Mickey 90th Celebration; 6 Photo-Worthy Foods You Don’t Want to Miss! (DCA)


Who doesn’t love posing with food? Go ahead & search the #DisneyEats tag on Insta & you’ll see just how many of us are obsessed! With the release of Disney’s new line of food-inspired fashion & home items, you are going to need to step up your foodie game! Don’t worry though, I am here to show you the best way to do that, one park at a time. While visiting Disney’s California Adventure, I indulged in so many adorable & exclusive food items to find some of the most photo-worthy foods! See the video that goes with the blog HERE!

First up on the list is the “Share Your Ears Cheeseburger!”

Share Your Ears Cheeseburger from Smokejumpers in Disney’s California Adventure

Let’s break this bad baby down: Taste-wise it was your basic Disney burger; nothing you couldn’t get at any quick service location. With some smokey sauce & the option to visit the toppings bar (for lettuce, onions, tomatoes, etc.) this burger ranks a 5/10 in deliciousness

What brings it to a solid 7/10 is, of course, the cuteness factor. I would have loved the burger to be a double-stack (not only to make it worth the price of $14.99) but to add more volume. Nevertheless, the burger makes for a cute prop when taking photos (especially when you’re sporting a pair of @ShinySkyRainbows burger ears).

This burger is shareable, cute, & pretty tasty. If you love Mickey & don’t mind the price, it’s a cute photo prop & a good meal. For sure a photo-worthy food item! To take shots with this burger, the outdoor seating area surrounding the restaurant is great! It tends to be less crowded in the afternoon (after 2pm) & gets great lighting!

Food Photo Tip: whether you’re using a phone or a camera, try holding the food item a little closer to the device, having the focus be on the food instead of you. This creates a cool effect that can be achieved with most any basic device! (see above & below)

While at Smokejumpers, Alex decided to surprise me with the sweetest, cutest sipper of all time! This park-exclusive Mickey Birthday Sipper can be found at many quick service locations across both Disneyland in Cali & Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Though he isn’t technically a food item, we dub this Mickey Sipper a 10/10 on the photo-worthiness scale! He doesn’t leak, he’s a cute decoration, & he holds the amount of a regular sized drink.

There are all sorts of amazing photo spots to take him to, this one, in particular, is located in Downtown Disney, near the Lego Store! I LOVE this fun wall; a great photo spot for sure!

Birthday Hat macaron from Cars Land – DCA

We continue at California Adventure on to Cars Land, a place with photo spots galore! We opted for the basic-yet-iconic Cozy Cone Motel shot with our tasty & absolutely adorable treat: The “Birthday Hat” Macaron.

As sweet as it was adorable, this cute confection was filled to the brim with sprinkles! If you want to see what happens when you break it open, watch the video HERE ( &follow Magical Melia on YouTube)

I would give this a 10/10 on photo-worthiness & a solid 8.5/10 for taste (it was sooooo sweet! & tasted like birthday cake. Share it if you can!)

Heading back to DCA, we head over to Hollywood Land to grab the next three items on our list. First stop, Award Weiners! Known for their hotdogs, this quick service location has been serving up funnel cake fries for a few seasons now. For Mickey’s birthday, they create not one, but TWO confections that aren’t only beautiful, but taste amazing too!

Get Your Ears On funnel cake from Award Weiners – DCA

The “Get Your Ears On” funnel cake was super fun & cute! It is a classic-Mickey food item that would be perfect with Mickey disneybound. With two Oreo ‘ears,’ it’s classic colors & physique are sure to inspire some fun outfits!

Celebration Cake funnel cake fries from Award Weiners – DCA

The next one was my favorite! The colors, the sprinkles, the frosting, everything! The “Celebration Cake” fries will inspire anyone to party & rings in at a 9/10 on photo-worthiness & taste. Because they look like a birthday bash in a bowl, they would make a great prop for any Mickey 90th Birthday fashion shoot! (ps, these ears are also by the amazing & lovely @ShinySkyRainbows, check out her insta!)

The area surrounding this location can get pretty busy! We opted for a simple background to showcase the food more than the fashion, but if you’re patient & creative, you can get some cute shots with these!

Mickey Cookies n’ Cream Shake from Shmoozies – DCA

The last item was by far the cutest & easy to pose with. The “Mickey Cookies n’ Cream” shake can be found at Shmoozies (right across the street from Award Weiners). Simple, delicious, & adorable, it’s my 10/10 item for sure!

It’s easy to see how this item came to be a favorite, but let’s discuss the simple fact of posing; everyone can hold a drink & make it look cute. We’ve been practicing it for years with our Starbucks hot cups & our iced tea in our personalized tumblers (amirite?!). If you’re looking for an easy item to go with an outfit or just a fun (& yummy) food prop, this shake is a must-try!

Stay tuned for more fun food (from Disneyland!) & connect with me on social media to see more photo-worthy disney stuff! I can’t wait to show you everything I got to try ( & take photos with!) Until then, Stay Magical!

xoxo Melia

Magical Moments Await Us…

Sleeping Beauty Castle – Sundown – Canon T6i

Well, it’s been a hot minute! I am so thrilled to be writing to you again from Magical Melia headquarters (today, it’s located in a local coffee shop). Before you begin the post, I wanted to extend my thanks to all of you sparkly humans who are reading this.  You’ve followed my Disney journey (some of you since @100daysofdisney!!) for the past few years. You’ve watched my vlogs on YouTube, liked & connected with me on Insta, & shouted at me from across the Hub Grass. Social media gets a bad rep for being a place for comparison & negativity; despite this, we’ve grown as a community through love, support, post-sharing, & shoutouts!

The most common DM’s I receive are about photos; it’s no secret my passion is photography, especially when it involves a castle backdrop. So I thought: what better way for me to contribute to the community than to share my know-how with the people who have loved & inspired my content?

Main Street USA – Canon G7x + iPhone Flash

My hope is to dispell any preconceived notions about what expertise you *think* you should have when it comes to photography, Disney knowledge, & social media savviness. I’ll be sharing ideas & tips to improve your photo skills, where to go in which parks, at what time, & even some of my most-loved ‘secret’ photo spots across various Disney properties. My purpose is to help you maximize your Disney experience &, most of all, create beautiful, magical moments.

From Main Street to the Matterhorn, you & I are going to document the world of Disney together! Whether you have an iPhone 5 or a glitzy DLSR, I will show you how & where to take the best shots, making the most of this magical world we share.

Harambe Market – Early Morning – Canon T4i

Stay tuned for my next blog post dropping SUNDAY, 1.27.19 (& this one is fun because it includes a video!) What’s in store? Pictured below is a hint…Visit my instagram for more!

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I’m so glad to be back! Stay tuned for more &, as always, Stay Magical!

xoxo, Melia