What’s new at Disneyland Resort in 2020

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is kicking off 2020 with exciting new experiences and special vacation values. For a limited time, park tickets and three hotels in Southern California are offering a Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents.

Southern California residents can redeem their tickets on any three separate days through May 21, 2020. Disneyland Resort theme park tickets start at $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Park Hopper options also are available. Eligible guests may purchase up to five tickets per person, per day, and prices are the same for adults and children. This special ticket also includes one Magic Morning, which gives admission to select attractions on select days at Disneyland park one hour before the park opens to the general public. These special tickets may be purchased at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/3-day-southern-california-ticket-offer/  or through a travel agent. For families visiting from outside of Southern California, there is a Special Ticket Offer for Kids Everywhere. 

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Guests may use their park admission to enjoy thrilling and distinctly Disney experiences including the Lunar New Year through February 9, 2020. This multicultural festively decorated celebration includes Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, live holiday entertainment, Sip & Savor Pass with Festival marketplaces, special appearances by Mickey and Minnie dressed in colorful costumes, innovative menus celebrating Asian delights, commemorative clothing, merchandise and souvenirs, kid-friendly crafts and activities.

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The groundbreaking new Disney attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened on Friday, Jan. 17 adding immersive adventures to guests inside the largest theme 14-acre expansion land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that opened in May 2019.

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Guests join the climactic battle between the Resistance and the First Order in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and take control of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and encounter some of their favorite Star Wars characters, including the resourceful and loyal astromech droid R2-D2.

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While exploring this expansive new land, visitors can also sample galactic food and drink, and enter an intriguing collection of merchant shops.

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Disneyland Resort will debut its all-new “Magic Happens” parade at Disneyland Park on Feb. 28, 2020. The daytime spectacular celebrates the magic of so many Disney stories. This new parade, led by Mickey Mouse and his pals, celebrates the magic from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films with stunning floats, colorful costumes and an energetic musical score of beloved Disney tunes. Highlights include “The Sword in the Stone,” “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty,” “Frozen 2,” “Moana,” “The Princess and the Frog,” as well as Disney and Pixar’s “Coco.”

More to come later in 2020 at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks.

A Foodie’s guide in Las Vegas

Las Vegas caters to millions of tourists a year, offering some of the most incredible culinary opportunities by the world’s top chefs. From casual to fine dining, Las Vegas is a foodie paradise. Here are some of the city’s favorites to visit:

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Best City View Dining – Inside the all-suite, non-smoking boutique Delano Las Vegas take an elevator up to the 64th floor to Rivea. Perched high in the sky for diners to have one of the best views of Las Vegas, while enjoying French and Italian influenced cuisine from internationally celebrated Chef Alain Ducasse.

What to order: Executive chef Bruno Riou makes an ethereal lobster risotto; savory Angus filet mignon; and decadent chocolate souffle’.

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Best Fountain View DiningThe Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio Las Vegas is a new elegant lakeside dining and entertainment venue, “Supper clubs of the mid-1900s were the foundation for our country’s best artists and cuisine,” said MGM Resorts International President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie. “The Mayfair celebrates and modernizes for the 20s of today, combined with spectacular entertainment overlooking the Bellagio Fountains.” The Mayfair delivers an experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Guests can request the ‘Table of Heaven’ next to the window overlooking the spectacular aquatic ballet choreographed to music every 30 minutes.

What to order: Lemon Drop cocktail;Wagyu handrails with caviar and a glittering gold leaf; and edible chocolate and hazelnut cigar under a hickory-smoke glass cloche.

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Eat. Drink. Shop Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM is comprised of more than a dozen authentic Italian eateries and hundreds of high-quality Italian products. Visitors have the opportunity to eat, shop and learn their way through one of the greatest cuisines in the world under a single roof.

What to order: Knights Up! Every game day Eataly offers a two-course prix fixe for $28 at La Pizza e La Pasta. Enjoy a fresh salad or housemade mozzarella for a starter followed by your choice of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza or fresh pasta. This special is available all day. Enjoy with a “Knight Shandy cocktail made with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Vodka, Antica Carpano Vermouth, bitters, lemon juice, and topped with Dogfish Head “Seaquench” Ale. Normally priced at $16, this cocktail is only $13 on home game nights and available at all three bars inside Eataly Las Vegas.

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Celebrity Chef Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Steak is a fine dining steakhouse inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It’s Ramsay’s first restaurant in Las Vegas, originally open in 2012. Walk through a red neon ‘chunnel’ entrance into the bar and fiery red and black two level dining room interior. Artwork on the walls feature the celebrity and internationally renowned chef. Cuts of prime beef that are aged to perfection are presented to each table on a rolling cart. Servers explain each cut for guests to learn about before selecting.

What to order: The menu offers caviar, decadent roasted beef Wellington, a variety of seafood and steak entrees. Table iPads display an array of wines and cocktails. The botanical antioxidant cocktail with an iced shellfish platter, Triple seared Japanese A5 Kobe and Ramsay’s legendary sticky toffee pudding.

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Fun Top Diner foodCafe Hollywood inside Planet Hollywood offers iconic extravagant candy-coated Supernova Shakes. The chocolate shake is enhanced with brownies and chocolate candies. Other flavors include vanilla, banana or a creative strawberry concoction.

What to order: Poke Nachos, Hollywood Bowl salad, Grilled Mac and Cheese sandwich and a juicy The Hollywood half pound USDA Choice beef burger topped with roasted pork belly, a fried egg & garlic aioli.

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Most Elegant Dining Room – Similar to the NoMad New York and NoMad Los Angeles, storytelling is the heart of the curated NoMad Restaurant in Las Vegas. The dining room walls are lined with over 20,000 David Rockefeller collection books in the soaring two-story room. Every meal is exciting by James Beard winning chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s team. They prepare American classics in a grand way with a touch of theatricality.

What to order: Fruits de Mer tower filled with oyster and mignonette, sea urchin and caviar, lobster and tarragon, hamachi and horseradish, king crab and fennel scallop and pistachio. The NoMad roast chicken and the American Wagyu prime rib. Stay to hear Brian Newman in the reimagined Las Vegas lounge to hear an ode to “Old Las Vegas.”

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Creative Korean Fare – David Chang’s opened Majordomo Meat & Fish inside The Venetian. Guests can enjoy signature items including Chang’s smoked whole plate short ribs, famed Macaroni & Chickpea with black truffles.

What to order: a trio of Bing “fluffy flatbread” topped with spicy lamb, chickpea dip and honey butter. 

Casual & Creative dining  – David Chang just opened Moon Palace at The Venetian that locals and guests are excited to try the Tastys – a griddled patty served with grilled onions, American cheese on King’s Hawaiian rolls.

What to order: Hot Chips seasoned with salt or honey butter that are both crunchy and chewy in texture. Dip the chips is a Luna Sauce. For dessert the Half Dip is made up of two pillowy pancakes filled with marshmallow fluff and half-dipped in chocolate.

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Where the Winners GoHeritage Steak at The Mirage is another ultra cool celebrity chef restaurant by Tom Colicchio. His team of chefs work the charcoal grills and wood-burning ovens. The aromas from the open kitchen and immersive table side experience  entertains guests senses.

What to order: Lump crab cakes, lobster salad and Australian Wagyu Flat Iron with a chimichurri glaze.

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After a Show inside the MGM Grand Ambra Italain Kitchen + Bar offers a blend of classic Italian fare in a colorful setting with warm jewel tones and a soft glow of Ambra’s unique honey-golden bar and lounge shaking craft cocktails.

What to order: Crispy squash blossoms, Lobster Spaghetti Fra Diavolo, meatballs Al Forno, grilled Branzino and  Tiramisu.