So, you’re in Disney World, but for whatever reason, you don’t want to use a park ticket that morning/night/afternoon/arrival day/leaving day. No problemo!!
You can still cross some of the best Disney snacks off your must-eat list…even without scanning a single ticket/magicband/key to the World card!
Everyone knows that you can get a Mickey Bar all over the place in Disney World (you DID know that, right?), but we’ve got a few more must-try eats to share with you today! Time to check out our 5 Must Eat Disney Snacks You Can Get Without a Park Ticket!
UPDATE: Dole Whip is no longer being served at Captain Cook’s, is no longer self-serve, and is no longer available 24 hours a day. BUT — you still can get it outside of the Parks. You’ll now find Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai in Disney’s Polynesian Village. You can also get a Dole Whip Float at Pineapple Lanai!
Let’s start with the granddaddy of them all, the Big Kahuna of Disney Must Have Treats, the stuff that legends and t shirts are made of. Ladies and gentleman, we are talking about the Dole Whip here, of course.
This frosty, delicious treat has a bona fide cult following that has blown up and taken over mainstream! You simply cannot visit Disney without having one, whether it’s a float (my favorite!) or a cup.
The pineapple soft serve, which is both vegan and gluten-free, is the perfect refreshing dessert on a sunshiny day!
Even though there are few things that say “I’m at Disney right now!!!!!!” more loud and proud than strolling through Magic Kingdom, Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle in hand, it’s great to know that you don’t ever have to head into the parks to score one of these babies!
If you’re craving some of that tropical goodness and you aren’t on park time, just head over to Captain Cook’s Snack Company at Disney’s Polynesian Resort to get your fix! The Poly’s counter service spot is not only home to some deee-licious fast fare, but they also have Dole Whip machines that pump out the yum dessert.
And here’s a BIG OL’ TIP: You can get a Dole Whip here all day…and all night!! long. Note, they DO shut down the machine for, like, one hour each night to clean it (believe me, I’ve been disappointed during that one hour before); so just avoid the 3AM Dole Whip craving and you’re good to go.
Ah, Zebra Domes. How (much) do I love thee? Enough to truck all the way over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge regardless of where I’m staying, that’s how much.
These little half-spheres first called to us from the buffet of Boma, one of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s most celebrated table service restaurants. Sure, we love Boma for their exotic dinner fare (those soups!), their carved meats and interesting condiments, and their delicious breakfast spread. But one thing’s for sure: a trip here must end with at least one Zebra Dome.
The creamy, rich mousse domes taste like nothing you’ve ever had. That’s because the secret special ingredient is Amarula Cream Liqueur, made with fruit from the African marula tree. The fruity caramel flavor makes for your newest Disney craving if you haven’t had the pleasure!
And the best thing about these little treats is that you don’t have to venture into a park to get them. In fact, you don’t even have to make an advance dining reservation at Boma to enjoy your Zebra Domes. You can get a package of them right at Mara, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s counter service spot!
There are several to a box, so you can even share one — if you want to.
Salted Caramel Ganache
There are the Disney classic snacks, to be sure. Those snacks that we can’t fathom not having at some point during every visit to Disney. But then, there’s always room in our hearts for something new.
Earlier this year, when the brand newly expanded BoardWalk Bakery reopened to the cheers of fans everywhere, I was first in line, bright and early. I had to see if the chefs at the BoardWalk would continue to bring their “A” game when it came to tasty bakery treats!
And they SO did.
While many of our old favorites were given facelifts, we also quickly found a couple of new treats to crave. One of my favorites of the new crop is the Salted Caramel Ganache.
Rich ganache covers a thick, soft filling of the most amazing salted caramel evar. And the chocolate cookie crust is a great foil for all that rich caramel.
You totally want this right now, right? And to get your hands on it, all you have to do is stroll along Disney’s BoardWalk! Really, what could be any better??
Goofy’s Candy Company Create Your Own Treat
Sometimes, when I walk around Downtown Disney, I’m astounded that it’s free to go there, you know?
I mean, sure, it’s mostly about shopping and dining, but in my mind, it’s like the Unofficial 5th Disney Park. And just like the other parks, it definitely has its special foods and treats. I can never resist stopping into Earl of Sandwich for a delicious and hot sandwich on the go, or a brownie sandwich! And if I’m in the mood for table service quality at counter service prices, there’s always one of my favorites, Wolfgang Puck Express.
But few things incite more warm fuzzies than creating my very own custom treat at Goofy’s Candy Company! You pick the base treat, fill out the card with the deets, and they’ll do the rest!
Choose from caramel apples, pretzel rods, Mickey krispies, marshmallows, or cookies. After that, you choose dippings, toppings, and drizzles.
And did I mention the fun gift boxes they come packed in?
This is a must-try, at least once!
No Way Jose
But have I saved the best for last? Perhaps. Because when I get a serious craving for a ginormous ice cream sundae while I’m in Disney I head straight for Beaches and Cream. Once there, I might be even be tempted to skip their killer burger or grilled cheese sandwich and just have a No Way Jose for lunch!
This mammoth sundae has it all: Two kinds of ice cream — chocolate and vanilla — make up the base for the treat. But what makes this the Best. Sundae. Ever. is the vast quantities of hot fudge AND peanut butter sauce poured allllll over the top! The whole thing is crowned with tons of whipped cream, chocolate and peanut butter chips, and a cherry for good measure.
Perfect? Yes, indeedy.
So there you have it! You may have to spend a day, or part of one anyway, without a park ticket. But instead of it being a sad occasion, make it a happy one by enjoying in one — or five! — of these indulgent treats. Whether you take a monorail ride to enjoy a Dole Whip, stroll along the BoardWalk for a trip to the Bakery, or take in the savanna views at Animal Kingdom Lodge, there’s no reason why a non-park day can’t be as fun as any trip through the park!
What non-park treat tops your list? Let us know in the comments below!