The day has finally come: After being closed for 412 long days, Disneyland has finally reopened! Starting April 30, the Happiest Place on Earth is once again welcoming visitors, albeit at just 25% capacity. Of course, just because Disney has opened its doors, doesn't mean we can all just show up. As of right now, they're limiting ticket holders to California residents, and we've heard it's been tough to actually score a ticket as the demand is crazy-high.
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That said, it might be time to create some at-home theme park magic by revisiting the recipes Disney so graciously released to the public over the course of quarantine. While they don't quite have the same effect as a trip to the park itself, the delicious frozen Dole Whip and famous churro bites are as good of a placeholder as we could hope for. Whether you're a die-hard annual pass holder or are just looking to move on from baking banana bread, here is every single secret recipe that Disney has released.
Disneyland Dole Whip
As the weather gets warmer, we can't think of a better treat than the pineapple Dole Whip. Blend until super smooth, and then, if you really want to get that legit Dole Whip experience, pipe it into a swirl with a pastry bag.
Churros can be found at amusement parks and baseball games, but there's something about the Disney version that just hits differently. This bite-size treat recipe claims to serve four, but we bet we could challenge that. (By the way, if you don't have a piping bag on hand, a plastic sandwich bag with the corner cut off will do the trick nicely.)
If you've never visited the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at the Beach Club Resort at Disney World, you're in luck. These plant-based cookies are similar to biscotti in texture and come with several plant-based dipping sauces as well: marshmallow cream, chocolate, and strawberry. Good luck choosing a favorite.
Woody’s Lunch Box Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, the Disney blog revealed one of its all-time favorite recipes: the triple cheese grilled cheese. Found at Woody's Lunch Box at Disney's Hollywood Studios, this famed sandwich features a cream cheese spread, in addition to cheddar and provolone cheese, inside the sandwich and a garlic spread smeared on the outside. (Yum.)
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana French Toast from Disney’s PCH Grill
If you hate deciding between chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas, this french toast from Disney's PCH Grill at the Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim, California is your answer. Consider this the perfect weekend brunch recipe for your kids (or yourself).
Magical Mickey Mouse-Shaped Beignets
If any of the above didn't catch your eye, let's see if this fan-favorite does the trick. Found at both Disneyland and Disney World in the New Orleans-themed restaurants and snack stands, these beignets can be crafted into Mickey with the help of a cookie cutter or just left in the traditional beignet shape. Either way, they'll be delicious.