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Disneyland Foodies Take Note, The Parks Reopen In July

If you’re a Disneyphile like myself, your Disneyland annual pass has been burning a hole in your wallet. Both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure park have been closed for over three months since their initial shutter back on March 14th, 2020.

In Disneyland’s 65+ year history, the COVID-19-induced closures mark one of only six times the park has ever had an unscheduled close time, the last of which being in 2001 following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Today, a glimmer of hope shown through — Disney has announced their proposed reopening plans for the Southern California-based parks.

As a Disneyland fan, I been longing for lazy days at the park, pummeling through food, getting drunk around California Adventure and falling asleep on the Pirate’s of the Caribbean. With no immediate end to “COVID-19” in sight, it seems Disneyland has found what they believe the minimum viable product in a reopen would look like. Here’s a recap of what we know:

  • Theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements
  • Attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system (even Annual Passholders must reserve their spot to enter the park)
  • There will be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales/renewals
  • Parades and nighttime spectaculars will not be available on reopen — they will return at a later date not yet announced
  • Character meet-and-greets won’t be happening, but Characters will be roaming the park in unexplained “new ways to entertain and delight guests”

All other information is still under wraps and has yet to be announced, including details surrounding the enhanced cleaning, health and safety measures throughout the park.

No word on how the food courts will look like either — but assuming if they’re open at all, they’ll likely take pre-packaged measures akin to how Wholefoods’ hot and cold bars currently look like (pre-portioned instead of scoop-and-serve).

My Disney foodie family — does this news excite you? What are your concerns? Let me know how you feel and what questions Foodbeast can work on answering for you by interacting with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

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Taco Bell Launches A Creamy Pineapple Whip Freeze

As the summer heat begins to lay a sweltering blanket over a spring spent inside doing home activities, Taco Bell is looking to inject some cool air and color into our lives with the release of the Pineapple Whip Freeze.

The newest flavor of their iconic freeze, releasing nationwide on May 21, blends the flavors of tropical pineapple and a vanilla cream to create a smooth, sweet whipped treat that lives up to the delicious reputation of their freezes.

But, if choosing just one flavor isn’t in the cards, Taco Bell is letting fans combine the flavors for a limited time with their secret menu item: the Tie Dye Freeze. For now, you can get a freeze with a blended swirl of the newest flavor and one of their two standby freeze flavors, Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry.

The Pineapple Whip Freeze will be available in two sizes, as per any Taco bell freeze: a regular runs for $2.39, and a large for $2.59. But (and this is the key caveat here, deal-seeking reader) during their Happier Hour, which runs daily from 2-5 PM, a regular can be acquired on the low for just $1.

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of getting anything for a single dollar nowadays is more than enough to reel me in.

Now, a Taco Bell freeze for a dollar, though? I’ll be first in line.


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Disney Just Released Their Famous GREY STUFF Dessert Recipe

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been back at Disneyland and we’ve been craving their treats and sweets for what feels like ages. Not too long ago, Disney released their famous churro recipe for everyone to enjoy at home. Now, another famous dessert has been released from the vault.

Disney Parks Blog has now shared their recipe for the famous Grey Stuff, made famous in the 1991 animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast. The dessert is a sort of pudding known for its soft and crunchy texture and unique grey visual.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 12 scalloped sugar cookies
  • Edible sugar pearls

Here’s what to do:

Add milk into large mixing bowl and toss in instant vanilla pudding mix, whisking for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm. Blend the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor until it’s pureed, then fold that puree into the pudding mix. Stir thoroughly. Add the whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding, stir thoroughly and refrigerate for an hour. Finally, spoon the grey stuff into a piping bag (your choice of tip) and pipe the grey stuff onto your cookies. Finish them off with sugar pearl toppings.

Sounds pretty magical and straightforward, folks. You can also find a printable copy of the recipe here, which has been modified a bit from what’s served in the parks for a smaller portion.

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Disneyland Released Their Magical Churro Recipe And We Made It At Home

I haven’t been to a Disney park in a hot minute, and let’s be honest, I’m missing that Disney magic pretty badly. With many people cooking from home these days, Disney noticed that a fair amount of them were trying to recreate the magic of some of the park’s foods in their home kitchens.

While the parks themselves are currently closed, Disney Parks Blog has released their famous churro recipe so fans can properly capture that magic from home.

Foodbeast Marc, and self-proclaimed Mousketeer, decided to recreate Disney’s churro recipe at his home and shot an amazing video chronicling his experience. If you want to follow along with him, here’s exactly what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar

The recipe serves about four people and should tide you over until the Disney parks around the world finally reopen. Be sure to check out the video above to see how we made this sweet snack. Until then, everyone stay safe and cook some amazing foods!

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Disneyland’s New Avengers Campus Food Lineup Was Just Released

Disneyland just announced the opening date of their new Avengers Campus, a section of the California Adventure theme park dedicated to all things Marvel.

With the announcement of the superhero area, which opens on July 18th, came a sneak preview of the different food options that will come in the park. Each of them is packed with all of the eye-catching, Instagram worthy treats you would expect from Disney, but with some unique and interesting twists as well.

The big restaurant in the area is the Pym Test Kitchen, which will focus on making foods in both giant and little sizes. We knew about this dining area beforehand, but we’re getting a look at some of the foods it will be selling for the first time.

An item that veers on the more shocking end is this Not So Little Chicken Sandwich. Think a German schnitzel-sized cut of chicken breast, but with flavors like teriyaki and red chili sauces slathered on top. The bun-to-cutlet ratio on this sandwich is pretty comical upon first glance.

Other items in the Pym Test Kitchen include a pasta dish made with Impossible Foods meatballs, both in giant and tiny form, served inside of a giant spoon with a tiny fork.

There’s also giant pretzels and elongated “Pym-Nini” sandwiches that you can order by the portion, or take an extra-long one for the whole squad to share.

 

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An early look at Avengers Campus eats!!! An yes, even though it’s not pictured, THEY WILL HAVE SCHWARMA! • Picture 1 – Terran Treats on the Avengers Campus features a menu of intergalactic eats, including colorful Sweet Spiral Ration Churros with unique flavors. • Picture 2- Pasta under giant vegetarian meatballs served in an oversized spoon with a tiny fork. • Picture 3 – Dubbed Experiment No. EE90, the “Not So Little Chicken Sandwich” is a fried chicken breast with teriyaki and red chili sauces, pickled cabbage slaw and crispy potato tots. We have all the info as a swipe up in our story! • Looks like the eating is going to be good! We’ve got even more pictures of new food in our post on the food (link in bio)! All picture credits and info to Disney.

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Another eating option in the Avengers Campus is called “Terran Treats,” and it focuses on vibrant and eye-catching eats of all kinds. The only items we know about so far from here are a “Cosmic Cream Orb,” which is a creampuff stuffed with purple raspberry cheesecake mousse, and “Space Ration Churros.” These spiral-shaped churros come in the colors of the six Infinity Stones from Marvel and Avengers lore.

In a nod to the 2012 Avengers film, Disneyland has also confirmed that there will be a shawarma cart inside of Avengers Campus, serving up standard shawarmas with protein options like chicken and falafel.

We’ll obviously know a lot more details about the full food lineup when the park opens in July, but for now, the options that we’re seeing are definitely tantalizing.

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Disney Partners With Impossible Foods for Plant-Based Expansion

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Disneyland Resorts and Parks, as well as Florida-based big brother The Walt Disney World Resort, are known to offer an experience that keeps your inner child alive and kicking. Everything from immersive theme rides to life-sized Disney characters spread over 30,000 acres, it’s hard not to enjoy, if not a tad overly stimulating. Ever-watchful of ways to expand upon the entertainment incentive, Disney has now joined the Impossible Foods movement in a newly inked partnership. 

Impossible Foods is now the official plant-based “burger vendor” for both Disney resorts including Disney Cruise Line ships. The partnership comes following their September 2019 announcement to introduce meatless items to all Disney resorts.

To sweeten the deal even further, we’re also rewarded with three new menu items: the Impossible Cheeseburger macaroni and cheese, Petite Impossible Burger with guacamole and cheddar jack cheese, and an Impossible Meatball sub sandwich.

With the demand for meat alternatives growing globally each year, this is a natural move for the Happiest Place on Earth. The new Impossible menu items are now available at all Disney resorts.

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REPORT: Disneyland Staff State Churro Toffee the Most Successful Candy In Nearly A Decade

When you think of iconic Disneyland snacks, there’s Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels, and the ever popular churros. Disney has long played with different variations on churros, but one of their ideas that debuted in 2018, churro toffee, has exploded to a fan favorite beyond anything Disney employees have seen before.

According to Disneyland Resort Candy Production Manager Monica Weda, the squares of churro-flavored toffee have become one of the park’s top-selling candy items, and one of the most successful items that she’s seen in her almost eight years working in the candy production team.

“The churro toffee has been Candy Production’s number one selling item consistently, week over week.” she told Foodbeast. “I’ve never seen a [candy] treat over the last nearly eight years that has had popularity this strong and consistent.”

This means that amongst all of the candy apples, crispy cereal treats, cake pops, and other items you can find in Disneyland’s multiple candy shops, churro toffee is the top seller.

 

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“It’s got some weird magical quality to it,” says Disney Food Blog creator AJ Wolfe. She was among the first to find it during its debut, and has since become a big fan of it.

The sweet is made by enrobing squares of toffee in a coating of white chocolate and then dusting it in a cinnamon sugar. Weda confirmed that it’s the same blend of sugar and spice that’s used to coat Disneyland’s churros. It also comes with an intriguing backstory, as the toffee was a concept that had been sitting on the back burner for years.

“Back in 2013, we had a product development session, and one of our candy makers said, ‘Hey, how about we try our English toffee but with white chocolate, cinnamon, and sugar?'” Weda said.

The toffee was delicious, but it wasn’t rolled out that year due to a lot of major sweet releases coinciding with the park’s 60th anniversary. Churro toffee, and its recipe, were kept away in files for a few years until the debut of Pixar Pier in 2018. The Candy Production Team then decided to try it out at the newly-opened Bing Bong’s Sweet Shop, and it rapidly became a fan favorite that spread to the rest of California Adventure before year’s end.

By late 2019, churro toffee was so coveted that the other parks’ food and beverage teams wanted in on the action. They used the candy squares to create other items, like a Churro Toffee Cold Brew and Churro Marshmallow Wands, that were launched during the holdiay season. Weda confirmed to Foodbeast that Marshmallow Wands, which were originally sold in just 2 locations, will be available across all of the candy shops starting in 2020 due to their recent success. When asked about the meaning of Disneyland adding treats to other creations, Wolfe mentioned that “[Disney] knows when something sells.”

Churro Toffee has definitely been a huge seller, with it going from test item to a Disneyland “Core Classic,” or staple, within less than 18 months of its debut. Based on the popularity it has on both social media and within the parks, it seems like this is the next hyped treat to get alongside Dole Whip and the actual churros themselves while perusing the parks.

“I don’t see it going away anytime soon,” Weda said. “I do feel that this is going to become one of our staples within our assortment.”

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Disneyland Changed Star Wars Menu Because No One Knew WTF They Were Ordering

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Apparently, most people aren’t fluent in speaking nerd, so Disneyland decided to change a handful of their menu item names.

The new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land had an array of oddly named dishes that coincided with the fictional Batuu language.

While the names were fun to read, it could have taken you a minute or two to actually figure out what the dishes actually meant. Even Disney regulars here at the Foodbeast office admitted that the menu items were a little hard to decipher at first glance.

Our own Elie Ayrouth recalled his opening week experience and said that at the time, he couldn’t even order a Coke without the working cast members having an odd name for it. The language barrier got so bad that when Ayrouth was essentially asked if he had a season pass for a discount, he was completely befuddled and had to be saved by our nerdy video producer Costa Spyrou, who apparently spoke the odd Star Wars language a little too well.

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At least most of the menu names will no longer be that big of a problem, as according to the OC Register, Disneyland has decided to change the names of the “Fried Endorian Tip-Yip,” the “Smoked Kaadu Ribs,” the “Mustafarian Lava Roll,” the “Outpost Mix,” and the “Yobshrimp Noodle Salad.”

Instead, they will now be known as the “Endorian Fried Chicken Tip-Yip,” the “Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs,” the “Mustafarian Cinnamon Roll,” the “Outpost Popcorn Mix,” and the “Surabat Shrimp & Noodle Salad,” so that there is less confusion over what they are.

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If you were to go to Disney World’s version of the Star Wars land, they didn’t even bother with the cute names, at the start. Their menu items consisted of regular ass names, such as Fried Chicken, Beef Pot Roast, and Roasted Chicken Salad. Zero confusion.

Whether you’re fluent in Batuuan or English, you might remember all guests shared a common language when it came to reselling stolen park items on eBay. The restaurants at Galaxy’s Edge keep making headlines for less than ideal reasons, but as they did with the rampant theft problem, the menu name difficulty has been dealt with accordingly.

Hopefully when you visit the park, you won’t have as tough a time ordering food.