As you know, I am on a quest. I’d like to dine at every single Disney restaurant and try every single Disney “cult status” fan favorite still available today (sadly, that does not include beaver tails, RIP). I’d been doing a pretty good job at moving forward on my mission, but I had a few secrets I kept hidden — dishes I’d never, ever tried until this year, even though they were serious favorites of Disney guests the world over.
We like to be honest around here, so I’m going to start coming clean by giving you a list of a few Disney desserts I hadn’t really tried until my past few trips — along with what I thought of them. Ready? Here we go!
Yak and Yeti Fried Cream Cheese Won-tons
Once upon a time, a fun new restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom called Yak and Yeti introduced a fun twist on the standard Asian won-ton. By stuffing won-ton skins with sweet cream cheese, frying them up, and pairing them with pineapples and sweet sauce, this is one non-chocolate dessert that will steal your heart and your taste buds.
Lots of folks claim that it’s not sweet enough, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a good, relatively light dessert to share, and the best part is: it suits hot days and cold days — perfect for all temps in WDW.
Le Cellier Smores
Billed as a kids’ dessert, most Disney veterans have at least heard about the smores if they haven’t tried them. Presentation is key here — two gourmet “graham cracker” cookies are coated in chocolate then sandwiched with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Stuck into the top of the sandwich is a rainbow-sprinkled marshmallow — the perfect “wow” dessert to make any kid feel special.
Truth is, this dessert is actually quite yummy! The gourmet twist to the graham cookies and chocolate along with the fun, colorful marshmallow will make any adult feel special, too. And, let’s be honest, after eating at Le Cellier, it’s hard to finish a full adult-sized dessert, anyway (at least it is if you’re like me and order half the appetizer menu as well as your entree). The smores dessert is the perfect portion size.
50′s Prime Time Cafe Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake
This nostalgic shake might sound strange to some, but it’s a die-hard favorite for a lot of Disney fans and has been on the menu for years.
When I ordered it from the standard 50′s Prime Time Cafe dessert menu (a.k.a. a Viewfinder), I was thinking I’d get a shake all swirled up with brown peanut butter and grape or strawberry jelly. In fact, it looked an awful lot like a vanilla shake with a few tell-tale specks from natural peanut butter in there. No sign of jelly in the presentation, and really not a lot of “jelly” taste in the shake either.
This is a good one if you’re a peanut butter and vanilla lover!
So, there you go — three of the classic cult favorites that I didn’t get my hands on until this year! There will be more in the series coming up, so stay tuned!
If you’ve tried any of these desserts — or want to try them soon! — let us know what you think in the comments section below!