Over here at Disney Dining, we are all about building our park day around eats, as food is a huge part of the Disney experience. From churros and Dole Whips to chocolate-covered apples and buttery popcorn, we live for Walt Disney World Park snacks! But did you know you can enjoy some of your favorite iconic park snacks at Walt Disney World and never have to enter a single theme park?
That’s right, you can nosh on some of your favorite eats at Disney Springs without ever incurring the cost of a park ticket.
Walt Disney World Resort offers some unforgettable eats. Whether you want to enjoy your favorite bite during a shopping day in the middle of a vacation, or you are on a budget and looking to skip the cost of park tickets altogether on your next trip to Orlando, Florida, we have you covered. This article will direct you to some of your favorite park snacks that you can enjoy on your next trip to Disney Springs.
That’s right, you can enjoy this iconic tropical treat outside Adventureland! Head over to Marketplace Snacks at Disney Springs to cool off with a classic Dole Whip treat or a seasonal Dole Whip creation.
Dole Whip Lime is offered through Labor Day each summer as is a Dole Whip Watermelon Parfait (topped with an adorable Mickey-shaped watermelon garnish and chocolate chips) and a watermelon wedge topped with watermelon Dole Whip ice cream and chocolate chips!
Is there any sound sweeter than the muted sugary crunch of the first bite of a Disney churro? We think not. Lucky for us, there’s no need to buy a ticket to Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios to snag one of these sweet snacks. Yummy churros are for sale at Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace.
Snag a churro or two (hey, you’re saving money on park tickets, remember?), hit a bench with a margarita from Dockside Margaritas, or hit the stores when that sugar rush hits.
Mickey Premium Bar
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is no Disney snack more iconic than a chocolate-covered Mickey Premium Bar. A Mickey-shaped classic vanilla ice cream bar dipped in a chocolate shell is a simple showstopper that many Disney Guests cannot imagine passing up.
While Mickey Premium Bars are available for purchase at many quick-service restaurants at Disney Resorts and also in the ice cream cases in some Disney Resort shops, you can snag a Mickey Premium Bar during your shopping day at Disney Springs. Just take a look around for Disney ice cream carts between shops at the Disney Springs Marketplace.
Chocolate Covered Apples
If you are looking for a unique and sweet dessert to share, may we suggest a chocolate-covered apple. You are probably thinking of the caramel and chocolate-dipped apples at the Confectionery on Main Street, U.S.A. Often, these delectable dipped apples are decorated to look like your favorite Disney film character friends.
Good news! You don’t have to pay for a Disney park ticket to enjoy this delicious treat. Dash over to West Side at Disney Springs to browse the dipped apple offerings at the Candy Cauldron.
Hanging out on the other side of Disney Springs? No worries, just hit Goofy’s Candy Company near Rainforest Café at the Marketplace area of Disney Springs to get your candy fix and to shop a confections counter very similar to those inside the parks.
Another delectable confectionery case favorite decorated like Disney characters are sweet Disney World cake pops. Walt Disney World cake pops are an awesome dessert when you’re looking for a small bite.
It’s customary for cake pop designs and flavors to change based on new Disney films (think those adorable Maleficent horned cake pops) or themed around seasonal happenings in the park (I’m looking at you, Flower & Garden Festival cake pop). What you may not know is that you can satisfy your cake pop craving at Disney Springs. Hit the Candy Cauldron or Goofy’s Candy Company to taste the latest cake pop design. Don’t forget to post an Instagram pic and tag us so we can see it!
We’ve talked about the sweet; now let’s move on to the savory. It’s a well-established fact that EPCOT fans love eating around World Showcase. There are so many delicious options to snack on and each of the pavilions around World Showcase is loaded with delectable foods and delicious drinks. One of our favorite dishes to savor during an EPCOT day is cheesy, warm, and crispy poutine in the Canadian Pavilion.
Want your poutine without the cost of a park ticket? Hit The Daily Poutine. This stand is situated between Marketplace and Town Center at Disney Springs. Not only can you enjoy classic poutine, french fries with cheese curds, and brown gravy, but they also have remixed versions of poutine that we recommend you try.
It’s hard not to purchase a box of popcorn in a Walt Disney World park when the buttery smell is wafting out over the breeze. Sure, some might say it’s just popcorn, but I swear to you Disney popcorn is more delicious and a lot more magical than anything I’ve ever made it home.
The delectable Orville Redenbacher popcorn is available for purchase in individual boxes or in a refillable popcorn bucket. Yep, you heard me correctly–you don’t even have to enter a park to snag the latest collectible popcorn bucket. (Well, not that uber-popular Figment bucket. Sorry!)
Popcorn stands are available around Disney Springs Marketplace. Bonus points: the ice cream cart is usually nearby so you can get your sweet and salty fix when you buy your popcorn and Mickey Premium Bar together.
We will end this guide to park snacks at Disney Springs on a sweet note! For some folks, a trip to any theme park or vacation is incomplete without a bag of that soft, pillowy, and fun dessert, cotton candy. Much like with the cake pops, chocolate apples, and other confections, you can satisfy your cotton candy fix with a trip to Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs.
Go ahead and buy two bags, you can afford to splurge since you didn’t have to spend any money buying a park ticket to Magic Kingdom!