I think this has been one of of my FAVORITE years to book Disneyland travel for friends and clients! Always a magical time creating memorable vacations for individuals and families, there is just something so special about being back in the parks and celebrating so much NEWNESS and WONDER at the Disneyland Resort.
2023 brings the Disney100 Celebration and I wanted a one-stop location to share what makes traveling to the Disneyland resort so special.
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We are so excited to take our little ones this year to experience the new and immersive Toon Town experience, the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Ride, the new fireworks and water shows, the new tasty treats and so much more.
Read on to see everything Disney100 has in store! Ready to book your Disneyland vacation or looking to see a quote on what that could look like for you and your party? Reach out for a free quote!
Mickey and Minnies Runaway Railway and the new Toon Town
While Toontown doesn't officially open until March 8th, you can get in on the toon fun early!
Beginning Jan. 27, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will star in their very first ride-through attraction at the Disneyland Resort!
Inside the El CapiTOON Theater in Disneyland Park, this family-friendly experience transports guests into the wacky and unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, where Guests will board a train engineered by Goofy and embark on a zany adventure.
As of now, the ONLY WAY to experience Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway when the attraction opens, is through Disneyland's complimentary virtual queue*, which is only accessible via the Disneyland app.
There will not be a standby line for this attraction at this time. The virtual queue enrollment times will be twice daily, at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT. Learn more by contacting me or at Disneyland.com. Guests may also get quicker entry to this attraction with the purchase of an individual Lightning Lane arrival window, subject to availability.
When Toontown opens this March, the beloved land will feature more play activities and attractions than ever before, as well as grassy play spaces for you to unwind.
World of Color "ONE" and Wondrous Journeys
World Of Color "ONE" is an all-new nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the storytelling legacy started by Walt Disney, illustrating how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. This is the first Disneyland Resort nighttime spectacular to feature characters, music and moments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, the Avengers and Star Wars in the same production. Here is a sneak peek at the new show from Disney Live Entertainment!
Guests will be able to access the viewing area for “World of Color – ONE” through the virtual queue system* available only via the Disneyland app. Distribution for the complimentary virtual queue will begin at 12 p.m. PT, daily (subject to availability) and is available for guests who have entered Disney California Adventure Park for the day or have entered Disneyland Park with a Park Hopper ticket. More information and how-to details are available on Disneyland.com. Joining the virtual queue is not required, but it is highly recommended as walk-up viewing options for each performance are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each evening at Disneyland Park, “Wondrous Journeys” transforms Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas with lighting effects, customized projections and more. This nighttime spectacular by Disney Live Entertainment will take you on an epic adventure through 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling. On select nights, “Wondrous Journeys” takes to the skies with sparkling fireworks. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the recording session for the show’s original song, “It’s Wondrous.”
During both “World of Color – ONE” and “Wondrous Journeys,” your MagicBand+ will come to life with dancing lights and vibrations synchronized to the shows.
Platinum Decor and Elegant Food Offerings
We ALL love new themed merch that marks our latest visit to the Happiest Place On Earth and this year they are bringing out some really special memorabilia.
Both theme parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will be adorned in beautiful, platinum-infused décor.
Around the resort, guests will find platinum statues and medallions – which make great photo opportunities! At Disneyland Park, Sleeping Beauty Castle will be accented by two new water fountains and dressed in platinum banners and bunting, a magnificent cabochon and a shining wishing star. On Main Street, U.S.A., Guests may find Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals in platinum-inspired looks designed to reflect the optimism and creativity that are at the heart of everything Disney.
Feeling hungry amidst all these festivities? Savor a century of magic through specialty food and beverages like the platinum trifle and potato and cheddar cheeseburger. Plus, Guests can collect novelties such as the Disney100 Mickey Mouse sipper and platinum Mickey Mouse balloon bucket.
Guests can also bring the magic home with commemorative Disney100 merchandise and collectibles released throughout the year, such as the Disney100 Platinum Celebration Collection, special MagicBand+ designs, collectible medallions and pressed pennies.
Magic Happens Parade and Gallery Offerings
Returning February 24th, 2023 even more fun is still to come! The “Magic Happens” parade makes its highly anticipated return to Disneyland Park. Led by Mickey Mouse and his pals, the daytime spectacular celebrates moments of magic from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films with grand floats, artistic costumes and an energetic musical score.
We’re excited to announce that The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park will house a new exhibit inspired by Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland to be where his films come to life. Inside, you’ll see beautiful artwork created by original Disney animators for some of Walt’s early films, alongside artwork concepted by original Disney Imagineers to recreate those stories in the park.
The exhibit will also display an animator’s desk, a model of a multi-plane camera and more. It’s a magnificent tribute to Disney films that became Disneyland Resort attractions, park experiences that later inspired Disney films and the rich traditions they both share.
There’s so much to look forward to this year at Disneyland Resort! I can't wait to take our little family and continue to help so many families experience the magic.
What are you most looking forward to during Disney100?
Entertainment, experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in availability or unavailable, and are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice. Both valid Theme Park reservation and admission for the same Park on the same day are required for Park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. Visit https://disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlr for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort.
*Virtual queues are limited and subject to availability, and joining a virtual queue does not guarantee entrance to any experience. Guests may only enter the virtual queue for each experience once per day. Subject to other restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice.
**Message, data and roaming rates may apply for the use of the Disneyland app and Play Disney Parks app. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.
A couple of times of year we enjoy taking the kids on our "big vacations". Usually one in early spring and one over the summer. As a homeschooling family, we are blessed to be able to travel on dates where places will, hopefully, be less crowded. We aim for missing spring break and travel late in the summer when back to school has already happened.
For our summer vacation this year, we enjoyed 5 days on Mission Beach and then decided to spend 3 more days up the coast in Carlsbad. We have been wanting to take Greyson, who was about to turn six, to Legoland California but wanted to go when we knew he could ride most of the rides and when he would appreciate the park.
I have shared our favorite rides, eats and features below as well as the not-so-favorite-parts as they pertained to our particular family dynamic. We traveled in August with a 6 year old (he turned six the day we went! a super fun birthday day!) and our 1 1/2 year old daughter. Read below and then comment your most and least favorite aspects of the park below too.
7. Hugo's Tacos
6. Aroma Cafe
About: Delicious, Gluten-Free, Vegan-Option Mexican Food in California? Yes, please.
Favorite Selections: Mixed Veggie Bowl, Chicken Tacos, Organic Spanish Rice
Location: 4749 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604
About: This charming little coffee shop and cafe is a staple in Studio City and is the meeting place for many stars and industry happenings. Used to be one of my frequent hang outs. The patio is so charming, take a book and enjoy an afternoon.
Favorite Selections: The dairy-free lattes!
Location: 4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
5. The Counter
4. Veg Ta Ble
About: A rockstar burger joint that uses naturally raised, humanely treated, antibiotic and hormone free meat with MANY gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Favorite Selections: The Build-Your-Own-Burger wrapped in lettuce. The selections for toppings are endless. And bonus: No HFCS in their ketchup!
Location: 12117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
About: A gluten-free comfort food eatery with many selections for all diets.
Favorite Selections: Tomato & Basil Soup, Roasted Red Beet & Carrot Salad
Location: 3711 Cahuenga Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604
2. Royalty Juice Bar & Cafe
About: Not to be confused with the other Hugo's on my list, this decadent eatery has an extensive vegan and gluten free menu with all of the selections clearly marked. A great high-end eatery for business lunches or a date night.
Favorite Selections: Orange Mustard Chicken, Samosa Wrap, Create-A-Pasta-Dish with GF penne.
Location: 12851 Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA 91607
About: So many favorites at this juice bar & cafe, this one was hard to narrow down. From gluten-free lettuce wraps to an extensive line of smoothies and juices there is something for everyone.
Favorite Selections: Collard Green Vegan Wrap, Berry Good Almond Milk Smoothie & The ABC Juice.
Location: 12019 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
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