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Disneyland Reveals Special Holiday Meals and Drinks

In Disneyland itself, Guests will want to start the day off with lunch entrees that are not necessarily Christmas-sy, but have pizzazz, and Alien Pizza Planet is the perfect starting point for that! The Chicken Parmesan Pizza will be a nice option for pizza-lovers, while the Tomato Cream Pasta (starring “Italian sausage and bell peppers served on [the] chef’s choice of pasta tossed with blush sauce”) will be a great option for anyone in the mood for noodles. Finish off the filling lunch with a small dessert that will ease you into the holiday spirit, such as the Green Alien Holiday Macaron that’s “filled with marshmallow crème and chocolate ganache”! Another great lunch option will be the Herb-roasted Pork Sandwich from the Carnation Café and a to-go Hot Cocoa Crème Brûlée from Café Orleans for dessert.

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While vacation days at Disneyland or Walt Disney World may be magical, they also tend to be active! If you find yourself in need of some hearty comfort food for dinner, the French Market will be a great destination (especially during the holiday season). The smothered beef (which comes “with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, caramelized onions and roasted garlic au jus”) will definitely have Disney Guests’ stomachs rumbling, and the Wedding Cake dessert (which is the crowd-pleasing “chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, sour cherries, cream cheese filling, [and] a splatter of cherry sauce”) will top off the meal perfectly! For a lighter dessert, try the Galactic Grill’s Caramel Pecan Brownie Parfait: its “layers of devil’s food cake, chocolate brownie, caramel pecans and vanilla chantilly” will be just as satisfying as the Wedding Cake, but even more varied in its flavors and textures!

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Even though holiday food typically involves meat, mashed potatoes, cakes, cookies, and warm beverages, there are some Disney Guests who will prefer less traditional Christmas fare. If you want something that’s far away from roast beast or eggnog, try the Harbour Galley’s Seafood Boil for Two! This is a “shareable experience” that features “Cajun-buttered shrimp with red potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage with rustic bread”. The Harbour Gallery will be open and offering this menu item around mid-December! If you can’t wait that long, try the Spicy BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger from the Hungry Bear Restaurant and sip a Honey Cream Cold Brew (which is “cold brew sweetened with honey cream served over ice”) for another less cliche holiday meal.

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It’s true that some Disney Guests might not want traditional holiday meals–but if you’re the opposite and prefer to go full-tilt into the Christmas festivities, then the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café is the place for you at Disneyland! Start your Disneyland Christmas off with the cafe’s Holiday Sandwich, which consists of “roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce on rustic bread served with house-made chips”. Next, prepare for desert with a macaron that’s festooned with “white peppermint cream filling and rich chocolate ganache”, and finish off the experience with a flawless Maple Walnut Cheesecake that contains a “walnut-graham cracker crust, vanilla chantilly, and candied walnuts”!

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If you love the Mickey Mouse beignets from Port Orleans Resort in Walt Disney World, then you’ll want to stop by the Mint Julep Bar for a 3 or 6-pack of Peppermint Beignets. And if you prefer red velvet cake to chocolate cake, then the Plaza Inn’s Chocolate Chip-Red Velvet Bundt Cake (“filled with cheesecake, cream cheese glaze, and holiday sprinkles”) will be a great option! If chocolate is still calling your name, then the Holiday Cake (which is “Devil’s food cake with swirled chocolate mousse filling, buttercream frosting, and holiday sprinkles”) will be the one for you. You can also indulge in the “Christmas Fantasy Parade Dining Package” here, which allows you to not only enjoy a “roasted New York strip loin and house-made mac and cheese with autumn vegetables and chocolate bread pudding”, but also linger for a perfect view of the “Christmas Fantasy” Parade!

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If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, Rancho del Zocolo is definitely going to be a must on your Disneyland task list! This restaurant’s Pork Pozole is a Mexican stew that packs a punch with flavor, while the Dessert Nachos (“cinnamon crisps topped with berry compote, whipped cream, and honey crème anglaise”) and the Horchata ( a drink consisting of “sweet creamy cinnamon, rice, and milk [that’s] served over ice” will be unique ways to round out the meal. If you love Belle or Beauty and the Beast, you’ll also want to visit the Red Rose Taverne for the holiday version of that signature Grey Stuff!

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Although autumn tends to be pumpkins’ time to shine, pumpkin-lovers can still get their fix at the Royal Street Veranda during the Christmas season. This establishment’s Pumpkin Fritters come with a special cream cheese dipping sauce, and make for a great on-the-go snack!

In the Disney California Adventure Park, Award Wieners has another special option on its menu for anyone who wants to avoid typical holiday foods. The Pastrami Reuben comes “with caramelized onions, pickled cabbage, Thousand Island dressing, spicy mustard, provolone, and pickle spears on a toasted baguette”; it’s the perfect selection for sandwich connoisseurs!

If you’re a Guest in Disneyland California Adventure Park and you do want a Christmas meal, however, the Lamplight Lounge’s Stout-braised Winter Short Ribs will not disappoint. These ribs are “served atop creamy spiced butternut squash risotto with glazed baby carrots finished with short rib jus reduction, bourbon-cranberry sauce, toasted pepitas, and pea-shoot greens”; with all of those savory holiday flavors, this is sure to be a hit with Disney diners! To finish off the meal with something light, try the Peppermint-Hot Cocoa Donuts that are complemented by “toasted marshmallow creme and peppermint-chocolate dipping sauces”. And if you’re a big fan of bread as well as the holidays, then head to the Pacific Wharf Café for some Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Sourdough!

Although Disney has plenty of Guests who love cake, there are also plenty of Disney Guests who prefer cookies. If Christmas cookies are your mission, then head to the Grand Californian Holiday Cart within Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for several different options, including the Mickey Poinsettia Cookie, Mickey Snowman Cookie, and Mickey Christmas Cookie.

While most people seem to associate Christmas with snowdrifts, some Disney fanatics might prefer a more tropical version of the holiday–and for the, the Disneyland Hotel’s Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill is offering a refreshing Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, while Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is tempting Guests with a Holiday Cocktail – that includes “lime juice, pineapple juice, and coconut cream”! For the traditionalists who want to really embrace a wintry Christmas, The Coffee House’s Flaky Napoleon (“layered puff pastry with chantilly cream”), Egg Nog Latte, or Hot Apple Cider will all be great contributions to the Christmas spirit.

If you liked any of the entrees and desserts listed above, they will be available in Disneyland Resort starting on November 12th and ending on January 9th of 2022. If you’re also a timesaver who likes booking your meals early while visiting Disneyland, then downloading the Disneyland mobile app will be a fantastic way for you to order quick-service meals at most of the Disneyland locations!

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.