End of the Holidays and a New Tropical Hideaway

Hello Disney Fam!

It’s been a long time since my last post; it’s been a busy (but productive) year since then. But before I get into all that, here’s a quick update on the latest at Disney. Starting at California Adventure I ran into this little beauty! As always, please feel free to click on the smaller photos for full resolution.

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This is the symbol that always let’s you know where you are. Artists around the park make these wonderful Mickey Mouse shapes out of leaves and water in random places throughout the park. Always a fun little treat when you find them.

Moving throughout the park you will see the last little bits of Christmas left in the parks. January 8th was the last day of Christmas decorations, so the next visit to the parks will be a completely different sight.

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I just love the Christmas tree made of route 66 signs above. Leave it to Disney to add just the right little touch to make everything festive in the right way.

As you exit out of CarsLand, I always have to admire the work that went into this wonderful land. Disney did such a wonderful job to transport you into someplace entirely new.

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Leaving CarsLand and moving along the Pier, I ran into some festive entertainment courtesy of the Little Drummer Boys.

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Their joy is infectious and it’s darn near impossible not to smile and get down the thier drumming beats!

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From there it’s a trip down Pixar Pier with my honey getting a quick bite from Bing Bong’s Confectionary

Make sure you stop by and check out Bing Bong crying tears of Candy in his store. A few little photo-op in a yummy candy store.

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I also had to stop by at the wonderful Knick’s Knacks to take this shot. This is definitely #CouplesGoals with this wonderfully sweet display. I still can’t help but shed a tear every time in those first few minutes of the Pixar movie “Up”.

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After a fun performance from the Pixarmonic Orchestra on the Pixar Promenade…

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It’s off to the original Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland!!

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It was a wonderfully overcast day in-between rain storms, making The Matterhorn a perfectly picturesque spot.

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There were still a few waning touches of the Holidays even in Disneyland. Even though the Haunted Mansion was closed to remove The Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, Jack was still taking his place outside the mansion’s gates.

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From there we pass a mysterious, unassuming doorway with only a label of 33 and a push button intercom marking it’s presence. It’s been one of my dreams since I was a child to someday enter this doorway. Club 33 is definitely a bucket list goal of mine that I hope to accomplish some way, someday; but for now, just a photo reminder of this wonderful place.

One of the new additions to Disneyland is a new eatery in Adventureland called The Tropical Hideaway.

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There are a few delectable treats including meat and vegetable bao along with Pineapple, Orange and Raspberry Dole Whips that you can even get in a swirl. I personally recommend the Raspberry/Pineapple swirl Dole whip; it’s sweet and tasty and I’ll be sure to get one the next time I get a taste for a sweet treat.

I also absolutely love the Jungle Theme of this marketplace and find it a relaxing rest stop away from the sometimes maddening crowds that Disneyland can bring.

Crowds such as these!

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After some time, it was time to leave. My own personal alarm clock was telling me it was time to go. He was no longer pleased.

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And this brings me to my final note of the day. I am now a disney dad! It has been a busy year for me personally which has caused me to be away from this website. But I hope to be back now more frequently and report on my Disney adventures with my new little mouseketeer Noah. I am excited to bring him along and enjoy a little Disney magic with my little guy.

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This brings me to the end of my Disney day. If you like what you see, please feel free to comment. Or if there is more of something you’d like to see, please feel free to suggest. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the trip report and have your own Disney Day Dreams!

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