2012 Disneyland Candy Cane Dates

Guess what everyone!?! TODAY marks the first day to get your hands on The Handmade Candy Cane: Disneyland’s hottest holiday commodity.

Handmade Candy Canes from The Candy Palace

For those of you who aren’t aware of Disneyland’s Handmade Candy Cane tradition, you can read all about the Race for Handmade Candy Canes here.

Handle with Care!

Things are a little different this year!

The biggest news of the season is that Candy Canes will be made in BOTH Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. This means twice the candy cane fun.

Candy Cane making will be alternating between the two parks, as often 4 days a week.

At Disneyland, the Candy Canes will be made at the newly renovated Candy Palace while over at Disney California Adventure, they will be made at Trolley Treats.

Ready for their new homes!

How it Works:

Technically you are not supposed to line up before park opening, but guess what people do. When I went for the first time, I was lucky and got there just 30 minutes before park opening. But I talked to someone who was there by 4:00am, which to me is nuts. So basically, it’s your call.

Wristbands may be picked up at park opening. There will be 40 wristbands per batch and three batches per day.  This means that 120 wristbands will be given out at park opening.

The earlier you are there, the earlier your batch. Your wristband will get you ONE candy cane.  If you have people with you, you HAVE to be together as a group. They will not hand you wrist bands for anyone who is not with you.

Your wrist band will have the date and batch time on it. You may pick up your candy cane any time after your batch time. Your wrist band guarantees you your cane, but you must pick it up by 4:00 or it will be sold to someone in the stand by line.

Last year candy canes were going for $12.95; I am not aware if there has been a price increase or not.

Prepping to Cut

2012 Candy Cane Dates:

ANNNND. Something I found very interesting when I went and checked each day’s park hours… No taking advantage of Early Admission Hours. The Disneyland Resort has purposely left out Early Admission Hours. So basically, the days the Candy Canes are being made at Disneyland, there are zero that have early admission hours. It’s the same over at Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland’s Candy Palace Dates:
November 23 (8:00am park opening)
November 26 (10:00am park opening)
November 30 (8:00am park opening)
December 3 (9:00am park opening)
December 10 (9:00am park opening)
December 14 (8:00am park opening)
December 17 (8:00am park opening)
December 21 (8:00am park opening)
December 23 (8:00am park opening)
December 24 (8:00am park opening)

Disney California Adventure Trolley Treats Dates:
November 24 (8:00am park opening)
November 27 (10:00am park opening)
December 1 (8:00am park opening)
December 4 (9:00am park opening)
December 8 (8:00am park opening)
December 11 (9:00am park opening)
December 15 (8:00am park opening)
December 18 (8:00am park opening)
December 22 (8:00am park opening)
December 25 (8:00am park opening)

*Please note that these dates are subject to change. Additional dates may be added.

ALSO, being that this is the first year Candy Canes will be available at Disney California Adventure, I am assuming that the rules and the way it works is the same as Disneyland. If we learn otherwise, we will post the info as we receive it.

For more information or to confirm weekly dates, check Disneyland’s Candy Kitchen Hotline at 714.781.0112.

UPDATE: I went to get a candy cane on 11/26/12 and it was actually quite easy. NOTE that the parks open the gates 30 minutes before opening time. This means that Buena Vista Street and Main St. are open and you can line up for candy canes 30 minutes before park opening. We were let in at 9:30 for a 10:00 park opening. We were only lined up about 20 minutes before gate opening and had no problem walking straight to Candy Palace for a wrist band. By the time we got to the front of the line they were on batch two, and they had wristbands up until about 10:30. It seemed much more mellow than in the past. Maybe we just got lucky!

And just for fun, here’s a little more information about this fun tradition:

Candy Cane Info

We’re ready to go! How about you?

Do you plan on lacing up those fast “walking” shoes (you know, because you aren’t supposed to run in Disneyland…) to take part in the Great Candy Cane Race?

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


  1. Ashley says

    Where do you get the wristbands from? Just wondering where to stand in line should I get there early.

  2. Spencer says

    3 mornings I can try, looking to score one on my birthday. Hopefully we can get the complete experience so I know what to expect. Thanks for the updates!!

  3. says

    We got our first candy cane wrist band last year. We got there very early but still had an 11:00am pickup. Our flight left at 2:00pm so we knew we’d get our candy cane to go. Unfortunately, they weren’t ready at 11:00, we had to come back in an hour. Needless to say, we miss out. We are going back in a couple weeks, we’ll try again!

  4. Heather Sievers says

    @Ashely – Depending on where they are being made, wristbands are either handed out at Trolley Treats or Candy Palace.

    @Spencer – Fingers crossed for you!

    @Cam – What a bummer! I hope it works out this time around!

  5. Heather Sievers says

    @Jenny – They’ve been doing it here for years! Not sure why WDW wouldn’t do it too.

  6. Adam says

    Thanks for all the useful information. We went yesterday. I didn’t get to the store until 35 minutes after the park opened. They still had 2 dozen wrist bands for the candy canes. When we went to pick it up, we were able to buy an extra cane. ( The family in front of us reduced their order, so we got a chance to buy the extra one) These canes are HUGE!

  7. Wendy says

    We have been here the last week staying at the Villas. Twice I have seen the candy canes still for sale in the afternoon at DCA. Apparently they are not selling out so quickly.

  8. Heather Sievers says

    @Wendy – Are the ones you are seeing mostly red or mostly white? If they are mostly red they are the “replica” candy canes that are being made off site and they sell them in most of the candy stores. Trolley Treats, Candy Palace, and Marceline’s carry them.

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