what we ate in disneyland

Since we generally care about what we eat and what we feed our children, I was a little concerned with what our food options would be in Disneyland.

I mean, we all know they sell delicious treats {frozen lemonade! dole whips! macaroons!} and don’t get me wrong, I could live off of such goodness. But a few real, sustaining meals every now and again are kinda necessary when you’re walking miles in the warm sun pushing overflowing strollers and carrying five year olds on your back.

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We actually ate pretty well at Disneyland. Lots of junk, for sure, but we had a few great meals as well.

Let’s start with that corn dog up there on the left. It. Was. Amazing. Not good for you, but totally worth it.

Each morning we walked through Downtown Disney to get to the parks and so we stopped at jamba juice or la brea bakery for quick, healthy-ish breakfasts. We did the same one evening for dinner – taking a break from Disneyland and grabbing a grilled panini from a sandwich shop in Downtown Disney.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for {and want to save a little bit on the cost of your meal}, walking the few minutes to Downtown Disney is a great way to go.

Ryan had heard that the Monte Cristo sandwich at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland was a must-have. So on our second day, we stopped for a nice sit-down lunch. It actually became one of our favorite memories of the trip. Sitting in the shade, letting the kids rest and color and chill for an hour – it was perfect. Ryan ordered the most decadent sandwich ever {that’s it on the bottom left} and I had the chunky salad {middle right} which was so good. The kid meal options were things like grilled chicken with spaghetti and broccoli or homemade mac & cheese {so good!} with fruit and veggies on the side. It was nice to feed our kids more than chicken nuggets or corn dogs.

I thought I would stick to a one-treat-per-day rule for the kids to save their teeth, our money and to avoid the inevitable can I have that! each time we passed a street vendor. However, I learned two things: 1. only one treat is impossible when grandma and grandpa are with you and 2. treats are fun. So we bought two bags of cotton candy and split it between all of us rather than one for each of us, or we split a frozen lemonade, or broke the pretzel into sharable pieces. By having only a little of each treat, it meant we could try more throughout the day.

Part of our disneyland package included a character dining experience at Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel. We ate their buffet dinner which was really not that great and neither were the desserts, but the kids though it was so much fun to help themselves to whatever they wanted {see No.2′s dessert plate on the middle left}. The draw of Goofy’s Kitchen is that favorite characters {Minnie Mouse, Chip, Pluto} and some more obscure ones {the Fairy Godmother, the Mad Hatter} visit each table and pose for photos. It would have cost our family of 8 about $250 for the meal, which was totally not worth it, but because it was free, it was a really fun thing to do.

California Adventure boasts Disney’s only Starbucks and I’m not sure why, but a tall, decaf, extra hot, one pump mocha just tastes better while sipping it from a disney parks cup.

The yummiest of all the treats we ate was ice cream from Ghiradelli in California Adventure. Ryan went all out and brought us back waffle cones dipped in chocolate filled with the creamiest ice cream ever. We sat on the sidewalk watching the Pixar parade making total drippy messes of ourselves and relished every second of it.

So did we eat well? Maybe not. But we made fun memories with the food and treats we did have.

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what I wore in Disneyland

I may be the vainest person around, but one of the things I thought obsessively about and did the most research on before we left for disneyland was what should i wear?

I know, how ridiculous.

But bear with me for a moment.

Disneyland in May can be hot, so you don’t want to wear too much. But you’re holding your kids, getting on and off rides, sitting on the sidewalk to watch parades, so you don’t want to wear too little.

You walk all day so you want to wear the right shoes, and while running shoes might be the most practical, they may not be the most fashionable.

Comfort ranks high on importance, but there will be a million favorite photos snapped so you want to be cute, too {see? I’m vain}.

I scoured my closet and bought a few new things to fill in the gaps to fit with my disneyland fashion criteria: stylish comfort, easy layers, loose fitting {read: as little visible evidence of sweat as possible}.

Here’s what I came up with for our three days in Disneyland.

DAY ONE:

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We woke at 3:45am {insane} and took the first flight to Orange County. I wanted to be comfortable and warm so layering a sweater and scarf was perfect.

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During the day, I removed the sweater and scarf and was very comfortable in the dress and leggings. I never would have worn this dress to the park without the leggings – too much risk for exposure.

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sources | dress – Old Navy, sweater and leggings – Target, sandals – b.o.c, scarf – murabelle

DAY TWO:

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We woke up early and spent our second day in Disneyland. Layering this light sweater was perfect. And even though I’m not a big fan of shorts, these were comfortable, not too short and still mildly stylish.

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sources | sweater – banana republic factory store, shorts  – gap, blouse – borrowed from my friend about 3 years ago and I never gave it back. Oops. belt – target, sandals – b.o.c

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The sandals were not something I would have normally chosen, but I waited until the last minute and had limited stores to choose from. These actually turned out to be really comfortable and they are pretty cute. Not sure if I’ll wear them much more, but they served me well for this trip.

DAY THREE:

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It was a little cooler {mid 70′s} on our third day so I decided to wear jeans. Again, I layered a light cardigan for the morning and evening.

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I was not sure about the jeans {nothing worse than soaking wet denim} but you really don’t get all that wet at disneyland or california adventure. And I wasn’t too hot either.

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The shoes were a new purchase for me and a bit of a stray from my normal ballet flats. I’m happy about these and will probably get plenty of use out of them.

sources | jeans – joe’s jeans boyfriend, top  – banana factory, sweater – target, shoes – aerosoles

These three outfits plus a swim suit, cover up, pj’s and unmentionables was all I packed. I’m normally a way-over-packer because I like having options for each day, but this time I only had these and it worked out great.

If you are planning a trip to disneyland and struggling with what to wear, here are my tips:

1. Wear shoes that are comfortable. You don’t need to wear tennis shoes {unless you love yours} – there are lots of good options with support and cushy soles that are more fashionable than your running shoes.

2. Layer a light sweater over your tank/shirt/dress.

3. Dresses are good because they are light and airy, but just be sure you can bend over without showing the world more than they want to see.

4. feel cute. You’ll be happier with your photos later.

Any other disney fashion tips you want to add?

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the happiest place on earth

They claim it’s the happiest place on earth.

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They are so right.

Our family plus my mom & sugar-daddy {that’s code for the best stepdad ever} spent a few days in disneyland two weeks ago. I just love everything about disneyland and could not wait to experience it through the eyes of my own children.

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It was a very full trip – you don’t sleep much when you’re in the magical world of disney – but every single moment was so worth it.

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I don’t think any of us stopped smiling.

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Except maybe No. 1 who after sitting through it once, affectionately referred to the It’s A Small World ride as the dreaded tower of doom.

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The kids were so excited to meet their favorite Disney characters, we ate all sorts of terribly unhealthy, but oh-so-worth-it food and from the oldest to the youngest, we all had the time of our lives on the rides.

Our favorite of all {especially the older boys} was the california screamin’ roller coaster in California Adventure. Want to take a ride with us?

That’s my head on the left and Ryan on the right. No. 1 & No. 2 are in front of us {daredevils} and grandpa is the videographer and the screamer.

{I might be screaming a little bit too}.

We seriously had the best family vacation we’ve ever taken and memories that will always be some of our favorites.

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Coming up this week: what I wore to disneyland, our favorite places to eat and some helpful disney tips to save you time and only a teeny bit of money.

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