One of the trademark traditions of experiencing Disneyland during the holiday season is getting your hands on one of the coveted hand-pulled Disneyland candy canes. These hand-pulled candy canes have been a Disneyland tradition for over 50 years. In honor of these historic candy canes, let's take a trip down memory lane to see what the fuss has been about all these years.
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Hand-Pulled Disneyland Candy Canes: A Time Honored Tradition
Some of the Candy Makers have been making these candy canes for over 36 years which is just another way that Disneyland has honored this classic tradition. So what does it exactly mean to hand-pull a candy cane?
These days the candy canes you find in retail stores are made by machines. Hand-pulling candy canes is the traditional way to make a candy cane from scratch. This is by no means an easy process, it takes skill and patience to make a candy cane from scratch. The Disneyland Resort Candy Cane makers work hard to make these famous candy canes entirely from scratch from mixing the pulled sugar and peppermint extract which must be kept boiling hot to keep the sugar pliable so the room temperature is kept at just under 100 degrees. Then the Candy Makers work hard by hand-pulling the candy by rolling, pulling, and twisting the sugar into the traditional candy cane shape.
To see a quick run down of how the candy canes are made, check out Disneyland's video below explaining this historic process which highlights Disneyland's commitment to tradition:
Devoted fans of these hand-pulled candy canes swear that they taste fresh which makes them worth the time and effort to get one. Store bought candy canes just do not compare. The candy canes themselves are pretty large at over 15 inches in size! For some families, getting a hand-pulled candy cane each year is a family tradition in itself like meeting Santa or singing Christmas carols.
I feel the dedication Disneyland has to these hand-pulled candy canes is just another way that Disneyland commits to keeping their traditions alive. Disneyland honors their history and this is just another example of how they live up to those expectations. For some guests, receiving a hand-pulled candy cane is more about just procuring a delicious candy cane- they are receiving a piece of Disney's history.
2021 Disneyland Candy Canes Dates: How to Get Your Own Candy Cane
If you have your heart set on buying a candy cane, you need to plan ahead. There's some line waiting and dedication that goes into getting your hands on one of these candy canes. Like most experiences at Disneyland, the cast members strive to keep the wait entertaining. When you get closer to the candy stores that make the candy canes, you can watch the Candy Makers in the windows as they work on batches of candy canes. There will also be fun photo ops with cut out candy canes which helps brighten the wait. And the wait will be worth it!
For the first time in 2021, Disneyland will be utilizing a mobile waitlist system to receive a Disneyland Candy Cane. With that said, we have not experienced the first release yet so can't give you the full step-by-step yet. Disney has stated that after the mobile waitlist has been activated, guests will add their name and phone number at the location and then receive a text back with a return time giving you the opportunity to return and purchase. I assume that this will be very similar to the system outlined below in replacement of the wristband.
These Disneyland candy canes, if you haven't guessed already, are a big deal. These are the steps you should follow to get your hands on one of these delicious candy canes:
- Get to the park at least an hour prior to opening so you have a chance at being at the front of the line for the turnstiles entering the parks.
- Once the cast members let you in, head right to Candy Palace or Trolley Treats (depending on which park you are going for) and get in line. You will see people literally running. While running is technically not allowed, a little skipping won't go amiss. The takeaway here? Move fast!
- You will wait in line for a wristband (this year likely the line will be to join the mobile pick up queue) that each person in your party will get that will include a return time. If you're lucky enough to be near the front, you might be able to pick up your candy cane right away. Remember: only one candy cane/wristband per person in your group. You also won't be allowed to save spots for other people in your group in this line.
- Come back on time for your candy cane! You will end up likely waiting in two lines for these candy canes when all is said and done. Now that's some Disney dedication!
Both the Candy Palace and Trolley Treats have specific alternating days that they make the candy canes. The candy canes sell for $15.99 each and are 5 oz each. Annual Pass discounts are not applicable for purchasing a Candy Cane.
Here are the dates from 2021. The 2022 dates will be released right around Thanksgiving.
Candy Palace at Disneyland
December 7, 9, 15, 21, and 23
Trolley Treats at California Adventure
December 8, 14, 16, and 22
For more information on Disneyland Christmas Candy Canes you can call the Disneyland candy information phone line here: (714) 781-0112.
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