19 Must Try Foods at Disneyland
Disneyland is known as the Happiest Place on Earth.
And really, I know why.
It's not the Disney magic that makes you believe that all you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust or that the dream that you wish will come true.
It's the food. The magically wondrous food that is available to your taste buds. That's what makes Disneyland the Happiest Place on Earth.
So make yourself the happiest person on earth and indulge a little. Here's 19 foods you must try at Disneyland
1. Dole Whip
At the Tiki Juice Bar by the Tiki Room in Adventureland you can get a deliciously refreshing Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float. The Dole Whip is just the pineapple soft serve and the Dole Whip Float is pineapple soft serve on top of pineapple juice. There's usually a bit of a line but it's well worth the wait, especially on a hot day!
2. Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist
Load up on carbs at Maurice's Treats Snack Cart in Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland. The Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist is a personal favorite of mine but if you're not in such a cheesy mood you can also get a Grey Stuff Twist (Oreo flavored) and a Strawberry Rose Twist (Strawberry flavored) here! Don't forget to grab some dipping sauce (strawberry rose, grey stuff, or marinara) and an icy drink, either Red Rose Lemonade or the park goers favorite Boysen Apple Freeze.
3. Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Pretzel
It's spicy cheese that's already perfectly place inside a warm and soft pretzel. Finger food that's hassle and mess free!? Yes, please! Seriously love that there's no need to worry about a cheese dipping cup..unless you're into super extra cheese... Just grab a few napkins and you're good to go. Grab this gem of a snack on Main Street at Refreshment Corner.
4. Marshmallow Treat
Pooh and friends really know how to sweeten things up. Forget the honey and go for gold. Well actually go for chocolate. This marshmallow treat is just fluffy goodness covered in caramel then dipped in chocolate and then drizzled with more chocolate. Take a stroll to Critter Country to find this treat at Pooh's Corner. There you can also get larger than life cookies, caramel apples (regular, gourmet, and character inspired), rice krispie treats, fudge and more! All of these treats are also available at Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen on Main Street.
5. Cheddar Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl
The absolute perfect time to grab a broccoli and cheese soup before you set up to watch the fireworks. The bread bowl will keep you both entertained and warm. Yes, it's pretty entertaining to eat a bread bowl. Let's not waste food right? Eat the whole bowl. It's Disneyland, no one will judge you! Now for specifically broccoli and cheese (which I think completely beats out gumbo and clam chowder that you can get above Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square) go to Harbour Gallery, which is tucked away across from the exit of Haunted Mansion and behind the Haunted Mansion souvenir cart.
6. Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
I feel like this is such an American lunch staple. You really can't beat a good grilled cheese with tomato soup. This combo can be found at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street next to the entrance to Adventureland. The bakery also offers other delicious sandwiches like the Caprese Sandwich (pictured), Tuna Melt, and Roasted Turkey.
7. Mint Julep
Feeling thirsty? Gravitate over towards the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. It's right next to the steps up to the Disneyland Railroad. The Mint Julep bursts with minty lemony goodness that is sure to delight your taste buds. You really can't go wrong pairing this minty drink with a couple of powdered sugar covered beignets.
The Churro. A classic Disneyland essential. You can get it almost everywhere in the park but my favorite (for some unknown reason) is the churro stand in between Buzz Lightyear Astro-Blasters and Star Tours in Tomorrowland. For a limited time this churro cart is selling Lightsaber Churros aka churros covered in red or blue edible glitter. And for a limited time the churro cart in New Orleans Square is serving Golden Churros for the 50th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean.
9. Lobster Roll
Lobster foods seem to be such a trend nowadays. There's tons of lobster food trucks and restaurants popping up all over SoCal. But, Disneyland was ahead of the game. Their Lobster Rolls have been around forever! They've just been hiding in a little corner in New Orleans Square. For all you seafood fanatics you can find Disneyland's Lobster Rolls at Harbour Gallery across from the exit of Haunted Mansion and behind the Haunted Mansion souvenir cart (same place you can get the Broccoli and Cheddar Soup).
10. Mickey Mouse Pretzel
So since we've been through the cheese stuffed pretzel, it's time for the Mickey shaped bready goodness. The Mickey Mouse Pretzel is quite self explanatory. It's a pretzel in the shape of Mickey. You can get it salted or unsalted and with or without cheese dipping sauce. I highly recommend getting the cheese. Because cheese is great. Like the churros you can find these all over the park. But again I'm partial to the cart in Tomorrowland (absolutely no reason for this favoritism). You'll find it across from the Tomorrowland gift shop, The Star Trader.
11. Monte Cristo
Need something a little heavier to get you through your Disney day? Look no further! The Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square will definitely fill you right up. It'll set you back a whopping $20. But for that you get a very filling powdered sugar dusted, batter fried sandwich that includes turkey, ham, and swiss and is served with a side of berry purée. If you're not a meat eating kind of human then Disneyland has got you covered! Opt for the 3 cheese Monte Cristo instead. Swiss, mozzarella and double crème brie. Cheese heaven.
12. Mickey-shaped Beignets
As mentioned earlier, a perfect pair to the Mint Julep. The Mickey-shaped Beignets find their home too at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. They're best when hot so gobble them down quick. They won't be as good if you just let them sit in the bag. In addition to the powdered sugar version Disneyland is also serving up a Golden Lemon Beignet in honor of the 50th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean for a limited time!
13. French Dip
If roast beef is one of your loves then you definitely have to pick up a French Dip Sandwich from the French Market in New Orleans Square. It's a sandwich that can't be missed or eaten while walking as a matter of fact. Take a seat and take your time. You'll really want to savor the taste of this one.
14. Rice Krispie Treat
As always Disney takes a beloved food and bumps it up a notch, or a couple notches. First, of course it has to be Mickey shaped. Insta worthy! Second, as in Disney tradition, cover it in chocolate and more chocolate. You can find this picture perfect treat at Pooh's Corner in Critter Country or at Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen on Main Street.
15. Caramel Apple
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, I don't think that worked out quite so well for Snow White. But, she did find her Prince Charming! Aside from the pictured Caramel Apple with Nuts you can also get plain caramel apples, gourmet apples, and the super cute character inspired apples at Disneyland. Check out Pooh's Corner in Critter Country or Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen on Main Street to snag yourself an apple. Just make sure it's not a Poison Apple!
16. Parmesan Garlic French Fries
How can you leave Disneyland without having first the very American misnomered French Fries? Disneyland, again, takes food to the next level. At the French Market in New Orleans Square you can snag yourself an order of crispy fries smothered in parmesan cheese, garlic, and parsley.
17. Caramel Macchiato
Calling all coffee lovers! I definitely include myself in this. Disneyland has good coffee! What?! Yes, I'm serious. The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café whips up a smashing Caramel Macchiato and other espresso drinks. So step away from the Starbucks and go for a Disney cup with a little Walt Disney inspiration instead. I like to have mine with a freshly baked blueberry muffin.
18. Hand-Dipped Corn Dog
I'm not really a big fan of corn dogs but the jury is in and these corn dogs are supposedly the best in the world. There's a line that proves it too. If you're not familiar you might easily miss them. They're served from a Little Red Wagon next to Carnation Café, which is actually known for their Fried Chicken, on Main Street.
19. Giant Lollipop
And last but not least. An essential festival, fair, and theme park food. The Giant Lollipop. They come in a variety of flavors: Grape, Strawberry, Apple, Tutti Frutti, and more. Although, you can get them at several places around the park, it's probably best if you get one on at Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen Main Street on your way out. They're huge and once you unwrap them there's not really anyway to cleanly save them for later. Even the smallest ones are hard to finish.