Vote of the Week: What Theme Park Snacks Do You Crave Most?

September 26, 2014, 1:06 PM · Theme parks know that some of their strongest attractions are the snacks they serve. Sure, people love stomach-churning thrills, but they love some stomach-busting treats, too!

Over the past week, Disney's been hyping some of the seasonal, Halloween-themed treats it has been adding its menus at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland. Ice cream nachos? Apple pie funnel cake? A peanut butter witch cupcake? If you're looking for an exceptionally spooky treat, look to Tokyo DisneySea, which is serving a savory Black Gyoza Bun again this season.

Apple pie funnel cake
Apple pie funnel cake, at Disneyland. Photo courtesy Disney.

Grown-ups enjoy their theme park treats, too. Keeping with the Halloween theme, many Horror Nights fans at Universal enjoy sucking down a bag of blood (vodka and gelatin) at the event. Universal's also becoming known for its themed craft-beer options, including the Simpsons-themed Duff Beer and the Potter-themed Wizard Brew.

And we haven't even brought up the classics yet: Dole Whips, churros, turkey legs, popcorn, Mickey bars, Butterbeer. It's no wonder that many theme park fans cut back or skip their meals to make room for all the snacks.

Which type of theme park treat is your favorite? We've given you five categories of snacks from which to choose. Obviously, some favorites fit in more than one category. And many fans love "all of the above." But for this vote, pick the one option that most appeals to you — the one that really makes you smile when you're in the parks. Is it something sweet? Something salty? A meaty snack? Something cold? Or do you most enjoy the "adult beverages" available in most parks?

Let's provide a little free focus-group advice to the parks here. What do you wish more theme parks would serve as a snack in their parks? Tell us in the comments. And, as always, thank you for being part of the Theme Park Insider community.

Replies (11)

September 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The simplest treats are always the best. We were served a funnel cake with vanilla ice cream on it at Typhoon Lagoon that just blew me away. I've had funnel cakes before, and of course I've had vanilla ice cream, but something about the combination of the two was the absolute perfect hot and cold, chewy and creamy balance. Ice cream melting all over the funnel cake. It was heaven.

A similar hot/cold, creamy/crunchy, sweet/tart experience is Granny's Apple Fries at Legoland. Knocked our socks off! Can I get an amen?

September 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Funnel cakes

September 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

That apple pie funnel cake looks absolutely decadent.

September 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I've made this pitch before, but I'd love to see the Disney parks in the US bring over the wider variety of flavors of fresh-popped popcorn that Tokyo Disney offers.

September 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

For the Summer heat you need something cold to cool yourself, so a ice cream always works great.

What I don't understand is why people like Funnel Cakes. Tried one for the first time in my life this year at Hollywood Studios and did not even finish half of it. It is just pure sugar without any flavor.

Can anyone enlighten me what makes it so tasty for other people?

September 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

We tend to go towards something cold or light, such as fruit and frozen lemonade. We try and ride as much as we can, so the last thing we want on our stomachs is something rich and heavy. We save the savory for dinner.

September 27, 2014 at 12:37 AM

After spending 10 days non-stop at the parks in Florida, by the end, all I craved was something 'healthy' and of a normal size! :P

September 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I'm forever craving a Dole Whip Float

September 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Sorry Robert, but it's butter or nothing for me when it comes to popcorn, so I voted for salty.

September 29, 2014 at 1:57 AM

At WDW, theres only 3 words that matter to me...
Carrot Cake Cookie.
Shove one of those bad boys in my hand and come back for me in an hour - I'm all good.

September 29, 2014 at 4:51 AM

Mickey bar for me, Dole Whip for my wife. Done

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