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.

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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…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 19, 2014

While we are still enjoying all the Halloween treats (Pumpkin Beignets!!) materializing around the Disney parks and resorts, we’re also happy to announce the upcoming opening date (December 18th) for the new Trattoria al Forno restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk resort in Walt Disney World.

Pumpkin Beignet

Pumpkin Beignet

Plus, click below for all the details on this week’s Disney Food News…

Disney Food News

Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including restaurant closures, Seasonal Coffees at the Animal Kingdom’s Royal Anandapur, Specialties at the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe, and more!

We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

As we get closer to Halloween, our Reader Finds are focusing on seasonal treats. DFB Reader Barry tweeted from our favorite cupcake hotspot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Starring Rolls Cafe. That Minnie cupcake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!

Minnie Witch and Butterfinger Cupcakes

Minnie Witch and Butterfinger Cupcakes

Or how about the Worms and Dirt cupcake? It’s an especially fun sweet during the Halloween season.

Worms and Dirt Cupcake

Worms and Dirt Cupcake

Do you have a Favorite Find? Please, share!

DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2014 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book is now available!

And in honor of our grand launch, you can get the new Guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS14 at the check-out!

With over 280 pages of delicious snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 250 delicious snacks that you can savor at the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book includes: [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Pumpkin Beignets & Maleficent Sipper from the Mint Julep Bar

Mickey Beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square are always a special treat! That messy bag of powdered sugar Mickey shaped goodness is one of my favorite snacks to enjoy while visiting Disneyland.

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

And for Halloween Time, The Mint Julep Bar has welcomed back Pumpkin Beignets!  The beignets are sold in 3 or 6 piece bags and can be washed down with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  A perfect Fall treat!

Pumpkin Beignets Signage

Pumpkin Beignets Signage

I don’t know if the recipe has changed, but I feel like over the past few years, the beignets were not so pumpkin-y tasting.  This year though, the pumpkin flavor was much more prevalent.  I ordered a bag of 3 to share with a friend.

3 Piece Please

3 Piece Please

The beignets are made fresh to order, so sometimes there is a bit of a wait. (They’re actually better when they’re fresh, fresh, fresh.) Don’t let the [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: New Halloween Glow Cubes

New for Halloween Time this year, the Disneyland Resort has introduced three new glow cubes for your lighted drinking pleasure.

The specialty cubes are available in the themed lands from which they come.  For example, The Poison Apple Glow Cube can only be found at Disneyland Park in Fantasyland — the same area where you’ll find Snow White and the Wicked Witch, who’d like to poison her with one of these little flashing beauties.

Poison Apple Glow Cubes

Poison Apple Glow Cubes

You can pick up a Poison Apple Glow Cube at Maurice’s Treats or the Small World Lemonade Cart.

Poison Apple Glow Cube at Maurice's Treats.

Poison Apple Glow Cube at Maurice’s Treats

Over in New Orleans Square, you can find Jack Skellington Glow Cubes brightening up your beverage! A Jack Glow Cube can be purchased from the Mint Julep Bar, Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans, or the New Orleans Square Lemonade Cart.

Jack Skellington Glow Cubes

Jack Skellington Glow Cubes

Although I haven’t seen them yet, Pumpkin Mickey Glow Cubes are floating around in Disneyland drinks, too!  They can be found throughout Disneyland at Carnation Cafe, Big Thunder Ranch, the Small World Lemonade Cart, the Tomorrowland Lemonade Cart, and at the Ship to Shore Food Stand, which is just across from Big Thunder Mountain.  I’ll try to get my hands on one soon, so I can share a photo!

UPDATE: I spotted the Mickey Pumpkin Glow Cube for sale at the Small World Lemonade Cart!

Mickey Pumpkin Glow Cube at the Small World Lemonade Cart

Mickey Pumpkin Glow Cube at the Small World Lemonade Cart

In my opinion all drinks taste better with a Glow Cube in them.  I’d really love a whole bowl of Poison apples for a Halloween decoration.  I guess I’d better get to sippin’!

Are you a sucker for Glow Cubes?  Have you seen these specialty Halloween Time additions in the parks yet? Which one is your favorite?

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

Disneyland Duel: Battle of the Beignets!

One of the quintessential Disneyland must-eats are the beignets! You can find ‘em at a couple of locations around the Happiest Place on Earth, and there is definitely a difference of opinion on which version is best.

We’re going to take a look at the options, and we want YOU to tell us your favorite!

Mickey Beignets + Dipping Sauces at Cafe Orleans

Cafe Orleans in Disneyland Park is probably my all-time favorite spot to enjoy Beignets. And there are lots of reasons for that.

Inside, you’re surrounded by rich colors, beautiful stained glass, and Disney history — the spot houses an espresso machine that was a favorite of Walt Disney himself! And the outside patio offers great people watching and a good vantage point to enjoy beautiful New Orleans Square.

Outdoor Patio at Cafe Orleans

Outdoor Patio at Cafe Orleans

But great location is just the tip of the iceberg. Because the real reason that these are some of the best Beignets ever? They’re Mickey-shaped!

Mickey Beignets with a View!

Mickey Beignets with a View!

And, luckily, they come with Dipping Sauces! Because just about every food should be dipped, I think.

Here there’s not one, but two — Vanilla Creme Anglaise and Raspberry Coulis. My favorite is the raspberry — combined with the beignets, it’s like eating a jelly donut!

Mickey Beignets with Sauces

Mickey Beignets with Sauces

A look at the inside shows you just how remarkably light and airy the Beignets are.

Cross Section

Cafe Orleans Mickey Beignets — Cross Section

If you happen to visit Disneyland during the Fall or Winter holidays, you just might stumble upon some seasonal Beignet flavors as well. The [Read more…]

Guest Review: Holiday Gingerbread Beignets at Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar

Today, we’re wishing our readers happy holidays with another seasonal treat — Gingerbread Beignets — courtesy of guest author Kelli! Let’s take a closer look at this holiday specialty from Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar!

Atmosphere

The Mint Julep Bar located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square can be considered a hidden gem. Located close to the Disney Railroad stop in New Orleans Square, this spot is the perfect resting ground for those needing a short break from all the walking and a quick bite to eat.

The Mint Julep Bar is a small walk-up spot located in New Orleans Square.

A note to those who may not be as familiar with the New Orleans Square area: the Mint Julep Bar is not visible from the main road. To get to it, turn left from the main road (Rivers of America will be on your right), as if you are going toward the eating section of the French Market Restaurant. Mint Julep Bar is in one of the corners of the Market’s outdoor patio seating.

The Mint Julep Bar is located in the outdoor patio seating area of the neighboring French Market Restaurant.

Eats

While the small walk-up spot is known for its New Orleans Mint Julep – a refreshing mint drink featuring a hint of lime — the classic Mickey-shaped beignets are a house specialty. These treats come coated generously with powdered sugar in packs of three ($4.19) or six ($7.19).

Mickey-shaped Beignets and New Orleans Mint Julep are some of the house specialties at this walk-up.

For those who don’t know: beignets (pronounced “ben-yays”) are doughnut or fritter-like pastries that are dipped in batter and deep fried. These delightful treats are derived from the Middle French “bignet” pastry that included a meat or fruit filling.

Regular Mickey Beignets at Disneyland's Mint Julep Bar

For the holidays, the Mint Julep Bar takes these Mickey-shaped beignets to the next level and features limited-time “Gingerbread Beignets” for the entire month of December only. According to the cast member working at the window, these gingerbread-flavored treats can only be found at the Mint Julep Bar, in neighboring Café Orleans — which is known for its version of the beloved Monte Cristo sandwich — or in Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Restaurant, located in Downtown Disney.

As a gingerbread lover, I would always get the Mickey Gingerbread Cookie that can be found in Downtown Disney’s Marceline’s Confectionary or at the Penny Arcade on Main Street (fun fact: a cast member told me these Mickey Gingerbread Cookies are actually available year round because gingerbread was Walt Disney’s favorite cookie).

But for this Disneyland trip, I knew I had to divert from my usual treat to try the gingerbread beignets. All in the spirit of the season, right?

Mickey Gingerbread Cookie.

After standing in a short line at the Mint Julep Bar around noon on a crisp, sunny Tuesday afternoon, I finally got the highly anticipated Gingerbread Beignets.

A list of the walk-up spot’s seasonal treats are in the window, and some of the treats are also listed on a separate menu board at the bar’s entrance.

The Mint Julep Bar is currently featuring several seasonal drinks and treats.

I opted for the three-pack, consisting of three decently sized, gingerbread-flavored, Mickey-shaped beignets served in a white paper bag. Knowing that the treats would be messy, I asked the cast member for a plate, which he willingly retrieved for me from the adjacent French Market Restaurant.

The little white bag filled with delicious Gingerbread Beignets.

I opened the bag and peeked inside [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Pumpkin Beignets vs. Pumpkin Fritters

Fall is here and the Disneyland Resort is full of lots of amazing seasonal treats.

If you know me, you know this is my very favorite food season and anything with the word “pumpkin” in the title is something that you’ll find me ordering.

Two things that I recently devoured, both located at Disneyland, are the Pumpkin Fritters from Royal Street Veranda and Pumpkin Beignets from the Mint Julep Bar.  Both are mouth watering, but I do have a favorite… .

In my book, the Pumpkin Fritters reign tastiest seasonal pumpkin treat. But don’t worry, if you prefer the Pumpkin Beignets, I’ll still be your friend!

Let’s start with MY favorite:

Pumpkin Fritters in Disneyland

Pumpkin Fritters can be be found at Royal Street Veranda near Pirates of the Caribbean.

Royal Street Veranda

Known for their chowder in a bread bowl, this great little spot also serves fritters.  Normally the fritters are apple, but this year they have seasonal Pumpkin “Squash” Fritters!

Pumpkin Fritter Signage

For $3.69 you get a very generous portion of [Read more…]

Review: Mickey Mouse Beignets at Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar

Guess where WE’RE going today!!!! Yep — you and I are headed to Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar in beautiful New Orleans Square! But we’re not having Mint Juleps…

Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland's New Orleans Square

Nope! We’re having BEIGNETS!!

Disneyland Resort offers beignets at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, and I’m head over heels for the Mickey-shaped beignets that they serve as a dessert offering at Cafe Orleans.

But on a recent trip to Disneyland, I decided to finally try these classic eats as they come quick-serve!

Atmosphere

You’ll find the Mint Julep Bar tucked into one end of the courtyard that serves as seating space for the French Market, the neighboring counter service spout. It’s a handy stop if you’re just after a snack or drink, versus a full meal.

Seating Shared by French Market and the Mint Julep Bar

Since it shares seating with the French Market, you can also take advantage of that restaurant’s live musical entertainment if you time your visit just right. But let’s take a look at the eats first!

Eats

While it’s called the Mint Julep Bar for the iconic bright green non-alcoholic drink they serve, the Mickey-shaped Beignets take center stage [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Fall Treats and Halloween Eats — Mickey Pumpkin Beignets and Skellington Popcorn

Although it still feels like Summer here in California, Fall has arrived and Disneyland is ready with some fun Fall and Halloween Treats!

The Jack Skellington Popcorn Container has returned to Disneyland just in time for Haunted Mansion Holiday; and Pumpkin Beignets are back at the Mint Julep Bar!

Let’s take a look!

Jack Skellington Popcorn Container in Disneyland

A super fun Halloween item has returned to Disneyland this season; the Jack Skellington Popcorn Coffin!

Available at the popcorn cart outside of the French Market near the Haunted Mansion Holiday, the coffin is served up overflowing with popcorn for just $12.

The reason I say “just” is the fact that you get to take home an awesome Halloween decoration to keep forever and ever!

Overflowing Popcorn Coffin

The coffin comes with a handle and snap closure making it [Read more…]

Disneyland’s Mint Julep Recipe

This post was promised in the Disney Food Blog July Newsletter, and I’m excited to finally be publishing it!

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, you know all about the famous alcohol-free (natch!) Mint Julep that can be found at Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans, and the French Market. This refreshing, mint-y, lime-y, ice-y treat is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of cult favorite, but no matter what, you’ve gotta at least try it!

Disneyland Mint Julep

Enjoy it on the Cafe Orleans patio along with some of those delicious Pommes Frites, or grab one at the Mint Julep Bar at the French Market — where you can also get some great sweet snacks — and sit back and relax while listening to the [Read more…]