Category: Food

How to Make Your Own Dole Whip at Home

Disneyland Dole Whip

With the Summer approaching, many Disney fans will be craving one of their favorite sweet treats from The Parks in order to cool off.

The good news is, you don’t have to go all the way to Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom and wait in line for an hour in order to get yourself a Dole Whip.

In fact, with just a couple of ingredients and about 5 minutes of your time, you could be enjoying one from the comfort of your living room couch while watching the Disney movie of your choice.

Realistically, nothing can compare to a fresh Dole Whip while your surrounded by the magic of a Disney Park but we think this recipe is close enough.

In order to make your own Dole Whip, you will need just 2 things:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 cup of coconut milk

Yup, that’s it!

To start, cut the pineapple into small chunks and put it in the freezer overnight. Once the pieces are frozen, put the small pieces into a food processor with the coconut milk and blend until it’s reached a thick consistency.

Top it off with a cherry and mini paper umbrella and blast the theme to the Tiki Room while you fade away into your own little Disney paradise.

Disneyland Raises Ticket Prices, Removes SoCal Annual Passes

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This past weekend, Disneyland quietly announced a price increase across the board for parking and park entry. To park in any one of the Disneyland lots, guests will be paying $17 rather than $16 and admission to the park has gone up about 4%.

The Annual Pass options have also changed where many of the passes have gone up as much as $30 and the locals-only SoCal Annual Passes have been put on hold.

With an estimated 80% of guests being an Annual Pass holder, many of them Southern California locals, Disney has decided that the overcrowding of Disneyland and California Adventure was an issue they wanted to tackle.

Though it’s tough to fathom paying even more for park entry, there may actually be an upside to the increase in prices.

For those who have been to Disneyland lately, especially during the Summer and holidays, you may have noticed the park has had a pretty large influx in attraction wait times. Since Disneyland is typically not making as much money on the locals through the low-cost SoCal Annual Passes, they appear to be opting for less crowds and a better overall guest experience.

Personally, I have found that a visit to the Parks has only granted me enough time to ride only 1 or 2 attractions. With the new system in place, I will be paying about $2 per month more in fees but may have an overall better experience during my monthly visit.

Some have already begun to cast this move off as greed but what’s happening is that Disneyland is turning into less of a hangout for locals and more of a park for the masses. Though it’s not truly fair that teens won’t be able to easily afford the park as a safe local hangout on the weekends, it does grant the family that has been saving for years to fly to CA from out of the country a chance to do more in their visit.

From a park statement:

Like any business, we periodically evaluate our pricing and make adjustments based on a variety of factors. A ticket to our theme parks represents a great value, particularly when you look at the breadth and quality of attractions and entertainment we offer and the special moments guests experience with our cast.

How this will affect the Parks’ revenue is yet to be seen but there’s a reason Disney is one of the most successful companies in the world.

Dining At Disney Parks With Food Allergies

Disneyland Dole Whip

At the Disneyland Resort & Walt Disney World Parks, fine dining, quick service favorites and iconic offerings have become one of the major attractions for guests.

Churros, Dole Whips, themed Candy Apples, and Turkey Legs are all popular treats that even have their own merchandise for beloved fans who want to show their love for their favorites; even air fresheners shaped and scented like Turkey Legs.

Restaurants in the parks, like the Blue Bayou, a scenic indoor terrace inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, is always full and reservations are usually made weeks in advance in order to be able to partake in their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich.

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Make Disneyland Dining Reservations Online Starting October 3rd

blue-bayou-restaurant-00Starting October 3rd, guests will be able to reserve dining options at Disneyland using the same online system used at Walt Disney World.

The new service will allow guests to make reservations at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and hotels at the Disneyland Resort.

Guests will also be required to provide a credit card when making a reservation at table-service restaurants.

A $10 fee per person will be applied to guests who do not show up if the reservation is not canceled at least 24 hours in advance. When the new online booking option launches next month, the dine@disneyland.com email reservation service will no longer be offered.

You can still make reservations over the phone by calling 714-781-DINE. Beginning Oct. 3, you can visit disneyland.go.com/dining to make reservations.

The Market House Starbucks at the Market House Now Open on Disneyland’s Main Street USA

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September 25th is here and with it comes the grand reopening of The Market House on Main Street in Disneyland.

Though it has been subject of debate on many online communities, the Starbucks is now open giving guests of the park the ability to enjoy the Fall decor with an authentic Starbucks Pumpkin Latte in hand.

The photo above is the finished product and I have to say, it looks great!

What’s your take on the new Market House?

New RFID Rapid Fill Mug Program Goes ‘Live’ At WDW, Expected At All Resorts Soon

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The new RFID Rapid Fill refillable mug program at Walt Disney World Resort hotels is now live and will be activated at all resorts soon, possibly by the end of August.

The new RFID-enabled mugs have started popping up at several resorts over the past week. While the new RFID beverage machines have been installed at most (if not all) resorts, they are not all activated. Through the end of this month, expect the machines to be activated at all resorts and the new Rapid Fill program to be fully implemented.

Guests staying at Port Orleans over the past few days have posted photos of the new RFID mugs and machines. According to WDWMAGIC, the new mugs feature the same pool scene as the current mugs, however some new lid colors have been introduced.

Note: During recent testing, the RFID machines would only allow one refill every 3-5 minutes. So, if you choose the wrong beverage, you may have issues. Also, this will make mixing beverages pretty tricky (if not impossible).

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My Top 5 Places To Eat At Disneyland

When it comes to food, everybody has their own taste. As an Annual Passholder for the Disneyland Resort, there are times we’ll make a trip simply to shop, walk around the park and have a nice dinner.

The following list is my top 5 places to eat inside the park in no particular order. Before you scold me for not mentioning Dole Whips or Turkey Legs, these are my favorite places to have a meal. We will have many more food posts including posts for snacks and deserts.

Leave a comment below to let us know which of these you have tried and which restaurant you think deserves to be in the top 5!

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