Jolly Holiday Bakery Café is a counter-service restaurant in Disneyland. Located on Main Street, on the edge of the castle hub and Adventureland, the restaurant continues the Victorian theme of the land it’s in and has ample amounts of outdoor seating. Jolly Holiday specializes in sandwiches, salads and baked goods. The restaurant does accept a Magic Key and DVC discount. In this post, we’ll review Jolly Holiday’s offerings, atmosphere and value.
Disneyland has no shortage of counter-service restaurants and Jolly Holiday just so happens to be the most accessible of them. Part of that is simply due to location as it’s one of the first restaurants guests see as they walk down Main Street. With Refreshment Corner sitting right next door, there is a good amount of seating in this little corner of the park.
Jolly Holiday’s food is also very accessible, sticking to standard bakery fare with sandwiches and salads. There’s nothing especially adventurous here to drive people away. Couple that with the restaurant having the longest hours in the park (opening through half an hour after the posted closing time) makes Jolly Holiday a popular place where you’ll want to use the mobile order line. But is it worthy of the hype?
Unfortunately, Bert and Mary aren’t inside the restaurant to wish you a jolly holiday but there are a few details reminiscent of Mary Poppins throughout. Penguins (not real ones) adorn the windows and there are a few well placed paintings. Jolly Holiday doesn’t have much room to invoke a theme, as the restaurant is really just a counter guests order at before taking their food outside.
Even with such a small place, the restaurant fits in well with the surroundings. After ordering and taking a seat, the Victorian theme at the end of Main Street makes the outdoor seating similar to where you just were. Not only that, but it’s a perfect place for people watching and soaking in Disneyland. There are views of the castle, Matterhorn and Tomorrowland to be had. While it’s outside, there is some shade during the day to make eating there more pleasant.
I don’t think I’d put the atmosphere at Jolly Holiday at the top of the counter-service list, that’s reserved for the beautiful Plaza Inn and detailed Docking Bay, but the restaurant isn’t far below those. Simply residing on Main Street earns it that.
Moving on to the food, let’s take a look at the menu! While Jolly Holiday serves breakfast, this review will cover lunch and dinner. There are several mainstays at the restaurant and then they cycle through specials seasonally. We’ll start with the former.
Here’s the Oven-roasted Turkey on Ciabatta which includes Tomato, Lettuce and Honey-Mustard Aïoli and is served with House-made Chips. All of the ingredients here are fresh and the Honey-Mustard Aïoli is the best part of the sandwich, giving it a surprising kick to go with the turkey. There’s nothing outstanding about the sandwich but it’s a dependable choice and one I turn to often at about 12:25 AM before walking home. I like the chips here pretty well and they are more interesting than just getting a generic brand chip. They aren’t going to wow you though. At $10.99 this is a fine value.
I’ve also tried the Toasted (grilled) Cheese here and it’s fine but nothing more. If you happen upon a cool night at Disneyland, getting that and the Tomato Soup is a good way to go. Outside of that, I would recommend the Turkey Sandwich.
Here’s the Cranberry-Pecan Salad which consists of Mixed Greens, Spiced Pecans, Feta, Tomatoes, Dried Cranberries, Strawberry Vinaigrette, and a fresh Breadstick. The freshness on that breadstick is really up for debate and will probably just come down to luck of the draw. As for the salad, I enjoyed all of the ingredients and thought they mixed well together. The Vinaigrette was delicious and probably my favorite ingredient. The proportions here were a bit wonky, as there was entirely too much Feta and that’s coming from someone who loves cheese almost as much as Gus Gus. There are better salads to be had at Disneyland but this is in the top half of those offered and one of the cheaper ones at $9.99.
This is the Jolly Holiday Combo, which amounts to a Toasted Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Basil Soup. While it’s the namesake of the restaurant, this is probably my least favorite option on the menu. It’s not that the dish is bad, just boring. You could make most of this at home. The grilled cheese is buttery and good, the tomato soup is thick and works better for dipping than eating by itself. At $13.49, this is not worth the money but is easily accessible.
Jolly Holiday generally has a special sandwich going throughout the year. Most recently, this was a Birria Grilled Cheese that was delicious, if not a bit heavy. Even a few weeks after we had this, it is off the menu as they have moved on to another special. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that make a return as it was a fan favorite. Usually the specials are closer to $15 but may be worth checking out as they are usually more inventive and tasty.
Let’s not forget to mention the sweets at Jolly Holiday, since it is a bakery after all! A few favorites of mine include the Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron, Matterhorn Macaroon and any of the muffins offered, especially the apple. Outside of the Matterhorn Macaroon, all of those are very shareable and worth getting!
Overall, Jolly Holiday is a dependable and safe option at Disneyland. No, neither the food or the atmosphere are at the very top but both aspects are above-average for counter-service restaurants in the park. I wouldn’t seek out Jolly Holiday but chances are that you’ll just wind up there eventually and then will have a good time!
Rating – 8/10
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