Growing up in Florida, I’ve come to realize there are 2 things people associate with my state: theme parks and beaches (and old people). So, in a way this is going back to my roots. For anyone who can’t make it to the parks, I hope these theme park recipes will scratch the itch.
If you want more exhaustive lists of food, check out my curry guide or my dumpling guide. Each has over 100 recipes from all over the globe!
Might as well start with the GOAT of theme park recipes. People will go the Wizarding World of Harry Potter just to drink one of these frothy mugs! There’s actually 3 different butterbeers sold in the park, so I included how to make each of them! Decide which one you like best!
The Big Pink
The Big Pink is sold at Lard Lad in Universal Studios. It’s a giant version of the iconic pink Simpsons donut that Homer loves so much. As you can tell by the banana, this donut is massive. It took me 3 tries to get this right, but now I can whip it out as a special birthday cake alternative.
Pizza Fries and S’mores Fries
These are popular snacks during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. Normally, they are separate items, but I didn’t have 2 of the right size pan. They are great beginner recipes. I’m partial to the s’mores fries, it’s hard to resist all that chocolate.
Here are some slightly (very slightly) healthier fries. This theme park recipe comes from Legoland! Cut a couple granny smith apples into fry shape, toss in a special coating, deep fry, and cover with cinnamon sugar.
Dollywood is known for amazing food as well as thrilling roller coasters. It is also the most challenging on my theme park recipes list. After 4 tries, I think I finally have something close to the addictive cinnamon bread they make at an operational grist mill in Dollywood.
Star Wars Blue and Green Milk
These Star Wars milks were first seen on the big screen. Now, you can taste them for yourself at Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World and Disneyland. Blue milk has notes of watermelon, dragon fruit, and pineapple. Green milk has more of a citrus-y taste.
Probably one of the most surprising theme park recipes on the list. These can be found at the Avatar expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They are supposed to represent the future of cuisine. The outside is hot and covered in powdered sugar, while the inside is cold cream cheese and pineapple.
Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
I dare say Disney came up with the perfect fusion food. Crispy shells with delicious beef, cheese, and pickles on the inside. I even went the extra mile and made smash burgers for the meat. I think this one is better than the theme park version!
One of the most iconic theme park recipes since Disney World introduced them in 1980. Are they emu? No. Are they huge? Yes. Did I buy a whole turkey just so I could make this? You betcha.
Soy Sauce and Butter Popcorn
I thought it would be cool to include a theme park recipe from outside the U.S. Tokyo Disneyland is known for their variety of popcorn flavors you can buy. They rotate daily and include strawberry, white chocolate, and barbecue just to name a few!
Thanks for reading my article on theme park recipes! If you want more, I have an easy bonus one for you. It’s too simple too merit it’s own post. Also, thanks to my brother Roy for showing me around all the parks! He’s a theme park vlogger on YouTube and an around swell guy!
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 & 1/2 cups of pineapple
- 1 cup pineapple juice
All you have to do is blend the pineapple with the ice cream and put it back in the freezer to freeze. Put it in a piping bag to get the soft serve like swirl. Then, fill the glass with pineapple juice. There you have it!
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