Hello Disney Tricksters,
This Trick is all about Disneyland’s Candy Canes and how you can get your very own, hand-made Candy Cane! Disneyland’s hand-made candy canes have been a tradition for decades with many cast members who have hand-made candy canes for over 30 years!
This year (2018) Disneyland began offering the Candy Canes in BOTH Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks! The Candy Canes are located at Candy Palace in Disneyland and Trolley Treats at DCA. They are sold on dates when the specific park does not have extra magic hour or early morning hours to allow everyone a fair chance. They are $13.99, 1 per person, and AP discounts can not be applied. The Candy Canes are HUGE, I repeat, HUGE and can last up to 1 year after purchase. The dates these are available at each location are:
Candy Palace at Disneyland
November 23, 26, 28, 30; December 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24
Trolley Treats at California Adventure
November 24, 27, 29; December 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25
Arrive 1 hour to 1.5 hours before park opening to be sure you have a close spot to the gate! Remember, the park typically opens 30 minutes before the actual opening time so make sure you’re there early! Once they countdown from 10 to 1 for opening be ready to run to the candy store. At Disneyland the Candy Canes are sold at Candy Palace and at DCA the Candy Canes are sold at Trolley Treats so be sure to look on a map before the gates open. Grab your wristband and then take photos with the props and NEVER get out of line. You can not save spots so if you run a little faster than your family try to get in line and secure your wristband then wait for them to get their wristbands.
This was 100000% worth waking up early for! The experience as a whole is not too stressful and the people who are participating are typically Disney fanatics too. This is a pretty well kept secret by locals and (for the most part) kept hidden from tourists! Most of the people we met were either buying for friends and family or buying to resell. We went to DCA on a day when the park opened at 8 and we arrived at 6:30 AM. Not many people were there but lines began to form closer to 7 AM. At 7:30 AM we were let into the parks and able to get our wristbands to purchase the Candy Canes. There were two lines to receive a wristband right outside of Trolley Treats as well as photo opportunities with Candy Cane props! We were not given specific time slots to pick up our Candy Cane but were told to buy them before 2 PM that day as we were only guaranteed a Candy Cane until that time then (the unclaimed Candy Canes) are sold to the public. They do cut your wristband and take it which made me a little upset because I had wanted to scrapbook it but they let me keep a piece of it to remember. The Candy Cane is also wrapped in bubble wrap but is very fragile. They will not replace a broken Candy Cane so be sure to snag yours and then get a locker at the front (Small lockers are $5 for the day or large lockers are $10)