5 Disney Recipes to Bring the Magic Home While the Parks Are Closed

These recipes will make your kitchen the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

Dolewhip at Disneyland
Photo: Mariah Tyler

A trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World isn’t complete without a classic Disney treat. Whether you love Mickey pretzels or you’re a Dole Whip fan, there’s just something special about the foods served at the Disney theme parks. Bring the Disney magic home with these recipes while the parks are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Think of it as a DIY theme park experience — you could even take a virtual ride on your favorite attraction while you’re at it. While it might be hard to recreate a Disney turkey leg or Mickey ice cream bar at home, these five Disney recipes are relatively easy and only require a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Dole Whip

There are few sweet treats with the cult-like following that the Dole Whip has earned through the years. Dole Whip is a creamy and tangy pineapple soft-serve ice cream that’s found at Disneyland and a few locations around Walt Disney World. At the parks, you can get it straight up, as a float with pineapple juice, or mixed with other flavors. To make a DIY version at home, all you need is frozen pineapple and coconut milk, according to this recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking. This is the perfect treat to put you in a sunny state of mind — adults can add rum for a fun, tropical cocktail.

Mickey Pretzel

Mickey pretzels are another crowd favorite, and once you have one, it’s easy to see why. These iconic treats are available in snack carts across the Disney parks, and they’re served with a cheese dipping sauce. Any pretzel recipe will work fine for this, and you can form them into a simple Mickey shape with one large circle and two small circles, or you can attempt the more complicated theme park design. The Disney Chef cracked the code to create the shape of the pretzel at home by using a “3”-shaped cookie cutter to create the eyes.


In Pixar Pier, guests will find SeÒor Buzz Churros. This new location serves a new twist on the fan favorite Disneyland Resort treat, including Cinnamon Sugar Galaxy Churro.
In Pixar Pier, guests will find Señor Buzz Churros. This new location serves a new twist on the fan favorite Disneyland Resort treat, including Cinnamon Sugar Galaxy Churro. Courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Who can turn down a warm, crunchy churro? With this 20-minute recipe, you can turn eight ingredients into a snack that instantly reminds you of walking down Main Street U.S.A. Roll them in blue or red sugar to create your own “churro lightsaber.”

Grey Stuff

In “Beauty and the Beast,” Lumiere famously exclaims, “Try the grey stuff; it’s delicious!” And now, you can! This Disney-inspired dessert is simple to make, and it’s something the whole family will love. With this recipe, you’ll be enjoying your own “Be Our Guest” treat in no time. Serve in a tea cup for an extra Disney touch.

Mickey Rice Krispie Treat

Four ingredients + a Mickey-shaped cookie cutter = the easiest Disney snack. Use any recipe for Rice Krispie treats, cut them into Mickey Mouse shapes, and dip the ears in melted chocolate or decorate them with Mickey sprinkles. Now you have a sweet themed snack to enjoy while you watch your favorite Disney movie.

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