Pioneer Mercantile

Davy Crockett’s Pioneer Mercantile

1987 – present LOCATION Frontierland – The Pioneer Mercantile sits right at the front of Frontierland, next to the Adventureland passageway. Once you walk through the main entrance, you’ll see the shop on your left; it’s the corner shop with the large porch. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Tees, mugs, hats, toys, and accessories Price Range […] Read more…

Disney Showcase

Disney Showcase

October 1989 – present LOCATION Main Street USA – The Disney Showcase anchors the front end of the street. If you start at the railroad station and head toward the castle, you’ll see it on the right front corner, across from the Disneyland Emporium. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Seasonal merchandise and souvenirs Price Range – […] Read more…

Lands In Pictures: Mickey's Toontown

Lands In Pictures: Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey’s Toontown has the reputation of being a “little kid” land. So many guests completely skip this section of the park, thinking they have nothing to see or do. Which is such a shame! Aside from the land’s exciting Car Toon Spin, this land has some beautiful spaces to explore. Visit Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, […] Read more…

Crystal Arcade

Crystal Arcade

July 1955 – present LOCATION Main Street USA – The Crystal Arcade sits toward the Town Square side of Main Street. If you’re starting at the train station, keep to the left. You’ll see the Crystal Arcade a few stores down the block, just after the Disneyland Emporium. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – plush toys, blankets, […] Read more…

Pooh Stix Bridge

Pooh Stix Bridge

Disneyland’s Critter Country is a land for all kinds of woodland creatures, but its most notable resident is definitely Winnie the Pooh. Pooh and friends have their own attraction, shop, and lots of little hidden tributes scattered throughout the forest. As you exit Winnie the Pooh’s ride, look to your left. See that sign? Pooh […] Read more…

Ask The Duchess – Vol. 27

Welcome to Ask The Duchess Vol. 27, a monthly Q&A post covering a variety of resort-related topics. Ask The Duchess answers questions submitted by readers. If you have a question you’d like answered, send me a message here! 1. Where is the Mint Julep Bar? (submitted by Tara Leighanne) The Mint Julep Bar kind of hides in the back of New Orleans Square. You’ll […] Read more…

Resort Updates - January 2018

Resort Updates – January 2018

Once upon a time, January was the quiet season for the Disneyland Resort. Many attractions closed for refurbishment, attendance dipped a little, and all in all, there wasn’t much to report. But those days are long gone (though the refurbishments still happen), at least in the last few years! I apologize in advance for the […] Read more…

Town Square Cafe

Town Square Cafe

 Source: Blogspot December 1976 – Spring 1978, October 1983 – August 1992 LOCATION Main Street USA – The Town Square Café sat in the corner of the square, just before the street narrows (next to today’s Mad Hatter). Currently, this largely forgotten space serves as a character meet and greet area, and the interior kitchen […] Read more…

Walt in Disneyland: Park Construction

Walt In Disneyland: Park Construction

There’s something so inspiring about seeing photos of Walt Disney in Disneyland. Though he will always be better known for his movies, Walt’s true passion project was the original Magic Kingdom. In his later life, he devoted virtually all of his creative energy into a magical place where kids and adults could share in magic. […] Read more…

Little Green Men Store Command

Little Green Men Store Command

March 2005 – present LOCATION Tomorrowland – Little Green Store Command shares a building with Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. You’ll find the shop at the entrance to Tomorrowland, across the walkway from Star Tours. If you’re coming in from the Fantasyland side, keep right when the plaza opens up. You’ll see Little Green Store Command […] Read more…

Little Details: Hollywood Land

Little Details: Hollywood Land

When I think of Hollywood Land in California Adventure, I think of neon lights, palm trees, and glamorous building facades. Basically – it’s all about the details! The sidewalks, window displays, and street signs all pay tribute to the heights of old Hollywood. No matter where you go in Hollywood land, magical little details await. Read more…

Lunar New Year 2018

Lunar New Year 2018

The new year celebrations aren’t over yet! On Friday, February 16, we officially reach the year of the dog on the Chinese Zodiac, and California Adventure’s celebration starts this month.  Source: Disney Parks Blog From January 26 through February 18, the new Paradise Park (recently split from Paradise Pier) will host its first seasonal celebration. […] Read more…

Grand Californian

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

January 2001 – present LOCATION The Grand Californian bumps up against Grizzly Peak in California Adventure. The hotel is accessible from inside California Adventure, by the Grizzly River Run, or through Downtown Disney, across the walkway from Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria. BACKGROUND In the late 90s, Disneyland announced plans to massively expand Disneyland, finally turning […] Read more…

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