Do you know what you’re going to find when you go to Disney World?
Giant furry animals that want to give you their autograph? Yep.
I mean besides all that? You know what you’re going to find at Disney?
Food, lots and lots of food.
Hot food. Cold food. Sweet food. Spicy food. Wet food. Dry food. Cheap food.
Ok maybe not that one, scratch it.
Expensive food. Big food. Little food. Food food food.
You could spend a week there eating from morning to night and still not have stopped at every place to eat once. In fact you can go to Disney several times a year for six years and still not eat everywhere once. How do I know? Because we’ve done it; or is that haven’t done it; or maybe it’s haven’t been able to do it.
Regardless each time we go back we make a point of eating someplace new even though there are certain places that draw us in line fish on a line.
On our recent trip Mr. Sweet Butter and I ate our way around the world and had some incredible new and familiar dishes.
Wanna see some? Of course you do, don’t be redunculous.
Our week started with this,
Traditional club sandwich with chips from The Plaza Restaurant on Main Street, MK. Except see those chips, yeah they’re so homemade. You can taste the difference in their potato-iness. I don’t think my lips will ever allow another fake chip to pass. They are forever locked out.
Main Street happens to have a bakery that honestly makes me feel very inadequate as a baker whenever I go in there so I’m still debating if I like it.
Brownies? Yes, they have them; warm and gooey and hugantic!
Oh and cinnamon sticky buns.
All you need for breakfast….ever.
Of course Magic Kingdom has some great places to eat inside but outside are some of our favorites.
Just off to the left of the castle (if you’re looking at the front of it, your left) in Liberty Square is a little place you might miss but a place that serves ENORMOUS chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cookie sandwiches (no picture as it melted in 60 seconds flat under 98 degree sun). Just trust me, heaven!!!
But they also have funnel cakes and waffles. You can get both served plain with powdered sugar, my fav, or strawberries and whipped cream. sigh.
That’s a photo of WizKid from one of our previous trips eating a breakfast of champions.
He, by the way, has been in Wisconsin for five weeks and with Fly Boy in Mississippi at Air Force training and Home Run Kid in Ohio, I’m in super serious Mommy love withdrawal.
Early on we went downtown.
Wolfgang Puck at Downtown Disney has incredible food but the Mac n’Cheese has my heart and very possibly a secret compartment in my stomach reserved just for it.
This Paella from Bongos, also in Downtown, actually comes with a warning. Come hungry, really really like you could eat a cow hungry, or bring friends, lots of them. If you don’t have friends grab the people at the table next to you before they can order and make them help you eat it.
Mr. SB and I had no idea what we were ordering when our waiter said it was Paella for two. I wasn’t very hungry and SB can eat a full course meal every two hours and not blow up; so I figured “Sounds perfect. Satisfy my seafood craving and we shouldn’t have left overs.”
We had left overs…A LOT of left overs.
Tip to the traveler: “Enough for two” at Disney translates to enough for 4-8 depending on the stomach size. in fact most dishes at Disney can feed two comfortably unless you’re a glutton…or something. I dunno.
This pan is 12 inches around, three inches deep and has shrimp, squid, clams, oysters, scallops and a full, in tact five pound lobster, with all the normal meat and rice and veggies you find in Paella. Amazingly huge; fantastically delicious.
While we’re Downtown, let’s have dessert. All the restaurants have great desserts but when it’s a million degrees outside and your skin feels like it’s melting off your face only one thing will do,
The Ghirardelli Ice Cream parlor. LOLOLOL. You just drooled all over you computer didn’t you?
I had The Gold Rush; vanilla ice cream, peanut butter sauce and hot fudge, for my chosen therapy. Mr. Sweet Butter had the Strike It Rich with butterscotch and strawberry sauce.
To be honest I was pretty full half way through this but for the good of the team, I did my due diligence and ate the whole thing.
I guess you could say I went for the gold.
Ok ok I promise, no more horrid jokes.
Over at Hollywood Studios we paid a visit to Mama Melrose for the first time ever and boy are we kicking ourself. The food was to die for, the atmosphere beautiful. What can I say I may make Italy my second love.
Pizza that called to me and sang a beautiful song. Of course it could have been indigestion but hey.
As well as the cheese ravioli that serenaded Mr. SB all the way to him stomach. It was definitely something in Italian.
This is ice tea. Just your normal, every day ice tea. It’s at the Sci-Fi Dinner Theater which has to be one of the coolest places to eat…EVER! Think 1950’s drive in movie theater, complete with convertible ’57 Chevys as dinner tables and of course car hops. I guess you could call them “converTables”
Sorry had to do it. It was right there.
Oh the tea. Nope nothing special. I just thought it was so pretty with the little car light behind it. Ahhhhh…so pretty.
Now for food in general EPCOT holds the crown, hands down. “Seasons” in the Land Pavilion serves up one of the most amazing varieties of incredible quick service food you’ll find anywhere. Paired with an Eddy’s ice cream parlor and authentic food from nine countries, you basically are handed a permission slip to eat your way around the world.
That is the chocolate cherry gelato at Via Napoli, the newest restaurant in the Italy pavilion and where we ate for my birthday. I am happy to say I am 41 years young now.
Ironically we ate there on a whim only realizing after we sat down that it was also the place we took Mr. Sweet Butter for his birthday.
These are …..gosh I can never remember their name. But they’re so good. Rice and mozzarella balls that I am determined to make.
They’re creamy chicken alfredo was a thing of beauty. A symphony of yum on the tongue.
Go. Eat it. Love it. Remember it.
Then go on.
We did stop in at Le Cellier steakhouse which is not in France but in Canada. Give you one guess what they specialize in.
And they’re creme brûlée?
Go ahead, you can stay here and admire it a bit, I’ll wait.
Done? I know it has that effect on me too.
Last on our binge around the world, don’t forget the resorts. They have amazing food that usually fits the theme of the hotel. There are truly some of the best places to eat in the resorts. “1900 Park Fare” at the Grand Floridian, “The Wave” at The Contemporary; “Beaches and Cream” at The Beach Club, which is a whole blog post unto itself. Trust me.
The Polynesian has an all you can eat fixed dinner menu of incredible Hawaiian flare at “Ohana”. Pork, chicken, steak, and shrimp are cooked to perfection and served on giant skewers until you shout “ENOUGH IM DONE” (not literally, that would probable raise eyebrows).
Of course there are plenty of sides to go along and when you think you can’t handle any more it ends on a high note.
Pineapple bread pudding with bananas foster sauce.
You’re drooling again aren’t you?
I can never decide what’s the best part about this dessert; the fact it sends my taste buds into a whirling dervish of joy or that it’s endless and you can have as much as you want. It is a never ending well spring of delight. I can actually share this dish because I can have more more more.
But our two regular water holes are The Roaring Fork in The Wilderness Lodge for quick service and Kona Cafe at The Polynesian.
Kona serves south seas fare usually traditional to Hawaii. They serve fresh pressed Hawaiian coffee and this lovely number for breakfast.
This is Tonga Toast. Say “Hello”. Two thick cut slices of sugared French toast cooked with bananas in the middle and served with strawberry sauce.
It’s probably one of my favorite breakfasts anywhere on the whole Disney property. To be honest it only comes second to these,
If the iconic adorable mouse doesn’t put a smile on your face in the morning then biting into a Micky Waffle itself will. I don’t know what they put in the batter but these are the best waffles in the world. I mean the WHOLE WIDE world. You can eat them plain and have no qualms to doing so. I think they must be magical.
Happy for us The Wilderness Lodge just started serving these and you can get them one of four ways.
Topped with fresh strawberries and orange butter
With whipped cream and chocolate chips or the ultimate…
In fact now that my current round of Disney eats is done, I’m going to go dream about these because I can’t make them. I don’t have their magical batter and they won’t let me, or anyone, get their hands on a Mickey Waffle maker.
I think they should let me have one. Because….well just because.
I think I’ll go pout instead. I’m sure you probably need to change your shirt. It’s understandable.
PS. I’m so going to make some of these things. Promise that! Well except the waffles… Still pouting.
If you could make any of them what would it be?