EPCOT is known for being the best Walt Disney World theme park in terms of food. Featuring so many cuisines from around the world, you can always find something interesting to try, including an abundance of amazing snacks!
Recently, I ranked each land throughout the Magic Kingdom in terms of its snackability. Today, I turn my snack-loving eye to WDW’s second theme park, EPCOT.
With twice the number of unique lands as the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT posed a pretty big challenge. It would’ve been extremely complicated to include the frequently changing festival booths in my analysis, so I focused only on permanent dining locations.
As a refresher, here is how I judge a land’s snackability:
- Quantity – number of snacks, or snack locations, located within that land
- Quality – not just having snacks, but having good snacks
- Variety – having different types of snacks within that land, not just lots of the same thing
- Uniqueness – classic snack foods are classic for a reason, but having some unique options you won’t find anywhere else is important as well
- Theming – how well the snacks relate to the theme of that particular land
So how did the various countries throughout World Showcase fare? And with all the ongoing construction, what’s up with Future World’s snack options? Let’s find out!
With three stellar snack locations, France really takes the cake (or rather, the crepe)! Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie dares you to choose from a delicious assortment of French breads, pastries, and desserts, while L’artisan des Glaces scoops up tasty ice cream treats including the macaron ice cream sandwich. The new kid on the Parisienne block, La Creperie de Paris, includes a walk-up window serving both savory and sweet crepes to-go. With such a wide array of authentic French items, this trio simply can’t be beat.
Although I am not a big fan of Mexican food, I realize I am very much in the minority. Most people will love the two snacking stops in the Mexico Pavilion, La Cantina de San Angel and Choza de Margarita, which include crowd-pleasing favorites like chips and guacamole, empanadas, nachos, tostadas, sweet corn on the cob, and the classic churros for dessert. It’s a great variety of high quality and popular snacks.
Get your savory fix at Sommerfest, serving jumbo soft pretzels and bratwursts, then head over to Karamell-Kuche, the charming shop featuring every variety of caramel snack you could think of, from caramel apples to caramel popcorn, caramel s’mores cookies, and so much more! Germany provides the best of both worlds, all in one land!
The China pavilion features two places to pick up some crispy, hot, and tasty egg rolls: Joy of Tea and Lotus Blossom Café. The former also serves a popular bubble tea drink, while at the latter you can also enjoy pot stickers. It might not be a huge variety, but China has multiple quality options of on-the-go snacks for your busy day at EPCOT.
Gelateria Toscana is your one-stop-shop for every variety of Italian treat, including traditional gelato or gelato floats, cannoli, tiramisu, and cake (plus fancy coffee drinks and frozen sangria). A delicious scoop of Italian ice cream is hard to beat on a hot Florida day! However, a second snack spot in Italy offering some savory options would be a welcome addition.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is a Norwegian bakery serving up some authentic and fan-favorite pastries, like School Bread, the Troll Horn, apple cake, and more. There may not be a ton to choose from, but these are treats you won’t find elsewhere on property, so give them a try!
You’ll be singing “Oh Canada” after trying either the maple popcorn at the Popcorn in Canada booth or the traditional poutine at the Refreshment Port (just outside the pavilion). While these two items are unique and thematic, the rest of the offerings at these two snack locations are pretty uninspired.
If you love sushi, you will love snacking at the Japan Pavilion. Pick up some rolls at either Kabuki Café or Katsura Grill. If you don’t love sushi, your options are more limited, but almost everyone will enjoy kakigori, which is Japanese shaved ice, coming in a variety of fruity flavors at Kabuki Café.
While it does offer some unique and flavorful dishes, like hummus fries, naan, calamari, and shrimp, it’s hard to rank Spice Road Table higher since it is more of a lounge setting, and not a place where you can grab-and-go with a quick snack. If you’ve got some time, check the wait and join the walk-up list, for a more restful snacking experience.
#10 Future World
Future World is currently under heavy construction as it prepares to split into World Nature, World Celebration, and World Discovery. As such, the snacking options there are pretty limited. You can pick up some healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, hummus, and cheese at both The Land Cart and Sunshine Seasons, as well as a nice variety of pastries and desserts at the latter. Having good variety and some healthier options helped save Future World from coming in last place, but considering it encompasses roughly half of the park, it is still in pretty sad shape snack-wise.
I’ve got nothing against the classic turkey legs, popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs, soft serve, and funnel cakes for quick and easy snacks served at Fife & Drum Tavern and Funnel Cake in the American Pavilion, I just think that if you are at EPCOT, surrounded by unique cuisines from around the world, it is a little lame to snack here.
#12 United Kingdom
Sorry, UK, but your only real snack option is fish and chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop. And while flaky and delicious, that’s really more of a meal than a snack.
Ranking EPCOT’s lands in terms of snackability was not an easy task, with so many amazing cuisines to choose from. While some countries have more options than others, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to snacking around the world!
What are your favorite places to snack in EPCOT? Let us know in the comments?