It has been almost exactly one month since our last snack update at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, so piling on another is probably in order.
In the last post, I reviewed over a dozen new-ish items with some highs in the form of the Peter Pan Float.
And some lows, with the small, overpriced, greasy Adventureland Spring Rolls. If you missed the post, pull it up here.
This time around, we’ll consider another ten-ish items, most of which have materialized over the last few days. Hopefully we can come to some conclusions on where your money is best spent.
We begin what I’m sure will end up being a masterclass in culinary delights with Casey’s Corner, where we’re sporting the $12.49 “Jalapeño Popper All-Beef Foot Long Hot Diggity Dog – All-Beef Foot-long Hot Dog topped with Cheddar Cheese Sauce, Garlic Ranch Drizzle, Bacon Bits, Pickled Jalapeños, and Jalapeño Poppers served with French Fries or Apple Slices.”
It’s also available in the “regular” size for $10.99, or $1.50 less, and you can see how the size stacks up with the dog to the rear. If you’re considering ordering two Regulars with the same toppings, then I’d definitely recommend going with the Foot-long and cutting it in half – it’s still going to be more food than two Regulars.
Back to the calamity at hand, this is topped with three of the same Jalapeno Poppers that we ran into over at Golden Oak Outpost, across from Pecos Bill on the Adventureland side.
Here’s what those look like with six to an order for $5.49 and served with a raspberry sauce that doesn’t seem to gel well with the cheddary quality of the Poppers.
The Poppers were done better at Casey’s Corner – they were fried longer and came out far more crispy with a really satisfying crunch against the snap of the plump, mildly-spicy all-beef hot dog.
The Creamy Garlic Ranch also migrates over here from Golden Oak Outpost, where it’s served alongside the Spicy Cauliflower. Here, it helps cool down the bit of spice from the hot dog and the Pickled Jalapenos, which add more of a fresh crunchy vibe to the flavor profile rather than a serious dose of heat. There’s some of Disney’s standard Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Bacon Bits in there too, adding an even creamier quality with more salt from the bacon.
Overall, I felt like a garbage person eating this thing, but it was really quite tasty. I also appreciated the fact that it didn’t “feel” like the bun was so thick and bread-y that it was overwhelming everything else.
Disney switches out these Hot-Diggity Dog toppings once a month, typically on the 5th day. This one, topped with Hash Browns, Shredded Cheddar, Bacon, Fried Onion Straws, and a Chipotle Ranch Drizzle has showed up a couple of times over the last couple of years.
This one was served with Shredded Chicken tossed in Buffalo Sauce, Diced Celery, and Garlic Ranch Dressing, here in the smaller size.
Casey’s Corner was off my list as recently as a couple of years ago when they were serving a softer, less flavorful hot dog made out of who-knows-what. The All-Beef version is a lot more satisfying. It can still be a struggle to find a seat in the crowded outdoor seating section and the strong scent of boiled hot dogs in the limited indoor seating area makes me feel physically ill, but if you don’t mind standing or walking your tray over to Tomorrowland Terrace, then you can do pretty well here, I think.
Disney recently added a “Plant-based Loaded-slaw Dog – Plant-based Sausage topped with Pickled Slaw, BBQ Vegan Aïoli, and Roasted Corn Relish served with French Fries or Apple Slices.” You can also order it as a “Plant-Based Sausage in a Potato Bun served with French Fries or Apple Slices” for $9.49.
This uses the Hot Italian Beyond Sausage that we first saw at Friar’s Nook last month and I’m a big fan. The “sausages” pack more protein than their beef/pork counterparts with no cholesterol, far less sodium, and fewer calories. And they taste great, which is a boon for vegans and those of us looking for something that’s potentially a little healthier.
Anyway, this was really good with the vibrant Roasted Corn Relish adding a smoky quality to the Sausage and the BBQ Corn Relish adding a creamy, zesty component with just a little bit of sugar. It’s great to see such thoughtful vegan/vegetarian additions to so many menus across property. So much about being a vegetarian is what you “can’t” have and the fact that a majority of the recent additions taste as good or better than their meaty cousins is nothing but good news. The only other thing I’d like to see is the option to substitute the Beyond Sausage for the regular hot dog with the other toppings. You can always ask and Casey’s toppings bar does have sauerkraut among other condiments, so you can design a custom creation if you want to go with the plain version.
All good stuff.
Until Halloween season is over, which may be next week considering it started in the middle of August, Casey’s is serving this “Minnie Witch Brownie with Minnie Witch Chocolate” for $4.29. It’s the exact same brownie as they serve the rest of the year, just with the Minnie graphic in place of the baseball stitching design. I’d put it in “just okay” territory, like the majority of Disney’s other quick service desserts. It tastes exactly like a dry version of a Betty Crocker brownie with a thin, sweet layer of vanilla icing on top. It’s certainly not the end of the world should you elect to add one to your order, but I wouldn’t bet on enjoying a transcendent, nirvana-like experience via the first bite.
A few months ago now, Disney added this $6.49 “Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade – classically blended Mint Julip [sic] featuring Odwalla All-Natural Lemonade, topped with fresh Mint Leaves, Cherry and Lemon.” “Classic” isn’t the word I would use to describe it as we’re at least four ounces of Woodford away from anything resembling a “real” Mint Julep. On the other hand, maybe that’s why the menu calls it a “julip.” Next thing you know, we will be enjoying “Frozen Brown Sugar Mannhattans” at Liberty Tree Tavern and ” Very Berry My Thais” at Tortuga Tavern.
With that said, this is pretty tasty – the Odwalla Lemonade is sweet and refreshing and almost does enough to cover up the acute artificial quality of the mint syrup. On the downside, ours didn’t stay frozen very long and was reduced to a thick syrupy sludge within just a couple of minutes, so be ready to brain freeze it up. Overall, my personal preference is the “classic” Frozen Coca-Cola or Blue Raspberry Slushes available from The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland, among other locations. We’re going to run into another frozen drink at Prince Eric’s Village Market “shortly.”
Speaking of Tomorrowland, we’ll cross the bridge over in that direction.
While the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo has thankfully come to an end, the “Mrs. Incredible Pretzel Mask” lives on as the “Infinity Pretzel” at a cost of $5.69 with Cheese Sauce.
Here’s the Expo version with the black salt that I suppose made it sort of resemble the mask from the movie. At least according to the menu picture, it looks like the “Infinity Pretzel” is now served with Disney’s standard, coarser salt.
I’m not sure what the point of keeping the “Infinity Pretzel” on the menu is, since Mickey still graces our presence as well. Perhaps they just have some left over.
It “feels” like Mickey arrives with more delicious, soft bread than the Infinity/Incredibles Mask, making it the smarter buy, but the reality may be that they weigh the same. But I would suggest sticking with Mickey over the Figure 8 just to be safe. You can’t be too careful in this political climate.
Here’s your standard Blue-Raspberry Fanta. Nobody is going into this one expecting natural, fresh fruit flavors, which is why I think it works better than some of the other “Classical” Slushes like that “Julip.” “This doesn’t taste anything like a blue raspberry!” is probably not something you’re going to hear a lot.
Over at Cool Ship, they are apparently continuing to serve the two dry ice beverages, perhaps because the profit margin on a $6.99 drink is approximately $6.99.
These are kind of fun – the dry ice gives the beverage a really bubbly personality for a couple of minutes before the bubbles retreat, go home, and cry themselves to sleep just like the rest of us. But after that happens, you’re left with about four ounces of watery beverage and a lot of boba-balls. You might instead check out somebody else’s beverage as they walk past and perhaps zoom in and take a picture of it so you can review it on your own blog without actually trying it or spending any money.
Disney is also serving two flavors of Monster Energy Drink. This is our first encounter with the Zero Ultra, I think.
Revive by Joffrey’s is serving two Signature Beverages for the holiday season, including the Caramel Apple Butter Chai Latte and Pumpkin Pie Latte.
The kiosk is a good alternative to the crowds at Main Street Bakery Starbucks and that Frozen Cappuccino is a delicious pick-me-up.
Auntie Gravity’s continues to serve its Candy Corn soft-serve all day.
The Candy Corn Milk Shake is also available all-day.
You can pull up my review of that, along with about a dozen treats available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, here.
The blight on our beautiful country that is the “Secret Menu” persists here at Cosmic Ray’s. There can’t be anything dumber than having to ask the poor cashier if there’s something on the menu that isn’t listed. And heaven help us if there is and the poor cast member has to try to remember what three slightly-different items that they have that for some inexplicable reason aren’t listed while the rest of us stand there like idiots begging them in our heads to just order the flipping hamburger with the regular toppings.
Fortunately(?), it appears as though Disney is adding these “Mobile Order Secret Menu” items to the regular online menus at disneyworld dot disney dot go dot com.
They’ve also added Allergy-friendly Menu Offerings to a lot of the online menus, which should be helpful for those interested. Note that it’s largely or exclusively Disney-operated outlets where you’ll see this. You can pull up Cosmic Ray’s here.
Here we have the $6 “Galaxy Loaded Fries topped with Bacon, Pico Relish, Garlic Ranch Sauce, Cheese Sauce, and Flaming Hot Cheese Dust.”
As much as I hate to admit it, these were quite good. The fries were served up hot and crispy, which is important when they’re topped with so many different things. The Garlic Ranch Sauce is the same as what we saw over at Casey’s with a creamy, zesty quality that helps cool the spice from the Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos®, which add a little bit of a crispy quality, in addition to the heat. The Pico Relish added a fresh element that made the fries “feel” a little less weighed down by all of the heavier ingredients. Even the bacon bits were an elevated offering, crispy and salty with a real meaty quality. The portion isn’t bad either, considering you’re paying a $2.20 premium over the regular fries for these. On the other hand, Cosmic Ray’s offers a really tasty Sriracha Aoili at the condiments bar and you could add some tomatoes and other stuff from there to gussy up the standard offering. Still, these require a lot less effort. You might consider them as a heavy snack or add a side to an order so two people can more-easily share an entree.
In Part 2, we’ll move over to Fantasyland for a Scrambled Egg Flatbread, try outdoor shrimp, grab yet another frozen beverage, and see how disappointing a Rum Cake without any rum tastes.