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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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2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival – A Menu Guide

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The 2019 Food & Wine Festival is back at Disney’s California Adventure. It kicks off today, March 1 and runs through April 23. We have already seen photos and review of a few offerings. Wow, some of it looks and sounds amazing. There will be 14 kiosks and in addition, there will be several seminars & kids activities a well. Some of the events do require reservations so be sure to look into it soon! Also, this year, the Sip & Savor Pass is available to all guests so that is also something to check out. Remember to pick up your Passport and check it off as you enjoy all the flavors the festival has to offer. For those of you with any restrictions or food preferences, they do offer Vegan, Vegetarian, & Gluten Free options.

Let’s see what is on the menu this year! See any of your favorites?

NUTS ABOUT CHEESE (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance)
Food:

  • Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl (V)
  • Ham and Vella Jack Cheese Pinwheel with Smoked Pistachios
  • Creamy Oikos Yogurt Cheesecake (V)

Beverages:

  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego

UNCORK CALIFORNIA (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance)

Food:

  • California Artisan Cheese Selection – Select from either Point Reyes Blue of Fiscalini White Cheddar Hand-crafted California Cheese (V)

Beverages:

  • White Wine Flight
    • Twomey Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa-Sonoma County
    • Simi, Chardonnay, “Reserve,” Russian River Valley, California
    • Patz & Hall, Chardonnay, “Dutton Ranch,” Russian River Valley, California
  • Red Wine Flight
    • Erath, Pinot Noir, Oregon
    • Klinker Brick Winery, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi
    • Rowen, Blend, Sonoma County, California
  • Mimosa Flight
    • Hibiscus Mimosa
    • Tropical Mimosa
    • Mixed Berry Mimosa
  • Chandon Brut, Sparkling Wine, California
  • Assorted Wine Varietals

CITRUS GROVE (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance)
Food:

  • Orange Chicken and Rice
  • Citrus-brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw
  • Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron (GF, V)

Beverages:

  • Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule
  • Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic)

CALIFORNIA CRAFT BREWS (near the Cars Land Entrance)
Food:

  • Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls with Marinara and Pesto Sauce

Beverages:

  • Bright and Balanced Beer Flight
    • Pizza Port California Honey Golden Ale
    • Hangar 24 Orange Wheat
    • Left Coast Pink Bikini Raspberry Wheat
    • Karl Strauss Columbia Street Amber Lager
  • Hobby and Bold Beer Flight
    • Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Amber Ale
    • Lost Winds Tropiclemente Tropical Ale IPA
    • Towne Park Blacksmith Black IPA
    • Asylum Rorschach Brown Ale
  • By the Glass – Bright and Balanced
    • Pizza Port Brewing Company, California Honey, Golden Ale, Solana Beach
    • Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Orange Wheat, American Wheat Ale, Redlands
    • Left Coast Brewing Co., Pink Bikini, Raspberry Wheat, San Clemente
    • Three Weavers Brewing Company, Day Job, Pale Ale, Inglewood
    • Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego
  • By the Glass – Hoppy and Bold
    • Smog City Brewing Co., Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Hoppy Amber Ale, Torrance
    • Stereo Brewing Company, Perfect Day, American IPA, Placentia
    • Lost Winds Brewing Company, Tropiclemente, Tropical IPA, San Clemente
    • Towne Park Brew Co., Blacksmith, Black IPA, Anaheim
    • Asylum Brewing, Rorschach, Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee, Anaheim

BERRY PATCH (near the Cars Land Entrance)
Food:

  • Strawberry and Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Yogurt Wasabi Sauce (GF, V)
  • Fresh California Berry Pie (V)

Beverages:

  • Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • Strawberry Float with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Crunchy Cereal Garnish (non-alcoholic)

PEPPERS CALI-ENTE (near Wine Country Trattoria)
Food:

  • Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa (GF)
  • Ghost Pepper Mac and Cheese with Chili Cheese Corn Chip Dust (V)

Beverages:

  • Jalapeño-Lime Margarita

VEGGIE, VEGGIE, FRUIT, FRUIT (near Wine Country Trattoria)
Food:

  • Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Cauliflower Ceviche with Chile Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips (VG)
  • Duo of Frozen Fruit Fruit Bars – Lime and Strawberry

Beverages:

  • Cool Lime Michelada with Frozen Lime Ice
  • Davis Bynum, Sauvignon Blanc, “Virginia’s Block,” Russian River Valley, California
  • Chihuahua Cerveza, Limón, Premium Lager, Newport Beach

AVOCADO TIME (near Wine Country Trattoria)
Food:

  • Petit Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese (V)
  • Spiced Roasted Chicken on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce

Beverages:

  • Kombucha Mojito Cocktail with Fresh Mint
  • Suja Organic Pineapple Passionfruit Kombucha (non-alcoholic)

I ❤ ARTICHOKES (near Pacific Wharf Bridge)
Food:

  • Fried Artichokes with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Lemon Aioli (V)
  • Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade (V)
  • Blue Diamond Almond Cake with Butter Streusel, Apricot Compote, and Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche (V)

Beverages:

  • Chihuahua Cerveza, Rico, Premium Lager, Newport Beach

CLUCK-A-DOODLE MOO (near Paradise Gardens Park)
Food:

  • Harris Ranch Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Salt and Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings

Beverages:

  • Watermelon Lemonade with Watermelon Garnish (non-alcoholic)
  • Festival Beer Flight and By the Glass
    • Thorn Brewing, Barrio, Baja-style Lager, San Diego
    • Strand Brewing Co., 24th Street, Pale Ale, Torrance
    • Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Festiv-Ale, Belgian-style Brown, San Diego (Festival Exclusive)
    • Brouwerij West, Dog Ate My Homework, Blackberry Saison, San Pedro

GARLIC KISSED (near Golden Zephyr)
Food:

  • Black Garlic Soy-braised Pork Belly Banh Mi
  • Creamy Mac and Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble (V)
  • Chocolate Crunch Cake

Beverages:

  • Bloody Mary with Garlic-stuffed Olive

OFF THE COB (near Golden Zephyr)
Food:

  • Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn (GF)
  • Esquites Sweet Corn Nuggets with Bacon Lardons

Beverages:

  • Citrus Radler, Lager with Grapefruit and Blood Orange Juices, T.W. Pitchers’ Brewing, San Francisco
  • Peach Tea with Peach Garnish (non-alcoholic)

GOLDEN DREAMS (near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Entrance)
Food:

  • Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musibi with Pineapple Relish
  • Anaheim Chile Relleno Bites with Salsa Verde (V)
  • Chocolate-Peanut-Caramel Parfait (GF)

Beverages:

  • Yippee! Mickey’s Cotton Candy Soda (non-alcoholic): Sprite, Cotton Candy Premium Syrup, Half-rimmed Butter Cream with Pineapple Cotton Candy Garnish

LA STYLE (located near Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!)
Food:

  • Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger
  • BLT Chicharrón Duro with Ranch Crema

Beverages:

  • Tiki Cocktail: Aged Rum, Falernum, Bitters, Lime, and Grapefruit Juices

FESTIVAL BEER GARDEN (near Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta)
Beverages:

  • Beer Garden Flight
    • 2 Towns Outcider Hard Apple Cider
    • Ommegang Hennepin Saison
    • Modern Times Booming Rollers IPA
    • Karl Strauss Baltic Porter
  • Bright and Refreshing Beer Flight
    • The Dudes’ Brewing Company, Los Dudes Cerveza, Mexican-style Lager, Los Angeles
    • Lost Coast Brewery, Watermelon Wheat, Eureka
    • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Outcider, Unfiltered Hard Apple Cider, Oregon
    • Brewery Ommegang, Hennepin, Farmhouse Saison, New York
  • Hoppy and Bold Beer Flight
    • Modern Times Beer, Booming Rollers, IPA, San Diego
    • Divine Science Brewing, Third Contact, Gluten-friendly IPA, Anaheim (GF)
    • Bear Republic Brewing Co., Apex, Double IPA, Cloverdale
    • Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Baltic Porter, San Diego
  • Festival Indulgences
    • Twisted Horn Mead, Blue Cloak, Mead, Vista
    • Founders Brewing Co., Backwoods, Bourbon Barrel-aged Scotch Ale, Michigan

PARADISE GARDEN GRILL (near Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta)
Food:

  • Beer-battered Cod with Steak Fries and Spiced Remoulade
  • Impossible No “Meat” Ball Submarine with Marinara Sauce topped with Soy Cheese and served with Kettle Chips (VG)
  • Beer-braised Pork Tacos with Pickled Apple Slaw, Black Beans, and Queso
  • Buffalo-style Roasted Turkey Leg with Celery Slaw and Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Large Soft Pretzel with Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce (V)
  • Black Forest Parfait – Layers of Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Chantilly, Chocolate Mousse, and Cherries

Beverages:

  • Matanzas Creek, Sauvignon Blanc-Fume Blanc, Sonoma County, Nielson Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
  • ‘Ōlelo Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Deschutes Brewery, Pacific Wonderland, Lager, Oregon
  • Sudwerk Brewing Co., Märzen, Amber Lager, David

If you are headed to Disneyland to participate in this festival and you need assistance with accommodations, tickets, or suggestions, please contact me. If you do attend, be sure to tell us your favorites!

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Captain Marvel is Looking for Recruits!

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This Spring, Captain Marvel is coming to Disney California Adventure! She will be arriving in a S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle surrounded by several of her agents. She is looking for a team of recruits so that she can teach and inspire them. Will you join her team for this heroic encounter?

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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.

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Calling All Super Heroes!

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Disneyland – After Dark will be hosting “Heroes Assemble” on select nights this spring! This a special even that takes place in Disney California Adventure after-hours. This means you will need an additional ticket for this event.

This exciting occasion has special experiences that you cannot encounter at any other time and you won’t want to miss. Disney is only selling a limited number of tickets so the park will most likely be less crowded – it’s the perfect time to visit!

Super Heroes, young and old will be able to meet with some of their favorite Heroes and watch them in a Heroic stage show as well as dance with them in a new dance party. There will be special, event-themed food offerings as well as event specific merchandise. Certain rides will also be open.

This “Super” event will be taking place April 30th and May 1st from 9pm to 1am each night in Disney’s California Adventure.