Dapper Day & Bachelorette Trip Report (Day 2)

Time for day 2 of our very special Dapper Day Bachelorette Trip! One of the greatest bonuses of staying at the Grand Californian was getting early morning access on every day of our trip. We were visiting during a heat wave, so this definitely came in handy. Another day, another costume change. Here’s Hayley as a retro Rapunzel.

Disneybound Rapunzel

Our first stop was Fantasyland for Peter Pan and some teacups 🙂

Dapper Day at the Teacups

Laura in a Teacup

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

We grabbed breakfast at Riverbelle Terrace (yay for the Steamboat!) and then went on the Haunted Mansion (which had just been given it’s Nightmare Before Christmas overlay) and headed back for some Astro Blasters action and Space Mountain.

Astro Blasters

Us ladies went off on our own, while the boys went to check out DCA. We did a bit of shopping.

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We really wanted to make this a special trip for Angela, so we decided to have a ladies only luncheon at the Carthay Circle (one of our favorite restaurants). Here is our beautiful bride checking out the menu.

Dining at Carthay

The gentleman who helped us to our table made sure to point out a very interesting detail on the table’s surface. That Evil Queen sure can get around.

Evil Queen at Carthay

Our experience was lovely from start to finish. Thanks so much to our server Jenn for making our visit so memorable!

Bridesmaid's Luncheon at Carthay

If you come to the parks during a Dapper Day weekend, you must check out the Expo at the Grand Californian. It was vintage heaven. Next time we are absolutely going to get our portraits drawn.

Dapper Day Sketch Studio

After a short rest, we found the boys and made our way back to the park

Dapper Day

Even though we were still stuffed from Carthay, we had to get some fried chicken at the Plaza Inn. It’s a positive must!

Fried Chicken at Plaza Inn

We had to watch Fantasmic! and then some of us decided to attend “The Royal Swing Big Band Ball.” Look at this cutie pie who wanted to get in on the dancing action. Did you ever? What a doll!

Swing Dancing at Disneyland

We basically closed down Fantasyland- Pinocchio, Carousel, and our personal favorite Casey Jr. Look who got the caboose.

Riding Casey Jr.

There’s our second day trip report- cabooses, Carthay, teacups and all.  Day 3 is right around the corner… we think we can, we think we can…

Dining at Disney: Carthay Circle

Even before the Carthay Circle officially opened in DCA in June 2012, we were in love. The gorgeous exterior itself is such a huge reminder of Hollywood history and glamour and everyone needs a little glamour from time to time 🙂 We couldn’t wait to get inside. In the past year, we’ve been twice for lunch (check out our May Trip report) and both times were wonderful dining experiences from beginning to end.

Carthay Circle Review by 2 Miss Mouses

This restaurant knows how to make an entrance. Disney’s Carthay Circle is a reproduction of the original Carthay Circle- the Hollywood landmark where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs first premiered in 1937 and movie history buffs will not be disappointed. Make sure to look around the lobby at all the original posters and pictures. Once you check in, grab a drink at the bar and lounge about for a bit.

Carthay Lobby by 2 Miss Mouses

Once you’re table is ready, you’ll be led upstairs. You’ll be given an option of taking the elevators or the stairs. Because we’re all a bit claustrophobic, we opted for the stairs. The hallway leading to the restaurant is lined with photos of Walt in Hollywood & walking through the space, you can’t help but feel that he would have felt right at home here.

Carthay Circle Upstairs by 2 Miss Mouses

We love the bread they serve and who couldn’t get behind a giant pat of butter?

Bread & Butter @ Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

Dining at Carthay is about much more than the food (although that is great). We really enjoyed being seated in the main room. Between the candelabras, bright sky-lights and colorful murals, the space feels open, luxurious, and warm.

Ceiling of Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

There’s only one thing you need to know when ordering at Carthay Circle: GET THE CARTHAY HOUSE BISCUITS! Sorry, we don’t mean to shout, but GET THE CARTHAY HOUSE BISCUITS…they are stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, and jalapeno. They are served with apricot honey butter. They are heaven.

Biscuits @ Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

Hayley ordered the kobe beef cheek sliders and they were delicious (although she did mention that they were a bit chewy).

Sliders @ Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

The roasted beet salad was our mom’s choice. She said it was light and fresh tasting. Carthay prides itself on using fresh, seasonal ingredients. In fact, their menu changes by season. We’ve tried summer and fall…we can’t wait for spring and winter 🙂

Beet Salad @ Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

It’s an old joke in our family that the one thing you never order at Disneyland is a burger because well, they ain’t so good usually. But, at Carthay the burger curse is finally over.  I couldn’t resist ordering one when I knew that Hayley was getting the sliders. Also, I always think it’s fun to go to a fancy restaurant and order a burger. To me, it’s the ultimate test. Wow! This was such a goooood burger, but the real stand out were the french fries. They were a perfectly salted and crunchy delight.

Fries Carthay Style by 2 Miss Mouses

The details at Carthay will blow you away. Whoever designed the space did the perfect job of instilling Old Hollywood glamour. Even the dessert menu was stylish.

Dessert Menu @ Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

We couldn’t leave without trying some dessert. The first time we dined at Carthay we opted for the s’mores tart, which was out of this world. This time we ordered the lemon pound cake with blueberries. What a show stopper!

Lemon Pound Cake with Blueberries by 2 Miss Mouses

On our walk out, we had to stop and take look at this picture of Walt & Shirley Temple. What we truly love about Carthay is that it captures Walt’s love of Hollywood and movie-making. Next time your at the park, make sure to stop by and buy a ticket to the Carthay Circle.

Walt & Shirley Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

Trip Report: May 2013 (Part 2)

We’re back with Part 2 of our May 2013 Trip Report. We started our Saturday at the park with an early morning visit to Radiator Springs.

Fillmore's Taste in Fuel by 2 Miss Mouses

Getting our kicks on Route 66!

Route 66 Carsland by 2 Miss Mouses

Making our way to the front of the line.

Waiting for Radiator Springs by 2 Miss Mouses

Carsland is amazing y’all. If you haven’t been yet, GO! Oh and hello, Mr. Curb Feeler.

Curb Feeler at Carsland by 2 Miss Mouses

Thank goodness we made it to DCA early. By the time we made it to Midway Mania the line was…

Toy Story Midway Mania by 2 Miss Mouses

only 10 minutes long 🙂

Toy Story Midway Mania Wait Time by 2 Miss Mouses

We’re split on Symphony Swings…some of us love it (Maren) and some of us call it an exercise in terror (Hayley)

Silly Symphony Swings at DCA by 2 Miss Mouses

We grabbed a fast pass for Soarin’ Over California and then watched Minnie’s Fly Girls. This show is adorable. Gorgeous harmonies ( a la the Andrew Sisters) and you haven’t lived till you’ve seen Minnie Mouse speak-sing “Come Fly With Me.”

Minnie's Fly Girls at DCA by 2 Miss Mouses

As you might already know, this trip was our special gift to our mom for Mother’s Day. She’s so wonderful that we decided to treat her to a lunch at Carthay Circle. It was a really special meal from start (fried biscuits) to finish (lemon pound cake with blueberries). If you’re planning any special events at the resort in the future, definitely consider the Carthay. It just can’t be beat!

Carthay Circle by 2 Miss Mouses

Like we mentioned- this palace/restaurant serves fried biscuits stuffed with white cheddar, bacon and jalapeno. Ummmm…yeah…we’re moving in.

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By the time we made it back to the park after a quick nap-ride at the hotel, we ran into a bit of a crowd on Main Street.

Traffic Trouble on Main Street U.S.A. by 2 Miss Mouses

But it was nothing a little Tomorrowland couldn’t fix.

Entrance to Tomorrowland by 2 Miss Mouses

Oh and we had to have a little fried chicken at Plaza Inn…you know to go with those fried biscuits we had at Carthay.

Plaza Inn Fried Chicken by 2 Miss Mouses

We roamed around Fantasyland (which only becomes more beautiful after dark) and stopped by the Mad Hatter’s shop. Now we all have Minnie ears!

2 Miss Mouses & Mom by 2 Miss Mouses

The day ended with moonlight & Main Street. Just like we like it.

Crystal Arcade on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses