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Disneyland for 7 days trip report

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Disneyland for 7 days trip report

We are 2 adults on either side of 40 husband is vegan and gf (allergies), I am vegetarian and gf intolerant, 9yo daughter with anaphylaxis to some tree nuts, and 7yo son who is vegetarian, we are tricky to feed!

Our trip was 8 days at Anaheim (we split to LA for one day in the middle), 7 days in Waikiki and 4 days at Disney Aulani to finish. It was a truly amazing experience, I feel so lucky to have had it.

We got tourist T mobile sim cards, I love taking my sim card ou and becoming uncontactable to my normal life.

I pre ordered a bunch of groceries through Vons/Pavillion, these were delivered and brought to our room once I had notification of delivery. In the parks I used a combination of ridemax for days we did attractions, and the disneyland app. We loved ridemax last time, it wasn’t as useful with the kids that don’t love rides, but I have a yearly subscription to use the next time we go in April.


Flight from Melbourne, Australia to LAX with United, was fine, and came up just under 14 hours. The boys slept around 1 hour, despite being up since 4am, I felt like this was going to go badly for our first day. I had packed two little bags at the top of our suitcases, one was ‘we slept and we are hitting the parks’, the other was ‘we did not sleep and we are resting at the pool until our room is ready’, I was certain at this point that we would be headed to the pool and chilling by the water.

We used Karmel shuttle because I assumed that I would be too tired to find the Lyft/Uber spot, the driver was excellent. Ultimately I don’t like shuttles, it just takes too long. I thought when I had this part booked through flight centre, that we were getting a car, not a shuttle, not used to booking through agents, much easier to book myself.

We arrived at the Grand Californian Hotel around 10 o’clock, it reminded us of Aulani, it is indeed grand, the lobby is beautiful. The cast members were lovely, this was true for the entire stay. It was so great to be in the Disney bubble, we really noticed it when we went to Universal for the day, the world is so abrasive out there. We booked a DVC studio by renting points through David’s Vacation Club rentals and it went well, would definitely do that again. While checking in a woman asked where we were from, I had zero brain power so was struggling to understand was what going on, she was checking out from her room and offered us her room to have showers if we wanted. This woman was the pixie dust people talk about! We had showers, and hit the park! We got our room 3 hours later, it was lovely, the fold out bed was super comfortable, we had a park view which brought me endless joy! The pool was lovely, but the thing that let the hotel down was the awful internet and weird plumbing noises. The pin trading here was lots of fun, and the cast members were always excellent. You can get a wake up call by a Disney character, everywhere I read that you had to contact the concierge to do this, you can do it on your phone, it is automated.

The park, we had a 10 day park hopper which I believe is an Australian thing, that we got through Flight Centre, we exchanged the voucher for tickets at check in at the hotel. We also bought dining vouchers from Getaway today and exchanged those for tickets at the check in too.

We headed straight to Disneyland, had our photos taken and attached to our ticket, this took a minute, no big deal, but I was in a state, I did not ever want to see that photo! We went straight towards the castle and saw the pineapple churros, and had to try one! Here is the kids reviewing it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNs8n5F-TcM We also had a dole whip ( you can split one onto two cups, after the churro my kids didn’t need a whole one each) at the Tiki Room, it was the 55th birthday so there was a celebration button if you bought the tiki cup, which I did. We saw Mary Poppins and the band in front of the castle today.

Lunch at Pizza Planet, they have an amazing vegan/GF pizza which tasted as good as the real thing! And we snacked on the carrot cake churro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjUP5YQrr-0

We got our room which called for a nap, while napping the hampers I ordered from Disney Floral and Gifts arrived so I gave them out as we woke up. The kids were excited about the autograph books (side note, the ‘girls’ ones all have photo slips so only fit half of the autographs, we had to buy my daughter a second book as the first one filled fast!) Then we went back to the parks. Today we rode

The Little Mermaid

Casey Jnr Train

It’s a small world

Tuck n Roll

Heimlichs Chew Chew train

Buzz Astro Blasters

Jungle Cruise

and hung out in the Enchanted Tiki Room https://www.youtube.com/watch…

We wanted to make sure that we spent time in a bugs land because by the time we take the children back, it will be gone!

Dinner we tried mobile ordering, this was amazing! We had dinner at The Lucky Fortune Cookery and Cocina Cucamonga, last time I had their teriyaki tofu and rice and ordered it again, and again ;)

We didn’t stay too late, as we wanted to do rope drop in the morning.

If you want to check out some of our pictures, they are on Pixiedustadventurers on Instagram, and Facebook.

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1. Re: Disneyland for 7 days trip report

Thanks for sharing.

Fun trip; fun pictures.

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2. Re: Disneyland for 7 days trip report

Thanks for the Trip Report :)

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Great trip report

looking forward to reading more

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We hit the park for rope drop, this morning we had plans to meet some friends from LA for a character breakfast at Storytellers at 11, so we just wanted to do some rides and head out. We rode

Indiana Jones

Pirates of the Caribbean

Poohs Adventure ride

Canal boat ride

Jungle Cruise

We also got deep into pin trading which took up a lot of time and was a lot of fun, checking for pins and soaking up the magic were wonderful.

11am Storyteller café critters breakfast, to be honest, if this was just about the breakfast and not the company we kept, I would have been disappointed, but fortunately all of the character meals have been changed up, so I won’t talk too much about it. The most important thing which is still valid is, if you have food allergies or preferences, speak to the chef, they will make GF DF waffles and sometimes pancakes and sometimes a tofu scramble. We saw Pluto, Chip, Dale, Kenai, for autographs and cuddles. After brunch we hung out on our balcony watching the park, and decided to go to Trader Sams. I have never taken my kids to a bar, although it was outside and families are welcome, I wasn’t sure how it would go. It went fabulously, we all had a great time, and ended up back in the park dinner.

We mobile ordered Bengal BBQ, and it really catered for all of us, another great meal. We were all tired so we went over to our favourite spot for the Pixar Play parade, my kids weren’t that bothered about watching it, but by the end of the trip we had seen it 4 times! We all really enjoyed it. We go to the front of the King/Queens restroom for our viewing spot, as it fills up last and the cast members all look your way as the other side is a wall.

Another day done, rope drop in the morning.

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5. Re: Disneyland for 7 days trip report

Thanks for sharing your family adventure.

Kids___I loved your YouTube videos and I have never tried Pineapple or Carrot Cake Churros but they are now on the list for my granddaughters when we take them in November.

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Really made me smile. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful time. Now I want a churro.

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7. Re: Disneyland for 7 days trip report

The carrot cake was the winner, which was surprising Oskar! But really, all churros are good.

Haha, excellent LeBiscuit D!


Rope drop at Disneyland, straight to Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters and then Star Tours, but today was not about rides, it became about character interactions. We went to all of the places that the app said that there would be characters that we wanted to meet.

We did have 10.30 reservatiions at Minnies breakfast at the Plaza, where the food was the best of all the breakfasts we attended, it also had LOADS of characters, and the cast members were soooo lovely. The chef was fantastic and gave us the best vegan/GF breakfast of the trip. Today we met

Alice in wonderland

The Evil Queen



Snow White



Peter Pan

Mary Poppins

Minnie Mouse






Fairy Godmother




Cruella De Vil



Kylo Ren

The kids made a video of what to expect at character interactions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNukOhGq0-Q

Those autograph books were getting full! It was getting hot and crowded so we went back to the hotel for a swim and an hour of rest as we were hoping to see the fireworks tonight.

5.00 reservation at the carnation café, while they had options that suited us, the food wasn’t really that great, wouldn’t go back. Walking out caught the Pixar play parade again. Took off to DCA and got in line for the Animation Academy, we drew Groot! This made me very happy! Afterwards we did Turtle Talk with Crush, which was surprisingly cool. Went to schmoozies to try some of the Pixarfest offerings which were delicious, the kids reviewed them here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ITzDXUTCDM Went back to Disneyland for the fireworks, boy was it packed! Lots of people with their kids on their shoulders which wasn’t great after waiting so long for them to start, only to find a toddler giant in your direct view. The fireworks were amazing, I loved them, they made me laugh and cry, so magical. Off to bed, we were all exhausted.

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great video with character interactions loved it.

the minnie mouse autograph book is awesome where did you buy it.

getting so excited for our September holiday

Melbourne, Australia
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The minnie mouse autograph book was in the hamper I organised through Disney Floral and gifts, but i am pretty sure that you can get them from the parks. It is cute, but because every second page is a photograph page (plastic) we had to buy another one as she had way too many autographs to fit in it.

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We all slept in this morning, and because that never happens, I allowed it. My husband went to get a tattoo this morning so I took the kids to DCA, we didn’t get to the park until 9.30. Pixar Pier had just opened on Saturday and we thought it best to go back in the morning as when we went previously in the afternoon it was CRAZY busy! There was about 4 people in the queue for Adorable Snowman so we stopped there and got a few lemon dole whips, reviewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIzzteVFbqk and walked down to the Incredicoaster (no desire to go on it) and saw that the Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums queue had 2 people in it (we really didn’t queue for more than 15 mins for anything on this trip, not food, not snacks and not attractions, it definitely added to my joy) so we grabbed one of those to share, and it was AMAZING! Reviewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch… We saw Elastagirl and Frozone but the queue was crazy, and we had an 11o’clock appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, so we went to Disneyland. Walking to our appointment, early as ever we spotted Jasmine and Aladdin by Snow Whites Grotto and jumped in line, Jasmine is one of my favourites so I grabbed a selfie with them and the kids as well as the standard full length photos.

11am Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, after making my reservation 60 days out, I was told that the longer the day goes on, the later they run, yep, we waited, in aircon at least. This was a very special event, both kids loved it! Reviewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch…

We mobile ordered at the Jolly Holiday Café, we all enjoyed our meal, by 1p it was getting so crowded and heating up, we went back to our room to chill, and wait for my husband. At 3 we went to downtown disney and did some shopping. Back to Dca and the Lucky Fortune Cookery for dinner, and also mobile ordered some Pixarfest cake to share for dessert https://www.youtube.com/watch… . We saw Donald Duck, and rode the little mermaid. Heading back for an early night as we were headed out to Universal tomorrow.

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