By Paula K
Snacking is a big part of any Walt Disney World vacation. There are times when something quick will tide you over until your next meal. Theme park snacks also seem to taste better than the same thing would if you had it elsewhere. Disney has snacks everywhere. You can purchase them at carts and stands throughout the parks and also in the quick service restaurants. When you want something in a hurry you’re never more than a few feet away from a delicious treat.
Not all of the snacks listed here are a snack option on the Disney Dining Plan. If you are unsure about that look for the DDP logo on the menu or ask a cast member. Beverages are not included on this list. While a milkshake or a smoothie can fill you up and tide you over, this list is for food items. It will not contain everything. With one important exception that needed to be included, the things listed here are available in several places. While the Kaki Gori at Kabuki Café at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot is amazing (try the rainbow so you can taste all the flavors), it is not available at enough places to have made this list. These are things that you can grab quickly and enjoy while you are standing in a long line or taking a quick break. Some are unique to Walt Disney World, others are things that just taste better because you’re eating them on Disney property.
It seems like candy is available for sale everywhere at Walt Disney World! You will find candy at the snack kiosks. There is candy available in the stores. There are even several candy stores. Don’t settle for your run off the mill candy bar. Create your own treat at Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs. Or try something already made like chocolate covered pretzels (available with various types of chocolate coatings). Let the kids fill a tube with different flavors of sugar. Mix and match bulk candy choices. Don’t forget the cotton candy, it tastes even better at Walt Disney World. Try the selections that are similar to what you already know but now have a Disney flair to them, things like the gummy Stitch Xtreme Xperiments or Princess Lollipops. If you want something really different check out the shops in World Showcase. There you’ll find candy choices from around the world.
9) Bakery Items
Disney has some of the best bakeries that you will find anywhere. There are bakeries in all four theme parks and also in several of the resort hotel areas. You can also buy baked goods at some of the counter service restaurants. If you want something a little bit lighter than a chocolate filled croissant or an apple danish that is bigger than you ever expected, try a Crisped Rice Treat. You can find them shaped like Mickey or possibly another character with frosting, chocolate or other extras on top.
8) Fresh Fruit
Nothing tastes quite like cold watermelon on a hot day. Disney knows that. Fresh fruit is sold in all four theme parks. The options usually include cut watermelon, grapes, apples, bananas and oranges. There are stands that sell fresh fruit and you can also purchase it at some of the counter service restaurants. Fresh fruit is also available on the buffets. While items may change seasonally, it is good to know that you can make a healthy snack choice while on your vacation.
One standard theme park snack item is popcorn. If you love this flavorful treat you will not be disappointed at Walt Disney World. You can find popcorn all over Disney. Many stores have plain popcorn, caramel popcorn, chocolate and nut popcorn, kettle popcorn, confetti popcorn and several other choices. At stands in the parks you can also get an order of traditional popcorn. Buy it in a souvenir container and you’ll have something fun to remember your trip by.
Soft pretzels are another great item to grab quickly on the go. The regular soft pretzels sold at the carts in the theme parks are vegan, meaning they are made without egg, dairy or other animal products. (If you follow a vegan diet you will still want to ask, just to be on the safe side.) In some locations they are shaped like Mickey. Order them as is or enjoy a dip such as cheddar cheese or caramel. Another favorite is the sweet cream cheese filled pretzel. If you want something a bit more bold you can buy jalapeno cheese filled pretzels. A soft pretzel is a fast and delicious snack.
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5) Funnel Cakes
Another item that people have grown to expect at a theme park is the funnel cake. It’s a simple treat that consists of deep fried strands of dough. The dough has been forced through a funnel, hence the name. It is the simplicity that makes it even better. The funnel cakes at Walt Disney World are huge, there is plenty to share. You can top them with the standard powered sugar, or try ice cream and chocolate syrup on it. You can get funnel cakes in the parks, at the water parks and also at Disney’s Boardwalk. Funnel cakes may not be something that you should have daily while on vacation but they do make a delicious special treat.
Not all that long ago most people had no idea what a churro is. That has rapidly changed. They have quickly become popular, a must have snack on many Disney vacations. If you still are not sure what they are, churros are Spanish doughnuts. They are long, thin and covered with cinnamon and sugar. Many people joke that they are addictive. Churros are for sale in all four theme parks and at some of the restaurants as well. If you are not sure where to find them, ask a cast member. Chances are that he or she loves them as well.
3) Turkey Legs
Love them or hate them, turkey legs are a part of Walt Disney World. Some people consider them a snack, others make a meal out of one. They are so popular that Disney even sells turkey leg T-shirts and car air fresheners. Each leg weighs approximately a pound and a half. Disney sells well over a million of them a year, they are that popular. If you’re watching your sodium you might want to stay away from these, the legs are infused with salt water before cooking, giving them a high sodium content. They are higher in calories than you might expect, but considering the amount of walking that you do at a park you will burn some of that off.
2) Dole Whip
One of the favorite snacks at Walt Disney World is the frozen treat known as Dole Whip. It is not available at all four parks, you’ll have to head to Aloha Isle in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom in order to get it. (It’s also available at Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. and a version is available at Animal Kingdom.) There are two ways people like to enjoy this treat. The first is a non-dairy soft pineapple sorbet. You can buy it as is or as a float in pineapple juice. Some people prefer the second version that is a float with vanilla soft serve in pineapple juice. If you’re looking for a healthier snack at Disney you’ll be pleased to know that the pineapple version of the Dole Whip is fat free and has only 80 calories per half cup. Of course the portion that is served is larger than that, but it is still better than most snacks. People are obsessive about this refreshing treat. If you haven’t yet tried it make sure that you do on your next trip. You’ll soon see why it is so dearly loved, especially on a hot day.
1) Ice Cream Treats
Who doesn’t like ice cream? Disney is banking that you do, it seems to be everywhere. You can purchase soft serve ice cream seemingly around every corner. There are hand scooped options at all of the theme parks and at several of the resort hotels as well. You can get your frozen confection in a cone, in a dish or as a sundae. There are lots of unique flavors and choices available. If you don’t consume dairy you can still enjoy a frozen treat. Head to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at the Magic Kingdom. Located on Main Street, U.S.A., they carry both Rice Dream and Tofutti.
Arguably the most special of all snacks at Walt Disney World is the Mickey ice cream bar. They are so popular that you will see signs of them in plenty of places besides the snack carts. You can buy a pair of Mickey Ears that are shaped like a melting frozen bar, T-shirts with smiling Mickey bars, even Mickey bar antenna toppers. It is a simple snack. It’s vanilla ice cream, covered with chocolate, on a stick. It is, of course, shaped like Mickey. You do not need to look far to find a Mickey ice cream bar. Many of the places that sell ice cream sell these as well. If you don’t want to go that far just look for the nearest cart. Disney tends to pull out ice cream carts and set them up in crowded areas, especially on hot days. By Disney standards they are relatively inexpensive and they also taste great. You can also purchase other ice cream treats at the carts, but there is something special about the Mickey ice cream bars. If you haven’t tried one before you’ll soon see why so many people make them a regular part of their Disney vacations.