If you’re looking for the most enchanting, rainbow-coloured grub you could possibly hallucinate into life, look no further! Orlando and its awesome theme parks have concocted some legendary treats that are almost too good to eat – but will sufficiently feed your Instagram. If you’re prepared to gobble for the ‘gram, here are the most Instagrammable theme park foods in Orlando – how many can you manage? Tag us #atdhappy and let us know!
The Dole Whip
Let’s start with one of the classics. The Pineapple Dole Whip originated at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. This soft pineapple ice cream soon became a hot (cold) favourite and you can now pick one up in Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom Park in a cone, cup or an ice cream float. However, everyone knows about the Pineapple Dole Whip (duh, it's old food news now), so step forward the newest kooky ice cream on the block – the Hei Hei Cone. Thanks to Moana, we now have a new instagenic quirky chicken-shaped RASPBERRY dole whip, complete with beady eyes and a green cone in celebration of Moana’s dopey feathered friend. It’s the chick to click in 2019 – and quite delicious too!
Where to find it: Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom.
The Night Blossom
Pongu Pongu translates to ‘Party Party’ in the Na’vi language so it comes as no surprise that the top tipple in this joint is a disco-tastic multi-coloured, light up cocktail. The iced drink is non-alcoholic and made with limeade, apple and pear flavours, before being decorated with passion fruit boba balls. Take it outside and get a snap in front of Pandora: World of Avatar’s famous moss walls (quickly, before it melts, mind).
Where to find it: Pongu Pongu Lounge at Pandora: World of Avatar. Animal Kingdom Park
The Grey Stuff Cupcake
Disclaimer: the official name of this metallic masterpiece is ‘The Master’s Cupcake’, but literally no one calls it that. Only available at the Be Our Guest Restaurant, this lyrical treat was born of Lumiere’s famous line in the banquet song: ‘try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!’, and we can confirm it is, indeed, delicious. Since reservations at the Be Our Guest Restaurant are hard to secure, this is one of the most coveted cakes at Walt Disney World. Even better, it is available via your credits on the Disney Dining and Drinks plan. Find out how booking your Walt Disney World tickets in advance can help you secure dining reservations and don’t forget to have your camera ready for this beast of a treat.
Where to find it: Be Our Guest restaurant, Fantasyland. Magic Kingdom Park.
The Big Pink Lard Lad
Over at Universal Studios Florida, the top sugar snap is The Big Pink from the Lard Lad doughnut shop in Springfield. Unless you fancy setting yourself the challenge, you might want to share this one with the family – it’s enormous! The doughnut itself is just a classic ring, covered with pink icing and sprinkles, but its sheer size has made it an Internet sensation and one of the most coveted desserts in Orlando.
Where to find it: Springfield, Universal Studios Florida. Universal Orlando Resort.
The Toothsome Shake
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen can be found at Universal Citywalk. Dining here is quite the experience as theatrical servers deliver your choice of dinner classics (pasta, sandwiches, burgers) or ridiculously extravagant desserts. I think you know where we are going here... if you can’t decide between a cupcake, an ice cream or a milkshake, don’t worry – they have just the thing: the red velvet cake shake. Subtle it is not, but the week-long sugar high should keep your energy levels up to visit all the theme parks and Instagram is going to love it.
Where to find it: Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, Universal Citywalk
The Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse
This weird and wonderful dessert tastes delicious and makes for a fancy Instagram snap. Blueberry mousse, delicately decorated with passion fruit cream, meringue and white chocolate. Who says theme park food can’t be classy?
Where to find it: Satu’li Canteen. Pandora: World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom Park
The Waturi Fusion
Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park is one of the best places to cool off in Orlando but if 10 thrill slides, a lazy river and a huge wave pool aren’t enough to combat the Florida sun, a rainbow ice cream should do the trick. This cute cone tastes like Skittles and let me tell you that is no bad thing. The backdrop of Volcano Bay is ideal for Instagram so it really is a no brainer, this one.
Where to find it: Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort
The Butterbeer Cup
There are six different ways to eat and drink Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so I hope you like your refreshments laced with cream soda, butterscotch and whipped cream. The most popular choice is the frozen tankard, best for doing a very British ‘cheers’ and creating a cream moustache. You can also pick up a warm version (traditional to the original Harry Potter books), as well as Butterbeer fudge and in ice cream form from Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. Whichever you choose, raise your hand in victory, either in front of Hogwarts Castle or the fire-breathing dragon on Diagon Alley, to secure the classic Instagram shot.
Where to find it: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort
The Pineapple Twist
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Nothing says ‘holiday vibes’ more than drinking from a pineapple, does it? Luckily, this fruity refreshment at SeaWorld ticks all the tropical boxes. Not only is this a hit on the Internet, you’ll find yourself an instant influencer in the park when people keep stopping you to ask where the elusive Pineapple Twist came from. Made from pineapple and vanilla ice cream and served in a hollowed out pineapple with fresh pineapple slices and a cherry on top, I mean, it surely qualifies as one of your five-a-day?
Where to find it: Manta Soft Serve and Sea Harbor Soft Serve at SeaWorld
The Mermaid Cupcake
Another Disney dessert that has made a splash with fans is the intricate mermaid cupcake. Now found at a few locations, including Main Street USA, Epcot and at the Art of Animation Resort. The cute cake consists of a vanilla sponge, rice crispy pearls, blue buttercream and a mermaid tail cookie. We know she has legs now, but it’s what Ariel would have wanted.
Where to find it: Main Street Bakery, Magic Kingdom Park.
The Fizzy Mickey
A relatively new one to the Instagram game but we approve. The prettiest drink to make a Disney toast can be found at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs. The cute flute contains sparkling wine and an edible Mickey motif on top. Perfect for celebrations, alternative afternoon tea and, yep you guessed it – social media!
Where to find it: Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs
The classic Mickey-plus-Cinderella Castle
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This iconic theme park food shot is an Instagram veteran now but still going strong. It works for any Mickey-shaped food to be honest (cookie, pretzel, lollypop) but we like the classic chocolate-covered mickey ice cream. Raise your mouse munch of choice with Cinderella’s castle towering in the background and BOOM, you’ve made it to the Instagram holy grail, kid. Remember, it all started with a mouse, after all.
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