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5 must-try foods at Disneyland

Posted May 5

MAIN STREET, U.S.A. — In a magical land where even the corn dogs are revered, visitors consume possibly the most delicious cuisine that has ever inhabited their eager mouths.

It’s difficult not to feel ravenous while walking down paths lined with people selling and eating warm, soft churros, tangy Dole Whip and Mickey Mouse-shaped goodies.

During my recent trip to Disneyland, I made the sacrifice of purchasing and devouring what I consider to be delectable eats at the park, and I hope this information will assist you in your trip planning.

Mickey-shaped Beignets:

These melt-in-your-mouth Southern treats were a first for me, and they did not disappoint. Served warm, the beignet — comparable to a scone — has a perfectly light dough on the inside and loads of powdered sugar on the outside. They come inside a paper bag, so I would suggest shaking it a little in order for the powdered sugar to gently coat each surface of the buttery goodness that is the beignet. Visitors can purchase a 3-pack of beignets for $4.49 and a 6-pack for $7.49 at the Mint Julep Bar located in New Orleans Square.

Monte Cristo Sandwich:

Eating at the Blue Bayou located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a treat in and of itself, and its popular Monte Cristo Sandwich is worth the big bucks you’ll pay for it. The sandwich consists of turkey, ham and Swiss cheese melted between soft, flavorful dough that is deep fried to perfection and is equipped with rich raspberry, blackberry and vanilla dipping sauces. The $27 meal is quite large, so I would recommend splitting it with another person.

Dole Whip Float:

The memories of a perfect summer day are trapped inside Disneyland’s Dole Whip Float. This tangy, creamy dessert is refreshing and worth the wait in line. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, the Dole Whip Float is available for $5.29 at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland. This treat is not to be shared with anyone.

Gumbo in a bread bowl:

When the sky turns dark and the anticipation of epic fireworks is thick in the air (and on the streets), I would recommend treating yourself to a bread bowl. The Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square offers clam chowder, vegetarian gumbo and steak gumbo for $10.49. Last week, I ate the steak gumbo, which was exploding with flavor and perfect for dipping the thick, flavorful sourdough bread in. This dish is spicy, but manageable.

Matterhorn Macaroon:

I’m not sure how I managed to go my entire life without trying the Matterhorn Macaroon, but my first experience was memorable and delicious. Shaped like the iconic Disneyland ride it’s named after, the Matterhorn Macaroon sits beneath a sheath of delectable white chocolate and is filled with coconut. If you’re lucky, you will eat this fresh from the oven like I did. The Matterhorn Macaroon is sold at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe for $1.99.

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