Thursday, June 19, 2014

Downtown Disney Fun

Welcome to those of you joining me from Ashley Aspires and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

This month's topic: Fun Outside of the Disney Parks

Although I sometimes hate the thought of leaving the parks during the day (I have to maximize my magical day!), I do really enjoy hanging out in Downtown Disney.  Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort is not quite as large as it's counterpart at Walt Disney World, however, it is home to some fabulous restaurants and stores.

The World of Disney is the largest Disney store and a great place to find last minute souvenirs.  My favorite section is the home decor area because I love decorating the house with Disney magic.

Disney Vault 28 is a hip store that has contemporary Disney merchandise.  Think Dooney & Bourke bags, scarves, Harvey's bags, clothing, and jewelry.

D Street is a favorite of my husband's because they have a ton of Vinylmations, some that you can't even find inside the parks!  They also have a lot of Star Wars and Marvel merch inside.  

Other shops include:
Apricot Lane
The LEGO Store
Studio Disney 365
WonderGround Gallery
and more!

Shopping Experiences
Not really sure what to call this section, but there are a bunch of shops that are centered around creating an experience.

-Build a Bear Factory (make your own stuffed animal)
-RIDEMAKERZ (build toy race cars)
-Studio Disney 365 (think Bibbidi Boppidi Boutique)

These are my tow favorite eats at DTD.
Tortilla Joe's is a Mexican restaurant and the food is super fresh.  Table-side guacamole, piping fajitas, yummy burritos and my favorite, deep-fried ice cream!

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen has got a lot of southern comfort food.  You can also order beignets here if you missed your chance to get them at Disneyland.  They are standard beignets (rectangles) and taste good but I still prefer Mickey-shaped beignets from New Orleans Square.

Other restaurants include:
Catal Restaurant
Earl of Sandwich
Rainforest Cafe
House of Blues
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
Uva Bar
and more!

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Blue this month. We will be back on July 17th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

5 Things I've Never Done

I get asked a lot, "Do you always do the same thing at Disneyland?  Are there things you've never done?".  I suppose they ask that to make themselves feel like they can understand why I enjoy going to the park so often.  But, there are some things I've never done in my many visits.

1. Eat a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar.
Such a classic food staple at any Disney park.  Yet, I've never had one.  Why?  Just never got around to it, I guess.  Or, just busy standing in the Dole Whip line.

2.  Eat at Napa Rose.
A signature restaurant at the Grand Californian.  I love a good restaurant and do not mind paying top dollar for great food.  However, everytime I look at the menu for this place, nothing sticks out and it just looks too fancy schmancy for my taste.  And I like fancy!  Not sure what it is.  But maybe I'll grab a glass of wine here one of these days.

3. Taken my family to see Mr. Lincoln.
Going to see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was a must-do on my family's list growing up.  My dad made us go every time.  And while I've always appreciated the attraction and the richness of history it provides, I've never taken my husband or daughter to see it.  In fact, my husband didn't even know you could go see Abraham Lincoln at the park!  I feel like neither would appreciate it, especially with my daughter being almost 6, even though she knows who he is.  Maybe one of these days when she's older and really studying that part of American history.

4. Ride on the Red Car Trolley.
The Red Car Trolley has been open at California Adventure for two years now and I still haven't taken a ride on it!  We've always just walked by the pick up location and never bothered to wait for a ride.  But it's something I need to check off the list, so I'll do it soon!

5. Gone on a Disneyland Tour.
Disneyland offers a few interesting tours, some that take you to Walt Disney's apartment (above the fire house on Main Street).  For that reason alone, I'd love to take one of these tours and learn some behind the scenes magic.

So there you have it!  You see, I haven't done it all!
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