This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at the Top Six Iconic Snacks at the Magic Kingdom. Regular readers of the Saturday Six know that we love eating and drinking at the theme parks. From outrageous snacks like the Chocolate Allspark at Transformers: The Ride-3D, to signature drinks like the Flaming Moe, to a meal at the Three Broomsticks, we’re constantly on the look out for new food an drink options. But sometimes we want our old standbys… our long time favorites… the snacks which evoke memories of trips gone by and remind us of why we became fans of theme parks in the first place. The Mecca for these snacks is, of course, the Magic Kingdom.
Now it seems that pretty much everyone has an absolute favorite snack at the Magic Kingdom, but today we’re going to eschew newer snacks such as the Mickey Pretzel, LeFou’s Brew, and the incredible cup cakes and focus on the six most iconic snacks. Without further ado, let’s start the list!
# 6 – The Mickey Bar
The Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar is like a Mickey shaped Klondike bar on a stick, but nothing tastes better on a hot day at the Magic Kingdom. There are a lot of frozen treats you can get at the theme parks, but none of them can compete with the Mickey Bar. (Find a Mickey Bar using our searchable menus.)
# 5 – Churro
Churros may be one of the most ubiquitous items in theme parks, carnivals, and state fairs across the country, and they join our list of our iconic snacks at MK. Fried dough sticks dipped in cinnamon sugar, they are a perfect grab-and-go snack while touring the park. (Find a churro using our searchable menus.)
# 4 – The Cinnamon Roll
The Disney Online Community went into a tizzy earlier this year when it was revealed that the large cinnamon roll that was available at the Main Street Bakery would be moved over to Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland. After the fervor died down, everyone went back to doing what they loved most: eating the warm cinnamon rolls with abandon. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and cream cheese frosting help make these roll hands down the best pastry at the Magic Kingdom, and their large size fits in perfectly with the over-the-top personality of Gaston, himself.
Upon moving from the Main Street Bakery to the back of the park, the cinnamon rolls picked up something along the way – a touch of maple flavoring in the frosting. Now while you do have to do quite a bit of walking to get your hand on these tasty treats, the atmosphere of Gaston’s makes it worth the trek. Being able to sit down and enjoy a cinnamon roll while enjoying the largess of the Tavern is a fun time. (See the full menu at Gaston’s Tavern.)
# 3 – The Turkey Leg
The Jumbo Disney Turkey Leg. What more can be said? Recently the popularity of this snack has transcended mere food status and moved on to merchandise with t-shirts, hats, wallets, and even air fresheners dedicated to it. That’s right, air fresheners. The turkey leg is the one item on this list which may push the boundary of what is considered a snack and what is considered an entrée. The turkey legs are so massive that many don’t believe they could possibly come from turkeys, and the wide-spread rumors of them actually being emu legs have reached the point where even they were referenced in the recent Escape From Tomorrow film. Rest assured, these mammoth pieces of salty meat are indeed from turkeys.
With its greasy skin, bones jutting out the top, and nearly 1,000 calories per leg, this snack is not for the weak of heart. Plan on doing some extra laps around the park to work this one off. (Find a turkey leg using our searchable menus.)
# 2 – Popcorn
The various old fashioned popcorn carts around the Magic Kingdom are always a welcome sight. Their buttery aroma leads guests to them like the Pied Piper. There’s something unexplainable about eating freshly made popcorn in the Magic Kingdom, but it’s undeniably special. (Find popcorn using our searchable menus.)
# 1 – Dole Whip Float
Available at Aloha Isle in Adventureland, the Dole Whip soft serve and Dole Whip Pineapple Float is at the top of many WDW guests’ Must Do lists for every trip to the park. A Dole Whip Float comes in various combinations (see the Aloha Isle menu), but the most popular is pineapple soft serve mixed with pineapple juice. The popularity of this item makes for some long lines at Aloha Isle, but we’ve always found it worth the wait.
So there you have it: the top six iconic snacks of the Magic Kingdom. See you next weekend for the latest edition of the Saturday Six. If you had fun, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles or, for your listening pleasure, check out Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast.