16 Disney Theme Park Recipes You Can Make at Home Right Now (Bring on the Dole Whip)
While we may not be able to physically visit the Disney parks, the company is making this time of social distancing a little more bearable by sharing the recipes for some of its most popular treats.
Read on for 16 Disney theme park recipes you can make at home.
1. Grilled Cheese
Disney shared the step-by-step instructions for its famous grilled cheese from Toy Story Land on its Disney Parks Blog website. According to the site, the recipe (which comes from Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and surprisingly feeds four) was released in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12). And from the looks of things, it should be pretty easy to recreate.
For this dessert, the ingredients are simple and you probably already have them in your pantry: flour, eggs, sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon and oil for frying. This is your chance to show up everyone who’s been baking sourdough bread on your social media feed. And while it’s not quite the same as biting into a piping hot churro while sweating in the sun at a park filled with kids and their saintly parents, it still tastes just as delicious.
4. Cookie Fries
Yep, we’re talking the Plant-Based Cookie Fries from the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop in Disney World. The chocolate chip dessert sticks are similar to biscotti and normally pair with several (also plant-based) dipping sauces. The best part? The recipe only calls for seven (!) ingredients and makes a whopping 32 fries.
5. Epcot’s Cheddar Cheese Soup
The recipe comes courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog, which says it’s a popular Canadian-inspired dish served at Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse. If you’re still confused about what a cheese soup actually is—no worries, we are too—it’s basically what it sounds like: soup flavored with an entire pound of cheese. Time to break out that immersion blender you’ve used once in your lifetime.
6. Mickey Mouse Beignets
Joining the slew of easy-to-make-at-home theme park options is everyone’s favorite fluffy fried treat from both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. The instructions call for 11 different ingredients, all of which you might already have in your pantry (except for maybe dry yeast).
7. Kitchen Sink Sundae
This legendary Kitchen Sink sundae is a signature dessert from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, a charming boardwalk-inspired eatery with a retro ambiance, ice cream-cone tables and a menu loaded with American comfort food. Fair warning—the recipe calls for 23 toppings and looks like it would take an entire army to finish.
8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana French Toast
While we’re on the topic of sweets...we can’t forget about this chocolate peanut butter banana French toast. The original dish is a seasonal item on the menu at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel. The recipe calls for challah bread, which Disney says “makes the best French toast,” and while they’re not wrong, you could definitely substitute it with any type of bread you have.
9. Grey Stuff
Disney Parks Blog also recently released the instructions (accompanied by a very helpful video) to make their oddly-named Grey Stuff, a pudding-like dish typically served at the Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurants in their parks. Still confused? Revisit the lyrics to the popular song “Be Our Guest,” and it will all make sense.
10. Pumpkin Pancakes
ICYMI: May 15 marked the halfway point to Halloween, which Disney celebrated with a virtual celebration chock-full of devilishly delicious recipes, including these drool-worthy pumpkin pancakes. Picture digging into fluffy, golden-brown pancakes spiked with creamy canned pumpkin. And don’t forget to top it off with lots of butter and syrup.
12. PB&J MILKSHAKE
The famous Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake from the 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios only uses four ingredients and goes from freezer to straw in five minutes—tops. The whipped cream and cherries are *technically* optional…but not in our book.
13. Walt’s Chili
Last month, Disney Family released the recipe Walt’s Chili from Carnation Café. As it turns out, Walt Disney himself was a huge fan of the dish (hence the name), and would often eat it at the studio (we like our food with a little history). Topped with sour cream, cheese and fresh tomatoes, this recipe is fairly simple to make and feeds a family of four.
14. Monte Cristo
This savory breakfast sandwich has been on Disneyland's Blue Bayou restaurant menu for more than 50 years. (For the uninitiated, a Monte Cristo is kind of like a ham and cheese sandwich crossed with French toast that's also battered and deep-fried, which is pretty rich in and of itself.)
We know what you’re thinking: “What in the world are Totchos?” Well, they’re pretty much like nachos, only the ingredients include potato barrels (aka tater tots) coated with beef and bean chili, gooey queso sauce and crunchy corn chips, finished with sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions. You had us at tater tots.
16. PB&J Rolls
Say goodbye to boring old square PB&Js and hello to this twist on a lunchtime staple. Think of it as a regular peanut butter and jelly sandwich, only in sushi roll form. Fear not: There’s no actual fish involved. The recipe, which only includes three ingredients, is so easy, the kids can even help in the kitchen.