Hellooooo everyone. Long time no see. I know, I’m sorry. Two words will explain my absence: peak season. Warning to all who do the program, it’s fun, it’s great, but be prepared to work your butt off during peak season. I’ve had weeks where I had a nice 66 hours worth of work and about 5 hours worth of sleep; but I survived, just like all of you will! On another note I wanted to announce that I actually declined my summer acceptance. As amazing as the program is I decided to leave on a positive note with the rest of my roommates in May instead of July.
Now that the housekeepings over let’s move on to the fun stuff shall we? I’ve seen all over the internet blog posts about people who claim they know what the best food in Disney World is. They claim they know where the best places to eat or grab a snack are as well as the worst. Well from what I’ve looked at a lot of them do not meet my foodie standards. So I’ve decided to compile my own list of the best/worst restaurants as well as the best food items around the parks! This post will solely be about snack food, the restaurants will come later! For those of you that know me well know that I LOVE food and Disney Parks is definitely the perfect place for a foodie to go wild. I have made it a goal of mine to eat at as many different food places as possible. Although I have not eaten at all of them I will give insight to the places I’ve been.
Before we get down to restaurant business lets start with the snacks. Throughout the Disney parks there are a bunch of different places to get a quick bite to each. Of course, in my free time, I have attempted to try as many funky foods as I can. Due to my sweet tooth though most of them will be more like desserts. Here are my top ten.
10. LeFou’s Brew
Okay yes I am going to be a basic for a minute and say that LeFou’s Brew is definitely a must have! LeFou’s brew is almost like a frozen apple juice with a mango marshmellow-
y foam on top! This frozen treat can be found at Gaston’s Tavern and I highly recommend trying it on a hot day! Plus you might even see the owner himself waltzing around while you order.
9. Dole Whip
Okay here I go again being basic. The reason this bad boy is so far up on the list is because of my love hate relationship with this delicacy. As many of you already know my job in Adventureland is to swirl Dole Whip. Ever. Single. Day. You can see where it gets repetitive right? Too bad the stuff is so dang good so I understand why it’s so popular. But if I can
make a recommendation for you? Don’t get it at the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately a few years ago we did away with the vanilla Dole Whip swirl so now it is just plain old Dole Whip. I’m not saying Dole Whip isn’t good, I’m just saying I personally think it tastes better with the vanilla. Swirl can be found at the Polynesian resort which is just a monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom! If you decide you want something even sweeter I recommend the Dole Float! But for the float I would recommend just getting the Dole Whip instead of the swirl.
8. Holiday Turkey Sandwich
This bad boy can be found at Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs. It’s basically Thanksgiving in a sandwich. Warm turkey, cranberry sauce,
cornbread stuffing, gravy, and mayonnaise all stuffed into one sandwich! This definitely has to be one of its more popular menu items because everyone I know loves it! It’s definitely a go to place to grab a quick bite when we can’t decide where else to eat! Plus that 10% cast discount (woahhh slow down there Disney on the crazy deal) is always an additional incentive.
7. Cream Cheese Pretzel
Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of this beauty but let me tell you this pretzel is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The Cream Cheese Pretzel is pretty self explanatory: it’s a pretzel, filled with cream cheese. Sounds a little questionable but trust me it’s worth it. It can be found in two locations (that I know of), one is the Launch Pad in Tomorrowland and the other is right in front of Rockin Roller Coaster. The giant warm pretzel basically oozes with sweet cream cheese once you bite into it. It’s one of those things you’ll just have to try for yourself to understand the doughy goodness and I highly recommend you try it at least once!
6. No Way Jose
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Probably one of the most life-changing sundaes I’ve ever had honestly. Have you ever had a sundae that was covered in both hot fudge AND peanut butter fudge!? Probably not, which means you have to try this one. The No Way Jose is a sundae that can be found at Beaches & Cream at the Beach Club. This ice cream shop itself is an adorable hole in the wall that is decked out like a 50s diner. All the sundaes there are good but this one really hits the spot for me. On top of this peanut butter and hot fudge is whip cream with PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS… LIKE COME ON. If you like Reese’s or just peanut butter in general this is the sundae for you! I’m pretty sure you can pick what ice cream goes underneath all these toppings and I believe I usually go with chocolate just to add in that triple chocolate factor because why not. By the way that serving size could probably feed a small country but I usually eat the whole thing in one sitting because calories don’t count in Disney right? RIGHT!?
5. Caramel Apple Cookie
I would call this a hidden gem right here. I had no idea this bad boy existed until I spotted it one day while at my favorite caramel shop. The Werther’s Caramel Shop in Germany is where you can find this glorious cookie the size of your face. Unfortunately I once again do not have a picture of this, but trust me you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it. So imagine this, a giant soft oatmeal cookie covered with bit sized pieces of cinnamon apple and drizzled in warm caramel. Well that dream is in fact a reality and it’s AH-MAZE-ING.
4. Nutella Stuffed Doughnut
Another hidden gem really. This one is hidden in the back of France at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie. This dessert shop is hidden in the back of the France Pavilion as if only it only wants the true Disney fanatics to find it. So let me give you a slight back story on how I discovered this Nutella-y goodness. My roommate Emily and I decided to
try and grab a quick treat before our dinner reservations. I knew this dessert shop has plenty of goodies that I haven’t tried before so we headed over there. Once we were inside I noticed this giant piece of dough covered in powder sugar. When the cute French boy told me it was in fact a doughnut filled with Nutella my jaw nearly dropped to the floor. How had I never known this existed before!? I couldn’t wait a moment longer! I had to try it! I’ll let you know one thing is for sure, it was AMAZING. For the Nutella lovers out there this is a must have!
3. Ghirardelli Sea Salt Caramel Sundae
UGH TALK ABOUT A BEAUTIFUL CALORIE INDUCED COMA. Whenever you’re having a bad day this thing will turn that frown right upside down! This sundae can be found at the Ghirardelli shop in Disney Springs. Even though the line might be long and it might look like chaos inside, IT’S WORTH ITTTTT. The sundae is in a cup that is first coated in warm Ghirardelli hot fudge. Then it is filled with vanilla bean ice cream while being layered
between scoops with caramel and hot fudge. Lastly, it is topped off with even more hot fudge/caramel, along with sea salt, whipped cream, and a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate! Once again this is probably a sundae that could be shared, but some days you just need a sundae or one, ya feel? As you can see by the pictures above I have done this more than once.
2. Mickey Rice Crispy
Now this is where you can get a little creative. Mickey Rice Crispy treats are great because there are so many different kinds. With so many toppings odds everyone can
find one they’ll love. My personal favorite is the one covered in chocolate with peanut butter chocolate chips with even more chocolate drizzled on top! Like just look how many peanut butter chips they cram onto that thing, how can it not be amazing?? My second favorite would have to be from the caramel shop in Germany. The one at the caramel shop has just the ears
covered in milk chocolate while the rest of it is drizzled in some heavenly caramel. Lastly almost any of the ones with hard frosting on top are a great sweet treat. These items can be found in every confectionary and candy store throughout Disney. My top choices to go to are the Confectionary on Main Street, Goofy’s Candy Co in Disney Springs, or Big Top Souvenirs in Story Book Circus! At these three locations they have the biggest variety of toppings to choose from. The variety includes white, dark, milk chocolate, or frosting bases with toppings like caramel drizzle, M&Ms, Oreo Cookie, sprinkles, Peanut Butter Chips, or even more chocolate! Goofy’s Candy Co is also special because there you can design your own rice crispy! They give you a sheet and you pick what kind of chocolate base you want and the toppings. Overall these are usually my go to guilty pleasure treats.
1. Nutella Waffle with Fresh Fruit
Now time for the ultimate winner. There is no going wrong when it comes to the gluten-filled delicacies that Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square has to offer. The menu at Sleepy Hollow includes Pretzel Dogs, Fried Dough, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches the size of your head, and the most amazing for last: Waffle sandwiches. Now there are a few different kinds of waffle sandwiches such as the strawberries with whipped cream, sweet & spicy chicken, or the breakfast sandwich. But I am here to talk about the one that tops them all: The Fresh Fruit Waffle. This is a giant waffle with globs of Nutella dumped on top. To finish it off it’s then piled high with blueberries, strawberries and banana! This is the perfect food item to enjoy at any time of the day! Breakfast? Fresh Fruit Waffle. Dinner? Fresh Fruit Waffle. Dessert, Mid Day Snack, Just cause? Fresh Fruit Waffle. Trust me you will NEVER be disappointed with this mound of goodness. Plus it has fruit on top so it makes it healthy right?? Also my Liberty Square pals work there so I show some Ad/Lib pride by getting my food there.
Now that I’ve finally finished this article below I posted a video that shows me eating at two locations inside the Grand Floridian because I thought it fit into the whole food theme! Garden View Afternoon Tea and the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare both get a 10/10 from me! Check it out below!