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Festive Culinary Creations At Holiday In The Park

By on 12/13/2014

For their very first annual Holiday in the Park event, Six Flags Magic Mountain came up with some pretty unique food and beverage offerings to celebrate the season. The park invited a few of us bloggers over to sample what they came up with and to provide feedback. These items will only be around for a short while, because once Holiday in the Park is over, so are these offerings.

When we first arrived in the afternoon, the sun was close to going down and the temperature was dropping fast. While the upper 50’s may sound pleasant this time of year for some of you, depending on where you live, it’s most definitely on the chilly side for us. To help keep us warm, the park provided us with some delicious hot chocolate:

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The special Holiday in the Park mugs are actually a pretty good deal. They’re only $6.99 with unlimited free refills of hot chocolate or coffee on the day of purchase, and only $1.99 for refills the rest of the season. It’s like their sports bottles, but for hot drinks:

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Once we were all there, we headed up the hill to Katy’s Kettle, which took us through the Winter Wonderland area of the park. All of the heavy rains we’ve had the past two weeks pretty much melted all of the snow that had blanketed this area of the park. Fortunately, another cold front moved through and laid down a fresh blanket of snow:

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This area of the park is really pretty covered in snow like this, especially when the lights come on:

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While waiting for our food at Katy’s Kettle, Mrs. Claus popped over to say hi to my wife and I:

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Two of our Six Flags hosts for the evening where Robert Bustle (right), who manages all of the food and beverage for Magic Mountain, and Brandon Smith (left), who manages the in-park retail operations. They provided an overview of what we were about to sample and where some of the ideas came from:

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One of the first items we sampled was a steak sandwich. I’m a total carnivore, so I’ll eat just about anything with meat in it, but this was very good. The steak was meaty but tender, and the combination of onions, peppers, and sauce was what really sold the dish and I thought it was delicious. I’d like to see this become a regular offering within the park:

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A second entree we tried was a ham steak. No special sauce here, just a piece of ham cooked directly on the grill. If you like ham, you’ll like this. It was a very generous portion:

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The third entree was a traditional tamale. I have a very sensitive mouth, so I tend to stay away from Mexican food, which is my way of saying that I don’t know much about these. I tried it and thought it was ok, but those around me with more experience with Mexican food said it was a very good tamale, and the sauces they provided with it were hotter then Hades:

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Next up were some sweet samples. These are White Chocolate Peppermint Apples, and White Chocolate Gingerbread Apples. I tried the gingerbread apple and it was quite good:

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This was Peppermint Bark and a Cranberry White Fudge (if memory serves). I’m not a big cranberry guy, but I tried the fudge and it was so good! It just melted in my mouth:

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Some of the caramel apples are quite festive looking:

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If you’ve ever eaten at Katy’s Kettle, you likely know that they serve traditional theme park food, such as burgers and chicken strips. However, their entire menu has changed for Holiday in the Park. You can still get a turkey leg, however this is where you will also find the steak sandwich, the ham steak, and some additional items such as gourmet macaroni and cheese, and stuffed baked potatoes:

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After we were stuffed from all the food up at Katy’s Kettle, the park wasn’t done with us yet. We moved (rolled?) back down the hill to the deck of the Cyber Café. If you’ve never been on it before, it’s a great place to just relax. We watched the Holiday in the Park lights come on from here:

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There were two more entrees they wanted us to sample. The first was the Holiday Dog, which honestly did not sound appealing to me at all. It is a turkey hot dog, topped with mayonnaise, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry sauce. I took a bite and was quite surprised. The meat was moist and juicy, and didn’t taste like turkey at all. The biggest surprise was that the toppings actually worked well together. I would never have ordered this in a million years, but now that I’ve tried it, I would have no problem with eating it again in the future:

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The second item was chicken wings with a cranberry sweet chili sauce. I love wings, but again because of my sensitive mouth, I tend to shy away from any sauce that’s spicy. When I saw the word “chili” in the description, I was hesitant. However, they were delicious. They were more on the sweet side and not really spicy at all. I’ll definitely be eating these again:

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In addition to the two entrees, there were many more sweets for us to try. Some examples were Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake, Cinnamon Bun Batter Ice Cream, and three different flavors of lattes: Pumpkin Spice, English Toffee, and Peppermint:

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There was also Raspberry Gingerbread Cheesecake and Rice Krispy Treats:

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This is Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Brownie Parfait (Yah, you heard that right!), M&M Brownies, and Salted Caramel Brownies:

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A couple other flavors of ice cream included Chocolate Peppermint and Eggnog. I’m a huge fan of eggnog, so I gobbled up one of those in a heartbeat, and it was yummy:

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I’m not sure who decided to wait until the very end to bring out Deep-fried Oreos, but they buried the lead! This should have been brought out first, while I still had room to eat about four servings worth. Of course, then I wouldn’t have had room to try anything else, so I guess they knew what they were doing. If you’ve never had one of these, you’re missing out! They are so good and just melt in your mouth. Forget about the calories, just try one:

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Some additional snack goodies you can get in the park are Peppermint Popcorn Candy and Peppermint Cotton Candy. We were sent home with samples of each of these:

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All of these culinary delights can be found somewhere in the park. All you have to do is keep an eye out for the right signs. For example, the steak sandwich, tamales, and ham steak can all be found in Mrs. Claus; Kitchen inside of Katy’s Kettle:

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The tamales can also be found at Food, etc.:

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The Holiday Turkey Dog can be ordered at Loaded Dogs:

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The holiday wings and fried Oreos are located at High Octane Wings:

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The lattes, cheesecake, and Rice Krispy treats can be found at the Cyber Café. They also have Hot Apple Cider and Eggnog:

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The caramel apples, peppermint bark, and holiday fudge can be found at either Cartoon Candy Kitchen, in the front of the park, or at Coaster Candy Company in the back of the park:

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The peppermint popcorn and cotton candy can be found all over the park:

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The holiday ice creams flavors are located at the main Cold Stone Creamery:

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The holiday funnel cake can be ordered at Suzette’s Bakery, by the park entrance:

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Something that wasn’t discussed tonight, but is also offered as an exclusive Holiday in the Park offering is the Holiday Dinner Special in the Full Throttle Sports Bar:

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Here are the special Holiday in the Park offerings inside the Full Throttle Sports Bar:

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One other exclusive Holiday in the Park food item that I’ve seen advertised in the park but haven’t tried yet is a Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a bread bowl. This is available at Wascal’s:

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I’m going to go lay down now and try to sleep off this food coma I’m rapidly slipping into. Have you tried any of these seasonal offerings at Magic Mountain? If so, what are some of your favorites? The steak sandwich, holiday wings, deep-fried Oreos, and eggnog ice cream are my favorites.

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11 Comments

  1. Cole

    12/14/2014 at 8:28 am

    Great report, Kurt! Your making me crave some Rice Krispy Treats now! Ill be sure to check out all of the delicious holiday foods next time I’m over at SFOT.

  2. rollercoasterlover

    12/14/2014 at 9:53 am

    great update! when are you going to do a construction update for twisted colossus

    • The Coaster Guy

      12/14/2014 at 11:05 am

      I just did one a couple of days ago. Nothing new to show since then.

  3. Eric

    12/14/2014 at 11:39 pm

    This holiday food sounds really good. That hot dog with stuffing on it sounds especially good (I’d order it without mayo, though, if possible.)

    I’d like to get out to Holiday in the Park one more time and bring my sister. She’d probably enjoy it. I’m glad it goes till after the first of the year just in case we don’t get there sooner.

    Bottom line: this event is a winner for the park in my opinion.

  4. Erik

    12/17/2014 at 11:26 am

    WOW!!!!

  5. Dean

    12/19/2014 at 12:30 pm

    I want to go to the park tomorow but I can’t find my pass what can I do

    • The Coaster Guy

      12/19/2014 at 12:47 pm

      You will need to call Guest Relations and ask about getting a replacement card.

  6. Chris

    12/19/2014 at 7:02 pm

    Can I get the card at the park or do i have to call

  7. JJJ

    12/26/2014 at 7:56 pm

    Any idea if they have non-dairy hot chocolate?

    And any idea what was in the tamale?

    • The Coaster Guy

      12/26/2014 at 8:42 pm

      No idea on the hot chocolate. I know it’s a powdered mix that gets dispensed out of a machine. As far as the tamales go, I know mine was chicken and I heard they also have cheese. I have no idea what else was in it.

      • JJJ

        12/27/2014 at 2:18 pm

        Thanks

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