Disney Dinner and a Movie: ‘Toy Story’
The Toy Story trilogy is not only one of Disney/Pixar’s best creations but also one of the best film trilogies of all time. Three delightful tales of a young boy’s toys and how they grow as he does. The series will make you laugh, cry, and feel nostalgia all at once. Below you will find a meal I put together that goes with this trilogy and has enough heartiness for adults and plenty of fun for kids too!
My appetizer for this meal was based on the sometimes neurotic but always lovable cowboy Woody. Since cowboy food always makes me think of cornbread I made these delicious corn muffins. I then topped them with stars cut out from tomatoes to represent Woody’s status as sheriff. The recipe was ridiculously easy and very yummy. I also want to throw a shout out to these fantastic re-usable muffin cups that were cheap and way better than the paper kind since you can throw them in the dishwasher and they don’t stick to the food!
Pizza Planet is the famous food establishment from the Toy Story series. It’s a super cool space-themed pizzeria that was turned into a real eatery in Disney World. To pay homage to Pizza Planet and the idea of childhood in general, I make pizza for this entree. I bought a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust and topped it with sauce, soy cheese, onions and olives. Making homemade pizza is great for a couple of reasons. First, it’s incredibly easy. You can have each friend or family member decorate and make their own. Second, you can make it however you want! If you haven’t had a “make your own pizza” dinner night yet then get on it!
Drawing inspiration from lovable space man Buzz Lightyear for dessert was an easy choice: astronaut ice cream! This is the first time in the history of this column that I’ve bought a dish instead of made it myself but this was such a perfect touch for the film that I couldn’t resist. I purchased Neapolitan freeze-dried ice cream from a museum gift shop. It has an odd and unique texture but retains the flavor of ice cream perfectly. Kids and adults will both love this mini food adventure!
If you’re looking for a night to feel young again then pop on a Toy Story film and enjoy some corn muffins, pizza, and astronaut ice cream for the full Cowboy-astronaut-Toy Story experience!
Coming Soon: Disney Dinner and a Movie: Big Hero 6
Thanks for the dinner idea! I like how you can get inspiration like that. Hope to see more disney dinner movies in the future.
I loved this. So much fun and your meal is so creative and delicious! I bookmarked the recipe to those muffins and I love the tomato star. I didn’t even know there was freeze dried ice cream but it’s so perfect for space!
Great write up to such a beautiful trilogy. A masterpiece.
I forgot to comment I’m going to get some of those muffin tins! I’ve seen them or similar at Bed Bath and Beyond but now seeing them with muffins in them, they’re really cute.