Nine Best Desserts at Walt Disney World
We all have a sweet tooth and learn at a young age that desserts equal happiness.
When we’re at Disney, why should that change? Guests burn tons of calories while roaming the parks. So, it’s okay when we splurge a little.
Today, I’d like to talk to you about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart. So, here are my choices for the best desserts at Walt Disney World!
Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse
I should establish a few ground rules here, and the most important one is that I mean desserts, not snacks.
As much as I love churros, popcorn, and that street corn at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, those menu items aren’t desserts. They’re snacks.
Also, I’m listing my choices alphabetically, but this dish would have finished high on a ranked list.
Satu’li Canteen has grown into one of my family’s go-to dining options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, even over our beloved Yak & Yeti Restaurant.
While the restaurants at Yak & Yeti are superior, at least for my palate, Satu’li Canteen crushes the competition with its iconic dessert.
The visually stunning Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse has me eating with my eyes long before I have a bite. When I do, my mouth explodes with flavor!
The Chocolate Wave
Oh, Coral Reef Restaurant! You’re so divisive! Fans embrace the ambiance and the theming, while critics assail the overall meal quality.
That goes double for budget-conscious tourists who view the prices at Coral Reef as absurdly high.
Still, there’s one area where most people agree. The dessert menu at Coral Reef elevates the overall dining experience significantly.
While I can and have happily eaten five different options here over the past few years, I always circle back to The Chocolate Wave.
Disney describes this dessert as a warm cake, which means it has a hot, gooey center that pairs brilliantly with the accompanying ice cream dollop.
This dish is a masterpiece and looks stunning on the plate to boot. You’ll score so many social media likes by posting pics!
Come on, you knew this one would be here. When most people contemplate iconic Disney snacks, two spring to mind.
This list would be lacking without both, which gives you a strong hint about a future selection.
As for Dole Whips, I have the fondest possible memories of ordering them at two different places. One is in Adventureland.
I love grabbing a spot near Magic Carpets of Aladdin and listening to the laughter above while I indulge my sweet tooth.
The other spot is the Lava Pool area outside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Great Ceremonial House.
I recently had a Valentine’s Day Dole Whip here that was so good I thought I might tear up for a second. The sensory overload of the moment legitimately overwhelmed me.
The Grey Stuff
I admire Disney simply for trying with this one. That immortal song created a lyric so well-known that nothing should live up to expectations.
When you hear someone speak of The Grey Stuff, you immediately think lofty thoughts about the taste.
Remarkably, Disney has constructed a dessert worthy of that status. Sometimes, it’s a cupcake, while other times it’s more of a mousse, but the flavor remains consistent.
The Grey Stuff possesses the perfect kind of chocolatey flavor to get you singing the song in your head.
You’ll find this dessert at Be Our Guest Restaurant. However, on some occasions, Gaston’s Tavern sells it as well.
That’s the MUCH cheaper way to sample its goodness.
The Kitchen Sink
Here is far and away the most expensive dessert on the list, but that’s okay! You won’t eat it alone!
The Kitchen Sink definitely qualifies as a group project. I don’t think of this menu item as one dessert but rather eight of them jammed together.
At Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, the cast members will sound the alarm when you order the Kitchen Sink. They do this to highlight the significance of the dessert.
You’re about to eat one of humanity’s largest ice cream treats. The hype matches its grandeur in scale.
As a milkshake/ice cream fanatic, the Kitchen Sink embodies everything I love about the whole Ziggy Piggy concept from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Lunch Box Tarts
Legally, Disney cannot call these what they really are, which is glorified Pop-Tarts. This is because Disney made its own rather than licensing from that brand for whatever reason.
Still, the premise remains the same, only stretched out more. We’re talking about a pastry with a massive amount of frosted topping and various sprinkles.
Woody’s Lunch Box changes its offerings frequently. So, the Lunch Box Tarts often include designs like snowmen or thematic Halloween candy corn or the Pixar ball.
I love this approach because it makes every order a little bit different, depending on the time when you visit the restaurant.
Also, we learn as children that Pop-Tarts are delicious. That belief never goes away.
The only thing better than a powdered sugar beignet is one in the shape of a not-at-all Hidden Mickey.
They sell these at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and also at Riverside.
While you won’t always find them on the menu – supply chain issues forced their removal for a while – you should ALWAYS order them when you can.
When I eat Mickey Beignets for breakfast, I’m smiling all morning. It’s the perfect way to start the day.
Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars
Again, I had to include this one. You would have discredited everything I said if I hadn’t mentioned it.
Also, I would have added it anyway because I’m someone who currently has a pack of Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars in my refrigerator.
Seriously, I can only find them at one Target locally. So, that has become my de facto grocery store just because I NEED these ice cream bars at night.
I take medication that requires an accompanying snack. Otherwise, I’ll experience nausea.
I take this to mean that I have medical orders to eat Mickey Mouse ice cream bars. Envy me! Also, try to get a similar doctor’s note from your physician!
Boma – Flavors of Africa serves this dessert, which I’d rank in my top five overall at Disney.
When you look at a Zebra Dome for the first time, you’ll struggle to anticipate the correct flavor. Instead, it looks like a single scoop of fudge ripple ice cream.
There’s what appears to be one vanilla dollop with the fudge encircling it. However, when you bite into the Zebra Dome, you’ll quickly realize you’ve been tricked.
This dessert is actually a cream mousse hidden inside a kind of panna cotta white chocolate wrap.
The caramel, the chocolate, and the texture of Zebra Domes turn them into a deconstructed tiramisu…but a MUCH more decadent one. It’s exquisite.
Okay, that’s my list. Which delicacies comprise your list of the best desserts at Walt Disney World?
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