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My Favorite Food Kiosks at Walt Disney World! What Are Yours?

I get lots of emails and questions about the food I personally love in Disney World, and today I’m sharing some of my favorite Disney Food Kiosks!

You know the ones — those cute little structures that are almost restaurants, but not quite? Here are a few of the BIGGEST TASTES you can get at the smallest places in Disney World! :-)

I hope you’ll share some of your favorites in the comments, too!

Aloha Isle

There is no way I could have a list of favorite kiosks without putting Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle right up front! The welcoming little stand, located in Adventureland, is home to one of Disney’s most beloved treats, after all.

Aloha Isle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

That’s right — we’re talking Dole Whips!

And whether you like yours in float form, swirled with vanilla, or are you’re a purist, most Disney fans don’t consider their trip complete until they’ve made at least one stop here.

Dole Whip Float! A Must-Eat snack for every Disney guest.

As for me, I prefer about one visit to Aloha Isle for each day I’m at Disney. :-) No kidding, even though I’m usually eating non-stop on every Disney trip, this is one snack I never skip.

Fife and Drum

At the midway point while you’re walking around Epcot’s World Showcase, you’ll encounter another of our favorite stops, Fife and Drum.

This unassuming little stand looks like just another drink stop, but be sure to swing by and check out the menu for some seriously fun eats. Fife and Drum is home to some items you won’t find anyplace else! But there are not-to-be missed classics here as well, like the cult favorite Smoked Turkey Legs.

Fife and Drum Tavern

If you’re a pretzel fan, you have three different varieties to choose from. The stuffed Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel has a great spicy kick! And you’ll also find the sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel (decadent!) and the Mickey Soft Pretzel (cute!) here, too. This is one of the few places in Disney World to find all of these kinds of pretzels sold in one spot.

Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel!

There are also some amazingly tasty drinks here as well. We’ve told you about the Jim Beam Red Stag Lemonade, a wonderful little frozen drink with a punch, thanks to black cherry-flavored bourbon.

You can get your root beer float fix here, too, made with vanilla soft serve.

Root Beer Float

But the piece de resistance of slushies can also be found in this humble spot: I give you the American Dream! This incredible frozen drink combines red strawberry slushie with white soft serve vanilla and blue raspberry slushie for a creamy frozen drink like no other. Seriously, it’s like 4th of July fireworks — in your mouth!

American Dream Slushie and Popcorn

And don’t forget, you can currently find the Doofenslurper here as well!

Doofenslurpering at Epcot!

Kusafiri Bakery

In the still quiet of the morning, when everyone at Animal Kingdom is still enjoying breakfast at Tusker House or Rainforest Cafe, I love to hit up Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery.

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery Sign

Located within Africa’s Harambe Village, this rustic spot is home to many cult favorites, like my uber-favorite White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake. One of the best chocolate — German chocolate, to be exact — cupcakes ever. (Yep — that elephant is white chocolate, so you can eat him, too.)

White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake

Another must-have is the enormous Paw Print Brownie. Grab a partner — you’ll want to share this one!

Paw Print Brownie

Other exotic cupcake choices are available here, too, like the Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake (sometimes) and the Zebra Cupcake. The biggest challenge you’ll have here is deciding which one to choose.

France Slushies

When you’re ready for a little ooh-la-la! in Epcot, we suggest that you head over to one of our favorite spots for grown-up drinks and score one of France’s Slushies.

Mais non, these aren’t your neighborhood Icees. For these, my friends, include a healthy shot of premium liquor.

Slush Machines in Epcot's France Pavilion

The flavor profiles lean toward the citrus here. Choose the Grey Goose Citron, which artfully combines lemon and vodka.

Grey Goose Citron Slush

For something a little sweeter, you can opt for the Grand Marnier Orange Slush, which includes the famed orange Cognac.

Grand Marnier Orange Slush

Either way, you’ll be a happy camper. And if you’re in Disney World during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Eiffel Sour Slush will make a return in 2013!

Bradley Falls

Animal Kingdom has so many awesome places to nosh, and one of my favorites is the Bradley Falls Kiosk.

Bradley Falls in Disney's Animal Kingdom

The stand used to sell only egg rolls. In recent years, the menu has been expanded to include some really delicious vegetarian options. These are so good, I’d be tempted to skip the table service in favor of coming here to eat a light meal.

The sweet and sour Asian Noodle Salad is loaded with perfectly cooked veggies.

Bradley Falls Noodle Salad

And the Fruit Salad, served in a pineapple bowl, is one of the most spectacular offerings we’ve seen anywhere in the park. It’s just gorgeous, and I love that it includes lychee!

Fruit Bowl

There’s also steamed and chilled Edamame for a healthy pick-me-up between meals.

Edamame at Bradley Falls Kiosk

This little treasure is located in back of the park on the path that connects Asia to Africa.

And Let’s Not Forget The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

There is no way that we can discuss amazing Disney food kiosks without mentioning some of the most beloved stops of all: the Epcot International Food and Wine Marketplace Booths! (Check out all the food pics from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Booths here!)

And with the 2013 Food and Wine Festival fast approaching, you know that we’ll be talking about all of our favorites leading up to the start of this year’s event.

The Canada Booth is a Consistent Favorite at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is a mainstay at the Festival, and will most likely return in 2013!

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

And I’m hoping this delicious mushroom filet with truffle butter sauce is in the mix in Canada again as well!

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

So if you’re heading out to Disney World soon, by all means, make those advanced dining reservations! Snag that table at your favorite counter service spot. But don’t forget to save some stomach room for all of the tasty options that you’ll find at the dizzying array of kiosks throughout the parks.

If you never set foot into a Disney restaurant, you could still eat like a king from these spots alone.

Now it’s your turn! What kiosk is your must-stop in Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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20 Comments

  1. prttynpnk says:

    Ok, I am headed straight for Bradly Falls next time- I had no idea what all was waiting for me. My fav snack spot is Aloha Isle- if there is a long line, the people watching location is perfect- while at character meets and while families meet up- great spot to scope out stylishness!

  2. Michael R says:

    Family and I are heading to WDW in 10 days. After reading all the reviews and articles I have come to the conclusion that there will be no time for rides because I will be too busy eating the whole time. :) Thanks for the blog you do a great job.

  3. Tracy says:

    Is Kusafiri serving cupcakes at breakfast now? I tried last year and was told not until after 11:00 when they stopped serving breakfast. Guess the space is too small to hold both breakfast and bakery items.

  4. Becca says:

    We are most definitely on the same page- when I saw the title of this post, I immediately thought of Aloha Isle! No trip to the Magic Kingdom is complete without a refreshing afternoon Dole Whip (pineapple, of course)! Sleepy Hollow is also a favorite place of mine- those cookie ice cream sandwiches are unbelievable!

  5. Cheryl D says:

    I’m usually so full from the table service and counter service meals, which both come with dessert, that I’m rarely hungry for a snack! Until I discovered this blog, I never really how many tasty treats were out there. I can’t wait to try the Dole Whip, the many frozen concoctions, and the new Boardwalk and Les Halles bakeries! Viva la snack!

  6. Liz says:

    Thanks for the shout-out to Bradley Falls. As a vegetarian, it used to be a challenge to find veggie offerings in AK, and Bradley Falls is now a must every time we visit. The Asian Noodle Salad is delicious, as are the Summer Rolls!

  7. Joni says:

    Love the Citrus Swirl. !!! SO glad it is back and praying it is a keeper.
    I have never seen what the fuss was over the Dole Whip (Which I tried to like when they took away my beloved CS) Guess you are either a sour or sweet person.
    That has always been one of the things that “You just have to have” when we are at Disney. And the fruit tarts at Boardwalk Bakery. YumOh!

  8. Dana says:

    We always hit Aloha Isle each time we’re at the Magic Kingdom. I don’t know the name of the stand, but at Animal Kingdom there is a stand that looks like a bus right near Expendition Everest. They have great root beer floats, and we always get one as an afternoon treat.

  9. BJ Wanlund says:

    What? No Studios food kiosks? Are the Studios food kiosks that bad?

    Anyways, love me some Dole Whip, and I really need to hit new kiosks when I get down there next.

  10. Leslie says:

    Thanks AJ! This will be one of those posts I’ll have to revisit before my next trip. I would definitely have Sleepy Hollow on my list. We always get to the MK when it opens and then when it gets crowded after a couple of hours, we take a mid-morning break for a funnel cake or fruit and nutella waffle. It always smells so good and is nice, quiet, and shaded with a view of the morning show at the castle, if it’s happening at the time.

  11. SharonCW says:

    You have just made me the happiest girl in the whole USA (HA-HA)! I didn’t know about the pretzels at the Fife & Drum Tavern. AND you tell me the Eiffel Sour Slush will be back? YAY! Oh AJ, I love you!

  12. ben says:

    any kiosk with a churro is a good kiosk to me

  13. Trish says:

    Just had a paw print brownie on my last trip!! The kid I was sharing with started digging in before I could snap a pic :) So rich and yummy!

  14. Alan says:

    One of the sad aspects, for me, of the DDP is that after eating a CS and a TS meal, I have no appetite to stop by these kiosks and eat more food. Back in the old days, before the plan, these were a great place to stop and finds unique and tasty snack that sometimes would turn into a meal.

  15. Mandy says:

    So many choices – let’s go with one per park!!!! I’d have to say it’s a tie between the Royal Anandapur Tea Company cart in Animal Kingdom and Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom. If we are able to throw Food and Wine Festival into it, though, that’s a whole new ball game! I’d have to say Hawaii (that slider!), Hops and Barley (cranberry pumpkin mousse), Poland (pierogis), and Belgium (Godiva liqueur iced coffee). So yummy!

  16. Gaylin says:

    Ireland kiosk during Food & Wine – chocolate lava cake with Bailey’s ganache. Simply wonderful and wow, just for me – it is gluten free!
    :)

  17. Sarah Cameron says:

    All I can say is YUMMO! my daughter and I tried the white chocate elephant cupcake and the mandarin cupcake- to die for!!! I simply cannot choose one favorite, but if I HAD to, it would be the Dole-whip float at Aloha Isle. Heaven in a cup. I have made the Kahlua pork slider from the EF&W fest per your recipe and it ROCKS!!! Actually making it again soon, have many recipe requests too. :D.
    Now, to the American Dream slush, I never knew that existed, will definitely try that next trip, my kids will be all over that one!!!! :D
    And we absolutely loved the nutella fruit waffle at Sleepy Hollow, wow that was great.
    And I would never have know about alot of these snacks had it not been for your posts, you are awesome AJ, thanks!

  18. Jenny says:

    My sister and I love the glazed almonds and pecans at the kiosks, the first ones we got were at Magic Kingdom and then after that every time we saw them we would buy one.
    These will always be a must have.

  19. Mandy says:

    After the Flower & Garden Festival, I’ve done a 360 re: Aloha Isle. While I love Dole Whip (oh do I love Dole Whip), the Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Terrace has won me over as the must-have in the Magic Kingdom. I love how tart it is, and how the vanilla blends it so well. Plus, there’s never a line! My top Dole Whip concoction is now the booze-y Dole Whip at the Pineapple Promenade, plus we can always stop by Captain Cook’s for Dole Whip if we’re having a craving.

    During Flower & Garden, which I think has better kiosks than Food & Wine (sacrilege, I know), I fell in love with the Lotus House in China. I thought the Spring Pancake was wonderfully refreshing, and I adored the candied strawberries. After some research, I learned that they were referred to as Tanghulu in various Chinese street markets and can be made with a variety of fruits. A friend and I had a ball trying out various recipes while attempting to recreate these delicious strawberries.

    I’m not sure what the official name of the kiosk is, but in Japan I love the Kaki-Gori booth as well. I’m a sucker for cold treats, and this is easily one of my favorites drenched with sweet and condensed milk.

  20. Amy says:

    Tried the Grey Goose citron slushy for the first time last November and it really hit the spot. I would definitely have another on my next trip!

    My husband almost got himself in BIG trouble at Aloha Isle. The line was incredibly long, and 20 minutes in, our daughter announced that she needed to use the restroom. We gave my husband our orders and when we returned, he had gotten me vanilla soft serve instead of the Dole Whip I’d been waiting (and waiting!) for. Luckily, he had ordered a Dole Whip float for himself, and he wisely traded with me. Turned out I liked the float version even more than the Dole Whip I’d asked for. :)

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