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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

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!

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. 

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. 

New Incredibles Float Joins Paint the Night Parade at Disney California Adventure

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The fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade at Disney California Adventure park is currently dazzling audiences during the limited-time Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort. This electrifying parade uses more than 1 million brilliant lights, high-energy music and cutting edge special effects featuring many beloved Disney and Pixar pals. A new Incredibles float will be added to the Paint the Night Parade at Disney California Adventure Park on June 23, 2018.

Joining “Paint the Night” on June 23 is a new float inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2.” The Parr family and their pal Frozone will make their debut in this spectacular parade with high-tech, pop-art effects.

Here’s how the fun and excitement of The Incredibles float will be brought to life:

  • The dynamic and colorful new float connects both “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2,” picking up where the first film left off and portraying the scene that shows the Parr family banding together against the supervillain known as “The Underminer.”
  • Violet Parr uses her super powers to surround herself with a “force field.” It will come to life through a custom-built persistence-of-vision (POV) globe – the first and largest ever to be installed on a Disney parade float.
  • Dash’s super-human speed is captured through an innovative system of 64 individually lit frames, flashing as he races in circles around the float.
  • Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible, along with their pal Frozone, light up the night in new super suits. The suits have been installed and wired by hand and are fully programmable to be in sync with the music and the float lighting.
  • The super suits, designed by eccentric fashion designer Edna Mode, are illuminated with nearly 100 sheets of flexible, miniature LEDs. This is the first time these light-up suits will be worn by any Disney or Pixar character.
  • The chest logos on the Incredibles’ glowing super suits are made up of 60 individually programmable LEDs.

This “super” float joins “Paint the Night” this summer during Pixar Fest, the limited-time celebration happening now through September 3. Pixar Pier will also welcome guests at Disney California Adventure park on June 23.

Be sure to catch “Incredibles 2” in theaters now!

(Thanks Disney Parks Blog)

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. 

Lamplight Lounge to Serve Gastro-Pub Cuisine and Cocktails at Pixar Pier

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There’s a hot new spot coming to Disney California Adventure park! Located at the entrance of Pixar PierLamplight Lounge will be a stylish, fun place to hang out with the whole family. The lounge will be serving up playfully presented California casual gastro-pub cuisine and unique signature cocktails.

Disney’s culinary team has been hard at work cooking up a spectacular menu, and they shared a sneak peek at some of the delicious items you can taste when Pixar Pier opens on June 23.

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Starting with “Shorts” to Share – also known as appetizers – the Potato Skins will make for the perfect crunchy snack to start off your meal. Made with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, these skins come with brown butter-caper yogurt, smoked paprika aïoli, and Manchego cheese.

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If creative sushi is more your style, then the Carne Asada Roll will be right up your alley, with New York grilled strip steak, roasted Fresno chili salsa, escabeche, and crema.

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For the Bigger Bites menu, a vegetarian entrée will take the “lamplight” – the Spinach Salad! This salad consists of curly spinach with warm wild mushrooms, a soft poached egg, charred onion vinaigrette, shiitake “bacon,” and blue cheese toast.

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Another featured entrée will be the Chicken Sandwich. This savory, spicy sandwich comes with crispy chicken with spicy chili glaze, vinegar slaw, and pineapple butter and served on an Amish bun alongside malted fries.

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On the kids menu, “Budding Artists” will love the PB&J Roll! A fun twist on a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this creamy peanut butter and whole wheat “roll” comes drizzled with strawberry jelly. It’s also served with fresh fruit and a flower pot of hummus and veggies.

Lamplight Lounge and Pixar Pier are set to officially open later this summer at Disney California Adventure park. This expansive reimagining will transform the shores of Paradise Bay with your favorite Pixar stories. Other exciting food and beverage locations coming to Pixar Pier include Poultry Palace, Señor Buzz Churros, Angry Dogs, and the recently-opened Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats.

Lamplight Lounge opens on June 23, and if these dishes are making you hungry, then you’ll be excited to know that reservations are now open! Reservations can be made on the Disneyland Resort website or by calling (714) 781-DINE (714 781-3463) between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily Pacific Time.

(Thanks Disney Parks Blog!)

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. 

Pixar Pier to Include Four Neighborhoods Inspired by Pixar Stories

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When Pixar Pier opens later this summer in Disney California Adventure park, guests will find four whimsical neighborhoods inspired by beloved Pixar stories. Here’s a bit more detail on what to expect at Pixar Pier!

Incredibles Park – Inspired by “The Incredibles,” Incredibles Park will be an inviting plaza featuring mid-century modern design aesthetics. Guests will enter through an archway where the iconic Incredibles logo will be seen overhead. Once inside, the new Incredicoaster will take you on a thrilling race alongside the Parr family. A combination of character figures, lighting, music and special effects will bring all the action to life! Upon exiting the attraction, the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums stand will tempt guests with freshly-baked treats.

Toy Story Boardwalk – Adjacent to Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk will be themed to “Toy Story.” Guests will be shrunk down to the size of a toy on the fan-favorite Toy Story Midway Mania! Jessie the yodeling cowgirl will invite you for a rootin’ tootin’ spin on Jessie’s Critter Carousel (opening in 2019). At Poultry Palace, big appetites and small fries alike can enjoy a fun meal inspired by Pixar’s short, “Toy Story Toon: Small Fry.” There will even be a fun-sized Zurg—perfect for photo ops! You can also stop by Señor Buzz Churros, where Buzz has switched into Spanish mode to offer this classic treat. ¡Delicioso!

Pixar Promenade – This charming seaside promenade inspired by classic turn-of-the-century California boardwalks will celebrate the heartwarming stories and beloved characters from all of Pixar’s films. The focal point of Pixar Promenade will be the Pixar Pal-A-Round. This reimagining of a guest favorite will still include the iconic face of Mickey Mouse on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. But now, each of the 24 gondolas will feature different pairs of Pixar pals!

Pixar Promenade will also feature the Games of the Boardwalk, offering guests a chance to test their skills and win a prize. The four colorful game booths will include Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss, Wall-E Space Race, La Luna Star Catcher and Bullseye Stallion Stampede. Also featured along the promenade will be a classic band-shell stage, ideal for musical entertainment acts and encounters with your favorite Pixar characters. Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff will feature delightful confections, including saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy. For some savory bites, head over to Angry Dogs, where the dogs heat up as Anger from “Inside Out” burns with rage!

Inside Out Headquarters – Located on the western end of the pier, the lush and colorful area inspired by “Inside Out” will be known as Inside Out Headquarters. This playground for the emotions will feature a whimsical family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date.

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.