I LOVE Disney. Love love love it. I think Walt was a genius. I’m amazed by his accomplishments and his outlook on life, the guy was absolutely fascinating. I didn’t visit Disney world until my mid twenties, but it was still an experience that I treasure. Although I never visited the park as a child, I grew up loving the movies and memorizing the soundtracks. I knew that when I was able, it was an experience I wanted to share with my kids. We love the movies and jam out to our favorite songs anytime we have errands to run.
We were lucky enough to have the chance to visit Disneyland this summer. I know I was more excited than the kids, and I’m okay with that. I am a LuLaRoe retailer, and their conference this year was in the town that Walt built, Anaheim. We turned my business trip into a much needed family vacation. I always anticipated taking my kids when they were older, but when the opportunity presented itself we had to take it! Since we were able to get a discounted hotel rate (The Disneyland hotel is FABULOUS, btw) and discounted park tickets through the conference, we splurged in other areas of our vacation.
We did one day at Disneyland Park and one day at California Adventure. I wish we would have done several days at Disneyland Park.
The food was fabulous! We did breakfast at Carnation Cafe. The hubs got the eggs benedict which looked awesome! He said they were good, and I’ll have to take his word for it because I can’t do that whole leaky yolk thing, gag. And my kids actually ate the Mickey waffles which was a plus! Anyone else have a four year old that DOES NOT EAT? That’s a whole post in itself.
Lunch was at Cafe Orleans. The pommes frites are where it’s at. The whole family devoured those delicious sticks dusted with cheesy goodness. And the cajun dip was out of this world, I needed a bowl of it. I got the Monte Cristo sandwich with the berry dipping sauce, I love a good salty and sweet combo so this hit the spot. Plus it was good leftovers, ate them cold right out of the fridge! Jason had the Muffeletta sandwich. YUM!
Lastly, we had dinner at the Blue Bayou. In hindsight I knew we were only going to be there for a day so I wanted to do it all, but oh my goodness we were so full by the time dinner rolled around that we considered cancelling the reservation. I had gotten the parade package though, so we marched on thinking we would get an appetizer and take it easy. I conveniently forget that the package was for a three course dinner! I don’t even remember what we ate, I think I had the gumbo for an app, which was delicious and some sort of mushroom entree, but what I remember the most is the restaurant, it is so awesome in there! I would definitely recommend it, just you know, don’t eat the whole park before you go.
California Adventure Food:
After the crazy food day at Disneyland I’m glad we took it easy at California Adventure. I did make reservations at Ariel’s Grotto, which if you want to meet a lot of princesses, this is a MUST! And the breakfast was delicious! We headed back to the hotel for lunch (leftover Monte Cristo!) but we did some snacking that evening. Turkey leg= Awesome and we also stopped by The Cozy Cone and had a chili cone. Even though it was 80 degrees out we still devoured it. We also splurged and did the dessert party for the World of Color. BEST THING EVER! The deserts were delicious, the girls loved their light up cups and the show as fabulous.
We have a four year old and a 1.5 year old so we didn’t do any of the big thrill rides. My girls loved the carousels at both of the parks. I think The Small World and The Little Mermaid ride were the favorites. I loved the Finding Nemo Sub ride, we ended up going at night after the parade and during the fireworks when the line short. I wish we would have had another day at Disneyland Park! We saw more characters and California Adventure and didn’t have to wait in line as long for them.
The family favorite was most definitely the Color of Wonder show. We had seats thanks to the dessert party, and a great view! So worth the splurge!
I don’t know when or if we will ever be back, but I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience this with the girls!