If you take a trip to Walt Disney World, you've got four different parks to trek through, and you're going to burn off a lot of energy tackling the place where dreams come true. So, you better make time to put some food in your tank before schlepping across the Magic Kingdom. Fortunately, Disney has an astounding menu of food to keep your stomach satisfied.
Of course, anyone can serve turkey legs, hotdogs, popcorn, and other theme park fair, but Disney never does anything basic. Here are ten of their one-of-a-kind recipes that you can only find in Disney World.
10 Mickey Waffles
We'll start things off with an easy one. The breakfast for Disney fans of any level has to be the Mickey waffles found across the parks. Not the most complex dish on our list, but definitely one anybody can identify.
How can you resist slathering that adorable face in maple syrup? Mickey waffles, though lacking in their squared dimples, seem to remain both as crisp but maybe a little fluffier than your average waffle. Either way, they are a staple breakfast of the Disney Parks, and you can find them pretty much anywhere on the property. We recommend having them at least once on your trip.
9 Barbecue Waffle Fries
We now take you from waffles to waffle fries. We're not talking about just any old waffle fry you can get at your local Chick-Fil-A—oh, no, that would never do. We're talking about crispy, golden waffle fries slathered in barbecue sauce, pulled pork, and barbecue slaw.
The barbecue waffle fries at the Magic Kingdom are a meat-piled delight that'll cure any carnivorous cravings you or your party might have. Available at the Golden Oak in Frontierland, you'll be ready to take on some desperados and ride into the sunset in no time after eating these. Just try to avoid any coasters after immediate consumption.
8 No Way José Sundae
Who knew melted peanut butter had so many delicious uses? The No Way José at Beaches and Cream is the perfect marriage of peanut butter, chocolate, and ice cream sundae that will send you over the moon and back again. It's a Reese's-lover's dream come true.
Sweet chocolate and vanilla ice cream topped with a layer of fudge, a layer of peanut butter sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate and peanut butter chips make for a dreamy dessert only Disney could create. If you've got a craving for something incredibly sweet and creamy, just say No Way José.
7 Lunchbox Tarts
"Sid! Your Pop-Tarts are Ready!" We doubt these delectable delights are what Mrs. Phillips cooked up for her son the toy torturer, but they're certainly something splendid to snack on. If you find yourself in Toy Story Land with a case of the munchies, hop on over to Woody's lunchbox for some terrific treats.
Our favorite on the menu definitely has to be the Lunchbox Tarts, a Disney take on the famous toaster pastry. Don't let their looks fool you, these guys are more than glorified Pop-Tarts. They're homemade and definitely more delicious. Don't miss out on trying these next time you visit Andy's backyard.
6 Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse
Who wouldn't love a fancy dessert that stains your mouth Na'vi blue? Joking aside, this light but deliciously rich dessert is definitely something you might find on Pandora because it's absolutely out of this world. Sweet, creamy, and perfect for a dessert or a snack, it's definitely worth the trip across the universe.
Light blueberry mouse mixed in with white chocolate and a passion fruit curd is certainly an exotic flavor combination worthy of this beautiful alien planet. It even resembles some strange fruit one would find in the jungles of Pandora. We're definitely scoring one the next time we visit the Animal Kingdom.
5 Cinnamon Bun Bacon Burger
This sweet and savory monster is a secret menu item available in Disney's All-Star Movies resort and it makes the donut burger look like a kale salad with a glass of ice water. It's a hamburger served on a cinnamon bun, topped with candied bacon and white American cheese, and absolutely sloshed with cream cheese icing on top. We're getting a sugar rush just thinking about it!
This is a secret menu exclusive to the resort, so if you want to sink your teeth into this behemoth, you need to hit up the Roxy in All-Star Movies' food court. It's one of those things you have to try once, but it's a sweet and meaty treat you won't forget.
4 Cheshire Cat Tail
Now we move to the Magic Kingdom for something slightly simpler, but all too delicious. Of course, a place called the Cheshire Cafe located near the Mad Tea Party is going to have a treat named after the famous Cheshire Cat. Submitted for your grins and delights, the Cheshire Cat Tail.
A simple breakfast/dessert puff pastry with chocolate and Cheshire-Cat-colored icing, they are still delicious and pair perfectly with a cold brew coffee to start your day at the Magic Kingdom. The Mad Hatter himself couldn't come up with a treat so deliriously delicious. Definitely worth a trip down the rabbit hole.
3 The Grey Stuff
Sing it with us, now. "Try the Grey Stuff, it's delicious. Don't believe me? Ask the dishes!" Though not a pate as most French foodies would desire, Disney's brand of Grey Stuff is a cookies-and-cream mousse that would even sweeten up the heart of the Beast.
From a simple mousse to the star of its own cupcake, the Grey Stuff is an icon of Fantasyland that is definitely worth the taste. A word of advice for any Disney foodie, this treat is only available at Be Our Guest, so be sure to make a reservation.
2 Dole Whip
Often imitated but never duplicated, Disney World's Dole Whip is a swirled sweet treat that no trip to the Magic Kingdom should be without. Not quite pineapple, but not quite soft-serve ice cream either, this delicious dessert has been giving us tropical vibes for years. What better treat to enjoy before a visit to the Tiki Room, right?
Available in original soft-serve and pineapple-float versions, Dole Whip is an icon of the park's menu that is definitely worth the hike through Adventureland for. We've definitely had more than our fill of this tangy concoction and are always hungry for more.
1 The Kitchen Sink
If you thought the No Way José sundae was the cream of the ice cream crop, think again. Since Disney never does anything on a small scale, they take the phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" to a whole new meaning. You've never seen a dessert like this before, and you probably never will again.
Eight scoops of ice cream, every topping in Beaches and Cream, three types of sauces, and a whole can—yes, a WHOLE can—of whipped cream makes this monster-sized masterpiece one of, if not the biggest, desserts in all the Disney parks. Take our advice, do not eat this one alone. Enjoy with friends and family, and possibly with caution.