Dining in Disneyland: New Halloween Glow Cubes

New for Halloween Time this year, the Disneyland Resort has introduced three new glow cubes for your lighted drinking pleasure.

The specialty cubes are available in the themed lands from which they come.  For example, The Poison Apple Glow Cube can only be found at Disneyland Park in Fantasyland — the same area where you’ll find Snow White and the Wicked Witch, who’d like to poison her with one of these little flashing beauties.

Poison Apple Glow Cubes

Poison Apple Glow Cubes

You can pick up a Poison Apple Glow Cube at Maurice’s Treats or the Small World Lemonade Cart.

Poison Apple Glow Cube at Maurice's Treats.

Poison Apple Glow Cube at Maurice’s Treats

Over in New Orleans Square, you can find Jack Skellington Glow Cubes brightening up your beverage! A Jack Glow Cube can be purchased from the Mint Julep Bar, Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans, or the New Orleans Square Lemonade Cart.

Jack Skellington Glow Cubes

Jack Skellington Glow Cubes

Although I haven’t seen them yet, Pumpkin Mickey Glow Cubes are floating around in Disneyland drinks, too!  They can be found throughout Disneyland at Carnation Cafe, Big Thunder Ranch, the Small World Lemonade Cart, the Tomorrowland Lemonade Cart, and at the Ship to Shore Food Stand, which is just across from Big Thunder Mountain.  I’ll try to get my hands on one soon, so I can share a photo!

UPDATE: I spotted the Mickey Pumpkin Glow Cube for sale at the Small World Lemonade Cart!

Mickey Pumpkin Glow Cube at the Small World Lemonade Cart

Mickey Pumpkin Glow Cube at the Small World Lemonade Cart

In my opinion all drinks taste better with a Glow Cube in them.  I’d really love a whole bowl of Poison apples for a Halloween decoration.  I guess I’d better get to sippin’!

Are you a sucker for Glow Cubes?  Have you seen these specialty Halloween Time additions in the parks yet? Which one is your favorite?

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

Dining in Disneyland: Big Thunder Ranch BBQ’s S’mores Bake

It’s been quite some time since I’d been over to the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. My rib-loving son had been begging to go over there for some time, so it worked out that we were able to squeeze in a lunch date with a friend about a month ago.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

The menu is basically the same, minus the BBQ sausage in the meat bucket; but there are some new dessert options that I was not familiar with. Hello S’mores Bake!

S'mores Bake on the Menu

Warm chocolate brownie topped with roasted marshmallows, graham crackers and hot fudge? Seriously? No twisting my arm necessary for this one and it wasn’t hard to get my kid and my friend Katherine on board either.

The only downfall is that this dessert takes at least 20 minutes to prepare, so just go ahead and order it when you sit down. That way it will be ready for you before your feast begins to settle and you get too full to eat dessert.

You wouldn’t want that to happen because this situation is worth eating yourself sick for…

The S'mores Bake: Isn't it gorgeous?

The S’mores bake is served up in a HOT skillet. The brownie underneath is moist and gooey, the marshmallows are perfectly caramelized, the graham crackers are crunchy, and the hot fudge is [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Jingle Jangle Jamboree, Featuring MONTE CRISTO BITES

The Disneyland Resort has officially kicked off their Holiday Time season, and this year they’ve added a super fun place to get your Christmas on: The Jingle Jangle Jamboree.

Located in the back of Big Thunder Ranch, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree is filled with all sorts of fun activities, entertainment, and most importantly — food!

Follow the Signs for Holiday Fun!

Atmosphere

When you visit the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, you’ll immediately notice the festive atmosphere.

Welcome to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

With lots of fun things to do, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.  Activities include free games, special character visits, entertainment by Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Cookie Decorating (which we will post about soon), and some very special menu items.

Special Menu Items

Monte Cristo Bites and Other Eats

I now give you, my friends, perhaps my most favorite discovery ever: Monte Cristo Bites! Actually, they are called “Merry Monte Cristo Bites” and I think I know why… I’ve never been merrier eating a snack!

Why so merry?  Here’s the deal. I LOVE me a Monte Cristo sandwich. The problem, though? They are giant, a bit on the pricey side, AND you have to take the time to sit down, order, and eat them. Monte Cristo Bites, though? Nope. They come in a bag with mini sides of powdered sugar and blackberry jam.

Monte Cristo Bites with Sides of Powdered Sugar and Blackberry Jam

For just $6.25, you can order yourself a bag of toasty goodness. Monte Cristo Bites are not [Read more…]

The Incredible Halloween Pumpkin Carvers of Disneyland!

Happy Halloween Everyone! In honor of this candy-filled fabulous day, we thought we’d share a fun Disneyland Halloween Time tradition: The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers.

The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers of Disneyland

For several years now, Disneyland has featured some of the most amazing pumpkin carvers I’ve ever seen. This year, the “Incredible” carvers are located at the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival in Frontierland.

The sign says “Ask Them How They Do It,” so I did! On the day that I visited, I spoke mostly with Joe, a 7 year veteran carving for Disney. He told me that they carve all day long making Disney inspired pumpkins for guests to enjoy.

Pumpkin Carver Extraordinaire Joe Working on Yoda's Ear

Joe was working alongside of Georgina, who told me that the carved pumpkins actually last up to a year if you keep the carving on the surface (i.e. not cutting the tops off and cleaning them out).

Georgina at Work

Some of the pumpkins on display, including the “Baby Mickey” shown below, were featured last year at Disneyland’s Halloween Time.

Baby Mickey is actually a year old pumpkin!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of raw pumpkin smell. So, when I asked about the smell while carving, I was surprised to learn that they use a white variety of pumpkin that actually smells like cucumber for many of their masterpieces.

Joe let me take a whiff of one of his pieces and yep, much more cucumber-y than smelly!

Mike Wazowski Pumpkin

Supplies used include, but are not limited to, carving knives, paints, shish kebob skewers, decorative floral pearl tips pins, ribbon, straw & pipe cleaners. And after [Read more…]

Disneyland Dining Options for “One More Disney Day” Event

According to the DisneyParks Blog, Disneyland is serving up fun, a midnight snack, and special eats for the One More Disney Day event!

Midnight Snack

Disneyland Park is gearing up for One More Disney Day with the announcement of the “Midnight Snack” at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue.

Stop in 11:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m. on February 29 (to March 1st) for yummy treats, hot beverages, Disney character meet ‘n greets, live music by Denny Moynahan, and other surprises.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

No need to RSVP. Guests will be admitted from 11:45 p.m. until capacity is reached. This event is extremely limited to approximately 200 guests. You’ll need park admission, and lining up for the event can be no earlier than 10 p.m.

Other Special Menu Items

The Disneyland chefs are creating exclusive menu items for this [Read more…]

Best Places to Eat Outside at Disney World and Disneyland

While the heat can sometimes be overbearing, there are plenty of months during the year when dining outside in Orlando and Anaheim can be quite pleasant!

View From Front Patio at Epcot's Rose and Crown Restaurant

Readers and Facebook Friends chimed in on the best places to eat OUTSIDE in Disney World and Disneyland via the Disney Food Blog’s Facebook page. The top votes went to Flame Tree Barbecue, Rose & Crown, and Casey’s Corner at Walt Disney World for their outdoor ambiance. The most suggested outdoor locations at Disneyland were Cafe Orleans, Carnation Cafe, and Hungry Bear!

Walt Disney World

It can get hot in Orlando, but throughout much of the year it can be lovely to dine outside! Here are the restaurants that took the top spots for outdoor dining in Disney World:

Flame Tree Barbecue
The Animal Kingdom’s attention to detail is exemplary, so it’s no surprise that Flame Tree Barbecue was the most mentioned outdoor locale!

The best seats are found near the water overlooking the Discovery River, where a water-side pavilion provides a shady respite. Despite the beauty of this location, Lori W., Heather W., and D.J. R. warned about the “aggressive birds” looking to partake of your counter-service meal.

Your View From the Flame Tree Barbecue

John G. remarked “No seating is better than [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Review

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers is back with more buckets of food ;-) Check out this Big Thunder Ranch BBQ review, then go check out a few more of her columns here.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

In my household, there has always been controversy surrounding the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. We’ve been on and off supporters of it for about 15 years. The controversy? Over the years, it’s been good, it’s been bad, it’s moved around (for a while BBQ was being served at the Rancho del Zocalo location), it’s even been non-existent. We passed it by for the last few years and recently we decided to give it another chance. I’m happy to report that we are once again supporters.

Welcome Sign

Welcome Sign

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ is located in the corridor just outside of Fantasyland as you are entering Frontierland. There are no rides directly around it, making it a quiet area where you can get away from [Read more…]

Disney Food News: Big Stories of 2009

UPDATE: Read about the Opening Date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Reservations Info!

Happy New Year’s Eve, all! It’s been a wonderful nine months since I’ve started the Food Blog, and I look forward to more exciting Disney food news, reviews, photos, history, and everything in between as we march into 2010.

Thank you for reading, sharing incredible pictures and stories, and keeping me company as I rattle on and on about one of my favorite things: Disney food!

Now, what better way to culminate the decade of the “noughts” than to remember our big Disney Food news stories from this year? Original? No. Still fun? Yes! Here we go…

KouzzinaNew Disney Restaurants Open in 2009
This has been quite a year for new restaurants in Disney parks!

  • Sanaa, a restaurant that incorporates a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, opens in Animal Kingdom Lodge’s new Kidani Village.
  • Cat Cora opens Kouzzina, her first signature restaurant, on the Disney World Boardwalk.
  • Paradiso 37, a hub of delicious tapas and tequila, opens in Disney World’s Downtown Disney.
  • Celebration Round Up and BBQ heats things up again at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch.
  • Disney World’s Animal Kingdom introduces a new type of quick-service dining with the Picnic in the Park.
  • Customize your own rice bowl at the renovated and re-placed Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disneyland.
  • Disney World’s La Cava del Tequila brings Mexico’s favorite drink to the forefront in the World Showcase. The sheer number of varieties on the Cava del Tequila menu is astonishing.
Screen Shot of Online Advanced Dining Reservations System

Screen Shot of Online Advanced Dining Reservations System

Online Advanced Dining Reservations and Online Menus at DisneyWorld.com
Finally. After so many years of setting three alarms for 6:50 AM and convincing everyone in the household to call on a different phone line…we have online ADRs! [Read more…]

Food Post Weekly Round-Up: October 18th

backlot noticeAnother jam-packed week of Disney updates this week, including the good news that Liberty Tree Tavern will be offering character meals during the Crystal Palace refurbishment, January 3 – February 14, 2010!

Check out the links below to see more about Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic Wine and Dine Walk, a fun Portobello Restaurant promotion, the brand new Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and more!

Orlando Sentinel reminds us why this year is a great year to try the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses. Scott Joseph Orlando also might be able to convince you with his review of a recent Party for the Senses.

The Disney Blog shares a fun promotion at Portobello Restaurant in Downtown Disney.

Disney Geek Dad highlights one of my favorite counter service restaurants, Casey’s Corner.

WDW Daily News shares the good news that the audioanimatronic of Ratatouille’s Remy will remain at Epcot’s Chefs de France.

The Disney Parks Blog shares the announcement of the new Wine & Dine Half Marathon, debuting October 1-2, 2010.

The Disney Chick walks you step-by-step through the Liberty Tree Tavern Apple Cobbler Recipe! Yum!

Theme Park Insider shares some deeelicious-looking pics of theme park barbecue, including Disneyland’s Celebration Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch.

MousePlanet shares the details and menu for the upcoming Children’s Miracle Network Classic Wine and Dine Walk along the fairways of Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course from November 12-15, 2009. Remember that if you’re a Disney Visa Cardholder, you can get free admission to the tournament!