Dining in Disneyland: Caramel Apple Funnel Cake and Mango Habanero Lime Iced Tea at Hungry Bear

Tucked back in the corner of Critter Country, The Hungry Bear Restaurant is often overlooked.  This quiet counter service restaurant is rarely crowded, has plenty of shaded seating with a gorgeous view of the Rivers of America, AND the food here is great too! Another bonus?  They’re currently serving up the most delicious item at the Disneyland Resort.

Hungry Bear Order Kiosks

Hungry Bear Order Kiosks

The Caramel Apple Funnel Cake is making its grand debut this year for Halloween Time — and I need it to go away soon because otherwise I will be way too tempted to eat one on each and every visit to Disneyland.

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear

Made fresh to order, a Caramel Apple Funnel Cake will set you back $6.49, or a little less if you use your annual passholder discount.  The sizing is enormous. Unless your sweet tooth is craving a huge splurge, it’s plenty to share with 3 or maybe even 4 people.

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake Signage

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake Signage

The actual funnel cake was not at all greasy. It was topped powdered sugar and caramel drizzle with a generous scoop of perfectly cubed granny smith apples.

I was expecting the apples to be like apple pie filling, but they were not at all “mushy” like typical store bought apple pie filling. They tasted fresh and had a bit of crispness to them.  Not actually crunchy like taking a bite out of an apple, but definitely more dense than apple pie filling.  It was also not overly sugary tasting.

It’s how I’d imagine taking a bite out of a freshly dipped warm gooey caramel apple would be.  And then there’s the homemade whipped cream.  Light and fluffy, it’s hand piped onto the top into a perfect not so hidden Mickey shape.

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake Close Up

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake Close Up

Kind of a bizarre combo, we also ordered the Mango Habanero Lime Iced Tea to accompany our funnel cake. The drink is mixture of lemonade and iced tea infused with a lime mango habanero flavoring.  It comes garnished with maraschino cherries, a lemon and a glow cube to boot!

To our surprise, the drink was quite tasty.  Sweet and not too spicy, it’s sort of an Arnold Palmer with a kick.  If you’re feeling adventurous or enjoy sweet and spicy combos, go for it!

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake with Mango Habanero Lime Iced Tea

Caramel Apple Funnel Cake with Mango Habanero Lime Iced Tea

I say treat your taste buds.  The Caramel Apple Funnel Cake is heaven in your mouth.  This is by far my favorite Halloween Time treat!

Do you have a favorite Halloween Time treat at the Disneyland Resort? Have you tried the Caramel Apple Funnel Cake yet? What did you think?

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


  1. Michelle W says

    Drool. That looks amazing, Heather! Do you think there is a chance that the funnel cake and spicy iced tea will still be there in early November? I have exactly 31 more sleeps till I am back at DLR! Thanks for the great posts. Michelle W

  2. Heather Sievers says

    @Michelle W – Unfortunately, I think this ends with the end of Halloween Time on the 31st. Fingers crossed for you that they make it a permanent menu item. That would be fabulous! Have a great trip!!!

  3. Michelle W says

    Thanks Heather! I guess I will just have to settle for Mickey shaped foods this time round! ;)

  4. Essie says

    I love blogs about the Halloween treats, snacks and souvenirs, but it doesn’t look like they have much in the parks this year. This funnel cake looks like it could be an entire meal! I love Granny Smith apples; all it would need for me would be a little more caramel, please. This was a delicious report, Heather. Thanks.

  5. Anna says

    I love how specific and descriptive this review was. Great job, Heather! I can really imagine what the caramel apple funnel cake tastes like. Hope it comes to FL.

  6. Heather Sievers says

    @Michelle W – Those are good too!!!!

    @Essie – Thanks! It could totally be an entire meal. The portion is huge!

    @Anna – Thanks so much! I hope you get to try it some day, so yummy!

  7. Angelina says

    This sounds amazing though I am picky about my apple pie fillings (I always prefer fresh when I can make/get it) but i’d be willing to try it with a group. Would be good with some gibson girl vanilla ice cream on top too! Was it warm when you got it?

    Love all the fall/Halloween posts Heather, keep em coming!!!

  8. Heather Sievers says

    @Angelina – Glad you like the Halloween posts! There are still more to come! ; )

  9. Melissa says

    Had this over the weekend and it was very good. The funnel cake was freshly prepared and the toppings were great. We also got a brownie one and split the two between 6 people. We had no trouble finishing them off as a group!

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