Extinct Disney Food: Remembering Beaver Tails at Epcot’s Canada Pavilion

Since we’re celebrating Epcot’s 30th Anniversary TODAY, let’s take a quick look at an old World Showcase favorite!

A while back we asked you what your favorite extinct Disney foods were, and many of you responded on the blog and on facebook mourning the Canada Beaver Tails!

Beaver Tail

Today, thanks to DFB reader Mike MacDonald, we have some great Beaver Tail pics and a fun backstory from the same company that used to sell them in Epcot!

And while photos don’t fill the void completely, at least we can reminisce…

Beaver Tail Close-Up from Ontario kiosk

Trapper Bob’s Beaver Tails kiosk was once located in Epcot’s Canada pavilion and was last spotted in 2004. The kiosk touted “A flat cooked whole wheat pastry, shaped like the tail of Canada’s favorite animal!”

You could have your Beaver Tail (basically fried dough) made with: cinnamon and sugar; chocolate hazelnut and sugar; maple and chocolate; strawberries and whipped cream; apples and cinnamon; and Killaloe sunrise (cinnamon sugar with freshly squeezed lemon juice). Check out Lost Epcot for some great pictures!

Mike MacDonald first heard about Beaver Tails right before a trip to Disney World in 2004, but was disappointed to find them gone already from the Canada pavilion. In 2006 he went camping in Tobermory, Ontario, (about 6.5 hours from home) and discovered a Beaver Tails counter service kiosk right in town! Score!

Beaver Tails Kiosk

It turns out it is part of a Montreal based chain of restaurants serving pastries since 1978. Since the logo looks the same and it was trademarked, I think we’ve found our Epcot Beaver Tails!

In fact, here’s a press article that mentions Beaver Tails in Disney.

So here’s to Epcot, EPCOT Center, and all of the Beaver Tail fans out there! I can’t wait to hear your memories of this awesome treat!

Do you remember the Beaver Tail? What other extinct Disney food would you like us to feature? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. Matt N says

    My wife is from Canada, and she was super happy when she saw beaver tails at the Canadian pavilion the first time she went there in 2002. Both of us were a little saddened when we went back a couple years later and saw it gone. Hope Epcot brings them back one day.

  2. Lisa says

    The company has recently expanded and now they are available in smaller cities across Canada. My city just got one last year! Just google Beaver Tails to find the website and a list of cities they have locations in. :-)

  3. Jason says

    There is (was?) a BeaverTails in Breckenridge CO. When I went there 2 years ago it was the first to open south of the border…

  4. Alan says

    How can they no longer sell these at Epcot or for that matter anywhere in WDW? For someone like me who prefers muffins to iced cup cakes, these would be right up my alley. I don’t know how I missed these back in the day. It makes me wonder what else I missed.

  5. Mary Jane says

    Recently had my first Beaver Tail at the Toronto Zoo this summer … Totally yummy! They should definitely bring them back to the Canada Pavillion … That and a Timmies would make my day :)

  6. CanadiansLoveWDW says

    @ mary Jane… you wrote exacty what i was going to write.. i too had them at the toronto zoo last summer. and they would be awesome with a timmies…

  7. Claire says

    Hey from down here in the Niagara region of Ontario! We have them at Niagara Falls!! Nice reason to come down for a little trip? You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Falls encrusted with ice in the winter time….and a warm Beaver Tail in your hand…just sayin’

  8. says

    It’s still there in Tobermory, and they’ve just recently opened a BeaverTails in downtown Barrie, Ontario near the waterfront.

  9. Lizzy says

    I love Beaver Tails! i never knew that Epcot once had them. I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, and we used to have of Beaver Tails kiosks in several different shopping malls here. But that was about 15 years ago! They stayed around about 3-4 years and the just disappeared… Which made me a very sad girl.

  10. Chris R says

    I go to the one mentioned in that article in the Byward Market in Ottawa every time I am up visiting my in-laws, in fact I will be there this weekend while we are up for my sons christening. My understanding is they were removed from the world due to some nasty issues over the franchising rights and how much Disney was willing to pay vs. how much the beavertails corporation wanted, i remember reading an article on it somewhere. The only one still in the states seems to be the one in keystone colorado. I would also love to see Timmies in the Canadian pavillion.

  11. Wendy Snelgrove says

    Beaver Tails originated in Ottawa, not Montreal. The first site was in the Byward Market (a district in Ottawa) and then expanded to the Rideau Canal Skateway (when the canal is frozen and we skate on it in late December through March).

    I was sure this was correct but went to the company website to confirm.

  12. Detronyx says

    I don’t quite understand why Canada doesn’t have a fry stand where you can grab poutine. And not that $10 fancy stuff at Le Cellier; I mean the real deal. Fries, cheese curds, and gravy!

  13. Missy Sexton says

    I’ve never tried them, but after checking out their website, they look amazing!
    Sincerely, Missy Sexton(WDW lover since 2007)

  14. Erica says

    If you go to IAAPA, the theme park industry convention held in Orlando every year, Beaver Tails has a spot on the convention floor where they give out these delicious treats for FREE! (Granted, you have to pay to get into the convention, which is fairly expensive)

  15. says

    I had them first in 2001 with chocolate and maple. Sooooooo good. When I returned in 2003 I got the strawberries and creme but it wasn’t as good. By that time they weren’t making them fresh. They were taking a pre-fried beavertail, running it through a heater and then putting the toppings on. It was more chewy and not quit as good. If I was to venture a guess, Disney pulled them because to serve a large amount of people quickly, they were a pain in the butt to make. Trying to pre-make them and save time, sacrificed quality which may have caused the demand to drop. That’s the problem with doing a fried food (poutine). Having a portable fryer only does small batches which results in a long line (which The Mouse hates) and pre-cooking/re-heating makes them taste inferior.

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