Photo Tour and Specialty Eats: Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

BOO!! Halloween is one of the most FUN-derful times of the year at Disneyland, and our Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers has gathered pictures of some of the spooky happenings! We’ve also got the scoop on where you can find all of the season’s special treats around the Resort. So if you’re ready to scare up some fun with a few of our best Disney pals…

Skeleton Goofy!

Skeleton Goofy!

… or perhaps your favorite Villain, then please join us! [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!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 30, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind us, we’ll be diving into even more holiday goodies at Walt Disney World and Disneyland!!

Autumn Cheesecake

Autumn Cheesecake

Of course, we just have to look one more time at some of the Fall treats that added colorful and tasty options to the bakery cases. One of our favorite stops recently — The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. We sampled two Autumn desserts, Check out the Chocolate Pecan Tart and Pumpkin Cheesecake!

Visit the links below for more delicious tidbits!

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, 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!

After our Thanksgiving feasts, it’s time to look at some healthier options at Disney. First up, Cucumber Wraps aboard the Disney Fantasy courtesy of our Facebook Friend Narda.

Cucumber Wraps

Cucumber Wraps

Or how about some delicious fruit from ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World. Salwa, our Facebook Friend, sent in this photo. Yum!

Fruit at 'Ohana

Fruit at ‘Ohana

Have you enjoyed a favorite find? Send in your Disney food photos!

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When it came time to offer you something truly special for our Black Friday Sale, we couldn’t think of anything better…than giving you everything.

Disney Food Blog Guidebooks

Disney Food Blog Guidebooks

And that’s why we’re announcing that, for this weekend, you can purchase the DFB Everything Bundle for 1/2 off the already deeply discounted price! Just enter code Everything50 at the check-out.

What does the Everything Bundle include? The name says it all — Everything! When you purchase the DFB Everything Bundle, you get all of the following DFB Guides:

Review: Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pecan Pie Tart at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Autumn waning, and the Winter Holidays just around the corner, we couldn’t resist offering you one last beautiful, delicious look at this colorful season.

Fortunately, a trip to The Mara provided a couple of great options to celebrate the season.

Autumn Chocolate Pecan Tart

Having enjoyed lunch in the Parks, I decided to drop by The Mara and see what was new in the pastry case. I was excited to see lots of Fall colors and flavors! The first sweet that caught my eye was this Autumn-Themed Chocolate Pecan Tart.

The bold colors of the Chocolate Garnish were the perfect complement for the season. And I was intrigued by the obvious color in the Whipped Cream that topped the Tart.

Autumn Pecan Tart

Autumn Chocolate Pecan Tart

Cutting into the Tart, it was obvious that this was a rich, moist pecan pie filling — nothing dry about this!

Pecan Tart -- Cross Section

Chocolate Pecan Tart — Cross Section

And the cinnamon-y and buttery flavors were perfect together. I think the whipped cream was [Read more…]

Review: Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom

Time for a visit to a great little table service stop in the heart of all the magic — Tony’s Town Square in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

This spot has it all — Disney history, beautiful themeing, and if you play your cards right, some of the best views in the entire resort!

But while I love the restaurant itself, the food hasn’t always been the main draw in the past.

We’re checking in today for lunch to see what’s new, and if my love affair with that the patio seating remains firmly intact!

Atmosphere

Tony’s is located right on the Town Square (natch) of Magic Kingdom — as soon as you pass below the train station and enter Main Street USA. You can’t miss it.

Tony's Sign

Pass by the Town Square Theater where you can meet Mickey, and you’re there!

Tony's Entrance

Inside, you’ll check in at the hostess stand and await your table. While a walk up spot isn’t unheard of, it’s best to make an advance dining reservation here — especially if you’d like to take advantage of Tony’s biggest draw. We’ll get to that in a few minutes.

Tony's Check-In

The waiting area was given a bit of a refresh last year, when the Town Square Theater opened as the new spot for Mickey’s meet-and-greet.

The space retains its turn-of-the-century charm, but the finishes are newer. You’ll also get your first dose of the restaurant’s star characters and theme! The animated classic Lady and the Tramp plays continually on the flat screen television.

Tony's Waiting Area

Once your table is ready, you’ll be shown to one of three main seating areas. The restaurant is [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table Dinner

Welcome back guest author Katie McFarland as she takes us to Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom!

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of my favorite restaurants in Disney World. The main reason for this is obvious: it’s in a castle (duh!).

With that said, the food is also (usually) fantastic and appropriately portion controlled!

Let’s take a look inside…

Atmosphere

The restaurant entrance is located inside the castle walkway directly across from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. You have to check in at the hostess booth in front of the door to gain access to the restaurant.

Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom!

Beautiful Mural!

Beware!: Don’t arrive too early (more than 15 minutes) or they will not let you in! My husband and I learned that the hard way and we had to kill time in Sir Mickey’s (oh darn!).

Restaurant's Check-In Podium and Entrance.

Once you enter the castle, you are treated to an opulent foyer complete with: knight in shining armor, tapestries, grand chandeliers, stained glass windows featuring the birds from Cinderella, and of course: Jaq and Gus.

Jaq and Gus

While in the foyer, each party is treated to a photo op with Cinderella as part of their meal package. And then comes the *gong*gong*gong* announcing the dining party that will be escorted in the dining area of the restaurant.

They probably do this to keep nosy neighbors like me out of the restaurant and from awkwardly [Read more…]

Tony’s Town Square & the “Boo to You” Parade

I’m so excited to talk about this experience. While Tony’s Town Square Restaurant‘s Italian fare is far from 5-star cuisine, the memories you can make there — if you’re savvy and just a little bit lucky — are second to none.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Atmosphere
The restaurant is located in the Exposition Hall right next to Disney World’s Train Station. You’ll remember from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp the restaurant upon which Tony’s is styled — in the alley behind it was where Lady and the Tramp shared their famous spaghetti dinner! And you’ll find several Lady and the Tramp references throughout the restaurant. (Check out this post from SamLand’s Disney Adventures for one very special tie-in!)

Lady and the Tramp Appear on Windows...

Lady and the Tramp Appear on Windows...

...And in Statues

...And in Statues

They Even Appear on TV in the Lobby

They Even Appear on TV in the Lobby

The restaurant includes a plush lobby and three main dining areas: an indoor room with booths and tables, a “sunroom” that floods with light during the day, and [Read more…]