There is no better time than vacation to splurge a little and indulge in a few extra sweet treats that you might not allow yourself at home. Walt Disney World’s resort hotels have some of the best sweet treats and desserts that you will find, so take some time to explore. For this list of the top 10 desserts I tried to pick some options that are at table service restaurants to accompany a meal, and some that you can find in the resort food court if you have the late night munchies when you get back from a fun day in the park you can grab a treat.
10. Dole Whip, Disney’s Polynesian Resort (& others)
The classic pineapple soft serve Dole Whip is beginning to find its legs and spread out across Walt Disney World property, no longer confined to just Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. You can find this tasty treat that lands on most people’s must eat list for a Disney Vacation at several resorts now, but the classic place to enjoy one is at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Pineapple Lanai is the place to go. This quick service window just outside the main lobby of the Great Ceremonial House serves up all kinds of Dole Whip including my personal favorite, the float.
9. Beignets, Port Orleans French Quarter
I don’t know if these technically qualify as dessert, but these tender mounds of fried dough topped with powdered sugar are certainly sweet treats. We can call them breakfast dessert. You can order beignets in Port Orleans French Quarter’s food court, the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory. You have options for dipping sauces to accompany them, I recommend the Chicory Coffee Ganache. And don’t worry, the beignets are available all day long.
8. Tie Dye Cheesecake, Pop Century
Pop Century Resort has some very unique food items that you will find only in their food court, Everything Pop! One of those signature items is a rainbow colored tie dye cheesecake. While the cheesecake itself isn’t like out of this world fantastic, it is a fun & colorful treat that works so well with the theme of Pop Century. If you are staying here you really have to grab one to enjoy by the Hippy Dippy Pool.
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7. Malva Pudding, Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a signature dining experience featuring African inspired dishes and recipes. The food here is fantastic, and the desserts are literally the icing on the cake. I recommend the Malva Pudding which is a traditional South African dessert. It is a cake with a spongy, moist texture and served with an ice cream topping. The Jiko version kicks it up a notch served with Melktart Ice Cream, Kataifi (a dough that looks like a bird nest), Kanu Tuile, and Cabernet Gelee. The dessert is as beautiful as it is delicious and keys off the bird in flight theming of the restaurant.
6. The Kitchen Sink, Beaches & Cream
Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Beaches & Cream has long been regarded as a great place to go for ice cream. And the Kitchen Sink Challenge is one that you do not want to try to conquer alone (they advise it serves 4). 5 flavors of ice cream are covered in each and every topping that the shop serves. And they put the whole thing in a stainless steel sink to deliver it to your table. This is so much fun, and pretty yummy too.
5. The King Whoopie Pie, Pop Century
Heading back over to Everything Pop, I’ve selected another dessert that fits the theme of the resort so well, the King Whoopie Pie. Replacing the ever popular King Cupcake, the Whoopie Pie is a suitable Made to satisfy the cravings of the King himself, Elvis Presley, this decadent and fun dessert features chocolate cake “sandwich” with a peanut butter filling. It is topped with more peanut butter icing which is sprinkled with bacon and crowned with a dried banana chip. We think Elvis would approve.
4. Strawberry Shortcake, Hoop Dee Doo Revue
This choice takes a little more commitment to get, but I promise it will be fun! The long running dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, Hoop Dee Doo Revue features a dessert so fabulous it has its own song and dance number. It is the classic Strawberry Shortcake. You don’t want to mess too much with Strawberry Shortcake because the perfect blending of basic ingredients makes it so delicious. The best part is your server taking part in the show with a song saluting the shortcake.
3. ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, Polynesian Resort
Just about everything they serve at ‘Ohana for dinner is delicious, and it is really easy to fill up on the all-you-care-to-eat noodles, grilled meats, wings and more, but trust me—you want to save room for dessert. ‘Ohana serves up a perfectly prepared bread pudding. The flavor and moist texture are just perfect. It is topped with bananas, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. A great sweet compliment to your meal. I can’t get enough of that banana caramel sauce.
2. Zebra Domes, Animal Kingdom Lodge
The iconic Zebra Dome is sort of the signature dessert of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. They are served on the buffet at Boma, but if you are a guest at the Lodge or just coming by to check out the amazing savanna you can also pick up some in the Mara quick service restaurant from the refrigerated grab & go section. The adorable zebra striped domes are amarula cream liquor mousse covered in a white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate (for the stripes). And they are so good you owe it to yourself to go by Animal Kingdom Lodge and try them. And enjoy the unique architecture, artifacts and animals while you are there.
1. Ample Hills, The Boardwalk
For just this one I am naming the whole restaurant because no matter what flavor of ice cream you try here you are going to love it. My personal favorite is the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, but why limit yourself when you can purchase a flight of ice cream to sample several? They offer great cones and other treats like milkshakes too. And spending an evening on the Boardwalk can be so much fun. Watch one of the live shows, play some games, and maybe rent a Surrey Bike for a couple of laps around the resorts and work off your delicious ice cream treat.
What are you favorite desserts and sweet treats found at Walt Disney World’s resorts?