Festival of the Holidays 2017

Festival Of The Holidays 2017

All is merry and bright at the happiest place on earth, and once again, California Adventure has joined in on the holiday fun. For the second year in a row, Pacific Wharf and Paradise Pier are hosting the Festival of the Holidays.  Source: Disneyland AP This evening event celebrates Christmas (& Navidad), Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and […] Read more…

Windows on Main Street

Windows On Main Street

If you’ve ever stopped to admire the beautiful buildings along Main Street USA, you may have noticed a few names on the second story windows. These are the legendary Windows on Main Street, an extremely rare and much coveted Disney honor. Disney legend Marty Sklar shared the qualifications for a window: Only upon retirement Only […] Read more…

Castle Heraldry Shoppe

Castle Heraldry Shoppe

Fall 1994 – January 2017 LOCATION Fantasyland – The Castle Heraldry Shoppe started out within the castle, where the Enchanted Chamber currently resides. From 2008 until its closure, the shop moved across the courtyard, next to Peter Pan’s Flight. Today, this space houses the Castle Christmas Shoppe. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Family crest merchandise, collectible […] Read more…

Ask The Duchess – Vol. 25

Welcome to Ask The Duchess Vol. 25, 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. How far away is Disneyland from Sea World? (submitted by Henry) Sea World is in San Diego, which is a very easy day trip. […] Read more…

Resort Updates - November 2017

Resort Updates – November 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and Disneyland just finished its first full month of the holiday season! Both parks have donned their shiny seasonal décor, and Main Street USA brought back its street-hanging garlands, which have been missing for a few years.  Source: Guy Selga Let’s take a look back at November! ‘TIS […] Read more…

Lands After Dark: Paradise Pier

Lands After Dark: Paradise Pier

When the sun sets at the Disneyland Resort, most visitors start streaming back into Disneyland. It’s a shame, though, because California Adventure does neon lights like nobody else! Paradise Pier is one of my favorite places to spend the evening in California Adventure. The gorgeous glow brings new life to the boardwalk, and of course…World […] Read more…

Cristal d'Orleans

Cristal d’Orleans

July 1966 – present LOCATION New Orleans Square – Cristal d’Orleans sits on New Orleans Square’s Orleans Street, between the French Market Restaurant and Cafe Orleans. You’ll see the shop about halfway down the alleyway, just beyond Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Tiaras, jewelry, and glass figurines/decor Price Range – Most items over […] Read more…

Shop Disney Parks

Shop Disney Parks

BASIC INFO App Name: Shop Disney Parks Company Name: Disney App Price: Free Free Version: n/a HOW IT WORKS Shop Disney Parks is a virtual way of literally shopping inside Walt Disney World. Looking for an item sold out at the Disney Store, or just not available when you visited Disneyland? Search for that item, […] Read more…

Lands In Pictures: Cars Land

Lands In Pictures: Cars Land

Despite the fact that I’ve only ever seen Cars once, Cars Land is without a doubt my favorite part of California Adventure. Each of the attractions offer unique experiences, and the restaurants serve great snacks and drinks. But the best part – the views are just unbeatable! Whenever I want to stop and take a break, […] Read more…

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