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The Ultimate Walt Disney World Dessert Checklist: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Welcome to part three of the Ultimate Walt Disney World Dessert Checklist featuring Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Desserts are an important part of the Walt Disney World dining experience. Where else can you get creatively themed desserts made daily by some of the best pastry chefs in the world? The hardest part of dining at Walt Disney World is saving room for dessert and the goal of this Ultimate Walt Disney World Dessert Checklist is to help you prioritize.

This is part three of a series where we will be covering all of the best desserts at Walt Disney World so be sure to stay tuned to check out the rest of our recommendations.

Check Out Part One: Magic KingdomPart Two: Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Part Four: Epcot!

6. Ice Cream at Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction

Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction is the place for soft serve ice cream treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All you have to do is look for the big green dinosaur and you are on your way to enjoying some delicious ice cream. Gertie’s serves soft serve ice cream in cones and cups and also has a variety of ice cream bars, sandwiches, and frozen treats that make for a great mid-day snack while spending time in the park.

5. Mom’s Brownie at 50’s Prime Time Cafe

The Mom’s Brownie at 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a perfect dessert for chocolate lovers! This chocolate brownie tastes like it’s freshly warm out of Mom’s oven and is served with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Heavenly!

4. Out-of-This-World Turtle Cheesecake at Sci Fi Dine-In Theater

Outrageous is the best word to describe the turtle cheesecake at Sci Fi Dine-In Theater. Built in a pyramid shape to resemble a lunar module, creamy, smooth cheesecake is covered with Heath Bar, toasted pecans, chocolate chips, a pool of caramel sauce, and a huge dollop of whipped cream and served on a Rice Krispie treat crust.

3. Dessert Sampler at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

If you enjoy Italian desserts, then make your way to Mama Melrose’s to try her take on the classics. With the dessert sampler, you can try mini versions of the restaurants top three desserts: Valencia Blood Orange Cake, Lemon Cheesecake topped with Passion Fruit Pearls, and Tiramisu. The tiramisu along is amazing with layers of mascarpone and espresso-soaked ladyfingers topped with cocoa powder and whipped cream. It is definitely worth saving room for this sampler!

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2. Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells

A hidden gem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney dessert fanatics know to visit Sweet Spells for the legendary carrot cake cookie. A riff on the classic whoopie pie, the signature treat consists of two spiced carrot cake cookies sandwiched together with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. The cookie is massive and perfect for sharing.

1. Grapefruit Cake at Hollywood Brown Derby

Grapefruit cake is a Brown Derby institution. The legend holds that regular patron Louella Parsons (a powerful gossip columnist at the time) complained that all of the Derby’s desserts were too fattening. In order to appease the frequent customer, the chef added grapefruit (an iconic diet food) to his usual cake. His creation was a hit and grapefruit cake has been a mainstay on the Brown Derby menu ever since. In this classic dish, layers of moist yellow cake and fresh grapefruit cream cheese icing create a dessert that is satisfying but light. Order the Mini Dessert Trio and select three desserts, including the Grapefruit Cake. The stunning presentation, with dried grapefruit and a grapefruit sauce drizzle, is always a delightful way to end the meal.

What are your favorite desserts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Be sure to comment below and let us know!

About Jordan Hamons

Jordan Hamons first visited Disney when she was 3 years old and has been back every year since. She's visited Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Aulani but hopes to make it to every Disney property in her lifetime. While she used to plan her trips around character autographs, she's now more focused on the food. Jordan lives in Cincinnati where she works as a chef, cooking teacher, food and travel writer, and blogger. She studied marketing and international business at the University of Cincinnati and received her culinary training at the Midwest Culinary Institute. Jordan is a seasoned traveler and has spent time eating and cooking in Europe and Asia. A passionate baker and dessert eater, Jordan loves teaching classic techniques and international flavors. You can visit her culinary travel blog at www.TheHungryTravelerBlog.com.