Holidays at Disneyland (2018)

Disneyland provided complimentary passes for this visit.

Remember when I visited Disneyland after hours and watched them put up the Christmas tree? The beginning of December is my favorite time to visit the park - right before the crowds start, and just in time to be filled with the holiday spirit.


The bow on my Minnie Ears faded to gold sequins in the sun - I kinda like the vintage look, and now it's one-of-a-kind!


Both parks were fully decked out with the Fa La La spirit, and so were the snacks. We wound up having lunch at the new Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier. We didn't make a reservation, so we waited 10 minutes to be seated at the bar, where you can order appetizers and drinks rather than their full menu. I loved that they had so many allergy-friendly options.


Lobster Nachos for me and Potato Skins for Abe.


It was raining when we went (just like our last visit) so the line wait for rides were short. It was a perfect day, even though I was cold!


Gluten-Free Snacks at Disneyland

Abe had his first day off since working on Big Mouth all year, so he took me on an impromptu trip to my favorite place on earth!


This was my first trip to Disneyland since discovering my gluten-sensitivity. Lucky for me, two of my favorite snacks are 100% gluten-free - Dolewhip and Popcorn!


Both happen to be vegan as well.


One new treat we've never tried before was their giant dill pickle. It was incredible - crunchy, cold, and perfectly sour.


We brought a lot of bars/snacks from home to supplement our hunger. But there are so many gluten-free options at the park - pretty much every place as gluten-free bread to sub. If you go to City Hall on Main Street, USA they can give you a current list of everything available.

Rainy Day at Disneyland

Disney provided media passes for this post, but I purchased all food.


We have been getting a lot of rain in Southern California lately.  I'm really not complaining - especially not after the LA drought for the last few years.  I haven't been back to Disneyland since taking Leslie Durso and Melanie Maras for their birthdays last spring.  So Abe and I look at our calendars and realize we need to go NOW, before he begins a new full-time job and his weekdays are no longer free.  The only time we can do it, there is rain forecast for the entire day.

Still, I am determined.  I pull on my Bogs Rain Boots (still my favorite) and layer up.  Sadly, this is the first time I can't wear my Minnie Ears, since I have to keep my real ears warm!  We don't go first thing in the morning, like usual.  We hit the park around 2pm, and grab a late lunch (without having a reservation) at Carnation Cafe.  I have dreams about the fried pickle spears there.

The last two times I visited the park, the lines were intense.  This time, we flew through every ride.  We hopped between both parks and got to experience the new Soaring Over the World.  Plus, the skies cleared up, which meant we'd be able to see the evening's entertainment!


The Main Street Electrical Parade is back (for a limited time - through June 18th)!  This is really the reason I had to get to the park ASAP.   I haven't seen this parade since I was a little girl at Disney World; in college I used to dissect the "Baroque Hoedown" song with my fellow music geeks.  There are a bunch of parade-themed treats available throughout the park too - including these Cheshire-Cat and Caterpillar Marshmallow Wands (similar to the Tigger Tails I love).


Check out the video below to see me cry like a baby during the parade.