Dining in Disneyland: The New Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure

While the Disneyland Resort continues to prepare for the much anticipated Diamond Anniversary later this month, some of the refurbishments are already starting to open.  Formerly known as Taste Pilots’ GrillSmokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure has its doors open and is ready to serve hungry adventurers.

Smokejumpers Grill

Smokejumpers Grill

Atmosphere

Located right next door to Soarin’, this counter service restaurant specializes in burgers and chicken sandwiches.  Enormous in size, Smokejumpers has plenty of seating both indoors and out.

Outside Seating

Outdoor  Seating ( I predict a 2nd side to the left of the restaurant once the wall for Soarin’ comes down)

This indoor seating area is located at the entrance of Smokejumpers Grill.

Just Half of the Indoor Seating at Smokejumpers

Just a Small Portion of the Indoor Seating at Smokejumpers

There is also indoor seating both to the left and right of the ordering kiosk/kitchen.  Below shows the seating to the left. It is basically identical with some different decor on the right side.

More Indoor Seating

More Indoor Seating

My absolute favorite thing about the new Smokejumpers Grill (besides the french fries) is the [Read more…]

Dining in TOKYO Disneyland: Pre-Packaged Souvenir Snacks

One of my very favorite things about my visit to the Tokyo Disney Resort was browsing the shops there.  The packaged souvenir snacks were aplenty; shelves, shelves and more shelves filled with unique treats.  I was totally obsessed with the adorable packaging.  Another plus?  There were plastic displays showing you exactly what was inside of that adorable packaging.

Plastic displays of candy "purses"

Plastic displays of candy “purses”

Even with the plastic displays though, I still had no idea what some of the things were!  Below is a photo tour of some of the items I found adorable and interesting, and a few that were just plain bizarre.

Let’s start over at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.  There is a great little convenience store there that carries a wide variety of Disney themed food, snacks, drinks, candy, etc.  Below are some of the adorable drinks that they had. The Snow White bottle is an apple & mango drink, the Tsum Tsum bottles are tea, and the Frozen ones are bottled water.

Disney Bottled Drinks

Disney Bottled Drinks

Various ice cream cups; each featuring a scene from a Disney movie.

Individual Ice Cream Cups

Individual Ice Cream Cups

Packaged candy, including chocolate “surprise” eggs filled with a small Disney figurine.

Chocolate Surprise Eggs

Chocolate Surprise Eggs

I actually tried Mickey and Minnie “Potato” crackers below.  They are sort of a cracker/potato chip hybrid.  Each puffy piece is Mickey shaped!

Mickey & Minnie Crackers

Mickey & Minnie Potato Crackers

I love this little box of Mickey Milk.  The only reason I know this is milk is because I asked a friend!

Mickey Milk

Mickey Milk

And how about this [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Frozen Fun Food at Disney California Adventure

Frozen Fun has taken over the Backlot area of Disney California Adventure, and with it come some pretty tasty snacks.  Let’s head inside of Olaf’s Snow Fest and see what Arendelle has to offer.

Olaf's Snow Fest

Olaf’s Snow Fest

The lighting inside of Olaf’s Snow Fest is very pink, so it made for a tough photo spot. Adorable nonetheless though!  A snack area in the corner is set up so that visitors to Arendelle can recharge after playing in the snow.  Although there is only one spot to order, the area is organized to look like separate food booths with different offerings.

Arendelle Eats

Arendelle Eats

The menu is set up in the center of the snack area.

Snow Fest Menu Board

Snow Fest Menu Board

On my recent visit, I tried just about everything they had to offer!

Arendelle Offerings

Arendelle Offerings

The first [Read more…]

Dining in TOKYO Disneyland: Little Green Dumplings

I’ve seen them on Twitter for a few years now.  Alien Dumplings, LGM Mochi, Little Green Men Dumplings, Toy Story Alien Mochi…  Whatever you want to call them, they’ve been on my Disney “must try” bucket list since I first laid eyes on them.

I ‘m here to report that I’ve crossed them off of my bucket list AND I’ve finally learned their “official” name: Little Green Dumplings!

Little Green Dumplings

Little Green Dumplings

Little Green Dumplings are obviously a tribute to Toy Story’s Little Green Men.  They’re quite possibly the cutest edible thing I’ve ever had.  Little Green Dumplings can be found at both Tokyo Disney Sea and Tokyo Disneyland.

I feasted on mine from the Soft Landing snack stand in Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland.  It’s a small ice cream stop upstairs near Star Tours.  We used the [Read more…]

Dining in TOKYO Disneyland: The Chandu Tiger Tail

One of the most adorable stars of Tokyo Disney Sea is this cute little tiger named Chandu.

Chandu with Bananas

Chandu with Bananas: In this scene of the attraction, the room is filled with the aroma of bananas, yum!

He plays Sinbad’s sidekick in Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage, which I fell in love with upon taking my first ride through.

Chandu is so popular in fact that he has his own park merchandise and a snack called a Chandu Tail that is made fresh daily in his honor. The Chandu Tail is served at a small counter service spot called Sultan’s Oasis in the Arabian Coast area of Tokyo Disney Sea.  It’s packaged to look like the “tail” is coming from Chandu’s body.

Chandu Tiger Tail Packaging

Chandu Tiger Tail Packaging

The description of this item is “Chicken Cream Bun.”  Which really, upon hearing, I wasn’t super on board with eating it.  I’m so glad that I went for it though. It’s delicious, and in true Japanese fashion, it’s also super cute!

Chandu Tiger Tail

Chandu Tiger Tail

The bun itself is very similar in [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Snowberry Twist from Maurice’s Treats

Frozen Fun has taken over the Disneyland Resort, and with it comes new entertainment, activities, shopping, and fun eats!

The Snowberry Twist has debuted at Maurice’s Treats and it’s a pretty tasty addition to the other “Twists” that they serve up!

Maurice's Treats in Disneyland's Fantasy Faire

Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire

The Snowberry Twist is $3.89; it’s blueberry filled and topped with edible glitter and blue sugar crystals.

Snowberry Twists on Display

Snowberry Twists on Display

It’s hard to see in the photo, but the edible glitter is in the blueberry filling.  This treat is pretty & delicious!

Snowberry Twist Close Up

Snowberry Twist Close Up

Snowberry Twists are sort of a hybrid of a croissant and a jelly donut.  The pastry is flaky and served up warm.  They are also generously sized and perfect for sharing.  The blueberry filling is not overly sweet or artificial tasting.  I definitely enjoyed the flavor.  It’s no Pumpkin Twist, but it was still great!  The filling is also thick, making the twist easy to eat without getting too messy!

Snowberry Twist Close Up

Snowberry Twist Close Up

If you’re a Frozen Fan, I suggest grabbing a Snowberry Twist and settling in for a showing of Frozen at the Royal Theater.  If you’re not a Frozen fan, grab one and get the heck out of that area!

Regardless, twists from Maurice’s Treats are not to be missed. It’s a great little snack stop in the heart of Fantasy Faire.

Have you been to Maurice’s Treats? Do you have a favorite twist? Are you looking forward to trying the Snowberry Twist? Let us know in the comments below!

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

Dining in TOKYO Disneyland: The Great American Waffle Co.

Who doesn’t love a Mickey Waffle? We’ve dedicated lots of posts to this beloved treat here on the blog. In fact, it’s probably one of the only universal Mickey shaped foods that can be found throughout all Disney parks.

Mickey Waffle Double Take Cape May Cafe

 

We’ve got them here in the states at the Disneyland Resort and they’re aplenty in Walt Disney World.  I’ve also had one at Aulani.  I saw them at Disneyland Paris, and I’ve seen photos of them from Hong Kong.

But Tokyo Disneyland? They have an entire restaurant dedicated to Mickey Waffles!  I give you The Great American Waffle Co.

The Great American Waffle Co.

The Great American Waffle Co.

The Great American Waffle Co. is located in Tokyo Disneyland’s World Bazaar area.  I fell in love with this spot the minute I saw this Mickey waffle sign hanging outside.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if this sign hung above every place in the world that sells Mickey Waffles??? It really should be the universal sign for Mickey waffles.

Mickey Waffle Sign

Mickey Waffle Sign

The menu here is small, but I guarantee it will make you happy.  You can have [Read more…]

News! Five Disneyland Restaurants to Participate in Orange County Restaurant Week

Okay, you lucky Californians (and anyone who might be visiting Disneyland the first week of March)…

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FIVE Disneyland restaurants are participating in Orange County Restaurant Week!

Running for just one week, March 1-7, 2015, Restaurant Week features 100 of the best Orange County restaurants offering special discounted prix fixe menus.

Led by Chef Marcel St Pierre, Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 will return to the event this year.

Steakhouse 55

Three courses will be offered for $50 (an optional wine pairing is available for an additional $35):

Guests will choose from among the following for their Starter Course: Hearts of Romaine, Chilled Tiger Prawns, or Creamy Onion Soup.

Entree options include: Grilled Petite Filet Mignon, Pan-roasted Double Breast of Chicken, Slow-roasted Prime Rib, Fava Bean & Rye Crusted King Salmon (all served with sautéed French green beans and Delmonico potatoes). Per Disney, vegetarian options will be available upon request.

And, of course, there’s still dessert! Choose from Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee or Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Inside the Cool and Serene Steakhouse 55

Inside the Cool and Serene Steakhouse 55

Also participating in Restaurant Week are Naples Ristorante, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal, and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim. Check ocrestaurantweek.com for menu information as it becomes available.

Reservations can be made by [Read more…]

Dining in TOKYO Disneyand: The Pizza Spring Roll

Having just returned from an amazing trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort, there are a few items there that I just have to share with you!  The Pizza Spring Roll being basically at the tip top of my list. Yes, you read that right PIZZA SPRING ROLL!

Pizza Spring Roll

Pizza Spring Roll

Located in Tokyo Disneyland’s Toon Town is this adorable little food cart that serves two types of Spring Rolls.  Don’t mind my husband ordering in what appears to look like a Ninja Turtle outfit. It happened to be pouring rain!

Toon Town Spring Roll Cart

Toon Town Spring Roll Cart

The two types of Spring Rolls offered are Pizza (yum) and Egg & Shrimp (not so yum).  If you’re curious about pricing, 290 Yen is about $2.42.  Very reasonable for a filling snack.

Spring Roll Cart Menu

Spring Roll Cart Menu

The Spring Rolls are pre-made and awaiting your arrival at Toon Town.  Both types look identical, so the different sleeves let you know which type of roll you have in hand.  The red packaging is the Pizza Spring Roll and the yellow is the Egg & Shrimp.  Perfect planning!

Spring Rolls in Warming Shelves.

Spring Rolls in Warming Shelves.

Here’s a close up of the Pizza Spring Rolls in their sleeves.

Isn't the packaging cute???

Isn’t the packaging cute???

On this [Read more…]

Dining in Tokyo Disneyland: The Many Faces of Popcorn at Tokyo Disney Resort

I’ve always known that the Tokyo Disney Resort had multiple popcorn flavors, but I really had no idea how serious the popcorn game there was until I saw it for myself.  It’s really like its own micro-culture.

People bring their collectable & rare resort buckets from the past and have them refilled, some people wear more than one popcorn bucket at a time, and we even had people offering us samples right out of their buckets. It’s seriously SO MUCH FUN!

Popcorn is so popular, there’s even popcorn themed merchandise that lists some of the many flavors available.  Look at this fun zipper pouch I bought: Delicious Explosion Popcorn!

Popcorn Themed Zipper Pouch

Popcorn Themed Zipper Pouch

Another fun popcorn fact? Tokyo Disney has Roastie Toasties just like Disneyland here in Anaheim. Not all of the stands have them, but several do.  To see more about Roastie Toasties & Disney Popcorn in the states, check out this great Popcorn Gallery post AJ did a while back.  There’s also a fun little video on the Disney Parks Blog here.

We made it a goal on our recent trip to Tokyo to try as many types of popcorn that we could.  Although we missed a few, we did a pretty good job in our 4 days at the parks.  Now, on to the flavors!

Let’s start with one that I was a little unsure about but it ended up being my absolute favorite. So much so that we had it twice on our trip! Soy Sauce and Butter.  It’s salty, savory and delicious.  We found this cart at Tokyo Disneyland park.

Soy Sauce & Butter Popcorn Cart

Soy Sauce & Butter Popcorn Cart

You can see that this cart has its own little roastie toastie Christmas Clown; I love that he is dressed for the season.  Also, please note that there are [Read more…]