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Review: Fantasy Fare Food Truck brings Hand-dipped Corn Dogs to Downtown Disney!

Great news, corn dog lovers!

The Fantasy Fare Food Truck has arrived in Downtown Disney!

Fantasy Fare has joined Namaste Café and Superstar Catering, bringing the current tally of Downtown Disney Food Trucks to three.

This latest one brings “culinary traditions from Disney Parks around the globe to Disney World”, and lucky for us that means that the famous Disneyland hand-dipped corn dogs have now come to Disney World…in name at least! ;-)

It was OUR job to try them and see how they compare. Will the Disney World version have that sweet, crumbly-but-moist cornbread coating? With the dogs be flavorful and juice? Will the same Disneyland atmosphere and feeling be replicated in Disney World’s Downtown Disney?

It’s time to find out!

Fantasy Fare Food Truck (pre-opening)

But first — the truck! Let’s take a look… .

Delightful Dishes from Disney's Magic Kingdoms Around the World!

Fantasy Fare Food Truck in action

Atmosphere

Similar to its predecessors, the truck itself is has a pretty terrific design.

Front of Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Back of Fantasy Fare Food Truck

I’d pictured something along the lines of a Castle theme (since Disney Parks world over each have their own iconic Castle); however, they’ve gone with a circus-theme, bringing to mind the Storybook Circus area in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland.

The bright, cheerful red stands out immediately and is slightly — VERY slightly — reminiscent of the Little Red Wagon in Disneyland, no? Check out the hidden mickeys!

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Fantasy Fare Food Truck Logo

Fantasy Fare Food Truck serving window

Eats

The menu features “Delightful Dishes from Disney’s Magic Kingdoms Around the World!”

Fantasy Fare Food Truck Menu

Three dishes comprise the offerings: Croque Monsieur (a grilled ham sandwich with gruyere cheese from Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant — read our review here!), Glass Noodle Salad (a cold dish from Hong Kong Disneyland with chicken and pickled veggies), aaaand here they are… Hand-dipped Corn Dogs from Disneyland!!!

Fantasy Fare Food Truck Menu

Fantasy Fare Food Truck Menu

Naturally, I went with the Glass Noodle Salad.

KIDDING!!!! I got the Hand-dipped Corn Dog because we’ve only been excited about its arrival in Disney World since, oh… the DAWN OF TIME!

(Cue: angels singing)…

Hand-dipped Corn Dog

The Hand-dipped Corn Dog is a heaping helping of deep-fried goodness on a stick. French’s Mustard is available as a condiment.

It’s served with incredible house-made chips (always great anywhere on Disney property, from what I can tell).

House-made chips

Now, typically, a Corn Dog is not something I order. Sure, I’ve enjoyed a few Corn Dog Nuggets at Casey’s Corner from time to time, but I’ve never gone out of my way to have one unless I was in Disneyland (and there I get the hot link version most of the time). That’s all changed with the arrival of the Hand-dipped Corn Dog.

Close-up of the Hand-dipped Corn Dog

The corn-meal breading delivered a nice crunch and awesome flavor. The hot dog was gigantic, and I probably should have stopped at some point, but I couldn’t resist eating the ENTIRE THING. (Plus every chip ;) ).

Inside of the Hand-dipped Corn Dog

Now, for the question you’re all asking: “Is it like the Disneyland Corn Dog or not?!?”

Disneyland Hand-Dipped Corn Dog vs. Disney World Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

OK, so we’ve been anticipating the REAL corn dog’s appearance in Disney World for…like…ever, so we were excited to find out if they were up to snuff.

Let’s check out the dogs side by side:

As you can see, the Disneyland dog has a heftier, darker breading than the Disney World version.

And if we take a look at the inside:

The breading is slightly thicker on the Disneyland dog, though the Disney World hot dog itself looks a little bit bigger, so maybe it’s an optical illusion!

Either way, the dogs are both quite good…but we have to give the edge to the Disneyland dog. The years of experience, sweet recipe, and atmosphere of being IN Disneyland proper just give it the must-have, classic quality. That said, the Disney World dog is better than any other corn dog you’re going to find in the Florida parks, so definitely give it a go!

But we want to hear YOUR thoughts! Head on out to the Fantasy Fare food truck and tell us your review.

Fantasy Fare

A few tips to help you on your mission (should you choose to accept ;) ):

- Hours of operation of the trucks have fluctuated. The first weekend, Superstar Catering was open10:00 am to 11:00 pm (but it was a busy weekend for Downtown Disney, with the Festival of the Masters). We enjoyed Butter Chicken at Namaste Café at 2:00 pm a couple of weeks ago. This week, the trucks are operating from 5:00-11:00 pm.

- The original schedule for the trucks was Wednesday through Sunday, however I understand that they may be experimenting with more days per week.

- Primarily, the trucks are found in the open area between Cirque de Soleil and House of Blues on the West Side of Downtown Disney. However, they’ve also been spotted on the walkway leading up to Cirque and in the grassy area next to Bongos Cuban Café. Ah, the wonders of mobility!

Food Trucks between Cirque de Soleil and House of Blues

OK — it’s your turn!!!

Have you tried the Hand-dipped Corn Dog at both Disneyland AND Downtown Disney? Please chime in with a comment and let us know how they compare!

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12 Comments

  1. Ken Alegre says:

    I’m a fan of the Disneyland corndogs, and this looks like a great option at WDW. I hope I can get this on my next trip to the world.

  2. Scott says:

    Made a trip to Downtown Disney on Sunday (12/8) and was bummed to find out the food trucks weren’t open for lunch that day. Almost gave up our reservation for dinner at Citricos to come back in the evening. I was *really* looking forward to that corn dog…

  3. Jeanie says:

    This is awesome timing. I’m going to head over to DTD Saturday and my traveling buddy just finished a Grad class with an A and corn dogs are his favorite thing! I’m gonna surprise him with this treat! Especially since we aren’t staying at the Boardwalk this time so it’s not as easy to get to footlong corndogs at the kiosk there. Thanks for a great update again!

  4. Lani says:

    That the WDW version includes housemade potato chips should mean that version wins hands-down. At DL the chips are just a bag of Lay’s. Boo.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Yeah, I really wish they were open before 5 so we could go for lunch. The food trucks are the only reason
    I’d consider going to Downtown Disney before it becomes Disney Springs.

  6. Essie says:

    I love the house made chips anytime or place that I can get them. I think Disney should sell them as separate snacks (are you listening Disney?). I’d like to try the salad; it just sounds very interesting.

  7. Sandy says:

    Oh how I wish they had the “cheese corndog” as I refer to it. Dying to try that! The corndog looks great, though.

  8. Dereka says:

    It seems to me that there aren’t many (if any) vegetarian options on these food trucks :(

  9. spencer says:

    Corn Dog Castle w/ the Hot Link Corn Dog looks to be the reining Corn Dog Champion INMHO. Nothing I have had anywhere compares with that slice of heaven. Paired with a Sierra Nevada Torpedo and that leaves me a happy man.

  10. Nicole says:

    Another food truck with zero vegetarian options. Boo.

  11. Karen says:

    I was just wondering if these are still around and if they are likely to be around long term? We won’t be back ’til October and my son is keen to try a Corn Dog (we’re from Scotland and you don’t get them here), I thought I should probably seek out a good one for him and this would be ideal!

  12. melissa says:

    do you know what the hot dogs are made of? are they all beef or a mix with pork?

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