by: Nick the Disney Devo
There are many reasons why I love Walt Disney World. Right up there near the top is food. My wife, Barbie and I like to try new restaurants, but there are certain foods that I look forward to each trip.
Popcorn. For some reason, Walt Disney World popcorn and specifically, Magic Kingdom popcorn, tastes better than popcorn anywhere else. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a Castle show, a parade, or a fireworks spectacular, or even just to enjoy while taking a stroll up Main Street. The following picture of Barbie and me was taken on January 19th, National Popcorn Day. Can you think of a better place to celebrate?
Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar, aka a Mickey Head or Mickey Bar. Like the popcorn, this frozen treat is somehow the tastiest ice cream bar ever! Sure, there are some that come close, in fact, I personally think that Dove’s Dark Chocolate bar is very similar. But, well, the ambiance of the parks make the Mickey Bar the clear winner. They are available all over WDW, but for some reason, we often get one right after riding Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Maybe it’s to calm our nerves?
Dole Whip or a Dole Whip Float. Dole Whip is a soft serve pineapple flavored frozen dessert which can be found at Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian, but we mostly get it at Aloha Isle in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.
Dole Whips not only come in pineapple, but they also come in orange, and you can get them swirled with vanilla.
And of course, there is the Pineapple Float, which I always refer to as a Dole Whip Float. It is pineapple, vanilla, or orange soft serve with pineapple juice. We always get the classics though, the pineapple Dole Whip and the Dole Whip Float. In fact, we love it so much, we have even made them at home!
The first three favorites listed here have one thing in common. They are snacks and are very likely not going away anytime soon. These next 2 are items on menus, and menus do, for better or for worse, change. I hope these don’t go anywhere anytime soon!
The Braised Pork, from the Be Our Guest restaurant’s lunch menu in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, which is slow-cooked pork with vegetables and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beans jardiniere. It’s also been added to the dinner menu, but I’ve only ever had the lunch portion. It’s amazing. How amazing? On our first lunch here in October of 2013, I wound up having to split it with Barbie because she loved it so much. And on our trip in January of this year, it was on the top of must haves for both of us!
The Sterling Silver Pork Chop with smoked Gouda and heirloom apple slaw served over potato hash with bacon, Napa cabbage, sweet peppers and a cider jus at Hollywood’s Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’ve had this on our last 4 trips to Walt Disney World. This is my favorite pork chop. In the world. Not just Disney World. No, really, the whole world.
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