The Parks Are Great and All, but We Really Need to Talk About the Food at Disney Springs
You could spend your entire Walt Disney World vacation just eating, but between rides, photo ops, and time enjoying the park, you already have a lot to fit in during your stay. That's why we made it our personal duty to convince you that Disney Springs is worth carving out some mealtime for.
Why Disney Springs? It's become quite the spot for trendy, one-of-a-kind dishes and drinks — it's where you can get a boozy Peach Bourbon Lemonade Slushie, after all. The good and bad news is that there are so many eatery options in the complex, which means there's something for everyone, but also, where do you even start? Consider this your Disney Springs must-have food list (and try not to salivate on your screen).
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Minnie Funnel Cake
This funnel cake is topped with powdered sugar and Minnie-shaped cookie dough, meaning all of your sweet tooth cravings will be squashed after you bite into this. The crispy funnel cake works effortlessly with the gooey cookie dough to create a party for your tastebuds.
Six-Cheese Crunchy Mac and Cheese
More cheese, please! This crunchy mac is topped with cheese puffs and coated in every kind of cheese you could want.
Olaf Candied Apple
Nothing's sweeter than a Frozen-themed candied apple! Covered in white chocolate with milk chocolate accents, this tasty dessert is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
You can find this hearty vegan lunch option at B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. near the T-rex. Loaded with sauerkraut and surrounded by pita bread, you won't be able to get enough of it.
Momma's Mac and Cheese
Found at Chef Art's Homecomin', this side of Momma's Mac and Cheese will have your mouth watering for more.
Minnie Dessert Taco
Filled with chunks of cookie dough and drizzled with chocolate sauce and whipped cream, this taco treat comes with a cherry on top. Note: the taco shell is lightly coated with chocolate and sprinkles.
These crunchy cheese curds can be located at the City Work Eatery for only a couple bucks during happy hour! With a crispy outside and gooey inside, you'll be ordering more than one basket of these.
Did you know that at Goofy's Candy Company you can create your very own treat? This experience lets guests select a base treat, chocolate dip, chocolate drizzle, and topping depending on what they're in the mood for. That's what we call magic.
Portobello Mushroom Fries
These battered and fried thick-cut pieces of portobello mushrooms are big enough to share, so make sure you go to Morimoto Asia with a pal! Served with a mentaiko mayo on the side, you'll be reaching for more.
Head to Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' to find the mouthwatering breakfast combo seen here. This eggs benedict was created with hushpuppies instead of english muffins and topped with ham and crispy chicken tenders. Yes, please.
Brownie Waffle Sundae
Found at Vivoli il Gelato, this treat consists of a warm brownie waffle, three scoops of the gelato of your choice, whipped cream, and caramel and chocolate drizzle. Is your mouth watering yet?
Shrimp and Lobster Macaroni & Cheese
Prepare to be incredibly impressed with the Disney Foods Trucks — especially Fantasy Fare. It's menu is full of on-the-go bites, and the Shrimp and Lobster Macaroni & Cheese is a fan favorite. It's topped with a gouda lobster bisque sauce that is stupidly amazing.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse-shaped foods are running rampant in Disney Parks, but this one is worth seeking out at Amorette's Patisserie. The chocolate chiffon cake is filled with dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse. Just look at that shiny red finish!
Vegan Samoa Donut
Girl Scout cookies have been reimagined into a Samoa doughnut, thanks to Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, a vegan, gluten-free, and kosher bakery. The treat includes the chocolate and toasted coconut flavors you love!
Didn't think tacos could get any better? Taco Cones from 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa are taking over Instagram, and for good reason. You first choose your main filling: brisket barbacoa, Nana's pork sofrito, black beans and rice, chicken tinga, or grilled tri-tip steak. It's topped with shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, queso, cilantro, jalapeño, and a lime wedge to complete your picturesque meal.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie
Think you can handle all those chocolate chips? Gideon's Bakehouse is known for its nearly half-pound cookies in Orlando. Luckily, you can get the thick chocolate chip cookie at The Polite Pig in Disney Springs. Trust us, you're not going to want to share it.
Salted Caramel Bubble Waffle
Waffle cones are good, but bubble waffle cones are better — especially when they're from AristoCrêpes. This one is filled with chocolate ice cream, pretzel pieces, whipped cream, crispy pearls, and caramel sauce. Yum!
Mini Unicorn Doughnut
How adorable is this little unicorn doughnut? Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company at Disney Springs (as well as all four Disney World Parks) offers a range of flavors, and you can choose four for $5. The unicorn one consists of vanilla cake with a vanilla glaze. The cheeks and mane are made of pink buttercream, and the magical treat is completed with a rainbow candy corn.
Three Little Pigs
At B. B. Wolf's Sausage Co., you don't have to settle on just one hot dog. Order the Three Little Pigs, and you'll get three miniversions of the restaurant's specialty dogs. The New York Pastrami Reuben is piled with pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. You'll get the taste of vacation with the Hawaiian Island Dog, topped with grilled pineapple salsa, spam, and teriyaki. And to complete the trio, you'll get a Texas Chili-Cheese Dog full of chili, cheddar, and corn chips.
Any milkshake at Vivoli il Gelato is bound to be good, but we're especially loving the Cannoli Shake. It starts with spinning cannoli gelato and milk together and is served inside a chocolate-dipped waffle cone, which is in a cup. Finish it off with whipped cream, pistachios, chocolate sauce, and crushed cannoli shells for a new way to eat the classic Italian dessert.
DB ‘Clothesline Candied Bacon’
Do we even have to explain why this one made the list? The Edison offers clothesline-hanged candied bacon that's coated in maple, black pepper, fruit mustarda, and sweet and spicy pickle. You'll order it for the presentation, but you'll go back for more because of the flavor.
French fries are taken to the next level at Guy Fieri's restaurant, the Chicken Guy! They're piled with SMC (which is known as Super Melty Cheese in Guy's world), grilled chicken, bacon, and green onions. This side dish is more like a whole meal.
Classic Breakfast Burger
A burger for breakfast? You'll be convinced after visiting D-Luxe Burger. The Classic Breakfast Burger layers a D-Luxe signature patty, cheddar cheese, bacon, egg, and hash browns on a Parker House Roll.
Jumbo Lump Crab Topped Fries
For a dish that only has three ingredients, Paddlefish has certainly nailed it. The French fries are topped with lump blue crab and Louie dressing. Ugh, we can almost taste it.
There's a reason Lil' BRGs from STK Orlando are all over Instagram. The sliders consist of Wagyu beef and special sauce on a sesame-seed bun. Can you believe they taste even better than they look?
Peking Duck (For Two)
It might be illegal to dine at Morimoto Asia without ordering the Peking duck. It's big enough for two people and already carved and ready to eat by the time it hits your table. It's served with steamed flour pancakes, apricot sweet chili, hoisin miso, and your choice of steamed white or brown rice.
Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
We found the appetizer of all appetizers at Frontera Cocina. The crispy corn tostadas are topped with shrimp, sun-dried tomato, jicama, olives, serrano chiles, fresh lime, cilantro, onion, and avocado. It's a refreshing, light bite that will have you wanting (and possibly ordering) seconds.
Classic poutine is made with French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. You can order that at The Daily Poutine, but we'd suggest going for the Latin Poutine. It includes fried yucca, black beans, pulled pork, and queso fresco. Need we say more?
Nonna’s Pasta for Two
It's date night, and we already have your order at Enzo's Hideaway. Nonna's Pasta for Two starts with penne pasta and is topped with braised short rib, meatballs, and Italian sausage that's in tomato gravy. But don't dive in just yet: it needs Nonna's secret béchamel recipe (which is a combination of three cheeses and farm-fresh cream).
In the mood for Italian? Maria & Enzo's Ristorante's serves up a potato gnocchi with butternut squash, Parmesan cream, spicy Italian sausage, and basil pesto. You're guaranteed to leave full and dreaming of another bowl long after your trip is over.