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19 Must Try Foods at Disney World

When I was planning our trip to Walt Disney World, I was surprised to find that people really loved the food at both the resorts and the parks. I went expecting all the food to be awesome. While I wouldn’t say that was the case, I would say that there are some definite Must-Tries and things I’d want to eat again. Here are 19 foods I would recommend to any foodie as well as a few things I adamantly recommend you avoid. I even sorted the list according to Disney’s $ rating since I know not all of us have a champagne budget to fit our champagne tastes. 😉

{Yes, I ate all of these in the 4 days I was there, and no, not everything I ate made the list. :P}
MUST TRY FOODS

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  1. Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai {Polynesian Resort, $} – Every Disney food list has to include Dole Whip, doesn’t it? So let’s just get the obvious out of the way! I personally feel Dole Whip isn’t worth waiting in a long line for (sacrilege, I know), but it definitely has a cult following (read: long lines). It’s also available at Aloha Isle in Adventureland of Magic Kingdom, but if you’re not at MK for the day or don’t have a park ticket, stop by Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian to get your Dole Whip fix.
  2. Create-Your-Own-Salad at Gasparilla Island Grill {Grand Floridian Resort, $} – A late night need for food while already at the hotel led us to Gasparilla Grill. The Create-Your-Own-Salad bar has a decent variety of salad fixings and protein choices, and I was surprised by how yummy I found my finished salad.

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  1. Pot Roast Macaroni and Cheese at The Friar’s Nook {Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland, $} – While I wouldn’t go so far as to call this “gourmet” mac and cheese, The Friar’s Nook is a definite step up from the usual theme park food. The pot roast is tender and juicy, and the hubs said he enjoyed his bacon mac, too.
  2. Beverly Soda at Club Cool {Epcot, Future World, $} – I find it interesting how different sweets are across the globe, and Club Cool really highlights that with its showcase of popular sodas from around the world. The Beverly Soda is well known for being “weird” to American palates, but they’re all really fun to try.
  3. Power Salad at Sunshine Seasons {Epcot, Future World, $} – The chef called Sunshine Seasons the Cadillac of quick service restaurants, and I believe him! This salad was delicious, and one of my favorite eats from this trip.

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  1. Fish & Chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop {Epcot, World Showcase, United Kingdom, $} – I’m no expert on fish and chips, but these were perfectly light and crisp with tender, moist fish inside.
  2. Macaron (with raspberries and lime cream) at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie {Epcot, World Showcase, France, $} – Not to be confused with the macaron variety box they also sell (smaller macarons in different flavors), the single, larger macaron comes filled with raspberries and lime cream and is an awesome balance between sweet and tart.

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  1. Cold Sake at Kabuki Cafe {Epcot, World Showcase, Japan, $} – We were pleasantly surprised by the sake at Kabuki Cafe. We tried the unfiltered and sparkling and were pretty happy with both.
  2. Croissant Doughtnut at Refreshment Port {Epcot, World Showcase, Canada, $} – I have yet to try the original cronut in New York, but this Croissant Doughnut was actually better than any copycat I’ve had so far!
  3. Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen at Sommerfest {Epcot, World Showcase, Germany, $} – The obvious grapefruit flavor set this hef apart from any we’ve tried before.
  4. Local Wild Ocean Shrimp at Flying Fish Cafe {Disney’s BoardWalk, $$} – I can’t find the exact dish I had on their current menu (I assume there’s seasonal variation), but the Oak-grilled scallops looks like the closest match.

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  1. Bread Service at Sanaa {Animal Kingdom Resort, $$} – Our waitress recommended this, and it did not disappoint. Three large pieces of naan served with an assortment of dipping sauces from sweet to savory to mild to spicy. Try combining different sauces to your individual taste!

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  1. Mickey Waffles at 1900 Park Fare {Grand Floridian Resort, $$} – Another must for any Disney visit, Mickey waffles are available at many (but not all!) restaurants on property. (Tip: The 1900 Park Fare breakfast is one of the cheaper and easier character meals to get into.)
  2. Floridian Strawberry Soup at 1900 Park Fare {Grand Floridian Resort, $$} – Creamy and sweet, this cold soup was like dessert for breakfast. It was (surprisingly) my favorite item at the 1900 Park Fare buffet.

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  1. Wild Alaskan Halibut at Narcoossee’s {Grand Floridian Resort, $$$} – The corn puree and vinaigrette were spot on accompaniments for the perfectly seared fish.
  2. Pork Belly Nigiri at California Grill {Contemporary Resort, $$$} – An interesting take on “nigiri” (the rice portion was a sliced, plain maki), the pork belly itself was melt-in-your-mouth tender and flavorful.
  3. Braised Pork Belly with Goat Cheese Polenta at California Grill {Contemporary Resort, $$$} – Again with the pork belly. Either CA Grill has a way with pork belly or I have a thing for it…or both. Either way, the flavor combo in this dish was awesome.
  4. Chocolate Pudding Cake at California Grill {Contemporary Resort, $$$} – A must for chocolate lovers, this flour-less pudding cake is super creamy and intensely chocolatey.
  5. Baby Beets and Poached Pear at Le Cellier Steakhouse {Epcot, World Showcase, $$$} – This is the salad that changed my mind about beets. Seriously. I went from a beet hater to a beet lover because somehow this dish made me finally understand why people ate beets at all.

WHAT TO SKIP
Not everything was delicious enough to make the Must Try list, and some were so bad I recommend you walk on by.

  1. Mickey Macaron (available at treat shops throughout the parks)– Yes, this is the macaron in the main photo, and I’m telling you to avoid it. While a fun color and shape, the cookie and cream of the Mickey macaron is so ridiculously sweet that no one in my family (including my toddlers!) wanted to eat it.
  2. Lobster Eggs Benedict at 1900 Park Fare {Grand Floridian Resort} – I had heard from others that this was amazing and not to be missed. Yeah…not so much. It was mediocre, typical buffet eggs benedict at best.
  3. Snacks at Joy of Tea {Epcot, World Showcase, China} – We got a Lucky Combo which included one each of all the snacks Joy of Tea offers – pork, bun, curry chicken pocket, egg roll and ice cream. Everything tasted like the massed produced stuff you can get in the freezer section of any super market…and even then, I’ve had better freezer food than this. Even the ice cream was pre-packaged (though I did like the flavor). Save your stomach space for something else.

Do you have any favorite foods at Walt Disney World? What should I look out for or avoid next time? I’ll add any reader suggestions below!

 

READER SUGGESTIONS

  • Chopped Salad (maybe the Famous Cobb?) and Grapefruit Layer Cake at The Hollywood Brown Derby {Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Boulevard} – from Beth
  • Candied Strawberries at Epcot – from Bella
  • New England Pot Roast and Angus Chuck Cheeseburger at Liberty Tree Tavern {Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square} – from Jen
  • Bread and Butter Pudding at Raglan Road {Downtown Disney, The Landing} – from Lekell
  • Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow {Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square} – from Angie
  • Turkey Legs at Hollywood Studios – from Shani
  • Funnel Cakes at Sleepy Hollow {Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square} – from Julia in St Louis
  • Kokonut Rice and Bobotie at Boma {Animal Kingdom Lodge} – from Julia in St Louis

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    We go every year and dole whips are on the top of our list. We love them and since we can’t get them anywhere, we make a bee line for them at the MK.

    • My sister in law is the same! They go to Disneyland often, and Dole Whips are a MUST for her…and many others, which is why the lines are always so long. 😛

    • Brandy

      you can also get a pineapple whip at Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom

    • I know your post is a year old and I’m not sure you (or anyone else here) will ever see it, but if you happen to live near a Menchies (yogurt shop), they have Dole Whip! Their flavors rotate, but the ones by me have it nearly every time I go there. I live in Los Angeles, but hopefully it’s not confined to our area due to the popularity of the Happiest Place on Earth. Hope you get lucky and find a Menchies that serves them near you!!

      • I don’t have any Menchies nearby that I know of, but I definitely want to check it out next time I’m in SoCal!

  2. I am THE BIGGEST Disney fan there is! I will I could live there and have a sleepover if only for one day!

    • Disney World would be such an awesome place to live! I think you can rent a room in Cinderella’s Palace. Now wouldn’t that be like the ultimate sleepover??

  3. This sure makes me want to go back to Disney! I love it there! These foods look so good. I don’t think I had any of them :( I really like the Crystal Palace food.
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    • We didn’t eat at Crystal Palace this go around, but I’ll keep it in mind for next time. Hopefully my girls will be more into characters then since they were a little too young to really get it on this past trip.

      • Julia in St Louis

        Crystal Palace was not a hit for our group of 3 family. food was ok but not magical, characters were nice as usual anywhere, and the place is pretty but not comfy as we sat at the half table/half bench seating.
        A food item we NEVER miss is the funnel cakes at Sleepy Hollow in MK… REAL strawberries and lots of whipped topping!
        Two places that our family LOVES to eat at are #1 Boma at Kidani Lodge and #2 Raglan Road in Downtown Disney. I don’t eat anything with fins, feathers, or eggs unless it’s at Boma. I must have the kokonut rice and the boboti there! :)

  4. Eating at Disney World is probably my idea of heaven. I love ANYTHING at Le Cellier.
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    • The whole menu at Le Cellier looks *amazing*! Definitely need to eat more from there on our next visit.

  5. I haven’t been to Disney World! I’ve been to Disney Land but I haven’t been there since I was 9? :/ So I have no “Must Eats” sadly. Still, some of these look absolutely delicious!
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    • A couple months ago I went to Disneyland for the first time in *years*, and I felt so lost not knowing where to eat or what to do. I hope to cobble together a similar post for Disneyland in case you make it out there again. It *is* the Happiest Place on Earth. :)

  6. I want EVERYTHING now! Haha! They look delicious!
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  7. uhm yes i need to try all of these! we still have maybe 9 days left on our disney world pass that doesn’t expire. too bad we live on the opposite side of the country now. haha maybe when / if we move back to atlanta.

    • I’m so jealous you have one of those passes! I hear they stopped selling those. At least that means you have all the time you need to get back…and eat everything. :)

  8. I’m such a foodie so this post has me drooling! That food looks so good!
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  9. I love these foods!!! I love Disney and how creative they are with food at the parks!
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    • I was pretty surprised at how creative the park food was! It’s awesome that you can get eats way above standard theme park fare for the same price point.

  10. As many times as I have been to Disney, I have never had the Dole Whip. I keep hearing how incredible they are.
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    • They’re good, and crazy popular, as you can tell from the comments. :) I still don’t think the crazy lines are warranted, but they’re definitely refreshing in the heat!

  11. YES to ALL of this! Disney food is the best! My mom and I are getting Disney premier passports this May when we go to the Disneyland 60th diamond celebration and we have a Disneyland/Disney World trip planned for every other month! I can’t wait to get my dole whip in three weeks <3
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    • Oo! I’m hoping to go down to Disneyland at some point for the diamond celebration, but our schedule the next few months is so packed. I’m hoping to squeeze it in somehow! They have Dole Whip swirls in Disney World that they don’t have in Disneyland, so you’ll be able to get a different one on each trip, if you want!

  12. Reginia Cordell

    Those foods are looks yummy and refreshing, I’m such a foodie and I love all of Disney foods.

  13. Rebecca Swenor

    These are indeed must try foods at Disney World. The thing that caught my eye was the fish and fries. Maybe I am craving fish but it looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • We stopped there on a whim because we were hungry and it was nearby, but we were pleasantly surprised by how light and crisp the fish was. Pretty good!

  14. We love all things Disney! As our son has gotten older, we love trying the restaurants more than when he was little. The Pineapple Whip is a definite when we’re there! We’ve also enjoyed the French restaurant in Epcot.
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    • It’s funny. When I was looking for restaurant suggestions, a lot of people recommended that I eat “in France” in Epcot. I was like, “…but where??” I’m just assuming that everywhere in France has some good stuff. :)

  15. Honestly, I would have never thought of Disney as a foodie destination before (I’ve never been). It does look like there are some awesome dishes there!
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    • I didn’t either! I was surprised that they had some pretty good offerings at all the different levels of food service. I definitely wouldn’t say everything is awesome, though. 😉

  16. The Dole Whip is amazing, and now, I want to try the Chocolate Pudding Cake :)

  17. Rosey

    You’ve got lots of good ones here. I think the strawberry soup would be my favorite of the lot.

    • I was surprised by how much I liked that soup. It was definitely my favorite thing of the meal.

  18. Cute Mickey Mouse waffles! My MIL always talks about the Dole whips at Disney too
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    • Haha! Doesn’t everyone? 😉 They’re refreshing, especially when it’s super hot out. I just wish the lines for them weren’t so long.

  19. I love the turkey legs in Hollywood studios

    • I saw someone eating one of those at Epcot. Those things are huge! She did mention that it tasted really good, though. Thanks for the rec!

  20. At Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square they have a waffle sandwich with Nuetella strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. It is sooo good!!!

  21. Raglan Road-Bread and Butter Pudding. Please,please try this…It might make your day,if your a foodie. Super balanced and moist yet firm pudding. Served hot with two small karafes of seprare sauces, butterscotch and creme anglaise, that the waitress urges you not to mix until your ready to eat this. I’m so glad I listened to the waitress. I have never had a better bread pudding in my whole life. My mouth is watering right now. I am so excited that someone might see this and feel the joy of this desert. Happy eating.

  22. When my family visits Disney World in Florida my family ALWAYS visits the Liberty Tree Inn for lunch. I find the food is really good with the typical roast and burgers and amazing gravy for the fries!

  23. Try the candied strawberries! They’re at Epcot and they’re amazing!

  24. Try the candied strawberries! They’re at Epcot and they’re amazing!

  25. The chopped salad & grapefruit layer cake at Hollywood Brown Derby in HS are worth the trip.

  26. Cassandra

    I just got back from Disney and miss it already. This was my 10th or 11th time there/

    One of my musts is kakigori at Japan in EPCOT is so yummy. I mean, essentially it is just a snow cone, but there is something so yummy about it! They also have fun flavors like tangerine. I get the rainbow which is a mix!

    Also, it is a packaged food, but they sell Mickey head coconut chocolate candies that are so good. We usually bring home the big box.

    Honestly, there was so much good food this time around. Way better than I remember from my last trip 3 years ago!

    • I was so pleasantly surprised by the food at WDW! I’m sad I missed out on that kakigori. Definitely going on my list for next time!

  27. O’hana is our favorite table service at WDW. The bread pudding they give you for dessert is AMAZING. My favorite counter service in WDW is Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom. They just opened Harambe Market, and the chicken skewer and ribs were so good!

  28. We were just to Disney for the first time and loved it! One of our favorite meals was at The Garden Grill at Epcot. It was a family style character dinner with a good variety and everything was delicious. Plus it was a rotating restaurant so when you’re eating you are slowly moving past different views such as a rainforest, farm, prairie…that are like full size “dioramas”.

    • That sounds so fun! Definitely need to add this to my list for the next time we visit. I love the idea of rotating through different views.

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