There are so many things to love about a trip to a Disney park; that wonderful magic of nostalgia, the rides, the parades, the ridiculous amount of fun stuff to buy, and of course, the food! Disney offers so much more than the usual theme park fare, with some snacks so popular that they have garnered their own cult following (*cough Dole Whip*). Fans of Disney food try their best to recreate their favorite recipes at home, but nothing quite compares to the real deal…
And part of the reason for that is that Disney doesn’t hold back when it comes to sugar, fat, and calorie content in a lot of their favorite park foods, and we all know that unhealthy food is often the most delicious! These twenty dishes from across the parks are some of the most oil-drenched, tooth-rotting offerings that you can eat at Disney - and while fifteen of them are just not worth the damage to your body, there are five that are actually fantastic… and not as unhealthy as you might think. After all, you do walk a lot at Disney, so that must work a little of it off, and these treats just shouldn’t be missed!
21 Bacon Mac-and-Cheese Hot Dog
On their own, bacon, macaroni and cheese, and hot dogs aren’t exactly healthy snacks… but when you put them all together, things really get out of hand! The Bacon Macaroni Hot Dog is an option at Casey’s Corner in Disney World, and does exactly what you would expect from the name.
It’s a classic hot dog smothered in rich and creamy mac and cheese, and topped with bacon. And of course, if you are really hungry (or completely nuts!), you can get the bacon mac and cheese hot dog as a footlong, for even more salt and fat in your snack.
20 Corn Dog Nuggets
Corn dogs are pretty ubiquitous at theme parks all over the world, but Disney fans will always say that these corn dogs are something special - especially the nuggets! Instead of a single corn dog on a stick, at Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom, you can get a basket of bite-sized corn dogs (with fries, which feels like a totally unnecessary addition to a snack that is already pretty high fat, high salt, and high calorie).
Each meal comes with ten nuggets, and while these are definitely delicious, this might be a snack to share…
19 Sand Pail Sundae
Who doesn’t love some ice cream on the beach? It’s the perfect summer’s day snack, but there is definitely a limit to how much you should be eating all at once… and the Sand Pail Sundae is way too much!
Available at the Disney water parks, it’s a classic sundae; chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle pieces, sprinkles, cookie pieces, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. However, it’s so big that it’s served in a bucket, and is eaten with a shovel.
18 S'mores Baked Alaska
At the Boathouse at Disney Springs, you can order a dessert that will shock even the most indulgent sweet tooths - the S'mores Baked Alaska. This is so big that even Disney recommends that four people share it, but twice that many might not finish the whole thing. A huge mound of chocolate-marshmallow ice cream is topped with marshmallow cream, toasted marshmallows, chocolate and graham cracker chunks… and served in a lake of chocolate sauce.
There’s so much fat and sugar in this single dessert that we can feel our teeth rotting just looking at it.
17 The Kitchen Sink
Another completely over the top dessert from Disney is the Kitchen Sink Sundae, from the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop in Epcot. This is similar to the Pail Sundae, but even more excessive (if that’s even possible).
Served in a miniature kitchen sink, this includes scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, and Mint Chocolate Chips ice cream and a mind-boggling twenty-something toppings. Not tiny toppings either - a full-sized candy bar and multiple cupcakes are included in that list. Yikes!
Once again, even Disney thinks that this is for sharing… but you’d have to share with an entire tour bus to get a reasonable portion.
16 Turkey Leg
Devotees of the Disney park snacks won’t be happy to think about the nutrition information of one of their giant turkey legs… and poultry is a healthy choice, right? Perhaps, but not in these serving sizes!
You can find these enormous turkey legs at all the parks, and they will add no fewer than 1136 calories to your daily intake - which means that just two of these is significantly over the recommended caloric intake for an entire day!
Packing in 54 grams of fat, as well, these legs might be delicious, but they are definitely not a healthy option.
15 Tonga Toast
Possibly the most disturbing thing about this is that it’s actually sold as a breakfast item… so you can start your day off with a monster pile of deep fried french toast! Available at Captain Cook’s in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Tonga Toast is two huge slices of sourdough bread, which has been stuffed with banana (the only vaguely healthy part of this snack), battered, and then deep fried and dusted with cinnamon sugar.
It’s also served with bacon or sausage, just in case deep-fried, egg-soaked bread wasn’t quite fatty enough.
14 Cheddar Cheese Soup
It’s a bowl of soup, so it can’t be that bad for you, right? Well, when it comes to the Cheddar Cheese Soup at Le Cellier (Epcot).
This Canadian restaurant serves up a big bowl of this soup, and as well as the usual veggies and stock in the soup base, it’s made with beer, whole milk or cream, bacon, and a huge amount of cheddar cheese - it may be creamy and delicious, but it’s a saturated fat overload, and it’s even finished with extra bacon on top.
13 Baked Crab Stuffed Lobster
At the Boathouse at Disney Springs, you can order this indulgent seafood dish… and like the Cheddar soup, it seems like it shouldn’t be too bad for you - it’s seafood, and it’s baked, not fried! However, this single serving includes a 1/4lb lobster. For reference, a single cup of lobster contains around 70% of your daily recommendation for cholesterol, and a huge amount of sodium. Add on the lump crab stuffing, and the obligatory lashings of butter, and this is way more cholesterol than should ever be eaten in a single meal.
12 Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
This snack isn’t even that tasty - after all, who wants to take a classic like a spring roll and mash it up with a cheeseburger? But if that is something that does sound appealing, watch out. These may look small, but the spring rolls that you can buy at the Adventureland Egg Roll Cart are packed with oil and fat.
It’s ground beef and cheese, wrapped and deep fried. Unlike the veggie spring rolls that balance the greasy wrapper with crunchy veg, this is just oil, oil, and more oil… and is terrible for your health.
11 Butterfinger Cupcake
No one would expect a chocolate cupcake to be a healthy snack, but the Butterfinger Cupcake definitely tops the rest when it comes to excessive indulgence. Originally at Starring Roles, fans were heartbroken when the restaurant closed - but can now find this massive cupcake again at The Trolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios.
Chocolate-stuffed with chocolate frosting, topped with inches of vanilla frosting and Butterfinger shavings, this mammoth cupcake could serve an entire group as a snack!
If you try and eat the whole thing yourself, you’ll be taking in more fat and sugar than your body can handle - even with all the walking that Disney visits entail.
10 No Way Jose Sundae
Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort features a sundae for chocolate and peanut butter lovers… and lovers of incredibly high-fat desserts!
The No Way Jose is a truly massive sundae (we’re not sure that Disney knows how to make them any other way) that includes hot fudge sauce, peanut butter sauce, chocolate and peanut butter chips, whipped cream, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, and a cherry on top.
While this combo may be delicious, peanut butter is a very high-fat option - and that’s before you pile it onto a bucket full of ice cream.
9 Whole Deep Fried Fish
Tiffins, the first fine-dining restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, has some interesting menu items… and this one may be environmentally friendly (the fish is sustainable), but it’s not so friendly for your heart.
It’s an entire fish (served with eyes and all) deep fried to a crisp. That means that the initially light seafood dish is soaked in oil from head to tail, making it incredibly high in calories and fat. Luckily, most of the other dishes are far more healthy, so there are other options for those who aren’t after an oil-soaked sea creature.
8 A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes
The ‘50s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios specializes in classic diner fare, so it’s not expected to be particularly healthy… but once again, it’s the sheer size of the portion that makes this particular menu choice such a bad one for your health.
A Sampling Of Mom’s Favorite Recipes includes three different dishes (each one almost big enough to be a meal alone); pot roast, meatloaf, and fried chicken. All three come with mashed potatoes (no doubt packed with cream and butter), gravy and vegetables, just in case three meals weren’t quite heavy duty enough!
7 Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzel
Hollywood Studios also boasts multiple snack carts where you can scoop up a giant theme park pretzel… with a difference. These aren’t just enormous soft salted pretzels (which are often around 500 calories on their own and packed with sodium and refined carbs), but pretzels stuffed with cream cheese.
It may be delicious, salty and satisfying, but adding a cheese stuffing to that makes this an incredibly calorific and high-fat snack - definitely not one to munch on if you are trying to take care of your body while enjoying the Disney experience.
6 Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Ohana, at the Polynesian Resort, is where you can find this particularly heavy dessert… should you want to end a Disney meal with a massive portion of warm pineapple bread pudding, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a jug of banana caramel sauce to pour over the top. It may be a fan favorite, but there is very little healthy involved. The caramel sauce alone is sugar, butter, and heavy cream, and poured over ice cream and sweet sticky pudding - this is definitely not a dessert for anyone watching their waistline - or their dental bills!
5 (Actually Amazing) Dole Whip
There’s just no way to talk about Disney food and not include Dole Whip - the creamy pineapple dessert that has a cult following at the parks. Essentially pineapple soft serve, it comes as either a cup of ice cream or as a float with pineapple juice, and is found at Aloha Isle in Adventureland at Disney World, Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian, Sunshine Tree Terrace also in Adventureland, or the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland at Disneyland.
It’s definitely not the healthiest, with 180 calories per serving, but that’s not too bad for Disney… the 40 grams of sugar is a bit excessive, but it’s worth it to enjoy this sweet treat.
4 (Actually Amazing) Nutella Waffle Sandwich
Found at the Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, there’s no doubting that this is one of the best treats for someone with a sweet tooth at Disney. It’s definitely still packed with sugar, fat, and refined carbs because it’s a huge waffle covered in lashings of chocolate-hazelnut spread, and then topped with fresh fruit. However, compared to many of the other options, it’s impressively restrained… and those fresh berries on top definitely feel healthy. We’d still recommend sharing this one, though.
3 (Actually Amazing) Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
Portion sizes are out of control with many of the dishes at Disney Parks, but this Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the more reasonable ice cream treats at the parks. You can find this one at L’Artisan Des Glaces at Epcot in a few different flavors, with the seasonal strawberries and cream being a solid fan favorite.
The macarons are definitely a healthier option than the usual cookies, light and sweet, made with simple ingredients and ground almonds. The ice cream itself is still rich, of course, but delicious - and it’s only a single scoop.
2 (Actually Amazing) Kakigori
Another great option if you have had your fill of Dole Whip and want something a little less intense than the huge ice cream sundaes popular in Disney parks, try the Kakigori at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot.
Rather than heavy, fatty ice cream, this is a simple shaved ice cone with flavored syrup, but it’s not your usual snow-cone. The ice is shaved much more finely, and the syrups are more delicately flavored - and it’s a wonderful (and very low calorie) snack option for a sunny day at the parks.
1 (Actually Amazing) The Grey Stuff
At the Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest restaurant, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of foods inspired by the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. That includes a sweet treat called ‘The Grey Stuff’ - from the song in the film… which looks beautiful, and is surprisingly light.
The dessert is a whipped cookies and cream pannacotta, and although it is quite high in fat and sugar, it is a very small portion, and because it is whipped, it looks like more than it is. So you don’t have to feel bad, just try the grey stuff (it’s delicious).