The half-century Disneyland candy-making tradition returns this Christmas season after the coronavirus pandemic broke the minty hearts of die-hard fans who turned handmade holiday treats into an iconic classic.
Limited-time seasonal lollipops will be on sale on December 7th, 9th, 15th, 21st and 23rd at Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen at Disneyland and on December 8th, 14th, 16th and 22nd at Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure.
“Disneyland’s hand-drawn lollipops have gained cult status over the years,” reports MiceChat.
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Disneyland will ditch wristbands this year and instead use a mobile waiting list system for candy purchases. Sweet tooth lovers can add their names and phone numbers to mobile waiting lists at places that sell candy in the parks to receive text notifications when they return for shopping.
Disneyland’s Candy Palace and DCA’s Trolley Treats typically sell limited edition candies from Thanksgiving Week until Christmas.
Disneyland has reduced the number of candy making days to nine this year from 22 days in 2014, according to MousePlanet.
The reduced number of dates and the later-than-usual announcement means that annual Magic Key holders may be forced to go without lollipops for the second year in a row with firm bookings for most of December.
“If you’re lucky enough to reserve a theme park spot in the right park on the right day, then this year you have the chance to get some candy,” says MousePlanet. “If not, you’re out of luck if Disney doesn’t release a new batch of theme park reservations.”
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The tradition of making candy at Disneyland dates back to 1968.
The 5-ounce, 18-inch long candy canes are handcrafted each holiday season from torn sugar and peppermint extract in demonstration kitchens along Disneyland’s main street in the US and Buena Vista Street in DC. Park visitors flock to shop windows to watch Disney candy makers, dressed in white with striped scarves, draw out sticky sugar and mold it into red, green, and white hooks. Disneyland’s flavored treats have the familiar peppermint flavor with a more airy and flaky texture than their machine-made candy cousins.
The showcase kitchens at Disneyland and DCA’s pastry shops stay hot to keep the sugar malleable. Pastry chef Bo Bailey says making lollipops in hot kitchens is hard work, but worth it.
“It weighs on your body,” Bailey told the Orange County Register in 2019. “I think the first year I did it, I lost 20 pounds.”
Hardcore candy fans come before dawn to line up at Disneyland or DCA, and sales alternate between parks during the holiday season. Once placed on the mobile waiting list, loyal candy aficionados return later that day to pick up their coveted confectionery con.
Usually fewer than 150 lollipops are sold every day. There is a limitation of one candy per person, but in the past, newborns were given bracelets to help increase family generosity. Sweets end up on eBay under the Christmas trees and are immediately eaten while they are still fresh.
“It’s not Christmas until you get your candy at Disneyland,” Wilmington-based Brittany Thompson, 28, told the Orange County Register in 2017 while waiting in line to open Disneyland. “We are crazy people. We line up here every year. “
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Disneyland was closed during the 2020 winter holiday season due to COVID-19 reopening regulations issued by the state. DCA’s Trolley Treats reopened in November 2020 for holiday shopping, but the pastry shop was not selling seasonal candies.