Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mickey's Halloween Party: Jolly Holiday Bakery

For three years, I had been looking forward to going back to Mickey's Halloween Party and never got a chance until this year. I had originally gone in 2010 and absolutely loved it. Not just all the Halloween decor and themes but being able to wear a costume in the park, and a full on costume not just an inspired one.

Although I didn't have it complete, I still wore my Elsa costume from the upcoming Disney film, Frozen.

I was only there for a short amount, so I didn’t eat too much. Also, a lot of the restaurants and dining areas were closed because of the late hour. Jolly Holiday, Cafe Orleans, and, I think, Pizza Port were all still open, as well as the Corn Dog Cart. I didn't want too much, and I couldn't resist a trip to the Jolly Holiday Bakery, so the last stop of the night was there.

They offered special Halloween cookies, cupcakes, drinks, and cheesecake; not as much as one would hope, but they were still fun to see. I got the pumpkin spiced latte and the pumpkin cheesecake.

The latte was exactly how the Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte use to be: the coffee flavour overpowers the pumpkin and spice flavours. I don't like coffee- a tea drinker true and true- so it is possible that my tongue is not trained yet to pick out the pumpkin flavour from the coffee, but as far I can tell, there wasn't much pumpkin.

Now the pumpkin cheesecake, Disney knows how to make the perfect cheesecake. From original to bananas foster to pumpkin, they are all just perfection. The spices related to a pumpkin pie were very much present but the pumpkin sweetness can still come through and makes the cheesecake even creamier. Even the little dollop of whipped cream on top had spices in it and I really wish there was more of it.

But again, remember that the crust is not gluten free, so avoid eating that if you have an allergy. Likewise, I noticed that the other gluten free treats at Jolly Holiday were missing in actions: the original cheesecake and the flourless chocolate cake. I wish they would at least continue to offer the chocolate cake during the holiday seasons so that there will be more options for those with allergies and don't want to wait around for a gluten free sandwich.

If you can get tickets- many of my friends got sold out- then I strongly urge you to visit Mickey's Halloween Party. It is a lot of fun and they really go all out, not just the cast members but guests too. I saw many creative and well-done costumes there, which just makes people watching in Disneyland all the more entertaining.


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