The Main Street Electrical Parade Comes Home!

You guys. I literally CAN’T EVEN. If you grew up going to Disneyland in the 80’s and early 90’s, then there is no doubt that you have some pretty epic memories of the Main Street Electrical Parade (from here on in referred to as MSEP). I have so many memories of watching the nighttime spectacular, and before Fantasmic came along, it was my favorite part of nights at Disneyland. I was devastated when the parade left in 1996, and though it came back to California Adventure in the early 2000’s, it was just never the same (also, I never went to DCA then because it was lame and I wasn’t old enough to drink yet).

I have to say, one of the main reasons I was bummed about Paint the Night not becoming a regular fixture is because I thought PTN would become Squirt’s MSEP, something so epic and visually stunning that he would remember it well into his adulthood (where he WILL continue to love Disney or so help me…). I am still a little bummed/annoyed by all the ambiguity around PTN’s future at Disneyland, but it was partially eased a couple of months ago when we got the news that MSEP was coming back to Disneyland!!! Cue the music and the tears! As soon as its arrival date was announced, I booked dining reservations for preferred seating and started counting down the days.

Of course, the day of the parade’s public premiere (those willing to fork over $100 for the advanced premiere party saw it the night before the rest of the public) dawned cold and rainy. Cold is fine, but rain is a no go for the MSEP. But I already had reservations, and conveniently Matt had a conference in OC that same night, so I bundled up Squirt in about five sweatshirts (since I sure as hell am not spending money on a raincoat for my toddler in Southern California) and we headed down to the parks. Luckily the rain was just a light drizzle most of the day, but it was enough to totally derail the on the go meal option at Aladdin’s Oasis, which meant I got an anytime preferred seating Fast Pass instead of the usual timed and dated one. And even more luckily, the rain cleared up just in time for the parade to be able to run. Not gonna lie y’all, when this train came around the corner, there were some tears.

I loved watching the MSEP so much, that I went back the next night and used my Fast Pass! Two nights in a row of pure childhood nostalgia. Seriously, I loved every second of it!

To be fair, Squirt couldn’t have cared less about the MSEP. Maybe because he was tired or cold or thinking back to the technological wonder that is PTN, but he was not impressed. Granted, he is two and a half so we’ll give him that.

Despite Squirt’s completely lukewarm reaction to one of the defining highlights of my childhood, I was thrilled to welcome MSEP back to its rightful home. Also, it was super fun to see others in their mid 30’s-40’s as excited as we were when we were kids. THAT is the magic of Disney, folks.

The MSEP is only back in town for a limited time, and as of right now is scheduled to depart Disneyland for good on June 18, 2017. One can assume that this will be the final run of the parade (which had stints at both DCA and Disney World after leaving Disneyland originally), but with Disney you never know. I do know that I am going to be soaking up as much of the parade as humanly possible while it is here because my love is deep. Also, I am super excited to see what Disneyland has in store for its upcoming retro/MSEP themed AP Days, which are starting in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more info on that!

If you want to see more shots and videos from the parade, make sure you like my Facebook page as I will be adding in new media each time I see the parade! For now, here’s a little snippet of the beginning!

Do you have fond childhood memories of the MSEP? Will you be making a visit to the parks in the coming months to see it again? If so, let me know (I’ll probably come with you!) in the comments!

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Halloween Food List Check InĀ 

It’s hard to believe, but the month of October is almost halfway over! Seriously, where has the time gone?!?! A few weeks ago I devised a checklist of all of the Halloween Time sweets and treats I wanted to try this fall at the Disneyland Resort. I have been making pretty good headway, but I do still have a few items to squeeze in before the end of the month. Guess I am going to have to make some special trips to the park (aw shucks!). Today I want to focus on the goodies I have been able to try so far and give you some of my thoughts!

First is the maple creme brulee from Jolly Holiday at Disneyland. This is one of my favorite things I have eaten at Disneyland ever. I am a big fan of anything maple flavored, and you can’t really go wrong with creme brulee. I would eat this all the time if it became a regular fixture at the park.

The caramel apple smoothie from Schmoozies at California Adventure was also super tasty. Even though this is a fall flavor, given that it is a frozen smoothie, it is great for a So Cal “fall” day (aka when it’s still 80 degrees in October).

This sweet treat wasn’t on my original list, but I couldn’t pass up a poison apple cake pop. It was yummy, but I really wanted it for the cuteness factor.

This is the pumpkin twist, which is available at Maurice’s Treats at Disneyland or at Cozy Cone at DCA. This one was just okay. I liked that it had a good dash of cinnamon to complement the pumpkin, but it would have been better if it were served heated.

You can’t go wrong with just about anything at Carthay Circle, and that certainly goes for the poison appletini. I actually had one of these last year so it was kind of cheating putting it on my list again, but I will drink one of these bad boys every Halloween if I can. It’s super tasty, and you get to keep the awesome poison apple ice cube!

This is the spider parfait from Pizza Port at Disneyland. It’s got a layer of chocolate, then a layer of orange, then a layer of chocolate. The orange is a little fake tasting, but the chocolate is really yummy. I don’t know that I love the combo, but it’s an okay dessert.

The supernova pizza special from Pizza Port turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what was on the seasonal pizza until I saw it, and honestly even then I wasn’t totally sure what it was all about. This pizza has a garlicky sauce, Canadian bacon, a ranch type drizzle, and fried pickles. Yeah, you read that right, fried pickles. Fried pickles are one of my all-time favorite foods. You put them on pizza, and I am a happy camper. I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was, and I would definitely eat this again.

I am hoping it starts to get a little cooler during the next two weeks so that I am actually in the mood to try all the soups on the list. Have you eaten anything tasty at Disneyland or Disney World this fall season? What would you most like to try?

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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Well friends, it is one of my favorite times of the year at the Disneyland Resort: Halloween Time! I love Halloween Time more and more each year, and it might even be edging out Christmas as my favorite season at Disneyland. There is so much to do and see at Disneyland all year long, but the additions for Halloween are pretty awesome. These are some of the highlights of Halloween Time at Disneyland!

First, the decor. The seasonal decor is all over the park, from the front entrance to Main Street. Pay special attention to the pumpkins on the buildings along Main Street, they are all different and many of them are themed to their shops (the Elvis pumpkin over 20th Century Music is the cutest).

It wouldn’t be Disney without some super cute themed merchandise. These poison apple steins were a huge hit last year and sold out pretty quickly. This year they are all over the park at a bunch of different stands and carts. I was super excited to finally get my hands on one!

Something special for Halloween Time for this year only is Late Check-Out at Tower of Terror. Tower of Terror is going to be shutting down in January to receive a Guardians of the Galaxy re-theming (which I am eh about). So for the last couple of months of its original life, the ride is operating in total darkness and silence in the evening hours. I have to say, I went into this thinking it wouldn’t make that much of a difference, but it was super creepy! Honestly, I think the no sound aspect added more to the creep factor than the no lights, but overall, it was a really cool experience. I definitely want to try it again before the end of the season. (Note: If you want a traditional ride on Tower of Terror before it closes, make sure you go on it during the daytime hours.)

Over in Frontierland is one of my favorite parts of Halloween Time, the Dia de los Muertos celebration. I love the decor here, and there is lots of info about Day of the Dead and some fun activities like face-painting.

The Halloween Tree is a recent addition to Disneyland and you have to see it all lit up at night. The Halloween Tree was dedicated to Ray Bradbury and is strung with all kinds of lights and pumpkins. It is pretty spectacular at night.

One of the most popular features of Halloween Time is Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Nightmare Before Christmas overlay goes up in September and sticks around until the end of Christmas. It is a super fun attraction that changes a little every year. This year, in addition to the new gingerbread house (which is different every year), Sally has been added to the graveyard.

It wouldn’t be a holiday celebration without some yummy treats! The food during Halloween Time is ah-mazing. For the full details and a printable checklist, check out this post.

If you have never been to Disneyland during Halloween Time, I highly recommend making a trip. It is such a fun time of the year and there is so much to see and do (and eat)! What is your favorite part of Halloween Time?

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Printable: Halloween Sweets and Treats to Eat

It is officially Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort and I am soooooo excited. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year (even though it doesn’t really exist weather wise here in So Cal) and I especially love fall at Disneyland. The whole park is decked out for the season and there are so many fun things to see and do. I will be visiting this year’s Halloween Time celebrations over the next couple of weeks and I will be sure to report back on all the fun. In the meantime, feel free to check out last year’s take on Halloween Time and read all about my first experience at Mickey’s Halloween Party. As of right now I am not planning on attending the Halloween Party this year since it is on the pricey side, but I am super bummed about that because they added a cool new parade this year and it looks amazing. I might just convince myself to go, but we’ll see!

Of course one of the best part of any holiday season is the food, and Halloween Time is no different. There are so many delicious new treats to try, both sweet and savory, that I am honestly not sure whether I will have the time (and the stomach) to get to them all. But I am going to try my best! And you can bet I will be telling you all about them when I do so you know what the can’t miss items are (seriously people, the sacrifices I make). Because there are so many spooky eats to try, I decided to make up a cool little list to help keep me on track, and since I am nothing if not a giver, I am going to share that list with you! Make sure you scroll all the way down to get your own printable copy of the Halloween Time Sweets and Treats list! (Note: This list is based off of info from the official Disney Parks blog, however, offerings can change at anytime. This is also not the complete list of offerings, just the ones that sounded the best to me.)


As of right now, I have officially marked off three items on the list! Here’s a brief review of each! First is the orange and vanilla swirl fro yo from California Adventure. This is delicious and basically tastes like an old fashioned creamsicle. It tastes more like summer than fall to me, and I was expecting the color to be a bit more dramatic, but it was tasty nonetheless!

I also sampled the Anti-Vampire Garlic Chicken Pizza from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. It was just okay. Not anything to write home about and definitely not as garlicky as I would have liked. Also, not a huge fan of the crust at Boardwalk. It’s pretty bland.

The Butterscotch Beignets, available in a couple of different locations (I got mine at the Mint Julep Bar behind French Market) were delicious. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a beignet covered in butterscotch flavored powdered sugar. They were scrumptious, and I only ate one of the three and felt satisfied, so there is enough in one order to share!

Okay, I still have a whole lot of goodness to shovel into my piehole (gracefully and like a lady, of course). Come back soon to see how everything rates on the yumminess scale! And if you would like to download and print out your own copy of the Sweet and Treats list, click this link right here!

What are you most looking forward to eating this Halloween season (at the parks or at home)? What are your favorite fall treats?

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My Top Sweets at the Disneyland Resort

If you are anything like me, you have a major sweet tooth. And if you are anything like me, you find Disneyland to be the perfect place to indulge said sweet tooth. I mean, you so cannot go wrong with so many of the yummy sweets you can find in the park. These are just some of my favorites!

The Sea Salt Caramel Sundae from the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain in California Adventure. The name alone should say it all, but if you need more convincing, this decadent ice cream sundae is a caramel lover’s dream. It has swirls of caramel inside, along with some hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and sea salt on top. My favorite thing about this sundae is the sea salt because it really holds it texture (I find a lot of the times sea salt kind of dissolves away) and gives a perfect balance to the sweetness of the sundae. Also, this bad boy is definitely big enough to share.

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The Mickey Ice Cream Bar is a classic, and you can’t beat it on a hot day at the parks. It’s a simple vanilla ice cream bar, but what really makes it is the richness of the chocolate. Yummy!

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These Milk Chocolate Salted Caramels are my favorite treat to take home from the parks. Anytime I am staying down in the OC overnight, I grab a bag of these guys to take back to the hotel. They are the perfect late night snack…or late afternoon snack…or breakfast.

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The Maple Nut Fudge from Candy Palace on Main Street in Disneyland. Not going to lie, all the fudge is divine, but I’m a big fan of maple fudge and you can’t find it most places, so this one is my go to. Also not going to lie that I would prefer it without the nuts, but I will put up with them for maple goodness.

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Some other notable favorites that aren’t pictured include the English Toffee from Candy Palace and the create-your-own ice cream bars from Clarabelle’s in California Adventure. A notable sweet treat that I think you should totally skip: churros. #Sorrynotsorry. The churros at Disneyland are fine and tasty, but they are not the best sweet (or most unique treat) you can find in the park. And to me, they taste like any other churro I have had at any other theme park or baseball stadium. There are much better ways to spend $5 on sweets, in my opinion. Also, while I do love me a Dole Whip, I cannot justify standing in line for that long for ice cream. I mean, I know it’s delicious, but I just can’t do it. More power to you if you are willing to wait!

What are your go to sweets at the Disneyland Resort? I’m always looking for excuses to buy sugar new things to try, so leave me your suggestions!

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What’s in My Disneyland Bag?

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Hello Disney friends! Tomorrow I am going to be embarking on my annual Disneyland field trip, just me, a couple of teachers and 150 of the best students at our junior high. Since the majority of my trips to Disneyland are with Squirt for just a few hours, prepping my bag for this all day excursion is a little bit different than my norm. But I am certainly no stranger to all day trips to the Happiest Place on Earth so I figured I would take this opportunity to show you what goes inside my bag for an all day trip with no kiddlet in tow.


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