The History of Disney’s Mickey Beignets

by | Jan 31, 2024 | Disney History, Disneyland Parks, DLR Food, Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

Discover how the magic of Disney’s Mickey beignets came to the theme parks of Disneyland and Disney World in this look back at the history of an iconic snack.

Disney theme parks and resorts are known for their delicious and iconic snacks. There’s churros, cheeseburger egg rolls, mini corn dogs, the controversial turkey leg, and my personal favorite: Dole Whip. Some of the most popular foods are, of course, shaped like the mouse that started it all, such as the Mickey pretzel, Mickey ice cream bar, and Mickey waffles. 

But the two-eared dessert we’ll be focusing on today is the Mickey beignet. Similar to a donut, this fried dough creation has a soft inside with a crispier outside dusted with powdered sugar. It’s earned a place in Disney snack history, and it’s a beloved treat for countless theme park guests. So, how did Disney’s Mickey beignets get their start? Let’s look at their path to snack greatness below.

The Mickey Beignet Began at Disneyland

Did you know that Mickey beignets actually originated over on the West Coast? They were first offered in Disneyland Park before making their way across the country to Orlando. 

While the classic beignet is amazing on its own, Disneyland is also known for offering special versions throughout the year. From pumpkin to cookies and cream to maple, be sure to keep an eye out for limited time offerings.

Where to Find Mickey Beignets in the Parks

Mickey Beignets at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Mickey Beignets from Scat Cats Club

The Mickey beignets at Scat Cats Club at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Photo by Abby Richardson

If you’re at Walt Disney World, there’s only ONE place you can get Mickey beignets –– and it’s not in a theme park! To get your hands on these, you’ll have to head over to the Port Orleans French Quarter. If you aren’t staying here, then you’ll either have to catch a bus from a park, or take the boat from Disney Springs. Once you’re at Port Orleans, head over to Scat Cat’s Club where you can get an order of beignets with a dipping sauce, such as caramel, strawberry, and chocolate. 

Scat Cat also offers beignets that aren’t Mickey shaped. But what makes these special is that they are infused with booze! You can choose from either Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, or RumChata. 

If you head over to the bar area of Scat Cat, you can also order Mickey beignets with a trio of different sauces: red pepper jelly, pimento cheese, and Green Goddess dressing. 

You can also technically get beignets in the France Pavilion at EPCOT in Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. However, these won’t be Mickey-shaped. 

Mickey Beignets at Disneyland

Mickey Beignets at Disneyland

Mickey-shaped beignets from the Mint Julep Bar at Disneyland. Photo by Cliff Wang

So, where can you find Mickey beignets at Disneyland? You can get these treats at the Mint Julep Bar, located in New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park. Here, you can enjoy some beignets with a non-alcoholic Mint Julep or a selection from a list of other beverages. 

New Orleans Square is themed after the 19th century version of the famous Louisiana city. Two of the most popular attractions are housed here: Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. 

Other restaurants in this area include Cafe Orleans, with tastes that transport you to the French Quarter of New Orleans. You can also experience Cajun and Creole dishes at the Blue Bayou Restaurant, or enjoy some outdoor dining at the Royal Street Veranda. 

The other spot you can grab beignets at Disneyland is over at Downtown Disney. Head to the Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio for New Orleans inspired dining. While these beignets aren’t Mickey-shaped, they are still highly recommended! Other dishes at Jazz Kitchen include Big Easy classics like jambalaya, gumbo, po-boys, and seafood entrees.

Downtown Disney is the Disneyland equivalent of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World (which also used to be called Downtown Disney). It is a shopping complex along with dining and entertainment options located just outside Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. It is walkable from the two parks, whereas Disney Springs requires some sort of transportation from the parks and Disney World resorts. 

There are three on-site resorts at Disneyland: the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel, and Pixar Place Hotel. Downtown Disney serves as a connection point between these three hotels and the two theme parks. It’s a great place not just to pick up some beignets, but just a great place to hang out outside of the parks.

Beign-YAY!

So there you have it. These popular Mickey-shaped snacks got their start in Disneyland, but have made their way over to the East Coast. Next time you’re at Mint Julep Bar or Port Orleans, be sure to check them out!

Posts by David Lee

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David is a corporate operations leader by day and a travel writer by night. He is a lifelong Disney fan and a self-proclaimed Dole Whip enthusiast. There's a good chance you'll find him planning the next trip to take his family on, whether it's to Disney World, a National Park, or some remote island halfway across the world. You can follow his other passion (Disney World and travel photography) on Instagram at @smallworlddavid.
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David Lee

David is a corporate operations leader by day and a travel writer by night. He is a lifelong Disney fan and a self-proclaimed Dole Whip enthusiast. There's a good chance you'll find him planning the next trip to take his family on, whether it's to Disney World, a National Park, or some remote island halfway across the world. You can follow his other passion (Disney World and travel photography) on Instagram at @smallworlddavid.
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