Friday, October 14, 2016

Top 5 Wonderful Food Items You May Have Overlooked at Walt Disney World

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Top 5 Wonderful Food Items You May Have Overlooked at Walt Disney World 
by: guide4wdw - Collin
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If you’re a fairly regular reader here, then it’s no surprise to you that most of my Disney vacations revolve around food. However, for many first time guests and even many returning guests, there is an abundance of one-of-a-kind treats that are often overlooked. Some of these are easy to find, others take a little more effort to obtain, but all of these snacks are wonderful items that can only be found at the Disney parks. Now, for the sake of avoiding posting the same things every other food post mentions, I’m going to leave out the iconic Dole Whip, Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars, and cupcakes in order to really dive into some of the lesser known desserts that may become iconic in the future! 

1. Cronut 

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Location: Refreshment Port: Epcot  
-Tasting a Cronut is like trying an entirely new take on the classic donut. It’s light, like a croissant, yet sweet like a donut! It’s the best of both worlds. It’s not too heavy, coated in cinnamon sugar, and topped with ice cream if you wish. While it’s hard to locate them at first, (as you head to the World Showcase, go left towards Canada and search for the Refreshment Port on your right) once you do, you’ll never be able to walk past the stand without picking up a cronut along the way!  

 2. Churros con Caramel Sauce

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Location: La Cantina De San Angel: Epcot 
-You may be wondering why a churro made the list at a theme park and to be honest, before I tried it I didn’t expect it to be all that great. However, the churros at Le Cantina De San Angel are quite literally one of the best quick service desserts in all of the parks. Opposed to a traditional churro, here you get more than one churro, but of a smaller size. The key to the flavor is the caramel dipping sauce that accompanies the treat. Its not a heavy, stringy, caramel, but rather a light, almost liquid consistency that is subtle yet sweet. When you combine all the elements of the food, the wonderful seating, and a great view of the World Showcase lagoon, there’s nothing better than relaxing in Epcot with a churro in hand! 

3. Chocolate Mousse

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Location: Les Halles Boulangerie - Patisserie: Epcot
-If you enjoy typical chocolate mousse, you are in for a great surprise. Epcot is home to a distinct take on the classic treat that will leave you second guessing every other type you’ve tried. While this location is a bit difficult to locate for a first time guest (or even some returning guests), it is worth venturing out of the way to experience. As you reach the France Pavilion, make your way to the rear of the pavilion and look for a gift shop. The store will be full of French inspired merchandise and tiny replica Eiffel towers. Once you get there, go to the very back left corner and there will be a very large room with display cases all around the edges (follow the wonderful smells!). The bakery is full of incredible options, all unique to the French culture. Fortunately, there’s one particular item I have to recommend and that’s obviously the chocolate mousse. The dessert is very unique. Unlike the traditional mousse that comes to most guests minds, this take on the dish is extremely light, yet incredibly rich. It’s an odd combination, but the best way to describe it would be a slightly creamier version of whipped topping enriched with incredibly decadent chocolate. No matter how simple that sounds, it is quite possibly one of the most underrated and under-ordered desserts on property.     

4. The Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (not the packaged kind) 

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Location: Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Magic Kingdom 
-If you’ve read my book, you’ve probably already heard me talk about how this is one of the best snack options available on the dining plan. Not only is it an incredibly large snack item, it is one of those things that is hard to find outside the Disney parks at the same level of quality. The ice cream cookie sandwich is a family favorite, but unless you get it from the right location, you may end up disappointed. As you walk around the park you will see ice cream carts that serve ice cream sandwiches. Avoid the temptation to just pick one up from the carts or you’ll miss out on a better variation of the treat. If you want the “real deal”, head over to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street U.S.A.. Before you even enter the door you’ll smell the scents wafting out (follow your nose!). When you get to the counter simply asks for an ice cream cookie sandwich and they will then ask what type of ice cream you would like on it and if you time your vacation right, you may even be offered a holiday themed cookie! When you receive your order, you won’t believe your eyes. Be sure to grab some napkins and enjoy!          

5. Beignets

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-Location: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory:  Port Orleans French Quarter 
-While these deep fried bundles of joy are well known at Disneyland in California, very few guests realize that if you search hard enough they can be found here in Florida as well. While they are not Mickey shaped as the ones in New Orleans Square at Disneyland are, the flavor is largely the same. At Walt Disney World this tasty dessert is found over at Port Orleans French Quarter. If you are not staying at the resort, they will let you park for free if you want to make the journey over to try them for yourself. Unfortunately, Floatworks is currently under construction and Disney has not confirmed that the Beignets will return. Thankfully, due to their popularity, most anticipate their return as soon as the location reopens to guests. (There's even a gluten free version.)    

Hopefully you enjoyed the list and be sure to let us know if we left off your favorite or if your favorite mad your list! We’d love to hear your responses! (Like what you see? Please SHARE it with friends!) Thanks! 




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