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Review: Big Ol’ Donut at Joffrey’s Espresso & Pastries Kiosks

Okay, so maybe when you read the title of this post, you thought, “Really? In the land of Dole Whips, Citrus Swirls, and Supersize Grand Marnier Slushes… you give me donuts?” But just wait. These are super, duper giant donuts. And I know that makes a difference.

One day, I was passing by one of the kiosks, and I heard a man yelling to his wife, “Honey, they’ve got ‘em! I found DONUTS!!

Big ol' Donut

Big ol’ Donut

And I thought, “You know what? The man is right. Sometimes, a person just wants a donut.” And since you can’t find them much anywhere else in Disney World (cronut excepted, of course), it gives us an excuse to check out a few of the Joffrey’s kiosks located in and around the Parks.

Espresso and Pastries stand between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions in Epcot

Espresso and Pastries stand between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions in Epcot

You’ll find them peppered all over property, often labeled some variant of “Coffee, Espresso & Pastries,” summing up exactly what they serve. Even though they’re painted to match the area where you find them, they look fairly similar to one another in shape and size. Here are just a few examples — there is one right before you enter Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Kiosk before entering Animal Kingdom

Kiosk before entering Animal Kingdom

You’ll find two in Epcot’s World Showcase — one to the left facing the American Adventure, and another on your way to Canada from the United Kingdom.

Joffrey's kiosk to the left of American Adventure

Joffrey’s kiosk to the left of American Adventure

The kiosks in Hollywood Studios look slightly different, being more recent additions.

Joffrey's Coffee Kiosk at Pixar Place

Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk at Pixar Place

Streets of America Kiosk

Streets of America Kiosk

My favorite is the one you find as you exit the Tower of Terror gift shop upon completion of the ride.

Tower of Terror Coffee Stand

Tower of Terror Coffee Stand

The most high-profile location might be the one at the Ticket and Transportation Center prior to stepping on the Ferry Boat or Monorail to get to Magic Kingdom.

Joffrey's kiosk at the TTC

Joffrey’s kiosk at the TTC

The main draw at a Joffrey’s kiosk is coffee and espresso drinks. But you can also find an assortment of pastries at most of the kiosks.

Offerings are pretty traditional and include apple fritters, muffins, danish pastries, croissants, and donuts – basically, lots of what I call quick-morning treats (even though the locations are open all day).

Joffrey's pastry assortment

Joffrey’s pastry assortment

As for the donuts, there is typically a choice of white, pink, or chocolate icing. Sometimes you get specialty sprinkles for different holidays. By the way, please forgive the presence of legs sprouting from the white donuts in this picture… nothing like a great “glass case against the Florida sun” shot ;).

My choice? I just had to go with the pink.

The donut is huge, and a good candidate for sharing (not that I did!). The best size perspective I can offer is this picture with the donut next to a Disney refillable mug, and I still don’t think it totally captures it.

Donut by refillable mug

Donut by refillable mug

Like I said… HUGE!!

The pink icing is that rather non-descript, not-at-all-berry-but-not-quite-vanilla flavor. It’s just… you know, pink-flavored ;) , and it’s strangely appetizing to see how it’s oozed over the sides.

Pink icing

Pink icing

Maybe it’s odd, I don’t know, but I love it when icing takes on that slight bit of crisp when it just starts to congeal. YUM.

Pink icing

Pink icing

Even more than the size, what impressed me most was how completely fresh my donut was. I had mine around 11 am or so, so it wasn’t even the first-of-the-day donuts.

The dough was super soft. Honestly, it was kind of the last thing I expected. It was just a darn good donut.

Soft donut underneath icing

Soft donut underneath icing

"Inside" the donut

“Inside” the donut

"Inside" the donut

“Inside” the donut

Is it going to change your world? No, but if a donut is what you’re craving, go ahead and grab a big ol’ donut at a Joffrey’s stop. It’s one of those “hit-the-spot” snacks that might give you just the boost you need to tackle another day at the Parks!

What’s your favorite between-meal-snack at Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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13 Comments

  1. lebeau says:

    Saw these while we were there a couple of weeks ago. They look a lot like the ones Universal is selling in the Simpsons land.

  2. Brooke says:

    “Pink-flavored.” Awesome. :-)

  3. Greg says:

    Straight out of Lard Lad donuts in the Simpsons Springfield area at Universal Orlando.

  4. Matt says:

    @ lebeau

    That was the first thought in my mind when I saw the first picture, Lard Lad Doughnut from Springfield in Universal.

  5. Sandra says:

    I’ve been tempted but was afraid they would be stale. My son would inhale one or more of these. Maybe we’ll stop for one as “breakfast” the next time we’re ferrying over to the MK.

  6. Essie says:

    It looks very good, but I have to be honest, there are too many ‘Disney specific’ treats for me to have a donut. I did, however, love the vanilla donuts with the ‘legs’! I always end of with some photos like that, also!

  7. Andrea says:

    My family loves these donuts. My daughter has a peanut allergy. These donut, unlike every other donut in the world, it seems are peanut free. They are a big deal and a HUGE treat.

  8. Miles says:

    These donuts are absolutely amazing. We got a chocolate one pretty much every day we were in the parks. It’s a good thing to share for a breakfast on the move.

  9. Nerak says:

    A huge pile of ice cream on top of this would be just like the Lard Donut Sundae at Universal. And now I want one.

  10. Angelina says:

    AJ you are not alone in your love of slightly congealed icings. I too prefer mine that way the same way that I like the frosting on a cupcake to be able to stand up on its own and not just melt away :)

  11. Tami says:

    I am THRILLED to see these Joffrey coffee stands going up! A nice alternative from Starbucks (which I am NOT fond of). Thank you, Disney, for a good alternative! :D

  12. Shannon says:

    We have a family tradition of getting doughnuts for Sunday breakfast, and today my little boy asked if we could still get them this weekend while we’re at Disney. I showed him these pics and he was thrilled! We will have to grab some at the TTC on our way to Magic Kingdom!

  13. Andrea says:

    My kids LOVE these doughnuts! We always seem to get them at the water parks, for some reason. Even my son the manly 13-year-old gets the pink frosted one. I guess no one can resist “pink flavored” doughnuts!

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