I think snacking in Disney World might be one of my favorite things on the planet. It’s nearly impossible to walk past some of the amazing food carts in the parks. These snacks have become iconic Disney delicacies – okay, maybe not that dramatic, but they’re still pretty great!
10. Fresh Fruit
Okay, so everything from this point forward is going to be unhealthy, so we’ll embrace the healthy while we can. If you want something nutritious when in the parks, you can definitely find it. Most people just don’t want nourishing when on vacation…But there are fresh fruits stands scattered around, like the Harambe Fruit Market in Animal Kingdom or Anaheim Produce in Hollywood Studios. These provide a great option for some freshness and goodness.
On a hot Floridian day, the best thing in the world is a nice, refreshing smoothie. These smoothie carts are all over the parks- the places that immediately come to mind for me are in Epcot near Mission Space and by the Canada Pavilion. These carts usually have some awesome coffee drinks, too! These are great if you’re looking for something a little healthier than ice cream, but still definitely a treat. They come in a variety of flavors like mango and strawberry and are always tasty!
8. Cinnamon Buns
Let’s go kick some cinnamon buns! Cinnamon buns can be found in the resorts and bakeries and that kind of thing, but there’s even a cart with these scrumptious pastries right in Animal Kingdom, of all places. This cart is kind of hidden in plain sight. It is located in the Harambe Market area of Africa. This particular cart has lots of types of pastries and breakfast goodies, but I personally love the cinnamon buns.
7. Corn Dog
Corn dogs don’t really seem like a classically Disney food, but they’re there! Corn dogs can be found pretty much anywhere and they are just a really nice, small snack or even meal to tide you over. In most food carts these dogs are just served plain and you can have the option to put condiments on them. Some restaurants have special corn dogs (I’m looking at you, Casey’s). Corn dogs are great because they’re quick and easy and super yummy.
6. Roasted Nuts
I don’t usually get these snack-able goodies when in the parks, but I’m always on alert for them. Why? Because they smell so amazingly good. If there is a roasted nut cart around, you’ll know. The different varieties of roasted, sugared nuts come in a small rolled paper that empties very quickly. This is a very tasty, small snack option that can be found throughout the parks that almost everyone loves. And if nothing else, it makes the place smell awesome.
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I don’t think I knew what churros were before Disney. Sad, but true. Churros are basically just deep fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar. What more could you possibly want? You can get them at various places and restaurants around the parks, but the two venues that I automatically think of are La Cantina de San Angel in Epcot and the food cart by the Commissary in Hollywood Studios. The only problem with churros is that one is never enough!
4. Frozen Banana
Slightly weird? Maybe. But oh, so delicious. First found in Animal Kingdom years ago, these treats are unique and refreshing. It is quite literally what its name suggests: a frozen banana inside a chocolate shell topped with crushed nuts. Yum. While I adore these afternoon snacks, it is super easy to get a brain freeze while chowing down, so be warned. Frozen bananas are a great way to ward off that brutal afternoon heat and enjoy a treat that pretends to be healthy.
3. Turkey Leg
Turkey legs are something that I never knew I needed until I tore into one for the first time. You can find these behemoth treats in any of the four parks, but for me, turkey legs are a Magic Kingdom thing. Some people are brave enough to have one all by themselves, but I’m pretty sure I’d explode if I did that. We usually share one turkey leg between two or three people. Yes, they’re that big. These drumsticks are cooked to perfection so the skin is crunchy and slightly greasy, while the meat is moist and smoky. Can’t go wrong.
Okay, this is pathetic, but honestly the smell of popcorn brings me to Disney. You cannot enter the Magic Kingdom without being hit with the overwhelming, wonderful scent of freshly popped goodness. In my family it is tradition that we buy a box as soon as we step foot in the gates. The great thing about popcorn is that it is good at any time of the day. Disney popcorn isn’t even the best popcorn in the world, but because it’s Disney, it’s fantastic.
1. Mickey Bar
It’s classic. It’s just classic. Getting at least one of these little beauties during a trip to Disney is essential. You can find these in any park pretty much whenever you want. It’s impossible to eat a Mickey Bar without getting it absolutely everywhere and making a complete mess, but that’s part of the fun! This treat is so simple: vanilla ice cream covered in dark chocolate in the shape of Mickey’s head. But it’s so good! I think the Mickey shape ups its yumminess on principle.