While touring attractions and riding rides is the main reason why many folks visit Walt Disney World and Disneyland, there are quite a few little-known adventures that might not be promoted on the front of the guide maps, but are still just as fun to experience.
Today we’ve got a few of our favorite food experiences that might be a little “dark horse” when it comes to the popular vote, but we’ve never heard any complaints from folks who tried them! See if they might fit a time slot in your next vacation!
Miyuki the Candy Artist
Miyuki is an incredible performer and artist who makes teeny-tiny sculptures out of rice candy, right in front of your eyes! She is one of only 15 people in the world who are professionally trained in the art of Japanese candy-making — a trade she learned from her grandfather.
Watch as Miyuki turns a ball of hot rice candy into an incredibly beautiful tiger, peacock, unicorn, or other gorgeous creature. It’s truly an amazing sight to see. Read more about Miyuki and see photos and videos of her creations here.
In past years, Miyuki has been able to give her creations to the children who requested particular animals. However, Disney has recently put a stop to this practice for health and liability issues. But children can still request to see certain animals made, so be sure you arrive early to catch the show — and stand up front!
Miyuki performs at variable times during the day in Epcot’s Japan pavilion; be sure to check your Epcot Times Guide or Steve Soares’ Entertainment site for times.
World Showcase Wine Walk
Visiting Walt Disney World with wine fans and want a fun activity? The World Showcase Wine Walk costs about $20 and takes you through three World Showcase countries well known for their vino!
Simply stop into the wine shops in Italy, Germany, or France and pick up a World Showcase Wine Walk passport, then spend the day wandering the World Showcase and stopping into these three countries to sample two wine pours each.
This adds some nice structure to your World Showcase touring, and gives you a fun education to boot! Don’t forget, you don’t have to do the entire walk in one day — feel free to spread it out on multiple days in the World Showcase. Read details about the World Showcase Wine Walk here. Wines may change based on availability.
Disneyland Boudin Bakery Tour
In Disney California Adventure, the Boudin Bakery Tour is an interesting and educational walk through a working bread bakery.
Guests are walked through the process of making the delicious sourdough bread that’s served in so many of Disneyland’s restaurants. It’s fun — and free with admission — so be sure to stop by on your next visit to Pacific Wharf!
Goofy’s Candy Company Make-Your-Own Treat
Over at Goofy’s Candy Company in Orlando’s Downtown Disney, guests can build their own snack from the bottom up!
Themed as a little factory, the “make-your-own” section at Goofy’s allows guests of all ages to choose a base treat (marshmallow, rice krispie treat, pretzel, apple, etc…), and then choose toppings to layer onto the treat!
On our recent visit, I created a monstrous Mickey Rice Krispie Treat covered in white chocolate, oreo cookies, and milk chocolate drizzle. I KNOW! See my review here.
Behind the Seeds Tour
In Epcot’s Future World, one of the biggest bangs for your buck is the Behind the Seeds Tour, located in The Land pavilion.
This tour will cost well under $20 per person and takes guests through Disney’s hydroponic gardens, fish farms, and greenhouses to showcase some of the incredible experiments Disney is doing in futuristic, sustainable food creation.
Be sure to check out Erin Foster‘s review of the Behind the Seeds Tour here. The Behind the Seeds tour can be booked in advance by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. Or if you’re looking to get worked in at the last minute you can stop by the tour registration desk which is located near the entrance to Soarin’.
Have you experienced any of these fun tours and opportunities? Have your own favorites to add? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Note that some of these experiences do require theme park admission.