Six Things to Do at 2019 Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park

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It’s almost that freakishly fun time of the year to celebrate the Halloween season at the Disneyland Resort! If you are planning on attending the all-new, separate ticket event, 2019 Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure park, you’re in for some fun. Whether you’re tall or small, dressed as a princess or Super Hero, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this new party, starting Sept. 17 for 20 select nights.

Oogie Boogie has cast his spell and summoned the Disney villains to scare up thrilling surprises for everyone. What treats (or tricks!) will be in Oogie Boogie’s bag this year? Let’s take a look at the exclusive new experiences and unforgettable Halloween fun and that will be offered for party guests this year:

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Immersive Treat Trails – Trick-or-treating is for everyone! Come experience the new, wonderfully wicked treat trails throughout the park with all your friends and family. While stalking through the trail, you will see iconic characters such as the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and maybe even Oogie Boogie himself! Additional treat trails will feature oversized cauldrons full of treats for party guests to enjoy.

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“Villainous!” – Partygoers of all ages will love watching this new tale about a young girl named Shelley Marie as she journeys along this new “World of Color” nighttime spectacular – exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash. This Halloween story takes you on an unforgettable voyage through devious encounters with The Queen, Ursula, Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Maleficent and more! All ages will be amazed by the show’s special effects—from the fountains and lights, to lasers and projections. “Villainous!” shows that, deep down, there’s a little villain in all of us!

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Villains Grove – Have you ever wanted to peer inside the minds of your favorite villains and walk through their own hauntingly beautiful scenes? This walk-through experience is unlike anything seen before. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes Villains Grove: an interactive, villain-inspired, dreamlike environment perfect for all ages to wander. This experience will entice party guests with a series of scenes, each creating a not-so-scary symphony of sound, light and shadows for you to explore on your own or as a pack!

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“Frightfully Fun Parade” – The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow kicks things off, arriving on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade itself and carrying his flickering jack-o-lantern. A cavalcade of Disney characters and mischievous villains follow, ready to stir up some trouble! Get excited – this fan-favorite parade will make its way through Disney California Adventure park for the first time!

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“Mickey’s Trick & Treat” – This new, interactive stage production invites you to join Mickey Mouse and his pals as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party! Perfect for little monsters, enjoy dancing, not-so-frightening scary-tales and candy at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land.

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DescenDANCE Party – For even more fun, head to the Backlot area of Hollywood Land for a pulsing, new interactive dance party inspired by the popular “Descendants” franchise from Disney Channel. A spell is cast, summoning the greatest dance crew from the Isle of the Lost to throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to the biggest hit songs from all three “Descendants” movies. The original “Villain Kids” might even crash the party through magic mirrors. Stick around after as the Backlot DJ continues to spin tunes, inviting everyone to step onto the dance floor into the night. Like the original VK’s said, “there’s so many ways to be wicked”!

Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to mingle with Disney characters – and villains, too! “Ghouls” and “boils” of all ages should come dressed up in their best Halloween costumes. 

2019 Oogie Boogie Bash, which takes the place of Mickey’s Halloween Party, is only offered on 20 select nights this fall, starting Sept. 17. For more information, including costume policy guidelines and to purchase tickets, visit Disneyland.com/HalloweenParty.

14 Things to Do on a Rainy Day at Disney World

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A little rain should never put a damper on a full day of magic at Walt Disney World Resort, where the fun always shines! There are always exciting activities, attractions and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Here are some of our top suggestions for things you can do on a rainy day at Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Park  

  • When the afternoon parades at Magic Kingdom Park can’t be performed as planned, your Disney friends come out to play in the “Rainy Day Cavalcade.”* This cheery procession brings Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals down the street in antique vehicles, accompanied by a special musical soundtrack and parade performers in colorful rain slickers and galoshes!
  • Hop on a rip-roaring rocket into the furthest reaches of outer space on Space Mountain attraction, set sail on a swashbuckling voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, and climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy on the Haunted Mansion attraction. 

Epcot

  • Take flight on Soarin’ Around the World.  This indoor attraction allows you to experience a breezy, airborne adventure as you hang glide above the breathtaking marvels of the world.
  • Go under the sea—without getting wet—on The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction before getting close up with clown fish, sharks and more in a massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium.
  • Catch popular Disney and Pixar short films—in amazing 4D at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Check into the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction.  Inside you’ll be hurtled up and down aboard an elevator-style lift and brought into…the Twilight Zone.    
  • Make your way over to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction and race along the darkened freeways of Los Angeles in a super-stretch limo to the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith.
  • Sing along with Anna & Elsa in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong Celebration.
Festival of the Lion King, the popular, high-energy live musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom combines music, puppetry and pageantry inspired by Disney’s animated film classic, “The Lion King.” Performed inside the Harambe Theatre, this Broadway-style show is an exciting retelling of the film and immerses the audience in theatrics and classic songs. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • In Africa, head over to “The Festival of the Lion King,” a high-energy show filled with songs, pageantry and puppetry celebrating the classic movie, “The Lion King.”
  • Venture over to Pandora – The World of Avatar area where you can take a mystical journey into Pandora’s glowing bioluminescent rainforest on Na’vi River Journey attraction. This indoor boat ride will take you on a visually stunning adventure! 
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Character Dining

Character dining is a great way for you to meet some of your favorite Disney characters while avoiding the rain.  Some of our favorite rainy day restaurants include:  

  • The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park where you can relish in an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet with some of your favorite friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood.
  • Dine like royalty at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. This enchanting experience invites you to feast inside a medieval castle while interacting with some beloved Disney Princesses.
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  • Join Safari Donald Duck and friends at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This Harambe marketplace eatery allows you to enjoy African inspired dishes alongside some of your favorite Disney characters. 
  • Take a step back in time as you dine at Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to meet some Disney Junior Characters during a memorable breakfast buffet or Minnie Mouse and friends at seasonal dining parties!
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The weather may not always cooperate, but being prepared can help make your day at Walt Disney World Resort a success! Our new umbrellas and raincoats are can be found in the World of Disney at Disney Springs, Once Upon A Time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Future World kiosk and Mouse Gear at Epcot and the Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What is your favorite attraction to visit on a rainy day?

*The “Rainy Day Cavalcade” will not occur if there is lightning in the area due to safety concerns.

Six Things for Kids at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

We are often asked if Epcot offers much for kids to enjoy in this park. We think that there are a number of activities and experiences that kids can enjoy year round in the parks, but the Food and Wine Festival brings even more for kids to see and do. Although there are plenty of delicious food and beverage options for adults, there are six things for kids at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to enjoy, too!

Here are six things that we think your kids will love at the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival:

  1. Fun Zone Playground: Your kids can burn some energy at the Fun Zone Playground in Future World East. The playground has plenty of space for your kids to explore and climb. You can even relax with a drink or food sample from one of the nearby marketplaces.

2. Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt: Little statues of Remy holding an ingredient from his famous ratatouille have been hidden all over the World Showcase pavilions. You can search for the 15 statuettes at no charge or purchase a map with stickers from participating Festival merchandise locations to earn a surprise for a completed map. This makes for an inexpensive souvenir and is a fun activity as you make your way around the park.

3. Candy Sushi Making Experience: You can learn to make sushi inspired confectionary creations from some of your favorite candies, all led by a Disney chef. Classes are held daily at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm in Sunshine Seasons at the Land pavilion. Advance reservations are strongly recommend and can be made here.

4. Disney Du Jour Dance Party: You can show off your best dance moves during the Disney Du Jour Dance Party which will be happening every day throughout the festival from 5:30-8:30 pm. However, Friday and Saturday evenings get even more exciting with live performances from Radio Disney artists.

Here is the full schedule of upcoming performers (subject to change without notice):

  • August 30 through August 31, 2019
    Meg Donnelly (With U, Disney Channel’s Zombies)
  • September 13 through 14, 2019
    Jenna Raine (A Letter to Me)
  • September 27 through September 28, 2019
    Isabella Nicole (Headphones)
  • October 4 through October 5, 2019
    Avenue Beat (Delight)
  • October 11 through October 12, 2019
    Sky Katz (Like This, Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home)
  • October 18 through October 19, 2019
    JAGMAC (Like a Band)
  • November 1 through November 2, 2019
    AJ Mitchell (All My Friends)
  • November 8 through November 9, 2019
    Kylie Cantrall (That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout, Disney Channel’s Gabby Duran & The Unsittables)
  • November 15 through November 16, 2019
    Erin Bowman (Good Time Good Life)
  • November 22 through November 23, 2019
    Tegan Marie (Horses)

5. Kid Approved Dishes: All of the festival passports indicate which dishes are “KA” or “kid approved.” There are food and beverage options at almost every booth that offer kid friendly options. If you don’t have the most adventurous eaters, it’s a great way to encourage them to try new things.

6. Epcot Forever: Epcot’s long running nighttime show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will be ending on September 30 to make way for a new, limited-time nighttime spectacular, Epcot Forever, which will make its debut on October 1. Your kids will love ending the day watching this incredible new show featuring fireworks, laser effecrs, and more all around the World Showcase Lagoon. 5.

Complete List of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Treats

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HALLOWEEN IS FINALLY HERE! Well, at least it is at Disney World!  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 is now happening on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park! This special event occurs on select nights now through Nov. 1, 2019, and you won’t want to miss it. With an all-new fireworks show (Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular), special character greetings, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and more, this frightfully festive event is the place to be this Halloween season! 

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There are more sweets, savories, and sips than ever before this year. Plus, you might also see a few cute merchandise items that make for the perfect spooky photo op. Some of these items are part of the regular Halloween collection (available throughout the parks and resorts), and some are party exclusives including a Hocus Pocus-themed headband and spirit jersey! 

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Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake – Available Daily at Main Street Bakery

Oh look….another GLORIOUS cupcake. Makes me HUNGRY! This trick or treat candy cupcake (a cupcake baked peanut butter chips, chocolate candy bits, and toffee) is filled with caramel sauce, and topped with an edible cake “cauldron” iced with chocolate buttercream and garnished with a white chocolate decoration featuring the Sanderson sisters.

Halloween Cinnamon Roll – Available Daily at Main Street Bakery

Celebrate the season with a classic Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll topped with orange icing and chocolate spider web.

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Jack and Sally Push Cake Pops – Party-Exclusive, Available at Carts near Cinderella Castle

Everyone’s favorite spooky couple is featured on these yummy cake pops. The Sally cake pop features gluten-friendly vanilla cake, buttercream, strawberry crispy pearls, and a white chocolate Sally. The Jack cake pop has chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crispy pearls, dark chocolate curls, and a white chocolate Jack Skellington.

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Donald Duck Brownie – Available Daily at Casey’s Corner

DONALD IS A PUMPKIN. How cute is that? This brownie comes topped with a chocolate piece featuring the duck himself, and he’s dressed in his trick-or-treat best!

Now Begin Thy Magic Spell – Party Exclusive, Available at Casey’s Corner

Bring out your inner witch by sipping on this red slush with passion fruit, blue curaçao, Sprite, and lemonade garnished with a chocolate-covered apple slice. 

Hades Nachos – Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café 

You’ll feel like the Lord of the Underworld with these black bean nacho chips topped with “fiery” buffalo chicken and your choice of items from the toppings bar.

Billy’s Worms & Dirt – Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café

“Unfaithful lover long since dead, deep asleep in thy wormy bed, wiggle thy toes, open thine eyes, twist thy fingers toward the skies! Life is sweet, be not shy, on thy feet, so say I!” Risen from the grave just for the occasion, William ‘Billy’ Butcherson comes to life in this sweet treat featuring chocolate pudding topped with gluten-friendly cake crumbs, gummy worms, and a white chocolate decoration featuring the zombie, himself. 

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Caramel Pretzel, Cinnamon Donuts, and Frozen Apple Cider – Party Exclusive, Available at Golden Oak Outpost

Taste the flavors of fall with these yummy delights from the Golden Oak Outpost. Try the caramel-filled pretzel, cinnamon-sugar-coated donut holes, or frozen apple cider.

Headless Horseman Cheesecake – Party Exclusive, Available at Sleepy Hollow

Ride into the night with pumpkin cheesecake layered with gluten-friendly chocolate cake, chocolate crunchies, orange glaze, and a Headless Horseman chocolate piece.

Chocolate Mickey Waffle Sundae – Party Exclusive, Available at Sleepy Hollow

What would a party be without Mickey waffles? These black chocolate waffles come topped with pumpkin gelato, candy corn, caramel sauce, and sprinkles.

Constance’s for Better or For Worse Wedding Cake – Party Exclusive, Available at the Liberty Square Popcorn Cart

You don’t have to bring your death certificate with you to enjoy this citrus-scented cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, white chocolate glaze, icing pearls, flowers , and a chocolate axe for chopping wood of course! Definitely not heads…

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Maleficent Cone – Available Daily at Storybook Treats

If you’re feeling extra evil, then the Maleficent cone is for you! It’s a black waffle cone filled with lime soft-serve and topped with chocolate horns and purple sugar.

Snake Eyes – Party Exclusive, Available at Storybook Treats (Coming in September!)

Well, well, well, what have we here? SNAKE EYES! This drink comes with Sprite, green apple, and lemonade garnished with gummy worms and light up dice. 

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Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve Sundae – Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

This yummy sundae comes with pumpkin spice and everything nice and is topped with candy corn and caramel sauce.

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Pumpkin Spice Milkshake – Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

If a milkshake is more your style, then this gluten-friendly pumpkin spice milkshake is the way to go! It comes topped with candy pumpkins and a Mickey marshmallow straw.

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Berry Blaster – Party Exclusive, Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

Get ready to blast off with this specialty drink consisting of blue curaçao, cherry lemonade, and Sprite garnished with a lemon wheel and raspberries.

Lots-O-Burger – Party Exclusive, Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café 

This huggable burger features a beef patty topped with brie fondue, strawberry-bacon jam, an onion ring, and a Lotso bun. 

Pirates Horizon – Party Exclusive, Available at Aloha Isle

Aaarrrrggghhh – this be a mighty fine drink! Ye ought to try it! The Pirates Horizon features orange juice, passion fruit, and pineapple juice garnished with a pineapple wedge on a pirate sword skewer.

Hades Hatred – Party Exclusive, Available at Cool Ship

After chowing down on those Hades Nachos, cool off with Hades Hatred, featuring lemonade, blue curaçao, and blueberry popping pearls topped with blue cotton candy.

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2019 Halloween Novelties

This year brings yet another set of spooky novelties, including Mickey Pumpkin Balloon and Oogie Boogie popcorn buckets, the Hitchhiking Ghosts (featuring a sipper and two buckets), and a Jack Skellington sipper. These items will be materializing at various times throughout the season, so be on the lookout! All are available only while supplies last. 

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So what are you waiting for? Grab your broomsticks and fly on over to Magic Kingdom Park to try all of these spooky sweets and eerie eats! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights now through Nov. 1, 2019. And don’t forget, you can save $10 on select nights when you buy your tickets in advance! 

Five Places to Eat at Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Are you ready to eat your way through Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort? That day is coming fast, fellow travelers, because it opens on August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! When you visit Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, you’ll be greeted with a variety of food and beverage options, and you won’t want to miss out on any of them!

Oga’s Cantina

If you’re thirsty for a taste of adventure, then Oga’s Cantina might be just the thing to quench your thirst! This notorious watering hole serves as the hangout spot for all of the locals as well as smugglers, bounty hunters, and the groovy droid, DJ R-3X! Here you’ll find a variety of specialty beverages with and without alcohol. For the fully-grown Jedi and bounty hunters out there, the specialty beverages with alcohol are served throughout the day. There’s even a few morning specialties like the Bloody Rancor made with vodka, chile liqueur, spicy Bloody Mary mix, and a rancor bone cookie.

The afternoon and evening specialties include options like the Outer Rim featuring silver tequila, açai liqueur, lime juice, pure cane sugar, black salt, and exotic fruit purée. There’s also the Yub Nub made with pineapple rum, spiced rum, citrus juices, and passion fruit as well as my personal favorite, the Fuzzy Tauntaun. This fun drink comes with peach vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice with tangerine, pure cane sugar, and “buzz button tingling” foam. 

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Younglings and travelers of all ages can also enjoy an array of family-friendly concoctions like the Blue Bantha. Offered all day, this beverage features blue milk served chilled and topped with a bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookie. During the afternoon and evening, sip on concoctions like the Hyperdrive (Punch It!) with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, and Sprite or the Jabba Juice featuring Simply Orange with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearls.

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You can also try a new provision with alcohol (exclusive to Walt Disney World Resort): the Rodian Ration. This comes with vodka, sour apple liqueur, Sprite, and green apple popping pearls. Of course, there’s also a version without alcohol called Oga’s Obsession with Odwalla Lemonade, cotton candy flavor, and blue popping pearls. For snacking, you can order Batuu Bits – a trail mix featuring different seasonal crunchies and crispies that pair perfectly with any of the drinks on the menu!

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Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo

Step into a working hangar bay where you’ll find that Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has docked his food freighter, “Tugg’s Grub: A Traveling Diner for Diners Traveling,” right on the roof. He’s serving up a variety of dishes prepared with ingredients from across the galaxy. Sit down in the spacious hangar (or grab a table in the rustic outdoor seating area) and chow down on eats like the Felucian Garden Spread (plant-based “kefta” with herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, and pita) or the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad with chilled shrimp, marinated noodles, and seasonal vegetables. To drink, sip on specialty beverages without alcohol like the Moof Juice with Simply Fruit Punch, Simply Orange with pineapple, and chipotle-pineapple. For a specialty beverage with alcohol (exclusive to Walt Disney World Resort) – try the Takodana Quencher with dragon berry rum, blue curaçao, Simply Orange with pineapple, and kiwi. 

And to satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in the Batuu-bon featuring chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custard or the Oi-oi Puff – a raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousse. 

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Milk Stand

Stop by the Milk Stand to try Batuu’s legendary blue and green treats. Both the Blue Milk and the Green Milk feature a plant-based blend of coconut and rice milks and can even be ordered with alcohol (exclusive to Walt Disney World Resort). Sip on a Blue Milk Cooler with rum or a Green Milk Cooler with tequila! And don’t forget to order your Bubo Wumba Family Farms souvenir drink vessel.

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Ronto Roasters

Roasted to perfection by our pitmaster droid 8D-JB, the Ronto Wraps are a great grab-and-go bite served at Ronto Roasters. They come with roasted pork, grilled sausage, peppercorn sauce, and tangy slaw wrapped in pita. You can also take a bite out of some Nuna Turkey Jerky, offered in sweet and spicy flavors. 

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To quench your thirst, you can try the non-alcoholic Tatooine Sunset with Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, Odwalla Lemonade, melon, and blueberry. Or you can enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort exclusive specialty beverages with alcohol: Trandoshan Ale (a spiced wheat ale) or the Coruscant Cooler featuring Kentucky bourbon, cherry liqueur, fortified wine, cranberry, and lime juice.

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Kat Saka’s Kettle

Pop into this eclectic food stall (run by grain merchant Kat Saka) in the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace for a unique taste of Batuu. The Outpost Mix is a combination of sweet and savory popcorn and is the perfect snack for the traveler on the go!

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Get your spaceships ready, because you’ll be able to travel to Batuu in just one month! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort opens August 29, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you want to take a look at the full menus for all of the locations, check out my Foodie Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or visit any of the pages linked above! For more information, to purchase tickets, and to book reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.

11 Unique Events You Can Experience at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

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11 Unique Events You Can Experience at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

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One of the best things about staying at Universal Orlando Resort is that the fun never stops! Our amazing resort hotels host one-of-a-kind events for guests to enjoy without ever leaving their hotel. From a weekly luau to rock ‘n’ roll concerts and incredible food and libation experiences, there’s an event that will fit your every mood. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or you live close by, we have a line-up of awesome events for you to choose from.

Check out the event details below and finish it out by taking the quiz to see which hotel event is right for you!

Sunday Brunch at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

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The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel turns up the volume on Sunday brunch. This brunch includes a buffet of all breakfast favorites, plus a carving station, salmon platter, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas*, all tied together by the sounds of an acoustic performance. 

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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No need to travel all the way to Hawaii when we bring Hawaii to you every Saturday night! The Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort gives you a taste of Polynesian culture with hula dancers, fire dancers and more. It’s an exciting event that’s great for the entire family.  The best part: enjoy a traditional Hawaiian buffet that even has a roasted pig and bottomless mai-tais, house wine and beer*. 

*Must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort takes you on a musical journey through the Caribbean with an interactive dinner show. The dinner show features a buffet with Caribbean favorites and bottomless rum punch*. What’s better than that?! 

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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What could be better than waking up, putting on your flip-flops, and digging into a delicious breakfast? Meeting some of your favorite Illumination’s Despicable Me characters, that’s what. Every Saturday at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, fill up on a buffet of morning favorites including pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and more. You’ll  meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions.

Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

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Ever seen a hotel lobby transformed to host a rock ‘n’ roll concert? We do just that for Velvet Sessions. The show brings high-power music and some of your favorite artists to the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel®.  Featured performers include Bret Michaels, Soul Asylum, The Psychedelic Furs and more. Before the show, sip on specialty cocktails, munch on passed hors d’oeuvres and mingle with fellow Session’ers. It’s all included with your ticket*. Standing room and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP tickets include a private bar and access to a special viewing area. Guests of the show can also add on a Meet & Greet ticket to their order to meet and take a photo the artist or band before the show.

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. 

Velvet Unplugged at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Velvet Unplugged takes a new spin on acoustic performances. Guests can enjoy intimate performances by emerging musicians in the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel. This event is open to all ages. Standing room tickets or tables for two or four people are available for this event. Table seating includes the first round of house drinks* and complimentary valet parking.

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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Take a stroll through the Harbor Piazza under the twinkling star-filled sky at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Harbor Nights is a seasonal event that takes place four times a year and features gourmet food stations from all of the hotel’s restaurants, as well as unlimited wine* selections and a live band. Regular and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP ticket includes reserved seating, additional hors  d’oeuvres and food and wine stations dedicated to VIP guests only. 

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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Held in the spring and fall, Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort brings together beer fanatics from all over to enjoy an impressive selection of craft and specialty beers* from local and regional breweries. You have the opportunity to try them all and enjoy paired hors d’oeuvres. Regular and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP tickets include a private reception before the festival in Jake’s Clipper Room with additional beer tastings and collectible pint glasses. 

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. 

Jake’s Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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Held once a quarter, Jake’s Beer Dinner-  at Loews Royal Pacific Resort- invites you to an expertly prepared five-course dinner event with craft and specialty beer* pairings from local and regional breweries. Before being seated for this event, enjoy a cocktail reception with light refreshments and hors d’oeurves.

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Wine Riffs at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

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Sometimes as a rock star, you need to take a break and relax. What better way to do that than with Wine Riffs at the Hard Rock Hotel. Wine Riffs explores the mix of wine, food and music in a way you can only experience at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.  With a multi-course dinner menu and wine pairings*  the featured winery, it’s a wine dinner like no other.

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Rum Dinner at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Rum fans unite for this specialty Rum Dinner at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You’ll enjoy a light reception with refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres and then be seated for a five-course dinner paired with craft rums* from the Caribbean. The party doesn’t stop there as the evening wraps up with an afterglow in this island paradise.  

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Which event are you excited to try first? Take this quiz to see which hotel event is right for you.

Top Five Tips for Sailing with Little Ones on Disney Cruise Line

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The thought of traveling with a little one can sometimes feel daunting, which is why so many parents with babies and toddlers choose a Disney cruise for their family’s vacation. Disney Cruise Line caters to all members of the family, and that includes even the youngest sailors.

If you’re setting sail with a child age 6 months to 3 years old, keep these tips for sailing with little ones on Disney Cruise Line in mind for smooth sailing during your family getaway…

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1. Take advantage of all that’s included. Traveling with little ones on a Disney cruise is easier than ever with diaper disposal units, bottle warmers, bottle sterilizers, cribs, playpens and high chairs available complimentary for use during the voyage. Strollers are also available, but since there are a limited number, plan to bring your own – one that’s lightweight and foldable for ease of maneuvering and storing it on board. When you visit our private island, Castaway Cay, wagons are available at no charge to facilitate navigating the island’s sandy beaches with toddlers in tow. Most of these items are first-come, first-served, so be sure to add the request to your reservation before the cruise. 

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2. Reserve time in the nursery before you set sail. Inside “it’s a small world” nursery hosted by Huggies, trained counselors care for and entertain infants and toddlers up to age 3 with toys, books, videos, crafts and games. At the back of the nursery, a separate and serene room is reserved for naptime. The nursery offers some of the longest operating hours and some of the lowest hourly rates for baby and toddler care in the cruise industry, allowing you to enjoy time on your own. You can roam the ship “worry-free,” thanks to an onboard mobile phone service that allows counselors to contact you anytime and anywhere on the ship. And if you want to peek in on your child without disturbing him or her, you can glimpse into the nursery’s main play area through a one-way window.

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3. Check the Navigator for special activities and play areas. Toddler Time is a scheduled playtime where parents can join the fun. You can also play with your little one at Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab during Open House. If you have a crawler, do not miss Jack-Jack’s Diaper Dash in the atrium. I repeat, do not miss it! And for water babies, each ship has a fanciful water playground exclusively for toddlers up to age 3—and their parents, of course!

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4. Let us help you make mealtime easier. For babies, you can request fresh pureed vegetables and meat, both in the main dining rooms and through room service. When ordering off the kids’ menu, your server will be happy to cut up the food into bite-sized pieces for your little one. And when you’re grabbing a quick bite out on deck, ask a Crew Member to grab a highchair for you. These are just a few of the things you can do to take the stress out of mealtime for your whole family.

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5. Don’t sweat it if you forget it. Essential baby supplies are available for purchase at the onboard merchandise shops, including diapers, training pants, rash cream, infant formula (ready to feed), bottles, pacifiers, baby food, baby shampoo, baby lotion and baby powder. We’ve got you covered!

What are your favorite tips for sailing with little ones on Disney Cruise Line?

Enjoy a Magical Holiday with the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package

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Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate Christmas destination. This year, your family can get swept up in the holiday spirit – complete with yuletide sweets and Florida “snow”! Celebrate the magic of the holidays at The Most Magical Place on Earth with the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package at Walt Disney World® Resort. The package includes a five night stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, four or five day theme park tickets with the park hopper option, and exclusive holiday experiences! 

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at the Most Magical Place on Earth with new festive entertainment and holiday décor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the all-new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” at Magic Kingdom Park, the Epcot Festival of the Holidays – Presented by AdventHealthSunset Seasons Greetings and “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and much more. 

Check out the included Yuletide offerings for the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package:

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  • Dec. 21, 2019– EXCLUSIVE nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest®. Plus catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new Rivers of LightWe Are One show.
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  • Dec. 22, 2019– Join in the merriment at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, with tickets to the event included as part of this package. This special event transforms Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland complete with special entertainment, sweet treats and a magical “snowfall” on Main Street, U.S.A. 
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  • Dec. 23 or Dec. 24, 2019 (one night per reservation)– Take in the new limited-time “Epcot Forever” nighttime spectacular show at an exclusive reserved viewing area. You’ll also receive a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card for each guest ages 3 and older, eligible for use at select Epcot food and beverage locations. 
  • Dec. 25, 2019– An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your Client’s room. 
  • Dec. 26, 2019– Bid a fond farewell 

Beyond the theme parks, you can wrap up holiday shopping with special discounts at participating Disney Springs locations.

This package includes a 5-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel and 4-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper Option. For example, for just $199 per person, per night (total package price of $3,980), a family of four can stay in a standard room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Book now through Oct. 26, 2019 to take advantage of this unique offer! 

Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (ages 10–17) and 1 child (ages 3–9). The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. The number of packages available for purchase is limited. Deposit due at time of booking. Valid Theme Park admission is required to attend Theme Park events included in this package. Theme Park ticket is valid for admission beginning on 12/21/19 and must be used by 12/27/19. Special event ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is valid only on 12/22/19. Exclusive fireworks viewing area at Epcot® is one night per reservation; viewing night to be chosen at time of reservation and is reserved in order booked. Capacity for each night is limited. Epcot® Theme Park Dine Promo Card will be sent on 12/23/19 to email provided at check-in. One Ultimate Disney Christmas gift per room. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

The Epcot® Theme Park Dine Promo Card (“Promo Card”) is not valid for use until purchased, activated and monetary value added. Card will be active 12/23/19 through 12/26/19. After 12/26/19, any unused funds will be forfeited. The Promo Card can only be used at select participating locations at Walt Disney World Resort, at select food locations at Epcot®, select third-party lessees and select Operating Participants for food and beverage. Check with individual locations for program participation before redemption. For participating locations and additional terms and conditions visit disneyterms.com/epcotdinepromo. Except as required by applicable law: The Promo Card is not redeemable for cash; cannot be replaced if lost, damaged or stolen without required proof of purchase and complete dine card number; may not be resold in any manner whatsoever; and may not be used toward the purchase of any Disney Dollars or gift certificates/cards or toward the purchase of a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club® Resort. The Promo Card is issued by Disney Gift Card Services, Inc., which reserves the right to modify, alter, amend or change the terms and conditions of program upon notice at disneyterms.com/epcotdinepromo. 

Main Street Electrical Parade Treats at Disneyland Through September 30, 2019

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Disneyland proudly presents an array of new eats and treats at Disneyland park to celebrate the return of the famous “Main Street Electrical Parade!” Throughout Main Street, U.S.A. you’ll find a spectacular selection of special items inspired by the thousands of sparkling lights and electro-syntho-magnetic sounds of one of the most iconic parades in Disney Parks history. 

There is a fabulous combination of sweet and savory Main Street Electrical parade treats that will all be available through Sept. 30, 2019. Each one is delightfully fun and delicious, and you’ll want to try all of them! Here’s everything that you’ll find at Disneyland park celebrating the “Main Street Electrical Parade.”

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Candy Palace

  • “Main Street Electrical Parade” Crispy Treat – Mickey crispy treat dipped in vanilla-flavored chocolate and decorated with multi-colored sprinkles and a chocolate logo
  • Caterpillar Marshmallow Wand – marshmallow wand coated in caramel, dipped in vanilla-flavored chocolate, and decorated with dark and white chocolate and colored sugar
  • Lady Bug Cake Pop – vanilla cake pop dipped in cherry-flavored chocolate and decorated with dark chocolate and colored sugar
  • Snail Cake Pop – vanilla cake pop dipped in watermelon-flavored chocolate and decorated with black licorice, red chocolate and colored sugar
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Carnation Café 

  • Raspberry Lemonade Shake – raspberry lemonade with vanilla ice cream
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich – spicy fried chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, creamy mustard slaw and cilantro served with fries
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Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (Mobile Ordering available via the Disneyland App)

  • Fantasia Ice Cream – a nostalgic blend of cherry, pistachio, and banana ice cream featuring chipped pistachios and cherries
  • Fantasia Waffle Bowl Sundae – brightly-colored waffle bowl filled with Fantasia ice cream, caramel sauce, multi-colored chocolate candy, whipped cream and a cherry
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Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Mobile Ordering available via the Disneyland App)

  • Lady Bug Macaron – red and black lady bug macaron shell filled with strawberry buttercream, strawberry marmalade and freeze-dried strawberry flecks
  • Pineapple Coconut Parfait – layers of coconut jelly, strawberry filling and pineapple mouse
  • Cheshire Cat Linzer Cookie – Linzer cookie with strawberry gel
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Refreshment Corner (Mobile Ordering available via the Disneyland App)

  • Firefly Hot Dog – all-beef hot dog topped with chili, shredded cheese, fried corn chips and jalapeños
  • Firefly Chips – corn chip “fireflies” topped with chili, cheese and jalapeños
  • Chili Mac Bread Bowl – sourdough bread bowl filled with chili mac and cheese
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Plaza Inn

  • “Main Street Electrical Parade” Cake – colorful vanilla sponge cake with cream cheese frosting, mixed berry marmalade, cream cheese frosting, sprinkles and chocolate decoration
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Various Carts Throughout the Parade Route

  • “Main Street Electrical Parade” Base Popcorn Bucket (available mid-August while supplies last, refillable for $1.50 on day of purchase with valid receipt)

The “Main Street Electrical Parade” will run for a limited-time encore engagement at Disneyland Park starting today through Sept. 30, 2019, once again creating magical summer memories for guests of all ages. Come on out, grab a treat, and celebrate the return of this beloved parade with us! 

For more information on all of the locations listed above, visit the Disneyland Resort Dining Page.

13 Things You Have to Eat at Disney California Adventure Park

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Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort is the perfect mix of fun thrills, good vibes, and great food. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink and take a stroll with some friends or to eat your heart out with one of the many incredible bites throughout the park. Here’s a list of the most popular offerings throughout the park that you just HAVE to eat at Disney California Adventure Park if it’s your first time. And if it’s not your first time, well then this list might just make you crave some of your favorite Disney California Adventure snacks!

In addition, be sure to check out the Disneyland App, where you can plan your day with mobile order! Order and pay in advance to skip the line and get straight to the food. Nearly all major quick-service locations and several kiosks offer mobile order. Find out more information and view full menus by downloading the Disneyland App.

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CHURROS – CARTS AND KIOSKS

You might start to notice a trend of churros appearing in almost all of these guides. That’s just because they’re AMAZING and one of the most popular snacks throughout all of our parks and resorts, so you can find them nearly everywhere! Similar to Disneyland park you’ll find seasonal flavors at various times throughout the year as well as the classic cinnamon sugar churros at various carts and kiosks located throughout the park.

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HAND-DIPPED ICE CREAM BARS FROM CLARABELLE’S HAND-SCOOPED ICE CREAM

While you can always get a classic sundae or a scoop of ice cream, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is the only location at Disneyland Resort where you can fully customize your own hand-dipped ice cream bars. Choose your flavor of ice cream to get coated in chocolate and then top it with your choice of toppings. You can even choose to get ALL OF THE TOPPINGS (also known as The Whole Herd)!

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CHURRO TOFFEE, TAFFY, MEMORY REFRESHERS, AND MORE AT TROLLEY TREATS AND BING BONG’S SWEET STUFF

As you walk down Buena Vista Street you’ll see Trolley Treats, where you can snack on house-made goodies of all sorts like the churro toffee! This treat features our famous English toffee dipped in white chocolate and coated in cinnamon sugar. And if you head on over to Pixar Pier – you definitely need to try Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff. Here you’ll find a variety of sweets including saltwater taffy, rainbow cotton candy, and Memory Refreshers – frozen drinks that come in all colors and flavors.

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HOT DOGS, CORN DOGS, AND MORE HOT DOGS

Disney California Adventure Park is home to the best dogs around, and you can find them at one of three locations: Corn Dog Castle near Paradise Gardens, Angry Dogs on Pixar Pier, and Award Wieners in Hollywood Land. From all-beef hot dogs to corn dogs to plant-based hot dogs and even a cheddar cheese stick, there’s a dog for everyone!

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FUNNEL CAKE FRIES AT AWARD WIENERS

Located in Hollywood Land, Aware Wieners doesn’t just serve up mouth-watering hot dogs. They’re also known for their warm funnel cake fries, often topped with lots of yummy sweets like fruity cereal, cookies and cream crumbles, whipped cream, sprinkles, and other fun seasonal toppings. You never know what they might be offering, but you’ll always know it’ll be deliciously sweet!

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FLAVORED POPCORN AND SAVORY CONES AT THE COZY CONE MOTEL

Drive on over to Cars Land and check into the Cozy Cone Motel to try one of the i-cone-ic snacks offered there! Here you can order several different flavors of popcorn including butter, dill pickle, buffalo ranch, white cheddar, sriracha, pizza, or garlic Parmesan. These flavors are rotated seasonally so you never know which one might be available! You’ll also find a couple bread cone offerings filled with either beef chili and cheddar cheese or creamy bacon mac and cheese. And remember those cheddar bagel twists I mentioned in my last Foodie Guide to Iconic Tastes? Well, you can find those here too! Pair any of these snacks with a themed specialty beverage like Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic, Red’s Apple Freeze, or Ramone’s “Pair of Dice” Soda.

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FLO’S FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN AT FLO’S V8 CAFÉ

This fried chicken is by FAR the best fried chicken I’ve ever had! It’s crispy, crunchy, tender, and delicious. Right across the street from Cozy Cone Motel is Flo’s V8 Cafe, where Flo is serving up a hot dish of her famous fried chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, and seasonal vegetables. You’ll also find a selection of classic American comfort food as well as classic milkshakes.

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COOKIES, LEMON SOFT-SERVE, AND OVEN BAKED CHICKEN ON PIXAR PIER

Head on over to Pixar Pier to try one of the popular snacks like the freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies from Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums, lemon soft-serve from Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, or the oven-baked chicken drum sticks from Poultry Palace. Not only are these bites super tasty, but they’re perfect on-the-go snacks that are super photogenic. With all the fun photo opportunities on Pixar Pier, you’ll be making some delicious memories with these items.

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FRESHLY-BAKED SOURDOUGH BREAD FROM THE BOUDIN BAKERY AND PACIFIC WHARF CAFÉ 

The sourdough bread that comes out of the Boudin Bakery is absolutely amazing. It’s sold at Pacific Wharf Café in the form of bread bowls served full of warm soups. You can also purchase a loaf of the bread in the shape of Mickey! And if you want a taste, you can take a tour of the bakery and see how our talented team of bakers create the most popular bread on property.

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GHIRARDELLI SODA FOUNTAIN AND CHOCOLATE SHOP

For the chocolate lovers out there, the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is located right next to the bakery on Pacific Wharf. Here you’ll find sundaes, ice cream cones, shakes, and hot drinks all made with premium Ghirardelli Chocolate. One of the current treats you can get is the Magical Sundae with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, hand-made hot fudge, and whipped cream topped with sprinkles and two chocolate-dipped waffle ears.

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SCHMOOZIES!

Power up with a delicious fruit smoothie from Schmoozies! in Hollywood Land! From Mango Madness and Strawberry Banana Sensation smoothies to coffees, tea, milkshakes and more, this spot is a great place take a break with a sweet treat.

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LOBSTER NACHOS, MINI DONUTS, AND PIXAR-THEMED COCKTAILS AT LAMPLIGHT LOUNGE

Overlooking the lagoon and offering sweeping views of Pixar Pier, Lamplight Lounge is an incredible Pixar-themed dining experience that you just can’t miss out on! The menu features everything from themed cocktails to a tasty menu of shareable bites and even cinnamon sugar donuts with dipping sauces (only available downstairs). And of course, you can’t visit the lounge without trying our famous Lobster Nachos! But remember, this is one of the most popular spots in the park, so be sure to make your reservations today!  

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CARTHAY SIGNATURE FRIED BISCUITS AT CARTHAY CIRCLE RESTAURANT

Located right at the front of the park are Carthay Circle Restaurant and Carthay Circle Lounge, where you’ll find a menu full of Southern California flavors. One of the must-have items on the menu is the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits. These little balls of dough are stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, and jalapeño and served with apricot-honey butter, and you just HAVE to try them. In addition, the Pan-roasted Filet Mignon with pine nuts and green peppercorn chimichurri is another dish you can’t go wrong with. You’ll also find an extensive array of wines (including several selections from the Disney Family of Wines) as well as classic signature cocktails and bottled beer. Carthay Circle Restaurant is another incredibly popular destination, so be sure to make your reservations in advance! And if you’re looking for a quicker lounge experience, Carthay Circle Lounge is the perfect spot to visit with seating indoors at the bar and outdoors at the newly-added patio space.

Of course, there are many more amazing restaurants and menu items available throughout to park. Check them all out and find out more info about the offerings listed above by visiting the Disneyland Resort website or calling 714 781-DINE (714-781-3463).

Happy snacking!