After the free samples at Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World disappeared, it was only a matter of time before the Disneyland Resort took a hit. While the samples did eventually return to the Disney Springs location, we can confirm that the free samples are no longer being offered at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney California Adventure Park.
A greeter has stood to the left of the main entrance, holding a basket filled with free chocolate samples, since Ghirardelli opened in Pacific Wharf in 2012. These samples ranged from Milk Chocolate & Caramels Squares to Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Minis to Peppermint Bark Squares.
Alas, it appears those good ol’ days are behind us. We noticed on our most recent visit that the greeter and basket of chocolate goodies have disappeared. When we asked, a Cast Member confirmed with us that, indeed, the free samples are no longer available.
Again, the free samples returned quickly to the location in Disney Springs after backlash from guests. We can only hope that the same will happen here at the Disneyland Resort.
Do you think this decision will affect the guest experience at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop? Let us know in the comments.