As much as we love the outstanding attractions, characters and entertainment that the Disneyland Resort has to offer, we'll admit to having a secret crush on certain tempting treats. When hunger strikes, but we just need a snack or treat to tide us over, there are many great options. We’ve narrowed it down to what we think are the 10 best Disneyland snacks and where to find them in Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and even Downtown Disney.
This list could easily grow twice as long, but these are the Disneyland snacks and treats that we find ourselves daydreaming about before a visit and end up going back for time and again. Is it snack time yet?
The 10 Best Disneyland Snacks and Where to Find Them
Whip it! Whip it good
The Myth. The Legend. The Whip. The Dole Whip. Or in this case, the Dole Whip Float!
Dole Whip is a soft serve pineapple flavored frozen treat that you can find at the entrance to Adventureland in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room. You can order just the Dole Whip itself or as a float in pineapple juice, complete with a little drink umbrella. Here’s our little secret for avoiding the ever-present line (it seems the Dole Whip has quite a cult of followers). If you plan to watch the Enchanted Tiki Room show, the line to purchase Dole Whip is often much shorter on the attraction side. You can enjoy your refreshing treat while you wait for the next show or while you cool off in the dark and air-conditioned show. Here are some more tips on staying cool at Disneyland.
Crunch on a Giant Pickle
No trip to Disneyland is complete without getting a crunchy dill pickle from the produce stands throughout the parks. This mom-approved snack is probably the healthiest treat you’ll eat all day. A Disneyland dill pickle weighs in at about 21 calories and takes some time to munch on. So it keeps little ones busy for a while without causing a sugar rush and crash. It’s crunchy and tasty (and frog colored) and helps you reserve some calories to splurge on more treats, like, say, a caramel apple later. It’s a win-win!
Chomp a Churro
Disneyland seems to be the gold standard when it comes to churros. Other churros simply do not compare to Disneyland churros. The tadpoles especially like getting them in Tomorrowland, where they are currently colored to resemble Lightsabres. But you can follow your nose to churro stands throughout the parks and even find flavored churros in Downtown Disney. If you try the grape churro, let us know how it goes because we wonder about it each time we hop past that cart.
Say Yay for Mickey Beignets
You can find Mickey-shaped beignets at Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. These sweet fried fritters are dusted with powdered sugar (our favorite choice), but you can sometimes order them dusted with seasonal toppings for holidays or for promotions. Shimmering gold lemon sugar ones were available during a Pirates of the Caribbean promotion. We highly recommend getting a Mint Julep to rinse them down. While water is our go-to hydration while in the parks, that Mint Julep is very refreshing with a hint of lime and mint. This non-alcoholic drink goes down very easily, i.e., quickly. You’ll wish you had a second one. Pro tip: Get the tadpoles their own so they don’t drink yours!
The Café Orleans restaurant also has Mickey beignets on its dessert menu. They come with vanilla bean crème and fruit coulis for dipping. You don’t have to be in the park to enjoy beignets. In Downtown Disney, you can score a bag of square beignets to go from Jazz Kitchen Express.
There are a number of tasty treats at the Jolly Holiday, one of our favorite Disneyland quick-service restaurants. There you can get a unique treat designed to look just like the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride—a monstrous Matterhorn macaroon. This dense coconut replica of the snow-covered mountain is a trip. It is dipped in white chocolate snow and is a treat hefty enough to share with a friend (or a yeti).
And while the name macaroon sounds pretty similar to macaron, these tasty treats are actually quite different. What they both have in common is that you can get either at the Jolly Holiday. The giant Mickey-shaped macaron is another one of the best Disneyland snacks that Lily insisted we mention here. The flavor and color of macarons change with the season. They are currently offering raspberry rose, and it is large enough to share with a friend (or mom, right, Lily?).
Flip for Flavored Popcorn
The tadpoles love popcorn as much as any other kid, but in Cars Land we discovered flavored popcorn at Popcone (at the Cozy Cone Motel). We tried dill pickle flavor and found it dill-ightfully tasty. They also offer exciting flavors like pizza, sriracha, garlic parmesan, buffalo ranch, butter and white cheddar.
Cool Off With Ice Cream
Ice cream! Ice Cream! We all scream for ice cream at Disneyland, especially on a hot day. OK, any day, any night, any weather ... really any time! This cool treat is easy to find in both parks and even in Downtown Disney (at Haagen-Dazs). We enjoy scoops, cones and sundaes at Gibson Girl (save money by ordering two scoops with an extra cup and spoon and dividing them yourself over buying two individual servings). They have a secret menu flavor of Fantasia during the run of the Main Street Electrical Parade and at holiday time they carry peppermint as a secret flavor. The Golden Horseshoe serves ice cream sundaes, shakes and shenanigans with their western entertainment. And then there are those iconic chocolate-covered Mickey ear ice cream bars and other frozen treats at carts throughout the parks.
Over at Disney California Adventure, get your hand-scooped ice cream on a cone at Clarabelle’s and your soft serve cones at the Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company and at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. What's better than buying an ice cream cone from a giant traffic cone? NOTHING. Make a pit stop at Flo’s for shakes with road gravel (crushed Oreo) toppings. Both of these locations rank high among our favorite Disney California Adventure quick service restaurants.
You don’t have to go all the way to San Francisco for a Ghirardelli sundae when you can indulge at Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. There is a location right in Pacific Wharf. We often hop in for a free piece of chocolate, but we instantly start drooling from the yummy aromas and sights of their ice cream sundaes. There are plenty more opportunities to purchase ice cream in the parks, but these are just a sprinkling of our favorites.
See a Line? Mickey Pretzel Time!
If we're going to be waiting in a long line, but need something to snack and share, we seek out a pretzel. The Mickey pretzel from a cart puts a Disney twist on an old favorite. Order it with or without cheese. It hits the spot and makes waiting fun.
Let Them Eat Cake
At Disneyland, you can have your cake and eat more too. Cupcakes, bundt cakes, cake pops, and layer cakes—all can be found in the parks. You can pre-order birthday cakes in advance at table-service restaurants. Cake pops and cupcakes come in a variety of themes, but for small tadpoles we love the small size and neatness factor that comes with the cake pops. There are also promotional themed cakes such as Darth by Cake in Tomorrowland and the Multiverse Parfait at Studio Catering Co. during Summer of Heroes. There are seasonal cakes like the pineapple upside down bundt cake at Jolly Holiday this summer.
One of our new (but temporary) favorite cakes is the grey stuff at the Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland. Try the grey stuff—it’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes. The grey stuff is a white chocolate mousse (it tastes way better than it looks) that surrounds a red velvet cupcake and raspberry center. Rest assured you can find cake variations all around the park if you’ve got some reason—any reason at all—to celebrate. We’re just here to help. No judgments.
Choose a Caramel Apple
It’s no secret that a caramel apple is my absolute favorite indulgence at Disneyland. What makes this a great snack is that you can find just the right apple for you. Curious about a seasonal gourmet caramel apple covered in chocolate, candy, and other toppings? They have that. Hungry for an apple decorated like a favorite Disney character? Done. Even if all you need is a simple caramel apple rolled in peanuts, you'll be more than satisfied.
You can find these treats at Disneyland (at Candy Place and the Hunny Spot in Pooh Corner), Disney California Adventure (at Trolley Treats) and Downtown Disney (at Marceline’s Confectionary). Those sweet shops are also where you will also discover other handmade treats like cake pops, cupcakes, and candies. To me, these delights can’t share the spotlight with the other snacks, so of course, I've done an entire post about Disneyland caramel apples and where to find them.
We couldn’t name all the best Disneyland snacks here, so if you have a favorite Disneyland treat we have not mentioned, please share it with us in the comments section below. Seriously, let us know in case we’ve missed one somehow! We get excited to try new treats or even variations of old favorites that may change with the seasons. Hoppy snacking.