TouringPlans is pleased to welcome guest author Daria Griffis.
One of the best things about Walt Disney World is the snacks. Here’s a list of 10 resort-exclusive treats you can find outside of the parks, for a snack option on non-park days. While this is a top ten list, it’s just about impossible to rank these. Don’t be afraid to explore them in any order, and you can always add your own to this list!
1. Tonga Toast, Kona Cafe and Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The first on our list is the Tonga Toast breakfast option at Kona Cafe (Table Service) and Captain Cook’s (Quick Service), both located at the Polynesian Village Resort. Tonga Toast, while not a dessert option, is an excellent, resort-only treat option and a must-do for many guests. It is French toast stuffed with bananas and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
2. Kitchen Sink and No Way José, Beaches & Cream, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Beaches & Cream, at Disney’s Beach Club resort, has a menu full of options you can only find there. Some of the menu items like the Kitchen Sink Sundae are meant to be shared (it serves four), and you’d be hard-pressed to finish at No Way José sundae by yourself. While a reservation is required, if you’re looking to find a great ice cream option that you won’t find anywhere else on property, Beaches & Cream may be just the place for you. Do not underestimate the power of the Kitchen Sink.
3. Campfire Cupcake, Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
The Campfire Cupcake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is located at Roaring Fork (Quick Service), and is an adorable snack decorated to look like a campfire, complete with a marshmallow on a stick! This treat is a Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Rocks, Buttercream, and Marshmallow. Unlike other Disney cupcakes, this one isn’t buried under mountains of frosting, making it a great treat that you won’t feel the need to share.
4. Mermaid Tail Cupcake, Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
The next on our list is another cupcake, but instead of enjoying a campfire, we’re going under the sea with the Mermaid Tail Cupcake. This adorable cupcake, available at the Landscape of Flavors (Quick Service) at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, is perfect for any kid (or adult!) who’s looking for a cute snack. (It’s also perfect for some photo ops at Art of Animation.) If you’re a fan of pineapple, be sure to make this cupcake a part of your world — it’s a vanilla cupcake filled with pineapple and topped with coconut buttercream, a white chocolate mermaid tail, graham cracker crumbs, crispy pearls and edible glitter.
5. Oreo Bon-Bons, Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Decorated to reflect the colors of seasons throughout the year, the Oreo Bon Bons at Disney’s Beach Club Marketplace are a fan favorite. An Oreo base is topped with cookies and cream mousse and then the entire treat is covered in chocolate. They’re bite-sized so you can share, but you may just want to get extra just in case.
6. Tie Dye Cheesecake, Everything POP, Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Tie-Dye Cheesecake has been a staple of Disney’s Pop Century resort from its early days, and it is a groovy dessert to enjoy. Rainbow swirls of cheesecake sit on top of a thin layer of red velvet cake. Take a Skyliner ride over to Pop to give this a whirl.
7. Zebra Domes, The Mara, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Jambo House
The signature dessert at the African-inspired buffet of Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge can also be found in The Mara, the quick service location at that resort. Zebra domes are made with Amarula liqueur mousse on a thin layer of cake that are then covered in white chocolate with milk chocolate zebra stripes and chocolate curls. These treats have had a fan base for years, and for good reason. They taste like a decadent treat, but they are so easy to eat more than one at a time.
8. Bread Service, Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Kidani Village
Staying in the Animal Kingdom Lodge area is one treat that can’t be overlooked when wanting something different, and resort-exclusive. The bread service at Sanaa, located at Kidani Village, is perfect for those who are looking for something new and unusual. The full bread service includes nine different accompaniments, and so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Can’t get a reservation? You can order the famous bread service through Disney’s Mobile Order to take back to your own resort hotel. And if you’re looking for a meal to go with this treat, try the African-inspired Biryani with Chicken for a meal and the Kheer (Coconut-Rice Pudding with Cashew Streusel and Saffron-poached Fruit) for dessert. Sanaa is definitely one to put on the bucket list, and they have menu options for those who are not feeling very adventurous, too!
9. Beignets, Sassagoula Floatworks, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
Fried dough with powdered sugar sounds simple enough, but these light and fluffy beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter are downright addictive. Before you know it, you’ve eaten an entire serving and will need to go back for more. (Note: Currently Port Orleans French Quarter remains closed.)
10. Hazelnut-Caramel Profiteroles, Le Petit Cafe, Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort has fantastic dining including the new table service restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace. At Topolino’s you can find three amazing desserts: the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake, the Pistachio Mousse, and the Fruits of the Forest (Black Currant Mousse, Blueberry Sorbet, Macerated Berries, Hibiscus Cake). But if you can’t get a reservation for Topolino’s you can still get a wonderful sweet treat from Le Petit Cafe at Disney’s Riviera Resort. One of our favorite treats is the Hazelnut-Caramel Profiteroles, which have great flavor but are light enough to melt in your mouth.
With all these resort-exclusive options, it’s almost hard to pick, and almost impossible not to find a great option outside of the parks! There’s only one question; where will you start?
Daria Griffis is a life-long Disney fanatic and Type 1 Diabetic. She is currently pursuing a B.A in Technical Theater, with an Emphasis in Lighting Design. She’s been writing all her life, and is overjoyed for the opportunity to join the TouringPlans Team!
Do you have any other resort-specific treats that you’d recommend? Let us know what you think in the comments.