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Vote the week: Favorite theme park snack?

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Published: April 24, 2009 at 7:58 AM

Thanks to TPI kids Natalie and Brian for this week's vote. Jealous over mom and dad's trip to Disneyland this week, they started listing some of the "theme park" food they would like have to eat. Right now, preferably.

And so, Dad gets his vote. What is your favorite snack at a theme park? We're staying away from snacks that can be a meal, such as turkey legs and pizza. Also, beverages are out, so no answering "beer." (You know who you are.)

The categories are a bit broad, too. Ice cream can include everything from Dippin' Dots to Mickey-head bars. Vote for whichever option is closest to your favorite item.

And tell us about your favorite theme park snacks, in the comments, please. Have a great weekend!

Readers' Opinions

From Kevin G on April 24, 2009 at 8:13 AM
I voted for ice cream because it is the closest to.....

Dole Whip in the Magic Kingdom.

From vg fernandez on April 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM
Sweet, fried, soft CHURRO!!!
No mess, no pain.
From TH Creative on April 24, 2009 at 8:34 AM
Has anyone else heard the story about how Disney prices its popcorn? Considering the fact that it probably costs them nothing to produce a box of popcorn (talk about buying in bulk) the company has maximum pricing flexibility.

I heard a story that Disney bases the price on data related to guest purchasing habits. That they determine how much cash the average guest brings into the park and how they spend it. This gives them a ballpark figure of how much dough mom and dad are carrying around when its close to the end of their park visits. And that has an impact on the price per box of corn.

Think about it, it's nearing the end of the day -- just before that evening parade. They crank up the poppers and the aroma fills Town Square. And the rug rats say, "Hey mom can I get some popcorn?"

Mom looks in her purse and -- lo and behold -- she has just enough money to score a box.

The kid gets fed, mom gets to be a hero and Disney manages to snag those last couple of bucks before the guests can escape. :o)

From on April 24, 2009 at 9:23 AM
Turkey leg, especially in a medieval-themed place like the lost continent in US IoA.
From Derek Potter on April 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM
dude...dippin dots should have it's own category.

Out of this list, I would say ice cream...in various forms.

From TH Creative on April 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM
Dippin' Dots are like ice cream breakfast cereal.


From Kevin Smith on April 24, 2009 at 12:16 PM
Wheres Dole Whip?
From Joshua Counsil on April 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM
No beverages? There go my two favorites: beer and the infamous massive cola that theme parks serve.

Guess I'll go with ice cream.

From brian lochridge on April 24, 2009 at 12:43 PM
It figures the Cedar Point crowed would take over this pole just like they did the Best Ride in America Tourney. Only the Cedar Point jerks would vote Ice Cream over the world famous soft pretzel. This is just another reason I hate "Amusement parks" like Cedar Point, no imagination, I mean Ice Cream.....Really......Really?
From Robert Niles on April 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM
Well, with Dippin' Dots and Dole Whip in the ice cream category, that was gonna be a strong one with the Disney/Universal crowd. Not to mention the pleasure of chomping on a "hard frozen" chocolate-covered Mickey ear.
From Michele Schwartz on April 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Well...the real best are the rice krispy treats topped with chocolate & peanut butter on Main Street! If you walk into Magic Kingdom as soon as it opens you can smell them from the train depot. YUM!!!!
From Derek Potter on April 24, 2009 at 1:19 PM
Tournaments over...Disney lost...get over it

I don't mind soft pretzels...when I'm at the mall. Graeters Ice Cream at Kings Island? I'll take that over any pretzel.

From Michael Hunter on April 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM
No cheese on a stick!? You can't have a food poll for parks without cheese on a stick. ;)

Since I'm lacking a COAS option, I had to go with a funnel cake. Of course, I get my funnel cakes with ice cream on them, but I could only vote for one.

From Brandon S on April 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM
brian y the hard feelings toward cedar point? ur looking a little too much into the tourney and trying to blame cedar point for ice cream winning the poll is going a little far i think.
From Brian L on April 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM
Dole Whip Dole Whip Dole Whip

Oh, and Dole Whip. Pineapple Slice on the side to make it even better.

From brian lochridge on April 24, 2009 at 2:36 PM
Come on now guys, just a little sarcasm with my first post. Just wanted to have a little fun, guess that’s the downfall of posting online, it's hard to get the right tone to come across. Trust me, my first post was intended to be 100% sarcastic. Of all people I thought the Half Blood Prince big brother Derek would have picked up on that.
From Robert Niles on April 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM
Cheese on a stick? We're talking snacks here, not methods of killing people. ;-)
From on April 24, 2009 at 3:50 PM
My real favorite Park food is not on the list....it's french fried potatoes which is almost a specialty at Cedar Point.
From M. Ryan Traylor on April 24, 2009 at 5:44 PM

or as Stewie Griffin would say "Dooohle Whhhhip"

From Derek Potter on April 24, 2009 at 7:37 PM
See usually I can pick up on sarcasm...I figured it an odd statement coming from you Brian. Guess the thought of some dippin dots was causing me to not think straight...or something.
From Doug Kelley on April 24, 2009 at 8:53 PM
Sorry, the french fries at Cedar Point suck. Regardless, churros got my vote; I love those things. Generally, very good ice cream beats it but not the crap usually found in theme/amusement parks.

HOWEVER, I would have voted for rice cream from Norway in Epcot, had it been on the list. I love that stuff and get some every time I'm in Epcot!

From Eric Malone on April 25, 2009 at 4:46 AM
I've always been very fond of the churro. Mmmm.
From on April 25, 2009 at 10:35 AM
My favorite theme park snack is A Mickey Mouse Ice Cream bar!!!

Second would be a pizza shaped cookie from BGW.

From Jay Posteraro on April 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM
Love Funnel Cakes....especially with toppings like ice cream, apples, strawberries.....YUMMY!
From Kelly Smith on April 26, 2009 at 3:15 PM
Dole Whip!

I'll be eating one soon. I can't wait.

From TH Creative on April 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM
My favorite theme park snack is oat bran sprinkled over soy milk ice and served with a delicious (no sugar) orange flavored high fiber-ade.

Either that or curly fries drowning in a thick yellow goo that (according to the FDA) can be marketed as something called "Cheezicious" TM

("Cheezicious" is a registered trademark of the Monsanto Corporation. All rights reserved. For information on ingrediants and nutrition please contact the Monsanto Department of Food-Like Products and Pesticide Development).

From Tim Strickland on April 26, 2009 at 8:56 PM
My girlfriend wants to know what are BGW's chocolate covered strawberries classified as?
From Robert Niles on April 26, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Or... something way too fancy and high-class to be considered a "theme park snack."

From Sylvain Comeau on April 27, 2009 at 12:07 AM
I'm shocked that cotton candy only got 3%. What's the world coming to?
From on April 27, 2009 at 6:46 AM
Cedar point french fries! With Vinegar!
From on April 27, 2009 at 7:24 AM
A double dipped caramel/ white chocolate apple from Beverly Sunset Candy Store in Disney's Hollywood Studios! They are awesome and huge, perfect for sharing. YOu can also find them in Magic Kingdom, Main Street Confectionery or in Downtown Disney, at Goofy's Candy Store!
From on April 27, 2009 at 8:35 AM
I like them all but would say my faves are Dole Whips and Potato Patch fries w cheese from Kennywood - best darn fried anywhere!!!

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