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Disney Vote of the Week: Mickey Versus Mickey

May 14, 2022, 6:02 PM · A potentially sticky issue divides Disney theme park fans. The question speaks not so much to the cost of what is an important element of a Disney vacation for some fans, but to how those fans will choose to enjoy that vacation.

On the surface, the choices Disney fans face might seem similar. But once you really bite into the issue, the differences could not be more clear. So let’s hear from Walt Disney World and Disneyland fans and put this divisive issue to a vote.

Do you prefer the Mickey Bar or the Mickey Sandwich?

I have strong feelings on this one, but I will try my best to hide them for a moment. The Mickey Bar and the Mickey Sandwich are two of the Disney Parks’ iconic ice cream novelties. Each comes in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s famous head and features a chocolate exterior over an ice cream center. But beyond those similarities, these treats’ differences have earned each legions of devoted fans.

Unlike the visually simpler Mickey Bar - excuse me, “Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar” - the “Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Sandwich” actually depicts Mickey Mouse’s face. It’s stamped onto the chocolate wafer cookies that sandwich the cookies and cream ice cream that’s “hard frozen” when you buy it, as Disney’s ice cream carts warn.

The Mickey Bar offers vanilla ice cream stamped in the shape of Mickey’s head, draped in a chocolate coating.

And this is where the debate begins. Which has the better flavor? The better texture? Which is more refreshing? And which better delivers a mouthful of the Disney Magic that fans save for months and travel the world to experience?

For me, the choice is clear. I’m #TeamMickeyBar. Better chocolate, better ice cream, better texture. But I understand that some people believe I am full of it - and “it” ain’t a tasty ice cream treat.

So which side do you choose? Make your case in the comments.

And yes, I know that Disney offers several other frozen novelties. But I’m limiting our vote this week to Mickey. Frozen banana fans, you will have your day.

Just later.

Replies (14)

May 14, 2022 at 6:24 PM

I went with the sandwiches. If any part of the bar slides off the stick, game over man. At least the sandwich gives you more direct control.

Side note: how has Disney not come up with a Mickey cookie sandwich yet? I’d get one every time I visit a park if they offered that.

May 14, 2022 at 6:48 PM

Has to be the bar, those ears never fail to satisfy.

May 14, 2022 at 11:32 PM

This is close but I prefer the bar. Consistently delicious, always satisfying and a paragon of nostalgic snackery, it never disappoints. Plus you can hold it aloft by the stick and lord over other folks who don’t have one. Also it’s shaped like Mickey, which means those perfect little ears with their stunning ratio of crunch to creamy sweetness can be eaten first, like little miniature amuse bouchés that offer a tantalizing preview of Mickeys oh so heavenly dome. Simply “ear”-cstasy. Anyway I’ll be in the car. That’s my time folks try the meatloaf!

May 15, 2022 at 6:27 AM

It’s the sandwich for me. The cookies & crème ice cream might just be the biggest difference maker…

May 15, 2022 at 9:38 AM

Definitely prefer the 1970s/80s/90s Mickey Mouse over the 2000s/2010s/2020s Mickey Mouse.

May 15, 2022 at 11:44 AM

I can picture the Mickey Bar, as they are a featured item on Disney Cruise ships, but I cannot picture the Mickey ice cream sandwich.

Do you have any photos, Robert?

May 15, 2022 at 2:57 PM

FYI, I deleted the comments from and responding to the now-banned troll trying to start some flame war over masking. Can we just have a silly discussion about ice cream, please?

May 15, 2022 at 3:17 PM

I like them both for different reasons. What I would really like is a Mickey Bar with cookies and cream ice cream in it!

May 15, 2022 at 5:31 PM

So it WAS about Ice Cream! I knew it!

To quote Robert California:
“It was always just about the cookies wasn’t it?”

May 16, 2022 at 1:39 PM

Wow, missed some drama, who knew debating ice cream could get so heated?

May 16, 2022 at 2:03 PM

Personally, I'm not an ice cream in the park kind of guy. I'd much rather sit down and have a bowl of ice cream or gelato-based dessert as part of a meal than trying to walk around with ice cream melting all over the place while I'm walking around outside.

However of the 2, I think the sandwich is the better choice, because it's a bit less messy. Once you crack the shell on a Mickey Bar, the ice cream insider immediately starts to turn to mush. You can slowly peel back the wrapper as you eat the sandwich containing some of the mess as the ice cream melts.

May 17, 2022 at 10:32 AM

Since the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar showed up in my grocer's freezer, I couldn't be more elated! The first time I grabbed a box, I heard..."$7.89 for 6 bars!? Are you nuts!?" Knowing I had the upper hand here, with a raised eyebrow I said "you do know what ONE bar costs in the park don't you??"

She shoots...she scores!

May 17, 2022 at 10:34 AM

@Sarah, that’s exactly why I DON’T get ice cream that often when I’m at Disney.

May 17, 2022 at 12:30 PM

I'm a sandwich guy, but I'm not at ALL averse to the premium bar.

For me, I've ALWAYS loved ice cream sandwiches over bars, and the cookies and cream ice cream just MAKES it.

But the Premium Bar is almost like a Dove bar, so if you like those, go with the bar.

I am not going to judge ANYONE here over their choice, because both are very good. But I'll go sandwich (almost) every time (because once in a great while, I WILL order a bar if that flavor sounds better to me in that moment, but a cookies and cream sandwich is my jam).

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