Theme Park News: Disneyland California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Returns

Welcome to this week’s roundup of theme park news! With a new festival at Disneyland Resort and a new ride on the way at Disney World, there’s enough news to satisfy the foodie or adrenaline junkie. From drones to space dudes, here’s what you need to know:

SPRING IN FESTIVAL PLEASURE

After two long years, Disneyland’s sister park has finally hosted its beloved food festival.

For nearly two months, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine and cultures from across the state of California with shows, seminars and, of course, lots of food.

Themed food and drinks are offered throughout the park between March 4 and April 26, 2022, and all park-wide menus, dishes and vendors play on DCA’s ideology, offering flavors fresh and tastes unknown to the entire state. . While all the restaurants and food venues are having fun, most of the snacking takes place at the Festival Marketplace’s dozen stalls, with tasting portions of creative dishes featuring everything from nuts and cheese to artichokes and garlic. garlic.

The best way to approach the party is to graze, which is encouraged here. Disney California Adventure offers a Sip and Savor Pass for $57 ($52 for Magic Key holders) that can be redeemed for eight prepaid tasting portions for use throughout the park. (Note: the price is around $7 per serving, so you can save some money if you’re careful how you use it!)

If you’re already overwhelmed, Disney Food Blog is the place to be for comprehensive reviews of every item, ensuring you won’t spend your money on something you don’t like, but I snacked in the park on the day. of the opening and I must say that it was a good atmosphere. The sun is shining! Outdoor events! The low cases of COVID-19! I had a Cold Brew Horchata and Pepperoni Pizza Slider but after tasting a handful of dishes, my absolute favorite was the Chili Relleno Empanada at the Peppers Cali-Ente stand, stuffed with Oaxaca and Cotija cheese. (And a good part too.)

We need to talk about some of the other dishes at this food festival. Disney is good at what they do, so naturally, there are two bizarre articles meant to cause polarizing discussion that have…absolutely served that purpose. I won’t even commit to the Peanut Butter & Jelly Mac – served with brown sugar streusel and strawberry crackers, tough pass – but I finally gave in out of curiosity and had to order the Frozen Guacamole at the Disney California Adventure’s Avocado Time booth.

What I received was a delicious creamy avocado shovel topped with pico de gallo, lime cream and chili-lime seasoning, according to the ingredient list – but there was absoutely corn (not pico de gallo!) and cotija cheese? ! Which, after a bite or two, my brain just couldn’t process and had to immediately drop the nightmarish concoction I had been given. I would tell you to avoid this at all costs, but that’s the catch – it’s so weird, so bonkers that you just have to find out for yourself. I wish you good luck! (Just…maybe don’t eat this until Soarin’ Over California, which is back for a limited time.)

Disneyland has partnered with local breweries, bars, and winemakers for deals throughout the festival, and additionally offers reservation-based events like winemaker receptions for a fee. Do not miss the training and tasting seminars on wine, beer and mixology and also select seminars and tasting courses at Disneyland hotels. (There’s even one at Trader Sam!)

Our recommendation would be the Mixology Seminar with Strong Water Anaheim, a local bar whose shipwreck theme is a home run for any Disney fan on March 26-27, but there are plenty and it all looks like fun.)

There are cooking demonstrations in the park – don’t miss April 3 with Gracie Gomez, a phenomenal Disney sous-chef who appeared on Disney Magic Bake-Off – as well as Disney Characters dancing with Jammin’ Chefs and an Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party, which allows young chefs to decorate sweets. All in all, a great way to ring in the spring.

ALL EYES ON PARIS

Disneyland Paris kicked off its 30th anniversary in style with a new nighttime show and wow, those drones we were talking about a few weeks ago? They are real and they are spectacular. MouseSteps was on the scene and captured some outstanding video – check out those drones!!! – which left me desperate and dreaming of our own version.

Minnie Mouse also debuted her much-discussed new pantsuit (Happy International Women’s Day, we’re always happy to wear pants!) as the characters sported new party costumes and new entertainment took over. the scene for the birthday. It looks like a good time that will only get better when Avengers Campus debuts in the summer of 2022.

A NEW COASTER IS APPROACHING

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind may open at Epcot later this summer, but Disney has been scrambling to deliver revealing glimpses of it directly to fans. This coaster is going to be a beast, which I’m personally very excited to ride, but is it too early to say it looks phenomenal? Between these images of the vehicle loading area and this glimpse of the roller coaster track, we had last octoberthere is enough to be amplified.

The big question now is: will we have an official opening date at the Walt Disney Company General Meeting of Shareholders tomorrow? Stay tuned!

JUST A PICTURE OF OSCAR ISAAC ON GALACTIC STARCRUISER BECAUSE WE CAN

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