Hey Howdy Hey! I’m back!!
I’m going to start this series off with our trip to Disneyland, CA. For those of you who don’t know I used to work here, so needless to say this place has a special place in my heart! My husbands grandma just retired from their and my mom still works there, if it wasn’t for my mom signing us in (giving us tickets) we wouldn’t beable to afford going to Disneyland anymore. I think by living so close to Disneyland and going all the time took away the magic everyone gets when they go. So I thought maybe this time since we haven’t gone in a year the magic would have came back. But in all honesty my husband and I agree that we didn’t feel the magic this time.
We spent some time in the parks with my parents and some friends and while the new Pixar Pier looks amazing and it was fun. Something didn’t feel as magical as it once did. Maybe it’s all the construction with bugs land, or the construction on the castle or maybe the increasing prices on just about everything in and around the park.
For a Sunday in off-season (January) it was pretty crowded. And while we did enjoy some new food options such as the new grab and go location Tropical Hideway in Adventureland, with amazing new dole whip creations. The Disney magic that I’ve come to know and love has definitely changed, and I’m not liking it.
One thing that definitely hasn’t changed is the food and how many options you have. Right now for Mickey’s 90th birthday party there’s a whole plethora of new goodies all around the resort, like specialty Caramel apples, marshmallow sticks, doughnuts and Mickey shaped burgers. As much as I wanted my usual strawberry margarita, which is amazing, I decided to try one of these specialty themed Mickey drinks and got the cookies and cream shake. Which is what it was a cookies and cream shake decorated to look like Mickey Mouse. I think I bought it just cause it was so cute!
In California Adventure the Lunar New Year is happening! It’s set up like Food and Wine festival, with little food booths lined up and arts and crafts to help you get in the festive mood. It’s the year of the pig which is fitting with all the food and drink options they have. You’ll end up leaving feeling a bit like a pig from all the goodies.
The new Tropical Hideway has a very relaxing atmosphere, if you’re ever able to find a table. It feels almost like the Polynesian hotel in Disney World. It’s situated in a corner so that you almost forget you’re in a theme park. I stress the almost part.
This little hideout is where you’ll find all the new dole whip combinations, as well as the original dole whip. The lines are 100% shorter then the tiki room, We got the dole whip Sundae with fresh fruit! It’s something I continue to dream about and I can’t wait to go back just for that.
Another little hidden gem in Adventureland is bengal bbq. We absolutely love it! It’s affordable and some of the most underrated food you’ll find in the park! It’s all skewers! It’s perfect to grab and wait in line for Indiana Jones or even pirates of the Caribbean, but trust me you’ll be leaving your place in line frequently to go get more skewers for the whole family, it’s that good! And the Disneyland app makes it super easy to order from any where in the park, just order then pick it up at the “mobile order” window when they call your name.
I’m hoping that our disappointing trip was an isolated experience, because I still can’t wait to go back to Disneyland and make more memories. You can bet I’m looking forward to that dole whip Sundae!
Next Monday I’m going to be talking about our trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, and it was an experience, that’s for sure.
Thanks for reading!