Back in October I headed over to Florida to check out two of the world’s most famous theme parks, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. It was a simpler time in America back then, Trump was still a joke and we could put all our cares away and act like children again. Well other then the hurricane, but that’s a story for another day…
One thing the Florida theme parks don’t get enough credit for is their food. Disney in particular really does go above and beyond what you expect from a theme park, and while Universal has some catching up to do, the Harry Potter area's offer some amazing high quality items. So I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite snacks i sampled while I was over there.
I am writing this hungry, so let’s just jump right in!
Cronut At Refreshment Port, Epcot
If you don’t know what a cronut is it’s exactly as it sounds, a donut made out of flaky layered croissant dough. I was a little skeptical but thought I’d give it a go and OMG it was so good! The cinnamon sugar meant it was sweet and flavourful while the hot and flaky layers were just a complete delight! It wasn't overly heavy like some US deserts can be, just a buttery delicious delight! If you are on the dining plan like we were it’s just one snack credit and totally worth it.
Butterbeer at The Hog's Head, Hogsmeade, Islands of Adventure
There’s no way you can go to Hogsmeade and not try this famous drink from the Harry Potter Universe. It’s not to everyone's taste that’s for sure, but if you have a sweet tooth like me you will love it. The recipe is a closely guarded secret of course but the closest thing I can describe it as is cream soda with a little butterscotch and a thick, creamy head. It’s probably not advisable to drink one before getting on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey unless you want to see it again too soon...
Mickey Mouse Blueberry Muffin, Cinderella's Royal Table, Magic Kingdom
Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the best, right? Towards the end of our last vacation I ate one of these adorable Mickey shaped treats for breakfast inside Cinderella's castle. Now it is a known fact that all food tastes better when it’s Mickey shaped, and this is no exception. A lot of the snacks in the parks can be overly sweet or heavy, so after two weeks this refreshing, fruity muffin was exactly what I needed.
Butterbear Ice Cream, Diagon Alley, Universal Studios
If the Butterbeer itself isn’t enough for you, what about the ice cream version? Strangely enough this actually tastes less sweet the the drinkable version, but it’s still rich and indulgent in all the right ways. I miss this a lot!
Warm Cinnamon Rolls, Gaston’s Tavern, Magic Kingdom
Who doesn't love a hot sweet pastry? Danish pastries are a favorite treat of mine, so when I saw this on the menu I knew I would have to give it a try at some point during my stay. This version is humongous, I had it instead of lunch (even though it was only one snack credit for those of you on the dining plan) and it could easily fill two as a snack. It was surprisingly moist and fruity, I’ve been dreaming about this ever since.
I honestly could write so many blog posts just on the food in Disney World, is that something you’d want to see me post here? What’s your favorite Floridian snack?