Disney and San Diego recap


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! Completely happy Wednesday! What’s occurring at present? I’m headed to the women’ college this morning, catching an F45 class, and placing the ending touches on podcast episode #100!! It’ll go reside subsequent week and yesss there’s a giveaway.

For at present’s put up, I needed 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 recap of our journey, plus a few of our fave spots.

Disney and San Diego recap

Once we came upon that Liv’s dance crew was going to be performing within the Disneyland parade with Dance the Magic, we knew we had been IN. We additionally figured we may sandwich a San Diego journey together with it, because it’s a simple flight to San Diego (an hour from Tucson) and lease a automotive to drive to Anaheim. We had been so completely satisfied to be again in SD!!

We went straight to Tiki Port, who welcomed us with probably 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.

Friday Faves 4.1

(That is the Drifter with peanut butter. When you go to San Diego, get it! You received’t remorse it.)

We additionally made a cease on the seaside so the women may moist their ft (aka their garments and whole our bodies), to the lodge to vary, Belmont Park (the place they rode experience after experience) and OB Noodle Home for dinner.

The subsequent morning’s breakfast was at Nice Maple, which is one in all 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 children had a blast testing all the reveals. It adjustments each time we go to, and it’s really a youngsters’ dream come true. We acquired Tender Greens to-go for lunch, and hit the street 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 at all times attempt to e book one “actual” (sit-down) meal every day. It’s sometimes lunch, as a result of everybody will get the possibility to sit down down and refuel. We acquired very fortunate with reservations this journey and I used to be capable of 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 thing you might 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 thing.

The remainder of the weekend was spent driving rides,

(P rode the Incredicoaster 3 instances… our daredevil little one, 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 big amped up Reese’s)

and watching Liv and her crew carry out within the parade!! It was the primary Dance the Magic efficiency since they’ve reopened and I had full-body chills the whole time. It was SO superb, so magical, and all the studios did such an unimaginable job. The streets had been fully lined with spectators and everybody was clapping and cheering. I heard there have been about 600 whole dancers and so they 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 capable of 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 experience some rides earlier than the park was open and to look at Liv run round with all of her dance buddies who’ve turn out to be like household.

Some Disney questions I figured I may chat about on this put up (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 Fundamental Avenue, 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 you must 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 might 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 completely satisfied.

What are the present masks guidelines?

Masks weren’t required open air and advisable indoors. Most friends weren’t sporting them.

What’s the new Genie+ system? Are there Quick Passes?

Disney has achieved away with Quick Passes. Beforehand, you might e book as much as two rides at a time, and when you completed these, you might e book new ones all through the day utilizing the app. Up to now, it was additionally free. Quick Passes are gone, and so they’ve launched two new paid choices: Genie + ($20 per particular person 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 experience, per particular person).

With Genie+ you’ve the flexibility to e book time slots for among the extra in style rides (like Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Incredicoaster, and so on). It’s $20 per particular person 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 and so they advised me that they should push by means of the Lightning Lane folks first as a result of they paid for a spot. So because of this 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 experience, and ended up doing about 19 rides that day. You’ll be able to’t e book Lightning Lane passes for among the newer or premium sights with out paying an extra price (like Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, Radiator Springs, Net Slingers, and so on) 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 someday. It’s important 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 experience these 3 rides, along with your park tickets. It simply seems like an enormous cash seize to me.

I’ll say that Genie+ is totally value it if you wish to experience loads 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 best experience 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 buddies: any holidays on the radar for this spring/summer time? What’s your favourite place to go to with youngsters?? Additionally, fave Disney deal with?!

xo

Gina

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