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Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, are known for many things: magical shows, interactive characters, thrilling rides and amazing childhood memories. In recent years, great food has become a welcome addition to the list.
If you’re taking a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth this summer, make sure to try as many of these tasty treats as possible. By comparing lists of Disney Food Bloggers and frequent visitors, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the park’s best eats, ranked!
10. Mickey Waffles
What? Imagine Mickey’s face, but in waffle form.
Where? Find these smiley waffles almost anywhere in the parks, even in the hotels! The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom has an exclusive chocolate variety, too.
These iconic breakfast plates look fantastic on your Facebook page, and picky eaters will scarf them down. One caveat: That perfect mouse-ear shape is difficult to attain without overcooking. As a result, a lot of visitors have remarked that Mickey waffles are just a little too hard, but still overall a good start to your day. (Staying home? Make your own waffles even better with these fun toppings.)
9. Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs
What? Plain ol’ corn dogs.
Where? Disneyland’s Little Red Wagon or Disney World’s Fantasy Fare Food Truck
With a crunchy outer layer and soft, spongy inside, this corn dog has a cult following, with many claiming it’s miles better than any corn dog you could get at a grocery store or ballpark. While a corn dog is hardly iconic Disney fare, we give it props for being easy to hold: A corn dog is a great snack for munching in line while you’re waiting to ride Space Mountain.
8. Plaza Inn Fried Chicken
What? Plain ol’ fried chicken.
Where? Plaza Inn, Disneyland (on the corner of Main Street and Tomorrowland)
Boasting a thick, crispy crust, Plaza Inn’s fried chicken is seriously good. It’s served with a generous portion of green beans, mashed potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit. One portion can easily feed two people, so buying this platter really gives you a lot of bang for your buck. (Of course, it is always cheaper to make it yourself at home…) Bonus? The restaurant is glammed out with stained glass ceilings and crystal chandeliers.
7. Disneyland Churros
What? Fluffy, batter fried, and rolled in cinnamon sugar (a winning combination that makes great French toast as well!).
Where? They’re scattered throughout the park in Disneyland, but in Disney World they can only be found in Frontierland and La Cantina de San Angel.
For a churro to be simultaneously crunchy and fluffy, it’s got to have a crispy outer shell and chewy center. Disney has mastered the churro. Plus, if you visit Radiator Springs (the park in Disneyland dedicated to the Cars movie franchise), there is a 20-foot-tall traffic cone dedicated to selling churros!
6. King Cupcake
What? Chocolate cupcake filled with banana custard and topped with peanut butter icing, sprinkled with candied bacon, drizzled in chocolate, and topped with a white chocolate guitar pick. Thank you, thank you very much!
Where? Everything Pop food court in Disney World
Elvis was known for many things, but his favorite combination of bananas and peanut butter is undoubtedly one of his best legacies. Disney turns this idea into a decadent treat, one that has topped food bloggers’ lists. “Take it from me,” a Disney Food Blog writer wrote. “The sweetness from the chocolate and creamy banana custard is balanced well by the peanut butter frosting (heaven) and hint of salt from the candied bacon.” Looks pretty decadent to us… but we’re not sure that it beats our Elvis Ice Cream Sandwiches.
5. The Gray Stuff
What? Cookies and cream panna cotta mousse
Where? Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom
Remember that line from Beauty and the Beast‘s “Be Our Guest”? “Try the gray stuff, it’s delicious!” If you’ve ever wondered what exactly the gray stuff was, Disney has your answer. This creamy mousse is used to top cupcakes and other desserts at the restaurant. (Want more desserts inspired by this iconic movie? We have a list!)
4. Mickey Beignets
What? Everyone’s favorite deep-fried dough tossed in copious amounts of powdered sugar… and shaped like Mickey!
Where? Disneyland’s New Orleans Square and various locations throughout Disney World
While New Orleanians scoff that the Mickey shape and prepackaged nature completely ruin the idea of beignets (looking for a more authentic recipe?), plenty of park-goers attest that they are still absolutely delicious. Plus, if you visit at the right time of year, you might be able to enjoy pumpkin, gingerbread or bananas Foster beignets in New Orleans Square.
3. Napoli Pizza
What? Wood-fired pizzas with a variety of toppings, but they’re especially proud of cheesy quattro formaggi or sausage-topped piccante.
Where? Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot.
This place’s reputation speaks for itself: Napoli was rated as supplying the Best Theme Park Food by the Orlando Sentinel. The spot is decorated in a rustic Italian style. On-site wood-fired pizza ovens churn out fresh, blistered crusts. For anyone gluten-free, they are also known for their delicious gluten-free pastas!
2. Mickey Ice Cream Bars
What? A Mickey-shaped slab of vanilla ice cream coated in a thick layer of milk chocolate and held on a stick.
Where? Ice cream carts throughout the parks
Walking around all day in sunny Orlando or Anaheim requires something a little cold. These Mickey bars are a simple treat, but when you’ve been trekking through the heat for hours, there’s nothing better. (We also happen to love food on a stick!)
1. Dole Whip
Where is it? The Enchanted Tiki Room, Adventureland
What is it? The original flavor is composed of pineapple-flavored soft-serve that tastes like a mix between a smoothie and a milkshake. You can also order it poured float-style over Dole pineapple juice with orange and vanilla variations to try. (To duplicate the flavor at home, try this pineapple ice cream topping over your favorite scoops!)
Our perfect park eat is two things: very delicious and very Disney. The classic Dole Whip is both, combining wild flavor with crazy exclusivity (whips are only sold in Disney parks!). A must if you’ve never tried it, a Dole Whip is smooth, cold, and exactly the texture you’re looking for on a hot day. Tangy pineapple hits the perfect balance between tart and sweet, making it a delicious way to cool off on your walk. Even better? The generous portion means it’s a great dessert for sharing.
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