Review: New! “Macaroon” Cupcake at Art of Animation Resort Food Court

There’s a new cupcake being offered at the newly-opened Art of Animation resort! Thanks to our Disney Food for Families columnist, Erin Foster, we have all the delicious details.

These cupcakes in the new Art of Animation Resort Food court are gorgeous, and a variety of colors are available.

Cupcake Display

While it’s called a “macaroon cupcake,” the cookies resemble half of what’s being called in bakeries these days a macaron (see the difference between macaroons and macarons here). But how do they taste?

Erin tells us:
They have a classic “macaron-y” almond taste, but the texture is slightly off. Because the cookies are sitting on a big pile of icing, they can get damp. When I tried to pull a cookie off, just a shell-like layer came away at first. Not that this stopped me from eating it. It still had good flavor.

Cupcake Close Up

The cupcake itself was quite good, too. It was just regular yellow cake, but moister than many other Disney cakes. The frosting was creamy frosting with little crunchy pearls on the edges.

Cross-Section of Cupcake

You can see here the texture of the cookie with the outer shell pulled off.

Cookie minus outer shell

The cupcake (featuring that cute hidden Mickey) is selling for $3.99 at Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors.

Cupcake Ingredients

So, is this on your list to try the next time you’re in the World?

What do you think about this new cupcake? Let us know in the comments…


  1. Becca says

    Actually… Macaron is simply the French word for macaroon. Any cake made mostly from ground nuts is a macaroon, from the Italian word for the method of grinding up the nuts. It’s like saying that Brie and Camembert have to be called fromage, not cheese! Unfortunately, as the people who spread the trend liked to sound a bit more exotic, the word “macaron” has really stuck.

    Hey, if Harrods call them macaroons, then so do I. ;)

  2. says

    Wow, these look amazing!! I love how they are decorated with Mickey. These photos would look awesome enlarged and hung on in the food court.

  3. Barry says

    Hopefully these will show up in some other locations as well. It’s hard to justify a trip over to the Art of Animation Resort just to pick up a couple of these (although I am tempted).

  4. Grace says

    Wish I could see the rest of the ingredients. How is “yellow cake” an ingredient?

  5. says

    I like that Disney keeps coming up with creative cupcake ideas, but I have to say that this one doesn’t appeal to me at all. I think I’d rather keep my cupcakes and macaroons as separate treats.

  6. Stephanie says

    I love that the ingredients are listed on the side of the container! I really hope to see this in more places around WDW. It would certainly make things a lot easier for those on both sides of the counter.

  7. says

    I wish that they sold macarons alone and not on the cupcake… but they are very cute! I’m heading over to AoA on my next trip so maybe I’ll check them out!

  8. Tracey says

    I am going to be staying at art of animation, for my my daughters and I first “official” stay at Disney. These cupcakes look delicious, can’t wait to try them.

  9. Jessica says

    We just stayed at AoA for 8 nights and I’m sad to say that these cupcakes were not there. During our entire stay, they only offered 2 cupcakes. The first was a Mickey Oreo Cupcake that had yellow cake, white buttercream frosting, 2 Oreo ears and a white chocolate Mickey face. I’m not sure what they were calling the other, but it was just a yellow cake with frosting that almost appeared to be tye-dyed (as if it were white frosting sprayed with different colors). In addition to these 2, they still offer the 4 cupcake sampler pack, but I did not see the Babycakes gluten free sampler during our stay.

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