I was perusing through the most recent celebration menu for Disneyland Resort, the Lunar New Year Festival in Disney’s California Adventure Park, when I started to think about all the fabulous snacks I have tried over the years. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the parks on many occasions where special events were being held, often featuring limited-time food and beverage items. However, despite their unique nature with a distinctive sprinkling of pixie dust, it isn’t those that come to mind when drawing back on the quintessential Disney experience. We are going back to basics again today with an article that is for anyone starting their Disney journey and looking to tick off the snacking basics.
One of the most iconic Disney snacks is the classic Dole Whip. Created by Dole in 1983, this delicious citrus treat was soon after introduced to the parks and quickly became a staple experience. If you enjoy pineapple flavors or any sort of soft serve, you must try this one.
Churros are another dessert that didn’t originate in the Disney Parks but has become a part of the experience. Choose from the standard cinnamon sugar or opt to try one of the unique Disney flavors, but a Disney vacation can’t be complete without one.
Mickey Ice Cream
While many might say that the Mickey Premium Bar is the way to go here, personally, I believe the Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich is the way to go. Either way, you must try a Mickey-shaped ice cream while in the Disney Parks. If you’ve had one, let me know which way you vote: Premium Bar or Ice Cream Sandwich?
If you are visiting Walt Disney World, then this menu item is a must! The only way to call it a snack is to share it with a group of people, though the photos alone will be worth ordering. The Kitchen Sink can be found at the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop on the Boardwalk. It’s an experience in and of itself!
It’s a classic for a reason. Now, this pretzel might not be the best one you’ve ever tasted, but it is sure to be the cutest. I don’t always feel like a sugary treat, so while I love all of the items above, occasionally, I need something a bit more savory. I love grabbing one of these when looking for a snack on the go. It’s even better to share it with your family and just have a little sample to keep you going.
The best way to snack your way through the Disney Parks is to get different items and share them around your group. That way, you are able to try as many new things as possible without filling up or the expense of getting one of each item for every person in your group. If you are a seasoned Disney pro, let us know what is a must-have on your vacation!
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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