Disney World-based eating establishments are never ones to shy away from praise, popularity, and receiving great acclaim for the many impressive made-to-order marvels that they are so known for. It isn’t unusual for a given venue to boast about a well-known house specialty feature that keeps all the veteran diners returning and has all the first-timers eagerly awaiting their own epicurean experiences. But believe it or not, not every great culinary culmination gets a public callout at its specific Disney Restaurant designation. In fact, some don’t even make it onto the regular menu and go on to be well-guarded secrets that require a little foodie decoding to even learn of their existence. Here are some of the best-loved, albeit still largely unknown secret menu items you need to try out at Disney World.
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Dole Whip Taco
You read that right, there is indeed a Dole Whip Taco. But as crazy as this concoction sounds, it’s actually rather delicious. It is presented as a refreshing compilation of watermelon-flavored Dole Whip soft serve adorning the top of a robust watermelon wedge and then garnished with chocolate chips, done up in the likeness of watermelon seeds.
So, where exactly will you find this tantalizing taco of sorts? It’s hiding out at Marketplace Snacks near the Co-Op right on location at Disney Springs. And as is the case with any secret menu item, it is not listed; you have to ask for it by name.
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Galaxy Loaded Fries
Earth to all contested fans of loaded fries! Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, over in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park, has a special secret menu offering just for you. It’s their Galaxy Loaded Fries—a fixing of their own house-made fries dressed up with garlic ranch sauce, melted cheese, bits of bacon, pico relish, and flaming hot cheese dust. Available as either a standalone feature or even an upgraded side to go with your meal, there is one catch to ordering this secret menu item. It must be done so exclusively by placing a mobile order.
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Nachos Rio Grande
Alternately known as the Nachos Rio Grande Challenge, this is one of those hush-hush maximized menu options that come with all the works. But it’s only available between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, over in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park. And truth be told, it will be a challenge to tackle indeed. Therefore, you will want to bring at least five other folks along with you to help you consume the contents of said secret order and also help you pay the bill since it averages around $90!
So, what is Nachos Rio Grande actually? To say it is a pile of loaded nachos would be a gross understatement. It is nothing short of an ultimate nacho VIP feast. Once you request Nachos Rio Grande, you will be escorted by Cast Members to a specially reserved table they set up for you. The massive platter is brought out as the ultimate meal for six people, laden with ground beef, shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, chips, sour cream, and guacamole. Nachos are, of course, also included. There are also side orders of salsa and queso. Drinks are provided, as well, and you’re going to need them too!
Premier Food Court Secrets
If secret menus weren’t already secretive enough, the Premier Food Court over at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort does something extra unique. They do have their secret items listed on a menu of sorts, but you are required to do a little work to find out what exactly they’re serving up. First, you’ll want to head over to the Roxy Counter, just as you would if you were to place any old order. Then, you must ask for the secret menu directly. But what the attending Cast Member ends up giving you is something unexpected. They will bring out a briefcase and pull from it an old-school Viewmaster. From here, you must use the Viewmaster to reveal what exactly is on the secret menu.
Are you too antsy to have to wait for your next visit to Disney World to find out what these secret items are? No worries, I’m sharing them right here and right now. They offer a special Poutine with Gravy and Cheese Curds, a Bacon Mac and Cheese Dog, and the item that has since gone on to become a legend with foodie folks—the Cinnamon Bun and Candied Bacon Cheese Burger.
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Jungle Skipper Canteen Vittles
The popular table-service restaurant, known formally as Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, has been gracing the scene in Adventureland over at Magic Kingdom Park since 2015. And during that time, they’ve presented some pretty laughable well-known menu staples. But what you may not realize is that just as some of their cleverest jokes are off the wall, some of their most delicious menu items are actually off the menu, so to speak. For instance, you can order some unlisted Pork Satay Skewers, which come as grilled pork in a soy ginger sauce and accompanied by a side of slaw, carrots, and pickled onion. But their most well-known unknown feature has to be their Pão de Queijo. For those who aren’t familiar with what this is precisely, it’s a traditional Brazilian Cheese Bread that comes served with chimichurri cream cheese. Perhaps you’ve had some on occasion at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, where it has a much more spotlighted presence. But like any good inside joke, knowing you can get this at Jungle Skipper Canteen anytime is the biggest laugh of all.
The Jungle Skipper also features two unique secret menu drinks. These are their very hush-hush Cerulean Blue Sangria and the Frosty Pineapple.
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So, I’ve already established that you don’t have to wait for the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival to get the aforementioned Pão de Queijo. And on a similar note, you don’t have to wait for Christmas to try this festive feature, which is not on the menu at Rose & Crown Dining Room in EPCOT’s United Kingdom Pavilion of the World Showcase. It’s available year-round; all you need do is ask for it. All the same, it’s a real secret Santa of a dessert feature, presented as a plant-based chocolate pudding with whipped “cream” and even notes a coffee flavoring.
’Ohana Food Elsewhere
Obviously, most folks are inclined to think that ’Ohana is the only place where you can get those tantalizing vittles featured in their standout family-style feasts. But the secret here is that you can actually order up the ’Ohana goods elsewhere while on location at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. For instance, it’s a little-known secret that when dining at Kona, you may request that your waiter bring you out some of ’Ohana’s signature house-made Bread Pudding of great acclaim. And did you know that Tambu Lounge actually shares the same kitchen space with ’Ohana? It may be surprising given the aforementioned lounge’s admittedly limited listed food provisions. But truth be told, if you know ’Ohana’s menu, you can actually request any of these staples while enjoying the sips at Tambu Lounge. Even better, you’re not paying the full cost for the mealtime feast at ’Ohana and get to request just those items you want in manageable portions that come with reasonable pricing.
Gideon’s Bakehouse Secret Features
If you’re familiar with the latest cookie craze in Disney Springs, known as Gideon’s Bakehouse, then you know they boast many stellar callouts to cookies that go above and beyond. And while the regular and changing seasonal menus are pretty straightforward and candid in letting folks know what to expect, they also like to keep a very mischievous mystery going in the way of rotating secret menu features. They’re very hush-hush about their secret features and only reveal them through discreet social media announcements along with an alternate newsletter you can sign up for to stay informed on all the latest.
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While 1900 Park Fare, a fan-favorite buffet on location at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, remains closed indefinitely, many fans have been lamenting over the loss of what has been long hailed as one of their most delectable signature specialty offerings—Strawberry Soup. If you’ve had it in the past, then you know what it’s all about. If you’ve never tried it before and are scratching your head wondering how a “strawberry soup” can be so appealing, then take note that this is really a creamy chilled berry compilation that’s more of a sweet dessert than an actual soup.
So many folks are hankering for this lost menu item, leading them all to wonder if there is some way to get it back. Well, there is, actually. Just head on over to the Resort’s resident Grand Floridian Café and ask for it directly!
The King Dog
I’m not even going to try to understand why anyone would actually want to order the atrocious combination that makes up the King Dog. But the fact remains that this is a popular item so exclusive that it isn’t even listed on the menu of the Hot Diggity Dogs Food Truck over at Disney Springs.
What’s the deal with this dog anyway? Well, for starters, it is an all-beef hot dog (not too odd yet) that gets served up on a French toast batter-dipped, cereal-encrusted bun (okay, that was unexpected). Topping it all off is spicy peanut butter sauce, banana honey mustard, chipotle berry preserves, and bacon. Now do you see where I’m coming from? If you’re not yet turned off by this overly diversified dog, you can order it via the (no longer) secret phrase “Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog” at the window.
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Secret menus are forever emerging on the elaborate food scene at Walt Disney World Resort. And there are abundantly many more options to learn about in addition to the 10 highlighted here. You can also enjoy a vast array of refreshing libations that tend to shy away from the limelight as well. So, keep on the lookout for all the other secret selections you may decide on next time you’re placing an order at a well-loved favorite Disney establishment.