Disney has reached out in our time of need by giving the people what they truly NEED: food recipes. It’s like they know all we’re doing these days is baking bread! 😉
And while we are SO appreciative that they’re thinking of us, we couldn’t help but notice they’ve missed the mark JUST A TOUCH in the recipes they’ve been sharing.
We recently shared Disney’s recipe for a “frozen pineapple treat,” and while we love a good “frozen pineapple treat” as much as the next person, Dole Whip, this wasn’t. That got us thinking…what other iconic Disney recipes can we share with our readers? We have a few we think you’re REALLY gonna love.
Start your day off strong with some Disney breakfast dishes!
Kick things off right away with some Disney-inspired breakfast items. There are some pretty iconic breakfast dishes that we could go on for DAYS talking about, but we’re going to share just a few of our top choices.
Tonga Toast – Kona Cafe
First, we gotta share the beauty that is Tonga Toast. If you’ve never experienced this (and yes, it’s totally an experience!), picture deep-fried, cinnamon sugar-dusted, banana-stuffed goodness served up warm for you to enjoy! This signature dish from Kona Cafe is a long-standing staple of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, you can also pick this dish up at Captain Cook’s, but it doesn’t come with a yummy strawberry sauce on the side. But why worry about that when you can recreate this dish in your very own kitchen!?
Heads up that this does require deep frying, so if that’s not your jam, you may want to recruit some help. Aside from that, this breakfast is actually quite simple to make! We promise it’s worth it!
Cinnamon Roll – Main Street Bakery
Those of you who have been with us for a while will know ALL about our love for this next dish. Before the days of Starbucks on Main Street U.S.A., Main Street Bakery served the most magical cinnamon roll on the planet. And while the classic Bakery no longer exists, (you CAN still find the rolls down the way at Gaston’s Tavern, thankfully!) the cinnamon roll recipe stayed behind for us to make time and time again!
This recipe takes a good chunk of time to properly create, so be sure to set aside an evening to put together the dough and the next morning to bake them up. We promise even the more inexperienced bakers can pull these off!
Eggs Benedict – Steakhouse 55
For those of you looking to take your culinary skills to the next level, we have a true challenge for you to tackle: the Eggs Benedict from Steakhouse 55. This signature Disneyland Hotel breakfast dish is not for the faint of heart. You need to poach eggs AND make a Hollandaise sauce!
But don’t let the poached eggs scare you away! We have a few tips to keep your eggs and sanity in tact: use a sandwich bag to cook your poached egg in! Place the sandwich bag over a small bowl and crack the egg into the bag. Then, tie the bag off or seal the bag with a clip, and cook the entire thing in a pot of boiling water for 3-4 minutes, depending on how cooked you want your egg to be.
Another component of this dish that is a common concern is ‘breaking’ the hollandaise. If this happens, we have a quick solution: simply whisk a portion of it with a spoonful of warm water, and then slowly add the rest back in! Before you know it you’ll be an Eggs Benedict master, and your family will be begging you to make this dish every morning!
Soup’s on! Make a large batch of these classic Disney soups!
There are few things in life more heartwarming than a delicious batch of soup! We have a few iconic recipes to share with you.
Walt’s Chili – Carnation Cafe
What can be more ‘iconic’ than a dish that Walt loved?
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup – Le Cellier
One of the most beloved “fan-favorite” soups at Disney World has got to be the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier! This soup often makes an appearance at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and the lines for the Canada Booth are always long! If you can’t make it there this year, never fear: we’ve got the recipe for you to make at home!
This soup involves making a roux (it’s really no harder than dumping a spoonful of flour into a pot with cooking bacon!), and is loaded with cheesy bacon-y goodness perfect for these family evenings.
Strawberry Soup – 1900 Park Fare
Ok, this next one needs a little bit of explaining. Imagine, if you will, a cold, sweet soup. No, not a smoothie…it’s SOUP! We swear! 😉 At 1900 Park Fare, they have what is known as “Strawberry Soup.” It’s one of the more unique dishes in Disney World, but no less delicious!
Serve it as an appetizer or as a dessert; it works as both! This is one our kids especially love. It’s not what you’d call “healthy” — it’s really just loads of cream and berries — but it’s delicious!
It’s time for the main course! FEAST your eyes on these entree and side dish recipes!
New England Pot Roast – Liberty Tree Tavern
If you’re still dealing with cold weather where you live, make a giant batch of this roast and it’ll warm your hearts and souls. Just think of how good your house will smell while it cooks!
Cobb Salad – Hollywood Brown Derby
There are few dishes as iconic as the Cobb Salad from Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is the stuff of legend, my friends. And it’s certainly large enough to count as a full entree! To top it all off, it won’t cost you 2 Table Service Credits to make at home!
There’s a LOT of chopping involved (it wouldn’t be a Cobb Salad without it!), but we think it’s worth honing your knife skills to make this stellar salad!
Mac & Cheese from Jiko
Jiko is not only one of our favorite Signature Restaurants in all of Disney World, but it’s one of the best values if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. It’s romantic, it has amazing food, and it’s off the beaten path, meaning that you can typically find last-minute reservations.
Despite its appeal, one of our most favorite dishes is perhaps the most simple: their macaroni and cheese! Cook up your favorite steak and presto! You have instantly re-created one of our personal favorite dishes at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
We promise this is a billion times better than your standard blue box mac you might be making at home! (Though we do love a blue box mac. Respect.)
Iconic savory snacks for carb-loading!
Soft Pretzel – Germany Pavilion
Soft pretzels are a Disney parks STAPLE! If you didn’t stroll through the parks with a Giant Mickey Pretzel in your hand, did you REALLY even go to Disney World?!
While we don’t have the official recipe to re-create a Mickey Pretzel, we have the next best thing (and it’s a CLOSE second): the Soft Pretzel from the Germany Pavilion in Epcot! Maybe you can twist this into a Mickey shape if you’re really gunning for that classic Mickey Pretzel look!
Be sure to roll out these pretzels bigger than your head just like in the park for that ultra-authentic touch! 😉
Cornbread – Hoop Dee Doo Revue
If you’ve never experienced Hoop Dee Doo Revue, we HIGHLY recommend you do so next time you’re in Disney World. This dinner-and-a-show experience is quite unlike anything else you’ll experience on vacation. Not only is this show TONS of fun for the whole family, but you can enjoy all you can eat chicken, ribs, and CORNBREAD!
Thankfully, cornbread is one of the most forgiving breads you can bake up at home. So, if your attempts at homemade bread greatness have fallen flat, give this one a go! And don’t forget to serve it with a butter bar almost as big as the bread itself (for authenticity)!
BONUS Savory Snack – popping up some Disney World popcorn is easier than you think!
Are you craving Disney World popcorn like we are? Well we have a surprise for you: Disney’s popcorn is available at the grocery store! That’s right, Disney World’s official popcorn partner is Pop Secret!
Next time you’re perusing the snack aisle, grab a box of popcorn, heat some up at home, and serve it in your favorite souvenir popcorn bucket!
The main event — what you’ve all been waiting for — DESSERT!
Disney has mastered the art of the sweet stuff, and we’re ever thankful for it! 🙂
Bread Pudding – ‘Ohana
Case in point: the Bread Pudding from ‘Ohana. Perhaps even MORE iconic than the Tonga Toast we mentioned earlier, the Bread Pudding is basically heaven on a plate. Can’t score that tough to nab ‘Ohana reservation? No sweat! Belly up to the bar at neighboring Tambu Lounge where, if you ask your friendly bartender (after 4PM), you’ll be blessed with a big slice of this bread pudding sans reservation! In the meantime, you can perfect your very own Bread Pudding at home.
This may seem daunting to newer cooks, but the bread pudding actually comes together quite easily. Just imagine having your own bowl of that insanely good Bananas Foster sauce lying around. That’s sure to brighten anyone’s day!
Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake – Liberty Tree Tavern
We’re bouncing back to Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom for this next sweet treat! After you’ve had your fill of Pot Roast, why not follow up with a serving of their signature Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake?
Next to the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, this is easily one of our favorite desserts in all of Disney World, and it will soon be your favorite to make at home, too!
Grapefruit Cake – Hollywood Brown Derby
We’re heading back to Hollywood Brown Derby for our next iconic dessert. The Grapefruit Cake has a long history to go with its unique flavor. You gotta love that tangy bitter grapefruit taste to be a fan of this treat.
But if you’re a fan of grapefruit, this could easily become your new go-to dessert to make at home!
Key Lime Pie – Olivia’s Cafe
Key Lime Pie fans seem to be very passionate about this dessert. And at Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, you can grab a yummy serving (or two) of Florida’s official state pie! There are many Key Lime Pie recipes out there, but if you want to learn how to make Disney’s signature version, we’re here to help.
This pie is actually a snap to make! The hardest part is sourcing the key lime juice (regular limes won’t cut the mustard here, guys!) but thankfully most grocery stores sell bottles of it in the juice aisle!
Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums – California Adventure & Hollywood Studios
Our last sweet snack today is also one of the newer ‘iconic’ Disney snacks. If you’ve seen Incredibles 2, then you probably know all about Jack-Jack’s love of cookies. And if you’ve been to Disney California Adventure and ridden the Incredicoaster, you’ll DEFINITELY know all about the cookie scent that will taunt you while you wait in line!
The Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num is available in California Adventure by the entrance to Incredicoaster at Pixar Pier (we totally recommend grabbing one BEFORE getting in line for the coaster!), AND in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Neighborhood Bakery!
Disney shared this recipe not long ago and while they’re not exactly like the ones in the parks, they’re close enough to put a smile on our faces!
Wash all of those signature food items down with some signature COCKTAILS!
Oh, you KNEW we were going to talk about some signature drinks, right!? What better way to end our Disney recipe tour than with some tasty libations!
Kungaloosh – Trader Sam’s
Let’s get right down to brass tacks with the Kungaloosh! This classic cocktail can be found at Trader Sam’s in Disneyland (and on occasion it’s been offered in Disney Springs!), and comes with its fair share of fans. Devotees to the Kungaloosh will likely have a favorite — the “old” version or the “new.”
Both drinks get thumbs up from us, and thankfully we have BOTH for you to try here! Close your eyes and pretend you’re at the Adventurers Club in long lost Pleasure Island. Ahhhhh!
Monorail Drinks – Top of the World
In Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s earliest years, the Top of the World was a bar and lounge that sat where California Grill currently resides. This bar cooked up some memorable drinks inspired by the “Highway in the Sky.”
The Monorail Drinks have become iconic over the years. If you want a taste for that classic 1970’s Disney World, you can now visit the DVC-exclusive Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower for a taste of the old lounge. You can even sip on a classic Monorail Yellow there!
For now, we have all three Monorail-inspired recipes for you to create your very own Happy Hour at home!
We could go on and on (and on and on…) over how many signature cocktails exist in the Disney Parks and Cruise Lines. And, as you can see, there are simply too many iconic eats in Disney World to count!
We hope these gave you a few meal ideas for the next time you go grocery shopping! You’ll be dishing up Disney eats for days! Don’t worry, there are plenty more recipes to be made, so be sure to check our recipes page for ALL the yummy iconic Disney eats!
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What is your favorite iconic Disney World dish? Let us know in the comments!