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An Inside Scoop of the Best Disneyland Desserts

Wondering what to eat at Disneyland? Do you have a sweet tooth? If your answer is yes, then you have come to the right place. We might be a little biased since we are all about “Our Sweet Adventures”, but the best food at Disneyland is the desserts – hands down! They have everything you can imagine. The Disneyland desserts literally look as if they are out of a whimsical dream because they are so full of life. From the famous Dole Whip to Mickey and Minnie ear macarons, beignets, and caramel apples – desserts were invented to be enjoyed at Disneyland. So if you are ready to bite into something sweet, enjoy my ultimate Disneyland food guide for desserts!

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Why Desserts are the Best Food at Disneyland

As a former pastry chef, I was more than impressed with the Disneyland desserts. They were not only creative but also spot on with flavor and texture. It is not easy to be perfect with high volume guests, but Disneyland knocks it out of the park with consistent, quality desserts. Of course, the savory food options are also delicious, but the best food at Disneyland is desserts because of the magical creations, flavor, and accessibility. You can easily find carts of sweets and treats throughout Disneyland. Furthermore, it is also very easy to enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone, popcorn or churro in line than a hamburger or salad.

Another great reason why desserts are the best food at Disneyland – they are always introducing new desserts to celebrate an event and/or occasion. To stay creative, they will release special edition desserts throughout the year to celebrate an occasion such as Mickey and Minnie’s birthday! They also create savory items, but the desserts definitely triumph over the savory food because they have more fun options. So whether you are visiting Disneyland for the first time or a season passholder, there is always something new and delicious to try.

Last but not least, you can mobile order your Disneyland desserts! We all know time is precious at Disneyland, so to make your day efficient you can order food at participating dining establishments using Disneyland’s mobile app. Once you order your dessert such as Dole Whip, pick it up at the Tiki Juice Bar and make your way to the next ride with your sweet treat.

A couple holding hands posing as the Mickey and Minnie mural to celebrate their birthday.

The Best Desserts to Eat at Disneyland

I know what you are thinking, where do I even begin to try and find something to eat at Disneyland. It is seriously overwhelming how many places there are to eat in such a small theme park, especially when it comes to dessert. So we did all the hard work for you. We know all the best desserts to eat at Disneyland and where to find them. So without further ado, here are the best everyday Disneyland desserts including California Adventure Park!

Gourmet Donuts

Location: Coffee Cart at Main Street U.S.A. near Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland

A Gourmet Donut from Disneyland glazed in chocolate and covered in Reeses and Butterfinger chunks.

Start your day at Disneyland with a breakfast for champions – gourmet donuts! These gourmet donuts are baked fresh every day and are only available until they run out. So make sure the Coffee Cart is your first stop at Disneyland. Though the pastry chef has endless flavor combinations, the Coffee Cart only sells three different types of donuts a day for the entire week. Once you try one gourmet donut, you will be making your way back to try the next new flavor. We enjoyed two of the three donuts featured – Reeses & Butterfinger and Lemon Curd Pie. Wow, they were absolutely divine! These fresh yeast donuts are fried to perfection and packed with flavor. A few other gourmet donut flavors that have been featured are Chocolate Covered Potato Chip, Matterhorn Macaron, Dole Whip, Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, S’mores, Fruity Pebbles, Chocolate Chip, Pineapple Coconut, Maple Bacon and plenty more.

Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron

Location: Jolly Holly Bakery Cafe at Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland

The Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron is a light red macaron cookie shaped as Mickey Mouse's head filled with a raspberry rose mousse.

A Disneyland staple is the “Insta-worthy” oversized Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron. I think you can hear Mickey giggle and say “Oh Boy!” when you receive your scrumptious macaron because it is pure magic. The French macaron is filled with raspberry rose mousse and fresh raspberries. The raspberries not only add a bright and sweet tartness but they also give the macaron some height and lovely appeal. The macaron cookie was perfectly crisp and adds a great contrast of texture to the raspberries and creamy mousse. Truly one of the most refreshing and satisfying Disneyland desserts.

Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num

Location: Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums at Pixar Pier in California Adventure Park

Sometimes there is nothing more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk. That is exactly what Jack-Jack does, but since he is the most incredible super baby, he elevates his cookies to the next level. The Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num is a warm and gooey, deep dish chunky chocolate chip cookie that is nearly as big as your head. The cookie is so rich and delicious it’s best to savor it with your choice of milk (chocolate, strawberry, almond, soy or 1%). Lastly, it is best enjoyed after you go on the Incredicoaster, one of Disneyland’s best rides for adults.

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Tigger’s Tails

Location: Pooh Corner at Critter Country in Disneyland

These Tigger Tails are a great surprise for Disneyland guests. Most people, including me, would not think four marshmallows covered in caramel and white (colored orange) chocolate would taste delicious, but “hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo” they do! You can find this bright colored striped Disneyland dessert inside Pooh Corner along with several other house-made treats. Guests can also watch the Disney crew members make the tasty Tigger Tails from a glass window inside the store for a fun experience.

Mickey-Shaped Beignets

Location: Cafe Orleans and Mint Julep Bar at New Orleans Square in Disneyland

Beignets shaped like Mickey Mouse covered in powdered sugar with two dipping sauces.
Mickey Beignets Flickr photo by pattyonflickr shared under a Creative Commons CC BY 2.0 license

Another Disneyland dessert staple is the Mickey-Shaped Beignets. These delectable beignets are the only Disneyland dessert listed that can be enjoyed during a sit-down meal or a to-go snack. After a fantastic lunch or dinner at the well-known Cafe Orleans, make sure you leave room for these pillowy, soft beignets. They are topped with powdered sugar and served with two dipping sauces – a fruit coulis and a house-made vanilla crème anglaise. Or you can take the Mickey-Shaped Beignets to go in a 3 or 6 pack at Mint Julep Bar where they are only served with powdered sugar on top. The only way you can go wrong is if you leave Disneyland without trying a Mickey-Shaped Beignet.

Funnel Cake Fries

Location: Award Weiners at Hollywood Land in California Adventure Park

Funnel cake shaped like French fries covered in whipped cream with two Oreos to symbolize Mickey ears.

You can always count on the amazing Disney pastry chefs to whip up new Funnel Cake Fries’ creations at Disney’s California Adventure Park. The decadent dessert is always changing on the Seasonal Offerings menu at Award Weiners. In the past, they have served Fruity Cereal, Cookies and Cream, Gingerbread, and Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake Fries. The Funnel Cake Fries are a simple, yet genius take on a funnel cake. The funnel cake batter is fried golden brown in the shape of long tubes and topped with the seasonal ingredients and whipped cream. In addition, Award Weiners also features a second type of funnel fries, Churro Funnel Cake Fries! Just like its predecessor, the Churro Funnel Cake Fries are fried to perfection but are tossed in cinnamon sugar and then topped with fun flavors.

Churros

Location: Several locations throughout Disneyland and California Adventure Park 

A famous and classic Disneyland dessert that has a huge fan base is the churros. With so many creative and beautiful desserts in Disneyland, how can a simple Spanish deep-fried dough delicacy be so loved by guests? Because its Disney and they make everything magical! It is very easy to find churros because there are several Churro Cart locations throughout both parks. So you are bound to buy one before you leave. What makes the churros in Disneyland special are the endless flavor options. The churro flavors are created based on the park location or current event. At every Churro Cart, you will find a different churro flavor which also includes dipping sauces. Some flavors that you can find on your Disneyland Churro Crawl are Carrot Cake, Senor Buzz (Flaming Hot Cheetos), Pineapple Marshmallow, S’mores, Strawberry, and more.

Dole Whip

Location: Tiki Juice Bar at Adventureland in Disneyland

Swirls of a frozen treat in a cup called Dole Whip, a famous Disneyland dessert

The most popular and legendary Disneyland dessert with no Mickey Mouse ears is the famous Dole Whip. What is Dole Whip? It is a luscious and magical non-dairy, soft serve dessert made with Dole pineapple juice. Once you try it, you would never believe this frozen treat is non-dairy because of its silky texture. You would swear it tastes and feels like gelato ice cream. In addition to flavor and texture, what makes Dole Whip special is its long history with Disneyland. Dole Whip became a Disneyland dessert in 1986 and has been stealing hearts ever since. Today, they even have Dole Whip Floats which includes pineapple juice. You can also get your Dole Whip and Floats with vanilla or orange, but we highly recommend the original pineapple. This is also a dessert you will definitely want to order ahead on the mobile app because the lines can get as long as the rides.

Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bar

Location: Clarabelle’s at Buena Vista Street in California Adventure Park

Two hand-dipped ice creams bars covered in chocolate from California Adventure Park. One ice cream bar has chocolate chips while the other has white and pink heart shaped sprinkles.

How does Disneyland continue to make simple desserts taste out of this world? I swear they truly have magic. I know a hand-dipped ice cream bar sounds boring compared to all the other Disneyland desserts, but trust me this will be one of the best ice cream bars you will ever have. Using Dreyer’s ice cream, the staff will dip your ice cream in some decadent chocolate and coat it in fun sprinkles. You can either order a seasonal Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bar or customize your own! You can choose from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, mocha almond fudge, chocolate chip, cookie dough, or butter pecan (no sugar added). Then you choose either dark or milk chocolate and finish it with your choice of toppings. Viola! You have created your very own magical Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bar at Disneyland. In addition to the Dole Whip, this is the best summer treat.

Caramel Apples at Disneyland

There are so many delicious caramel apples at Disneyland that I needed to include them all. The caramel apples can be found at Pooh Corner and Candy Palace & Candy Kitchen in Disneyland and Trolley Treats in California Adventure Park. At all of the locations, guests can watch the Disney crew members dip the fresh apples in the luscious caramel with its desired components.

‘Apple Pie’ Caramel Apple

Location: Pooh Corner at Critter Country and Candy Palace & Candy Kitchen at Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland and Trolley Treats at Buena Vista Street in California Adventure Park

The ‘Apple Pie’ Caramel Apple is a sweet and refreshing caramel apple that tastes like fall and available all year long. It has been a beloved Disneyland dessert for many guests throughout the years. It is a Granny Smith apple coated in white chocolate, caramel, and crushed graham crackers with two marshmallows on top to resemble Mickey ears.

Seasonal and Character Caramel Apple

Location: Pooh Corner at Critter Country and Candy Palace & Candy Kitchen at Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland and Trolley Treats at Buena Vista Street in California Adventure Park

A caramel apple shaped and designed like Minnie Mouse - red sugar sprinkles with white M&ms and a polka dot bow on top.

The caramel apple options at Disneyland are almost endless. During every holiday season, you can find a themed caramel apple that is decorated accordingly. Furthermore, you can also find the cutest caramel apples resembling some of the popular Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Nemo, Olaf, and more. Rest assured, guests can find plenty of “Insta-worthy” themed caramel apples to showcase to friends and family.

Chocolate Caramel Hunny Pot Apple

Location: Pooh Corner at Critter Country in Disneyland

One of the cutest caramel apples in Disneyland is the Chocolate Caramel Hunny Pot Apple. The entire caramel apple is dipped in milk chocolate and resembles honey (the caramel) oozing out from the pot. This caramel apple treat is both delicious and adorable, so make sure you don’t go “rumbly in your tumbly” – get your honey at Pooh Corner.


I hope you enjoyed my food guide of the best Disneyland desserts. Though the pastry chefs are always creating something new and magical year long, you can always find these wonderful desserts in the park.



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