Top Meals Under $20 in Disneyland

We can all use a few tips when it comes to planning vacations at Disney. And of course, we think the food is just about the most important part of the trip!

Budgeting for all of the special meals that you’d like to enjoy is a big concern. And it may seem impossible to cut corners and save a little here and there while still enjoying yourself. But with a little creative planning, you can find some wonderful meals at some of the coolest places, all for less than you might think.

Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

Previously, we shared our Top Picks at Walt Disney World for Meals Under $20. Today, we’re back to celebrate some fantastic meals that you can enjoy at Disneyland for around $20 or less. This is by no means exhaustive — there are lots more where these came from. But for now, come with us and check out some of the great options we have to share! [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Seasonal Fall Treats at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe

It’s Fall and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is upon us!  The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland has added some seasonal items to their repertoire that you don’t want to miss!

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

On a recent visit I tried several new items, and I’m happy to say there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.

Fall Sweets from Jolly Holiday

Fall Sweets from Jolly Holiday

It’s really hard to choose a favorite because each one of these was pretty darn delicious.  I think though, I’m going to choose the Spiced Bundt Cake as my favorite. It had a unique Fall flavor to it and although I LOVE pumpkin, it’s nice to get a little variety of flavors to celebrate the season.

Spiced Bundt Cake

Spiced Bundt Cake

This cake was so moist; the knife slid right through it as I cut it in half.  It had a nice spice flavor to it, not too overdone; and it had delicious vanilla custard-like frosting that was generously drizzled over the top and made its way into the center of the cake as well.

My favorite thing about this cake was that amazing cinnamon whipped cream on the top.  It was light, fluffy, and really a great addition to this year’s seasonal items.  The Spiced Bundt Cake is $5.19 and generously sized.

Spiced Bundt Cake Cross Section

Spiced Bundt Cake Cross Section

Next up is the Pumpkin Cheesecake. I absolutely loved this dessert, but it was really more like pumpkin pie than cheesecake.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

The “cheesecake” part was basically pumpkin pie filling.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; it was really great.  But, when I took a bite, I immediately thought “Pie.” There is a thin layer of graham cracker crust on the bottom, which is definitely a cheesecake trait, but overall… Pumpkin Pie.

Cheesecake and pumpkin pie fans alike will love this dessert.  It’s also topped with that glorious cinnamon whipped cream that I mentioned above.  Perfect for sharing, a serving of Pumpkin Cheesecake will set you back $5.39.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cross Section

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cross Section

Normally I’m not a huge eclair fan.  I’ve tried each different flavor from Jolly Holiday since it’s been open and have never gone back for seconds…  The Caramel Eclair, though, is actually much better than the ones I’ve had in the past.

Caramel Eclair

Caramel Eclair

The Caramel Eclair reminded me of a cream puff.  The flavor was mild and the texture of the pastry was just right. To me it tasted of vanilla with a hint of caramel.

Still not my favorite treat, and I probably would choose something else over this one, but in my opinion, a big improvement on flavor from the last few I’ve tried.  Also, I feel like in the past I may have gotten an eclair that was not so fresh and a little to hard to chew.  This one was softer and tasted very freshly made.  If seasonal flavors aren’t your thing, Jolly Holiday also offers a Signature Chocolate Eclair year round.  The price of an eclair is $3.99.

Caramel Eclair Cross Section

Caramel Eclair Cross Section

Every year I look forward to the return of the Pumpkin Muffin! This is one of my staple seasonal eats.

Pumpkin Muffin

Pumpkin Muffin

The Pumpkin Muffin never disappoints.  It’s the perfect treat, sort of dessert-like, sort of breakfast-like… Versatile, right?

Pumpkin Muffin Cross Section

Pumpkin Muffin Cross Section

It’s back this year and better than ever. Moist, pumpkin goodness filled with golden raisins and just the right amount of Fall spices.  Topped with streusel crumbles and a generous amount of cream cheese frosting that makes its way into the center of the muffin as well.  I absolutely love this muffin.  It can be yours for $3.49, which is cheaper than a cupcake, but you’ll still feel like you’re eating one!

Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Jolly Holiday. They have so many great options in their bakery case, both seasonal and year round.

Have you tried any of these Fall specialties yet?  Did you have a favorite or which would you choose?  Let us know in the comments below!

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

Review: Disneyland 60th Diamond Anniversary Drinks at Jolly Holiday Bakery

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary is firmly underway. And it’s been pretty exciting to explore all the eats and drinks they’ve created to mark the celebration.

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out for the Diamond Anniversary

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out for the Diamond Anniversary

After spending a whirlwind kickoff weekend at Disneyland earlier this year, I still have stuff to share with you! And here’s the good news — we’ll be celebrating the 60th Anni for a whole year, so you have plenty of time to check these treats out for yourself! [Read more…]

News! New Eats and Drinks Debut to Celebrate Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary

Did someone say cupcakes?!?!

As I’m sure you know, Disneyland has a rather big birthday coming up. The resort will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in July. But you don’t have to wait until the middle of Summer to have your cake and eat it too!

On May 22, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will debut some fun (and delish) treats to mark Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary Celebration.

While cupcakes are usually more of an East Coast Disney thing than a West Coast one, when Disneyland does ‘em, they’re incredible. Beginning May 22, find a Lemon-flavorored Cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. Why lemon? It’s the perfect flavor to celebrate the Victorian theme of Main Street USA.

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Cupcake

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Cupcake, Available at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Cupcake

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Cupcake, Available at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Similar Cupcakes will be available at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure — but the flavor will be Orange there to represent the 1930s vibe of Buena Vista Street.

In addition to the cupcakes, Disneyland will release lots of new, limited-time beverages. I gotta say — I’m a little perplexed why they’d offer five different drinks that look and sound incredibly similar. ;-)

Enchanted Cherry Apple Frozen Lemonade from  Troubadour Tavern

Enchanted Cherry Apple Frozen Lemonade from Troubadour Tavern

Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade Hungry Bear Restaurant

Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade from Hungry Bear Restaurant

But I’ll reserve judgement until I get to try a few! I think I’m mostly looking forward to the [Read more…]

News: “Frozen Fever” Sweet Treats at Disneyland and Disney World

So… Frozen Fun ends in Disneyland on May 15th, and Frozen Summer Fun LIVE won’t return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios until June 17th. That’s one full Frozen-free month… What’s an Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf fan to do?!?

What will we do when there's no Frozen Fun?!

What will we do when there’s no Frozen Fun?!

Fret not, Frozen fans! In the downtime between the two events, Disney is releasing a few treats in honor of “Frozen Fever,” the film short that can currently be seen on the big screen prior to showings of the live-action “Cinderella” film.

As in the film short, these treats go about the task of celebrating Anna’s birthday… and what’s a birthday celebration without a little cake? Anna’s Happy Birthday Cupcake is a vanilla cupcake with blue buttercream frosting, topped with marshmallows, snowflake candies, and a white chocolate Olaf.

Anna's Happy Birthday Cupcake

Anna’s Happy Birthday Cupcake ©Disney

At Disneyland, you’ll want to check spots like the Jolly Holiday Bakery, Market House, Pacific Wharf Cafe, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, and The Coffee House.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

While the cupcakes are already available at Disneyland, starting April 8th, Disney World guests can check various eateries scattered across property, in parks and resorts alike. Altogether, twelve restaurants will carry the cupcakes in WDW, including Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, Starring Rolls Cafe and ABC Commissary in Hollywood Studios, and Sunshine Seasons and Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Epcot.

Resort restaurants  that will carry the cupcake include BoardWalk Bakery, Beach Club Marketplace, Contempo Cafe, Gasparilla Island Grill, Landscape of Flavors and The Mara.

BoardWalk Bakery

BoardWalk Bakery

Looking for something a little more frozen to celebrate the cast of Frozen? Olaf’s Perfect Sundae Day features birthday-cake flavored ice cream topped with hot fudge, mint marshmallows, brownie pieces (!), whipped cream, and sprinkles.

Olaf's Perfect Sundae Day ©Disney

Olaf’s Perfect Sundae Day ©Disney

Those mint marshmallows look a lot like the ones currently available to enjoy with your Warm Hugs Hot White Hot Cocoa over at Olaf’s Snow Fest in Disneyland!

At Disneyland, the Sundae is available at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Clarabelle’s.

Clarabelle's in Disney California Adventure

Clarabelle’s in Disney California Adventure


And again, starting April 8th, Disney World guests will find it at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, Hollywood Scoops, and Beaches & Cream.

Beaches and Cream at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

In a new twist, even a few Table Service restaurants are [Read more…]

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. 


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…]

Disneyland Snack Series: Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland Park

We are stopping into Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe to check out a new sweet treat that recently debuted!

Although Jolly Holiday is a fairly new addition to Main Street USA, the atmosphere of this spot is so perfectly excecuted that you’d swear it’s been there since Walt Disney walked these streets! Whenever I’m in Disneyland, even if it’s only for a short trip — and on this trip I was there for about 36 hours — I have to make time for this place.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

The counter service spot celebrates all things Mary Poppins. Seating is outdoors here, but that’s perfectly fine with me — look how cheerful the patio setting is! (Seriously, is the weather EVER bad here?)

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Inside, you’ll find touches everywhere that remind you of the film. Porcelain figurines bring a couple of the best movie scenes to life. I love this one of Mary on her carousel horse!

Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins!

After a look around at all the wonderful touches, I wanted to see just what was new in the bakery cases! The lunch menu gives you an idea of the general offerings at Jolly Holiday. But the bakery has also become a landing spot for new and seasonal treats. Heather shared a few of them with you not too long ago!

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

This time out, I saw a bunch of new things. But one treat in particular called my name, and I know it’ll call yours, too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie

Since it opened in a couple of years ago, Jolly Holiday has been a popular spot. But lately, they’ve really stepped up their game by offering some fantastic seasonal and limited-time options.

When I heard that they had debuted a Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie? Wild horses and all that.

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie at Jolly Holiday Bakery

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie at Jolly Holiday Bakery

You know I am all about the Peanut Butter. And Disneyland has some of my favorite PB treats, like the [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: New Treats at the Jolly Holiday Bakery

Spending some time at Disneyland?  Head on down Main Street USA and take a pit stop at Jolly Holiday.  There are some delicious new treats that have been recently added the bakery case.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Mary Poppins and her penguins have obviously been busy in the kitchen.  There are several new baked goods in the case, all which look practically perfect in every way.  Most of these new treats are fruity flavors, which are my biggest weakness. I’d choose fruity over chocolate any day (GASP, I know!)…  I ordered 5 different new treats and hope to go back soon for the ones I missed. But for now, here’s a little sampling of the new offerings.

New Treats in the Bakery Case

New Treats in the Bakery Case

Let’s start with the Mickey Macarons.  These were rumored to be hitting Disneyland quite some time ago and appear to be very different than the macarons featured at Walt Disney World.  (Note that in Disney World, the signage on these was Mickey “Macaroon”; yes, we’ve had the “macaroon vs. macaron” definition discussion on the food blog many times before and it just doesn’t seem to be consistent across the Disney parks ;-D.) I’m not sure why it took so long, but HERE THEY ARE!  Priced at $4.99, the Mickey Macarons are very generously sized.  As of now they come in two fruity flavors; Passion Fruit and Raspberry Rose.

The Passion Fruit Mickey Macaron was very sweet; passion fruit cream sandwiched between two super soft Mickey Macarons.  I love the metallic purple swipe across the top.  I know it’s just decorative, but I’m a sucker for shine and sparkle. Especially purple shine and sparkle AND especially when it’s edible!

Passion Fruit Mickey Macaron

Passion Fruit Mickey Macaron

The Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron was

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Limited Time Magic Dinners at Disney World and Disneyland Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air — especially at Disney!

As 2013 continues to be the year for Limited Time Magic Events, Disney is hosting True Love Week at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland complete with specialty menus at several restaurants!

It's Romance Time at Disney!

Walt Disney World

As a Limited Time Magic addition during February 11-17, romantic dinners for two will be offered with prix fixe menus at select restaurants.

Specially-created menus at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort make an ideal setting for a romantic evening.

Book online at, or call (407) WDW-DINE.

The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios is the Perfect Setting for Your Romantic Dinner


Also during February 11-17, choose romantic dinners with prix fixe menus at the following restaurants: Blue Bayou and Café Orleans in Disneyland, Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 21, 2012

Are you as enchanted as we are about the newest restaurants coming to New Fantasyland in Disney World?

If you missed it, now’s the time to check out the new pics and video that we found this week from the West Wing and Rose Gallery in Be Our Guest Restaurant!

And don’t forget to check out the awesome Mega post of Be Our Guest Restaurant pictures AND the Gaston’s Tavern review!

Disney Food News

News is still pouring in from Be Our Guest Restaurant, plus we have a new place to get yummy ice cream sandwiches!

We’ve got additional food news (including new menus at Kona Cafe, a souvenir goblet at Be Our Guest, restaurant closure updates and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

We’re in the middle of the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and we’re updating our coverage daily with World Showcase booth reviews, new photos, and other Festival updates!

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies -- Australia Booth

Here’s some of the latest…

Find all of the latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News and Reviews here, and stay tuned for our take on several seminars and events around the festival. Coming soon — our review of the Tequila Lunch at La Hacienda de San Angel!

New DFB Deals of the Week!

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We have BRAND NEW DFB Deals of the Week this week, including great discounts and deals for you on our best-selling Disney Dining Guides!

Get all the details on great prices here!

DFB Reader Finds This Week

Check out these new Disney food goodies that our readers have sent along to us! If you find a fun new food, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds!

Thanks to Cinder F. for this picture of the fun Halloween Mickey mugs filled with chocolate and pumpkin mousse at Jolly Holiday Bakery at the Disneyland Resort!

Halloween treats!

And Kristina B. found these awesome Disney Villain Candy Corn Flavors at her local grocery store! Love it!

Disney Villain Candy Corn

And Matt Hoskins sent over these fun Wreck-It Ralph cupcakes at Disney Quest in Orlando’s Downtown Disney! These were in honor of the Disney World Wreck-It Ralph Meet-Up. (FYI, they’re Starring Rolls’ red velvet cheesecake cupcakes!)

Wreck-It Ralph Cupcakes

On to the Round-Up

Mickey Fix showcases Alice in Wonderland tea cups and saucers.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups heads to the Siestas Pool Bar at the Coronado Springs Resort. You won’t have to leave The Dig Site’s pool area for eats and sips!

Daveland shares vintage photos of Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Saloon, Oaks Tavern Eatery, and Chicken Plantation Restaurant.

Passport to Dreams Old & New takes a historical look at the Polynesian’s original luau and the Contemporary’s Top of the World Restaurant. shares a pasta recipe from Shutters.

All Ears shares an insider look at the table settings, foods, and decor at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Disney Parks Blog divulges the recipe for zucchini-carrot mini-cupcakes served at Disney’s Aulani on the island of Oahu in Hawai`i.

Disney by Mark celebrates Halloween at Award Wieners in Disney California Adventure with a Frank ‘n Weenie and Franken-Fusion Lemonade.