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The Happiest Place on Earth is set to reopen in phases beginning on July 17th – which also happens to be the 65th anniversary of the original park opening. If that doesn’t scream magic, I am not sure what does!

With the two parks opening on the 17th, Downtown Disney will open a bit in advance on the 9th and the Disney Grand Californian along with the Paradise Pier Hotel will follow shortly after on July 23.

The Disneyland Resort will reopen with several new policies in place to protect guests & staff. Much like the Disney properties that opened before it, capacity will be reduced, some offerings may be limited and additional health and safety measures may be put into place. More will be released as we get closer to the opening date.

Family’s look to Disneyland and Disney properties as a place of hope, magic, togetherness, and happiness. I am so happy to see them reopening – as it is a sign of moving forward and getting back to a state of normal. I cannot wait to return to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Stay tuned for more news on openings and new policies!

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Oogie Boogie Bash!


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Since I shared what is new in Disney World this Halloween season, I wanted to also relay what would be new in Disneyland!

Disney California Adventure Park will present Oogie Boogie Bash! This will be a separate ticket event that offers special entertainment, food, characters, and trick or treating.

An awesome new version of World of Color will be shown. “Villainous!” will be hosted by Oogie Boogie himself and is sure to provide some screams. Other Halloween entertainment will include a Descendants Dance Party, Mickey Stage Show, Frightfully Fun Parade, Trick or Treating on immersive treat trails and a new interactive trail provided by Disney Villains.

Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween Costume. This Bash will start on September 17th and take place on 20 select nights. Get your tickets now, as they will sell out!

To plan a trip to Disneyland and add this Spooky event to your itinerary, contact me today!

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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas in July, Br’er Rabbit Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

The Disneyland Resort is a wonderful destination any time of year but they do put on a bit of Holiday Magic if you are able to attend during the Winter Holiday Months. In addition to beautiful lights and amazing holiday decor, California Adventure has a fun holiday festival, amazing treats & sweets, holiday entertainment, ride overlays, and more. Here is what you can expect when you arrive at California Adventure during the holidays-

  • Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Holiday Ride Overlays – Mater’s Jingle Jamboree & Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl are waiting for you!
  • Disney Viva Navidad – A beautiful Holiday celebration featuring the Three Caballeros, music, dancing, decor, and more
  • Disney Festival of Holidays – Very Similar to Epcot’s Holiday Festival. You will be able to enjoy culture, traditions, food, music, and more all from different countries around the world.

If you are planning on heading to Disneyland, the Holidays would be a great time to do that because of all the extra magic and excitement!

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

If you are looking for a more low-key way to gift a Disney Destination this Christmas, maybe a gift certificate is the way to go. For a spouse, a significant other, an older child, perhaps glitter and glam and cardboard Cinderella Castles are not the way to go. In this instance, the agency I work for, Magical Vacations, does offer gift cards. You can book a trip with a deposit and purchase gift cards for the balance due to give to a loved one to show that they are going on a Disney trip. We always think it is fun to put them in stockings.

Trivia

In Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, what type of animals skate with Minnie & Daisy?

Contact Me

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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New Halloween Party Coming to California Adventure

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The Oogie Boogie Bash will be spooking guests from September 6th – October 31st. This is a separate ticket event that will treat guests to all new entertainment & character interactions. This includes a special version of “World of Color”, “Villainous!”.

Other Halloween “treats” include:

  • Treat Trails: New immersive trails that will contain characters, possibly even Oogie himself! At the end of the trail, guests will emerge to great big cauldrons of candy to pick from.
  • DescenDance – A great new interactive Dance Party! The best dancers from Isle of the Lost come to teach us some moves. Groove to all your favorite songs from the Descendants movies!
  • “Frightfully Fun Parade” – Mickey, Minnie, several other characters, and some of your favorite Villains will delight and cause mischief along the parade route!
  • Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show – Targeted towards the littles at the party, Mickey and his pals tell stories and enjoy a Halloween Party. Plenty of dancing and candy at this show!
  • Meet & Greets – Meet with some of your favorites and look for special encounters with villains!
  • Tickets are limited per party so enjoy shorter wait times at your favorite attractions.

Tickets go on sale April 30th, however if you have an Annual Pass, Disney Visa, or are a DVC member, you can get tickets on the 23rd of April.

Early park entry will be available. The party starts at 6pm but you can get in 3 hours early on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4 hours early on Sundays. Guests will also be able to get into the party’s 4 hours early on the 29th and 31st.

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic Debuts at California Adventure

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A Disney World Classic is coming to Disneyland this April!

This fun and playful 3D adventure is coming to Disneyland. It is a great journey for Donald as he is asked to set up the Orchestra for Maestro Mickey. While he does so, he finds Mickey’s Sorcerer hat. He puts it on, against Mickey’s orders and things get chaotic! Follow Donald on this great adventure through several Disney classics movies and see how Mickey saves the day.

This show is played at the Sunset Showcase Theater this April. Mickey’s PhilharMagic arrives with perfect timing, as “Get Your Ears On-A Mickey & Minnie Celebration” is in full swing. Join us during this special event celebrating 90 yEARS of magic. There is new night time entertainment as well as limited time offerings of food, beverages, and merchandise. It’s a great time to come see the Disneyland Resort!

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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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“WEB” Comes to Disneyland

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Tony Stark has created and founded the Worldwide Engineering Brigade. This new organization will be used to develop super-powered technology. Current projects include a new and enhanced super suit for Spider-Man. They are looking for new recruits and together, you can help them protect Earth. The WEB facility will allow guests more interaction with some of their favorite superheroes. The new technology offered at the facility will let guests experience what it is like to be a super hero.

Guests can join the heroes in action soon at Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. The WEB facility will be a part of a new land that is currently being created for the park. Stay tuned for the opening date!

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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?