The BEST Desserts in Walt Disney World: A Comprehensive List

By: Amy Kawa

Alrighty Dreamers, confession time. There is nothing that brings me greater joy in life (besides becoming a Galactic Hero again… and again… and again) then Disney desserts. From the Magic Kingdom to the resort hotels and Disney Springs, there are SO MANY options, and the majority are really really good.  For for the purpose of research and… you know…science, we have sampled dozens upon dozens of Disney desserts to let our readers know which ones to try for yourselves!

This list is quite extensive and has been complied over many trips to Walt Disney World, so we suggest pacing yourself and picking the ones that sound the best to you.  The desserts will be broken down by park/area and there’s really no ranking system because you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Magic Kingdom

Dole Whip – Adventureland, Aloha Isle34162950_10100687728209461_5653407546975715328_o

The quinnessetial Disney snack, Dole Whips are on a playing field all their own.  Dole Whips are light, refreshing, pineapple-y, and so good that you might want to eat 5 of them in one sitting, which you might be able to do biologically because they’re so dang light.

You can get Dole Whips plain (just pineapple), swirled with vanilla soft serve, in a float with Dole Pineapple Juice, or with rum in other locations away from the Magic Kingdom (Animal Kingdom is the originator of this trend).  We prefer our Dole Whips straight up, sans rum.

32430279_10209967804705736_7723200953192546304_oNutella Fruit & Waffle Sandwich – Liberty Square, Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is a hidden gem in terms of Walt Disney World snacks. A small, unassuming stand (albeit highly themed because it’s Disney after all) houses some mighty snacks, including the famed waffle sandwiches.  The Nutella Fruit & Waffle Sandwich is a real winner.  A huge, fresh, made-to-order waffle is smothered in Nutella and then piled high with fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, and bananas). A perfect option for breakfast or a snack, head towards the Castle and take a left to Liberty Square.

 

Cheshire Cat Tail – Fantasyland, Cheshire Cafe32294141_10209967501098146_6801105881724354560_o

One of Disney’s newest snack options is also one of its best (and most Instagram-worthy).  The Cheshire Cat Tail is a pastry filled with mini chocolate chips and then COVERED in pink and purple icing.  It looks like the Cheshire Cat’s tail!  Get it?!  It seems like earlier in the day, this dessert is served warm and then it becomes “room temperature” as the day goes on.  The one that I ordered was not warm at all, but still incredibly enjoyable, so I can only imagine what the warm ones taste like!  Cheshire Cat Tails have been known to disappear like the cat himself, and the Cheshire Cafe closes earlier than the rest of the park, so make sure you head to Fantasyland in the first half of your day to grab one!

Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae – Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
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If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned ice cream, head to Main Street USA and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.  The Plaza’s version of the Kitchen Sink Sundae is served in Mickey Mouse’s pants. It’s adorable!  You’re really paying for the container, but inside the kitchen sink, you get your choice of hot fudge, peanut butter, or caramel topped with whipped cream and two cherries all over your choice of two scoops of ice cream.

Epcot

Flower Pot Cupcake – Future World, Land Pavilion, Sunshine Seasons

 

We’re not sure how long this cupcake will call the pastry case in Sunshine Seasons home, but we would highly suggest a visit here to pick up this cupcake.  The Flower Pot Cupcake is a vanilla cupcake, topped with lots of vanilla/peanut butter frosting frosting (that happens to be a very orange color) and edible flowers, and filled with a peanut butter and strawberry jelly.  The peanut butter on the inside of this one is real, creamy peanut butter – like straight-out-of-the-jar peanut butter.  The frosting may also look like a lot, but it’s really delicious and doesn’t over-power the cake or the filling.  If eating foliage freaks you out a bit, the flowers can be removed, but hey, when you’re that close to Living with the Land…
*It is also worth noting that just about everything we have tried over the years from the pastry case at Sunshine Seasons has been fantastic, so feel free to try some other options as well!
Maple Popcorn – World Showcase, Canada
Follow the smell of maple goodness across World Showcase Promenade towards our neighbors to the North.  You’ll find this hidden Disney foodie gem right outside the Le Cellier entrance, next to the Canadian merchandise cart.  The popcorn stand pops fresh maple popcorn all day, ensuring each batch is fresh and hot.  Maple popcorn is lighter than regular popcorn and not greasy at all.  If you have a refillable popcorn bucket used in the parks for regular popcorn, that same bucket can be used for the maple popcorn as well, meaning a refill of the bucket will set you back only $1.75.
Chocolate Mousse – World Showcase, France, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Man, they weren’t kidding when they say the French know how to do pastry!  You can’t go wrong with anything you try from Les Halles (believe me, we’ve tried it all), but the chocolate mousse is definitely a standout.  Light and airy with the right amount of chocolate flavor, this isn’t some imposter French dessert.  The portion size is also quite generous.
Chocolate Chip Cookie – World Showcase, France, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
I know.  I know.  A pastry case full of French specialities, and I’m telling you to get the simple, no frills chocolate chip cookie?!  Yes.  Every day of the week.  These cookies are thick, buttery, not too hard yet not too soft, and have GIANT squares of semi-sweet chocolate in them.  These are the best cookies you will find anywhere.  Period.
18700495_10207782377191414_4057060467548183630_oDuo – World Showcase, France, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patissierie
The last of our highly recommended desserts from Les Halles is the best.  According to the menu, the Duo is a white and dark chocolate mousse cake.  Sounds alright, but I think that’s a major undersell.  There is a thin cake bottom, stacked with white and dark chocolate mousses, covered with a delicious chocolate glaze, and topped with white chocolate pieces.  It is light and refreshing but also decadent and rich.  This is the single best dessert I have ever had and is a dessert must-do (I’m looking at you, Stacey) every trip.
Any Ice Cream Flavor – L’Artisan des Glaces
The French also know how to do ice cream apparently! The ice cream flavors here are unique, though you will still find the standards, and the ice cream is extra creamy.
Kakigori – World Showcase, Japan, Kabuki Cafe18922762_10100504774260641_5162438502682292188_o.jpg
Not your ordinary snow cone, Kakigori is the best version of shaved ice you can get.  You can pick from cherry, tangerine, strawberry, melon, or rainbow flavors and can add sweet milk topping as well.  It is the perfect, refreshing treat while strolling around World Showcase in the blazing heat.  Unlike most snow cones, the ratio of sweet syrup to ice is perfect, so no area of the ice goes uncovered and the juice at the bottom is delicious! We recommend the tangerine flavor whole-heartedly!
Chocolate-covered Sea Salt Caramel – World Showcase, Germany, Karamel Kuche
Along with Les Halles in the France pavilion and Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe in Norway, Karamel Kuche in Germany is a mecca for dessert lovers in Walt Disney World.  The chocolate-covered sea salt caramel is the perfect, little representation of all the offerings at this chocolate shop because caramel really is the star in each dessert.  These sea salt caramels are large enough to share and are bursting with caramel (seriously, these things weigh a ton).  Just a warning though, once you have one of these caramels, you will never be able to have one from another place ever again.
Caramel Popcorn – World Showcase, Germany, Karamel Kuche
Another quintessential Disney treat, you can find caramel popcorn in a lot of different places in the parks, but not made with caramel from Karamel Kuche.  Served fresh, hot, and in its own bag (small and large versions are for sale), the smell of this treat alone will draw you into this little German chocolate shop.
Caramel-Apple-Oatmeal Cookie – World Showcase, Germany, Karamel Kuche
“Jack-Jack Cookie!”  We love cookies at Dreams on Main Street, and this one from Karamel Kuche is one of the best!  Soft and chewy, the cookie is an oatmeal base with bits of dried apple thrown in the mix.  The cookie is then drizzled with a generous amount of that famous caramel on top.
18739136_10207782374751353_140705788785743188_oSchool Bread – World Showcase, Norway, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
Alright Dreamers, this is our last bakery stop around World Showcase!  Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is my personal favorite dessert spot in all of Epcot.  I have tried pretty much everything on this menu, and have never been disappointed.  Norway’s school bread is the most well-known item on the menu.  A sweet cardamom bun, filled with vanilla crème custard, and topped with glazed and toasted coconut, this dessert is just sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth but not too overpowering to leave you in a sugar coma.  The vanilla custard on the inside is amazing!
Cinnamon Loaf – World Showcase, Norway, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe18738397_10207782374431345_473801853196600101_o
I am a sucker for a good cinnamon roll.  In fact, a warm, gooey, cinammon-y, maple-y, icing-covered dessert may take the “cake” as my favorite dessert.  Unpopular Disney foodie opinion: you can keep the huge cinnamon rolls from Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom and give me the cinnamon loaf from Kringla every day of the week.  Served warm and topped with pecans, the loaf is the perfect size for breakfast if you’re starting your day with Frozen Ever After or a dessert any time. There is a good amount of icing and a maple flavor comes through just a bit.  The loaf itself isn’t dry at all (my biggest contention with Gaston’s cinnamon rolls) and hits the spot if you’re craving the famous breakfast pastry.
Sweet Pretzel with Chocolate – World Showcase, Norway, Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
A sweet raisin pretzel glazed with icing and chocolate, this pretzel is super sweet in the best way possible!  Anything glazed with icing and chocolate is good in my book!
22519684_10208724283658487_3996289204199996393_oLefse – World Showcase, Norway, Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
Lefse could be the strangest and most non-dessert-looking dessert I’ve ever seen.  It looks like something you would find at a Mexican restaurant, not in a pastry case.  Potato flatbread rolled with a sweet cinnamon butter, the Lefse looks like a giant tortilla. Served chilled, the cinnamon butter is the real deal.  The Lefse is one of the most authentic desserts in the countries of World Showcase in which they are served (per cast member recommendations).  I just recently discovered this dessert after grabbing some other pastries from Kringla and remebered what I had read about the Lefse and decided, hey, when in Disney!  Next to the Duo from Les Halles, the Lefse is my new go-to dessert in Epcot.

Hollywood Studios

Chocolate Toffee Cupcake – Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks), Hollywood Boulevardbuttercc12
Formerly known as the Butterfinger cupcake from Starring Rolls (RIP!), the chocolate toffee cupcake can still be found at the Trolley Car Cafe.  What makes this cupcake extraordinary and a dessert must-do is the mound of frosting that adorns the cake.  A chocolate cake base is topped with an enormous of amount of vanilla buttercream frosting that really just tastes like a glorious sugar bomb!  The frosting is then covered in Butterfingers pieces. The cake itself is filled with a chocolate ganache that doesn’t get enough love either.  The size of this cupcake alone is impressive!
32256422_10209967491217899_4896041801502162944_oKylo Ren Cupcake – Backlot Express, Echo Lake
Hollywood Studios is apparently the gold standard for cupcakes.  The Kylo Ren cupcake is Dreamer Katie’s favorite dessert in the parks.  Until recently, Darth Vader was this cupcake’s namesake.  No matter what Star Wars villain adorns the cupcake, you will be hard pressed to find a better one in Disney World.  A light chocolate cake is topped with an airy peanut butter frosting.  This frosting is so fluffy, it is almost like a mousse in texture, and it is some of the most delicious forkfuls you will have anywhere.  The cupcake is then topped with chocolate jimmies and a solid dark chocolate likeness of Kylo Ren with a white chocolate lightsaber.  The cupcake itself would only be better if that peanut butter frosting found its way into the cupcake as a filling, but it is still a Disney must-do!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake – ’50s Prime Time Cafe/Tune-In Lounge, Echo Lake18766791_10207782384471596_4933562703457823329_o
I have one milkshake a year, and it is the Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake from the Tune-In Lounge in Hollywood Studios.  Yes, I walk into a bar and order a milkshake, and it is worth every penny (and weird look)!  This shake is so thick it can be hard to sip through the straw, which is how I think all milkshakes should be, otherwise get milk.  The PB&J shake is mostly peanut butter in flavor, but there are hints of jelly that come through in some sips.  There is nothing better than getting a shake from the Tune-In Lounge and enjoying it on the stroll to see Fantasmic or while you’re waiting for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular on a hot and humid Florida evening.

Animal Kingdom

1498618274-delish-disneyhollywood-mickeycinnamonbun-003Colossal Cinnamon Roll – Creature Comforts, Discovery Island
Yes, another cinnamon roll, but this one is shaped like Mickey himself! This dessert/breakfast option is more of a traditional cinnamon roll, but it is one giant roll with two smaller ones to make up Mickey’s ears.  It literally takes up a whole plate!  This cinnamon roll is a bit flakier than doughy, and the icing is on the lighter side, but it is still an impressive dessert! You can find this dessert in other locations throughout Walt Disney World as well, but Animal Kingdom is the original park to serve the Colossal Cinnamon Roll.
Mini Mango Pie – Yak and Yeti Local Foods Cafe, Asia
The Mango Pie isn’t your typical dessert – there’s no chocolate, icing, cake, ice cream, or sugar coma element.  Instead, you’ll find a sweet and light delicious dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth in a unexpected way.  The mango filling is almost torte-like, but the standout here is the crust, which is buttery, graham cracker goodness.  The Mini Mango Pie is literally encased in this crust, so the filling-to-crust ratio is on point.  This pie is available at the Yak and Yeti counter service location, so no reservations are required to grab this one – a real bonus!
Night Blossom – Pongu Pongu, Pandora32239620_10209967757704561_7090618352858562560_o
As a non-drinker, very few drinks make my cut on the “best desserts” list.  However, the Night Blossom is in a class all its own.  Pandora is an amazing addition to Animal Kingdom, and the little refreshment spot that came with it only adds to its value.  The Night Blossom is comprised of layers of apple and desert pear limeade and topped with passion fruit boba balls.  This frozen drink is tart and sweet at the same time and incredibly refreshing on a hot day in Disney’s hottest park.  The boba balls put this over the top as does drinking it through a paper straw!

Disney Springs

Box of Assorted Chocolates – The Ganachery, The Landing
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The Ganachery is an EXPERIENCE!  From the moment you walk into the store, the aroma of chocolate welcomes you.  The workers make you feel like you’re picking out diamonds – not just chocolates – wrapping up your selections like they do in a jewelry store.  Sure, everything in The Ganachery is pricey, but its worth it!  Not your ordinary box of chocolates (sorry, Forrest), each individual square of chocolate is a different flavor of ganache.  Ganache is more like a really thick frosting or slightly melted, really rich and smooth chocolate.  It is next-level stuff, and you should definitely pick up a box to take home… or 12 boxes!
S’mores – The Ganachery, The Landing
Staying at The Ganachery, this next dessert continues the trend of the truly artisanal experience that awaits you in the store.  Each s’more is hand-crafted and made to order, and you can even see the workers make yours!  Milk chocolate ganache is generously spread onto two fresh graham crackers, and a giant, square-shaped marshmallow is roasted with a brule torch.  All the pieces are put together, and then a Mickey head is dusted over the top with powdered sugar.
Make Your Own Treat – Goofy’s Candy Co., The Marketplace10325304_10201471788470640_5045017669135134695_n
Who wouldn’t want to make their own “crisped rice treat” (because Disney can’t call them Rice Krispies Treats), pretzel rods, cookie, or marshmallows dip them in chocolate, and then cover them in whatever candy toppings they could think of?!  Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s, sprinkles, Oreos, nuts, and other toppings tare available, and then choose a chocolate drizzle to finish it off.  It is fun, interactive, and delicious!  I still have dreams about this crisped rice treat, dipped in milk chocolate (make sure you ask them to cover BOTH sides!), rolled in Butterfinger pieces, and drizzled with white chocolate.
World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae – Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, The Marketplace
Kringla is my favorite bakery in Epcot, but Ghirardelli is my favorite dessert spot in all of Walt Disney World.  Period.  Their hot fudge sundae is the classic, can’t-go-wrong option.  Choose two scoops of whatever ice cream you’d like and milk or dark hot fudge.  We recommend classic vanilla ice cream topped with milk hot fudge.  Add some whipped cream and a cherry, and you have the perfect dessert and introduction to Ghirardelli.
33434384_10100684212604761_1329190892329762816_oCrissy Field Cookie Bits Sundae – Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
You can’t go wrong with anything on the Ghirardelli menu, but the Crissy Field Sundae deserves a special mention.  Vanilla and cookies ‘n cream ice cream, handmade hot fudge, whipped cream, Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie crumbles, and two Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Caramel minis make up this epic sundae.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie and Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownie with Ghirardelli Hot Fudge – 22550093_10208724277698338_4861245787917977433_oGhirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, The Marketplace
Ok, this one is a Dreamer Amy creation.  At Ghirardelli, I am in it for the hot fudge, and I
don’t mess around.  In my opinion, the ice cream just gets in the way of that hot fudge.  So, I circumvent that problem by just ordering a side of milk chocolate hot fudge, which is a literally half-cup of warm, gooey, chocolatey awesomeness.  I eat the hot fudge straight up with a spoon and order a chocolate chip cookie and brownie on the side to occasionally dip in the said fudge.  Who needs ice cream?!  This is my favorite “meal” of the entire year, and yes, I am in a sugar coma for the rest of the year as well.
Seasonal Petit Cakes – Amorette’s Patissierie, Town Center
Amorette’s is a new addition to Disney Springs that came with the transformation from Downtown Disney in 2016.  This upscale pastry shop offers authentic French pastries and desserts along with some of the most beautiful and cutest cakes you will find anywhere.  From cakes decorated in the likeness of Mickey and Goofy to desserts that look like small-scale wedding cakes, you can find something for every taste at Amorette’s.  Amorette’s switches up its petit cake offerings seasonally, and we haven’t found one we’re not a fan of.  The “Coffee Time” Petit Cake was a standout when we stopped by this pastry shop in April.  Chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, and coffee buttercream melded together so well that it made Dreamer Amy a little weary of sharing, despite the fact that these cakes are large enough to share with a family of 4.  With a $16.00 price tag, you might be a little deterred from spending that type of money on dessert, but you won’t be sorry!
Sprinkles – Town Center
I feel obligated to mention Sprinkles as a dessert option because SO many people love their cupcakes and ice cream.  However, I am not a huge fan of this dessert spot, especially when there are so many other worthy options just a few steps away.  However, now you know it’s here if you’re looking for it.

Disney Resort Hotels

Mickey-shaped Beignets with Chicory Coffee Ganache – Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Beignets are like little clouds of fried dough deliciousness.  Made-to-order and served hot,  these beignets are light and airy and dusted in tons of powder sugar.  What puts these over the top is the fact that you can get different dipping sauces to add to your already-perfect beignets.  While the caramel and strawberry sauces are all well and good, the chicory coffee ganache is good enough to eat with a spoon on its own (a la Ghirardelli hot fudge part II).  Adding the ganache to the warm beignets causes them to just melt in your mouth and will make your taste buds sing like they’re on Bourbon Street in New Orleans itself.
10492235_10203656243680655_8866215295992496269_nZebra Domes – The Mara, Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House)
According to the Disney Food Blog, a Zebra Dome is “an Amarula Cream Liquor mousse  enrobed in panna cotta-esque white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate and chocolate shavings atop a thin cake base.”  The texture of these little beauties is so smooth it feels like you’re eating pillows of coffee-flavored goodness.  Zebra Domes aren’t too sweet, as they have that coffee flavor to them, but not bitter in any way.  This dessert is worth a trip to the Animal Kingdom Lodge – even if you’re not staying there!
Peanut Butter Brownie – The Mara, Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House)
A dense chocolate brownie is the vehicle for the true star of this dessert – the peanut butter frosting! The frosting is very peanut buttery and light, so it’s the perfect compliment to the fudgey brownie.  We definitely recommend some milk to wash this one down!
Boardwalk Bakery – Boardwalk Innmarch22download-433
Disney foodie confession time – I have yet to visit the Boardwalk Bakery.  I know. I know. Please, don’t disown me.  This fact will change come October when some of my fellow Dreamers and I stay at the Boardwalk for the first time (review to come).  I have, however, walked into the bakery on occasion and have seen all they have to offer.  If time permits, stop here and try anything… anything!  It all looks amazing!
Ample Hills Creamery – Boardwalk Inn
Alright, same story as the Boardwalk Bakery, but I know enough to know that this a must-do for all of you ice cream lovers out there.  All of the flavors are unique and homemade.  It seems like you really can’t go wrong with anything, but I’ve got my eyes set on you, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream!
34343774_10100687727935011_6534049239075389440_oPeanut Butter Pie – Contempo Cafe, Contemporary Resort

Dreamer Katie wold kill me if I did not mention the Peanut Butter Pie from the Contempo Cafe.  A mound of peanut butter-cream cheese mousse fills a tart-like shell with a layer of vanilla custard on the bottom of the tart.  Chocolate drizzle adorns the top of the mousse, along with crispy pearls and chocolate shavings.  Dreamer Katie has repeatedly said this is her favorite dessert in all of Walt Disney World.

Monorail Cupcake – Contempo Cafe, Contemporary Resort 32349191_10209967797945567_4182296594290311168_o

The Contempo Cafe has a very underrated pastry case.  Small but mighty, some of Disney’s best desserts can be found in this case.  The desserts at the Contempo rotate often, so we’re not sure how long this cupcake will be around for, but we suggest a ride on the monorail to get this Monorail Cupcake.  A vanilla cake is topped with a huge amount of cookies and cream buttercream ice cream, a white chocolate monorail piece, a whole Oreo, a bit of chocolate shell, and a white and dark chocolate straw.  The cupcake also has a cookies and cream filling.  The Monorail Cupcake is the best cupcake I have ever had on Disney property hands down.

 

Desserts Throughout Walt Disney World Resort

2f8ad184ac82158dbadc4163e51ba86eMickey Premium Ice Cream Bar – Multiple Locations (All Parks, Most Resort Hotels)

The essential Disney dessert, Mickey Bars taste as good as they look! A hard, chocolate shell encases creamy vanilla ice cream.  This is THE dessert for kids and grownups alike. What kid doesn’t have a picture of themselves with chocolate smeared all over his or her face  with a melting Mickey Bar in-hand?  Eating a Mickey Bar is a rite of passage in a Disney park.

Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Sandwich – Multiple Locations (All Parks, Most Resort Hotels)9e1068c7b71a82a6fc57fe31c4c72853

Very similar to the Mickey Bar – just without the same cult following – Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich is like the ones you would find in your local grocery store but better because it’s shaped like Mickey and has a richer, chocolatey taste.  Thick cookies and cream ice cream is sandwiched between two soft chocolate cookies.  Are you ready for another foodie confession?  I prefer the ice cream sandwich to the bar!  Bomb dropped.

What do you think, Dreamers?  Did I miss any of your favorite desserts?

 

 

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