Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie

This week is Thanksgiving, and I haven’t even thought twice about what recipes I’m going to be changing or adding to the menu! Guess I better get on the ball, huh? Whatever other things I make besides turkey and gravy, though, I’m sure this Pumpkin Pudding Pie (aka: pumpkin better than Disneyland pie) will be on the list. It’s super delicious, creamy and full of smooth pumpkin flavor. A definite winner for Thanksgiving dessert! (originally shared May 2013)
Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!

To be honest, I’d almost rather this than normal pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving! If you’re wondering about the name….we try to use extremely kid-friendly words and names, and avoid any words that we don’t want to have to explain to our little ones just yet. So in our home, instead of what most people use when ‘better than….’ we use Disneyland. That’s one of our absolute favorite things, so if something’s better than Disneyland, you know it has to be fantastic! (at the moment, I’m wishing I were at Disneyland, though!)

Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 3 cups Whipped topping, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups Milk
  • 2 pkgs. Vanilla instant pudding mix, 5 1/4 oz. size (Thank you Ann for pointing this out!)
  • 2 cups Pumpkin, canned
  • 2 tsp. Pumpkin spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, butter and 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans together. Press into a sprayed 8×8 cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool.  Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!   Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!
  2. Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar, then add 1 cup of the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.  Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!
  3. Mix milk, pudding mix, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice and 1 cup whipped topping until smooth. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining 1 cup of whipped topping and 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans.  Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!
  4. Chill for 3 hours or until set.

Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!

Notes: Instead of just spraying the pan, I lined it with aluminum foil so I could remove it and keep the edges nice. We tried this both refrigerated and frozen, but all of us preferred the creamy refrigerated version.

Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!

What Thanksgiving dessert will YOU be making?

Pumpkin Pudding Pie / AKA: Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie / The Perfect Thanksgiving or Holiday Dessert!

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61 Responses to “Pumpkin Better Than Disneyland Pie”

    • Thanks Cathy! Ya, it’s REALLY good (and I LOVE Disneyland). I’ll be sure to link it up at the next party tonight….it’s on my least as a regular 😀 Have a fantastic weekend!

  • This looks and sounds DELICIOUS! I love pumpkin pie and cheesecake and really everything about this recipe. Thanks so much for following me on Pinterest, and I’m glad to have found you here!

    • Oh absolutely, Andi! Thank YOU for visiting my little neck of the blogosphere 😀 I love the combo of pumpkin pie and cheesecake, too…just go together so well. I hope you have a marvelous weekend!

  • This looks so delicious! Just got home from Disneyland over the weekend….love the title of this pumpkin pie. May just have to give this a try! We would love to have you share this delicious recipe on our new sister site – MyRecipeMagic.com. -The Six Sisters

    • Thanks so much for visiting, ladies! I hope you had a BLAST at Disneyland (hopefully much better than our recent visit when we got the flu) 🙂 I definitely made sure to post this on MyRecipeMagic.com – I love that site, and it’s such a HUGE help to this little blog of mine. I hope you all have an absolutely amazing weekend!

    • Thanks so much for visiting! Let me know if you do try it and what you think….I LOVE feedback 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Sounds absolutely delicious! Pinned it to try later 🙂



    • Thanks for stopping by, Amber! If you give it a try, let me know what you think of it 🙂 Have a splendid weekend!

  • This looks wonderful! I love to use pumpkin, I always stock up in the fall so I have enough for the rest of the year. I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    • I do the same thing – it’s just so much cheaper that time of year, and saves for a long time! 🙂 I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  • wow, yum! I love pumpkin and use it year round too :o) Thanks for linking up Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. You are being featured this weekend. I’m getting the post ready early because we are going camping :o) Come on over on Saturday and check it out. I would LOVE for you to put my featured button in this post or on a featured page… Thanks SO much!

    • Woohoo!!! Thanks so much, Emily! Put a big smile on my face hearing that 😀 I’ll absolutely enjoy that Featured button! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, and we’ll see you Saturday!!!

    • Thanks Angela! Got all linked up, and am LOVING all the other fun ideas and links. Woohoo party! 😀 Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    • Aw, thanks Julia! It is soooo tasty, I love it (even if it’s not chocolate) 😉 Hope you have a marvelous weekend!!!

  • Looks delish! I love anything with pumpkin, going to give it a try 🙂

    • Thanks so very much! I love pumpkin, too – almost as much as chocolate :0 Hope you have a splendid weekend!

  • Holy wow! This looks amazing! I actually just bought a can of pumpkin at the grocery store this week because I was missing some pumpkin in my life. 😉 When fall rolls around I am ALL about the pumpkin, but who says it is just a fall thing anyways??
    And I was also thinking Disneyland has a pumpkin pie they are known for? lol!

    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week, dear! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Carrie! Ooooh, oooh, that’s perfect then! I agree – pumpkin should be enjoyed ALL year long 😀 I heard that about Disneyland too….but never could find any pumpkin pie when we were there….must be a hidden secret or something?

  • YUM! Love this and your site! Thet2women started a brand new LINK-UP Party and we would love to feature you if you’ll join us!! Here’s the link to check it out!!
    Sue @ thet2women.com

    • Thanks so much Suzanne! I got all linked up at your fun party, and am certainly enjoying looking around your blog more!!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend 😀

    • I’ll absolutely be there – wouldn’t miss it! I love pumpkin, too 😀 I think it’s most spotlighted during the holidays, but I think it’s just as great year-round!

      Have a splendid week Cathy!

  • I am a huge pumpkin fan! This sounds like a great way to get my pumpkin pie fix in the summer. I saw your link over on thehomebased mom and had to check it out.

    • Thanks, Tanna! I totally agree – pumpkin is nice to enjoy other than just around the holidays 😀 Hope to see you again, and have an amazing week!

  • Hi Danielle!
    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned to my MM board. We will be featuring this at tonight’s party. Hope to see you there!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    • Thank you thank you Julie!!! I LOVE your parties every week, and am honored to be featured 😀 Hope your week is absolutely wonderful!!!

  • Wow, YUM! Pinning this so I can make this ASAP! I LOOOOOVE pumpkin desserts and this sounds amazing! 🙂 Found ya on Marvelous Mondays

    • Oooh, please let me know how it turns out, and what you think of it! I love it, but I’m a major pumpkin-lover (second to chocolate) 😀 Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!

  • If you put pumpkin and cream cheese together in a recipe – I am going to have to try it! Pinning this right now to my Autumn Recipes board (my favorite time of the year!) Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays – hope to see you this week. 🙂

    • I know, they just mix so well, right? Thanks so much for stopping by again, Jess! I’ll definitely be there again this week 😀

  • Whoa! 🙂 This looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

    • Thanks so much Anyonita! It almost looked too good to eat….BUT I definitely did eat it, too much 😀

  • O my! One of my weaknesses! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for linking up with us this weekend! We’re so glad we found you!!

    Sue @ thet2women.com

  • This looks so good! Thank you so much for linking up!I hope to see more from you on my next party.

    • I’ll absolutely be there 😀 Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!

  • I am in love with your pie!! It’s such a delicious combination.. Thank you so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell! I’d love to have you come and share again today http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com Have a great weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie

  • My husband loves pumpkin, but I use it mainly for fall baking; this sounds like a good summertime pumpkin dessert that I can make for him!

    • Thanks, Charlene! I totally agree – pumpkins are very often thought of as mostly fall, but there’s plenty of treats that are perfect for summertime as well.

    • Hi Brittany! Sometimes I do use Cool Whip (I know some people are very anti with cool whip, but I do use it) – but a lot of the time I make my own with Heavy Cream and Powdered Sugar. Hope that helps!

  • I’m thinking of making this for thanksgiving and I’m wondering if you make the crust in a glass pie dish if it would turn out the same? I’m assuming you just made this pie square without crust up the sides?

    • Casey, I’m so so sorry – I just saw this comment!!! Ugh – epic fail on my part for not replying in time 🙁 I actually have done this pie in a glass dish, and it turns out just fine. I did do this one without the crust up the sides, but have been told it’s fabulous with it up – it’s just a bit difficult to get it to stay on the sides LOL

  • I am so excited to try this recipe! Do you think the crust would work with out the nuts? (the hubby doesn’t like them)

    • I’ve actually done it without the nuts, and it turned out just fine. I prefer it WITH, but if he doesn’t like them then I’m sure he’d love it without 😀

  • This looks wonderful. I too am one of those “prudes” who cringes every time I see one of those “Better Than….” type of recipes. They are always so good, and I make a lot of them, but it makes it really awkward when you make one for a church potluck, and someone asks the name and for the recipe. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  • Yum! And Yum!! I love pumpkin but finding the right balance is important, because too much can be overwhelming. Can’t wait to try this!!

  • Hi Danielle! This pie looks and sounds absolutely delicious and I LOVE the name! That is one fantastic trick to use with the little ones. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinned – hope you’re having a fabulous week!

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