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Take Mom To Disneyland for Mothers Day!



We all try to give our moms all the love and appreciation we can every day of the year. But on that one special day every year, we go the extra mile and truly show mom how much she means to us. This year that day is May 12th. What better way to celebrate your mother then to “Give Mom A Day At Disneyland for Mothers Day”?

Mom should never have to cook on her day either, So during your Mother’s Day visit, give your mom the Disney Princess treatment and take her to one of these special events for a meal to remember:

Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom: This is an “all-you-care-to-eat feast that begins at 10am and lasts until 3pm. Princess Mom will be visited by Cinderella and will enjoy live musical entertainment. This is the over the top Royal Buffet. Start mom with a glass of bubbly and a buffet that is extensive. Included in the buffet are salads, artisan cheese, seafood, meats, divine desserts – including housemade pies. For the little ones in the group, they get their own buffet which includes salads, fresh fruit, chicken, pizza, mac ‘n’ cheese and “kid-approved” desserts. (Adults $71.99 + Tax/Gratuity Kids ages 3-9 $20.99)

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa Storyteller’s Cafe: Mother’s Day Bruch Buffet with extra goodies for Princess Mom. The buffet includes season berries, made-to-order omelets, brioche French toast and roasted salmon. ($31.99)

3 Choices at Disneyland Park:

Blue Bayou: Special Mother’s Day Menu featuring prosciutto-wrapped halibut with a forbidden rice and a corn chowder. ($39.00)

Carnation Cafe: Mother’s Day offering of honey-mustard, lemon-roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots. ($16.99)

Plaza Inn: Mother’s Day offering is a fruit-glazed salmon with a mango-kiwi relish. Served with rice pilaf and baby carrots. ($16.99)

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Blue Bayou – Must Eat

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I realized I speak of Blue Bayou with my friends a lot. I figured if I was going to mention it so often I should give my whole opinion here instead of sporadically to just my friends and strangers. It’s really far too easy to get me talking about Disney related anything…

You should know that I eat at Blue Bayou pretty much every time I visit Disneyland. Just as a FYI when I visit Disney World I almost always eat at 50’s Prime Time Cafe…  Just a splash of information for you that has absolutely nothing to do with this piece. You’re welcome!

There’s a good reason why I almost always eat here. In my opinion it’s the best food in the park. Also, I love the fact that I get to watch Pirates of the Caribbean boats floating by. You are sitting “outside” at perpetual twilight, no matter what the actual time of day is outside. While you are surrounded by the sounds of the Louisiana Bayou… and the frogs, crickets and fireflies don’t actually bother you… Hint: They aren’t real… Shhh don’t tell…

The food offerings are some of the best in the park. They have such entrees as:

  • Seafood Jambalaya
  • Beef Short Ribs
  • Roasted Beef Strip Loin
  • Filet Mignon
  • Crab Cakes
  • Tesoro Island Chicken
  • Surf and Turf

Every meal comes with either a Cajun inspired salad or the signature New Orleans Gumbo. I always get the Gumbo! While you may find better in New Orleans, you will not find better anywhere else on the West Coast of the USA…

There are a few desert options as well such as Crème Brûlée, Ice Cream, and Chocolate Cake. I’m usually too full to eat desert at the restaurant. Let’s be honest there isn’t a shortage of sweets in Disneyland now is there? I recommend heading to Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.

As my 7 year old son says, the “Blue Bayou is a place where in the movie it says there are alligators. One nice one and the rest are mean. And this is how it goes, there was a girl and Prince who turned into frogs. They fell madly in love and some people helped them to realize their dreams.” I’m not fully sure that helps sell this restaurant but he made me put it in…



As you can see from the pictures and menu, there aren’t many things to dislike about Blue Bayou. Perhaps the biggest issue with the restaurant is that there aren’t enough tables! If you want to eat at Blue Bayou I recommend calling as soon as you know you’re going or as soon as they open up the booking window (60 days prior) for your trip time frame. You’ll be disappointed if you miss out, trust me.

California Adventure Must Do’s


I always save California Adventure for Day 2. I mean, who doesn’t? Disneyland is the original and still the best place to start, and end…  Yeah okay, you caught me. I always do a 3 (or more) day park hopper for Disneyland. This way I do a full day at each park and split the 3rd day between the two.

So you’ve gone to Disneyland, you’ve listened to my sage advice and ridden all the best rides, seen the best shows, and all that Disneyland has to offer. And of course you ate at Blue Bayou, right? right? I mean, I kinda stressed it in that one posting didn’t I?

So here you are at California Adventure… Now What? What do you do first? Well two things, hopefully you read the posting on Radiator Springs Racers so you already knew to get those FastPasses before the park even opened. Second thing you want to do is get your FastPass to World Of Color, if you don’t already have a dining package. Don’t worry World Of Color FastPasses don’t keep you from getting any other ones. It’s simply to help control the crowd by assigning sections.

You’ve stepped onto Buena Vista Street, circa 1923. I suggest this time you do go slowly, unlike Disneyland Park, down Buena Vista Street. Check it out, especially Trolley Treats. I love this store for a few reasons… I mean, it’s got candy, chocolate, fudge, plus delicious caramel apples! While you’re there make sure you stop and take in the window display. It features a mountain that was designed in 1957 to be a part of Frontierland. The mountain was to be named “Rock Candy Mountain”. Sadly, it never came to be…  Maybe some day.


After taking in Buena Vista Street, head off to Paradise Pier at the end of the park. This is where I always start my rides, and work my way back to the front. So what are the must do rides at California Adventure?

  • California Screamin’ (OF COURSE!) – FastPass
  • Car’s Land – YES ALL OF IT! Luigi’s Flying Tires, Maters Junkyard Jamboree, Radiator Springs Racers (FP) and more
  • Did I say Radiator Springs Racers? (really? – well try to go twice!)
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Disney’s Aladdin Musical Show
  • Soarin’ over California – FastPass<
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – FastPass
  • Grizzly River Run – FastPass

After all those rides, those splashes and more, you’ve probably worked up some hunger. So where should you eat?

  • Ariel’s Grotto – Even I love dining with Princesses… Quick Note – Princesses come for Breakfast and Lunch only now.
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe – Yummy sourdough clam chowder
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
  • Fairfax Market – Lots of healthy options
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe – Great Grilled items

After seeing the sites, hanging out on Route 66, and eating something excellent, I have to see World of Color. If I don’t I just don’t feel quite complete. If you haven’t seen this show, you should know that this is an amazing show. The amount of work done, as well as the creativeness is captivating. The downside to the World of Color is that it was added after the park was opened. So with this it wasn’t planned for with a good viewing area. So you must get there early to get close enough to see the whole show. Don’t forget, you can get a FastPass at the beginning of the day near Grizzly River Run! I highly recommend getting the FastPass and getting to the show early. Both will help you to enjoy the show as much as possible! Here’s another quick tip, pick yourself up some “Glow with the Show” ears. This have IR technology that allows the ears to literally become part of the show. Check back here as I will be posting about the ears specifically very soon.

As you near the end of your day, take a leisurely stroll back through Buena Vista Street, get yourself some cool souvenirs and perhaps a midnight snack to enjoy later on. Have a good evening and we’ll see you again real soon!

I hope you find this information fun, new and worthwhile.

Character Dining at Disneyland Parks


Character Dining at Disneyland Parks is one of the greatest experiences you can plan. Between the parks and hotels you have five choices to sit and eat with your favorite Disney friends. Here you see my son, Jakob, hanging at Goofy’s Kitchen with none other than Goofy himself. For my family, character dining at Disneyland parks is one of the highlights of any good vacation!

Let’s discuss the options available:

Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park: Join Minnie and Friends for a delicious Character Breakfast in the Park! There’s not many better ways to start your day at Disneyland then with Minnie, Mickey, and more. The all you care to eat breakfast buffet consists of many options. Included are cold cereals, fresh pastries, omelet station, and of course Mickey Waffles. Don’t forget your autograph book and camera to capture all the memories!


Ariel’s Grotto at Disney’s California Adventure Park: Join Ariel and some of her closest Princess friends for a celebration. Here you will be escorted to meet with Ariel for a quick chat and picture-taking prior to being seated. You will be offered a selection of plates from the fixed-price menu. Choices range from the famous slow-roasted tri-tip to pasta and more. Included with your meal are family style salads and desserts. While dining, you’ll enjoy an excellent view of not only Paradise Pier, but will be visited by many Princesses, perhaps even the Fairy Godmother will stop by if her schedule allows. Dining Tip: Recent changes to Ariel’s Grotto dining have moved Dining with Princesses to Breakfast and Lunch only. Dinner reservations are now offered as a World of Color package.

Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel: Fresh California offerings at all meals is the claim to fame for the PCH Grill (Pacific Coast Highway). Join Mickey for a Surf’s Up! Breakfast which features an all you care to eat buffet with all your favorites, including of course Mickey Waffles and Pancakes. You can let your kids head up and create their own breakfasts as well. All while experiencing your favorite Mickey friends and sitting among a beach themed restaurant with surfboards and oversized kites hanging about. Character Dining available for breakfast only.

Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel: Who knew that Goofy could cook, well he will surprise you for sure. Head over to his place for a great character dining option. Another all you care to eat buffet option is awaiting you for breakfast and dinner. No lunch option available. Goofy needs to nap you know. For breakfast, treat your kids to the peanut butter and jelly pizza for a delicious treat that you will likely never make yourself. At dinner time, enjoy a selection of carved meats, salad station and more. However, save room for your soft serve yogurt with your own topping choices. Party Tip: If you’re celebrating a birthday or other occasion, then Goofy’s Kitchen is the place for the big day celebration!


Storyteller’s Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and SpaChip and Dale invite you to breakfast and an unforgettable experience. Chip and Dale are known for their mischievous sides and they let it all out during your breakfast with them. Here you may order directly off the menu or select from the market buffet that includes fresh fruit, made to order omelette’s and the ever popular Mickey Mouse Waffles. In addition to hanging out with Chip, Dale and their friends you get to spend some time doing lots of interactive fun. You’ll have to show up to find out what tricks and surprises they have in store for you!

Please note that I highly recommend you make advanced dining reservations for each of these restaurants. They will fill up fast for good reason. Get your reservations done early for the best selection. Additionally, please know that all the Character Dining at Disneyland Parks is breakfast. However, Goofy’s Kitchen will also serve a character dinner and Ariel’s Grotto offers a lunch. Quick Tip: Ariel’s Grotto is still listing a Princesses Dinner option online, however I’ve been told by Disney Dining that dinner no longer includes Princesses.

I hope you find this information fun, new and worthwhile.