Sunday, 19 November 2017

Disneyland Resort Food, Drinks, Celebrations at Christmas

You want to know about the stunning food offerings in the USA Disney parks this season? Well read on because this post covers the Disneyland Resort at Christmas. However, did you know you can also listen to us? Just click the play icon below! 

Todays commentary is brought to you by Michelle from the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, Kat and Lewis from Dis Down Under Podcast and Nic Branch from Dis After Dark Podcast.  
Below you will find some highlights that are being offered at The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. On our podcast, The Disney Dream Girls (on show 186 we cover both Walt Disney World and Disneyland), we go into lots of detail so be sure to listen!
Photo Credit - Thomas Allison of the Cruise Dudes Podcast
Our first stop is Disneyland itself - the original and the best. So what is there to do here during the festive season? First of all, lets talk about the attractions. Two attractions receive a Christmas make over - its A Small World and the Haunted Mansion.  They are great fun but the lines do get very long! In previous years Jungle Cruise received a make over but alas not this year.
You may wish to enhance your day with the Holiday Time at Disneyland tour. This costs $85 and includes the history and backstory of the decorations, rides on select attractions, Christmas snacks, a souvenir pin, a re-usuable mug and parade viewing with hot cocoa (more on parades below).

Santa of course is in town for meets and greets and he can be found in Critter Country but this is a busy meet and greet! Each day the tree is lit and additionally, there is a castle stage lighting ceremony with gingerbread scented snow - this is not to be missed!
Above the parade was mentioned and this is currently The Christmas Fantasy Parade. This is a forty minute cavalcade of characters and Christmas cheer with a soundtrack that will stay every present! It appears twice daily and be sure to ensure you find a spot plenty of time in advance.
The evening ends with the firework spectacular Believe... in holiday magic. 
Photo Credit Thomas Allison of The Cruise Dudes Podcast
Whilst in Disneyland, there are plenty of foodie treats to enjoy. You may have heard of the delicious candy canes and you can find out more by reading our blog about them (Candy Cane Schedule 2017).
Another firm favourite is the peppermint ice cream served in a chocolate dipped waffle cone that is showered in candy cane dust - definately worth the lines!
Lots of cute merchandise too - Picture Credit - Thomas Allison
Let's hop over to Disney California Adventure as this is where the food and drink talk gets serious! Before we indulge, there are other things to do! Each of the lands is decorated in an appropriate style to its theming but my favourite is Radiator Springs. There you will find two attractions with Christmas seasonal music -Luigi's Joy to the Whirl and Mater's Jingle Jamboree as well as Radiator Springs Racers. The decor is outstanding and remember to view the switching on of the neon - its quite a thing!

A visit must include seeing Santa at the Redwood Trail and perhaps finding time to venture into the Grand Californian and the Disneyland Hotel could be squeezed in as they have some amazing Christmas offerings to see and do.

On an evening, you are able to see the World of Color - Season of Light and it runs until 7th January. Fastpass is available to guarantee a viewing sport but you could choose to pay extra for a dining package or a dessert party. Personally, a top tip would be to get the Carthay Circle lunch package as the food is delicious! Make sure you get the biscuits... they are spherical balls of goodness and you will thank us later!

The park has some great seasonal musical 'streetmosphere' and a favourite is listening to the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. We share a short sample for you to enjoy on the podcast.
The final entertainment offering we will discuss is Viva Navidad, which takes place in the Paradise Pier Area. It is colourful, engaging and well worth seeing.
So food... Luckily for visitors, DCA is hosting the Festival of Holidays and it has kiosks bursting with food and drinks that are screaming at you to try. We could spend the entire post detailing every one however, we have chosen a few must tries!
Photo credit - Steve Burnett
From Food at Joy to the Sauce, you will find the short rib beef with smashed potatoes and gravy for $7.75 and for dessert we recommend the sticky toffee pudding. Our beverage of choice is available at Festive Holiday Extras and is the Warm Bourbon Cider for $12. Or for a more seasonal offering the turkey slider from Winter Sliderland looks fantastic!
Whilst this show shares some of the many festive delights for the Disneyland Resort, we have a previous post that includes everything for Walt Disney World - so please check that out also!

I'd like to thank our guests, Nic from the Dis After Dark Podcast (click to listen) and Kat and Lewis from the Dis Down Under Podcast (click to listen). They will be sharing our top tips for the other Disney theme parks on their shows in the next few days.

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