Oh Mickey Pretzel, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways!
Seriously, the Disney Park Nerds’ love affair with the Mickey Pretzel goes way back! Back to when we were just Nerdlings. There is everything in the world to love about a Mickey Pretzel. First, they look like Mickey Mouse and anyone enjoying one of these delicious snacks is probably already in a good mood – Mickey, Food, Disney theme park; basically a recipe for success.
Please note the “P” in Mickey Pretzel is intentionally capitalized due to its importance to anyone who has ever visited a Disney park anywhere in the world. This is a sign of respect for the very best snack (okay, okay, the Disney Park Nerds may have a slight disagreement about this, but I am writing this post…).
The Disney World Mickey pretzel is almost (unofficial scientific measurement of 92%) always fresh, soft, hot, salty, chewy goodness. If you’re asking – and you must be if you are reading this – we prefer extra salt that we can brush off vs not enough salt. Also, the Nerd doesn’t bother with the cheese, but the same cannot be said for the Nerdlings…they love the (almost always – 87%) hot and gooey cheese.
Look at this amazing piece of food art:
But seriously, why is a Mickey Pretzel so hard to find? And why do Disneyland and Disney World behave so differently?
Using basic common sense, a Mickey Pretzel is a perfect morning snack. It’s essentially a bakery item – fresh and filling – to help fuel any morning touring plan. It’s portable, it doesn’t spill, it’s no muss and no fuss. And yet – AND YET – the Mickey Pretzel is impossible to get in Disneyland before 10:30a, with most places withholding this tiny bit of heaven until 11a. This begs the question of WHY? Disneyland executives, I hope you are reading this!
You want an 830a churro? No problem! Popcorn? Yup, they serve that. Giant pickle, chips, fruit? Check, check and double check. Pretzel? Nope 🙁
To make matters even more confusing Disney World handles this situation in a completely different manner. Mickey Pretzels can be found early in the morning AND at snack carts that have ice for their sodas. It’s as if Disney World understands the importance of a Mickey Pretzel on a day of touring. Maybe, just maybe, they can help our their Disneyland counterparts and impart some wisdom to help make the guest experience amazing (are you hearing us, Disneyland?).
Truly one of a kind.
A Disney pretzel is a Disney pretzel, regardless of the character…right?
How about, “NO!”? It’s Mickey Pretzel or bust for this Disney Park Nerd. On rare occasions where Disney parks have tried other pretzel version, they simply pale in comparison. What about those delicious pretzels they sell in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion? “NO!”
Okay, okay, the German pretzels were more like those you order in a pub. But Animal Kingdom sells Simba pretzels – thick, salted and shaped just like a Mickey Pretzel. These are fine, aren’t they? “NO!”
Despite the fact that it is hot, chewy and salted, all we wanted to do after eating the Simba pretzel was leave it on the plate.
And to top it off…
It’s important to remember that a Mickey Pretzel is pure goodness, but it is also a lot of bread. And you cannot eat a lot of bread without a refreshing beverage with which to wash it down. This is just common sense at this point. So, what do you do? If you are in Disney World, it might be 830a and we know if you are in Disneyland, it’s approaching the lunch hour. Do you drink water? Can you enjoy a Mickey Pretzel with some orange juice? What about a sports drink? The Disney Park Nerds so “NO”! There is only one beverage choice that will keep you hydrated, help wash down each glorious bit and enhance your entire experience.
There is nothing like a Coke (or if you are counting calories, a Diet Coke) to make this eating experience truly magical.