Have you ever spent a day at Walt Disney World without a park ticket? Many guests fail to realize just how much there is to see, do, and taste outside the parks. Speaking of taste, everyone loves treats during their day at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. But did you know some of the most best park treats and unique sweets can be enjoyed at the Disney Resorts or Disney Springs without the cost of park admission? Take a look at the best Disney treats found outside the parks…
Dole Whip – Soft-serve $4.49 & Pineapple Float $5.49
Of all the treats at Walt Disney World, Dole Whips have the biggest cult following. For years, they were limited to two locations: the Polynesian Village Resort and Adventureland’s Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom. Nowadays, they’re a little easier to find; but the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village Resort is one of the best places to satisfy your craving for one of the best Disney treats on property. This walk-up window serves both Dole Whips and Pineapple Floats; and unlike Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom, it rarely has a wait.
Zebra Domes – $4.29 at The Mara
Exclusive to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort, Zebra Domes are Amarula Cream Liquor mousse atop a thin cake base all encased in a creamy, white chocolate mixture and dusted with chocolate stripes and shavings. They sound fancy and even exotic, but they live up to the hype!
Zebra Domes can be found at Boma, the resort’s popular buffet restaurant, as well as the resort’s food court, The Mara. I’ve been known to drive to Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo house just to pick up a pack or two of Zebra Domes from the refrigerated section. Seriously, they’re that good.
The Kitchen Sink – $32.00
Served in a bowl shaped like a kitchen sink, this epic sundae at the Beach Club Resort’s Beaches and Cream Soda Shop lives up to its name. The Kitchen Sink consists of multiple flavored scoops of ice cream piled high with all kinds of toppings.
It’s an experience as well as a treat, and a huge hit with families as it serves four people. Just be sure to book an advance dining reservation for the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop due to this location’s small size and popularity.
Specialty Cupcakes – ~$6.00+
Disney World’s cupcake game is serious, folks. Themed, seasonal, and exclusive cupcakes have proliferated every quick service location, bakery, and refrigerated section on property. Some are ridiculous (looking at you Rose Gold Ears and Unicorn cupcakes!), but the variety of flavors and styles are hard to resist.
If you’re craving a cupcake, the Disney World Resorts offer cupcakes rivaling those of the parks in both taste and variety minus the lines of the Main Street Confectionery or Starbucks locations. The selection changes often, so you never know what unique treat may be available.
Mickey Mousse – $8.00
When looking for a perfectly Disney treat, it doesn’t get better than the Mickey Mousse at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs. This bakery is known for its large character cakes and elegant pastries. While not every item here is worth a visit or the price, the Mickey Mousse is both adorable and seriously yummy! A chocolate chiffon cake with both dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse, its a nice departure from some of the more standard dessert fare found on property.
Honorable Mention: Mickey Candy Apples
Mickey Candy Apples are a classic park snack. Even if you’re not at the parks, you can still watch Cast Members decorate them and purchase one for yourself at either Goofy’s Candy Company or Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs.
Which of your favorite treats can be found outside the parks? Have you ever visited Disney World without a park ticket? Would you have added any other treats to the list?