They say taste is a powerful sense to recall the past, and my first food memory of Walt Disney World is enjoying a Mickey Waffle at the food court of the Caribbean Beach Resort. In recent years Disney has really expanded its waffle offerings which makes me happy, happy happy. I think waffle variety is good for everyone. Here we will explore some of the waffle choices of the world.
The Quintessential Mickey Waffle
My favorite Mickey Waffle now comes in various sizes and can be found in a couple of different flavors throughout the resorts and parks. Generally they have the small Mickey waffles as a child’s offering and the full plate size Mickey heads as an adult offering at the resort food courts. Your breakfast buffet generally will have the small ones–and I’m not complaining. I love the small Mickey waffles because it has a greater ratio of crispy outer parts–my favorite. But beware! On the children’s menus at some of the resort food courts the mini Mickey waffles are made from buckwheat and I don’t prefer those–but you may. I have also seen chocolate flavored mini Mickey waffles–yum!
The Enhanced Mickey Waffle
The best place to find the enhanced Mickey Waffle is the Roaring Forks food court at the Wilderness Lodge. Here you can get your Mickey waffles doctored up with chocolate chips and chocolate sauce in the Chocolate Lovers Waffles, served in Bananas Foster style with warm bananas in a buttered rum-flavored sauce, or topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream ($7.39 each). Normally I don’t like to mess with a classic, but these are welcome additions.
The Waffle Sandwich
I know it sounds bizarre, but don’t knock it until you try it! Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square offer these unique treats. The most “tame” variety involves nutella and fruit (around $6)–how could this be bad? For breakfast you can order a Prosciutto, Cheese, Egg and Gourmet Tomato served on a waffle (closer to $7). There are two savory options for lunch as well (served 11am-5pm). One is a sweet and spicy chicken and the other is ham, prosciutto and Swiss cheese (both varieties a little over $7). Imagine a full circle waffle folded in half along the center crease or dividing line sort of like a taco and filled with the sandwich fillings. I think the mild sweetness of the waffle makes a great complement to the savory fillings.
The Norwegian Waffle
I used to be a huge fan of the School Bread in Norway, but when the recipe changed it hasn’t been my go-to World Showcase treat anymore. I think I may have found its Norwegian replacement on my June vacation–the waffle. These little heart shaped beauties are made fresh to order and are coated with jam. Again, my favorite part of the waffle–the crispy outside is in abundance here. And they just feel Norwegian–they match all of the painted accents on the buildings in the Norway pavilion with their heart shape.
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The Belgian Waffle
During Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival the Belgium kiosk usually presents several varieties of its namesake breakfast staple. This year you could get it smothered in chocolate, or with a savory component. This is always a safe stop on your culinary journey around the world if you have picky eaters in your party.
The Seasonal Waffle
I love that Walt Disney World is offering seasonal treats to match the season, and waffles have been included in that this year. Stop by Sleepy Hollow refreshments during a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party to enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Waffle ($4.99), or during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party for a Holiday Waffle with Ice Cream. Or, for the more adventurous waffle eater, the Promenade Refreshments in Epcot is offering seasonal waffles for Christmas: the Turkey waffle made with stuffing batter, turkey, gravy and cranberry relish ($6.39) and the Sweet Potato Casserole waffle consisting of sweet potato batter, toasted pecans, marshmallows and caramel sauce ($5.99).
The Waffle Cone
Sometimes I just order the cone–that’s how much I love a good waffle cone. My favorite places? The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs for their homemade chocolate-dipped cone or bowl (see what I mean about just ordering the cone?). Beaches & Cream at the Yacht & Beach Club resort–you can get it at the take out side.
I am so happy that each time I visit Walt Disney World I am able to relive my childhood memory with a Mickey Waffle—it is definitely a tradition and now I love sharing it with my children. I’m not sure I can choose a favorite type because they all have a lot of tasty attributes, but if forced I would have to say the mini Mickey waffle—all of the yumminess of the original from my memory with the bonus of the extra crispy outside. How many Disney waffles have you tried? And which one is your favorite?