Downtown Disney

Restaurant Review: Earl of Sandwich

In my opinion, Earl of Sandwich is one of the better additions to Downtown Disney to come along in a while. Earl of Sandwich (obviously) serves sandwiches, but also has a good selection of salads, pizza, and fresh and healthy items like fruit cups. They also have some delicious not so healthy items like cupcakes and beer. What I love about Earl of Sandwich is that in addition to being tasty, it is fast and convenient. We have eaten here several times after picking up race packets, and it seemed like the perfect place to eat after a long afternoon swim at the Disneyland Hotel.

On our most recent trip, I ordered the caprese sandwich, which comes with spinach, tomato, mozzarella, and a balsamic vinaigrette. This is one of my favorite caprese sandwiches out there, I think because the vinaigrette is lighter than the pesto that comes on most caprese options.

Matt ordered the Hawaiian BBQ sandwich, which comes with chicken, ham, pineapple, Swiss cheese, and BBQ sauce. I hadn’t tried this one before so I of course made him give me a bite and it was really good. I will definitely be ordering this one in the future.

We ordered the kids’ turkey and cheese for Squirt, and he actually ate the whole thing (thank you swimming!). We also got some fresh fruit and two beers (for Matt and me, obvs). While the meal was on the higher end of what we would normally spend on a quick service meal, it was still cheaper than a meal in the park and definitely just as tasty (if not even tastier). If you are looking for a quick and yummy place to grab a sandwich or salad in Downtown Disney, Earl of Sandwich is definitely a good place to check out. Considering that most of the restaurants in Downtown Disney are full service, Earl of Sandwich is a great option for something a little more casual.

What’s your favorite place to grab a quick bite at Disneyland?

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Restaurant Review: Tortilla Joe’s

After running the Disneyland 10k, the hubs and I were obviously hungry and very obviously in need of a drink.  So we headed to one of our favorite restaurants at Downtown Disney, Tortilla Joe’s.  Tortilla Joe’s is a great place to step away from the park madness for a bit and enjoy some yummy food and drinks.  We stop here often during football season to check in on the latest games (we usually sit at the bar).  The bar there is more low key than some of the other DTD restaurants and we don’t usually have a problem finding a seat.  Here’s a look at what makes Tortilla Joe’s so yummy!

There are two different sections of Tortilla Joe’s, inside and the outdoor patio.  Each has their own bar and the seating at regular tables is handled separately (so if you know you want to sit outside, head directly to the hostess at the patio).  We have actually never eaten inside the restaurant, we always sit on the patio or at the outdoor bar.

Of course, you can’t go to a Mexican restaurant without getting at least one margarita.  On our last trip I tried the Pineapple Cilantro Margarita and it was amazing.  Not something that sounds super appealing, but the combo was very refreshing and a perfect summer treat.

We also tried a new food dish on our last visit, the shrimp skewers, and they were delicious.  The corn was tasty, the shrimp was really fresh, and it made for the perfect post-run appetizer.

We also shared one of our favorite Tortilla Joe’s dishes, the chicken nachos.  I think we can all agree the key to good nachos is plenty of cheese, and these babies certainly aren’t lacking in that department.  Seriously, my mouth is watering just looking at this picture.  So yummy.

The one downside to Tortilla Joe’s is that it is on the pricey side, though in comparison to the other restaurants at Downtown Disney, it is pretty average.  The portions are big though, so you can definitely share entrees and be plenty satisfied, especially with chips and salsa as a precursor to your meal.  I recommend sitting out on the patio and enjoying a margarita when you visit, and if you do stop by Tortilla Joe’s, look for me at the bar, you might see me there!

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Inside the Park: Last Year’s Halloween Recap

Here is my recap from last year’s Halloween Time at Disneyland.  I will be checking out this year’s decorations this coming weekend so look for the 2014 recap coming soon!

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite times at Disneyland.  It’s been in the last decade or so that Disneyland has gone all out for the holidays and every year seems to get better and better.  It started with the induction of the Haunted Mansion Holiday, which originally was just at Christmas, and has now expanded throughout the park.  There is tons of cool stuff happening at Halloween Time, these are some highlights from my most recent trip!

You can spot these adorable sweet treats in the window of Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney…

The park entrance is all decked out in its Halloween finest…

Main Street is one of the coolest places during Halloween Time, with all kinds of decorations lining the street…

Of course, the highlight of Halloween Time is Haunted Mansion Holiday.  Every year the Haunted Mansion is transformed into Jack Skellington’s playground and it is one of my favorite things about the holidays in the park.  Getting pics inside the ride is tough since the ghouls and ghosts don’t appreciate flash photography, so these are from the line outside the ride.  One of the greatest things about Disney is how entertaining they make those long lines!  There is a ton of stuff to see outside Haunted Mansion Holiday!

You might even catch sight of Jack himself!

I did manage to get one shot inside the ride when we got stuck for a minute, of the big guy himself!

Hope you are in the Halloween spirit now like I am!  What’s your favorite part of Halloween at the park?

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Downtown Disney Activities That Are Free!

 Downtown Disney is a great place to eat and shop, but it is also home to a bunch of cool activities that you can do with your kids.  The best part?  Many of these activities are free!  Here are some of my favorite things you can do!

Check out the amazing Lego sculptures at the Lego Store.  While you are there, spend some time in their outside building center where kids can craft creations out of an array of Lego bricks.

In the evening, the stage at the end of Downtown Disney comes alive with all kinds of musical acts.  Many times there is a dance floor set up in front to bust out some moves!  Check the Disneyland website for the performance schedule.

Right in front of the Rainforest Cafe you can catch a mini show with live birds.  An expert comes out to talk about the birds and answer questions.  Times for the day are typically posted on the stage.

You can also stroll through some amazing shops like the Wonderland Gallery and the World of Disney (both great when you need some air conditioning!).  The next time you are at the park, make sure you check out all Downtown Disney has to offer!

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