Published: September 30, 2009 at 7:57 PMFor Halloween-time, hot apple cider is a must. I also think a variety of pumpkin-based foods should be available such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and roasted/seasoned pumpkin seeds. I also think that a pushcart filled with a variety of different candy corn would attract quite a few people. Apple-based foods are also good like apple pie, cider, and candy apples.
Published: September 30, 2009 at 8:27 PMYeah Elotes are awesome. It's pretty common to find this fine Mexican delicacy where I live, theres a guy outside of the neighborhood supermarket preparing these in a shopping cart. C'mon Di$ney and Univer$al lets add elotes to the menu.
Published: September 30, 2009 at 8:38 PMI would just be happy if theme parks offered higher quality in their existing food items. I would so love to bite into a corn dog and say "Wow, this is the best corn dog ever!" Sadly, that seldom happens around here.
One thing I would like to see in the American Disney parks is a selection of fresh popcorn in flavors similar to the varieties found in the Tokyo parks (cappuccino, strawberry, coconut, sea-salt, curry, soy-sauce, etc). I like popcorn quite a bit and the various flavors would be fun.
Also, a good BLT is sometimes tough to find...
Published: September 30, 2009 at 9:05 PMThey sell elotes off the cob at US Cellular Field (Sox Park)
Published: October 1, 2009 at 6:38 AMWell, if you're thinking fall, I think harvest. While out in Cali, there isn't much of a change in season, it's huge in the midwest farm country.
Apples: carmel apples, WARM apple cider. Apple pie.
Pumpkin: pie of course, but anything including ice cream, coffee, and even beer.
I'm from Cincinnati, I think Oktoberfest - struedel, brats, metts, kraut, cream puffs. (& more beer)
Published: October 1, 2009 at 9:37 AMThe Six Flaggs Kentucky Kingdom where I live used to have big black ovens at various locations in the park roasting corn and turkey legs during Hallowscream. I worked as a journalist for a news weekly and often covered the haunted attraction industry every Fall. I can tell you that the wonderful smell in these areas added infinitely to the experience. I would also reccomend hot chili; red chili, white chili, etc. For me, the brisk air of the Fall season is the perfect time for chili.
Published: October 1, 2009 at 10:10 AMSince im from Texas, i'll take a crack at this: Elote usually can be served on the cob or in a cup, which makes it a perfect food for themeparks. Ive always found the version in the cup carries better than hauling around a corn cob and its less messy as well. Plus, theres some interesting flavor options w/ a food like this, as ive seen it served traditional (Chili power, butter, mayonesa, queso) and with other added savory(Sour Cream, Salsa) and sweet (Cinnamon/sugar, Chocolate) flavors.
I agree on the regional/seasonal foods approach when it comes to themepark food, id prefer a warm apple cider and a baked snack in the fall/winter when I visit a park than the standard soda and hot dog offerings. Im guessing most of the issue w/ offering a higher-quality of product is due to supposed costs, especially with the mid-range chains(Six Flags, im looking at you!). Dollywood seems to get this right 10 times out of 10 w/ decent food options for everyone.
Published: October 1, 2009 at 1:25 PMThey do sell an elote-type snack at DCA! There are several ODV's with corn on the cob with chili powder and butter. It doesn't include the cotija, but other than that, it's pretty close.
Published: October 1, 2009 at 2:48 PMPoutine! Because none of the other foods you suggested sounded greasy enough or unhealthy enough. (OK if you suggest pork cracklings, you win)
Published: October 1, 2009 at 7:05 PMHow about a really good Taco cart. With carnitas, carne asada, fish and shrimp tacos. The simpler the better.
Published: October 2, 2009 at 10:59 AMMongolian BBQ! or a healthy type of chinese food without all the skin on the chicken and globs of sauce. Lots of veggies to choose from!
We'll be able to fit into the smaller seats of those fast rides and walk the park a whole lot longer without tiring out as early, not to mention we won't have to worry about having a heart attack on those thrill rides!
Our kids will need us around to be an example to them of healthy eating habits. California can lead the way since we have a high population that likes asian food even if you're not asian!
Lets start eating healthier America!
Published: October 2, 2009 at 12:30 PMMy 2 favorites, Churros and Turkey Legs, are already in most parks.