It’s summertime. It’s parade time. And it’s hot. If you spend the morning catching attractions and save parade time for food on the run, here are some portable ideas along the route of “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” in Disneyland park – beyond turkey legs and Mickey Ice Cream Bars.
If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, head to Blue Ribbon Bakery on Main Street, U.S.A., for an iced coffee or mocha (you can add a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, that’s up to you). If you want carbs, nearby Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner offers a jalapeño-cheese-filled pretzel (cream cheese if you don’t like spicy). Or a hot dog – but we’ll point you across the street to the Little Red Wagon near Plaza Inn for the all-time favorite Disneyland corn dog. If you haven’t had one, it’s time.
If ice cream is your vacation splurge, stop on Main Street, U.S.A., at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, where you can fill a waffle cup with mocha almond fudge ice cream topped with hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream and a cherry (or behave with a single scoop). There’s also ice cream at the Main Street Cone Shop window, where you’ll be tempted with two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle. You pass the Main Street Fruit Cart to reach this window, so if you’re feeling guilty, just stop there for fresh pineapple, oranges, bananas, grapes, watermelon and other healthfully delicious snacks.
A short stroll west of the parade route, over in New Orleans Square, we recommend the decadent Mickey-shaped beignets with an iced mocha coffee or a New Orleans mint julep (sans alcohol, of course) from the Mint Julep Bar. And if you’re a Dole Whip fan, you’ll just have to hurry over to the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland for a float or soft-serve. Surely someone will save your spot.
What’s your favorite Disneyland park snack?