FULL REVIEW: Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea in Disneyland Hotel

When Disneyland Resort introduced a brand new Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea a couple of weeks ago, we were chomping at the bit to learn more — and to get in on that tea and sandwiches action! The Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea is a part of the on-going (and delicious!) Pixar Fest, so guests can reserve tea through September 3, when the festival ends.

We were there on DAY 1 to enjoy it, so let’s head over to Steakhouse 55 and enjoy afternoon tea!

Steakhouse 55 Located Inside the Disneyland Hotel

Steakhouse 55 Located Inside the Disneyland Hotel

The cost of the Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea is $52-$65 per adult and $35 per child, and its location at Steakhouse 55 raised our expectations. We’d already had a great experience at Steakhouse 55 for regular old afternoon tea. Imagine what would happen when they Pixar-fied it!

We already love Steakhouse 55’s classic decor, and we were surprised to see the Pixar touches. Turns out, it handled the fun no problem!

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

The centerpiece on each table is a classy representation of Pixar films, including this stylistic Up!-inspired piece.

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece and Set-Up

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece and Set-Up

We love the use of these playful flowers in place of balloons. Although how fun would teeny, tiny balloons be? ;)

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

The Cars-inspired centerpiece features some succulents and a Cruz Ramirez detail. And tires, of course!

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Nemo/Dory centerpieces feature sea-worthy flowers and some fun fish.

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Beyond those centerpieces, though, the restaurant maintains its elegant atmosphere. And while we might be tempted to hope for a stronger Pixar vibe, the afternoon tea concept really does retain its inherent classiness.

And what’s afternoon tea without tea? There are several hot tea options, each described in detail and annotated for color and caffeine content. Also note that guests can get their tea hot or iced.

Pixar Fest Afternoon Fest Menu

Pixar Fest Afternoon Fest Menu

We opted to order both an adult tea party and a kids’ tea party so we could try a bit of everything (note that as adults, we were charged the adult price for the kids’ tea party we ordered!), and we also went with hot and iced tea. The serving size on the teas is super generous. Our teas were Tangerine and Coconut Black — both the hot and the iced — and they were really refreshing.

Hot and Iced Teas

Hot and Iced Teas

Tea comes with traditional accompaniments: milk, honey, and lemons.

Tea Accompaniments

Tea Accompaniments

We went with the Classic Tea Party and the Kids’ Tea Party. Note that the sweet treats are the same for either party, while the savory options vary between the two. (There’s also a Premium Tea Party that includes Sparkling Wine, Salad, and a Farewell Surprise.)

Pixar Fest Afternoon Fest Menu

Pixar Fest Afternoon Fest Menu

All tea parties come with Seasonal Fruit Preserves (raspberry on our visit), Devonshire Cream, and Lemon Curd. These were all fantastic and went well with some of the food items.

Jam, Butter, and Cream

Preserves, Lemon Curd, and Devonshire Cream

Eats are served on a three-tiered tea stand. Our adult and kid bites were all mingled on the plates.

Tea Sandwich Stand with Eats!

Tea Sandwich Stand with Eats!

The plate of savory bites is colorful and features good variety in style and content. (We’ll get to that crazy blue egg in a bit…)

Savory Bites

Savory Bites

The sweet treats? So much fun on one plate!

Sweet Bites

Sweet Bites

Scones are a traditional part of any tea party, so we were excited to try these. The kids’ party comes with the Chocolate Chip Scone, while the adults get a Traditional Scone. These were some good scones, with tons of chocolate chips for the kids and great, crunchy sugary bits on top.

Scones

Scones

The colorful scone that comes with the kids’ party is meant to represent the abstract thoughts scene from Inside Out, but we also think it’s a bit reminiscent of those colorful memory balls.

Interior of the Confetti Scone

Interior of the Confetti Scone

The menu for both the adults and the kids notes a raspberry macaron, but on our visit, we received this Up!-Inspired Eclair instead.

Up! Inspired Eclair

Up! Inspired Eclair

Similar to the Pixar Fest Peanut Butter and Jelly Eclair that we tried at Jolly Holiday, this one also has a bit of grape jam along side a more custard-y vanilla filling. It was about a half-sized eclair (perfectly tea party sized) and super tasty.

Inside the Eclair

Inside the Eclair

The Blackberry Marmalade Cupcake is topped to mimic Sully’s Monsters, Inc., fur! So fun!

Cupcake

Blackberry Marmalade Cupcake

The light vanilla cupcake is filled with blackberry marmalade, and it’s a great flavor combination with the buttercream.

Interior of the Cupcake

Interior of the Cupcake

And while some might say that chocolate-dipped strawberries are a little cliche, these are anything but. Check out the details! We love the Woody-inspired plaid and the abundant sugar balloons of the Up! Strawberry.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

I mean, seriously: check out that tiny house!

Up! Inspired Dipped Strawberry

Up! Inspired Dipped Strawberry

Also on the sweets tray: this imaginative bite. It’s “Cheese”Cake — cheesecake designed to look like cheese. Of course, culinary extraordinaire Remy is bringing this to the table. ;)

"Cheese"cake

“Cheese”cake

See? Turn it around, and you’ve got a wedge of “cheese”! This indulgent bite is so good you’ll definitely wish you had another.

Cheesecake Interior

Cheesecake Interior

The savory eats, as we mentioned, vary between the adult and kid tea party. First we’ll take a gander at the adult offerings. This Zesty Carrot Cream Cheese is bright and flavorful. Topped with a few onion straws, it’s also got an interesting texture going on. This one is Merida-inspired, and we have to agree that she’s a fierce, zesty character.

Zesty Carrot Cream Cheese

Zesty Carrot Cream Cheese

Roasted Vegetables inspired by Ratatouille are served on a small circle of toast and include thinly chopped basil. For something so simple, this was awesome!

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

The Sweet Ginger Avocado Toast is a lovely shade of green with contrasting red radish bits. This is light and fresh and perfect for a party with so many other edible components. Those radishes might give you a clue about this one’s inspiration: Toy Story‘s little three-eyed Aliens!

Sweet Ginger Avocado Toast

Sweet Ginger Avocado Toast

Now the bright blue Deviled Egg… tastes terrific. If you can get past that color, of course! But the color is necessary because this one recreates the iconic Pixar ball! Topped with caviar, this is an upscale deviled egg done in a fun way. (So we scraped off the caviar because it’s just not for us, and it was still tasty!)

Cage Free Deviled Egg

Cage Free Deviled Egg

Kid party offerings start with the Pepperoni and Cheese Sandwich. The set-up is supposed to remind us of Tow-Mater’s teeth!

Pepperoni and Cheese Sandwich

Pepperoni and Cheese Sandwich

Yeah, we thoroughly enjoyed this. :p

Pepperoni and Cheese Interior

Pepperoni and Cheese Interior

The Watermelon and Cucumber salad also features lots of sweet corn, and while it might be a little too sophisticated for some kid palates, we enjoyed it! This is Heimlich-inspired… which we’re not super sold on. But it’s nice to have a fresh option for the kiddos!

Watermelon and Cucumber

Watermelon and Cucumber

The last of the kids’ party offerings is a Peanut Butter and Jelly Boot Sandwich meant to celebrate Woody’s footwear of choice!

PB & J Boot Sandwich

PB & J Boot Sandwich

You guys, the Pixar Fest Afternoon Tea is so. much. fun. And delicious. But really, it’s the combination of whimsy and thoughtful flavors that wins the day. And with so much creative variety, it’s a tea party you won’t soon forget!

Want to know more about Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort? We’ve got everything you need — plus a handy food checklist so you don’t miss a bite!

Are you ready for afternoon tea? Tell us what you think in the comments! 

Heather Sievers is DisneyFoodBlog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist! Check out more of her adventures at @DininginDisney on Instagram!

Comments

  1. Essie says

    Year are fun! My BFF and I want to do one at the GF. I wish we could have seen the Remy spoon gift. Otherwise, great report!

  2. MikeDemo says

    I booked the “Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel” for this Friday. Will that be the Pixar tea?

  3. DFB Sarah says

    MikeDemo, it should be! According to Disneyland, the Pixar Classic Afternoon Tea is held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the end of the festival. Have a blast!

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