Let’s Talk Turkey at Disneyland Park

A Turkey Dinner at Disneyland

I love Turkey!

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and that’s when we all talk turkey in the U.S.  But for me, I’d love turkey any day of the year.  At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (my home away from home),  Liberty Tree Tavern serves the most delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner year round.  But what’s a turkey-loving girl to eat when she visits Disneyland Resort in California?

This Thanksgiving, Disneyland Hotel will be hosting a sold-out Thanksgiving Day celebration from noon to 6:00 pm. The character dining experience is an all-you-can eat buffet featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites and some not-so-typical Turkey Day offerings like king crab legs and chilled poached shrimp. It sounds fabulous, but when you’re visiting Disneyland Resort during any other day of the year, where should you go for a great turkey meal?

River Belle Terrace

River Belle Terrace

Located within Disneyland Park, River Belle Terrace is tucked away in Frontierland.  The restaurant offers a wide variety of American cuisine. I’m not a connoisseur of Disneyland food but stumbling upon this exquisite quick-service location was a delicious find and a pretty one at that!

Let’s take a look inside!

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It was quiet at the time of our visit, so only one side of the cafeteria style restaurant was open.  We had most of the dining area to ourselves! Of course, I captured a few photos to share with you. The décor of the dining area was beautiful! Although the restaurant is located within Frontierland, it closely borders New Orleans Square. The décor and design of the restaurant show French inspiration with a touch of Victorian grace.

 The center of the inside dining area featured this stunning display!

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Here’s a close-up of the light fixtures and wallpaper found in the dining area. Aren’t they beautiful? I’d love to take one of the lights home for my little princess’s room!

River Belle Terrace Light Fixture www.mouseearsmom.com

Yes, it’s beautiful, but how was the food?

I purchased the Home-Style Turkey Dinner for around $12 (US). The turkey dinner consisted of flavorful turkey with turkey gravy, perfectly roasted potatoes, southern prepared veggies and a super yummy buttermilk biscuit. It was delicious! My only suggestion would be to add stuffing!

Next time your visiting Disneyland Park, if you love turkey like do, try River Belle Terrace. It won’t disappoint!

In the meantime, I hope your Thanksgiving Day is blessed with good food and the warmth of great friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’d like to check out River Belle Terrace’s full menu, visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/river-belle-terrace/

 

Sofia the First Premiere Party

Sofia the First

Thank you House Party and Disney Junior! I received free supplies to host this fun little party for some special Princess Sofia fans!

Before “Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy” premiered last night on Disney Channel, we partied like royalty at our very own Premiere Party!

Guests were greeted upon entering our castle with jewels to adorn the necks of a few lovely princesses.

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(Check back soon for a craft tutorial to make this simple Sofia the First amulet-inspired necklace!)

A feast of sweets were prepared for the royal occasion.

#SofiaTheFirstParty Curse of Princess Ivy

Purple cupcakes with purple icing looked lovely with Princess Sofia, Rapunzel and Princess Ivy treat toppers. House Party and Disney Junior supplied me with the lovely graphics to use for my treat toppers.

Bejeweled Princess Parfaits

Princess Bejeweled Parfaits

These Bejeweled Princess parfaits were made with fat-free Greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries and the yummiest vanilla granola. They were a big hit!  One little princess even requested to bring one home with her!

Princess Ivy Butterfly Sugar Cookies

Sofia the First: Curse of Princess Ivy cookies

Princess Ivy’s butterflies flutter about throughout the entire show, so I decided to feature them on the treat table.  Luckily House Party gave me a Wilton butterfly cookie cutter so it was easy-peasy!

(To make Princess Ivy’s Butterfly Sugar Cookies, I dipped the butterfly sugar cookies in dark chocolate and added a purple hard shelled chocolate candy.)

Time for some entertainment!

Sofia the First Party supplies

The kids all gathered at the beginning of our party to read the story of “Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy.” This storybook, that we received as party of our party pack, was beautifully illustrated.  If you enjoy reading before bedtime, I’d really recommend this one!  I’ve already read it three times to the kids and now Victoria likes to “read” it to me too!

Butterfly Hair Clip Making

Sofia the First Party

The girls enjoyed creating their own hair clips, while the boys took off to play Disney Infinity!   The mommies kicked in to help with the glue gun!  Here’s a look at Victoria and Mommy’s clips once we glued on the finishing touches.

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We had so much fun at the party that we didn’t get to the stickers and placemats until this morning! As soon as Victoria woke up this morning, she got to work!

Sofia the First Party

The kids had a blast at the premiere party! And they loved the “take home” stickers, posters, crowns & tiaras!

#SofiaTheFirstParty

Thank you House Party & Disney Junior!

Did you watch “Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy” last night?  If not, check your Disney Channel listings, I’m certain it will be on again soon!  We already watched it again this morning!

“Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy” Premieres Sunday, November 23rd

NITELITE, FLAMBEAU, EVERBURN, PRINCESS RAPUNZEL, PRINCESS SOFIA, PRINCESS AMBER

This week on Disney Channel, “Sofia The First” episodes feature Disney Princesses!

Little girls across the country are tuning into Disney Channel this week to catch up on “Sofia The First” episodes featuring their favorite Disney Princesses.  Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan and Snow White have each guest starred on different “Sofia The First” episodes and each episode will be shown this week on Disney Channel.  The princess episode week is all in preparation of this weekend’s royal event.

Sunday, November 23rd at 7 pm on Disney Channel, a special family event featuring Princess Rapunzel will premiere! In the prime-time special titled, “Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy”, Mandy Moore reprises her role as Rapunzel, from Disney’s hit film “Tangled.”

You may be wondering why does the title mention Princess Ivy and not Rapunzel. Take a look at the video link below to find out.

Princess Amber discovers the secret of Sofia’s purple amulet and accidentally summons an evil princess by the name of Princess Ivy. With the help of Rapunzel, I have a hunch that Sofia and Amber can work together to save their kingdom.

Sofia

My daughter, Victoria, is so excited about Princess Sofia’s latest adventure.  She and I are busy planning a premiere party courtesy of Disney Junior and House Party. I’ve received a free party pack, including the beautifully illustrated book featured in the photo above.  Disney Junior and House Party gave it us to read to our premiere party guests in exchange for a post sharing all our fun with you.  I’m planning a simple Sofia the First craft idea, various Sofia-inspired snacks and of course story-time, all in preparation of “Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy!”

I can’t wait to share the fun with you this week!

Will your family be enjoying the special Sunday night event too?

Simple “Big Hero 6″ Cupcakes

Big Hero 6 cupcakeThis past weekend my son, Gavin, and I saw Disney’s newest film, “Big Hero 6.” We loved it! Baymax was Gavin’s favorite hero. A funny robot with a kindness that’s pure with selflessness, Baymax has won my heart too.

When I mentioned to Gavin I’d like to make Baymax cupcakes, he jumped right into helping me. He and I created these simple Baymax-inspired cupcakes.  I’m proud to say that the design of the cupcakes came from Gavin’s suggestion and I think they came out adorable!

I started with a basic white cupcake in a Wilton white baking cup.

Baymax cupcakes  Next I applied white icing to each cupcake.

Baymax cupcakes

Using a spatula Gavin helped me smooth out the icing.

Baymax cupcakes

Using two brown M & M pieces and black licorice, we added Baymax’s eyes.

Baymax Cupcake

It’s that simple!  It took more time to divide the brown chocolate candies than to decorate the cupcakes!

 

 Did you see Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ yet?  Which hero was your favorite?

Our Family’s Experience at Disneyland Hotel

Entrance to Disneyland Hotel from Downtown Disney

A few weeks ago my family and I vacationed at Disneyland Resort. The trip began with a five night stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, {you can read about it here}, followed by a magical two night stay at Disneyland Hotel. Our stay at Disneyland Hotel was a magical extension to our time spent inside Disneyland Park. From the moment we caught a glimpse of Yensid’s hat, we knew magic was ahead!

Disneyland Resort has three hotels, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disneyland Hotel. Disneyland Hotel, which opened in 1955, is considered Disneyland’s original hotel. Walking through the lobby, and throughout the hotel, I quickly saw the hotel as a tribute to Walt Disney and the park’s history. In fact, all three towers of the hotel are named after three of the original five “lands”, Adventure Tower, Frontier Tower and Fantasy Tower.

The Fantasy Tower is home to the Front Desk and Guest Services. Guests can find Bell & Valet Services outside of the tower.  The whimsical main lobby showcases these fantastic teacup attraction-inspired chairs.  They look so much fun that I had wished my husband checked us “in”, so that I could have tested them out!

Lobby of Disneyland Hotel

Just around the corner from the lobby are the hotel’s two stores, Disney’s Fantasia Shop and “small world” Gifts & Sundries.  Disney’s Fantasia Shop sells a variety of Disney souvenirs and “small world” Gifts & Sundries is where you’ll find snacks, drinks and minor health & beauty supplies.  Since our room was located within Fantasy Tower, my family ventured into these happy little stores quite a few times during our short stay.

Would you like to take a look inside our room?

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Upon entering our room and looking to the right, we found a delightful little vanity area waiting to lend a helping Mickey hand!

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As a mommy to an independent three-year-old, I appreciated the height of the sink.  Victoria was able to reach this sink, unlike the sink at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. As an added bonus, the sink and bathtub featured Mickey Mouse faucet handles!

Mickey Mouse handles at Disneyland Hotel Mouse Ears Mom.com

 Just beyond the vanity and storage closet was a small desk featuring a Mickey Mouse-accented lamp.

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The kids quickly pointed out that the magic of Mickey Mouse was everywhere in the room…even in the carpeting!

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My family is a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) family. DVC rooms are known not only for their beauty, but also their convenience.  The amenities, such as kitchenette, we have become accustom to having on a vacation.  Disneyland Hotel is NOT a DVC property.  Although we missed having access to a microwave or toaster, our Disneyland Hotel room provided us with a miniature refrigerator. It was perfect for our two night stay.

Wondering where in this gorgeous room you’d find our water bottles hidden? The miniature refrigerator is tucked nicely in the right side of the dresser unit pictured in the below photo.

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The window to the right of the yellow arm-chair in the photo above, provides a view that takes up the width of the entire room! Here’s a look at our view.

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 The kids enjoyed looking out the window for quite some time each day.  Who wouldn’t, right?

From our room in Fantasy Tower, we were able to see the Adventure Tower, located on the left side of our view and the Frontier Tower located to the right.  The pools pictured in the above photo are called the E Ticket and D Ticket pools.  On the middle right side of the picture you can catch a glimpse of the super-cool Monorail Pool’s slide.

One of the reasons my children enjoyed peering out of the window was to watch Daddy or me run for morning coffee, tea, pastries and fruit! Looking at the photo above, below and to the right of the unique shaped roof are three dining options, Steakhouse 55 & Lounge (Table Service), Goofy’s Kitchen (Character Dining buffet) and The Coffee House. The Coffee House offers quick breakfast items, in addition to espresso, lattes and specialty coffees. This place was hopping each morning!  It opens early. When we visited they were open at 6 a.m. and closed at 11 a.m. If your family would like to eat a larger breakfast, Tangaroa Terrace offers a full breakfast menu.  In the above photo, you can see Tangaroa Terrace at the foot of Adventure Tower.  It has a roof that reminds me of Disney’s Polynesian Resort! This quick service dining option serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We chose The Coffee House each morning.  The Cast Members provided quick service and we were back at our room with food and drinks in a jiffy!

Who wouldn’t want to spend few more minutes in their room with beds like this?

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The light-up Sleeping Beauty Castle headboard is amazing! With a flip of the switch on the base of the light, music begins and a firework display becomes your nightlight!

Light-up Sleeping Beauty Castle Headboard at Disneyland Hotel www.mouseearsmom.com

The room’s decor hints back to the 1950’s with sharp, sleek lines and buttoned furniture, all saturated in hues of yellow and blue – colors popular to that era. From the sentimental photograph of Walt Disney on the wall, to the magical reminders of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland Park, I absolutely adored the room’s theming.

Disneyland Hotel captures the essence of Disney PERFECTLY.  It’s is my family’s favorite hotel of all three Disneyland Hotels. We loved staying in this magical room!

Have you stayed at a Disneyland Resort Hotel?  Which was your favorite experience?

 

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