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!


  1. 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. Greg says

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

  3. Matt says

    @ lebeau

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. GuyFromGulfport says

    Fresh (even at 7 p.m.), and filling (I equate this to 3 “normal-sized” donuts. So it is definitely splittable.), it goes wonderfully with an Iced Caramel Latte, on a warm spring morning.

    My daughter and I enjoyed having them almost every other day. One day, under the Epcot Monorail, and another in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Great memories, that were well worth the calories…

  14. Linda says

    We tried these donuts last month on our spring break trip and it blew me away! These are absolutely delicious! We had them on at least 3 different days and each time they were very fresh and soft. We also tried a blueberry muffin (it was ok) and a cream cheese pastry (very good!) this will become a new tradition for us on our future trips… I hope Joffrey’s is around for awhile!

  15. fran says

    I just left Orlando daughter had to buy a pink donut at every park. ..they are amazing!!
    Now we are both craving a donut ..does anyone know if Disneyland in Anaheim Ca. sell them?

  16. sheryl says

    These donuts are awesome!. I do not eat donuts. Bought one of the pink ones for my granddaughter. Of course I had to have a small taste and I was so surprised as to how good it tasted. Not at all like a regular donut. Very soft inside and not overly sweet. This something I will buy again.

  17. Tana says

    The worst service at Disney. The coffee was wonderful. My granddaughter tried to use the dining plan and was told she could not use it by the gentleman that worked there. He was very nice. I told him that I would charge it to my room but would need to use mine as she did not have the credit card attached. He had me try a couple of times when the woman working there said very rudely “you can’t use the dining plan”. I told her I knew that and I was charging to my room. “Well it says you don’t have a card attached to your room”. I told her I had been using it all day. “Well here it says you don’t”. The guy them told her what happened. He had forgotten to clear it so was still trying to use my granddaughter’s. She gave me a dirty look and made the coffee for me which at this time i truly did not even want. When she brought it over she again gave me a very nasty look and I told her she should learn to be nicer to people and she smirked. I will NOT go back

  18. Jason says

    I disagree with your comment saying this donut won’t change your life! These have become my favorite treat at Disney World and I could eat one every day. Tip: buy one when you can find the sun hitting them. The sun not only heats them but makes them even softer. It takes them from outstanding to out of this world! I never expected to make such an amazing discovery the first time I had one!

  19. Kimdaria Maniatis says

    I’m in new York , I loved the pink oversized donut. Does anyone know where one can buy these?
    I also loved the coffee too, this I ordered, but can’t find the donuts please help

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