26 July 2012

Come one! Come all!

News out of Storybook Circus this week is that there will be a display kitchen as a part of Big Top Souvenirs when it opens later this year. Think the ability to watch candy apples and other treats comes from spending time in the Main Street Confectionery, Karamell-K├╝che, or Sweet Spells, but with a circus tent theme.

While the menu and details that we all know and love have yet to be announced, I’m willing to make a few wagers here. Let’s start with the menu, it is likely to have some sort of popcorn. I’d love to see popcorn balls, but I’m thinking more along the lines of the flavored variety, especially since we’ve seen similar snacks popping up in a cozy cone at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure. In that same vein, I wouldn’t be surprised to see something in the peanut family. I know the peanuts in the pavement of Storybook Circus are for and from the elephants, but a bag of warm peanuts and a flight aboard Dumbo does seem to be the perfect big top treat! Last, but not least, I’m banking on caramel apples.
In fact, of all the potential menu items, I am most certain of the caramel apples. Why, you ask? Well, it has to do with this handy dandy map that was hung in Storybook Circus as it began rolling out its attractions. Which also leads me to my other big top speculation, and that is that Humphrey the Bear will be intricately tied to the snacks of the circus. It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but can you really come up with another reason that Humphrey would be shown on the map with a ooey-gooey caramel apple clutched in his paw?

While I’d love to see a costumed Humphrey the Bear dipping apples in a vat of caramel, I think it is safe to say that it will be the Cast Members and not the hungry bear creating the snacks. Whatever comes out of the Big Top Souvenirs kitchen, I’m willing to bet it will follow in the footsteps of the recent move to change the culinary landscape of the Magic Kingdom and other Disney parks. The ideas and guesstimates already have my mouth watering and I think I can hear the tinny whistles of the circus calliope calling to me.


V @ No Privacy At All Around This Place! said...

Great predictions!! I'm not so sure about the peanuts. Depending on how they're served (shelled, loose, etc.), they could create enough peanut dust in the air to create allergic reactions in kids. I remember the burger chain Five Guys having to put out signs warning parents because they leave out free boxes of unshelled peanuts to eat while you wait for your order. Knowing how cautious Disney is as a company, I'm betting they go with some less-allergenic nut. Man I hope you're right on the caramel apples front though!!!!

Rich T. said...

Humphrey the Bear should definitely be dipping the apples -- and then he should get greedy and try to keep the apples for himself, and then comedy ensues and it all ends with Donald covered in caramel and Ranger Woodlore chasing Humphrey out of the tent with a large net!

I wonder if cotton candy is too messy to make the cut? And they should sell those pre-packaged pink popcorn bricks that used to be sold by every circus, rodeo and arena show on the planet. Do they still make those?

Saloca said...

Candy floss all the way, it's a circus staple so it's got to make an appearance if you ask me!

Can't see the peanuts happening because of allergies etc BUT I could see chocolate shaped monkey nuts filled with peanut butter served up in red and white striped paper bags (biodegradable of course!)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a live bear in the tent, like Cletus' Country Bear Jamboree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUPBYjlQPQk