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    How many years has the Churro been sold @ DL?

    Is that Pixie dust? ... No, it's cinnamon and sugar...

    Ahhh, the mighty Churro. Everyone's favorite Mexican/Spanish pastry. As Disneyland celebrates it's 50th Anniversary, I'm curious if anyone knows when the Churro first made it's appearance in the park. Has it been around since day one? How much did the Churro first cost when it was introduced at the park?

    /a curious Churro fan

    P.S. As much as I love Churros, a recent trip to El Pollo Loco (a SW fast food restaurant) revealed that they taste better when consumed inside a theme park.

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    I don't know the answer but I remember when Churro's were $1.75. Not that a churro and ice cream were my dinner at DL or anything when I went . :devil:
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    I would have to guess mid 90's. (we go too often to remember any specific date/year) I do remember paying $1.75 for them at the cart which used to be kept next to the Autopia cars.

    I would bet that we have "invested" (ingested) about $500 worth over the years (6 of us).

    I'm sure someone here can come up with an exact date or at least year.

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    I had a friend who worked on the first churro cart around 1984.. I think...

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    Once Upon A Time...
    The churro was originally sold to the farmworkers that picked oranges on the site that Disneyland still stands on. They proved to be so popular after construction began, that Disneyland almost didn't open on time because of a strike that was caused when they ran out of churros. After the strike was settled, Walt and Roy Disney forbid anymore churro carts on Disney property.
    After Walt and Roy passed away, Disneyland management continued the churro ban in memory of the 2 Disney brothers. The churro industry was furious that they could not sell their product in the Park, which left them only with swapmeets and county fairs. The United Brotherhood of Churro Workers (UBCW) hatched a plan to bankroll a buyout of Disney, and install a puppet CEO.
    In 1985, Disney management changed hands, and Michael Eisner was placed in charge of the company. The very first thing that he did when he took over as CEO was to install churro carts at the Disney Parks. Now you know the rest of the story.
    And they lived happily ever after
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circarama
    Once Upon A Time...
    The churro was originally sold to the farmworkers that picked oranges on the site that Disneyland still stands on. They proved to be so popular after construction began that Disneyland almost didn't open on time because of a strike that was caused when they ran out of churros. After the strike was settled, Walt and Roy Disney forbid anymore churro carts on Disney property.
    After Roy and Walt passed away, Disneyland management continued the churro ban in memory of the 2 Disney brothers. The churro industry was furious that they could not sell their product in the Park, which left them only with swapmeets and county fairs. The United Brotherhood of Churro Workers (UBCW) hatched a plan to bankroll a buyout of Disney, and install a puppet CEO.
    In 1985, Disney management changed hands, and Michael Eisner was placed in charge of the company. The very first thing that he did when he took over as CEO was to install churro carts at the Disney Parks. Now you know the reat of the story.
    And they lived happily ever after

    Ah ha. So THAT explains the Spanish spiels and the Spanish-speaking Princesses. I'm beginning to understand this whole conspiracy now....
    My fondest memory of Walt Disney was the day Disneyland opened....I was standing next to him - I was 12 years old - he was looking at the gate where people were coming through, he had his hands behind his back, he had a grin from ear to ear, but you could see the lump in his throat and the tear coming down his cheek because his dream had been realized. -- Mouseketeer Sharon Baird, "Mouseke-Memories", Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circarama
    Once Upon A Time...
    The churro was originally sold to the farmworkers that picked oranges on the site that Disneyland still stands on. They proved to be so popular after construction began that Disneyland almost didn't open on time because of a strike that was caused when they ran out of churros. After the strike was settled, Walt and Roy Disney forbid anymore churro carts on Disney property.
    After Roy and Walt passed away, Disneyland management continued the churro ban in memory of the 2 Disney brothers. The churro industry was furious that they could not sell their product in the Park, which left them only with swapmeets and county fairs. The United Brotherhood of Churro Workers (UBCW) hatched a plan to bankroll a buyout of Disney, and install a puppet CEO.
    In 1985, Disney management changed hands, and Michael Eisner was placed in charge of the company. The very first thing that he did when he took over as CEO was to install churro carts at the Disney Parks. Now you know the reat of the story.
    And they lived happily ever after


    Well, I'm glad, even though Walt and Roy were against it (but I'd be mad if I couldn't have any churros either lol). Weird, I'm happy of something Eisner did...

    But yes, those churros are darn good.

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    psshhhh...Disneyland churros are Mexican style, which are good in their own way, but not the way real churros are made in the rest of Latin America. Also not as good, IMO.

    Cuban-style churros are thin and crispy, and don't have cinnamon on them, just sugar. My mom used to make them at home with this awesome "churro press" she used to have. Mmmmmm, real churros!

    Man. Now I want to go to DL just to have a fake, chewy, cinnamony (not to mention overpriced) churro.

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    mmmm churro (drools) o_o

    yes it's my fav theme park snack

    I like em gooy :P if they weren't like they are then they'd be too much like cinnamin toast crunch no doubt

    wait was that a rip off of the almighty churro :P did some general mills exec figure that maybe if he made em into little squares he could put em in milk and sell him

    how DARE they impeed on the sanctity of the churro

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    Churro: Wanna real one? Travel about 100 miles south of Disneyland to Tijuana, BC. There you will find street carts with a large metal bowl filled with cooking oil... a fire underneath... and a large tube filled with dough. There's a screw-like device at the end of the tube and the operator spins a automobile steering wheel to extrude raw dough into the hot oil. As he cuts off the extrusions, they drop into the oil and cook to a dark golden brown. They are then extracted with tongs and rolled in a combination of cinnamon and sugar. A small brown paper sack filled with about eight these crispy delights is
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    A churro looks the same going in as it does coming out.
    "As usual he's taken over the coolest spot in the house"- Father re: Orville 1963

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    I don't get the churro. Not a big fan.

    Give me a cheese-filled pretzel anyday!
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    I'm not particularly fond of DL churros, either, but sometimes I'll get a craving for 'em. And dammit, MickeyJCA...now *I* want a cheese-filled pretzel!

    *jumps in my car to drive 300some-odd miles to get one*

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentBob66
    Ah ha. So THAT explains the Spanish spiels and the Spanish-speaking Princesses. I'm beginning to understand this whole conspiracy now....
    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA so true.

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    I was disappointed that DLP didn't have churros... till I realized that their odv had crepes and gauffres! Mmmm.... gauffres..... our DL hasn't had those since petite patisserie in NOS was closed up.

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