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Traditions….it’s amazing how many things at Walt Disney World can become a tradition. Dining at the same ‘first’ restaurant on your first day in the parks might be one tradition. Taking a family picture in the same location every trip might be another. Our family considers both of these to be a tradition, and we have started many more through the years. There are even desserts we have to eat while in the parks. There are so many delicious desserts at Walt Disney World that it is hard to choose sometimes. Since we visit Disney World every few years, we are for sure not going to let the trip pass without partaking in our favorite treats!
Ooey Gooey Cake
I have to start with this delectable heaping mound of toffee cake and ice cream. I absolutely love this dessert. It might very well be my all-time favorite in all of Disney World. You can find the Ooey Gooey Cake at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. I am so excited to say it is now the included dessert with the Patriot’s Platter selection. They used to include the Johnny Appleseed Cake but switched shortly after our last trip. In fact, I joke to my husband about us being the reason for the switch, which brings up this funny story.
On our last trip, I asked if we could order 5 Ooey Gooey Cakes with the Patriot’s Platter, even though at the time it only included the Appleseed Cake. I love it that much that I was willing to pay extra so each of us could have our own. The manager came to our table and asked if we wanted both desserts or just the Ooey Gooey Cake. I told her we were really only there for the gooey dessert (not really but almost), so they didn’t have to bring out the Appleseed Cake at all. She didn’t want mounds of dessert left over if we weren’t going to eat it all. I understood her concern.
There probably would have been a lot of Appleseed cake left on the table. So, she generously let us substitute desserts without charging us extra. I laughingly told my husband, when I learned they switched the included dessert 2 weeks after our vacation, that we were the final straw because of the fuss I created.
You can also order this dessert off of the a la carte dessert menu if you order an a la carte entree.
Desserts and Pastries at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
The French pastries at the Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie are some of the best in World Showcase. We like choosing desserts here because we can can order a variety of pastries and then each of us tries a bite or two of each dessert. This French bakery is located on the right side of World Showcase. Wind through France towards the back left of the pavilion and you will find this delightful quick service restaurant. Shown in the top picture are, clockwise from top left: Mousse au Chocolat, Macaroon with Raspberry and Lime Cream, Fraises (Vanilla Cream Topped with Strawberry), Creme Brulle, and Chocolat (Caramel Cream and Chocolate Mousse). The only thing added to the bottom picture is the Citron, which is lemon cream inside a crust topped with meringue.
I’m just going to have to go ahead and recommend all of them. Honestly, I am sure everything at this bakery is delicious. So, choose a few of them or splurge and taste test every single one. The way I see it is you are on vacation and only live once, right?
The Fried Wontons can be found at the Yak and Yeti Restaurant in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom. This is deliciousness on a stick! There is cream cheese inside the wontons and fresh pineapple added onto the skewers. It comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and honey-vanilla sauce drizzled all over. This dessert is so sweet and rich that two people could share it and have their sweet tooth satisfied.
Dole Pineapple Float or Pineapple Dole Whip Cup
The famous dole whip or the dole float is one of the most popular Disney desserts. If you love the flavor of pineapple, you are guaranteed to be a fan of these sweet treats. We love to purchase our Dole floats at Aloha Isle in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. When you enter Adventureland, walk towards the right of the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Aloha Isle is in the back right corner behind this ride. It can also be found at Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village Resort and at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom. At Tamu Tamu Refreshments, you can order a Pineapple Dole Whip Cup with either dark rum or coconut rum.
I recommend the Dole Float especially for Disney guests who are visiting in the oh so hot summer months of June through August. You will swear you have never tasted anything better in your entire life! Maybe that’s a little over the top. But after walking for hours in the Florida heat and battling the summer crowds, you will no doubt enjoy this dessert!
The Plaza Ice Cream Sundae
The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, USA is fashioned after an early 1900’s ice cream parlor. With it’s black and white checkered floor and Disney castmembers in light blue and white striped uniforms, you might feel like you have stepped back in time. There are many wonderful treats to choose from at this ice cream parlor. You can’t go wrong with the Plaza Ice Cream Sundae. It’s your basic sundae, but man, is it good! Included is two scoops of whichever ice cream flavor you would like, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry. You can also also have this served in a waffle bowl.
If you would like a dessert that is a little more portable, there is nothing like walking down Main Street while eating an ice cream cone. I like to people watch, and this is a great way to do that. But, even just listening to the sounds, viewing the window displays, and smelling that heavenly smell Disney pipes in is more fun while eating your favorite ice cream.
Ice Cream Martini
I am sticking with the ice cream theme but jumping over to Epcot with the next delicious dessert. The Ice Cream Martini can be found in France at the L’Artisan des Glaces. This ice cream shop is located next to Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie near the back of the France pavilion. You can choose 2 scoops of your favorite flavor of ice cream and either whipped cream vodka or rum. It is very tasty and worth a try.
Desserts and Pastries at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
The last dessert on the list is actually an assortment of several desserts from the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway. Similar to the French bakery, it is fun to walk up to the counter and order one of those, one of those, and uh…one of those! Our family will order around 4 or 5 desserts and taste test each one. Starting from the left in the picture above, the Troll Horn (Cloudberry Jam with Whipped Cream in a Pastry Shell) is on top and the School Bread (Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconut) is in the lower container. You have to try School Bread, one of the most popular desserts in all of Disney. It has it’s own cult following! It doesn’t sound like much, but all of the ingredients together taste divine. The longer dessert wrapped in paper is Lefse (Potato Flatbread rolled with a Sweet Cinnamon Butter), next is Rice Cream (Rice Pudding topped with Strawberry Sauce), and last is the Berry Cream Puff (Puff Pastry filled with Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries).
Also, like the French bakery, it is hard to go wrong with any of these selections. They are all very good and reasonably priced, which makes it easier to buy several pastries at once since each one doesn’t cost a whole lot.
One of the great things about Walt Disney World is the variety of sweets they offer and since you are on vacation, why not? Disney can be a dessert paradise for someone with a sweet tooth, and for someone without a sweet tooth (I have met a few), at the very least, try the Dole Whip!
I would love to hear what your favorite Disney dessert is! Is there one dessert that your family never goes without ordering while on vacation? I am open to suggestions!