All Of The NEW “Magic Happens” Parade Specialty Food Offerings (With Reviews!) Available at Disneyland
Magic is happening with the debut of the newest daytime spectacular, “Magic Happens”, at Disneyland park. With the help of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, this incredible new parade comes to life with stunning floats, energetic music, artistic costumes, and now, thanks to some fabulous Disneyland chefs, a few deliciously magical eats and treats.
These brand new bites were created to celebrate the latest addition to the park’s lineup of fun entertainment offerings. Since the parade marches right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A., it’s only fitting that these items can be found at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Refreshment Corner, and Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. Here is a full list of all the items available, plus the new “Magic Happens” Dining Package at Plaza Inn.
On the savory side, Refreshment Corner is serving up the Esquite Hot Dog – a foot-long hot dog with crushed corn chips and corn esquite mix topped with cotija cheese and chili-cayenne powder and served with your choice of chips or fresh fruit.
This hot dog is not too spicy, but definitely has a nice kick! The cayenne powder is what is really brings this dish to life. You can find our full review here.
The hand pie is beautifully decorated with orange-colored chocolate shavings made to look like marigold petals, soft purple icing, rainbow sprinkles, and sugar Catrina skulls from the Día de los Muertos traditions highlighted in the movie.
Disneyland truly excels when it comes to Instagrammable treats, and when it comes to these hand pies, they really stand out. There’s even edible glitter on them! You can find our full review here.
We have another savory item, the Island Pork Toasted Sandwich. With the arrival of the “Magic Happens” parade at Disneyland, we now have the perfect sandwich to sit and eat as it passes by.
Likely themed after the impressive Moana float in the parade (sorry, Pua) this sandwich includes Black Forest ham, kalua smoked pork, Monterey Jack cheese, pineapple relish, and cilantro served with house-made chips. This sandwich will make any day feel like a Jolly Holiday. You can find our full review here.
As with the original blue-pink dress debate, Flora and Merryweather are at it again. Never being able to agree which dress color looks best on Aurora, it looks like we are getting the best of both worlds with this cupcake’s buttercream icing.
As you can see, the cupcake is not hard on the eyes, and takes a wonderful picture… especially when paired with the matching color palette of Sleeping Beauty Castle. You can find our full review here.
This ice cream sundae, served in a dark blue waffle bowl, has two scoops of delicious dulce de leche ice cream, bananas, caramel drizzle, and a Mickey-shaped sugar cookie. Of course, it wouldn’t be an ice cream sundae without whipped cream and a cherry on top!
The cookie was our favorite part of the dessert. While the menu description said “sugar cookie,” this cookie reminded us more of short bread. You can find our full review here.
The adult lunch menu featuring slow-cooked short rib with chimichurri, chicken thigh fried to a golden brown, pesto-infused mashed potatoes, roasted seasonal vegetables, corn relish, and a specialty “Magic Happens” dessert. The kids’ meal includes fried chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, corn relish, and your choice of GoGo Squeeze Applesauce or baby carrots and dessert. Vegetarian options are available to guests upon request.
Here’s a look at the presentation of the adult entree plate. On the left side of the entree plate, you can see the slow-cooked short rib with chimichurri. In the middle sits the pesto-infused mashed potatoes topped with roasted seasonal vegetables, and corn relish. On the right side of the plate, you can see the fried chicken thigh.
While this cake is very visually appealing, the taste does not correspond. The blue velvet cake was dense, but dry with not much flavoring. Food coloring may have been the most influential ingredient. You can read our full review of the parade dining package, complete with food thoughts and parade viewing analysis here.
Which one of the new offerings were making “Magic Happen” for you? Let us know in the comments, and catch the new Magic Happens parade in the video below!