Review: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! — Plus ALL THE FOOD — at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Happy Happy Holidays, Everyone!

If we weren’t quite feeling the Holiday Spirit yet, that all changed the other night as we took in the very first performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

I know, I know. We all dearly miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights just as much as you do. Let’s take a moment to reflect. (Somber music playing. Or something.)

Tree Detail

Tree Detail

Ok — is it out of our system? I hope so. Because we have some pretty cool stuff to share with you, starting with a look at some of the awesome decor you can spy around Studios. Let’s head in!

Atmosphere: Holiday Decor and Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Boulevard is Holiday Central at the Studios, with lots of retro decorations in keeping with the old Tinseltown theme.

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

Street Lamps are decorated with petite Christmas trees, which are festooned with shiny garland and traditional ball-shaped ornaments.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Decorations

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Holiday Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Silver garland is decked out with plush reindeer and peppermint candies, and striped bows add even more color.

 

Christmas Garland

Christmas Garland

We also found some fun merch that I knew we had to share. Any fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas out there?

Nightmare Before Christmas Merch

Nightmare Before Christmas Merch

Any serious fan has to have these Sally and Jack plushes. (That Oogie Boogie plush is pretty cute, too.)

Sally Doll

Sally Doll

Jack Skellington Doll

Jack Skellington Doll

After doing a little shopping, you can also visit with the big man himself — Santa Claus! Find the St. Nick Meet and Greet in the back of Carthay Circle Merchandise Shop.

Visit with Santa Claus!

Visit with Santa Claus!

Isn’t this such a pretty room? It’s going to make the perfect photo op for your Disney Christmas. Be sure to tell the Big Guy all your Christmas Wishes! (And I hope you’ve been good this year. ;-)  )

Santa Claus Meet and Greet

Santa Claus Meet and Greet

But now it’s time to snag a spot in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for the big show!

Street Light Decorations

Street Light Decorations

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Sign

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Sign

Let’s head over. You’re not gonna wanna miss this.

The Show: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Fireworks

If you had the opportunity to enjoy the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular earlier this year, then you already get the gist of the show. Disney combines Lasers, a Projection Show, and Fireworks for an unforgettable display.

Wayne and Lanny of Prep & Landing fame are broadcasting to Orlando from the North Pole, when they realize there’s a problem: Santa’s missing!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Turns out that the Oogie Boogie Man is up to no good once again….

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Join Wayne and Lanny as they search to find Santa, and enjoy a montage that incorporates favorite Disney couples, both old and new, set to Christmas music.

The Show is Underway

The Show is Underway

The entire facade of the Chinese Theatre serves as the backdrop, so the best place to view the action is from the middle and slightly back. Too close, and you’ll miss some of the show on each side.

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Another Scene from Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Of course, the BAM! part of the show — the Fireworks — can be seen from pretty much anywhere. :-)

The BAM! Part :-)

The BAM! Part :-)

The whole show is about 15 minutes long and ends with a special treat — snow falling as the action concludes.

The Eats: Holiday Treats, Drinks, and Snacks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

While we were at Studios, it was also the perfect time to check out some of the seasonal specialties in the park. Your best bet for variety can be found at Sunshine Day Cafe.

Sunshine Day Cafe

Sunshine Day Cafe

The former home of Toluca Legs Turkey Co., you’ll find the spot open at peak times. And the busy holiday season definitely qualifies.

Sunshine Day Cafe Menu

Sunshine Day Cafe Menu

We couldn’t resist the chance to try some of the treats we found!

Of course, this is a great spot to grab a cup of Hot Cocoa.

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa

But we decided to go with something a little more…leaded. :-)

There are a few holiday-themed adult beverages available. The Winterberry Cooler, with Chambord, Vodka, and Cranberry Juice was intriguing. And Bailey’s Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa certainly sounds like it would hit the spot on cool evenings. But ultimately, I chose the Evergreen Spritz.

Evergreen Spritz

Evergreen Spritz

I enjoyed the combo of Midori, Skyy Vodka, Sweet and Sour, and Sprite. There was a good balance between the sweet and sour, and the I really liked the pronounced melon flavor. It’s a total bummer though that none of the drinks this year come with souvenir glow cubes like they did in years past.

Evergreen Spritz -- Up Close

Evergreen Spritz — Up Close

If your kids like a good craft project — and especially one that they can devour once they’re completed it — then you’ll want to check out the Giant Gingerbread Men Kit. It comes complete with everything you need to make the perfect custom creation!

Giant Gingerbread Men Kit

Giant Gingerbread Men Kit

And now — for all the treats we tried first hand. And here’s some great news: all of the treats we tried are available for a Snack Credit on the Disney Dining Plan!

Let’s start with this little beauty — the Gingerbread Almond Cookie.

Gingerbread Almond Cookie

Gingerbread Almond Cookie

The medium size gingerbread cookie has a dollop of Marzipan in the middle that’s covered in Chocolate.

Gingerbread Almond Cookie -- Chocolate Center Topping

Gingerbread Almond Cookie — Chocolate Center Topping

The whole cookie is also covered with Coarse Sugar. The gingerbread is very soft and chewy, rather than crunchy.

Gingerbread Almond Cookie -- Pearl Sugar and Fluted Edge

Gingerbread Almond Cookie — Pearl Sugar and Fluted Edge

Gingerbread Almond Cookie -- A Closer Look

Gingerbread Almond Cookie — A Closer Look

I loved the combination of Marzipan and Chocolate, and the Chocolate was still soft and gooey. The whole thing was super fresh. I really loved this unique treat.

Gingerbread Almond Cookie -- Cross Section, Marzipan and Chocolate Details

Gingerbread Almond Cookie — Cross Section, Marzipan and Chocolate Details

Speaking of Gingerbread, who can resist a traditional Gingerbread Man Cookie? Not this girl! And especially when it comes in the form of a Cookie Pop.

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie Pop

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie Pop

Yep — this Gingerbread Man — complete with Chocolate Dipped Mickey Ears — comes with his own stick for eating ease.

Gingerbread Cookie Pop -- Out of the Bag

Gingerbread Cookie Pop — Out of the Bag

Frosting Buttons trim the front of this little guy, who is much softer than the ones you can find in the pastry cases around the parks. Overall, we didn’t find this one to be too spicy, so it would be a great choice for little ones, I think.

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie Pop -- Up Close

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie Pop — Up Close

Love me some Chocolate Dipped Ears!!

Gingerbread Cookie Pop -- Chocolate Dipped Mickey Ears

Gingerbread Cookie Pop — Chocolate Dipped Mickey Ears

Next up were Stollen Bites, bite size portions of the traditional, German Christmas favorite. The serving is 6 pieces to a bag.

Stollen Bites

Stollen Bites

The Sweet, Yeasted Bread is full of Fruit and Nuts, and they’re also dipped into Butter and then sprinkled with lots of Sugar. Yum!

Stollen Bites -- Up Close

Stollen Bites — Up Close

These were truly delicious and tasted very fresh.

Stollen Bites -- Inside

Stollen Bites — Inside

Finally, we couldn’t resist the chance to try the Holiday Cupcake.

Holiday Cupcake

Holiday Cupcake

We expect for this to pop up at quick-service locations around the park after Thanksgiving.

The Chocolate Cupcake comes frosted with Vanilla Buttercream Icing and White Chocolate Candy Cane Bark. Isn’t it so pretty?

Holiday Cupcake -- Top

Holiday Cupcake — Top

It’s also topped off with a White Chocolate Mickey Santa Hat.

Holiday Cupcake -- White Chocolate Decoration

Holiday Cupcake — White Chocolate Decoration

Holiday Cupcake -- Frosting Detail

Holiday Cupcake — Frosting Detail

While the flavors are pretty basic here, it’s definitely a seriously sweet treat. I’d arm myself with a tall glass of milk or some coffee to tame the sugar rush just a bit!

Holiday Cupcake -- Cross Section

Holiday Cupcake — Cross Section

Beyond Sunshine Day Cafe, we found an assortment of Holiday Cookies and Hot Cocoa for sale at Popcorn Stands throughout the park.

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies

We also spied this Pop-up Bar on Sunset Boulevard next to Trolley Car Cafe.

Pop-Up Bar at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Pop-Up Bar at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The bar offered canned beers, wines and had a nice assortment of liquors and spirits. At the time we visited, there were no holiday-themed cocktails available — yet. The bartender assured me that they should arrive soon!

Beer Selections at the Pop-Up Bar

Beer Selections at the Pop-Up Bar

Liquors Available at the Pop-Up Bar

Liquors Available at the Pop-Up Bar

And check out this guy! This Santa Mickey Popcorn Bucket comes complete with a lanyard. But take note — we’ve only found him at Woody’s Round Up so far.

Micky Popcorn Bucket

Santa Mickey Popcorn Bucket with Lanyard

Overall, with so many new and unique treats to try, it was a delicious way to kick off the Holiday Season!

Now, I’d love to hear from all of you. Will you be trying any of the new Holiday Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as you take in Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!? Leave a comment and let us know which treat is your favorite!

DFB Staff contributing to this post included AJ, Tina, and Brooke.

Comments

  1. Jessica says

    No Pumpkin Spice Pretzel this year? That might be a bigger loss than the Osborne Lights!

    Just kidding! But man, that thing was delicious…

  2. Mike says

    Just curious… the poster for Sunshine Day Café shows that Hot Cocoa is 3.29 but the next picture of the small white Hot Cocoa sign shows that it is 2.79?

    Are there different sizes? Were these pictures taken at different parks/places and unintentionally portrayed as coming from the same place?

    Thanks.

  3. Hannah says

    Great review. I won’t be in WDW for Christmas this year but I already miss the Osborne Lights. They were amazing.

  4. Nancy Thompson says

    We were in Studio for the premier of the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! production. I guess we didn’t pick a great place to view it from, because there were kids on their parents’ shoulders and palm trees that I had to look around. The show was cute, the movie clips brought back lots of memories, the blowing snow was fun, and the fireworks were good. My big complaint, tho, is that the new show was at 6:45 that night, and Fantasmic! was at 7, so we had to choose between the 2 shows or try to run to Fantasmic! when Bam! was over (something too hard for these grandparents to do after a week in the parks!) Having seen Fantasmic! several times, we elected to see the new show. Another wrong choice…..

  5. says

    Mike — Thanks for the heads up on the price difference! I did confirm that the little photo with the hot cocoa price came from a popcorn stand. We should be back at Studios later this week, so we’ll try and solve the mystery of the price difference at that time, and report back.

  6. Tim says

    We are flying to WDW tomorrow for Thanksgiving. We are going to the dessert party for Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM. Are you planning to give a review of the dessert party?

  7. Debbie says

    The Studios decorations are over the top. But it’s probably to compensate for everything that’s missing. While the new show is cute, I won’t feel like I’ve missed anything if I never see it again. Change is hard, but the Studios have taken it to a new level.

  8. Claude says

    You said the popcorn bucket was found at Woody’s Round Up but I can’t find a reference to it on the park website. Could you please give me a general reference as to where it is? Thanks.

  9. Cindy says

    We’re doing the dessert party with reserved seats for the show. I think it will be in Grauman’s courtyard. Does anyone know if that will be too close to take in the whole show projected on the building? I thought Star Wars was better from a little ways out.

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