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December 22, 2007

Christmas at Disneyland

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the rather extended break in the blog...real life and all of that stuff. You know how it goes, especially this time of year.

I hadn't been to Disneyland since early October, but Lee and I stopped by on Monday on our way home from central CA, where we'd seen our niece and nephew perform in The Nutcracker.

I just love Disneyland at Christmas...all the decorations and the Christmas music and holiday-themed attractions and the parade and holiday fireworks...

New this year Sleeping Beauty Castle (like Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom) is adorned with snow and "ice". During the day the turrets appear to be covered with snow, but at night the castle sparkles with glittering ice. We saw the 5:30 show where the castle goes dark, and then starts to sparkle, and meanwhile snow starts falling on the street! It was a short show but we enjoyed it. We didn't stay for the fireworks, but it would be interesting to see how they incorporate the castle into the show.


December 23, 2007

Holiday Treats at Disneyland

What's holiday time without some special treats? The bakers and confectioners at Disneyland have certainly done their best to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us! There's special cookies at the bakeries, candies at the confectioneries, specialty hot beverages, and most of the restaurants have a special holiday dessert. There's even special hot foods like tamales.

There's no way we could try everything on our recent visit, but we scoped out most of the offerings, and in the interests of research we tried several different things.

At the two bakeries we found star-shaped rice crispy treats, ($3.29) gingerbread men ($2.99), frosted snowman shortbread cookies ($2.99), and holiday brownies ($3.29). The rice crispie treats were also available at a number of counter service restaurants. Lee likes rice crispy treats, so we had to try one of those. It was pretty much what you would expect from a rice crispy treat that's decorated with red and green sugar crystals. :-)


I like gingerbread (the gingerbread men with chocolate mouse ears that you can find in various places around Walt Disney World at this time of year are one of my favorite treats), so I bought one of the gingerbread men to taste. The gingerbread had a pretty good spicy kick to it...at first I didn't really care for it, but it grew on me. It has just a bit of sugar glaze around the edge, so it's not real sweet.


The holiday brownie was quite a large piece (about 2" x 4") of brownie, with stripes of white icing, chocolate chunks, and decorated with red and green sprinkles. It was nice and moist, but not as chocolatey as we expected. Still really good, though.


The confectionary places, like the candy shop on Main Street, and the candy counters inside Greetings From California and Pooh corner, had sugar cookies shaped like trees or snowmen which were covered in white chocolate and other edible decorations ($2.99), and caramel apples covered with red and green stripes, or apples covered in white chocolate with a marshmallow on top, and dressed as snowmen ($9.00). At Pooh Corner they also had white chocolate-covered snowmen marshmallows on a stick ($4.25). Those were really cute, and we tried one of those. A little too sweet for those of us who are not white chocolate fans, but it sure looks good.


At Santa's Reindeer Roundup you can buy a cookie kit ($6.00) which includes a big sugar cookie that you can decorated with the included icing and sprinkles.

Rancho del Zocalo has a Holiday Tres Leches cake - though it looked like regular Tres Leches cake with red and green frosting stripes. :-) And there were holiday brownie funnel cakes ($5.49) at Hungry Bear, Farmer's Market, and the Stagedoor Cafe. I'm sure the other restaurants had special desserts, too (French Market usually has some very clever things), but we didn't visit any of those.

Both Blue Ribbon Bakery and Baker's Field Bakery had some special holiday drinks - Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Hot Spiced Caramel Apple Cider, Eggnog Latte and Eggnog. We tried the spiced cider - I think it would have been better if it was just spiced cider without the caramel flavor, which I thought gave it a weird taste.

There's a cart on small world way at Matterhorn Way that has beef tamales for the holidays, and of course all of the popcorn carts have special holiday buckets.

So are you hungry now? :-)

I'm not sure when this blog entry will be published, but I wanted to take this opportunity to say:
May your holidays be merry and bright - and -
May your 2008 be full of love and laughter.


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