I have a weakness for sweets—a sweet tooth that any dentist loves to hate. And Walt Disney World has plenty of tempting treats for me. But, on the other side of the coin, I also find many delicious salty and savory treats at Walt Disney World as well, you just have to know the right places to look. Here are my top 8:
8. The Turkey Leg
While the turkey leg does not appeal to me personally, I know that is a popular treat among many—and a must eat for a lot of people. You can find the turkey legs in Epcot at the American Pavilion and in the Magic Kingdom in Frontierland (they are not currently available in Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom). If you are looking for a Flintstones style meaty treat, these smoked turkey legs will hit the spot!
7. Egg Rolls
One of the great things about the egg roll is that if you are on one of the Disney Dining Plans you can get these as a snack credit. And, because they can be carried around, they make a nice, portable way to refuel while touring the parks. If the Egg Roll craving hits you, you are in luck because several parks serve them: the seasonal Egg Roll Cart in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom, the quick service Lotus Blossom Café in Epcot’s China Pavilion, and the Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes in Asia at Animal Kingdom.
Yes, France as in the Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles. Here you can find tasty treats in the sweet category as well as the savory. This is my go-to stop in Epcot for a quick service lunch because if you are on the dining plan you can grab a couple of items as snack credits, and if you are not on the dining plan the value and prices are really great. My favorite items here are the Croissant Jambon Fromage (Ham & Cheese Croissant) and the Roule Lard & Fromage (Bacon & Cheese Roll). Yum—meaty, cheesy goodness!!
You can find some versions of nachos in various places, but my favorite spot is La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico. One option is loaded with ground beef, nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, beans, and sour cream—these are a healthy serving so it is a nice dish to share with friends. Guacamole and tortilla chips are another option here if you don’t want the heavier version. You can also find some nice options of chips & salsa, queso, and guacamole inside the Mexican Pavilion at La Cava del Tequila if you need to do one stop shopping for drinking around the world and filling your stomach.
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4. Corn Dog Nuggets
The Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom fall into the same category as the Turkey Legs for me—something that I’m not necessarily a fan of, but that have a large following. For one of my Disney friends these are a must have snack, and since they are served as a meal they are shared with her family. If you are a fan of corn dogs, how can you pass up these nuggets of breaded hot dog goodness served right on Main Street USA with a view of Cinderella’s Castle? Best pick to relax: take them over to the “hub grass” to enjoy.
3. Fish & Chips
Flaky breading, tender fish, fried potatoes—you can’t get much better than this. The Fish & Chips served at the walk up Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion is a guest favorite (just check out the lines at popular eating times) and a favorite of my family. Two strips of fish along with the chips can be shared as a snack or make a great quick service meal. There is a nice seating area down by the World Showcase Lagoon where you can rest to enjoy them (just beware of birds who also enjoy fish!). And if you are drinking around the world this makes another great stop for food and beverage as they have Bass Ale and Harp Lager on tap.
2. Polynesian Chips
The “Polynesian” Chips are a personal favorite served at Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort. These combination potato and fried wonton chips can be served in a few different ways. They are the base for the delicious pulled pork nachos, you can order them as a side with an entrée (instead of fries), or you can request just an order of the chips. I’ll admit that I eat mostly the wontons, but they are all really delicious—I can’t explain why I like them so much. Maybe part of it is the pineapple-y smell of the Polynesian as you walk to Captain Cook’s or the atmosphere if you take your food outside to eat. Either way they are delish, and even if I’m not staying there I make the trip over from the Magic Kingdom to have them.
1. TIE: Popcorn and the Mickey Pretzel
It is just too hard to choose the number one salty treat between these two quintessential park favorites. Let’s start with the pretzel. You can find these in all of the parks, and, as you know, anything shaped like Mickey just tastes better! The popularity of the pretzel means you can get it in different varieties including stuffed with various things. But, my personal favorite is the “authentic” soft pretzel in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion (even though it isn’t Mickey shaped), soft, warm, buttery, yum. Now, the popcorn which really needs no explanation. The popcorn at a Walt Disney World theme park just tastes better than anywhere else in the world (even movie theaters). The buttery goodness is the perfect complement to an afternoon parade, a fireworks spectacular, or just walking down Main Street USA! Throw in a souvenir bucket and you have salty treat perfection.
What is your favorite salty treat at Walt Disney World?