Walt Disney World is not only magical, it’s also delicious. Disney World offers dozens upon dozens of restaurants and snack stands throughout the parks and resorts to tempt your taste buds and to keep you full; but my favorite dish is anything sweet! Most guests visiting the Most Calorie Laden Place on Earth who have a sweet tooth like me, tend to gravitate towards the traditional Disney treats, like the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars and Mickey-shaped Candied Apples and those giant Mickey lollipops. I know anything Mickey-shaped is hard to resist, but there’s a whole other world of delicious treats to be discovered at Disney World that don’t resemble everyone’s favorite mouse. So take a look at a few of my favorite Disney World treats that don’t have ears!
This treat is a creamy, savory sweet treat topped with chocolate stripes, just like a Zebra! Naturally, this dessert can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma Restaurant as part of the dinner buffet. Boma is a popular dining destination for many guests and is priced around $35.99 per adult and $16.99 per child. If this doesn’t fit your budget, there is still a way you can enjoy delicious Zebra Domes. Animal Kingdom Lodge’s food court, The Mara, offers packaged Zebra Domes in the refrigerated section for $3.99!
I’m not sure how long this treat will last, but it makes my favorite list because it’s so cute! This treat consists of marshmallows, covered in white chocolate, all on a plastic Mickey straw for $4.99. The great thing is that, once you’ve eaten your Olaf, you get to keep the straw. It’s like a souvenir and a snack in one. I will warn you though that this treat is very very sweet, but everyone can use a sugar buzz when trekking the parks, especially when it’s so cute. Several locations around Disney World are currently offering Marshmallow Olafs, such as the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe at Epcot’s Norway pavilion, Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Confectionery, and Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney.
POG Juice/Jungle Juice
This sweet, tropical drink can only be found at a few locations at Disney World, but those who have had it can’t get enough! This juice is a combination of pineapple, orange, and guava and is known by different names at different locations. For example, at ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast at the Polynesian Resort, guests receive servings of POG Juice (Pineapple, Orange, and Guava) with their meal. However, at Animal Kingdom’s Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House, guests receive servings of the same drink, but there it’s called Jungle Juice. I recently discovered that this delicious refreshment is being sold at Animal Kingdom at Harambe Popcorn in the Africa section of the park. This means I don’t have to book a dining reservation to enjoy it! At this snack stand, Jungle Juice is served up as a slush, but it’s definitely the same juice. At times, the menu only shows Jungle Juice being sold in a large, souvenir cup for $11.99; but if you ask for a regular cup, it’s much cheaper.
Beaches and Cream is an old fashioned soda shop near the Beach Club’s Stormalong Bay Pool. This little restaurant is popular for its traditional burgers and ice cream creations, such as the famous Kitchen Sink. A favorite treat of mine here is a Frozen Sunshine. It’s a blend of Vanilla Ice Cream, Orange Sherbet, Seltzer, Whipped Cream, and Candied Orange Slices sprinkled across the top. Why do I love it? It’s the perfect way to cool off after exploring the Epcot resorts, and it’s an absolutely appropriate treat to enjoy when in Central Florida. The Frozen Sunshine is not on the to-go menu; but I have ordered it at the to-go counter before without a problem. Enjoy one yourself for $5.29.
Dole Whip Float
Once a hidden favorite among Disney World regulars, the Dole Whip is about as much a secret as Disney Vacation Club. The lines for this frozen treat at Aloha Isle can extend down the Adventureland walkways, but it’s so worth it. A Dole Whip is orange, pineapple, or vanilla soft serve for $3.99 or a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. My favorite is the pineapple soft serve. It’s frosty, creamy, and the perfect balance of tart and sweet. You can enjoy a Dole Whip by itself, or as a float for $4.99. I always order my Pineapple Dole Whip as a Pineapple Float, meaning it’s soft serve plus fresh pineapple juice. It’s perfection in cup! Be aware that there are only a few places where you get a Dole Whip at Disney World. If you’re near Magic Kingdom, those locations are Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland and the new Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, where you can splurge on a Dole Whip in a souvenir Tiki Bowl for $8.79 or a Tiki Sipper for $9.99. Pineapple Dole Whip (with or without a shot of rum) has been served at the food kiosks of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival in the past, and currently at Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom. You can find the orange version of Dole Whip, the Citrus Swirl, at Sunshine Tree Terrace and at Aloha Isle.
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake
Any trip to Disney World for isn’t complete without a visit to the Boardwalk Bakery. Why? Well, my absolute favorite cupcake at Disney World can be found here, the Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake. I admit, I’m kind of a cupcake snob, especially at Disney World. I don’t just want white cake and icing, and I don’t want something too sugary sweet. I want something unique and just the right balance of sweet, you know what I mean? This cupcake meets my criteria as it is light and moist with whipped, creamy icing that tastes like fresh strawberries. Also, this cupcake contains light and creamy filling as well and is topped with one big, juicy strawberry for $4.59. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Viking Chocolate Mousse
So this post is about treats that don’t have mouse ears, but I never said Viking Horns! You can find this Viking-inspired treat at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, found at Epcot’s Norway pavilion. What is it? This sweet creation is chocolate mousse covered with a thin layer ganache with cookie horns and a sprinkling of coconut for $4.19 or a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Yum!
Sand Pail Sundae
At both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, guests can splurge on a Sand Pail Sundae. It’s a plastic sand pail filled with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, sprinkles, pieces of waffle and cookie, whipped cream, and more! Once you’ve polished off this bucket of sweet goodness, you can wash out the pail and then play with in the sand at either water park. You can dig in (literally) at Typhoon Lagoon’s Happy Landings Ice Cream or Blizzard Beach’s Lottawatta Lodge for $9.99.
At L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France pavilion, you have to try the Croque Glaces, a pressed ice cream sandwich. Brioche is a light, fluffy roll which is cut in half and filled with your choice ice cream and sauce, such as raspberry or chocolate sauce. From there, your sandwich is put into a warm press which seals your ice cream inside. This process creates a warm, yet cold, sweet and creamy snack for a well-spent $6.10. My favorite combo? Vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. It’s so good!
Are any of these treats some of your favorites too? Which one would you like to try?