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!!”
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.
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.
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.
The kiosks in Hollywood Studios look slightly different, being more recent additions.
My favorite is the one you find as you exit the Tower of Terror gift shop upon completion of the ride.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!