This is a guest post from a Smart Mom! Kristen Walker wanted a list of amazing snack credits. When she couldn’t find one, she did what any Smart Mom would do and whipped one up. I can foresee this link being searched for again and again and becoming a staple on Pinterest. Kristen is hilarious and GETS IT.
Snack Credit Worthy
If you are on the dining plan, any of them, you want to make good use of your snack credits. Those entitlements can be the difference between having to stop and sit down (and pay) for a meal, or plug on through while noshing a Mickey bar and bingeing on magic. When you are hangry, or more urgently, your kids are, it’s not always practical to scour the internet on your phone or pop in every shop, kiosk, and restaurant to figure out what counts as a snack. And while they get the job done, a banana and bottled water are not the most economical or exciting use of two snack credits.
You might be surprised what counts! Essentially, most “single serving” items and sides at counter service establishments are eligible. You can have fries, cereal, biscuits and gravy, soup, eggrolls, even sushi (yessss sushi) as snacks and there is a plethora of sweets. The most important thing (and I have found this applies a lot at Disney): ASK. Cast members can offer some options that you may have missed!
Look for the logo.
Typically, there will be the dining plan snack logo next to items that are eligible for the snack credit, but this is not necessarily a hard and fast rule. Sometimes, in the throes of starvation, you might miss a hidden gem; ask as cast member! With creative snacking, you may find that you can eat your way through Disney on a lower tiered dining plan. Who doesn’t love saving a few bucks? Amiright? After all, that’s what we Smart Moms do.
What made the list?
I have compiled a list of many popular and unique items in the parks, several snack spots that have a ton of variety if you have had all the adventurousness beaten out of you by a starving toddler and need flexibility, as well as a few you might miss without the heads up. If you see ($!) in my list that means that item is a great value. To avoid gratuitous repetition, I have left off fountain and bottled beverages, bottled water, coffee, tea, juice and milks, as well as things like popcorn, single serve candies, fruit and any typical fare offered mostly everywhere unless it’s a real standout.
Also missing, are the places that pretty much only serve those things. Those items are pretty consistently, with rare exception, considered a snack credit; and easily found every few yards. So, all that to say, this is nowhere near a comprehensive list. I didn’t include every establishment or every item at the listed establishments. DISboards has a long, thorough list if you feel like scrolling. You will find the resort markets are mostly missing from my list. If you refill your dining plan cup, you are likely to peruse those spots without my assistance.
Good stuff first! Before I delve into the list of spots at the parks, I’ve listed the famous-snacks-of-Disney World-lore, as well as where to find them, below. You will find a few resort mentions here. Happy snacking.
If you didn’t try at least one of these, were you really even at Disney World?
Dole Whips and Dole Whip Floats ($!)-Aloha Aisle (MK), Captain Cook’s (Poly)
Zebra Domes-The Mara (Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Beignets-Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory (Port Orleans French Quarter)
Decorate Your Own Treat ($!)-Goofy’s Candy Company, Disney Springs
Build Your Own Wraps and Bowls-Yesake-Disney Springs ($!)-Everything on the menu at this little walk-up is a snack credit. You can choose a wrap or a noodle or rice bowl. From there, decide on your protein and choose from a huge selection of fresh toppings and different sauces. They offer a kids’ wrap and slushies too. With price tags up to 9.99, this is a fabulous value. Props to Lori Polk Newbury for sharing this little joint.
Food items from the booths at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival-All items are snack entitlement eligible except for alcohol. There are some amazing values and amazing flavors, foodies. If you are going during this event, cancel that advance dining lunch reservation and consider snacking your way through Epcot. There are menus for the booths to be found online.
Cheesy Pesto Bread (!$)-Landscape of Flavors (AoA)
Naan Snack (not the side) W/Dipping Sauces (!$)-Landscape of Flavors (AoA)
MAIN STREET BAKERY-All your typical Starbucks drinks in all sizes w/whatever double or triple shot and mocha, java, cinnamon chips and whips and various and sundry whatnots you order. It’s a great use of a snack credit but the lines are long in the A.M. There are also quite a few pastries available that you are likely to recognize from your civilian life. Also, made to order ice cream cookie sandwiches ($!) in a variety of amazing flavors.
BE OUR GUEST- Yes, get the Be Our Guest experience with your snack credits. Try the French onion or potato leek soup. Most desserts are snack credit eligible including The Master’s Cupcake ($!).
GASTON’S TAVERN- The HUGE cinnamon roll ($!) gets reviews from fantastic to meh. PRO TIP: Get extra icing; it covers a multitude of sins. For my die-hard BATB fans you must check out Lefou’s Brew, a sweet apple slush with a passionfruit foam. The hummus and chips is a fair value and a nice departure from sweets.
PLAZA ICE CREAM PARLOR-Most everything here can be had for a snack credit. So, feel free to let your kids loose without having to say “Get what you want, except, not that, that, those, anything in that case, those over there or that….so pretty much just get this.”
PINNOCHIO VILLAGE HAUS-The bread sticks (4) and pizza sauce ($!) are a great snack value and paired with the tomato basil soup or Caesar salad are meal worthy. PROTIP: There is a wish book inside that you can write a wish in…lots of fun for kiddos.
STORYBOOK CIRCUS PRETZELS- Mickey Pretzels and Churros can be found here, as well as, chocolate and cheese dip. PROTIP: Use cash to pay for cheese or chocolate dip rather than using another credit.
STORYBOOK TREATS ($!)-There is a good selection here with some high value snacks!
FRONTIERLAND CHURRO & PRETZELS-Obvs, you can get pretzels, including Mickey, and Churros here.
PECOS BILL’S TALL TALE INN-They have chili cheese fries ($!) and an onion ring basket, and there’s the topping bar to dress them up. Noms!
COLUMBIA HARBOUR HOUSE-There are a few items here worth a look. If you are feeling over-processed, try some steamed broccoli or couscous.
SLEEPY HOLLOW INN HEARTY FARE & DRINK-They have a funnel cake ($!) that is a good use of a credit at over $5. Their waffles are quite popular and a few varieties are considered snacks.
THE LUNCHING PAD-The sweet cream cheese pretzel is like a pretzel and cheesecake had a baby. Get it.
EPCOT-Just go to #allthebakeriesinEpcot.
LA CANTINA DE SAN ANGEL-The churritos with caramel sauce are worth a mention. However, if caramel is your jam, keep scrolling. Epcot has a haven for caramel lovers.
KRINGLA BAKERI OG KAFE-There are so many amazing things here and this place has an amazing following. There are also oodles and gads of items to snatch up with your snack credits. Be sure to try some of the fan favorites like the Troll Horn and School Bread.
JOY OF TEA-They have some egg rolls (a couple per serving) and curry chicken pockets that seem to get great reviews.
KARAMEL KUCHE-This is another well-loved bakery, and this one has all things caramel. Caramel lovers unite!!! Since it’s German, do I have to spell it karamel with a “K?” My spell check is NOT amused. PROTIP: They have several bagged and packaged snacks; so, if you find yourself knee deep in snack entitlements at the end of your vacation, stop here and stuff your suitcase.
SOMMERFEST-While the snacks here are not necessarily fab values, they get some points for creativity. Try the house-made paprika chips or Bavarian cheesecake. The cold potato salad is unfortunately lacking in personality. It’s not very German.
BLOCK & HANS-Here is another location for the coveted cream cheese pretzel. They also have our favorite mouse shaped pretzel and the jalapeno cheese variety.
KABUKI CAFÉ-This is where you can get sushi ($!) with a snack credit! There are a few different varieties available. There is the usual California Roll as well as bite size Nigiri topped with, tuna, salmon and shrimp and a combo. These are snack size, though; so don’t expect to fill your belly. Of course, you can add on some edamame for another snack entitlement. Kaki Gori, Japanese shaved ice with fruit syrup, is another fan favorite.
LES HALLES BOULANGERIE PATISSERIE-There are so many French pastries here that are difficult to pronounce and eligible for a snack entitlement. There are even some savory options like a ham and cheese croissant and a bacon and cheese baguette. Order the pissaladiere by gesturing, because the pronunciation includes a lot of syllables. It’s a pastry with tomatoes, olives, and grueyere cheese. There are also some stand out soups here, including a lobster bisque.
REFRESHMENT PORT-They have a cronut here. I’ll leave it at that.
CLUB COOL-This is another pop in spot for packaged snacks that are suitcase worthy. Your shunned family and friends that were left out of your pixie dust filled vacation will appreciate these as well.
FOUNTAINVIEW CAFÉ-Starbucks beverages on tap here too!
SUNSHINE SEASONS ($!)-There are a lot of high value desserts here including an amazing strawberry shortcake ($!) and key lime pie. If you are feeling like something savory there’s a huge selection of easy to eat snacks, salads, and soups.
INTERMISSIONS CAFÉ-If you want to try a beet lollipop with your snack entitlement; this is your opportunity.
HARAMBE POPCORN KIOSK-The jungle juice slush is worth a mention since WDW is in Florida and Florida is often really hot; and…well, jungle juice is delish.
ZIWANI TRADERS STORE-This is another awesome stop for themed packaged snacks for the suitcase, plane or car ride home or souvenirs for loved ones.
ANANDAPUR LOCAL FOOD CAFE/YAK AND YETI COUNTER SERVICE-They have a pork egg roll and big chicken fried rice ($!) that both seem to be popular and are meal worthy deliciousness.
EXPEDITION EVEREST STORE-You can get bagged candy and bagged cotton candy featuring Goofy.
KALI RIVER SNACK CART-Here are Mickey pretzels in Animal Kingdom. They also have the jalapeno and cheese variety and glazed nuts.
DINO INSTITUTE ICE CREAM & DINO-BITE SNACKS-Both of these feature different ice cream and frozen novelties. The Mickey’s cookies’n cream sandwich ($!) is a great deal.
DINOSAUR STORE-They have the Unicorn Pop, which is a beautiful lollipop, almost too pretty to eat. Also available are a marshmallow pop and twirl pop.
RESTAURANTOSAURUS-There are some neat flavored lemonades here as well as a couple desserts like cheesecake in a glass and chocolate mousse.
ALLERGY FRIENDLY KIOSK-IF you are traveling with a loved one with food allergies or have food allergies yourself, you know how difficult it can be to find safe foods, ESPECIALLY on vacation. This kiosk has a good variety of gluten free and vegan snacks.
FLAME TREE BARBEQUE-In addition to the chocolate mousse, you can also get key lime mouse. But, the stand-out here are the pulled pork and cheese French fries ($!). This sharable snack is a great way to get a BBQ fix and save some cash.
DISCOVERY ISLAND ICE CREAM-Kiddos will dig the Bugs sundae ($!) which is Disney’s take on worms in dirt(gummy worms and chocolate cookies) with ice cream. Dig. Dirt. See what I did there?
SAFARI PRETZELS-Mo’ pretzels.
KUSAFIRI COFEE SHOP & BAKERY-Lots of snacks and sweets here. The well-loved elephant ear ($!), cotton top tamarin cupcake ($!) and white chocolate elephant cupcake ($!) are all above average values.
You still with me? Disney Hollywood Studios has a ton of sweets. There are more food stops than I could possibly list without putting you to sleep; and they typically, without a lot of variation, have sugar filled zoom-zooms and wham-whams. Don’t get me wrong, they are tasty, but there aren’t a lot of shining values or savory options. I will share hard to find, super popular, or unique items that I have stumbled across while browsing around.
OASIS CANTEEN-If funnel cake ($!) is your jam, they have the traditional powdered sugar variety our you can get spicy with cinnamon sugar. At over $5, these are a great value. PRO TIP: There is a funnel cake on the menu that includes ice cream and strawberries; it costs over $8. It USED to be marked with the snack logo but isn’t any longer. However, it’s been commonly reported that if you ask a cast member; it does, indeed, count as a snack!
PEEVYS POLAR PIPELINE-Frozen beverages abound! You will wish for your alcohol of choice to spike these delightful concoctions. They also feature different novelty ice creams.
PRETZEL GARDEN-Obviously, there are pretzels here, but more importantly, this is a HS location for the cream cheese pretzel
HOT & FRESH POPCORN-If you like concession stand nachos ($!), they can be found here. At a price tag of nearly $5 they are a good value if not outrageously tasty.
PRETZEL & ICE CREAM STAND-So yea, they have pretzels…and ice cream.
HEY HOWDY TAKE AWAY-You can get your Premium Mickey bars here as well as frozen Coke or lemonade.
BEVERLY SUNSETS SWEET SPELLS-This is a candy and treat shop with cases of assorted, themed, dipped and decorated goodies. Plenty of snacks here but not too many high value.
KRNR-Several different varieties of smoothies are on the menu here. I gather there is some fluctuation in the flavors. Disney likes to change it up.
ROSIE’S ALL AMERICAN CAFÉ-If you are dying for something a little more sustaining, there is a soup of the day that may get you over the hump.
So that wraps up the list, for now. I hope that I have given you a few new things to try on your next visit to the mouse. Happy snacking!
Last minute additions worth a mention:
EIGHT SPOON CAFE-The baked mac and cheese is a great savory choice.
THE SMILING CROCODILE-There are a couple yummy choices here. The smoky cheddar grits with pulled pork and the chicken drumstick and potato salad are both snack credit eligible but eat like meals.
MR. KAMAL’S-This food cart has the Animal Kingdom vibe going. Try the hummus and veggies if you are looking for a vegan option. The falafel and tzatziki snack is a tasty shareable finger food that will definitely get you over the hump.
CARAVAN ROAD-Although this place is seasonal, its definitely worth a mention. They offer an asian noodle salad and a teriyaki beef slider that are both pretty unique fare among the typical choices
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