The Five Best Snacks and Pastries at Disney World

There are a lot of snacks and desserts to be found among Disney World’s four theme parks, two water parks, Downtown Disney, many hotels, and elsewhere throughout the resort. Whether you top off a meal at a sit-down restaurant with a special treat or grab something from a cart or quick-service window, the choices are enough to make your head spin faster than a whirl aboard the Mad Tea Party spinning teacups ride. With only so many days and limited stomach capacity for your Florida vacation, you’ll want to be judicious in your snack choices.

The following ten items were chosen by travel gurus who frequently visit the parks and know where to find the most delicious goodies. Through trial and error, word of mouth, and just plain, well, act of mouth, they’ve narrowed down the options to the best of the best. To learn about the wonderful panel of judges who participated in the snacks survey, go to the Best Disney World Dining feature.

Looking for something more substantial to eat? Check out our rankings of Disney World’s best table service restaurants and Disney World’s best casual and quick-service restaurants. I’ve also compiled the info you need to know about Disney World character dining and Disney World free dining.

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink

The retro soda shop inside Disney’s Beach Club is home to the extravaganza known as the Kitchen Sink.

It includes—get this—eight scoops of vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and coffee ice cream mashed up with brownies, hot fudge sauce, bananas, angel food cake, and virtually every other topping in the joint.

Napoleons

Les Halles Boulangerie pastries

Enter the bakery in Epcot’s France pavilion and prepare for an all-out assault on your senses. The intoxicating aromas and sights of the pastries and sweets will make you go “ooh la la” and want to order (at least) one of everything. But that’d be crazy (and expensive, not to mention fattening).

So avert your wandering eyes and taste buds away from all of the other gooey goodness in the display cases and focus on the Napoleons. The flaky pastry, custard, and whipped cream concoction is heavenly according to our judges. (Actually, other items at the French bakery also made our judges swoon as you will discover.)

While the sweets are wonderful—and the focus of this list—Les Halles Boulangerie also offers baguette sandwiches (the bread is fabulous), salads, and other light items, as well as wine, beer, and champagne, so you could stop here for a complete three-course meal.

The Grey Stuff

Be Our Guest dinner at disney world

Remember the “Be Our Guest” lyrics from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast?

“Soupe du jour, hot hors d’oeuvres
Why, we only live to serve
Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious
Don’t believe me, ask the dishes”

Have you ever wondered what the heck Lumiere means by “the grey stuff?” Well, you can try it yourself at the opulent Be Our Guest restaurant tucked inside Beast’s castle. The whipped confection, which has hints of cookies and cream and is adorned with bits of crisp rice (and is actually more brown than grey), is offered as a standalone dessert item or as a topping for a yummy cupcake.

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Mickey bar

It just wouldn’t be a trip to Disney World without at least one Mickey Bar. The smooth vanilla ice cream covered in glorious dark chocolate always hits the spot, especially on a sweltering Florida day in one of the parks. It may not actually be among the most decadent and best-tasting dessert items in the resort (although it is pretty damn tasty), but it is so intrinsically part of the Disney experience that virtually all of the judges included it on their top-ten list.

Macarons aux Framboises

Les Halles Macaron

If you and your gang have any room left after polishing off a Napoleon, consider getting macarons aux framboises (raspberry macaroons). The delicate pink-hued morsels feature raspberry jam, ganache, and fresh raspberries sandwiched between two almond-heavy cookies. How do you say “yum” in French?

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