Walt Disney World – Six Days, Seven Snacks

Caramel Apples in EpcotI’ve got a small dilemma and I need your help.  My ODPS (Obsessive Disney Planning Syndrome – it’s not a rare condition, I’m told) has kicked into overdrive now that we’re under the 30 day mark.  I’ve been listening to you here in the blog’s comments and out there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other Disney blogs – everyone has a favorite Disney food…I’ve been meticulously planning my vacation snacks based on all this info-gathering.  I’ve also got an item on my Disney New Years Resolution list I need to cross off.  I’ve allowed myself a $50 snack budget – here’s my problem…I’ve planned out 7 snacks over 6 days and still have a little money left over!  I KNOW, right?  Who would have thought it possible?  Oh, not to worry, I’m planning on splitting these snacks with The Fam so there aren’t any unanticipated consequences which might result in my vacation wardrobe becoming…shall we say ill-fitting.DSCN2519

So, I’m going to list the snacks in my plan, their price, and where they can be purchased.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to recommend additional snacks I can add to the list with the $13.29 I have left over.

Here we go:

1. Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar $3.75 – can be purchased at any park.  I know, why waste a snack on an ice cream bar – plain old vanilla dipped in chocolate…it’s my favorite snack and I have to have one, that’s why.

2. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich $7.19 – Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.  Sure, if I count it as a meal (and don’t share!), I can save the 7 bucks for other options…and that might happen, but as of now, we’re all planning on taking a taste and group voting on this highly praised food item.

Dole Whip courtesy of the Disney Dream Girls

Photo Credit: The Disney Dream Girls

3. Dole Whip $3.79 – Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.  Going with the traditional version of this incredibly popular snack food that I have never tasted…shocking, I know.

4. and 5. Side by side, head on comparison of the new and allegedly amazing Cronut (officially called Croissant Doughnut) $4.49 and my beloved Chocolate Croissant $2.99 – both at Epcot.  The Cronut is available at the Refreshment Port and the Croissant at Sunshine Seasons.  Will the new snack on the block be able to hold its own against the tried and true perennial favorite?  We shall see.

6. Churros $3.75 – Magic Kingdom, Frontierland Churro Cart.  Nah, I’ve never had these either – Sunshine Season's Chocolate Croissantgo ahead and set that shocked gasp free!  It’s the missing sweet tooth…but I’m going to give them a try and see if I will join the legions of churro lovers everywhere.

7. Empanadas de Queso $10.75 – La Cantina de San Angel, Epcot’s World Showcase, Mexico Pavilion.  Another meal disguising as a snack, but we can all have a taste and do that group voting thing again.  The Mexico Pavilion will just not get the family’s vote for a meal, but in the interest of research, I’m sure I’ll have no shortage of taste volunteers.  I like Mexican food – the others would rather dine elsewhere.  My friend Heather from over at one of my favorite Disney blogs, Disney for Five+, swears these empanadas are a not-to-be-missed culinary masterpiece and I believe her!

So, here I sit…$36.71 down, $13.29 to spare.  What should I add?  If you’re thinking adult beverage, that’s an entirely different list with a separate budget!

Shout it out, now…don’t leave me hanging.   Tweet me if you have to…. @life_of_green.

At Disney? Go to Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons, Eat the Chocolate Croissant

IMG_5064Today’s post – short, sweet, and to the point!  If you are going to Epcot, go to Sunshine Seasons (restaurant in The Land pavilion) and get a chocolate croissant.  There.  That’s it.  GO!  If you keep reading, you’ll just get the boring details on why I’m telling you this. 

One of the (many) odd things about me is that I don’t really have a sweet tooth…it’s more of a potato, rice or pasta tooth.  If I’m having a food craving, it’s rarely for something sweet.  If I’m eating in Epcot, it’s almost always in the World Showcase.  So how did I end up eating a chocolate croissant at Sunshine Seasons in the first place?  It’s all the fault of the internet and all the Disney blogs and Disney travel sites that talk about good eats at Disney World.  Those rave reviews fuel my curiosity.  Don’t tell me something is to-die-for-delicious if it’s really not.  I will come back and fuss at you – it’s not nice to make me spend money on sweets I’m not even craving if they’re not worth the price and the extra calories. 

So, I’d read about the croissant Raymond and I managed to ditch the kids encouraged the young people in our group to venture out on their own for a bit while we were at Epcot.  This left us a big open window to do whatever we wanted! – only at that moment in time we were starving and all we wanted to do was eat.  It was a weird time of the day – too late for breakfast, too early for lunch.  A snack was just the thing we needed.  Since we had just exited Soarin’, we were already in The Land when I remembered some website singing the praises of the chocolate croissant at Sunshine Seasons.  Why not just see what all the hullabaloo was about, hmmmm?

Off we went to the self-service bakery selection section and picked out our snack.  I was skeptical.  Too often when I want some baked good to actually taste as good as it looks, it lets me down.  I end up being disappointed by an attractive bit of dry, tasteless, stale garbage.  Whoa!  Hold on!  In the picture, you will notice there’s a bite missing from the croissant – I wasn’t going to take its picture if it didn’t taste absolutely delicious, but it DID!  It was great!  Fresh and buttery, not too sweet, flaky without being dry – genuine chocolaty goodness!  People, we had a winner!!! 

So, go getcha one next time you’re there.  If you don’t like it, come right back here and fuss at me about it…but I’ll bet you love it as much as I did.

What’s your favorite snack at Disney World?