Review: Haunted Mansion Dole Whip Special Occasion Cake at Napa Rose in Disneyland

If you follow our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers on her Instagram, you know she’s got a bit of a thing for the Haunted Mansion. (And hey, don’t we all :) ? )

Well, lucky for us, Heather’s friends and family treated her right for her recent birthday by ordering a totally epic specialty cake for her birthday dinner at Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Resort in Disneyland.

It’s the Haunted Mansion-themed cake, and It. Is. EVERYTHING.

Haunted Mansion Cake

Haunted Mansion Cake

Let’s just break this thing down for a minute. First is the perfectly eerie purple frosting with black Haunted Mansion wallpaper accents and Haunted Mansion-approved script, written by some of the greatest ghost writers the literary world has ever known, I presume…  [Read more…]

Must-Have!! The Halloween Time Headless Horseman Straw and Clip in Disneyland

We are still having SO! MUCH! FUN! at Halloween Time in Disneyland! Some of the incredible (and creative!) eats include the Car-achnid Pot Pie and the Spoke-y Cone Macaron. But the Halloween treats in Disneyland aren’t only of the edible variety. You may have spotted the apparition that is the Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket already.

But hold on to your HEADS ’til you see this next item, as we present: the Headless Horseman Straw and Clip.

Headless Horseman Clip and Straw

Headless Horseman Clip and Straw

No, you’re not mistaken; the clip totally lights up! In not one, but TWO places! Check out the eerie glowing jack-o-lantern! And the horse? He means business. (You can see it in his eyes!) [Read more…]

Disneyland Must-Eats: Fried Chicken at the Plaza Inn

I’m not sure how to emphasize how good the Plaza Inn‘s Fried Chicken is. Let me just say this: it is the best fried chicken I have ever eaten. (Yes, that includes Homecomin’, which is incredibly tasty as well.)

Fact: Plaza Inn’s Fried Chicken — literally — is the best.

Plaza Inn Sign

Plaza Inn Sign

Plaza Inn is located on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., and its exterior is quintessentially Disney. So many great details on the awning and posts, not to mention the swirls of wrought iron on the sign. [Read more…]

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! 

Are Disneyland’s Corn Dog Nachos REALLY All That Great?

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel has CORN DOG NACHOS! Here it is again once more to be sure you get the message…

Corn Dog Nachos

Corn Dog Nachos

You’ve only got through SATURDAY to get Corn Dog Nachos at White Water Snacks in Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort!

The question is: Do you want to?

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Review: Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure

Zocalo Park in Disneyland’s Frontierland has honored Dia de Los Muertos for some time now, featuring specialty displays and even snacks in honor of the annual Mexican celebration.

Dia de los Muertos Krispy Rice Treats

Dia de los Muertos Krispy Rice Treats

But things have gotten a lot bigger and better. Because this year’s Disneyland celebration extends to Disney California Adventure! Running now through November 2nd, the all-new Plaza de la Familia seasonal celebration offers live music and entertainment, interactive activities, and special decorations to enjoy. [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…]

Disney FrankenFoods: Fried Banana Sundae at Disney California Adventure

When awesome Disney food just isn’t enough, the mad scientists of the DisneyFoodBlog world get to work. And what results is pure Disney (food) magic: Disney FrankenFoods.

FrankenFoods come alive when we mix and match some of our favorite Disney Parks foods, creating new combinations (and possibly opening portals in the universe of food… no one knows for sure). All we know is that it’s fun (and usually delicious).

Our good friend Heather Sievers of @DiningInDisney fame recently embarked on a quest to build a Fried Banana Sundae. Here’s how she did it.

Heather started this FrankenFoods journey at Award Wieners in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure.

Award Wieners

Award Wieners

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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…]