Vacations are all about escaping the daily routine to indulge in new and exciting experiences. It’s a time to forget about chores, leave work behind, and let the professionals do the cooking for you. We can be forgiven, then, if we choose to loosen up our belts and dive into dishes we may not have the opportunity or inclination to eat very often at home, if at all. Though the following WDW menu items can be considered “guilty pleasures”, you can enjoy each of them with a clear conscience. After all, you’re on vacation!
1. Nachos Grande – Planet Hollywood
The star of the show at the Planet Hollywood Observatory features a stack of corn tortilla chips slathered with a four cheese sauce and topped with chipotle chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and queso fresco, which is then finished off with a heaping dollop of sour cream. It’s a generous-sized “snack” that serves two, though we won’t judge you if you decide to make a meal out of it yourself.
2. Cinnamon Roll – Gaston’s Tavern
This fluffy breakfast pastry can be enjoyed anytime of day, combining the spice of cinnamon with the sweetness of its melted vanilla frosting to pack a punch even Belle’s egotistical suitor would be proud of. It won’t do you any favors on your calorie count, but this comforting treat sure is one satisfying snack.
3. Kitchen Sink – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
This aptly-named treat throws everything at you, including the kitchen sink. Available at Beach Club’s version of a ‘50s diner, this monumental dessert serves four and comes with scoops of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, and cookies and cream ice cream topped with literally every topping available, from melted butterscotch and hot fudge to rainbow sprinkles and peanut butter morsels. The sliced banana and maraschino cherries surely add a healthy touch to this gut-busting treat. Right? Right? The kitchen sink is also available in Neapolitan as well as a chocolate lovers version.
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4. Shines on Tap Refillable Bottle – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
At Homecomin’, you’ll find several varieties of moonshine on tap. It’s kinda what they’re known for… aside from delicious comfort food. And with the refillable sipper bottle, you’ll have ample opportunity to taste each and every one of them. For $22, you get the 22oz plastic sipper bottle, which allows for lifetime refills at just $13 a pop. Consider that a 16oz glass of the same cocktail also runs $13 apiece, without the option to refill, and that Coke products and (non-alcoholic) iced tea refills are free with the sipper. This deal really is a no-brainer that allows you to try out moonshine cocktail flavors such as blue hooch, margarita moonshine, and rumshine punch.
5. Funnel Cakes – Various Locations
This classic carnival concoction featuring deep-fried dough doused in powdered sugar can be found at almost every amusement park in America, and Walt Disney World is no different. In fact, there are several locations throughout WDW that serve up this taste of your childhood, some offering their own spin on the fair… um, fare. For instance, the America pavilion at Epcot tops its funnel cakes with your choice of chocolate sauce or even a cookies and cream variation while the Boardwalk Inn’s waterside funnel cake cart allows guests to pair their dessert with a scoop of ice cream. Funnel cakes can also be found at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom, at Animal Kingdom kiosks, Epic Eats (formerly Oasis Canteen) at Hollywood Studios, and both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (which are currently closed due to COVID-19).
6. S’mores Baked Alaska – The Boathouse at Disney Springs
The Boathouse’s interpretation of this iconic dessert features a towering, iceberg-sized chunk of gooey goodness. A graham cracker crust provides the foundation for a generous wedge of rocky road ice cream covered in toasted marshmallows and milk chocolate chunks. The $40 conquest is said to serve four, although we’re fairly certain it can comfortably accommodate even larger parties.
7. A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes – ‘50s Prime Time Cafe
Hollywood Studios’ kitschy ode to the mid twentieth century dining room features some of the best comfort food on property. Luckily, thanks to this sample platter, guests don’t have to choose between their favorite meals. Instead, enjoy a trio of mom’s favorites featuring portions of tender pot roast, fried chicken, and meatloaf complete with mashed potatoes and assorted vegetables.
8. Cheeseburger and Pepperoni Pizza Spring Rolls – Magic Kingdom
These delectable treats can be found at the egg roll cart near the entrance to Adventureland. A unique spin on the classic egg roll recipe, these offerings instead pack a pair of iconic American meals into a roll of deep fried spring wraps. The cheeseburger variety is comprised of ground beef, onions, and melted cheese while the pepperoni pizza version includes a healthy dose of the sliced meat along with gooey mozzarella cheese and a marinara dipping sauce. Each are sold in pairs of two which, if our math is correct, amounts to one for each hand. How convenient!