Snack Series: Cream Cheese Pretzel at Disneyland’s Refreshment Corner

Today we’re back in Disneyland visiting a classic Main Street location — Coca Cola Refreshment Corner!

Outside View

Right next to new fan favorite, Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe, this is the place to take care of any hot dog craving you may be having.

But it’s another iconic snack that we are after today! One you can enjoy in both Disneyland and Disney World! Read on…


This spot may look familiar to Disney World fans. It’s in the same location as — and looks very similar to — Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom!

Everything about Refreshment Corner points to the theme of turn of the century Small Town America. And since Coca Cola is the corporate sponsor for the counter service spot, you’ll also see that famous logo throughout the space.

Ordering Area

Tiffany-style lamps with the logo lend a vintage vibe to lighting fixtures.

Vintage Coca Cola Tiffany-Style Light Covers

The small amount of space inside Refreshment Corner is taken up by [Read more…]

Cars Land First Look! Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure

Walking through Cars Land, you literally feel like you’ve stepped into the movie Cars. I honestly do not see how it would be possible to improve the themeing for this new area of Disney California Adventure. 

Cozy Cone Motel Sign

Every single detail was well thought out and taken directly from the movie. The experience I had while strolling the streets of Radiator Springs is definitely how I’d imagine jumping into a movie screen and becoming an animated extra would be (OK, maybe I’m a little weird imagining myself as an animated character, don’t judge…)! 

The Cozy Cone Motel is perhaps one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen “come to life.” In this post, we’ll walk through each of the Cones, then take a look at the special Imagineering details at the Cozy Cone Motel as well as an “after dark” photo tour of the amazing neon and lit-up cones here! Here we go!


I got the chance to review some of this food at the media preview a couple of weeks ago, but being there was totally different!

My first thought when I walked up to the Cozy Cone Motel was, “Man I wish I could actually stay here.” It looks exactly like the movie; I mean everything from Sally’s office (aka hotel lobby) to the actual cones, which are perfectly sized to make us humans feel like, well, cars.

Sally's Office

Cozy Cones from "the street"

My second thought? “Woah, those are some serious long lines!” 

The Cozy Cones are apparently the place to be!

But don’t you worry, I will be back very soon to give all of the cones a try….  In the meantime, check out our previous review, and feast your eyes on the amazingness that is the Cozy Cone Motel!

The Cones

We’ll go through each of the cones in order, so you know what to expect!

Cone #1: Churros
The Churro Cone serves up churro bites with cinnamon-chocolate sauce, regular & cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa, and Ramone’s “Pear of Dice” Soda made with dessert pear syrup, mojito syrup, and Sprite. Coca Cola products are also available here.

Churro Cone

Churro Cone Menu

Cone #2: Ice Cream Cones
This is the place to grab a soft serve ice cream cone in vanilla, chocolate, or vanilla/chocolate twist. You also have the option to “dip” it in chocolate! 

“Route Beer” floats in souvenir cups as well as [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 4, 2011

Halloween Sugar Cookies at Disney Parks

It’s time to celebrate! Halloween goodies are out in the parks, AND we’ve been celebrating my birthday all weekend with a great Disney Food Blog e-Book sale! More on that later, but first… the news!

Latest Disney Food News

Last Day of the Disney Food Blog Birthday e-Book Sale

We’re celebrating my birthday with a sale! Today’s the last day to get a discount on any or all of our DFB e-Books using code: BIRTHDAY at the check-out!

$4 off our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining,

$2 off our DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and

$2 off our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

Or purchase all three e-Books for just $33.85 (regularly $41.85) using code BIRTHDAY!

We hope you love the e-Books as much as we do (but if you don’t, there’s always a 30 day, money-back guarantee!)

On to the Round-Up!

Main Street Gazette quenches our thirst with a Coca-Cola “Always Coca-Cola!” (You sang it, too, didn’t you?)!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups stops by the Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney. Yum!

Disney Tour Reviews gives a shout-out to The Disney Food Blog and highlights posts based on food tours. Thanks Lindsay!!

Eating (and Drinking) around the World wishes La Cava del Tequila a happy birthday! It makes so much sense that La Cava and I have birthdays so close together, doesn’t it?

Makin’ Memories looks closely at the “artifacts” left behind by the Dino Institute’s grad students at Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus.

Jackie’s Magical Moments reviews the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival this week! Thanks, Jackie!

Disney by Mark gives us a tour of the Makahiki and Oleho restaurants just hours before serving their first meals! Check Mark’s Blog for more Aulani coverage, and stay tuned this week for a full review of ‘Ama ‘Ama by Mark!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 20, 2011

Plaza Restaurant Milkshake

Some great food links for you this week! But first, the answers to yesterday’s photo hunt! Going clockwise from the upper left-hand corner: 1. Restaurantosaurus 2. Candy Cauldron 3. Coral Reef 4. Via Napoli 5. Diamond Horseshoe 6. Bistro de Paris! Did you get them all right? :-)

The biggest piece of Disney food news this week is that the 2011 Wine & Dine Half-Marathon registration opened this week! This race will kick off the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

And now, on to the round-up!

The Passporter Moms Podcast featured three Disney Food Blog contributors this week — Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families columnist; Kim LaPaglia, Disney Food Blog contributor and behind-the-scenes superstar; and Bernie Edwards, Disney Food Blog contributor (and my Aquaduck partner)! Check out their report (including reviewing the food!) on the new Wild Africa Trek tour in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Speaking of podcasts, I had the chance to record with the WDW Today Podcast again! This week, we covered those 2011 Disney Dining Plan changes! Listen here!

WDW for Grownups shows us around Raglan Road in Downtown Disney Orlando!

Eating (and Drinking) Around WDW channels Andrew Zimmern as he makes the chef’s recipe for Black Bean Spare Ribs with Green Onion, presented at the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Main Street Gazette discovers a bit more about the recipe for coca-cola in Epcot!

Babes in Disneyland says a resounding no to the new kids meal pizzas at Disneyland’s Village Haus.

English Disney Blog reviews Walt’s Restaurant in Disneyland Paris!

Kevin Kidney reveals the authentic recipe for the original Chicken of the Sea Tunaburger in Disneyland. But the best part of the post is the picture of Kevin with said Tunaburger.

Coke Freestyle Machine in Disney World

All right all you soda pop lovers (like moi!) — the Coke Freestyle machine we reported on as being awesome at the California Food and Wine Festival (I even got interviewed about it here!) might be popping up at the AMC theaters in Disney World’s Pleasure Island!! Woo!!

Close-Up of Coke Freestyle Machine

You’ll recall from our last post that these machines offer 106 flavors of [Read more…]

The Coolest Coke Machine You’ve Ever Seen

Microdosing technology. PurePour. RFID scanners. On-Board Computer. Wondering what I’m talking about? A Coke machine, of course. And it’s right there for you to try at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival!

Coca-Cola has been hard at work developing a technologically superior machine that doesn’t just offer 6 choices…it offers 106 choices. You want orange Diet Coke right now? You got it. Wanna mix it with lemon or grape Fanta? Go right ahead! (Cool, right?) We stumbled across this machine when we were sampling some of the California Food & Wine Festival signature items at the Festival Center in the back of Disney’s California Adventure. I had no idea how to use it at first, but once you get up there and start pressing buttons, it’s pretty “intuitive.”

Freestyle Coke Machine in Disney's California Adventure

Close-Up of Coke Freestyle Machine

The machine has three steps: [Read more…]

Coke vs. Pepsi

Which do you prefer?

Wednesday’s refillable mugs blog post made me realize that I haven’t yet done a food blog about one of the most critical facts about Disney food:

You can’t — and I mean CAN’T — get Pepsi products at dining establishments in Disney World.

This is due to a long-running Coca Cola sponsorship deal with Disney. For those of us who took the Pepsi challenge back in the 80’s and were shocked to find out that we are, in fact, Pepsi addicts, this is not the greatest news. But I had to mention it for two reasons:

1. If you’ve never been to the Disney parks/resorts and you ARE a “Pepsi-only” guy or gal, I wanted to give you a heads up. Contingency plans? If you have a car, head to Wal-Mart, Publix, CVS, etc. to grab yourself a couple of six-packs. If you don’t have a car, ask your Disney resort front desk or valet cast member to call you cab and high-tail it to the nearest Pepsi-permitting spot to stock up. If the cab idea isn’t your speed, you can purchase the goods prior to your arrival through a grocery delivery service like Garden Grocer.

2. I’m wondering if you Disney Parks experts can share with the rest of us how you get your Pepsi fix on property. E.g., what has been your experience with grocery delivery services?, where’s the closest place you’ve found to buy Pepsi products (Can you buy the stuff at HESS?)?, are there off-site restaurants you work into your schedule?

Looking forward to your answers and insights! Just click on “comments” up by the blog title!