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Disney doesn’t like to feel left out. When they noticed trendy doughnut shops were becoming a fad, the head of Disneyland Foods thought, “we must have a taste!” Okay, this probably isn’t how Disneyland actually decided to sell some quirky doughnuts but in my head, it was. Regardless of how they came to be, doughnuts are in Disneyland, people. They are here and they are thriving. They made their debut in October of 2016 and people have been eating them up (pun intended) ever since. The first time I tried to get my hands on one of these doughnuts they were already sold out for the day. It was 10 a.m. For purposes of my Tour De Doughnuts, I woke up at the crack of dawn and hauled my butt down to Disneyland to see how their doughnuts would compare to my previous stops.


The doughnuts are located at a food cart near Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, to the left of the entrance to Fantasyland. A fresh batch of doughnuts arrives in the morning and in the evening, but they disappear quickly. To be safe, I spent 20 minutes lurking by the cart until the doughnuts arrived in their big blue doughnut carriage.


The cast member working at the cart informed me that there are different kinds of doughnuts sold each day. When I visited, the three doughnuts featured were s’mores, Fruity Pebbles, and a Strawberry doughnut, similar to The Donut Man’s. I hadn’t seen a s’mores doughnut yet on my tour, so I selected that one.



Note: these doughnuts are NOT cheap. Nothing at Disneyland is ever cheap, but these doughnuts felt particularly pricey in comparison to other sweet treats in the park, so I figured they must be ~out of this world~.


But the aesthetics.


Let me preface what I am about to say by reminding you how much I love Disneyland. I am a self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disneyland treats and most of the time they do a bang up job in the food department. However, this particular doughnut was a miss. Despite the fact that I bought it immediately after it was delivered to the cart, it tasted like it had been sitting out…a while. The graham cracker, marshmallow and Hersey chocolate toppings didn’t add much to the flat, stale taste of the doughnut. Overall, it tasted like a piece of bread with dried chocolate frosting and old toppings. A TRADEGY. I was prepared to write about the magic and wonder of The Disneyland Doughnut, so it brings me great sorrow to bring you this less than delicious news. Also…there was a hair on it and I promise you it was not one of my own.


I didn’t even notice until half way through the doughnut. Gross.


I suppose this doughnut fail can serve as a reminder that nobody is perfect. Not even Disneyland. Sigh.

P.S.- I still ate the whole thing (after picking the hairy marshmallow off) because it was almost six dollars and I am no quitter.


A photo snapped during Disneyland Doughnut consumption. At that moment I was not the Happiest Girl on Earth.




THE 24/7 DOUGHNUT: The Donut Man

Stop No. 3 on my Tour De Doughnuts was at The Donut Man in Glendora, California. Unlike most of my stops so far, The Donut Man is a shop I have frequented for years.


The Donut Man, the myth, the legend. 


The thing that has kept me, and many others, coming back is the shop’s famous strawberry doughnut.


The perfectly fried doughnut, the glistening strawberries. Have I died and gone to doughnut heaven? 


Google the shop and your browser will flood with articles raving about this fruit-filled doughnut. However, the strawberry doughnut is only available seasonally, from January to August. Naturally, I’ve never tried anything else because when you find something that delicious, you never let it go. The best part? The Donut Man is open 24/7 so you can indulge in this doughnut delicacy at any hour of the day. Whether 6 a.m. (as if I’m ever awake at 6 a.m.) or 2 a.m. (that’s more like it), The Donut Man has always been there for me.


I want someone to look at me the way I look at the strawberry doughnut. 


Many reading this may already be aware of the beauty and wonder of this doughnut shop. You’re thinking, “The Donut Man is an absolute gem of the Inland Empire. Stop telling me information I already know, Natalie.” If you’re not thinking that, why are you still reading this? Get yourself to The Donut Man!


How did we celebrate Haley’s 21st birthday? With doughnuts, obviously.