The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is starting TODAY at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
While the park is getting ready for the debut of Sunset Season’s Greetings and the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular to make up a Flurry of Fun starting Thursday, November 9th, the seasonal sweets and treats are available in the park NOW!
So join us for some pre-Flurry Food Fun as we go all over Hollywood Studios for some SEASON’S EATINGS!!
We’re starting our yuletide tour with…
Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies
Would you just take a look at THIS?
The tradition in the Red Velvet Holiday Whoopie Pie is more a nod to the season’s traditions, as opposed to the shape of a traditional Whoopie Pie. For that reason, the emphasis is on the red velvet cake over the cream (though you’ll find some tucked into the layers!). But the generous dusting of sugar snow, icing garland, and sprinkle ornaments provide that extra sweetness that would typically come from the cream.
So it’s as yummy as it is downright adorable!
Popcorn with Pluto
Speaking of ADORABLE…
Oh. My. GOODNESS! I don’t even collect Popcorn Buckets, but this Holiday Pluto Popcorn Bucket might be the one that breaks my resolve!
I can only imagine what you collectors must think of this one! I mean… the Ugly Christmas Sweater. The ribbon-bedecked dog bone. The Santa Cap. The dog bone carrier strap. The perfect popcorn pocket!
And at $13.50? C’MON, Pluto’s a total steal!!
And, of course, the 2017 Happy Holidays Popcorn Bucket is making its debut as well!
Popcorn Stands are also carrying the Festive Holiday Popcorn mix packed with pretzels, M&Ms, and marshmallows drizzled with chocolate sauce.
Yep, SAUCE — not, like, the chocolate shell style. So, it’s a bit of a mess (grab a fork for your popcorn! ). Still, it’s salty, sweet, buttery, crunchy, and chocolately… it’s all in here!
You’ll find the returning Gingerbread Pop all over the park as well.
Jelly Donut Sundae
See, we had to let you know right away what the Olaf Sundae is really all about, because it looks deceptively simple on the Hollywood Scoops sign.
So, let’s break this thing down. First, you’ve got two scoops of ice cream brilliantly making up the snowman body, with Olaf happily topping the scoops.
Genius, right? But that’s not all… the bottom “snowball” making up the snowman is actually a POWDERED DONUT.
And it’s filled with JELLY!!
Because nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a Jelly Donut Ice Cream Sundae!! Seriously, this is THE BEST!
The Prep and Landing Gingerbread Cupcake is popping up at Counter Service spots including ABC Commissary, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Catalina Eddie’s, Sweet Spells, and The Trolley Car Cafe for $5.99 (or a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan).
The Gingerbread Cupcake that we have loved at the Studios over the years has received quite a makeover! For starters, there is the addition of a white chocolate Lanny and Wayne — in honor of the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular featuring the Prep and Landing elves — along with the gingerbread man and candy cane toppers (those candy-style ones we knew and loved as kids!). Plus, the cake has a decidedly lighter hue this year.
But flavor-wise, it’s still packed with seasonal spices and topped with a thick layer of delicious cream cheese frosting. It remains the perfect cupcake for the season, and with all the changes coming to Hollywood Studios, it’s nice to know that some things remain the same.
Not into gingerbread? You might want to try the Olaf Cupcake!
Also found at Counter Service spots all over the park, he’s your basic chocolate, but the coarse sugar delivers a nice bit of crunch over the wintery blue icing.
This, of course, still isn’t the last you’ll see of everyone’s favorite snowman.
The Season’s Sips
Choose the full size Hot Chocolate Martini, Bailey’s Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa, or Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate.
Or grab all three with the Hot Chocolate Flight! (I love how they don’t skimp on the whipped cream for these mini beauties, by the way!)
The Hot Chocolate Martini is suuuuper smooth… loved it!
The same can be said of the Bailey’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, with the additional salt really amping up that sweet-meets-salty blend.
The bourbon comes through nice and strong in the Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate. It packs some punch!
(Pardon me while I jot down a little “Note to Self”: get a full size of that Black Cherry Bourbon Cocoa next trip. )
And, of course, the Classic Hot Cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream is available for all ages at ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Catalina Eddie’s, Fairfax Fare, and Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner.
Now, remember… you can still catch days with temps in the 80s around here, so you may find yourself craving something cooler than cocoa.
The “Let It Glow” at Anaheim Produce is your regular Blue Raspberry frozen carbonated beverage, but with a few extra touches.
Namely, Svedka Vodka and a glow cube!
This will be especially fun to sip during the new Sunset Season’s Greetings evening activities, with that glow cube submerged in the liquid underneath the frozen portion of the beverage.
You can also find the Let It Glow at other spots around Echo Lake. Additional cocktail offerings include the Winterberry Cooler, which is Vodka and Chambord with cranberry.
The tart offering with the cranberry offers a nice option in contrast to the other drinks with their strong emphasis on sweetness.
Look for a Peppermint White Russian as well, often available with the souvenir Olaf Sipper!
Ice Cream & Cobbler
You already know about the Olaf Sundae at Hollywood Scoops.
But it’s also serving the Apple Cranberry Cobbler, too.
We grabbed the Apple Cranberry Cobbler at its other location, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner.
What a great surprise! The Cobbler came out piping hot, rich with apple chunks and lots of flavor.
Perfect for those cool nights coming up!
Gertie’s Getting into the Spirit
Stop by Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction to see Gertie dressed up for the season!
She’s got more than her standard soft-serve menu for you, with the Olaf Pop.
This portable trifle is made with toasted marshmallow, carrot cake, and cream cheese filling.
And while all of the ingredients are there for a totally delicious snack…
… it is on the small side for the price.
But Olaf still comes out on top with another tasty treat!
Remember last year’s Stollen Bites for Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!?
This year, you’ll find them under the name of Sugar Frosted Fruit Bites at the Pretzel Carts.
And, as they say at Hollywood Studios… “That’s a Wrap!” We’ll be right back here on Thursday night for the opening of Sunset Season’s Greetings and the return of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! when the Flurry of Fun officially kicks off on November 9th!
Will you be visiting Hollywood Studios this holiday season? Please let us know with a comment!