We all know about Disney’s famous Mickey Premium Bar, Mickey Pretzel or Dole Whip, but I’m here to tell you about some lesser-known food and drink options that are some of my favorites.
First up is the Pissaladière from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in Epcot. This is probably my favorite food item in all of Epcot. It’s basically a square slice of pizza with a French twist. I wish I could order a whole pie of it. I’ve probably eaten here more than any other quick service location on Disney property. It’s a good place to get something light to eat and it’s inexpensive. My husband and I can get a full meal there, including dessert, for about $20 total.
Let’s stay in Epcot for one of my favorite beers on property. People tend to lean toward Budweiser, Miller or Coors because they’re familiar, but Epcot offers so many more great choices. My go-to is the Einstok Icelandic White Ale from the small stand in front of the Norway pavilion. It’s light, refreshing and doesn’t taste like watered down beer. Do yourself a favor and explore the beer choices around the park.
Moving onto Magic Kingdom where Sleepy Hollow offers the Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffle Sandwich. If you like chicken and waffles, you really need to try this. It’s made with a Belgium waffle, crispy chicken in a delicious sweet and spicy glaze and a little bit of coleslaw. It’s very filling and can easily be split, but if you’re like me you won’t want to split it with anyone.
Everyone loves ice cream, right? Without a doubt, the best ice cream option on property is Ample Hills Creamery found at the Boardwalk Resort. Here you’ll find all kinds of fun flavors. You can enjoy a few scoops as well as milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats and flights. Yes, you can get a flight of ice cream here. My personal favorite flavor is Peppermint Pattie and I always get a milkshake because they are honestly the best milkshakes I’ve ever had.
Animal Kingdom isn’t usually known for its drink offerings but you’re missing out if you don’t hit up Dawa Bar or the many drink carts around the park. My two favorites are the Leopard’s Eye (Snow Leopard Vodka blended with Kiwi-and-Mango Flavored Bibo) from Harambe Market and The Yeti (mango, lime & agave nectar, and strawberry margarita) from the Warung Outpost found just to the left of the Up: A Great Bird Adventure stage. Both of these frozen drinks are delicious and the best on really hot days.
And how about mixing booze and food?! At Scat Cats Club located at Port Orleans French Quarter, you can order Baton Rouge Beignets which come filled with your choice of Baileys, Kahlúa or RumChata. These surprisingly pack a mean punch but still keep that great beignet flavor.
My all-time favorite snack at Disney is the ever-elusive Cream Cheese-Filled Pretzel found at a small cart in front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood Studios. It can also sometimes be found at Lunching Pad in the Magic Kingdom. From time to time Disney decides to take this pretzel away so you may not always be able to find it. But when it’s there, you should definitely give it a try instead of the normal Mickey Pretzel.
My last two are specific locations that I think are too good to pass-up.
The first is Ale & Compass, specifically their breakfast. It’s the best deal on property and I don’t know why everyone isn’t talking about it. For just $23 you can enjoy their amazing breakfast entrees like the Salted Caramel-Apple French Toast, but you also get access to a buffet which includes cheeses, breads, biscuits and gravy, fruit and so much more. Honestly, I can’t stop talking about this food and we always want to go back.
And finally, I want to share my love for Baseline Tap House at Hollywood Studios. Here, you can get craft beers for a very good price when considering theme park beer prices. A 22 oz. pour is only $10.50. You may think it’s crazy that I think that’s a good deal, but when you think about a 16 oz. Bud Light being about $9 from any old cart, it’s truly a steal. You can also get a black cherry craft soda here called Blue Sky with free refills for just $4.29!
Like I said, there are plenty of delicious food and beverage options around Walt Disney World aside from just the classics. Don’t be afraid to try something different on your next trip!
Jess is an adventure-seeking, theme park loving, star gazing, geek from New Jersey who moved to Florida to never be bored. She is constantly outside, and you can usually find her at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando when she’s not working.