Destination Disney World: The Must-Try foods at Disney World
Sarah Vetesi, a self-proclaimed Disney enthusiast tells us about her favorite foods at The Magic Kingdom and at Epcot.
March 22, 2017
It’s not everyday that you get to go to Disney World, which is in fact, the happiest place on earth. As a self-proclaimed Disney connoisseur, there are so many aspects to Disney that I absolutely love. But my personal favorite aspect of Disney is the incredible array of food and deserts they have. I mean, what can be better than Disney and some good eats, am I right?
The most iconic park of Disney World is, without a doubt, Magic Kingdom and any trip is not complete with the picturesque walk down Main Street USA with Cinderella’s Castle poking through the horizon. However, that walk down Main Street will get so much better if you stop into Main Street Confectionary. All it takes is a few steps in the door, and you are greeted with the most amazing view, a wall lined with sweets and treats. If your sweet tooth hasn’t been completely satisfied to maximum capacity, then you haven’t had enough to eat. My favorite treat is definitely the red velvet cake pop that is covered with chocolate, even mouse shaped to spread the Disney cheer as you chomp on the most delicious treat.
As you continue through the winds and turns of Magic Kingdom, it is an absolute must to flock to Aloha Isle, conveniently located near the classic Dumbo ride. Although it may appear to be another fast food restaurant, it is so much more. This restaurant holds the best, in my opinion, hidden treasure of all of Disney World, the Dole Whip. Now, if you don’t know what a Dole Whip is, worry not. In real life, it is tangy and sweet pineapple custard, but that description does not do it justice. It is the perfect desert to cool off on a hot day spent running around Magic Kingdom, and can only be found in Disney or Hawaii. So if you need an excuse to go to Hawaii, by all means go for it, but at least buy a cup or cone of this amazing treat while you have the chance!
The food journey does not stop there! If you are a little more adventurous, I strongly recommend that you pay a visit to the Golden Oak Outpost, tucked away near the famous Splash Mountain. The menu is stocked with the standard theme park essentials such as chicken fingers and hot dogs, but they truly set the standard for amazing French fries. The brown gravy and cheese waffle fries is one of the best things that I have ever tried. Similar to the Canadian classic treat poutine, these fries are loaded to the brim with savory gravy and cheese curds that make any mouth water.
As you journey on throughout Magic Kingdom, try to stop off at whatever restaurant catches your eye, you never know what you will find behind each door!
Destination Disney World: The Must-Try Foods at Epcot
If you love Disney or are a foodie, or both there is no better theme park to visit than Epcot, for rides and food! If you are not familiar with Epcot, this theme park has a unique design with each portion of land representing one of eleven countries from around the globe. With each country comes a new cuisine to try, so come hungry because you will be sure to leave happy and full.
There is absolutely no better way to start off any day in Epcot than grabbing something sweet to wake you up and prepare you for an amazing day. If you love sweets, then you should pay a visit to La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. Here, the menu is stuffed with classic Mexican sweets, but nothing compares to the churros that come with a warm caramel dipping sauce. Served toasty and covered in sugar, the churros are a perfect treat to energize even the most lethargic.
As you continue to stroll throughout the countries, take a glance around Germany, which is always bustling with loads of people. The reason why it is always packed is because any passerby who smells the amazing soft pretzels at the Germany Pretzel Cart has to stop and turn back around. The pretzels here are quite large and you even have the option of getting it with melted cheese on the side for dipping. Who could say no to such a classic snack?
In addition to the fluffy soft pretzel, I highly recommend going to L’Artisan de Glaces in the France pavilion to try some of the best homemade French sweets and pastries. In particular, the macaroon ice cream sandwich is my absolute favorite item off of the menu. Basically, it is a macaroon of any flavor with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream in the middle of the cookies. Light, airy, and cold, this treat is perfect as an afternoon cool-off snack.
Of course, after a long day in the park, it is important to treat yourself with a nice, hearty dinner. Just steps away from the popular Soarin’ ride sits the Garden Grill. If you are searching for a restaurant that is both delicious and entertaining, look no further! The Garden Grill serves the best sit-down dinner in Epcot hands down, served in a family style manner. Although everything they give you is delicious, they have especially spectacular pot roast, macaroni and cheese, and sweet potato fries. The best part about the entire dining experience is that famous characters come up to your table to greet you and take pictures. To top it all off, dinner comes with ice cream, which is a necessity after a long and fun day in the park.
So whether you plan on exploring all the rides in Epcot or just want to explore the countries and their various shops, be sure to peek inside a restaurant – you’ll never know what they have until you try it.