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Guilty Pleasures at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

(This is an entry in a series on personal favorites)


Welcome to those coming from Capturing Magical Memories as this month Magical Blogorail Teal focuses on guilty pleasures!


Most of this site’s itineraries, in addition to recommending dining spots, also recommend a few special snacks as well.

I’m not a gourmet, nor a foodie, but I have cured and smoked my own bacon, and made ice cream at home from scratch! And this should hint at my guilty pleasures…

Yup, I just love junk food at Walt Disney World!

I’m defining junk food here pretty broadly, as taking in the terrain between anything served at a table service restaurant and sliced apples.

At each of the parks–except, for some reason the Studios–there’s some special junk that it’s hard for me to not indulge in while I’m there!

At the Animal Kingdom, it’s the shredded barbecue sandwiches at Flame Tree Barbecue, eaten down by the water.

At Epcot, it’s the sampler at the Tangerine Cafe, and the sugared funnel cake at the American Adventure (also available at the Magic Kingdom).  I have yet to eat a funnel cake and not make a comic mess of my shirt…

But it’s the Magic Kingdom where I really put on the pounds…no trip is complete without an ice cream cone from the Plaza, a burger with cooked onions and dill pickles from Pecos Bill’s, and sometimes, depending on how many clean shirts I have, another funnel cake from Liberty Square!

I’m kind of glad that Casey’s Corner a few years ago shifted to chicken/beef hot dogs from all beef, as otherwise I just wouldn’t stop eating at the Magic Kingdom at all!

Well, those are my guilty Disney World pleasures…what are yours?


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1 Mary @Capturing Magical Memories { 09.25.12 at 8:11 am }

I am with you. At home I am always on a diet. At Disney – not so much.

2 Dave { 09.25.12 at 8:32 am }

Thanks Mary…I do tend to get more exercise at WDW with a ll the walking so that’s worth a funnel cake!

3 Beth D. { 09.25.12 at 8:18 am }

I could not agree more! If I am not eating some delicious bad for me treat, then one of the kids are! As for the shirts, funnel cakes are worth every bite!

4 Dave { 09.25.12 at 8:32 am }

Hi Beth and thanks! I need to start remembering to bring white shirts to WDW–that’ll help with the funnel cake sugar mess!

5 Donna Kay { 09.25.12 at 8:47 am }

We have a strict rule in out family – there is NO DIETING on vacation!! I love ice cream from the Plaza, and burgers and hot dogs…now I’m hungry!! 🙂

6 Dave { 09.25.12 at 9:54 am }


7 Kathy Kelly { 09.25.12 at 8:47 am }

The aroma of those funnel cakes is irresistible! I can see why you cannot help but indulge!

8 Dave { 09.25.12 at 9:55 am }

I’m pretty helpless in front of funnel cakes…unless the line is long!

9 Kathleen { 09.25.12 at 3:30 pm }

As a first time visitor (this weekend!) I can tell you of the things I have read SO much about that I don’t dare miss them. The pineapple float from Aloha Isle in MK, the red velvet cupcake and the carrot cake cookie from Writer’s Stop in DHS, a ridiculously large piece of red meat from Yachtsman’s Steakhouse, butter poached lobster tail from Narcoosee’s and the zebra domes at Boma.

I have no idea how I will get all of this down in a week….but I will not leave WDW until I do! 🙂

10 Dave { 09.25.12 at 5:16 pm }

Hey Kathleen, good luck with that! And add a burger and sundae at Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club to your already challenging list!

11 Tricia from Return to Disney { 09.25.12 at 9:04 pm }

The snacks were a definite highlight for us too! Don’t forget the ice cream shop in Tomorrowland 🙂

12 Dave { 09.26.12 at 8:41 am }

Hey Tricia! Do you like the Tomrrowland ice cream shop more than ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street?

13 Steve From { 09.25.12 at 11:59 pm }

Great topic Dave,

Here are my must haves every trip:

Carmel Corn from Epcot’s Karmel Kuche
A Toll House Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow in the MK
A Churro, though the present day ons are nowhere as good as the bigger and less dense ones back in the day
And a carmel Apple, preferably form the Karmel Kuche, but Goofey’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney will do.

Have you tried a cinnamon roll at Starring Rolls Cafe in the Studio?

14 Dave { 09.26.12 at 8:42 am }

Thanks Steve–more great ways for me to gain weight! I’m not keen on cinnamon rolls as I tend to make a mess out of both myself and passersby (see funnel cakes above, but more an issue of stickiness) –but I do love Starring Rolls! That’s what I should have added for the Studious!

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