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Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort During Christmas!

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

We LOVE visiting Disneyland Resort during Christmas.  Just spent a few magical days there for my birthday and anniversary weekend…without the kids, lol!  I love taking the kids, but I also love visiting with just my husband, total Disneyland nerd over here!  This is truly one of the BEST times of the year to visit.  If you’ve got a trip planned between now and January 8th, let me show you our favorites!

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

When you enter the park there is a gorgeous giant Christmas Tree in the middle of the start of Main Street U.S.A.  It’s a perfect place to take some pictures.  There’s a photographer there to help or you can snap your own pics 🙂

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

The Christmas treats and food are the cutest!  Ok, they’re delicious too, but seriously this is a big part of why I visit, so I can enjoy all of the fun Christmas treats.  These apples are from Pooh Corner in Critter Country, one of my favorite places to get my baked goods.  I did a full review on The BEST Christmas Treats at Disneyland right now, check it out HERE.

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort at Christmas

One of the highlights was the Candy Cane Beignets that we ordered from Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square.  They come with a vanilla dipping sauce if you order from the restaurant.  Too good!  You can also purchase these “to go” style from French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.

Reasons To Visit Disneyland during Christmas

So many fun Candy Cane goodies.  Loved this marshmallow wand too.  You’ve got until January 8th to eat yourself silly with all of these Christmas treats.

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

A Christmas Fantasy Parade is perfectly adorable!  Don’t miss this one, find days times of the parade on your Disneyland Guide Map when you enter the park!

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

Who can resist a picture by the Sleeping Beauty Castle decorated so beautiful for Christmas?!  Keepsake !

Reasons to Visit Disneyland During Christmas

Another fun reason to visit Disneyland during Christmas is the Christmas merchandise for sale.  Yikes, it’s adorable!  I wanted to take home one of everything!  Stroll through the shops down Main Street U.S.A. and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

Sleeping Beauty Castle at night is stunning.  You don’t want to miss Believe…In Holiday Magic Firework show.  Again, check online or your Disneyland Guide Map for times of the show.  Plus it snows on Main Street U.S.A., it’s just fantastic!!

Reasons to Visit Disneyland During Christmas

“it’s a small world” Holiday is about the cutest ever.  It is decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and every 15 minutes after dark, you’ll see a projection like show for all of the guests to see.  You’ve got to see it.

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

Jingle Cruise is another fun ride to check out.  Jungle Cruise gets a Christmas make-over that is worth the wait in line!

Reasons to Visit Disneyland During Christmas

Photo via Disney Parks Blog

Haunted Mansion Holiday has been one of our favorites for years.  The Nightmare Before Christmas “take-over” is so much fun.  The Gingerbread House scene is perfection too.

Reasons To Visit Disneyland Resort during Christmas

You can take the kids to visit Santa Clause in both parks.  Disneyland has a precious little set up in Critter Country at the exit area of The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh Ride and exit area of Splash Mountain.  You won’t miss it.  It is decorated so great.

Reasons to Visit Disneyland During Christmas

You can visit Santa Clause in Disney California Adventure Park in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail area, Grizzly Peak, right across from Grizzly River Run.  Check it out!

Reasons to Visit Disneyland During Christmas

Disney California Adventure has Festival of Holidays going on until January 8th 2017.  It is such a treat.  I did a full review of each Marketplace and things to do and see.  Check it out HERE.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our many favorites of visiting Disneyland Resort during Christmas.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sharing our Weekend in Carlsbad California with you today!  What a gorgeous place to vacation.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We had the pleasure of staying at Cape Rey Carlsbad Hilton last weekend for the end of our Fall Break vacation.  I have to say we had such a lovely stay.  The location, views, friendly staff, room….you name it, it was all such a treat.

We had just come from 3 days at Disneyland for our Fall Break annual vacation.  It was a breath of fresh air staying right across from the beach at Cape Rey.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

My boys put their things in our room and raced straight to the pool.  It was fantastic.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

The lobby entrance area was clean and inviting.  Check-in was quick.  Great experience.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

Love the decor throughout the lobby.  Great lighting, nice white beachy furniture.  Cape Rey offers many outdoor activities should you be interested.  You can reserve a Picnic on the Beach basket, lounge poolside with an ocean view, rent bikes, reserve a beach pack with everything you need for a day at the beach and there’s even live music playing outside by the pool when the sun goes down.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We walked into our room with comfortable cozy beds and a view that overlooked the ocean and pool.  It was really a great first impression.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

Nice clean bathroom with great bath and body products.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

The view outside our window as the sun was setting.  How lovely is this?!

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We spent our second day at the pool with the kids.  This is my happy place!

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We ordered some poolside food including this hummus plate.  It was delicious.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

The Margherita Pizza was as good as it looks.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

The boys split this gorgeous burger.  What a fun afternoon!

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We had dinner reservations at Chandler’s right inside the hotel.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

There were so many great options on the dinner menu.  Hard to choose!

Weekend in Carlsbad California

The bread basket was warm and delicious.  Pax went nuts for all of it 🙂

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We started with the Berkshire Pork Dumplings and Butternut Squash Gratin.  Cullen ordered the Lobster and Shrimp Tacos that were unbelievable. I ordered the Chef Teri “Yaki” Chicken that I LOVED!

Weekend in Carlsbad California

For dessert we shared this gorgeous Pear Galette.  Oh my goodness it was amazing.

Weekend in Carlsbad California

We also shared the Churros and Hot Chocolate.  No words needed.  Lol!

Weekend in Carlsbad California

Cape Rey Carlsbad is a perfect family vacation destination.  It is right across from Carlsbad State Beach and close to Legoland, San Diego Zoo and Sea World if you are looking for a great place to stay for those activities.

We enjoyed our stay and look forward to visiting again in the near future.

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Cape Rey Carlsbad Hilton. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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The Best Food at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Sep 26, 2016 | Tags: , , , , ,

Thrilled to share my Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip with you today!

It’s no secret that Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are two of my very favorite places to vacation to.  I was over the moon excited to have a Food Blogger #DeliciousDisney adventure at the Walt Disney World Resort this month.  Disney is just one of those magical places, no matter how old you are, you can have the time of your life.  I felt so fortunate to spend the weekend with 7 of my food blogging sisters.  We stayed at the lovely Boardwalk Inn, just walking distance away from Epcot.  We had a whirlwind of a weekend that I can’t wait to share with you.  Huge thanks to American Tourister for our new luggage.  Love my Tangerine iLite Max!
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Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend

Sep 5, 2016 | Tags: , ,

Thrilled to share the fun I had on my Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend!

Amanda, Shelly and I got to stay at the lovely Delano Hotel above Mandalay Bay.  There’s no casino or smoky lobby.  It’s amazing for those who aren’t big gamblers and have a hard time dealing with smoky hotels.  So nice!  The rooms were spacious, clean and the bed was soft and cozy.  Will definitely stay at Delano again.  Be sure to check them out!

Our first morning, we ventured off of the strip to breakfast at Skinnyfats.  They have a … Continue Reading »

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Jun 17, 2016 | Tags: , ,

Sharing the Best Places To Eat in Arizona with you today! So many favorites, so hold on tight and get ready to make your list of places to try!

Just recently found this breakfast spot a few weeks ago, it’s called Butters Pancakes and Cafe located in Scottsdale.  I’m telling you, some of the best pancakes I’ve had.  This particular one is the Wildberry Pancake stack and it has a vanilla cream layered between the cakes.  One of my favorite pancakes to date.  Can’t wait to go back.
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My Experience at The Magnolia House

My Stay at The Magnolia House

May 29, 2016 | Tags: , ,

So excited to share my stay at The Magnolia House in Texas from a couple months ago. What a dream!

Left Top Row: Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Sarah of Pretty Providence, Me, Kristen of Six Sister’s Stuff, Kristyn of Lil Luna, Jennifer of Tater Tots and Jello.
Left Bottom Row: Kelli of Lolly Jane and Kristen of Capturing Joy.

Had the best weekend with these talented ladies.  We were lucky enough to be able to stay in The Magnolia House which is next to impossible to get a reservation.  I … Continue Reading »

New York City Weekend For Foodies

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Mar 11, 2016 | Tags: ,

Sharing a New York City Weekend For Foodies today! It’s no secret that NYC is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. Everything about it just makes me so happy. The food, the views, the energy. It’s contagious. Had a blast putting together my favorite eats over the last few years. Hope you enjoy!

If you are looking an amazing car service to get around NYC I highly recommend Blacklane.  My husband and I had the best experience using their service to and from the airport.  If you need chauffeur service, they’ve got that too.  We were really impressed.

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Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Girl’s Weekend in Chicago

Nov 13, 2015 | Tags: , ,

Sharing my Girl’s Weekend in Chicago with you today!

For the last 5 years or so I’ve been to all of the BlogHer Food cities.  Over the years, I don’t necessarily attend the conference sessions, but meet my girlfriends to sightsee around the city.  This weekend did NOT disappoint in Chicago.  Hands down one of my favorite cities to visit.  Photo, Left: Kristan, Shelly, Amanda and me.

Boarded my plane before the sun rose early Thursday morning headed to meet my friends.  Chicago was chilly that weekend, so lots of jackets, boots and … Continue Reading »

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