Oct 13, 2014

What to Eat at Disneyland for Halloween 2014

Here's all you need to know about this year's seasonal Halloween menu at Disneyland. I scoured the park so you don't have to. I also tried a number of the tastier/interesting looking stuff, so I'll let you know what to try and what to avoid.

There are a number of Specialty Apples AKA Candied Apples decorated in Halloween fashion. They're available at several locations including the Candy Shop adjacent to the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street and over in Pooh Corner in Critter Country. There are also various themed Cake Pops and Crispy Treats.

At the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, just off Main Street, they have Halloween Cupcakes...

And Mickey Bat Cookies!

As well as Mickey Halloween Cookies.

But that's not all, you'll also find Pumpkin Cheesecake here. It's something you can also find at the French Market. Additionally, Pumpkin Pie is served at several park locations including the Plaza Inn, Carnation Cafe, Village Haus Restaurant, River Bell Terrace, and French Market.

For something to drink, Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte can be found at a number of locations including the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square and the Market House on Main Street.

If you're looking for something more candy corn-ish. There's Candy Corn Crispies at Pooh Corner.

Pooh Corner is also where you can also get Pumpkin Fudge. It was recommended by one of the "cast members" (Disney-speak for "employees"), who said that some of the other cast members buy a bunch and freeze them to enjoy year round.

I tried one but it was way too rich, spiced, creamy, sweet, and pumpkin-y for me (my nephew on the other hand, loved it). At $4.39, it might look a little small, but it has some serious heft to it.

If you're over by the Rivers of America, you can find a not-very-scary Shrimp Po'Boy:
You can find Braised Short Ribs with Purple Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Baby Carrots, Red Wine-Mushroom Sauce, and Fried Shoestring Onions at Cafe Orleans. It's not really festive, but it sounds pretty good and is available seasonally.

In the nearby Golden Horseshoe Cafe, they have Ice Cream Nachos. Again, not very festive but seasonal.

Something a little more fun is the Raspberry Magnolia Lemonade at the Mint Julep Bar. They drop a light-up "ice cube" in it for some cool, glowy action. It's pretty tasty too with a mix of lemonade and Sprite with Raspberry and Elderflower flavoring, garnished with fresh mint and raspberries. Considering they'll drop a cube in any other drink here for $4, the Lemonade isn't too bad at $6.29.

There was a long line the Mint Julep bar (longer than some of the rides) and it was because of these Pumpkin Beignets. They were freshly fried but didn't puff up like they usually do. They're also available at Cafe Orleans, but it costs a bit more there (about $9 if I remember correctly) because they include some creme anglaise.

Speaking of creme anglaise, around this time of year, you can get some freshly-fried Banana Fritters at the the Royal Street Veranda. They're only $3.99 for an order and come with Creme Anglaise for dipping.

Near the Sleeping Beauty's Castle, you'll find Maurice's Treats, where you can get a number of sweet and savory pastry twists including a Pumpkin Twist for Halloween. I tried it and the flavor was nice and only lightly sweetened, but it wasn't too fresh or crisp. It seemed to be one of the lesser known park eateries.

Over in Tomorrowland, you can get Monster Mac and Cheese Pizza from Red Rockett's Pizza Port at $7.99 a slice. It was recommended to me by a park employee but I wouldn't recommend it to you... the Mac was pretty decent in an American cheese sort of way, but the crust was horrible--a strange mix of spongy, crispy, and crumbly.

For something better, and in season, there's the Fries with Parmesan Ranch "Ooze" from Tomorrowland Terrace. The fries were crispy and the ooze was more of a parmesan garlic affair with a light ranch flavor.

I saved the best for last. Over in Critter Country, at the Hungry Bear, the Halloween menu features a somewhat-random Blue Cheese and Onion Marmalade Burger, Mango Habanero Lime Iced Tea, and... a Caramel Apple Funnel Cake!

Feast upon this freshly-fried mountain of food greatness! Crispy but moist, slightly firm apples, and huge!

Seriously, if you go to Disneyland around Halloween, get the Caramel Apple Funnel Cake, it's totally awesome and a great value to boot at $6.29.

On a side note, I asked several employ... er cast members all over the park about their Halloween specials and most of them didn't really have a clue. At one restaurant, they even had an impromptu little meeting but couldn't come up with much (so I hope this is useful to you guys!).

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