The giant Mickey Mouse donut looks bigger than this girl’s face.
On a steamy summer morning, the crowds are splashing through puddles, and the lines have begun to form at the Magic Kingdom, but 10-year-old Lauren Boyd of West Sussex, England, is elated.
“We’re at Disney World!” she says, and at the park’s venerable Lunching Pad restaurant, spies an utterly Disneyesque, utterly American confection: a gigantic, strawberry-frosted, vividly sprinkled, three-ringed Mickey Celebration Donut.
“May I?” she asks, her dad produces the $8.99, and Lauren prepares to share the massive pastry with family members, but not before she grabs her phone.
No one has told her that one of the points of the doughnut and other bright snacks introduced to Walt Disney World this summer is that they are monumentally photogenic — “Instagrammable” if you will. In 2019, it seems natural to photograph foods so unique, reports Florida Today, which is part of the USA TODAY Network..
Disney parks and properties are full of snacks and desserts that make good pictures as well as good eating this summer, from classic banana splits with the look of Minnie Mouse to a Bathtub Party Sundae.
Oreo cookies provide Minnie ears that are decorated with white-dotted red bows. The bathtub sundae — vanilla ice cream, confetti cake, whipped cream and chocolate rubber duckies, topped with sprinkles, served in a bathtub-shaped dish — is one cool treat available at H2O Glow Nights, Typhoon Lagoon’s glow-in-the-dark parties.
Nothing outdoes the Magic Kingdom, however.
The Wish Granted Donut at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland represents another Disney hit: the live-action film “Aladdin,” which already had a ride, complete with animatronic camel, on-site, and its animated predecessor. The gastronomic tribute is glazed, coated in gold sprinkles and decorated with a genie lamp in chocolate and a puff of blue cotton candy.
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The Mickey Milkshake, available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland, also goes in for the cotton candy look, this time in bright yellow, above a brilliantly pink-colored strawberry shake with a Mickey marshmallow straw.
At Pinocchio’s Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom is the dulce de leche-filled Tangled Wall Eclair, with its white chocolate whipped cream, sugar flowers and purple craquelin with a miniature frying pan in chocolate on top, available for a limited time.
And because it is summertime, cold treats are natural, with another massive one, the limited-edition Peanut Butter Dream Sundae, having made its debut at the Plaza restaurant on Main Street last month. It is a bowl of peanut butter cup ice cream coated in hot fudge, decorated with chocolate chip and peanut butter morsels and topped with whipped cream, all atop a peanut butter brownie.
That’s not the half of it; new summer offerings are everywhere.
At the Satu’li Canteen, part of the Pandora attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can get a blueberry cream cheese mousse with passionfruit curd, and chocolate cake comes with a layer of cookie, banana cream and goji berries, all very much in keeping with the restaurant’s world view and healthy outlook, according to those who present it.
Otherwise, there are Lion King cupcakes, a Mickey Ice Cream Chocolate Sundae and colorful cakes that represent the flavors of Africa, Asia and the Amazon areas.
“The cultures we have at Disney’s Animal Kingdom play a huge role in what we do, and our guests always want to experience those flavors,” Chef Meredith O’Connor said. “(Walt Disney World) has undergone some changes the past few years, and we’ve started to change the boundaries of what theme park is or should be. We draw so much inspiration from the cultures represented here.”
If the move toward higher-quality, more photographable snacks seems less at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it probably is because of the changes that will come to those parks in the weeks ahead.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios is not that far, far away with its unique bars and restaurants, and much of this summer’s non-galactic culinary emphasis has been on the opening of the Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant, coming to Toy Story Land sometime in the future.
Epcot, lovingly known by cast members as “Festival Land,” has an ever-changing culinary component in kiosks as well as restaurants. The next big foodie event, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, will open Aug. 29 and run through Nov. 23.
Disney Springs, on the other hand, fully positions itself as a culinary destination, thanks, in part, to celebrity restaurateurs like Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Art Smith and Rick Bayless, who operate there. The popular restaurants and shopping venue also fosters a street food/dessert-rich environment with kiosks and bakeries as well as full-service restaurants.
This summer it has a distinctively citrusy theme, Flavors of Florida 2019, and unlike the other limited-edition summer offerings, which will go away earlier, these will remain through Sept. 2.
They include blood orange mousse, a shining, orange-like dome of lemon chiffon cake with grapefruit gelée, available at Amorette’s Patisserie; and a key lime ganache pop, in which white chocolate is blended with key lime juice and lime zest, enrobed in high quality dark chocolate.
Wine Bar George, which is becoming nearly as well-loved for its food as its wines, has one of the summer’s most popular treats, the Frozcato (think Dole Whip with wine) Cookie Sandwich, frozen pineapple filling between a pair of house-made sugar cookies.
“Let me see that,” 14-year-old Jon Welby of Cocoa said after a relative picks up a chocolate cupcake topped with the Mickey Mouse Club-style Mickey Mouse in dark and white chocolate.
Out comes the phone. Away flies the photograph. Instagrammable.
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