I'm here to showcase some of Disney World's most unique and enjoyable dining spots; and since one of my favorite Disney World tips is to visit popular locations when they're the least crowded, I decided that Blizzard Beach would be the perfect place to begin!
I know; you think I'm crazy. It's WINTER! However, there are often plenty of Orlando Winter days that offer sunshine and high temps. And with heated water park pools, this can be the perfect time to get in some low-crowd fun! And believe it or not, Disney's water parks offer some unique eats that you can't find anywhere else.
Sun, fresh air, and long walks – or climbs – to the next water slide create a recipe for hunger! And during a chilling day at Blizzard Beach, eats and treats can be found at several locations spread around the park. As we’ve seen at many locations in Walt Disney World, similar offerings like Chicken Wraps, Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, and Turkey Legs are appearing at many dining spots in Blizzard Beach. While this homogenous approach to food offerings can be boring, be sure to take a closer look at the menus for more unique choices.
One of our favorite options that you can only find in Disney's water parks are the freshly-made Mini-Donuts (you'll find these at the aptly named Mini-Donuts kiosk)! These warm-from-the-oil donuts are sold by the half-dozen or dozen and come with optional dipping sauces (raspberry, chocolate, or white chocolate).
Another unique favorite at Blizzard Beach? The Sand Pail sundae at I.C. Expeditions. Imagine chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle cone pieces, cookie pieces, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. Now picture it all layered into a sand pail to be scooped out by a shovel! This will set you back around $10, so if you'd rather have a cheaper chill, try a Fanta Orange Float for about $4.
For interesting savory eats, try the Warming Hut for a meatball sandwich, or hit Lottawatta Lodge for a stacked deli sandwich. Kid choices here are served in a sand pail with a handy shovel, which your little one can then use for beach construction projects. Here’s a tip: look for daily specials!
Next priority? Staying hydrated. Refillable mugs are a good choice and offer all-day refills on Coke products (Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Powerade, Minute Maid Light, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola). Frosty the Joe Man serves up Coffee, Hot Tea, Double Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Flavored Latte, Hot Chocolate, and Frozen Drinks.
But if you're looking for a bit more of a treat, head to Frostbite Freddie’s for a Frozen 1800 Margarita. We also love the Polar Pub’s Banana Cabana, which is deliciously mixed with Cruzan Mango Rum, Coruba Coconut Rum, Creme de Banana, and Orange and Pineapple Juice with a float of Grenadine. Toast to the Florida sunshine!
There’s nothing like a day at Blizzard Beach for some fun and eats, so don't be afraid to head over in the Winter time to take advantage of low crowds! We'll be back soon with more unique Disney World treats!
AJ Wolfe is the owner and executive editor of The Disney Food Blog, a website covering all things food and drink in Walt Disney theme parks and resorts. AJ also authors The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book, a 250-page resource with tips, expert insights, and information about eating in Walt Disney World. The Disney Food Blog is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.