Happy Holidays MiceChatters! I hope the season is off to a wonderful start full of amazing food. Disney Chefs have already been working their magic across the Walt Disney World Resort.  Lucky for us – that means lots of wonderful and creative treats!

First up today is Disney’s Polynesian Resort, where Capt. Cook’s is offering specialty cupcakes.

 Current offerings are: Pumpkin Cupcake with Candied pecans and Specialty Cupcake (chocolate and vanilla)

Each cupcake sells for $3.99 ( and is Disney Dining Plan eligible ) and is fairly large in size.  The adorable chocolate one grabbed my attention for Thanksgiving.

This chocolate cupcake features a vanilla frosting, chocolate sponge for the hat brim, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for the top of the hat.

After my last column, the verdict was truly out on Disney cupcakes.  I will have to side with the self-proclaimed cupcake snob, Dustysage on this one.  While the appearance of the cupcake attracted me, it was a disappointment overall.  Sadly, it tasted rather flat and dry. It wasn’t fluffy like other Disney cupcakes I’ve had.  My favorite part was definitely the pilgrim hat. Who knew that hats could taste so good.

Last week, I featured the holiday items from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The fun part about seasonal items is that they change frequently.

Holiday Cupcakes with Pumpkins are still available at Starring Rolls Café – $7.50

The holiday cupcakes are now offered at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights feature the Santa Mickey. Look, some also light up with the glow cube you will find in specialty drinks!

Light up cupcakes ($7.50) what will they think of next?

Also, in the Backlands area of the Studios is High Octane Refreshments.  This bar is featuring some specialty holiday drinks for those looking for “Yuletide Cheer.”


For those visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios December 22nd-January 5th 2012 – you can book the “Taste of Hollywood to Go with Fantasmic!”  This “picnic” offers a unique way to dine as you enjoy the park during a busy time.  This offering allows you to pick unique menu items for adults ($15.99) and kids ($5.49).  The picnic boxes will be available for pickup at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner (located near Echo Lake) between the hours of 11am-8pm.

Photo is from 2011 – Adult meals are now $15.99

You can simply book your meals ahead of time and pick your Fantasmic! priority seating assignment as well.  Although you book this through the 407-WDW-DINE and it requires a credit card guarantee, it only counts as one quick-service meal on the Disney Dining Plan.  Pre-booking is not required but is highly recommended.  Be sure to check in the park for day-of availability.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers a unique look on your traditional Gingerbread decorations.  Each year they host a Gingerbread sculpture that pays homage to the Grand Canyon Concourse Mural artist, Mary Blair.  This year, they have concocted a replica of the “it’s a small world” attraction façade, complete with a window that opens and closes and a Gingerbread tree as the center focus.


In front of the display is a small merchandise display filled with various baked goods and small holiday items.

Gingerbread House – $38


Packaged baked goods and candies, Gingerbread Cookie Mix, and Disney Cook Books
Holiday Vinyalmation
Limited Edition 2012 Holiday pins for Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Lizner Cookie – $5.00 (DDP)
Chocolate Monorail – $6.00


Chocolate Peppermint Cookie – $4.00 (DDP)

Gingerbread Man – $4.50 (DDP)


Mickey Gingerbread Shingle – $9.25


Gingerbread Person Ornament – $8.50


Toffee Pretzels – $5.25

Mickey Sugar Cookie – $4.75 (DDP)


Holiday Granola Crunch – $7.25


It was a wonderful mixture of items.  It’s nice to have a holiday treat that’s a bit more on the healthy side.  The yogurt covered items were my favorite.

They also feature the new Delicious Disney Holidays by The Disney Chefs with Pam Brandon” as it highlights the display inside.

This time I decided to try the Chocolate Peppermint Cookie.  The cookie is fairly large in size and quite moist and sticky. What a surprise and delight! It is rich, but very tasty.  I highly suggest this one with some milk and lucky for us, Contempo Café is right around the corner with some milk.

See anything you’re excited to try?

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