These Delicious Disney Treats Are Only Sold in Winter, so Eat Them While You Can
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Cookies shaped like ornaments, brownies paying homage to ugly holiday sweaters, even yule logs will spread their holiday sugar-filled cheer at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts throughout December. Special holiday festivals highlighting seasonal favorites from all cultures will bring once-a-year favorites back to parks on both coasts at Disney California Adventure and Epcot. Add special ticketed holiday parties at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, culinary festivities at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearly a dozen new churros landing at Disneyland Resort, and the only thing standing between you and all the Santa macarons you can eat is how often you can hit the parks.
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With two exciting food festivals and five parks packed with specialty sweets, there’s as many things to taste as there are presents to buy. Here’s where to find — or simply drool over — the best Mickey-approved tastes this holiday season.
Indulge in Magic Kingdom’s delightful bites.
Some of the best snowfall favorites have landed at Walt Disney World. Cookie butter milkshakes topped with Mickey-shaped marshmallows, ugly sweater brownies and peppermint soft-serve offer plenty of options, along with a jumbo Sugar Rush candy-topped cupcake with a chocolate Wreck-It Ralph on top.
Churros, churros, churros.
Peppermint churros, pumpkin spice churros, gingerbread churros — Disneyland is known for their crazy flavors, and this holiday season delivers 10 new takes. Splurge on the new sugarplum candy churro, churro bites served with eggnog gelato, or a specialty sundae topped with cajeta caramel sauce-filled churros.
Eat your way across Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Grab a “holiday popcorn” packed with chocolate, cookies and candy, sip a frosted gingerbread martini, and devour a stunning chocolate chestnut cone, served atop a crusted praline leaf. It’s the perfect pairing to Toy Story Land’s seasonal decor, Tower of Terror’s holiday projections, and the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! nightly show at the Walt Disney World park.
Skip lunch in favor of Disneyland Resort’s only-in-winter food festival...
Disney California Adventure’s Festival of Holidays offers ¡Viva Navidad! entertainment, Santa meet-and-greets, and over 46 delicacies at its themed booths. Enjoy twists on the classics like Nashville hot fried turkey, jalapeño latkes, and picturesque pineapple-topped personal ham shanks, and be sure to save room for the holiday stuffing mac & cheese and black forest yule logs through Jan. 8.
...or eat your share of Epcot’s seasonal bites.
Vacationing at Walt Disney World? You’re in for a multicultural treat — many of them. Running through Dec. 30, Epcot International Festival of the Holidays covers all sorts of wintertime celebrations with kiosks themed to Italian, Mexican, and German wintertime favorites as well as cultures and countries beyond Epcot’s International pavilions. Don’t miss a Caribbean stand honoring Three Kings’ Day, the makeshift New York deli with favorites like pastrami on rye and matzo ball soup, and American Holiday Table’s Thanksgiving crowd pleasers, just some of the 80+ items.
Sip cocoa and chomp sugar cookies with Mickey Mouse all night long.
If your holiday priority is to eat all the cookies, snap up tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which doubles as a boundless buffet of seasonal sweets and Christmastime festivities at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Take in the holiday parade and fireworks, all while enjoying complimentary eggnog, shaved ice, and hot cocoa on select nights through December 21. Included treats range from snickerdoodles and Mickey sugar cookies to snowman-shaped soft pretzels, and are unlimited throughout the entire evening.
Grab Magic Kingdom’s exclusive treats while you’re at it.
As if endless cookies weren’t enough, some special foods are only sold during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Delight in a Scrooge McDuck eggnog custard, Three Caballeros spiced yule logs, and ice cream sundaes topped with red velvet waffles featuring The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Zero. Or, opt for Instagram-worthy savories like turkey chili and queso-topped Feliz Navidad nachos.
Celebrate winter cheer with red & green specialties.
Disneyland Resort takes its Christmas colors seriously, serving lunch and dinner indulgences with a ‘tis the season kick. Rancho del Zocalo’s seasonal Chile Relleno comes slathered in red and green sauce, Alien Pizza Planet’s Space Dip pizza pairs green spinach and artichoke dip with red tortilla strips for festive flair, and Luigi’s Chicken Pesto Cone in Cars Land mixes pesto alfredo sauce with a bruschetta tomato topping for an X-mas delight.
Sip your seasonal favorites.
You’ll be hard-pressed to not find your fill of hot cocoa, peppermint mochas, and eggnog on either coast, but holiday drinks at Disney parks take it one step further. Opt for frozen horchatas, mistletoe mules, and Mexican hot chocolates at Disneyland Resort — with ginger and cinnamon-filled tiki drinks at Trader Sam’s — along with hot chocolate flights and gumdrop cocktails at Hollywood Studios and plenty of sippable sweets at both food festivals.
Take part in a hot dog advent calendar.
Magic Kingdom’s “Twelve Days of Hot Dogs” offers a new wacky option every day starting Dec. 14 and leading up to Christmas. With flavors including pineapple teriyaki, buffalo chicken, and Philly cheesesteak and toppings ranging from mojo pork and jalapeño poppers to hash browns and french fries, it’ll give you yet another reason to hit the Happiest Place on Earth this winter.
Seek out best-of-the-best cookies.
Sprinkle cookies, Mickey gingerbread — there’s no lack of cookies at Disney parks on both coasts, but seasonal macarons are hands-down the way to go. Hit Disneyland for white mint-filled Santa Hats (or Toy Story’s Little Green Alien sporting the jolly man’s best accessories), Disney California Adventure for marshmallow-filled “hot cocoa” campfire macarons, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a package of red hazelnut macarons with Santa belts.
Eat your favorite holiday foods in an unexpected way.
Twists on holiday flavors can be found elsewhere, too, with a turkey, mashed potato, and gravy-topped pizza at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and a turkey carnitas-topped poutine — with queso blanco and cranberry-bacon habanero toppings — at Lamplight Lounge, both at Disney California Adventure.