Practically Photographic in Every Way
We recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando and thanks to all the walking we did (averaging 20,000 steps a day), we could indulge our cravings. By now I think most people realize that there is more to Disney foods than hamburgers, mac & cheese, and hotdogs. From quick-service to table-service venues, there are foods that appeal to a wide range of palates.
One thing Disney does very well is create a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. And in this age of social media, they know that the prettier something looks, the more people (like me) will share them – free marketing, woo!
In Part 1 of my Disney 2022 series, I’m sharing some of the photogenic and Instagrammable foods we ate.
There is a never ending supply of Mickey-shaped treats throughout Disney World. From the iconic Mickey Premium Bars to rice krispie treats to simple chocolate drops to form Mickey’s ears, these treats are found in the parks, at Disney Springs, and in the resort hotels. Here are a few of the things we tried (this selection of treats barely scratches the surface):
Top row, left to right:
- Mickey Premium Bar (multiple locations throughout Disney World) – this is a classic along with the Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Nyala Brownie – brownie with peanut butter buttercream and a vanilla buttercream stripe (The Mara, Jambo House, Animal Kingdom Lodge) – who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? This brownie had just the right amount of sweetness.
- Mickey Pineapple Flavored Cupcake (Zuri’s Sweet Shop, Animal Kingdom) – this cupcake had a bit more buttercream than I like but the cupcake itself was light with a great pineapple flavor.
- Large Mickey Chocolate Chip Cookie (Zuri’s Sweet Shop, Animal Kingdom) – we liked this so much we brought one back home with us.
Bottom row, left to right:
- Mickey-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie (Trolley Car Café, Hollywood Studios)
- Mickey-Shaped Strawberry Rice Krispie Treat (Zuri’s Sweet Shop, Animal Kingdom)
- Roaring S’more – graham cracker cake, caramel marshmallow, and chocolate mousse, topped with a toasted marshmallow (Roaring Fork, Wilderness Lodge)
- Minnie Rice Krispie Treat (Main Street Confectionary, Magic Kingdom)
It’s for the ‘gram
Not every treat is Mickey-shaped but they are oh-so stunning to look at. Check out these examples:
Clockwise from top left:
- Pressed Penny Silk Pie (Casey’s Corner, Magic Kingdom) – chocolate tart shell, chocolate filling, topped with whipped cream, and a chocolate “penny” – pressed pennies are one of the latest collectables throughout Disney World (I was tempted to start collecting them)
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse (Satu’li Canteen, Animal Kingdom) – Blueberry cream cheese mousse with passion fruit curd – this dessert is prettier than it tastes but we still enjoyed it
- 50th Anniversary Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake (Sunshine Seasons, The Land, EPCOT) – Mini chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache, and 50th Anniversary chocolate wafer
- Happy Haunts Milk Shake (Columbia Harbour House, Magic Kingdom) – Blackberry milk shake, topped with a purple chocolate-glazed doughnut covered with black Sprinkles – my nephew loves purple and is a notoriously picky eater. This milkshake passed the test.
As you can see, treats that are both visually-stunning and delicious await you in Disney World. In Part 2 I will share other foods that are just down-right yummy.