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!

Disney World

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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Coming Soon! Dinoco Sippers to Debut This Month at Disney California Adventure

Just in time for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, add another must-have to your collectible list!

Cozy Cone Motel Dinoco Oil Can Sippers, ©Disney

Cozy Cone Motel Dinoco Oil Can Sippers, ©Disney

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Disneyland Recipe: Matterhorn Macaroons

Today, we are heading back to Disneyland for some inspiration in the kitchen!

I recently stumbled upon this brilliant recipe by Rumbly Tumbly. While my attention perked up as soon as I saw a recipe for one of my favorite Disneyland Treats, the Matterhorn Macaroon, I was even more excited to see that one of my DFB posts had inspired the author to try her hand at recreating the treats in the first place!

Disneyland's Matterhorn Macaroon

Disneyland’s Matterhorn Macaroon

Shannon’s version looks so much like the original and sounds so chewy, moist and delicious. I’m definitely inspired to try my own hand at these giant treats!

Matterhorn Macaroons

Inspired by the Original Treat at Disneyland
Makes 12 Macaroons

Ingredients:
1 cup room temperature butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut – see note below for how to prepare coconut
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Wilton Bright White Candy melts
decorators sugar for sprinkling

Instructions: [Read more…]

Recipe: S’mores Bake from Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue in Disneyland

There’s an iconic dessert in Disneyland that everyone’s got to try at least once. Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue offers giant cookie bakes for dessert, which are amazing; but they also offer a S’mores Bake built for a crowd!

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

We had a chance to sample this dessert firsthand a while back.

Isn't it gorgeous?

S’more Bake at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

What makes this version of s’mores so fantastic? It takes your indulgence to the next level by making it on a base of Brownies. Brownies.

For ease, this recipe calls for a Brownie Mix to get you started. But you should absolutely feel free to substitute your favorite brownie recipe if you’d like to make the brownies from scratch. Either way, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome.

Enjoy!

S‘mores Bake

Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 (10.5-ounce) box fudge brownie mix
1 (1-pound) bag large marshmallows
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot fudge sauce, warmed
8 graham crackers

Instructions: [Read more…]

Pics of the Week: Disneyland Dishes!

Whenever I’m in need of a trip to the Park that Started It All, but don’t have the time to jet off to California, I love to check out YOUR shots on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza, our Flickr group. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, head over there! It’s the perfect way to get your extra Disney food fix. :-)

Today, I thought I’d share some of our best reader photos of favorite dishes in Disneyland.

Disneyland Dole Whip Float

Disneyland Dole Whip Float

Let’s take a closer look at a few of our favorites in this latest installment of our Disney Food Pics of the Week Series!

Frites and Mint Julep

Photographer: Michael Greening
There are a couple of different spots in Disneyland that I must check out every time I visit, and one of them is Cafe Orleans. A trip just wouldn’t feel complete with at least one Monte Cristo Sandwich, and an order of Frites to share (HA!). (Michael did it right here, with two sauces!) And while you’re at it, you have to try Disneyland’s famed Mint Juleps at least once!

A Stop at Cafe Orleans for Frites and a Mint Julep

A Stop at Cafe Orleans for Frites and a Mint Julep

Disneyland Corn Dogs

Photographer: Kirsten Marie Hutton
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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…]

News: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Fun Options at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

St. Patrick’s Day is TODAY! (Are you wearing green??) And if you’re looking to join in the celebration of all things Irish, we have some great suggestions for observing the holiday at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!

Say cheers with green beer!

Say Cheers with Green Beer!

Whether you’re after delicious St. Paddy’s Day-inspired dishes, or entertainment to stoke the festive spirit, here’s what you need to know to celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish at the popular spot!

Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar started the party earlier! During the entire month of March, guests can enjoy their homestyle Corned Beef Reuben served on a rustic Marble Rye Roll. The sandwich comes with Uva’s Garlic Shoestring French Fries. Pair the platter with Red Trolley Irish Red Ale by Karl Strauss.

Shaved Corned Beef Reuben

Shaved Corned Beef Reuben and Trolley Irish Red Ale at Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar

Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues will offer lots of options for hungry guests in search of a hearty Irish feast. Look for menu additions such as Corned Beef Sliders, Cheese Soup featuring Guinness, Fish and Chips, and a Reuben Sandwich made in the traditional style with Corned Beef. Add [Read more…]

Best Disneyland Restaurants for First Timers

Okay. So I tried to come up with the Top Three Disneyland Restaurants for First Timers. But there was no way I could limit my picks to just three. So then, I said, hey, let’s try for the Top Five.

Even still.

So in the end, I cut myself off at Eight. :-)

Disneyland's Matterhorn

Matterhorn!

There is so much good food in Disneyland. Really, it was super hard not to just give you a list of pretty much every restaurant there, and call it a day.

But if you must narrow it down, these are the restaurants that I love. These are the spots that I’d go to every single time if I could. (And mostly, I do.)

Heading to Disneyland, or just dreaming about a pilgrimage there? Check out my picks for the places you have to visit during your very first trip. Whether you’re looking for a meal or a snack, you can’t go wrong with putting these spots on your list.

Cafe Orleans

If I could only eat at one spot in Disneyland for the rest of my life, I’m fairly sure that spot would be Cafe Orleans. Located on New Orleans Square, it’s offers some of the beautiful patio seating that Disneyland is known for.

Outdoor Patio at Cafe Orleans

Outdoor Patio at Cafe Orleans

But I’m going to be honest — Cafe Orleans claims the distinction of offering not just one or two, but three of my favorite Disneyland dishes. (And that’s pretty much all I ever eat there.) First, when you visit here, I insist you order the Pommes Frites. Tossed with Garlic and Parmesan, they’re served with a Cajun Remoulade ramekin. I also insist you order TWO remoulades. At least. Per person.

Cafe Orleans Pommes Frites

Cafe Orleans Pommes Frites

While I love their gumbo here as well, it’s the Monte Cristo Sandwich that I can’t live without. Pockets of bread layered with Ham, Turkey, and Swiss Cheese are lightly battered and deep-fried. Served with Berry Puree for dipping, this is pretty much something everyone should eat at least once in life.

Disneyland's Famous Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans

Not a meat-eater? There’s also an All-Cheese Version. No. Seriously. There is.

Behold. The Three-Cheese Monte Cristo. Did I mention the Double Creme Brie?

Three-Cheese Monte Cristo at Disneyland's Cafe New Orleans

Three-Cheese Monte Cristo at Disneyland’s Cafe New Orleans

But save room for dessert — because you can’t pass on the Mickey Beignets served with Dipping Sauces.

Mickey Beignets with Sauces

Mickey Beignets with Sauces

Have this meal just once, and you can say “I’ve been to Disneyland” properly as far as I’m concerned.

Blue Bayou

But Cafe Orleans has an older, slightly more posh sister — Blue Bayou. And while I usually skip it in favor of Cafe Orleans, if you’re visiting the ‘Land for the first time, you really need to experience this place.

Because more than anything, Blue Bayou is an experience; it’s as much an attraction as a restaurant.

Blue Bayou Atmosphere

Blue Bayou Atmosphere

Because the restaurant is fashioned to look like a verandah on a river’s edge. Look below you into the water, and you see travelers, en route to explore the mysteries of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Honestly, the food is less important here to me than the “view.” I have enjoyed the New Orleans Signature Gumbo. And in this setting, it’s even better.

New Orleans Signature Gumbo

New Orleans Signature Gumbo

And yep, to be honest, I like to order the Monte Cristo here, too!

Le Special de  Monte Cristo Sandwich

Le Special de Monte Cristo Sandwich

It’s a little fancier (and more expensive), but just as delicious.

Napa Rose

Some of my Disneyland dining choices are obviously sentimental; either I love the restaurant, the food, or both. But it’s not like they’re the tip-top of the culinary pyramid or anything. But then, there’s Napa Rose.

I Love the Napa Rose Outdoor Lounge Area

Start Your Napa Rose Adventure With a Glass of Wine on the Outside Patio

Nestled inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, Napa Rose stands as a testament to fine California fusion cuisine, inspired by fresh farm-to-market ingredients.

Chef Sutton's Chili Base

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Best Breakfasts in Disneyland

You’re in the Happiest Place on Earth — Disneyland!! And you’re ready to kick off a fun-filled day of park touring, thrills, and lots of character interaction. These are the streets that Walt himself walked, the Park that started them all!

Teacups

But how do you ensure that your day gets off to a great start? By kicking it off with the most important meal of the day!

There are tons of iconic snacks and delicious meals that we love to enjoy every time we visit Disneyland. But there are also some terrific breakfast options, too. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of our favorites.

Steakhouse 55

If it’s a leisurely, sit-down breakfast you’re looking forward to, you can’t go wrong with Steakhouse 55. Located in Disneyland Hotel, this restaurant has been around nearly as long as the Park itself. It offers a quiet and elegant way to start off a day of Disney fun.

Tables

Steakhouse 55 in Disneyland Hotel — A Quiet Way to Start Your Day

Sometimes, I really love the option to fill up on a big breakfast, and then snack or eat lightly through the rest of the day. And there’s a no more luxurious morning splurge than a beautifully cooked plate of New York Steak and Eggs!

New York Steak and Eggs

New York Steak and Eggs

You can also customize your breakfast a bit and Build Your Own Omelette. Choose three from a list of fillings to make your breakfast totally unique.

Build Your Own Omelet

Choose to Build Your Own Omelette

Add some of those delicious Roasted Potatoes, and you’ll be fueled up for hours of Disney fun.

River Belle Terrace

Other times, my first priority is to get into the Parks super early, and then find a bite to eat. After all, there’s something truly magical about being one the of the first people in!

When I’m more interested in touring than spending precious time waiting for my order to arrive, I head to River Belle Terrace. And actually, there are two reasons that this is one of my favorite Disneyland breakfast spots. First off, the patio area offers gorgeous views of the Rivers of America. For me, this is such a serene way to start my day.

View from River Belle Terrace

View from River Belle Terrace

Although it’s a counter service spot, this isn’t food that you eat on the go. Comforting options like Biscuits and Gravy demand that you stop long enough to enjoy your meal.

Of course, you can’t enjoy breakfast here without at least one Mickey Pancake! Enjoying one while watching for the Mark Twain Riverboat to paddle by is Disney Bucket List stuff!

Mickey Pancake

Mickey Pancake

But don’t pass up the chance to try the [Read more…]