It’s that time of the year again ~ when the Magic Kingdom becomes a flurry of Christmas cheer and holiday deliciousness. With the platter of unique circumstances 2020 has served us, it’s no doubt that we all wondered what Christmas was going to look like at Walt Disney World. Well, I am proud to report that it looks sweet and nothing less than amazing. I honestly can’t wait to share all the festive magic that awaits you. Of course, one of the reasons people love visiting the Magic Kingdom this time of the year is the seasonal foodie menu. Hubby and I took on the “difficult” task of popping over to the Magic Kingdom just after the wreaths and tree went up at the park to give some of these Disney holiday treats a try.
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At the beginning of November, The Disney Parks Blog released their Foodie Guide for the holiday season, which kicked off November 6th. Hubby and I immediately started drooling and listing out what we had to try. We knew we were headed to Magic Kingdom early in the season. In that park alone, there are at least five different holiday options highlighted in the DPB blog post. However, there are several others scattered throughout the park.
We chose to save those for another visit and made it our focus to find a few of the specialty treats hidden around the Kingdom. However, I do have a few pictures of the others below. So ~ what did we try and what did we think? Did Hubby and I like the same ones or did we have differences of opinion? Well, there’s only way to find out!
Let’s take our first bite!
Magic Kingdom Holiday Treats
How Do They Rank?
Let It Snow Taco
This seasonal treat can be found over at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in Frontierland. It’s a sugar cookie “taco shell” filled with salted caramel and spiced chocolate mousse. You could definitely taste the spice (likely nutmeg or cinnamon), but, overall, this one fell flat with us. It’s not that it was terrible ~ it just didn’t appeal to us in particular. The taco was fresh and the design is definitely adorable, but the flavor just didn’t wow us. The inside of the taco was more like an ice cream – cold and had that frozen consistency, but the flavor wasn’t enough. I can see how others might enjoy this – mild flavor, themed after a very popular animated film, chocolate, definitely unique. However, for us, it was a definite “one and done.”
On our standard scale of 1 to 5, 5 being perfection and 1 being…well, the total opposite…
Hubby and I BOTH gave it a 2.
However, I will concede that it deserves at least a 4 on theming and design.
An Orange Bird Christmas
I suppose that orange is just one of those Christmas colors or flavors you have to grow up associating with the holidays in order to appreciate it. I have never known orange to be a “Christmas flavor,” so it struck me as odd to see it offered in a seasonal dessert. Nonetheless, some families do incorporate orange into their recipes and enjoy it during this time of the year.
Though the idea of an orange-flavored dessert baffled us, we both did find this treat particularly delicious. It just didn’t strike us as festive. Now, to the dessert’s credit, Orange Bird does wear a Santa hat, which makes him look absolutely adorable, but that’s the only thing distinguishing it as a Christmas treat for us.
The dessert is an orange-scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd. It’s available at The Sunshine Terrace in Adventureland. The candied outer shell took a little bit to break with our plastic spoon. Once broken, it’s’ easy to eat and is very sweet. The orange ball sits on a small round piece of cake and the face of orange bird is white chocolate.
Hubby gave this one a 3.5, while I actually decided to raise him a half point and give it a 4.
It may not be a traditional flavor for me around this time of the year, but I know that orange has its place during the season and it tasted delicious enough to earn the rating.
Twice Upon a Cupcake
This was – hands down – our favorite of the day. The cupcake is found at The Main Street Bakery Starbucks on Main Street U.S.A. and is a VERY popular item. When we found the end of the line, it was stretched all the way around the corner and into the “alley.” Fortunately, the wait was only about 20 minutes (they only have 15 spots inside the store at the moment for Guests due to safety restrictions) and the prize was well worth the time in line.
The cupcake has two layers of moist cake with a generous layer of frosting on the top portion in the design of a Christmas tree. It was a perfect accompaniment to our traditional peppermint coffee drinks (our first ones of the season). Of note, the “string of lights” is black frosting that easily gets on your fingers and stays there until you actually wash it with soap and water (or a baby wipe – that should work, too). Each cupcake also has a few candy ornaments – we had two, the perfect number when you’re sharing the treat with someone else.
This was Hubby’s favorite treat of the day. Actually, who am I kidding? This was BOTH of our favorites, though Hubby probably liked it more than I did just a smidge because overall I’m not a huge “cake” fan.
So, in that light, he gave it a 4.75, while I’m going to stick with a 4.5.
It wasn’t quite perfect in it’s presentation and it was a little messy with frosting getting all over my fingers (confession: it happened while taking pictures. We used forks to eat our halves). Nonetheless, it was absolutely worth the sweet mess!!
Also at The Main Street Bakery / Starbucks…
Another popular choice among Guests at this venue is the classic Mickey Cinnamon Roll. During the holiday season, this standard offering is upgraded with a covering of festive red and green icing. It’s a true favorite to share ~ but we’re saving this for another visit!
Magic Kingdom Holiday Treats We Did Not Try…
The Chip and Dale Christmas Churros
I started shaking my head as soon as I started to type the word, “churros.” To be honest, I’m not even sure why we didn’t get these. They are available at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe and we were RIGHT THERE for the Let It Snow taco. Not to mention, I fell in love with churros last year when I tried my very first one at Disney Springs. In fact, it was during the holiday season, too (yes, it took me THAT long to try a churro)!
You know what ~ I’m going to have to go back and remedy this one. Stay tuned for an updated report.
The Pistachio Chai Tea Float
So this one didn’t wasn’t really calling us to give it a try. Neither of us are really huge fans of pistachio-flavored anything. Though Hubby is definitely more neutral than I am on it, it just wasn’t something we felt we needed to try to know it wasn’t going to be a favorite. I’m very curious to see who actually has given this one a chance and what they thought about it.
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What Other Holiday Snacks Does Magic Kingdom Have?
No matter what the plan is for the day, a stop must be made at The Confectionary every holiday season. At the least, we have to take a gander at what’s on display. The Confectionary always has an assortment of holiday favorites. Guests can find everything from cupcakes and rice krispie treats to cookies and festive candy apples.
We originally stopped in because we thought the Twice upon a Christmas cupcake was sold here. Total transparency ~ we were extremely tempted by the colorful array of sweetness on display ~ and almost caved. Alas, we kept our focus and held it together. Next time, perhaps…
The Seasonal Specialty Popcorn Bucket
Every season seems to bring a uniquely styled and applicably themed popcorn bucket to the parks. Why should Christmas 2020 be any different, right? This year’s design at Magic Kingdom is that of a Christmas Tree and it has some features that I don’t know that we’ve ever seen before – or at least I know I haven’t. This popcorn bucket LIGHTS UP!!! Yes! LIGHTS UP!
It takes a simple battery and has three different settings of entertaining light rhythms. I’m so excited – I manipu….I mean, Hubby was so sweet. He agreed that this was just something I had to have for my holiday office décor. (clears throat). There are two options from which to choose ~ a green tree or a white tree ~ and both light up.
Quick note: The “string of lights” does have the potential to detach from the bucket. The same pertains to the “light bulbs.” I met a young women in line who had already purchased one and planned to glue the “string” to the tree once they returned home. Just something to think about, especially if you have littles…or dogs.
Did I miss any Magic Kingdom Holiday Treats?
Do you have a Disney trip planned this holiday season and are you determined to enjoy some of these treats? Have you been to Magic Kingdom already and sought out the edible holiday offerings? I’d love to know what you’ve tried and thought, especially if I overlooked a treat or two. You may just send me back to the Magic Kingdom to find them! Be sure to let me know below which treats above sound delicious to you and might just make that holiday wish list should you visit Magic Kingdom this holiday season.
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