Dining in Disneyland: Seasonal Treats at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

The Disney Holiday season is in full effect at the Disneyland Resort!  I love that the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is always introducing us to new seasonal items.

In fact, because I never know what I’ll find, I’ve make it a point to check in on nearly every visit to Disneyland!

Jolly Holiday Bakery

Jolly Holiday Bakery

On my last trip there were a handful of new items that are special for the Disney holiday season.  Also in the bakery cases were some returning favorites. 

Eats

The popular Santa Mickey Candy Cane Cupcake is back.

The cupcake is chocolate, topped with a mound of red & green “sure to stain your teeth” frosting, and finished off with a candy cane.

Mickey Holiday Cupcake

Mickey Holiday Cupcake

I’ve actually never tried one of these because 1) I’m not a huge chocolate fan and 2) it looks way too messy for me to deal with in public!

Close Up

Holiday Cupcake Close Up

There are also Snowman shaped [Read more…]

More Details of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Revealed at…Disneyland!?

We have some fun new updates for you today of what’s soon to be at Walt Disney World — but they’re coming to us from Disneyland!

Intrepid Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers attended the fun Mahaloween Luau event earlier this year at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in the Disneyland Hotel. While there, she grabbed a sneak peek of what we can expect at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. We also gleaned a few more details from The Atomic Grog!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Concept Art

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Concept Art — Coming Soon to Walt Disney World!

While details have been kept mostly under wraps since we were given our first glimpse of concept art last Spring, the presentation by Imagineers Brandon Kleyla and Kyle Barnes at the Mahaloween Luau served to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.

I'll Have Whatever She's Making, Please!

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Although we know that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will be similar to the wildly popular Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel, we’re also starting to get an idea of how they’ll differ. And the key is right here in some of the photos we are sharing with you today.

Trader Sam's Tiki in Orlando

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The most interesting thing to come out of the presentation is the subtle difference in themeing between the two different Trader Sam’s locations. While the Disneyland Trader Sam’s has a style more reflective of Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride — think African Queen — Imagineers have something entirely different in mind for the Grog Grotto.

At the Polynesian, Trader Sam’s will celebrate more of the nautical aspect of the intrepid head salesman’s adventures. Look for the primary themeing cues to come courtesy of the [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket

Christmas is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort and I’ve got a new popcorn bucket to prove it!!!!  I recently spotted this Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket and had to add it to my collection.

Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket

Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket

I normally don’t buy Premium Popcorn Buckets, but during the holidays, I’m basically a sucker. I use them for decor.  This is my third year getting the Holiday Mickey. I also have the Mickey Snowman & Mickey Santa.

Premium Mickey Elf Popcorn Buckets can be found and most Popcorn Carts throughout the resort and are $12.50 filled with regular popcorn or $14.00 if you want caramel corn (caramel corn is only available at some popcorn stands).

Popcorn Pricing

Popcorn Pricing

I will say this… unless we just happened to get a bad one, the [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Big Hero 6 Teriyaki Street Dog & Coconut Milk Tea from Award Wieners

If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6 yet, then you need to get to the movie theater ASAP. My whole family, teenager included, enjoyed it. I’m now totally in love with Baymax.

So, when I saw that there were Big Hero 6 special menu items at Award Wieners in Disney California Adventure, I was all in.

Award Wieners

There are two special menu items, the Teriyaki Street Dog and Coconut Milk Tea that are definitely worth a visit to Award Wieners.

Big Hero 6 Meal Description

Big Hero 6 Meal Description

Both items are unbelievably delicious. I’m normally not a hot dog person (I’ll take a corn dog over a hot dog on any Disney day), but the flavors in the description intrigued me.

The Teriyaki Dog is a Teriyaki glazed all beef hot dog served on a Garlic Chive Roll.  It’s topped with Wasabi Mayonaisse and Ginger, Carrot & Cucumber Slaw.  If you’re not into spicy, don’t let the word wasabi scare you away. I’m only a mild spice type of person (so this means I’m just mildy boring, right?) and I could totally handle it.  In fact, I really loved it.

The mayo had just a little bit of kick to it and combined with the flavors of the hot dog and slaw, it was perfect.

Big Hero 6 Teriyaki Street Dog

Big Hero 6 Teriyaki Street Dog

The Teriyaki Street Dog is $8.50. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Haunted Mansion Popcorn and Gummies

Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat, call in the spirits wherever they’re at… because Haunted Mansion Treats!  I first spotted these in early October, but just recently went back to purchase and try them.

Haunted Mansion Gummies & Popcorn

Haunted Mansion Gummies & Popcorn

I purchased both and brought them home to my live-in sweets specialists.  Let’s start with the Popcorn.  The packaging is so great. I love Gus the hitchhiking ghost on the front, and the teal and purple colors of the popcorn are so pretty!  Yes, I just said that popcorn is pretty.

Pretty Popcorn!

Perfect Packaging

The packaging says “Naturally and Artificially Flavored.”  We were super curious to try it and see what the exact flavors were.

We were guessing maybe blue raspberry and grape.  But after trying it, it was [Read more…]

News: Fantasmic! Dining Experiences Coming to Disneyland

Are you looking forward to seeing Fantasmic! at Disneyland, but waiting to grab a seat… well, not so much?

Fantasmic Finale at Disneyland

Fantasmic Finale at Disneyland

Beginning November 12, guests will be able to book dining experiences for Fantasmic shows starting December 12. Each dining package includes a Fastpass for Fantasmic (which will be a requirement for seats in reserved viewing starting December 12).

There are four packages to choose from:

Guests can book the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Fantasmic!” Dinner Dining Package. This package includes one three-course meal (an appetizer, entree, and dessert, along with a beverage), a special Fantasmic! souvenir, along with the Fastpass for Fantasmic! The price (tax and gratuity not included) is $61.00 for adults, $23.00 for children ages 3-9. Dinner seatings will begin at 4:00 pm.

Blue Bayou Sign

Blue Bayou Sign

The River Belle Terrace will open exclusively to guests enjoying the River Belle Terrace “Fantasmic!” Dinner Dining Package. While River Belle Terrace will remain open as a quick service for breakfast until 2:00 pm every day, the spot will transition into a Table Service experience for Fantasmic guests. Dinner seatings will begin at 3:00 pm, and will include one three-course meal (an appetizer, entree, and dessert, along with a beverage) along with the Fantasmic Fastpass. The price (tax and gratuity not included) is $41.99 for adults, $21.99 for children ages 3-9.

River Belle Terrace

River Belle Terrace

Prefer to fill up the critters [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers of 2014

Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of this spooktacular holiday, we thought it would be fun to keep with the tradition of sharing some fabulous Disneyland Pumpkins with you.

The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers are back at the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival and they’ve been busy!

Jack Skellington Shares a Spot with the Haunted Mansion Hat Box Ghost

Jack Skellington Shares a Spot with the Haunted Mansion Hat Box Ghost

Carved and decorated by a small handful of Disney artists, I noticed two incredible talents that were at the ranch on several occasions during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.  Both Disneyland carving veterans, Bridget McCarty and Joe Yakovetic can turn a pumpkin into a masterpiece.

Mickey Mouse with Mini Pumpkin Ears

Mickey Mouse with Mini Pumpkin Ears

Some pumpkins are carved, some are painted, some are carved and painted.  There are sparkly pumpkins, embellished pumpkins and even pumpkins on pumpkins.

Anna, Elsa & Olaf

Anna, Elsa & Olaf

They’re all so unique, but what they do have in common??? Their awesomeness.  Let’s take a look at some of these [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Caramel Apple Smoothie & Pumpkin Muffin from Schmoozies

Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure is much more “quiet” than it is over at Disneyland.  There are, however, a handful of special menu items that are available through October 31st.  On a recent visit I discovered a fun combo at Schmoozies in Hollywood Land.

Schmoozies

Schmoozies!

The Caramel Apple Smoothie and Pumpkin Muffin are currently being featured as Holiday Specials.

Caramel Apple Smoothie & Pumpkin Muffin Signage

Caramel Apple Smoothie & Pumpkin Muffin Signage

Of course I had to check both of these items out.  The Caramel Apple Smoothie is made from fresh Granny Smith Apples, Caramel & Ice Cream.  I think it can be called a smoothie because it has real fruit in it, but don’t get me wrong, it’s NOT a healthy item. It’s really more like a shake.  Totally delicious, but not something you’d get from a juice bar!

Caramel Apple Smoothie & Pumpkin Muffin

Caramel Apple Smoothie & Pumpkin Muffin

Schmoozies makes all “smoothies” fresh to order, so it does [Read more…]

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

More Disneyland Halloween goodies for you today!

Already a great little stop for a snack and a drink, Maurice’s Treats at the Fantasy Faire has added a new reason to go and get a “Twist.”

Maurice's Treats at Fantasy Faire

Maurice’s Treats at Fantasy Faire

Maurice’s Treats normally serves up 3 types of baked “Twists.”  They currently offer Strawberry, Chocolate, and Cheddar Garlic Bagel flavors.  In addition to the usual flavors, a Pumpkin Twist has debuted for Halloween Time.

Pumpkin Twist Signage

Pumpkin Twist Signage

I’m basically nuts about anything pumpkin, so I knew I’d love this.  AND…. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: More Halloween Treats at the Disneyland Resort

It’s been so much fun hunting down all of  the Halloween Treats  at the Disneyland Resort this year.

Halloween is by far my very favorite time of the year.  I have so many photos of spooky delights and although I’d like to try every single item, I’d also like to fit into my Halloween costume in a few weeks. So, instead of a full review on each of these Halloween Time treats, let’s just look at some calorie free photos!  Most of the items I’m featuring in this post can be found in Candy Palace at Disneyland, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure, and Marceline’s in Downtown Disney.  If an item is specific to a certain spot, I’ll let ya know!

Let’s start with these adorable Mickey o’ Lantern Cookies!

Mickey Pumpkin Cookies

Mickey Pumpkin Cookies

Followed by some Mickey Bat Cookies!  I love the tiny orange fangs!

Mickey Bat Cookies

Mickey Bat Cookies

New for 2014 are the Haunted Mansion Clock Crispy Clock & Mickey Mummy Crispy Treats. How cute are the little M&M eyes peeking out from behind the mummy’s “bandages?”

Haunted Mansion Clock & Mickey Mummy Crispy Treats

Haunted Mansion Clock & Mickey Mummy Crispy Treats

There’s also a new Jack o’ Lantern Marshmallow Wand.  This one I might have to get my hands on.  Four fluffy marshmallows are dipped in caramel, then coated with white chocolate and covered in orange sanding sugar.  I love that each pumpkin has a [Read more…]