TOP 10 SNACKS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

If you have the willpower to forgo the constant and oh so tasty snacks throughout WDW, then tell me your secret!  There are great snack options all around the parks, hotels, & Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney).  If you can't find something to fit your tastebuds then you need some counseling.  There are even cups of veggies sticks to be had if you want to stick with healthier options.  As you can see that's not the direction I usually go.  In no particular order, I'm sharing my absolute favorite top 10 snacks from around Walt Disney World.

1) Dole Whips (Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom or Pineapple Lanai, Polynesian Resort)

No trip to the Magic Kingdom is complete without this & it's perfect on a hot day.  Dole Whips are pineapple soft serve, that you can get in a cup or as a float in pineapple juice (my preference).  Although I consider it semi-sacriledge to bypass this, there is an orange version just down the road at the Sunshine Tree Terrace if you just can't get behind pineapple.  The line will be my witness that I am not leading you astray!

2) The Grey Stuff (Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom)

Technically you may not be able to grab this one without a reservation or lucking out with the chance to walk-in to the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom.  When the restaurant first opened, this was secretly on the menu for certain celebrations that the waiters could pick & choose who to BLESS with this fun snack.  Now there's a cupcake called "The Master's Cupcake" on the desert menu that is topped with 'the grey stuff'. You know...like Lumiere says "try the grey stuff - it's delicious.  Don't believe me ask the dishes!".  It's basically a cookies & cream like mouse with pearl candies on it.  But where else can you have this.  Exactly why it's worth a try to get a taste of your own at least once!

3) Popcorn in a Souvenir Bucket (all parks)

For the record, Disney uses Pop Secret brand popcorn in case you are super picky in this department.  So yes you can make it at home cheaper.  But can you craft a large plastic version of Darth Vader or Cinderella's carriage to make the experience all the more delightful?  I think not.  I will say, the different buckets that are available are only at certain parks and are usually available in limited quanities, so don't get your heart set on anything in particular because it's constantly changing.  During my last trip in February 2016, I found the mine train cart one in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom at a cart near the Country Bear Jamboree.  Other potential hot spots at MK are the cart near Dumbo and the cart near the park exit on Main Street (but it will close long before the park does).  I believe the Star Wars buckets are easier to find at Hollywood Studios - but don't hold me to it!  (We got our Darth one on our last Disney Cruise).

4) Starbucks (all parks & Disney Springs) 

Sure they are on every street corner at home.  But the cups are Disney-fied.  And where else can you answer your favorite Disney character when they ask the name for the drink? Clearly I won't tell my local barista that my name is Mary Poppins.  But at Disney?  I say it with pride thanks to my originality.  Plus caffeine helps to stave off kid related stress as the day goes on so it's a win-win in my book!-

5) LeFou's Brew & a Cinnamon Roll (Gastons Tavern, Magic Kingdom) 

One of my newest additions to the "best of" snacks list is this combo in the new Fantasyland.  This is the perfect shareable treat & if you are on the dining plan it's a great way to feed the crowd without using up lots of snack credits.  It's so fluffy & gooey I can't possibly do it justice.  LeFou's brew is actually frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with a mango-passion fruit foam.  You can can get it served in a souvenir "stein" with none other than Gaston's picture gracing the front.   Plus the tavern looks just like the movie so you have to stop in - you might as well get a treat!  You can even take your picture in Gaston's signature chair!

6) Sweet Pretzel or Lefse (Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway, EPCOT) 

I loved the main restaurant in Norway as a kid, mostly because I loved the buffet of bread & cheese.  The smoked fish drew me in too - I was a kid with refined taste, what can I say. Now that the menu has changed & it's a character meal, there is still a chance to grab a quick taste of the best of Norway.  Lefse is my number 1 favorite - its classic thin Norwegian bread rolled up after it is spread with a butter & cinnamon-sugar mixture.  There's just nothing like it. Another just as tasty option are the sweet almond pretzels.  Basically you can't go wrong with anything from the bakery.

7) Mickey Pretzel (select locations, all parks)

Pretzels can be found around the parks, but if you find this classic Mickey you've hit the jackpot.  I've had the best luck in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom.

8) Mickey Bar Ice Cream (ice cream carts, all parks)

This is a must for every kid (or kid at heart).  Sure it's just vanilla ice cream with a chocolate hard  shell coating.  But the bigger issue is where do you take the first bite?  

9) Caramel Corn (Karamell-Kuche, Germany, EPCOT) 

This isn't just any caramel corn, it's coated in Werther's.  Nothing like your Walmart off-brand snack.  Youcan watch it being made in the shop, along with soft caramels, chocolate covered treats, and caramel apples.  I tend to grab a sealed bag that was made earlier in the day to thrown in my bag for a late night snack in the room, or as a treat to hold over the vacation feels once we are home.

10) French Pastries (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, France, EPCOT) 

I'm pretty sure the picture tells you everything you need to know.  I usually grab the raspberry macaron, filled with cream and fresh raspberries, but you can't go wrong with anything in that shop.  Croissants.  Eclairs.  Gelato.  Tarts.  Just eat one.  Or two.  You won't regret it.