22 Must-Try Foods at Disney World
Walt Disney World is often called the most magical place on Earth, but it could just as easily be called the tastiest—and you definitely won’t want to miss these delicious bites.
The tastiest place on Earth
There’s more to a Disney vacation than just rides and attractions. In fact, Disney World’s food is almost as popular as the 50-year-old theme park itself! And to celebrate Disney’s golden anniversary, the parks have rolled out 150 new tastes—with 71 at Magic Kingdom alone for the big celebrations, which started in October 2021 to commemorate its opening in 1971. (Disneyland, by the way, opened a decade and a half earlier in 1955.)
In addition to the fan favorites, such as Mickey ice cream bars, Mickey breakfast waffles, and Mickey-shaped hot pretzels, that you can find throughout the four parks, keep an eye out for area-specific Disney World foods that complete your various immersive experiences. For example, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a galaxy far, far away when you sip on out-of-this-world blue milk or munch on a Ronto Wrap in Hollywood Studios’ Galaxy’s Edge.
Sweet or savory, the food at Walt Disney World is delicious (and usually ready to be photographed), and deciding where and what to eat is half the fun of visiting. Below, we’ve rounded up the top tastes and must-tries, organized by park, and trust us—you won’t regret sampling a single one of them. Before you head out on your trip, you’ll want to know a few other things, like these fascinating Disney secrets and where to find the parks’ hidden Mickeys.
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Aloha Isle, Sunshine Tree Terrace), Polynesian Village Resort (Pineapple Lanai), and Animal Kingdom (Tamu Tamu Refreshments)
Enjoying this creamy, sweet, and beloved frozen pineapple treat on a hot day is as classic a Disney experience as going for a spin on Space Mountain or the Dumbo ride. Gild the lily by turning the tropical soft serve into a Pineapple Float (a combo of pineapple juice topped with Dole Whip). And for a Dole Whip Disney experience without paying park admission, head to the Polynesian Village Resort, where you can purchase one at the outdoor Pineapple Lanai stand—there’s even an option here for a rum floater!—and sip it while you watch the free nighttime Electrical Water Pageant from the beach. Do you know what it means if you see a Disney employee with a blue name tag?
The Grey Stuff
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland)
Beauty and the Beast fans, sing along: “Try the grey stuff—it’s delicious!” (Don’t believe us? Ask the dishes….) This whipped confection finishes off a meal at the Beast’s Castle, aka Be Our Guest Restaurant, and is truly an “only here” dessert. Don’t be put off by the color; it’s really just a cookies-and-cream mousse. If you want to make this confection at home, Disney recently released this secret recipe, along with a slew of others.
Cheers to 50 Years
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Plaza Restaurant)
Giant, soft Mickey-shaped pretzels are a favorite to nibble on while you wander the park. But why stop with just salty, bready goodness? The new Cheers to 50 Years sundae combines the most popular tastes of Disney in one place. Ice cream and hot fudge? Check. Brownies and cookies? Check. Mickey Mouse pretzel? Um, check! If you want it, it’s here. Let the party begin! While you wait in line for these tasty Disney World foods, break out this Disney trivia to keep everyone in the fairy-tale spirit.
Monte Cristo sandwich
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Plaza Restaurant)
Over on the West Coast, the Monte Cristo sandwich at Disneyland’s Blue Bayou restaurant is legendary, and many visitors plan a day around nabbing the massive sandwich. But as it turns out, the Monte Cristo really has WDW roots—the salty-sweet sandwich was evidently a favorite of Walt himself and a staple on Main Street back when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. You can find the batter-dipped, fried sandwich filled with bacon, roasted turkey, and provolone; dusted with powdered sugar; and drizzled with berry puree at the Plaza Restaurant.
Mission to Mars Burger
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland)
OK, we know this may not be your everyday go-to, but it certainly should be your over-the-top choice for a blowout meal at Magic Kingdom (followed up by the Cheers to 50 Years sundae, naturally). For this 50th-celebration burger, Disney pulled out all the stops, topping a beef patty with thick slices of bacon, as well as macaroni and cheese, and then tucking the whole shebang into a cheese puff–dusted bun. If this is getting you in the mood to travel, find out which Disney parks are the best in the world—from someone who’s been to all of them.
Cheshire Cat Tail
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Cheshire Café in Fantasyland)
Look for this colorful storybook treat near the Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. A sweet croissant dough filled with chocolate and cream, it’s perfect for Alice’s tea party—or as an accompaniment to a cold brew coffee that you can also order there.
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland)
This frozen apple juice and toasted marshmallow–flavored combo, topped with a frothy, fruity foam, is the perfect refresher on a hot day. Bonus: If you don’t get the Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest, you can order a Grey Stuff–topped cupcake at this quick-service spot. Random fact: Did you know that Disney employees aren’t allowed to say these three words?
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
Where to find it: EPCOT (Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion, and Canada’s stand at the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival from mid-July through mid-November)
You can eat your way around the globe at EPCOT’s World Showcase, and while there are tons of options you can grab on the go, you’ll definitely want to book a seat for this one. The rich, creamy, decadent cheese beer soup at the Canadian Pavilion needs your complete attention so you don’t end up dripping all of its gooey goodness down your Mickey shirt. Intent on walking while enjoying your Disney World food? Try the Daily Poutine stand, where you can get fries topped with gravy and cheese curds—another great Canadian treat. By the way, in case you’ve ever wondered, this is what EPCOT stands for.
Where to find it: EPCOT (La Crêperie de Paris in the France Pavilion)
The new fabulous crepes at La Crêperie de Paris in the expanded France Pavilion are très magnifique. You’ll especially drool over the aptly named Ratatouille Galette, a savory crepe filled with tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant—just the thing to munch to get you in the mood for the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure 4D ride! After you zip through a Parisian restaurant with Remy, swing by the crepe window again for options with hazelnut and chocolate or red berries. This is a great place to stop if you’re looking for vegetarian options in the park.
Where to find it: EPCOT (Regal Eagle Smokehouse in the American Adventure Pavilion)
You’ll smell the mouthwatering barbecue long before you arrive at the Regal Eagle Smokehouse, where America’s best barbecue traditions are all on offer. Think Memphis dry-rub ribs, North Carolina pulled pork, and Texas beef brisket. Tip: This is a great spot for kids’ meals, with options like a chicken leg or ribs served up with sides such as mac and cheese, BBQ beans, and watermelon—all for less than a souvenir pin.
Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
Where to find it: EPCOT (L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion)
Leave it to Disney to combine two things we had no idea went together to make one incredibly delicious dish. Found in the France Pavilion’s ice cream shop, L’Artisan des Glaces, this sweet treat combines chewy macarons (made from almond flour) and sweet sorbet. There’s a decadent dark chocolate option—a large disc of chocolate macaron filled with dark chocolate sorbet—and a seasonal flavor. We tried a raspberry macaron filled with raspberry and lemon sorbet and give them a definite thumbs-up! Extra bonus: This is both a gluten-free and dairy-free delight.
Where to find it: EPCOT (Karamell-Küche in the Germany Pavilion)
Forget all your preconceived notions about prepackaged caramel corn when you arrive at the Karamell-Küche shop at the Germany Pavilion (and definitely don’t buy the plastic bags of corn on the shelves). What you’re here for are warm crunchy kernels coated with toasty caramel syrup made right in front of you. New batches are made continuously throughout the day, which is a good thing since this addictive treat is a fan favorite.
EARidescent Croissant Doughnut
Where to find it: EPCOT (The EPCOT Experience)
Remember when cronuts were as hard to snag as ticket to the Super Bowl? The croissant and doughnut hybrid may have had its start in New York City, but Disney has given an even sweeter spin to the Franken-pastry, coating it with a shimmering “EARidescent” blue icing and sprinkles as part of the parks’ 50th-birthday celebrations.
Where to find it: Hollywood Studios (Ronto Roasters in Black Spire Outpost Marketplace, Galaxy’s Edge)
You’ll need fuel for a journey to the outer reaches of the galaxy, and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge delivers with this instant hit that’s now a draw in its own right. The warm flatbread contains pulled pork, coleslaw, sausage, and a “secret” sauce. There’s a vegan version, too!
Green or Blue Milk
Where to find it: Hollywood Studios (The Milk Stand in Galaxy’s Edge)
As you stroll through Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, it’s only fitting to sip something truly out of this world. The green or blue milk served in the highly immersive land is just the thing—but FYI, it doesn’t quite taste like milk. Instead, it’s frozen and fruity (blue) or citrusy (green), and is crafted with a base of nondairy coconut and rice milks. Feeling extra adventurous? You can have it served with a shot of alcohol—rum for blue and tequila for green.
Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
Where to find it: Hollywood Studios (Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land)
Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, this decadent and gooey three-cheese grilled cheese from Woody’s Lunch Box is sure to be a favorite. Don’t miss out on ordering the Totchos—potato-tot nachos covered in queso, tomatoes, and corn chips. As Woody would say, yeehaw!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake
Where to find it: Hollywood Studios (’50s Prime Time Café)
Another nostalgic favorite that Disney has given the makeover treatment, this ice cream treat combines decadent ice cream, creamy peanut butter, and a sweet dollop of jelly. Can’t wait till your next trip to try this one?
Where to find it: Animal Kingdom (Pongu Pongu in Pandora)
The unicorn-hued Night Blossom, which combines slushy lime and cactus pear with passion fruit boba, can be sampled only at Pongu Pongu stand. (By the way, Pongu Pongu means “party party” in Avatar‘s Na’vi conlang.) It’s definitely worth seeking out the stunning drink because, simply put, it’s delicious. You can also turn this colorful chiller into a grown-up sipper by ordering a Rum Blossom.
Steamed Cheeseburger Pods
Where to find it: Animal Kingdom (Satu’li Canteen in Pandora)
Pandora doesn’t just offer extraterrestrial moonscapes—it also offers a heaping of futuristic foods. One standout? These big, fluffy steamed bao buns filled with ground beef, cheddar, pickles, mustard, and ketchup. Yum!
Na’vi Blueberry Mousse
Where to find it: Animal Kingdom (Satu’li Canteen in Pandora)
Another taste only found in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora, this dessert is as tasty as it is Instagrammable. The deeply hued blueberry cream cheese mousse served with passion fruit curd is sky blue on the outside and turns a deep blueberry-pie purple when you cut into it.
15-Layer Chocolate Cake
Where to find it: Magic Kingdom (Steakhouse 71 at Contemporary Resort)
There’s cake, and then there’s this towering chocolate colossus found just steps from the entrance to Magic Kingdom. You’ll definitely want to grab a friend or two to tackle the 15 layers of icing, ganache, and deep chocolate cake. Fun fact: That’s one layer for every floor of the iconic Contemporary Resort!
Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
Where to find it: Multiple locations in all the parks
Here’s a classic Disney World food to tie things up: This iconic Mickey-shaped treat is so popular that you can find everything from stickers to T-shirts emblazoned with its image. It’s simple but perfect: a vanilla ice cream pop covered with dark chocolate. You can find it in various spots throughout the parks, and we think no trip is complete without one. Speaking of iconic images, you can’t visit Magic Kingdom without seeing the huge castle looming in the distance…but did you know these secrets about Cinderella Castle?