Your Must-Eats: 2020 Disney World Food Goals

by | Dec 31, 2019 | Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

The BEST foods I ate Disney World in 2019 to help you plot your 2020 Disney World Food Goals.

I wrote a few days ago about the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Foods of 2019 at Disney World, but you may have noticed in there I said I’m trying to lean into a plant-based diet. I do what I can, but when Food and Wine rolls around, all forethought goes out the window and there I am, waiting in line for a bowl of cheese

Hey, I’m imperfect. Be that as it may, I’m also eating my way through Disney World, partly for your benefit, dear reader. And with Free Dining just announced for Summer 2020, these recommendations are more important than ever!

I have likely eaten MOST of what Disney World has to offer, so without further ado, dear reader, here are my favorite eats at Disney World in 2019 to help you plot your 2020 Disney World Food Goals.

1. Cheese Bowls!

Various Prices, EPCOT Food Festival Booths

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You can usually find a cheese bowl at an EPCOT festival. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

It’s liquid cheese time! Ancestry.com’s genealogy test told me I’m 97% Irish, so that might have something to do with why I ate at the Ireland booth three times during the 2019 Food and Wine Festival season. I am lactose intolerant, and cheese is my weakness, so I still gave this a try and liked it way too much.

I couldn’t get enough, and with the chocolate pudding here too, it was hard not to consider queueing up again for another round. So we did. The cheese dip here was creamy and just salty enough to require a refreshing drink to wash it down, which you know they have plenty of in Ireland, just sayin’.

If you’re like me and just can’t get enough cheese, the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen offered a similar cheese in a bread bowl during Festival of the Holidays. There was a beautiful Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl at the France Pavilion during the Festival of the Arts, and the Food and Wine Festival debuted an entire Cheese Crawl in 2019 that was a hit… and likely to return in 2020, so wipe off that drool and mark your calendar.

2. Sushi Rolls and Atmosphere

$6 to $15, Tokyo Dining in EPCOT

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Tuna Rolls at Tokyo Dining in EPCOT. Photo by Rain Blanken

Table-service dining at any World Showcase pavilion is likely to be pricey, but I found that you can actually score a couple of rolls and some tea at Tokyo Dining for a reasonable price. 

My daughter and I stopped by for lunch after experiencing the UnDiscovered Future World Tour. We were exhausted after hours of intense backstage experiences, so sitting in the quiet of Tokyo Dining was a welcome respite from the crowds.

$10 is a bit on the high side for a sushi roll, but it is comparable to a sushi restaurant not located in one of the most beautiful amusement parks on earth.

I highly recommend the Sunshine Salmon Roll ($15) and Cucumber Roll ($6) with a side of hot tea ($2.95). That’s a decent meal in a tranquil environment for under $25 (before tax/tip).

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3. Tuna Poke Salad

$12.77, Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT

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Almost too much for one person. Photo by Rain Blanken

A bit of a hidden gem, this tuna poke salad seems like something that would be featured on a Food and Wine menu. Except the portion size is incredibly generous! I was on a solo trip doing reconnaissance for the magazine when I tried this dish… and instantly regretted it.

Now, it’s here on the best-of list, so you know I liked it in the end! I was full of regret because I can’t handle ANYTHING spicy. I am a total spice wuss, and the spicy mayo on this bowl of noodles and raw tuna was making my eyes water. 

But… it’s probably not very spicy at all to a regular person, because it was also SO delicious that I ate the entire thing, anyway. It was probably the FIRST time I have ever powered through a spicy dish, and there was so much of it that I was already full and just mechanically eating it. 

4. Escargot Croissant

$5.75, EPCOT Food and Wine Festival: France Pavilion

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Escar-go-get it. Photo by Rain Blanken

Okay, hold up. Confession time. I am a former consumer of the Escargot Croissant. It is available at the France pavilion every time Food and Wine rolls around, and for years, I waited all year to savor its buttery goodness.

Until I got pet snails. Much like my pet turkey, Ziggy ruined my taste for drumsticks on Thanksgiving, my pet snails have really put a damper on escargot. I realize this is strange, but the escargot center of my brain just shut off sometime after I became a snail mom this summer.

But I’m still in the line to get it! My husband has no such qualms. He can probably pet a snail and eat escargot at the same time. So I accompany him in line and watch as he savors what I’m missing. I have to admit that this is still one of the best foods of 2019 (RIP snails).

This is always on the menu in France for Food and Wine, so you’re likely to be able to catch it in 2020.

5. The Bread Service

$18, Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Sanaa bread service arrives at Rain’s table. Photo by Rain Blanken

There’s no point in going to Sanaa if you don’t eat the bread service. If you tell someone that you went to Sanaa, the first thing they will ask is “Did you get the bread service?”. Guaranteed.

With nine sauces and five different types of delicious bread to try, this “appetizer” could honestly be a meal in itself. I mean, you’re at Disney… eating bread for lunch counts as a balanced diet, right?

Our restaurant columnist and layout design guru, Danny Shuster, gave our readers a real eyeful of the bread service in the August 2019 issue of WDW Magazine. Our photos were huge, so if you got this one in the mail, you could practically put it down on your coffee table and pretend you were eating at Sanaa.

Note that options have changed for 2020: While before, you could order the bread service with just 3 sauces for a lower price of $13, now only the 9 sauce option is available, priced at $18.

5. Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

$7.50, Adventureland food cart, Magic Kingdom

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This is your number one food goal for 2020. Photo by Rain Blanken

Honestly, I feel like all I really need to do here is repeat the phrase “cheeseburger spring rolls” to drive the point home, but I’ll elaborate.

Imagine the amazing flakiness of a warm spring roll shell, combined with the juicy splendor that is the onions, beef, cheese, pickles, and ketchup of a McDonald’s Cheeseburger. This is what they taste like. 

Bonus for me, because they also don’t contain enough cheese to trigger my intolerance for lactose, just like a McDonalds Cheeseburger. 

This is the best snack at Walt Disney World. If you can’t or don’t like to eat meat or cheese, I apologize and I hope that you find the snack of your dreams one day. These eggrolls are perfection.

Honorable Mentions:

These didn’t make my list for run-out-and-eat-it in 2020, but I do hope to eat them again this year (and hope Food and Wine brings back my favs!)

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Hoping everyone ate this in 2019 so I can see it again in 2020! Photo by Rain Blanken

Did I Miss One?

So, that’s my list of the best foods I ate in 2019 that I’m already adding to my 2020 Disney World food goals. Did I heinously miss your favorite food? Yell at me for the egregious offense on Instagram.

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Rain Blanken is a published author and leader in digital media. A DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, and former Disney Vacation Planner, Rain would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night.
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Rain Blanken is a published author and leader in digital media. A DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, and former Disney Vacation Planner, Rain would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night.
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