Category Archives: Disneyland Resort

The best waffles are Mickey Waffles and you can make them at home!

Mickey Waffles are a favorite breakfast treat on our family Disney vacations and I love to recreate some of the Disney magic at home.

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Mmmmm… Mickey Waffles.  An absolute “Must Eat” treat on any Disney vacation.

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Did you know that there are also different character waffles that can be found around Walt Disney World, and they taste great as well?

At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can find cute Simba Waffles.

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And at the Art of Animation Resort food court, waffles are made into fun Finding Nemo and Cars designs (to go with your Nemo or Cars family suite!).

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But why do they taste so good?  So much better than our waffles at home?  It can’t just be the shape… can it?

This is the secret – the actual waffle mix that they use at the Disney Parks and the Disney Cruise Line!  The slightly sweet, malt flavor of Carbon’s Golden Malted mix is what makes Mickey Waffles taste so special – well, that and a little bit of Pixie Dust 🙂  I was able to purchase this on Amazon – so you don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to search for it.

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Of course, you need a Mickey Waffle Maker to make the perfectly shaped Mickey Waffles.  The ones they use in the parks are super expensive commercial grade waffle makers, but there are some affordable alternatives.  I have two different versions and I just had to make both shapes to compare!

First, make the batter.  The mix is very simple…

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Take a rare tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite!

Have you ever wondered what is hiding up at the top of the grand staircase near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park?  For those of us who have visited Disneyland for awhile, we know that from 1987-2007 it was the Disney Gallery – a beautiful space that held various Disneyland art exhibits.

However, that was not the intended use for that space.  Walt Disney himself had wanted to build a larger apartment in the park to accommodate his family and friends.  His original apartment over the firehouse on Main Street was just too small.  Walt commissioned set designer Dorothea Redmond to help create the special look of the apartment, which was dubbed the “Royal Suite”.  It was not given this name because Walt considered himself royalty, but because the suite was located on Royal Street in New Orleans Square.

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Unfortunately, Walt passed away before the suite was completed, and the Disney family decided to stop work on the project.

In 2007, the Disney Gallery was turned into the Dream Suite, using the original Dorothea Redmond drawings as inspiration.  The suite has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a living room, outdoor seating area and balcony.

No amount of money can get you a night’s stay in the Dream Suite – it is only used by the occasional prize winner or celebrity.  So, I didn’t get to pack my pj’s and spend the night, but I was lucky enough to get a rare tour of the apartment.  Let me show you the highlights…

First, you walk through a short hallway that is lined by Dorothea Redmond’s artwork.  This gives us a preview of what we are about to see.

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The best travel capsule wardrobe for a trip to Disneyland

 

Have you noticed that Capsule Wardrobes are all the rage right now?  I’ve been a bit obsessed myself lately, perusing Pinterest and trying to organize my closet with the perfect blend of minimalism and functionality.

Planning for my own trip to Disneyland which is coming up in a few weeks, I thought it might be fun to create a travel capsule wardrobe for my vacation.  I wanted to create the perfect visual packing list to help me… and others… pack for their Disney adventure!

This is Step One of my packing  – clothes for me, or as I am most often called… Mommy.  I will obviously pack much more than what is pictured here because I will also bring items for my kids, but this post is just for my stuff.

Here we go… a nice travel day outfit.  Comfortable clothes for the plane (with a cardigan and scarf if the plane is chilly), slip-on shoes for security lines, and a roomy backpack for my carry-on essentials (laptop, snacks, etc).

 

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Yay!  Now we are in sunny California at the Disneyland Resort!  A day of park-hopping necessitates easy-to-wear shorts and a Mickey t-shirt.  Comfortable walking shoes (I highly recommend Sketchers shoes), sunglasses, and backpack are important too.  The Minnie ears are optional, but everyone is a kid at Disneyland, so go for it!  I have been to the parks so many times that I have quite the collection of hats and ears, so I bring a favorite with me from home.

Dinner at the fine-dining establishment Napa Rose requires something a bit more special than shorts and a Disney shirt.  A stretchy, non-wrinkling dress works for dinner and walking in the parks. Dressed up a bit with some nice sandals and you will fit right in with all of the rest of the diners.

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On a cooler day or for touring the parks in the evening, you may want to cover up a bit more. A cozy sweatshirt does the trick.  The skort dresses things up a bit, but is just as comfortable as shorts.  I bought this particular skort at Duluth Trading Company and it is my favorite piece of park clothing.  It is fast drying (great for humid weather or the occasional wet ride), the shorts under the skirt make it easy to be active (and modest when getting in and out of the attraction vehicles), and the cargo pockets are great for stashing essentials.  When wearing this skort I can often forgo bringing a bag with me to the parks at all.  When someone says skort I think of a matronly piece of clothing, but I think this one is cute.

Although it never rains in Southern California (ha ha), it is smart to bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho with you.  The Colombia brand jacket that I own folds very small and I don’t mind packing it in my luggage.

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Hopefully it doesn’t rain during our trip, so we will have a nice pool day after touring the parks for a day or two.  I like to pack two bathing suits with me, even when packing light, because there is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to squeeze into a damp bathing suit if you swim two days in a row.

I am also pretty casual with my pajama choices.  When packing fewer items I try to have clothes that can do double-duty if needed.  So, my pajama bottoms can be joggers that could be worn during the day if it became unusually cool.  The tank can be worn in the parks and the cardigan can be used as a sweater and a robe inside your hotel room.  Flip flops function as slippers, pool shoes and rainy day foot ware.

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Here is a visual of the tops, bottoms and accessories that I would pack for a week-long trip to the Disneyland Resort.  It is basically casual, comfortable clothes that can be mixed and matched as needed.  Now that I am pretty well organized… on to the kids!

That will be Part Two 🙂

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It’s National Popcorn Day – What’s the best Popcorn in the world?

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Yep. That’s right!  Popcorn in the Disney Parks just tastes so much better than any other popcorn (yes, Movie Theater Popcorn… I’m looking at you).

There is something about walking down Main Street, U.S.A. with a carton of Disney popcorn that means your vacation has begun!

Disney has made getting popcorn even more special by selling souvenir popcorn buckets, which I love to collect.  Holiday buckets, Cinderella Coach buckets, Star Wars buckets… they are all so fun to see.  I want them all.  Do you love Disney popcorn and what is your favorite souvenir bucket?