The Beignet: Ca c’est bon!
When I visit certain areas and resorts in Walt Disney World I get completely wrapped up in the whole suspended reality thing that Disney does so well, and I want to try regional cuisine. So although I’ve never traveled to New Orleans, or Louisiana for that matter, visiting Port Orleans French Quarter makes me feel like I am there, and therefore I must eat beignets!
A beignet is a fried square French donut coated with powdered sugar.
Beignets are available at the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory in the bakery section. They are available all day, but who can pass up eating fried dough for breakfast? Although Café au Lait is not available to completely authenticate the experience, they do serve cappuccino here as well.
You have two choices when ordering your beignets. A trio of beignets for $2.99 plus tax (you may also use a snack credit), or $4.29 plus tax for six. I ordered the larger six pack for our family to share.
The beignets are fried fresh as you order them—really the only way to go with any type of fried dough. Once you order the cast member takes the pre-made squares and drops them into the hot oil where they fry for several minutes. You do have to wait for these to be prepared, but it is well worth your time.
After their oil bath they are smothered in powdered sugar. Be careful not to sneeze, breathe too hard, or even inhale too powerfully around this powdered sugar—it could be very dangerous. Beignets are not a neat food to eat, and we chose to shake off a good bit of the sugar before tackling them.
The beignets themselves were very tasty. As I said, I’ve never had the authentic item from New Orleans, so I can’t compare, but these were light and fluffy. Warm from the fryer they were chewy and delicious. There is no way I could’ve eaten all six of these, but three would definitely be doable. They were lighter than you would expect. If you are staying at either Port Orleans resort I would recommend a stop in to the Sassagoula Floatworks for a breakfast or afternoon snack of beignets.
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Food: The beignets were tasty, light and chewy. Yum!
Atmosphere: The inside of the food court is a bit loud, but it has a fun theme with Mardi Gras floats. If the weather is pleasant there is some nice outdoor seating.
Service: Typical food court service, nothing over the top but efficient and friendly.
Tips: Use your snack credits on a trio of beignets. Although I enjoyed the beignets for breakfast, if you are around the resort in the afternoon you can avoid the hustle and bustle of the morning rush in the food court.