No one should be touring the happiest place on Earth on an empty stomach! Disneyland has lots of great snacks options, and it’s hard to go wrong, but here are some of our top favorites for you to try on your next trip.
Mickey Beignets – Everything tastes better in a Mickey shape, right? These fluffy fried treats are shaped, of course, into everyone’s favorite mouse and dusted with powdered sugar. You can get these at the table-service Café Orleans, or grab them to go from the Mint Julep Bar counter next to French Market. If you don’t necessarily need your beignets in a Mickey shape, you can also grab some at the to-go counter at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney.
Mint Julep – Speaking of the Mint Julep Bar, you can also get Disneyland’s own take on a Mint Julep. It’s kind of like a mint punch (and yes, it’s non-alcoholic – this is Disneyland). These pair great with the above beignets, and you can only find it at Disneyland. You can also order this drink at Café Orleans and the Blue Bayou Restaurant.
Dole Whip – While this frozen treat isn’t unique to Disneyland, it’s still an iconic Disney treat and, of course, delicious. For those unfamiliar, the Dole Whip is tart-sweet pineapple ice cream. It can also be swirled with vanilla, or served with pineapple juice to make a Dole Whip float. You’ll find these at the Tiki Juice Bar just outside of the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Jungle Skewers – Sometimes you need a more substantial, savory snack when you’re not quite hungry enough for a full meal. In that case, stop by Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland to pick up one of their skewers. You can get beef in hot and spicy or sweet sauce, chicken, vegetables, or bacon-wrapped asparagus.
Cozy Cone Popcorn – There are also plenty of snacks to try over at Disney California Adventure. The Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land has several different cone counters, but our favorite so far has been the one serving unusual varieties of flavored popcorn. The flavors vary by day, but we got to try some delicious cheddar bacon popcorn. I’ve heard that the strange-sounding dill pickle popcorn is worth a try, as well.
Ghirardelli Ice Cream Sundae – Over in Pacific Wharf is the extremely tempting Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop, serving all kinds of specialty sundaes. It’s difficult to pick just one, and I really don’t think you can go wrong, so just stop by and pick your favorite flavors!
Matterhorn Macaroon – Another snack you can only find at Disneyland, this sweet treat is made to look like the iconic Fantasyland attraction. When we tried it, some of my family actually found it to be way too sweet, but depending on the size of your sweet tooth, this may be the dessert for you. Check this one at the Jolly Holiday Bakery at the end of Main Street, and sit outside for a lovely view of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.