25th Wedding Anniversary at the Grand Californian, Day 2, Part 1 (#Disneyland Resort)

We had a one-day, one park ticket left over from a July trip that didn’t happen so we made reservations for Disneyland. We’d recently been to DCA in April for the “Touch of Disney” event and hadn’t been to Disneyland Park since Rich’s birthday in August of 2019.

We enjoyed our coffee and pastry from the quick service restaurant at the GC in our room, took a selfie or two (lol!), and headed out to the park. We walked Main Street, took a few pics/video and then veered off through Adventureland for Pirates of the Caribbean. It felt so good to be back after a 2-year absence.

We’ve been drooling over our memories of our first and last Ronto Wrap back in 2019, and we wondered if we’d like the breakfast version. As it turns out, we loved it even more than the original version.

Then we saw a standby line forming in front of Oga’s Cantina so we put in our name and after a short wait, we were escorted to the bar in front of DJ Rex – yes!!

Rich ordered his favorite Jet Juice and this time I thought I’d try the Fuzzy Tauntaun. Whoa! When the ladies next to us asked for a straw, I said I’d need one of those and the drink went down better without getting too much of the numbing fuzzy foam.

We were sipping, laughing, dancing and really enjoying ourselves, dressed in our “Anniversary” tshirts when Rich asked for the bill and we were told that the 4 ladies at the end of the bar had bought our drinks.

We couldn’t believe it. We raised our glasses, blew some kisses, they smiled, and then they left. What an awesome way to kick off our anniversary! Yes, the CMs can enhance your Disney experience, but the fellow guests are truly special!

We’ll share the video of that here (in case you missed the sticky post):

After that fortification, we got in line at “Big Thunder,” and, oh my goodness, was it the Fuzzy Tauntaun or am I just getting too old to be thrown around like that, but that may have been my last BTMR. Gasp!

Then we thought we’d try for one more ride – Peter Pan. The sign said 20 minutes and that didn’t seem too long so we got in line. But it ended up being closer to 40-45 minutes. It was crowded and I kept putting on/taking off my mask. So that when we got to the front of the line, I forgot about it being off and the CM told me to put it on – lol!

The fun part about the line was exchanging “Happy Birthday” and “Happy Anniversary” with the guests celebrating something in line. Those little kids are soooo adorable!

After Peter Pan, we were hungry, so we stopped in to put in a mobile order but it was going to be 40 minutes, it was hot, the table we were sitting at was dirty, and families were too close by. So I checked the Disneyland App and noticed the Craftsman Bar & Grill had an opening back at our hotel, so we took off. That was enough for the morning, and we had plans to return later that day.

More on lunch and change of plans in the next post. Here are a couple pics from our morning at the resort including my new selfie trend (note: Rich is behind me – lol! A challenge for Rich and I to do selfies when standing side-by-side because of the height difference).

Photos in the park in separate post.

25th Wedding Anniversary at the Grand Californian, Day 1 (#Disneyland Resort)

Like so many, we’d had big travel plans for 2021. A Med cruise, for example. To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in August. Cancelled, of course. And then we scrambled to come up with some place special we could go to celebrate such an occasion. Disney World was open so we booked a trip but not until October because we really didn’t want to go to Florida in August.

We kept our eyes open for Disneyland’s reopening but by June, it was open to California residents only. When Napa Rose opened, we jumped on it last June just in case it closed again.

By then, it looked as if Disneyland would open to out-of-staters so we booked the Grand Californian, bought 2 tickets to Disneyland, made reservations, bought special anniversary T-shirts and masks and we were off – to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on the actual date.

It felt so good to drive up to the gate and announce we were checking in, valet park the car, and leave our luggage with bell services to wait by the pool for our room to be ready. We missed our favorite pool area, as it once was, replaced by Craftsman Grill. But even our second favorite place across from the Craftsman was now available for cabana rentals only (we checked but nothing was available). So there would be no seating near the main pool.

We sat at a table near the pool gate and Rich went up to the bar (bar service for cabana people only now) to bring us back a couple of drinks. I had a Pineapple Ginger Margarita that wasn’t my favorite (I am a Margarita connoisseur) and Rich had the Grand Mai Tai (Rich is a Mai Tai connoisseur).

Pineapple Ginger Margarita
Patrón Silver Tequila, Nostrum Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Shrub, Cointreau, and Lime Juice available frozen or on the rocks

Grand Mai Tai
Bacardi 8 Yr Aged Rum, Myers’s Dark Rum, Orange Curaçao, Orgeat (Almond), and Lime Juice

And, btw, the table was not clean nor did a CM come by to clean it, which would be a theme for this trip. And while some will defend the CMs due to a shortage, we kept seeing groups of CMs standing around talking amongst themselves.

A bit later we got our text that the room was ready so we headed up, unpacked, rested, and then grabbed dinner at Hearthstone Lounge. I’ll post room pics in a separate post.

We each ordered a glass of our favorite Coppola Malbec and the “Charcuterie Pizza,” which was… AMAZING!

In the past I haven’t been a fan of charcuterie (I like some bread with my meat) so making it into a pizza was perfection. And then Disney would prove to me again on our most recent trip how yummy a well-done charcuterie plate can be without any type of bread.

Charcuterie Pizza
Premium Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Salami, Italian Sausage, Arugula, Fire-roasted Tomatoes, Grana Padano, and Aged Provolone

French Martini & Cocktail Video (Inspired by Disney, Cruising, Las Vegas, California, Florida)

With the release of French Martini on Kindle, I was inspired to create a video looking back at our life through cocktails – lol! This was so much fun to put together (PS – a link to a recipe for a French Martini is in the video description). Enjoy! Also, please subscribe, like, and/or comment on the video. Thank you!

Our Last Trip to Disneyland (#Covid-19)

During this time of isolation, we’ve been binge-watching our favorite Disney and Cruise YouTube channels, namely (in no particular oder) The Daily Woo, Best Life and Beyond, Fresh Baked, Mr. CheezyPop, CruiseTipsTV, Tim Tracker, Scott Singer Cruises, and even peeked into Sharon at Sea.

And uploading some of our own videos, too, especially since this Oasis of the Seas video has now had over 14.5K views (and climbing). Our latest upload is the 3-Part series from “Our Last Trip to Disneyland” last summer to celebrate Rich’s milestone birthday. So glad we went!

Our Last Trip to Disneyland (Disneyland Park)

Disneyland Hotel Tour and Birthday Dinner at Catal

Walt’s Favorite Cocktail at Carthay Circle and Other DCA Fun

Nothing fancy here – just a collection of photos and video taken on our iPhone from the trip.

Hope you enjoy!