Character Series: Meet Snow White

MH snow white germany pavilionWhere can you meet the Fairest in the Land? (Let me quick consult my Magic Mirror…) Mirror reports back: Perhaps the easiest spot to meet this princess is at her wishing well in the Germany Pavilion of World Showcase at Epcot. Nestled on the outskirts of the pavilion as you enter going clockwise, Snow White (occasionally with the Prince, and/or Dopey) greets guests at the well several times daily between 11:30am and 6pm. Our photo, taken when our son wasn’t quite three, remains one of my favorite Disney snapshots of all time. Check out the way he’s gazing at Snow White! (more…)

Make a splash at Disneyland Hotel’s Monorail Pool

The sleek monorails whooshing down the waterslides are first to grab your attention upon entering the Disneyland Hotel’s swimming complex. The nostalgic Disneyland marquee atop the slide tower is pretty impressive, too. And the slides, according to our little waterbugs, are just as fun as they look. Monorail Red’s double loop emerged the clear favorite. For the very youngest in our Mouse Holiday family, the gentle kiddie slide and super shallow water at the base of the tower were all they needed for a perfect afternoon. (more…)

Enjoy: Breakfast at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

The formula worked: charming Disney theming plus solidly good food brought us back to the relatively-new Jolly Holiday Bakery Café twice during a 2013 trip to Disneyland. First there were all the “practically perfect” Mary Poppins-esqe details to pick out: penguins in the stained glass windows, an instrumental “Spoonful of Sugar” playing as background music, silhouettes of the Banks children on the wall and a lovely painting displaying quotes and song lyrics from the film that our kids studied while we placed our order. (more…)

A stay at Disneyland Resort’s Paradise Pier Hotel

MH disneyland paradise pier hotelA stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel is about the beachiest a vacation you can get while traveling to Disneyland Resort and staying within its magical boundaries. Our Mouse Holiday Family hails from snowy Minnesota so a trip to Paradise in the middle of winter was the perfect antidote to beat the long chill. There isn’t an authentic white sand strip for miles, but the hotel evokes the feel of a breezy California beach complete with a twinkling boardwalk view.

It was the proximity to this boardwalk – the namesake Paradise Pier located across the street in Disney California Adventure Park – that was the best perk of staying at this particular hotel. Not the absolute closest you can sleep to the theme parks (that would be Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel), but an easy 10-minute walk (this is with kids, mind you) to the resort guest-exclusive entrance to California Adventure. It wasn’t a bad walk through Downtown Disney to the Disneyland Park entrance either, or resort guests can take the Disneyland Monorail right into the station at Tomorrowland. Easy access to the theme parks came in handy as we took advantage of early Extra Magic Hours, a benefit extended to guests staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels. (more…)