Sharing some adventures from our journey to San Diego, a few of our favourite SD eating places and family-friendly actions, and a visit to Disneyland with Dance the Magic!
Hello hello! Blissful Wednesday! What’s occurring as we speak? I’m headed to the women’ college this morning, catching an F45 class, and placing the ending touches on podcast episode #100!! It’s going to go dwell subsequent week and yesss there’s a giveaway.
For as we speak’s submit, I wished to share a recap of our journey to San Diego and Disneyland! Our final journey to Disneyland was fall 2019, so we had been thrilled to be headed again. (We’ve been to Disney World a few instances because it’s reopened, nevertheless it was our first journey again to Disneyland.)
Right here’s a bit of recap of our journey, plus a few of our fave spots.
Disney and San Diego recap
Once we came upon that Liv’s dance staff was going to be performing within the Disneyland parade with Dance the Magic, we knew we had been IN. We additionally figured we might sandwich a San Diego journey together with it, because it’s a straightforward flight to San Diego (an hour from Tucson) and hire a automotive to drive to Anaheim. We had been so glad to be again in SD!!
We went straight to Tiki Port, who welcomed us with presumably the BEST acai bowl I’ve had in my life. (And I’ve had many, many from Tiki Port.) The man making them was really an artist; I had chocolate chips, acai, granola, fruit, AND peanut butter in each single chew.
(That is the Drifter with peanut butter. Should you go to San Diego, get it! You received’t remorse it.)
We additionally made a cease on the seaside so the women might moist their ft (aka their garments and full our bodies), to the lodge to vary, Belmont Park (the place they rode journey after journey) and OB Noodle Home for dinner.
The subsequent morning’s breakfast was at Nice Maple, which is one in every of our favourite breakfast eating places.
This avocado stack had arugula, avocado, balsamic discount, and perfectly-cooked salmon.
We additionally shared maple bacon donuts with our entrees.
After breakfast, we performed on the waterfront park for some time after which headed to the New Youngsters’s Museum, the place the youngsters had a blast trying out the entire reveals. It adjustments each time we go to, and it’s really a children’ dream come true. We acquired Tender Greens to-go for lunch, and hit the highway the Anaheim!
Our first cease in Anaheim was the lodge to drop off our baggage after which straight to character eating at Goofy’s Kitchen!
Whereas we’re at Disney, I all the time attempt to e book one “actual” (sit-down) meal every day. It’s usually lunch, as a result of everybody will get the prospect to sit down down and refuel. We acquired very fortunate with reservations this journey and I used to be in a position to e book Goofy’s Kitchen, Tortilla Jo’s (Downtown Disney) and Blue Bayou (Pirates of the Caribbean) whereas we had been there!
(Lunch at Blue Bayou. Salmon, rice, veggies, and we shared a chocolate cake for dessert)
Goofy’s Kitchen is a buffet with every part you would ever need, a ridiculous dessert choice, cocktails, and the characters come to every desk dancing to music whilst you twirl your serviette above your head. It’s every part.
The remainder of the weekend was spent driving rides,
(P rode the Incredicoaster 3 instances… our daredevil baby, lord assist us)
consuming ALL of the Disney treats
(my faves are the M&M rice crispy and the chocolate peanut butter sandwich, which is sort of a large amped up Reese’s)
and watching Liv and her staff carry out within the parade!! It was the primary Dance the Magic efficiency since they’ve reopened and I had full-body chills your complete time. It was SO superb, so magical, and the entire studios did such an unbelievable job. The streets had been fully lined with spectators and everybody was clapping and cheering. I heard there have been about 600 whole dancers they usually marched down the parade route, dancing to “Zero to Hero” from Hercules.
Lining as much as head into the park earlier than the parade:
I’ll always remember it.
As a part of Dance the Magic, we had been additionally in a position to attend a VIP breakfast in California Journey, which began at 5:30 Sunday morning. Ya’ll know me and the way a lot I LOVE my sleep, however I rallied and made it occur. It was actually cool to journey some rides earlier than the park was open and to look at Liv run round with all of her dance mates who’ve grow to be like household.
Some Disney questions I figured I might chat about on this submit (and issues I used to be questioning about myself earlier than our journey):
Was it crowded?
After studying some issues on Instagram and different weblog posts, I anticipated it to be PACKED, particularly because it was a weekend journey over excessive season. As somebody who’s used to strolling shoulder-to-shoulder with full strangers down Essential Road, I believed it was pretty. It felt very very open and never too crowded in any respect. They’re nonetheless utilizing a reservation system to restrict capability, so it’s a must to e book reservations for every day you’ll be within the parks. (You want a ticket earlier than you’ll be able to e book reservations however can discover the calendar on-line to see what availability seems like.)
What had been the character interactions like?
The characters had been nonetheless separated from park friends utilizing some sort of barrier, and you would stroll in entrance, take an image, and speak with them. Apparently that is altering on the finish of the month, and character hugs can be again! P LOVES hugging the characters, so this makes my coronary heart glad.
What are the present masks guidelines?
Masks weren’t required outside and advisable indoors. Most friends weren’t carrying them.
What’s the new Genie+ system? Are there Quick Passes?
Disney has performed away with Quick Passes. Beforehand, you would e book as much as two rides at a time, and when you completed these, you would e book new ones all through the day utilizing the app. Previously, it was additionally free. Quick Passes are gone, they usually’ve launched two new paid choices: Genie + ($20 per individual per day) and Lightning Lane for premium sights (which you’ll solely use with the paid Genie+ and it’s an additional $12-20 per journey, per individual).
With Genie+ you could have the flexibility to e book time slots for a number of the extra common rides (like Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Incredicoaster, and many others). It’s $20 per individual per day and we discovered that it was DEFINITELY value it. We didn’t purchase it the primary day since Liv was doing parade follow for a lot of the day, and the traces had been very lengthy. I used to be chatting with a solid member they usually instructed me that they should push by the Lightning Lane folks first as a result of they paid for a spot. So which means that if the Lightning Lane line is lengthy, and also you’re within the Stand-by line, they received’t allow you to transfer till the Lightning Lane is shorter.
The second day, we did Genie+ and it was completely value it. We hardly waited for longer than 5 minutes for every journey, and ended up doing about 19 rides that day. You may’t e book Lightning Lane passes for a number of the newer or premium sights with out paying a further price (like Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, Radiator Springs, Net Slingers, and many others) and that is the place I’ve blended emotions.
Let’s say you wish to do Net Slingers, Radiator Springs, and Rise of the Resistance in in the future. You need to have Genie+ to even have the flexibility to e book these rides ($80 for a household of 4) and also you e book Lightening Lane with the paid price for every of those ($48 for Net Slingers + $48 for Radiator Springs + $80 for Rise of the Resistance). This comes out to an additional $256 for a household of 4, simply to journey these 3 rides, along with your park tickets. It simply looks like an enormous cash seize to me.
I’ll say that Genie+ is completely value it if you wish to journey plenty of rides, and to be strategic on the premium sights. We ended up paying $80 to do Rise of the Resistance and it was most likely the good journey I’ve ever skilled (and I do know nothing about Star Wars lol).
This journey genuinely felt like a trip and it was such a blast to get away and benefit from the weekend. Spending time with our household is my favourite factor ever, and I’m trying ahead to extra adventures this summer time. 🙂
So, inform me mates: any holidays on the radar for this spring/summer time? What’s your favourite place to go to with children?? Additionally, fave Disney deal with?!