Candy Canes are serious business during the holiday celebration at Disneyland. People impatiently wait for information to arrive each season – typically in early November – sharing details on when and where to go to find these coveted canes.
Guests then line up in the early morning hours on the opening day of candy cane season to battle the crowds to get in line at the candy shop….only to receive a wrist band noting when to get in line again.
So, what’s all the fuss about?
Let’s take a look:
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Candy Canes can be found at The Candy Palace on Main Street at Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at California Adventure beginning late November during the Holidays at Disneyland celebration.
The Disneyland Candy Hotline can be reached for more info on the candy canes and what will be baked each day: (714) 781-0112.
Each cane is $12.99 and annual pass discounts are not applicable.
You will only find the canes at these parks, on the dates listed within this post. Typically, Disneyland candy canes draw a bigger crowd. And, some people think that a candy cane from DLR tastes different from one at DCA.
Here are the dates for 2016:
Candy Palace at Disneyland
November 25, 30; December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 24
Trolley Treats at California Adventure
November 26, 29; December 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 25
How to Make Sure You Get One
The park only makes a limited amount each day and the canes weigh in at about 5 ounces, so these are popular items and people know to look for them. If you’re interested, get in line at the appropriate candy shop as soon as the park opens. Wrist bands are typically not given out during extra magic hour or magic morning, so everyone gets a fair chance. (Most dates avoid EMH all together.)
*Line up at LEAST an hour prior to park opening to have a shot at getting one of the wrist bands. Go DIRECTLY to the candy shop to get in line. People will literally be running. You are technically not allowed to run in the park, so be there early enough to not have to break the rules. Walk fast.
*Don’t get out of line if it looks like you might be too late. Often, they’ll make more than advertising. Even if a cast member tells you that “from this far back, you’ll likely not receive a band”, stay in line. This happened to us and we received bands.
*Don’t expect to get in line and then be allowed to have friends join you in your spot. They’re watching this closely now. If you walk up to the line, you have to go to the end.
*Once you have your wristband, plan your day around the return time written on the band. You’ll need to be back at the same candy shop to purchase your candy cane once your time arrives. Arrive at or close to your stated time and definitely not past 4pm. Typically, at that time, any candy canes not claimed with wrist bands are sold to guests waiting in a standby line.
*Be careful once you receive your cane and put it in your locker if you have one. They’re very fragile and will not be replaced if broken. The canes are nicely wrapped to help you keep them intact.
*Each day, only 3 batches of candy canes are made, yielding 45 per batch, for a total of only 135 per day.
*Shelf life – once open – is around 1 year.
Photos from Opening Day 2016 Candy Cane Making
See what this process looks like:
I arrived at 7:00am to wait outside the gates. They let us in at about 7:45am. Went straight in line – didn’t run – and this is what was ahead of me.
The line is sets up along this candy cane tape.
Here was the line behind me shortly after I grabbed my spot. Now, this was opening day, so subsequent visits won’t be as intense. (Fingers crossed.)
Here is what your wrist band will look like if you’re lucky enough to get one. Each person in line may get 1. One wrist band equals one candy cane.
By the time I got to the front of the line, it was about 7:53am. And, the star on my wrist band notes that I can go immediately to get my candy cane. Not far behind me, other guests started to get wrist bands with 9:00am, 10:00am, etc…….return times.
You’ll see the candy makers hard at work while you wait.
Finally, your prize. $12.99. It’s quite big!
Don’t miss your chance to act the fool if these photo signs are out.
Overall, it’s a really fun experience. Most people are in a good mood with the holidays arriving. Hope you enjoy it!
Each candy cane takes about 2 hours to create and candy cane making often starts as early as 5:00am. Most companies now produce candy canes by machine. Disneyland insists on making theirs the traditional way – by hand – which falls in line with the park’s commitment to its rich traditions.
The room in which the candy canes are created has to be kept at just under 100 degrees or the candy won’t form correctly.
Candy Cane makers on staff have been making candy canes for as long as 36 years.
Watch this short video showing how the Disneyland candy canes are made.
You can see more on the Disneyland candy canes and other treats in this Food Network special featuring Guy Fieri.
That should do it! Good luck in your attempt at acquiring one of these Disneyland masterpieces.
I’m often asked what the fuss is all about with the candy canes. Are they worth it? Why do people line up for them?
The candy canes are delicious. And, Disneyland’s commitment to continuing to produce them by hand makes me love them even more. In my opinion, you’re not just buying another candy cane. You’re buying a piece of history and tradition only Disneyland could create so well.
***Check out my full holiday post for every thing you want to know about Holidays at Disneyland.