Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy 100th Walt Disney!

My family was invited somewhere really cool this weekend...

A little clue
Gingerbread House

Need another one? (and a bit more obvious!)
It's a Small World

Yes, Disneyland! I'd never been to Disneyland at Christmas time and was extremely lucky to be invited as a mommy blogger to a reception held at the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland this weekend. It was followed by the "Believe in Holiday Magic" Fireworks Spectacular and snowfall (yes, I said "snow", in California, only in Disneyland!) in the park, a fast pass to It's a Small World (they don't normally issue them to this ride), and a special ride on the Presidential Caboose car of the park's train. I didn't even know it existed! It was created for Walt Disney's wife Lily and is lavishly decorated and very comfortable!
Inside
We also received hopper passes for Disneyland and California Adventures for the next day. The park was decorated beautifully throughout. A massive Christmas tree at the entrance, lights along Mainstreet, everywhere you turned it was magnificently decorated for the holidays. The magic castle was decorated with icicle lights. It's a Small World was decorated both outside and in. Yes, lots of pictures were taken!
Peace on Earth

Feliz Navidad!
The reception in itself was well worth the 2 hour drive out to Anaheim. We were treated to some nice hors d'oeuvres, games and crafts for the kids, as well as face painting, photo opportunities with the Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Princess Belle. We enjoyed a buffet of filet mignon, pasta, turkey, salads, while the kids enjoyed chicken, mac & cheese and some Mickey shaped Rice Krispy treats and other goodies.

Belle and the girls
Warning: make sure you eat before looking or you'll be drooling all over your keyboard.
Disney sweets Disney cookies
and look at this cool Nightmare before Christmas cheesecake and strawberries, yum....
Nightmare before Christmas cupcake
The mom bloggers were given a presentation by Disney's Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet and his assistant Chef on how to build a gingerbread house as well as a table of some of their other beautiful pastry creations. We also learned about the Disney photo pass products. You know those photographers that hang out around the entrances and the Disney characters? You can actually get a photo pass card which you provide the photographer, have your pictures taken professionally, go home (or back to your laptop at the hotel), download photos of your vacation and do lots of really neat stuff with them like make Holiday cards, Calendars, Scrapbooks and more! What a great way to save your memories. You can also upload your own photos to them. Also, did you know that you can get free admission to Disneyland on your birthday starting in 2009? What a great time to go!
Huggable Mickey

This last one is my favorite from the evening. Her smile says it all! So, it's my BSM (Best Shot Monday) for Tracy's Mother May I. Be sure to check out some more BSMs there!

The next day we enjoyed both parks, Disneyland & California Adventure spending some time with our friends from over at This Life is Worth Living, who I'm sure will have a related blog post very soon! I'll be posting some more of our day on another blog post.....
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