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Disneyland's Famous Churros Never Would Have Happened Without This Man

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An examination of one of the park's most beloved snacks.

Disneyland churros
Disneyland churros
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Ever wondered why California's Disneyland is positively overrun with delicious, warm churros? Well as it turns out, you essentially have one man — the quiet, affable Jim Lowman — to thank.

In this really fun feature from the Disney Examiner team, writer Zeila Edrial focuses on Lowman, a longtime Disneyland Food and Beverage employee who oversaw the Fantasyland side of the park in the 1980s (he now runs the Plaza Inn side of things). After working through a few different ideas for a possible on-the-go snack that teens might enjoy, Lowman eventually settled on the churro.

As the story goes, Lowman happened to spot a churro stand while at the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1985, eventually tracking down the company behind the street snack (one J&J Snack Foods, in this case) to see about bringing them on as Disneyland vendors. They agreed, and essentially the rest is history. Lowman tried out a churro cart in one location, then added two more, and eventually Disneyland higher ups decided to make them a staple at just about every major intersection inside the park.

Head over to Disney Examiner to enjoy the full read on Disney’s beloved churros, including the reason for their extra-long length, and some of the other innovations that Lowman has brought to the Disneyland universe in his 50 years of employment with the company.

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