Dining in Disneyland: Frozen Fun Food at Disney California Adventure

Frozen Fun has taken over the Backlot area of Disney California Adventure, and with it come some pretty tasty snacks.  Let’s head inside of Olaf’s Snow Fest and see what Arendelle has to offer.

Olaf's Snow Fest

Olaf’s Snow Fest

The lighting inside of Olaf’s Snow Fest is very pink, so it made for a tough photo spot. Adorable nonetheless though!  A snack area in the corner is set up so that visitors to Arendelle can recharge after playing in the snow.  Although there is only one spot to order, the area is organized to look like separate food booths with different offerings.

Arendelle Eats

Arendelle Eats

The menu is set up in the center of the snack area.

Snow Fest Menu Board

Snow Fest Menu Board

On my recent visit, I tried just about everything they had to offer!

Arendelle Offerings

Arendelle Offerings

The first

cooler in the snack area of Olaf’s Snow Fest consists of a few prepackaged eats and bottled soda & water.  Here you can grab a Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup.  The “Snowman” is filled with fresh veggies like jicama, carrots, celery, and cauliflower.  It’s packaged to look like a snowman and comes with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.

Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup

Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup

Not in the mood for jicama? Grab a Duke of Cheeselton Cheese Platter.  I swear, that’s what it’s really called.  This snack will set you back $7.99.  It’s filled with cheese, crackers and some grapes.

Duke of Cheesleton Cheese Platter

Duke of Cheesleton Cheese Platter

In this same area you can find Olaf’s Just Chillin’ cupcakes.

Olaf Cupcakes

Olaf Cupcakes

The cupcakes are vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and an edible chocolate Olaf face.  I thought the head/body proportion was a little bizarre on these. I do love the striped cupcake wrappers though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them used at the resort before.

Just Chillin'

Just Chillin’

Next to the refrigerated case you’ll find the sign for Arendelle Warmer Uppers.

Arendelle Warmer Uppers

Arendelle Warmer Uppers

I will tell you right now that Gunvar’s White Hot Chocolate is a MUST try when you hit Olaf’s Snow Fest.  The menu board calls it Warm Hugs Hot White Cocoa, but I prefer using the Gunvar moniker. The white hot chocolate comes with House Made Minty Marshmallows that will instantly beautify your tasty warm beverage.  On the day I visited, the minty marshmallows were blue, but I’m told that they have been spotted in pink as well.

Gunvar's White Hot Chocolate

Gunvar’s White Hot Chocolate

Here are the lovely marshmallows on display.  With each order of White Hot Chocolate you are given two marshmallows to put into your drink.

Handmade Minty Marshmallows

House Made Minty Marshmallows

I took a bite of one before dropping it in! Squishy, minty & delicious.

Taste Test!

Taste Test!

Your white hot chocolate will instantly start to turn a beautiful shade of blue!

White Hot Chocolate Transforming to Blue Hot Chocolate

White Hot Chocolate Transforming to Blue Hot Chocolate

Looking for something cold to sip on?  The Summertime Blues Frozen Cooler will satisfy your icy craving.

Summertime Blues Frozen Cooler

Summertime Blues Frozen Cooler

Served in a double sided souvenir cup featuring Olaf on one side and Anna & Elsa on the other, this generously portioned blue raspberry slushie is a really sweet treat! And I mean that literally, very very sweet! Yummy, but sweet. Did I mention it was sweet?

Also, please note that the base on the photo below is not how thick the actual base of the cup is.  It’s displayed here on a rotating stand.

Summertime Blues Frozen Cooler Souvenir Sipper

Summertime Blues Frozen Cooler Souvenir Sipper

There are a few “Warm and Delicious” (per above menu) snacks to choose at Olaf’s Snow Fest: Rock Troll Festival Meat Balls and Kristoff’s Corn Dog Bites.  They also serve the amazing Snowberry Twist that we previously reviewed from Maurice’s Treats.

Warm Snacks at Olaf's Snow Fest

Warm Snacks at Olaf’s Snow Fest

I did try both the Kristoff’s Corndog Bites and Rock Troll Festival Meatballs.  Of the two I preferred Kristoff’s Corndog Bites.  For $5.49 you get 5 corndog bites

Kristoff's Corndog Bites Signage

Kristoff’s Corndog Bites Signage

Kristoff’s Corndog Bites are by no means comparable to the hand dipped corndogs served at Corn Dog Castle, but they are pretty great!  Perfect for sharing, the not so mini corn dog bites have a crisp outside and a juicy center. Ketchup and mustard packets are available for your dipping pleasure.

Kristoff's Corn Dog Bites

Kristoff’s Corn Dog Bites

If you’ve ever had the meatballs at Ikea, then you’ll know exactly what the Rock Troll Festival Meatballs taste like.

Rock Troll Festival Meatballs Signage

Rock Troll Festival Meatballs Signage

I’m seriously wondering if they are purchased straight from Ikea; very much a cafeteria type dish.  The description reads “Creamy sauce melted over Scandinavian meatballs served with a lingonberry drizzle.” I thought they were just ok, a little too bland.  I’d choose the corndogs over them any day.

Rock Troll Festival Meatballs

Rock Troll Festival Meatballs

In addition to the savory treats, there are lots of sweet treats to choose from.  Olaf’s Snow Fest offers the super refreshing Olaf Frozen Lemonade Strawberry Bar.  I was able to try this at the Frozen Dessert Party during my December visit to Walt Disney World.  I’ve also seen them around the Disneyland Resort at the frozen treat carts.  They are tart, but delicious!

Olaf Lemonade Strawberry Frozen Bar

Olaf Lemonade Strawberry Frozen Bar

I did not try the Caramel Corn or Fluffy Snowy Cotton Candy, but I did think the packaging was cute!

Caramel Corn with Olaf Packaging

Caramel Corn with Olaf Packaging

The Fluffy Snowy Cotton Candy is white in color and I was told it is “regular” cotton candy flavor.

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

You can never go wrong with a Crisp Rice Treat.  They come in two fun designs, both featuring Olaf.

Olaf Crispy Rice Treat

Olaf Crispy Rice Treat

We chose the one with a close up of Olaf.  I LOVE Disney’s Crispy Rice Treats, but I’m not a fan of the edible images. I usually peel them off.

Olaf's Snowflake Crisp Rice Treat

Olaf’s Snowflake Crisp Rice Treat

Ok… Let’s talk about the “Royal Sisters” Shortbread Cookie.  It was the only item I tried that I actually did not like at all.

Frozen Sisters Shortbread Cookie

Royal Sisters Shortbread Cookie

Although it is gorgeous, this cookie was really dry and had very little flavor.  The cookie consisted of two pieces of shortbread sandwiched together with an edible image in the center.  The snowflake cut out made the image visible and the two pieces were “glued” together with an unrecognizable fruit flavor spread.

I dissected the cookie to try and get a better look at what was in the middle.  I was really hoping for this cookie to be delicious, but it was very sub par.  More fruit filling would have improved it a little bit!

Dissected Royal Sisters Shortbread Cookie

Dissected Royal Sisters Shortbread Cookie

Looking for a little hands on activity? Grab one of the tables at Olaf’s Snow Fest and check out the “Do you want to build a snowman?” Cookie Kit.  For $5.59 you get everything you need to build and eat your own snowman cookie.  Cookie decorating supplies include frosting, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, candy corn and pretzel sticks.

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Do you want to build (and eat) a snowman?

Over in the merchandise area of Olaf’s Snow Fest, you can grab Olaf Caramel Apples and Olaf Marshmallow Wands.  I did not have them on this trip, but I have had them in the past and both are great!

Olaf Caramel Apples and Olaf Marshmallow Wands

Olaf Caramel Apples and Olaf Marshmallow Wands

Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Olaf’s Snow Fest.  If you’re a Frozen fan or have one in tow, the area is not to be missed.  It’s themed perfectly, you can meet Olaf himself, snack on some tasty eats and there’s snow to play in, REAL snow!

I don’t know an exact date, but I believe that Frozen Fun including Olaf’s Snow Fest will be at Disney California Adventure through mid May.  I do know that the Mad T Party is returning as part of the Disneyland 60th Anniversary on May 22nd, so I am guessing the area will close down a bit before that to prepare for the new Mad T Party reveal.

There’s still plenty of time to visit Olaf’s Snow Fest, and in this current So Cal heat, it’s a great place to cool off!

Have you been to Olaf’s Snow Fest? Did you try any of the food offerings? What did you think?

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

Comments

  1. Richard says

    Great write up! The only thing you missed was the coffee but we all know what generic Disney coffee tastes like and I wouldn’t expect you to put yourself through that!

    Anyway, great work, we are looking forward to trying the Rock Troll Meatballs!

  2. Essie says

    Thanks for a very fun and enjoyable report. Just about everything looks good, but the snowman veggie cup really took my eye. It’s so cute and looks very tasty.

  3. says

    Heather, did you get a chance to try the build-your-own snowman cookie? I’m wondering if it has almond flavoring in it. They’ve started putting it in the DIY cookies at Big Thunder Ranch at Christmas, and it’s ruined one of my favorite holiday pastimes at Disneyland. :(

  4. Wendy says

    Hi Carrie,

    We tried the snowman cookie kit in February, and it was the same almond flavoring in the Big Thunder Ranch kits. I like almond flavoring, but there’s too much of it in the frosting and it’s overpowering, especially for kids.

  5. Heather Sievers says

    @Richard – Thanks! Nope, no coffee for me.

    @Essie – That veggie cup is pretty clever!

    @Carrie – I didn’t try it because I assumed it was that almond-y flavor. I totally agree with you. Ever since that flavor was added those cookies are totally yuck. My kids won’t even eat them.

    @Wendy – Thanks for confirming. I assumed but didn’t want to spend the money to find out!

  6. Tiffany says

    My two little girls did the snowman cookie building kit, which they loved. It does have the almond flavor, but I make my own cutouts with almond and vanilla- many cutout recipes are made that way, so it never occurred to me that it’s something off. I have always loved almond flavored cookies, though, like petit fours or marzipan, so maybe that is part of it. My kids ate every last bite of cookie, sharing just a teeny bit of the foot with me.

    As a note, it’s practically impossible to get the Olaf feet placed into the cookie. I gave up, and thankfully, my kids didn’t care. It’s a really cun activity!

  7. Madoka says

    I know you said the meatballs weren’t all that, but I think I may still need to try them. I mean it’s IKEA meatballs in Disneyland! Oh how I wish they were actually good…

  8. Evelynn says

    I haven’t been but that kit looks fun for my little one ( age 8) and my niece( age 11), and that hot chocolate I would buy and let everyone have a tiny sip, then take it and drink the rest myself! Haha

  9. Heather Sievers says

    @Tiffany – My kids love doing the decorating, but they don’t like those particular cookies.

    @Madoka – They weren’t bad, but nothing exciting. Worth a try if you like Ikea meatballs! ; )

    @Evelynn – The kits are very fun. Kids (and adults too) love them! And yes, the hot chocolate is a must!

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