Disney World is FULL of delicious and adorable treats of all kinds.
In the past few months alone we’ve filled our bellies with all kinds of 50th Anniversary treats, Halloween snacks, and now Holiday delights. While some snacks are incredibly delicious and relatively easy to eat, some of Disney World’s snacks are a bit more…well, challenging to eat. Some of them practically can’t fit in your mouth, others are impossible to cut, and some just confuse us entirely. So, we’ve made this list of treats that require extra planning or otherwise might feel impossible to eat in Disney World so you can be prepared!
1 — Candy/Caramel Apples
We’ll start off with the star of the show, the inspiration for this article, the real crème de la crème — candy/caramel apples.
We have to start by noting that candy/caramel apples are adorable! They’re often designed in the shape of a Mickey or some other Disney character, and sometimes you just can’t resist buying them.
We’ll also say that the flavors of candy/caramel apples can be delicious! Sometimes that balance of the tart/sharpness of the apple, blended with all of the sugary goodness on top is perfection. Other times, Disney gets real creative with their flavors and can even give the apples quite the kick!
But, looking at a candy/caramel apple and admiring it is one thing. Actually eating it is another.
C’mon look at this thing — you aren’t about to just bite it with your teeth are you?! You could seriously lose a tooth! Plus, you’d have to take a giant bite to even get past all of those layers of chocolate, caramel, etc. and down to the apple.
The best way to eat a caramel apple (in our opinion) is to cut it, and herein lies the problem. Previously, Disney World stores/restaurants that sold these goodies could cut them for you — a MAJOR advantage. Once they were professionally sliced, all you had to do was grab a perfectly cut slice with your hands (or a fork) and eat it!
But, right now Disney World stores/restaurants are NOT cutting candy/caramel apples for guests. We visited Big Top Treats in Magic Kingdom the other day and were told Cast Members are not able to cut the apples for guests right now. Instead, they provided us with a plastic knife so we could perform our own mini apple surgery.
And let’s just say, we’re not exactly trained apple surgeons, so things went…as well as you might expect them to. If we had a solid, strong knife, this could have been a different picture. Cutting it yourself, even with a stronger knife, isn’t an easy task, but a sturdy knife could make it easier.
Cutting it yourself with a plastic knife feels like some hilarious tv game show challenge. Like seriously, how are we supposed to get through ALL of these layers?! We weren’t riding the struggle bus folks, we were driving it.
Eek! We had a ROUGH time cutting into our Minnie Apple with the plastic knife we were given. Not ideal! ☹️ pic.twitter.com/CUObpXO95k
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) November 2, 2021
If cutting an apple with a plastic knife doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you could plan to grab the apple at the end of the day and bring it back to your hotel, where you could either get a proper knife from the food court or you could use a stronger knife you may have with you (that otherwise would not be allowed in the parks).
Either way, prepare for a bit of work if you get one of these beauties!
2 — Basically Any Big Ice Cream Treat in the Florida Heat
Our next treat is one that is VERY popular in Disney World, but can be quite the challenge. During the fall/winter, Disney can get some cool days. But, for the most part, visiting Disney World (especially during the peak days of the summer) feels like you’re sitting on the surface of the sun (Disclaimer: we’ve never been to the sun, but we feel like this statement is still pretty accurate).
Any ice cream treat in Disney World during the peak summer months (or on any other day with a high temperature) will likely melt QUICKLY, making it a challenge to eat. That’s expected though. Our advice there is to eat that ice cream as quickly as you can or try to find an indoor spot where you can keep your treat a bit cooler for longer.
But, the real treats that can be a MESS to eat in the Florida heat are the sundaes or kitchen sinks where there are multiple flavors of ice cream and potentially other treats all mixed into one bowl.
If you don’t eat these quickly enough and they start to melt, you’ll essentially be left with ice cream soup in minutes. That might be okay if the flavors blend really well together. But, if you wanted to taste your strawberry ice cream separately from your chocolate, the ice cream soup might not give you the best chance for that.
The same could go for a Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar. These treats are a Disney classic. They’re simple but tasty. Wait a little too long to eat these though, and you could have a BIG mess on your hands, especially if you’ve got a little one who is digging into the treat. As the treat starts to melt, some sizable chunks of chocolate could start to slide off. If you don’t have a chocolate-catching strategy in place, you could find yourself WEARING your premium bar all over the place for the rest of the day.
So, when it comes to ice cream treats in Disney World, here’s our advice. Like we mentioned above, try to eat the treats relatively quickly (before they melt too much) or find a colder spot where you can enjoy them away from the Florida heat. If you’ll be eating something outdoors, grab napkins (like a lot) and consider packing some wipes in your bag (just in case).
If you’re going for a premium bar, consider placing a cup or plate underneath (you could even pop a hole in the plate or cup or something like a cupcake liner so that you can make sure the pieces drop directly onto that item instead of your clothes).
And, if all else fails, just be sure to visit a bathroom nearby for a quick clean up and make it all part of the fun!
3 — Giant Lollipops
Giant lollipops are another Disney staple. You can find them in a variety of spots in those tantalizing colors and shapes, making them so tempting to just pick up and eat throughout the day.
But, giant lollipops can also be a GIANT problem. For starters, they’re huge, which means you (or your little ones) likely won’t finish them all in one go. You could also easily get tired of licking the same lollipop for an hour, only to find you’ve BARELY made a dent in it.
Once you’re bored of licking or it’s simply time to go on a ride, what do you then do with this giant treat?
If you are planning to buy a giant lollipop in Disney World, consider what you’ll do with it when it’s time to hop on a ride or do something where the lollipop isn’t exactly invited to be out front and center. You might want to pack a plastic bag or a container with you that you can wrap around the lollipop to keep it safe while you do other things. Just keep in mind that the lollipop will be STICKY from all those licks, so it could be difficult to get in and out of some storage bags.
If storing a giant lollipop in the parks doesn’t sound like your ideal plan, consider buying one but not opening it until you’re home. It could give you (and your kiddos) a fun thing to look forward to once you’re home, and while at home you’ll likely have more storage options for it.
You could also consider cracking the lollipop before you dig into it, and placing it in a storage container, and then pulling out individual smaller pieces to lick/bite throughout the trip, rather than trying to store it in one piece after it’s all sticky.
Or, you could make your life a lot easier and buy smaller lollipops that could more feasibly be eaten in one go!
The lollipops can also get your hands and arms sticky, so consider holding the lollipop with some napkins or coming prepared with lots of wipes!
Click here to see what 50th Anniversary snacks (including giant lollipops) are available in Disney World!
4 — Beware of Colorful Disney Treats
Some of Disney World’s treats are seriously colorful, making for EPIC photos on Instagram or just to send to your family. But, those colors have to come from somewhere. In most cases, it means a heavy use of food coloring or dye!
That food coloring can turn your fingers, hands, tongue, and teeth a whole variety of very bright shades that might make you look…interesting for essentially the rest of the day!
So, if you’re planning on getting a Disney World treat that’s got a VERY strong color on it (or even if you’ll be holding a cupcake liner that’s colored), be prepared. If you don’t want the dye sticking to your hands, consider eating the treat with a fork and knife, or holding it by using a few napkins.
If the dye spreads to your face or hands, be prepared with some wipes or wet paper towels! And if you already know you’ll be turning your teeth all kinds of different shades of blue, pink, green, etc., consider bringing a tiny tooth brush and some tooth paste to wipe those colors away.
Click here to see the 50th Anniversary treat you should eat if you DON’T want your mouth to turn blue in Disney World!
5 — Candy Coated Straws
Disney World has released a number of specialty slushies with fun, colorful candy-coated straws.
These straws are really cool looking, add a nice pop of color to the slushies, and often can add a fun flavor too. But, beware!! For the most part, these are paper straws that have been covered in the candy coating. That might be all fine and good when the paper straw is dry, but after spending a bit of time floating around in the slushy, paper straws tend to get a bit soft and soggy.
Eating or licking the candy off of a soft, soggy paper straw isn’t exactly the most appetizing thing you can do. If you really want to eat that candy but you also want to use the straw, you could wait to eat the candy near the end. Just be aware that it’ll be a bit more sticky and the straw may be quite soggy.
If you want to get a slightly less soggy effect, you might want to ask for the straw on the side or pull it out of the drink before it gets too soggy. Then, you can use a separate straw (either paper or a reusable one you might have brought with you) to drink the slushy, and get the candy off of the straw.
6 — Ice Cream Cones DIPPED in Chocolate/Candy
Disney World goes all out for some of their treats — making them unique colors, choosing cool flavors, and sometimes even dipping ice cream cones in candy or chocolate. While these can be fun and absolutely GORGEOUS, they can also be a mess to actually eat.
For example, the Raya and the Last Dragon ice cream cone was a beautiful sight, with its candy-covered cone, but it was a MESS to eat when picked up.
If you are planning to get one of these types of treats for yourself or your kiddos, just be prepared. You could try to grab the cone with a paper towel or napkin (but you’ll lose some of that candy/chocolate goodness).
You could also try to crack it into little pieces so you can mix it with the ice cream and maybe get all of the messiness out of the way. Or, if you’ll be picking it up with your hands, just be prepared for some serious clean up!
7 — Snack Overload
Disney has a tendency to make things larger than life. Sometimes that’s a great thing, but sometimes it means you’ll be facing a snack that is a struggle to get into your mouth in one bite, or one that is just massive.
Those amazing ice cream sandwiches from Dino-Bite Snacks in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are delicious, but there’s SO much ice cream in them. If you want to grab one, consider sharing with friends or family!
There are also some cupcakes that are amazingly decorated and a great portion size, but (let’s be real here) there’s no way you’re getting all of that frosting and those toppings along with a bite of cake all at once. For those, we recommend grabbing a plate (either from the same spot or a nearby restaurant) along with a fork and knife to help you on your eating journey.
And when it comes to things like those intense shakes from Beaches & Cream that have a whole slice of cake on top of them, be prepared to do a bit of maneuvering and adjusting to actually EAT them (a.k.a. get some plates, utensils, and napkins!), and consider bringing a team to eat these treats with.
Also, if you’re planning to grab some of these large and in charge Disney World treats (most of which are filled with sugar), keep in mind the super highs (and lows) that will come with it (especially if you’ve got smaller kiddos whose stomachs are already full of sweet treats).
8 — And MORE
There are some other treats that are challenging to eat in Disney World that you’ll also want to be prepared for like: giant turkey legs (unless you’re sharing these, be prepared to place those leftovers somewhere if you won’t be able to finish it)…
…items at EPCOT festivals that require cutting when there are no tables available (prepare to eat on top of a trash can or eat like a caveman — it’s okay, no one is judging you!)…
… and cotton candy when it rains (it’ll melt faster than the Wicked Witch of the West — hide your cotton candy folks!).
There are more we could include on this list, but these are some of the big snacks that could cause you a headache in Disney World (and not because of their flavors). We hope this article helps you be just a bit more prepared for snack disasters the next time you visit Disney World. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks!
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