Before I even start, I must apologize for the quality of these photos. I was having a very bad camera day; both my camera battery AND my spare were dead (oops) so I ended up using my phone to take photos. I knew I would not have another chance to work on this “Pumpkin Treats Crawl” before Halloween gets into full swing and I wanted to be sure you could hit the park for all of the pumpkin-y goodness!
Halloween time at Disneyland is most definitely my favorite time of the year. I love the spooky-but-sweet decor that seems to appear overnight. The Haunted Mansion’s transformation into Jack Skellington’s ominous world is always exciting, and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy adds its resident monster, Bob, to the ride as an added bonus. My absolute most favorite thing though? Pumpkin flavored treats.
I’ve always been a pumpkin lover, and if there is something “pumpkin flavored” on any type of menu, I’m always game to give it a whirl. Every year at Disneyland I try and eat my way through their holiday specialties. This year, I’ve decided to compile them and create a “Pumpkin Treats Crawl” for you. Why should I be having all the fun, right?
Pumpkin Crawl Stop #1: Jamba Juice in Downtown Disney
Our crawl is going to start in Downtown Disney at Jamba Juice. This is actually one of my most favorite stops along our little trip. It gets you right in the mood for pumpkin yumminess.
Here, you’re going to pick up a Pumpkin Smash Smoothie. Consider this a “warm up” for the next leg of the trip, which takes place on Main Street USA. The Pumpkin Smash is seasonal — they usually run from late September through November. I am told though, that some Jamba Juice stores have them on their “secret” menu year round. I need to find a local one that does!
Depending on how many people you’re “crawling” with, I recommend getting a large size smoothie to split into smaller cups. It’s much more cost effective to do it this way. You can get a 16 oz (small size) smoothie for $5.15, OR you can double your order with the 32 oz. Power Size (largest) for just $1.60 more. AND they have no problem splitting it into two 16 oz. cups for you. To me this is a no-brainer anytime you order for two or more people. That is, if you can agree upon the same flavor.
I recommend the Pumpkin Smash Smoothie plain with no add-ins. This way you get the full flavor of the sweet pumpkin and its savory spices. It’s just like drinking a cool slice of pumpkin pie.
After your trip to Jamba Juice, head over to Disneyland’s Main Gate (you are allowed to bring your Jamba Juice in if you’d like) and continue into the park. The first thing you will notice is the lovely fall decor. Everything — and I mean everything — is decorated to the nines. Every window, every storefront, every everything. Take some time to notice all of the fun details as you make your way to your second stop, the Carnation Cafe.
Pumpkin Crawl Stop #2: Carnation Cafe
At the Carnation Cafe, you can choose whether or not you’d like to sit down or take your treat to go. Here, they are offering a Hazelnut Tiramisu topped with Pumpkin Spice Mousse served up in an adorable Pumpkin Mickey ceramic mug.
Unfortunately, I did not stop for this one, as I am not a tiramisu fan. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop, though. If you like tiramisu, it’s a must. I can speak on behalf of that pumpkin mousse though; it’s divine and will be seen again along our route.
The Hazelnut Tiramisu will set you back $7.99, but you do get to keep the adorable mug. AND if you’d like to mix your route up a bit, this item can also be found at in New Orleans Square at Cafe Orleans.
Pumpkin Crawl Stop #3: Blue Ribbon Bakery
Once you’ve finished your tiramisu, pop into your third stop, the Blue Ribbon Bakery — right next door to the Carnation Cafe.
*Side note, I recommend purchasing items from stops three & four, then taking your treats to a nice table over at Coke Corner to enjoy.
At the Blue Ribbon Bakery you’ve got a few options to choose from, OR get them all! Here you’ll find my top favorite pumpkin snack item. The Pumpkin Muffin. For just $2.99, you can sink your teeth into a moist, delicious muffin that really tastes more like cake. The muffin is quite big — plenty big enough to share. It’s topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and an orange-colored chocolate Mickey pumpkin.
If you feel inclined to do so, you can also pick up a warm pumpkin beverage here at the Blue Ribbon Bakery. They’ve got a Pumpkin Spice Latte available in two different sizes.
I was there on a hot hot day, so I passed on this one. And, just so you know, these are available at multiple locations throughout the park, so you may want to pick one up later on in your journey…
The Blue Ribbon Bakery also carries the seasonal Nutty Caramel Apple Cupcake, which is topped with Pumpkin Spiced Mousse. I purchased mine here, but for the full experience I recommend you get yours over at the Plaza Inn; we’ll be there soon!
The Nutty Caramel Apple Cupcake will set you back $4.99. Personally, my favorite part of this treat was the Pumpkin Spiced Mousse (which is what we’re here for, right?).
But here’s the deal. At the Blue Ribbon Bakery there are two options for this treat. You can get the plain cupcake like I did, or you can buy it in a souvenir Donald Duck Halloween ceramic mug for $6.99 — only $2.00 more. IF you decide to go for the mug, wait and buy it at the Plaza Inn.
Personally, this item was not my favorite, I’m really not sure why it is marketed as a cupcake, because it is much more like a muffin than a cupcake. I did not taste the caramel or the apple. In fact, to me this tasted like a carrot cake muffin. There were nuts, raisins, and bits of apple in the mix, but really not a whole lot of flavor, that is until you take a bite of it with the Pumpkin Spiced Mousse.
I’m going to be honest here, I grabbed a fork and “spooned” off the Pumpkin Spiced Mousse. It’s so creamy, and not at all too rich. I also LOVE the way the orange edible glitter looks sprinkled on top. It’s SO pretty. When purchased without the souvenir Donald mug, the “cupcake” comes topped with the same orange colored chocolate Mickey Pumpkin that the Pumpkin Muffin has.
Here’s how the “Donald” Nutty Caramel Apple Cupcake looks at the Blue Ribbon Bakery. Notice they actually call it a cupcake…. Again, sorry for the awful photo.
Pumpkin Crawl Stop #4: Candy Palace
Your Fourth Stop along the pumpkin highway continues just two doors down at the Candy Palace. Unfortunately, I did my crawl a bit too early and Pumpkin Fudge was not yet available. It SHOULD however be there very soon (if not there already) and if I see it myself, I will update this section with photos and prices.
Pumpkin Crawl Stop #5: Plaza Inn
Your fifth and final stop on our Main Street Pumpkin Crawl is the Plaza Inn. Here you’ll pick up the adorable Holiday Demitasse Dessert (IF YOU DIDN’T GET IT AT THE BLUE RIBBON BAKERY).
Why, you ask, should you get this here instead of the Blue Ribbon Bakery? I’ll tell you: because here they don’t try to sell this as a cupcake. After I had already eaten mine from the Blue Ribbon Bakery, I went to the Plaza Inn knowing they had the same thing there. What I did not know though was that they do not call it a cupcake. When I asked what the dessert was, the Cast Member said, “It’s a Nutty Caramel Apple MUFFIN topped with Pumpkin Mousse.”
Thank you very much for agreeing with me, fantastic cast member, because your buddies over at the Blue Ribbon Bakery are calling this a cupcake! Anyhow, for $6.99 you can eat your final pumpkin treat and then take home this adorable Donald ceramic mug. Even the back side is cute!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the word “demitasse” means, it’s basically a fancy word for “cup.” I looked it up.
Pumpkin Crawl Extra Credit
Looking for an extra credit pumpkin crawl treat? If you’re REALLY lucky and can weasel your way into a Club 33 reservation, you can pick yourself up some Fancy Pumpkin Beignets.
No connections to Club 33? Feel free to do some homework and make them yourself! The recipe can be found here.
Plan on taking the Main Street Pumpkin Treats Crawl? Let us know how it goes!
By the way, scoot to Blue Ribbon Bakery quickly. It will be shutting its doors for good very soon, though we have no official end date at the moment.