Archives for November 2012

Disneyland Dining

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

On our last trip to Disneyland, we were able to try the new Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street, and I think it is a new favorite place for me! Situated at the end of Main Street toward the hub, it is designed with a Mary Poppins theme inside. There is ample seating outside and it provides wonderful views of Main Street.

While it has many scrumptious bakery items to choose from, it also offers a healthy menu of soups, sandwiches and salads. This is a quick serve restaurant, so you simply order at the counter and then wait for your food to take to your table. If you are uncertain what to order, they have a case with each menu item for you to see it before you order.

This adult meal is the Oven-roasted Turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread. It comes with a side of chips. It was very good.

This second adult meal is the Chicken Waldorf on Brioche which had apples, walnuts, celery and craisins in the chicken salad. It was delicious! It also came with a side of chips.

The kids menu doesn’t have a wide variety, but our kids really liked what they got. Here is the mac and cheese which comes with a side of sliced apples and mini carrots, and milk.

Here is the kids Turkey Sandwich with a side of sliced apples and mini carrots, and milk. My daughter loved the small flat bread that the sandwich came on. She said it was just right for kids!

At night, the Jolly Holiday is lit up so beautiful along Main Street. As a family, we highly recommend this new dining spot as the adults enjoyed their food, and most importantly, the kids enjoyed it as well! It truly was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Overall rating on preschoolears is a 5 out of 5 stars.

runDisney for the New Year!

With the holidays upon us, it is also time to start thinking about the new year and new year’s resolutions. From my new year resolutions from 2012, I was successful completing three of my nine, but reading the list again I realize I would probably list many of those items again for 2013! Maybe next year I can actually cross some of those off my list for good!

If one of your resolutions for 2013 will be to start running, maybe you should consider running a race at Disney! It is a wonderful goal to aspire toward! runDisney puts together seven races each year at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Some of the races have sold out for next year, but there are still some if you are interested. Here is a rundown of the 2013 runDisney races.

Walt Disney World Marathon

  • January 10-13, 2013
  • Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, Family Fun Run 5K, Goofy’s Race & a Half, and Kid’s Races
  • Race is sold out

Disney Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon at Disneyland

  • January 18-20, 2013
  • 1/2 Marathon, Family Fun Run 5K, and Kid’s Races
  • Race is sold out

Princess 1/2 Marathon at WDW

  • February 22-24, 2013 at Magic Kingdom and Epcot
  • 1/2 Marathon, Royal Family 5K, and Kid’s Races

Expedition Everest Challenge at WDW

  • May 4th, 2013 at Animal Kingdom park
  • 5K adventure run including a scavenger hunt
  • Kid’s Races

Disneyland 1/2 Marathon

  • August 31-September 2, 2013
  • 1/2 Marathon through Disneyland, California Adventure and Anaheim
  • Cars Land 5K Rally and Kid’s Races

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend

  • September 28-30, 2013 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at WDW
  • 10-mile run at night on various courses (paved, grass, sand)
  • Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and Kid’s Races

Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon

  • November of 2013 (dates TBA) at WDW
  • 1/2 Marathon, Jingle Jungle 5K and Kid’s Races
  • Occurs during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Participants receive a t-shirt and bib, timing tags, gift bags, and the highly coveted finisher medal. Each race has their own uniquely designed medal that each participant receives when they cross the finish line.

This year, my husband and I will be running the Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon in January and it is our first Disney race. I know the experience will be amazing and all the festivities and characters will be so much fun. We are planning to post lots of pictures and stories on the blog after we run.

The runDisney website is full of great information for each event as well as guides for training for each one. If you think you would like to try a runDisney race next year, visit their website at www.rundisney.com

Cars Land at Night

While Disneyland at night always has a bit of magic and sparkle, Cars Land at night is fantastic! When all the neon signs are turned on, it is fabulous. It truly does bring to life the feeling in the Cars movie when all the neon signs get lit up and they are celebrating. If you are visiting California Adventure, make sure you make your way over to Cars Land at night and enjoy all the lights. Also, have the PhotoPass photographers snap a picture of you using their wide angle lens – they take some great shots. Enjoy these pictures of the bright lights!

Dining in Cars Land at California Adventure

In the new Cars Land at California Adventure, there are three new dining and food spots within Radiator Springs. Our family was able to eat at one although we visited all three. The first restaurant is Flo’s V8 Cafe. It is a quick serve dining option that serves lunch and dinner. With the popularity of Cars Land, the lines can be a bit much, especially if you have hungry kiddos. But they do offer some nice variety and healthy options.

Here is the menu at Flo’s V8 Cafe

This is their Citrus Turkey Salad and it was a healthy option that tasted very good.

This is their NY Strip Loin and it was good as well although they could cut back a bit on the gravy.

This is the Child’s Menu Turkey Sandwich. It is very healthy which gets high marks from Mom and Dad, but the bread was too big for my little kids, so they nibbled on the turkey separately. I give Disney points for not offering the usual chicken nuggets.

The second dining spot is a little more snacks than meals. The Cozy Cone has five different cones you can purchase different snacks from. We didn’t get a chance to try any of the food because the lines were long again. But the options they offer are:

Churros Bites with a chocolate dipping sauce
Soft Serve Ice Cream on a Cone (of course)
Chicken Verde or Chili cone Queso
Pretzel Bites with a cheesy sauce
Flavored Popcorn

The most popular of these was the soft-serve ice cream cones and that was the longest line. If the lines weren’t so long, these would be a fun snack.

The third food spot in Radiator Springs in Fillmore’s Taste-In Fuel. It mainly has snacks and drinks. Snacks are anything from pineapple spears to Doritos chips. They do offer a wide variety of drinks and snacks.

While we enjoyed Flo’s food, we didn’t enjoy the long wait, and there was a long wait for our food even after we ordered. So expect a bit of a wait right now for food at Cars Land. The staff is very friendly and gave us cute buttons as we waited for our food. We did have to stop back in once to get a milk for our youngest, and the cashier was so nice to run back and just grab it for us so we didn’t have to wait through all the orders. That made our little guy’s day!

Cars Land

Cars Land is a new land at the California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort. It opened in June of this year (2012) and has attracted very large crowds. It was one of the reasons we visited Disneyland this fall. Cars Land is amazing because it is an almost replica of the Radiator Springs town in the Cars movies. Visually, this land is stunning. There are so many amazing details in every design that you could wander through there for days and not see it all. Here are some pictures of the amazing new land at California Adventure.

This is the welcome billboard as you enter Cars Land.

The famous Route 66 sign, replicated for the strip including rust and age. Love how authentic this looks.

This is a view of Cars Land looking down the street. The view of the rock formations is amazing.

Here is the Radiator Springs Curios shop, just like the one in the movie, only they sell more than bumper stickers.

The Cozy Cone Motel is actually a quick serve dining spot with each different cone serving different types of food in cones.

Around the Cozy Cone is some great attention to detail and creativity. Look at this fabulous fountain using auto cones!

And I love these car-themed flowers. Have you noticed the cones in the fence in the background?

This is Flo’s V8 Cafe that is another quick serve restaurant although it looks just like the pull-up station from the movies. This is probably my favorite spot on the street.

Fillmore’s Taste-In Fuel doesn’t serve organic fuel like in the movie, but it does have natural snacks and food. It is very colorful!

Along with the stunning design of the street, there are three new rides including Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Radiator Springs Racers. The most popular of all three is the Racers. It is a really fun ride and the special effects inside the ride are fantastic – the characters from the movie are talking and pretty close to real-size. And my kids loved the racing part. All three almost gave it a top rating for the preschoolears website, but my oldest said she didn’t like all the lines, and I would agree.

Here is a view of the outside track where the two cars race.

And here are two cars racing down the track!

On the ride, they take your picture and here I am (in the front center) with my three kids. They loved it enough to throw their hands in the air!

My kids also loved Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and I must confess, it is pretty fun. It simply spins and whips you around in the small tractors. It was easy enough for even our 20 month old.

Ranked last is Luigi’s Flying Tires. This ride isn’t worth more than about a 15-20 minute wait as it doesn’t last long and it isn’t that much fun. If you can ride with really light-weight children, your tire will float pretty well. But when I put my 8 and 6 year old in with me (as in the picture), it wasn’t moving quite as well. It does create a good session of giggles though!

Here is a quick summary of Cars Land:

Top 5 Great Things about Cars Land

  1. Visually awesome design that makes you feel like you are in Radiator Springs
  2. Radiator Springs Racers is a very fun ride
  3. Great photo ops throughout the street
  4. Cast Members are fun and friendly and enjoy passing out buttons to kids
  5. Kids love getting to see Lightning McQueen and Mater when they drive down the street quite often

Top 5 Not-So-Great Things about Cars Land

  1. The line and wait for Racers is really, really long
  2. With it only being one long street, it is very crowded
  3. Again, the lines for either of the other rides and the food are very long
  4. The Racers ride breaks down a lot right now, so you could be in line and wait a very long time if it breaks down. Our first morning, it broke twice (and that was before 11:00!).
  5. Crowds. Did I already list this? The FastPasses for racers run out in about 30 minutes in the morning, so plan accordingly!

 Top 5 Tips for Families Visiting Cars Land

  1. If you are staying on property at the Disneyland Resort (either 3 hotels), take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours at California Adventure and go straight to Cars Land on an early morning entrance. Line up for early mornings can start about 1 1/2 hours before the gates open. It is worth it with little ones to not wait in the normal 120+ minute long line for Radiator Springs Racers.
  2. Nighttime is very fun at Cars Land so make sure you visit once all the neon is turned on. And if you are doing a PhotoPass card, have a photographer snap some fun pictures with the lights.
  3. Get a PhotoPass card and pre-order the CD before your visit. If you add the Plus to your pass, you will also get all ride pictures as well including the picture they take of you on Racers. They simply load it on your account.
  4. Expect crowds and don’t plan to stay too long in Cars Land as the crowds can be overwhelming for kiddos.
  5. Last, if you don’t have any Extra Magic Hours, line up early for entrance to California Adventure and when the gates open, walk straight for the Racers FastPasses (which are NOT by the ride but by Bugs Land) and get in line for Fast Passes (follow the signs for the queu). Right now they run out of FP in about 30-45 minutes.

My next post on CarsLand will be all about the new dining, and my third Cars Land post will include fabulous nighttime pictures with all the neons signs. So come back for more!

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