It’s time to recap my family’s EPIC DADventure to Walt Disney World in November 2019. I’ve taken the last several weeks to enjoy the holidays with the family, get over my Post-Disney re-entry whiplash, and let all of what happened sink in.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts on tricks we used, travel, day by day schedules, how we kept everyone happy, rides, attractions, and of course FOOD!
Since food was the first ever post I did here at DADventure Disney, I think it is a great place to start my DADventure Recap, too.
Today I’m going to highlight the top 12 things I ate while at Walt Disney World on this last trip. Why 12? Well, because 10 just wasn’t going to cut it! A DADventure Dozen seems like the best fit!
Some of the food I enjoyed I had planned to hunt down, some were suggestions from friends, and some were really nice surprises.
Let’s get to the list. Then, hit the comments below and let the debate and conversation flow!
[Prices current as of posting this story: Jan 23, 2020]
Colossal (Mickey) Cinnamon Roll
Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery, Animal Kingdom
This cinnamon roll lives up to its name – it’s HUGE! The ears alone were enough to keep me happy. But the entire giant roll was perfect for sharing with the five of us on the trip.
A lot of cinnamon rolls, especially ones the size of a plate, have a tendency to get dried out before you can enjoy – not so here. The icing is fantastic and not too sweet. A good amount of cinnamon flavor, too.
After rope-dropping the Safari (read our Tip about the Safari here), we got right in line for some breakfast items at Kusafiri Bakery. This was a locked in part of my Animal Kingdom day and it paid off great. I don’t drink coffee, but for those of you that do – I know this would be a perfect match.
Worth the $7.49? Oh yes – perfect sharing size for everyone at this price.
Oga’s Cantina, Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios
The only beverage on my DADventure Dozen list has a fun story… After an amazing evening, with a surprise visit from my brother and sister-in-law in Batuu, we were walking out of the park at closing time when a Cast Member asked us if we’ve been to Oga’s Cantina yet. We hadn’t been – was too packed earlier in the evening. So, he said – “Well, Oga would love to have your business before you head off-planet.” So, we did!
We bellied up to the bar and I ordered a Yub Nub, for no other reason than a running ‘in joke’ between my wife and I about the phrase. It was served in an amazing ceramic mug depicting the X-Wings battling over Ewok Village on Endor. (Would have been another $30.00 if I kept the mug.)
The drink was icy cold, right from a tap, and delicious! Made of Malibu Pineapple Rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Citrus Juices, and Passion Fruit this drink was a great end to an amazing day.
$15.00 for this mixed drink? Maybe it’s an ‘only on Batuu’ price I’d pay…
Ronto Roasters, Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios
Staying on Batuu for this one. A yummy little bit to enjoy. The Ronto Wrap is Roasted Pork, Grilled Pork Sausage, Peppercorn Sauce, and Tangy Slaw wrapped in Pita Bread. It’s like a great hotdog brought to the next level.
This was a delicious bit of food, the pita was fresh and not at all stale. The sauce and tangy slaw gave some zip, but not so much that the kids didn’t like it. It’s a great snack, but you’ll need a couple with a side or two to feel ‘full’ as a meal.
$12.99 is about what you pay for a hotdog at Yankee Stadium, so I was more than fine with this price at Disney.
Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Magic Kingdom
We were STARVING when we popped in to our new favorite spot to eat at Magic Kingdom – Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square (just off from Cinderella’s Castle).
How hungry? See the poor focus on this photo? It was simply taken in transit as we were running to enjoy it while watching Elsa light the Castle at dusk.
We got a few other things to enjoy too (you’ll read about those in future food recaps) but one of the highlights was this sweet and spicy chicken and waffle sandwich. It was spicy. It was sweet with syrup. The waffle was perfect. It was a fantastic meal and big enough to share with all of us. The house-made chips it comes with were almost an after thought – but quite enjoyable – especially for the baby.
The spicy chicken was a bit too much for our toddlers, but my wife and I devoured it.
$10.49 for a very delicious “sandwich” that filled up both adults? Solid price.
Traditional Cuban Sandwich
Centertown Market, Caribbean Beach Resort
We left home at 2:00am on our arrival day. We didn’t get nap time. By the time the sun was heading down, the kids were WELL beyond being done and my wife and I were feeling the same. We hopped the bus from the Magic Kingdom back to the Caribbean Beach Resort and agreed to eat there at Centertown Market for ease of access to our beds.
Located in the beautifully renovated Old Port Royale at the CBR, we were really surprised with the offerings of the in-resort quick-service spot. As a lover of all things sandwiches, I went with the Traditional Cuban.
SO. GOOD. It’s a pressed sandwich stuffed with Pulled Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles and Mustard served with Plantain and Yuca Chips.
$11.49 was a good price for this great hidden find! If you’re resort hopping via the Skyliner, you owe it to yourself to try this one out!
White Christmas Peppermint Churro
Sunshine Churros, Disney Springs
I love Churros. It’s not a Disney trip for me until I have a Churro. I had many on this trip: the traditional, mini, and a few flavored ones, too! My favorite was this White Christmas special.
The other flavor I tried here will be on a whole other list (coming soon!), but this white powdered sweetness was perfect. Sweet, peppermint, warm and tasty… it WAS Christmas!
$5.25 – give me two!
Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom
Be Our Guest was one of our only MUST HAVE Advanced Dining Reservations for this trip. My middle daughter IS a princess and deserved to eat in a castle.
We chose lunch at the Beast’s castle as we were not on the Disney Dining Plan (Read WHY we didn’t like the Dining Plan for our family) and lunch is a much better value for your money than dinner is.
As we ordered our food, my eyes never left the Croque Monsieur on the screen. It would be mine. Oh yes, it would be mine. Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham and Gruyere Cheese and Bechamel with Pommes Frites (as Fancy Nancy would say – that’s a fancy word for French Fries). I couldn’t wait to dive in when it hit our table and thus you get the very rushed, badly lit photo above. I didn’t care. I needed to enjoy this sandwich.
And… I totally did. When I end up back there another day, I am pretty sure I’ll order the exact same thing.
$15.99… I don’t care. Just give me more Croque Monsieur!
Satu’li Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl
Satu’li Canteen, Pandora, Animal Kingdom
We were quite hungry when we hit Satu’li Canteen in Pandora. As the rocks all hovered over us, we bee-lined for a yummy bowl of goodness we’ve read so much about!
We ordered a few different things, but couldn’t wait to try the noodle bowl! Wood-Grilled Chicken Thighs marinated with Garlic and Olive Oil topped with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Boba Balls. Delicious! My wife and I shared it easily and the kids helped too. As far from ‘theme park food’ as you can get. This is something you’d find in some great little place in New York City or Boston.
$12.49 was a bargain for how much food this is.
Jack Jack Num Num Cookie
Neighborhood Bakery, Pixar Place, Hollywood Studios
My kids couldn’t wait to find this tasty treat, and to be honest, neither could I! The spot has a name of Neighborhood Bakery, but don’t go looking for a big bakery building, it’s really a glorified snack cart. You can get the popcorn. You can get a slushy. You can even get a Mickey Pretzel WITH the cheese (of course). But those aren’t why we were there.
We got ONE of the Num Num Cookies and it was enough for all 5 of us. It’s BIG cookie. It’s almost a chocolate chip cookie pie, it’s that big.
It was warm, gooey and crunchy all at the same time. Genius treat.
$5.79 is a GREAT price for a cookie this size and as dense as it is. Totally filling.
Woody’s Lunch Box, Toy Story Land, Hollywood Studios
Give me my TOTS! Then, make them into nachos. Please.
This was one of the treats we had on our must-get list as a family and they didn’t disappoint. A crisp evening in Toy Story Land found us sitting under the giant Tinker Toys at Woody’s Lunch Box and enjoying this amazing piece of culinary creation.
Potato Barrels coated with Beef and Bean Chili, Shredded Cheese and signature Queso with Tomatoes and Corn Chips finished with Sour Cream and a sprinkle of Green Onions. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
$8.99 – no brainer. Get it.
Duck Confit Poutine
Refreshment Port, Food & Wine Festival Special, Epcot
We didn’t partake in the Epcot Food & Wine Festival as much as we would have without the three Littles in tow. However, we did stop and enjoy a handful of treats. (More on those in a future post.).
The Refreshment Port in Epcot (stuck between Canada and Future World) is known as a spot for great poutine, but they stepped it up for the F&W Fest!
We savored an amazing concoction of Duck Confit Poutine. Truffle-Brie Cheese Fondue over yummy fries with a Fig Demi-Sauce. They even sprinkled the crisped duck skin over the top for a little crunch.
This is a 5-Star food offering and it’s here in a stand around the corner from the Figment ride. I LOVE that about Disney!
$9.00 was a steal for a sharable amount of this exquisite gourmet offering.
Vanilla Ice Cream Churro Sandwich
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Magic Kingdom
Let’s see… I said I love sandwiches. CHECK. I said I love Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. CHECK. I said it’s not a Disney trip until I have enjoy a churro. CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! How could this NOT be my number one?
I may have to set up a personal reserved table outside Sleepy Hollow next trip. Everything is SO good!
This churro ice cream sandwich was one of the very few things my wife and I completely agreed was a MUST HAVE this trip, in fact it may be the only one. And, as with so much of our trip, we were not let down.
We visited in November, so it wasn’t a hot blazing 100 degrees, where I see so many photos of this yummy treat melting all over guests. For us, the ice cream stayed solid, the churros (yeah, plural! You get TWO rolled into buns here!) were warm and it was cold and sweet and simply fantastic.
All five of us took turns taking bites as we watched the characters dance around on Cinderella’s Castle stage for the day-time show.
We did have to hose down the kids after we were all done, but that’s why you bring wipes with you in your day bag, right? (Read our Disney Parents Panel Top 10 Things to Bring In Your Disney Day Bag)
$6.99 is a fantastic price for the best thing I ate on this whole trip. It will become a traditional treat we’ll enjoy every visit we make.
What do you think? Have you, or would you, try these 12 amazing culinary adventures? What are your favorite food items in the parks? What on my list would make your NEVER list? What did I miss? Share with me in the comments below or on Instagram and Facebook.
DADventure is out there!