After months of being boarded up earlier this year, the walls came down around Disneyland’s iconic candy shop in May. Let’s take a look at the newly remodeled Candy Palace!
The new Candy Palace was carefully designed so that everything looks “edible.” From the gorgeous chandeliers to the tiled floors and even the Exit sign, the interior does look yummy!
From the front, the store looks very much the same. The Candy Kitchen window remains to the right of the main entrance with the Penny Arcade to the left.
However, the Candy Kitchen has doubled in size and now has room to accommodate two types of candy being made at the same time. In the front area (the part that faces Main Street) Candy maker extraordinaire, Robert and his crew were back in the saddle whipping up some English Toffee.
The back half of the kitchen was not in use while I was there, but the whole area looks fantastic. I can’t wait to see it in full action!
Here’s a quick video where you can see even more of what’s going on in the newly updated Candy Kitchen!
You can still enter the Candy Palace from the Penny Arcade, which appears to have much more merchandise than games now. I thought the decor was gorgeous.
The Penny Arcade Area features a few games as well as movies, but the real focus now appeared to be goodies! A refrigerated case similar to the one that was there before sits in the middle of the room. It’s filled with fudge, cookies and chocolate covered fruit.
Centrally located, this case also doubles as one of the check out areas. AND of course, they don’t waste any space — even the corners of are stocked with goodies like prepackaged caramel apples!
Just behind the counter is an area filled with new displays and tons of treats. Here you can find all the Chip & Dale snacks your heart desires as well as two “penny” movies, brittle, clusters, toffee, Mickey “money” themed chocolates, caramel apples, and mini Rocky Road tins.
The best thing about this section though? The adorable display apothecary jars filled with glass candies! The jars can actually be found throughout the entire store.
To the left of this fun display, you will find an entire wall of Minnie’s Bake Shop products, Goofy’s Candy Company packaged candies, and some more Disney novelty treats including Pez, cotton candy, giant jawbreakers, candy buttons, & small lollipops.
This entire area also features a “topper” display featuring glass candy filled jars and a fun “carnival” scene.
Following this “wall” around to the right, you will find the gorgeous “Welte, Style 4 Concert Orchestration” — A SUPER COOL giant fancy “music box” that was purchased by Walt Disney himself in 1953. It has been displayed in the Penny Arcade since 1955.
The music player was built in Freiburg, Germany, in 1907 and was designed to simulate an entire orchestra. It consists of 265 pipes, a base drum, snare drum, timpani, a cymbal, and a triangle. It currently plays 75 key Welte Roll music and is set on a timer to play for guests approximately every 7-10 minutes.
Disney has said that this orchestration hasn’t been refurbished since 1974, so it’s a rare and special treat that we get to see and hear it today.
This amazing piece ALSO displays POPCORN!
To the right of the giant music box is a refrigerated case filled with goodies like cake pops, cupcakes, various candies including chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, and more.
While snapping pics of all of this goodness, I noticed something completely brand new to the area: A candy kitchen window where fresh goods can be delivered straight from the kitchen to the customers.
And I know the picture isn’t great, but check out the cute little “Wash Your Hands” sign to the right of the window. It looks like a chocolate bar!!!
Another new area of the Candy Palace is a caramel apple “Bar.” Located against the wall across from the entrance to the Coca Cola Refreshment Corner is a check out area where you can pay for merchandise and order caramel apples.
The day of the grand reopening there were a few new specialty apples like the Goofy Caramel Apple and the Mickey Sour Powder Caramel Apple. Click on the link to see my review!
In addition to all of these new areas, lots of old favorites are still available around the store. If there’s a sweet you’re looking for, the Candy Palace is the place you’ll find it!
Here are some other yummy areas:
Have you been into the newly remodeled Candy Palace? If so, which treats did you snatch up? Going soon? Which goodies would you try first?