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Rating the WDW 50th Anniversary Specialty Food We’ve Tried

Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary is off and rolling, with it there’s an incredible amount of specialty food offered! Naturally, we had to try some of this food, which is available through all four theme parks as well as the resorts and Disney Springs. Seeing our love of rating things, it seemed like the perfect time for a blog post rating that food.

We tried a few items in our brief time celebrating the anniversary. We had to do research, you know! I’m not going to sell this as comprehensive by any means since there’s over 150 items offered and we tried 7. If someone would like to sponsor me trying all of them and reviewing each one, I’ll do it, not for the money but for you, the loyal reader. Without the sponsorship I am definitely out though. Almost all of what we tried was at Magic Kingdom.

MK 50th anniversary castle

I was tempted to rank these but considering our total lack of thoroughness that didn’t seem all that useful. So, we’ll move on to the internet’s second favorite way of judging – rating! I’ll go through the seven items and rate them on a scale of 1-5, 1 being “I’d rather eat my arm straight off than this again” and 5 being “I’ll drive from anywhere, anytime to eat that again.” Okay, maybe those are a little extreme but you get the picture.

As with any food review, tastes obviously differ and I can’t account for what you like. I’ll try to be objective as possible and just judge these things based on the quality instead of personal preference. Along with the rating, I’ll give a little explanation of why. These won’t be in any particular order so let’s get to it!

Dumbo Churro $7 (Magic Kingdom – Storybook Circus) – 1.5/5

WDW 50th peanut churro MK

This did not taste good. The Dumbo Churro, which is served at a snack cart just outside of Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus, is rolled in Peanut Dust and served with Chocolate Dipping Sauce. On its own, I do not think I could eat one. The churro was just too dry and the flavor was bad. There was a whiff on peanut flavoring but mostly it just tasted like a really dry and old churro. The chocolate sauce did help a little bit but not enough to make it enjoyable. Do not get this.

50th Anniversary Chili Dog $14 (Animal Kingdom – Nomad Lounge) – 4.5/5

WDW 50th Nomad Lounge Chili dog AK

For as bad as the churro was, the Chili Dog ends up at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. It’s the best hot dog I’ve ever had and some of the best chili, as well. This offering at Nomad Lounge is made up of Grilled Sausage, Venison Chili, and Pickles. The Sausage is much better than your average hot dog, with a smoky flavor and grilled to perfection. The Venison Chili added some spice and had pieces of meat that were absolutely delicious. It’s more than enough for a meal and perfect to pair with one of Nomad Lounge’s delicious drinks.

Pineapple-Coconut Glazed Popcorn $6.25 (Magic Kingdom – Adventureland) – 2/5

WDW 50th popcorn pineapple MK

I won’t beat around the bush, this is just kettle corn. I like kettle corn as much as the next guy, but it tastes very little like anything pineapple or coconut. Once in a while you’d get a faint hint of one or the other but not enough to leave an impression. I like the container it comes in! You know the whole “make lemonade out of lemons” thing? Well, I don’t think “make Pineapple-Coconut Glazed Popcorn out of kettle corn” is going to become a phrase anytime soon. For one, who would say that? And as Magic Kingdom showed us here, apparently it’s impossible.

Mr. Toad Dome Cake $7.99 (Magic Kingdom – The Friar’s Nook) – 2.5/5

Toad Cake MK

I don’t dislike this nearly as much as some other people but it is terribly overpriced. Consisting of Peanut Cake, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse and Salted Caramel, the inside of this dome cake had the consistency of mainly the mousse. It’s really cute though and I thought it was at least edible. The peanut flavor was what really came through and that was okay. I wouldn’t get it again unless you just wanted to stare at Toad in all of his glory.

The Toad Burger $12.99 (Magic Kingdom – The Friar’s Nook) – 2.5/5

WDW 50th Toad Burger MK

Magic Kingdom is full of bad burgers and The Toad Burger might be the most forgivable of the counter-service options. This is made up of a Brat Burger served on a Bun with American Cheese, Lettuce Tomato and Pickle. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize that it was a Brat Burger until later and was relieved that the patty wasn’t supposed to be a hamburger. With that in mind, I actually liked that sausage patty fairly well. The rest of the ingredients were normal but that presentation should make anyone’s day. It’s funny! Otherwise, there’s not much reason to get it.

Fifi, Gigi, Mimi $11.99 (Magic Kingdom – Aloha Isle) – 3.5/5

WDW 50th Aloha Isle Cake MK

Basically all of these food fell into 3 categories. One was because it actually sounded good. Another was because it had one of our favorite characters on it. The third was because of an excellent name. That’s what is going on here. Thankfully, this was quite good. Ridiculous price aside, I thought all three of these Bundt Cakes (pineapple, orange and vanilla) were moist and had flavor while pairing nicely with the Dole Whip Pineapple. I’d get it again if it was 4 dollars cheaper. It is quite filling though!

Not-Too-Late Tea $5.99 (Magic Kingdom – Cheshire Cafe) – 4.5/5

WDW 50th Not So Late Tea MK

This frozen beverage in Fantasyland consists of Wild Berry Tea topped with Whipped Cream and a Chocolate Clock. There is also some white chocolate flavoring mixed in with the tea and that makes for a very refreshing drink that I really enjoyed. Magic Kingdom doesn’t have the most exciting drink options throughout it and this instantly moved to the top of the list. It actually tastes a bit like tea and the Wild Berry flavor comes through, but gently. It’s a delicious drink!

Have you tried any of the WDW 50th Anniversary food and drink items? Let us know your favorites and least favorites in the comments below! If you are planning a trip to Disney World, then check out our planning guide. If you enjoy what you are reading here on Wandering in Disney please share this post with your friends, as well as like our social media pages. You can also subscribe to the blog via WordPress or email. You can do all of that on the right side of this page. Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!

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