The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot is not a place one necessarily associates with great food, but you’d be surprised how many special little treats you can find here!
This is the only spot in Epcot where you can pick up a funnel cake (and the seasonal pumpkin spice funnel cake!), the shop here often sells interesting and classic American candy, and the Fife and Drum Tavern has become the epicenter of some of Disney World’s most beloved treats!
The Fife and Drum is basically a permanent kiosk at the “outskirts” of the American Adventure pavilion in Disney World’s Epcot.
There are two ordering windows, and guests are expected to take their eats and sit at the sea of tables that lies between the Liberty Inn counter-service restaurant and the Fife and Drum.
What I’ve realized in the past couple of months as Fife and Drum has added to their menu is that this spot seems to be a magnet for Disney food cult favorites as well as obscure, random items! Classics like turkey legs, popcorn, and cream cheese pretzels are coupled with rarities like the American Dream slushie and frozen Jim Beam Red Stag lemonade!
Let’s go through some of the fan favorites and random options on the menu to get a better feel for what you can order at this little hot spot of Disney food goodness…
American Dream slushie
Currently, this spot is one of the only spots in Disney World where you can get the American Dream slushie, a mixture of strawberry and raspberry slushies and soft serve vanilla ice cream! (This the only place where it’s called an American Dream. A similar slushie, minus the ice cream, is found at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom.)
This hidden treat is a guest favorite, and the combo of sweet-tart flavors and textures is a fun one!
Frozen Jim Beam Red Stag Lemonade
Also available here in the slushie/beverage department is the Frozen Jim Beam Red Stag lemonade, a leftover from the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Again, this is another item that you can ONLY find here.
Jim Beam Red Stag is a black cherry flavored bourbon, and does indeed give the drink a kick! I liked it a lot at the festival, and I’m glad it’s stayed on as a menu offering.
Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel
Another offering at the Fife and Drum that is actually quite rare in Disney World these days is the outstanding Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel. This, predictably, is a soft pretzel stuffed with jalapenos and cheese, and even though I love hot and spicy things and consider myself to have a high tolerance, this snack does offer a lot of spicy flavor! It’s become one of my very favorite snacks recently!
You can only find this treat in two or three locations in Disney World, so hurry over before they decide to cut back more!
Cream Cheese Pretzel
Another rare stuffed pretzel found at the Fife and Drum is the Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzel. This soft pretzel treat has a sweet cream cheese filling that’s pretty decadent!
Once again, it’s only found in two places in Disney World that we know of (the other being the Lunching Pad at the Magic Kingdom), so it’s quite rare. Definitely worth a try, though — it’s a fan favorite!
A brand new addition to Disney World (though Disneyland has had them forever), the Mickey-shaped soft pretzels are just plain better than regular soft pretzels in my opinion ;-).
Get them with some plastic cheese and you’ll be in heaven. Or at least I’ll be in heaven on your behalf.
Root Beer Float
Back to beverages, the soft ice cream root beer float is definitely a fan favorite! Don’t forget to pick up two straws so that you can share!! And remember, in the hot Florida sun, this will melt quickly…
Disney’s famous giant turkey legs can also be found here. These aren’t all that rare around Disney parks, but they sure are fan favorites!
Some folks say there’s nothing quite like Disney popcorn, and I agree! Whether it’s because you’re in the happiest place on Earth, or because they put a little something extra in those kernels (*cough* copious amounts of butter *cough*), it’s delicious — and a perfect park-touring snack. Don’t be like me and wait too long to have your first box of Disney popcorn. Snag some at the Fife and Drum.
As you can see, this isn’t just another one of those standard Disney kiosks that carry the same ol’ same ol’ snacks. This spot offers quite a few rare, not-to-be-missed options! Once again, another hidden gem of a kiosk that I’d passed by one too many times!
The next time you’re in Epcot, head over to the Fife and Drum and try one of these yummy treats that you’ve never had before. Then leave us a comment and let us know what you thought!