By: Amy Kawa
There are very few things that bring us more joy than Disney food- and even fewer things bring us joy than DISNEY DESSERTS! I mean, who doesn’t love Dole Whips, Mickey Bars, PB&J milkshakes, and desserts around World Showcase? We have been all over the map when it comes to food options in the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs- table service, character dining, quick service, signature dining, snack carts – you name it. As we begin to craft our reviews of the places where we’ve enjoyed some delicious Disney delicacies, we’ll give you our opinions on the atmosphere, service, and quality of the food we ordered.
We know that every Disney dining experience may be different, so please let us know if you’ve eaten at these places, and tell us your experience!
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
Location: Epcot – Norway Pavilion
Reservation Info: This is Norway’s bakery option. You can find desserts here as well as grab-and-go sandwiches, snacks, and beverages. Almost everything is snack credit-eligible on the Disney Dining Plan.
Meal, Time, Party Size: Dessert, 8:30 p.m., 4
Crowd Level: Kringla is usually one of the least crowded dessert options in Epcot, so the line is never long. The shop is tiny, so it can really accommodate a line of only about 8-10 anyway.
Atmosphere: The shop exterior itself fits perfectly into the small Norwegian seaside village of the other themed buildings around it. Once you walk into the bakeri, there isn’t an overwhelming smell of sweets or pastries, like you’ll kind in Caramel Kuche in Germany, rather you just get a sneak peek of the dessert options thanks to pre-displayed options as well as a look at the sandwiches offered. Menus and prices are posted easy to read. Friendly Norwegian cast members are on-hand to answer any questions you may have. It is a simple setup, but it’s all about the food here anyway. There is a very limited amount of tables in an outdoor, covered, attached patio, where you can find napkins and utensils. It is from these tables that we like to watch Illuminations while eating our desserts. Let the families who don’t know these little secrets grab a spot for an hour before the show on the pavement while you roll up about 15 minutes before showtime, eating your Lefse.
To the Menu: Like all true Disney food enthusiasts, we scour menus before we get to Walt Disney World, so we have a pretty good idea of what we are going to order before we even get to the restaurant/stand. In this case, members of our party ordered:
- School Bread – Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconut… $3.49
- Comments from diner 1: “My kids made me try this one to cross it off the list of foods you HAVE to try in Disney World. It is somewhere on the Mount Rushmore of Disney desserts. For all of the hype, I thought it was decent. The pastry itself was lighter than a doughnut and you could really pick up the spice of the cardamon. But, the star here was the vanilla custard inside – cool, sweet but not too sweet, and PLENTY of it! The whole thing probably weighed like three pounds! It was very good, and I loved the coconut topping. Plus, at just over $3, it’s a steal for the price. All in all, it’s not something I would probably order again though because there are just so many other options in World Showcase.”
- Cinnamon Loaf… $4.49 (It’s essentially a cinnamon roll that’s in loaf form.)
- Comments from diner 2: “I have been looking for something to fill the void left by the Main Street Bakery cinnamon rolls for quite some time. (Sorry, I think the ones at Gaston’s Tavern are still missing something no matter what you tell me, Disney.) Anytime I see a cinnamon roll-type thing on a menu, I get it. I’m a sucker. The loaf is dense and doughy, like a good cinnamon roll should be. There is also a good amount of maple and vanilla icing – although, I am a firm believer that there could always be more icing! It is then finished with some candied pecans (available without nuts as well) and served warm. When you cut into it, it is a delicious mess of gooey, cinnamony, mapley goodness. The cinnamon loaf is far and away the closest thing to the Main Street Bakery cinnamon rolls of old Disney currently offers. On a side note, try to eat this thing in one sitting on the day you get it or get some help to do so. I tried to heat it up on day #2, and it just wasn’t as fresh.”
- Lefse – Potato Flatbread rolled with a Sweet Cinnamon Butter… $2.99
- Comments from diner 2 (dessert round 2 for diner 2): “I got this one as a last-ditch effort. I went into Kringla to buy a milk, and I felt bad that it was all I was getting, so I bought a Lefse too since it was the smallest and cheapest thing on the menu. Needless to say, my expectations were low for something that looked like nothing more than a taco roll-up. Boy, was I wrong! I couldn’t stop eating it despite the fact I had like four other desserts waiting for me. The Lefse is now a must-eat on every trip. It’s simple, but all of the flavors are perfect and the dessert itself is light enough not to weigh you down as you walk the 1.2 mile-path from Norway back to Canada, but more importantly so you can just eat more Epcot desserts! Inside the flour, soft tortilla is a cinnamon and butter paste. The Lefse is served chilled. I’m not sure why this one works, but it really really does! Cast members have also said that the Lefse is the most authentic Norwegian thing on the menu at the bakeri.
Food MVP: The Lefse
Overall Review: 9.5/10