News: Disneyland Bids Adieu to Disney Legend Chef Oscar Martinez

If you’ve enjoyed a meal at Carnation Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland, you’ve likely been in the midst of real Disney royalty –perhaps without even knowing it.

Carnation Cafe

Carnation Cafe

Chef Oscar Martinez has been working in the Cafe for half a century — and he has been working at Disneyland for over sixty total years. This makes Chef Oscar the longest tenured Disneyland cast member ever.

Carnation Cafe's Chef Oscar

Carnation Cafe’s Chef Oscar

But after decades of turning out “Oscar’s Potatoes” and his Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Chef Oscar retired on September 27. (And may we say that it is a well-deserved break?!)

Chef Oscar with his New Penguin Buddies

Chef Oscar

Chef Oscar has been a touchstone for visitors to Walt’s park, often seen first thing in the morning, waving to guests as they entered the park. He was always game for a chat, as our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers (@diningindisney) found out one morning.

Oscar started as a bus boy and worked his way up the restaurant ladder, finally achieving fame as a connoisseur of comfort food at Carnation Cafe. It was here that Oscar spent the last fifty years of his service to the Walt Disney Company and to the guests he loved so much.

Chef Oscar

Chef Oscar

And while Oscar has more recently spent his time as an ambassador in the dining room rather than as a chef on the line, his influence will continue to be felt in the Carnation Cafe and in the Company for years to come.

We wish Chef Oscar all the best in his retirement — and thank him for spreading so much Disney magic over the past six decades.

Have you met Chef Oscar? Share your story in the comments below! 

Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket, NEW Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mugs, and MORE Lines To Get In This Halloween Season at Disney Parks

You’ve seen him. You’ve already fallen in love with him. You MAY have already tried but failed to find him (because he’s selling’ out, y’all)…

Oogie Popcorn Bucket

Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket

Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket

It’s the Glow-in-the-Dark Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket, and he’s taking Disneyland at Halloween Time by storm! AND you may be able to find him floating around Disney World, too, where he’s exclusive to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party. [Read more…]

Review: Disneyland Resort Halloween Time Treats for 2017!

Halloween is HERE! No matter what the actual calendar says ;) , the Disney Parks on both coasts are already celebrating  the most epic Halloween ever — especially when measured in Seasonal and Spookerrific eats!

Disneyland Minnie Mouse Jack O'Lantern!

Disneyland Minnie Mouse Jack O’Lantern!

We recently checked out Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, so today we’re kickin’ it west coast style.

Halloween-ified Disneyland Maps and Times Guide!

Halloween-ified Disneyland Maps and Times Guide!

And Disneyland is killin’ it this year! Take a spook… I mean, a LOOK!

Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land

They’ve introduced a super cool Halloween overlay in Cars Land that we can NOT get enough of!

Cars Land Signage and Fun!

Cars Land Signage and Fun!

The Halloween-ization of Cars Land is just… well, look for yourself. [Read more…]

Disneyland Halloween Eats and Treats!

It’s (almost) Halloween Time again at Disneyland Resort!

Disneyland Halloween Time

Disneyland Halloween Time

And you know what that means… ghoulish goodies and creepy confections will be haunting the parks! From September 15th all the way through the big day — October 31st! — keep an eye out for all the extra spooky selections!

You’ll be able to scare up treats just about anywhere you go! Candy Kitchens such as the Candy Palace in Disneyland and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure will bring back the Jack Skellington Apple!

Jack Skellington Apple

Jack Skellington Apple

Jack couldn’t resist bringing along a couple of his pals… the classic Minnie Witch Apple and the Poison Skull Apple. [Read more…]

Review: Galactic Churros at Disney California Adventure Park’s Summer of Heroes!

If you haven’t checked out the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park, you still have time! But not much… this summer-long event ends on September 10th.

Groot at Disney California Adventure

Groot at Disney California Adventure

Summer of Heroes has been an epic blast, introducing great new eats and drinks while celebrating all things SUPERHERO! We dug into funky new donuts as well as tacos, and macarons, and funnel cakes. (Oh My!) [Read more…]

News: Festival of Holidays Returns to Disney California Adventure on November 10

Hooray! Dates have been announced for the return of Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure! From November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018 — as part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort — the Festival of Holidays celebrates the season with special entertainment, music, and FOOD!

Disney Festival of Holidays

Disney Festival of Holidays

Last year, that food came by way of Fourteen Festival Marketplace Booths, featuring everything from global bites to comfort foods to traditional holiday goodies. And today Disney announced that the Festive Foods Marketplace will return for its second year. [Read more…]

New Video: Eat THIS in Disneyland Part 2!

Remember when we told you what you HAD to eat in Disneyland? (Of course you do! It was like last week!) Well, today, we’re back with even more of what you MUST eat in Disneyland — Part 2, in our latest DFB Video!

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The Peanut Butter Sandwich in Disneyland

 

Disneyland has incredible food across the board, but even so, we have our favorites. In our first episode, we shared Disneyland’s Dole Whip Float (with umbrella and cherry!), and made trips to Cafe Orleans and River Belle Terrace. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Eat THIS in Disneyland Part 1!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of what you MUST eat in Disneyland — Part 1!

Monte Cristo Sandwich at Cafe Orleans

Monte Cristo Sandwich at Cafe Orleans

Yep — there is so much good stuff in Disneyland that we had to split this one into two episodes, or we’d all run the risk of overstimulation! :-D

In this first video, we’ll start you off at River Belle Terrace. This classic spot has been around for ages, but these days, it’s table service. And it’s also the home of some secret menu items: Loaded Tots! You Guys. I promise. You need these in your life. But THEN, we head to Cafe Orleans, where I share my favorite picks from that classic menu! [Read more…]

More Cute Disney Food Art! Halloween Edition

Think August is too early for Halloween? Well, not exactly… at least not in Magic Kingdom, where preparations are on for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which kicks off on August 25th! Disneyland follows suit on September 20th with Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Someone else is getting ready for Halloween, too… our friend Donna Yan, who creates Cute Food Art featuring iconic Disney snacks! And she JUST came out with three prints for the most ghoulish time of the year! Just look at all the details on the Mickey Beignets and Mint Julep — Halloween Version print (Hello, Zero!). That Maleficent krispy treat is epic. And see the spiderweb detail on the Mickey balloon, just like they have in the parks during the Halloween season??

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The Poison Apple Mug with Grapes is full to overflowing with grapes all decked out in their costumes, including a teeny tiny Haunted Mansion Cast Member. [Read more…]

Review: Churro Cotton Candy (with a Churro!) in Downtown Disney at Disneyland

Heather Sievers, our Disneyland correspondent and the queen behind @DiningInDisney, knows how to have fun with Disney food. She’s hooking us up with Disney Frankenfoods, which are mash-ups between two (or more!) complementary Disney foods. Today we have one of her most recent food combos — a Churro Cotton Candy Churro!

Churro Cotton Candy is found in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney. You can find tubs of cotton candy in unique flavors like Strawberry Lemonade, Green Apple, and Pina Colada! These tubs are super convenient; it’s a lot easier to keep your cotton candy fresh throughout the day when it comes in a tub rather than a bag.

Cotton Candy Tubs at Disneyland

Cotton Candy Tubs at Disneyland

Heather went straight for the Churro Cotton Candy. But she also knew it wasn’t quite complete. Because what could go better with Churro Cotton Candy than an actual Churro? So she grabbed one of those, too. Wrap that cinnamon-sugar stick in the spiced spun sugar, and BA-DAH-BING!

You’ve got yourself a Churro Cotton Candy Churro! [Read more…]