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My Favorite Places at Disney World: The Starfruit Tree

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There are hundreds of wonderful places at Walt Disney World, but only a few of them are my favorite places. This is one in a series of profiles of some of my most favorite Disney World spots.

A while back I got a cup of orange cream swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Looking for a place to eat it, I walked directly across the path to the nearby stone benches. I had sat on those benches dozens of times and walked by that spot thousands of times.

But this time I happened to notice something different: a large tree, a few yards from the benches, covered with yellow fruit.

Frosty treat on the stone benches across from Sunshine Tree Terrace.

It turns out that this tree is a carambola, a starfruit tree. Truly a gorgeous specimen, positively dripping with bright yellow fruit. At first glance, it might even appear that tree is crafted from “Disney Magic,” but for the over-ripened windfall on the ground.

You can’t eat these starfruit, they’re too far away from guest reach, and not inspected for human consumption. But if you’ve had an opportunity to try a starfruit purchased from a grocery vendor or served in a restaurant, you’ll know that they are delicious, and when cut, the sections are exactly the shape of a perfect five-point star.

Now that I know this tree is there, I make a point to visit it during every trip the Magic Kingdom just to see how it’s doing and see if the fruit is in season, because it’s just so lovely.

Do you have a favorite Disney detail that is a favorite place to visit? Let us know in the comments.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Places at Disney World: The Starfruit Tree

  • Do you know the season we can see fruits or flowers? I’ll definable check for it. But in November probably won’t be in fruit

    • It was in full fruit when we took this pictures in early April.

      I found this on the University of Florida website: “The carambola has two major blooms in Florida, April through May and September through October.
      However, some bloom may be found throughout the year. The harvest season is generally from June through February with peaks in fruit production during August through September and December through February. Usually there are a few fruits available throughout the year.”

      (Here’s the source. There’s lots of good info here about growing carambola. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG26900.pdf)

  • We just noticed the star fruit when we were there April 6th. Might help that my husband would s a plant biologist and gardener!

  • Never noticed it before. Probably because this used to be a smoking section. Now I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!


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