LIVE News: Food and Fun at the Disney Parks 24-Hour Events!

Two MAJOR events are kicking off today at Disney Parks on both coasts in a BIG way!

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Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on the west coast and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on the east coast are pulling all-nighters once again! All three parks are open today, May 22nd, from 6 am and they’re not closing until the following morning at 6 am.

That means 24 straight hours of fun and FOOD!

That’s right… the 24-Hour Day that started in 2012 for One More Disney Day continued in 2013 to launch a Monstrous Summer. Last year we Rocked our Disney Side, and now what was originally presumed to be a one-time gig is now a start-of-summer tradition!

Things are working a little differently this year, though, thanks to the 60th Birthday of Disneyland. While folks in Disney World are kicking off the “Coolest Summer Ever,” Disneyland guests will begin the official celebration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

As for us here at the DFB, we’re celebrating BOTH! We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with pics from our awesome DFB Readers, as well as MY pictures from right here in Walt’s original park, Disneyland!

Oh, and… HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the Happiest Place on Earth!

Happy 60th Anniversary, Disneyland!

Happy 60th Anniversary, Disneyland!

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Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle with BLING!

Disneyland

Check out the pre-opening crowds (and the 24 Hour MICKEY EARS!!) in the early wee hours ready for the party to start at Disneyland!! Many thanks to Bill Cody (@VegasBiLL) for the pics!

Disneyland pre-opening

Disneyland pre-opening

Disneyland pre-opening

Disneyland pre-opening

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS!!

Hours of operation

Hours of operation

Open at 6 am

Open at 6 am!

Look who got all dressed up for the big Diamond Celebration!

Diamond Celebration Mickey Candy Apple

Diamond Celebration Mickey Candy Apple

And I’m loving Minnie’s beautiful diamond bow!

Diamond Celebration Minnie Candy Apple

Diamond Celebration Minnie Candy Apple

Diamond Celebration Krispy Treats

Mickey and Minnie Diamond Celebration Krispy Treats

And I know this is just a cup… but it is SO NOT just a cup! Disneyland guests will be spotting these beauties for their beverages!

Diamond Celebration Cups

Diamond Celebration Cups

What the Specialty 24-Hour Celebration Dopey Cupcake says is totally true…

"Being Up All Night Makes Me Dopey"

“Being Up All Night Makes Me Dopey”

2015 24 Hour Event Logo

2015 24 Hour Event Logo

Don’t forget that special treats are ALL OVER Disneyland today! Bill Cody (@VegasBiLL) snapped this shot of a display of some of the celebratory food.

Diamond Celebration Food Display

Diamond Celebration Food Display

That was before he stopped by Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe to enjoy this scrumptious Egg and Bacon Croissant.

Egg and Bacon Croissant at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Egg and Bacon Croissant at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

There are more breakfast goodies than you can shake a stick at around here… @guyselga started the day with this breakfast sandwich over at White Water Snacks!

Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich

I enjoyed a glass of Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade from Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade

Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade

And beyond breakfast… how about some Creamy Corn Chowder in a Mickey Bread Bowl from French Market Restaurant?

Creamy Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder

Oh, my… @DisneyandBeyond got to try the Fried Chicken and Waffles at Plaza Inn! And if I may quote: “Waited longer than I did for Star Tours for these, but well worth the wait!”

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles

Aaaand I’m officially jealous: Milestogo Prevention enjoyed a double whammy: the Mac and Cheese Pizza at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, AND a new Dinoco Oil Can Sipper!

Mac and Cheese Pizza and Dinoco Sipper

Mac and Cheese Pizza and Dinoco Sipper

Oh, and souvenir Diamond Celebration glow cubes can be added to specialty drinks around the park!

Light Up Drink Diamond sign

Light Up Drink Diamond sign

I picked up a couple of sips at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: The Very Berry Iced Tea

Specialty beverages

Very Berry Iced Tea

… and the Frozen Pomegranate Silver Sparkler.

Specialty beverages

Specialty beverages

Mine came with the souvenir Diamond Glow Cube, and here it is in action!!

Diamond Celebration souvenir glow cube

Diamond Celebration souvenir glow cube

Speaking of souvenirs…

Dopey t-shirt

Dopey t-shirt

Souvenir t-shirt

Souvenir t-shirt

Diamond Celebration Minnie Ears

Diamond Celebration Minnie Ears

Prepackaged Snacks

Prepackaged Snacks

I think I’m in love with the Disneyland Balloon Popcorn Bucket!

Disneyland Balloon Popcorn Bucket

Disneyland Balloon Popcorn Bucket

And have you seen the Disneyland Stein brought out for the occasion? Thanks, Bill (@VegasBiLL) for the pic!

Disneyland Stein

Disneyland Stein

Anyone up for a little lunch at Blue Bayou?

Blue Bayou menu

Blue Bayou menu

Ahh, it’s good to be back in Disneyland. I’ve missed these guys!

Roastie-Toastie!

Roastie-Toastie!

It’s a perfect day for capturing LOTS of memories… be on the lookout for Diamond Celebration photo spots!

Diamond Celebration photo stop

Diamond Celebration photo stop

Diamond Celebration photo stop

Diamond Celebration photo stop

All sorts of surprises are popping up around the park!

Diamond Days

Diamond Days

Diamond Days

Diamond Days

Diamond Days

Diamond Days

And outside of the parks, too!

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel

The fun is happening in every corner!

Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party

It's a 24 hour flight for Dumbo!

It’s a 24 hour flight for Dumbo!

And it’s always fun making a few friends along the way… from the Rebel Alliance, naturally :)!

Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party Rebels

If this isn’t THE. COOLEST. HAIR. EVER!!!

Mickey Hair Bun

Mickey Hair Bun

And let’s have one more look at that sparkling Diamond Celebration Castle, shall we?

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Of course, as fun as all that is (and it is!), I think a lot of people agree with me that there’s nothing quite like being in any of the parks at night.

Disneyland Diamond Celebration logo on street lamp

Disneyland Diamond Celebration logo on street lamp

Diamond Celebration Popcorn Box

Diamond Celebration Popcorn Box

Cars Land

Cars Land

Walt's light in the Fire Station window

Walt’s light in the Fire Station window

So as we wrap up our day (aw, who am I kidding? There’s still a few hours to go!), let’s see what are our friends on the east coast are up to!

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You simply can’t forget the most important meal of the day if you’re going to be rolling for 24 hours :) .  Our friends @laughing_place.com sent this pic of breakfast in Tomorrowland!

Breakfast in Tomorrowland

Breakfast in Tomorrowland

Thanks to @WDWTableFinder for a glimpse at these Tomorrowland Cinnamon Rolls!!

Tomorrowland Cinnamon Rolls

Tomorrowland Cinnamon Rolls

Caffeine fix, anyone? It’s a great idea… thanks to @StephenMcD40 for the shot!

COFFEE!!!

COFFEE!!!

And @AdamDale has already called the first “SNACK TIME”!!! Not a bad choice, if I do say so myself…

Dole Whip Snack Time!

Dole Whip Snack Time!

Of course, anytime is a great time for a Dole Whip break! So, Dole Whips and Pirates it is for our friends @wonderandco !

Aaargh!!!

Aaargh!!!

The day marches on, and you gotta stay well-fueled, like @jeremiahgood for lunch time!

Lunch at Magic Kingdom

Lunch at Magic Kingdom

I don’t know what I like best about this second shot we received from @StephenMcD40… the awesome “Coolest Summer Ever” Cupcake in front, or spying Goofy in the background!

Coolest Summer Ever cupcake

Coolest Summer Ever cupcake

We’ll be updating this post throughout the day, so STAY TUNED!! And send YOUR pics to @disneyfoodblog on twitter, facebook.com/disneyfoodblog, @disneyfoodblog on instagram, or to webmaster@disneyfoodblog.com!

Special Eats and Treats for Disneyland’s 24 Hour Diamond Anniversary Celebration

Are YOU kicking off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by spending a FULL 24 HOURS with Mickey and the gang in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure?!

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©Disney

That’s right! The eagerly anticipated Diamond Anniversary Celebration officially begins this Friday, May 22nd, at 6 am — the same day Walt Disney World launches the “Coolest Summer Ever” with Magic Kingdom’s 24 hour day. Now, 24 hours may seem like a LOT of time… but when you see all the special treats created just for the occasion, you may find that 24 hours isn’t nearly enough!

And we would love it if YOU would help us all join in the fun! Are you attending the 24-hour celebration on either coast? If so, please feel welcome to send us any and all pictures — be they of food or just plain FUN — from your experience! Just let us know how you’d like to be credited on your pictures, and we’ll do our best to include as many as possible in our ongoing coverage this Friday! You can send pictures to us on twitter, Facebook, email us at webmaster@disneyfoodblog.com, or @ us on instagram!

And now… back to the FOOD!! Special dishes and snacks will abound in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure throughout the celebration.

World of Color Dining Packages

Don’t forget that World of Color Dining Packages are available for the new “World of Color — Celebrate!” show. Unique to the 24-hour event are 2-course, prix fixe breakfast packages available from midnight to 1:45 am on May 23rd at Ariel’s Grotto (as a non-character meal) and Wine Country Trattoria, offering reserved viewing for a special 3 am World of Color show.

Ariel's Grotto

Ariel’s Grotto

Wine Country Trattoria

Wine Country Trattoria

Though online it appears as though Dining Reservations are currently full, you never know when you might happen upon a cancellation.

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There is a LOT of ground to cover for the all-around-the-park eats, so let’s start in Disneyland! The signature Disneyland Diamond Celebration Cupcake will be featured at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Cupcake

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Cupcake

The Diamond Anniversary Ice Cream Sandwich offers a cool twist on the celebratory treats with your choice of ice cream between two sugar cookies. Find it at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, alongside an Ice Cream Sundae served in a souvenir kitchen sink!

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

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©Disney

Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae from above -- faucet close up

Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae from above — faucet close up

I wonder how many people will be lining up at the Stage Door Cafe for this Mocha Chip Funnel Cake?

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©Disney

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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: NEW! Viva Navidad Snack Cart at Disney California Adventure

This year Disney California Adventure is featuring a brand new holiday festival called  Viva Navidad.  It showcases Latino holiday traditions with music, food, and fun!

Viva Navidad!

The colorful celebration has taken over the Paradise Garden area of Disney California Adventure and has some really fabulous food offerings now through January 6, 2014.

I recently visited the new snack cart, which is located just to the left of Goofy’s Sky School.

Viva Navidad Snack Cart

Here you can find a handful of authentic Mexican treats that make for a perfect snack while watching the Viva Navidad Street Party.  The menu features three traditional snacks as well as Abuelita Hot Chocolate, assorted Coca Cola Beverages and some specialty cotton candy.

Viva Navidad Snack Cart Menu

My absolute favorite item were the Bunuelos with Cajeta. I was lucky enough to try these delicious little crisps [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Oktoberfest Items at Disney California Adventure

Chicken Dance your way over to DCA! As part of their Limited Time Magic promotion, Disney California Adventure is celebrating Oktoberfest with some special items at Bayside Brews.

Bayside Brews in Disney California Adventure

Available through the month of October, the special Oktoberfest items include a Bratwurst Sandwich, Bavarian Pretzels, Gingerbread Bundt Cake, and two specialty beers on tap: Karl Strauss Oktoberfest & Hofbrau Munchen Beer.

The Bratwurst Sausage is served in a garlic brioche with a side of hickory smoked bacon sauerkraut. The sandwich is $8.49 and comes with a choice of apples or potato chips.

Oktoberfest Bratwurst Meal

I have to say, my husband and I were both very surprised how great this meal was for [Read more…]

Now Available! DFB Podcast Episode 16: The Other Parks

Hola, fellow Disney food-lovers!

Exciting news today for all you hungry commuters, walkers, runners, beach-goers, gym-goers, Disney summer road-trippers, and other assorted podcast listeners!

Just a note to let you know that the 16th episode of our DFB Podcast is now up and ready for downloading!

In this episode, Brad and I cover the latest Disney food news and discuss their favorite table service restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and California Adventure.

We also answer two listener questions (sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies, oh my!), and reveal the answer to our Episode 15 trivia question (and reveal a pretty tough question for this episode)!

Here’s the Podcast page for Episode 16. Thanks in advance for listening!!

Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes, follow DFBPodcast on Twitter, and [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: New Menu Items at Carthay Circle Lounge & 1901

We’ve got new eats over at Disney California Adventure!  Two new dishes have arrived at Carthay Circle Lounge & 1901, and we’re very excited to share them with you here on the blog.

Carthay Circle Lounge can be found at the entrance to Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure

Although the shared menu at Carthay Circle Lounge/1901 is limited, the items available are pretty amazing.

1901 Lounge Menu Cover

Carthay Circle Lounge is open to all Disney guests, and can be found at the entrance to Carthay Circle restaurant. You don’t need a reservation to dine here! However, 1901 Lounge is an exclusive lounge open only to Club 33 Members and their guests.

Carthay Circle Lounge

Updates to the Carthay Circle Lounge/1901 Lounge Menu

Sharing a menu, these two fabulous lounges serve up Bites & Snacks, Rolls, Small Plates, and Carthay Signature Desserts. The menu has barely changed from its opening almost exactly one year ago, but  now we’ve got some updates!

Since opening, they’ve ditched the [Read more…]

Introducing: The Mickey Marshmallow Cone at Trolley Treats

Today, we’re headed to Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure to sample some seriously adorable eats!

Located on the recently re-imagined Buena Vista Street, Trolley Treats is a candy store featuring a show kitchen on the premises — a first for California Adventure. And the shop captures that nostalgic sweets shop vibe perfectly.

Trolley Treats Candy Sign

No matter how old you are, you’ll want a treat from Trolley Treats, complete with its custom Trolley Treats packaging!

I Heart the Vintage-Inspired Trolley Treats Logo!

And now, in addition to the delicious handmade marshmallows in a variety of amazing flavors, I’ve found another must have: Mickey Marshmallow Cones!

Mickey Marshmallow Cones

I just love finding treats that uniquely represent Disney, you know? And when I spied what looked like Mickey Mouse ice cream cones in the display case, I knew I had to take a closer look. And taste, actually!

The sweets masquerading as hand-dipped frozen treats turned out to be made of marshmallow!

Marshmallow Cones in the Case

I saw these on an initial visit to Trolley Treats on my last Disneyland vacation, and HAD to go back to actually try one!

As we’ve mentioned here before, one of Trolley Treats’ signature sweets are gourmet marshmallows, made right in the shop’s show kitchen. So I’m thinking these are [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Gourmet Marshmallows at Trolley Treats

When you’re looking for a tasty treat (which, of course, you ARE on Mardi Gras), a must stop shop on Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street is Trolley Treats.

Trolly Treats on Buena Vista Street

The aroma of the candy kitchen entices you as you pass the picture window where you’ll often see candy makers creating one of their signature Trolley Treats items: The Gourmet Marshmallow.

Marshmallow Making at Trolley Treats

Sold either individually for $3.49 from the counter, or in packs of two for $5.95 from the store’s display, the hand made fluffy squares are available in several different flavors.

Trolley Treats Marshmallow Display

The flavors I went with were Banana Split, S’mores, Luscious Lemon, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Madness. I have to say all of them were great, but it was a serious sugar overload.

Normally I’d say just get an individual one and share it with someone, but hey, I was “working.” Let’s take a look at them all:

Banana Split Gourmet Marshmallow

First up, let’s go with the Banana Split. Topped with a cherry, this fun marshmallow is adorable and delicious. In fact, I think I’d call it my favorite. I love banana flavored items though, so this was right up my alley.

Banana Split Gourmet Marshmallow

The banana flavor reminded me a bit of banana flavored Laffy Taffy — sort of artificial, but the added chocolate drizzle, caramel & cherry on top made it the perfect combination to impersonate a mini banana split.

I love watching the candy makers in action and happened to get some [Read more…]

Review: Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disney California Adventure (+ Disneyland Lunar New Year Menu Details!)

This spot might elicit a “wha?!? where’s that?!?” reaction for some since it really doesn’t get its share of the spotlight. But I really enjoy heading to the Lucky Fortune Cookery once in a while when I’m in Disney California Adventure!

The counter service location is a great thematic fit for the Pacific Wharf area of the park and offers some pretty tasty, customizable goodies for those who stumble upon it.

Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disney California Adventure

After the review, we’ll also have some awesome info for you about what Lucky Fortune Cookery and other dining spots are serving for this year’s Lunar New Year celebration in Disneyland — so scroll down for that! OK — Let’s dig in!!

Atmosphere and Themeing

Lucky Fortune Cookery is teensy. The outdoor location is nearly an afterthought — or so it seems. There are three main ordering windows and just a few tables scattered around.

Lucky Fortune Cookery Ordering Area

You’re clearly in an industrial section of town here at the Wharf, and the fun lanterns hanging from the rafters give this a sweet “downtown” vibe I think! It’s such a great way to soften an otherwise harsh space.

Lucky Fortune Cookery Ordering Area and themeing

Tables are scarce, but don’t forget that you’re surrounded by about three other huge restaurants here at the Wharf.

There’s a ginormous seating area just across the way, so if there are no seats available at [Read more…]