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Hungry for fancy doughnuts? SoCal theme parks are ready for you

June 1, 2017, 11:15 PM · UNIVERSAL CITY — One day before National Doughnut Day, Universal Studios Hollywood invited local reporters to taste the park's latest shot in the Great Theme Park Doughnut War: California's first Voodoo Doughtnut.

The popular Portland-based chain is known for its collection of wildly decorated and flavored doughnuts, many with, uh, somewhat suggestive names. (Though, to be fair, the most risqué of Voodoo's selections are not to be found at the CityWalk location.)

Fans have been maintaining an almost constant line out the door for its doughnuts and coffee since the shop opened earlier this spring at Universal's CityWalk.

Voodoo Doughnut joins neighbor Lard Lad Donuts, which is located inside the park, in tempting local theme park fans with freshly fried treats. Disneyland late last year engaged the battle by opening its own gourmet doughnut stand on Main Street USA, which it has stocked with an ever-changing and growing assortment of treats, including (most recently) a Matterhorn Macroon doughnut.

What's your favorite theme park doughnut?

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Update: Couldn't resist dropping this little poll on Twitter.

Replies (13)

June 2, 2017 at 12:09 AM · Good thing we do a lot of walking in a theme park...
June 2, 2017 at 12:51 AM · When at USH in January I had a lard lad donut and wasn't that impressed. The topping was OK, but I found the actual donut a little heavy, and not that flavoursome. Maybe not being American my palate is a little different (although I do like a fresh Krispy Kreme), but I was expecting better.

I generally find most theme park for a bit underwhelming, particularly after a few days of not eating fresh, homes cooked meals.

June 2, 2017 at 1:00 AM · eat a carrot, you get the same sugar rush.
June 2, 2017 at 6:33 AM · Not a huge fan of donuts, but a worker at USH gave a suggestion that ended up being very yummy: eating a Chocolate Lard Lad Donut with a Duff Dry (the dark one)!
June 2, 2017 at 8:22 AM · As a Portland native, I've never cared for Voodoo. The line is always long, and you can honestly get better donuts in the area for a lot cheaper. Of course, those cheaper options aren't as fancy or flashy! It's strange to see Voodoo in a place other than Portland!
June 2, 2017 at 9:29 AM · Fancy!
June 2, 2017 at 9:36 AM · Voodoo donuts look gross. Not sure why the popularity.
June 2, 2017 at 11:11 AM · I live five blocks from a Voodoo store in Downtown Austin and it is the most overrated doughnut ever. They're creative, but from a product stand-point they're mediocre. Southern California has lots of great doughnut shops, VooDoo doesn't cut it. Don't waste your time in line. Two thumbs down.
June 2, 2017 at 12:55 PM · Whether Voodoo is overrated or not, they are obviously extremely successful, and you cannot deny them that. If nothing else, they've created a product that's a feast for the eyes.

I wouldn't want to meet the person that considers him or herself a do(ugh)nut snob.

June 2, 2017 at 12:58 PM · SoCal? Or SoughCal?
June 2, 2017 at 10:39 PM · For years, I worked two blocks from the original VooDoo Doughnuts. I saw it go from a hole in wall with a “please knock for service” sign to full tourist attraction with a 100 people in line. When they opened in 2003, there wasn’t anything like it. Overpriced and overhyped, yes can argue that. But I still count the No Name and ODB as my favorite doughnuts.
June 2, 2017 at 11:28 PM · If you're ever in Eugene, you can try Voodoo Doughnuts without the lines.
June 4, 2017 at 10:31 AM · Another fat boy food post !

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