Snacking Around the World

Continuing my quest to educate my unknowing little cousin about the wonders Disney World cuisine has to offer


It’s hot. You got up early. You’ve been walking a lot, and because you followed your friendly Pal Leah guide, you are waiting until the off hours to eat lunch at your favorite counter service.

What to do?

Time to follow Leah!  To…

Aloha Isle 

Location: Adventure Island, right near the Main Street entrance

When I was twelve, I could not direct my grandparents how to drive me to my school five minutes down the road. But a few months later when they asked how to get to Aloha Isle, I gave them exact directions. We’re talking latitude and longitude.

I love this place almost as much as “Splash Mountain.” And that’s a lot.


Dole Whip, my friend. Dole Whip.

I wait all year for this ice cream/custard happiness in cup. Yes, it tastes like pineapple. But with a delightful creamy texture. Perfect refreshment on a hot day. Fat free! That means it’s healthy, right?

If you want to do it right, get the pineapple float. It may sound strange, ice cream in pineapple juice. But it’s a party for your taste buds.  Trust me.

Turkey Legs

Locations: Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland of Magic Kingdom, Toluca Legs Turkey Company on Sunset Blvd of Disney Studios, Safari Turkey in Discovery Island of Animal Kingdom, Fife and Drum Tavern in American Adventure Pavilion of Epcot

Okay, unless you’re a serious carnivore, this does not look too appetizing.


It’s messy, greasy, fatty, large, and difficult to handle. I should mention I’m from Philly, so large heart-attack inducing foods are part of my native culture.


I might have to use the “Trust me” photo on this one again.


So why do people eat this primordial morsel? Because it’s just that good. You hear the anecdote all the time of a person hearing the turkey leg recommended, resisting at the sight of it, hesitantly and delicately trying it with a knife and fork, and then diving in mouth first after the first bite. It’s a must-have experience.

You can’t eat this with any sense of dignity. So don’t try. Fred Flinstone that baby: just grab it with your hands and dig in.


To me, it doesn’t even taste like turkey. More like ham. Will it clog you arteries? Fairly quickly. Will you need some serious baby wipes after? Yes, and perhaps a change of clothes. Will it be one of the most delicious things you’ve ever tasted and worth every grease stain on your shirt? Oh God yes.

As you can see, the leg is fairly large. I could eat it as an entire meal. So why is it on the snack blog? Well, it does count as a snack point on the Disney Dining plan. I personally like to get one to share with one or two other people. That way you get enough to tide you over and enjoy the taste without completely destroying the seams on your pants.



Caramel Apples

One bite…and all your dreams will come true.

snowwhite apple

Yes, I spent a lot of time in lockers in high school.

Apples at Disney World, frankly, can be a hit or miss. I do not recommend the one in Disney Hollywood Studios. Gotten too many bad apples there. Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Confectionery usually has pretty good apples, and they’re a great treat to enjoy while waiting for Wishes to start. But, in my opinion, the best place to get a caramel apple is The Candy Cauldron in Downtown Disney.  Never had an apple there that was anything but joygasmic. Plus the villainous decor is tons of fun.

Of course, you can venture outside of the typical caramel apple. Although it’s hard to mess with the classic, you can get chocolate covered apples with almost any kind of candy decoration you can imagine.


Mickey Bars

Locations: Scattered carts around the parks, the ultimate impulse buy!

It’s just not at trip to Disney without one of these little beauties. It’s a staple that belongs in the same category as the Mickey Mouse Ears hats. Perfect to beat the heat, you can’t top a classic.

Other favorites of mine include corn dog nuggets and cinnamon roasted almonds.

Snack carts are featured all over the World of Disney, so this is one of the few things you don’t have to plan. Pretzels, popcorn, churros and other ice cream treats are always available when you need that quick blood sugar spike.

Note: Yes, they’re overpriced. But you’re in Disney, and they have the mysterious power to make you fork over four dollars for a pretzel with a smile. You’ll probably cry when you get home.