Category Archives: Main Street

It’s a Jolly Holiday in Disneyland

Today I’m going to talk about the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. Jolly Holiday is new and in a word, simply splendid. Well, two words. Anyway, it’s lovely. Don’t “splendid” and “lovely” sound like words Mary Poppins would use? I can’t remember–it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie.

It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary…

It’s named after Mary Poppins, by the way.

The Jolly Holiday occupies what I previously called the Single Most Wasted Space In The Entire Park back in July 2011, the Plaza Pavilion being used as the Annual Pass processing center. But shortly after that they closed down the AP processing and remade the Plaza Pavilion into the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, and I’m ever-so-thankful.

Appropriately, natty little penguins decorate the Jolly Holiday. This is the back of the welcome sign:

Don’t stay away too long? Don’t worry–I won’t!

I was there with my friend Amy, a huge Mary Poppins fan, so she was happy to pose with the penguins.

Seriously, the Jolly Holiday makes me want a pet penguin

It was a bit crowded, but the line moved quickly. Inside there are lots of beautiful little touches. Disney sure knows how to do it right. Like this period wallpaper border.

I’d love to have this in my house

When you enter the Jolly Holiday, the line is split in half, with each half being a complete counter for service rather than one long counter. This is a fabulous setup and allows for maximum speed and space usage. The bakery part of Jolly Holiday replaces the Blue Ribbon Bakery on Main Street, which had a terrible setup. The Blue Ribbon Bakery is now a thing of the past, to provide space for an expansion of the Carnation Cafe and the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. I count this as a win-win, because both the Carnation Cafe and the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor seriously needed the space, and because it brought us the Jolly Holiday, with which I am in love. And another win–the Plaza Pavilion gets used as something more appropriate to its location and original incarnation (which was a buffet restaurant).

Mary Poppins knicknacks are held in glass cases.

Love the penguin on the left. What is it about penguins that make them so lovable?

And there’s a tree mural that has a long back story, with a happy first part, sad middle part, and mostly happy ending.

It all has to do with a beautiful mural that existed in the Plaza Pavilion that was accidentally destroyed and then lovingly re-imagined. The story is best told by former Disney artist Kevin Kidney in his first blog entry on the subject here, and his follow-up here.

The end result is this:

With little vignettes of Mary Poppins throughout

The Jolly Holiday has got it all–not just a bakery, but also a soup-salad-sandwich (both hot and cold) place.

Keep the hot side hot

and the cold side cold

Disney has made a concerted effort to offer a greater variety of higher quality food, and the Jolly Holiday delivers in spades. I’d already eaten dinner by the time Amy and I got there, but I’ll definitely be sampling some of the offerings in the future.

Yum yum yum

You can see the whole menu at

And did I mention the penguins? Because I totally love the penguins. And since the layout of the Jolly Holiday is such that the line and the service area come to a T shape, it’s difficult to see which register is open. Therefore, you follow the jolly penguin.


Amy and I decided to get some dessert and hot chocolate. Actually we both got Abuelita, which a Mexican-style hot chocolate (chocolate with cinnamon and a big dash of yum). I’m pretty sure Mary Poppins didn’t have her beloved old Abuelita (pet name for Grandma) but the hot chocolate version is delish.

Amy got the cheesecake:

Gaily festooned with a chocolate Mickey

While I got a hot apple pie

Just one day after Pi Day!

Both desserts were delicious, and there were other great-looking options as well. If I’d been more hungry, I would have gotten the cinnamon roll, but it was roughly the size of my head and I’d just been eating. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. It’s pretty much the size of Theo’s head.

Covered in icing.

Maybe I’ll go just for breakfast.

Do You Know Where This Is?

Have you entered the giveaway for the free copy of Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland? GO ENTER!!! NOW!!!

This next post is one of those “I had no idea this existed!” things. And yet, once you see it, you can’t un-see it. And I don’t mean that in a bad way, like when you see a blob of food on someone’s face but you don’t know that person well enough to tell them to wipe it off without embarrassing yourself or them, so instead you try to focus on anything but the food on their face, except now that you’ve seen it, you can’t help but stare right at it.

Or does that just happen to me? And seriously, even if I don’t know you, PLEASE tell me if I’ve got something on my face. Thanks.

Anyway, this is one of those things that when you see it, you will wonder how you ever could have missed it.

Tailoring, anyone?


Truly, we’re talking life-sized mannequins right above your head.

"Hmmm, shall I get something custom-tailored?"

"Why yes, I would be happy to help you with that!"


Looking up, looking around, noticing what’s going on…

"A hat shaped like mouse ears? Whatever will they think of next?"


Or maybe you need a shave.

"Dude, don't come near me with that thing!"



Perhaps some of you have guessed it, but I wouldn’t have. This displays can be found…

In the Emporium! 

Yeah, I’m not all that perceptive sometimes. The crazy thing is, I already did an entire post on the Emporium, and in one of the pictures you can actually see the barber shop scene–but it never occurred to me to look up in the store, or look at the top of the picture of the one I took.

See if you can find it in the entry here.

And if you’ve been to Disneyland and you’ve never noticed these–take that as a hint to slow down and enjoy the ride a little. I sure am!

One More Disney Day Trip Report: Tuesday Night 2/28

It’s One More Disney Day, Disneyland’s Leap Year celebration during with Disneyland Park will be open for 24 hours straight, from 6am the 29th to 6am the 1st.

As an added incentive, the first 2,000 people in the door get a free pair of mouse ears. For that, guests were allowed to line up starting at 10pm Tuesday night. I headed over there around 11 and it was mighty crowded.

First, parking was in the Pumbaa lot, which is on Disney Way across from the Gardenwalk. It was actually quite nice and a quick walk over to the park.

The parking lot already had well over 100 cars

The queuing area was not in the Esplanade, as I had previously thought, but rather in the bus drop off area on the Harbor Blvd. side of the park.

The sidewalk was already getting crowded

South side

It was chilly but people huddled in for the night

And seemed to be waiting patiently

I had to ask a cast member for directions, and then he was pretty confused when I asked him if I could take his picture

Blurry! Gah!

Some people were already sacked out

This can't be comfortable

I went to the front of the line to interview people. They had gotten in line at bout 6 or 7.

Robert, Jeff, Shelly and Jamie

Jeff was telling me that he has gone to Disneyland every day this year. Shelly and Jamie were from New Jersey and were here specifically for One More Disney Day. It’s Shelly’s Leap Year birthday as well as their 25th anniversary. They traveled all the way here just for this advent. Cool!

Security did move the line from time to time

In motion

And I got to chat with a bunch of cool people, like Leslie and Ashley, who left Utah at 4:30am and drove straight here to get in line

Air mattress! Good call!

They said they actually got a nap there. I’m impressed.

Stay tuned for more photos and videos




Photo Supply Co. and PhotoPass

You know how I’m always picking on myself for not taking very good pictures because I AM AN AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER!!!? Well, Disneyland has an answer to that.

Up at the end of Main Street on the corner is the Photo Supply Co. store. This is prime real estate, my friends.

Location, location, location!

Once upon a time, the camera store at Disneyland was hoppin’. You could buy all kinds of stuff for your very own camera. Everything from 35 mm film to those flashbulbs that came in a cube and like totally exploded in order to make the flash, leaving me with a latent childhood fear of flashbulbs bursting past that plastic cover thing shooting hundreds of tiny little flashbulb shards into my eyes, totally blinding me and quite possibly entering my brain, killing me as well.

I had an active imagination.

Anyway, Disneyland doesn’t sell those anymore.

They do sell these:

Which is like totally the same thing, right?

In keeping with the oldey-timey theme of Main Street, the Photo Supply Co. has cool window displays.

Surprisingly sponsored by Kodak

I want to say that the whole mirror-type groovy effect with the crowd moving by and my arms holding the camera is some kind of artistic choice to bring out the true experience of Disneyland, which is both reflective and transparent, coupled with the new and the old, brought together in a montage of gilded definition, but actually I’m just not a very good photographer.

If you look closely at the O in DEVELOPING, you can make out my sneer as I attempt this photograph

There is cool stuff in the actual window.

Like this!


What kind of camera is that? I’m not sure.

ANYway, inside the Photo Supply Co. and two very small reminders of the existence of actual non-digital photography. The first being the disposable cameras above, and the second being this:

A small display of photo albums

The rest is all devoted to PhotoPass.

What is PhotoPass, you ask? Or didn’t ask?

PhotoPass is Disney’s in-park photography system. There are PhotoPass photographers stationed strategically throughout the parks (in front of the castle, for example, or by the flower Mickey at the entrance). They will take your picture and scan a card with a code. Interestingly, the new Annual Passes have a PhotoPass code on them, so if you’re an AP holder you no longer have to worry about carrying around a PhotoPass card!

If you’re not an Annual Passholder, then you will have to worry about carrying around a PhotoPass card.

Anyway, so you take pictures throughout the park, and then you can look at them and get them printed and such. You can do that at home on the internet, or you can do it at…

wait for it…

wait for it…

the Photo Supply Co.!

But here’s the cool part. You can actually go around collecting PhotoPass pictures throughout your whole vacation and then you can buy a CD of ALL of your PP pictures, called the Disney PhotoCD. And that’s cool because then you can get them printed anywhere. And you can go online and add cute little borders and stuff. It’s actually a pretty good deal, especially because it means the whole family gets to be in the picture. And you know how I feel about that.

(if you don’t know how I feel about that, it’s that I feel that it’s really important for people to put down their cameras and experience the park with your whole group every once in a while)

You can also had the PP photographer your own camera and they will take a picture for you.

How much does this cost? Excellent question. I grabbed a shot of the price list:

here it is!


To translate, the Disney PhotoCD is $59.95. The prices on the bottom are for prints of various sizes. The package at the top is the PhotoCD and three 5×7 prints.

But wait! There’s more!

You can also buy “Disney’s Photo Gallery CD.” What’s that, you ask? Or didn’t ask? Well, it’s a collection of professional photos taken around the parks including rides, attractions, characters, and so on. What’s really cool about that is that you know how you spent all that time trying to get the perfect shot of the facade of Small World but your camera is kind of lame or whatever, and you never get the angle right? With the Photo Gallery CD, you don’t have to do that anymore! Because the picture has already been taken for you! And not that I wish to speak poorly about your photography skills, but chances are it’s a better picture than the one you would have taken!

Which goes back to my whole “put the camera down” thing. There’s no point in trying to that perfect picture of the Haunted Mansion to add to your scrapbook later, because that picture has already been taken. So put your camera down and enjoy the park.

The Photo Gallery CD is $39.95.

The inside of the Photo Supply Co. is largely centered around the PhotoPass system. There are computer screens everywhere where you can view your pictures

This kind of reminds me of the computer check-in kiosks at the airport

And also more oldey-timey cameras decorating the wall

Whatever they're called

So swing by the Photo Supply Co. for all of your photo needs, or most of them anyway.

Follow the pointing finger


%d bloggers like this: