Friday, April 20, 2012

Magical Blogorail: Disney Snacks, Mmmm...I'll Have That

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we share with you our favorite Disney snacks.

Right out of the gate, I'm going to bash two Disney favorites...turkey legs and churros.  They just don't do anything for me. 

However, Walt Disney World has a plethora of other tasty options to tempt the palate and tide you over to the next meal (or snack.) Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.

1. The fish and chicken basket at Columbia Harbour House.  This is a meal, you say, and you'd be correct.  But if you split it with someone it makes a nice, hearty snack and the second floor provides a delightful and well air-conditioned escape from the craziness on the street below.

2. Ice cream.  I used this picture because my brother took it and thinks it's very funny that I didn't notice characters behind me.  Hey, it was good ice cream.  This was at Animal Kingdom but Chris is also a big fan of Storybook Treats at Magic Kingdom.  

3. Afternoon tea at Garden View Lounge in the Grand Floridian.  This one is stretching the definition of snack a bit but with service between 2:00 and 4:30 it does fall between what I consider as traditional meal times. 

4. Anything from the Food and Wine Festival.  This was my husband in 2007, preparing to enjoy a selection of goodies from the Ireland kiosk.

5. Dole Whip.  This is one Disney Parks classic that I adore.  I prefer mine plain but Chris likes his as the float.  I'm looking forward to trying a citrus swirl on my next visit.  I'm not old enough to really remember Orange Bird, but I do remember having those orange-shaped cups around the house.

6. Goldfish crackers, Cheerios, raisins, or anything else your small child likes.  Sometimes it's really important to have something for kiddos NOW.  Those little snacks that have prevented or at least delayed a meltdown are certainly worth carrying around.

7. Mickey ice cream bars.  I know I already mentioned ice cream but these beauties deserve their own mention.  This photo is of Tink but Baby Minnie also got to sample this treat while we were in Hilton Head.  I don't know exactly what it is, but the combination of premium ice cream, yummy chocolate, and being on Disney property is magic, frozen and on a stick.

8. Carrot Cake Cookies.  Oh, thank you, Lou Mongello for bringing these babies to my attention.  If you haven't tried one before, the next time you are at the Studios, while everyone else is running to Toy Story Mania, you go to Writer's Stop.  And you are welcome.

No, this isn't #9.  I know cupcakes are trendy and everyone seems to get all excited about Disney cupcakes, but the ones I have tried at Magic Kingdom and the Studios didn't wow me.  I think WDW has much better choices available.  Although some of the cupcakes are darn cute.

9. Fruit.  Duh-huh?  I love that fresh fruit and healthier bagged snacks are available more often now.  As a mom, it's so nice to know that I can pick up something healthy for the girls.  As a sweets fanatic, I prefer my bananas dipped in chocolate and frozen and I always crave one at Animal Kingdom.

10. Something new.  Walt Disney World is an ever-changing place and this applies to snack choices as well.  Last trip, I tried a sweet cream cheese filled pretzel at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland.  That was a new one for me and I really enjoyed it.  

Hmm, now I think I need a snack.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Donna Kay.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
2nd Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ A World View
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  1. Oh Yum! My favorites -- Dole Whips and Carrot Cake Cookie! Can't wait to try a cream cheese filled pretzel, sounds delic!!

  2. I am one of the few who has never had a Carrot Cake Cookie, I will have to try one on my next visit. Great list. :)

  3. I agree about the Food & Wine Festival - lots of choices and you can't go wrong with any of them!

  4. Yum! We went to the Food and Wine Festival for the first time last year and had so much fun. Hopefully we'll make it back this year!

  5. What a great list and accompanying photos. I love Disney ice cream, but the choices at the Food & Wine Festival were hard to beat.

  6. The afternoon tea is fabulous. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did when my wife dragged me to it. It can really fill you up too!


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