Snacking at Disney can be a bit of sport, where treats receive bonus points based on execution and availability. Below is a breakdown of some of the heavy hitters from each park, most of which are exclusive to these locations and offer visitors a taste of the big leagues.
1. Dole Whip
If there were a hall of fame for theme park snacks, this timeless classic would head the inaugural class of inductees. For many years, this refreshing corkscrew of pineapple soft serve could only be found at Adventureland’s Aloha Isle. While it has now become more widely available in a variety of forms and flavors, many traditionalists prefer its original iteration and pseudo-original location (Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace swapped spaces back in 2015). For non-traditionalists, the treat is also available as a pineapple/vanilla swirl, pineapple juice float, and as an accompaniment to pineapple upside down cake.
2. Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich
From an iconic Disney treat, we pivot to one that may be a bit more obscure for the uninitiated. As guests cross the bridge into Liberty Square they’re greeted by an unassuming cottage that can be easily overlooked. This is Sleepy Hollow, a quick service restaurant where the highlights of the menu are its waffle sandwiches. The fresh fruit waffle is generally the most popular and features a generous layer of creamy Nutella covered in blueberries, strawberries, and sliced banana. Folded in half it resembles a robust taco more than a sandwich, though the explosion of flavor with each bite leaves little to lose your head over.
3. Candied Bacon and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers
A relatively new entry on the snacking scene, these hearty carnivorous offerings have quickly gained traction as a grab-and-go option within the Magic Kingdom. Available at both Liberty Square Market and Frontierland’s Westward Ho Refreshments, these tasty turf and turf options provide for a filling snack that guests can consume on the way to their next destination and is a welcome alternative to the standard corn dog with chips offered in the same locations.
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Refreshment Port, which lies adjacent to the Canada pavilion of World Showcase, offers guests a taste of the Great White North with a pair of mouth-watering poutine dishes. The traditional variety slathers French fries in beef gravy and cheese curds, while the beef brisket poutine is topped off with a beer-cheese sauce, gravy and onion crisps. A timeless staple of our neighbor to the north, these dishes make for the perfect introductory course on your virtual trip around the globe.
The beauty of Epcot is that its World Showcase offers something for everybody. And for fans of decadent desserts there’s no better location than the France pavilion’s Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie to indulge in some traditional Parisian sweets, highlighted by this raspberry mousse cake. Featuring alternating layers of airy chocolate cake and raspberry mousse and topped with a raspberry jam and raspberry garnish (did somebody say “raspberry”?!), this delightful snack will leave guests shouting “Merci!”
3. Caramel Popcorn
Germany’s Karamell-Küche offers no shortage of creamy caramel concoctions, but it’s the Werther’s Original’s hand-crafted snack in a sack that makes for the ideal theme park morsel for satisfying your case of the munchies. Offerings include original caramel popcorn, as well as options topped with a milk chocolate drizzle that comes with or without additions such as roasted pecans and pretzels with stroopwafel (a Dutch wafer cookie crumble).
1. Chocolate Toffee Cupcake
The Butterfinger cupcake. The chocolate peanut butter crunch cupcake. The chocolate toffee cupcake. What do they all have in common, you ask? Well, they’re all basically versions of the same delectable dessert, which was originally available at the since-shuttered Starring Rolls Café. The current iteration can now be found at the Starbucks-run Trolley Car Café on Hollywood Boulevard, the main thoroughfare as you enter the park. While the name may change, the ingredients have remained the same; a chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream coated in chocolate and toffee bits and featuring a gooey ganache center. This is hands down one of the best desserts in the park (with a special shout out going to the carrot cake cookie, found at the same location).
This snack is almost a meal unto itself. In fact, it’s technically listed as an entrée at Woody’s Lunch Box in the relatively new Toy Story Land. But with a price tag more in line with most of the other entries on this list, we’re going to count it as a snack. This dish features potato barrels (or tater tots) buried beneath beef and bean chili, creamy Queso dip, shredded cheddar cheese, corn chips, and topped with a dollop of sour cream covered in green onions. If you’re looking for something more filling that features a diverse blend of flavors, Woody’s Totchos should definitely do the trick.
3. California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate
For more discerning palates, this platter board at BaseLine Tap House in the Grand Avenue section of the park comes chock full of a sampling of goodies that include a variety of sliced meats and cheeses, from salami and chorizo to Toma farmstead cheese and Sonoma goat cheese served with toasted baguette and a sprig of grapes. It’s the perfect snack to share in the outdoor dining area while enjoying some of the Tap House’s adult beverages.
1. Pongu Lumpia
Described as a pineapple cream cheese spring roll, the Pongo Lumpia arrived at Animal Kingdom with the introduction of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Available at Pongo Pongo – which is also renowned for its Night Blossom beverage – this snack may not look like much, but what it lacks in pizzazz it more than makes up for with an otherworldly flavor profile that combines a crisp, sugar-coated crust with a luscious pineapple cream cheese, all of which fits neatly into the palm of your hand as you bask in the peace and tranquility of this far out alien world.
2. Chicken Dumplings
As you head toward Africa from the Asia section of the park (or vice versa), you’ll stumble upon the unassuming snack station that is Mr. Kamal’s, where the highlight of the menu are these fried chicken dumplings. Served with a vinegar-based Ponzu sauce, this crispy snack offers a welcome respite from the more traditional offerings and is exclusively available in this location.
3. Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Discovery Island’s Eight Spoon Café is where you’ll find a trio of creamy baked macaroni & cheese options. The standard offering includes the titular ingredients while the slightly more expensive alternatives top off the classic dish with either pulled pork or shrimp with sweet chili sauce. Whichever variety you choose to dig into, you won’t be disappointed by this old-fashioned comfort food.