5 Reasons We Absolutely Love Walt Disney World Snacks

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My list of ‘must dos’ while at Walt Disney World has a number of attractions on it like Tower of Terror and Wishes, but equally as important as the attractions, are the snacks on my list. The snacks at Disney World are an integral part of the whole magical experience. Here are 5 reasons we absolutely love the snacks at Walt Disney World.

5. Great Value

Not only are the snacks at Disney World fun and delicious, they are also reasonably priced, making it that much easier to have multiple snacks throughout the day. Generally, snacks range in price from about $2.00 up to just over $10.00. On the lower end of the price scale are items like fresh fruit and pickles, while Turkey Legs and funnel cakes with all the fixings are closer to the ten-dollar mark.

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you will have two snacks for each night of your stay. If you are looking to get the most value out of your plan, you could use your Dining Plan snacks on a Dole Whip Float or an ice cream sundae and purchase a cheaper snack, like a sugar cookie from the bakery with cash. Depending on the snack, the proportions can also be quite generous and great for sharing, giving you more reason to try different types of snacks.

4. Variety

The list of snacks offered at Disney is endless and you’ll find a great deal of variety to accommodate every kind of snacker. There are snacks for guests with a sweet tooth, for guests who like savory treats and even choices for the health conscious. One example of a healthier option is fresh fruit or pickles that are found at all the parks. For a sweet snack, you could opt for the classic Dole Whip, a cake pop from the Main Street Confectionery or a Brownie Paw from Kusafiri Bakery. And for those looking for something salty, grab some popcorn in a souvenir bucket, or a corn dog. If you are looking for a greater variety of unique snacks, head over to The World Showcase at Epcot. The Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway offers School Bread, which is a sweet bread filled with custard and topped with icing sugar and coconut. Over in Japan, the Katsura Grill offers green tea ice cream and edamame. The Joy of Tea in China has savory BBQ Pork Buns, and of course there is the ever-popular Le Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie for a wide variety of sweet treats such as a Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissant) or a Frangipane (puff pastry with almond filling). There are so many different snacks to choose from at Disney that it may be difficult to pick just one.

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3. Seasonal Snacks

Visiting the parks during the holidays can be one of the most magical experiences at Disney, and part of that is due to the special treats they offer. Around Easter, you’ll find Easter Bunny cookies and carrot cake cupcakes, while on the 4th of July there are patriotic cupcakes decorated in red, white and blue. At Halloween Jack Skellington and Mickey Jack-o-lantern candy apples are available throughout the parks. During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, there is candy corn cotton candy, an ice cream cookie sandwich decorated with orange and black sprinkles at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. There are even at times Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundaes to try at Sleepy Hollow, which are ideal for sharing during the fall season.

At Christmas you’ll find Snickerdoodle cookies, and even the ice cream gets a holiday makeover and becomes a bright swirl of red and green. If you head over to Epcot the pavilions offer their holiday specialties. There is fruitcake in Germany, panettone in Italy and at Promenade Refreshments they have a Turkey Waffle (sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole). This may sound like a meal but for hungry snackers it will hit the spot.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with special snacks that only come around once a year!

2. Snack Icons

Some of the snacks found at Disney have become almost as popular as some of the attractions. The Dole Whip, for example, has it’s own following among Disney fans. Disney has released t-shirts, air fresheners and other merchandise over the years inspired by Dole Whips. Turkey Legs and Churros have also had t-shirts and fridge magnets created, cementing their iconic status. For many guests, a Disney trip doesn’t truly begin until they have a Mickey ice cream bar, a churro or whatever that quintessential Disney snack is to them.

1. Mickey Shaped Snacks

As Walt said, ‘it all started with a mouse’ and we won’t easily forget that when there are so many beloved Mickey Mouse shaped snacks to remind us! I can’t explain it but I’m sure you’ll agree, a Mickey Mouse shaped pretzel tastes so much better than any other regular pretzel. Having a Mickey shaped treat is like adding that little bit of extra pixie dust to your snack. It’s something you won’t find anywhere else. Disney snacks are more than just treats during the day, they are part of the memories we create at the parks – just try having a Mickey snack and not eating the ears first!

About Lauren Repei

Lauren lives in Hamilton Ontario, but dreams of one day moving to Orlando to be closer to the Magic Kingdom. She loves the atmosphere, the history, the magic of the parks and Dole Whips, so she’s always in the midst of planning her next vacation. In the meantime, she spends her days working for the family business as a baker, and as a travel agent specializing in Disney with ClicktheMouse. Lauren’s most memorable Disney moment by far, is when she became engaged in front of Cinderella Castle making it her best Disney vacation to date.