I wanted to share my recent experience as an Annual Passport (AP) holder. Throughout the year Disneyland Resort has special events and often have exclusive experiences for AP holders. The AP Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Sip and Savor pass was a great purchase & experience, so I look forward to more AP events in the future! It was a great way to really get the most out of The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival experience.
The AP Food and Wine festival Sip and Savor Pass was $45, including tax, and consisted of 8 coupons.
With over ten festival marketplaces there was definitely something for everyone. Like many AP events, alcoholic beverages are a separate fee. Even then, I knew that I had to try the Mimosa Flight, located at The Uncork California Marketplace.
The Mimosa Flight included a Pear Mimosa, Apricot Mimosa, and Mango Mimosa. My favorite? The pear!
If Mimosas weren’t your thing, there was a Beer Garden located in the Paradise Grill Marketplace. You know, if you prefer drink like Gaston. 🙂
WHAT I ATE AT THE DISNEY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Nuts and Cheese | Brie toast with fig and mint with roasted California almond crumble
I Heart Artichokes | Fried Artichoke Carbonara with Garlic Aioli & smoked bacon
Bacon Twist | Baby iceberg and heirloom tomato wedge with peppered bacon and blue cheese dressing & Smoked bacon mac & cheese with barbecue-seasoned crispy onions
Off the Cob | Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream
Sweet & Sourdough | White cheddar lager soup topped with bacon, served in a mini Boudin Sourdough Boule
LA Style | Chicken Teriyaki slider with spicy Dole® pineapple jam & Korean barbecue beef short rib tacos with Kimchi slaw
It was really hard deciding what my favorite food was, but my top 3 favorite bites were:
Sweet corn nuggets, from Off the Cob
Chicken Teriyaki sliders, from LA Style
Fried Artichoke Carbonara, from I Heart Artichokes
Pass holders also received a special AP button at each marketplace location, with a Sip and Savor Pass redemption.
The AP corner included a special photo opportunity, a Festival handout, a free Food and Wine Festival button (the design changed weekly) and of course you can’t forget limited time merchandise!
Did you attend Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, too? We would love to know what your favorite bites were from the Food and Wine Festival! Please share your thoughts with us!
See ya real soon!
It’s the year of the Rooster! Happy Chinese New Year! Disneyland Resort has been celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year from January 20th – February 5th!
Photo: Sarah Brow
Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll find in the various areas:
“Hurry Home New Year’s Celebration”
Acrobats of China
Mulan’s New Year Procession
Paradise Garden Bandstand
Disney Characters in their Lunar New year attire
Lucky Wishing Wall
Annual Pass Area
At Paradise Park you will find entertainment for the Lunar New Year Celebration, including the “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration!”
This special World of Color nighttime spectacular, features Academy Award-winning composer, Tan Dun (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
Here’s a look behind-the-scenes:
Within Paradise Park, you will also find the Performance Corridor, where kids get complimentary face-painting, make fun crafts, and can watch various acts, like the Acrobats of China and even Mulan’s New Year Procession.
Enjoy bites and sips from the various cultures of China, Korea, and Vietnam.
In Paradise Gardens you can find some of your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Lunar New Year attire! Isn’t Minnie gorgeous?!
Wishing wall and calligraphy
Here you can leave your New Year’s wishes on the Wishing Wall and watch as the calligraphy artists draw your name.
Chinese Zodiac animal sign
Not sure what your Chinese zodiac animal sign is? No worries, look for the year you were born, to find out which animal you are. I am the Year of the Dragon and Camille is the Year of the Rooster!
disneyland AP (Annual Pass) Area
Are you a Disneyland Resort Annual Pass Holder? The AP area is open daily from 11:00am – 7:00pm.
The AP section is located in the back of Paradise gardens; show your annual pass to gain exclusive access to this area.
If you’re obsessed with Minnie, like many of us that are Disney fanatics, you’ll be excited to know that January 22nd is National Polka Dot day!
In honor of the true wearer of polka dots, Minnie Mouse, my dear friend and Disney sister – Sarah, has so graciously shared her closet and curated some magical outfit inspiration for us! This is also a great time to announce that Sarah will be joining Sparks of Magic as my partner in crime, focusing on Disney Lifestyle! Yay!
Minnie Mouse inspired outfits are not just for Disney Parks, so I put together some of my favorite looks to inspire Disney magic for your everyday lives.
The office look
Who says your office look has to be all business? Add a Minnie Mouse shirt to your business attire, like a pencil skirt or slacks, to add a little Disney magic to any outfit. Need to dress it up more? Top it off with a blazer!
Swing into spring!
The magic is in the details with this Minnie-inspired look. We paired a swing skirt with a polka dotted top, then finished it with a black cardigan. We added some touches of Disney magic with our Disney-inspired Minnie Mouse vans and Minnie Mouse earrings.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we put together a look that is sure to charm your sweetheart.
When Minnie Mouse made her debut in 1928, her accessories included a tiny red flower hat, which inspired this vintage hat. We kept the vintage look going and paired it with a red vintage swing dress and of course Minnie Mouse-inspired wedges.
The Casual look
Minnie mouse is all about the bows so when I saw this scarf at disneyland I had to buy it. I paired it with a red jacket, inspired by Minnie Mouse’s red dress for those chilly spring mornings.
Traveling this spring?
Travel in style with this Minnie Mouse-inspired casual look, so you can #rockthedots across the country! Minnie Mouse’s signature bow dazzles the front, and of course, we can’t forget about Mickey on this fun luggage piece!
We would love to hear about and see your favorite Minnie Mouse inspired looks! Share them on instagram with #rockthedots and #sparksofmagic!
I am a twenty-something entrepreneur, vintage model, newbie blogger and Disney enthusiast. I have always had a passion for all things Disney. Camille and I met working for Disney Baby in 2012, and instantly became best friends. We decided to collaborate for the #rockthedots campaign and look forward to working together in the future!
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Hi! I'm Camille, a California-based family lifestyle writer, designer and consultant.
As a wife of almost two decades, and mama to five awesome humans, I know how crazy life can get on a moment-by-moment basis.
I love to find ways to infuse magic into our everyday living. While you are here, I hope you find some inspiration for living your own life filled with magic!