Let’s face it, Disney foods aren’t supposed to be the healthiest. That’s okay with us Disney nerds though!
While the Mickey Pretzel and Turkey legs are long considered the gems of Disney foods at the parks, there is more to discover.
We put together a list of our favorite Disney foods you probably haven’t heard of and where you can find them.
1. Breakfast Waffle Cones
When you first arrive, treat yourself to one of the most unique items out of all the Disney foods for breakfast. The Breakfast Waffle Cone. You can find this gem inside the The Boardwalk Bakery in Disneyland. The Boardwalk Bakery is the only counter-service location where you can find classic breakfast items. Along with lunch and dinner as well. Inside you’ll find a classic bakery case filled to the brim with original treats.
What stands out the most is the Breakfast Waffle Cone. The cone has hints of maple, which pairs beautifully with the salty bacon. The eggs also have a hint of cheddar cheese mixed throughout subtly.
2. Cat Tails
Don’t worry, not real cat tails, only the fictional ones. You know, the ones based on the likes of Tigger and the Cheshire Cat. These are the most elusive Disney foods on this list.
Essentially the cat tails are elusive menu items that generally aren’t listed on menus in snack stops and restaurants throughout the Disney parks. Perhaps this hard-to-find nature of these cat tails are inspired by the very characters they’re inspired from.
The Cheshire Cat Tail is essentially a puff pastry with a gooey cream-filling paired with melty chocolate chips. Then garnished on top with pink and purple icing by the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. You can find this at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
You can also find similar Tiger Tails. Tiger Tails are also a puff pastry stuffed with chocolate. Plus, you’ll find even more chocolate drizzled on the outside. There is also an orange flavored chocolate drizzle. Which gives an illusion of the classic tiger tail. Grab your own tiger tail at Isle of Java inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
3. Peter Pan Float (the Dole Whip alter ego)
The Dole Whip is probably the most popular out of all the Disney Foods. But have you heard of the Peter Pan Float?
Similar to the Dole Whip, the Peter Pan Float is concocted of Dole Whip lime soft-serve, Sprite, and a red chocolate feather. Essentially, it’s green lime Dole Whip served on top of Sprite. Decorated with a red chocolate feather. The feather is inspired by the one Peter Pan wears in his hat. This treat seems to appear and disappear from the parks often, so make sure you do your research of where you can find it before your next visit.
4. Cinnamon Rolls at Gaston’s Tavern
The most warm and gooey cinnamon rolls in Southern California are baked fresh everyday inside Gaston’s Tavern. Over the top like Gaston himself, Gaston’s Tavern itself is one of the most accurately themed Disney foods experiences you’ll find inside the park. When you step foot inside, you’ll feel like you stepped into a frame from the Beauty and the Beast movie. Every detail is there, yes, it is decorated with Gaston’s favorite item, antlers. Just as he sang about.
At least once in your life, you must order the $5.99 cinnamon roll. Eating it is an experience you’ll never forget. Warm, buttery, and frosting goodness. A great post breakfast, mid-morning snack to give you an extra jolt to fuel your Disney experience through the park.
5. Pineapple Lumpia
This Philippines inspired treat can be found inside Disneyland’s The Tropical Hideaway or at Disney Worlds Pongo Pongo. Alongside the churro, this is probably the crispiest out of all the Disney foods. Essentially, this is a cream cheese stuffed fried treat that also includes roasted pineapple dipping sauce. Oftentimes, these are rolled in sugar. Which only adds to their wonderfully crunchy texture.
6. Carrot Cake Cookie
Inside Trolley Car Treats is the Disney Starbucks. However, there are some unique Disney foods you can only find inside the Starbucks of Disneyland. Along with all the traditional coffee menu items you’re probably familiar with, the most Disney-exclusive snack item is the Carrot Cake Cookie. It’s more than a cookie, it’s a CAKE-cookie. Two fluffy carrot cake “cookies” held together with a wonderful cream cheese frosting in the center.
7. Grey Stuff
Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” — a factual statement made by Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast while singing “Be Our Guest”. Disney parks now feature the film’s mentioned dessert. Which you can try for yourself at the Red Rose Tavern in Fantasyland.
I know what you’re thinking, what is so appetizing about a pile of gray goop? Stick with me here, the grey stuff is a wonder whipped fluff of white chocolate mousse, engulfing red velvet cake, which is also stuffed with sweet raspberry preserves. For good measure, there is also one solitary raspberry residing inside. All presented on top of a thin cookie. Seriously, this desert alone has a cult following.
The most popular of all Disney foods, there are hundreds of DIY articles and recipes so you can make it at home.
8. School Bread
Honestly, the World Showcase in Epcot is where you’re going to find the largest concentration of unique Disney foods in Walt Disney World. You could spend days and days eating there without ever eating the same things twice.
Essentially, every pavilion has fast foodie offerings to try. The Norway Pavilion is where you can find the popular School Bread treat. School Bread consists of a subtly sweet cardamom bun. Inside the bun is a creamy custard center. On top is a layer of toasted coconut securely held in place with a layer of glaze. The bread, custard, glaze, and toasted coconut together create a unique medley of textures.
9. Corn Dog Nuggets
Located in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, the Casey’s Corner restaurant is inspired from the classic 1946 Disney short, Casey At the Bat. Which has an atmosphere of a classic baseball stadium. Complete with waiters and waitresses in retro pinstripes regalia. With mostly hot dogs on the menu, the underdog of the menu is the Corn Dog Nuggets. Which is exactly what it sounds like. Bite-sized corn dogs. Complete with their thick and crispy outside. With a juicy hotdog center. When you order them as a meal, they’re served with a side of your choice of French fries or apple slices. Depending how healthy you’re feeling that day!
Final thoughts on Disney foods you need to try at least once
We hope you enjoyed our pick of Disney foods you should try at least once. This list is extremely hard to create. There are so many unique and delicious offerings throughout all the Disney parks. From the variety of flavored popcorn Tokyo Disneyland to eating your way through the Festival of the Arts.
Let us know what your favorite Disney foods are in the comments below!