Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Underrated Foods of Disneyland

Some Disney foods get all the love: Dole Whip (obvs), churros, Plaza Inn fried chicken, Mickey pancakes. These are the delicious and iconic foods that we read about on all the blogs and see all over Instagram. That got us to thinking about other food we love to eat on our Disney trips that are just as delicious, but don't get as much attention. Here's our list of some underrated alternatives to the Disneyland classics!

Skip the Turkey Leg and Grab a Chimichanga Instead

The turkey legs are gooood, but if you're in the mood for something different (and maybe not quite so enormous) go for the Chimichanga. Its crispy, warm, and just a little bit spicy. And did we mention its at the same stands as the turkey legs? Talk about convenient!

Instead of a Churro, try a Twist!

If you're not too into meeting princesses, you might not even know this delicious little cart even exists. These pastry twists come in three flavors: strawberry rose, "grey stuff," and cheddar garlic. They are so good, you'll be wondering why you haven't heard more about them!

Photo Credit: Dining at Disney
Ditch the Regular Popcorn and get a PopCone

The popcorn is salty, delicious, and a complete classic, but have you tried the flavored popcorn (or PopCone) at the Cozy Cone Motel? Amazing flavors included butter, dill pickle, buffalo ranch (!), white cheddar, Sriracha, pizza, or garlic parmesan. Too good to pass up!

Photo Credit: Disney

Instead of Dole Whip (NO!!!) Try a Dipped Soft Serve

While we're at the Cozy Cone, head over to Cone #2 for your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or swirl soft serve and please get it dipped in chocolate. It's simple, creamy, and delicious!

Photo Credit: First Comes Latte

Handmade Fudge over Caramel Apples

The caramel apples at Disneyland are amazingly decorated, but, let's face it, not the easiest thing to eat. Next time get a piece of the fudge, made onsite in a variety of tempting flavors. Its so simple that it often gets overlooked by the flashier desserts, but its incredible and you won't regret it (unless you don't like fudge. Then we can't help you, lol.)

Photo Credit: Disney

Try the Fish and Chips Rather than the Corn Dog

In the mood for something fried and crunchy but not the usual corn dog (amazing as it may be)? If you're already in line at the Stage Door Cafe, try the fish and chips instead! You get tartar sauce on the side plus lots of other dipping sauce options for your fries (ok, "chips"), which I think is one of the best reasons to go to the Stage Door in the first place. 

Photo Credit: Disneyland Today

Salad over Fried Chicken

The Plaza Inn fried chicken is amazing and don't even get me started on the mashed potatoes. But if you're in the mood for something lighter, PLEASE give the Cobb Salad a try! They're made to order right at the center station of the Plaza Inn. They're large, come with a breadstick, and possibly a better choice than fried food if your next stop is Space Mountain. 

Photo Credit: Disneyland Eats

Skip the Mickey Ice Cream Bar and Grab a Banana!

Its not Mickey shaped, but its just as delicious. Next time you're thinking about an alternative to the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, give the frozen banana a try (also give it a minute to thaw out if you value your teeth). Because, really, bananas and chocolate are a perfect combination.

Photo Credit: Oh My Disney
No Stinky Pickles, Grab a Fruit Cup

Disney pickles are kind of a thing, we know. We've heard they even give a special button for the first pickle sale of the day (souvenir goals!). But if you're looking for a cool alternative that no one else seems to notice, head over to Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland and get a fruit cup. Filled with pineapple, jicama, cucumber, watermelon, and lime (don't forget the pack of Tajin!), this is the perfect side dish or snack. BTW, they keep it with the refrigerated drinks, not the salads or desserts. Don't ask me why!

Pizza Salad Can Be Better Than Pizza Itself

The pizza at Pizza Port in Tomorrowland is overrated basically because it exists. It's just not good pizza. Sorry (not sorry). BUT, you can get all the great pizza flavor you love without actually having to eat that pizza! We recommend the Planetary Pizza Salad, which includes pepperoni, olives, mozzarella, and peppers. 

Photo Credit: Disney Food Blog

Now Its Your Turn!

What would you consider an underrated Disneyland food, and what more common food would you substitute it for?


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