If you want to try all the special food that Disney and other theme parks are offering this holiday season, you'd better come hungry.
Very hungry. And bring several very hungry friends with you. Because there's simply no way that a single person could even begin to hope to eat all the special meals, snacks, and desserts that you can find on parks' holiday menus. Even if you tried, your stomach or your bank account will cry for mercy before you could finish.
That's by design, of course. Theme parks for years have been using seasonal food specials and festivals to drive attendance during "down" times. They have learned that the more items they add to their menus, the more repeat visits — and more spending — they can drive from hungry fans.
But even if you come back again and again, you're probably still making choices rather than ordering the lot. So what kind of items do you find yourself going for when eating your way through a seasonal menu? Do you prefer those sweet desserts and treats... or do you find yourself ordering more savory appetizers and entrees?
The desserts inevitably get the most attention. Designed now as much for your Instagram feed as your taste buds, theme parks are constantly raising their game on cakes, pastries, milkshakes, doughnuts, and other sweets.
But I find myself looking for the savory options when theme parks introduce special menus. I used to be big dessert fan, but as I've gravitated toward a lower-carb diet (for a variety of reasons), I have lost my sweet tooth. My stomach cannot handle too much spicy heat, either, so that leaves me searching for items that deliver flavor in more creative ways.
That's just me, though. I know that many fans enjoy the sweets as a special indulgence. Or they don't care about eating any of this stuff, and are just buying the stuff for the photo ops. (Not judging — it's your money. Spend it however you'd like!) I am curious to see what the breakdown of preferring sweet vs. savory is among theme parks. So let's put it to a vote.
Regardless of how you voted, what have been some of your favorite seasonal food items at theme parks — whether for the holidays, Halloween, or other food festivals? And what were some of the disasters that you had hoped never to speak of again?
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