From crispy treats to churros, discover 50+ of the Best Things to Eat and Drink at Walt Disney World!
Best Things to Eat and Drink at Walt Disney World
OH MY you guys. This list has been a LONG TIME COMING! I have been to Walt Disney World a few times this year, and each time I find NEW and amazing things to eat and drink at Disney! I mean, Disney does SO MANY things right and food is just one of them. I love trying new things but there are some classics that I always have to get when there (hello, Dole Whip and Churros I’m looking at you)!
What about you? What’s on your list? I really want to know! But first, I’m going to share our favorites to this point. Here we go…
Best Things to Eat and Drink at Magic Kingdom
Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom
You guys, this is my NUMERO UNO. The treat that is a MUST HAVE on every single one of my Disney trips. Ahhhh, Dole Whip. Creamy, frozen pineapple goodness. You can get the soft serve on its own or as a Dole Whip Float, as shown below. I always opt for the float.
Mickey Rice Crispy Treats from Main Street Confectionery, Magic Kingdom
Now every Mickey Rice Crispy Treat is good – but this one covered in mini M&M’s? DIVINE. Pick it up on your way into Magic Kingdom, it’s a great start to the day!
Churros from Snack Carts, Magic Kingdom
Warm, crunchy, sugary, cinnamon-y (is that a word?) goodness. Now this one is my husband and my kids’ NUMERO UNO. I swear they smell the snack carts upon entry into the park. So we always stop here first, I can’t say that I blame them. I can’t way that I don’t walk away with my very own churro as well.
Mickey Pretzels from The Lunching Pad, Magic Kingdom
The perfect mid-meal snack! I always lean towards sweet treats at Disney, but when you need a little sustenance and you’ve already had too much sugar, the Mickey Pretzel is perfect! Get the cheese dipping sauce.
Cheshire Cat Tail from Cheshire Café, Magic Kingdom
You guys, this one is a MUST-HAVE! A warm croissant-like pastry filled with chocolate and drizzled with chocolate, what isn’t there to love! I also love the size and it’s easily shareable.
LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern, Magic Kingdom
No one’s slick as Gaston. No one’s quick as Gaston. No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s. A stop at Gaston’s Tavern is a must. Even if you’re not an avid BATB fan (my husband isn’t), even he loves going there. First up, grab a pint of LeFou’s Brew! UPDATE: Now the brew Delicious, especially on a warm day! The souvenir mugs are fun, but it’s just as tasty in a throw-away cup. You decide!
Warm Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern, Magic Kingdom
You know what goes great with a pint of LeFou’s Brew? A HUGE warm and delicious cinnamon roll! Just grab one to share, this buddy can feed at least 2. Also great to divvy up among the fam for a little treat.
Mickey’s Ice Cream Bars from Ice Cream Carts, Magic Kingdom
This is my oldest’s favorite. I think it blew his mind the first time he realized he could get an ice cream popsicle AT Disney. And it’s Mickey-shaped. What’s not to love?
Peter Pan Float from Storybook Treats, Magic Kingdom
Ok, now I’ve told you that Dole Whip is my #1, and that’s the pineapple version…but I have to tell you the Peter Pan Float almost tipped the scales! Made with Sprite topped with Lime Dole Whip soft serve and a Chocolate Feather (do NOT eat the feather, yuck), this float is amazing on a warm Florida day!
Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow, Magic Kingdom
YOU GUYS. I’m sure you’ve seen this one on Instagram a million times, because not only is it IG worthy, it’s also 100% amazing. Imageine: a huge freshly cooked waffle, drizzled with chocolate-hazelnut spread (aka Nutella) and topped with fresh fruit. It’s a dream.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom
Take your Dole Whip up a notch with this one! Here, a delicious pineapple upside down cake is topped with your choice of pineapple, vanilla or swirl soft serve.
Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots from The Friar’s Nook, Magic Kingdom
Oh em gee. If you are a fan of buffalo chicken, I HIGHLY recommend this tasty snack! Honestly so much of what I love from Disney are sweet snacks but this savory sensation tops my list. Delicious and filling!
French Onion Soup from Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom
We had the awesome opportunity to dine at Be Our Guest during one of our stops last year and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! Everything we had was top notch. I started out my meal with the French Onion Soup, topped with a Crouton and Gruyère Cheese. TONS of melty cheese goodness… Dining at Be Our Guest made our Top 10 Things to do at Walt Disney World!
Best Things to Eat and Drink in Animal Kingdom
Dole Whip with Rum from Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Animal Kingdom
Now HERE’S a treat for mama. I have to say that I’ve never had a Dole Whip better than this one with COCONUT RUM in Animal Kingdom! You can also opt for dark rum, but this will be one Disney drink you’ll remember!
Night Blossom from Pongu Pongu, Animal Kingdom
PANDORA IS AMAZING friends! If you haven’t made plans for a visit, do that ASAP. You can also check out our 10 Reasons to Visit Pandora if you need more convincing. One of my favorite parts of our visit there was grabbing the iconic Night Blossom Frozen Beverage! A frozen limeade with apple and pear flavors topped with passion fruit boba balls. YUMMY! And it’s so pretty too…
Pongu Lumpia from Pongu Pongu, Animal Kingdom
I just love Pongu Pongu, because not only do they have one of the best drinks at Disney World, they also have a tasty snack! The Pongu Lumpia is a sweet spring roll filled with pineapple cream cheese. YUM!
Satu’li Sampler Platter from Satu’li Canteen, Animal Kingdom
Ok, now this one is meant for a GROUP and is pricey! If you’re just buying for you, opt for the Combination Bowl: Grilled Beef & Chicken, the Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl or the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl…depending on your tastes. But this sampler lets you try ALL of it, your choice of four proteins and a sampling of each of the bases and sauces, served with vegetable slaw and beverages. It’s life-changing.
Cheeseburger Steamed Pod from Satu’li Canteen, Animal Kingdom
Ok, this is one you have to try at least once, the infamous Steamed Cheeseburger Pod! Some folks thought it had gone away, but alas it’s still on the Satu’li kids menu. Stuffed with ground Beef, ketchup, mustard, pickle and cheddar cheese, this little bao is unique!
Giraffe Marshmallow Wand from Zuri’s Sweets Shop, Animal Kingdom
Are you a fan of the marshmallow wand? They’re such simple and tasty treats! While classic Mickey Mouse Wands are fun, so are this adorable Giraffe-inspired treat you can get at Animal Kingdom! They’re huge hits with the kiddos (young and old)!
Best Things to Eat in Hollywood Studios
A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes from 50’s Prime Time Café, Hollywood Studios
Ok, so many go to 50’s Prime Time Café for the amazing atmosphere, but their food is amazing too! If you have a hard time deciding on just what meal to get, I HIGHLY suggest getting A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes: Golden-fried Chicken, Fork Tender Pot Roast, and Traditional Meatloaf with all the fixings. You can’t go wrong there! And if you aren’t super hungry, this is a great meal to share.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake from 50’s Prime Time Café, Hollywood Studios
Ok, now that you have what I think is the best dish at 50’s Prime time, it’s time for the BEST drink…and that’s the Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake! You guys, it’s so thick and creamy and AMAZING. A must-try!
Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich from Woody’s Lunch Box, Hollywood Studios
If you’re a cheese lover, you’re going to want to get this Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Woody’s Lunch Box! I wasn’t expecting much, but man oh man, it was delish! Melted Provolone, Cheddar, and American on Grilled Sourdough Bread with a garlic spread you’ll swoon over.
Shirley Temple from The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios
This fun restaurant in the heart of Hollywood Studios is an authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby, sharing some of their most famous dishes! We recently learned that the Shirley Temple, the original mocktail, was created for little Shirley on her 10th birthday at the restaurant. So I just had to order one, and in true Shirley Temple fashion, it was delicious!
Our Famous Cobb Salad from The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios
The Brown Derby is famous for more than just the Shirley Temple. My most favorite salad of all time – The Cobb Salad – was invented at the Brown Derby, named for the restaurant’s owner, Robert Howard Cobb. Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing, the salad was amazing – a MUST order!
Best Things to Eat in EPCOT
Beef Brisket Poutine from Refreshment Port, Canada Pavilion
You guys, I don’t know if you’ve ever had poutine, but THIS little “snack” is out of this world! French Fries with Beef Brisket, Beer-Cheese Sauce and Poutine Gravy topped with Crispy Onions…it’s not a snack, really it’s a MEAL. Perfect for sharing.
Le Cellier Filet Mignon from Le Cellier Steakhouse, Canada Pavilion
The Cheddar Cheese Soup is a great starter, but the star of this meal was certainly the Filet! A AAA Canadian Tenderloin with Mushroom Risotto, Asparagus-Tomato Relish and Truffle-Butter Sauce – delicious from the first bite to the last!
Fish and Chips from Rose & Crown Dining Room, United Kingdom Pavilion
We snagged this tastiness during our last trip to WDW with the kids! We always stop by Rose & Crown for pints, but this time we didn’t go into the pub but opted for a sit down meal with the kiddos. We split the adults Fish & Chips (the huge portion you see in the back) and the kids split the kids Fish & Chips, the little basket you see up front. They are hot, crispy and delicious – and as you can see generous portions. We’d definitely go back for more! TIP: If you don’t have time for a sit down meal, you can grab similar Fish & Chips outside the Rose & Crown at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop kiosk!
Pub Blends from Rose & Crown Dining Room, United Kingdom Pavilion
I opted for the Snake Bite, which is half Cider and half Harp. Andre got “Carl’s Blend,” half Harp and half Becks. Carl is a Cast Member at Rose & Crown that we’ve seen a few times now. We always make a stop here and get a pint, it’s tradition! They have a number of other pub blends on their menu, so make sure you stop by and try one!
Grand Marnier Slush from Les Vins des Chefs de France, France Pavilion
Made with Grand Marnier, Rum and Grey Goose Orange and Orange Juice – these slushies are a fan-favorite! You’ll see plenty of folks walking around with these glasses near the France Pavilion.
Chocolate Crépe from Crêpes de Chefs de France, France Pavilion
Mmmm mmm mmm… there are few things that really stick out in my memory from my trip to Paris years ago, but the crepes are certainly one of them! And this sweet little treat fits the bill, drizzled in chocolate.
Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie, France Pavilion
Shhhh…don’t tell anyone but I’ve never been the hugest fan of macarons. But I take that all back after trying them from Les Halles! So good and worth the stop!
Wood-fired Authenic Pizza Napoletana from Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy Pavilion
Enjoy traditional Neapolitan pizza delivered right to your table, from cheesy quattro formaggi to sausage-topped piccante. The thin-crust pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes and real Caputo flour imported from Southern Italy. Water for the dough is even sourced from a spring similar to Italy’s Campania region.
Limoncello from Via Napoli Donkey Cart, Italy Pavilion
If you’re a limoncello fan, this cute, bright little donkey cart outside of Via Napoli is a must visit! They only serve a few cocktails but you’re sure to find what you like – this Limoncello packs a punch. Sit and sip as you people watch from the streets of Italy.
Tangier’s Breeze from Spice Road Table, Morocco Pavilion
I think I could spend a whole day in the Morocco Pavilion! It’s so pretty and the type of food is right up my alley. It’s on my list. But for now, the Tangier’s Breeze (recommended by the bartender) with Peach Vodka, Midori, and Pineapple Juice is delicious and refreshing! Perfect for a World Showcase pit stop.
Tonkotsu Ramen from Katsura Grill, Japan Pavilion
My husband is a HUGE ramen fan. So no doubt we had to stop for a bit to eat at Katsura Grill. You might notice that most of our Epcot recommendations are from quick-serve restaurants. That’s because I love to try a little of everything! This noodle shop is small but mighty. The ramen was great!
Tokyo Sunset from the Outdoor Sake Bar, Japan Pavilion
Ok, so I feel really bad because we went here for the sake, but LEFT with out hands filled with Toyko Sunsets! I couldn’t resist – with Coconut Rum, Peach Schnapps, Banana Liqueur, and Pineapple Juice – it’s totally my kind of drink. I keep meaning to make a copycat to enjoy at home because this was one of my favorites! Sake next time…
Rainbow Kakigōri with Sweet Milk Topping from Kabuki Cafe, Japan Pavilion
Now I know you’ve heard about this one, right? The Rainbow Japanese Shaved Ice with sweet milk is amazing! So refreshing on a warm day at Epcot and the colorful rainbow of shaved ice will just make you smile. Worth the stop!
Bratwurst from Sommerfest, Germany Pavilion
This was one of my husband’s favorites! He loves a good bratwurst and said this one was very well done! Served on a freshly baked Roll with Sauerkraut with House-made Paprika Chips, if you’re a fan of sausage – you’ve gotta stop at the Germany Pavilion!
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce from Sommerfest, Germany Pavilion
Now this what caught my eye when we visited the Germany Pavilion – Apple Strudel! I mean, just look at that yummy vanilla sauce. It was so tasty (with a German beer)! If you’d like to try your hand at your own, Disney Parks has shared the recipe here.
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit from Sommerfest, Germany Pavilion
Ok, I know you were thinking WHERE IS THE BEER during our last two items from the Germany Pavilion, and we’re finally here. You of course have to try the beer. There are many varieties (even more in bottled form) for you to choose from, but the most popular and the one we enjoyed was the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit beer. Prost!
School Bread from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway Pavilion
The School Bread is the star of the Norway Pavilion! This Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconut pairs perfectly with a Viking Coffee, on our GUIDE TO DRINKING AROUND THE WORLD AT EPCOT!
Troll Horn from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway Pavilion
I had the HARDEST time deciding on what to get, but in true Nordic fashion I chose the Troll Horn this time around: Cloudberry Jam with Whipped Cream in a Crispy Pastry Sugar-coated Shell. Festive and delicious!
Chips and Guacamole from La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion
Now this Southwest gal is ALL about the chips and guac! I went into this skeptical if Disney all the way in Orlando could get it right, but the Fresh-made Guacamole with Tortilla Chips from the Mexico Pavilion was fantastic! Even on the spicy side – well done, Disney!
Churros with Caramel Sauce from La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion
These sweet little churros are a little different from what you’ll get at the snack carts in the other parks so they’re worth mentioning on their own! That caramel sauce though…
Lime Frozen Margarita from La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion
Also enjoyable from my seasoned Southwestern perspective – the frozen margarita! This sweet drink may look innocent, but it was strong, AND it was big enough to share! Bonus!
Best Things to Eat at Walt Disney Resort Hotels
Lest you think that the only place to get good food at Walt Disney World Resort is at the parks, we’ve started a list of our favorites from Walt Disney World Resort Hotels as well!
‘Ohana Character Dining Family Breakfast, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
HANDS DOWN our family’s absolute favorite meal and experience! The food is great – All you can eat Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs), Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes), Island-style Potatoes, Pua’a (Pork) Pork Breakfast Sausage Links and Smoked Bacon, Mickey-shaped Waffles and Assorted Breakfast Breads and Seasonal Fruit. And the atmosphere? Even better! I mean who doesn’t want to dine with Lilo & Stitch?!
Indian-style Bread Service from Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
On our last visit to Walt Disney World we had the opportunity for a hosted lunch at Sanna. All of the food was fantastic, but the most memorable was their amazing bread service! You get a choice of Five Breads – Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kucha, or Paneer Paratha. And a choice of Three Accompaniments – Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chuntey, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, or Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle. We got a little taste of each and there are some stunners! I could have filled up just on the bread!
Ice Cream Cone from Ample Hills Creamery, Disney’s BoardWalk
This is a must-stop for me at Disney. Ample Hills is stocked with the most amazing flavors AND the best flavored cones! Get a scoop (OR TWO) next time you’re nearby!
The Conjurita from AbracadaBar, Disney’s BoardWalk
Another favorite stop on Disney’s BoardWalk is AbracadaBar! It’s a small, quaint little lounge but packed full of tasty cocktails, story telling and secrets! Like this margarita, a tasty concoction that changes colors right before your eyes!
Wagyu Filet Mignon from Flying Fish, Disney’s BoardWalk
We’re nearing the end here…we also got the chance to stop by the Flying Fish for dinner for food and fun! The kitchen is open to the dining room so you can see the Cast Members busy at work preparing your amazing food. I opted for the Filet (do you sense a theme? I love good steak!) with Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus, Rainbow Carrots, Bordelaise Sauce. It did not disappoint!
Cape May Cafe Character Dining Breakfast, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
I’ve done a lot of character dining and ‘Ohana is still my favorite, but we stopped by Cape May on our last visit and I was floored! Their breakfast buffet was AMAZING. I piled my plate high with amazing egg scrambles, bacon and Mickey Waffles (of course) and then a side of pictures with the characters didn’t hurt.
Mickey Beignets from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
This may go without saying – if you’re staying near or visiting Port Orleans, GET THE BEIGNETS! You won’t be sorry.
Breakfast at Riverside Mill Food Court, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
So this may seem a strange recommendation, but I absolutely loved having breakfast at Riverside Mill Food Court during our stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort! Everything you love about Disney breakfasts is available for you to choose from and I found it go-at-your-own-pace, relaxed and enjoyable!
Did you make it?
There you have it, friends! 50+ of the Best Things to Eat and Drink at Walt Disney World! Did you make it to the end? If so, you deserve a prize! So tell me, what do you think? Did I have ALL of your favorites on the list – or what am I missing? I’d really love to know, I know we have more delicious things to discover at Walt Disney World!
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