Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops

How to make the cutest Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops! An easy Disney party dessert recipe made with OREO cookies and free printable Valentine’s Day tags. Perfect treats to make for your Valentine or any time of the year!

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops for Valentine’s Day

I think you’ll love these cute and easy Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops. Ever since these Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cookies, I’m a little obsessed with making these fun no-bake treats for every holiday. I’ve done Mickey Mouse Halloween Cookies and adorable Mickey and Minnie Christmas cookies, now I hope you enjoy the Valentine’s Day version!

With printable Happy Valentine’s Day tags, this makes the cutest Valentine’s Day gift for any Disney fan!

More DIY Disney Ideas You’ll Love

 

Our Disneyland Trip

My daughter and I went to California during the holiday break. We love to travel and I especially love our mother/daughter trips, because we like doing the same things and she is the perfect age right now for being my travel buddy. We were lucky to have a few days in Disneyland and California Adventure!

Disney is pure magic at Christmas and of course we had to wait in line for a photo with Minnie Mouse!

 Minnie Mouse at Disneyland during Christmas. Cute Cookie Pops by Disney food blogger Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

My Favorite Disneyland Ride

One of my favorite rides at Disneyland is It’s a Small World! The best time is during Christmas when the lights are so beautiful and everything inside is decorated for Christmas. They sing Jingle Bells in every language and it’s adorable!!!

—> If you want to see it, CLICK HERE to watch my Instagram Story from our Disney trip. I share a lot of this ride on that story and I guarantee it will bring back childhood memories:-)

Disneyland It's a Small World ride at Christmas and a Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops recipe.

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pop Inspiration

I found this super cute Nemo Cake Pop at Pixar Pier in California Adventure which inspired today’s cookie pops. Since we love all things Minnie Mouse, I planned to make Valentine’s Day cookies around her. Then when I saw so many cute pops at Disneyland, the cookies turned into pops!

Nemo Cake Pop from Disneyland Pixar Pier in California Adventure. Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops recipe.

Keep these treats as cookies or turn into pops. Either way, anyone would love getting a Minnie Mouse Cookie this Valentine’s Day! I made the bows this time with jumbo heart sprinkles. Then I found the cutest edible polka dot heart wafers by Wilton at Michaels to place on top of the candy hearts. I think the cookies turned out super cute!

Easy Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops recipe!

 

How to Make Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops

These cute cookie pops are super easy and fun for any Disney fan! Watch my video below for directions. Be sure to watch until the end to see the fun Mickey Ears we just bought on our trip to Disneyland.

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel HERE for more fun recipes and party ideas.

 

Print the Minnie Mouse Valentine’s Day Tags

You can print the Valentine’s Day Tags below along with the directions for these Minnie Mouse Cookies. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Print Disney Minnie Mouse Valentine's Day tags.

Print the Valentine’s Day Tags Here

 

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops are an easy Disney party dessert made with OREO cookies and free printable Valentine’s Day tags.

  • 12 Double Stuf OREO cookies
  • 6 Mini OREO cookies
  • 1/4 cup White Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup Red Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup Red, Pink and White Nonpareils
  • 1/4 cup Jumbo Heart Sprinkles
  • Wilton Edible Accents Hearts (optional)
  • 12 Lollipop Sticks
  • Wax Paper
  • Printable Tags (optional)
  1. Gently open and remove the filling from a handful of Mini OREO cookies with a knife.
  2. Melt white candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until candy is smooth and creamy.
  3. Make Minnie’s ears by using the melted white candy as the glue to stick the mini cookies inside of the larger cookies. Let candy dry before decorating.
  4. In a small glass bowl, melt pink candy in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until candy is smooth and creamy.
  5. Dip one half of a cookie into the melted candy, gently shake cookie to smooth any rough edges and sprinkle with red, pink and white nonpareils.
  6. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy, then gently hold it on the bottom of the cookie. You don’t need to press it into the cookie as it might break.
  7. Hold stick to the cookie until a bond is made, then place on a piece of wax paper to cool and harden.
  8. Add Minnie’s bow by placing a small bit of melted candy on two jumbo candy hearts. Gently stick them to the top of the cookie to form a bow.
  9. If you can find the edible polka dot heart wafers by Wilton, add them to the top of the hearts buy using melted candy as glue. This step is optional.
  10. Print the Valentine’s Day tags, trim and punch a hole in the top and bottom. After the candy has completely hardened on the cookies, slide the tag onto the lollipop stick. Wrap as gifts or display on your party table.

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You are in DISNEYLAND, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I get it. Some of life’s tasks are boring.

Standing in the grocery line. Boring.
Waiting for an elevator. Boring.
Riding public transportation. Boring.
Waiting rooms. Boring.
Disneyland. Boring.

Wait. Did I say, Disneyland?

I did. I mean, what other logical conclusion could I come to after spending three days in the happiest place on Earth? A place that has been ENGINEERED to delight the senses?

Because all I saw were people, necks bent, immersed in their screen.

Regardless of whether you hold a season pass and are a local, or have crossed continents to get there, a trip to Disneyland is a financial feat. You’ve shelled out a fair amount of cash and precious vacation time to be there with your beloved offspring…perhaps you could PEEL YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE for a few minutes?

That tiny screen is still pumping out the same stuff…why drag yourself out of your basement and into the bright California sunshine if you’re still going to live and die by that tiny screen?

Do I sound like a judgmental hag?

I do.

Because at Disneyland, I saw a child riding in a stroller…watching a movie on an iPad.

I think we’re taking our FOMO, our discomfort with boredom, and screens-as-a-babysitter too far.

A big topic of conversation around these parts has been the startling information that has emerged about social media and tech usage among young children. The bullying. The pornography. The staggering amount of time they spend on it. The way it’s diminishing the social development and mental health of our children.

And yet. As adults, we’re doing a terrible job at showing our kids that there are more important things in life than that little screen.

I saw so many families seemingly completely disconnected from each other, all engrossed in their personal screen, shuffling along in line, walking through the park, as they ate, always staring at that tiny, addictive screen.

WHILE DISNEYLAND MAGIC LITERALLY SWIRLED AROUND THEM.

Golden opportunities to connect with their kids, completely missed because they had to play Candy Crush, or cruise through Instagram.

I find my phone and social media platforms to be a TREMENDOUS source of inspiration and value. I do. But I can’t actually ACT on any of that inspiration if I DON’T GET OFF MY PHONE.

I also absolutely treasure the photos of moments I’m able to capture on the fly because my camera is handily located in my phone.

So I get it. The chance to capture moments and communicate is super useful. That little screen is compelling.

But not as compelling as my kids.

Or whatever the heck you’re posting on Facebook that day.

That can wait until I get back.

Phone Addiction

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You are in DISNEYLAND, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I get it. Some of life’s tasks are boring.

Standing in the grocery line. Boring.
Waiting for an elevator. Boring.
Riding public transportation. Boring.
Waiting rooms. Boring.
Disneyland. Boring.

Wait. Did I say, Disneyland?

I did. I mean, what other logical conclusion could I come to after spending three days in the happiest place on Earth? A place that has been ENGINEERED to delight the senses?

Because all I saw were people, necks bent, immersed in their screen.

Regardless of whether you hold a season pass and are a local, or have crossed continents to get there, a trip to Disneyland is a financial feat. You’ve shelled out a fair amount of cash and precious vacation time to be there with your beloved offspring…perhaps you could PEEL YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE for a few minutes?

That tiny screen is still pumping out the same stuff…why drag yourself out of your basement and into the bright California sunshine if you’re still going to live and die by that tiny screen?

Do I sound like a judgmental hag?

I do.

Because at Disneyland, I saw a child riding in a stroller…watching a movie on an iPad.

I think we’re taking our FOMO, our discomfort with boredom, and screens-as-a-babysitter too far.

A big topic of conversation around these parts has been the startling information that has emerged about social media and tech usage among young children. The bullying. The pornography. The staggering amount of time they spend on it. The way it’s diminishing the social development and mental health of our children.

And yet. As adults, we’re doing a terrible job at showing our kids that there are more important things in life than that little screen.

I saw so many families seemingly completely disconnected from each other, all engrossed in their personal screen, shuffling along in line, walking through the park, as they ate, always staring at that tiny, addictive screen.

WHILE DISNEYLAND MAGIC LITERALLY SWIRLED AROUND THEM.

Golden opportunities to connect with their kids, completely missed because they had to play Candy Crush, or cruise through Instagram.

I find my phone and social media platforms to be a TREMENDOUS source of inspiration and value. I do. But I can’t actually ACT on any of that inspiration if I DON’T GET OFF MY PHONE.

I also absolutely treasure the photos of moments I’m able to capture on the fly because my camera is handily located in my phone.

So I get it. The chance to capture moments and communicate is super useful. That little screen is compelling.

But not as compelling as my kids.

Or whatever the heck you’re posting on Facebook that day.

That can wait until I get back.

Phone Addiction

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You are in DISNEYLAND, PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

I get it. Some of life’s tasks are boring.

Standing in the grocery line. Boring.
Waiting for an elevator. Boring.
Riding public transportation. Boring.
Waiting rooms. Boring.
Disneyland. Boring.

Wait. Did I say, Disneyland?

I did. I mean, what other logical conclusion could I come to after spending three days in the happiest place on Earth? A place that has been ENGINEERED to delight the senses?

Because all I saw were people, necks bent, immersed in their screen.

Regardless of whether you hold a season pass and are a local, or have crossed continents to get there, a trip to Disneyland is a financial feat. You’ve shelled out a fair amount of cash and precious vacation time to be there with your beloved offspring…perhaps you could PEEL YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE for a few minutes?

That tiny screen is still pumping out the same stuff…why drag yourself out of your basement and into the bright California sunshine if you’re still going to live and die by that tiny screen?

Do I sound like a judgmental hag?

I do.

Because at Disneyland, I saw a child riding in a stroller…watching a movie on an iPad.

I think we’re taking our FOMO, our discomfort with boredom, and screens-as-a-babysitter too far.

A big topic of conversation around these parts has been the startling information that has emerged about social media and tech usage among young children. The bullying. The pornography. The staggering amount of time they spend on it. The way it’s diminishing the social development and mental health of our children.

And yet. As adults, we’re doing a terrible job at showing our kids that there are more important things in life than that little screen.

I saw so many families seemingly completely disconnected from each other, all engrossed in their personal screen, shuffling along in line, walking through the park, as they ate, always staring at that tiny, addictive screen.

WHILE DISNEYLAND MAGIC LITERALLY SWIRLED AROUND THEM.

Golden opportunities to connect with their kids, completely missed because they had to play Candy Crush, or cruise through Instagram.

I find my phone and social media platforms to be a TREMENDOUS source of inspiration and value. I do. But I can’t actually ACT on any of that inspiration if I DON’T GET OFF MY PHONE.

I also absolutely treasure the photos of moments I’m able to capture on the fly because my camera is handily located in my phone.

So I get it. The chance to capture moments and communicate is super useful. That little screen is compelling.

But not as compelling as my kids.

Or whatever the heck you’re posting on Facebook that day.

That can wait until I get back.

Phone Addiction

Other posts you might enjoy…

8 NEW Pixar Fest Foods at Disneyland You Can’t Miss!

3 Must-Do Experiences During Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

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3 Must-Do Experiences During Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest is the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks! Celebrate all things Pixar for a limited time. Pixar Fest begins April 13, 2018 and runs through September 3, 2018.  With the release of “Incredibles 2” in June 2018, even more exciting floats and fun will be added to Pixar Fest. With so much to be enjoyed, we wanted to highlight 3 of our favorite MUST-DO’s while visitng Disneyland Resorts during Pixar Fest.

 

Pixar Play Parade

For the first time ever, the Pixar Play Parade will make its way through Disneyland Park. Just as Pixar began with the cutest lamp ever, the Play Parade will do the same! You’ll enjoy whimsical and laughable favorites from your favorite Pixar films.  Keven, the friendly bird from “Up”, makes an appearance. You won’t be able to miss this 12 foot beauty!

NEW STORY ELEMENTS ADDED TO “PIXAR PLAY PARADE” FOR PIXAR FEST (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – “Pixar Play Parade” returns April 13, 2018, to the Disneyland Resort, this time to Disneyland Park as a part of the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration. The delightful parade will bring even more fan-favorite Pixar stories to life with the addition of three new story elements. Joining the parade are characters from the beloved film, “Up.” As this concept art illustrates, Wilderness Explorer Russell will appear astride the colorful flightless bird, Kevin. Carl Fredricksen and Dug will follow behind, amid green foliage and snipe chicks, with Carl’s tethered house floating above. (Disney•Pixar/Disneyland Resort)

 

“Paint the Night” Parade

1 million brilliant lights return after 2 years! This time, experience the dazzling lights in Disney California Adventure. This parade gets an extra boost of awesome in June 2018 when it will add new floats inspired by “The Incredibles” and “The Incredibles 2”.

‘PAINT THE NIGHT’ PARADE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The popular nighttime parade returns to the Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, this time making its way through Disney California Adventure Park. Mack from “Cars” appears in “Paint the Night” parade, along with many beloved Disney and Pixar pals. This after-dark spectacular shimmers with more than 1 million brilliant lights, high-energy music and cutting edge special effects. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

‘PAINT THE NIGHT’ PARADE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The popular nighttime parade returns to the Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, this time making its way through Disney California Adventure Park. Mike Wazowski from the film “Monsters, Inc.” appears in “Paint the Night” parade, along with many beloved Disney and Pixar pals. This after-dark spectacular shimmers with more than 1 million brilliant lights, high-energy music and cutting edge special effects. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

 

“Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” Fireworks Show and More!

This brand new multimedia show immerses guests into the story of friendship feature your favorite Pixar characters.  Your eyes will light up as you watch the shops on Main Street, USA and Sleeping Beauty Castle dance with colors and designs. (Make sure you keep your eye near the tip top of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle…you may just see Buzz Lightyear!)

TOGETHER FOREVER FIREWORKS – Debuting with Pixar Fest on April 13, 2018, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will celebrate Pixar stories through the decades as it lights up the sky over Disneyland Park. Along with dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, a heartwarming story celebrates the theme of friendship, an ever-present concept in Pixar animation, connecting guests with characters they’ve come to know and love. “Together Forever” comes to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)


TOGETHER FOREVER FIREWORKS – Debuting with Pixar Fest on April 13, 2018, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will celebrate Pixar stories through the decades as it lights up the sky over Disneyland Park. Along with dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, a heartwarming story celebrates the theme of friendship, an ever-present concept in Pixar animation, connecting guests with characters they’ve come to know and love. “Together Forever” comes to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

 

Be sure to check out Pixar Fest’s yummiest NEW foods. Only available through September 3, 2018!

8 NEW Pixar Fest Foods at Disneyland You Can’t Miss!

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8 NEW Pixar Fest Foods at Disneyland You Can’t Miss!

Disneyland Resort’s first ever Pixar Fest brings the world of Pixar films to life in countless ways. But there’s only way to let your belly join in on the festivities–FOOD!! Sure Disneyland has rides and surreal sights to see, but you need to plan at least one day just to take in all the scrumptious food!  Disneyland Resort Pixar Fest offers fun and delicious eats and treats with a sweet Pixar theme. Pixar Fest arrived at Disneyland Resorts April 13, 2018 and will run for only a limited time. You won’t want to miss these creatively themed food and beverages available only until September 3, 2018.  Here’s our favorites from Pixar Fest (but trust me when I say there’s so much more!)

 

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Inspired by the film “Up”, you can find this yummy fried bologna sandwich on Main Street inside Disneyland, at the Carnation Cafe. (Even the President of Disneyland Resorts was surprised at just how yummy this was!)

 

“Coco” Churro

Inside Disneyland, walk your way over to Frontierland and enjoy a “Coco” inspired chocolate churro! This fried yummy goodness is rolled in rich chocolate powder, vanilla bean and salted cinnamon sugar served with spiced, Mexican chocolate dipping sauce.

 

“Toy Story” Root Beer Boot Float

You can be sure that no snakes are in this boot at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Disneyland.  Served in a souvenir Woody boot, you won’t want to miss checking the bottom for a “Toy Story” memory.

 

“Monsters, Inc.” Chilled Noodle Salad

Use the special sauce to activate these monster noodle colors! With mint, thai basil, shredded daikon and tofu you’ll be happy you stopped at the Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disney California Adventure Park for this cool salad.

 

Pixar Fest Celebration Cake

This vibrant Pixar Fest celebration cake can’t help but bring a bright smile to your face. Found in both parks, you can’t miss this gorgeous treat. If in Disneyland, head over to the Plaza Inn. If visiting Disney California Adventure, visit Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill and Pacific Wharf Cafe.

 

“Toy Story” Alien Macaron

Need I say more? Your kids (or maybe you?!) will be bouncing these little aliens around the table. I’d pay you $5 if you can get through eating them without someone saying “THE CLAW!!”. These cuties will be found in Disneyland at the Alien Pizza Planet in Tomorrowland (along with quite a few other Pixar inspired food such as the Green Star Pesto Pasta and Cheeseburger Pizza).

 

Pixar Themed Cake Pops

Found throughout Disneyland Resort in any bakery or candy kitchen, you’ll be enamored by these adorable cake pops. You’ll want to be sure to stop in every bakery to find your favorite characters. We couldn’t get enough of Nemo and Lightning McQueen.
Disneyland Pixar Fest Cake Pops Nemo

 

“Cars” Habanero Meatball Cone

Drive over to the Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure Park for some spicy treats! Try this Habanero Meatball cone with turkey meatballs in a habanero derby sauce with a cheese crisp and spiral pasta “smoke stacks”.

 

While these are just a few of our favorites, both Disneyland Resort theme parks have endless Pixar themed food to help you enjoy this special time at Pixar Fest. For a more complete list of all the Pixar Foods, click here. You’ll definitely want to map out your favorites ahead of time. The food is so good, but you won’t be able to eat it all.  Or will you? Challenge accepted?  Share your favorite Disneyland foods by commenting below. 

 

 

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Magical Disney Giveaway

Spreading joy this Holiday season with a magical Disney giveaway for Free Disney World or Disneyland Park Tickets!

Spreading joy this Holiday season with a magical giveaway for Free Disney World or Disneyland Park Tickets!

What do you do to keep the magic alive? Go to Disney!

You know those days your heart aches as a parent? I had one a few days ago with my 11 year old daughter. She walked into the living room and looked at her Elf on the Shelf back from the North Pole who was holding a cool new Elf Phone powered by candy. Instead of the huge smile that I was expecting, there were big buckets of tears streaming down her face.

Turns out my daughter had seen my elf video online and thought just because I assembled the candy phone in the video that I also moved the elf all of these years. WAIT… HE WASN’T REAL???? As her world came tumbling down. I about lost it too. But, I kept it together and explained that Peter, our elf, has always come much earlier than she thought to bring me these fun elf ideas from the North Pole to share with my readers. I might assemble some of the printables to show everyone, but the rest is magic. Then her eyes got HUGE when she thought of Santa and more tears gushed out. Instead of the happy morning I had planned, it ended up being a very sad morning seeing the magic disappear in my little girl’s eyes. In our family, no matter how old you get, you never stop believing in the magic of Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, but during this time, there is always wonderful magic in the air! We can’t explain a lot, but have faith. I told my daughter there is magic by giving, by coming together with friends and family and doing good deeds for those in need. You can’t deny this is a magical time of year. I hope she continues to believe, but understand that as you grow up it’s not as strong.

Magical Disney Park Tickets Giveaway

After hugging my girl, the only thing to make me feel better was to spread some good cheer to others. I immediately contacted a few of my blog friends and now we’re pitching in to giveaway a $500 Disney Gift Card good for Free Disney Park Tickets to one lucky person! What better place to believe in magic than at the most magical place on earth?

Spreading joy this Holiday season with a magical giveaway for Free Disney World or Disneyland Park Tickets! $500 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

This $500 Disney gift card is good for TWO Adult 2 day hopper park tickets to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. You can also use it to buy presents at the Disney Store. Use this Disney Gift Card however you choose to spread the magic of the holidays with your family! No matter what you believe, or how you celebrate during the holiday season, Disney is always there to spread some joy and of course… magic.

My daughter and I just got back from Disneyland. It was our third time to experience Christmas at a Disney park and it’s always such a fun time! I hope one of you will get to experience it too. Our favorite is California Adventure! Here are a few photos from our time there. The Christmas desserts are incredible! I ate that entire Minnie Mouse treat in a few bites. It’s a rice krispie treat with ginger infused sugar on top. WOW! Find them at the bakeries around Disneyland and California Adventure.

$500 Disney Gift Card Giveaway - Disneyland Christmas Photos LivingLocurto.com

Enter the Magical Disney Park Tickets Giveaway

Follow the directions below to enter to win the Disney Gift Card. I hope it helps you believe in magic this Holiday season. Good luck!

 

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The Best Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food {5 Things You MUST Try}

Want to know what’s awesome? Falling down some stairs and messing up your ankle THE NIGHT BEFORE your trip to Disneyland to check out all of the Disneyland Summer of Heroes food and fun.

Just kidding. It’s not awesome. But I’ll tell you a few things that made it better:

 

THE FOOD!

Here are our top picks for the best Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food! {All found on the California Adventure side of the Park}

 

Knowhere Eats Tacos 

Amusement park tacos? I was skeptical. We love tacos and these were amazing! The only problem, I just should have doubled my order. 

Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food: Knowhere Eats Tacos

Image Credit: Disney Parks

Knowhere Eats is located between Cosmic Canteen and Studio Food Trucks in Hollywood Land. 

 

Spider Bites

Don’t let the word “bite” fool you. These donuts are big enough to share. These also come in Hulk variety. You can pick these up at Schmoozies. We HIGHLY recommend! 

Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food: Spider Bite Donuts

Schmoozies is located in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park. 

 

Groot Bread

“I Am Bread”

First of all, it’s the most adorable baked good of all time. Second of all – they nail it! These sourdough Groot flat breads look just like baby Groot (and they are SO tasty)!

They sell out fast so be sure to make your way over to the Cosmic Canteen or Fairfax Market before noon for your best shot at taking a bite out of this little shrub. 

Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food: Groot Bread

Cosmic Canteen and Fairfax Market are located in California Adventure. 

 

Glowing InfinityAde Lavender Lemonade

This is another sharing item. It is SWEET, but delicious and available at Schmoozies. 

Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food: Lavender Lemonade

Schmoozies is located in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park. 

 

Nachos

This is another delicacy available at the Knowhere Eats. I’m usually not into nachos — but these were AMAZING. 

Disneyland Summer of Heroes Food: Knowhere Eats Nachos

Image Credit: Disney Parks

Knowhere Eats is located between Cosmic Canteen and Studio Food Trucks in Hollywood Land. 

 

IN BETWEEN EATING

Here are a couple of things to do over in Heroes land in between your most important objective: Eating ALL The Things.

 

Guardians Of The Galaxy

This ride is all it’s cracked up to be. In betwixt the screams of terror and laughter you’ll find your stomach dropping and rising (and if you open your eyes you’ll see some hilarious Guardians of the Galaxy action)!

 

Find Out Your Super Hero Personality

This was one of our favorite things of our visit. It’s not even a ride! We were traveling with my husband’s side of the family and EVERYONE loved finding out who their super hero personality was {mine was Iron Man}. It was actually pretty accurate, especially as people compared and we saw who shared the same super hero personality. I’d definitely make a stop to the Hero Action Center to do this.  

 

Avengers Training Initiative

For those traveling with your little people the Avengers Training Initiative was a great stop for the pre-school aged crowd!

I mean, check out this girl’s face. She was COMMITTED. 

Disneyland Summer of Heroes: Hero Training With Avengers

As soon as you finish your Hero Training head over to snag your tacos! They are just to the left of the stage!

 

Be sure to check out the Summer of Heroes experiences as they only last through September 10, 2017. 

 

P.S. 

Don’t worry too much about me and my bad leg. Disneyland was actually amazing and so accommodating.  There was still so much that I could do and it was actually pretty amazing to see Disneyland from the that perspective. They really do a lot to make the park accessible to everyone they can. 

 

Disclosure: Disneyland hosted a Summer of Heroes event and we happened to be in town for a family reunion so we swung by and partied with them! Our passes were comped but our opinions are our own. 

 

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Disney Dole Whip + Cotton Candy = True Love

 

Disney Dole Whip + Cotton Candy = True Love

I’m a Disneyland late bloomer. I was 28 when I went for the first time. Not to worry, I quickly drowned my repressed childhood sorrows in a giant turkey leg. (Which are apparently EMU LEGS?!?! Thanks for ruining it, Zachary Levi.) Disney food is talked about nearly as much as anything else at the park, and now there’s buzz around something new. They’ve taken a flavor cue from their elusive Dole Whip, and introduced pineapple cotton candy at Disney California.

 

Disney Dole Whip

Yes please! The actual Dole Whip is only available at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tikki Room, and at a place called Whipp’d in Southern California. But, if you hurry to the Disney Anaheim parks, you can get your hands on this pineapple perfection.

I know there are plenty of cotton candy haterz out there (you know who you are), but I dare you to find something wrong with this. I mean, we’re talking sugary pillows of Dole Whip flavored heaven that melt in your mouth. Crowds are going crazy over the new creation too, which makes us hope they will make it a permanent thing.

 

Disneyland Dole Whip Pineapple Cotton Candy

I think I need to plan a trip to check it out, because now that I’m an adult, I can hit up Disney whenever I want. And I’ll eat cotton candy for breakfast if I want to. You can’t stop me.

10 Tips To Rock Disneyland With Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Disneyland With Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Hello. My Name is Cassi. And I am a recovering Disneyland Rookie. I have been to Disneyland twice. Both in my 30’s with my husband & small kiddos. I botched my first experience (easy to do when you are at Disneyland with toddlers). Recovered. And ROCKED my second! Here’s what you need to remember, and it will make ALL the difference.

1. Remember: There is MAGIC EVERYWHERE!

Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers see magic in places you might not!

Definitely have a strategy in mind of how to make the most of your time in the park- but while getting there, don’t rush past the MAGIC all around you. I was a wind-up toy wound too tight on my first Disneyland trip. The gates opened and I wanted to see everything all at once. I wanted my whole family to run from one ride to the next- speed was my game. I basically went berserk! I missed so much of what Disneyland has to offer young families.

Disneyland with toddlers and pre-school aged kids is AMAZING! From the minute you enter, it’s a 5 senses experience. The cheerful music, detailed charm, greenery and bright flowers, smells and tastes of churros or other treats- Enjoy watching your family take it all in.

If you’re lucky, you may see little bubbles floating around in the air! Sure they came from bubble wands kids carried around, but they feel like pure Disneyland MAGIC!

 

2. Remember: Easily enhance the MAGIC with autograph books, buttons, or a simple map of the park

How To Do Disneyland With Toddlers and Pre-School Aged Kids

Pack along, or purchase at Disneyland, an autograph book. It adds excitement to meeting the many Disney characters that you may come across throughout your day. (Park employees helping direct characters will usually have a schedule of characters locations- just ask if you have someone particular you want to meet.)

Pins are a big thing to collect and trade at Disneyland. We stuck with the complimentary pins given out for things like: 1st visit, Goofy’s Kitchen, and “It’s your Birthday”, and grabbed a few other favorites along the way.

Snag a map! Maps of the park are at each entrance and information kiosk. Kids enjoy holding something and being little ‘navigators’.  Secret tip: after the Jungle Cruise ask for a map – you may get lucky and score an exclusive treasure!

One added benefit of doing Disneyland with toddlers and pre-school aged kids is they are experts at collecting stuff! It makes for a little game during the day and it creates a super fun memento- bonus!

3. Remember: ‘Rides’ to kids may be different than rides to adults!

When lines got long, we hopped on a ‘ride’ my kids LOVED! The old timer fire trucks, horse drawn street cars, and double decker bses transport passengers in style down the thrill of Main Street to the Castle and back again. Best of all, NO LINES!

Even riding the Monorail from Downtown Disney into the park was an exciting ‘ride’!

My husband and I did Fast Passes & stroller swap for a few more mature rides that we wanted to get in. But priority went to what was best for the kids. Truly made it more fun because our kids were having a blast.

4. Remember: Don’t overlook Main Street entrance MAGIC!

Lots of entertainment is to be had near the round-about at the entrance of the park. Not only do many of the more classic characters (Mickey, Donald, Goofy, etc.) pop by regularly for a high five & autograph, but everything is cool and vintage- the fire house & railroad station were our favorites. Jazz bands, marching bands, and barbershop quartets electrify the air in a way only Disneyland can. Definitely worth the meander.

Grab a bench and have a seat. Disneyland is meticulously clean. I noticed this first hand when my four year old needed to sprawl out on a bench for 30 minutes. Nothing sticky or gross to take away from the moment.

5. Remember: Check the show schedule for the first class entertainment available in both parks

Schedules are usually located at the info booths next to the maps. Park employees will typically have a copy of the schedule as well. Just ask!

For a little youngster mid-day recharge when legs got tired, we were glad to know where to be. Disney offers amazing options for entertainment. We plopped down at the marvelous shows California Adventure has to offer- ‘Talk with Crush’ was very cute and even had the adults laughing. ‘Disney Junior Live’ was perfect for toddlers-elementary aged kids. And the show stopper is ‘Frozen Live’ at the Hyperion.

6. Remember: The Early Magic Hour really is a magical way to beat the crowds!

10 Tips for Rocking Disneyland With Toddlers and Pre-School Aged Kids

Hotel guests and Multi-Day pass purchasers can enjoy a whole extra hour in the parks before the parks open! If you have this option- make it count! Hop on the top “must-ride” rides in the land (s) of your choice and take the edge off the day! If you don’t have that option- I’d suggest to be on time for park opening.

On our California Adventure Extra Magic Hour we quickly tackled all of Cars Land (hitting Radiator Springs Racers first, of course!) before the park opened. It was AMAZING.

 

7. Remember: There are awesome magical extras you can schedule!
Tips for food at Disneyland with Toddlers and Pre-School aged kids

We took an early morning while staying at the Disneyland Hotel to dine at Goofy’s Kitchen before going to the park. The buffet was delicious, the characters come to you, and it’s a great way to score autographs, pins, and pictures in a relaxing but fun environment.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique rocked my daughter’s world- and may have brought a tear to my husband’s eye seeing his little princess! When it comes to Disneyland with toddlers and pre-schoolers, schedule earlier in the day, so she has longer to enjoy being all sparkly.

8. Remember: Disneyland sells healthy snacks, too.

Healthy snack options at Disneyland with toddlers and pre-school aged kids

In reference to the above picture, I have a message for my husband, I mean Dads! Nap time and cotton candy don’t mix well. Ask Mom before buying sugar crashing treats!

We loved the fresh cut fruit- giant watermelon or pineapple slices! The salads, turkey wraps, and the clementine or apple sauce that can come with kids meals were also great. I must admit, though, that my family was dying for a turkey leg. Boy, did we go for it. Delish.

Disneyland allows you to bring your own food into the park as well, so if you’re planning on vacationing Disneyland with toddlers and pre-schoolers, plan accordingly. You better believe I brought full water bottles and a few things to keep their energy up and tummies happy.

9. Remember: STARWARS! Need I say more?

Pro-Tip: Little People LOVE Star Wars at Disneyland!

 

While a huge remodel is currently taking place to create a Star Wars land, there are other awesome Star Wars options in Tomorrow Land. The top for young kids (4yrs-12yrs) would be Jedi Training. Super fun, free, first come first serve. Register early, in person, at the Star Wars launch bay.

10. Remember: Disney Hotels are super high class magic!

This past trip was my first time staying in a Disney Hotel. I wasn’t sure what to expect- thinking things may be cheesy. WRONG! Classy- including the light up musical carved wooden head board. The whole experience was really fancy and oh so special.

I LOVED how conveniently close the hotel was to the parks; when visiting Disneyland with toddlers and pre-schoolers, this is a no-brainer. We took the monorail from Down Town Disney into the park. Probably walked 100 yards to get there. Done.

Staying in a Disney Hotel got our family into the park with Extra Magic Hours every morning! Sweet!

 

No matter where you stay, you are in California, baby! We were there in February. When most of the northern hemisphere is freezing, California has palm tree sunsets and blossoms on its trees.

My family made memories that will last a lifetime. I’m glad we went while my kids are young. After learning a few tricks and feeling the wide spread magic of the moment, I can see why families keep coming back to Disneyland. We’ll be back, real soon!

 

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