Trip Report: April 2014

Disneyland Spring by 2 Miss Mouses

Hey Friends! We just got back from a very unique Disneyland trip that almost didn’t happen at all. About 5 weeks before our planned Disney adventure, I slipped on some good ol’ fashioned Chicago ice, and broke my right arm. Literally, the first thought I had after the doctor told me I had a fracture was “Ow” and “What about Disneyland?” My doctor cleared me to go, with the understanding that I couldn’t go on any roller coaster-esque rides (see you next time Big Thunder Mountain Railroad). This was our first time going to the park with any kind of serious injury, but it ended up making for a slightly more slow-paced, but also more relaxing trip. Time to get our ears on.

After a leisurely drive down the 101 (with a stop in Santa Barbara for some killer burritos- everyone check out Los Agaves!), we finally made it to the park around 4 pm. On our last few visits, we’ve made it a point to try out new restaurants (Big Thunder Mountain Ranch). Often, we get stuck in a bit of culinary rut (hey, who wouldn’t want to eat Plaza fried chicken everyday?). We strolled down Main Street and made a stop at the Carnation Café to see if we could make some last minute reservations. The wait was about 20 minutes, which actually worked out perfectly because the parade was going on right outside.

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We hadn’t been to The Carnation Café since it recently reopened. The menu features a wonderful blend of down home cooking and fresh takes on old favorites. Hayley ordered the vegan burger and she was extremely pleased. According to her, it was the best veggie burger she’s ever had. Mom and I split the chicken fried chicken. It was delicious. For a Friday evening, the crowd level was really reasonable. We walked right onto Haunted Mansion & Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Haunted Mansion Reservations by 2 Miss Mouses

We always follow this rule: WATCH FIREWORKS ON YOUR FIRST NIGHT! We’ve learned from past experience that if you get the chance to watch the fireworks, do. There are never any guarantees with wind and fire danger in southern California.  We got the perfect spot right in front of the castle and finished our day with “Remember…Dreams Come True.”

Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks by 2 Miss Mouses

The next morning, we opted to sleep in a bit and then went over to DCA for some Midway Mania (yes, you do not get a very high score when you have to play one-handed) and then stopped by Animator’s Academy (yes, you do not draw as well with your left hand when you usually draw with your right).

Ready for Midway Mania by 2 Miss Mouses

Jack Skellington by 2 Miss Mouses

A quick stop at Monster’s Inc. and then Soaring Over California.

Monsters Inc by 2 Miss Mouses

All that drawing and flying made us pretty hungry. Time for Cafe Orleans and a prime seat next to the Rivers of America. Tip: GET THE GARLIC FRIES!

Garlic Fries at Cafe Orleans by 2 Miss Mouses

And the ragout (a great vegetarian option)!

Ragout at Cafe Orleans by 2 Miss Mouses

Mom treated us to two minnie pins. How sweet is that? Mine’s the old-fashioned pinkie and Hayley of course is sequined Minnie 🙂

2 Minnies by 2 Miss Mouses

Mom and Hayley went on BTMRR. They said that it’s a much smoother ride and they loved the new padding in the seats.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad by 2 Miss Mouses

Then a stop by The Big Thunder Mountain Ranch to pet some goats and see some bunnies (the large kind that give you their autographs).

Spring Time Big Thunder Ranch by 2 Miss Mouses

Disney Cabin Life by 2 Miss Mouses

After Pirates, Pinocchio, and Tea Cups (oh, my!), we took a leisurely walk down Main Street. It is so beautiful in the spring.

Disneyland Balloons by 2 Miss Mouses

Spring on Main Street by 2 Miss Mouses

After a ride on the “nap ride” back at the hotel, we returned to Disneyland for an evening of Rancho del Zocalo, a tour of Tomorrowland, and of course, Fantasmic! Oh and somebody got her highest score ever at Astro Blasters.

Astro Blasters by 2 Miss Mouses

The next morning, bright and early, we headed over to DCA. We thought by getting to the park early, we had a good shot at a shorter wait for Radiator Spring Racers…nope. We hate to complain, but what is with all the line cutters?! It seemed like each person in front of us was saving a spot for their 20 closest friends. But, on the positive side, we made friends with the coolest middle-schooler ever. Emily was spending the day with her dad and we got to talking about favorite and least favorite rides. We all agreed that the Matterhorn, while thrilling, hurts like heck! Post Racers, we all went on Midway Mania together. Yay, Emily!

Making Friends at Disneyland by 2 Miss Mouses

Radiator Spring Racers by 2 Miss Mouses

Before heading home, we made one quick stop by Main Street to acquire some souvenirs and we got to see Mickey and Minnie dancing with the Main Street Band. Can we just say, Minnie does a mean Charleston.

Dancing Minnie by 2 Miss Mouses

Countdown Chicken Fusilli

On our May Trip, we got the chance to rediscover Red Rockett’s Pizza Port. It was a nice meal overall, but there was one dish that stood out from the rest: Countdown Chicken Fusilli. When we got home we did a little research to find the recipe used at Disneyland and we found a great one at Magical Kingdoms (make sure to check out this site for other treats from the parks). So, let’s countdown to chicken fusilli in 5-4-3-2-1

Red Rockett's Chicken Fusilli Recipe by 2 Miss MousesWhat’s so fantastic about this recipe, aside from the fact that it’s delicious, is that it’s insanely easy and fairly cheap. Literally, we went from measuring out ingredients to dishing up plates in under 30 minutes. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:Ingredients for Countdown Chicken Fusilli by 2 Miss Mouses

  • 5 oz Alfredo sauce mix (dry mix, we used 3 smaller Knorr packets)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz Pesto sauce (prepared sauce)
  • 2 1b dry Cavatappi pasta (***the recipe name is a misnomer- the pasta used at Disneyland is actually Cavatappi…we bet they feel pretty Fusilli about their mistake)
  • 1 lb sliced grilled chicken breast (we cooked ours ahead of time)
  • 1 oz sun-tried tomato crumbles (these are optional)

Pesto Alfredo Sauce by 2 Miss Mouses

Start by making the Alfredo sauce. You’ll want to follow the directions on the packet, just make sure to use substitute your 3 cups of liquid (milk + cream + water) in place of what the package calls for. Once the sauce is done, add in your pesto sauce and can we just take a moment to say that pesto is one of the yummiest substances ever? Because it is. Once you’ve given thanks for pesto, start cooking that Cavatappi.

Cavatappi Pasta by 2 Miss Mouses

While the pasta is cooking, the sauce will get a chance to thicken and become even more delicious and then comes the mixing…

Countdown Chicken Fusilli by 2 Miss Mouses

Then slice up the chicken breasts and add some Parmesan and we have lift off…

Countdown Chicken Fusilli by 2 Miss Mouses

If you’d like to try another park treat, make sure and check out our recipe for Disneyland Clam Chowder. It’s Disney delicious!

Park Talk: Iron Man Tech Expo

We still haven’t gotten a chance to see Iron Man 3, but we did get to check out the Iron Man Tech Exhibit at Innoventions during our May trip! In the “Hall of Armor” we saw Iron Man suits Mark I-VII. Yeah, it kind of rocked and made us a little jealous of Tony Stark. Make sure and visit before September (that’s when it’s currently scheduled to close).

Stark Industries Presents by 2 Miss Mouses

From old…

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to newer…

Iron Man Tech Expo @ Innoventions by 2 Miss Mouses

to newest!

Iron Man Tech Expo @ Innoventions by 2 Miss Mouses