Top Treats To Cool Down With At Walt Disney World

Some days Walt Disney World will feel like the hottest place on earth.  Luckily, there are many ways to cool off that involve delicious food and drinks.  Here is a look at my top ways to cool down with food or drink at Walt Disney World.

9.  LeFou’s Brew

The signature beverage served at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland.  This frozen apple juice with a hint of roasted marshmallow is topped with passion fruit mango foam.  Although I know some don’t care for this drink, I think it is tasty, and it is served very cold so it serves the purpose of cooling you off!  You can choose your Brew in a souvenir goblet or stein or the drink only. Just don’t count on sitting down in the Tavern to cool down—the limited space makes tables hard to come by.

8.  The PB&J Shake at 50’s Prime Time Café

Many dining locations offer milkshakes, and they fit the bill for cooling off, but the Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake at 50’s Prime Time Café is one of the more distinct choices.  You can order this shake with your meal at the 50’s, or by itself at the Tune-In Lounge (where you can order from the 50’s menu).  To me this tastes more like peanut butter than jelly, and I find it to be a tasty treat.  The shake is large, and they bring more of it in the metal container in which it was made—so it is definitely shareable.  My favorite thing to do is order it at the end of my meal with two to-go cups.

7.  The Frozen Margarita

For number seven we stay in Epcot and travel to the World Showcase’s Mexico Pavilion for a frozen margarita.  Frozen margaritas are sold in a stand outside the pyramid, along the walkway.  Available in a variety of flavors, this frozen treat is a fan favorite, and a great way to stay cool while touring the World Showcase in the summer heat.  For adults only.  Non-frozen margaritas are also available here, along with in the very cool La Cava del Tequila inside the Mexican pyramid.

6.  Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

This is not your run-of-the-mill ice cream sandwich from the carts around the parks, but the “homemade” ice cream cookie sandwich that you can find at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.  Here a pair of freshly baked cookies is transformed into a masterpiece of cooling refreshment by sandwiching your choice of hand dipped ice cream flavors between the cookies.  Yum‼You can cool off with the ice cream cookie sandwich in the shaded seating area adjacent to Sleepy Hollow and then retreat to Hall of Presidents for a stay in the a/c.

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5.  Table Service Lunch

Instead of scheduling your table service meals at dinner time, choose to eat over the lunch hour.  This will give you a nice break from the sun and heat in the middle of the day, and allow you to sit down and relax in the air conditioned interior of a restaurant.  You can recharge with food and recover from the heat at the same time.

4.  A Frozen French Beverage

Returning to the World Showcase, this time we visit France for a refreshing adult beverage.  You can find these special treats at Les Vins des Chefs de France on the World Showcase promenade opposite from the French Pavilion.  You have your choice of a Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Orange Slush or a Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush—both guaranteed to cool you off on a hot day.  And, if you get one of these after drinking your frozen margarita from Mexico you may not care how hot it is anymore.  Other World Showcase favorites not to be forgotten to cool you off are the Gelato Stand in Italy, the Bier Stand in Germany, and the Kaki Gori (shaved ice) at Japan’s Kabuki Café.

3.  The Kitchen Sink

The signature dessert at the Beach Club’s Beaches & Cream, the Kitchen Sink is an insane amount of ice cream.  For around $30 with tax you get 8 scoops of ice cream, all the toppings in the house, and a full can of whipped cream—not to mention a great deal of fanfare when it is delivered to your table in an actual sink bowl.   Bring a friend—you will have to share this one!  If the Kitchen Sink is too daunting for you, try one of the other delectable treats here—the No Way Jose is a great fix for chocolate and peanut butter lovers.

2.  The Mickey Bar

The quintessential Disney frozen snack. The Mickey shaped ice cream bar—vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate; essentially a Dove Bar, but there is just something special about enjoying one of these in the parks.  Currently available at the ice cream carts (and some resort food courts) these will cool you down, but beware they melt quickly in the Florida sun!  Try the trick of using a drink cup lid, upside down, and poke the wooden stick through it.  That should help catch any drips.

1.  The Dole Whip

Enough said, really.  This treat is available at only select locations with a few favorites spots including Aloha Isle in Adventureland, Pineapple Lanai in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Pop Century’s. You can get the traditional version or make it a float with pineapple juice! Look at it as a healthy way to cool down—it has fruit in it after all!

There you have it, my top ways to survive the heat in Walt Disney World with food and drink.  Just remember that it is very easy and very dangerous to become overheated in the Florida Summer.  In addition to these fun ways to cool down be sure you are staying hydrated and drinking lots of water during your visit to the parks.  Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and be mindful if you or any members of your family start to experience them—especially smaller children who may not be able to tell you what they are feeling.  The last thing you want is to spend your vacation sick in the First Aid Station, stuck in your resort room, or worse.

What is your go-to food or drink when the weather turns really hot at Walt Disney World?

About Sarah Chapman

I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SarahLBAC for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).