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Dining in Disneyland: The New and Improved Candy Palace

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!

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!

Gorgeous Chandelier

Stained Glass and Light Fixtures

Tiled Floor

Candy Exit Sign

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.

Candy Kitchen Window on Main Street USA

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.

Making 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!

Candy Kitchen Back Area Counter

Giant Boilers in the Candy Kitchen

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.

Penny Arcade Sweets Case

Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Chocolate and Chocolate Nut Fudge

Chocolate Turtle Fudge & Maple Nut Fudge

Decorated Mickey Cookies

Triple Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Nuts

Chocolate Covered Pineapple Skewers

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!

Central Check Out

Caramel Apple "Corners"

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.

Chip & Dale Snacks

"Just Desserts"

Pecan Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Milk & Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters

English Toffee

Mickey "Money" Themed Chocolates

Caramel Apples

Milk & Dark Chocolate 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.

Glass Candy Filled Apothecary Jars

Apothecary Jar Close Up

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.

Minnie's Bake Shop Items

Candy Jar Close Up

Goofy's Candy Company Wall O' Sweets

Adorable "Carnival" Type Scene Decor

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!

Welte, Style 4 Concert Orchestration

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.

Refrigerated Case of Goodies

Mickey Cake Pops

Mickey & Minnie Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Sticks

Mickey Nut Clusters

Mint Patties & Mickey Truffles

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!!!

Candy Kitchen Window

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!

Caramel Apple "Bar"

Caramel Apple Fridge

Mickey Sour Powder Caramel Apples

Caramel Apple Bar "Check Out"

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:

Wall o' Chocolate

Shortbread, Coffees, & Teas

Rock Candy

Sour Powder Station

Rice Crispy Treat Tower

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?

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

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11 Comments

  1. Riniel says:

    I love the candy palace! I was there in May right after it opened and thought the interior was just beautiful. My absolute favorite treat is the English toffee, I bring back bags of the stuff! I went to WDW this summer and was disappointed to find that you can’t buy it prepackaged there! :(

    P.S. This is definitely one DFB entry where I would really appreciate smell-o-vision ;)

  2. Mmm! I definitely have a weakness for those chocolate covered marshmallow sticks….mmm

  3. Sean says:

    What a wonderfuly candy wonderland. I love that old music box, how amazing. Anyone else hungry now?

  4. Heather Sievers says:

    @Riniel – That English Toffee is AMAZING! AND I so wish we could have Smell-o-Vision!

    @Krissy – I love those too!

    @Sean – ME! I’m hungry! ; )

  5. Essie says:

    I’ve never been to the DLR and I may never get there, but I just loved every photo, video and word of your article! You covered every square inch and I feel like I’ve actually seen this wonderful place! Thanks so much for such a well done job. It’s no wonder that I so look forward to my daily dose of the Disney Food Blog. You guys are great!

  6. Hazel says:

    I was amazed at how they re-did it when I went earlier this month but I was also a little said since I grew up with the old style from before and it really went with the theme of Main Street!

  7. Christina says:

    SO did they have the elusive German Chocolate Cake cookie there? (Or anyplace else at the DLR, or is that a WDW only treat?)

  8. AJ says:

    Christina — Sadly, the German Chocolate Cookie can’t be found anywhere anymore. :-(

  9. Christina says:

    AJ, Not even at WDW??? Say it isn’t SOOOOoooo!

  10. AJ says:

    Christina — I haven’t seen it in over a year…anywhere. :-( Utter and complete sadness, I know.

  11. lydia says:

    Those chocolate dipped pretzels with cashews …the BEST thing. Im on a mission to get them shipped.

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