Archives for February 2016

Galactic Grill at Disneyland

Enjoy some fun new Star Wars themed dining at Disneyland at the Galactic Grill. The Grill is located in Tomorrowland near the Jedi Training stage and is serving up a specialty menu as part of the Season of the Force, a new themed experience celebrating the characters and moments from the Star Wars saga. this new dining location offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and kids and parents will love the menu!


The Jedi-Ordered Grilled Sandwich (above) features five-spice chicken breast, fried green beans, pickled red onions, purple watercress and wasabi mayonnaise. So delicious!


The First Order Specialty Burger (above) gives guests a taste of the dark side, with an Angus beef and chorizo patty topped with fried cherry peppers and a spicy-lime aioli on a dark burger. Both the Jedi-Ordered Sandwich and First Order Burger can add a commemorate Hans Solo Carbonite Bucket for an additional cost.


This pizza creation is the Dark Side Chicken Curry Specialty Pizza. Lunch and dinner menu also includes a Chopper Salad and a Cheese- 3PO Burger.


This unique dish is part of the breakfast menu and it is the Darth Tamale. Other breakfast items include scrambled eggs, french toast and breakfast potatoes.


Star Wars dessert? How awesome is the chocolate Darth? That is the Darth by Chocolate that is red velvet cake and chocolate sponge. The Pastry Menace is an eclair filled with spicy chocolate and toasted almonds.

The Galactic Grill also offers kids meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids meal breakfast includes scrambled eggs and bacon, or french toast. Lunch and dinner kids meals include a turkey sandwich, chicken nuggets, hamburger or power pack–all Star Wars themed of course!

Star Wars fans will love eating the new specialty meals at Galactic Grill!

DIY Disney: T-shirt Memory Wall

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We have a fun DIY Disney idea for you! With four kids visiting the Disney parks often, we have a lot of great Disney shirts from our trips as well as other shirts the kids have worn that bring back memories we love. I just couldn’t part with some of these shirts, and decided to turn my favorite kid shirts (most of them Disney) into a wall of art for my kid’s play area in our basement.


We have a step-by-step of how we put this together. While it was rather simple, it just took some time and planning. I have been setting shirts aside for a few years now since I couldn’t just give them away. But I measured out the wall and then determined how many shirts I wanted to hang. I used 21 shirts. We built wood 10×10 frames.


Wood was about 2 inches thick. We didn’t want it to stick too far from the wall but just enough to resemble a canvas.


We started with a favorite Disney shirt – this one was worn by both my girls and it was a favorite.


I then cut the shirt vertically up the back. This made one big piece of fabric.


I chose which part of the front design I wanted on the frame and I set the tshirt on the frame. I kept it pulled relatively tight but not stretching the fabric.


Next, I used a staple gun to staple the shirt around the frame. Staples go on the back side of the frame.


I made as neat of corners as I could – some shirts had more fabric than others.


Once it was all stapled, there was a lot of extra fabric in the center of the frame in the back.


I cut off all the extra fabric in the back. This way it would lay flat on the wall.



This is the back of the box without all the extra shirt fabric.


And this is what the box looks like on the front!


To hang them on the wall, we laid all the boxes out on the floor to figure out the best layout based on color and design. We cut pieces of paper that was 10×10 and taped it to the wall to make sure we had the boxes spread evenly.


We transferred our layout of the boxes on the wall. We used two nails in the wall on each top corner to hang the frames. And here is the finished wall!



I love getting to see this wall everyday because it brings back all kinds of great memories of when my kids were little and some of our Disney trips. And it adds great color on the wall!

Disneyland Hotel Review


If you are considering visiting Disneyland during the 2016 year, we highly recommend staying on property at the Disneyland Hotel. We recently stayed at this hotel on our last vacation and we loved the new renovations they did over a year ago. The pool was renovated with a new Monorail theme slide area that kids love! The pool area includes 3 pool areas for families – one being the slide area. The only downside is that you can’t sit in one area and see all three pools to watch your kids while they swim. My preschooler went down the small slide about 100 times!



As always at all Disney pools, they offer complimentary life vests for little ones as well as free pool towels. We enjoyed some delicious lunch pool side from Tangaroa Terrace. It was fantastic!

Between the three Disneyland resort hotels, the Disneyland Hotel is the oldest hotel and has the largest rooms for families because of its age. We have stayed at the Disneyland Hotel many times and we love the new renovations. The lobby was redesigned to be more open concept as well as the surrounding areas. The hotel still has the three main towers of rooms.


We stayed in the Adventure Tower with views of the pool. This tower also has theme park views available. Between the three resort hotels, the Disneyland Hotel offers the most Disney-theme magic! The most magical thing that was added to each room is a beautiful wood-carved headboard that lights up fireworks when you turn it on, and plays “When You Wish Upon A Star”. It was so lovely! The lights were just enough for a soft nightlight when we slept. Our kids loved it!

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For our big family, we had plenty of room in the hotel and we loved it there. It was a short walk to the parks and we were so close to Goofy’s Kitchen which is a great character dine!

We know at Disneyland, there are a lot of choices in places to stay with your family. But I think the best part of our trip was staying at the Disneyland Hotel. We were able to come back to our room to rest and we loved relaxing at the pool or hanging in our room.

The room is filled with Mickey magic and kids will love it there!


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