Walt Disney World is one of my favorite vacation spots not just because of the fun rides and great shows, but also because of the amazing food. Walking around the parks for hours on end is a sure-fire way to work up an appetite which gives me a great opportunity to sample more of the delicious cuisine. In between sit down meals, I love to try some of the great snacks you can find throughout the parks. Here are my top 5 favorites!
Premium Mickey Bar
This is by far my favorite treat at Walt Disney World. It combines two of my favorite things- dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream and then adds to its appeal with the adorable Mickey shape. I also love the crunch of the chocolatey shell and how it juxtaposes with the creamy soft ice cream underneath. Since Florida tends to be pretty warm year round, I find that the perfect excuse to cool off with a nice refreshing frozen treat like the Premium Mickey Bar. Luckily, these treats are super easy to find- there’s almost always an ice cream cart nearby in any of the 4 parks, so I never have to travel far when the craving hits.
The Churro comes in a close 2nd when it comes to my favorite snack at WDW. I can’t think of anything that isn’t made better by being covered in cinnamon and sugar. It’s a simple treat- fried dough with a delicious sweet coating, but perhaps that’s why I like it so much. Churros aren’t quite as easy to find as some of my other favorite snacks, but my favorite place to eat them has always been Liberty Square or Frontierland at Magic Kingdom while staking out a great spot for viewing Main Street Electrical Parade or Spectromagic. While both of those parades have been retired, I’m sure I can find a new reason to enjoy a delicious churro on our next trip to WDW.
Outside the theme parks, I am not one who eats popcorn very often. Perhaps it’s because I spent several years making it and serving it at a local movie theater as a teenager. However, there is something about theme park popcorn that just makes it taste better. Much like the churro, my favorite time to enjoy this snack is while staking out a spot for a parade. Luckily, popcorn is not the least bit difficult to find in any of the 4 parks and the smell often finds me before I actually see the cart where I can buy it. My sister is usually the one who insists on snacking on popcorn, but she’s also usually generous enough to share it with me. On our last trip, we actually purchased an adorable Cinderella Coach keepsake bucket to enjoy our popcorn in, and my daughter loves playing with it to remind her of our vacation.
I actually didn’t expect to like this treat as much as I do. I’m not a huge fan of pineapple and so a Dole Whip is nothing I would have ever been interested in trying on my own. My parents, however, are big fans of pineapple and on one of our trips as a child, I happened to try a bite of one of theirs. That one bite was all it took to get me hooked. Maybe it’s the pineapple paired with ice cream that makes this combination so delicious, but whatever it is, I love it!
Mickey-Shaped Rice Krispy Treats
Rice Krispy treats have always been one of my favorite guilty pleasures. It’s the ooey-gooey combination of marshmallow and butter holding the pieces of cereal that make my mouth water. Add a cute Mickey shape and a popsicle stick to keep your hands from getting sticky while eating it. I think my favorite thing about this snack is its portability and how long it stays edible. I love to purchase several and take them home with me so I can enjoy a little piece of WDW for a few weeks after I have to return to the real world. There are several varieties, some with chocolate, sprinkles, or both, but I prefer the original version with no extras.
There are countless snack options all around Walt Disney World, from common to exotic. Most of my favorites happen to be fairly common, but I’m always open to trying something new. Tell me some of your favorite WDW snacks, so I can add them to my must-try list for our next visit!