Dining at Disney World: A Little Thanksgiving with Yummy Turkey Legs

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In honor of Thanksgiving next week, I thought I would chat about one of my favorite treats while at Walt Disney World…..the absolutely incredible turkey legs. These delectable smoked legs can be a great snack for several people, but could also be a meal on the run. Since they are not fried, they are a little healthier than some fast food …..that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

We took a trip to Walt Disney World several years ago with my youngest grandson who was 5 at the time. He was quite the little pill when it came to eating on that trip. Nothing seemed to be at his liking, until we came across the smoked turkey legs while in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland one day. The smell of turkey legs smoking quickly got all of our attention. How that little guy managed to eat it all by himself is still a mystery! He ate several while we were there that week – I was beginning to think he’d turn into a drumstick himself.

These turkey legs come with wrapping around the handle of the leg, which makes you look a little barbaric, but hey – that’s half the fun. Be sure to get plenty of napkins and keep the wipes handy. The meat falls off the bone, but you will get messy.

The turkey legs are a signature snack and Disney sells over a million each year. Many people think these are not real due to their size, but they come from 40 to 50 pound turkeys, making their legs huge. These legs are injected with a salt water cure which helps with absorption and then are cooked in a smoker for about 6 hours. The salt water gives them the juiciness and slight salty taste mixed with a mild smokiness – making them pure enjoyment. After my first one, I had to ask how they create these over-the-top legs. Be sure and get your picture taken being a little primitive in Walt Disney World.

Turkey legs are available through-out Walt Disney World – just follow the succulent smell. The turkey legs are still under $10.00, but are more than enough to split making them a great value. Be sure and post your “barbaric” pictures on The Affordable Mouse Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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