From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Alex Dunlap
I remember my first trip to Disneyland park – it was such a magical experience walking down Main Street, U.S.A. for the very first time, thinking about how Walt himself had walked these streets so many years ago. Nothing could top that feeling, but one thing came pretty close – taking a bite out of my first Disneyland churro. It was warm and crunchy and cinnamon-sweet, and I’ll never forget the feeling of snacking on that yummy churro right next to the statue of Walt and Mickey on that bright, sunny day. It’s times like this that remind me of why I love my job so much. Food is at the heart of every memory, every family celebration, every vacation, and it’s one of the main reasons many of our guests come from around the world to visit to our parks and resorts.
Disney food is some of the most iconic food out
there, from Mickey bars and churros to corn dogs and bread bowls. There’s so
much to choose from, and you might need some help picking out those must-have
snacks, so we’ve put together a new series of Foodie Guides – one for every park!
These new Foodie Guides will contain all the juicy details about our most
popular snacks, drinks, and restaurants throughout our parks and resorts – ones
that you just can’t miss out on.
We are starting our series at the one and only
Disneyland park! Between our personal favorite snacks and classic guest
favorites, this “Foodie Guide to Iconic Tastes at Disneyland Park” contains a
little something for everyone. And be sure to keep an eye out for even more
guides coming soon to the Disney Parks Blog!
DISNEYLAND CHURROS – CARTS AND KIOSKS
From seasonal flavors to the classic cinnamon sugar churro, these yummy, crunchy sticks are some of the best in town! You can find them at various carts and kiosks located throughout the park.
MICKEY PRETZEL, MICKEY BAR, POPCORN, TURKEY LEG, AND MORE – CARTS AND KIOSKS
You can never go wrong with a Mickey pretzel, a turkey leg, or even a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar – all found at various carts and kiosks throughout the park. Or if popcorn is more your style, then you can find various popcorn carts throughout the park along with the CUTEST souvenir popcorn buckets to take home with you! And did I mention that all of our Disney Parks popcorn is vegan? How cool is that!
TIGGER TAILS, CANDY APPLES, AND MORE – HUNNY SPOT AND CANDY PALACE
Our Disneyland Candy Makers are always creating new sweets and treats like Tigger Tail marshmallow wands, candy apples, chocolate-covered pineapple slices, and their famous English Toffee. Check out Hunny Spot in Critter Country or the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. to grab some for yourself!
DOLE WHIP – TIKI JUICE BAR AND THE TROPICAL HIDEAWAY
One of our most popular offerings, Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-serve is the perfect treat for a warm day in the park. You can find this soft-serve snack at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland, served in a cup or in a float with Dole Pineapple Juice. In addition, we also serve a few unique soft-serve flavors at The Tropical Hideaway near Jungle Cruise including pineapple and orange swirl, pineapple and raspberry swirl, or even a Loaded Whip served with pineapple and orange swirl, fruit, and crystallized hibiscus.
SKEWERS AND JUNGLE JULEP – BENGAL BARBECUE
Also located in Adventureland is Bengal Barbecue, where you can find a savory array of delicious Jungle Skewers. Chow down on chicken, beef, and pork skewers as well as a bacon-wrapped asparagus skewer and a vegetarian skewer with roasted seasonal vegetables. Pair your skewer with a refreshing Jungle Julep slush with pineapple, orange, grape, and lemon juices and you’ve got yourself a snack fit for a Jungle Cruise Skipper!
MICKEY-SHAPED BEIGNETS AND MINT JULEP – MINT JULEP BAR
If you’re looking for a Mickey-shaped snack that’s both SUPER delicious and SUPER photogenic, then the Mint Julep Bar is the place to be! Located in the heart of New Orleans Square, right next door to the French Market, this quick-service window serves up freshly-baked Mickey-shaped beignets dusted with a heaping helping of powdered sugar. Sometimes you might even find a seasonal beignet flavor like butterscotch or peppermint! And of course, you can’t take a trip to the Mint Julep Bar without trying the Mint Julep – a refreshing non-alcoholic mint drink with just a hint of lime that has been one of the park’s most popular drinks for many years.
MATTERHORN MACAROON – JOLLY HOLIDAY BAKERY CAFE
Inspired by the snow-capped mountain that towers above the park, the Matterhorn Macaroon can be found at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe right off the end of Main Street, U.S.A. This yummy coconut cookie is one of my personal favorite snacks, and it also makes for an adorable pic when held up in front the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
CHEDDAR GARLIC BAGEL TWIST AND BOYSEN APPLE FREEZE – MAURICE’S TREATS
Another personal favorite of mine is the Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist – a freshly-baked baguette-style snack that can be found at Maurice’s Treats, a small cart located across from the Royal Theatre in Fantasyland. You can also grab a Boysen Apple Freeze here for a refreshing slush treat!
THE GREY STUFF – RED ROSE TAVERNE
Try the Grey Stuff, it’s delicious! Located in Fantasyland, Red Rose Taverne offers casual fare with a French flair. It’s here where you can actually try the Grey Stuff from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The Grey Stuff Gâteau is offered during lunch and dinner, and consists of white chocolate mousse with red velvet cake and a raspberry center.
POMMES FRITES AND MONTE CRISTO – CAFÉ ORLÉANS
Cafe Orleans is always a must for my trips to Disneyland Resort! This New Orleans Square table service eatery serves up a variety of French Quarter-inspired dishes, including the popular Pommes Frites and Monte Cristo. The Pommes Frites are a great way to start your meal off and come with traditional french fried potatoes tossed in Parmesan, garlic, and parsley served with Cajun Spice Rémoulade. And for your entrée, you just HAVE to try the Monte Cristo Sandwich – sliced ham, turkey, and Swiss fried in a light, fluffy batter, dusted with powdered sugar and served with berry purée. You can also try a Three-Cheese Monte Cristo (my personal fav) with Swiss, mozzarella, and double crème brie. And if you’re wanting to get your fix of a Mint Julep and Mickey Beignet, you can find them on the menu here as well!
MICKEY WAFFLES, FRIED PICKLES, AND MORE – CARNATION CAFÉ
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and located in the center of Main Street, U.S.A., Carnation Café has a wide variety of classic American dishes with something for everyone. For breakfast, this is the place to order the popular Mickey waffle! This large Mickey-shaped waffle comes topped with your choice apples or strawberries and served with hickory-smoked bacon or sausage links. And for lunch and dinner, you can dine on some crunchy Fried Pickles (dill pickle spears dipped in Parmesan and panko, fried golden brown, and served with a house-made sauce), Baked Potato Soup, or even Walt’s Chili – a hearty chili topped with cheese, sour cream, and fresh tomatoes that was one of Walt Disney’s favorite dishes.
FRIED CHICKEN, CHARACTER BREAKFAST, AND DINING PACKAGES WITH SPECIAL PARADE VIEWING – PLAZA INN
You haven’t had fried chicken until you’ve had the fried chicken at Plaza Inn. These hearty pieces of chicken are fried to a crisp and served up with savory helpings of mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, and seasonal vegetables. In addition, if you’re looking for a dining fun dining experience to enhance your day at the park, this restaurant offers a lively character breakfast as well as special dining packages where you can enjoy special reserved viewing for the daily parade.
For more information on all of our fabulous food and beverage offerings throughout the park and to make reservations, visit the Disneyland Resort website or call 714 781-DINE (714 781-3463). Happy snacking!