Greetings from the exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland!
As a Disney fan (OK… borderline maniac Disney freak) and a D23 member, I consider the D23 Expo a must-attend event. In addition to the informative exhibits, amazing shopping, creative costumes, and fabulous people watching, I always look forward to the D23 Archives exhibit.
Seeing original pieces of Disneyland history up close and personal is such a treat. This year’s archives exhibit was so wonderfully done. I spent most of my visit drooling over the display of photos, menus and other original paraphernalia from the restaurants and snack spots of Disneyland’s first years.
Let’s go back in time and take look! (I apologize in advance for some of the photos and shadows. The display area was very dark and the photos overlapped each at other causing some shadowing.)
Let’s start with the Tahitian Terrace which was located behind the Tiki Room in Adventureland. It opened in 1962 and closed in 1993. The dinner theater offered guests food and entertainment inspired by the French Polynesian Islands.
How great is the artwork on the menu??? I love it!
Looking for an amazing snack to munch on while perusing Disneyland? Then you must try the Cinnamon Crisps from Rancho Del Zocalo in Frontierland.
Located in between Big Thunder Mountain and the Shooting Gallery, Rancho Del Zocalo is a counter service restaurant offering up Mexican cuisine in the wild wild west of Disneyland.
Cinnamon Crisps are a hidden gem that not many people know about, and Rancho Del Zocalo is the only spot in the park that sells them.
Reminiscent of Taco Bell’s old “Cinnamon Crispas” (remember those!?!?!) this [Read more…]
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’ Grill, Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure has its doors open and is ready to serve hungry adventurers.
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.
This indoor seating area is located at the entrance of Smokejumpers Grill.
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.
My absolute favorite thing about the new Smokejumpers Grill (besides the french fries) is the [Read more…]
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.
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.
Various ice cream cups; each featuring a scene from a Disney movie.
Packaged candy, including chocolate “surprise” eggs filled with a small Disney figurine.
I actually tried Mickey and Minnie “Potato” crackers below. They are sort of a cracker/potato chip hybrid. Each puffy piece is Mickey shaped!
I love this little box of Mickey Milk. The only reason I know this is milk is because I asked a friend!
And how about this [Read more…]
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.
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.
The menu is set up in the center of the snack area.
On my recent visit, I tried just about everything they had to offer!
The first [Read more…]
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 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.
One of the most adorable stars of Tokyo Disney Sea is this cute little tiger named Chandu.
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.
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!
The bun itself is very similar in [Read more…]
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!
The Snowberry Twist is $3.89; it’s blueberry filled and topped with edible glitter and blue sugar crystals.
It’s hard to see in the photo, but the edible glitter is in the blueberry filling. This treat is pretty & delicious!
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!
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!