I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than a cold refreshment on a hot day at Disney! I don’t typically travel to Disney when it’s not hot, but I imagine I’d have no trouble downing any of these treats even if it was sweatshirt weather, because they’re all so good! Here are 10 to try on your next trip.
10. Frozen Lemonade
Frozen lemonade can be found at various locations throughout Walt Disney World. The World Showcase offers some adult versions in various countries, but a favorite for thirsty folks of all ages it the raspberry variety, sold at the Cheshire Café in the Magic Kingdom. This small location is nestled in the transition from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland (near the Mad Tea Party, of course). They also have a strawberry lemonade slush at Pecos Bill Tale Tail Inn & Café.
9. Frozen Frappuccino at Starbucks
The recent addition of Starbucks on Disney property has been controversial, but they offer one of my favorite cold treats at Disney- the Frozen Frappuccino. Starbucks sure knows how to make a frosty pick-me-up! My favorite variety is the Mocha Frappuccino – its flavorful, topped with sweet whipped cream, and cold. The caffeine boost is a great bonus. Consider one of these when you feel really hot and tired!
8. Sultan’s Colada in Morocco
Morocco doesn’t offer a lot of drink choices, but what they do offer is quite tasty. Stop by the small food kiosk in Morocco and try the Sultan’s Colada, which is a blend of rum, pineapple and coconut juices, and almond liquer. It’s quite tasty and refreshing, albeit a bit strong!
7. Frozen Banana
Not thirsty? Here’s a solid cold treat. This treat is exactly what it sounds like- a banana, served ice cold and covered in chocolate! Justify this purchase by reminding yourself that it’s fruit, and therefore has some nutritional value. You can find this treat in just about any ice cream cart in the parks.
6. Ice cream in France
Make sure to stop by “L’Artisan des Glaces” and have a delicious ice cream treat. The shop offers 16 flavors of ice cream and sorbet, which can be ordered as a cone or in a cup. For a more indulgent experience, adults can choose to have their ice cream served in a martini glass, topped with Grand Marnier, rum, or whipped cream vodka. My personal flavor pick is the “carmel fleur de sel”, which mixes the sweetness of caramel with a salty twist.
5. LeFou’s Brew
You’ve probably heard all about Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland, but have you heard of Gaston’s Tavern? Also located in New Fantasyland, Gaston’s Tavern serves up a few signature items (pork shanks and cinnamon buns), as well as the non-alcoholic “LeFou’s Brew.” The beverage can be purchased on its own, or in a souvenir stein or goblet. It certainly looks like a pale ale, but this sweet brew is actually a mixture of frozen apple juice flavored with marshmallow and passion fruit.
4. Milkshakes at Primetime 50’s Café
Top off your meal at the Primetime 50’s Café with a thick, decadent milkshake! I love the Primetime 50’s Café to begin with- great atmosphere, amusing servers, and out-of-this-world comfort food. Add milkshakes and it’s even better. In addition to classic choices like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, Primetime also offers a well-loved peanut butter and jelly milkshake! No time to dine at the Café? You can stop in the Tune-In Lounge, a drink stop that’s attached to the restaurant.
3. The Kitchen Sink
Surely you’ve heard the phrase, “everything but the kitchen sink”? Well, this ice cream sundae has everying including the kitchen sink-shaped bowl it’s served in! This shareable dessert can be found outside the parks, at the Beach Club Resort at Beaches & Cream. Let me re-emphasize: this dessert MUST be shared! It includes 8 scoops of ice cream (2 vanilla, 2 chocolate, 2 strawberry, 1 mint chocolate chip, and 1 coffee) as well as 23 other add-ins: toppings, sauces, cakes, brownies, cookies, sprinkles, nuts, and morsels! I have heard that there is a much smaller, kid-friendly version called the Mickey’s Mini Sink served at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street.
2. Mickey Premium Bars
This cold treat is so iconic that you can even find pins and magnets depicting its image! The Mickey Premium Bar is a classic ice cream treat- creamy vanilla ice cream coated in a thick layer of chocolate. The ice cream is shaped like Mickey’s head, of course! Be careful- ice cream treats on a stick are always at risk of falling off as they melt. Don’t forget to take a picture with your Mickey bar for the photo album!
Ah, the infamous Dole Whip. You have to try one at least once, even if they line to get one is long! The Dole Whip is sold at Aloha Isle, a refreshment location in Adventureland . Dole whip is pineapple flavored soft-serve, and can be enjoyed on its own or in a pineapple juice float. Personally, I like the Dole Whip float best! If you’re not into a pineapple-on-pineapple float, you can always select vanilla soft serve to take the intensity down a notch.
There you have it- 10 treats that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool you down. Don’t worry, you’ll do so much walking at Disney that you’re sure to burn off the calories. How many have you tried? Which ones are on your list for next time?
Meredith Smisek is a kid at heart and works as an elementary school guidance counselor. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, dog, and parrot. Meredith's hobbies include cooking, playing ukulele, and "talking Disney" with anyone she knows who is planning a trip to Disney or has just returned.