One of the best ways to break up a long day in the sun at Walt Disney World (or to pass the time during a torrential downpour without losing your cool) is to stop for a snack. The parks (and even the resorts) are filled with so many mouth-watering options that it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the list of the best treats to only five! During the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the choices only grow, as booths from more than 25 countries and regions pop up and serve light bites, desserts, and drinks (Canadian cheddar cheese soup, Belgian waffles, and French escargot are perennial favorites). So work up your appetite on the rides, and then prepare to enjoy an edible souvenir or two. If the way to our hearts is through our stomachs, rest assured you’ll be heading home chock full of Disney magic.
Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar
A snack so popular that Disney even sells ice cream bar-shaped magnets, air fresheners, and antenna toppers, this chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream treat-on-a-stick, shaped like Mickey’s head, is perhaps the most iconic snack option on property. It tastes a bit like a Klondike bar, but of course nibbling the chocolate-coated ears of a Mickey Bar in the shadow of Cinderella Castle is an experience you can’t get anywhere else. Available at ice cream carts throughout all four parks.
This soft-serve, sorbet-like treat is frozen perfection—and it’s one of the most talked-about snacks among Disney aficionados. The original Dole Whip is pineapple-flavored, but the treat now comes in orange, vanilla and swirl, too—or you can order a Dole Whip float, made with pineapple juice.
Some Disney fans love the turkey leg. Some hate it. But it’s impossible to deny its ubiquitous presence. These 1.5-pound mammoths come smoking hot, wrapped in paper, and they taste like a cross between turkey and ham. Prepare to look like a cave person as you gnaw on your meat. Instagram, look out.
They’re candy-coated apples, but they might as well be works of art. Try a traditional caramel or caramel-nut apple, or look for options clothed in sugary suits, dresses, or Mickey Mouse pants (complete with Mickey ears!). You can even create your own at Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney, but my favorites come from Karamell-Küche, the outstanding caramel shop in Epcot’s Germany pavilion.
One of the signature offerings in the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland, this concoction—an homage to Gaston’s bumbling sidekick in Beauty and the Beast—is a refreshing blend of no-sugar-added frozen apple juice and toasted marshmallow flavoring, topped with a mango-passion fruit foam. It’s made to look like a frosty beer, but it’s alcohol-free and completely family-appropriate. Try it in a souvenir mug!