It’s that time of the year when the weather starts cooling off a bit and we even start thinking we might even need a sweater at night (yes, it DOES happen occasionally in Florida).
It’s also the holiday season, which means while we’re enjoying all the fun holiday decor at Disney World while we start buying ALL the new holiday merchandise, we also want to eat serious winter comfort food. And you know what we’re talking about, right? SOUP! We want soup!
But not all soup is created equal at Disney World, so we’ve put together a list of our team’s favorite soups throughout the resort. So if you’re craving a warm bowl of comfort at Disney World, start adding these soups to your list right now!
So, let’s grab our spoon and dig into some good soup.
Any soup at BOMA
We’re going to start with the resorts because when we do have one of those chilly nights at Disney World, a hot bowl of soup is just the thing to soothe the soul when you get back to your resort at the end of a long day at the parks. And if you’re at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you have some of the best soups on property at your disposal at BOMA!
Nearly every soup here is a winner, but we especially love the Carrot Ginger Soup, the Butternut Squash Soup, and the Coconut Chicken Curry Soup. Okay, we lied — WE LIKE ALL THE SOUPS HERE. BOMA is the Soup King of Disney World.
Butternut Squash Soup at Jiko…The Cooking Place
Like BOMA, you can’t go wrong with ANY of the seasonal soups at Jiko, but we do have our favorite. It’s the Butternut Squash Soup, which we’re pretty sure is the same as the butternut squash soup at BOMA in its perfect deliciousness.
What can we say? We have a favorite soup at Animal Kingdom Lodge and this is probably it! Maybe it has something to do with being both a bit sweet and savory. For this soup, you don’t have pick a side, any snack lover will enjoy this soup! And it is also often available at Sanaa.
French Onion Soup at Steakhouse 71
So there are several iterations of French Onion Soup at Disney World, so we’re going to tell you where to go to get the best. Our #1 pick for French Onion Soup is at Steakhouse 71. It’s made with Rich Beef Broth, Crouton, and Gratinée Cheese.
And it is SO rich and cheesy, as a good French Onion Soup should be!
Beer and Cheese Soup at California Grill
We’re big fans of CHEESE here at DFB, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are IN LOVE with the Beer and Cheese Soup at California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. Granted, the seasonal soups here are ALL delicious, but there’s just something about cheese soup that comes with a hand-braided pretzel to dip in it that gives us the warm fuzzies.
The soup is made with potato-celery root foam, garlic butter, and heirloom apple. It’s VERY rich and VERY good. It’s basically beer cheese soup, but UPGRADED.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort and BoardWalk
Tomato Soup at Beaches and Cream and BoardWalk Bakery
Is there anything better than a Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup? Well, you can get that delicious combo at both Beaches and Cream and BoardWalk Bakery. We’re not sure if they’re the same soup, but we love both.
So if you can’t get an advance dining reservation at Beaches and Cream and you’re craving tomato soup, head on over to BoardWalk Bakery instead! Both soups are rich and creamy with a good tart tomato taste!
Strawberry Soup at 1900 Park Fare
One of our absolute favorite soups from the Grand Floridian is the Strawberry Soup at 1900 Park Fare. No, it’s not a smoothie, it’s actually a cold, sweet soup, and it is DELICIOUS. It’s popular here for a reason.
Note: 1900 Park Fare is still currently closed, but we’ve spotted the Strawberry Soup at the Grand Floridian Cafe as a secret menu item — or if you really have a craving for it, you can make it at home!
Tomato Bisque at Grand Floridian Cafe
And SPEAKING of the Grand Floridian Cafe, there’s another secret menu item that we think you soup-lovers need to know about. It’s Tomato Bisque. It is PERFECT for a cold and rainy day in Florida — pretty much the ultimate comfort food.
It’s made with tomato puree and chicken stock, topped with crème Fraiche, toast point, and scallions. The flavor is on point, simple, and delicious. Basically, it’s like eating a hug, one spoonful at a time.
Portobello Mushroom Soup at Artist Point
Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge also has one of our favorite soups. It’s Portobello Mushroom Soup, and it is a guest-favorite for a reason. We’ve even seen it convert mushroom haters into bonafide fans!
Artist Point recently reopened, so you can chat with Snow White and some of her gang while sippin’ on this creamy, earthy soup. We’ve also seen this soup at Territory Lounge, too, if you prefer a meal sans Evil Queen!
Asian Noodle Soup at The Artist’s Palette
Disney World continues to embrace more plant-based options and one of our new favorites just happens to be a soup! It’s the Asian Noodle Soup at The Artist’s Palette. It’s made with rice noodles, napa cabbage, onions, mushrooms, carrots, and jalapenos, all swimming in a miso pho broth.
This soup has such great flavor that we think it will please just about anyone, regardless of whether they’re on a plant-based diet or not.
Cheddar and Ale Soup at Olivia’s Cafe
Olivia’s Cafe is one of the most underrated restaurants at Disney World. Not only is the food here always great, but you can’t go wrong with ordering the soup of the day! And it’s even better when it’s the Cheddar and Ale Soup (again, we love cheesy soups made with booze!).
What can we say? When it comes to soups, we LOVE it when there’s cheese involved.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Steakhouse
Okay, so you KNEW we’d mention the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at Le Cellier — if anything, we’re predictable with these kinds of soups! It’s made with Moosehead Pale Ale and Nueske’s Applewood-smoked Bacon. And CHEESE. And you can taste that smoky bacon and the tang of beer, too.
Of all the soups we often recommend, this one makes it to the top of our list more often than not! And even better? You can get it during the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival without a reservation because it’s served at the Canada booth! And if you want this cheese soup any time of year, we show you how to make it at home (plus it’ll save you the cost of a park ticket!).
Crema de Elote at La Hacienda de San Angel
The Crema de Elote at La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico is another of our favorites! It’s a Cream of Corn Soup, served in two parts: one bowl contains corn, tortilla strips, seasoning, sour cream, and hot sauce. Then the server adds the creamy soup.
The Crema de Elote isn’t just a soup, it’s an experience. It contains the perfect amount of sweetness and spiciness and is just about as perfect as a soup can get.
Soupe a l’oignon gratinée From Chefs de France
Again, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re going to mention ANOTHER French Onion Soup, this time at Chefs de France at the France Pavilion. Here, it’s called Soupe a l’oignon gratinée, and comes topped with ooey gooey Gruyere cheese. Like how can you resist?
This soup is rich without being heavy and is probably our second favorite French Onion Soup at Disney World.
Bisque de Homard at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
We’re staying in France for this next soup recommendation because the Lobster Bisque (aka Bisque de Homard) at Les Halles is absolutely divine. And it comes in a bread bowl — like seriously, why isn’t more soup served in bread bowls?!
It’s a nice hearty option for those colder nights at EPCOT (hey, it happens!). And even better? It’s priced at under $8.
Potato and Leek Soup at Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room
If you’re looking for another super hearty soup, we’re big fans of the Potato and Leek Soup at Rose and Crown in the UK Pavilion. This is a thick and rich soup, with just a subtle taste of onion flavor from the leeks. And it’s another one we’ll always recommend on a chilly or rainy day in Florida.
And if you can’t get to EPCOT anytime soon, feel free to check out the recipe so you can make it at home.
Pop Eats at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts
Last year, the Pop Eats booth at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts served up a delicious Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup IN A CAN. We love the nod to Andy Warhol with this dish and the soup in a can is perfect for dipping the grilled cheese into.
The soup itself is rich, full, and tangy — everything a tomato soup should be.
Sweet Corn Soup At Nomad Lounge
What do you get when you mix Butter Poached Lobster, Cilantro Crema, Charred Corn, Pickled Jalapeño, Cotija Cheese, and Tajin? You get the cheesy yumminess that is the Sweet Corn Soup at Nomad Lounge. But when we first had it, we were confused because we received a big bowl with just the ingredients — but what you’re supposed to do is pour the provided Sweet Corn Purée over it.
And when you do that, you’re in for one of the tastiest soups you’ve ever had. It’s creamy and delicious, and the presentation (once we figured it out) was great! For those home chefs out there who like to see how culinary magic is done, this is a satisfying and fun soup.
New England Clam Chowder at Columbia Harbour House
Yes, you can get great clam chowder at Disney World — and from a quick-service restaurant at that! You’ll find the New England Clam Chowder at Columbia Harbour House — and you’ll find it warm and filling (again, something that just hits the spot on a cold or rainy day).
And this dish even got a fun 50th anniversary makeover as the Spoon For One More — with that, it even comes in a Haunted Mansion-themed bread bowl! For those clam chowder lovers out there, this will fill your belly without emptying your wallet!
French Onion Soup at Be Our Guest
Although it’s not our FAVORITE French Onion Soup at Disney World, the French Onion Soup at Be Our Guest is still a solid choice. This one comes topped with a Toasted Crouton, as well as both Gruyère and Provolone Cheeses (and when it comes to more cheese, we say “yes, please!”).
Seriously, you just can’t go wrong with all the melty cheese on top of this soup (ok, let’s be real, we’re happy with melty cheese on top of pretty much anything), which is currently offered as an appetizer as part of Be Our Guest’s pre-fixe menu.
Any Soup from Raglan Road
If you want good soup at Disney Springs, you’ll find that the Soul Soup (aka Soup of the Day) at Raglan Road will literally soothe your soul (maybe that’s why they call it that). But we do have some favorites — the Colcannon Soup is a delicious traditional Irish soup made with mashed potatoes and cabbage (and we’ve got the recipe right here!).
And the Dublin Bay Prawn Bisque is presented with a lightly deep-fried Prawn on a bed of Crème Fraîche, and then servers pour a creamy Bisque over it all that makes for one delightful soup.
It’s easy to get lured in by some of the fancier meals and snacks that Disney tempts us with, but these soups range from gourmet fancy to homestyle comfort. So if you’ve got a craving for a warm bowl of soup, you now know where to head to at Disney World to get just that! And we’ll keep you updated on ALL the food at Disney World, so check back again with us soon!
What’s your favorite soup at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!