Everything You Need To Know About The Summer Of Heroes At Disneyland

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We just got back from an awesome getaway to Disneyland for the Summer of Heroes. Thank you to Disneyland Resorts for hosting our adventure. 

Pete and I were so excited to take the girls to the Disneyland Resort for the Summer of Heroes and our overnight vacation was a complete hit! We all had so much fun!

We made it a formal mini-vacation by getting to Disneyland early on the first day. We were able to spend a full day at the parks and even spent the night in one of the newly refurbished rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian. Then, the next morning we had a character breakfast and enjoyed the updated pool area. 

We started our adventure with Avengers Training Initiative

Emmy had so much fun participating in this daring adventure on the Hollywood Backlot, to see if she had what it took to become one of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”. She learned defensive and attack maneuvers to defeat the villain Arnim Zola, who is known by Captain America fans to be from the evil HYDRA organization. Black Widow, also known as Agent Natasha Romanoff, is the commander of the training team who demonstrates the defensive combat techniques.

The kids all took this very seriously! 

If you have preschoolers, you will want to make sure to check the times for the Disney Junior Dance Party! We were on our way to take a look when we saw none other than Black Widow! The Summer of Heroes happening right now means that there are heroes EVERYWHERE!

There are also Heroic Encounters throughout the day where you can have your picture taken like Pete and I did on our last visit! You and your kids will love that they can meet Spider-Man, Captain America, and Black Widow at these encounters.

Another favorite activity was the pop-up Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance Off! We caught it right in the middle and the kids all had so much fun. Plus, Pete and I LOVED the music! At the end, Groot even makes an appearance! 

Now, no day is complete without face painting right? I mean, no kid can pass up looking like their favorite hero right? Bring the family over to Disney California Adventure Park, Hollywood Land to get their faces painted like a HERO!

The girls all finally got to ride Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and it is now a new favorite! Emmy just kept saying: ” I LOVE IT” and Rocket is so COOL!

More fun things not to be missed are the Summer of Heroes Showcase! This thrilling montage of blockbuster scenes that show how The Avengers and other Super Heroes sprang to life! It is a great intro for those that haven’t seen the Avengers on the big screen or need a refresher. It is also the perfect place to take a break and sit for a bit in the air conditioning before heading back out for more fun!

Of course, no visit to Disneyland is complete without a treat or two or three…You can’t miss Summer of Heroes themed food and beverage, such as:

SPIDER-MAN DONUTS!!!! Oh, my! These are just as cool to look at as they are delicious to eat!

Emmy had a Milano which was out of this world tasty!

Maddie, of course, couldn’t pass up a lavender lemonade and it looks even cooler at night with the glow cube in it!

And then we saw this baby GROOT tumbler. We had to have it! It is located in Hollywood Land, at Award Wieners and other locations. What we did and we would recommend you do too, is to walk all around Hollywood land and look at all the options. There are a lot of choices that are all hero themed so you will want to see them all before you make a choice. 

Remember this bread of all “bread” shaped like GROOT? Yep, we enjoyed one of these guys too! It is called, “I Am Bread” (of course it is) and it is located in Hollywood Land at the Fairfax Market Place.

There are also so many other fun things happening like the HERO Action Center, so make time to just explore and take it all in!

Over in Disneyland, the Main Street Electrical Parade is followed by “Remember…Dreams Come True” Fireworks Spectacular so that is a great way to wind down your day. I can’t get enough of the parade and it feels like I am 7 years old myself every time I hear the music.

Another thing you will want to do before leaving the parks is to go on Pirates of the Caribbean for its 50th anniversary and be on the lookout for Captain Jack Sparrow! Also, enjoy gold-dusted churros and Mickey-shaped beignets in New Orleans Square. Yep, like those couldn’t get any better and then Pow! Gold dust!

The girls actually lasted later than Pete and I did. They all rolled back into the hotel room after midnight! Emmy slept in the next morning with the help of some cuddles with baby GROOT! 

The Summer Of Heroes ends September 10th!

We filmed our day too! Here is our Disneyland vlog:

Are you heading to Disneyland anytime soon?

Heather Reese
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