Review: Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

It’s been a while since we’ve visited one of my favorite nosh spots: Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney. That’s right… it’s Earl’s, Disneyland-style!

Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland's Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

We’re back for a quick visit because I couldn’t wait to dig into the Pepperoni Pizza Bread (and I maaaay have grabbed a few other items, too). The ingredients are exactly what you’d figure: sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on bread. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Banana Fritters from Royal St. Veranda

Royal St. Veranda in New Orleans Square is one of my favorite dining gems in Disneyland.  They are most known for their Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl, but I go there for the fritters!

Royal St. Veranda

Royal St. Veranda

This spot is located just underneath the staircase to the Dream Suite — right next to Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s simply a walk-up window and a few tables and chairs scattered around. Nothing major, and nothing visually to draw you in. But the menu has always been a guest favorite and you’re about to see why!

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Dining in Disneyland: The Banana Corn Dog from DCA’s Award Wieners

First off, if you have yet to see Disney’s Zootopia, get out there and do it!  My whole family loved the movie.  It’s fun for all ages including temperamental, too cool for school tweens and teenagers.  Secondly, if you love bananas, we hope you got over to California Adventure’s Award Wieners to celebrate the movie with a Banana Corn Dog.

Award Wieners

Award Wieners

Located in DCA’s Hollywood Land, Award Wieners is a counter service hot dog spot currently offering (today is the last day!) the specialty Banana Corn Dog in honor of Zootopia’s release.

Zootopia Banana Corn Dog & Sipper Offerings

Zootopia Banana Corn Dog & Souvenir Tumbler Offerings

The Banana Corn Dog is actually two small banana corn dogs.  My guess is that they prepare it this way because a whole banana might get too mushy when fried and wouldn’t hold its shape.  The bananas are dipped in Corn and Honey Batter, fried, and topped with Powdered Sugar.  Two dipping sauces are served with the banana corn dogs: Red “Pawpsicle” Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate Sauce.

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Dining in Disneyland: Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55

Up until recently, Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel has only offered breakfast/brunch and dinner.  This past January, they opened their doors for a lovely Classic Afternoon Tea.

Steakhouse 55 Located Inside the Disneyland Hotel

Steakhouse 55 Located Inside the Disneyland Hotel

When I first heard about the tea offering, I knew I wanted to try it out.  Steakhouse 55 has always been one of my favorite Disneyland Resort restaurants.  I especially love the atmosphere here, so I was really excited to have a new Steakhouse 55 experience.  Breakfast at Steakhouse 55 is what I believe to be one of the very best breakfasts on property.  Dinner is wonderful too, so I was sure afternoon tea would be a delight as well!

I tried to book immediately, but it was full almost a month out! So, I booked my month out and waited patiently.  Checking in for tea is the same process as a meal.  Just head on up to the podium and you will be escorted back to the dining room.

Check In Podium

Check In Podium

When the time came, I was joined by my best pal.  We took the first reservation of the day, which was at noon, and when we got there it was basically empty.  By the time we left, there was not one open table! [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Churro Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear Restaurant

Looking for a reason to make the trek back into the depths of Disneyland’s Critter Country?  Don’t let those construction tarps fool you, there’s actually quite a good reason to head to Hungry Bear!

Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country

Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country

Churro. Funnel. Cake.

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Dining in Disneyland: Table Service Dinner at Disneyland’s River Belle Terrace

Welcome to Disneyland’s newest Table Service eatery, River Belle Terrace!

River Belle Terrace sign

River Belle Terrace sign

Of course, that’s not the whole story… not by a long shot. River Belle Terrace has quite the history in Disneyland, existing under its current name since 1971 (and the location itself operated under other names from the park’s first year). [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland Review: The New Cove Bar Expansion in Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure has removed the Donald Duck meet and greet gazebo on Paradise Pier for a very good reason; Cove Bar expansion! The new seating is adjacent to the existing bar. (If you are a Donald fan, don’t fret… Donald has been moved over to Buena Vista Street and he now has Daisy there as his companion.)

Welcome Back to Cove Bar!

Welcome Back to Cove Bar!

I’m sure your first thought is, “Awesome, more seats, less wait!” But alas, this is far from the truth. I recently when to check out the expansion and some new menu items.  It was a Friday just before noon and we still waited 45 minutes for a party of 2.  Personally I think the Cove Bar is worth the wait, but I also think that if they filled the whole pier with Cove Bar seating, there would still be a long wait.  It’s THAT good.  You can see that others agree with me.  This is the line we waited in.

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Dining in Disneyland: Gourmet Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Treats

The Disneyland Resort changes their gourmet treats monthly.  The gourmet treat trio usually includes a Marshmallow Wand, a Caramel Apple, and a Mickey Crispy Treat.  Sometimes there is a bonus item like a packaged chocolate bark!  January’s flavor of the month is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie and it’s amazing.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Treats

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Treats

My take home project included the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Marshmallow Wand, a Mickey Crispy, and the Chocolate Bark.  Let’s start with my very favorite of the three: the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bark.  This stuff is 100% addicting.  If you are a peanut butter fan, you’ll probably want to keep the entire 7 ounces to yourself and not share one single bite. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast

When I first heard about the new Disneyland Resort Premium Experiences, I thought, “Hmmmm… These could be very interesting and VERY fun!”  So far there have been two offerings, The Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou Dinner and The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast.

My friend and I recently treated ourselves to the Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast and it was an amazing experience.  My visit took place during the Disney Holidays Season, so the Jungle Cruise was transformed into the Jingle Cruise. Hence, my festive outfit, which you’ll see later.

Jingle Cruise Entrance

Jingle Cruise Entrance

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Dining in Disneyland Review: Candy Cane Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar

Looking for a fun snack with some holiday cheer?  Head on over to the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square for some Candy Cane Beignets!

Holiday Specials at The Mint Julep Bar

Holiday Specials at The Mint Julep Bar

Beignets are always a good decision, and Candy Cane flavored ones are an excellent decision.

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