Disning in Disneyland: Inside Rock Candy Mountain at Disney California Adventure

A few months back, we gave you a sneak peek of Trolly Treats’ Rock Candy Mountain

Displayed prominently in the candy store’s main window, these sweet slopes are definitely one of my favorite things to look at on Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street; ESPECIALLY when you know its hidden secret!

Rock Candy Mountain Window Display on Buena Vista Street

History of Rock Candy Mountain

Originally intended as an attraction to be part of the Storybook Land Canal Boats; the Casey Jr. Circus Train was going to travel around it in Disneyland Park. Concept art was drawn, but the project was never built.

Rock Candy Mountain Original Concept Art

Rock Candy Mountain Original Concept Art

In its honor, the sparkling sugar mountain has been brought to life by imagineers who used both real and replica candies to create a fun window display that is sure to delight all passers by. 

AND instead of Casey Jr. making its way around the tracks, a mini red trolley has the privilege. If you stand out front on Buena Vista Street, you can even hear the trolley bells coming from [Read more…]

Review: Ariel’s Grotto in Disney California Adventure

Disneyland’s Princess meal takes place in Disney California Adventure at Ariel’s Grotto, a lovely little restaurant full of windows and under-the-sea themeing perfectly fitting for the princess from The Little Mermaid.

Ariel’s Grotto lunch at Disney’s California Adventure in Disneyland Resort begins with an impressive-looking first course followed by your choice of entrees. Go ahead and skip ahead to the dessert platter. It’s worth a quick peek now, but be sure to return here to finish our full review!

Restaurant Entrance


The princess vibe hits you before you even walk into the restaurant. Well, at least it did for us! We were required to walk past a merchandise kiosk selling princess dresses in order to get to the front door. Can you imagine walking by all of those dresses with your little girl on your way to a princess character meal? You’ll have to keep your wits about you, because I’m guessing she won’t! ;-)

Princess Dress Kiosk

Passing the princess dresses, we walked under a sign welcoming us (and the Merfolk), and headed into the reception area for Ariel’s.

Ariel's Entrance

Here, we checked in at the podium and checked out a display of celebration cakes. These were prominent throughout Disneyland during our last visit. They’re available for order when [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: A Twist On Bread

We appreciate your photo submissions to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! The pictures are so appetizing! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature a food staple – bread!

Boudin Bakery Bread Cart at Disney California Adventure. We love that they make Mickey-shaped bread here!
Photographer: shnewell

Fresh bread!

Kona Café in Disney’s Polynesian Resort serves Sweet Bread & Macadamia Honey Butter! Heavenly!
Photographer: Scott Sanders/ssander79


Multigrain Bread is served at [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 17, 2011

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event Banner

We’re so excited about the response to our 2011 WDW Foodie Fest Snack Attack event. Tickets sold out within just a couple of hours on Friday!

For those who won’t be able to join us, we’d love to see you at the other WDW Foodie Fest events. You can check out the Schedule of Events here!

Disney Food News

Check out some of the latest news in the Disney food world!

New Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide Just Around the Corner…

Yep, we’re finishing up the final edits on our brand new Mini-Guide e-Book!

As you know, our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book covers a wealth of information about Disney World food. But after hitting 250 pages, we reserved some of the more detailed info for our upcoming series of Mini-Guides.

The first in the series will be the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and it will be debuting very soon.

Detailed reviews, photos, prices, and snack-credit-worthiness of over 70 snacks in the Magic Kingdom are packed into this Mini-Guide, but, as always, we’ve included a few extras and bonus items as well!

We’ll have more information for you very soon; we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Let’s go…On to the Round-Up!

WDW for Grownups checks out some Disney dining discounts!

Disney Tourist Blog reviews Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue in Disneyland Resort.

DisneyContemporary.com looks back at the Contemporary Resort’s Fiesta Fun Center.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World looks at tuna-inspired dishes.

Main Street Gazette tours the Magic Kingdom restaurant signs that beckon us to dine.

Hoperatives reviews the brew pub, Big River Grille and Brewing Works at the Boardwalk resort. Find your “better beer”!

DLP.info shows updates us on construction at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost in Disneyland Paris.

4Parks1Blog.com reviews Kouzzina at the Boardwalk resort.

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Tacos

Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! We really enjoy seeing your photos!

The Disney Food Pics of the Week feature tacos, so let’s take a look at some South of the Border creations from Disney World and Disneyland. :-)

Doesn’t this Taco Salad at Cucina Cucamonga in Disney California Adventure look delicious?! We love the high-quality counter service food at Disneyland.
Photographer: Michael Greening

Taco Salad

Check out these Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland’s Frontierland!
Photographer: Jon Chua

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos

Here’s the taco salad served at Pecos Bill’s in the Magic Kingdom. Have you tried this salad? Let me know your thoughts in [Read more…]

Review: 50s Prime Time Cafe

Let’s go back in time to the 1950s when TV was the latest technology and food was simple and delicious. Meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast — you can’t go wrong!

Over at 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, get ready for a fun, interactive meal in Mom’s kitchen. That’s right — the whole place is decorated like a kitchen straight out of the 1950s, including accessories, decorations, calendars, and even those old black-and-white TVs!

But make sure you eat all your veggies and keep your elbows off the table… you never know when Mom’s watching!


When you walk into 50s Prime Time Cafe, you’ll find yourself right in between Dad’s Living Room and Mom’s Kitchen. Dad’s Living Room is the waiting area for the restaurant, while Mom’s Kitchen is the main dining room. Here’s a tip: When you check in, ask for a TV table. While they can’t guarantee it, cross your fingers — you’ll see why later!

Hopefully you’ll have a bit of time to explore Dad’s Living Room while you wait for your table. Everything in the room(s), from the wallpaper to the knick knacks to the furniture, is vintage and [Read more…]

Guest Review: Disneyland’s Golden Vine Winery Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

Thanks again to Chelsi Murphy, who wrote our great review of the Flying Fish Chef’s Counter, for providing yet another interesting look at a Disney dining experience. This time, she takes us to Golden Vine Winery at Disney’s California Adventure. Take it away, Chelsi!

Golden Vine Winery, the Wine Bar connected to the Wine Country Trattoria at Disney’s California Adventure, is a great place to take a break from a busy day at the parks. My husband and I love to stop by and take a look at their ever changing menu and speak with their knowledgeable staff, a few who came from Mondovi when Robert Mondovi built the original restaurant.

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One of the best ongoing deals the wine bar has to offer is the Port and Bleu Cheese tasting. Price for this is $12.50 plus tax, and you receive 3 one-ounce pours of port paired with 3 different blue cheeses, fruit compote and crackers. They also do the pairing with 3 types of chocolate, but we were told the cheese out sells the chocolate 10 to 1.

Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

The first Port poured was Sandeman Founders Reserve Ruby Port, paired with Point Rayes Blue Cheese
from California. The Second was 2004 Sandeman Late Bottle Vintage Ruby Port, paired with Maytag Blue Cheese from Iowa. The third pour was Sandeman Tawny, aged 20 years, paired with Gorgonzola Dolce.

Bleu Cheeses and Fruit Compote

Our favorite was the Tawny –- it tasted like butterscotch in the glass! But all three were excellent ports and pairings with the cheese. We also thought that it was an excellent price to get to try three amazing cheeses and a flight of port.

Port Varieties

The Wine Bar opens at 11:30 AM and also has beer and sodas for those who don’t drink wine. The staff is always happy to help you out with any questions you may have if you want to try something new.

New Restaurants on Track in Disney California Adventure

As part of Disneyland Resort’s ginormous expansion and refurb of Disney’s California Adventure, the park is welcoming several new restaurants to the mix!

Paradise Pier

At Paradise Pier, you’ll soon find Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and the Paradise Garden Grill taking up residence. You can see the concept art for the new restaurants here! Clearly Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy are very excited, as indicated by these fun construction walls set up in DCA (thanks to our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, for the pics!).

Cars Land

And over in Cars Land, we’ll find three new spots to munch: The Cozy Cone Motel will sell “cone” themed goodies, Fillmore’s Taste-In will sell “natural snacks and drinks,” and Flo’s V8 Cafe will serve diner food inspired by the restaurants found along Route 66. The OC Register published an awesome map of the space recently, and they have more Cars Land info here.

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Can’t wait!! (And for those who got the pun in the title, my apologies ;-D)

World of Color Dining Packages Announced

Dining Packages for the World of Color have been announced! The dining packages will work like Disney World’s Fantasmic Dinner packages. Guests will book their dining arrangements and eat well before the show begins. After dining, guests will receive tickets for reserved viewing at the shows. Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria are the restaurants participating in the package.
Update: After June 14, 2012, World of Color Dining Packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto.

Dinner Seating Times

Dinner seatings for the 9pm show will be from 4-6:30pm. Dinner seatings for the 10:15pm show will be from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Ariel’s Grotto

A prix fixe meal with reserved viewing will be available in the elegant surroundings of Ariel’s Grotto on the edge of Paradise Bay. After dinner, guests will be offered admission to the “World of Color” Preferred Reserved Viewing area.

Wine Country Trattoria

Guests can enjoy a three-course, prix fixe dinner in the newly expanded and remodeled Wine Country Trattoria. Following dinner, the guests will be admitted to the Preferred Reserved Viewing area for the show. The Italian meal includes choice of starter, entrée and dessert plus a special wine pairing.

To Make Reservations, call 714-781-DINE. Note on Reserved Viewing: Each guest entering the reserved viewing area must have reserved viewing area admission. Children (ages 3-9) must be accompanied by an adult. Guests may only enter the viewing area during designated times and no early or late admission will be allowed. Guests in large parties may not be guaranteed admission within the same reserved viewing area. Separate theme park admission is required.

World of Color Picnic Meals

If table-service isn’t your style, consider ordering one of the World of Color picnic meals. Varying from cold fried chicken to delicious sandwiches, these can be ordered in advance or picked up (subject to availability) on the day you’re in the theme park! See details here on how to order the World of Color Picnic Meals! Here’s a World of Color Picnic recent review.

Other Disneyland Dining News…

See more Disneyland Dining News here.

Introduction to Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival

If it’s a Wednesday in May, it must mean…Mirror Image Post day!!! Hooray!!! That’s right, today you get a two-fer — Ryan from Main Street Gazette and yours truly here at the Disney Food Blog are reviewing “mirror-image” food topics in Disneyland and Disney World. This week we’re taking a look at Disney’s Food and Wine Festivals, and I get to talk about Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival — which is going on RIGHT NOW!

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Overview

Disneyland Resort’s Food and Wine Festival is a fun, diverse, and exciting six weeks full of celebrity chefs, California cuisine, artistic exploration, great wine, and good beer. And here’s something you might not know — the festival takes place primarily within the gates of Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park!

Chef Showcase Stage

This year, the Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary! It’s still a rather small festival, but with blockbuster seminars from chefs like Guy Fieri, Cat Cora, Keegan Gerhard, and Robert Irvine, along with fantastic wine and beer walks, tastes of incredible California ingredients, and a hip, “never-know-what-to-expect-next” atmosphere, the Festival fits its location and fills its six week stint perfectly.

How do you know what’s happening, and when? Disney has it [Read more…]