If you follow our reviews of the Mint Julep Bar’s rotating seasonal beignet flavors at Disneyland, you might be wondering what’s on tap for early spring.
When Disneyland Splitsville Luxury Lanes opened in Downtown Disney in California, guests were elated. The long-awaited bowling-alley-with-eats was finally open — and it did not disappoint!
Super excited to share some breaking news with you about Pixar Pier in Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure park. (Don’t forget that Pixar Pier officially opens on June 23rd!)
We’ve got the scoop on some brand new eats for Pixar Fest as well as some upcoming Pixar Pier dining locations that will be permanent residents of the new Pixar Pier! Ready? Here we go!! (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see the new Pixar Pier dining spots!)
We love the epically-themed world that is Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. From the street lights to the vistas of Radiator Springs to the neon, it’s totally immersive and totally fun.
Hot on the heels of the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival on the east coast starts the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort on the west coast!
And we are taking in all of the bites and sips of California-inspired cuisine along the way! The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is ON for the next SIX WEEKS. So, you’ve got until April 12th to take in all of the Food Booths, Special Events, Seminars and Demonstrations, and more that make up all the Festival fun.
But we’ve got plenty to share right now, because we have eaten our way through all fourteen Food Booths at this year’s Festival! You can see all of our pics by visiting our 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus page. (Oh, and the Festival Beer Garden is back, too!)
Click HERE to check out photos of ALL THE FOOD on our 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus page!
In the meantime, though, here is a look at our favorites so far… Introducing The BEST of the FEST (and beyond)!
Best of the 2018 DCA Food and Wine Festival
It was love at first sight — AND first BITE — with the Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guac Burger at Avocado Time!
Smokejumpers Grill near Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure Park is a fun counter service spot serving up eats like a Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, a BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich (still tastes like jackfruit…it ain’t BBQ), and Campfire Chili with bison. It’s set in a massive hangar that was used, you know, by smokejumpers!
The space is full of industrial details like exposed duct work and rivets.
There are also personal touches, like these mugs left behind by the building’s previous occupants.
Seating is both inside and outside, in metal chairs and beneath vaulted ceilings or umbrellas, respectively.
Our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers (@DiningInDisney) enjoyed a bacon cheeseburger and toppings bar back when the Grill first opened in 2015, but when I stopped in, I was looking for two things: the Cobbler Shake and the most epic S’more we’ve ever seen.
The Cobbler Shake is so good. It’s basically a piece of Cranberry Apple Cobbler churned into a Vanilla Shake. It’s as silly and delicious as it sounds! Grab a spoon to scoop out the pieces of cobbler that won’t fit up the straw!
The other treat I was after? A whopper of a S’more, y’all! This beauty has been making the social media rounds, and it’s easy to see why! It’s massive! The top is a white chocolate piece bearing the Grill’s name and logo.
On the bottom is a Chocolate-Covered Graham Cracker.
But in between…there’s a tower of Marshmallow. Charred, sweet, pillowy marshmallow!
Seriously. If you try to pull this baby apart, this is what you’ll see: layer after layer of marshmallow!
This S’more is astounding. It’s so good that it’s almost worth the hour that it took for the busy restaurant to get it to me! An hour! For a S’more! At a counter service restaurant! And I’m saying…it’s almost worth that wait!
Seriously. Get this.
Where can you find your favorite S’more treat in the World or Land? Let us know!
Disneyland is adding a new dining location in Adventureland, now being called The Tropical Hideaway, between The Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise.
Disneyland Resort is getting ready for March 2, 2018… THAT’S the first day of the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! And the Festival Marketplaces — the event’s Food Booths — are popping up around the park in preparation to serve up eats and drinks celebrating California cuisine!
Visit our 2018 Disney California Adventure Menu Page to find confirmed menu items with photos for the 2018 Food Booths!
NEW Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Food Booths
June 23rd will be a HUGE day at Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland Resort! It was recently announced that it will be the opening day for Pixar Pier.
And it was just revealed that it will also be the opening day for the new Lamplight Lounge!