Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“Here you leave today- and visit the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”

– Walt Disney

This was our third trip to Disneyland and I still love it just as much.  In our previous two trips one thing I struggled with was food.  Sad looking burgers and depressing chicken nuggets are not first on my list of options and unfortunately at Disneyland they are on offer in abundance.  I was determined that this trip would be different.  I started researching what to eat and drink and of course I found inspiration with fellow bloggers.  I quickly discovered the secret, it's all about the snacks!  Disneyland is a snackers paradise if you know where to look.  I also planned a few drink stops for us grown ups because as one blogger put it "it's like adding extra 3D to rides".

Mickey Beignets
Mint Julep Bar, Disneyland Park, New Orleans Square.
Quick "dabbing" moment for the kids!
Cotton Candy Lemonade
Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure Park, Paradise Pier
The Cove Bar has great views and great drinks.  Kids and grown up's left here very happy.  

Rye Manhattan
Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure Park, Paradise Pier
Bulleit Rye Small Batch American Whiskey, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, and Angostura Bitters, garnished with Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries

Downtown Disney is a great little space to escape the "parks" for a while.  Grab a cocktail and a cupcake then head back to hit some more rides.
Mixed Fruit Mojito & "The Phil" Collins
Uva Bar, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort Area
Lemon Coconut Cupcake
Sprinkles, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort Area

Sometimes you just need a nice cold glass of white wine;
Bayside Brews, Disney California Adventure Park, Paradise Pier
They have 6 craft beers on tap and a basic wine selection.  Just what you need before going on Goofy's Sky School!
Chocolate Dipped Soft Serve Ice Cream
Cozy Cone Motel, Disney California Adventure Park, Cars Land
Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Disney California Adventure Park, Pacific Wharf
They have a very impressive selection of chocolate sundaes here and when you need a sweet pick me up mid afternoon this is the perfect place to head.

Bengal Barbecue, Disneyland Park, Adventureland
Tasty skewers of grilled meat and vegetables.

We also visited Universal Studio's for a day.  The kids insisted we ate at Krusty Burger and although it's pretty pricey for a burger it was OK and don't forget to grab a pint of Duff Beer!
The kids (well me, actually) insisted we went to Lard Lad Donuts.  Look at the size of that thing!  It was soft, fresh and surprisingly delicious.
Looking at all these snacks is making me hungry to book another trip!!
My main advice for Disneyland is search for those little treats and avoid the main feeding areas. There are many hidden gems to discover and they will make you very glad you did your research to find them.

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