My family’s May 2016 Disneyland vacation.  I share our spot for watching the Paint the Night parade and the Disneyland Forever fireworks.  We did the World of Color Dessert Party, spent the day at Knott’s Berry Farm, and did a flight simulator of a Boeing 737.

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Preparing for this episode Dave Tupper shared his favorites and differences between Walt Disney World and Disneyland in episode 61.

If you are interested in seeing the spending on this vacation you read about it over at Travel Agent Dad blog.

Our transportation from LAX to the hotel was with Lansky Transportation.

Below is some of our YouTube Videos from this vacation that we have up so far.  We will have a room video up eventually.

Paint the Night Parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks

We started getting our spot about 2 hours in advance of the parade.  We were walking into the park and the Main Street area was already jammed pack with no available spots.  We walked the parade route back and found a spot right after you pass the Mad Tea Party you will some area that have decorative stones on the ground next to the walkway.  We claimed our spot here.  It was a perfect viewing spot and when the parade was over we went over to It’s A Small World to watch the fireworks since the projections are on that attraction as well.

The red dot in the map below is the location we sat in.

World of Color Dessert Party
Before vacation I was having some issues with my knees.  We decided to book this party as my Mother’s Day gift and because we knew standing for a long time to watch the show would be pretty brutal for me.

The cost is $79 per person regardless of age.  We had a party of 5 so it was not cheap.

Cheese: Brie, Mild Cheddar, Manchego
Green Seedless Grapes
Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake
Mickey Coconut Macaroon
Waffle Bowl with Berries and Lime Yogurt Mousse
Mini French Macaron
Dulce de Leche filled Shortbread Cookie

To drink:
Adults – 2 choices with alcohol.   Champagne and a mixed blue fruity drink.  (I obviously didn’t write down these.
Kids – Souvenir ‘Glow with the Show’ cups that were filled with Sprite and Cherry juice.
Anyone – Hot chocolate, water, sodas, and coffee

We loved this and were glad we paid the money.  In all honesty the kids did not like many the desserts.  We ended up buying a ice cream sandwich for our one son.  Having the seat and our wonderful waitress who took many of our pictures was so nice.

Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s is about a 15 minute Uber ride from our hotel.  We chose Uber over using the ART for convenience.  Uber is about $17 each way. The family had a great time.  Our meal at Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant was meh.  The chicken dinner was good but everything else was only OK.

Flight Deck
Ryan and my nephew went over to experience the Boeing 737 flight simulator at Flight Deck.  The cost was $89 for a 30 minute experience.  They also offer longer experiences for more money.   They also offer fighter jet experiences starting at $59.

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
We decided to stay off property over at the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance.  Courtyard is a Marriott property and is located at 1420 South Harbor Blvd.  This is directly across the street from the Disneyland park.
Our reseans for staying here were:

  1. Room configuration
  2. Surfside Waterpark
  3. Location – right across the street

Weekly Distractions
Disney Cruise Line is now allowing pre-booking of character meet and greets online.  Source: Laughing Place

Mad Hatter Radio is a great internet radio station you should check out.

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