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  • Trip Report Celebrating Ian's birthday at Disney and tasting food from the Festival of Holidays

    Happy Birthday Ian! Has it really been 4 years? I'm amazed by all the stuff you're learning how to do, and I love that you love Disneyland!
    Let's go there on your birthday!


    November 10th marked the start of the Holidays at Disneyland. We went on the 2nd day, November 11th.
    In my Disney hat collection, I have more than a few hats just for Christmas. I'm guessing we'll see most of them within the next few weeks.
    It was an uneventful drive to the parks this morning. I was worried that it would be a little nuts once we arrived, due to the Super Hero 10K race this morning at Disneyland. The line to get into the parking garage was backed up to the overpass. Once parked, the hats came out and the bubble wands came on.


    By random happenstance I recognized my friend Craig as we were walking in from the tram. Craig is one of the members of the Clue Crew for Minnie's Moonlit Madness (an after-hours Disneyland scavenger hunt/trivia race). I can't wait Minnie's Moonlit Madness to be back for 2018!
    Congratulations on finishing the 10K!


    For our first stop, this boy needs a birthday button!


    Jacob is joining us today! Second stop, Toy Story Midway Mania!


    Both kids really wanted to ride with Jacob. Guess that means we'll have to ride twice. Alli first.


    Followed by Ian.


    Even more friends are here! Hi Catherine and Lucas! Thanks for the Lightning McQueen car present!


    Everyone had a fun time on Mater's Jingle Jamboree. I love that there's new songs for the holidays. Now I need to record them so the kids can listen to them.


    It's getting to be lunchtime so we've got to find some grub. The Disneyland Festival of Holidays just started this weekend.


    They can make a Mickey head out of just about anything.


    The foods this year range in price from ~$4.25 to $7.75. Knowing they've offered Sip and Savor Passes before, we quickly sought out the booth selling them. Why put it in the back, knowing I'll have to walk past all the food booths?

    The pass costs $45 and you get 8 coupons redeemable for 1 food menu item. That makes each coupon worth $5.63. Foods that cost more than $5.63, we'll use a coupon on. Items that are less get paid for with cash.


    In years past, they have somehow run out of these cards. Knowing how often we'll be back, and knowing that we've got out-of-town guests coming over the holidays, we picked up a few cards for later.


    Being only the 2nd day of the festival, and the first weekend day, the lines to get food were fairly long. Luckily for us, we had a few adults so we could divide and conquer. We all headed to different booths to grab food and then met back up to sample it.


    T, Jacob, and I had been trading some texts during the week on all the things we wanted to try.

    At the Classic Crocks & Casseroles booth, the Chana Masala with Grilled Garlic Naan for $6.50 (is it really a classic recipe?) was our first sample. All of us love Indian food, so this was a big hit for us. Definitely something we'd order again.


    The Holiday Duets booth had quite a few items we wanted to try.


    Sadly the Macaroni and Cheese with Cornbread Crumbles for $7.25 was a bit bland. Jacob commented that the pasta was undercooked as well. Maybe if it had been sitting a little longer. Disappointing.


    The Cookie Butter and Jelly Cheesecakes for $4.50 were good though.


    They tasted like the delicious Trader Joe's Speculoos cookie butter (gingerbread type of flavor) along with a sweet jelly. Can't go wrong with that. The kids just wanted to eat the green leaves.


    Next were the Holiday Mickey and Minnie Cookies for $7.00. Overpriced? Definitely. But they're in the shapes of Mickey and Minnie and they're decorated for the holidays, so that kind of thing is overlooked.


    In the bite I was able to snag from the kids, it was a tasty sugar cookie. The kids loved them, and the frosting turned their mouths a bright green which was even more of a bonus for them.


    At Blissfully Braised, the Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice for $7.50 was tasty, but I don't think I need to get it again.


    At Joy to the Sauce, some members of the group decided to waste tickets on a fish dish. Bleh.
    The Seared Salmon Filet with Lemon Caper Sauce for $7.50 was enjoyed by some nevertheless.


    Beef. That's more like it. Beef Short Rib with Smashed Potatoes and Gravy for $7.75. I was happy to see that the portion size of meat was pretty good this year. Probably because they're not specifying it's Wagyu beef anymore.


    At Chips, Breads, & Holiday Spreads, it's hard to go wrong with Chorizo Queso Fundido with House-made Tortilla Chips for $6.00. What's not tasty about chips and cheese.


    Not pictured before it was devoured is the Warm Bavarian Pretzel with Whole-Grained Dijon Mustard for $5.00.

    We crossed a few things off our list of foods to try, but with 13 different booths, and 2-4 food items per booth, we've just scratched the surface. These kind of events are definitely good at getting us to the parks and spending money.

    While some wanted to work their way through the food booths, Ian and I had fast passes to ride Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus we had an extra one, so Catherine who had never been on it, finally got a chance to ride!


    And it was awesome like usual!


    Next it was time for a trip to the store to spend some birthday money. Alli was quick to find the stuffed animals and give them hugs.


    More bubble wands!


    Want some more cherry lollipop Donald?


    We said our goodbyes to Catherine and family and went to find characters. Walking by earlier Pluto was here and he had reindeer antlers. My hat today is Pluto with reindeer antlers and lights tangled in them. It would have been a perfect photo op. Unfortunately we missed Pluto by a couple minutes, but Clarabell was here! She really liked the kids' hats.


    Ian's is a Santa Mickey coming out of a chimney. Alli has a Minnie Mouse face with a Santa hat.


    Next we saw Donald who also made a big deal out of our hats. And I have to say, our hats have been pretty popular today. In the few hours we were there, I'm guessing maybe 10 people asked me where I got my hat.


    Group photo! And time to say goodbye to Jacob. See you next time!


    It almost time to wrap up our day so we can get home to celebrate more. Good thing the holiday version of it's a small world has a fastpass. The standby line was showing a 60 minute wait!


    Ian must have been pretty good to have his name on this list in small world, plus the list inside the Haunted Mansion.


    Did it always smell like gingerbread when you got to this section? Either way it was wonderful.





    When we finished, Alli asked "please can we go again Daddy?"


    Alright, just one more time.


    I knew my Candlelight Processional friends Armand and Robbin were here in the parks today. We found them and their dog Duchess on a bench along Main Street waiting for the parade to start.


    Ian loves dogs and is always quick to ask "Please may I pet your dog?" Duchess loved the attention.


    As we were wrapping up our conversation and just about to leave, a cast member came over and started talking with us and the kids. She brought them post cards that were letters they could mail to Santa and crayons to color on them. Cool!
    Then she asked if we were going to hang out and watch the parade. Sadly not today. Alli is due for her nap, we've got a couple more stops to make, and then we've got to get home to celebrate Ian's birthday. We didn't have time to wait another 45 minutes for the parade.
    "Well," she said, "can you hang out for 5 more minutes? My real job was to come over here and stall you for a little while."
    Really? Interesting, but sure, we can hang out for a little bit longer.


    A short time later, another cast member walked up holding something behind her back. She said they saw us over here and had a surprise for us. They said they really liked my hat so much that they thought I needed one of the new 2017 Holiday Pluto popcorn buckets to go with it! Awesome! The kids were quick to ask if it had popcorn in it, and it did!
    So to cast members Taylor, Anne Marie, and Brenda, thank you for some Disney Magic to start the season with!


    On our walk back to the car, we needed to pick up Ian's cake. Why are we even looking at the flavors? You know he's going to want the one with all the sprinkles.


    After a tasty dinner of Grammy's homemade chicken nuggets (also a favorite of his), it was time for cake!


    Followed by presents. Here's one from Alli!


    T and I have loved Phineas and Ferb for years. We just introduced Ian and Alli to it a couple weeks ago, and it's been an instant hit. From wanting us to sing the theme song over and over to them, or quoting lines from the shows, they've been loving it. The Perry the Platypus pillow and Phineas and Ferb blanket were perfect presents.



    With his birthday money Ian bought a bowling game from Disneyland today.


    And knowing how much he loves Toy Story Midway Mania, T and I found him a game he could play at home on the TV.


    Awesome!


    Alli liked it too!


    Bowling over those little green men.



    What a fun day! Happy birthday Ian!
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    I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
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    Wow, that's awesome that a cast member gave you guys a popcorn bucket! That's why I keep returning to Disney. It's the little things that they do for guests.

    Thanks for sharing the trip with us!
    -Brian - Find me on Facebook

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    • #4
      Originally posted by whoever View Post
      Is that ToySTory Mania for the PS4? Just picked up one and the camera thingie/wands to go with it.
      Our was for PS3, but it looks to be available on the Wii and Xbox 360 as well.
      Ian's came second-hand from Amazon. Only $14!
      https://www.amazon.com/Toy-Story-Man...dp/B008E6ZXI6/


      Originally posted by bamato View Post
      Wow, that's awesome that a cast member gave you guys a popcorn bucket! That's why I keep returning to Disney. It's the little things that they do for guests.

      Thanks for sharing the trip with us!
      Right Brian? The free stuff doesn't happen all that often but when it does it's pretty special. Years ago I was there on my birthday, wearing my birthday button. I went to buy a soda from an outdoor vendor, and they just said Happy Birthday!

      Visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

      I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
      Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

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      • #6
        Every time I find a new Joe trip report, it's a treat. A belated happy birthday to Ian. Wow! Already 4. Only one year until 5 and kindergarten! That's when everything changes and school enters into the formula. Get ready before you get to start arguing over homework!
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        • #7
          Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post
          Every time I find a new Joe trip report, it's a treat. A belated happy birthday to Ian. Wow! Already 4. Only one year until 5 and kindergarten! That's when everything changes and school enters into the formula. Get ready before you get to start arguing over homework!
          LOL. Depending on the school, prepare to have the evenings consumed with said arguments.
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          • #8
            Originally posted by mre200200 View Post

            As we were wrapping up our conversation and just about to leave, a cast member came over and started talking with us and the kids. She brought them post cards that were letters they could mail to Santa and crayons to color on them. Cool!
            Then she asked if we were going to hang out and watch the parade. Sadly not today. Alli is due for her nap, we've got a couple more stops to make, and then we've got to get home to celebrate Ian's birthday. We didn't have time to wait another 45 minutes for the parade.
            "Well," she said, "can you hang out for 5 more minutes? My real job was to come over here and stall you for a little while."
            Really? Interesting, but sure, we can hang out for a little bit longer.


            A short time later, another cast member walked up holding something behind her back. She said they saw us over here and had a surprise for us. They said they really liked my hat so much that they thought I needed one of the new 2017 Holiday Pluto popcorn buckets to go with it! Awesome! The kids were quick to ask if it had popcorn in it, and it did!
            So to cast members Taylor, Anne Marie, and Brenda, thank you for some Disney Magic to start the season with!

            This. This is what the Disney magic is all about. Glad you got to experience it on Ian's birthday.

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            • #9
              Awesome Trip report, everyone in my family has had the pleasure of celebrating their birthday in Disneyland at least once which is not a small feat being from Utah. My daughter had Aurora Bring her a cupcake and sing happy birthday to her at dinner on her Birthday and my son got taken to the front of the Autopia (his favorite ride) line for his. Love the special Disney Magic! Thanks for another great trip report. P.S. We love the Toy story Mania game for the wii
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