Latest From the Parks

Visit my Facebook page for daily updates on Disneyland and to keep up with my weekly park visits. I share lots of photos and tips that will make your experience in the parks go smoothly.

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News

General:

  • Kristoff is now seeing guests at DCA! Find him and Olaf in the first room you enter. Then, Anna and Elsa in the second. More here. (Also note: A reliable source let me know this character meet up will change to Rocket and Groot in May as we get closer to the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. I’ll let you know as I learn more.)
  • The Disney Junior Dance Party is coming to the Disney Junior Theater beginning 5.26.2017. Rumored close date to transition to the new show is 4.9.2017.
  • Dole Whip Cotton Candy has arrived at DCA! $4.75. So yummy.
  • Grad Nights begin 5.5.2017. Know all about how these work and how you can work around them to make your visit successful.
  • Pearls in the Park, a party I host each spring for Disneyland Daily readers, will be held 5.5.2017. Join us! Find out all you need to know about the party and greatly discounted rooms at the Disneyland Hotel in this post.
  • MaxPass is coming soon to work along side the current FASTPASS system. Review this post for what to expect and look for updates there as things change.
  • PhotoPass is always changing. Review this post for everything you need to know.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade is running daily until 6.18.2017. New parade viewing rules were put in place recently. Review this post for all you need to know.
  • My current promotion with Park Savers is on until 5.31.2017. Save an extra $2 per ticket when you book through this post.
  • Blue Bayou and Aladdin’s Oasis are currently offering dining packages for the Main Street Electrical Parade. Review those options to see if they’re a fit for your crew.
  • Pinocchio’s Workshop, the child care room at the Grand Californian Hotel, closed permanently 3.11.2017. For child care options, speak to Guest Services at your DLR Hotel. Cast members will refer you to an outside agency.
  • After closing 1.2.2017, Tower of Terror will reopen as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! on May 27, 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Celebration in Disneyland

Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure

Easter 

  • Lots of sweet treats have arrived! Review all your options before visiting.
  • Eggstravaganza info finally arrived! Enjoy the egg hunt from 4.1.2017 – 4.16.2017. Lots more info here and here.

Security Checkpoint Changes

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Currently at Disneyland

Purchase-with-Purchase

The current purchase-with-purchase includes a throw and tote bag. These items can be added onto your purchase at dozens of souvenir shops throughout Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney and in the three Disneyland Resort Hotels.

Here is the promotion:

The Disneyland Throw can be purchased for $19.95 with any merchandise total of $40.00 or more. It looks like this:

The Mickey Backpack can be purchased for $19.95 with any merchandise total of $25.00 or more. It looks like this:

 

I recommend monogramming each! For $7.99 more, you can personalize each of these items.

Monogramming Details:

  • To monogram at the Disneyland Resort, you must have purchased the item at the resort.
  • Tags must still be on the item.
  • You will need to show your receipt.
  • You must monogram the item within a week or purchasing.
  • Monogramming can be done at Showcase on Main Street in Disneyland, Five and Dime on Buena Vista Street at DCA and World of Disney in Downtown Disney.
  • Purchase your item at the cash stand. Take it to the monogram counter to pay for the monogramming and to request specifics like placement of the monogram, color, and font.
  • A cast member will recommend placement of the monogram. Pockets and extra material can prevent some areas from being monogrammed.
  • There are some limits as to what you can monogram. First and last names are not allowed. School names like “LSU” cannot be monogrammed. A cast member will advise.
  • Items are available the same day and typically include about an hour wait. A cast member will give you a return time.

Monogramming on these purchase-with-purchase items requires the premium version offered in the park. You may monogram up to 2 lines with 16 characters per line.

Font and color options include:

Here is the throw with monogram:

Backpack with monogram photo coming soon:

 

Gourmet Treat

March’s Gourmet Treat is ALL CHOCOLATE. Chocolate coating, chocolate chips, and chocolate drizzle cover these goodies. Available in candy apples and krispy treats. No marshmallow wands for this recipe. Find these at Candy Palace on Main in Disneyland, Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country in Disneyland, Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in DCA and Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney.

Here it is:

Disneyland Resort Hotels Monthly Activity Calendar – March

Most of the activities listed in the following three images are open to Disneyland Resort Hotel guests only. (Although, I’ve done the tours at each hotel while not staying as a guest.) For more information, visit Guest Services in the lobby of your hotel.