The Walt Disney World® Resort may be the Most Magical Place on Earth but unfortunately that magic doesn’t control the weather! One thing guests learn quickly is that it is HOT during the summer months. The combination of Florida heat and humidity and concrete makes for some serious temperatures! We all know it’s important to stay hydrated and to drink lots of water at times like this…but if you are like Kristin and me, sometimes you just want something else! What better place to find yummy summer treats right? I’m not talking ice cream, although you can never go wrong with a Mickey bar. I’m also not going to mention Club Cool at Epcot®, although it really is an awesome spot to cool off and sample some free Coca-Cola products from around the world. No, I’m expanding our horizons a little. Here are our top 10 favorite treats to cool off with at The Walt Disney World® Resort. Oh, added benefit—they count as snack credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan!
1. Dole Whip/Dole Whip Float: Ok, ok. I know these aren’t a big secret but they are our number one favorite so I just had to add them! We have also found more and more people that have never tried one before! Usually the reason is that people either don’t know where to find one or they are afraid it will be too pineapple-y (yes, that’s a word now). Let me assure you that they aren’t an overpowering pineapple flavor. Personally, I prefer the Whip over the float but that’s just because my body doesn’t handle sweet juice very well. Kristin agrees. It is a slight pineapple flavor in a smooth soft serve ice cream. Just the perfect step up from plain vanilla and so refreshing! The float adds in pineapple juice to make a traditional float. You can find Dole Whips and Dole Whip floats in three places – Magic Kingdom® Park at Aloha Isle behind The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Attraction in the Adventureland® Area , at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which is a quick monorail ride over from the Magic Kingdom® Park, inside Pineapple Lanai, Marketplace Snacks at Disney Springs, and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. The latter offers a rum option.
2. Kaki-Gori/Shave Ice: This is my daughter’s favorite, must have snack every single trip! Kaki Gori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with fruit syrup and condensed milk. What makes Kaki-Gori so special? You can choose from traditional fruit flavors like tangerine, watermelon, strawberry, and cherry and combine flavors. The sweet cream is what takes it to the next level though! You can find Kaki-Gori in the Japan pavilion at Epcot® at Kabuki Café. Craving shaved ice but not in Epcot®, try the Florida Snow Company in Disney SpringsTM.
3. Night Blossom: This is our new favorite drink! The Night Blossom is a non-alcoholic frozen beverage found at the Pongu Pongu snack stand in Pandora: World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. This delicious mixture of limeade with apple and desert pear flavors is topped with Passion Fruit Boba Balls and is as refreshing as it is unique. The serving is generous and this is a good one to share. It’s also pretty to look at!
4. Root Beer Float: What says “Summer” more than a Root Beer Float?! These can be found in several locations around The World— The Plaza Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop in Magic Kingdom® Park, Auntie Gravity’s in Magic Kingdom® Park, Hollywood Scoops in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Fife & Drum in Epcot®, Beaches & Cream at The Beach Club Resort, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Disney SpringsTM.
5. Frozen Coke: Another summer staple, this can be found in several locations as well. These spots include The Lunching Pad at the Magic Kingdom® Park, Club Cool at Epcot®, Drinkwallah in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Peevy’s Frozen Concoctions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney SpringsTM. Aside from Coca-Cola they also offer lemon, watermelon, strawberry and other fruity choices.
6. American Dream: I stumbled upon this treat a few summers ago on one of our 4th of July trips. We had returned from our midday break to enjoy Epcot® at night. It was during the Sounds of Summer concert series and the only way to convince the kids to sit and watch the band was to bribe them with treats. You know, how all good parents get the kids to stop and smell the roses. The nearest snack stand was the Fife and Drum Tavern. This stand serves classic American specialties like funnel cakes, turkey legs, and Sam Adams Brew but my kids focused on a kamikaze style concoction called the American Dream. This is a mix of frozen strawberry slush, vanilla ice cream, and frozen blue raspberry slushy served in layers. Such a patriotic looking beverage! Since that fateful day it has become a tradition for us each to grab one and stop to listen to the band in the American Gardens Theater (currently American Music Machine). So, I suppose I should thank the American Dream for helping me to bring a little fine arts experience into my children’s Epcot® adventures.
7. Northwest Berry Whip: This may be a controversial choice because it will require you to leave a park but it is so worth it. The Northwest Berry Whip is a yummy concoction of frozen sweet berry slushy similar to a Dole Whip, just not as creamy. It can be found at the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill overlooking the lake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Best news is, you don’t have to be staying at The Lodge to visit! A quick boat ride from Magic Kingdom® Park will take you here for a nice break. It’s a great way to rest and refresh during a long park day!
8. Prairie Slushy: Kristin discovered the Prairie Slushy during her lunch at The Diamond Horseshoe in Magic Kingdom® Park and immediately sent me pictures of it with the message, “Watermelon and Lemonade! Fabulous! You’ve got to try this!” She was right. It’s delicious! The flavors are a perfect mix of summer classics!
9. Piña CoLAVA: I know what you’re thinking….a piña colada is an alcoholic beverage. True. A Piña CoLAVA can be as well, BUT…you can get the non-alcoholic version and let me tell you, you won’t regret it! A smoothie blended with piña colada mix and raspberry purée, this is definitely a treat! You can currently find poolside at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
10. Le Fou’s Brew: Well, here it is ladies and gentleman, number 10. Some may say we saved the best for last! It seems this frosty beverage became a classic the minute it was introduced at Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom® Park! What exactly does Le Fou put into his cold brew? Available in a regular cup or in a souvenir stein, Le Fou’s Brew is a concoction of frozen apple juice mixed with toasted marshmallows and capped off with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. Sweet? Yes. Delicious? Yes. Must try? YES! Apparently, no one makes brew like Le Fou!
What do you think? Do you see your favorite on this list? Did we miss any? We want to hear from you because we are ALWAYS looking to try new treats!!
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