Disney parks may not rank high on your foodie index, but you needn’t check your tastebuds at the gate. There are myriad tasty adult treats throughout the parks and resorts, from boozy slushies to open-faced Scandinavian sandwiches. And for the kids? Expect a sugary, deep-fried wonderland of corn dog nuggets, cinnamony churros, and gargantuan ice cream sundaes. Our Disney expert selected 25 of her top eats from all over Walt Disney World.
By Leigh C.W. Jenkins
BBQ Chicken at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Not only is the BBQ chicken here deliciously crispy and juice, it also comes with fantastic baked beans and refreshing coleslaw. And the outdoor seating area is one of the prettiest at Walt Disney World.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at Epcot
Hearty and satisfying, the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is one of the most popular items at Epcot. And if you’re visiting Epcot during the Epcot"> (which runs for eight weeks during the fall) this soup can also be found at the Canadian kiosk.
Carrot Cake Cookies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This bookstore-meets-coffee shop boasts a counter of sweets as well as a delicious cup of joe, but the real reason to stop by is to try the giant carrot cake cookies that come filled with a cream cheese center.
Corn Dog Nuggets at The Magic Kingdom
Kids love corn dogs, so why not make the treat even more addictive? That must have been the strategy behind corn dog nuggets, which are way more tasty than most adults care to admit. Overheard: “I ordered them for the kids!”
Churros at Epcot
You may not expect to find delicious churros at Disney—but you’d be wrong. The churros at La Cantinia de San Angel are sweet and crunchy, but somehow also light and fluffy. We rate them a 10 out of 10 on the churro-craveability scale.
Cobb Salad at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Based on the Cobb Salad made famous by the Brown Derby in Old Hollywood, this crowd-pleasing dish is tossed table-side. Order as an entrée or to split among the table as an appetizer.
Cupcakes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This is a futuristic café where you order from an interactive screen. What should you order, you ask? Cupcakes. Go for the cupcakes. Pick from red velvet, s’mores or chocolate.
Dalkey Duos at Downtown Disney
The Dalkey Duos are a delicious pair of bite-size sausages that have been deep fried and come with creamy mustard sauce. They may be listed as appetizers, but believe us these indulgent snacks are more like entrees.
LaFou’s Brew at The Magic Kingdom
Kids will adore this foamy brew of no-sugar added frozen apple juice, toasted marshmallow, and passion fruit-mango foam. Named for Gaston’s sidekick in Beauty and the Beast, the drink comes in either a Belle- or Gaston-themed souvenir cup.
Gingerbread at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
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A seasonal treat that is only offered in the six weeks around Christmas, fresh gingerbread is available at a life size ginger bread house in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. Kids will love this over the top location and, of course, the sinfully delicious cookies.
Grey Goose Slushies at Epcot
Where to Find It: French Pavilion at Epcot
Sometimes adults need a treat of their very own. This lemon slushy, made with Grey Goose vodka, may be the best-known signature cocktail at Disney. After a sweaty day of crowds and queues, there’s no better way to kick back and relax. You deserve it.
Kitchen Sink Sundae at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
This is the mother of all ice cream sundaes. The gargantuan treat is meant to be shared, unless you want to down it yourself a la Man vs. Food. It comes with five kinds of ice cream topped with literally every topping available in the shop.
Salmon-and-Egg Sandwich at Epcot
For an elegant, Nordic-inspired lunch, head over to Kringla for a salmon-and-egg open-faced sandwich with goat cheese spread. This unusual treat makes a great, lighter lunch option.
PB&J Milkshake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Want a twist on two classics? Stop by 50’s Prime Time Café for a delicious peanut butter-and-jelly milkshake—it may sound dubious, but it’s actually delicious. Tip: Adults can add a splash of liquor to mix it up. And if you don’t feel like dining in, stop by the Tune-In Lounge, a bar connected to the restaurant to get your shake to go.
Pineapple Float at The Magic Kingdom
This frothy mixture of pineapple ice cream and pineapple juice can only be found in two places: here and at the Dole Whip factory in Hawai’i. More than just a milkshake, it may be the ideal treat to assist out-of-town visitors in surviving the sweltering Florida sun.
Cheese Pizza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The puffed up cheese pizza from Pizza Planet is a mouthwatering version of a favorite standby. It will get rave reviews from guests young and old, as will the attached arcade.
Cariciofi Pizza at Epcot
The Via Napoli pizzeria has a bevy of delicious choices but the cariciofi (Italian for artichoke) pizza beats them all. A white pizza made with artichokes and truffle oil—along with a glass or two of wine—will soothe any stressors you may have encountered during the day.
Pot Stickers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Pop into this American-Asian restaurant to find a menu filled with mouthwatering choices from dim sum classics (shu mai and dumplings) to larger plates like noodle dishes and curries. But the real draw is the delicious pork pot stickers.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich at The Magic Kingdom
This massive sandwich looks more like a bulging waffle taco. Boneless fried chicken is stuffed into a folded, round waffle with coleslaw and sandwich. Eat the whole thing and you may be headed for a nap.
Smoked Turkey Legs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The popular smoked turkey legs can be found at a few locations around Walt Disney World, but plan on picking up one here and taking it in with you to watch Fantasmic. Turkey legs are a wacky trend at Disney—you’ll even find turkey leg themed t-shirts for sale around the parks.
Cream Cheese Pretzels at The Magic Kingdom
Can’t decide between a sweet or salty snack? You’ll find a bit of both in these cream cheese pretzels that are filled with sweetened cream cheese, and dusted with a crumb topping.
Quinoa Salad at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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The first thing you’re craving on vacation is almost never a quinoa salad, we know. But vegetarians, and visitors who need a break in their daily indulgences, will love this salad with fried tofu, olives, and feta cheese.
Baklava at Epcot
We like this Mediterranean eatery for its shawarma (roasted lamb or chicken served in platters or wraps), along with fresh tabouleh salad, hummus, and other healthy treats. But the can’t-miss item is dessert: the baklava, a flakey, honeyed pastry with nuts is a must when passing through the Moroccan Pavilion.
Jungle Juice at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This healthy treat is an unexpected bonus—delicious and fresh fruit juice for breakfast. Jungle Juice comes with orange, guava, and passion fruit juices all mixed together for a magical tropical morning drink.
Fish and Chips at Epcot
These crispy fish-and-chips, served up in a newsprint wrapper, hit all the comfort-food pleasure centers. Grab your meal to go and take it over to enjoy another Brit-inspired attraction, the punk rock band the British Revolution, which regularly plays over by the gazebo.