(Written By Meghan B./Photos Courtesy of Walt Disney World)
When most people think of Walt Disney World, they automatically think of the rides, the shows, the characters, and the magic of just being at Walt Disney World! Most people don’t even realize what a foodie’s paradise Walt Disney World can be. There is such an amazingly wide variety of foods from all over the world that you can try all in one place. That’s one of my most favorite things about Disney, it is always a foodie adventure! With every trip I always make a goal to try at least one new food while I’m at Disney. Throughout the years I have been lucky enough to have experienced some amazing foods that I might not have ever even gotten the chance to try. I’ve also had the opportunity to try a variety of amazing sweet treats all over Walt Disney World. It is almost overwhelming the amount of sweet treats that you can find in every corner of Disney World. Come with me as I share some of my favorite sweet treats from around Walt Disney World and where you can find them, buckle up you are in for a sweet ride!
When it comes to the sheer variety of sweet treats available to you in one place, Epcot is the place to go! Stroll over to the France Pavilion and head to Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie for an éclair or stop in at L’Artisan des Glaces for an artisanal ice cream cone like you’ve never had before. Or when you enter Norway on your way to the Frozen ride be sure to stop in Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe and try the school bread. If you like caramel then be sure to head to Germany at Karamell-Kuche, where you can always find freshly made caramel corn and other caramel covered treats. Wander past gondolas and grab a cannoli in Italy or stop next to a pagoda for a snow cone in Japan. One my favorite things to do is to try different candies from around the world, when else are you going to have the opportunity to try a candy bar from England or a candy from Morocco without having to get on a plane? Lastly, if you are in Epcot, even for a minute, you cannot leave without trying the croissant doughnut. I swear this thing is life changing, its warm and flaky and covered in cinnamon sugar. It is everything any self-respecting sweets enthusiast would want from a doughnut.
Epcot may be the place to go if you want be adventurous and experience sweets from all over the world. But, Magic Kingdom is place to go when you are looking for typical nostalgic Disney sweet treats. We all remember that very first Mickey Mouse ice cream bar or that first unforgettable bite of a Dole Whip. If ice cream is not doing it for you, than what about those incredible Mickey caramel apples. I don’t know about you but my food just seems to taste better and more magical when it’s shaped like Mickey. If you’re feeling like a sweet treat the whole family can share head over to Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland and you can share a giant cinnamon roll that is honestly the size of your head, or if you’re not in the sharing mode try the Main Street Confectionery where you can choose from a wide variety of Disney inspired treats. My personal favorite sweet treat at Magic Kingdom would have to be the Nutella waffle over at Sleepy Hallow Refreshments in Liberty Square. I mean what could be better than that a freshly made warm Belgium waffle slathered in Nutella and topped with fresh fruit? At least in my opinion nothing comes close to being better than that!
At Animal Kingdom you can take a walk on the wild side when you stop at Zuri’s Sweets Shop. Here you can find a plethora of animal inspire treats like the elephant caramel apple or the giraffe marshmallow pop as well as many other sweet treats. Head over to the Satuli Canteen in Pandora for an out of this world dessert experience. The Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse does not disappoint! This dessert is not only visually stunning but is also amazingly delicious. The rich and creamy mousse is packed with blueberry flavor and topped with a passion fruit curd that pairs wonderfully together. It is a light and refreshing treat that is perfect for a snack or for a dessert.
Disney Springs is also a great spot to cure that craving for sweets. Go to Goofy’s Candy Co. where you can create your sweet treats or stick with the classics like cotton candy and caramel apples. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is the place to go for good old fashioned ice cream sundaes or if you want to pick up some of your favorite Ghirardelli chocolates. If you’re looking for something a little more upscale then try the Ganachery where you can indulge in rich exotic sophisticated chocolates hand-made by expert chocolatiers. If milkshakes are your thing, then you must head over to the new Planet Hollywood Observatory and try one of their over the top milkshakes. These are not your typical diner milkshakes, these shakes come topped with cotton candy and lollipops, mountains of chocolate candies, or even a whole slice of cake! My favorite sweet treat stop at Disney Springs would have to be Amorette’s Patisserie. The desserts here are literally works of art. My personal favorites are the specialty cakes that are made to look like the famous Mickey Ear hats sold in the parks. The time, work, and expertise that must go into creating one of these cakes is mind blowing, they are almost too pretty to eat. While the cakes are visually stunning, the rest of the pastries on offer are just as amazingly beautiful and delicious. The Sunday Coffee Pastry is a personal favorite. As a coffeeaholic and sweets enthusiast you cannot go wrong with Bailey’s Mousse and Espresso Mousse together with caramel sauce.
Disney Springs and the parks are not the only places to find sweet treats in Disney World. The resorts also have some amazing sweet treat offerings. Beaches and Cream over at the Beach Club transports you back to the old fashioned soda fountains of the past with their banana splits and ice cream sodas. You can find something to satisfy any sweet craving either at the Boardwalk Bakery or Ample Hills Creamery when you are at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding at the Polynesian Resort is a must if you love caramel and bananas. At Wilderness Lodge this sweet treat can only be found at breakfast time, but the banana bread French toast with bananas foster sauce is amazing and worth every calorie. Besides calories don’t count in Disney.
I hope you enjoyed my sweet treats tour of Walt Disney World. These are just some of the places and some of the sweet treats that have found and personally love. I hope I have inspired you to start on your own sweet treat journey around Disney World. The best advice I can give you is this, don’t be afraid to try something new, you never know what amazing treat could be waiting for you!