The 5 Attractions That Make Us Hungry at Walt Disney World

Over the past few decades, as the Walt Disney World Resort improved its dining options beyond the cheap hamburgers and chicken strips of most amusement park fare, the focus amongst Parks fandom on Disney food has grown enormously. You’ll find an endless parade of lists of the best restaurants, meals, and snacks at each Park, plus mouth-watering Instagram posts of every cool new type of waffle, ice cream or Dole Whip variety that comes out (and that’s without even mentioning the world-class restaurants at Disney Springs!).

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But sometimes it’s not just the food that makes us hungry at the Disney Parks. The attractions themselves feature delicious sights and smells that get our tummies rumbling and our fingers tapping on the My Disney Experience app to reserve our next meal.

Here, then, are the top five attractions that make us hungry at Walt Disney World! (And we purposely don’t have any Animal Kingdom attractions on here because we want to avoid the disturbing thought of Kilimanjaro Safaris or It’s Tough to be a Bug! making someone hungry.)

5) Muppet*Vision 3D (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Two words: Giant. Pie.

Muppet*Vision 3D might be a weird attraction with which to start off this list, but the stomach often wants what the brain knows is likely just shaving cream. When Fozzie Bear shows off that giant floating pie towards the start of the 3D film, threatening to toss it at the audience (before it malfunctions and hits him square in the face), surely we’re not the only ones wishing that the pie would come towards us so we can take a big bite out of those delicious creamy waves.

We are? Oh. Um, moving on.


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4) The Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom)

This is another unassuming attraction with seemingly no connection to food, but don’t forget that amidst the many technological changes that the show discusses are quite a few kitchen innovations! From the fully stocked ice box at the turn of the century with its sarsaparilla/root beer, to Father’s breakfast on the table in the 1940s and the Christmas turkey dinner in the final scene (that’s meant to be the 21st century but feels a whole lot more like the 1990s), there are gustatory delights aplenty sprinkled throughout the Carousel of Progress.

It’s just disappointing that the voice-controlled oven massacres the turkey in that final scene because by the end of this attraction it’s not just grandma who’s starving!


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3) Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)

The senses of smell and taste are intimately related, which is why smelling something delicious can get us even hungrier than looking at something delicious. And is there anything that smells better, on any Disney attraction, than the scrumptious (and totally artificial) odors shot Guests’ way by the hidden smell canons in Mickey’s PhilharMagic, specifically during the Beauty and the Beast/”Be Our Guest” scene? We think not.

After all, these are scents created by the same artisans who craft the fake smell of baking cookies on Main Street, U.S.A., so they know what they’re doing!

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2) Living with the Land

Although the first three entries on this list featured a fair bit of joking, Living with the Land is legitimately an attraction that gets our stomachs rumbling. There’s a reason that the pavilion’s restaurant is right near the ride’s exit, after all!

We’ve all heard the stories of guests jumping out of the slow-moving boat ride or reaching out to grab something growing on a tree, and we don’t condone that behavior in any way, but you can at least understand the motivation when you think about the delicious variety of fruits and vegetables on display, looking oh so luscious in that diffused greenhouse light.

Just look at this partial list of plants you might see at any given ride on Living with the Land: bananas, cacao, jackfruit, date palms, dragon fruit, vanilla, pineapple, java apple, papaya, winter melons, lemons, beets, turnips., tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, beans, lettuce, squash, basil, rosemary, cabbage, swiss chard, and, of course, cucumbers and pumpkins grown in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head! Then there’s the Aquacell area of the ride, where a variety of sea life – including tilapia, sturgeon, paddlefish, catfish, bass, and shrimp – are raised and harvested, some of which are served in EPCOT’s own restaurants.

Living with the Land – an attraction that makes you so hungry, you can literally eat a part of it.

(And we can’t leave behind the Land pavilion without nodding to a pair of attractions that would have made the list if they were still around – Kitchen Kabaret and Food Rocks, the audio-animatronics shows about nutrition featuring anthropomorphic food items singing such hits as “Every Bite You Take,” “Tutti Frutti,” “Boogie Woogie Bakery Boy,” and everybody’s favorite, “Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit!”)


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1) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (EPCOT)

Come on, was there ever really any doubt this would top the list? It’s an attraction based entirely in and around a restaurant! Just read the official description of it on Walt Disney World‘s website:

In this 4D ride experience, join Chef Remy on a daring culinary caper that will captivate all your senses as you zip, dash and scurry through the bustling kitchen, dining room and walls of Gusteau’s famous Paris restaurant. C’est magnifique!

With a storyline revolving around the quest to cook the perfect meal of ratatouille, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT’s World Showcase is the most food-focused attraction at Walt Disney World. It’s no wonder that in the Disneyland Paris version of the attraction guests exit not into a gift shop, but directly into a restaurant, Bistro Chez Rémy!

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Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to go eat some ratatouille. And pie. And turkey. And fish. And vegetables. And, honestly, whatever else we’ve got in the fridge.

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