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POLL: Eat What You Want Day With Disney Parks Blog Authors

What would you eat if you could eat anything you want from Disney Parks and Resorts? This is a question I asked a few Disney Parks Blog authors for Eat What You Want Day (which is my new favorite food holiday). Keep reading to find out the authors’ picks:


Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
I chose the 32-ounce Dry Aged Tomahawk Rib Chop from The BOATHOUSE, the newest restaurant at Downtown Disney. The $115 cut is meant for two guests but I actually shared mine with two friends and Executive Chef Bob Getchell. On “Eat What You Want” Day (and any other special occasion!), this is the perfect splurge.


Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
I’m so excited that Critter Country at Disneyland park is open again following its recent refurbishment, because it means I can enjoy my favorite lunch again … the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Hungry Bear Restaurant!


Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
I chose a Mickey Pretzel – it’s something I remember since my first theme park visit. It’s a perfect treat to enjoy while walking through the park and even better dipped in cheese!

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Meeting Olaf at Disney California Adventure Park Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoying an Olaf Marshmallow Pop from Disney California Adventure Park

Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
I love food is ‘character’ themed in our parks – so fun. When I went to “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park a couple of weekends ago, I tried something new. I had an Olaf marshmallow pop and then got to meet Olaf.


Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
A beautiful plate of pristine sushi at California Grill – probably a crispy crab roll.


Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
One of our favorite treats when visiting any Disney Park is the popcorn. The regular popcorn tastes great, but the unique flavors available in certain places make for a special treat. The Buffalo Blue Cheese Flavored Popcorn in Future World at Epcot is definitely one of my favorites, while my boys each have a preference for the cheddar and the sour cream and chive flavors available there. Whether it’s these at Epcot, honey-flavored popcorn at Tokyo Disneyland or dill pickle flavor from the Cozy Cone Motel at Disney California Adventure park, flavored popcorn is an indulgence we can’t resist!


Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
I chose the Chinese Chicken Salad in a Sourdough Bread Bowl from Pacific Wharf Café. There is nothing like walking through Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure park and smelling freshly baked bread. Then, you add a healthy and delicious salad INSIDE it? Truly, a match made in heaven. (I always ask for extra dressing on the side for some “dipping” sauce for my bread.)


And me? I chose a Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle Refreshments in Magic Kingdom Park. Dole Whip has been my go-to for years, it makes me feel like a pineapple princess, and there’s something about enjoying it in Adventureland that makes it even more magical!

Let us know what you would choose to eat on Eat What You Want Day; vote for your pick in our poll below!


  • I love the Monte Cristo sandwich in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. You used to be able to get it to-go, so my husband and I would get one and sit by the river to wait for Fantasmic (back when we were dating). It’s so soft and crisp since it’s fried so perfectly.

  • Definitely the pommes frites and monte cristo at cafe Orleans in Disneyland! and the Mickey ice cream bar and dole whip float in disneyworld

  • I daydream about the chicken quesadilla from the Hearthstone Lounge, the Lobster Nachos at the Cove Bar (DCA), and the Broccoli Cheddar soup in a bread bowl at the Harbour Galley. So we ALWAYS eat these at least once on our annual visit (ok, the lobster nachos are daily thing when we’re there).

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who daydreams about food from Disney Parks! 🙂

  • Oh! The bone in rib eye at Fulton’s Crab House! Follow it up with the chocolate creme brulee. It is a dark chocolate served with several berries. Fulton’s has one cast member that makes all their creme brulee. We think she should train everyone at WDW! Her’s are perfect! The sugar is perfect on top. I can tell if someone else has made it! That’s my favorite. But, I have favorites in each park!

  • I really want to try the fried green tomato sandwich! I love eating at Hungry Bear, it’s my favorite place to eat at Disneyland 🙂

  • At Disneyland, I just LOVE the Lobster sandwich at the… the… the little place across the road from the haunted mansion, where the Sailing Ship Columbia is berthed? Also adore their baked potato with a lobster salad. Real lobster, REALLY delicious and filling meal for a really reasonable price!

    At DCA I have to agree that the salad in a bread bowl is da bomb… but PLEASE PLEASE bring back the Bay Shrimp Salad! It was my reminder of my home ground in the San Francisco area, and now it’s gone (snif!).

    Letting out a secret here, too: you can order your salad-in-a-bread-bowl separate, with the salad on the side instead of within the bowl. This makes it easier to cart leftover bread home if you can’t manage an entire loaf yourself.

    • That yummy Lobster Roll is from Harbour Galley in Disneyland Park!

  • Assuming there are no calories associated with Eat What You Want Day (and that I could still eat like I did when I was in college), I would start the day with Tonga Toast at Kona Kafe, have the Angus Beef Burger for lunch at Beaches & Cream, dinner at Artist Point for a Buffalo Steak and for dessert: a Carrot Cake Cookie at Writer’s Stop at Disney Hollywood Studios.

    • Calories definitely don’t count on Eat What You Want Day – great choices! 🙂

  • When do we get to see the poll results?

  • My choice would be the salted caramel pecan clusters from the Karamell-Kuche in the Germany pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. It might not be the “healthiest” choice but it sure is the most “feel good, taste good” choice!!! Can’t wait until our visit in October!!!

    • Yum! The Dark Chocolate Pineapple Spear is my weakness there. 🙂

  • My vote is for Chef Scott Hunnel’s Victoria & Albert’s restaurant in the Grand Floridian Hotel with his three different types of Wigyu: American, Australian and Japanese! Very yummy and enjoyable at the Chef’s Table!!!

  • I love that Disneyland and Walt Disney World keep getting more great vegetarian and vegan options.

    My favorite meal is the vegan portobello mushroom & couscous macque choux at The Blue Bayou, and my favorite snacks are the veggie skewers at Bengal Barbecue and of course the amazing Dole Whip, which is also vegan!

    Way to go, Disney, for making so many vegetarians and vegans happy!

    • Yum! On the east coast, Sanaa and Boma – Flavors of Africa have some fantastic vegetarian dishes!

  • V&A — scallops, quail, duck and grand marnier soufflé — with the wine pairing.
    Le Cellier — steak, medium rare.
    Fulton’s Crabhouse — lobster stuffed with crab.
    Citricos — almost any dessert …but especially the one with the tiara done in chocolate!!

  • At Disneyland, I recently discovered that I love the Lobster Roll at the Harbour Galley. At DCA, I love the Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta. As for WDW, I’m a big fan of the Chicken alla Parmigiana. When I was there during the Food & Wine Festival, I also had the Mongolian Beef from China, which was to die for.

  • The quail I had at Victoria and Albert’s. It was by FAR the best bite I’ve ever had. But that’s V&A, so, of course. For a less expensive meal, I’d get the Lobster Nachos at Cove Bar in DCA, or if I’m in WDW, the Carciofi Pizza at Via Napoli. Great, now I’m hungry.

    • 🙂

  • Osetra caviar, Maine lobster, king salmon, veal tenderloin. (V & A)

  • I was really hoping somebody would have had a picture taken in front of Habit Heroes.

  • The Kitchen Sink at the Disney’s Beach Club Resort!!!

    • I have a brain freeze just thinking about it!

  • Pork Shank from Gaston’s Tavern, hands down. What else beats something that’s about as big as my head, with a savory taste to match?

  • From Disneyland I say you can’t beat the fried chicken from the Plaza Inn. DCA the Carthay Circle Cheeseburger is just to die for. WDW, thats a tough one – my fav is the Indian Bread Service at Sanaa; what a wonderful appetizer at one of the most underrated WDW table service restaurants. Im sure hungry now!

    • I love Sanaa, great choices!

  • As delicious as all of these choices look, I’d have go with the Firecracker Duck Wings from Carthay Circle Restaurant. They’re the perfect starter for a nice meal – right amount of heat and the duck is very moist and tender.

    • Yum!

  • While all the choices including Eric’s are very good, I think I would pick the Grand Marnier Slush from the kiosk in France (EPCOT). I select this even though I personally do not drink alcoholic beverages of any kind. But I have tried this when my daughter has purchased it and it is fantastic, especially on a hot day. I would recommend it to anyone.

    • C’est délicieux! 🙂

  • I will NEVER, EVER turn down the Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya from the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. I keep wishing for that restaurant to make its way over to the east coast!

    • Great choice! 🙂

  • Oh, anyone can get a Dole Whip, a Mickey Pretzel, a Citrus Swirl (now in its original retro style!) or a buffalo steak at Artist’s Point–
    But just TRY and get into Le Cellier for the Cheddar Cheese Soup!

    • Le Cellier’s Cheddar Cheese Soup is an excellent choice (especially with pretzel bread for dipping)!

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