolly greeting to spectators along the parade route.  Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even take to the ice for some skating fun.
At The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland, a display of vintage and new art celebrating Walt Disney’s love of railroading will premiere during the holiday season. “All Aboard for A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney!” will survey Disney trains from the classic Disneyland Railroad to such historic routes as Nature’s Wonderland and the Carolwood-Pacific circuit that operated in Disney’s backyard in Holmby Hills, California.
Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  Also, guests may book guided holiday tours that provide entry into “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, reserved seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a keepsake remembrance and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions.  For information and reservations guests may visit Disneyland City Hall or call (714) 781-4565.
Returning holiday favorites at Disneyland park include:
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday becomes  a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade. Also nightly on the façade is “The Magic, The Memories and You!” show with its new holiday sequence.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide.  The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
  • Santa Claus and his reindeer return to greet Disneyland guests at Santa’s Reindeer Round-up in Big Thunder Ranch, Frontierland.  Kids and their families chat with St. Nick and see real reindeer grazing in a corral.
Disney California Adventure celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment.
  • The park’s newest attraction, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, is specially decorated for the holidays, along with its Paradise Pier neighbors, the Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill restaurants.
  •  “a bug’s land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
  • The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decorated with seasonal wreaths.
  • Santa Claus greets guests in a specially decorated gazebo on the boardwalk near Ariel’s Grotto on Paradise Pier.
Guests in Disney California Adventure won’t want to miss the park entertainment. In addition to “World of Color,” with special holiday guests Lanny and Wayne from “Prep & Landing,” the “ElecTRONica” nighttime street party in Hollywood Pictures Backlot transports guests of all ages “on the grid” and into the environment of the Walt Disney Pictures feature, “TRON: Legacy.”
Also part of the regular Disney California Adventure lineup:
  • A new Disney California Adventure street show, “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party” invites guests of all ages to “seize the day,” dancing and singing on Paradise Pier with the Disney Channel’s inventive animated boy geniuses. Also on tap are the energetic “dance-off” competition of “Disney Dance Crew” on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and the rock concert-style “Disney Channel Rocks,” featuring music from Disney Channel movies and series, performed on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Park, alongside Paradise Bay lagoon.
  • In Blue Sky Cellar at Golden Vine Winery, the Imagineers’ workshop offers guests a preview of what’s coming to Disney California Adventure, including Buena Vista Street and Cars Land in 2012.
  • Guests along Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure also may enjoy the new Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventures and Goofy’s Sky School attractions, along with such favorite as Toy Story Mania!, Silly Symphony SwingsCalifornia Screamin’ and Mickey’s Fun Wheel.
Holiday shopping at Disneyland Resort offers an array of merchandise available exclusively at Resort theme parks and the Downtown Disney district. Along with ornaments, holiday-themed Mickey Mouse ears, jewelry and the celebrated Disneyland handmade candy canes, guests discover a new line of edgy and stylish designs featuring The Muppets on clothing, vinylmation and decorative skate decks.
Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining.  Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks extend the fun.  For more information about holidays at Disneyland Resort, visit and for hotel and ticket offers, visit
[official press release]

Halloween Screams: A Villainous Surprise in the Skies!

Halloween may be over, but its memory lives on! Here are some amazing photos from one of our favorite fireworks displays, Halloween Screams: A Villainous Surprise in the Skies, shown exclusively at Mickey's Halloween Party!






Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mickey's Halloween Party 2011!

Our family celebrated Halloween early this year at Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday, October 21. We hung out with our good friends Chad & Mark of and had a spooktacular time taking pictures and collecting candy (including healthy treats like apples, carrots and Craisins)! Our boys dressed up as Phineas and Ferb, which was a big hit with the Phineas and Ferb cast members! Enjoy some of our favorite photos from this year's party!

skeleton on main street, USA

mickey lantern

phineas & ferb meet their twins :)

phineas & ferb x 2 :)

my boys :)

agent P vs. doof

fog on the rivers of america


glowing train tunnel

eerie mark twain

jack skellington

mickey's halloween party

See more of our Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party photos HERE!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mickey's Halloween Party Tickets On Sale Now!

‘Tis the Season to be Spooky! Disneyland Resort Celebrates Halloween Time 2011 Sept. 16 Through Oct. 31
Separate-ticket ‘Mickey’s Halloween Party’ Offers Trick-or-Treating In Disneyland Park; Ticket Sales Begin July 1 
ANAHEIM, Calif. July 1, 2011 – The spirit of Halloween Time will invade Disneyland Resort this fall with Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes, and the seasonal transformations of Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort begins Friday, Sept. 16, and will continue through Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.
The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event* which has become an annual highlight of Halloween Time for trick-or-treating families, will take place in Disneyland park on 10 special Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights: Sept. 30 and Oct. 3,7,11,14,18,21, 25, 28 and 31. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 1, at
Mickey’s Halloween Party invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. These party participants can also “mix in” with regular Disneyland guests for three hours prior to the start of Mickey’s private bash. Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party include:

  • The special opportunity to play in Disneyland for three hours before the party starts
  • Trick or Treating – candy and healthy treats – in the ultimate Disney neighborhood
  • The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party)
  • "Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly
  • Character photo locations featuring favorite Disney and Pixar pals.
  • An opportunity for everyone in the family to attend the park in costumes
  • Specially themed dance parties
  • Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $59.  All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 28, and Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31, are $64.
Favorite Disney characters, including Mickey himself, will dress up in fun, fall costumes.  It’s the ideal environment to eat special holiday treats, play interactive games, listen to “spirited” music and watch a nightly character cavalcade that celebrates the season.
For Halloween fun at Disneyland, guests will enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe.  Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space.  The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.
Jack Skellington also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to New Orleans Square in Disneyland.  Transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” Jack’s return to the Haunted Mansion includes the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, with some special spooky surprises in this year’s design.
Halloween Time offers frightfully delightful fun for children and adults.
  • For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display and none of them are the same!
  • Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters.
  • Meeting Disney characters will be easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at “it’s a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland will honor Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with traditional skeleton figures on display Sept. 16 through Nov. 2.
  • Special Halloween treats will be available in Disneyland, including menu items such as Zero’s Ghostly Ghoulash, served in a dog dish in honor of Zero.
For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, see  This site will be updated with frightfully fun details.
[official press release]

Monday, March 29, 2010

Disneyland's Mint Julep Recipe

A fun and educational activity to do with your little ones on a warm spring or summer's day is make Disneyland's famous mint juleps! This refreshing, non-alcoholic drink will make your kids feel special while teaching them about units of measure and how to follow instructions! This recipe is available at City Hall on Main Street.

mint juleps

Disneyland Mint Julep Recipe

Yield: 24 (1 cup) Servings

3 lb sugar
1 ga water
1 pt Creme de Menthe syrup (non-alcoholic)
1/2 6 oz can of frozen limeade concentrate
1/2 6 oz can of frozen lemonade concentrate

fresh mint sprigs
maraschino cherries
fresh lemon wedge

Combine sugar and water in a large pot or saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from heat. Add Creme de Menthe syrup, limeade and lemonade concentrates. Stir and chill. Serve with ice, sprigs of mint, maraschino cherries and fresh lemon wedge. Don't forget the little red straws!


I created a sugar free version of this recipe for sugar restricted diets!

Disneyland Mint Julep Recipe (Sugar Free)

Yield: 24 (1 cup) Servings

3 lb granulated sucralose sweetener (Splenda or other brand)
1 ga water
1 pt Da Vinci brand sugar free Creme de Menthe syrup (non-alcoholic)
3 oz sugar free limeade concentrate
3 oz sugar free lemonade concentrate

fresh mint sprigs
fresh lemon wedge
maraschino cherries (optional)

In a large pot or saucepan dissolve sweetener in boiling water. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool. Strain through a coffee filter to remove sediments. Add Creme de Menthe syrup, limeade and lemonade concentrates. Stir and chill. Serve with ice, sprigs of mint and fresh lemon wedge (add maraschino cherries if you wish). Don't forget the little red straws!

Sit back, relax and enjoy! ºoº

You can find this Disneyland recipe and more at!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer Tips: Stay Cool & Hydrated

Mickey Mouse Dreams ºoº

Hooray... it's summer! Many people visit Disneyland Resort this time of year. But don't forget the happiest place on earth can also be the hottest! Here are a few tips you'll want to remember:
  • Stay Hydrated! Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink. When you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol. The best fluids are water or sports drinks. We have never had a problem toting in a small cooler on/in our stroller with frozen waters and sports drinks.
  • Protect Yourself From The Sun! Sunscreen, protective head gear and sun glasses are good ideas! If you forget your sunscreen some of the gift shops carry it.
  • Stay Cool! When the sun is at its peak look for cool zones. Check out indoor attractions like Innoventions at Disneyland or the Disney Animation building at Disney's California Adventure. Air conditioned stores are also a good places to cool down!
Other ways to beat the heat: mini battery operated fans, misters, ice cream, dole whip, ride a water attraction, watch an indoor show like Aladdin at Disney California Adventure.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Disneyland Resort's Baby Care Centers

When enjoying the Disneyland Resort parks with little ones, the Baby Care Centers can be an invaluable resource. Both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure have a Baby Care Center. Disneyland's is located at the northeast end of Main Street, U.S.A., and Disney's California Adventure's is located in Golden State next to the Bakery Tour in the Pacific Warf.

Tip: First aid is located next door to each Baby Care Center.

Baby Care Centers provide nursing moms with a private place to breast feed complete with rocking chairs and low lighting (Disneyland's is a shared space with one private room and DCA has two private rooms), feeding areas with high chairs, a microwave (for baby food only), filtered water, changing room and a small training toilet for toddlers. Sundries such as diapers, wipes, formula and baby food can also be purchased here.

Tip: It's always a good idea to carry extra diapers, wipes and a change of clothes for the little ones. You never know what might happen!

If you are far from a Baby Care Center and don't feel like walking... all bathrooms, including men's and family rest rooms, have baby-changing stations. Some also have changing kit vending machines available (you'll need $1 in quarters).

Baby Portrait - Walter Elias Disney

Fun fact: The baby whose photo is on the wall in Disneyland's Baby Care Center is Walt Disney himself!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Disneyland Attractions

How to get the most out of your day at Disneyland:

On your way into Disneyland grab a Guide to the Magic park map and current Entertainment Times Guide for show times. At the end of Main Street U.S.A. you can find an information stand and board listing attraction wait times.

Take a few minutes to look at the park map, attractions and show times. Do you want to squeeze in as much as possible or do you want to hit a few favorites and call it a day? Plan out what attractions and shows you would like to see. Make a route that will save time and eliminate excess walking.

Here is a list of some attractions and entertainment that you and your little ones may find especially enjoyable!

Main Street U.S.A.


Critter Country

Big Thunder Ranch / Petting Farm

Mickey's Toontown
Mickey's House



Reduce the time you spend in line with Disney's FASTPASS service! FASTPASS tickets are available at attractions above marked with (FP). FASTPASS allows you to come back at a later return time and hop on the attraction with little or no waiting. If you arrive after your FASTPASS return time don't worry... your FASTPASS will still be honored!

If you want to experience an attraction, but your little one is just too little... use Disney's Rider Switch program! One adult rides while the other waits with the child, then you can switch places without having to wait in line all over again! The pass is good for two people so you don't have to ride alone. Ask any Cast Member for details.

Shopping for souvenirs can be done before you leave. Main Street, U.S.A. gift shops remain open one hour longer than the park. The World of Disney gift shop in Downtown Disney also keeps later hours. This way you don't have bags to lug around all day!

Some of the information above can be found in the Magical Beginnings guide. Download your own Magical Beginnings guide HERE! This guide can also be picked-up in person from Disneyland's City Hall (located in Town Square at the beginning of Main Street, U.S.A.) or any Disneyland Resort Information or Baby Care Center.