Holla! It’s been a hot minute! A lot has changed for me in the last year. I was laid off at my job, my roommate and bestie moved away, my grandparents moved in…and did I mention I hate change??? When life and responsibilities start to take over, I can very quickly forget to do the things that make me happy like going to the gym, dancing and working on my blog etc.
But, despite all of that there is one place in the world that will always make me happy even amongst life’s daily chaos and that is Disneyland. I’m not actively traveling at the moment and I don’t have a Disneyland trip coming up like I normally would. But as I sit here at work doing my Disney Travel Agent training I started feeling nostalgic of the happiest place on Earth and decided what better way to celebrate my happy place then with a series of My Disney Favorites.
To kick this series off I’m going to talk about the real reason I go to Disneyland…FOOD! Because we all know the rides are just something you do to kill time in between snacks! #RoundFoodsThatMakeYouRound #AintNoShame
These are in no particular order and I’d like to say I don’t eat these every single time I go to Disneyland…but that would be a lie and I Must Not Tell Lies! *insert Harry Potter reference for my own nerd pleasure*
- Corn Dog
I had to put this first because this is my favorite Disney treat! I dream of these when I am not there and it’s the first treat I get when I’m there – its tradition! These golden hand dipped delicious babies can be found at the Corn Dog Cart in Main Street USA and at the Corn Dog Castle at Paradise Pier in California Adventures. Don’t want until you’re hangry because the lineup is always long but well worth the wait!
- Dole Whip
I don’t know why but it took me well into my 20’s to finally have a Dole Whip! You can get these just outside of the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland but the lineup is usually pretty long. I recommend actually taking in the Tiki Room show and getting your Dole Whip from the stand inside the Tiki Room to avoid the lineup outside. Take a break, cool off, watch a neat little show and sip on some delicious pineapple goodness.
#DidYouKnow if the amount of churros consumed at the Disneyland Resort were laid end-to-end, they would stretch approximately 1828 kms.
These cinnamon-y sweet treats are so soft and delicious and a must have at Disneyland. They can be found at various snack carts throughout the parks along with drinks and popcorn.
- Matterhorn Macaroon
Not to be confused with the French style macaron, the Matterhorn Macaroon is a sweet, dense and very chewy coconut treated dipped in white chocolate and frosty sprinkles. It can be found at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and Disney just made this even better by creating a Matterhorn Macaroon Donut which has been a HUGE hit!
How do you spend your #MatterhornMonday?
- Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich
It’s a chocolate covered peanut butter sandwich…enough said! It’s basically graham crackers stuffed with peanut butter and dipped in chocolate. It was temporarily discontinued but has apparently been brought back temporarily and are now made onsite instead of brought in from a supplier. Venture on down to Pooh’s Corner and see if you’re lucky enough to find this indulgent treat.
- Pomme Frites
When I say I go to Disneyland for the food, I mean it! I will wait for a table at Café Orleans just for these fries! These shoe-string cut fries are coated in Cajun seasoning, garlic and parmesan cheese and served with a Cajun remoulade for dipping. It’s both sweet and savory and no – Loraul doesn’t share food…
- Clam Chowder
New England style Clam Chowder has been one of my favorite Disney staples since I was a kid. You can get it at the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square or at the Pacific Wharf Café in California Adventures. It comes in a fresh sourdough bread bowl and is the perfect comfort food when you’re not feeling the usual burger and fries. At Pacific Wharf they also offer seasonal selections like beer and cheddar soup served in the same sourdough bread bowl and I look forward to it every fall.
- Fried Pickles & Baked Potato Soup
Somehow over the 20 odd years I’ve been going to Disneyland and I had never eaten at the Carnation Café. I feel sort of cheated in a way. I finally got the chance to dine there on my last trip and for someone who despises pickles, I had an incredible craving for their deep fried pickles and thankfully they didn’t disappoint. I paired with their famous creamy and delicious baked potato soup and it was an incredible lunch.
- Chili Cheese Fries
Formerly known as the Taste Pilot’s Grill, the Smokejumpers Grill in California Adventure serves up and satisfies all your burger and fry needs. I like to order the chili cheese fries on their own and then take advantage of the condiments bar to doctor them up to my liking. The menu itself is fairly basic but the cantina style restaurant is ideal for a quick break from the heat.
- Quattro Formaggio Pizza
Who doesn’t love a good pizza? It’s basically its own food group as far as I’m concerned. When you need a break from the quick service style pizza and are craving something a little more elevated, I highly recommend Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Downtown Disney for their wood fired pizza. They have everything from calamari to pasta and everything in between but their cheesy and gooey Quattro Formaggio Pizza is where it’s at!
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