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Day at Disney: Frozen Fun and More at California Adventure

This is the first in a new series of blog posts called “Day at Disney” where I will write about my visits to the park and all of its adventures. My goal is to walk you through my Disney day in as much detail as possible so that you can feel like you are at the park with me. I hope you’ll enjoy this first post – please let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

There is still more time to enjoy the limited-time “Frozen Fun” experience in Disney California Adventure! I had the opportunity to visit this fun collection of attractions with my kids last Wednesday, April 15. What a fun treat! We were so excited to get to do some different activities (not that we could ever get bored of Disneyland… it’s always fun and magical regardless of how many times I visit).

dcaHere is a recap of our Day at Disney:

We arrived at the California Adventure gates around 4:00 pm (picked up my 1st grade son after school and drove straight to Disneyland… aren’t I just the coolest mom ever?) and immediately we were greeted by a nice cast member who offered to tell us about the day’s current events. This is a first for me as I usually just walk in and start touring the park… but I loved it! Nice touch, Disney! The cast member was really helpful and answered all of my questions about Frozen Fun and she mentioned that some of the “Frozen Fun” attractions would require a Fast Pass.

Coffee at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café (Starbucks)

We decided to stop by the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café to grab some coffee from Starbucks and give the kids some snacks before we journey to “Frozen Fun”. I love this café because it is in a great location, there is always plenty of seating, it’s nice and air conditioned, and it’s always a treat when I get to drink Starbucks (since I don’t regularly drink it). You can also enjoy some sweet treats at the candy/fudge shop next door (anyone know the name of that place? Is it part of Clarabelle’s?) or for a really special treat, enjoy some delicious ice cream at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice (can I just say… YUM!).

On to Frozen Fun! Well… sort of, but not yet.

All of the Frozen Fun attractions are located in Hollywood Land.

I have to say, we actually had a rocky start to our Frozen Fun but don’t worry – there is a happy ending so keep reading!

singalong-1We first went to the Frozen Sing-Along (called “For the First Time in Forever, A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” – which is located at the Muppet 3-D Theater) but the cast member told us that the next show was going to be a while and that we either had to get a Fast Pass or return later for the next showtime. OK, no problem… I asked a different female cast member, “Is it worth getting a Fast Pass for this?” She shook her head and said it wasn’t busy enough today to do that, so we thought we’d go meet Olaf.

Ok, here we are hoping to see Olaf when we realized we would have to get a Fast Pass to see him. Ok, no problem… My boys LOVE Olaf (who doesn’t?) and so this is definitely worth waiting for. We waited for about 20 minutes just to get a Fast Pass. This wasn’t an ordinary Fast Pass booth where you put in your passes and it spits out a Fast Pass – it was a cast member who walked over to the line, looked at your tickets, walked away into some mysterious location and then magically returned with a Fast Pass ticket.

So now we have our Fast Pass ticket to see Olaf in about an hour. Let’s go check out the snow at Olaf’s Snowfest! I heard they have REAL SNOW!

Olaf’s Snowfest is located next to Monster’s Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue (a great ride, by the way, with a usually short wait time!) in a building that is normally empty and sometimes has special attractions like this one. This building used to have a dance club for kids a couple of years ago – not the Mad T Party – this was like a night club for kids and Disney characters with a DJ and Disney songs… It was amazing! I wish they’d bring that back someday.

Anyway, we get to the entrance of the attraction and just as our luck would have it, the cast members said it was “temporarily” closed. The first words that came out of my mouth were: “Did someone poop in the snow?” “No” the cast members responded. I was growing a little impatient at this point as we had been there for over an hour and didn’t get the opportunity to experience any of the fun yet! I voiced my concerns to the Cast Members, most of whom did not seem to care. One Cast Member, however (her name was Katie), was super sweet and made a genuine effort to help make our experience better.

She said “Well, did you visit Monstropolis?”

Me: “Yes, but we’ve been there before and we were hoping to experience something new today”

Katie the Cast Member: “Did you go to the Frozen Sing-along?”

Me: “Yes, but the show doesn’t start for another 30 minutes.”

Katie the Cast Member: “Did you meet Olaf?”

Me: “Well, we have a fast pass but there is still another 45 minutes before we can use it.”

Katie the Cast Member: “Hmm… ok, well did you meet Elsa and Anna?”

Me: “No, but I was told we still would need a Fast Pass to go meet them and we don’t have one.”

Katie the Cast Member: “Ahhh” (she turns to a fellow Cast Member, whispers something and then says “Follow me!”

NOW on to Frozen Fun… for real this time! First, meeting Elsa and Anna…

Katie the Cast Member happily took us on a journey across Hollywood Land into the Character Close-Up where the Elsa and Anna character greeting takes place. She took us to the line and informed her fellow Cast Member that we had her blessing to meet Elsa and Anna without a Fast Pass. What a pretty awesome thing of Katie to do! My boys got to meet the beautiful Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and they were LOVING it.. Haha. They are only 7 and 3, but apparently beautiful girls can still have an affect on young little dudes.

(By the way, we made sure to recognize Katie’s efforts by visiting the Chamber of Commerce later that day and telling them how awesome she was – always a good thing to do when you receive excellent service at Disneyland!)

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For the First Time in Forever, A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

After we finished meeting the beautiful royalty of Arendelle, we headed over to the (deep breath…) “For the First Time in Forever, A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” (or Frozen Sing-Along for short). I have to say, this was super cute! As I mentioned before, this is located in Muppet 3D Theater. There is no trace of anything “Muppet” – it was completely transformed to Frozen everything. Beautiful!

There was a man and a women who retold the story of Frozen, with some breaks to sing all of the songs (with the exception of “Fixer Upper”) while the audience sings along, and some special appearances by Anna, Krisoff, and (of course) Queen Elsa. I love singing, so this was definitely my cup of tea! I loved hearing the dad in the row behind me belt out “Let it Go!” for his kids. Totally adorable and super endearing. The whole show was a lot of fun and really cute!

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Olaf’s Snowfest!

By the time we finished, Olaf’s Snowfest had re-opened and we were allowed to enter. There was live musical and comedy entertainment, a full snack bar, the snow (of course), sledding down a snowy hill, and even Olaf was there greeting guests in the back! It was really happening in there!

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My kids have never seen snow, so this was a fun first experience for them to touch and play with “snow.” To be fair, this was pretty darn close to real snow but it’s was a lot more course – more like finely crushed ice than soft, powdery snow. But I’m not trying to nitpick, it was definitely cool (pun intended!). It was a little strange walking on the snow in my flip flops, but hey! It was fun. My boys had fun playing in the snow, trying to make a snowman before realizing they couldn’t handle touching the snow for too long without gloves or mittens! If you get the chance to come visit Olaf’s Snowfest, bring some gloves so your kids can build a snowman!

We managed to do the sledding down the hill, which was VERY real (my rear end got wet from the ice!) and very exhilarating.

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Time to Meet Olaf!

Perfect timing.. as the Snowfest was closing to “refresh the snow” (maybe that’s why it was closed earlier?) it was just about time to go meet Olaf himself! We pulled out our Fast Pass (just one for the whole family) and went to go meet the coldest snowman with the warmest hugs. What an adorable costume! My kids loved meeting Olaf! It is something we have been trying to do for a long time but we never seem to get the opportunity!

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Dinner at Paradise Garden Grill

After all of our Frozen Fun had passed we had worked up an appetite (it was about 6:30 at this point). We made our way behind Hollywood Land past the Aladdin theater and Tower of Terror, through A Bug’s Land, past the Pacific Wharf and into the dining area on Paradise Pier (near Goofy’s Sky School and Jumpin’ Jellyfish). This is another one of my favorite dining spots because there is tons of covered outdoor seating, delicious food (either Mediterranean or Italian fare), and there is often entertainment either in the form of a live band or a passing parade, if you’re lucky!

I treated my mom to dinner and of course she had to “pay me back” by treating my boys to their dinner. Do you know anyone like this? She is too sweet, and I’m lucky to have such an awesome mom.

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We at at Paradise Garden Grill. My mom got grilled steak skewers which comes with rice pilaf, a marinated cucumber (and bell pepper) salad, a giant whole piece of pita bread and some yummy tzatziki sauce (Greek garlick yogurt dipping sauce).

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I ordered the grilled chicken skewers, which comes with the same sides as the steak but I requested to have extra cucumber salad in place of the rice and cucumbers (I am on a special low carb diet – I plan on posting in the future about eating healthy or sticking to your diet while visiting Disneyland Resort… if you are interested in this topic, please express your interest in the comments below!). I have to say… this was YUMMY! The chicken was flavorful and tender and the veggies were yummy. I bring my own diet soda in a can so I asked for a cup of ice and I was one happy girl!!

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My kids had pizza from Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (the restaurant in the same plaza). It looked amazing but of course I couldn’t eat it :)

Finally, Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Sunset

We had a little bit of time left and decided to ride Mickey’s Fun Wheel at sunset. What a nice relaxing ferris wheel ride! I just love being able to see all of Anaheim and the beautiful view of the sun setting on Disneyland and California Adventure. It was the perfect end to our fun Disney Day!


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  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    One thing I have noticed about vatoican packages at Disneyland: Unlike the value menu at fast food places, you don’t get a discount for buying a package. You do get extra perks that the rest of the public does not have access to. So, if your primary goal is to try and save as much munny as possible (sorry, a little Pooh humor there), packages generally don’t help. You would need to have an agent or someone local to help guide you away from the flea-traps.Fortunately, I live in the area and know most of the hotels. You didn’t mention if you have kids or not, but I find it most handy to stay in a hotel on Harbor Blvd, across the street from the Disneyland entrance. This is very handy for coming back to the room in the afternoon for a rest. My favorite hotels in this area are the HoJo (Howard Johnson:), Fairfield Inn, and Candy Cane Inn. There are a number of others, including the Park Vue Inn, Carousel, Park Place Inn, and Tropicana Inn. These are low end motel-type accomodations. You can check out the ratings at tripadvisor.com. As for tickets, your best bet might be a Citypass. It combines a day at Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and a 3-day park hopper pass to Disneyland. As mentioned by a previous poster, check out your local aaa travel agency. If you don’t have one, check out arestravel.com.Be sure to arrive at Disneyland when it opens, to get on the most popular rides early. Get some fast passes and use them in the afternoon when lines are long. Have fun!.

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