Want to know which foods to add to your Disney World Bucket List? Keep reading — I have suggestions!
**I was invited to Walt Disney World and hosted at the Board Walk Resort as a guest of Disney, along with 7 other bloggers. Although we were hosted and most expenses were covered, we were not asked to share our experiences or told what to say. All thoughts and opinions are a million percent my very own. I am SO grateful to Disney for the opportunity and for my friend Jenny who put it all together**
Have I ever told you about how I wouldn’t marry my now-husband unless he took me to Disney World? True story.
Going to Disney World was my ULTIMATE childhood dream. In my mind…it was the ULTIMATE destination. A truly magical place. And once I grew up and realized that dream had never come true, I decided that once I became engaged, I’d tell my fiance that I couldn’t marry him until he took me to Disney World.
I’m not trying to brag or anything, but it was a pretty great idea. It worked! Not only did my then-boyfriend take me to Disney World, but we even took a family vacation there about 7 years ago.
At this point, I’ve been to Disney World 4 times, and it seems so crazy to think that at one point in my life, it was a completely unfathomable goal. And no matter HOW many times I go, it’s STILL the happiest, most magical place on earth. That feeling I get as I walk towards Cinderella’s castle will never get old — I always take a moment to remind myself of my childhood dreams and say a little prayer of gratitude for how crazy life can be. Dreams really do come true.
My latest trip to Disney World was with 7 food blogger friends to participate in the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. I’ve been DYING to eat my way through Disney for YEARS, so I was incredibly excited about this trip. My family doesn’t really love chasing down cupcakes and taking a zillion pictures of sweets (mom, are you done? Mom, we aren’t even hungry yet!). If you’re going to eat your weight in Disney World treats, this group was most definitely the group to do it with.
Trust me when I say that we possess stamina like no other. We’d get up and head to the park when it opened and collapse into bed after 10pm, so stuffed, exhausted, and happy. We can’t be stopped!
Here were my personal favorites from the trip. Add these to your Disney World Bucket List!
You HAVE to have Dole Float (I really prefer them to the regular Dole Whip)!! You can find these at Aloha Aisle in Adventureland, near Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise (both family friendly, mild rides). I couldn’t finish mine, so either show up ready to tackle it, or plan to share.
I was SHOCKED by how much I LOVED this frozen, slushy drink. Described as “no-sugar added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam,” I wasn’t exactly sure how that would come together…but it was delicious and refreshing. You can find this at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland, which is behind the Seven Dwarves Mine Train (a new and very mild roller coaster).
And while you are at Gaston’s Tavern…
…be sure to grab a cinnamon roll! These are HUGE and served warm and gooey — my favorite! These are perfect for splitting.
Cronut Topped with Banana Caramel Sauce, Pastry Cream, and Chocolate Ganache
This treat will take a bit more planning, as you can only get it at the Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland. If you are going to plan ONE fun meal for the kids, I highly recommend Be Our Guest! The restaurant looks like the inside of the Beast’s castle — the attention to detail is incredible. We visited for breakfast, but I’m told that Beast roams the restaurant and poses for photos during lunch and dinner.
My friend Shelly swears these are the best cupcakes in all of the Disney World parks, and I have to agree! Do you see that thick ganache in the center?! You can find these cupcakes at Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney Hollywood Studios. It’s not too far from the Toy Store Midway Mania ride, which we all LOVE!
And while you’re at Starring Rolls Cafe…
…grab a Peanut Butter Chocolate Darth Vader Cupcake! Isn’t this SO fun? Also, these cupcakes are HUGE! You can easily split one and be satisfied.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous spot to relax and have a couple of cocktails, Tiffins in Disney Animal Kingdom is PERFECT! Inspired by the travels of the Disney Imagineers and surrounded by lush, tropical greenery, it’s a really neat place to have a drink (or dinner!)
There are ALL kinds of candy and treats in the shops lining Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Make sure you stop and grab a few things to take home to enjoy! I loved all these gorgeous and creative caramel apples.
Candy Corn Soft Serve
I LOVE a good swirly cone, and this was probably my favorite ever! Although there is plenty of ice cream to be had during regular Disney World hours, the candy corn soft serve is a special treat only served during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. If you ever have an opportunity to get tickets for the party, DO IT!! Not only are there special treats and merchandise available, but there’s also trick-or-treating…
…and my favorite, a SPELLTACULAR Hocus Pocus show with fireworks! It’s a must-see!
Berries and Cream Pancakes
If you’re looking for a nice place to brunch outside of the parks, Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk has SO many delicious options! And major bonus — it’s in walking distance to Epcot! These berries and cream pancakes were SO good, I think I need to recreate them at home.
The Disney Boardwalk resort also boasts an Ample Hills Creamery — a fun and unique ice cream shop with pretzel, confetti, and chocolate chip cones!
If you decide to visit during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, plan plenty of time for walking through the park! There are little stands set up in every country with small plates for purchase. The plates are just a few bites — enough for you to get a good taste but save room for more! Here’s some of what was offered this year:
Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato
Butter Chicken with Steamed Rice and Naan Bread
Loaded Greek Nachos
Island of the Caribbean
Quesito – Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce
Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire Roasted Salsa
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel
Wine & Dine Studio
Seared Scallop with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms
Hops & Barley
Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese on Griddled Garlic Toast
The Greek nachos, the quesito, and the butter chicken were my favorites!
No visit is complete without a trip to Disney Springs! From super fun shopping, a Sprinkles bakery (with a cupcake ATM!) and restaurants like Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex Restaurant, and a variety of food trucks, it’s easy to spend a day there wandering through the shops and eating!
We ate our last dinner at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs and it was SUCH a special meal! The dishes are simple enough for picky kids, but they all have fresh and unique twists. And bonus…
…you never know when Chef Morimoto of Iron Chef will show up! No big deal, normal day (DYING INSIDE).
Be sure to plan to bring a lot of souvenirs home! I couldn’t resist all the adorable shops and my Disney loving kids (especially Lucy) were desperate for prizes! Thankfully I brought my American Tourister iLite Max, which is hands-down the lightest bag I own.
Even with all of my make up and hair products (and dryer. and straightener. and curling iron), I still had almost 20 pounds before I went over the weight limit. Hooray! I love the teal color because it stands out on the carousel at baggage claim!
Walt Disney World really is the most magical place on earth, and I am so grateful that I got to experience it with some of my most precious friends!