Finding Recipes to Remind You of Walt Disney World


The tastes of Walt Disney World are a big part of what makes it such a unique vacation destination. While Walt Disney World parks are now open after the COVID-19 closure, many Disney fans have decided to stay home and postpone their Disney trip with the pandemic still very present. While at home, why not try out some new recipes! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to create some of your favorite Walt Disney World dishes while at home? Here are some suggestions on finding recipes. A quick disclaimer: Disney Dining is not affiliated with any site mentioned here.


1. Disney Parks Blog

A great source for official recipes is Disney Parks Blog. They recently added a recipe for Churro Bites, but there are more available than that. Use the search feature at the top and type in the term “cooking up the magic”. Some of the recipes that should come up are Crema Catalana from Toledo – Tapas, Steak, and Seafood, Chocolate Hazelnut Lunch Box Tarts from Woody’s Lunch Box, and Peanut Sauce from ‘Ohana. Many of the recipes tend to be desserts, but there is nothing wrong with that. You can also find Disney Parks recipes in the new “Now You’re Cooking” feature in the My Disney Experience app.

2. “Chef Mickey: Treasures from the Vault & Delicious New Classics Cookbook”

Author Pam Brandon worked with Disney chefs to come up with this treat. There are plenty of recipes, but there are also extra bits of information, to help you learn more about the dishes. This cookbook was published in 2012, so it doesn’t have the most recent recipes, but you will find plenty that you will want to try. The parks and hotels are covered, and so is Disney Cruise Line. There are recipes for beverages, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more. You can order a physical hardback copy if you want, but “Chef Mickey: Treasures from the Vault & Delicious New Classics” is also available on Kindle. That means that you can find the perfect recipe for dinner tonight.

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3. “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook”

This one is not available for download, so if you don’t already own it you will have to wait to have it delivered. That said, this cookbook is worth the wait! It is jammed packed with recipes that you will find at Black Spire Outpost, and more recipes that fit with the Star Wars theme. If you’re looking for a snack, you can learn how to make Kat’s Kettle Corn. If you want a dinner recipe, try your hand at Braised Shaak Roast. Start your day with Mustafarian Lava Buns and Sunrise Caf, and end it with Rodian Splice. “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook” is more than a cookbook, it’s a keepsake book. Authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak realized that they had a responsibility to create authentic recipes that would appeal to “Star Wars”fans, and they were easily able to “stay on target”.

4. EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Cookbooks

This idea might take a little bit of searching on your part, but if you can find the right one it will be worth it. The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival each fall always features dishes that aren’t available the rest of the year. Since the festival contains so much cooking, there is usually a cookbook for sale associated with the year. Search places like Amazon and eBay to see if you can pick up a past copy. If there is a certain dish that you wish you had a recipe for, use your favorite search engine and look for it by name. You might also want to include “EPCOT food and wine” in your search terms. Some of the official recipes have been released by Disney, or you might be able to find a really good copycat version.

5. Vegan Disney World

Speaking of copycat recipes, those who run the site Vegan Disney World have been hard at work during the closure. They have several copycat recipes live on their website. Just type in “at home” in the search feature at the top of the page. The recipes include Chocolate Pudding Terrarium, Satu’li Canteen Crispy Tofu Bowls, Perkins Thai Noodles, and Tonga Toast. Walt Disney World has stepped up their plant-based options in the past few months, and you can learn a lot about them from this site. Vegan Disney World is not a website just for vegans, rather it is filled with great information for all who love food and Disney.

6. Easy Items

There are some easy items that you can create at home without a recipe of any kind. If you have a Mickey shaped waffle maker and a few ingredients, you can enjoy Mickey Waffles every morning. Another dish that is easy to reproduce is the “Totchos” from Woody’s Lunch Box. Bake (not fry) some tater tots, then top with chili, cheese, and sour cream. Throw some chopped green onions on top if you have them. There are other meals that you can pretend are copies of Walt Disney World meals. Serve cheeseburgers and fries on Disney plates, put on some cheesy futuristic music in the background, and pretend that you’re dining at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Use your imagination to create other favorite dining experiences. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a taste of Walt Disney World, even during a global pandemic.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.