21 Copycat Disney Favorites Bring the Magic Kingdom to You
If you had a canceled spring break trip or postponed your summer vacation at Disney World due to the COVID-19 park closures, cheer up the whole family by recreating popular theme park eats at home. We've rounded up the best copycat recipes from our community with stellar four-star or more reviews so you can bring a taste of the Magic Kingdom to your own kitchen.
Churros are one of Disney's must-try snacks, and they're easier than you think to whip up at home. You can even air-fry these sugary, dough sticks. And don't worry about the ridges not looking as perfect and uniform as those from the churro carts. They'll still taste the same!
You can't visit EPCOT without swinging by the Germany pavilion for the warm, Werther's-coated popcorn from Karamell-Küche. If you're missing the gem of a snack, you can make your own caramel popcorn at home with this tried-and-true recipe from home cook ANITALOUISE.
The best way to start a day at Disney is with a Mickey waffle, and while there are several Mickey waffle makers on the market, this is the one you want to recreate those chunky, mini versions you'll find at any breakfast buffet. But, Disney World's waffle game is way more than just Mickey faces: If you'd rather recreate that Nutella waffle sandwich from the Magic Kingdom's Sleepy Hollow, follow this waffle recipe from recipe creator OneShyOfABunch. Once you've made the waffles in a regular waffle maker, just smother with Nutella, add sliced fruit and fold.
Another fan-favorite Disney breakfast is the giant cinnamon rolls at Gaston's Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. If you're craving one of these ooey, gooey treats, make a whole batch at home! This recipe can be made the night before and left to rise in the fridge overnight so they're ready to bake the next morning.
Disney's pretzel game is strong, from the Mickey or Simba-shaped pretzels to those giant pretzels in the Germany pavilion at EPCOT. I've even had a snowman-shaped pretzel around the holidays. If you're missing those buttery, soft wonders, check out this recipe from recipe creator Christa Rose. It might not be possible to recreate Mickey's face, but you could form three dough circles together to create the iconic mouse outline.
Disney World's Port Orleans Resort serves up so many Cajun creations and NOLA-inspired treats such as the oh-so Instagrammable Mickey-shaped beignets. You could use the recipe for these beignets from home cook Ginampls and cut them out with Mickey-shaped cookie cutters.
3 size Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter Fondant Pastry Biscuit Baking Mold Set
Use these fun cookie cutters to turn rice cereal treats, beignets, biscuits, brownies, and more into Mickey-shaped treats.
Rice Cereal Treats
Rice cereal and marshmallow bars are one of the easiest and most budget-friendly desserts to make at home. You can make a Mickey-shaped version with a cookie cutter or simply form three circles with your hands and combine. Just remember to spray your hands with canola spray first so the cereal doesn't stick.
You cannot talk about Disney pretzels without mentioning cheese dip. And I don't mean fancy cheese sauce. I'm talking about that beloved vat of "cheese" from ballparks, movie theaters and Disney pretzel carts. A pretzel at Disney World would not be complete without it. And recipe creator Mary Ann Putman has figured out how to recreate that nacho cheese with a surprisingly easy recipe. Some say it's plastic cheese, I say it's liquid gold.
One of the best places to reserve dining at Disney's Hollywood Studios is the 50's Prime Time Café. The retro-inspired restaurant serves up throwbacks such as meatloaf a la TV dinners as well as riffs off childhood classics like the PB&J Milkshake. You can easily make this at home with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and jelly. But if you don't have ice cream on hand, recipe creator mskennadavenport has a great hack using milk and ice.
My top reason for booking breakfast buffets at Disney is the bottomless POG. The trio of passion fruit, orange and guava is 100% heaven in a glass. The tropical juice can be found at several eateries around the resort, from Animal Kingdom's Tusker House Restaurant to the brand-new Topolino Terrace at Disney's Riviera Resort. Folks on the West Coast can actually buy POG from Hawaii at the grocery store, but, if you can't find it in your area, you can whip up a pitcher yourself with this recipe from home cook Rainbow Jewels.
Disney World's marquee resort, the Grand Floridian, is worth a visit even if you can't swing the pricey room rate. There's a new Beauty and the Beast-themed bar and afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room is a must. The service comes with delicate and delicious patisserie such as cream puffs shaped like swans. If you're feeling inspired, you can whip up your own cream puff swans with help from this recipe and how-to video from Chef John.
Mexican Street Corn
One of the best eats at EPCOT's Flower and Garden Festival is elote, Mexican grilled street corn, at the Trowel and Trellis kiosk. Unfortunately, the festival has been cut short due to COVID-19, but you can still make this delicious corn on the cob at home. Home cook Blakleyl has a great base recipe with cotija cheese and lime. Sprinkle with Tajin or another chili powder depending on your spice level.
The most iconic Disney park treat is the Dole Whip. Found at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, this pineapple soft serve isn't ice cream at all! In fact, it's 100% vegan. While we still don't know the official recipe for the frozen treat, home cook Corinne figured out how to hack that creaminess with whipping cream. If you do need a non-dairy, plant-based version, try it with coconut milk instead. You could even make a Dole Whip float just like the park with canned (Trust me: You want the sweetened kind!) pineapple juice.
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Another popular variation of the Dole Whip is the Dole Whip-topped pineapple upside down cake. This indulgent treat is definitely for the pineapple lovers. You could make a sheet cake version and cut the cake into squares to top it with Dole Whip, but Allrecipes home cook Bri has a great recipe for mini pineapple upside down cakes that look more like the individual cakes you get at Aloha Isle in Adventureland.
Park-goers flock to the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom for the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. If you're craving the decadent, sweet treat, this recipe from home cook Maree has a fairly similar base. Just add chocolate chips and chopped toffee bits to the batter mix. And add a chocolate sauce drizzle and scoop of vanilla ice cream before serving to really recreate the dessert.
Over at The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, guests can order Remy's iconic entree just like the Pixar film Ratatouille. It's a great way to get the kids to try new vegetables and with this recipe from home cook Juli Warfel Bitler, your little ones can be their own Little Chef and help out in the kitchen.
One of the best parts of visiting Disney Springs, Disney World's outdoor shopping center, is strolling by Disney's Candy Cauldron to watch incredibly intricate candy apples being made and decorated to look just like popular characters. There are so many gourmet candy apples to order, from Butterfinger to an apple pie apple! If you're inspired to make your own caramel apples at home, this recipe from home cook Happiness05 is a great base. Just swap out the candy pieces for your favorite brand or flavor.
Corn Dog Bites
Located at the end of Main Street USA, Casey's Corner is home to several fan-favorites such as the new plant-based slaw dog or the mac 'n' cheese hot dog. But the one menu item fans can't get enough of is the corn nuggets. These mini corn dogs are perfectly encased with a cornmeal batter and great for dipping — especially in cheese sauce. And you don't need a big fryer or even a trendy air fryer to make these at home. This recipe from home cook CyndiB shows you have to make mini corn dog bites with a simple muffin tray.
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort area has some of the best options for country cooking, especially cornbread. This recipe from recipe creator Trish is super cakey, just like the loaf or giant sheet of cornbread you'd get at from Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Trail's End Restaurant.
And I can't mention Hoop-Dee-Doo without providing a legitimate dupe for their fried chicken. It's all about the buttermilk with this — literal — bucket of chicken. Chef John has a great recipe and how-to for frying up your own crispy chicken.
This giant chunk of a snack is synonymous with Disney eats, and you can smoke your own turkey legs at home on the grill with this recipe from home cook Tony B. One of the benefits of making them at home is that you can cut off pieces and save leftovers easily. And you can also control the level of seasoning to suit your taste.