Review: Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pecan Pie Tart at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Autumn waning, and the Winter Holidays just around the corner, we couldn’t resist offering you one last beautiful, delicious look at this colorful season.

Fortunately, a trip to The Mara provided a couple of great options to celebrate the season.

Autumn Chocolate Pecan Tart

Having enjoyed lunch in the Parks, I decided to drop by The Mara and see what was new in the pastry case. I was excited to see lots of Fall colors and flavors! The first sweet that caught my eye was this Autumn-Themed Chocolate Pecan Tart.

The bold colors of the Chocolate Garnish were the perfect complement for the season. And I was intrigued by the obvious color in the Whipped Cream that topped the Tart.

Autumn Pecan Tart

Autumn Chocolate Pecan Tart

Cutting into the Tart, it was obvious that this was a rich, moist pecan pie filling — nothing dry about this!

Pecan Tart -- Cross Section

Chocolate Pecan Tart — Cross Section

And the cinnamon-y and buttery flavors were perfect together. I think the whipped cream was studded with cinnamon, but I can’t be sure!

Autumn Pecan Tart -- Up Close

Chocolate Pecan Tart — Up Close

But this one is definitely super sweet — I recommend grabbing a carton of milk when you go through the line, too!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

But I wasn’t finished indulging. It was time for some serious Pumpkin Cheesecake!

The little individual cups are just like the ones we often find in the Parks. We’ve enjoyed a Strawberry Cheesecake and chocolate cake in a similar format.

But the really eye-catching feature here, once again, is the garnish. Check out the intricate Chocolate Transfer detail on the White Chocolate Leaf.

Autumn Cheesecake

Autumn Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cut into the cake, and you find a good representation of Cheesecake Texture — not too dry, and not too moist. Really, if you like cheesecake, don’t be afraid to give it a try at Disney. They do a uniformly good job of this dessert favorite.

The Spice was just right and the hint of Pumpkin wasn’t overpowering.

Autumn Cheesecake -- Inside

Pumpkin Cheesecake — Inside

All in all, it was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving a few days early!

Really, is there anything more delightful at Disney than fun seasonal treats? I love finding new things every single time I visit!

Now I want to hear from you! Which treat says Thanksgiving the loudest to you — Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake? Let’s hear your favorite in the comments below!


  1. Essie says

    I agree, A.J., I love all of the DFB’s Holiday and seasonal treat articles. I make both homemade pumpkin cheesecake (Paula Dean’s recipe Mmmm!) and pecan pie, but as much as I adore chocolate, I’ve never thought about chocolate pecan pie. I definitely have to do some thinking about it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of the other bloggers and readers.

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