On the last day of the cheer competition, we relaxed by the pool at the hotel, visited The Bowery Museum in Santa Ana, and then enjoyed dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s at the Anaheim Garden Walk. This ultra cute shopping and dining area is roughly one block from the Anaheim Convention Center, and Disneyland. It was an easy walk from the hotel, and a hidden gem we hadn’t been to before.
The Anaheim Garden Walk had a ton of local shops-not chains-and it also included a large number of restaurants. After dinner, we walked around and discovered a beautiful LED light show throughout Anaheim Garden Walk. It was a light garden which was a special display for lunar new year. We felt so lucky to have stumbled upon it!
The lights were beautiful and glowed in the night sky. My camera does not do all the vibrant colors justice. It was magical and pretty. We kept stopping along the way to snap pictures in front of the various displays. Many of the light fixtures were set-up for Instagram moments, so there were plenty of people trying to get the right shot for Instagram. We were not as careful as other people, as we got giddy over each fixture, and tried to quickly snap photos so we could go on the next installation.
We also enjoyed the locally owned shops and my daughter found a few beauty items at one of them. If you visit Disneyland, or are in the Anaheim area, I highly recommend checking out the Anaheim Garden Walk. It is a really nice shopping and dining area! It looks like the lunar new year display will be up until the end of February. So if you can get there before the end of the month-do it!
We are in Anaheim! My daughter’s high school cheer competition is happening at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is located next door to Disneyland; so you know we have to get a taste of Disney!
On day one, we drove down to Anaheim from the Bay Area, and got settled into our hotel. The cheer team flew, and arrived at the hotel about the same time as we did. We were very fortunate to get a hotel room in the same block as our daughter’s team. While she was busy with cheer, we could still get a few moments with her between events and practice; but we still missed her since she traveled separately and was really busy with practice and prep.
Since the cheer team was getting settled, and practicing on our first night in Ahaheim, we decided to go to Downtown Disney for dinner with our two youngest kids. We stayed at the Anaheim Hilton, which is next door to the convention center, so we were in a prime location to walk to Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. Loved that!
Can you believe we had never been to Downtown Disney?? How crazy is that!! I was super excited to check it out. Plus, the restaurant I made reservations at looked delicious. This would be a fun night!
OK, if you stay near the convention center and walk to Downtown Disney, keep in mind your phone directions will not work. We followed my phone directions, and we ended up behind California Adventure Park in a security driveway. Thankfully the security guard was super nice and gave us directions to get into Downtown Disney. If you are walking, walk behind the Paradise Pier Hotel and follow the path. It will take you to Downtown Disney. Your phone’s walking directions will not. Heed my warning! My feet were very mad at me for the extra walking we did that night going off-course. haha
Sushi and dessert at Splitsville Restaurant located in Downtown Disney. -apologies for the iPhone photos and their grainy quality.
The first thing we did was eat! I’m so happy I made reservations at Splitsville Restaurant. It was a busy and popular location, so the reservations were key. I highly recommend making reservations if you want to dine at a specific restaurant in Downtown Disney. The opentable app will hook you up! My husband enjoyed a hamburger, my daughter ate sliders, and my son had pizza. I enjoyed happy hour sushi, and we all shared a sundae for dessert. The food was soooooo good!!
After dinner, we decided to walk around and explore Downtown Disney. My kids were in Disney retail heaven! My heaven began when I spotted these handbags. . .
Disney themed Kate Spade handbags – I’m in love!
OMG Disney has designer handbags! They have both Kate Spade, and Dooney & Bourke bags which are Disney themed! The Kate Spade bags shown above were my favorite. I’m kicking myself for not buying that satchel. Isn’t it fabulous?
Shop Disney handbags online:
I’m so happy we took the time to walk over to Downtown Disney. Now, we have another way to enjoy Disneyland when we travel to Anaheim! Have you been to Downtown Disney? If so, which restaurant is your favorite?
“When I say ‘GO!’ you say ‘FIGHT!’ ‘GO! FIGHT!’ ‘GO FIGHT!'”
Oh yes, you read that right, I am a cheer mom. As you read this, I am at Disneyland for USA Cheer Nationals. Since cheer nationals are are held at the Anaheim Convention Center, across the street from Disneyland, we are going to both nationals, and Disneyland. Whew!
My daughter is on her varsity cheer team at school, and they have had a fabulous competition season. Her team qualifying, and going to nationals, is why I skipped going to fashion week this season. I wanted to make sure I could go to Anaheim to support her and her team. So instead of runways this February, I am engrossed in cheers, dances, and amazing competition routines. I will cheer so loud for my daughter and her team, I plan on losing my voice!
The school colors are red, blue, and white. So the red tee is my top for attending USA Cheer Nationals. I will pair it with blue earrings, jeans, and white sneakers for the full “Cheer Mom” lewk. Yes, I know, it’s fabulous 😉 The black cardigan will be perfect in case the air conditioning inside the convention center is cold.
Now, we cannot drag our two younger kids to Anaheim, stay in a hotel across the street from Disneyland, and not go to Disneyland! So, the seafoam lewk will be my Disney outfit. The sneakers are super comfy and perfect for walking. The color palette is on trend for spring, and the phone case-another hot spring trend-will be ideal for staying hands-free throughout the day. I’m ready for the lines!
So stay tuned! I will keep you posted on how they do at Nationals. Wish them luck!! I will also keep you posted on Disneyland. It is always a favorite among my children; and maybe us adults too. 😉 haha
Shop my what to pack for Disneyland suitcase aka Cheer Mom suitcase. haha