Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is a counter service cafe and bakery at the end of Main Street in Disneyland, near Sleeping Beauty Castle. The bakery has sweets and other baked goods (of course), but also has a number of sandwiches, salads, and soups on its menu, making it a full meal option (hence the “Cafe” in the name, although most people just refer to it as “Jolly Holiday Bakery”).
Jolly Holiday Bakery opened in 2012, replacing the Plaza Pavilion Annual Passport Center, which replaced the Plaza Pavilion restaurant. The original Plaza Pavilion restaurant dated back to the opening of Disneyland (here’s a pre-opening day photo) and closed in 1997. The Annual Passport Center opened thereafter and was around until 2011 before someone came to their senses and realized this prize real estate at the end of Main Street was much better suited for a restaurant than an AP center.
Jolly Holiday Bakery has a Victorian theme, with a strong Mary Poppins motif in terms of design and decor. From the Mary Poppins weather vane to stained glass penguins in the windows to the black paper cut silhouettes portraits of the children, there are numerous details that either directly reference or allude to Mary Poppins. My favorite of the decor is a Mary Poppins tree, which is a nod to the old Stouffer’s tree in the Plaza Pavilion restaurant. I’ve shared the sad story of that tree as told by Kevin Kidney in the past, but it’s worth reading if you already haven’t. There’s no seating inside Jolly Holiday Bakery, which is no issue as the nice, outdoor seating offers great views of Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Castle. (more…)