Where to eat? Lunch at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Written by Robert Niles
The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is Disneyland's newest restaurant, serving sandwiches, soups and baked goods in the old Plaza Pavilion building on the hub, opposite Sleeping Beauty's Castle.Tweet
The menu at Jolly Holiday.
Display case at Jolly Holiday.
A Matterhorn Macaroon!
Hot roast beef on onion roll with melted white cheddar ($9.69)
Ham and cheese quiche with house salad ($7.19)
Lobster bisque. ($5.99)
When I visited on One More Disney Day last Wednesday, Jolly Holiday was the longest line I waited in all day, at least until the crowd blew up in the evening. With the line backed up to the edge of the stairs, I waited 45 minutes to order and get my food - a long wait for a counter-service establishment. Jolly Holiday effectively replaces the Main Street Bakery at Disneyland, and with the Carnation Cafe closed to expand into the Main Street Bakery's old space, that's left one fewer restaurant at the front of the park, leaving the excess crowd to hit up the new place.
I selected the quiche, as well as the lobster bisque - which was the restaurant's special offering for One More Disney Day. The house salad with the quiche was butter lettuce with walnuts, cranberries, grape tomatoes and feta. You choose your dressing, and I would suggest a vinaigrette, since the salad comes with a cheese, the feta.
The selections at Jolly Holiday are not made to order, but served from the display cases. But with the volume the restaurant's now doing, few items stay in that case very long. My quiche still offered a flaky crust and the flavors of the ham and the cheese remained distinct.
While I enjoyed everything I ordered at Jolly Holiday, I can't say that I enjoyed them so much that I'd be willing make that wait again, not when equally tasty options abound throughout Disneyland, with little or no wait. Perhaps when the Carnation Cafe reopens in its larger space this summer, the crowds will go down at Jolly Holiday, and this counter service location will be worth stopping in for a quick snack or light meal.
If you've eaten at Jolly Holiday, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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