Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog! I am sooo excited to finally have pictures of all of my favorite hot dogs in Disney World! How excited, you ask? So excited, that I decided to do a blog post about it.
Now, some of you might not think that hot dogs (or “hotted dogs,” as Michael Crawford would say) are that big a deal. “So what?” you say. “A hot dog’s a hot dog.”
Not so, my friends. My mother is a hot dog enthusiast, and I must have gotten some of her hot-dog-lovin’ genes. Not every dog tastes the same, and Disney World has a few that are outstanding (in spite of their new beef/chicken-ness*). Below are my favorites, in no particular order…
Casey’s Corner is synonymous with hot dogs. There’s just no getting around the fact that they’re the epitome of the Disney Hot Dog Empire, so we must begin with them. Sitting at the end of Main Street, right in sight-view of every parade, firework, and Castle show that happens in Disney World, Casey’s also provides an excellent vantage point for relaxing and enjoying Disney entertainment.
The Casey’s dog is short and fat, with an incredible burst of sodium-filled goodness in every bite. They’re best when partnered with (my favorite and yours) the hot, plastic-y cheese available from the dispenser at Casey’s “fixin’s bar,” which also usually includes relish, ketchup, onions, and mustard.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
My second soft spot when it comes to hot dogs goes to Beaches and Cream in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This place is a sentimental favorite of mine anyway, but the great diner food doesn’t hurt! This is the place to get all your favorites — burgers, chili cheese dogs, chicken noodle soup, onion rings, and more ice cream than you can shake a stick at.
The hot dog here is probably the most “standard” you’ll find in Disney World, but coupled with the slightly seasoned fries and a bunch of shredded cheese (are you sensing a theme here?), it’s just about perfect. Especially if you’re enjoying it with a Cherry Coke and anticipating a chocolate malt for dessert…
Surprised? Don’t be! The chili cheese dogs at the ESPN Club are legendary.
Located on Disney’s Boardwalk, the ESPN Club is busiest during big deal sports events, but if you arrive when they open for lunch on a regular old day, you’ll have your pick of great seating. Choose a booth with its very own TV (and gaming controls, of that’s your preference!), or head into the broadcast room — maybe you can catch a show being taped! When you’re finished, head into the arcade next door to play a few rounds. Whatever you do, you’ve got to hit the restrooms — I promise you won’t miss a minute of the game!
BUT, back to the dog! This thing is huge, and for those of you who aren’t big eaters, I can suggest sharing this one. It’s easily a foot long, and when covered in chili and cheese you have quite a meal on your hands. But the taste is outstanding, and the fries are some of the best in Disney World as well. Don’t deny yourself the indulgence.
Final Comments and Info
So, there you have it! At long last, my picks for best hot dog in Disney World! I would love to hear your comments and other suggestions. Have you sampled one I haven’t tried? I can’t wait for recommendations! Let me know in the comments section below Happy Dogging!
Oh, by the way, speaking of hot dogs, here’s a fun little ditty to have in your head for the rest of the day…
*Thanks to Chef BigFatPanda for the pic from Casey’s and for this info/research about the switch from all-beef to beef/chicken: “I received a call back from a Food & Beverage manager this morning who confirmed, as we know, the All Beef hot dog has changed to a Beef / Chicken hot dog. This change began Sept 2009. I was told that although the hot dog is not kosher (and she did not believe the all beef one was either), kosher meals can be gotten at Cosmic Ray’s. There is no pork in the hot dog. Furthermore, I was told that yes, in fact, the fat content of the hot dog was reduced because of the chicken addition, although the manager did not have the exact values on hand. I asked if it was possible to get those and she said she would be happy to follow up with me. Had I not read it here, I would not have tasted a difference. If the fat content was substantially reduced, I will be happy about the change.”