1. They’re “cheap”
Cart foods might not seem cheap at the time, but on the whole replacing quick service meals with cart food will probably save you a little bit of money in the long run. While replacing actual meals with snacks might not seem like enough food, many of the offerings from carts in Walt Disney World are actually fairly large and could easily be used as a meal replacement. Considering the fact that turkey legs and funnel cakes can sometimes be purchased from carts, there are definitely cart foods out there that can replace a meal. The food trucks in Disney Springs would be another example, where the food is slightly less than its quick service counterpart, but still filling enough to replace a meal.
2. They allow you to try more things
If you are going to spend fifteen to thirty dollars on a meal for yourself, but you’re not quite sure what you’d even like to eat, opting for cart food instead can be an excellent idea, especially in Epcot. If you can’t decide on which country in World Showcase you’d like to eat at, snacking around the world at the various carts might be the best decision for you. By doing this you’ll be able to snack in multiple countries without committing to a meal at any one specific place.
3. You can eat them on the go
Simply because cart food is more portable in nature, they can also be considered more convenient because you can eat them on the go. Unlike quick service and table service meals, you won’t need to stop and sit down while you eat a churro or ice cream bar. While the smaller, more on the go snacks might not be full replacements for meals, many guests get through the parks just fine while snacking all day. A churro and some popcorn here and there can really fill you up, and you probably won’t want a meal by that point anyway.
4. They’re part of the experience
For whatever reason, certain cart foods have become a tradition for me to have during certain times of my trip, and I look forward to them each time. One instance of this for me is that every time I watch Fantasmic I usually have at least a churro, and sometimes we opt for sharing a popcorn as well. I don’t know if it’s because we usually arrive early to get our seats, but for whatever reason my Fantasmic experience is not complete unless I at least have that churro
5. They’re unique
Especially compared to what you’d probably expect for theme park food, Disney’s cart food is rather unique. Take for instance the flavored popcorn cart outside of the Imagination pavilion in Epcot– buffalo sauce flavored popcorn is definitely not something I’d expect to see on a visit to a theme park. Then factor in World Showcase, and Animal Kingdom, which especially recently has become one of the best places to go for unique snacks, and you have a whole variety of cart foods you probably never expected to find.
6. But they’re also classic
Even with all of the new and unique cart options at Walt Disney World, the classics still remain. Classic cart foods include popcorn, Mickey ice cream bars, roasted nuts, cotton candy, turkey legs, churros, and more. And thankfully, these foods are all delicious, and not going anywhere anytime soon.
7. They change frequently
As the weather changes for the winter you’ll notice carts replacing cold drinks with hot chocolate. And in Epcot for the International Food and Wine and Flower and Garden Festivals, you’ll see a variety of new kiosks pop up where you can snack on temporary festival favorites. While it is reassuring to know that your favorite classic snacks are not going away anytime soon, it’s also fun to experience the new items that change on a seasonal basis.
8. They can be helpful for picky eaters
If you have a group of picky eaters, making table service reservations, or even deciding on quick service location to eat at can be a nightmare. Cart foods take the stress away from satisfying picky eaters because everyone can eat on the go, whenever they happen to see something that catches their attention.
9. They’re delicious!
The best part about Disney cart food is that even though these items might be smaller and less expensive, the quality is still there. While snacks can still be pricey, I never feel ripped off like I sometimes do at my local movie theater. And it’s wonderful that small snacks I can easily take with me on the go are held to the same level of quality as the food at some of my favorite quick service restaurants.