Disney World is chock full of food. It’s a fun foodie adventure for all. But, what are the six things you have to eat in Walt Disney World that are more than just nostalgia… they are culinary delights.
When we ask people what they’re “must have” Disney treats or eats are it’s almost always an item linked to nostalgia. A Dole Whip or a Mickey Pretzel. But, Disney is so much more than that. And we have compiled our list as not-so-humble Disney foodie experts of five foodie items that will delight your tastebuds and knock nostalgia right out the window.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to food. Even in Walt Disney World. With hundreds of quick-service, table-service and snack options at your disposal on property, there truly is something for everyone.
Epcot’s festivals are a terrific way to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. These festivals offer a variety of small plates inspired by dishes from around the world and the creativity from Disney’s renowned chefs.
But, what about the items that are always available? Theme park food gets a bad rap but over the last decade theme parks, especially Disney has really upped the ante. There are so many amazing items available that will put that dry bruger and chicken nuggets right out of your mind.
These are five things you have to eat in Walt Disney World.
Now, it’s important we state that even though we consider ourselves a pretty great judge of good food, tastes differ for everyone and not everyone enjoys the same thing. These are our not-so-humble opinions and your may be different.
Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
This delicious treat can be found in the France pavilion at Epcot at L’Artisan des Glaces. A dreamy vanilla bean gelato mixed with strawberry sorbet and sandwiched between two perfect strawberry macarons. This is a larger and well-made macaron. Macaron’s are testy and can be difficult to get right, especially when they are made in bulk but this is chewy in the center with a slight, perfect crunch on the edges. We love this treat year-round but it’s especially perfect on a hot Disney day.
Ahi Tuna Nachos
Yep! You read that right. At Yak and Yeti in Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can find this appetizer that can feed an army. The ahi tuna nachos are piled high with deliciousness incuding delicious ahi tuna, and the chips are not traditional tortilla chips but instead fried wonton chips. The dish comes with a crispy asian slaw, wasabi aioli to give it a kick and a ton of other delicious fresh flavors.
Falls Family Falafel
Never in a million years did we think we would put falafel on a list of delicious Disney items but here we are. At Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen you will find this hidden gem. The falafel is perfectly seasoned and cooked. With a delicious crunch on the outside and pillowy bundles of flavor on the inside. The falafel comes on a bed of housemade edamame hummus and crunchy seasoned pumpkin seeds. This is a must-have for us on every trip to this restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
Banana Bread Pudding
Oh ‘Ohana how we miss thee. It has been so long since we have eaten here. Obviously, since it hasn’t reopened but there is also no reopening date at this time. ‘Ohana is such a Disney staple and everyone knows about the banana bread pudding but unlike a lot of over-hyped Disney treats this one is seriously delicious.
Take heart bread pudding fans! You can still enjoy this treat right now at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The delightful dessert is available at Kona Cafe also located at the Polynesian resort.
Caramel Butter Bar
The Karamell-Küche at Walt Disney World is located in Epcot’s World Showcase in the Germany pavilion. This place not only smells delicious but is full of amazing buttery caramel goodness. The caramel butter bar is hands down our favorite treat at The Karamell-Küche. Creamy, salty, smooth caramel and buttery soft shortbread is all you need to know that this treat will leave a lasting impression on your sweet tooth.
Cheddar Cheese Soup
The cheddar cheese soup from Le Cellier in Epcot’s World Showcase is the stuff of Disney legends. It’s so amazing and delicious that many of the festivals at Epcot offer a small version of the dish. Creamy, full of delcious cheese with a little bit of bacon and little bit of beer. I know. Your mouth is watering already.
This is a definite must-try at Disney.
There are so many delicious treats and eats at Disney. It is so much more than pretzels, churros, stale burgers and cardboard pizza. Theme park food has been taken to the next level at Disney (and other theme parks). If you have some favorites you think need to be shared be sure to let us know.
We could do an entire series filled with amazing items that need to be tried at Disney. This just scratches the surface.