I know, I know, I focus a lot on Walt Disney World Resort. But that's because it is near and dear to my heart, being the first Disney property I ever visited. I can't forget about Disneyland Resort, though, and with all of the amazing new festivals, attractions and celebrations taking place there in the coming year, neither should you.
Here are just five reasons you should think about spending your family's next vacation on the west coast at "The Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland Resort.
"Get Your Ears On--A Mickey and Minnie Celebration
During the biggest celebration of Mickey and Minnie in Disneyland history, you'll enjoy new and enhanced entertainment plus special decorations, specialty foods and souvenirs. Mickey's Mix Magic kicks off later in January 2019, lighting up Disneyland park with a new high-energy projection show, creating a family-fun dance party atmosphere. The fan-favourite, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” also returns with a rockin’ new opening to kick off the party.
Lunar New Year
Ring in the Year of the Pig during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure® Park, Jan. 25 through Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year encourages Guests of all ages to enjoy multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will feature the Three Little Pigs as a special treat for the Year of the Pig.
For an authentic Asian food experience at this Lunar New Year celebration, check out marketplaces like Longevity Noodle Co. and Prosperity Bao & Buns. You'll also be able to taste six culinary creations via a "Sip and Savor Pass".
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
Did someone say "wine?"
Explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages, plus live entertainment, family-friendly seminars and cooking demonstrations at this culinary festival, March 1 through April 23, 2019. More than a dozen mouthwatering Festival Marketplaces feature small plates, specialty wines and craft beers. The Sip and Savor Pass will be available to Guests looking to taste their way through the festival. Sounds amazing!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Everyone is pumped for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
Beginning in summer 2019, you'll be able to live your own Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away and explore Black Spire Outpost. Once a busy crossroads, this spaceport on the planet Batuu is now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, including smugglers, rogue traders and exotic creatures traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. Take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren.
Pixar Pier Attractions
Since opening in June 2018, Pixar Pier brings the stories and characters of Disney•Pixar films to life with exciting attractions, themed neighborhoods and fun eateries. In 2019, Pixar Pier welcomes two additional attractions to complete the land: Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and Jessie’s Critter Carousel.
Which one of these fun events sounds like the most fun to you? It's so hard to choose just one!
As you may know, Epcot will be saying good bye to its IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights and fireworks display that has taken place every evening for years. In a fitting tribute to IllumiNations, nostalgic guests will be able to watch for a final time from a reserved seating area and with a special menu at the Rose & Crown Dining Room at Epcot beginning January 19, 2019 until the final performance later this summer as part of the IllumiNations Dining Package.
What's included in the IllumiNations Dining Package?
Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot, the Rose & Crown Dining Room serves classic British fare (think delicious pub food) overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon, where IllumiNations takes place. The patio at the Rose & Crown is the perfect spot to sit and watch the nighttime spectacular. The package includes a prix fixe menu featuring a selection of favourite Rose & Crown dishes, as well as unlimited beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Sample Menu for the IllumiNations Dining Package at the Rose & Crown Dining Room
What is the cost for the IllumiNations Dining Package at the Rose & Crown Dining Room?
Adults: $85 USD per person (ages 10 and up)
Children: $35 USD per person (ages 3 to 9)
Tax and gratuity are included.
Please note that the experience, showtimes and menu items are all subject to change without notice. Alcoholic beverages will only be served to guests 21 and up with valid ID.
Contact me to book this special experience and say good bye to IllumiNations!
Have you ever dreamed about taking your family on vacation to Europe? I sure have. In fact, just last year I picked up a used copy of a book that caught my eye, entitled Take Your Kids to Europe--How to Travel Safely (and sanely) in Europe with Your Children, by Cynthia W. Harriman. It's a great reference book all about how to choose restaurants, hotels or hostels (yikes), sightseeing, transportation and all of the other things you have to consider when travelling abroad with kids. Just skimming the book makes me anxious!
If you're like me and you just want to get away with your family for a special trip to see more of the world together, but you'd rather have someone take care of all of those details, then Adventures by Disney is the way to go.
You can even take your family on a European river cruise with Adventures by Disney, which has just announced more river cruise sailings for 2020, including a new itinerary on the Rhone River.
For the first time ever, you can sail through southern France including Provence, a diverse region rich with cultural, artistic, historical and culinary delights. You'll explore ancient cities, quaint hilltop villages, fairytale castles, rolling hills of lavender, romantic vineyards and much more.
Adventures by Disney now feature the following river itineraries:
Each Adventures by Disney river cruise features the services of up to eight Adventure Guides. An Adventure Guide is your host in each destination right on board the ship. Disney's expert team of trip developers have curated a diverse range of active, hands-on activities and engaging, authentic cultural experiences in every location along the journey, and all that family fun is balanced by special activities that are designed for kids and adults to each enjoy. No other river cruise experience is catered to families the way Adventures by Disney is.
More details are coming soon! In the meantime, click here to explore Adventures by Disney options.
Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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