Welcome guest author Michelle R.! She’s sharing her thoughts on everyday food that’s just better in Walt Disney World.
Anyone who has ever flown long distances is familiar with jet lag. The time zone adjustment can take a few days or even weeks for mind and body to work out. I’ve discovered a little known vacation malady known as food lag. It’s similar to jet lag but normally occurs upon arrival home after a vacation. Days or weeks can go by before normal home food is appealing again.
Ten Normal Foods That Just Taste Better At Disney
While on vacation, meals are enjoyed in nice restaurants under relaxed or exciting circumstances. Throw Disney in the mix and you can get some serious food lag following your trip. The most ordinary foods taste much better when prepared and served at Disney parks and hotels.
I’ve listed 10 and all of them were so delicious, I couldn’t eat them for weeks after coming home.
While waiting for a parade to start, we grabbed a hot dog at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA and split it. It was the best half hot dog I’ve ever eaten. The cheese, deep orange and flavorful, was in the middle of the meat and the bun soft and fresh. It was hot without burning and frankly, the most delicious hot dog I’ve ever had before or since.
If you’ve ever had to fight relatives at Thanksgiving for the turkey leg, go ahead and give it up now. Head to Disney and grab a turkey leg. Serving over 1.6 million drumsticks a year, there is plenty to go around and are they ever delicious!
With a plethora of Waffle Houses and IHOPS in every town across America, you’d think eating waffles at Disney wouldn’t be a big deal.
Is it the extra thickness or the fact they’re shaped like Mickey heads? Is it the generous supply of butter and real maple syrup? I’m not sure, but waffles at Disney absolutely spoiled me for home waffles for several months following our last trip.
Mashed potatoes are good just about anywhere, especially Grandma’s house. But again, Disney mashed potatoes are extraordinary.
Fish and Chips
All kids and many adults like fish sticks; but they love fried fish at Disney. Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub serves the very best although folks say that Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom is every bit as good.
Again, wherever you are in Disney, the fish and chips are going to be good.
Mama Melrose’s in Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves a wonderful brick oven baked pizza in a homey atmosphere. Followed by Fantasmic’s display of fireworks, water and music, you’ll be convinced no pizza could ever top the one you had just before the show.
Disney sells a prepackaged lemon ice that can be bought at almost any convenience store in the country, yet for some mysterious reason, this same lemon ice that quenches thirst and refreshes is 10 times more delicious within the confines of Disney.
So far I’ve covered six ordinary foods and one refreshing treat, but I’ve saved room for desserts. Dessert at Disney is extra special because at the “Happiest Place on Earth”, there are no calories. At least that is what the cast members told me and you know the cast members couldn’t possibly make something like that up and get away with it if it weren’t true.
I’ve loved chocolate cake my whole life. Who doesn’t? Disney’s chocolate cake, though, is above average. Could it be the large slab you get on a pretty plate with chocolate or raspberry drizzle?
Maybe it’s the moisture level of the cake itself and the ample icing. All I know is chocolate cake is better at Disney.
Key Lime Pie
Key Lime pie is offered at numerous restaurants. Olivia’s Cafe, located in the main building at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, serves what is touted to be the best key lime pie in the world.
To be frank, I’ve never been a fan of key lime pie, until I tried the one at Olivia’s. It was, like everything else, delicious; so much so, that I ate at least half of my husband’s portion — which was fine because he ate half my chocolate cake.
Ordinary candy such as taffy, rice krispy treats, and chocolates are simply better at Disney.
As a mom of 5, I’ve made rice krispy treats many times for the kids and as much as they enjoy them, they love Disney’s even more. It’s hard to compete with Mickey shaped treats on a stick covered in sprinkles.
One of our sons always wants the chocolate coins and taffy sold at Disney. The only difference between them and candy we could buy locally is the Disney characters on the wrappers.
I’ve often wondered if the food is actually better or if we just think it is based on being in Disney while eating. Of course the atmosphere adds to the pleasure of eating, but how does atmosphere enhance the actual taste? Whatever it is, I’m glad for it until arriving home and dealing with food lag.
My food lag was so bad once, I began dreaming about Disney foods. We’ve tried recreating Disney recipes and although very good, they somehow don’t quite measure up. Between atmosphere, presentation, and really good taste, I’ve accepted the fact ordinary food at Disney is just better.
Michelle Rise is a homemaker, mother of 5, and travel enthusiast. With many years of experience trekking through Disney parks with her family, Michelle has become an expert on Orlando hotels & navigating families through Disney. She also enjoys travel to most other destinations worldwide and when not writing about her experiences or teaching her children to drive, Michelle can be found chasing the family dog up Rainbow Mountain with her husband (Ben) of over 25 years. You can follow Michelle on Twitter, @Rise7Up, for all of her latest writings.
What ordinary food tastes better to you while one a Disney vacation? Confess in the comments below!