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Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District

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Disneyland’s Entertainment District has so much to offer. Disney has written up a quick guide for guests to have so that they can enjoy all that there is to offer.

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PLAY!

  • Step into the Star Wars universe with the hyper-reality, multi-sensory Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID. Your Clients will go undercover as a stormtrooper to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival!
  • Bowl a few frames at one of the 20 lanes at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment destination. Your Clients can pop in anytime for lunch or dinner and enjoy the outdoor patio with live entertainment!
  • After dark, Downtown Disney is bustling with live music at the main stage, strolling performers throughout the promenade and “meet the artist” events on select dates in WonderGround Gallery.

SHOP!

  • Sprinkled with pixie dust, magical moments and eye-catching collections, the redesigned flagship World of Disney store is where your Clients can step into the art of Disney storytelling and shop the biggest selection of Disney wares on the West Coast.
  • The Disney Dress Shop has quickly become a fan-favorite boutique with retro-designed apparel and accessories inspired by favorite Disney characters and theme park attractions.
  • The family-owned boutique, Sugarboo & Co., features charming home goods, paper products, handmade ceramics, candles, bath apothecary and stamped jewelry—all with a touch of whimsy.
  • For pampering products, head to Rinse Bath & Body Co., a new boutique featuring natural products, handmade soaps, body oils, bath bombs, lip balms and more. 
  • Disney Home offers fans a curated assortment of Disney-themed treasures for the home—from glassware and linens, to kitchen goods and more. 

EAT!

  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes opened its first California location in the heart of Downtown Disney. Along with award-winning burgers, signature CrazyShake milkshakes, hearty salads and appetizers, the atmosphere gives a trendy New York diner vibe, 
  • Popular craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing Company’s first Orange County location serves 50 of its innovative beers across 100 taps, including its flagship Sculpin IPA and limited-edition beers exclusive to Downtown Disney. Your Clients can pair their favorite beer with brewpub-style dishes! 
  • Enjoy expertly-crafted Italian meals at Naples Ristorante e Bar renovation. Its recent renovation upgraded the restaurant’s beautiful two-story dining venue, featuring twinkling chandeliers upstairs, a modern feel downstairs, gorgeous patios and an open kitchen.
  • Next door, Napolini offers create-your-own Neopolitan-style pizzas, to be enjoyed with a fresh salad and Italian soda on the patio.
  • The family-run scoop shop, Salt & Straw, is known for its taste-provoking, imaginative creations—handmade in small batches using local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels’ flagship location features a bright, breezy California-inspired design—complementing its full line of popular pretzels, Wetzel’s Dogs, Bitz, and fresh and frozen lemonade. “

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There are so many wonderful opportunities to explore at Downtown Disney District. Plan a trip to Disneyland today and take full advantage of all that the Downtown Disney District has to offer. If you have a trip planned to Disneyland, be sure to check it out. If you do not yet have a trip planned and would like to look into pricing or have other questions, contact me today! My services are free of charge and qualifying orders will receive our Minnie Box. A gift to you as a thank you for letting us be a part of your magic. Full of wonder & surprises, our Minnie Box will provide treats and guide you through your stay. See ya Real Soon!

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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas in July, Flynn Rider Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

Vacations are a great time to bond with your family and loved ones. Taking a trip during the holidays to a Disney Destination creates that bonding experience in a magical and whimsical setting. Disneyland is a wonderful place to visit any time of year but shines brightest during the holidays. You cannot go wrong with all it has to offer including the Downtown Disney District.

The Downtown Disney District is decorated with large beautiful trees, planters full of holiday plants & giant ornaments, and Lights, lights lights! It is a lovely little winter wonderland to stroll through. Why not get some of your Holiday Shopping done while you are there? There are many shops to peruse including the World of Disney. With all that shopping, if you work up an appetite there are several eateries to choose from. The eateries will have seasonal specialties for you to try like holiday themed ice cream, cookies, cotton candy, and more! Grab one of the many bites because next you are going to want to sit and watch some of the many forms of Holiday Entertainment, they have carolers in ugly sweaters, musicians, magicians and so much more. It is a fantastic addition to any Disneyland trip during the Holidays and I hope you get to enjoy it!

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

Get your Holiday Shopping done early and reserve a Disney Vacation Package! Something fun we do while we are anticipating a Disney Destination Trip is to count down the days. There are many ways to do this but our family personally likes a display out in the open where we can all see it. We made one out of construction paper and clothes pins about 7 years ago and we still use it. It hangs on the fridge and they take turns changing the numbers of the display each morning. It is something small that we all do together each morning before we leave for work and school. This is one of the first things we “wrap” and include when we gift them a Disney Destination Trip for the Holidays. It is just simple Mickey Ears so it works for any destination. Once they tear off all the paper and see that countdown, they know they have a Disney Destination in their near future and they LOVE it.

There are many different kinds you can make – some more intricate than others and they can all be found on Pinterest. You can also purchase a ready made countdown from a place like Etsy. I have been eyeballing a Disney Cruise Countdown made of wooden blocks. We will definitely be adding that to the purchase list before our cruise next year.

Trivia

In Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, What Happens Each Time Elsa Sneezes?

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If you would like assistance reserving a trip to a Disney Destination for the 2019 Holidays or if you would like to beat ALL the Holiday Shopping crowds and book a Disney Destination to gift to your loved ones this year, contact me today! I would be delighted to help you find a great way to wrap up your gift to surprise your family! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Holiday Magic soon!

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Tips for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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In just a few days, one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland history will open – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With all of the excitement and popularity that surrounds Star Wars, this will be a very busy land for many years to come. Disney anticipates this excitement and has prepared for it accordingly with all new ways to queue guests and to make any waits as easy and seamless as possible. Here are a few tips provided by Disney. This will help you prepare and be in the know as you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland:

  1. Between May 31 and June 23, reservations are required to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests attempting to enter the land between these two dates will require valid park admission as well as their reservation to enter. These reservations are no longer available at this time.
  2. Any guest staying at a Disneyland hotel between May 31 and June 23rd will automatically be given a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. If you want to visit in this first month and did not get one of the coveted reservations, book a stay in one of the hotels! Once you reserve a room, you will be notified of your Star Wars time to visit along with room confirmation.
  3. There will be no standby lines between May 31 & June 23. If you do not have a reservation, you will not be able to enter the land.
  4. After June 23, no reservations will be required. Instead a virtual queue will be implemented. With this, you will be given a return time and then can enjoy the rest of the land while you wait for your return time. This will be done utilizing the Disneyland App. Once you have entered the park, you can enter the virtual queue. You will receive a “Boarding Group” and the status of your boarding will be updated on the app as well as throughout the park.
  5. The Disneyland Costume Policy will be in effect – guests 13 and under may dress in appropriate costumes of their favorite characters.
  6. Download the Disneyland App! You should have this anyway while visiting but with the opening of this land, it is even more helpful
  7. Download the Play Disney Parks app. There is lots of fun ways to interact with the land while in Batuu. There are interactive activities such as scanning cargo crates and & items to collect things as well as interact with droids and more!
  8. Disney’s Ultimate Goal is to provide a wonderful guest experience. While in line, you will be able to purchase snacks, enjoy the Play Disney Parks App, utilize a new system to return to the line if you have to use the restroom, interact with cast, and more.
  9. There are MANY other wonderful things coming to Disneyland this Summer. It is the perfect time to visit! You can visit Sleeping Beauty’s newly imagined Castle, ride on Jesse’s Critter Carousel, visit Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration, see the new “Mickey’s Philharmagic”, taste some amazing new treats at Black Tap, and see the return of World of Color. There has never been a better time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth!

To visit Disneyland during the initial opening phase of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, contact me today so we can get you a hotel reservation along with your Galaxy’s Edge Reservation.

To visit after the initial phase this Summer, contact me and we can find the best time and fit for you!

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It’s an Eggstravaganza!!

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Disney World & Disneyland will celebrate Spring’s arrival with the return of the Eggstravaganza!

From April 5-21, these fun eggs will be hidden through Epcot in Walt Disney World and Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney District. Get your map and stickers and join in the hunt! These can be purchased at select merchandise locations for $6.99.

Search for eggs designed as some of your Disney Favorites and then place the corresponding sticker on the map to show where you found it. Show your completed map to Cast Members at select locations and receive a prize!

We found this so entertaining for our littles and it allowed us some extra adult time when walking “around the world”. It may buy the adults a little extra time to enjoy the Flower & Garden Festival.

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Disney Puts New Rules Into Place

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With all of the big changes coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland over the next few years, Disney felt the need to restrict a few things. These changes are for the safety and concern of their guests. These new policies & changes will go into effect May 1st.

Strollers

They are restricting the size of stroller permitted into the parks. If you are traveling with a stroller, the new maximum dimensions are 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long or smaller. This is a GOOD thing. The smaller stroller you have, the easier it is for you to navigate through crowds. If everyone complies, foot traffic will move much smoother.

Wagons

Disney will no longer permit wagons. The wagon style strollers such as the ones made by “Keenz” will not be permitted either, even though you can “push” them like a stroller.

Smoking

Every time I read that, I hear it in Mrs. Doubtfire’s voice. No? Just me? Ok, anyway, there will no longer be smoking sections inside Disney Parks. There will be a designated smoking area outside of the parks near the entrance instead. This will be in effect for all of Walt Disney World, Disney Water parks, Disney Springs, ESPN, Disneyland and Downtown Disney. For guests that are staying in a Resort Hotel or may venture to one for dining/entertainment, they will also each have a designated smoking area. This does include vaping as well.

Loose/Dry Ice

Disney happily let’s us all bring in coolers with our own drinks and food. What they will no longer allow are coolers full of “loose ice” or dry ice. They encourage the use of ice packs and if you require loose ice for any reason, it is available at no charge at their quick service restaurants.

Let me know if you would like clarification on any of these or if you have any questions!

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New Disneyland Savings

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Save up to 25% off at Disneyland Resort Hotels!

Guests traveling from April 14-25 can save up to 25% off and guests staying from April 28 – May 23rd can save up to 20% off! This is valid for most Sunday – Thursday nights when you book through May 20th. Some exclusions apply.

This is a fantastic deal for anyone but especially locals. Travel during a school break and see the Food & Wine Festival or Captain Marvel! This will be a great time to take advantage of some lower crowds before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.

Contact me and let’s turn your Dreams into Memories!

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Pop-Up Disney!

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A whole new celebration is coming to Disneyland this Spring!

Our favorite mouse is turning 90 this year. 90!! To celebrate, Disneyland will have a new limited-time exhibit at the Down Disney District. This immersive experience will take you through several rooms all featuring different whimsical themes. The vivid displays will allow guests to be a part of the magic and put themselves into Mickey & Minnie’s world! This experience provides plenty of selfie & photo opportunities.

In this particular room, guests will be able to enter the scene and sit on Minnie’s Bow-Couch or stand under one of the many large Minnie Bows. Imagine the possibilities!

It is a beautiful & imaginative interactive art exhibit that is not to be missed! This will be a separate ticket event and can be found over by the Downtown Disney District Monorail Platform.