I am an avid Disney fan, I make sure no attempt of hiding this, it has been implanted into me from a small age and it will stay with me through out my whole adult life. I am fortunate enough to have visited Disney World multiple times throughout growing up and during my adult life as well, and my parents still visit Orlando at least once a year. You could say it is a part of me, I live for the rides, the character experiences, the wonderfully magic atmosphere that covers a large portion of the Orlando area, but I also live for the food of Disney world. From top class restaurants to the side of the road snacks, from American classics to classic African dishes, if you want it, you can find it somewhere in the resort. I still feel as though I have barely scratched the surface of hundreds of places to eat, but I do have my favourites and therefore thought I would create a snack guide for you all.
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Essential whether it is your first, second or tenth visit, at least one breakfast must include Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes covered in maple syrup. Due how popular they are, the constant demand means they are always fresh, warm and fluffy, a perfect way to start a day at the parks.
Perfect for an afternoon cool down from the Orlando heat, Dole whip is a fresh frozen Pineapple yoghurt, Dole Whip floats are also available with Rum. Perfect. Although to get your hands on this treat, you will need to either visit Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom or Captain Cook’s inside the Polynesian resort as at present it is exclusive to these two places.
Funnel cake is essentially a warm doughnut, and it seems a bit of an odd choice in the Floridian heat, but I have an incredibly sweet tooth so naturally love it. You get a large portion for the price with every inch covered in sugar, but if you felt like going that bit further toppings include syrup, cookies and cream as well as vanilla ice cream.
These creations are like an art, in a lot of places, like Main Street USA ( Magic Kingdom) and Disney Springs, you can watch them being made and it is really impressive. I always get one of these and I pretty much always feel sick after I finish it but they are glorious and all have various different flavours, my personal favourite is the white chocolate and caramel apple.
At Harambe’s Market inside the Animal Kingdom you can get ice cold Sangria and it is perfect. They have only just started serving alcohol in non-restaurants recently at the parks ( Still not available at the Magic Kingdom) but the addition of Sangria in the Animal Kingdom and cold beer in the Hollywood Studios is incredibly welcome in my books.
Typhoon Lagoon Battered Shrimp
Firstly, please do not skip the water parks at Disney, they are a fantastic addition to any trip and very much theme parks in their own right.
They can get extremely busy, so I do advise arriving at the opening time to take on all the slides to then spend the afternoon chilling on the loungers with good food and cold beer. In Typhoon Lagoon I always recommend the battered Shrimp from Typhoon Tilly’s, the portion is extremely generous, so save money by sharing.
Exclusive to the World Pavilion inside Epcot, you can find traditional Norweigan Schoolbread inside Bakeri og Kafe, the perfect snack for waiting two hours in line for the Frozen ride!
and of course, no trip to Disney World is complete without the classic Mickey Shaped Ice Cream, these are pretty much available to purchase anywhere on Disney grounds.
There are still so many things I want to try, such as ‘the grey stuff’ from the Be Our Guest restaurant (Magic Kingdom) and Peanut Butter with Banana Pie from the Boardwalk Bakery (Disney’s Boardwalk), and I have big plans to attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival one year. If you are looking for some of Disney’s best bars, I wrote a whole post about them here.