Podcast Episode 258: Jamie & Tara’s Disneyland Trip Report – Part 2

So continuing with our own Jamie and Tara’s latest trip to Disneyland, this week we focus on the on-property hotels of the Disneyland Resort.  There are three different hotels, Disney’s Grand Californian, the Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier.  We take an in depth look at each while Jamie and Tara give us feedback on their own experiences.

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Podcast Episode 257: Jamie & Tara’s Disneyland Trip Report – Part 1

Our very own Jamie and Tara had the opportunity to visit Disneyland recently and we are excited to share all this new and great info with you!  In this part 1 of 2, we talk about how they got this opportunity, what attractions they loved and of course all the great things they ate while they were there!

And remember to stay tuned for part 2 where they’ll discuss hotel, ticket, and different upgrading options!

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WDW Parks Holiday Happenings Overview

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: separate ticketed event that runs from 7pm to midnight. There is a special parade, fireworks, hot cocoa and cookies, stage shows, and “snow” falls on Main Street!

Nightly castle lighting. Either the fairy Godmother or Elsa (on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights) bring the castle from it’s normal appearance to completely decked in lights! It really is a sight to see. 

The Jungle Cruise turns into the Jingle Cruise! The boats are renamed in holiday themes and there are some added jokes.

The Barbershop Quartet the Dapper Dans sing Christmas carols instead of their normal tunes.


Storytellers: Late in November cast members tell stories about their country’s traditions and legends. In addition there are some special holiday treats for sale!

Candlelight Processional: November 27-December 30th, 3 shows per night each with a celebrity narrating the biblical Christmas story featuring a choir and orchestra. These shows are VERY popular, lining up at least an hour in advance, if not much more, is a good idea if you want to see this show. One way to guarantee seating is the Candlelight Dinner Package at one of many Epcot restaurants for 2 Table Service credits.

Hollywood Studios

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: Disney has announced this will be the last year due to construction and expansion of Hollywood Studios. Streets of America are covered(buildings, trees, lampshades, everything) in lights that “dance” choreographed to music . You can purchase “Made with Magic” items  Mickey Ear Hat, Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove and the Sorcerer Mickey Wand to add to the effect, they are programmed to light up at key points of the show (can also be used at Holiday Wishes and other shows year round).

Merry & Bright Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios is a new event this year. From November 6 through December 30, 2015, you can purchase a separate ticket at a cost of $69 per adult or $39 for children. This includes entry (you can come and go as you please) to dessert party, reserved viewing site and a keepsake stadium blanket.

Will you be able to see any of these special Holiday happenings? Which are you most excited for?