Halloween Goodies at Disney Parks — What Are Your Favorites?

DFB is getting into the Halloween Spirit sharing tons of fun, spooky treats! We love this time of year when Halloween goodies materialize inside the candy shops, bakeries, and quick-service locations around the Disney Parks.

A few weeks ago, we highlighted the Pumpkin Beignets and Jack Skellington Popcorn Containers in Disneyland!

Let’s take a peek at some more of our favorites! Let us know in the comments below what you’re top choices are!

Disney Halloween Snacks

Of course, we can’t pass up taste-testing some of the seasonal fudge selections at the Confectionery on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Here’s this year’s Pumpkin Fudge!

Pumpkin Fudge at Confectionery

And there’s always room for Disney cupcakes – especially when they are seasonally themed!

Don’t settle for plain Candy Corn. Get a candy corn cupcake for super sweetness.

Candy Corn Cupcake at Main Street Bakery

The Animal Kingdom bat cupcake we reviewed last week is one of my favorite additions this year!

Bat Cupcake at Animal Kingdom

And the Main Street Bakery features this pumpkin cupcake.

Pumpkin Cupcake at Main Street Bakery

Check out this cute Minnie Carrot Cake Cupcake that reader Carolyn Houle sent in! You can find these at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Minnie Witch Hat Carrot Cake Cupcakes at Hollywood Studios

Of course, you can’t miss the classic Ghost Mickey Popcorn Container found in all the parks!

Mickey Ghost Popcorn Bucket

Holiday sugar cookies are always sprinkled with festive decor. Love these pumpkin and candy corn cookies at the [Read more…]

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treat Map, and Special Diets Treat Exchange

Halloween in Walt Disney World has pretty much already started! (September? Who needs September?)

And highlighting the Fall season, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party is the place to trick-or-treat!

But be sure to check out this treat map so you know exactly where you want to head as soon as you get in the park!

Trick or Treat Locations - click image for larger version

11 candy spots (and pop-up treat stations) will help curb party-goers’ sweet cravings. And to guarantee the candy [Read more…]

Halloween Party Throw Down: Disney World vs. Disneyland

Welcome back guest author Katie Drake with a review of the Halloween parties at Disney World and Disneyland. Note that your experience with crowds, candy, and weather may differ based on the dates you attend the parties.

Disneyland and WDW’s Magic Kingdom are both arguably at their best at Halloween time, with decorations and special sweet treats coming out in force for the holiday.

Both parks feature some of their most-anticipated hard ticket special events — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom (MNSSHP), and Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.

MNSSHP Sign

Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland

Of course most guests will only get to visit one, but which party to choose? The events are as alike as their confusingly similar names, but there are a few differences that make each one unique.

My family had the opportunity to attend MNSSHP in Walt Disney World in 2010, and followed it up with Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland in 2011. Here’s a head to head comparison so you can start planning on where to head for Halloween 2012!

Parade

Both parades feature a wide variety of favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, but the Florida parade wins this round based on one thing — the Headless Horseman.

Headless Horseman Rides in Magic Kingdom (c) Disney

Mickey's Halloween Party Parade in Disneyland

It’s not quite the same now that he has to walk down the parade route, instead of canter, but the sight is still something amazing to see. Other than that, the parades are pretty similar.

Parade Winner: [Read more…]

Halloween-y “Goth Goodies” at Disney Parks Candy Shops

So…I’m not sure how I feel about this. I find it kind of humorous and kind of grotesque. ;-)

Goth Goodies in Disney Parks

“Goth Goodies” have been introduced for the Halloween season (I’m guessing) and feature your choice of bloody skulls and bones, or “haunted mansion” colored candy corn!

Skulls and Bones Goth Goodies

I’m hoping those skulls and bones are sour like tiny tarts. (I know; sounds gross just talking about it, right?)

Candy Corn Goth Goodies

I haven’t tried ‘em yet, but I DO love candy corn! I’m eager to [Read more…]

Snack Series: Dulce de Leche Fudge

Disney World and Disneyland candy shops specialize in house-made sweet confections, and fudge is one that can be found on both coasts!

And while we don’t talk about it ALL the time here on the DFB, we are constantly scanning the fudge counters for new flavors and interesting options. We’ve even got a fun Disney Fudge Primer for you!

A unique fudge we found on a recent trip is a swirly-twirly version called Dulce de Leche! Isn’t it gorgeous? I had to try it.

Fudge

The predominant flavors of vanilla and caramel really shine through. And bonus: there is definitely enough to share! You can even purchase it with a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!

It’s the perfect vacation treat, but is also travels really well. Presto — an edible [Read more…]

Guest Review: Street Food and Snacks at Disneyland Paris

I’m excited to present a guest review all about fellow blogger Beth Chaney’s exploration of street food and snacks during her recent visit to the Disneyland Paris resort.

Hi DFB readers! I’m excited to share a bit of my experience at the Disneyland Paris (DLP) resort. As a long time Disney fan and Disney park goer, I had to add a day at Disneyland Paris to the itinerary of my recent trip to France. And one of the things I was most excited to see at DLP was how Imagineers had transformed the American park experience for a European audience — especially the food!

castle food

Food is such a part of the Disney park experience — from popcorn to Mickey Bars to rice krispie treats; but how would that be captured for an international audience? Especially for an audience that is supposed to be a bunch of foodies? And what better place to explore than along the streets of the Disneyland Park!

Main Street

Street Food

Street Food is big at Walt Disney World, and the same thing was true at DLP. Although not as numerous as at the Florida parks, there were lots of little carts on the street selling snacks and sweets. The most popular item? Candy apples, which seemed to be at just about every cart!

candy apples

After candy apples, the next most popular item at the street carts were “hot dogs.” But these aren’t American hot dogs (although those are available at Casey’s on Main Street — which just happens to be in the exact same spot as the outpost at WDW!). These are more foot long sausages baked into french bread and sometimes topped with cheese. So more of a sandwich than an American hot dog.

hot dog

Also popular at the street food stands — candy bars. Not Disney branded or labeled candy bars, but the [Read more…]

Christmas Treats and Holiday Popcorn in Disney Parks and Resorts

A few more yummies and holiday treats in Walt Disney World and Disneyland! Be sure to check out our Christmas in Disney page for more great coverage of this fun season in the Disney parks and resorts!

I love this Mickey Gingerbread Cookie! It was just spicy enough and had a very chewy texture. I was glad to have the sweetness of the chocolate along with it.

Mickey Gingerbread Cookie

Why not take a bite out of one of these Santa Mickey cookies? These would make a great holiday stocking stuffer. Or make a basket of them for a hostess gift!

Santa Mickey Cookies

This holiday swirl ice cream is available at Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom! Don’t worry — it just tastes like vanilla!

Holiday Swirl Ice Cream at Storybook Treats

Speaking of ice cream, the homemade ice cream cookie sandwich with pumpkin ice cream is the seasonal flavor at Sleepy Hollow!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich Holiday Sandwich is a cult favorite this time of year! Only available during the holiday season, this sammich stuffed with turkey and cranberry sauce — among other fixin’s — is the perfect savory accompaniment to all of this sweetness!

Earl of Sandwich Holiday Sandwich

This cute Santa Mickey Cup is a great souvenir! Get it at Disney’s resorts and theme parks with a surprise inside! Sometimes it’s [Read more…]

Christmas in Disneyland: Santa’s Cabin & Storytellers Cafe Gingerbread House

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

There are two awesome holiday experiences in Disneyland Resort that are not to be missed this year. Nope, I’m not talking about the homemade candy canes or the yule log (though both of those are definitely not-to-be-missed!), I’m talking about visiting Santa’s Cabin at Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland and visiting the gingerbread house at Storytellers Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Resort!

Santa’s Cabin at Big Thunder Ranch

Every year my family visits Santa at his Disneyland home away from the North Pole.  His lovely cabin in Big Thunder Ranch is the perfect escape from the harsh winter back home. He even brings along Mrs. Claus and his reindeer too!

Santa's Just Around the Corner!

Santa's Cabin at Big Thunder Ranch

Santa is one lucky guy, because Mrs. Claus has been busy in the cabin’s kitchen.  All of these yummy goodies are waiting for him when he’s done listening to Christmas wishes.

The Cabin's Kitchen

Someone's Making Cookies!

That dough looks good enough to eat!! Check out a [Read more…]

Disney Food Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 3

I don’t know about you, but I’m making lists and checking them twice! Holiday shopping is in full swing!

Each week, we’re sharing a few gift-giving ideas that are lots of fun for the Disney and/or food fans in your life. Stay in your warm, cozy home and shop from your favorite comfy chair!

Walt Disney Gumball Machine

This Walt Disney Limited Edition Gumball Candy Machine dispenses small candy including gumballs. While it can be set for complimentary dispensing, the gumball machine will accept all coins!

Nostalgic gift!

Mickey Mouse Sandwich Maker

Imprint your favorite character on your sandwiches! This is the perfect way to bring Mickey to your family meals.

Mickey Mouse!

Disney Cookbooks

Two great cookbooks by Disney Food writer, Pam Brandon, and the Disney Chefs! Don’t forget to check out our other favorite cookbooks here!

Delicious Disney and Chef Mickey can also be ordered online!

Great recipes!

Share the Magic Mickey and Friends Serving Plate

Serve your holiday treats on this fabulous Disney plate! It’s perfect for cookies, crackers and cheese, or.. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Treats

I’m excited to welcome Guest Reviewer Holly Burtchaell from Random Cravings Blog with a fun review of treats found at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World! Warning: This read is sugar-sweet!

Party signage

Although Mr. Random and I have clocked too many trips to Disney World to count, somehow, neither of us has ever experienced Christmas at the Happiest Place on Earth. Luckily, that all changed last week, when we spent an entire week immersed in Disney Christmas happiness. In fact, this year’s very first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) was also our very first time at that event!

I quickly learned that in addition to being about the Christmas parade, the special fireworks, and the rare character appearances, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is also filled with yummy holiday treats!

Free Eats at MVMCP

Included with your ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, along with healthier options of apple slices and apple juice. These treats were handed out at several locations around the Magic Kingdom…just follow the signs!

Signage at Cosmic Ray's

Signage at Columbia Harbor House

This year’s cookies were big, soft, delicious snickerdoodles. The apple slices were [Read more…]