So far in my quest to dive into the five senses of the Magic Kingdom, I’ve discussed Sight, Sound and Smell. This week I will focus my efforts to discuss the tastes of the Magic Kingdom. There is already so much information out there about food at WDW, and my favorite way to learn about food at Disney is through AJs blog at The Disney Food Blog. After all, food is a theme park, right? Seeing as food isn’t really a salute to the Imagineers (although the theming behind restaurants is!) but rather the culinary experts that tickle our taste buds, I figured I would do a quick and fun picture review of my favorite treats at MK.
As I discussed earlier, the entrance to the Magic Kingdom is much like that of a movie theater. And what would a movie theater be without popcorn? This is why a popcorn stand is one of the first things you see when you cross under the train tracks and into Town Square upon your entrance to the Magic Kingdom.
If you are looking to engage your sweet tooth, stop by the Main Street Bakery. Here you can find candy apples, fudge, candy, and fun themed sweet treats like this little guy I had here:
Got a hankerin’ for some meat? Check out the turkey legs. Once you finish one of these things, you wont need to eat for the rest of the day! Although I did hear that as of August 2nd, you can only find these in Frontierland:
Ready to try something new? Check out the Dole Whips in Adventureland. This really is a Magic Kingdom classic and “must try”. And I’m pretty sure my boyfriend will go Donald bezerk on me when he sees this
Last but not least, a must-have treat that I always insist on to cool down on a hot summer night, Mister Mickey himself:
I would talk about the different sit down restaurants and their theming, however, I have yet to experience any of these myself! My next trip I am trying Crystal Palace for a late lunch.
One cool thing that a lot of people don’t think about when it comes to quick service food at the Magic Kingdom, or any park for that matter is the amount of food that has to be made and the leg work that goes behind putting all of our favorite treats ready for us to devour. For instance, the bakers have to know how many sticky buns to put out at certain times to accommodate the volume of guests requesting sticky buns. I know a girl who spent part of her professional internship studying the flow of ketchup at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. What does this exactly mean? She studied how many people used ketchup packets and on what items they were used on. Engineers practice studies like this to determine ways to save costs by cutting down the amount of waste that is produced. People who are interested in statistics might find this type of Engineering, or Industrial Engineering a lot of fun.
Well , I hope I gave the MK enough credit when it comes to the amazing food that they put out every day. I really cannot wait to try all of the great restaurants, and if you have any suggestions for me for what to try, let me know!
Contributed by: Kim M. (NDI#85). Kim is our resident Imaginerd and hopeful future Imagineer.