Upcoming on Desert Mouse

Hello All!

Desert Mouse was a bit empty on content during the month of April (thanks exams!), but there are some exciting things coming for the blog in the next few months! For the month of May, I’m currently hunting down all the pictures of my family and I at Disneyland back in the day, so I can bring you a look into the “retro” Disneyland and also the beginning years of California Adventure Park.  I’m also finishing up a post with a list of all the events that will occur during Summer 2017 at the Disneyland Resort, so look for that this upcoming week! For June posts, I’ll be sharing content like the best way to plan a day at Disneyland, the top Disney vloggers and YouTubers to help you get to know the parks, and more.

In July, I’ll be taking a trip to the park from the 5th-8th, and I’m so pumped! Not only will this allow me to prepare a TON of new content, but also help update older posts with pictures, etc. Some of the content that will come from that trip will be a look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! ride in California Adventure, lesser known spots to snap a photo, and the guide to the perfect, romantic night at Disneyland, to name a few.

In light of my upcoming trip, I’d like to know what YOU would like to see on Desert Mouse. Is there any information that you are just dying to get a hold on? Perhaps maybe a post about Downtown Disney or Star Wars Land? Please share your ideas in the comments so that we can bring what you want to the blog!

I’ve got one more exciting bit of news to share with you Mouseketeers. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and have come to the determination that I will be starting up a vlog this summer! It won’t be too grand at first and won’t be completely up and running until late into the summer, but I’m hoping you’ll all love it and that it will tie in with the blog nicely. I’ll post on the blog when the whole show has begun and keep you updated on what’s happening there.


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Top 10 Meals at the Disneyland Resort

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At Desert Mouse,

food is one of our favorite things about the Disneyland Resort. Why wouldn’t it be? Since we have such a deep love for food, we’re offering the scoop on the 10 best meals at the Resort. All of these meals are available year-round and cost $20 and under. The meals will be ranked from least to most expensive. If you’re not looking to dine heavily, but rather snack/eat light, you’ll like our article Best 15 Fill-Ups for Under $10. If you want to browse other dining options and dining packages, head over to the Disneyland website, hover over the Things to Do tab, and select All Dining. Ready to get your food on?


Pizza at Napolini

As a general rule, it’s best to avoid pizza at the Resort. However, some exceptions can be made for the pizza found in Downtown Disney. Our focus will be on the GIGANTIC pizza slices at Napolini. These pizza slices are literally as big as your face! They come in a variety of flavors, such as Margherita (cheese), Pepperoni, and Americana, which comes topped with Italian Sausage, Salami, Bell Peppers, Onions, and Olives. All come with classic toppings of melty cheese and tomato sauce, as well. Grab a slice for only $5.25, hopefully you can finish it on your own!


Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich is another tasty restaurant located in Downtown Disney. The Hawaiian BBQ sandwich comes with grilled chicken, ham, swiss cheese, pineapple, and BBQ sauce between two buns. Is your mouth watering yet? Lucky enough, it will only cost you $6.99 to get your hands on this yummy treat!


Brioche French Toast at Flo’s V8 Café

Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day, no doubt. Of course, Disney has found a way to make it even better. Head on over to Flo’s V8 Café in California Adventure to chow down on the Brioche French Toast. It’s baked to perfection and comes with salted caramel sauce and bananas. Your stomach will be thanking you after one helping of this dish. Grab a plate for $7.99.


Soup in a Bread Bowl at the Pacific Wharf Café

Craving something creamy? Snatch yourself some soup from the Pacific Wharf Café. Not only are these soups served fresh and hot, but they come in the yummiest sourdough bread bowl around. The soups range from Clam Chowder, Cream of Broccoli, to seasonal soups. During a trip in 2015, I had the Chicken Enchilada soup which was perfect for the overcast and chilly day. It warmed me right up! I’ve been waiting for this soup to pop back up so I can give it another spin. Give this meal a try for $10.99.

Do you have any seasonal soup favorites? Let us know in the comments.


Chicken Sandwich à la Lumière at the Red Rose Taverne

This is one of the newest additions to dining in Fantasyland. Previously known as the Village Haus Restaurant, this small eatery has been transformed into the Red Rose Taverne in honor of the live action Beauty and the Beast. Along with the new theming came some delicious new dining options. One of the most praised among these new choices is the Chicken Sandwich à la Lumière. This delectable sandwich will have you ‘lighting’ up (get it?) with the first bite. An odd combination of grilled chicken , apple slaw, onion-bacon jam, and fried cherry peppers on a toasted bun come together perfectly. Match this with a side of Pommes Frites, usually only available at Café Orleans, or sliced apples and you’ve got yourself a ‘beauty’ of a meal! Be a guest and treat yourself with this sandwich for $10.99.


Enchilada Platters and Burritos at Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante

When it comes down to it, I don’t think there’s a better place to get yourself a meal than Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante. The food portions are big and priced fairly reasonably considering how much food you get. There’s plenty of options here, so if you are looking for a variety, you’ve got it! Plus, most of these platters can feed two people comfortably, so you can feel free to share! The best options, as we find them here at Desert Mouse, include:

  • The Red Chile Enchilada Platter, made up of three cheeses enchiladas and topped with red chile sauce, with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans. Priced at $11.99
  • The Burrito Sonora, served with either chicken or marinated beef, refried beans, rice, and cheese in a flour tortilla, topped with cheese and red Guajillo sauce, and tied together with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans. Priced at $11.99 for Chicken, $12.99 for Beef.
  • The Burrito Guadalajara, served with carnitas, refried beans, rice, and cheese in a flour tortilla,  topped with cheese and green Tomatillo sauce, and tied together with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans. Priced at $12.49.
  • The Carne Asada & Red Chile Enchilada Platter, made up of two cheese enchiladas served with beef, and a side of Mexican rice and refried beans. Priced at $14.49

If none of these options wet your appetite, take a peak at the menu over on the Disneyland website to see if they have something more your style. By all means, this restaurant is probably the best value and has the best portions of all the Disneyland Resort restaurants and is highly recommended by Desert Mouse.


Mickey Waffle at the Carnation Café

First thing that comes to mind when I hear this; YUM! Considered a classic among park enthusiasts, and somewhat of a food staple for the Disneyland, this meal is one for both young, old, and all in-between. Mixed with the care-free atmosphere of Main Street USA, this breakfast will have starting your Disney day relaxed and delighted. This oh-so-good meal comes with one Mickey shaped waffle and your choice of bacon or sausage. You can even add apple or strawberry topping! However, if you’re not into that breakfast meat scene, as I am, then you can ask to have that side replaced with an egg! Grab yourself this scrumptious meal for $12.00.


French Dip Sandwich at the French Market Restaurant

This sandwich is near and dear to my heart. Not because I like it, but because it’s one of my mother’s favorites eats. Mix the golden afternoon sunlight, the up-beat music of New Orleans Square, and this classic fare, and you’ll be as lively as the spirits found in the Haunted Mansion. This scrumdiddlyumptious meal is served hot, with roast beef, onion straws, and horseradish mayonnaise in between a potato roll, and comes with a savory side of seasoned Cajun chips and, of course, Au Jus. Take a dip yourself  for $13.99!


Chicken Entrée at the Plaza Inn

If you want to step into Walt Disney’s shoes to see Disneyland through his eyes, one of the best ways is to grab a bite to eat at the Plaza Inn! This was Walt’s favorite place to eat in the parks, and is home to his favorite meal. The Chicken Entrée is made up of 3 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a buttermilk biscuit, and seasoned vegetables.  Not only is this helping hearty and appetizing, but it’s another one that you can share easily. This meal will have you feeling right at home, while at the heart and hub of all the Disneyland magic, for $17.49.


Monte Cristo Sandwich at Café Orleans

This sweet treat is one of the top-rated among Disneyland guests, and remains in high standing with my boyfriend. Not only is Café Orleans a lively venue, but it has some of the best food at the Resort. This sandwich comes with ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese fried in a batter and sprinkled with powdered sugar. On the side, you’ll get a berry puree that adds that special je ne sais quoi to the feast. You’ll get 4 slices of this bad boy, which is usually more than one person can handle, so you’ve got another shareable meal here. Snatch yourself a reservation here, and share this delectable plate with your sweet-heart.


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5 Things You Should Never Take to the Disneyland Resort

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When it comes

to planning a vacation to the Disneyland Resort, you can find plenty of tips on what to bring to make your day perfect and worry-free. But, when was the last time anyone told you what not to bring? Here at Desert Mouse, we want to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible, without getting in trouble with the Cast Members. So, here’s a list of 5 things you should never take to the Disneyland Resort.


Selfie Sticks

Yes, you read that right. Although taking pictures is welcome and encouraged at the parks, you should think twice about bringing that Selfie Stick. They are prohibited from entering the parks. If they catch it at bag check, they will confiscate it and tell you to come get it at the end of the day. If they catch you with it inside the parks or, even worse, on a ride, there’s a possibility they will kick you out. Signs went up everywhere around inside both Disneyland and DCA (Disney’s California Adventure) when the contraption first started getting popular, since people started to use them on rides, then lose them on rides. They can cause vehicle malfunctions if hit on the tracks and even cause entire rides to break down. Basically, it’s best to use your arms to take that selfie during your Disneyland day.


Toy Guns

This might seem obvious for some people, but, considering that Disney used to sell toy guns, like the bubble guns, in their parks, it could come as surprise. They’ve never allowed toy guns, with the exception of their own merchandise, through the gates. However, in 2016, in light of recent events in the U.S., Disney decided to stop selling all toy guns in the parks. This was decided for the protection of both park guests and Cast Members.  Although those toys may be entertaining to the little ones, they should stay at the hotel during your trip.


Costumes for Adults

Sadly, Disney reserves the treat of guests dressing as characters for children 9 and under only. Better leave that full-size Belle dress at home. However, there are a few loopholes with this one. First off, you’re allowed to wear costumes, 10 years old+, if it is more casual and does not closely resemble to a character. Basically, if you style an outfit around a character with everyday clothes, you have the green light. Many Disney fans call this “Disney Bounding”. Look it up in Pinterest and you’ll get a clearer idea. The second loophole is the Halloween parties that Disney throws in the parks. However, you may want to look up the specific rules in Disneyland’s FAQ for the events.


Coolers

Some of you may be shaking your heads, as this seems just as obvious as toy guns, but the Disney vacation newbies may not yet know. Once again, there are some loopholes here. You can bring in a cooler that is 6 pack size or smaller. Basically, you can bring in a lunch pail/bag. This isn’t a bad idea, since you’re allowed to bring food into the parks. It’s also handy if you have medical supplies to keep cool, such as insulin (we had to do this for my mom once or twice). Just make sure the cooler is one you can carry, no wheels allowed. As long as you’re not planning on bringing a 5 course meal, you’re probably good to go. Quite honestly, though, you should probably just stick to a backpack.


Drawstring Bags

Since we’re on the subject of backpacks, we should touch on this real quick. Although not banned from the parks, you’ll be rethinking taking a drawstring backpack. In November 2016, my boyfriend and I took a trip to the Resort. We had all of our stuff in a drawstring bag, which worked pretty great the entire trip. Our last night at Disneyland, we decided to take one last spin on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We put our bag next to my boyfriends feet, as always, since the dedicated holding space was too small. We enjoy our ride, get a few good screams in, and are laughing as well pull back into the loading area. I get off and start walking down the trail, completely air-headed from glee. I turned to say something to my boyfriend as I came nearer to the exit, and realized he was GONE. It seemed like magic, I could’ve sworn he stood up and got off the ride with me. Of course, sheer panic ensued.

After about 8 minutes, I was absolutely freaked out and talking to a cast member about what I should do. Then, all of the sudden, here comes my boyfriend waltzing out of the rides exit. I started getting after him, asking what the had happened and where he had gone. He began to explain that as he got up, he reached down for the bag and it wouldn’t come up. He began to pull harder, still to no avail. A closer look told him the bags string was somehow stuck down in the hole where the lap bar comes up into the car. He informed a cast member who told him that he would just have to ride around again or else the whole ride would get backed up and break down. So, he rides around again and they pull the train off the track. This is when he shows up at the exit and explains the whole situation to me. Fast forward about 5 minutes, and a cast member is walking toward us with our bag. She explains that they had to cut the bags strings and how it apparently happens all the time.

So, to save yourself the embarrassment and pain of making the wait time for a ride go up by 20 minutes and a broken backpack string, you should probably stick to a regular backpack.


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Disneyland For Two

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Disneyland is generally

considered a family park, because of it’s kid-friendly atmosphere and rides for all ages. However, when it came time for my boyfriend to plan our first two-person Disney trip, there wasn’t many tips found online. In light of that, I’m offering up all the info from our trip, including mistakes we made that you should avoid, to make sure your first one-on-one trip goes smoothly. Whether you’re newlyweds, have been married for 25 years, or are just two friends setting out for a Disneyland adventure, these tips are sure to make your trip both entertaining and efficient.


Know When to Go

Choosing dates for your Disney vacay can be a tough task, so, the best way to decide is to check with the Disney pros. Crowd Calendars will become your new best friend when it comes to planning your vacations. Some of the best sites to aid you in choosing days are Is It Packed?, touringplans.com, RMH Travel, and Mickey Visit. As reflected in the Crowd Calendars, it’s best to go during the off seasons, a.k.a. most of January and February, and basically any time that isn’t around the holidays. Try to go on weekdays, if you can, as they tend to be slower than weekends. Plus, hotel rates are much better during the off season, but more on that later.


Know How Long to Go

So, you’ve chosen your dates, but now you need to buy tickets. How many days should you plan for? If you plan to go during the off season, then two days is plenty for a duo. During my November 2016 trip with my boyfriend, we only went for two days, both of which were pretty average, and got everything done! This includes all the busier ones, such as Space Mountain and Soarin’ Around the World, and being able to go on  rides more than once! However, we didn’t have much time between rides and meals to simply enjoy the atmosphere of the park, so keep that in mind. 3 days is likely the best idea, since it allows you more time to go on rides and enjoy the ambience of the park. This ticket is recommended for the busy times of the year as well. I also recommend getting the park hopper, especially for two days, since it’s not much more than getting a ticket without one. Plus, it’s very unlikely you’ll spend the whole day in just one park, or even want to for that matter.


Know Where to Stay

It’s tempting to stay in one of the Resort’s hotels, but, for most people, it’s a bit unrealistic. The best bet in getting a good rate on a hotel is to use travel sites such as TripAdvisor and Kayak, who will compare the rates for you and help take some stress out of the hotel search. Another great advantage of sights like TripAdvisor is that the hotels are given ratings by guests who have visted and can provide you with info that you otherwise might not know. One of the best tips I can give is to stay as far down S Harbor Boulevard or Katella Avenue as you can. If you are unfamiliar with Anaheim, S Harbor Boulevard is the street that most people stay on, where you typically enter Disneyland, and Katella Avenue runs horizontally behind California Adventure. Here’s a photo from Google Maps for reference.roads

The reason to stay farther down either of these streets is because, the farther you go, the cheaper the rates (usually). If you want something that has the Disney stamp of approval, then browse the Good Neighbor Hotels on Disneyland’s website. Most of these are less than a mile from the parks and offer some sort of transportation if you don’t feel like walking.


Know How to Plan Your Day

Before you leave for your trip, you should check the Park Hours on the Disneyland Website so that you know how long the park is open, what parades and shows will be going, and what rides will be closed. You can find this information up to roughly a month before your visit. Also, to get more info on wait times and locations, download the free Disneyland App in the App Store and on Google Play.

Even on the busiest days, if you plan things out right, you can go on every ride you desire. First of all, it’s best to show up at least a half hour before they start letting people through the gates. I will stress this over and over, because the parks don’t tend to get too busy until about an hour after opening. Most mornings there will be a rope drop, and they start letting people onto Main Street USA a half hour before the rope drop. Say the rope drop, technically the official opening time of the park, is at 8 a.m. You should arrive at the gates at 7 a.m. so that you can be one of the first to get to the rope drop, or simply just to enjoy Main Street. If you have the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour on your ticket (only available for those with 3 day ticket+ or if you are staying at one of the Disney hotels), arrive 30 minutes before the hour allotted to you. So, if the park opens at 8 a.m., the magic morning starts at 7 a.m., and you should arrive at 6:30 a.m.  It might seem a little crazy to get there so early, but, during summer months, those lines at the entrance get nasty.

The next thing is to determine what ride you want to go on first; this one gets priority. Say you choose Pirates of the Caribbean as your first choice. You’ll head straight there after opening. Once you’ve ridden Pirates, you’ll either head to Indiana Jones or Haunted Mansion, depending on your mood. Let’s say you opt for Haunted Mansion. You’ll waltz down that way, then, afterwards, head to Critter Country to ride The Many Adventure’s of Winnie the Pooh and Splash Mountain. Getting it yet? Basically, you want to ride all the rides in the vicinity of the first you choose. This allows for a better flow and will get you on the most rides during your day.

This suggestion may be the most important: Wait until after dark to go on the “little kid rides”, a.k.a. the rides in Fantasyland. Fantasyland is probably the busiest of all the lands, meaning it will be PACKED from nearly dawn to dusk. However, the closer it gets to closing, the more likely it is that Fantasyland will have shorter lines.

Also, keep in mind that California Adventure opens one hour after Disneyland does. This means any magic morning hours, extra magic hours, and rope drops will be an hour later than Disneyland’s.


Know Where to Eat

In our last section, we are going to talk about the best part of any vacation: FOOD! Dining at Disney can be expensive, but you can make smart choices to avoid a huge bill. If you are more into snacking/light meals, check out my Best 15 Fill-ups for Under $10 for some of the best and cheapest foods.

Of course, I will recommend eating at the quick service restaurants most of your visit. They’re quick (obviously), the best value, and you don’t have to make reservations. However, if you choose to go to any sit-down restaurants, always make reservations. You might think that two people could easily get in, especially during the off season, but you’d be guessing wrong. Even the off season at the Disneyland Resort can bring crowds big enough to fill up your favorite restaurant for the whole day. You can make reservations on the Disneyland website, under the Things to Do tab, in Make Reservations. At the top of the page, just select the day you are looking to dine, a time, and party size, then hit search times. Then, you will just select the restaurant you want to go to. You can do this up to 60 days in advance.


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Best 15 Fill-ups for Under $10

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Let’s be honest ,

we all know that one of the best parts of Disneyland is the food. But, when it comes down to it, food get’s expensive very easily and can make it hard to stick to a budget. Sometimes, I’ve found that I’ll be going all day and forget to eat a meal at all! It can be tough to remember to eat when you’re having so much fun! So, in light of budgets and time consumption, Desert Mouse is proud to present 15 Best Fill-ups For Under $10*. These items can be found throughout the Disneyland Resort, from the parks to the hotels, and can all be eaten on-the-go or if you just need something to hold you over. If you want a visual on the locations, you can find them in the Map of Guest Services on disneyland.com or in the FREE Disneyland app that is available in the App Store and on Google Play.


Sweet Potato Fries

Starting out our list is the Sweet Potato Fries. These are SO delectable! I’ve never liked sweet potato fries, but there must be something magical about the ones at Disneyland that make my taste buds happy. They can be found at multiple locations and the price does vary by location. You can find them in Downtown Disney at Catal Restaurant for $7.00 and at Uva Bar for $6.00. This may seem a little pricy just some fries, but Disney is pretty generous on their helpings when it comes to sides. However, it’s been said that at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country, you can ask for Sweet Potato fries in place of their regular fries. This has no extra cost and will only come to $3.29!


Pickles

These are a Disneyland classic, and, though I’ve never had one, people seem to LOVE them. There are three locations that I currently know of where you can get one these sweet, or should I say sour, snacks; Fairfax Market in Hollywood Land, Fillmore’s Taste-In in Cars Land, and Tropical Imports in Adventureland. The general price is $3.49, but this is subject to change.


Blueberry Sour Cream Muffin

Alright, this muffin might not be an all day option, since it is only available in the mornings, but it is so worth the try! Before the Blue Ribbon Bakery said farewell to Main Street USA, this was the go to breakfast item when my family and I went to the park. I’ve been day dreaming of sinking my teeth into this breakfast treat for a few months now. This muffin is quite large, so if you are not on board for a huge breakfast and want something quick, grab a blueberry muffin, and you can even split it with someone! You can find this delectable pastry at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street  for only $3.49.


Tiger Tail and Jungle Skewers

Our next two items will be included together because they are found at the same place. The Tiger Tail is a yummy grilled breadstick-type food, that you get in pairs for only $3.69! They are perfect for sharing and make a great side to the savory Jungle Skewers. The Jungle Skewers are one of my new favorites at the Resort, and come in a few different varieties: Banyan Beef, either spicy or in sweet Zulu sauce, Chieftain Chicken smothered in Polynesian sauce, the bacon-wrapped asparagus Safari Skewer, or the fresh Outback Vegetable Skewer. The prices range from $3.99-$4.49 depending on which skewer you choose.  No doubt your mouth will be watering when your eyes first see your order. To snag this savory pair,  head over to the Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland.


Churro

I’ll admit, this snack is a bit of a cliché when it comes to Disney, but you should’ve expected it. If you’ve never had a churro from Disneyland, then you are missing out! These sweet treats are mouthwatering to even think about, let alone actually taste! They provide a quick stop and are easy to eat while walking to your next ride. A major plus to these are the fact that the churro carts are literally EVERYWHERE around the resort. You can find them in Disneyland near Town Square on Main Street USA, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square, Splash Mountain in Critter Country, the Matterhorn and Casey Jr. Circus Train in Fantasyland, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland. You can also find them in California Adventure at Willie’s Churros on Buena Vista Street, in “a bugs land”, near Goofy’s Sky School and Toy Story Mania on Paradise Pier, and the Redwood Creek Trail at Grizzly Peak. Generally, a churro should run you about $4.00.

There are a few variations of this classic delight, such as the Churro Bites with caramel sauce at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land for $4.99. This trend is found in a couple more places throughout the Resort. I’ll go into detail about those options later in the post.


Assorted Pastries & Snacks

It’s hard to keep everyone in the group pleased when it comes down to snacking, but you can find plenty of options at the Starbucks located inside the parks. At most times of the day, you can find treats like cookies, chips,  fruits, veggies, and yogurt! Prices do vary depending on what you get and possibly the time of year you go, but the most you should pay for an item would be $5.49. You can find all these yummy options at the Market House on Main Street USA in Disneyland, Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Café on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure, and Starbucks and Starbucks West in Downtown Disney.


Dole Whip

Okay, you’ve got me with another trademark Disney treat. I dream of this ice-cream goodie nearly everyday, and it’s no doubt you will too once you try it. I’m not even a big pineapple fan, but one spoonful of dole whip makes me change my mind. There is a few different variations of this treat, such as the Dole Whip Float and Dole Whip with Rum (for those 21+). Your traditional Dole Whip soft serve should run you $4.49. A Float will cost you $5.49, and a Whip with rum $8.75. You can find the Dole Whip and Float at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland, and all the options, including the Dole Whip with Rum, at the Coffee House in the Disneyland Hotel.


Corn on the Cob

Yes, you read that right! You can grab a corn on the cob without having to go to a sit down restaurant. These corn cobs are sooo delicious and buttery and can be eaten while waiting in line for your favorite ride. Plus, they are pretty large in size and actually quite filling! However, beware of the ever persistent kernel that gets stuck in your teeth. These tasty snacks come in two flavors, buttered and chili-lime, and cost $4.79. They are sold alongside the famous turkey legs at these locations; Edelweiss Snacks, Hot Foods near Central Plaza, and Ship to Shore Marketplace in Disneyland, and Don Tomas Turkey Legs and Hot Foods at Hollywood Land in California Adventure.


Beignets

I’ve wanted to eat one of these ever since I saw Tiana make them in Princess and the Frog. Luckily, Disney has my back and serves them throughout the resort. I have yet to try them, but many of my fellow Disney fans rave about them. In case you’re unsure about what a beignet is, it’s basically fried dough sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. It sounds a bit plain, but many Disneyland goers swear by them. Oh gosh, my mouth is watering just thinking about sinking my teeth in. The amount, size, shape, and price of beignets will differ depending on where you get them. In Disneyland: Café Orleans, Mickey shaped and with a side of Fruit Coulis and house-made Vanilla Bean Crème Anglais for $9.00, the French Market (price and quantity will be updated soon), and the Mint Julep Bar, Mickey shaped, served in amounts of 3-6, from $4.49-$7.49. In Downtown Disney: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, 5 per order, for $8.00 and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, regular size served in amounts of 4-10 and bite size in the amount of 12, from $5.99-$9.99. Sadly, these pastries aren’t served in California Adventure.


Pretzel Bites

You’ve most likely seen the Mickey shaped pretzel while waltzing around the Resort, but I bet you have yet to discover the mini version. Although not Mickey shaped, the pretzel bites are somehow even better than their counterpart! These bite-sized snacks are perfect to eat while on the run and will fill your stomach pretty quickly, considering their size. At $5.39, you can find them in Disneyland at the Troubadour Tavern in Fantasyland, and in California Adventure at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. BONUS: Both locations serve this delish-dish with a side of cheese sauce. Yum!


Pommes Frites

Oh. my. gosh. These fries are officially my favorite food at the Dinseyland Resort. I heard about them right before my last trip, and now I am HOOKED! These French fries are covered in melted parmesan, garlic, and parsley and served with a side sauce by name of Cajun Spice Rémoulade. This snack will feed an entire family for sure, since the helping is very generous. I overestimated myself in thinking that I could eat the whole basket.

There is one catch to this treat, however. These can only be found in one place, unfortunately; at a sit down restaurant. A busy one, too. You can find the Pommes Frites at Café Orleans in New Orleans Square. Although you’ll have to take a break from rides for a bit, sitting down and having a meal with the family or with friends at the Café is fun all on it’s own. You get a great view of the Rivers of America, a nice place to get some shade, and a filling meal. Even if you don’t want to buy a lot off the menu, you can get the Pommes Frites to share for $7.00, and maybe chow down on some Mickey Beignets before heading out.


Funnel Cake

I know what you’re thinking, Funnel Cakes at Disneyland?! When I heard about this, I was ecstatic! Since Disney is anything but average, this classic treat gets a tasty twist. The Funnel Cakes are served classic, with powdered sugar , chocolate brownie topping, or strawberry topping. But, the second choice is even better. Prepare yourself for the Churro Funnel Cake, yes, CHURRO Funnel Cake! Topped in Cinnamon Sugar, whipped cream, and caramel, this delightful snack will have you skipping the rest of the day. You can get these Funnel Cakes in Disneyland, at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country for $7.49. Plus, you can enjoy some lovely views from the back ‘porch’ of the restaurant while you dig in.


Corn Dog

As we all know, Disneyland has some of best versions of all our favorite foods. The Corn Dogs are no exception. Also, they usually come with a small side, such as chips, fruit, or slaw. These will run you $8.49 a piece, and are found at plenty of quick service restaurants like the Stage Door Café in Frontierland and Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country in Disneyland, and the Corn Dog Castle on Paradise Pier in California Adventure. You can also find these bad boys at all the Turkey Cart locations, along with the corn, at these locations; Edelweiss Snacks, Hot Foods near Central Plaza, and Ship to Shore Marketplace in Disneyland, and Don Tomas Turkey Legs and Hot Foods at Hollywood Land in California Adventure.


Turkey Leg

Here we are at #15! If you’ve been to the Resort, it’s likely you’ve seen someone walking around with a Turkey Leg, since they are kind of hard to miss! With over a pound of meat on these giants, it’s nearly too much for even two people. I remember my brother and brother-in-law chowing down on one of these massive meat-treats, and ending up throwing away a part of it because both of them were full. If you’re looking for something to eat on the go, but don’t want anything too light, you’ve got yourself a great deal here. Although a bit out of our $10 price range, at $10.99, these beasts are a steal. They are sold with the corn cobs and corn dogs at these locations; Edelweiss Snacks, Hot Foods near Central Plaza, and Ship to Shore Marketplace in Disneyland, and Don Tomas Turkey Legs and Hot Foods at Hollywood Land in California Adventure.


BONUS ITEM

Coming to the conclusion of our food journey, I’d like to give you a Bonus Item to look for if you plan on visiting Downtown Disney anytime soon. It doesn’t fit in the under-ten-dollars category, and the price is pretty steep, but one taste and it’s worth it. Once you enter Downtown Disney, be on the lookout for the red California Churro Cart. This cart has been known to move around, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Once you spot it, head over and grab yourself a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. Disney loves to play on the popularity of the churro, and I don’t think anyone is arguing with them. Just one will cost you $11.00, but you’ll be thanking yourself the first bite.

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Hello, and welcome to Desert Mouse! If you haven’t already read the “About” page, you can find a brief description there about what I’m going to talk about on this post. First off, I’d like to introduce myself! My name is Kelcee, and I’m from St.George UT. I’ve been to Disneyland many times in my life, I honestly don’t have a straight number since I only remember so many trips and since my parents do as well. Either way, Disneyland has been a big part of my life for a while now, and has always felt like a second home to me. Most of my favorite memories come from all the times I went to Disney with my family. You can literally track me growing up through Disneyland photos.

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Getting to know the facts on Disneyland started out mainly as a hobby. I had been curious about the resort before, but that curiosity peaked my Junior year of high school, when I was about to go on a trip with my school in May. I spent most of the year prepping for the trip by stocking my brain up with useless trivia. If you’ve seen How I Met Your Mother, I’m like Ted Mosby with the Empire State Building. I like to say that I am a “self-proclaimed expert” when it comes to Disneyland, but I’m still constantly searching for something new to learn. Now, learning about Disneyland is a passion of mine. I’m constantly planning my next trip, always there in my head.

I named the blog Desert Mouse because, well, I live in a desert and I love Mickey Mouse! It’s quite simple. So, to give you a reason as to why I started Desert Mouse, it’s because I love Disneyland so much and I love to give tips out to anyone who’s willing to listen. I hope that you will come along with me and be open to learning all I have to give about the Disneyland Resort in California. I look forward to sharing with you. Have a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah day, and ta ta for now!