I've worked at Disney World and Disneyland. Here are 6 snacks I always get and 6 I skip at the parks.

dana posing with a mickey ice cream and dana holding a mickey cookie in disney world
I've worked at Disneyland and Disney World.
Dana Bisbee
  • After being a fan of the parks my whole life, I got jobs at both Disney World and Disneyland
  • I don't work there anymore, but I go to the parks all the time, and I love treats like Dole Whip.
  • I'm also a fan of the churros, but I always skip the marshmallow treats, popcorn, and turkey legs.

Dole Whip is an iconic Disney treat for a reason.

dana and her friend posing with dole whip floats at disneyland
Dole Whip floats are a tasty treat.
Dana Bisbee

Dole Whip is hands down my favorite treat at both Disneyland and Disney World.

The pineapple soft serve is available either served in a cup or in a float with pineapple juice.  But you can also find different flavors throughout the year.

One of my favorites is the coconut soft serve with pineapple juice at Magic Kingdom. It's refreshing and light and a great pick-me-up when you're feeling down from the afternoon heat.

If you're 21 or older, you can also get a Dole Whip with coconut rum at the Polynesian resort and Animal Kingdom in Disney World.

You can find quality corn dogs at both Disneyland and Disney World.

dana and her partner eating corn dogs at disneyland
There are more corn-dog options in Disneyland.
Dana Bisbee

Corn dogs are considered a Disneyland delicacy, but it took me a while to warm up to them. If it weren't for my boyfriend, I probably never would've fallen in love with them.

The hand-dipped corn dogs around Disneyland are pure magic. The breading is slightly sweet and the hot dog in the middle is one of the best I've ever had (and I'm from Chicago, where we know hot dogs). 

You can find this savory treat at multiple locations throughout Disneyland, but the Little Red Wagon on Main Street USA is my favorite.

If you're at Disney World, there are decent corn dogs at Sleepy Hollow and fun corn-dog nuggets at Casey's Corner, both in Magic Kingdom.

I love the pork egg rolls in Epcot.

hand holding a takeout boat of pork egg rolls in epcot in disney world
The egg rolls are worth the trip to Epcot.
Dana Bisbee

When I was younger, "Mulan" was my favorite Disney movie. Every time we went to Epcot at Disney World, I'd beg my parents to take me to the China Pavilion so I could meet my favorite heroine. 

While waiting for Mulan, we'd always grab the pork egg rolls from the Lotus Blossom Cafe. 

To this day I can't visit Epcot without grabbing some from the China Pavilion.

Churros are a must, especially at Disneyland.

hand holding a classic churro in disneyland
There are more flavors available in Disneyland.
Dana Bisbee

Disney churros are a cult classic for good reason. The fried cinnamon-sugar-coated treats make the perfect snack any time of day. 

You can find classic churros at carts all throughout Disneyland and Disney World year-round.

Disneyland also releases seasonal flavors, such as s'mores, pumpkin spice, and peppermint chocolate, so if you see something you like grab it. It might not be around forever. 

There's nothing like a classic Mickey ice-cream bar.

dana posing with a mickey ice cream bar at disneyland
The classic treat is available across the parks.
Dana Bisbee

The best snacks are Mickey-shaped, including the Mickey premium ice-cream bar

Available throughout Disneyland and Disney World, this is one of those classic park treats you don't want to pass up.

It's a Mickey-shaped vanilla ice-cream bar covered in a coating of chocolate. 

A funnel cake is a great treat to share with friends.

plate of funnel cake with whipped cream and ice cream at disneyland
The treat is definitely big enough to share.
Dana Bisbee

I recently had a funnel cake for the first time at Disneyland, and it changed my life. The fried dough, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream had my taste buds mesmerized.

You can find these delicious treats over at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country at Disneyland. It almost always has a traditional funnel cake and a seasonal flavor.

They are also served at the American Pavilion in Epcot among other locations in Disney World

Pro tip: This snack is a larger one, I'd definitely recommend sharing with a friend.

On the other hand, I don't think the marshmallow treats are worth the money.

dana and her partner posing with disney rice crispy treats
There are more interesting treats to get in the parks.
Dana Bisbee

The Mickey-shaped marshmallow treats are a nice prop for cute photos, but that's about all they're good for. 

This isn't the worst snack out there, but at the end of the day, it's a marshmallow treat covered in chocolate and sprinkles. 

Don't waste $5.99 when there are better options.

Mickey-shaped sugar cookies are fun, but they're pretty basic.

hand holding a mickey-shaped sugar cookie at disney world
The sugar cookies aren't as exciting as other treats and snacks.
Dana Bisbee

The Mickey-shaped cookies are super cute. But similar to the marshmallow treats, they're nothing more than picture worthy. 

You can find them over at the Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom for $3.99, but I'd skip them and grab a more flavorful gingerbread cookie for the same price instead.

I've never eaten a turkey leg, and I never plan to.

A Disney World turkey leg at Magic Kingdom in 2021.
The turkey legs at the Disney parks are huge.
Amanda Krause

The last thing I want while running around the parks is to be gnawing on a massive drumstick. 

The jumbo turkey legs that can be found all around Disney World and Disneyland have never looked appealing to me. 

It might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't think the popcorn is worth it.

Disney World popcorn
Lots of people are big fans of the Disney popcorn, but I don't think it's special.
Emily Hendrix

Unless you love collecting the limited-edition popcorn buckets at the parks, there's no reason to waste your time on popcorn. 

It always seems like such a great idea when you're overwhelmed with the fresh-popped popcorn smell walking down Main Street USA, but nothing makes this $5.50 bucket of popcorn special. 

I save my money for more exciting snacks. 

There are some beautiful cupcakes in the parks, but the flavors are usually disappointing.

mickey-shaped cupcake from disney world
The cupcakes are always less flavorful than I'd like.
Dana Bisbee

I always get mesmerized by the cupcake options at Disney World, but I'm usually let down. 

The massive treats are nothing but a mound of buttercream and sugar. Even the specialty varieties don't have much flavor to them. 

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