REVIEW: Pixar Fest Classic Afternoon Tea Celebration at The Disneyland Hotel is Whimsical and Worth It

From June 1 through September 2, Steakhouse 55 is hosting Pixar Fest Classic Afternoon Tea Celebration at the Disneyland Hotel. Although not stated on the official Disneyland website, this seasonal celebration replaces the traditional tea offering. 

We managed to secure a table on its inaugural day and had a wonderful and colorful tea experience. The tables had a Pixar-themed fresh-flower centerpieces and the Nemo centerpieces had a different character at each table. I found this small detail to be a whimsical way to set the tone for meal. 

Here’s a group photo of the various centerpieces found around Steakhouse 55 during tea.

Along with the Pixar Fest menu, there were two new teas on the list: organic lychee green and coconut black. I decided to give them both a try while choosing to do the premium tea party sitting. This option includes a glass of sparkling wine, seasonal salad, and a prized Remy Spoon.

First to arrive at my table was the sparkling wine and the Spring Berry Fruit Salad. It was topped with candied pecans, fruity boba, and the perfect amount of honey citrus vinaigrette. I enjoyed this salad more than I anticipated. It was a refreshing twist on a basic salad. 

The fruity boba was a surprise addition to the salad. It wasn’t listed in the menu’s description.

My teas were brought to the table not long after the salad and I welcomed the comforting warmth of these delicious additions. The flavors were  polar opposites and were actually quite tasty without any sugar or cream. The lychee amplified the green tea while the coconut notes softened the black tea. I highly recommend trying them. 

Finally, my scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts were presented along with healthy helpings of seasonal fruit preserves, Devonshire cream, and lemon curd. I absolutely adored the thought put in to each part of the meal. 

The top tier of the display was made up of a last minute scone creation that became appropriately named “Abstract Thought”, representing Pixar’s Inside Out. I recommend eating these scrumptious scones with a bit of the Devonshire cream. 

Here’s a peek at the inside of the “Abstract Thought” scone

The middle tier was dedicated to Brave, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Ratatouille.

Pictured: delicious Little Green Alien avocado toast with radish eyes, Ratatouille crustini, average tasting Dory deviled egg, and an unusual Merida carrot citrus cream topped with fried onion.

The dessert tier rounded out the meal with a Sulley cupcake, Grape Soda éclair, Remy cheesecake, along with Woody and UP House chocolate covered strawberries.

The Grape Soda éclair was a little runny inside, but the Remy cheese-wheel cheesecake tasted almost like real cheese!
This was the most basic cupcake I’ve ever tasted on Disney property, but I did like the marmalade filling hidden inside.

Overall, I had a wonderful time at the Pixar-themed Afternoon Tea. Receiving my Remy spoon with the bill was a nice farewell touch. The service was impeccable and the meal was creative. The only thing missing was the soundtrack of the films playing in the background. If you have the opportunity, make a reservation before it disappears! The Pixar Fest Classic Afternoon Tea is held from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 2. The cost for this event is as follows: $65 for premium tea, $52 for classic tea, and $35 for children, plus 18% gratuity and taxes. All discounts are accepted.