As a former Disney College Program student, it is safe to say I have an absolute love for Disney and all that it has to offer. I participated in the program my sophomore year of college in the spring of 2012. It was the most amazing experience of my life and I am grateful to have been chosen to take part in it. Moving to Florida, meeting people from all around the world, working at Magic Kingdom, and the food are what made this experience so fantastic!
Out of all the roles in the college program, I ironically, was chosen to work in quick service food & beverage (which wasn’t my first choice). This was the most fast paced, fun, and rewarding roles which exposed me to all different kinds of people, situations, and of course types of food on the daily. Looking back at it now, I wouldn’t have wanted to work in any other role.
During my time at Walt Disney World I was able to get free admissions into the parks. Definitely the best perk by far. This allowed me to easily experience all the different cuisine and tasty treats that each park provided. I spent most of my time in Magic Kingdom, so I decided I would gather the must eat foods I discovered from each land/area.
Pineapple Dole Whip is a MUST when visiting Adventureland. You can find this at Aloha Isle or Sunshine Seasons. I stumbled upon this delightful treat by word of mouth from other cast members. Everyone said I had to try it, so naturally I went to get some as soon as possible. Dole Whip is a soft serve frozen dessert. There are only 3 flavors at these locations which are plain vanilla, pineapple or a mix of both. It’s served in a cup or as a float, but I highly suggest the float! It is made with pineapple juice and vanilla dole whip to create a refreshing beverage you can drink and eat at the same time.
4 words: sweet cream cheese pretzel. I worked as a cast member in Tomorrowland at the Lunching Pad, so I served these all day every day! Let me just tell you it was hard not to take one of these in the back and eat it. This is a soft pretzel filled with sweet cream cheese and a light breadcrumb dusting on top. A warm comforting snack that puts a spin on your basic pretzel with nacho cheese. It’s safe to say that these things went like hot cakes.
Frontierland is where all the carnivores go to snag a Jumbo Turkey Leg. If you are a meat lover and enjoy devouring it off a giant bone then this is the “snack” for you. These are served at a stand right across from the Country Bear Jamboree attraction. I personally think these look unappetizing but for anyone who has ever had one, they are quite delicious and a must try when in the park. Be prepared to use a lot of napkins from all the grease and maybe hide in a corner when you try to tackle this bad boy. Also be aware, seagulls are very bold creatures, I witnessed them first thing snatching the turkey legs right out of guests’ hands!
Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square serves a Nutella Waffle with fresh fruit, and oh my goodness is it scrumptious. This belgian waffle is served with a generous spread of Nutella topped with bananas, blueberries, and strawberries. This can be eaten as a sweet breakfast option or as a dessert in the middle of the day, either way it is necessary to try. The waffle is a great portion especially for the price. It is definitely shareable, but if you want to try to finish the whole thing yourself, I don’t blame you.
Main Street U.S.A is a perfect place to grab your Premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar. This simple bar is a fan favorite simply because of the Mickey Mouse shape that it comes in. The ice cream is your basic vanilla flavor with a hard chocolate outer shell served on a popsicle stick. It also comes in the sandwich form for the person who likes a soft outer layer that isn’t as messy. You can locate them at free-standing carts so make sure you spot one out on your way down Main Street! It is simple yet a must have, especially if you want a photo proving you got Disney’s most famous treat.
LeFou’s Brew was created for Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland. If you’re familiar with Butterbeer at Harry Potter World, this is a close replica. This non-alcoholic drink resembles a real brew because of the creamy passion-fruit froth which appears as the “head”. The base of the drink is frozen apple juice which has a hint of marshmallow flavoring. The beverage has been super popular with the new additions in Fantasyland. With its slush like consistency and choice of drinking it out of a souvenir mug, it is favored by the kiddos. You can also drink this in a regular cup but let’s be real, that’s just not as fun!
There are plenty of must eats spread out within all 4 parks and even the resorts, so feel free to leave comments or suggestions of what you think are must try’s when you visit! If you love food & beverage of all kinds, a great time to plan a future visit would be during Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival which takes place every fall. I think I know when my next trip will be!
OH and if you’re a college student reading this, I highly suggest you apply for the program. You won’t regret it I promise.