Prepare your appetite for the world’s most delicious advent calendar, because there are hundreds of festive flavors descending upon Disney's parks on both coasts.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort have added 200 festive foods to ring in the holiday season, and with favorites like praline cheesecake, spiced-rum punch, sticky toffee pudding, white chocolate hot cocoa, and pumpkin spice bread pudding among them, you’ll need a holiday miracle to make it through them all.
There are plenty of snowman-shaped and Santa hat-topped marshmallow pops, cookies, cupcakes and crispy treats on offer at Disney parks as usual, but this year, they’ve gone above and beyond. Disneyland, which is known for its limited-run, handmade candy canes, has added the quintessential Christmastime sweet into other famed park snacks this winter. Mint Julep Bar’s beloved beignets now come candy cane-dusted, while red churros served at Disney California Adventure’s Cozy Cone Motel are coated in the striped sweet.
Fans of the park’s candy apples — which in November are Rocky Road-flavored and speckled with marshmallows — will enjoy the candy apple-flavored cotton candy sold throughout both Anaheim parks as well.
Make sure to get your mitts on Disney California Adventure’s new ice cream sandwich, too, which features red macaron cookies shaped like Santa’s mittens “holding” a scoop of mint chip, or hold out for the wackiest wintertime offering: gingerbread funnel cake fries served with whipped cream and candy crumbles at Award Wieners.
Over at Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom is baking Mickey-shaped cinnamon rolls coated in red and green icing along with other tasty treats including peppermint mousse-filled cupcakes. Hungry guests at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can even snack on exclusive items including a duo of white and dark chocolate yule logs, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” cake pops and the ticketed event’s brand new red velvet waffles, which offer a chocolatey dessert twist on the popular breakfast bite.
With the new Sunset Seasons Greetings nighttime projection show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios featuring characters from “Toy Story,” “Frozen,” and “The Muppets” atop Tower of Terror comes a line-up of special treats including stollen bites, apple cranberry cobbler and a red velvet whoopie pie shaped like a Christmas tree, complete with an icing “garland” and candied “ornaments.”
And, if that wasn’t enough, there are not one but two seasonal food festivals happening on each coast. Visitors can taste wintertime favorites from around the world when Epcot International Festival of the Holidays begins November 19, including Three Kings Bread from the Caribbean, Panettone alla Milanese from Italy and fried Buñuelo Navideño pastry from Mexico. Taste foreign fare from countries like China and Canada — or eat as though you’re browsing Europe’s famed Christmas markets with sauerbraten and spätzle in Germany and Austrian Sachertorte from the festival’s Cookie Nook holiday kitchen.
An explosion of seasonal eats has also arrived at Disney California Adventure. The Anaheim park’s Festival of Holidays celebrates Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and ¡Viva Navidad! with comfort food like beef brisket and chicken mole alongside not-so-standard fare including chicken liver paté with cherry jam and pistachios, cookie butter and jelly cheesecake and horchata fudge.
There are plenty of savory foods at both festivals — think beef short rib with mashed potatoes and roast turkey sliders with cranberry sauce on the West Coast and seared pork tenderloin in the East — but some in-park restaurants at Disneyland Resort are serving up seasonal feels as well, with Pacific Wharf Café’s turkey pot pie soup and bacon meatloaf at Flo’s V8 Café.
Still have room? Disney Parks have unleashed every kind of fun festive drink imaginable, from egg nog lattes at Disneyland Resort hotels to peppermint affogato at Carthay Circle Restaurant an alcoholic hot chocolate flight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Hit the dual food festivals for hot buttered rum, sparkling cranberry wine, bourbon cider or holiday sherbert punch, or pop by Schmoozies at Disney California Adventure for a pumpkin pie smoothie.
With this many candy cane-flavored, sugar-dusted, gingerbread-type treats, you won’t go wrong with any of them.