There’s a lot more to dining at Walt Disney World than hamburgers, hot dogs, and popcorn. Standard amusement park choices are certainly available, but that’s only the beginning. Foodies and Disney frequent flyers alike love talking about (and even debating) the best food, snack, and drink options available on property. While some items are widely available across property, there are plenty of items that are specific to certain parks or resorts.
For me, it’s such a cliche but it’s the Mickey ice cream bar. The milk chocolate is crunchy and the ice cream is milky and creamy. It’s as much about the taste as it is the nostalgia – this is the only thing I specifically remember eating at Disney World when I went as a young child. These can be found all over the place in the Disney parks – often in a cart. I also love getting a frozen coffee at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company at Hollywood Studios. An extra bonus that we have taken advantage of in the past – when we checked in we received coupons for 10% off at Joffrey’s that could be used over and over. They also had caffeine free options available.
My husband gets a craving for slushy drinks under that hot Florida sun and you can find good ones around almost every corner it seems. His favorite, by far, was Lefou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom. It’s a unique no-sugar added frozen apple juice beverage with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. Something about that hint of toasted marshmallow and passion fruit-mango foam sets this treat apart from all the rest. He is also a huge fan of the Dole Whip – we always get one from Aloha Isle while visiting Magic Kingdom.
What about the kids though? They just love to eat but they especially love anything Mickey-shaped. With that being said, the Mickey ice cream bar is a big hit with them as well. This last visit they saw Mickey pretzels at Animal Kingdom and had to have one. Foolishly we only bought one to begin with but quickly realized that sharing was not an option; they each had to have their own! While it’s not something that I would have craved or sought out, I have to admit…those pretzels were deliciously doughy and soft and addictive. I have a feeling we’ll be having those again…and again…
With all that being said, eating at Disney World is very much a part of the overall experience – yes, even snacks! Do you have a snack you always look forward to eating while thinking about your next trip to Walt Disney World? What are your favorites?
Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.