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Explore the Legend of Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park

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Buckle up river rafters! Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure park is a one-stop destination for thrill-seeking rafters—and you’re invited to take a closer look as we ride up, down and through Grizzly Peak.

The Disney Parks Blog is exploring the thrilling whitewater raft adventure which takes guests down a roaring California river reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This mountain also conceals several story elements and fun references which may “peak” your interest!

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According to legend, long ago a coyote met a grizzly bear on top of the mountain. Seeing that the grizzly was such a powerful creature, the coyote asked him to watch over and protect the land. Even as people came upon the mountain and tried to chase the grizzly bear down, the bear held his ground. When the coyote saw that the bear was alone against the surrounding people, he turned the grizzly into stone so he could never be driven away. To this day, people claim they can hear the bear’s spirit in the wind when traveling through the caverns of Grizzly Peak.

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As you walk through the land of Grizzly Peak, you may notice an assortment of items, including mining equipment. During California’s Gold Rush days, the whitewater rapids became home to the Eureka Gold & Timber Mining Company, when prospectors were drawn to the hope of striking it rich in the Sierras. As time went on and gold began to run dry, people began to realize that the beauty of Grizzly Peak was more precious than gold.

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The rapids we see today are a result of the logging and natural waterways that was important to the business boom brought on by “Gold Fever.” With a twist on this idea, adventure seekers can brace themselves and raft along the rushing waters of the mountain, almost like bobbing, twirling logs, spinning out of control.

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Throughout Grizzly Peak, guests are invited take a break from technology, open their minds to conservation, and pledge to help preserve the surrounding land. Wilderness areas and parks allow people to slow down and to appreciate and experience on a person‐to‐person, human scale. By walking about and exploring lands such as Grizzly Peak, visitors can focus on delicate plant life, gentle streams, silent vistas and amazing wildlife.

Do you have a favorite spot near Grizzly River Run to soak in the wild beauty of California? Or do you prefer to get soaked while braving gurgling geysers, jetting water and a splashdown? Comment below!

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Six Reasons to take a Mexican Riviera Cruise on the Disney Wonder

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The Disney Wonder sets sail from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, visiting an eclectic mix of Mexico’s most popular ports of call: Cabo San LucasMazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. If you’re planning a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Disney Wonder, here’s what you and your family can expect …

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Beaches, beaches and more beaches. You may recognize Cabo San Lucas for its dramatic rock formations, but did you know it also has 20 different major beaches with white sand and turquoise waters? Puerto Vallarta also offers a number of spectacular beaches (40 to be exact), while Mazatlán boasts 10 miles of palm-lined, silky sands.

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Water sports galore. The Mexican Riviera is known for all types of water activities, from sailing and parasailing, to boating and jet skiing, to scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. The outdoor sports mecca of Cabo is famous for fishing, earning a reputation as the billfish capital of the world. If water sports are your thing, your playground awaits.

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Open-air adventures. Those who prefer adventure on land can enjoy the sunshine with golf, horseback riding, nature hikes, bike rides and more. For a, adrenaline rush, embark on a 4-wheeling excursion through the jungle, take in extraordinary views from a zipline or explore a secluded beach high atop a camel.

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Local culture. Mazatlán’s daily downtown market, Centro Mercado, is brimming with handmade clothing and goods, and the artesian markets in Cabo offer an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs, such as silver, ceramics and wood carvings. In Puerto Vallarta, soak up the culture with Mariachi bands, woven Huichol Indian art and traditionally dressed cowboys when the locals celebrate a special occasion.

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A playground at sea. When the deep blue waters of the Pacific are the day’s “destination,” the Disney Wonder offers fun and relaxation for the entire family. Pools for families, children and adults, plus fanciful kids clubs (with Marvel Super Hero Academy!), a sports deck, a luxurious spa retreat, and much more, will keep you happy from morning to night.

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World-class entertainment and dining. Each night onboard the Disney Wonder, you’ll be treated to Broadway-caliber musicals – including “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” – lively deck parties and plenty of other activities the entire family can enjoy. Our signature dining includes family-friendly restaurants, like the spirited Tiana’s Place, and the adult-exclusive Palo, serving up delicious cuisine and a one-of-a-kind dining experience at every meal.

Seven Reasons to Bring Little Ones to Halloween Time 2018 at Disneyland

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It’s Halloween Time 2018 at the Disneyland Resort and that means spook-tacular surprises at every turn! Even the littlest guests can enjoy the season with food, characters and attractions to experience. Here are seven ways families with younger children can enjoy Halloween Time 2018 the Disneyland Resort!

VAMPIRINA AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Vampirina has arrived at the Disneyland Resort, just in time for the Halloween season. The popular Disney Junior star greets and takes photos with guests in Disney California Adventure Park in front of “Disney Junior Dance Party!” (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Meet Vampirina: Vampirina (aka “Vee”), that lovable girl vampire from the hit Disney Junior series “Vampirina,” has joined us at the Disneyland Resort just in time for Halloween. Swing by Disney California Adventure park to meet Vee!

Cruise through Radiator Screams: Make a pit stop in Cars Land where the residents of Radiator Springs have turned their town into Radiator SCREAMs for the season. Meet Lightning McQueen and Mater in their Cars-tumes, take a picture with the spider car, or ride Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree! Younger guests are sure to have a scary good time.

Dance with friends from Disney Junior: While not specifically a Halloween offering, kids will love to dance and sing along at Disney Junior Dance Party! During your visit in Disney California Adventure park, it’s a perfect place for adults to take a rest while little ones dance off some extra energy with stars like Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins.

Share a Halloween-themed snack: This season, there are so many delicious treats to share! For sweet options, split a Main Street Mickey’s Pound Cake or Maleficent churro. If you’re craving something a bit more savory, the Sweet Potato Hand Pie is a yummy treat. For more ideas, check out our Halloween Foodie Guide.

Snap a picture in front of the Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern: No trip to Disneyland is complete without a family photo. Kids will love getting up close to the biggest Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern on Main Street, U.S.A., while mom and dad will love the photo memories to take home. For Halloween, make your silliest, spookiest face!

Get a Halloween-inspired makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: With the wave of a wand, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disneyland park offers head-to-toe pampering for guests as young as age three. This season, choose the Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume set as your little one’s outfit of choice – a bewitching look for any young ghoul!

Say hello to Mickey and pals: Disney friends can be found throughout the resort dressed in their Halloween-best costumes, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck. Be sure to snag autographs and pose for pictures!

There are so many experiences that await little ones at the Disneyland Resort. Discover resources to plan for trips with little ones here, and download the official Disneyland App to make dining reservations, find characters, see attraction wait times and more!

Five Ways to Enjoy Halloween Time at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

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Five Ways to Enjoy Halloween Time at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

Spooky fun and full of delight, the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort have terrifyingly tasty treats, amazing displays and ghostly entertainment, all sure-fire ways to extend the Halloween Time experience, before, during or after a great day at the parks.

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Enjoy the Spook-tacular Seasonal Decor: In the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a “spook-tacular” edible display of Halloween pumpkins. These pumpkins take a ghoulish form with Oogie Boogie, and are built from cereal treats, icing, chocolate, and fondant. Our talented pastry chefs used over 200 pounds of icing, 100 pounds of chocolate, and 300 pounds of fondant to create these incredible pumpkins. See if you can find the 13 Hidden Mickeys throughout the display!

Also during Halloween Time, experience ghoulish décor surrounding the Disneyland Hotel and discover the swashbuckler in you at the pirate-themed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. The pirates have hoisted the Jolly Roger flag in the lobby, calling all buccaneers for fun at “Pirates Pier”!

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Exclusive Trick-or-Treating for Hotel Guests: On select afternoons from October 2 through October 31, overnight guests of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort are invited to drop in for a howling good time and exclusive, complimentary trick-or-treat festivities. Together, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will have a treat map of locations, so little ghosts and goblins (and their parents) can visit all three hotels. The hotels are offering activities such as coloring pages, bat mask decorating and create-your-own pirate hat. Cookie decorating kits are also available for a fee. Hotel guests are encouraged to sign up at the Guest Services desk.

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Surprise Your Family With an In-Room Pumpkin Bucket: Plan a Halloween-themed surprise with goodies delivered right to your Disneyland Resort hotel room. These Halloween Treats Pumpkin Buckets can be specially arranged with the magic-makers from Disney Floral & Gifts for your favorite ghost or goblin. The amenity delivery starts with a light-up Mickey pumpkin bucket filled with ghostly treats with a one-of-a-kind Halloween-themed keepsake with a Mickey Mouse pumpkin light-up lanyard. For more details, please call 714-781-4438 or visit www.DisneyFloralandGifts.com.

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Taste (and Photograph!) Yummy Halloween Treats: At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, you’ll find a holiday cart in the lobby serving up some scary and sweet Mickey-shaped cookies featuring iconic Halloween-inspired decorations. This cart is also serving up Halloween whoopie pies, jumbo cake pops, pretzel rods, a cookie box with Witch Finger cookies, and pumpkin pound cake. At The Coffee House at the Disneyland Hotel, you can find a chocolate Bat Cookie. Across all three hotels, the Red Poison Apple Glow Cube can be found at restaurant or quick service locations. The flavors of fall have arrived as well, with Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Surfside Lounge at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Pumpkin Muffins at The Coffee House at the Disneyland Hotel.

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Check out Eerie Musical Entertainment: Ghostly a capella performers, the Skeletones and the Cryptix, stroll and perform throughout the hotels of the Disneyland Resort, as well the Scareolers in Downtown Disney. Enjoy harmonizing tunes such as “I Put a Spell on You” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

11 Ways to Celebrate the Playful World of Pixar at Disneyland Resort

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Although the first-ever Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort has come to an end, don’t dismay! There are so many ways to enjoy the world of Pixar at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Here are 11 ways to continue celebrating some of your favorite Pixar stories and characters throughout the year:

ëPAINT THE NIGHTí PARADE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) ñ The popular nighttime parade returns to the Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, this time making its way through Disney California Adventure Park. Slinky Dog and Woody from ìToy Storyî appear in ìPaint the Nightî parade, along with many beloved Disney and Pixar pals. This after-dark spectacular shimmers with more than 1 million brilliant lights, high-energy music and cutting edge special effects. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

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1. Snag a spot for the parades: Although Pixar Fest has ended, favorite Pixar-themed parades are sticking around for a bit longer! Hang out with Pixar pals at “Pixar Play Parade” by day, and watch “Paint the Night” light up the sky by night.

2. Play at Pixar Pier: Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure park is packed with amazing attractions that keep the spirit of Pixar Fest alive. From Pixar Pal-A-Round to Incredicoaster, there’s something for everyone! Stop by the Games of Pixar Pier for a bit of friendly competition inspired by films like “WALL-E” and “Toy Story,” to name a few.

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3. Try tasty treats: Visit Pixar-themed eateries like Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff and Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums for delicious foods inspired by favorite films.

4. Strike a pose: Check out some of the most picture-perfect, Pixar-themed locations at Disneyland Resort. The “Up”-themed wall and the Buzz Lightyear wings wall in Disney California Adventure park are two photo ops you won’t want to miss.

YELLOW SUBMARINE – The original submarines from the Disneyland Submarine Voyage, a popular attraction for many years at the California theme park, have been extensively refitted for the 21st Century adventure of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The new attraction, which premieres June 11, takes explorers on an undersea voyage during which they’ll have close encounters with the fish characters from the Disney-Pixar movie Finding Nemo.
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5. Embark on an underwater expedition: The iconic underwater setting and characters of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland park will have you feeling like you are inside “Finding Nemo.”

6. Celebrate the Pixar fun with the Play Disney Parks app: Download the new Play Disney Parks app to brush up on trivia and more! Play the in-queue game “Playset Party” at Toy Story Midway Mania! to turn wait time into play time, test your knowledge with Cars Land trivia, and earn ride achievements on attractions like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters!*

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Tuesday, June 13, 2017: Disney California Adventure gets can now meet Cars 3 stars Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez when they visit Cars Land. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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7. Cruise by Cars Land: Make a pit stop at Cars Land, inspired by the hit Pixar film “Cars,” during your next visit. Mater, Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and others are ready to welcome you to Radiator Springs.

8. Shoot the breeze under the sea: Step right up to the “hydrophone” for Turtle Talk with Crush, the coolest turtle in the ocean. Say hello to favorite characters from “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” in this live chat experience.

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9. Visit Monstropolis: There’s a child loose in Monstropolis, and Mike and Sulley are here to save the day at Monster’s, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! in Hollywood Land. Join characters from “Monster’s, Inc.” in the rush to return Boo to her bedroom.

10. Take aim and defeat evil Emperor Zurg: At Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland, fire an invisible laser each time you see a “Z” target, and help Buzz Lightyear save Andy’s helpless toys. Which member of your party can earn the highest score?

PLAZA DE LA FAMILIA (ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Guests will be introduced to the story of “Coco” with a festive show, A Musical Celebration of Coco, featuring dance and musical performances by the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia. The musical gathering features a charming storyteller and a lively group of singers and folklórico dancers dressed in beautiful costumes accompanied by the Grammy® Award-winning Mariachi Divas. (Joshua Sudock/ Disneyland Resort)

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11. Experience Plaza de la Familia: Inspired by Disney•Pixar Academy Award-winning film “Coco,” “Plaza de la Familia, a Celebration of Coco” will begin Sept. 7 and run through Nov. 4, 2018. This immersive experience will feature live entertainment, storytelling and Mexican cuisine.

*Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Separate terms and conditions apply. Some features require separate theme park admission.

The Ultimate Guide to the Halloween Time 2018 Treats at Disneyland

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IT’S TIME TO GET SPOOKY (AND HUNGRY)! Starting September 7, Halloween Time 2018 at Disneyland Resort begins and there’s even MORE treats and eats this year than ever. With new items galore and some returning favorites, your 2018 Foodie Guide is finally here! I’ve got all the details you need, including where to find all of the scary snacks you could ever want.

Across the resort you’ll see some returning items like the Candy Corn Cotton Candy, which can be found at various outdoor vending carts in both parks, as well as the Bat Cookie, which is flying into Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café at Disney California Adventure park, Market House at Disneyland park, The Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel, and Surfside Lounge at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

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For all the churro fans out there, get ready to chart your creepy course to try all of these Halloween-themed churros. There are even a couple churro-inspired desserts this year that are sure to satisfy your sweet fang… I mean sweet tooth!

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Disneyland Park Churros

  • Churros near Big Thunder Mountain – Orange Sugar Churro with Candy Corn Sauce
  • Churros near Haunted Mansion – Pumpkin Spice Churro with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – Churro Bites Cereal Sundae with fruit cereal-dusted churros, cereal milk anglaise, strawberry ice cream, and raspberry sauce
  • Golden Horseshoe – Churro Sundae with cookie butter gelato garnished with a cinnamon sugar-dusted churro and topped with cajeta and whipped cream
  • Churros near Sleeping Beauty Castle and Town Square – Maleficent Churro covered with chocolate cookie crumbles blended with colored sugar (you can even add Marshmallow Dip!)
  • Churros near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – Sour Apple Churro (with the option to add Caramel Sauce to this one!)

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Disney California Adventure Park Churros

  • Willie’s Churros – Purple, Green, and Orange Sugar Churro; Pumpkin Spice Churro
  • Churros near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – S’mores Churro with graham cracker, chocolate chips, and a marshmallow drizzle
  • Churros near Goofy’s Sky School – Purple Sugar Churro
  • Cozy Cone Motel – Pumpkin Spice Churro with Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

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Now if it’s candy you’re looking for, get your trick-or-treat bags ready for these dressed-up candies. You’ll find these sweets at Pooh Corner and Candy Palace at Disneyland park, Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure park, and Marceline’s Confectionery at the Downtown Disney District.

Halloween Candy at Disneyland Resort

  • Minnie Witch Apple
  • Jack Skellington Apple
  • Skull Apple
  • Evil Queen Apple
  • Jack Skellington Cake Pop
  • Bat Cake Pop
  • Mickey Mouse Mummy Crispy Treat
  • Oogie Boogie Crispy Treat
  • Maleficent Crispy Treat
  • Mummy Marshmallow
  • Pumpkin Fudge

In addition to churros and candy, there’s EVEN MORE Halloween-themed bites at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. Whether you’re looking for savory or sweet, we’ve got it all—from pumpkin spice beignets and apple pie sundaes to special hot dogs and soups.

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Disneyland Park

Red Rose Taverne

  • Black Rose Dessert – black truffle mousse with raspberry compote and crunch center with a candy spider

Troubadour Tavern

  • Cookie Decorating Kits

Rancho del Zocalo

  • Orange Sugar Skull Pot de Crème
  • Frozen Abuelita Horchata – frozen Mexican hot chocolate layered with frozen horchata and topped with whipped cream

Café Orleans

  • Crab & Corn Chowder

French Market

  • Halloween-Themed Dessert Trio – with worms & dirt, salted caramel pudding, and pumpkin pie
  • Mansion Spider Bundt Cake – chocolate Bundt cake with green icing and a chocolate spider

Mint Julep Bar

  • Pumpkin Spice Mickey Beignets

Bengal Barbecue

  • Musubi Special – spiced ham musubi with lemongrass jasmine rice and pineapple teriyaki sauce and served with pickled daikon and carrots topped with furikake flakes

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Carnation Café

  • Haunted Firehouse Chicken Sandwich – red pepper coulis, white cheese sauce, crispy pancetta, and arugula on yellow sliced bread

Gibson Girl

  • Apple Pie á La Mode – vanilla ice cream with warm spiced apples, crumble topping, and caramel drizzle

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Sweet Potato Hand Pie – sweet potato pie filling topped with orange white chocolate glaze and toasted mini-marshmallows
  • Cruella de Vil Brownie – brownie in a spotted cup with black dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, and a Cruella de Vil logo
  • Graveyard Cupcake – chocolate cupcake with cherry filling, dark chocolate mousse, Halloween sprinkles, and a chocolate tombstone
  • Spice Bundt Cake
  • Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Muffin
  • Mickey Mummy Macaroon

Refreshment Corner

  • Halloween Hot Dog – with spicy meatballs, cheese sauce, and oven-roasted tomatoes

Plaza Inn Restaurant

  • Main Street Mickey’s Pound Cake – pound cake filled with blueberry compote and cookie crumbles surrounded by whipped cream and garnished with black sugar and mint
  • Halloween Minnie Mouse Cake – cinnamon-praline Bundt cake with an apple center and finished with an orange glaze and sprinkles

Galactic Grill

  • Spider Parfait – chocolate cake, vanilla and chocolate pudding, and a thick layer of ganache

Alien Pizza Planet

  • Cosmic Chili Pasta – pinwheel pasta, chili, cheese, and green onion
  • Alien Spider Parfait – chocolate cake, vanilla and chocolate pudding, and a thick layer of ganache

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Disney California Adventure Park

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café

  • Sleepy Hollow Cupcake – red velvet cupcake with Headless Horseman chocolate piece

Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream

  • Purple, Orange, Green, and Black Sprinkles to Dip
  • Spider Silk Macaron Sandwich – black macaron with charcoal-tart cherry spun ice cream topped with popping candy and raspberry sauce
  • Bat Wing Raspberry Sundae – white chocolate raspberry swirl ice cream with raspberry splatter, red sprinkles, whipped cream, and bat wing cookie

Mortimer’s Market and Boudin Bread Cart

  • Mickey Bread with Fangs

Smokejumpers Grill

  • Green Apple Spell Lemonade – lemonade with sour green apple syrup, cherry popping pearls, and raspberry sauce

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Pacific Wharf Café

  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding
  • Mickey Bread with Fangs
  • Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup

Pacific Wharf Beer Truck

  • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

  • Anti Vampire Pizza – roasted garlic sauce, marinated chicken smoked gouda, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and a tomato-harissa sauce drizzle

Bayside Brews

  • ACE Pumpkin Hard Cider
  • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

Corn Dog Castle

  • Spicy Pepper Jack Dog – dipped in corn batter, drizzled with blackberry sauce, and topped with sweet pineapple salsa, pickled serranos, and crushed cheese puffs

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Award Wieners

  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cakes Fries (starting mid-September) – funnel fries dusted with pumpkin spice sugar, pumpkin spice sauce, and pumpkin spice whipped cream
  • Cookies and Cream Funnel Cake Fries – funnel fries dusted with crushed chocolate cream cookies and topped with cream cheese, chocolate cream cookie pieces, and whipped cream
  • Anaheim Brewery Oktoberfest Beer
  • Oktoberfest Dog – kielbasa sausage topped with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, Oktoberfest beer cheese, and green onions

Schmoozies

  • Croissant Donut – filled with peanut butter and jelly
  • Caramel Apple Smoothie – apple, caramel, and ice cream
  • Whoopie Pie – filled with espresso chip ice cream

Hollywood Lounge

  • Bone Chilling Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)
  • Spitfire Cider – apple cider with cinnamon whiskey
  • Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA
  • Elsyian the Great Pumpkin Imperial Ale
  • Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager
  • Mystical Michelada
  • Sour Apple Slush with Vodka
  • Green Apple Slush (non-alcoholic)
  • Supernatural Spirit – cotton candy lemonade with vodka
  • Ghoulish Delight (non-alcoholic) – cotton candy lemonade
  • Pizza Port Graveyard’s Pale Ale

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Studio Catering Truck

  • Fire Dragon Tacos – pork belly tacos with kimchi slaw, Korean BBQ sauce, and Sriracha crema

Flo’s V8 Café

  • Candy Cone Pie – cream pie with vanilla, butterscotch, and white chocolate pudding
  • Pumpkin Spice Shake

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Slow-Burnin’ Mac and Cheese Cone – fresh-cooked pasta with spicy red pepper cheese sauce topped with crushed chile-cheese puffs and served in a bread cone
  • “Spokey”-Cone Macaron – filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn

Hyperion Cart

  • ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider
  • Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest

I bet you’re DYING to eat all of these SCARY GOOD snacks now, huh? Well, get your stomachs ready, because these items will be available during Halloween Time 2018 at Disneyland Resort starting Sept. 7 through Oct. 31. So, come on out and celebrate the spookiest time of the season – and don’t forget to keep this guide handy so you can find all of your favorite Halloween eats!

Learn More About the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

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All aboard! In honor of Disneyland celebrating 63 years, we will be departing on a grand circle tour to explore the Disneyland Railroad. As an opening day attraction and one of Walt Disney’s personal favorites, this iconic experience is full of rich historical details and beautiful sights. Let’s take a closer look!

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As guests first enter Disneyland park for the day, their first sight is the elegant, Victorian-style Main Street Station. The station is framed with a centered sign including both the elevation of 138 feet above sea level and the population of Disneyland, which is updated periodically to reflect the number of guests who have visited the park since it opened in 1955. Also, in front of the station is the Kalamazoo handcar, which sits on the former passing track. A fixture in the park since 1958, the handcar was a unique addition to Walt’s collection!

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Stepping into Main Street Station, guests are treated to period details, railroad memorabilia and photos demonstrating Walt’s love of railroads. In the center of the depot, you can view a reproduction of Walt’s original Carolwood Pacific locomotive, the Lilly Belle. The original 1/8-scale “live steamer” was named for his wife, Lillian Disney, and was the main engine for the half-mile track around his family’s home in Holmby Hills.

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When boarding your train, be sure to keep an eye out for which engine will be taking you on your journey. Each of the five steam engines on this historic line has its own personality and story—some which date back to 1895! My personal favorite is Engine No. 5 – the Ward Kimball. This train is unique in that it was named not only for a railroad icon, but also for an icon of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Legend Ward Kimball was an animator, one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” and a railroad enthusiast, whose passion for the hobby helped inspire Walt’s own love of trains and railroading. If you look hard, you may see the silhouette of a familiar cricket painted somewhere near the front of the engine, displayed in homage to one of his most beloved characters!

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After leaving Main Street Station, the first stop on the Disneyland Railroad is New Orleans Square/Frontierland Station. The station features a number of buildings, including a functional water tower and a loading platform. Across the tracks from the loading station is the original Frontierland depot that existed before New Orleans Square was built. The inspiration for the original Frontierland station was the wooden depot featured in the 1949 Disney live action film, “So Dear To My Heart.” Walt Disney initially wanted to re-use the actual set piece that had been built for the film, but when he learned that his friend and fellow animator Ward Kimball had already modified it into a fully functioning building for his personal Grizzly Flats Railroad—thus making it difficult to move—Walt asked his designers to build a new one just like it.

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Continuing along the Rivers of America, guests can take in the landscapes inspired by four of America’s majestic rivers—the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Missouri and the Rio Grande. The trains travel across the rocks on a trestle that extends out over the water, passing waterfalls, wildlife and some familiar sights of the old west. If you keep an eye out, you may even be able to see some familiar logos from a ranch that once was located around these parts.

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If you’ve ever thought Mickey’s Toontown Train Depot looks familiar, there’s a reason! The station is a cartoon version inspired by the original Frontierland Station. It has the same basic design with a similar roof style and a small fenced-in section for luggage and other freight. The luggage area is especially fun and colorful with humorous suitcases and crates, including one suitcase with a sock hanging out of the top and another with dog bones popping out of the sides.

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Before returning to Main Street Station, the Disneyland Railroad makes one more stop in Tomorrowland to drop off guests in the future before heading back into the past! As you pass through the 306-foot-long Grand Canyon Diorama, be sure to keep an eye out for landscaping, ancient ruins and various examples of indigenous wildlife. As the trains move past the Grand Canyon Diorama, they make their way to another diorama, this one taking guests to the mysterious Primeval World. The Primeval World Diorama and Audio-Animatronics dinosaurs were originally designed and built by Disney for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair and were added in 1966 to enhance the Disneyland Railroad experience.

Look for the Details and Story Behind Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds

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One of the classic attractions at Disneyland park is the Matterhorn Bobsleds. Let’s take a look closer at this classic attraction!

The idea for the Matterhorn Bobsleds was inspired during the filming of the 1959 live action Disney feature film, “Third Man on the Mountain.” During filming in Zermatt, Switzerland, Walt Disney became fascinated with the Matterhorn and his thoughts turned to how he could incorporate this inspiration at Disneyland.

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When you first approach the attraction, you may notice the unique station where you wait to board the bobsleds. While the attraction was being designed and built, Walt and his Imagineers wanted guests to be able to enjoy the view of the Matterhorn, similar to how one might view it from its home town of Zermatt. Rising from the roofline is a picturesque tower, inspired by a famous clock tower near the real Matterhorn mountain. The clock tower is probably the second most famous sight in Zermatt, following the Matterhorn itself, and recreates a familiar scene of Switzerland’s famed chalets.

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Adorning the front of this quaint building are shields representing the cantons, or states, in Switzerland. The opposite side is adorned with fanciful alpine-style floral cutouts edged in brightly colored paints. The design recalls the colors and motifs found both in traditional Swiss embroidery designs as well as the decorative painted patterns found on some mountain chalets.

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As you whisk through the Matterhorn on your bobsled, you’ll pass a hoard of mountaineering supplies and collected treasures from the mountain’s past. This scene is full of historical details, including a tribute to the late Frank Wells, who was president and Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until his death in 1994.

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Racing on, you’ll encounter the growling Abominable Snowman for one last harrowing escape. This grizzly resident has been a fan-favorite since the attraction first opened 1978. In 2015, he received a transformation to give him a whole new look. Walt Disney Imagineering wanted to ensure that the mountain’s most famous resident would maintain a realistic look and even consulted with an anthropologist to give him convincing anatomy.

The Matterhorn Bobsleds – Disneyland park – Anaheim, CA – 5/8/17 (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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To put a smile on your face until you can experience the Matterhorn Bobsleds on your next visit, here is a fun perspective to think about: according to Disney legend, when King Baudouin of Belgium asked Walt Disney why the Disneyland version of the Matterhorn had holes in it, Walt replied: “Because it is a Swiss Mountain!”

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Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Ten Cold Snacks at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park

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Southern California is warm and sunny most of the year – so it’s almost always the perfect season for some cold snacks at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park! Here are the top 10 best cold snacks at Disneyland Resort.

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10. Bifrosties – Behind Schmoozies at Disney California Adventure park, Bifrosties is serving up flavored shaved ice…but only during Summer of Heroes, which ends September 10. My favorite is Spider Venom (blue raspberry and cherry with condensed milk)!

9. Caprese on Focaccia Bread – Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, lettuce, citrus aioli, basil vinaigrette and balsamic glaze combine on delicious focaccia bread for a satisfying summer lunch at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland park.

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8. Lobster Roll – If you haven’t yet found this gem at Harbour Galley in Critter Country, you are missing out! Chilled lobster salad is served on a toasted, buttered roll for a filling – but not too filling – meal.

7. Gourmet Cheese Plate and Cold Cut Plate – Enjoy these nibbles with a chilled glass of Chardonnay at Sonoma Terrace in Disney California Adventure park for a relaxing afternoon.

6. Flo’s Classic Chocolate Shake – I love a chocolate milkshake, especially when it’s topped with “Road Gravel.” And Flo’s V8 Cafe has one of my favorite outdoor dining locations in all of Disneyland Resort, where you can chill out in the shade with your shake and a spectacular view of the Cadillac Mountain Range.

5. Fanta Orange Float – Two Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream plus Fanta Orange soda equals heaven in a cup. Creamy, refreshing and colorful, this drink always has other guests asking me, “What’s that?!” That’s when I point them in the direction of Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, U.S.A.

4. Ahi Poke – You can find this traditional Hawaiian dish at a variety of locations throughout Disney California Adventure park, but I’m recommending Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel as a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Order up a serving and sit in the outside dining area, overlooking the retro-themed pools and waterslides.

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3. World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae – At Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, I ask for mine with a scoop of Cookies ‘n Cream and a scoop of Cookie Dough ice cream.

2. Cobb Salad – Hands down, without question, the Cobb Salad at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., is my favorite salad. Not just at the Disneyland Resort – anywhere. I don’t know if it’s some magic with the salad itself or the iconic location, but in my opinion, you can’t beat it.

1. Boysen Apple Freeze – Sharing the top spot with Red’s Apple Freeze (its cousin at Disney California Adventure park), Boysen Apple Freeze wins the top spot for me because it is refreshing and a bit lighter – made with frozen apple juice, a hint of wild berry and topped with passion fruit foam.

What are your favorite cold snacks at Disneyland Resort on a hot day?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Fourteen Best Roller Coasters at Disney Parks Around the World

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Not everyone thinks of thrill rides and roller coasters when they think of Disney World or any of the Disney Parks, but when it comes to immersive, high-energy thrill rides – Disney Parks do it better than anyone. Millions of our guests “get their coaster on” at Disney Parks around the world every day. Although it’s hard to narrow down our favorites, here are the fourteen best roller coasters at Disney Parks all over the world!

  1. Space Mountain – A classic. From Disneyland Resort in Anaheim to Hong Kong Disneyland and everywhere in between, this indoor coaster has dipped and tripped guests on a one-of-a-kind outer space adventure. At Disneyland Paris, you can find the Star Wars version of the attraction, Hyperspace Mountain; and a ghoulish version shows up at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween called Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
  1. TRON Lightcycle Power Run – An ode to the hit Disney films, “TRON” and “TRON: Legacy,” guests of Shanghai Disney Resort hop on the iconic lightcyles and Experience high-speed thrills and chills as the Grid comes alive in a heart-pounding race for survival. And we just announced its inclusion in Magic Kingdom Park here at Walt Disney World – VERY exciting!
  1. Barnstormer, Featuring the Great Goofini – Much more my speed. Located in Storybook Circus at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, The Great Goofini is known for his aerial expertise and high-flying stunts. Perfect for smaller visitors, Barnstormer has guests rolling through some of his most iconic swoops and swirls – at a graceful pace.
  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – a HUGE hit at Magic Kingdom Park and now the toast of Shanghai Disney Resort. Guests “rock” and “roll” through scenes from Dwarfs’ mine – showcasing characters and songs from the iconic film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” You haven’t lived until you’ve heard “Heigh Ho” sung in Mandarin!
  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Amid rugged bedrock and desert cactus, venture inside a nearly 200-foot mountain to the Big Thunder Mining Company, established in the early days of America’s Gold Rush. Traipse down into an abandoned mine shaft and discover a mysterious 5-car locomotive waiting to take you on a journey inside an abandoned shaft. Guests around the world love this attraction with versions at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.

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  1. Expedition Everest – A trek through the Himalayas and “The Forbidden Mountain,” no coaster tour of Walt Disney World Resort would be complete without a ride on Expedition Everest. Walt Disney Imagineers spent years researching legends and myths of Southeast Asia to be able to accurately immerse guests into this world. The views from the climb to the top are some of the most exquisite on Walt Disney World Resort property. It makes you anticipate and appreciate the inevitable thrills and chills as you fall even more.
  1. California Screamin’ – One of the icons of Disney California Adventure park, this ode to the classic wooden roller coaster can be seen for miles around. With Mickey Mouse’s cute face watching, guests almost forget going through the 120-foot plunge to 360-degree loop. Almost.

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  1. Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril – Guests of Disneyland Paris can re-create their favorite mine car scene “Temple of Doom”-style as they twist and turn through dark, cursed ruins.
  1. Crush’s Coaster – Guests of Walt Disney Studios Paris join Crush and friends in Toon Studio®, where they board turtle shells and prepare for a ride through memorable moments from the the Disney•Pixar film, “Finding Nemo.” This is a REALLY cool ride for younger and young-at-heart guests alike.
  1. Raging Spirits – A hallmark attraction of Tokyo DisneySea, this is a high-speed rollercoaster attraction racing through the excavated ruins of an ancient ceremonial site. This thrilling ride will turn your world upside down – literally.
  1. Matterhorn Bobsleds – Another Disneyland classic – taking guests twisting and turning through the Swiss Alps. As guests swoop in and out of shadowy caves and along jagged rocky ledges; throttle through icy chutes and around frozen precipices, the “real” danger is not in the landscape. I won’t spoil it for newbies who haven’t ridden yet. Opening in 1959, the Matterhorn Bobsleds was the very first tubular steel roller coaster in the world.
  1. Water Coasters – Those looking for a wetter coaster experience look no further than Disney Parks. Crush ‘n’ Gusher at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park pushes and splashes guests through 400-foot-long tubes with uphill climbs and a plunge into Hideaway Bay at the end. And we can’t forget the water coasters aboard our Disney Cruise Line ships – the AquaDuck aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and the AquaDunk aboard the Disney Magic give Disney Cruise Line guests a ride they will never forget.
  1. Gadget’s Go Coaster – Another attraction for the entire family, this engaging “coaster” is based on the work of the character Gadget Hackwrench from the Disney animated series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Guests of both Disneyland Resort in California and Tokyo Disney Resort can enjoy its family-friendly twists, turns, humps and bumps.
  1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Starring Aerosmith – A game changer in indoor rollercoasters, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster features one of the fastest rides at Disney Parks paired with a one-of-a-kind soundtrack. Guests of both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris know to “hang on” when the 0-to-60-MPH launch starts.

Which of these do you think are the best roller coasters at Disney Parks? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote.