Top 10 Comfort Foods at Walt Disney World Resort

Comfort food is defined as a food (or drink) that provides a sense of well-being and is usually high in sugar or carbs. That pretty defines everything I love to eat, so narrowing down a list of my favorite "comfort food" at Disney World might seem daunting.

What's your favorite Disney World comfort food?What's your favorite Disney World comfort food?

However, after some deliberation I managed to come up with a list of my top 10 comfort foods at Disney World. The list features savory and sweet items and it's all stuff that I have to get each time I visit Disney!

10. Empanadas at La Cantina de San Angel:
Deep fried dough pockets filled with cheese and then topped with sour cream sauce, queso freso, and green salsa, these empanadas are the perfect lunch when you're in Mexico. Or if you're willing to share they make a great snack too! You just can't beat fried dough filled with cheese.

9. Loaded Plaza Fries: Remember Figaro Fries from back in the day? Well, they've been reincarnated at The Plaza Inn as Loaded Plaza Fries and you have to order them! This plate of crispy French fries is topped with melted cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing. Loaded Plaza Fries should be on your must-eat list the next time you're at the Magic Kingdom.

Have you tried the Loaded Plaza Fries?Have you tried the Loaded Plaza Fries?

8. Charred Strip Steak with Five-Cheese Macaroni: You'll find this dish at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano at Disney's Hollywood Studios and it is the perfect comfort food. The steak is always cooked perfectly and the mac and cheese is one of the best on property. This might not be your first choice on a hot summer day, but you won't regret it.

7. S.E.A. Shu Mai from Skipper Canteen: This must-have appetizer is steamed dumplings filled with pork, shrimp, edamame, and spices wrapped in Gyoza skins. You guys. If there is ONE thing you MUST order at Skipper Canteen it is the Shu Mai. It is so GOOD. Also, if you'd like to make the Shu Mai at home, our friends at the Disney Food Blog have the recipe.

S.E.A. Shu Mai at Skipper CanteenS.E.A. Shu Mai at Skipper Canteen

6. Bread Pudding at 'Ohana: This is hands-down one of my favorite desserts at Disney World (and currently the only reason I would go back to 'Ohana for dinner). If you aren't looking to dine at 'Ohana you can also order this at the Tambu Lounge at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Bread pudding topped with banana caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. You know you want some.

'Ohana Bread Pudding is a must-have!'Ohana Bread Pudding is a must-have!

5. Tonga Toast: We're going to stay at the Poly for a minute because the next item on my comfort food list is Tonga Toast. This is my must-have breakfast item and I've been known to trek to the Poly before heading to a theme park JUST to get this. Deep fried French Toast stuffed with bananas then coated in cinnamon sugar. There's nothing better than eating Tonga Toast in the morning. Side of bacon not necessary.

Tonga Toast from Captain Cook'sTonga Toast from Captain Cook's

4. Mickey Waffles: Another comfort food breakfast item is Mickey Waffles. These have been on my must-eat comfort food list for as long as I've been making foodie lists. I don't care if they're plain, topped with syrup, or even topped with bananas foster sauce ... nothing beats Mickey Waffles. [OK, in all honesty I prefer them with bananas foster sauce, but I'll eat 'em plain too].

Mickey Waffles are a Disney breakfast stapleMickey Waffles are a Disney breakfast staple

3. Funnel Cake: It doesn't matter if I'm at Disney World or a local fair - if there's funnel cake available I'm going to order one! One again, there's something about fried dough (this time topped with powdered sugar) that makes sweet like funnel cake totally irresistible. If you're looking for a sweeter treat be sure to order yours topped with ice cream!

2. Caramel Corn: If there's one sweet comfort food I have to get every visit to Epcot it's the house-made caramel corn from Karamell Kuche in the Germany pavilion. In fact, we usually buy one bag to snack on at the park and another to take back to the hotel. It's also a great treat to bring home (a few seconds in a microwave will freshen it up at home!).

Caramel Corn from Karamell KucheCaramel Corn from Karamell Kuche

1. Dole Whip Float: And finally, my most favorite Disney World comfort food is the Dole Whip Float. It's the one food that gives me that "yeah, I'm at Disney World" feeling. And I MUST get it at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom. Sure you can get Dole Whip with rum at the Animal Kingdom and you can get Dole Whip at the Poly, but I gotta have mine at the Magic Kingdom. It's a thing. ;-D

Dole Whip Float!Dole Whip Float!

There ya have it ... a list of must-have comfort foods at Disney World! We'd love to hear about your comfort food items. Leave us a comment and let us know your favorites.

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 08/01/2017 - 22:50:

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Art Smith's Mac-and Cheese at Homecomin' is luscious, the ultimate comfort food for me.

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