- Eating Disney World's famous food is arguably one of the best parts of visiting the theme park.
- Luckily, you can get many fan-favorite snacks at Disney Springs without paying for a park ticket.
- The shopping center sells Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels, and popcorn, among other treats.
Disney Springs is one of the best places to find beloved theme-park snacks without paying for a park ticket.
The shopping and dining center, located in Florida's Lake Buena Vista, is free to enter and open year-round.
You can find food carts that sell items like Disney World churros and Mickey-shaped pretzels throughout the shopping center.
When I visited Disney Springs in December 2021, Disney World's famous churros cost $6.50 each, and pretzels were sold for $7.25.
Other carts sell the theme park's Mickey-shaped ice cream.
At Disney World, you'll commonly see parkgoers eating fruit popsicles or Mickey-shaped ice-cream bars and sandwiches. But they're also sold at Disney Springs.
They cost around $6 each in December 2021.
That's not to mention Disney's famous popcorn and coveted buckets — both of which can be found at Disney Springs.
When I visited in December 2021, I purchased a scoop of popcorn for $5.25, though there were also larger buckets being sold for $12.
That said, you'll have to visit one of Disney World's actual theme parks to pick up the collectible character-themed buckets.
At the Marketplace Snacks booth, you can enjoy some of your favorite Dole Whip treats.
At the time I visited, traditional Dole Whip cups — either containing pineapple, vanilla, or the two flavors swirled — were sold for $5. I ordered the swirl and felt as if I had been transported to Magic Kingdom.
The food stand also offered $6 Dole Whip floats in two flavors and $13 alcohol-infused Dole Whip drinks.
Inside Goofy's Candy Company, you can find cotton candy and other sweet treats.
If you're a fan of Mickey-shaped crisped-rice snacks or candy apples, you'll probably want to visit this candy shop. It's located towards the back of Disney Springs next to the Rainforest Cafe.
The same goes for Disney's Candy Cauldron.
The candy shop is located on the west side of Disney Springs near the Splitsville Luxury Lanes. It's themed a bit edgier than Goofy's Candy Company, with nods to Disney villains like the Evil Queen.
Still, you can find a wide assortment of theme-park snacks like cupcakes and Disney-themed candy, among others.
Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company is the spot if you're in need of caffeine.
Technically, Joffrey's isn't a theme-park brand. The company was founded in Tampa, Florida, in the '80s, and has since grown popular across the US.
That said, Joffrey's drinks have become especially trendy at Disney theme parks and Disney Springs. The latter has two locations, including a storefront and a separate stand near the shopping center's entrance.