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Celebrate the Season at Disneyland with It’s a Small World Holiday

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Where better to celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort than on the happiest cruise that ever sailed? The façade at “it’s a small world” gets a festive makeover this time of year, featuring thousands of brilliant lights and a Santa hat atop the clock face. Filled to the brim with colorful characters and festive décor, “it’s a small world” Holiday offers seasons greetings from more than 300 children around the world. Sailing along these wondrous waterways, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller details. So, let’s hop in, sing along and look closer at some of the special elements of this beloved attraction.

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Seasonal touches appear all around you as soon as your ship sets sail. The voyage begins in the northern regions, where snowflakes sparkle and letters addressed to Santa are scattered about. The distinct silhouette of Mr. Claus himself is visible in the upstairs window of a quaint snow-covered cottage.

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Then, float over to Europe, where two ceremonial guards dressed in scarlet and gold await your arrival. On a perch adorned with holly and tinsel stands one of these two Yeoman Warders, protectors of the Tower of London commonly known as Beefeaters. In fact, Beefeaters themselves are often represented in Christmas ornaments and décor.

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Soon, journey to Asia, where everything is completely decked out for Lunar New Year. Check out the vivid neon dragon positioned amongst fireworks, hand fans and celebratory drummers. Dragons are especially important this time of year, as the dragon dance has long been an essential part of Chinese festivals.

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Passing through South America and Mexico, glance upwards to spot three familiar faces, the Three Caballeros! Donald Duck, José Carioca and Panchito play various musical instruments as piñatas twirl overhead. While these three best friends can be found at “it’s a small world” any time of year, be sure to catch them over at the limited-time Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party. There, they host the party from atop a colorful float adorned with streamers to celebrate the holidays, culture and friendship.

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Faster than you can say “Mele Kalikimaka,” the Hawaiian phrase for “Merry Christmas,” your boat takes a turn towards the Pacific Islands. Mermaids joyfully sing “Jingle Shells,” their rendition of the famous holiday classic. Spot Ariel and two of her sisters, Adrina and Attina, swaying along to the music. Careful observers will notice the plate of fish beneath them, marked “for Santa.”

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Devoted Disney fans will remember how much Lilo & Stitch adore Elvis. For an extra special holiday touch, look out for an Elvis bobble head in front of the dynamic duo as the group catches a wave together.

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The next section of the attraction truly captures the spirit of America. You are nearing home now, but keep your eyes peeled for a few furry friends! Every so often, gophers dressed in Santa hats pop out from a snowy knoll to say hello to visitors passing by. Across the way, look closely at the three Native Americans to discover an unexpected treat in their hands: popcorn! In fact, the practice of popping corn was common among Native Americans even hundreds of years ago.

This time of year especially, “it’s a small world” Holiday reminds us to appreciate our differences and unite in the bonds of song, friendship and happiness. Thanks for coming along with us on the happiest cruise that ever sailed, we wish you a very merry holiday season!

Kick Off 2019 with Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration at Disneyland

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To commemorate 90 years of Mickey Mouse, the Disneyland Resort will kick off 2019 with Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration!

Starting January 2019, guests will be invited to the biggest celebration of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Disneyland history. Get Your Ears On will celebrate the beloved Mickey and Minnie, with exciting new entertainment and décor at Disneyland park, plus limited-time food and beverage offerings and festive event merchandise.

Here’s how Disneyland will be celebrating:

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“Mickey’s Mix Magic”: The night will light up at Disneyland park with a new high-energy projection show, celebrating Mickey Mouse and creating a family-fun dance party atmosphere throughout the park. State-of-the-art projections, lighting and lasers will transform Main Street, U.S.A., the water screens of the Rivers of America and the façade of “it’s a small world” into a colorful, dazzling array of sights and sounds, with “DJ” Mickey spinning dance-tastic twists on favorite Disney melodies. And on select nights, “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will go sky high when the show is enhanced with the addition of fireworks. “Mickey’s Mix Magic,” will debut on Jan. 18.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade: This popular parade returns with a rockin’ new opening to kick off the party—Mickey Mouse will lead the way in a new larger-than-life opening, inspired by classic Mickey pull toys. Chip ‘n’ Dale will arrive with a giant celebration cake, as Mickey leads a whimsical musical procession of Disney characters. “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” returns to Disneyland park on Jan. 25.

Valentine’s Month: Celebrate the love of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse during Valentine’s month! Disneyland park will feature lovely, festive Valentine’s décor, including a new Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests may also choose to partake in Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, a special scavenger hunt experience in Disneyland park. Once guests have purchased a commemorative map and stickers at select merchandise locations, they may search for the hidden valentines that Minnie has left for Mickey around the park. Valentine’s Month at Disneyland park kicks off Jan. 22 through Feb. 18.

Food, beverage, merchandise and more: Specialty food, beverage, novelty items and merchandise will be available for a limited time, including “classic” Mickey- and Minnie-shaped foods with new festive twists, exclusive Get Your Ears On-themed treats and Valentine-inspired specialty items. In addition, limited edition celebration merchandise will be available for all ages, including apparel, pins, plush, and of course, Mickey and Minnie ears.

Join us at the Disneyland Resort as we celebrate 90 years of magic with the legendary duo that started it all!

Seven Reasons to Plan a Holiday Vacation at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

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Seven Reasons to Plan a Holiday Vacation at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

There’s nothing quite like the spending the holidays in the merriment and magic of Disneyland Resort – and making the most of it by staying in one of three on-property hotels. Here are seven sparkling ways you can make memories with your family and friends this holiday season, now through January 6, 2019:

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Christmas Trees, Décor and More: The Craftsman-inspired décor at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa extends to the holiday decorations, from natural garlands to the towering Christmas tree lit with “arts and crafts” lanterns. The midcentury Disneyland Hotel receives a retro-holiday look with silver trees and bright colors. The nautical theming at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features blue, green and silver holiday décor—along with shells and starfish garland—to create a seaside holiday setting.

“Grand” Gingerbread House and Holiday Treats: A highlight at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the giant gingerbread replica of the hotel, right in the lobby. Standing 7 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the structure is created from more than 600 pounds of gingerbread, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 250 pounds of fondant, 1 pound of “pixie dust” glitter and features 25 hidden Mickeys! Nearby, you may purchase sweet treats such as Mickey snowflake cookies from the lobby’s holiday cart.

Santa Claus and Carolers: This year, Santa will visit each hotel from November 22 through December 24. Hotel guests are encouraged to meet, greet and take a seat with St. Nick! Also delightful are the joyful sounds of vocal performers and holiday carolers strolling throughout the holiday season at each resort hotel.*

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Extra Magic Hour: With easy, convenient access to both parks, guests staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will make the most of their visit with Extra Magic Hour admission with their valid theme park ticket. Extra Magic Hour offers admission to a designated theme park one hour earlier than the general public, and is only available for guests who stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. **

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Christmas Trees Delivered In Room: Parents, you can enlist Santa’s secret helpers to bring the spirit of the season right to your hotel room, surprising the kids with a 4-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree, holiday décor and gift baskets with candy canes, gingerbread-flavored popcorn and frosted pretzels. Afterward, the family’s tree—including all the ornaments—can be shipped home.***

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Holiday Shopping: Gift shops at each hotel offer unique Disney treasures. Additional shopping is just steps from the hotels at the Downtown Disney District, a destination of its own with dining, entertainment and retail options. A must-visit site for Disney fans is the newly reimagined, 40,000 square-foot World of Disney. This store was redesigned to make shopping even easier and more entertaining with touches of pixie dust in the displays and merchandise collections. Other favorite boutiques are the Disney Home store and The Disney Dress Shop, which opened in 2018. Other shopping destinations include Sephora, PANDORA Jewelry and Curl Surf.

Vacation Values: It’s a season of savings with up to 25 percent off select rooms at Hotels of the Disneyland Resort for select Sunday-Thursday nights through December 20, 2018. Guests can save up to 20 percent on standard rooms and 25 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa; up to 15 percent on standard rooms and 20 percent on premium rooms at Disneyland Hotel, and up to 10 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Book through December 16, 2018. To find out more, please visit disneylandresort.com.

The holiday festivities at the Disneyland Resort take place Nov. 9, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019. When is your holiday vacation at a Disneyland Resort Hotel?

*Check Entertainment Guide for performance times.

** Extra Magic Hour valid for registered Disneyland® Resort Hotel Guests for admission to the designated theme park before the park opens to the general public. Check Disneyland.com for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel Guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and attractions and services availability may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

***Additional costs apply.

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights through 12/20/18. Book through 12/6/18; travel must be completed by 12/21/18. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Paradise, Artisan, Junior and Regal suites. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation, and occupancy restrictions apply per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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!

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. 

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!

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

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  • 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

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  • 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!

Popcorn Buckets and More Halloween 2018 Souvenirs at Disney Parks

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Calling all ghouls and ghosts who love Disney-themed food novelties – Halloween is almost here at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, and this year we’ve got a whole new set of novelty items for you to enjoy! Available at various times throughout the Halloween season, you never know when they will materialize … and remember – these popular novelties sell out fast, so be on the lookout and keep this guide to many of the Halloween 2018 souvenirs at Disney Parks handy during your search!

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First up is the Happy Halloween 2018 Base Popcorn Bucket –this year’s design features Mickey and Minnie all decked out in their Halloween best as well as Chip and Dale as adorable little bats! A similar design is featured on the Happy Halloween 2018 Base Travel Mug. The base popcorn bucket can be found at various popcorn locations across Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom ParkDisney’s Animal KingdomEpcot, and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. The base travel mug will be available as a non-refillable mug available across Disneyland Resort, while the base travel mug at Walt Disney World Resort will be available as a refillable mug (only refillable for the duration of your stay) available at all resort hotels across property.

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Only available at Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort is the Disney California Adventure Oogie Boogie Base Popcorn Bucket. Featuring everyone’s favorite villain from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” and even a familiar Headless Horseman, you’ll find this base popcorn bucket at the Buena Vista, Grizzly Peak, Pixar Pier, and Hyperion Popcorn Carts.

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Do you remember last year’s Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket? Well, I’ve got good news! This popular bucket is returning again this year to Disneyland Resort! Roll the dice with your popcorn-filled Oogie Boogie available at the Disney California Adventure park Popcorn Carts and at the New Orleans Popcorn Cart at Disneyland park.

But that’s not all – a new version of this popular bucket will be available exclusively at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort – and later in the season at Disneyland Resort.

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Double, double toil and trouble – get ready to cast some spells, brew a potion, and make that delicious popcorn disappear with the new Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket. Starting mid-September, this light-up bucket will be available at Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort and all four parks and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort! And it even features a Hidden Mickey … but you’ll have to find that one on your own!

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The Poison Apple Glow Cube is also back again this year in three different colors! You’ll find this spooky light-up cube floating in specialty drinks on both coasts. At Walt Disney World Resort, get the Green Poison Apple Glow Cube at AbracadaBar at Disney’s BoardWalk or Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs. At Disneyland Resort, you’ll find Green and Red Poison Apple Glow Cubes at various locations throughout Disneyland Resort. But there’s also a new color this year – a Purple Poison Apple Glow Cube! This one is available exclusively at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park.

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If the cube just isn’t enough, though, you can get the Green Poison Apple Stein! You’ll find it throughout Disneyland Resort as well as various outdoor vending locations throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

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The Headless Horseman Straw Clip returns this year as well. You’ll find him galloping around at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and throughout the Disneyland Resort!

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Get ready to burn rubber with the Tire Pumpkin Straw – the ultimate “Haul-o-ween” novelty. Inspired by Halloween at Cars Land, you’ll find this light-up straw at the Cozy Cone Motel and Flo’s V8 Café at Disney California Adventure park. And what’s more – they’ve driven on over to Walt Disney World Resort too! Find them at various quick-service locations throughout Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Remember – these amazingly spooktacular Halloween novelties are quite popular and are only available while supplies last! These novelty items will be available at various times throughout September and October at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort begins August 17. Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort begins September 7.

All Disneyland Resort 2018 Halloween Premium and Base Popcorn Buckets and 2018 Halloween Travel Mugs are non-refillable. All Walt Disney World Resort 2018 Halloween Premium and Base Popcorn Buckets are refillable during your length of stay for $1.75 per refill. Walt Disney World Resort 2018 Halloween Travel Mugs are refillable during your length of stay.

All of the novelty items listed above are only available for a limited time while supplies last. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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.