Last weekend we made our trip to Disney California Adventure for their Touch of Disney food event. We had a fantastic time, it was amazing being back in the park for a few hours, and saying hi to some of our favorite characters from 6+ feet away.
We of course also tried some great food. Enjoy!
Written by Gregg Condon
Overall, we had a fantastic time at Touch of Disney. Was it worth the $75 entry, probably not, but hey, it's Disney and we had a great day.
As I mentioned in our Comparison video of Taste of Boysenberry Festival, Taste of Universal, and Touch of Disney ... I think out of the 3, Disney had the least amount of available seating and the biggest issues ordering the food.
While I think mobile ordering is the way to go, and that part was indeed easy, getting the Disney Gift Card onto the app to use it for the food was a bit cumbersome. I hope they figure out some way to fix that before the parks open. Because it would be nice just to be able to "load" cards onto the app to use for dining.
But those minor things aside, it's a great event and we're glad Disney has figured out a way to get some people back to work sooner than their April 30th opening date
Today we have a rather large update from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for you to feast your eyes on. During our visit last weekend we were kind of all over the place, which was a good thing.
So this update has a bit of construction stuff, some Galaxy's Edge stuff, and some food and wine stuff (which we WILL get back to soon). Enjoy!
Written by Gregg Condon
Me: My kids are grown, I avoided ever getting a mini van!
Disneyland: Hold our Moof Juice.
Our first stop in the morning was to get the Indy pop. I have to be 100% honest, I didn't realize it was a big one. When we walked into Wunderland Gallery in Downtown Disney to get ours I was shocked, as you can see below.
Before taking Indy back to the car for the day, had to take him around the park a bit.
After getting our Rise boarding group (18 FTW) I had to actually leave to run an errand. We made it to Rise with 5 minutes to spare.
I also had to try out my new iPhone 11 Pro, rather impressed with the results. Check out a Rise of the Resistance Slide Show below.
Video of the amazing ROTR Pre-Show and "transport"
Jake and I also had some fun and did a reverse POV
The extensive rehab for The Haunted Mansion is continuing
Apparently some of these scrims have come down since Saturday
Over at DCA we took a quick look at the Food and Wine festival. Didn't try any treats, but we'll be back.
Avengers Campus construction is continuing as well.
As well as the admin building next to Luigi's.
They're still claiming "Summer" for this to open. We'll see.
There was some cone'struction going on in Cars Land
Back over at Disneyland, couldn't remember if we had a shot of this during our last update
And there was this thing.
If you've followed our site for any length of time you'll know we are huge fans of single rider lines. That said, not sure it really works for Star Tours. I think our wait was pretty much the same as the stand-by line.
No lie, I don't think I'd ridden "regular" Space Mountain since 2012. So yay!!
Wonder if they'll bring back the Dick Dale soundtrack for 90's night? That would be worth the admission alone.
After saying goodbye to Jake (he had woof'ers to take care of) I went and did some other single rider things. Like Indy!!
Look into my eyes
Mark Twain ... Maaaaark Twaaaiiiin
It was a beautiful late afternoon, so decided to do a POV of the Mark Twain
Sunset over Galaxy's Edge
Did single rider on the Falcon. I had only done this once before, as a pilot. I will say, there is definitely a difference between being a pilot and an engineer. The ride itself was still a ton of fun, more a difference in the movement of the cockpit.
Another slideshow, because why not. :)
What a piece of junk
There was some kind of lightsaber meet in Galaxy's Edge. This was super cool. These photos aren't watermarked so if you participated and want to use any of them, feel free to do so. :)
I had never noticed all of the hidden mickey's before
Over in Fantasyland, some work going on with the Carousel and Snow White
It's going to look amazing when it's done
Goodnight sweet Disneyland. We'll be back soon!!
Yesterday we headed out to Disneyland Resort to get use #2 out of our all new Disneyland Flex Annual Pass. Our main goal was to head to DCA to try out some of the holiday food before we had to pick up our son at the airport, so it was awesome that we were able to snag a DCA only reservation about a week prior.
As for the Flex Pass itself, we want to use it a couple of more times before we do a review of it, so stay tuned for that sometime in February.
Written by Gregg Condon
We arrived to the parking structure about 11:30am, which was about 90 minutes before they shut it down. So score on that one.
I will say, the security and tram loading procedures at the park are MUCH better than they used to be. As we mentioned on our social media, there is a LOT of merging going on in the parking structure once you pay for parking. And Californian's absolutely SUCK at that.
It was a beautiful day at DCA
Our first stop after getting Soarin' fastpasses for later in the day was the Alfresco lounge which is now an AP lounge. The wait was about 1 hr 15 min. Which is odd, because for 19 years you could just walk right up here whenever it was open. But put "AP Exclusivity" on it, and well, you get an hour wait.
The bonus of that "exclusivity" however is that the former "kind of AP Lounge", the Lamplighter, was about a 5 minute wait!!
It was a warm day (for me) so a nice refreshing drink was in order.
Lobster Nachos FTW!
Since we hadn't been AP's since 2012 and our visit in December was kind of a whirlwind, we spent a lot of the day visiting attractions we hadn't done yet. Like this one!!
We thought it was really cute.
Nice to see Flik's Flyers still around. Still wish they'd kept this Bugs as it's my favorite Pixar movie.
Alright, let's get to the food. Stuffing Mac and Cheese and some Cookie something or other Beer thing. Both were awesome.
It was busy, we knew it would be.
While waiting in line for the pork belly, got some pics and video of Avengers Campus. They've really improved the way they block construction for the bloggers. Thanks Disney. =)
Mmm, Pork Belly. I love salty food. LOVE it. But this was almost too salty for me. Almost.
The path from Cars Land to Hollywood is closed.
We walked all the way around to sit in the Animation lobby and relax a bit. Still want this set up in my living room.
We love Superstar Limo, err, Monsters Inc.
Please, Disney, make Harryhausen's an actual eatery.
Roz demands it.
Heading back to try more food, this thing kept stalking us. So we stopped to watch.
Paradise Pier as seen from the Little Mermaid Queue.
We absolutely love this area of the park. (click any of the pics to see a larger version)
After using our Soarin' fastpasses we headed back over to try some more food and drink. This is the Blood Orange Ale from SLOBrew. It was amazing. If you're ever in San Luis Obispo, be sure to go to their actual brewery. It's amazing.
This was from our visit there last year.
We then took on Radiator Springs Racers single rider line. We love it so!!
The last bit of Christmas.
After having a yummy dinner at Flo's we decided to walk through Downtown Disney on the way back to the car. We really like the new walkway and bridge. Like even more that it's a nice gentle slope. =)
That's gonna wrap it up for this quick update, we'll be back at the park on the 18th for Rise of the Resistance!! Can't wait.