News and Review: Pretzels at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad — Our Favorites are BACK!

We talk a lot about pretzels here at the DFB — because we pretty much love all of them. Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels? Love. Authentic German pretzels in World Showcase? Uh-huh. Pretzel Roll Breadsticks at Le Cellier? Yaaaass x 5000!

So when we heard that the Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel (which they’re now calling the Pepper Jack pretzel) we’ve loved for years (and which has always been available in Disneyland) was staging a comeback, we got twisted up in a whole bunch of excitement. So you know we had to get over to the Lunching Pad ASAP to tear off a piece of that.

The Lunching Pad is located at the base of the Astro Orbiter adjacent to the Tomorrowland stroller parking — so beware that this area can get super crowded at times. But it’s worth it to pick your way through the chaos because the Lunching Pad serves up some great classic theme park grub. We particularly enjoy a good Hot Dog or Frozen Carbonated Beverages. Yum!

But on this visit, we just wanted pretzels. All. The. Pretzels.

Lunching Pad Menu

Lunching Pad Menu

One of each, please! Man, these are beautiful…

Mickey Pretzel Trio

Mickey Pretzel Trio

Since the Mickey Pretzel is totally iconic (and now always comes with a cup of plastic cheese), we started there. From his golden brown ears to this doughy smile, we just love this little carby guy.

Beautiful Mickey Pretzel

Beautiful Mickey Pretzel

It’s just as deliciously salty and toasty as always.

Mickey Pretzel Close Up

Mickey Pretzel Close Up

The interior is pillowy soft, exactly as you’d expect.

Mickey Pretzel Interior

Mickey Pretzel Interior

And that gooey cheese — Mickey Pretzel’s best bud. It’s a little light in color, but it had tons of cheesy flavor.

Mickey Pretzel with Cheese

Mickey Pretzel with Cheese

FYI: The cheese brand has changed recently, and while it’s tasty, it’s pretty standard packaged cheese dip and not as good as the Gehl’s that they were serving at some Magic Kingdom locations previously.

Mickey Pretzel Cheese

Mickey Pretzel Cheese

But hey — even standard Mickey plastic cheese is still plastic cheese, so we don’t complain.

Cheeeeeeese

Cheeeeeeese

You can get your Mickey Pretzel pretty much everywhere in Walt Disney World (and Disneyland, for that matter), and it comes with cheese in just about every location. It costs you $5.69 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

The Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel served at the Lunching Pad had disappeared for a while, causing an outcry on the interwebs. But the pretzels made a triumphant return in October of last year and can also be found at Hollywood Studios (pretzel cart, left of the Chinese Theater!).

Cream Cheese Pretzel

Cream Cheese Pretzel

Now, we know this is a fairly nondescript snack. No bells and whistles dotting the outside. No colored balls or glittery sugar.

Cream Cheese Pretzel

Cream Cheese Pretzel

The outside is dusted in fine bread crumbs, which we kind of like for their simplicity and barely-there texture.

Outside of Cream Cheese Pretzel

Outside of Cream Cheese Pretzel

But the real joy of this pretzel is the slightly sweetened cream cheese — that’s satisfying without being cloying. And pairs superbly well with the pretzel dough.

Cream Cheese Filling

Cream Cheese Filling

We know it doesn’t look like much, but it’s awesome. And it’s totally worth the $4.79 or snack credit it costs.

But you’re all chomping at the bit for the Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel. We understand. It’s called a Pepper Jack Pretzel now, but it’s still got the same dynamite flavor, and it’s the same as it was before. So spicy pretzel lovers, unite!

Pepper Jack Pretzel

Pepper Jack Pretzel

It’s still got a great crunch to it, thanks to some tiny bits of cheese that have gotten nice and toasted on the exterior. There’s also a bit of seasoning on there.

Pepper Jack Pretzel

Pepper Jack Pretzel

And is there anything better on any pretzel than the twist, where those doughy arms hug and create a chewy center?

Pepper Jack Twist

Pepper Jack Twist

The inside of this pretzel features that pepper jack cheese, which imparts a hint of spice (we could stand more, but because it’s mild, these will appeal to a broad audience). You can even spy little bits of peppers as well.

Pepper Jack Cheese Inside

Pepper Jack Cheese Inside

The Pepper Jack Pretzel (nee Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel) is a massive crowd pleaser, and we hope that its popularity will encourage the fine folks in Disney food decision land to keep this pretzel and expand its availability! It’s savory and satisfying and a terrific snack to tide you over between meals. At $4.79 (or a snack credit), it’s completely, 100% worth it.

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Where can we find your favorite pretzel? Let us know! 

Comments

  1. Gigi says

    mmmm…cheeeeese. I would probably ask for a cup of cheese with the pepper jack cheese pretzel too :)

  2. Kevin says

    I love that the cheese says “Produced with genetic engineering.” It makes me love it even more.

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