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Top 5 Walt Disney World Snacks

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I recently had a client ask if I could make any recommendations the top Walt Disney World snacks. They wanted to splurge and get a few every day to share. Though I managed to be more professional in my email back to her, my in-person response would have been “Girl, do I!!”

I consider myself and my family “snack connoisseurs,” though I don’t know that this is a particularly flattering description of us. Our favorite park is Epcot, which is a veritable smorgasbord of deliciousness, and the snack options are part of the reason we love it so much. Who doesn’t want to travel around the world and eat themselves silly?

It is in this spirit that I present my top five (yes, I know – it was hard to pare them down!) Walt Disney World Snacks:


5. Werther’s Caramel Popcorn

Sweet and salty? It’s right up my alley. You really can’t go wrong with popcorn of any kind at Disney World, but if you’re a caramel fan, the caramel corn at Karamell Kuche at Epcot’s Germany pavilion is where it’s at. While you’re there, grab a Mickey rice krispy treat dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, or a pecan caramel cluster.

4. Carrot Cake Cookie

This cult favorite used to be “the snack to have” at the Writer’s Stop café in Hollywood Studios, but since the café’s closing, you can find it at Sweet Spells right down the road. Two HUGE delicious carrot cake cookies sandwich a massive layer of cream cheese frosting. And since it has carrots in it, it’s good for you, right?! (photo credit: The Disney Food Blog)

3. LeFou’s Brew

If you’re a big Beauty and the Beast fan like I am, just the experience of stepping into Gaston’s Tavern, located in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, is a dream come true. He uses antlers in all of his decorating – seriously! There are plenty of delicious snacks to be had at this unique snack counter (pork shank, giant cinnamon rolls, oh my!) but the winner is LeFou’s Brew, an apple/marshmallow/passion fruit combo of a drink that will blow your mind. Sound weird? Just trust me and try it out! (photo credit: The Disney Parks Blog )

2. Dole Whip

To not set off the ire of the Dole Whip diehards out there (you know who you are!), I will explain that there are times that this would rank #1 for me. Who wouldn’t like pineapple ice cream? There are many variations of this treat – with and without alcohol, with and without pineapple juice, etc. – and they’re all delicious. But my favorite is at Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort. Pineapple and vanilla soft serve swirled together to perfection-yum!

1. School Bread


The cardamom bun. The vanilla icing and toasted coconut drizzled over the top. That slightly lemon-y dollop of pudding cream. Oh, how I could wax poetic on the deliciousness of this Norwegian treat. My family likes to get one to share while visiting the Norway pavilion at Epcot, and several to eat for breakfast the next day when we’re on our way out. I literally dream about this treat when it’s been too long since my last visit! (photo credit: The Disney Food Blog)


There you are – my top 5 treats you must experience your next trip to Walt Disney World. What would you add to the list?


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Laura “I am an avid traveler – to Disney and beyond! (read that in Buzz Lightyear’s voice and you’ve got the right idea!) My daughters, husband and I have taken four Disney trips in the last five years, as well as journeyed in an RV for six months across the Western United States. My favorite rides at Disney World are Space Mountain, Peter Pan (I get chill bumps every time we fly over London!), and Star Tours. The Polynesian Village Resort is my absolute favorite place to stay, especially because there’s unlimited Dole Whip!”

Mama Monday : Dole Whips Make Me Happy!

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Mamas (and Daddies), I am craving a Dole Whip! If you have not had one before, add it to your must do list at Disney.  You can get them at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. 
There are variations on Dole Whip and how you can get one, but I am a purist and I like it not jazzed up. It is served like frozen yogurt.  It is actually Pineapple soft serve sorbet. It tastes like a fluffy pineapple pillow melting in your mouth.  If there was something that could taste like Hawaii, this would be it! It is divine and yummy and my mouth knows when I am at Disney and I must have one. When I was pregnant I had one every day of my trips. This is a treat that I will not share with anyone else in my family. They must get their very own.

At Walt Disney World you can get them at Aloha Isle which is in the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland.  You can also get them at Capt’ Cook’s in the Polynesian. The ones there are self serve. There’s something about them not turning out as pretty that affects the taste for me so at WDW, I opt for Aloha Isle.  And for a limited time during the months of March, April, and early May you will be able to get one with a little Spiced Rum added to it over at Epcot for the Flower & Garden Festival. Hopefully they will have a nonalcoholic option for the kids. That could get dangerous!
My favorite place to get a Dole Whip is at Disneyland. They have a Tiki Juice Bar that is part of the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland. If you are seeing the show, the line is shorter in the waiting area for the Tiki Juice Bar.  The Enchanted Tiki Room is one of my favorite attractions and it is even sweeter having a Dole Whip while you wait for the show to start. Delish!
At Aloha Isle you can also get a dole whip float, you can get dole whip swirled with other flavors, and you can add a pineapple spear.  At Capt Cook’s it’s just self serve Dole Whip or you can swirl it with vanilla. And at the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland, you can get the float, the plain Dole Whip, and a spear but no swirls either.  I don’t like the swirled options so that’s fine by me! I have no idea why anyone would want to alter the incredible taste of the Dole Whip by swirling it but many people love it that way. The floats are tasty. They are made with pineapple juice.  But I stand by that old fashioned Dole Whip.
If anyone wants to try to make it at home here’s a recipe I have found. I have yet to try this but am thinking about doing this over spring break with the kiddos for a special treat.
1.     2 20 ounce cans Dole crushed pineapple with juice
2.     2 tablespoons lemon juice
3.     2 tablespoons lime juice
4.     1/3 cup sugar
5.     1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
1.     Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice. Set aside.
2.     Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender or food processor container; cover and blend until smooth.
3.     Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags and store bags flat in freezer.
4.     Freeze 1-1/2 hours or until slushy.
5.     Stir pineapple slush gently into whipped cream until slightly blended, in large bowl.
6.     Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour.

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