Welcome to another fun holiday Sunday at the Disneyland Resort! The weather was practically perfect, and it was a great day to be at the Parks. I got to the Toy Story Parking Lot around noon, and met up with Jenny on the Harbor side of the security area since she was one bus behind me. We entered Disneyland around 12:15pm, and headed up Main Street. Jenny had not seen the Mickey garland since it was installed last week, and she was super excited about it!
We then walked towards the Castle and took some photos with no one in the background as the Main Street March was about to begin. From there, we headed towards Tropical Hideaway as Jenny wanted a snack. While there, Mr. DAPs had texted me about meeting him and Caitie at Market House, so we headed there. We ordered our drinks, and sat at a table inside for awhile.
Soon after, we headed towards Tomorrowland to see the concept art for the updated entrance, which will be completed in 2020. Then we found ourselves at Coke Corner to watch the Dapper Dans and enjoy a snack. The Dapper Dans are fun to watch all year, but during the holidays they put their own twist on holiday classics. My favorite song from their set is ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.’ They sing this song in English, Spanish, and Japanese! It’s fun how they incorporate the different languages and stories into the song!
From there, Mr. DAPs and Caitie headed to Galaxy’s Edge, while Jenny and I went on the Mark Twain. It was a perfect for an afternoon cruise along the Rivers of America. We all met back up at The Golden Horseshoe for the dueling pianos show. This is a fun show, and it pays tribute to the classic Golden Horseshoe shows with plenty of Disney music played as well! We saw the 3pm show, and it was about 25 minutes of pure entertainment! Definitely make plans to see this show when you visit Disneyland!
After the ‘Showdown at The Golden Horseshoe,’ we made our way to Disney California Adventure to see ‘Mickey’s Happy Holidays.’ We saw the drummers, performers, and characters march to and from Carthay Circle, and it was lots of fun! This show is quite energetic for being about a three to five minute spectacular. It’s the kind of show that California Adventure needed for the holidays.
We then decided to do something that we tend not to do – go outside of the secure zone of the Resort. We made our way to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa to check out the gingerbread house in the lobby. There are treats and drinks available near the gingerbread house, and we shared the Apple Caramel Pound Cake! It’s $12, and discounts apply. This is a very shareable dessert, and between five of us, we enjoyed it. It’s quite heavy to, so it definitely lives up to its ‘pound cake’ name! The Holiday Handbell Carolers also made an appearance and sang holiday tunes, which was quite nice to see and enjoy.
Before heading to dinner, we made our way throughout Downtown Disney to check out the new neon/futuristic trees. Yes, they are different, and while something like this could fit nicely in Tomorrowland, Downtown Disney is a shopping, dining, and entertainment district. You aren’t going to spent hours looking at the new decor.
For dinner, we headed to Pacific Wharf as there’s a variety of places to eat there. I got the Cocina Bowl with chicken and an Horchata from Cocina Cucamonga. The Cocina Bowl was good, and I’ve had it before so I knew what to expect with it. The Horchata was okay, but I feel that it wasn’t mixed properly as it seemed like the cinnamon had settled a bit. So it’s a miss in my book. And the graphics have been updated on Mobile Order on the Disneyland App, so that was nice to see.
After dinner, we saw The Suffragettes perform a bit at the Palisades Stage. We also took some photos of the toy drummer figures around the Obelisk. Besides Buena Vista Street, the area around Paradise Park is my favorite during the holidays.
After some time in Hollywood Land, it was time for Caitie to head home. Mr. DAPs and I continued on to Disneyland. We stopped by Tomorrowland Terrace and the Disney Holiday Dance Party. This had such a great variety of characters from Chip and Dale to Goofy and Pluto to Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, characters just seemed to appear every 15 minutes or so.
Since it was a nice night, we then headed towards it’s a small world for some photos. We actually took photos from the former Motor Boat Cruise area, and it was a nice place to get some unique photos. From there, we headed to Main Street and Town Square to take some more fun holiday photos.
After that, it was time to call it a night and leave the Parks. It was yet another fun day at the Disneyland Resort! There’s still more to see over the next few weeks, and I can’t wait to share more of our adventures with you! See you next week!