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Review: Sleepy Hollow’s Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss Waffle Sandwich

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments unveiled new waffle sandwiches in November 2011.

Guests can choose between the popular sweet and spicy chicken waffle sandwich, the nutella and fruit waffle sandwich, and this ham with prosciutto and swiss waffle sandwich. And if you’re an early riser, be sure to check out the breakfast waffle version with egg, cheese, prosciutto, and tomato!

We’ve highlighted three of the four on this blog so far, but I wanted to have a complete set! So on a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom, I headed to Liberty Square to sample one of these creations; mindful that they are only served from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Atmosphere

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is definition of “location, location, location!” With a sweet spot right in between the castle and Liberty Square’s Hall of Presidents, this is a great spot to stop for a snack as you’re headed from one land to another.

Sleepy Hollow

Seating is ample, and there are even picnic tables under cover, so it’s a great spot to get out of the sun. Of course, you can also get a pretty fun view of the Cinderella Castle show from these circular tables!

Sleepy Hollow Seating

Eats

Sleepy Hollow’s menu has always been one to change and update with interesting new snacks and dishes. For example, you’ll find the Liberty Swirl slush here (the only place in the Magic Kingdom to get it) and specialty homemade ice cream sandwiches (the ice cream flavor currently is mint chocolate chip), and this used to be the spot to get giant Mickey waffles and a great cup of chicken and wild rice soup!

Sadly, the soup and giant Mickey waffles are gone now, but we’re pretty intrigued with the giant waffle sandwiches that took their place.

Sleepy Hollow Menu - click image for larger version

You’ll remember from our previous posts seeing the monstrous Chicken and Waffle sandwich and Nutella and Fruit sandwich:

Chicken Waffle Sandwich and Nutella and Fruit Waffle Sandwich

And more recently (a la One More Disney Day), this breakfast waffle sandwich was introduced:

Breakfast Waffle Sandwich

So I decided to sample one of the sandwiches I hadn’t already heard a lot about…this Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss waffle sandwich. As others have mentioned, you do have to wait a bit for your sandwich to be ready. There’s a lot of prep that goes into making the fresh waffle. But all in all — on a busy Spring Break day — I waited only about 5 minutes at the window to pick up my food.

I headed to one of the covered picnic tables and tried to figure out how to take a bite of this thing! It is truly massive, and even I was wishing for someone to share it with! Plan to grab a knife and cut it in half, if for no other reason than to keep the inevitable mess to a minimum.

That said, it IS a gorgeous sandwich, isn’t it? Who would have thunk you’d see such colorful veggies and flavorful meats and cheeses as part of a theme park grab-and-go snack?

Ham, Swiss, and Prosciutto Waffle Sandwich

The waffle itself was clearly very fresh — right out of the waffle iron. It was crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and had a mild enough flavor that it accompanied instead of overpowered the tastes of the fillings. Yes, there was the standard Disney waffle malt flavor, but while I was expecting it to be too sweet for this savory sandwich, it adapted well to the other flavors.

View of Both Meats

Now, something that should be noted if you have picky eaters in your group is that several of these sandwiches come with “more than you bargained for.” The chicken waffle sandwich includes a kind of slaw (we think it’s similar to the one served in Columbia Harbour House across the way), and this ham and swiss sandwich comes with tomato, greens, and an herbed mayo of which there is no mention on the menu!

Herbed Mayo

I took a few bites with the mayo and didn’t mind it, but if you’re traveling with kids or picky adults (like me), just make sure you know what other ingredients come on the waffle before you order.

Overall

I think the waffle sandwiches are a great deal for what you’re getting, especially when you see how large they really are. For $6.99 you can easily feed two adults for a snack, and this can surely be a meal for one person — no problem.

Warning, though — they are messy. This isn’t like a snack that you’ll be able to travel/walk around the parks with unless you’re meticulously clean in your eating style! ;-) I figured I was getting off easy with the waffle I sampled (based on the reports from the chicken waffle eaters), but it was still pretty messy! Nonetheless — I can highly recommend these fun new snacks/meals in the Magic Kingdom!

Waffle sandwiches – thumbs up or down? Let’s hear your vote!

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25 Comments

  1. Cynthia says:

    Hey, do you recall the Sleepy Hollow Legendary Punch? It was from, well, not sure but a long, long, long time ago. Sort of a gray purple color. Loved it! I would give much to be able to make some. If it is possible for you to do a blast from the past, it would be really special.

  2. Samantha says:

    I want to go back just to get this sandwich and a dole whip. I would love to know what is in the herb mayo so i can attempt to remake it till I can get back there. If yall ever find this out please post it; but yall are right it can def feed 2 people.

  3. Aldo says:

    If you don’t want the mayo, slaw etc can it be ordered without that ?

  4. Alison S says:

    Just had one the other day and thought it was yummy! The waffle is really really good and I agree there was a little too much mayo.

  5. Jason says:

    We went over to MK early on Saturday just to get a waffle and ride Dumbo. I ended up taking the egg, etc… off of the waffle and not eating it all together. This was not because of the size or mess, but because the sweetness of the waffle did not go with the other ingredients. Everything was good by itself, but together it just did not work for my family and I. Most disappointing is that I had been debating since Friday morning whether to give the waffles a try or to go get Tonga Toast and then head to the park; so, not only did I get a breakfast that I was not a big fan of, I also did not get my Tonga Toast, and now I am craving it. Nevertheless it was a nice morning.

  6. Alan says:

    This post crystalizes a feeling that has,been building in my mind over the last year or so; food and beverage at Disney has been and is mproving a whole lot. Especially in the non-table service venues. Snack and counter food at WDW years ago, was more like fast food. Now there is a real intent to raise the quality of their offerings with a gourmets flair. This has been a great development.

  7. Christa M. says:

    I rearranged our park schedule for June so that I get to go to the MK first, just for a nutella and fruit waffle.

  8. Christa says:

    I tried to like this sandwich, I really did! It just didn’t work for me. I like waffles and I like all the ingredients which were all fresh. It just didn’t work together. I made a huge mess of it too which didn’t help matters. I may try to the nutella and fruit waffle sometime though!

  9. Mark D. says:

    This place is very slow as the waffles are made fresh, but it is worth the wait for those sandwiches and I will be back again.

  10. Brian says:

    Really enjoy this site. But is it just me, or does it always seem that WDW’s food prices seem much lower than the food items at DL!? The waffle sandwiches for $6.99 seems like a great deal.

  11. NT3 says:

    Wow, everything does look super fresh on that! How red the tomatoes are! I’m used the the usual generic reddish pink with speckles of yellow and green you get on “fast food” tomatoes. Those look fresh from the garden!

  12. NancyB says:

    I tried the Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss waffle sandwich in December, and found it pretty bad. The waffle was too sweet for the savory sandwich, the excessive mayo created a messy and unappetizing gloppy mess, and the cold sandwich fillings just slid around in the (rapidly cooling) waffle. The prosciutto was of reasonable quality, the ham was OK, and the cheese was processed, although the condiments were in good shape if you factor in that December tomatoes just don’t meet summer standards for taste.

    If I were re-engineering the idea I’d have a thinner, crisper, less-sweet waffle, heat it a bit after adding the meats and cheese to melt the cheese a little, and cut way back on the mayo. As it is, I think I’ll stick to the sweet waffle options at Sleepy Hollow.

  13. Becca says:

    Do these count as a snack on the Dining Plan?

  14. Mark D. says:

    Becca – No they don’t.

  15. catherine says:

    My friend got the ham sandwich and it looked lovely but was DROWNING in mayo. I hate mayo.

  16. Lara says:

    Do they have a gluten free waffle option?:)

  17. Oh Man… can’t wait to try ‘em out! Yum!!!!

  18. marcellina says:

    I know I’m late on this but I have to chime in… I had this sandwich in February and while I did enjoy it I do have to mention I was EXTREMELY thirsty afterwards. I’m sure it was the ham and prosciutto that did it but for hours afterwards I was needing a drink! It was a decent sandwich and a great value for the price (it’s gigantic!!) but I liked the nutella waffle much better. I think I might get this one again once in a while but I wouldn’t be going back for it on every trip.

  19. ep says:

    So on dining plan… this is a CS credit?

  20. LL says:

    Gee I wish I’d known about that breakfast waffle sandwich! I tried the ham and cheese on Saturday. Only waited about 5 mins. Loved the waffle as always! Surprisingly liked the arugula. Meat and cheese were great – but 2 complaints: I do wish the cheese had been a little melted, and my prosciutto was stuffed way down in the bottom, so I didn’t get a lot of it until the end the way I was eating it.
    Bigger complaint – I asked what came on the waffle – she didn’t mention the herbed mayo!! I normally hate mayo and was pretty disappointed to see it on there when the CM taking my order had never mentioned it. Definitely a little too much on there.

  21. Sara says:

    So, we just got back from our first trip to MK and I was searching to see if anyone else had the same issue with Sleepy Hollow. I guess so! My hubby ordered the chicken which smelled great, but was too spicy for my little ones. And I got the ham & swiss, and as everyone has noted, it was DROWNING in that sauce. Since so many families are there with kids (obviously), it just makes sense that they should either ask or list it on the menu. My 7 yr old wouldn’t eat it, and I couldn’t stomach much of it either. Which was a total disappointment because it looked beautiful!

  22. AJ says:

    Sara — Thank you for the review!!

  23. Heather says:

    Anyone know if they do an allergy friendly waffle? (Gluten free, specifically for me, but I know when they make it friendly for one allergy, it’s usually friendly to most allergies). Thanks!

  24. MLR says:

    Had the Ham, etc. waffle & Nutella yesterday! Thanks to the tips here we ordered the ham without sauce & it was yummy & very fresh – never thought I’d be eating arugula at MK! And the nutella waffle was perfect – had bananas, strawberries & blueberries. It made a nice late lunch/snack for 2 adults & 1 kid. I also recommend the iced coffee float for a nice treat (we went back for that later!)

  25. AJ says:

    MLR — Thanks for the review!! Great suggestions and recommendations. I’m so glad you enjoyed! :-)

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