I spent a long weekend in Walt Disney World exploring the best Disney Snacks that each park had to offer. Keep reading for my recommendations!
My Experience with Disney World
Disney World is whimsical and creative and astounding and wonderful and… so totally overwhelming. I’ve been to Disney World more times than I care to admit. My parents have had a membership at Saratoga Springs (a Disney resort) since 2005, and we’ve visited almost every year since then. I didn’t go much in college, but other than those years, I’ve been to Disney World almost every year of my life.
Every year there’s something new to see or do and this year was no exception… We spent a lot of time exploring the new attractions that have popped up since my last visit to Disney World, including the Millenium Falcon ride at Universal Studios (OMG so fun).
My Quest to Find the Best Disney Snacks
Of course, having not visited Disney since I started The Foreign Fork, I had to take some time to explore the food during this newest visit to WDW! I’ll admit, I didn’t have as much time to explore as I would have wanted… But I did eat some yummy Disney snacks, and I felt it was my responsibility to document these things!
I can’t definitively say that these are the BEST Disney snacks to eat in each Disney park. But I am saying that each thing listed here is my favorite Disney snacks from that park on that day.
Maybe one day Disney World will pay me to go back and taste EVERY ONE of the Disney snacks in Epcot so I can tell you for sure 😉 Until then, here are my recommendations.
Magic Kingdom: Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Obviously, Magic Kingdom was our first day (you can’t start Disney without going to Magic Kingdom!). I didn’t get to eat a lot at Magic Kingdom, but I really enjoyed the lunch that we had at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn in Frontierland, across from the wooden pathway leading to the Tom Sawyer Island docks.
I ordered the Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Matt got the taco trio. Both were delicious, but I think I was particularly fond of the taco trio. The restaurant also has a topping bar so that you can decorate your tacos whichever way you want!
My favorite part of this restaurant was that it was a counter-service style restaurant. The food we ordered was ready for pick up almost immediately, and then we were able to eat quickly and move on our merry way. We didn’t have time to wait for a waiter to bring us our Disney snacks… we had DISNEY WORLD to see!!!
Epcot: Dinner in Japan at Takumi Tei
For those of you that don’t know, the food in Epcot is a literal world of possibilities. About ⅔ of Epcot is home to its famous “World Showcase”, which features 11 “countries”. Disney has taken meticulous care building Epcot, something I never truly noticed or appreciated until this trip (my first trip as an adult).
Each country boasts a massive replica of that country’s most famous landmark. El Castillo Pyramid in Mexico and the Eiffel Tower from France sit within 5 minutes of each other, allowing the visitors to walk from one country to the next. Each country’s showcase almost exclusively employs workers from that country that can speak to you about their homeland.
Needless to say, the food is fantastic. This is not theme park food with a vaguely ethnic twist. No, this food is LEGIT.
For Valentine’s Day, we decided to check out one of the newest restaurants in the World Showcase, Takumi Tei in Japan. This restaurant opened in July of 2019. It blew us away.
If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into Japan for a quick, romantic dinner, I would recommend Takumi Tei. When we arrived, the hostess walked us through the first hallways of the restaurant to explain the decor of the building. Each room of the restaurant is decorated around one of the five core elements of the Earth: Wood, Paper, Stone, Water, and Earth. They seated us in the Earth room, which features beautiful brown tones.
Our waitress walked us through the menu, meticulously explaining each option. When we asked for her recommendations, she told us her favorite options because they resembled her favorite Japanese cuisine back home.
I went with the Kamo, which was marinated duck smoked with pureed squash, grapes, and cured duck egg yolk. Matt chose the Ochazuke, or Misoyake sea bass, mushrooms, and rice. They pour rose tea over the entire dish and serve it like a soup.
For dessert we got the Hachimitsu Castella, a honey cake with meringue and sesame brittle.
I can honestly say I think this is the closest you’ll get to a true high class Japanese dinner outside of Japan. The bill might make you shed some tears, but it’s worth it for such an authentic experience.
Animal Kingdom: DOLE Whip
If you’ve never heard of a DOLE Whip, you need to get your sorry booty right on over to Disney World RIGHT NOW. For those of you that don’t know, a DOLE Whip is a dessert famous at Disney that is a mix between an ice cream and Dole pineapple juice. It’s such a wonderfully refreshing dessert!
Full transparency here, these photos were of the DOLE Whips that we ate in the Magic Kingdom, but the ones in Animal Kingdom are just as delicious. You can get them from Tamu Tamu in the Harambe Marketplace.
And the best thing about Animal Kingdom DOLE Whips? You can make them BOOZY! That’s right. In addition to a normal DOLE Whip; a DOLE Whip with watermelon, strawberry, and coconut syrup; or a DOLE Whip Pineapple float; you can also get DOLE Whips with dark rum, or coconut rum. Is there a better way to handle sassy kids and big lines on a hot Orlando afternoon? I think not.
The DOLE Whips featured here were from the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland. Mine is an orange cream DOLE Whip with DOLE Whip, Orange, and Vanilla soft serve. Matt’s is the I Lava You Float, which us Orange DOLE Whip with Fanta, Strawberry and Red Passion Fruit Syrup topped with popping candy.
Hollywood Studios: Churro with Chocolate Sauce
I didn’t eat much during my Hollywood Studios day. We had sandwiches for breakfast (LOL) and then we left the park for lunch/dinner time before we came back at night for the Fantasmic show. A couple of people in my family bought some snacks along the way, though, and my favorite was, by far, the big churro.
A churro is a piece of dough that is piped into a long strip and fried. When the dough is removed from the oil, it’s rolled in cinnamon sugar. The result is a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside piece of heaven. Disney serves their churros with cups of chocolate for dipping, which is just the icing on the cake.
This churro with chocolate was at the cart right next to the Joffrey’s Tea Company in Hollywood Studios. Churros are not unusual at Walt Disney World snack carts, but this churro was a lifesaver. Right when I needed a midday pick-me-up to get me through those wait times, this churro saved the day. It gave me the boost I needed to keep going, and it was SO delicious.
I actually bought an extra one for my family so that they wouldn’t ask for a bite of mine 😉 #Italianproblems.
BONUS DISNEY SNACK: Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches at Any Park
I’m not going to lie to you people. There’s pretty much nothing special taste-wise about the Mickey’s ice cream sandwiches that live at the ice cream carts in Disney World. But look at how cute he is!
This ice cream sandwich is two chocolate wafers sandwiched around Cookies and Cream ice cream. The wafers are a little crisper than on normal ice cream sandwiches. This was a plus for me, as I don’t like the sogginess of normal ice cream sandwiches.
They’re just a fun treat if you want a cute, Mickey-themed snack. Plus, they’re delicious, so they’re totally worth the calories.
What are your favorite Disney snacks from the Walt Disney World parks?! Leave a comment and let me know so that I can make sure to try it on my next visit 🙂
For more recommendations from The Foreign Fork, check out my other travel food guides below: