Funnel cakes. Churros. Fried Oreos. But it's not enough to load a treat with fat and sugar. They've got to look amazing, too — so wonderfully over-the-top that you just can't resist buying it, taking a photo, then devouring it before your conscience can raise any objection.
For the past several years, the Walt Disney World theme parks have rolled out fancy new cupcakes like Michael Phelps wins gold medals. At some point, you lose count and stop trying to keep track. But on the west coast, there's another treat that's become the latest battlefront in the Great Theme Park Snack War — doughnuts.
In my Orange County Register column this week, I write about the emerging doughnut rivalry between Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. Universal got this one started with Lard Lad Donuts in its Simpsons-themed Springfield land. Then Disneyland countered last month with a new gourmet doughnut cart on Main Street. But Universal is looking to counterpunch with the original crazy doughnut purveyor, bringing Portland's Voodoo Doughnut to CityWalk in the next few weeks.
Orlando's got its emerging milkshake war, between Universal's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen and Disney's upcoming Planet Hollywood Observatory. Given these rivals' eagerness to entice every last dollar from their guests on both coasts, I don't think anyone would be surprised to see more fancy doughnuts in Orlando soon, or those extreme milkshakes coming to Southern California.
The real winners here? Our tastebuds today... and either fitness trainers or cardiologists tomorrow, depending upon how we play this. But sugar sells, and so long as we are buying, theme parks will keep finding creative new ways to sell it to us.
What's your favorite theme park sweet snack?
Read Robert's column:Tweet
Soon Downtown Disney will sell cup cakes at Sprinkles. I love cookies. Maybe heavily decorated cookies will find a new audience.
Also, I've always thought that Disneyland should sell chocolate croissants (Not sure if they do now, like in Starbucks?) Also, maybe they should take the lead from county fairs, who come up with a new way to deep fry something every year.
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.
I enjoy Turkey legs or Stuffed pretzels.