If you’re thinking to yourself, “Josh, surely you learned your lesson after trying all of those overpriced, mediocre sweets at the Halloween Party and certainly you care enough about your health and well-being to not do the same thing to yourself at the Christmas Party,” then you would be wrong. AGAIN.
When it comes to “reviewing” food, drinks, and other items of varying levels of edibility at Walt Disney World, there are a couple of schools of thought. You can “Food Blog It,” which consists of ordering the item, snapping an iPhone photo of it, preferably with an on-theme background and a well-manicured thumb, and then potentially try a bite of whatever it is before throwing the rest of the item away. It’s important to note here that trying the item is unnecessary as the person that will actually be writing the review will be sitting at their computer somewhere hundreds or thousands of miles away from Walt Disney World.
You can also “Chip & Co It,” which consists of harassing a cast member behind the counter until they place the item in question on the counter, at which point you quickly take a picture with your iPhone and then run away. You then pretend like you purchased it and sampled it in the “review” by copying whatever Food Blog wrote about it, even if that person wasn’t and never will be within 5,000 miles of that same item. Alternatively, you can also Chip & Co It by harassing people after they’ve purchased their own item so they will hold it out in front of them just long enough for you to snap a picture and then run away.
You also have the opportunity to “easyDUBZ it,” which consists of getting a number of dudes together that all share little bites of tiny desserts in a tight semi-circle, only after taking enough pictures that whatever the item might be is now cold, melted, or otherwise so far away from how it was meant to be consumed that the review can probably be disregarded all together anyway.
With that out of the way, we can easyDUBZ some of the items available during regular hours at the Magic Kingdom, along with a few Party-exclusive treats.
Like at the Halloween Party, there are only a couple of “real food” options, here with the $12.79 “Feliz Navidad Nachos – Red and Green Tortilla Chips topped with Turkey Chili and Queso Cheese Sauce.”
During the Halloween Party, Pecos Bill offered their exclusive Hades Nachos beginning at 6pm, but at least during the first Christmas Party, the Party-exclusive items didn’t come online until 6:45pm. The Nachos make for a pretty hearty snack when shared – the red and green chips are thematically on-point and the chili is appropriately-meaty, though the turkey doesn’t carry the boldness of the beef or the heartiness of the chicken versions. The queso adds just a little bit of a kick, but you’ll need to add some jalapenos from the fixin’s bar if you’re looking for some real heat. Overall, this is in line with a lot of what Pecos Bill ordinarily offers and I’m not sure that I would specifically set out to spend precious Party time to sit down to these. Pecos serves their regular menu all-day, including the 6pm to 7pm lull in between official Park close and the official start of the Party. So if you’re not in line for a priority character at 6pm, you might stop in and eat even if these turkey nachos aren’t yet available.
The $5.89 Churros, which are available all-day, bring a little holiday flair with the Red & Green Sugar.
Served with chocolate dipping sauce, you’ll receive about eight of what may be best described as “churro nuggets,” each of which is about two bites-worth.
They tasted better than I remember with a nice crispy quality on the outside and a softer, chewy interior coated in a generous amount of cinnamon and a sprinkle of the red and green sugar crystals. With all of the goodies available during the day and at the Party, they’re far from a “must buy,” but we weren’t entirely disappointed.
The $5 “Three Caballeros Spiced Chocolate Yule Log” is exclusive to the Party as a “Chocolate Flourless Cake Roll filled with Chocolate Mousse covered with Spiced Chocolate Ganache, dusted with Powdered Sugar and completed with a White Chocolate Three Caballeros.” We were poised to buy one until finding out that the bakery had not yet filled the order for the Caballeros chocolate piece.
The Yule Log itself is the same as last year and the same as what’s available at Main Street Bakery with Mickey and Minnie printed on the chocolate. The cake is incredibly dense with a rich chocolate flavor. One or two bites is typically enough for me, but chocolate-lovers are certainly in luck. Considering how much flavor you get and how heavy the few bites are, this isn’t a bad value and makes for a fun picture with the chocolate Caballeros. (I’m guessing.)
Over at Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland, you’ll find the $5 “Vanellope Eclair – Fruity Pebbles filling with Icing.”
This is a pretty darling addition, topped with the colorful white chocolate piece and filled with sweet caramel cream. The Fruity Pebbles add a little bit of a sweet, fruity artificial flavor along with a little bit of a crunch to the softer dough that surrounds the filling. I’d set the chocolate piece aside, at least to start, as it has more of a plastic texture than anything and ended up detracting from what was otherwise a tasty eclair. With all of the complimentary cookies etc. available, we’re still not in “must buy” territory, but this was above average despite being on the small side for the money.
On the all-day front, Storybook Treats, to the right of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, has added Peppermint Soft Serve either served in a Cone or Cup for $4.49 or as part of a Sundae with a “Red and White Striped Straw dipped in Chocolate and Peppermint Crushes” for $5.49.
This is why I have a million followers on Instagram.
If you can figure out the point of a paper straw with a bunch of pieces of crushed candy canes attached to it then you’re smarter than I am. You can’t really get the chocolate or the “candy crushes” off the straw without really-awkwardly biting at it and the only thing to slurp up is the ice cream that’s melted in the November/December heat and/or the hot chocolate sauce.
The “Sundae” also ends up being about 40% whipped cream and the soft serve only has a very faint peppermint flavor that might be coming from some place other than the soft serve. You might remember that they serve “Candy Corn Soft Serve” for the 30 weeks leading up to Halloween and that is “literally” just vanilla ice cream.
Anyway, the Sundae was refreshing on a hot afternoon, but I think I’d probably prefer something like the Cookie Sundae considering the cookies are largely edible, unlike that straw that I still can’t figure out.
Elsewhere in soft serve news, there’s an $8 “Christmas Cookie Milk Shake” and a $5 “Christmas Cookie Sundae” available at Auntie Gravity’s in Tomorrowland.
The milkshake portion itself was pretty gross, sort of like if you dragged a gingerbread cookie through a sewer, crumpled it up in your hands, and then thoroughly blended it into vanilla soft serve. My hope is that it will improve somehow as the name has already changed from the “Cookie Butter Milk Shake” to this “Christmas Cookie Milk Shake,” probably because it doesn’t taste anything like Cookie Butter. But I don’t think I would commit eight bucks to give this one a shot. The Cotton Candy on top is generically sweet and you could probably plug a hole in your tire with that Mickey Marshmallow should you require something like that.
It’s a shame because the Candy Corn version for Halloween was actually pretty good, even if it was just vanilla ice cream. Leave it to easywdw.com to complain either way.
Here’s a look at what’s available at Main Street Bakery. The Yule Log and Gingerbread Ornament Cookie are exclusive to the Party, while the Mickey Cinnamon Roll and Wreck-It Ralph Cupcake are available all day.
The top two items are available at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square. On the left is the “Sandy Claws Dessert,” which is a “toy sack cake pop wrapped in fondant with white chocolate Sandy Claws piece” along with the “Red Velvet Zero Waffle Sundae” next to it. I always recommend the Waffle Sundae at the Parties and it’s a good choice if you’re looking to try just one thing. On the bottom left is the Cinnamon Roll that’s available all-day at Gaston’s Tavern alongside the normal one. It’s exactly the same with the addition of red icing, which ends up looking more like blood in person.
On the left is the “Scrooge McDuck Eggnog Custard – eggnog custard topped with spiced chocolate cake meringue and a gold foil chocolate Scrooge McDuck coin” that’s available during the Party at Storybook Treats. On the right is “Mickey’s Very Berry Lemonade, a red-and-green, strawberry flavored drink” that’s available at Cosmic Ray’s.
Cosmic Ray’s is also serving this monstrosity – a “Holiday Burger on Texas toast with roasted turkey, muenster cheese, stuffing and cranberry sauce.”
As far as what’s included with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket, this is the rundown of treat locations:
- Main Street: Red Mickey Santa Sugar Cookie
- Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel and Shaved Ice
- Liberty Square: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Eggnog
- Pinocchio Village Haus: Hot Chocolate, Fruit-flavored Soda, and a variety of holiday cookies
- Friar’s Nook: Chilled Apple Cider and Chocolates
- Storybook Snacks Cart: Peppermint Crunch Cookie
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Shaved Ice
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate
There’s two main stops I would recommend.
The first is Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland.
Here, you’ll find four different cookies available along with Hot Chocolate and Orange Fanta. There’s also plentiful indoor, air-conditioned/heated seating.
Cookies are individually wrapped this year, which makes it easier to hoard them for later.
Tortuga Tavern is home to the Snowman Soft Pretzel and Shaved Ice. The “Shaved Ice” is going to be disappointing – you’re basically gnawing away at an ice cube with a squirt of cheap blue raspberry syrup, but the Pretzel is a good option that’s different from all of the cookies available.
Friar’s Nook is also giving out little Dove chocolates and Apple Cider this year.
Overall, most guests will probably be satisfied with the “free” sweets offered around the Park, but I would recommend the Red Velvet Waffles and Ice Cream from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments and there are a couple of other options that will at least look cute in pictures. From the new items this year, the Eclair from Gaston’s Tavern is probably the only one I’d order again.