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Amanda Jenkins
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The top 15 food and snack cravings at the Walt Disney World Resort

Published: February 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Ah. The lovely weather that has been sweeping the entire country has most likely caused everyone to desire a trip to a warm theme park. Strangely enough, I live in what I refer to as the Bermuda Triangle of winter weather. Memphis is a city where snow and ice fall north, south, east, and west of us. It will be sunny with freezing temperatures, then rain with temperatures staying right at 33 degrees. No snow. Nothing pretty to look at. We have now gone from freezing temps to weather nearing 70 degrees. Tornado warnings and basic weather for pneumonia are here. Yippee. Along with our weather, we have been a house of sickness and recuperation from surgery. While recovering, I have begun to dream and crave food that makes a trip to Walt Disney World all the more needed. Trips are being planned as I speak along with itineraries that involve stops for certain foods. Here are a list of goodies you may yourself love or may want to try on your next trip.

Dole Whip1. Dole Whip. Come on. Did you really think any list on the foods one craves would not list the one that is the equivalent of illegal drugs for many Disney fans? You can hardly beat the cool, sweet, mouthwatering pineapple frozen treat. Strolling through Adventureland with one of these babies completes a trip to the Magic Kingdom. Dole Whip...you complete me.

2. Nothing says summer like strawberries. There are two must tries for folks traveling to Epcot. The first is a limited time offering that was introduced last year at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. I was able to attend last year and purchased the Beijing-style candied strawberries. These are delectable. You get three to four on a kabob which are perfect for sharing. I am thrilled to see these returning to this year's festival. The other must have strawberry from Epcot is from Karmell-Kuche, in the German Pavilion. Chocolate caramel covered strawberries...oh my. These are huge and wonderful. Plus, the smell that hits you when entering in is tantalizing. Epcot...you tempt me.

Ice Cream

3. Ice Cream. While many would immediately think of a Mickey Mouse ice cream treat, I don't. I think of the ice cream sandwiches you can have made with homemade cookies. My boys love the ones made with chocolate chip cookies, while I am an oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich girl. The guys also love ice cream in a waffle cone to enjoy while walking through Animal Kingdom. Something about this particular park just cries out for a frozen treat. The other ice cream treat I crave is the raspberry sorbet from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. If purchasing to go, you get two chocolate "Mickey Ears" on your scoop. Yum.

Pumpkin Cupcake

4. Cupcakes!!! Yes, that deserves multiple exclamation points. Many of the cupcakes I crave are only available during certain times of the year. This makes them all the more special. First off, Disney cupcakes are so big that it doesn't make one feel cheated if asked to share. The one cupcake I am craving right now, that I can not wait to get on my trip in November, is the pumpkin cupcake with maple frosting. I found this beauty at Contempo Café at the Contemporary Resort. It is incredibly moist, not too sweet, and just...perfect.

5. Frozen Lemonade and Frozen Raspberry Lemonade drinks. It never fails. Every visit to Disney Hollywood Studios finds me going to all the kiosks and purchasing a frozen lemonade drink. I love lemons. I love frozen slushy drinks. Combine the two and I am one happy theme park visitor. I have also found that these seem to help settle a stomach that has been jostled about after four times in a row of riding Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The frozen raspberry lemonade can also be found at Cheshire Café. I love purchasing this while taking a break and just people watch. This is close by the Spinning Teacups, thus allowing me to observe the resigned looks on parents being pulled mercilessly by their children and forced to endure a swirling vortex of torture. I feel your pain, especially while experiencing a brain freeze from drinking these too fast.

Pretzel in Epcot

6. Pretzels. Disney parks have a variety of pretzels to meet your palate's needs. I personally have fallen head over heels in love with the sweet cream cheese pretzels. Pretzels filled with warm cream cheese and hints of sweetness are without a doubt a marvelous treat to walk and munch. It definitely hits the spot when in between meals.

Croissant

7. Now this next one is more like a quick little meal. Toasted ham and cheese croissant from Boulangerie Patisserie, located in Epcot's French Pavilion, is a very satisfying change from the typical hamburger. To finish off this meal, one needs a tart. A lemon tart. Crispy crust with lemon cream, topped with toasted meringue... this has Vive La France written all over it. Epcot...you tempt me yet again...

8. House-made chips from the resorts. Sometimes, you just don't want French fries. You want something salty, yet something different and new. These kettle cooked chips offered at many of the resorts are a must have either with your meal or by themselves. They are crispy, slightly salty, and just appetizing. While the dole whip is my drug of choice, these chips are my husband's. He orders them each chance he gets.

9. Salads. When it is hot, the last thing I want is something heavy and greasy. Disney offers many different types of salads, but one that has won me over the most is the Smoked Chicken Salad from Flame-Tree BBQ in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The chicken is cold, the salad is huge filled with leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, and drizzled lightly with chipotle ranch dressing. Granted, this is more of a meal, especially when you see the size of the bowl. Yet this is still a very crave worthy item. It is a filling treat and easy on the stomach when you are on your way to see the disco yeti.

10. Baked Potato. I know, I know. I've been talking summer time treats. But when it is cold outside (even in Florida), there is no greater comfort food than a hot baked potato with butter. I love getting these at the Liberty Square Market in the Magic Kingdom. Sitting there with the patriotic music, with views of the Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain, is so...comforting and peaceful. Yes, I could easily make this here at home, yet I wouldn't have the ambiance that accompanies this particular treat. Setting is everything.

11. Strawberry Tarts. These homemade goodies are some I grab every trip. I usually consume these pastries when eating breakfast at Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom. While my boys are bouncing around visiting the characters, I am in my happy place, enjoying the buttery crust and sweet strawberry filling. Pop-tarts can't hold a candle to these. It is like dessert for breakfast without all the guilt.

Cinnamon roll and pork shank
Numbers 12 and 15!

12. Gigantic Cinnamon Rolls. No one is like Gaston. His tavern in Fantasyland proves this point even more so with their huge, easily able to feed a multitude of people, warm, gooey, cinnamon rolls. I can only say, bless you Gaston! If he had these cinnamon rolls in the movie, there is a very good chance that Belle might have agreed to marry him. Ah. Cinnamon Rolls.

13. Chocolate Shake. Wait! You mean this gets it own place away from ice cream treats? Yes, but only if it is from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney. While the kids drool over the toys in the World of Disney Store, you can drool over your shake... if you can get your lips away from the straw.

These last two come from my husband and sons. They decided that there were two items I was leaving out.

Free Christmas cookies
Are the best Disney cookies free Disney cookies?

14. Cookies. My boys both agree that there is not a bad cookie to be found in Disney World. They love them all, especially the size of them. Having them Mickey Mouse shaped also causes delight for these two.

15. Pork Shank and Turkey Leg. Along with the house made chips, the pork shank from Gaston's Tavern and the infamous turkey leg cause my husband to just about do a happy dance. He loves how tender these are and how they are smoked to mouthwatering goodness.

So theme park fans, what are the foods you crave while away from Disney World? What do you think one needs to try to get that special experience in the parks and then leaves you in need of a rehabilitation to get over the withdrawal symptoms?

Replies (17)

Tad Daily

Published: February 21, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Amanda! Great to see you back and to read more from you!! Even if all it did was add fuel to my Disney Dreams!!! Thanks for making me want Disney even more than I did yesterday!! :)
12.3.226.126

Published: February 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Think Orange, a Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree terrace in Adventureland. One of my daughters favorites. Yum!
Stephen Hicks

Published: February 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM

How about the Citrus Swirl?
Brian Emery

Published: February 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

There are actually only 3 – not 15.
Stuffed Pretzels and Turkey Legs…. And Butter beer..

Melanie Howe

Published: February 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I agree with Stephen -- substitute that Dole Whip for a Citrus Swirl :-). Love those things!! The last time I visited the machine was broken and the trip just didn't seem complete!

Otherwise, a pretty good list!

Kelly Muggleton

Published: February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I have only five words...
Writer's Stop Carrot Cake Cookie

Thats all..... :-)

Megan Walsh

Published: February 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The burgers from Beaches and Cream are always a must-do, and I desperately miss them between visits. But an even better treat is the shaved ice in Japan. So good!! If you haven't had one, you're missing out.
James Rao
Writer

Published: February 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Strong comeback article, Amanda.... glad you are writing again. We missed you!

So many choices... so many....

Definitely the Dole Whip Pineapple Float (not just the Dole Whip - you gotta get the float!).

Egg Rolls from the Egg Roll Wagon in Adventureland.

Ice Cream Cookie and Waffle Sandwiches from the Sleepy Hollow Snack Shop.

LeFou's Brew - Gaston's tavern (ask for an extra shot or two of the toasted marshmallow flavor - yum!).

Kaki Gori - Japan, Epcot.

School Bread - Norway, Epcot.

Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzel - Harambe Fruit Market, DAK.

Peanut Butter & Jelly shake - 50’s Prime Time Cafe, DHS.

Agreed on the Carrot Cake Cookie at the Writer's Stop in DHS. Wonderful even if you hate carrot cake, like me.

Scallop Forest & Ger's Bread & Butter Pudding - Raglan Road, DTD

No Way Jose and Milky Way Sundaes - Beaches and Cream, Beach Club Resort.

Just to name a few....

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: February 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Fried chicken waffle sandwich at the Sleepy Hollow. Messy, but delicious.
James Trexen

Published: February 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

One thing and one thing only: popcorn. I don't know how, but I have an unhealthy addiction to the stuff. Which is why I'd love to see some of the various flavors from Tokyo make their way here in the states.
Amanda Jenkins
Writer

Published: February 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I haven't had a Citrus Swirl since I was a kid. I may have to force myself away from the all powerful dole whip and get one. I have also wanted to try the carrot cake cookie. I just seem to be pulled away from Writer's Stop each visit to ride Star Tours again and again. School bread is on my list to try too. Keep the suggestions coming because it looks like we will be going in May for Star Wars weekends and I would love to try some new treats.
Amanda Jenkins
Writer

Published: February 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Annette Forrest

Published: February 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

HOOOOOORAAAAAAYYYYYYY! A new Amanda Jenkins column!!!! I am so excited. Amanda, your columns are such a treat. Today was such a crummy day and I had a pounding headache and I just was at the end of my rope...and then I saw you posted a new column and I was in Heaven! I wish you wrote more often but boy do I love every column from you. And this one was one of my favorites!!!!
98.162.245.45

Published: February 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Come on people...
What about Churros!!!!

Specifically Universal Studios churros. 'Nuff said.

Amanda Jenkins
Writer

Published: February 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome back everyone! I've missed the TPI community.
Krista  Joy
Writer

Published: February 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM

YUM! What a great list. Thank you so much for this!
165.98.121.164

Published: February 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM

TURKEY LEG

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