Best Bites for December 2019 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort

Each month the Disney Parks Blog highlights fun and unique food items from Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort. Some are new, others a review, but all are tasty.

Starting on the west coast, the Parks Blog reminds us about some fun activities going on at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

First is A Grand Gingerbread House Experience, which lets guests work with Disney pastry chefs to build their own sweet creation. Guests will enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and snack mix while they work. Remaining dates are December 15, 18, 21 and 22 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. The cost is $70 per guest, with parties of up to 3 guests working on one house. Reservations are available online or by calling (714) 781-DINE.


Also at the Grand Californian, the Holiday Cart continues to serve up cookies, brownie pops, peppermint bark, truffles, and crispy treats. For some extra fun, try the cookie shots: cookie cups filled with milk, chocolate milk, or hot chocolate (with pumpkin, peppermint, or caramel syrup). Adults can upgrade to rum, Irish cream liqueur, cinnamon cream liqueur, or peppermint schnapps.


Finally, Storytellers Cafe at the Grand Californian has a new World of Color Dining Package! Enjoy the restaurant’s dinner buffet, including a non-alcoholic beverage, then receive a voucher for preferred viewing for World of Color in Disney California Adventure. Pricing for the new experience, which begins December 15th, is $50 for adults and $25 for children (ages 3 to 9), not including tax, gratuity, or theme park admission. Reservations are available online or on the Disneyland app.


Next we head east to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where several new treats will soon be available with (or without) the Tasting Sampler. December 22nd through January 4th, look for specialty hot chocolates, peppermint bar churros, double chocolate peppermint ice cream sandwiches, and more.

You don’t have to wait until December 22nd, however, because there are plenty of holiday treats that are already available at Animal Kingdom.

  • Gingerbread Cupcake [Restaurantosaurus] – Gingerbread cake topped with cream cheese icing, a buttercream tree, white chocolate accents, and a white chocolate deer
  • Menagerie Cupcake [Creature Comforts, Pizzafari] – Gingerbread cake topped with cream cheese snow and an adorable polar bear
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse [Satu’li Canteen] – White chocolate peppermint mousse with peppermint sauce, cookies and cream crumbles, meringue, and a chocolate accent
  • Spiced Nuts [Dawa Bar]
  • Peppermint Soft Serve Ice Cream [Anandapur Ice Cream Truck]
  • Pumpkin Pretzel [Trek Snacks]
  • Peppermint Cookies and Cream Shake [Trilo-Bites]
  • Holiday Menagerie Base Popcorn Bucket [Popcorn carts throughout the park]
  • Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket [Popcorn carts throughout the park]
  • Gingerbread Mickey Straw [Outdoor vending locations throughout the park]
  • Ornament Mickey Snowman Cup [Outdoor vending locations throughout the park]
  • Mickey Jingle Bell Sipper [Outdoor vending locations throughout the park]


Stepping away from the holiday treats for a moment, there is a new Simba-shaped pretzel available at outdoor vending carts in Africa and Asia.


Finally at Animal Kingdom comes the announcement that the Restaurantosaurus Burgers and Sundaes experience will continue throughout 2020. Reservations for the hand-crafted burger and build-your-own sundae meal are available online.


Over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, there may still be some of the new Jungle Cruise Skipper Nutcracker Tiki Mugs available at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace. The collectible mug is served with the Mele Kaliki Mai Tai, which has dark rum, superior rum, allspice liqueur, cranberry juice, orgeat, cinnamon, and fresh lime juice. There is a also a matching Christmas ornament available at BouTiki, inside the lobby.


Our last stop is the Magic Kingdom, where the Parks Blog reminds us about a special dessert available at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The Signature Slipper & Crown Dessert can be customized to celebrate your special occasion. It includes a white or dark chocolate slipper or a white chocolate crown, filled with chocolate mousse and served with chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache.


What the Disney Parks Blog highlighted is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to holiday treats. There is plenty more to discover now through early January at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

Source: Disney Parks Blog


Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.



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