Pixar Fest Eats: Adventure Tart Inspired by UP! at Jolly Holiday Bakery

The Disney-Pixar film Up! is known for its steadfast commitment to adventuring — and in that spirit, the foodie brains behind Jolly Holiday Bakery‘s contributions to Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort have created a tart in that same spirit: the Adventure Tart. And while the flavors aren’t going to transport you to another land, it’ll still leave you satisfied with the journey.

Adventure Tart at Jolly Holiday

Adventure Tart at Jolly Holiday

The tart appears to be in the spirit of everyone’s favorite childhood breakfast dessert: a Pop Tart. In shape and in composition, the Adventure Tart mimics this cereal-aisle gem. The rectangular Adventure Tart is covered in a thin layer of nondescript glaze on which is attached an iconic image from the film: Carl, Russell, Dug, and the ubiquitous house kept aloft by colorful balloons.

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The New Tangaroa Terrace Menu at Disneyland Hotel May Look Familiar…

Every once in a while a menu change at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World sparks a flame of excitement for the DFB — and this is one of those times! Our Disneyland correspondent Heather (keepin’ it tasty @DiningInDisney on Instagram!) headed to Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel recently — only to discover that the new menu she’d been so anxious to try is basically the same menu that can be found at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar (also located at the Disneyland Hotel)!

Tangaroa Terrace

Tangaroa Terrace

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Pixar Fest Eats: Carrot Cake Churro at Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest is in full swing at Disneyland Resort — and they’ve got the eats to prove it! ;) We are so ready for this festival of friendship and all of our favorite Pixar pals (not to mention the Fest-worthy treats!).

Pixar Fest Kicks off on FRIDAY!! ©Disney

Pixar Fest Kicks off on FRIDAY!! ©Disney

Today we’re bringing you a fun churro option — one of many churros available during Pixar Fest! The Carrot Cake Churro is located at the churro cart across from the Haunted Mansion — so scare up one of these ASAP!

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Pixar Fest Eats: Peanut Butter and Jelly Eclairs at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland

Jolly Holiday Bakery is the place to go for bakery treats at Disneyland Resort. We love everything about it, from the styling of the building to the classic and trendy treats within. To join in the Pixar Fest fun, Jolly Holiday Bakery has a colorful and tasty addition to the Pixar Fest Food Checklist!

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

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Pixar Fest Eats: Strawberry Funnel Cake at Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant

Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort has quickly earned a reputation for being a hub of creative churros — we’re talking Cocoa Churros and so many more. But these portable, cinnamon-sugar sticks of fried dough deliciousness aren’t the only classic Disneyland snack to get the Pixar treatment!

Pixar Fest ©Disney

Pixar Fest ©Disney

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Pixar Fest Eats: Woody’s Boot with Root Beer Float

Since Pixar Fest began at Disneyland Resort last week, we’ve been bringing you tons of eats (and a few drinks) from this super fun festival. We’ve shown you how to color-change noodles, dug into a double-berry funnel cake, and shared our favorite Cocoa Churro.

Cocoa Churro

Cocoa Churro

But there’s more to Pixar Fest than themed grub — like themed souvenirs! And one of our favorites is Woody’s Boot — complete with ANDY written on the bottom!

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Pixar Fest Eats: Color-Changing Noodles at Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disney California Adventure!

Pixar Fest fans, it’s time to try our luck at one of the more intriguing Fest eats: Color-Changing Noodles! When this one was announced, we couldn’t wait to make some monster magic — and we hoped they’d be as tasty as they were unusual!

So naturally we headed straight for Lucky Fortune Cookery to get our scary little paws on this festival dish!

Lucky Fortune Cookery

Lucky Fortune Cookery

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Fruity Pebble Funnel Cake Fries at Disneyland?!?!

Pixar Fest has invaded just about every restaurant at Disneyland Resort — including Award Wieners! This fantastic hot dog spot was the site of the Summer of Heroes’ Funnel Cake fries last year, and this year, the themed funnel cake fries are brand new…and awesome!

Award Wieners Exterior

Award Wieners Exterior

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Pixar Fest Eats: Jessie’s Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake in Disneyland

It’s happening! Pixar Fest is officially kicking off at Disneyland Resort! And while we’re excited for two returning parades and a new projection show called Together Forever, you know what we’re most looking forward to: the eats!  

Pixar Fest Cap ©Disney

Pixar Fest Cap ©Disney

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What’s New at 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World has always been a destination for movie (and TV) magic.

And even though the park is in the throes of dramatic re-imagining, we’re happy that some favorite dining experiences have remained. One such favorite is 50s Prime Time Cafe, the totally immersive, throwback-Thursday-everyday table service restaurant where your Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins berate you for putting your elbows on the table and the menu is packed with comfort food.

We’ve visited 50s Prime Time Cafe several times over the years (most recently in 2016), and one of the best parts of the experience here is the consistency of the food. If you enjoy American comfort food, you won’t be disappointed by the offerings at 50s.

And if you’re not a fan of heavy classics like meatloaf and fried chicken, there are actually still some decent options for you — and you’ll get to experience the fun of mid-century family life straight out of a sitcom.

So set the table, keep those elbows off the table, and get ready to clean your plates!

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Atmosphere

The immersive experience at 50s Prime Time Cafe is evident from wall to wall — and we mean that literally. You’ll find old timey collectibles ev.er.y.where. And we can’t get enough of them!

Open shelving and tchotchkes galore!

Open shelving and tchotchkes galore!

Retro busts and figurines

Retro busts and figurines

Everyone should have a Cookie Trolley.

Everyone should have a Cookie Trolley.

Every shelf is packed full of fun stuff — so you’ve got to take a stroll to check it all out. Seating is in the family kitchen, where shelves of retro items are on display and everyone gets a television — black and white and flashing clips of old programs! (And yes, these are the SAME clips you saw on your last trip…even if it was in, like, 2005.)

Seating at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Seating at 50s Prime Time Cafe

The wallpaper is seriously serious, with its classic black-and-white checkerboard pattern.

50s Prime Time Cafe Seating

50s Prime Time Cafe Seating

And the TV styling? Space age, baby!

Someone adjust the bunny ears!

They should sell these things.

But here at 50s Prime Time Cafe, there are rules, family!

Stay out of Mom's kitchen!

Stay out of Mom’s kitchen!

Remember that dining here, you’re being served by your cousin most likely, and they’re pretty straightforward! No special treatment for you, and if you can’t tell them what color the soap was in the restroom you may end up standing in the corner for not washing your hands. If you don’t want to take part in the shenanigans (like singing “I’m a little teapot” in front of the whole restaurant when you didn’t finish your veggies), let your server know when you are seated.

If you’d like to see some of the fun antics, click here!

So what’s Mom cookin’ up in there? Let’s check it out!

Eats

The menu at 50s Prime Time Cafe is a laundry list of classic American comfort food — with a few nods here and there to healthier eats that probably weren’t on Grandma’s table. But you’ll want to start with a glance at the Drink Menu, where you can pilfer something From Dad’s Liquor Cabinet (or select a Sparkling Wine or Craft Beer).

50s Prime Time Cafe Drink Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Drink Menu

Beverages at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Beverages at 50s Prime Time Cafe

While these adult beverages are a fun addition to the meal (and included in the 2018 Disney Dining Plan!), there’s really one drink you’ve got to try — and it’s family friendly! The Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Shake is front and center on the full menu, and it’s delicious!

50s Prime Time Cafe Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Menu

It’s served in a tall glass with the stainless milkshake cup so you can top off your shake throughout your meal. And you’re going to want to drink every last drop!

PB and J Milkshake at 50s Prime Time

PB and J Milkshake at 50s Prime Time

On this visit, I asked to see the Allergy-Friendly Menu and received this two-page menu with allergens clearly listed in red.

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

The Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese is one of my favorite things on any menu anywhere in the World — and we celebrated hard when it returned to the menu years ago after disappearing for a period! It’s a wheel of fried cheese served with fruit, raspberry sauce, and a piece of crusty bread. You have to get this!

Fried Cheese Appetizer

Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese Appetizer

Next up, entrees! Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop was a miss on my visit. I love the concept — and the flavors are good.

Dad's Stuffed Pork Chop

Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop

There’s great color on the outside of the chop, and the accompaniments are colorful and tasty.

Dad's Stuffed Pork Chop

Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop

But this pork chop was way too tough and a challenge to cut through — to say nothing of actually chewing it! Hopefully it was just poorly executed on my visit and is actually awesome for everyone else. But I wouldn’t chance it again.

Dad's Stuffed Pork Chop Interior

Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop Interior

Rather, I’d go for a Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes! This is a definite yes if you enjoy the three components: Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, and Meatloaf (complete with ketchup squiggle).

Sampling of Mom's Favorites

Sampling of Mom’s Favorites

If you’re looking to choose just one of the three, though, the Fried Chicken is the bomb, followed closely by the Roast Beef. You can’t go wrong with either one!

Sampling of Mom's Favorites

Sampling of Mom’s Favorites

The Sustainable Verlasso Salmon is one of those menu items that likely wasn’t on everyone’s gran’s table. But it’s a terrific option for those looking to eat a little lighter (and more sustainably). This was well prepared and served with a great assortment of veggies.

Sustainable Verlasso Salmon

Sustainable Verlasso Salmon

The final entrees of the day are actually two versions of the same dish: Adult and Kids’ Chicken Pot Pie. This creamy mix is a combo of chicken, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and peas. It’s topped with a flaky pastry — which seems to be pretty much the only difference between the two sizes. The grown up version comes with a square of pastry…

Adult Chicken Pot Pie

Adult Chicken Pot Pie

…while the (way more fun) kids’ version comes with Mickey-shaped pastry! Really, the portion size was so similar that it’s worth it to go with the kids’ just for the fun factor!

Kids' Chicken Pot Pie

Kids’ Chicken Pot Pie

The flavor on this is a little bit bland, but I’m not a huge chicken pot pie fan. If you LOVE pot pie, you’ll likely enjoy this one. It has several guest devotees.

Of course, there’s also a Dessert Menu, where Mom and Dad have listed some of their favorite sweets.

Desserts at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Desserts at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Dessert at 50s Prime Time Cafe features some classics — and we do love a classic dessert! Unfortunately, these were not really up to par. The Traditional Warm Apple Crisp was covered in plenty of sweet/buttery crisp.

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

But the filling is a generic canned apple pie-type filling. So it was tasty, but it wasn’t special.

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake was disappointing (especially for lovers of chocolate/PB combos!). This was dry and unremarkable. Get the Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake instead!

Dad's Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Nosh or Not?

Pull up a chair in Mom’s kitchen if: 

  • The idea of dining in a different decade sounds fun!
  • You like comfort food and want to eat some good renditions of old favorites!
  • You’re looking for a table service dining experience that’s casual and even a little irreverent.

Change the dining channel if: 

  • You prefer not to be pulled into hijinks while you dine.
  • You want to eat food that’s a bit more innovative and adventurous.
  • Table service doesn’t interest you — you’ve got rides to ride and attractions to enjoy.

Overall

Family, 50s Prime Time Cafe is still the bee’s knees, with tasty eats and some of the best atmosphere you’ll find in the World! On my visit the service was truly amazing (shout-out to Mark and Elaine). It’s a must-do at least once in your travels to Hollywood Studios. And don’t forget: if you can’t score an Advance Dining Reservation for 50s (or the walk-up time is too long a wait for you), you can get the full menu in neighboring Tune-In Lounge!

Want to know how 50s Prime Time Cafe ranks among Hollywood Studios restaurants? Check out our DFB YouTube video of the best (and worst) of the Studios!

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