Cruising Downtown Disney, heading back to our car to go home, a cart that I had never seen before caught my eye. Old West Cinnamon Rolls? Hello!
According to my 12 year old son, I stopped in my tracks “to get the breaking news.” Yes, he was making fun of me; and he did a whole running commentary while I stopped to get the scoop on this new-ish spot in Downtown Disney. After that nonsense, which was actually quite hilarious, he’s lucky that I still shared my cinnamon roll with him!
Located right next to the Pin Traders store, Old West Cinnamon Rolls has apparently been there for about 6 or so weeks. I obviously don’t cruise Downtown Disney enough to let this place exist for so long without knowing about it. Going to have to change that I guess, because the cinnamon rolls here are amazing.
The plastic cinnamon roll display (which reminded me of the gelato stand nearby) gives you inspiration to choose the cinnamon roll that’s right for you!
After quizzing the poor guy working at the stand I learned that the cinnamon rolls are a “design your own” situation. The menu consists of a base price of $4.75 for a plain cinnamon roll (and by plain they mean NO frosting). Additional toppings are $1.00, so you can build the designer cinnamon roll of your dreams. Toppings include Frosting, Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans & Cherries.
The cinnamon rolls are baked on site in a small oven on the backside of the cart. There’s actually a mini “kitchen” back there that consists of an oven to bake the cinnamon rolls, a microwave to heat them up, and a fridge to store the toppings.
About 12 cinnamon rolls await customers in the warmer, and more are baked when necessary.
Dry toppings are portioned out in individual cups with lids, then stored in plastic vats to keep them fresh.
Since we were headed back to the car, I ordered a cinnamon roll to go. I chose frosting (duh) and cherries for my toppings. That plastic display made them look too irresistible!
I loved that the to go container was both sturdy and microwave safe.
If you are not taking your cinnamon roll to go, they put it in an open container and heat it up on the spot for you. You still add your own toppings, but not too worry, you are handed plastic fork and knife wrapped in a napkin for immediate use.
Even if you plan on eating your cinnamon roll right away, I’d advise you to get the to go container. (They can still heat it up for you.) It’s much sturdier than the paper tray type one they give you otherwise, and if you don’t finish or want to save some for later, you can close it up and keep it tidy!
The cinnamon rolls are also available in a “U-Bake” 4 pack to go for $16.99 or a “U-Make” cinnamon roll mix for $9.99.
Cinnamon Roll Heaven
After dinner, I opened up my container, set my cherries and frosting aside & stuck the cinnamon roll in the microwave for 45 seconds. I did it for 30 first and it wasn’t quite warm enough, so I zapped it for another 15. Probably depends on the strength of your microwave. The employee at the stand told me 30 seconds, so maybe he has a stronger microwave…
Once it was warm to my liking, I poured on the frosting and topped it with cherries. The frosting cup was plenty for me, but if you are really into it, I’d suggest paying the extra $1 to get yourself a second shot.
The frosting melted into the cracks and crevices of the cinnamon roll. It was thick and perfectly sweet. The tartness of the cherries made this a great combo.
My family of 4 each got a quarter of this bad boy and it was gone within seconds.
I would definitely visit the Old West Cinnamon Roll cart again. I love their “designer” approach and the taste rivals the ones served inside the parks. The cinnamon rolls served here are a bit smaller than the ones served in the parks, but they have better flavor and are more moist. The topping options (especially the cherries) also make for an extra sweet treat!
AND if you’re ever in the Pismo Beach area, visit the Old West Bakery to see where the magic began!
Have you noticed the Old West Cinnamon Roll Cart in Downtown Disney? Do you plan to give it a try? I know I’ll be back.