Ah, the Disney snack.
The term itself is an umbrella, beneath which goodies of every variety gather in a spread of scrumptiousness. Cupcakes, cookies, and everything in between are present and accounted for- whether you're craving a massive cinnamon roll at Gaston's (R.I.P. old Main Street Bakery) or an impossibly adorable candy apple, you won't be disappointed at a Disney park!
If I had my way, I would forgo meals entirely and fill my belly entirely from the bevy of snack carts and counters at Walt Disney World (goodness knows most of them are big enough to stand in for a meal!). With such variety, the task of picking only a handful of these tantalizing treats can be understandably daunting. That's why I'm here to count down my top 5 most favorite (WDW) Disney snacks of all time (... too much?)!
# 5: Ice Cream. All the kinds.
... didn't stand a chance!
Whether it's soft-serve, hand-scooped, or Mickey-shaped, ice cream is everywhere in Walt Disney World. You can have it in a cone or as a float, in a box or with a fox (sorry- wrong dish!)- the funnel cake kiosk at Epcot's American Adventure even offers the option to plop a slab of it on top of your treat. My go-to variety on a sweltering Florida afternoon is good ol' vanilla soft serve (seen above in all its swirly goodness from the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck at Disney's Animal Kingdom). Nothing kills that mid-afternoon ice cream craving like a classic cone... well, unless that thing is...
#4: THE Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
Alright, I know what you guys are thinking: "Becca, wouldn't this be one of the "all the kinds" you just mentioned?" In any other case, yes. However, this is not any old cookie sandwich. This cookie sandwich starts with two soft, gooey chocolate chip cookies (each of which, I might add, is roughly the size of my nineteen-year-old hand). Then, a cast member will lop on healthy dose of that cold, creamy good stuff (typically vanilla) and actual magic happens. The ice cream melts ever-so-slightly into the warm cookies and creates an amazing, melty bite with the perfect balance of textures.
A word of caution: the precise thing that makes this cookie great (see aforementioned melty deliciousness) brings the potential for a little bit of a mess. I suggest coming into it with a game plan (and a few napkins)!#3: A Mickey Rice Krispie Treat from Goofy's Candy Co. (...on a stick, of course!)
A rice krispie treat is a pretty average snack; I mean, you can pick up a whole box of the things at the nearest grocery store. Yet when that humble confection is dipped in chocolate, rolled in the topping of your choice, and (most importantly) shaped like the Mouse that started it all, the old lunchbox standby reaches an entirely new level of sugary perfection. Goofy's Candy Co. at the Downtown Disney Marketplace is the place to go for any customized Disney sweet, from candy apples to pretzel rods to marshmallows and beyond! My perfect Mickey Rice Krispie Treat is dark chocolate dipped, covered in Reese's Pieces, and finished off with a white chocolate drizzle... (what? I'm not drooling! I'm just... yeah, I'm drooling.)#2: The Pride of the World Showcase (a.k.a. School Bread)
I will keep using this picture until someone tells me to stop.
I have already professed my love for this pastry from Epcot's Norway Pavilion in great detail, but I would be remiss to leave it off this list. Sweet (but not too sweet), exotic, and oh-so-satisfysing, this treat is pretty much perfection wrapped up in a cute roll-shaped package. However, one classic Disney snack triumphs over even School Bread...#1: One (Dole) Whip to Rule Them All
I somehow have no photos of my favorite snack... but this is where you can get it!
Was there really any doubt about this one? I love Dole Whip. I dream about Dole Whip. Dole Whip dominates entire conversations in my day-to-day life.
The legendary pineapple soft-serve hardly needs an introduction; it's the perfect complement to a sunny day in the Magic Kingdom, and it's hard to beat a stroll through Adventureland with a Dole Whip in hand. Bright and refreshing, it's like a smile in a cup, and a trip to Disney just isn't complete without one.Did your favorite snack make the list? I had such a hard time picking only five!
- Becca :)