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Take a Look at The Fifth Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Anaheim

On Wednesday night, I was invited to attend the grand opening press event for the newest in Anaheim entertainment, the Fifth Rooftop Bar and Lounge, which is atop the Grand Legacy Hotel (where Matt and I will be staying next month for my birthday trip to Disneyland). The Fifth is the only rooftop bar in Anaheim, which is crazy because it is definitely an awesome place to have a rooftop bar, as you have amazing views of the Disney parks. That is the main selling point of the Fifth, the incredible views, but they also have some tasty beverages and small bites.

Here is their menu of specialty cocktails…

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…and their champagne cocktails. Any bar that has a separate menu for champagne cocktails is okay by me!

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My Disney bestie Brianna accompanied me to the event and she sampled the That Old Rye. I am not a whisky/bourbon girl so it didn’t sound appealing to me, but Brianna liked it (though apparently it was a little sweet for her liking). I had the Champina, which tasted like a pina coloda with champagne in it. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. The only problem is I could have easily had ten of them before realizing I was all of the sudden drunk. I didn’t actually do that…this time.

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While we enjoyed our cocktails, we took in the amazing view of both Disneyland and California Adventure. There is a glass wall up around the edge of the bar so the views are pretty unobstructed.

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The Fifth also offers some small bites to snack on. We tried the tater tots, and they were pretty yummy.

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The main event of the evening was the Disneyland Forever fireworks viewing. The Fifth has an amazing view of the show. Honestly, I don’t even think you get a view like this if you are at one of the hotels on Disney property.

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The only downside to watching the fireworks from the bar is that you don’t get the music (though they did have a DJ playing it at the event, I’m not sure if that is a nightly occurrence). But you get to enjoy a cocktail while you watch, so that definitely makes up for the lack of music (in my mind).

In general, I was very impressed with the ambiance of the bar, and the cocktails and food that we tried. The main downside for me was that there were quite a few kids in the lounge area. I understand the clientele for a hotel in the Disneyland area is going to be families, but for me, if I am going to be hanging out at a place that brands itself as a bar, I’m expecting to be able to enjoy some adult conversation. The Fifth has some large lawn type games set up, which would totally be fun to play as an adult with friends, but with kids around, they were the ones playing them, and rather loudly. The service was also a little bit on the slow side, though I think that is to be expected at any new bar or restaurant. Everyone on staff was very friendly and helpful when you were talking to them and ordering.

Since we already have plans to stay at the Grand Legacy in July, we will definitely be making a trip up to the Fifth again. I’m hoping they will have tightened up on service at that point, but really we will be going there for the drinks and the fireworks. At this time, it looks as if the Fifth is only going to be open to hotel guests staying at the Grand Legacy, though that could definitely change as the bar becomes more popular. I will be sure to include my thoughts on my second trip to the bar in July!

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Spotlight On: Red Car Trolley News Boys

When you think of entertainment at the Disneyland Resort, you probably think of the plethora of nighttime spectaculars, everything from Fantasmic! to World of Color to Paint the Night to the fireworks. And there is no denying the awesomeness of those shows, I love them all. But there are tons of amazing daytime entertainment options available at the Disneyland Resort as well, and sometimes they get lost in the shuffle. Today I want to share one of my favorites: the Red Car Trolley News Boys. That is obviously way too long for me to continue to type over and over, so from now on, they are the News Boys. The News Boys take their inspiration from the Disney film and Broadway show Newsies, both of which I love, and their 1920’s garb and peppy songs fit right in with the vibe of Buena Vista Street at California Adventure, which is where the show is staged. You can catch multiple performances of the show throughout the day, so make sure you check the current entertainment schedule when you get to the park. Here are just some of the reasons the News Boys are the coolest:




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Ways to Beat the Heat at the Disneyland Resort

It is officially the first day of summer, and here in So Cal that means a couple of things: school is out so the tourist destinations are packed, Disneyland is in its busiest season of the year, and it is hot–we are seriously in the middle of a brutal heat wave and it is no bueno. While I have many fond memories of summer trips to Disneyland (most importantly, my annual birthday trips), summer at the park can be very unfun if you are not prepared for the heat (and the crowds). Here are some of my tips to beat the heat when it comes to summer in the park:





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Share it Sunday!

Hello and welcome to another episode of Share it Sunday, on Saturday! I hope you all had a wonderful and productive week. I know it was a busy one for me! Before we get to my faves from around the web this week, here’s what you might have missed on Falon Loves Life!

I shared my bucket list of must do summer events in Los Angeles…

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And I recapped Squirt’s transportation themed second birthday party (seriously, where did the time go?!?!)…

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And now for my faves from around the interwebz!

I absolutely love this sewing table turned drinks station from The Home I Create…

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And I am super in love with this DIY Zipper Pouch from The Casual Craftlete…

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Little Free Monkeys shared this Ikea dresser hack that turned out so cute!

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I will definitely be making some of these Lego boxes for future road trips, thanks to Housewife Eclectic…

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And I was super excited to contribute to this post on top tips for parents at Disneyland over at the Happiest Blog on Earth!

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Thanks for sharing another great week with me, and I hope to see you back next week!

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My Los Angeles Summer Bucket List

As I’m sure you have realized, summer is upon us. In the past, summer meant a lot of sleeping until noon, day drinking, and doing all kinds of cool shit that you just can’t do during the school year. Now summer means finding activities to keep Squirt happy and occupied, preferably with air conditioning. (You know what I just realized? My whole life is now like summer! No school ever again!) Lucky for us, we live in one of the most entertaining cities on the planet, and despite the fact that I have lived here my whole life, there are tons of LA things I have never done. So I put together a bucket list of items for us to do this summer. Most of them will involve Squirt, but some will be just for Mom and Dad, because sanity is important y’all. Some of these things I have done before, but a lot of them will be new experiences (some it’s been so long it might as well be new). I’m sure I will be blogging about most, if not all of them, so stay tuned to see how they go!

  1. Attend a comedy show: There’s about a billion comedy clubs in LA, and while I have seen improv shows, I have never seen stand up, so that’s what I would aim for.
  2. Take Squirt to a Dodger game: He did make it to two last year, but he is much more aware now so I think he would have more fun. Also, I must do everything in my power to make sure he doesn’t turn out to be a stinky Giants fan like his dad.
  3. Go to the LA Zoo: I haven’t been in forever, and Squirt has never been, so that should be a fun first time experience.
  4. Go see Shakespeare in the Park: The Independent Shakespeare Co. does some really stellar Shakespeare productions at one of the coolest parks around, can’t wait to see what they do this summer.
  5. Go to a concert in the park at Descanso Gardens: We love Descanso during the day, so I’m sure their evening concerts will be great!
  6. Read four new books: This one actually seems daunting, to be honest.
  7. Have a picnic at the Griffith Observatory: Some of the best views in LA!
  8. Go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl: We did just see The Little Mermaid there, but I would also like to attend a concert that is part of the Bowl season.
  9. Try three new restaurants: In LA that should be easy, but I don’t like change, so we’ll see how it goes.
  10. Eat lunch at the LA Farmer’s Market: Eating is involved, so it must be a good one.
  11. Go shopping at the Melrose Trading Post: I’m not sure how I haven’t already done this, but this one will be new for me.
  12. Go to the Last Bookstore: Again, not sure how I have not been to this place, but I’m looking forward to it!
  13. Take Squirt to the LA Children’s Museum: This one was a fave of mine as a kid, but I haven’t been in years.
  14. Take a walk along the Venice Boardwalk: The site of my first tattoo….we’ll leave it at that.
  15. Go wine tasting in Malibu: No explanation needed.
  16. Rent a paddleboat at Echo Park Lake: I’ll leave the actual paddling to Matt, obvs.

Boom. Summer planned! Let’s see how many of these bad boys we can check off the list! If you live in LA, or are visiting this summer, feel free to print out the checklist and join me on my quest!


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A Transportation Themed Birthday Party

Holy shitballs, guys. I officially have a two year old. How the eff did that happen? Yes, I realize how cliche this statement is, but for reals the past two years have flown by. Where did the time go?!?!? God, I sound old. Originally we weren’t going to do any sort of big party for Squirt’s second birthday, but then we figured, it’s our first weekend of summer (and my first weekend as a FORMER teacher) and we decided to just go for it. I didn’t get to spend as much time planning this party as I would have liked since I was also in the midst of cleaning out my classroom and wrapping up end of the year school stuff, but I think it turned out pretty cute. Squirt is seriously into all things transportation these days (don’t know where he got that from, definitely not Matt or me) so we went with the car and truck theme for the party. Side note: I already was feeling the pressure (totally self-imposed) to throw an awesome party since that’s, you know, MY JOB now, and I was still teaching the whole time I was planning. I can only imagine what that pressure is going to feel like as the years go on.




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Share it Sunday!

Hello folks and happy weekend to you! I haven’t had the chance to do one of these in a while, but now that it’s summer I have a little more free time on my hands, which means time to spread the love! Before we take a look at some of the awesome goods I found on the interwebz this week, here’s a recap of what happened here at Falon Loves Life!

I showed you how I made these perfect-for-summer tiki themed Minnie ears…

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I gave my honest review of the new Frozen Live at the Hyperion Theater musical spectacular…

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And I recapped the totally awesome The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl…

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Busy week! But I still had time to troll for sweet posts for you guys to check out! Here are my faves:

Even though this is a little rustic for my taste, I love the idea of using these washtubs and an old door as an outdoor beverage station, courtesy of Scavenger Chic.

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I am all about metallics and all about plants I can’t kill, so this potted succulent from As the Bunny Hops is perfect for me.

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I just had the most amazing s’more bar from a local bakery, so I was super stoked to find this recipe from The Kim Six Fix.

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what dad wouldn’t love this Star Wars themed printable card from Carrie Elle?

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So a lot of times I pin things or put things on my craft to do list with no real intentional of ever making them for myself, but this idea is so easy, I’m totally going to make some of my own! I mean, how cute is this candle from Crafty Lumberjacks? Plus think of all the color and word options you have here, the possibilities are endless.

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Thanks for stopping by today, and hopefully all week! We have some more awesome summer themed posts coming your way next week so stay tuned!

 

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