Disney Is Honoring Its Most Evil Villains With a Halloween-themed Tea Service
Off with their heads — and off with their crusts.
Disney’s worst characters have never tasted so good. Starting next month, Steakhouse 55 restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel will offer an afternoon tea service dedicated to all of Disney’s baddest villains. Ariel may have struggled to defeat Ursula and the Queen of Hearts’ temper remains, but at this seasonal delight, you’ll finally look forward to gracing their evil presences.
Classic cinematic inspiration spreads the entirety of the tea service menu, from a "101 Dalmatians" salad — with black-and-white slices of dragonfruit — to tiered trays of sweets, savories, and scones. There’s no need to fear Oogie Boogie’s horrors when he’s a just a chocolate-dipped strawberry or Dr. Facilier’s strength within a voodoo cookie; forget your misgivings about suffering Snow White’s same fate because here, the "poison" apples come piled atop tarts with apple creme.
A tray of tea sandwiches provide nods to Gaston and Scar by way of a boast-worthy prime rib bite and serrano ham sandwich with a deliberate smear of red pepper hummus, while the Maleficent avocado-edamame offering is topped with ruby red chard microgreens, reminiscent of the thorned trees Prince Phillip becomes ensnared in during their epic "Sleeping Beauty" battle.
The rest of the meal celebrates the holiday season as well, with festive candy corn maple pecan scones and hot apple cinnamon tea, available iced if California’s weather does not comply with the fall festivities.
Disneyland Hotel’s Villains tea service is brand new this year for the elegant steakhouse restaurant, which debuted its first character-inspired tea over the summer with a menu honoring Pixar’s most popular films with treats like an "Up" grape soda eclair and "Ratatouille" cheesecake. With last Halloween’s menu themed towards the holiday in general, this new iteration of afternoon tea creates much more of a special only-at-Disney Halloween experience, all without having to encounter any of the frightful antagonists in person.
The pumpkin-filled festivities may still be weeks away, but be sure to book your face-to-face with Cruella de Vil cupcakes and chocolate Queen of Hearts before it’s too late. Afternoon seatings are offered at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting Sept. 7, and though no admission is required to dine, reservations fill up quickly.