Are you looking for the absolute BEST Disney World Christmas treats and snacks for this holiday season?
Listen up all you foodies out there, Santa has been extra good to us this year by bringing some of best goodies we’ve ever seen to Walt Disney World!
But if you really want to get your hands of these limited time sweet treats, you’re going to need to study up!
Today, I’m going to show you the Top 10 Disney Christmas Treats and Desserts, where to get them, as well as some helpful tips and the questions I’m asked the most so make sure you read the full guide.
So, if you’ve got dreams of sugar, spice, and everything nice… let’s goooo!
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2023 Disney Christmas Snacks and Food at Glance:
- You can enjoy all of the Disney holiday festivities starting November 11, 2023
- Be sure to wear some festive and holiday-themed clothing to get the best Disney Christmas pictures while you’re here
- Disney Spring has many Christmas treat options for you to choose from and admission is free!
- Don’t forget to check out the incredible food and entertainment on property
- Be sure to check out my gingerbread-inspired gift recommendations for that special person in your life below!
- When it comes to treats and desserts, Disney’s Hollywood Studios certainly come to play. In fact, you’ll find more than one on my Top 10!
After to get all of the best things to eat at Disney World for Christmas, keep reading to get a full guide on the best way to explore this holiday experience like a pro!
1. Gingerbread Martini at Various Various Table-Service Restaurants
Check out this adorable sweet treat with a refreshing edge.
The Gingerbread Martini at various Disney World restaurants showcases a Grey Goose Vodka, RumChata Liqueur, and gingerbread spice featuring a rim of homemade gingerbread from the bakery teams.
As if we needed another reason to LOVE Disney at Christmastime?!
Available through January 7th 2024.
2. Peppermint Igloo at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
Is is just me or does this Peppermint Igloo look absolutely irresistible?
No where else would I rather hunker down with me feet in the sand and enjoy a festive cake than Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Available November 15 through December 30, 2023.
3. Holiday Waffle Sundae at Magic Kingdom (Sleepy Hollow Refreshments)
Funnel cake is thought of as one of theme park’s most quintessential items. And Sleepy Hollow Refreshment’s makes it darn near impossible to pass up.
This gussied up version of the traditional Funnel Cake features a giant scoop of yummy Peppermint ice cream, M&M’S chocolate candies, House-made red velvet waffle and just the right amount of hot fudge.
Available November 9th through December 22nd of 2023 at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only!
4. Red Velvet Christmas Wreath Doughnut at Magic Kingdom (Various Carts)
Is there such a thing as a bad doughnut? I think not!
If you’re a fan of red velvet, you’re going to LOVE the Christmas Wreath Doughnut, highlighting a red velvet base with smooth green buttercream and adorable Holiday sprinkle decorations.
If I had to choose between the Christmas Wreath Doughnut and Funnel Cake Sundae, I would choose the Christmas Wreath Doughnut.
It is easy to cary around the parks and is a touch more festive, in my opinion!
Available November 9th through December 31st 2032 at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only and regular park hours!
5. Traditional Holiday Meal at EPCOT (American Holiday Table)
If you’ve never went to EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays before, I am so excited for you.
Just be prepared to CRAVE this delightful tradition from now on whenever you visit Walt Disney World for Christmas.
Located at American Holiday Table Food Booth in the American Adventure Pavilion at the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays, you will find a smoked turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy…
…better known as… THE BEST THING EVER!
If you love all things Thanksgiving, this is the dish for you.
In fact, this is so authentically American, it is a surprise that it is not serve at Disney’s EPCOT in the American Pavilion year-round! *hint, hint, wink, wink*
Available November 24th – December 30th of 2023.
6. Maple Bûche de Noël at EPCOT (Holiday Hearth Desserts)
Beautiful, delicate, and festive, the Maple Bûche de Noël offers a maple mousse and cranberry rolled in a gingerbread chiffon cake.
I love the inventive combination of maple and cranberry together. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Holiday Hearth Desserts and neither should you.
I’m still waiting to see if it will return this year.
Available November 24th – December 30th of 2023.
7. Macaron in France Pavilion at EPCOT (Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen)
Well, we’ve found out most Insta-worthy item, that’s for sure!
For starters, the macarons at EPCOT are extraordinarily good.
Now, add a little holiday flare and you’ve got the gorgeous Macaron lollipop with peppermint and Valrhona chocolate ganache.
A little bit of advice… don’t order just one. You’re not going to want to share this one!
And if this little Disney holiday treat is not available during your visit, be sure to head over to the bakery in the France Pavilion called Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie where you can choose the festive macaroon that’s best for you!
Available November 24th – December 30th of 2023.
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8. Snickerdoodle Gingerbread Cookie Sandwich at EPCOT (Karamell Küche)
Two light and fluffy gingerbread cookies with a sweet buttercream frosting center and salted caramel drizzle. I shouldn’t have to say more to convince you… but I will.
This is one of the BEST things I have ever tried in my 30+ year history of going to Walt Disney World.
I love how the slight spice from the gingerbread tamps down some of the sweetness of the buttercream. Meanwhile, the salted caramel makes it just a little savory.
Is it a treat, dessert, snack, or meal?! I don’t know. But at $6.99 per cookie, you can’t go wrong!
The availability of this items varies. Though it is a holiday exclusive item, it has popped up on the menu throughout the calendar year. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. However, given the gingerbread base, we’re counting it (you can find the Snickerdoodle version more often)!
9. Holiday Minnie Mouse Bundt Cake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (ABC Commissary)
How adorable is this cake?
This jolly addition to ABC Commissary presents a beautiful spice cake rolled in cinnamon-sugar with apple pie filling and topped with spiced maple buttercream and salted caramel icing.
Honestly, the ingredients would have been enough to sell me. But that little bit of Minnie Mouse representation helped take it the extra mile.
Available November 11th 2023 through January 1st 2024
10. Candy Cane Milkshake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Hollywood Scoops )
Is there anything that says CHRISTMAS better than a Candy Cane??? How about a Candy Cane Milkshake?!
Taste the holidays with this truly indulgent peppermint ice cream shake topped with whipped cream, chocolate cake doughnut, and candy cane sprinkles.
Now, I am a sucker for anytime Disney throws a cake or doughnut on top of anything! But if you’re apprehensive about this minty shake, don’t be.
Despite the peppermint ice-cream and candy cane sprinkles, it’s actually much sweeter than you may expect.
Available through January 1st of 2024.
BONUS ITEM: Half Dozen Christmas Donuts at Disney Springs (Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew)
I know, I said Top 10… but who doesn’t love a little extra food around the holidays?
I simply couldn’t resist adding the Half Dozen Christmas Donuts from Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew to the list! I’m mean… just look at them!
If you’re a local (or staying nearby), this is the perfect way to bring a little Disney magic back home with you this holiday season!
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When are Disney World Christmas Treats and Desserts Available?
One of the most important things to know about Walt Disney World treats and desserts is their release date, as well as their end date. This year it will start November 9, 2023 with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
However, the easiest answer that seems to take care of the majority of items is “mid-November to late-December.” But as you seasoned ThemeParkHipster knows well, nothing at Disney is that straight forward.
Believe it or not, some of this festive fare is only available for a single week – not ideal if you have a vacation coming up and you’ve got your eye on something special. Frankly, the timeline just may not work out!
That is why is imperative to know the specifics, which treats are available, where, and when.
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Where to Find Disney World Christmas Treats and Snacks?
As we discussed, every mid-November to late-December, Walt Disney World offers limited time only treats and desserts filled with festive flavors of peppermint, gingerbread, chocolate, caramel, oh-so-much-more.
But where exactly are all these goodies hiding?
Thankfully, if they are hiding… they’re not doing a very good job.
However, some locations are better than others. Keep reading to find out where…
Who Has the BEST Disney World Christmas Treats and Desserts?
To me, Disney Springs and Hollywood Studios has the best Disney World Christmas snacks.
So, if you can find Disney Christmas Treats and Desserts all over Walt Disney World property, where is the number one spot to fill your Christmas stocking full of goodies?
Well, that depends on what you’re after.
I’ve gone ahead and broken down a few categories to help further assist you in your quest!
Who Has the Most Disney Christmas Treats and Desserts?
If you’re looking to one-stop-shop, you cannot beat Disney Springs! I mean, come on – the whole place is practically one giant eatery!
Personally, I like it because it is free of admission, easy to navigate, and tends to be far less busy than the parks!
Who Has the Best Variety Disney Christmas Treats and Desserts?
Given the cultural culinary display that is World Showcase, EPCOT has the best overall variety of Christmas Treats and Desserts.
Some of my favorite hot spots to get the best holiday food at EPCOT include:
- American Holiday Table
- Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen
- Karamell Küche
Who to Skip for Disney Christmas Treats and Desserts?
You know I love the food and drink at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. And that is why is pains me to say…
Not only is this season’s lineup is the most forgettable, but it is also the most difficult park to get your hands on holiday offerings, due to their varying times of availability.
Unlike other parks, almost every bite is released on a separate date. So, if you’re hoping to swing by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park on December 15th for example), two of their three sweets wouldn’t even be available yet.
By all means, don’t let this deter you from checking out some incredible bites. Just make sure you pay really close attention to those dates!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Holiday Snacks and Treats
- Creature Comforts (Available Dec. 22 through 31): Mickey Holiday Mousse Dome: Amaretto-chocolate mousse, cherry-cranberry coulis, orange-chocolate cake, white chocolate glaçage, and chocolate Mickey ears
- Pizzafari and Restaurantosaurus (Available Dec. 1 through 29; mobile order available): Merry Menagerie Cupcake: Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese filling and frosting
- Satu’li Canteen (Available Dec. 22 through 31; mobile order): Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse: Peppermint-cream cheese mousse, peppermint sauce, peppermint candy pieces, and chocolate cookie crumbs
Which Disney Christmas Treats and Desserts Will Be Easiest to Get?
Want to avoid the ultra-long lines? Give the Disney resorts a try!
Not only are the offerings well-themed and super creative… they’re also easily available in a fun and festive atmosphere.
Here are just a few reasons the Disney resorts are the absolute best place to get your holiday goodies:
- Free admission
- Quick lines
- Most variety
- Calm lobby to enjoy your sugar crash
I mean, come on… who wants to rush eating their confections while walking elbow-to-elbow down Main Street, U.S.A.?
The resorts provide an atmosphere and ambiance that encourages you to sit back, relax, and enjoy. It’s really feels like you’re “home for the holidays.”
The Hidden Gem at Disney World for the Holidays
And when it comes to creative culinary concoctions, EPCOT and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park reign supreme.
So, what about Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
I am such a sucker for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially around the holidays.
There is just something about the golden age of Hollywood that fits right with joy and grandeur of Christmastime.
Maybe it’s the tinsel all over Tinseltown!?
Don’t forget to check out the NEW Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios that will have AMAZING holiday treats and entertainment for you this year!
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What to Know Before Going to Disney World for Christmas in 2023
Now that you know what the best holiday treats at Disney are, let’s go over a couple of questions to help you have an easy trip!
Can you bring snacks and water bottles to Disney?
Good news! You are allowed to bring outside food and (non-alcoholic) beverages into the park as long as they’re not in glass containers.
In fact, I suggest bringing your own bottled water to save money!
How long is Walt Disney World Decorated for Christmas?
Walt Disney World Resort officially begins celebrating the holiday on Nov. 11, 2023. Typically, the festivities last time through the first week of January.
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My Final Thoughts on the Disney World Christmas Treats and Desserts
I’m not going to lie to you, this list was hard to narrow down. There are just SO MANY amazing treats and desserts this year. Almost all of them look and sound incredible!
But I am confident that if you follow this guide, you won’t be disappointed.
And if you want to drop your own Top 10 Disney World Christmas Treats and Desserts in our comments below, we would love to hear from you!
Until Next Time, Happy Hopping Hipsters!
Ted Wioncek III is a professional Show Director, who specializes in developing highly themed experiences with immersive live entertainment. His work has garnered him a reputation as a “master in storytelling.”
In addition, he is also a Walt Disney World Annual Passholdin’-D23 lovin’-DVC card carryin’-theme park enthusiast, specializing in theatrical review, food critique, and double-blind Dole Whip taste testing. Ted lives in sunny Florida with his beautiful wife, daughter, and their adorable rescue beagle, affectionately named, Professor Indiana Bones. You can contact him at TheDisneyPassport@gmail.com.
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(Original Article Date: November 22, 2022/Updated by Editor on November 8, 2023)