Highlights May 2018

Mama B’s Family Travel Hot Spots: Disneyland

Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (aka Mama B.). Every month, Nadine will showcase a fabulous destination- providing five reasons to visit the hot spot: where to stay, where to play and beyond.

This month, we’re visiting Mickey, sharing insight on new happenings at the happiest place on earth.

Summer 2018 has a lot in store for Disney parks in Anaheim, California, as the wonderful worlds of Pixar are getting a new home at California Adventure. The first ever Pixar Fest, a limited-time event, is running through September 2018- so book your stay stat and join the fun.

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your magical vacay.

Where to stay:

The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotelis a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, and it’s fantastic. The castle-themed property is a favorite for families, located minutes from Disneyland, featuring a heated pool, fitness center, game room, and restaurant.

The rooms average a spacious 500 square feet, and you can even book a castle bunk room or renovated castle turret suite.

The best part: buy Disney tickets at the property and access the parks via the hotel’s free shuttle- it runs every 30 minutes!

Where to play

Besides Space Mountain and character meet-and-greets, take advantage of Pixar Fest.

Opening in June, Pixar Pier will debut new imaginative neighborhoods, entertainment, and themed food.  One neighborhood, inspired by The Incredibles, will be anchored by the Incredicoaster (formerly California Screamin’).

Other new neighborhoods will be themed around Toy Story, Inside Out, and more Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will flaunt a new look and each gondola will showcase a different Pixar character.

For Star Wars fans, young Padawans have the chance to train in the ways of the Force and then test their skills to defeat the Dark Side at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, an interactive show. (Your kids can be part of the performance if you reserve their spot!).

Where to feast:

Here’s my philosophy on doing Disney right: start the day early with breakfast at your hotel, then get to the parks before they open so you won’t get stuck in a huge security line.

As for eating, are your kiddos part of the picky eaters club? Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta in California Adventure serves mac and cheese and pizza (plus something for us adults, including beer). It’s nice (but quick) and good (but affordable).

If you’re not in a rush, however, head to Downtown Disney. (Need a glass of vino, mama? This is for you.) There are plenty of eateries to choose from, but be sure to make a reservation

What to bring:

Have young kids who complain about walking? Yeah, so do I. Surrender your stroller and go for something more spacious, like the Keenzstroller wagon. Because it can be pushed, the Keenz is allowed in Disney parks! Plus, it comes with a canopy and cooler.

Don’t forget:

There’s nothing worse than standing in long lines, so I recommend getting the Disney MaxPass. It lets you maximize your day by reserving digital Disney FastPass selections right from your mobile phone. Plus, all Disney PhotoPass photos are included in the price; $10 per day, per ticket.

Written by: Nadine Bubeck

Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)

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