When you are on vacation it is important to know where to find the best treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will give you no shortage of delicious options. Here are my top 10 desserts at the Studios:
10. Strawberry Shortcake at Rosie’s All-American Café
I don’t usually pass up a Strawberry Shortcake. They are fresh and light, so it doesn’t weigh you down in the Florida Sun. The version at Rosie’s All-American Café over on Sunset Boulevard is a nice treat, and you could get it alone using a snack credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. Rosie’s outdoor seating is the perfect place to take a break after riding the thrill rides on that end of the park, or if you are the one waiting on your more adventurous travel companions riding Tower of Terror or Rock n Roller Coaster (I am always the one waiting).
9. Star Wars Cupcakes at Backlot Express
The themed Star Wars cupcakes at Backlot Express are super cute, fun and tasty too. There is a Kylo Ren Cupcake with Peanut Butter icing and a BB-8 with vanilla. These are also available as snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan, so if you wanted you could grab a cupcake and sit outside to watch a show of the Jedi Training.
8. The Seasonal Desserts at Minnie’s Holiday Dine (Hollywood & Vine)
This character buffet is very fun and changes theme throughout the year. Both the menu and the character’s clothing changes to fit the theme. While I can’t vouch for the desserts the rest of the year, the selection that we had for the Christmas dining option were fantastic. All of the holiday flavors you know and love like Gingerbread, Egg Nog, Cinnamon & Spices were featured in a variety of festive and beautifully designed bite sized desserts. I dare say it was the best part of the meal!
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7. Tiramisu at Mama Melrose
Mama Melrose is a table service restaurant that you would want to make a dining reservation for ahead of time. As part of your meal save room for the tiramisu. Mama Melrose has the theme of a neighborhood Italian restaurant, so serving tiramisu for dessert is a natural fit. I mean, mascarpone and espresso soaked lady fingers? Yes please.
6. Star Wars Dessert Party
Yes, the whole dessert party. The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is something you need to make arrangements for ahead of time—as early as you can. It features a dessert party inside the Star Wars Launch Bay followed by a reserved viewing spot for the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Fireworks (after you finish your desserts). It is an all-you-care-to-eat (or drink) party with the coolest Star Wars themed treats that are delicious too. Here you can find the same cupcakes served at Backlot Express, warm bread pudding, and the amazing Freeze Fried Nutella Truffle. Specialty drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are also offered. If you are a Star Wars fan with a sweet tooth this is a must-do.
5. Warm Glazed Doughnut at Sci Fi Dine in Theater
Sci Fi Dine In Theater is one of my favorite places to eat just because the atmosphere is so fun, so that certainly adds to the appeal of this dessert option. They serve a Warm Glazed Doughnut that is topped with Cinnamon Apples, Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce. It is a perfect combination of delicious ingredients that you might not think about combining.
4. Peanut Butter & Jelly Shake at 50’s Prime Time Café
This sounds strange, but it is oh so good. The PB&J shake perfectly fits the restaurant’s theme of the 1950s and Mom’s home cooking. Comfort food that we all know and love. I’ve been known to order the shake to go at the end of my meal. But note that you can also order the PB&J shake at the Tune In Lounge, so if you don’t have a reservation or you just have a craving you can pop in there to get one. I have been known to order shakes to go from the lounge to take out while watching fireworks.
3. Carrot Cake Cookie at the Trolley Car Café
Sadly, this would’ve once been my number 1 dessert at Disney’s Hollywood Studios just a little while ago. This gem was originally served at the Writer’s Stop (RIP) and then moved to Sweet Spells (RIP), but has now found a new home at the Trolley Car Café (aka Starbucks). Let’s hope it doesn’t spell demise for every place it is found. While I am thankful they kept this old favorite around, it has undergone a few changes that make it not quite as good as it once was. If you are new to the Carrot Cake Cookie go for it, you will love it. If you knew and loved the old version just know that it has changed. The cream cheese icing to carrot cake ratio is a little lower than I would like it with now much thicker pieces of cake to the sandwich and less icing. But it is still a unique & delicious treat found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
2. Chocolate Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart at Woody’s Lunchbox
You can’t go wrong with this inventive take on a Pop Tart. The Chocolate Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land is a pastry stuffed with Chocolate Hazelnut filling (like a Pop Tart) and coated with Maple Fondant and Bacon Bits. All of the best things about breakfast in one handy serving. Delicious!
1. Grapefruit Cake at Hollywood Brown Derby
My number 1 choice for dessert at Disney’s Hollywood Studio is the Hollywood Brown Derby’s signature Grapefruit Cake. This signature restaurant has many delicious food offerings, but I always recommend the Grapefruit cake to finish it off. I also recommend reservations in advance for the Brown Derby. It is served as a mini dessert where you select 2 other options to go with it. If you are unable to get a reservation for the restaurant they serve this same trio of desserts outside at the Brown Derby Lounge which is a walk up option. The Grapefruit Cake is a light cake, it has a tang to it from the Grapefruit but a nice sweetness to balance it out. The dessert isn’t too heavy and doesn’t weigh you down in the Florida heat (although the rest of your Brown Derby meal might).
Those are my 10 favorite desserts served in Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park—what are yours?