You've probably heard that Disneyland temporarily closed in March to control the spread of COVID-19. You can hop over to our Disneyland reopening post for the latest news. Boy have we missed our favorite Disneyland snacks! Luckily, some of the best Disneyland snacks are available right now on Buena Vista Street inside the closed Disney California Adventure Park! Food is one of the things we're looking forward to when Disneyland reopens. You can find many of these popular favorites at the ticketed A Touch of Disney event hoppening at Disney California Adventure Park this spring. Which treat will you eat first when you return to the Disneyland Resort?
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. Our favorites have that extra sprinkling of Disney magic. Everything just tastes better when shaped like Mickey or themed after a favorite character or ride. Am I right? We’ve narrowed it down to what we think are the very best Disneyland snacks in Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and even Downtown Disney ... plus, where you can find them!
With the opening of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure and the Tropical Hideaway restaurant at Disneyland, we've added to our list to work in some new favorite, mouthwatering, must-have treats.
This list could easily grow twice as long, but these are the best snacks at Disneyland that we find ourselves daydreaming about before a visit and end up going back for time and again. Is it snack time yet?
The Best Disneyland Snacks and Where to Find Them
We'll call this list our baker's dozen. It's so hard to narrow down our favorite Disneyland snacks, especially as this list keeps growing and growing! Let's hop to it and take a look at the best Disneyland snacks. We even even share some tips on how to save money on 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). Use the Disneyland Mobile Order service through the Disneyland app to skip the line! You can enjoy your refreshing treat inside the Enchanted Tiki Room while you cool off in the dark and air-conditioned show. Adventurous Dole Whip lovers can also hop on over to the Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland for more options, including Dole Whip floats, Loaded Whips, and pineapple Dole Whip swirled with either orange, raspberry or mango! These treats are so refreshing on a hot day! Here are some more tips on staying cool at Disneyland.
As much as the Disneyland crowds love the pineapple Dole Whip float, the Pixar Pier Parfait is its colorful cousin at Disney California Adventure. The Pixar Pier Parfait is served up at the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. This beautiful and refreshing non-dairy dessert has lemon Dole Whip — It’s Lemon! — swirled with blue raspberry frozen beverage and topped with a cherry. It’s one of the most photographed foods in the parks and it tastes just as good as it looks! It's so refreshing on a sunny day!
You can also get the “It’s Lemon!” flavor in a cup or cone. The lemon no longer comes swirled with vanilla or chocolate (although you can now get vanilla and chocolate swirled together). You can, however, ask for half lemon and half vanilla (or chocolate) in a cup, which is how we like to order it. It also comes topped with a “snow cap” of white chocolate.
Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num
As you go through the second tunnel on the Incredicoaster, you get the most delicious whiff of chocolate chip cookies. Of course, you start feeling a bit like Jack-Jack and suddenly crave a cookie. But don't get hangry! There's a cookie cart right outside the ride exit. You can get a warm, giant Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num. It's deliciously gooey with huge melted chocolate chunks and is big enough to share with a pal. The cart sells assorted milks to wash it down. There are gluten-friendly and shortbread options also available. Yum, yum!
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. You can follow your nose to churro stands throughout the parks. To spice things up, try the new Caliente Churro at Señor Buzz Churros (it tastes like it's covered in Red Hots).
Be sure to keep your eye out for limited-time churros during holidays, special events and festivals. We are always amazed at the creative churro colors and flavors. Some even have accompanying dips! And speaking of churros, they have inspired a new favorite Disneyland treat!
Try the Churro Toffee
If you love churros, then try the Churro Toffee. This holiday treat of toffee dipped in white chocolate then rolled in cinnamon and sugar became such a fan favorite that the candy shops at Disney California Adventure (Trolley Treats and Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff) and Downtown Disney (Marceline's Confectionery) kept making and selling it after the holidays ended. The shops could not keep it in stock!
We were hoppy to see that the churro toffee has made the jump to Disneyland shops (Candy Palace and Pooh Corner), as well. We suspect this highly-addictive treat is here to stay.
Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Sandwich
Another sweet shop favorite is this chocolate, graham cracker and peanut butter sandwich. It has the perfect combination of sweet and salty with the right blend of crunch and gooeyness. Better eat it quickly on a hot day, though, because the chocolate can get melty. It's finger-licking good!
Of course there are many other chocolate-covered treats in the candy shops. Some are shaped like Mickey or frogtastically themed after other characters or park elements. The Tigger Tail is quite popular, as are the chocolate-covered rice crispy treats. There are so many fun chocolate treats to try! But once we tried the Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Sandwich, we were sold! It's that good!
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. We highly recommend getting a Mint Julep to rinse them down. While water is our go-to hydration while in the parks, Mint Julep is very refreshing with a hint of lime and mint. This nonalcoholic 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! If you can never get enough Mint Julep, here's a money-saving tip: You can get a refillable Mint Julep at table-service restaurants such as Café Orleans or Blue Bayou. That way, you get a lot more Mint Julep for your money.
The Café Orleans restaurant also has Mickey beignets on its dessert menu. They come with vanilla bean crème and fruit coulis for dipping. But you don’t have to be in the park to enjoy beignets! In Downtown Disney, you can score a bag of piping hot 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). It's also proof that snacking doesn't have to break the bank. At under $3, it is the least expensive item we have found in the parks!
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 Bakery Cafe. The giant Mickey-shaped macaron is another one of the best snacks at Disneyland that Lily insisted we mention here. We especially enjoy the raspberry rose, and it is large enough to share with a friend (or mom, right, Lily?). But it's always fun to try some of the macarons that change with the season. Hop over to Alien Pizza Planet for the green alien macaron. It's sweet and almost too cute to eat.
Flip for Flavored Popcorn
The tadpoles love regular Disneyland popcorn as much as any other kid. If you ask them, they'll tell you that Disneyland makes the best popcorn in the world. Popcorn from the popcorn carts is always on our must-have snack list! Luckily it's available at stands throughout the parks.
We rev our engines on Route 66 in Cars Land as we cruise past the Cozy Cone Motel. We love to punch it up with the flavored popcorn from Popcone. We tried the dill pickle flavor and found it dill-ightfully tasty. Popcone also offers exciting flavors like pizza, sriracha, garlic parmesan, buffalo ranch, butter and white cheddar. We love putting a new spin on an old classic!
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. 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 instead of buying two individual servings). At holiday time, they carry a secret menu flavor of peppermint. The Golden Horseshoe serves warm cookie ice cream sundaes (get a bang from the Dynamite sundae with popping candy), floats and shenanigans with their western entertainment. And then there are those iconic chocolate-covered Mickey 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 softserve cones at Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats and at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land, which has many fun toppings, from road gravel to Fruity Pebbles. (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) topping. Both of these locations rank high among our favorite Disney California Adventure quick-service restaurants. Another favorite ice cream treat is the cobbler shake at The Smokejumpers Grill with seasonal cobbler filling — Yum!
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 are usually drawn in by the yummy aromas and sights of their ice cream sundaes. It's enough to make you start drooling!. There are plenty more opportunities to purchase ice cream in the parks, but these are just a sprinkling of our favorites. I think we can all agree that ice cream is at the top of the list when it comes to the the best snacks at Disneyland.
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. Of course, once Disneyland reopens, we will probably have to be seated, stationery and physically distanced to be able to nosh our pretzels. There will be no multitasking of eating while in line for some time.
Besides getting pretzels at the vending carts, you can also get a Mickey pretzel from Refreshment Corner or Bayside Brews to save some money because they cost a little less there. We always look for opportunities to save some green when snacking to extend our food budget in the parks.
FYI: Those snack swill make you thirsty. You can also save on bottled water and other items by staying away from the vending carts. A bottle of water at a cart may be $4.25 but is $3.99 in restaurants. And if you are getting ice cream at Ghirardelli, that same Dasani bottle is only $1.75! Many restaurants will give you ice water for free if you ask.
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 that come with cake pops. There are also promotional, themed cakes during holidays, celebrations and festivals. You can indulge in seasonal cakes such as the pineapple upside down bundt cake at Jolly Holiday in the summer. Cake comes in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to check out the selection of flavored funnel cakes at Hungry Bear Restaurant if you really want a new spin on cake.
One of our new 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 judgment.
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. Hungry for an apple decorated like a favorite Disney character? Done. Even if all you need is a simple, plain caramel apple or one rolled in peanuts, you'll be more than satisfied.
You can find caramel apples at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney sweet shops. Those sweet shops are also where you will discover other handmade treats such as cake pops, cupcakes, crispy treats 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.
There are a few other classic favorite Disneyland snacks and treats that are more like mini meals on the go. If corndogs, turkey legs and chili in a bread cone and are calling your name, hop over to our guide to the best on-the-go Disneyland foods for a look at snacks and small meals that aren't as sweet as these favorite treats.
We couldn’t name all of 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!