Recent posts include Disney Parks basics and a travel guide for Disney's California Adventure Park. Today includes my favorite 5 things from Disneyland!
Disneyland. The first Disney park, the OG. Walt Disney even had an apartment in the park, just above the "Fire Department." t's the most classic, charming, and nostalgic of all of the parks, in my opinion. It is nestled in Anaheim, California and just next door to Disney's California Adventure.
Recently I shared the basics of Disney Parks and today I'm giving you my five favorite things, aka Fav 5, from Disney's California Adventure Park (DCA) in Anaheim, California.
Disney's California Adventure is the younger of two Disney parks on the West Coast. The "other" park just next to Disneyland. California Adventure is ode to Cali with varying areas and time frames of the State's history featured throughout the park, plus all of the Disney and Pixar magic you'd expect from Disney.
There are seven "lands" in the park
I have always been a Disney lover. In Kindergarten my matching backpack and lunch bag proudly displayed the Little Mermaid. My childhood bedroom was decorated with the magic of Aladdin and his pals Genie, Abu, and Jasmine. My dance class filled with ballerinas performed a carefully choreographed routine to the "Circle of Life" song from The Lion King. When the 101 Dalmatians live action movie came out in 1996 it was the first ever parent-free movie that saw with my friends. Disney is weaved throughout my childhood life at home.
As a kid growing up in Pennsylvania I was lucky to travel to both of the Disney Parks. I visited Walt Disney World, in Florida, a few times throughout my childhood. Since I've got an Uncle on the West Coast I also made it to Disneyland, in California, as a kid and later to Disney's California Adventure as a teenager.
Even as a "grown up" I have been to the Disney Parks in both Florida and California in the last few years. My family in PA includes 5 kids who are currently between the ages of 11 and 15 and we've been to Orlando twice with a varying cast of Grandmas, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins to support and enjoy the Disney Magic for ourselves. My husband is from California and his family lives within an hour of the parks. When we were just dating I demanded we visit Disneyland on my first trip to his hometown and he obliged! Since then we've made a handful visits over the years with friends and family.
Maybe you, too, love Disney. Maybe you don't but your kids are begging for a trip to the parks. Maybe you go often and can't stop reading reviews like this one for just one more nugget of information. Here are a few need to know basics regarding Disney Parks that will be useful for you in considering or planning a trip to the MAGICAL Disney Parks.
In Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood there are restaurants featuring seemingly every culture and cuisine. My husband and I had tickets to go see Aladdin at the nearby Paramount Theatre. While Disney's Aladdin takes place in the fictional city of Agrabah, the original stories are from the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales called One Thousand and One Nights, which is referred to more commonly in English as Arabian Nights. We were searching for a Middle Eastern restaurant to fit the the setting of the show and found one within walking distance of the theatre.
While summer is always and forever my favorite season I've recently been forcing myself to embrace fall. Spending more time indoors, enjoying warm and comforting foods, drinking hot coffee and tea, snuggling up with soft blankets, and Halloween are my favorite parts of this season. Yesterday I threw a baby shower at my house and, rather than grilling and relaxing in the backyard as we did all summer, the party remained indoors while hot dishes and crock pots were scattered around the kitchen and dining room.
I knew that Buffalo Chicken Dip would be a crowd favorite and I was right! Buffalo chicken dip is an old favorite of mine. It's one of the most popular recipes (and funniest stories) on my previous blog Aloha Yinz Mangia. While I haven't talked about it much I actually quit eating meat last summer. (To clarify: I don't eat meat or poultry while I do eat seafood, dairy, and eggs. This classifies me as a Pescatarian.) Overall the transition from being a meat eater into the world without it has been so much easier than I expected. Every so often a favorite meal or recipe will come along and really stump me. How would I recreate buffalo chicken dip without chicken?
To make the recipe with out chicken would leave hot sauce, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and blue cheese dressing which seems a bit too rich for my liking. Replacing the chicken with shrimp also didn't seem right. I got creative with a buffalo hummus with blue cheese crumbles that was delicious and totally different! The two buffalo dips were served simultaneously with dipping options including rainbow carrots, celery, crackers, and little baguette toasts.
Hello, I'm Angela.
Figs and Flights is all about traveling near and far & eating great food both at home and away.