Monday, May 25, 2015

Review Of Rancho Del Zocalo at Disneyland...

   This review is a long time coming.  Dear lord, why didn't we find time to review Rancho Del Zocalo on our last Disneyland trip three years ago!?!?  Regardless, the time has finally arrived.
   For some unknown reason, locals tend to hate on this restaurant.  I have a hunch it has to do with proximity to amazing local Mexican food...which lives in abundances in Southern California.  But for us east coasters, this sloppy Mexican can really hit the spot.  Lets take a look at one of my favorite counter service restaurants in any Disney park.


   It should come as no surprise that Rancho was one of the first things on our itineraries upon arrival in California a couple of weeks ago.  For those following along on Twitter you probably realize that we dined here a whopping three times in a week.  Obviously we love this Frontierland staple, but why? 
   Rancho Del Zocalo is a large counter service restaurant that has been serving guests in one form or another since the first year of Disneyland.  Though many people long for the campy awesomeness of Casa De Fritos, I think Rancho fits right in with the more rustic Frontierland of today. The landscaping and architecture reflect this, and is ridiculously lovely. 


   Butting up directly to Big Thunder Mountain, this restaurant reflects its neighbor, and blends seamlessly with it.  In fact, one of the best seats at Rancho is next to the loading/unloading platform of the attraction.  What a fun way to spend your lunch!
   There is only outdoor seating here, although quite a bit of it is covered.  This shouldn't be a problem since you're in the gorgeous southern California weather.  Why would you ever eat inside?!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Disney Hipsters Spend The Day At Gorgeous Paradise Pier...

   As you know, us Disney Hipsters have fallen madly in love with Disney California Adventure. I'm basically super obsessed with it, and can't even pinpoint why.  It is probably a mixture of all things DCA...including some of the maligned pre-billion dollar refurbishment.  One of my absolute favorite places in the entire world is Paradise Pier, and area that has existed since park opening, but has undergone a face lift all its own.
   On our recent Disneyland trip we spent a lot of time on said pier...in fact, I can think of nothing more lovely than drinking a beer and strolling along the boardwalk as people whiz by on California Screamin.  Here is a little video I made of an afternoon just like that...


   Cant you just smell the cheese on a stick now?  I can hardly believe that this area was once the disgrace it was.  The refurbishment has made it a lovely little slice of theme park goodness that fits right into the weird melange that is Disney California Adventure. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Characters, New Costumes, New Disney California Adventure...

   Its that time again.  After each Disney vacation I feel the need to share all the new characters...or old characters in new costumes...that we had the joy of meeting.  This trip was especially eventful, considering the giant changes to Disney California Adventure since our last visit west.  Lots of new meet and greet opportunities to be had, and we visited most of them. 


   Buena Vista Street is ripe with characters these days.  Oswald is available near the entrance of the park, and doesn't seem to warrant a long line.  We were lucky enough to meet him on our first day at the resort.  Super cute of course, but his velvet body gives me the willies.  
   Mickey Mouse's 1920's outfit is perfect, and I adore the oversized buttons and suspenders.  Mickey plays a big role on Buena Vista Street.  Not only does he meet here on and off all day, but he also stars in the newsboy show. 


Monday, May 11, 2015

Its Monday, And I'm Not At Disneyland...

   Adam and I got back from Disneyland late on Saturday night.  I had work early the next morning, and hence didn't have much time to dwell on our trip and digest the fun we had just had.  However, today is Monday (aka: hairdresser weekend) and I have to face the fact that I'm home.  I'll be spending the day catching up on life, cleaning, and my mind will inevitably drift back to the happiest place on earth. 
   Thats the problem for us Disney park fans...the trip is usually only a small fraction of the total.  The months of planning and dreaming about your vacation will often times make the return home all the more depressing.  Before you know it you're forced back into the routine of daily life...you know you're going back to Disney, but you're not quite ready to start planning. Although the Summer is tons of fun in the NYC area, it is also our "long" stretch between trips.  Its a bittersweet part of the year, no doubt.
   Before you know it, our excitement for WDW will return...along with the endless tweeting about our fall trip planning, and the vicious cycle will continue. For now though, enjoy a few of my favorite pictures from Disneyland...

We absolutely LOVE the Springtime roundup...

We only wish it was every day of the trip...

Got to visit Heimlich a dozen times...thats pure joy on my husband's face.