If you’re the kind of Guest who thinks that dessert should ALWAYS be eaten first, you probably have your very own list of must-eat desserts at Walt Disney World. Maybe it’s a fan favorite like the Caramel Pecan Bar at Karamell-Kuche in the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase or the renowned Dole Whip that speaks to your sweet tooth, or something more obscure, like the Pineapple Upside-down Cake at The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs.
Wherever you get your sweet fix at WDW, it’s comforting to know that there are just too many fabulous desserts at Disney theme park restaurants, Disney Resort Hotels, Disney Springs, and Disney BoardWalk for one Guest to ever consume in one trip (though trying would sure be fun). Here are a few of those desserts – can you guess the Walt Disney World eatery that serves them?
Cookies & Cream Cookie
We never met a cookie we didn’t like. And we can’t wait to try this renowned cookie on our next Walt Disney World vacation! The Cookies & Cream Cookie is exactly like it sounds – imagine a cookies ‘n cream milkshake, but in cookie form. Vanilla bean cookie meets Double Stuff meets crushed cookie bits – yes, please!
What WDW venue serves up this yumminess? You may have guessed it – Gideon’s Bakehouse, in Disney Springs, where you’ll find all manner of excellent treats for your sweet tooth, from half-pounder cookies to Double Frosted Cakes. Can’t decide? Then don’t stress – you can’t go wrong here!
Not many people would think of combining sour grapefruit and deliciously sweet cake, but this creative dessert boasts a pedigree that’s beyond dispute. You’ll enjoy layers of light Vanilla Sponge Cake alternating with layers of Cream Cheese Frosting, balanced out with a tart Grapefruit Syrup that cuts through all that sweetness for a beautiful blast of citrus.
Where can you find this unique dessert? It’s at the Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and in fact, it was a signature dessert at the legendary Brown Derby in Hollywood, on which Walt Disney World’s version is based.
Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert
You may have seen photos of it: a tiny, exquisite chocolate replica of Cinderella’s famous slipper, filled with chocolate mousse, accompanied by an ornately detailed chocolate stamp of Cinderella Castle and adorned with a personalized message. This is the Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert, and it’s so exclusive, you won’t see it on any menu. It’s often ordered for marriage proposals, but you don’t need to be celebrating a special occasion to experience this unforgettable sweet treat!
Guests can enjoy this signature dessert at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, at restaurants at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Citricos, Grand Floridian Café, and Narcoossee’s), and at restaurants at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (including California Grill, but it’s uncertain whether the dessert made the leap from The Wave… of American Flavors to the new restaurant Steakhouse 71). Guests interested in ordering the Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert should call at least a couple of days ahead to preorder this special treat.
Sure, it sounds like a savory appetizer, but this dessert is irresistibly sweet. It’s served on skewers that alternate Cream Cheese Wontons (which may sound weird but is actually life-changing) with juicy chunks of pineapple. Combined with Vanilla Ice Cream and mouth-watering Honey-Vanilla Drizzle, it’s the perfect blend of sweetness and juiciness while still feeling light enough that you won’t feel weighed down when you consume the whole thing in mere minutes.
Since eating these Fried Wontons for the first time years ago, they’ve earned a permanent place on our must-eat list at Walt Disney World Resort! You can find them at Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream
When it comes to ice cream at WDW, we typically make a beeline for L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion at the World Showcase in Disney’s EPCOT Park. But of course, this isn’t the only option for ice cream on WDW property, and it’s always fun exploring some of the more obscure offerings in the parks – like Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream. It’s very ginger-y, with a tinge of caramel, perfect if you’re looking for a bit of a kick in your dessert!
Which eatery serves Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream? It’s Lotus Blossom Café, in the China Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase. They also have Lychee Ice Cream, if you’re feeling especially adventurous.
Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart
There’s something so delightfully comforting about pecans AND butter tarts, so combining them could only be amazing! We love this rich treat, not only for its sweet, sticky filling, but also for the Maple Ice Cream, Brown Sugar Anglaise, and Whisky Caramel it’s served with. This is one dessert you’ll want to save room for!
Where can a sweet-loving Guest find the Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart? Only at Le Cellier Steakhouse, in the Canada Pavilion of the World Showcase at Disney’s EPCOT theme park. If butter tarts aren’t your thing, there are lots of other yummy desserts to entice you here: Maple Crème Brulée, Chocolate Mousse, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Caramel Bar, and Strawberry-Brown Butter Panna Cotta, for starters.
How did you do? Could you identify the eatery that serves each of these signature desserts? If not, don’t despair – the only course of action is to simply eat more dessert the next time you visit Walt Disney World! That’s a challenge we’ll gladly accept any day of the week. Bon appetit!