Review: Meatball Cone at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

We first told you in March that some favorite Cone-Shaped Foods from Disney California Adventure had arrived in Walt Disney World!

WDWDowntown tweeted about the new menu items today

This is a trend that we’ve been seeing more and more lately. When a new, “unique” food is introduced at one of the parks, it usually shows up on the other coast with a different name or themeing. Case in point: Red’s Apple Freeze at California Adventure’s Cozy Cone Motel has morphed into Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland.

Cones Come to Disney World!

And now, we’re seeing the migration East of the cone foods — sadly sans the awesome Cars themeing. So you’d better believe that I made a special trip over to Downtown Disney’s Marketplace Snacks to check them out!

Marketplace Snacks in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney

Two new cones replace a couple of the more upscale “gourmet” hot dog selections that were previously available here. If you’re a big fan of the Philly Cheesesteak Dog or the Barbecued Pork and Coleslaw Dog, you’ll have to enjoy them elsewhere. (At our last check, the Philly Cheesesteak Dog could still be found at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad, while you can head to Casey’s Corner for the Barbecue Pork Coleslaw Dog.)

While that’s all good, I was here for one reason: those cones. Some have heralded cones as the blessed return of the Disney handwich.

The Cones come with two different fillings: the Chili Cone Queso and the Meatball Cone.

Marketplace Snacks Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Since I’m a big fan of bread bowls, I thought they both looked pretty amazing. So, which one did I try on this first outing?

The Meatball Cone

They both sounded pretty awesome, but since we already showed you the Chili Cone Queso, I opted for the Meatball Cone.

In this one, Turkey Meatballs are covered in a rich Marinara Sauce, and then are loaded into a Bread Cone before they’re topped with a sprinkle of Provolone Cheese. The whole thing is served with a side of Chips.

Meatball Cone and Chips

The flavors were delicious, although I could have done with a little more sauce.

And the cone bread tastes more like a non-salty pretzel/pizza crust than a roll, so I’d put this more on par with a pizza bread. Except that, you know, it’s cone-shaped and whatever.

Meatball Cone -- Up Close

Most folks were eating the meatballs with a fork, then taking a few bites of the cone. So while I don’t see it as being any more (or less) practical than a sandwich, it really is a fun and tasty option if you’re tired of more traditional grab and go choices.

Now, if they would just build a little themeing around it so that it makes sense to eat your meatballs out of a bread cone… ;-) Still, I think they’re fun, and it’s pretty cool that Disney fans who can’t make it to Disneyland will be able to experience them too.

Have you tried the Chili Cone Queso or Meatball Cone at Marketplace Snacks? Which is your favorite?


  1. Prof. Brainard says

    I think I see it as somewhat less practical than the typical sandwich. With some exceptions (hot sandwiches, open-faced sandwiches, etc.), sandwiches can usually be eaten entirely with the hands. This is also the case with ice cream cones, the original and classic cone food. But, as with your observation, people had to eat this both ways at once, with mouth and with fork. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think it dooms this type of cone food to always being something of a novelty. My pedantic analysis aside, it does look delicious, and I would not hesitate to attack it with both mouth and fork. After all, what better place for novelty food than a theme park. (Oh, and also, I think there should be a prize at the bottom of the cone!).

  2. says

    I was going to try one of those last time I was at Downtown Disney. The line was insane for some reason and I had limited time so I ended up at Earl of Sandwich instead. I must return to try these cones…

  3. Amanda says

    Looks fantastic!! My meatball obsessed 9 year old is drooling at the sight… many meatballs are in the cone of delight? Also, is this on the DDP?

  4. Essie says

    While my usual feeding spots at DTD are EOS (for an American) and WPE (for pizza) I’d definitely try a chili cone. It looks convenient enough and very tasty, too!

  5. Evelyn Nutting says

    I was wondering if the bread cone gets soggy and falls apart after a few minutes?

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