For the last 61 years, Disneyland has been the most beloved theme park in the world, thrilling fans, and warming the hearts of people all the world over. Founded in 1955 by Walt Disney, the Magic Kingdom has acted as a second home for millions of visitors each year. Throughout its rich and proud history, Disneyland has been able to push the boundaries of entertainment, as well as deliver a top-to-bottom experience above and beyond your average theme park. With the addition of Star Wars Land coming in the future, Disneyland continues to innovate, and cater to the kid in all of us. At this point in its history, Disneyland acts as an interactive and ever-changing museum of sorts, as guests of all ages are able to ride some of the attractions that were present on its opening day.
Aside from the rides, shows, and laundry list of top notch eateries, Disneyland's snacks are nearly as famous as the park itself. It was not easy narrowing down the list to just 15 entries, but, thanks to being a lifelong fan and visitor, I've spent plenty of time chowing down on the snacks the park has to offer over the years. While a few additions to the list are all-time fan favorites, there are a number of newer snacks here that will have you booking your stay at "The Happiest Place on Earth" shortly after reading. So join us, as we list "The Top 15 Disneyland Snacks You Can't Live Without."
15 Caramel Apples - Candy Palace
Kicking off our list at the number 15 spot are Disneyland's delectable Caramel Apples. Much like the Mickey-shaped Rice Krispies (which we may see later on) found at the same location, the Caramel Apples at the Candy Palace are otherworldly. As much as I do enjoy trying new and improved concoctions, I am a tried and true believer in a simple caramel apple.
14 Tigger Tails - Various Locations
If you're a fan of marshmallow and caramel, then look no further. One of the most decadent treats I've ever had, these Tigger Tails are one of the better treats in the park. This snack has it all. Sugar covered marshmallow with caramel and a hint of chocolate drizzle, the Tigger Tail is the ultimate way to rid yourself of a sugar craving in a major way.
The Tigger Tail is a fitting snack to cap off a ride on "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," and is located at a shop just outside of the ride. Grab yourself one, and snap a picture with Tigger himself before catching a ride on "Splash Mountain."
13 Giant Pickles - Toon Up Treats
I know what you're thinking. Can a pickle really be good enough to be considered one of the best snacks in Disneyland? Yes, yes it can. These gigantic, juicy pickles are incredibly tasty, and can be found at Toon Up Treats in Toon Town. While this snack may not have the pizzazz of the Chili-lime Corn on the Cob, or the awe factor of the Disneyland Turkey Leg, it is till good enough to make the list, based on the fact that these pickles are just flat out delicious.
12 Chili-Lime Corn On The Cob - Various Locations
11 Mickey-Shaped Rice Krispy Treats - Candy Palace
The Candy Palace is home to some of the finest chocolates in all of Disneyland, and it just so happens to have some of the tastiest rice krispy treats ever. These chocolate-dipped treasures are absolutely amazing. While the pre-packaged ones found at a number of shops at Disneyland are good, they simply don't compare to the ones found at the Candy Palace.
10 Mickey-Shaped Pretzel - Various Locations
While compiling this list, there was no doubt in my mind that I would need to include these. Simply put, they are delicious. The pretzel is always warm and soft, making it an absolute must for anyone who's ready to eat something delicious. With just the right amount of saltiness, Disneyland is once again able to turn the ordinary into something that will make your mouth water.
9 Mickey-Shaped Ice Cream Sandwich - Various Locations
There's something about Mickey Mouse shaped foods that just enhances the overall experience of being at Disneyland, and these ice cream sandwiches are no exception. You can easily find one of these at one of several conveniently placed dessert stands all throughout Disneyland.
The chocolate exterior is packed with flavor, and the scrumptious vanilla ice cream interior makes this snack a dessert option you don't want to miss. What I enjoy most is that these are relatively small, so you won't be overly full after demolishing one of these delights, and it is a big enough snack for kids to devour. Be sure to grab an extra one later in the day; you are on vacation, after all.
8 The Dark Side Lemonade - The Galactic Grill
The only drink on our list clocks in at number eight as the Dark Side Lemonade is as delicious as it is refreshing. Found at the Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland, this strawberry lemonade is simply worth abandoning the Jedi way for. But, it's not just the incredible flavor of this drink that makes it worthwhile. Each one comes with your very own light up Death Star which will fulfill any Star Wars fans dreams, and it makes for a cool souvenir.
7 Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist - Maurice's Treats
Found at little Maurice's Treats near Fantasyland, the Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist is an intensely delicious snack, and is quite filling to boot. While the little snack spot offers a couple of other delicious twists (including a chocolate twist which is absolutely divine), this one in particular is a personal favorite.
This cheddar-filled wonder is sure to hit the spot each time you decide to grab one. Its flavor is subtle, and never fails to please even the pickiest of eaters. Much like a one of Disneyland's Turkey Legs, I'd recommend hitting a relaxing ride like the "Haunted Mansion" or "Pirates of the Caribbean" after devouring one of these.
6 Gibson Girl Ice Cream - Main Street U.S.A
For me, settling on a flavor of ice cream to eat is almost as difficult as choosing which ride to hop on next. Although you can grab ice cream desserts at a few other places, nothing gets the job done quite like this Disneyland classic.
Waffle cones, floats, and sundaes can all be found at one of the tastiest spots in the park. Located on Main Street U.S.A near the Carnation Cafe, this decadent dessert destination is conveniently located for those looking to take a quick break or to do some souvenir shopping, and those who are simply looking for some incredible ice cream.
5 Popcorn - Various Locations
If you include popcorn on a "Top 15" list, then it needs to be something special. Then again, is there anything in Disneyland that isn't? With the perfect amount of butter and salt, this popcorn happens to be my all-time favorite, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. It's a great snack to share, and an even better one to have all to yourself.
4 Turkey Leg - Various Locations
For any previous visitor to the Magic Kingdom, I can almost guarantee that you've seen more than a few people chowing down on one of these. For all of you future visitors, you may need to take a step back, and take a moment to admire the sheer size of Disneyland's Turkey Legs.
A snack that could satisfy the hunger of the "Matterhorn's" Abominable Snowman, the Disneyland Turkey Leg is a mammoth-sized treat that is as popular as it is large. Flavorful and filling, this snack certainly acts like a complete meal, and is something that you can munch down while cruising through the park.
3 Mickey-Shaped Beignets - Mint Julep Bar
The Mint Julep Bar in and of itself is a hidden gem located in New Orleans Square, and it also happens to house one of the greatest treats in the Magic Kingdom. The Mickey-shaped Beignets are a light, airy, donut-like snack that is covered in powdered sugar, and will leave you wishing you had gotten more for yourself. Fortunately, the snack comes in a pack of 3, or a pack of 6, so you'll always be able to get plenty for the family.
2 Churro - Various Locations
What is there to say about a Disneyland churro that hasn't been said? For you churro aficionados out there, you know better than most that this snack is simply on another level. This isn't your average county fair churro. The perfect blend of cinnamon, sugar, and pure Disney magic, these golden brown wonders are always made to perfection, and can remedy any empty stomach looking for a fix.
Due to their popularity, you can find a churro at plenty of carts throughout the park, and this snack also happens to be incredibly cost effective. Big taste with minimal budget impact? It's no wonder that the churro has become a mainstay after all these years.
1 Dole Whip - Tiki Juice Bar
The number one snack on our list comes courtesy of the beautiful state of Hawaii. Next to the churro, Disneyland's world famous Dole Whip is a Hawaiian import that is as popular as any snack in the park's storied history. The pineapple flavored soft serve is the perfect fit on any day, and is a phenomenal way to cool down while enjoying a show at "The Enchanted Tiki Room."
For those pineapple lovers out there looking to take this snack to the next level, be sure to get a Dole Whip Float, which contains the already flavorful Dole Whip with pineapple juice for a pairing that tastes even better than it sounds. The line can be a but long, but, if you head into the waiting area for the show, there is a line for the Tiki Juice Bar that will drastically reduce your wait time! Grab a Dole Whip, and head over to grab your fast pass for Space Mountain in half the time. Being an annual pass holder, I'm able to get this whenever I please, and that, my friends, is how to live life.
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