My favorite spot for holiday treats is EPCOT, but that doesn’t mean the other parks can’t hold their own! Another great place to find holiday-themed snacks and drinks is Hollywood Studios.
Between the normal holiday overhaul and the Osborne Lights being such a huge draw (especially in its final year,) there are plenty of holiday snacks to meet every need!
One of the most popular Christmas snacks is the gingerbread cupcake from Starring Rolls. Starring Rolls is already known for its decadent pastries, but is a must-do during the holiday season. The cupcake is one of the most popular snacks on property! It’s a huge cupcake, piled high with a creamy cheesecake frosting. It can easily be shared amongst two people, but I wouldn’t judge anyone who tackles it alone – it’s that good! The base of the cupcake is gingerbread. It’s moist and fluffy, and has the perfect combination of sweetness and spice from the cinnamon and ginger. The spiciness of the cupcake is countered by a fluffy cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting is creamy and slightly tart, serving as the perfect complement to the spicy cupcake. It’s topped with a Santa Mickey ears, which is made with white chocolate. All the flavors combine for the perfect holiday treat. It’s also counts as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan, and at $4.99, it’s a fantastic value!
This year, Hollywood Studios is serving up a pumpkin spice pretzel. According to DisneyFoodBlog, you can find the stuffed pretzel at the Pretzel Garden, located in the Streets of America (home of the Osborne Lights). When it comes to pretzels, I usually stick with the original – a Mickey shaped hot pretzel. I tried a piece of my sister’s cream cheese stuffed pretzel last year. It was definitely tasty, but a little too heavy for my liking.
The cream cheese stuffed pretzel remains a favorite among Disney guests, so I’m sure the pumpkin version will be just as popular this holiday season. The folks at DFB provided a positive review of the holiday pretzel, claiming that the filling is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. The pumpkin version apparently isn’t as dense as the cream cheese pretzel, so I may have to split it with a family member next trip and give it a try!
Hollywood Studios also offers a plethora of holiday-themed drinks. On a cooler night, I’ll go for a hot caramel apple cider (available alcoholic or non) or a peppermint hot chocolate, which is spiked with Baileys. They also serve a spiced egg nog. Like EPCOT, Hollywood Studios offers flavored hot cocoas, including gingerbread or hazelnut.
The park is also serving up some less traditional holiday creations. One of my favorite drinks is the Torched Cider – a mix of hard apple cider and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. It tastes just like apple pie! The Gumdrop cocktail combines Stoli Razberi Vodka, Chambord, pineapple and cranberry Juices, and Sprite soda. Two years ago, my sister and I each got a Merry Margarita. It was a little too sweet for my taste and I don’t believe it was offered last year.
Most of these tasty mixed drinks can be found by the Osborne Lights, the Tune-In Lounge or the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. They are not on the Disney Dining Plan and the offerings may vary by location.
Last but not least is the seasonal milkshake at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner. This season’s flavor is a Black Forest Milkshake. It comes highly recommended by DisneyFoodBlog. They say it tastes like a chocolate covered cherry! It certainly makes for a tough decision, but I’ll probably be sticking with the PB&J shake from 50’s Prime Time Cafe!