Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s my favorite weekend of the year! I’m counting down the hours at work—it’s my first Summer Friday and I’m out of here at 1pm. And so begins a 3-day weekend of burgers, baseball, barbecue and (some) beers. The weather is supposed to be perfect this weekend, so I’ll be at the beach!
It’s crazy how fast this year has gone so far! With the unofficial start of summer popping up, we’re reminded that the ADR window for all December guests is rapidly approaching! My window opens on June 27th, but anyone visiting on December 1st may start booking on June 4th!
In discussing our restaurant plans over dinner last night, we reminisced about our first few trips. We’re looking to plan Crystal Palace for Christmas breakfast this year, which brought up the discussion of the now defunct Main Street Bakery cinnamon roll. That got he ball rolling on an even bigger discussion: our favorite discontinued Disney food. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…
The Cinnamon Roll at Main Street Bakery, Magic Kingdom
There was no better way to start your morning than a trip to the Main Street Bakery.The old-timey bakery found smack in the middle of Magic Kingdom’s Main Street was easily the most popular spot for a quick breakfast. Guests would pick up a breakfast pastry or sandwich and a coffee and if you’re lucky—score a table facing the castle in front of The Plaza or Casey’s.
Our longtime friends and fellow Disney fanatics always raved about the cinnamon roll and we finally tried it in 2012. The bakery would close in February, 2013 in favor of a Starbucks and the roll was forever a Disney memory. I regret not trying it sooner, but I guess it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. This thing was gigantic. It was at least 2 inches tall and 4-5 inches in diameter. It was fresh, too! The bakery churned out fresh baked goods on a consistent basis, meaning they were served hot. The roll was drenched in icing, which melted and combined with the cinnamon for a spicy and sweet explosion. It was the perfect bad-for-you breakfast treat.
Sure, Gaston’s serves their version of the cinnamon roll now. It’s okay. It’s not quite as fresh and it’s served with a maple icing. My best analogy? Around a decade ago, Dunkin Donuts started bringing in donuts rather than making them in-store. It lost that “freshness” and just-baked taste. That’s exactly what happened here.
Dole Whip at Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom
Okay, Dole Whips are still served at Magic Kingdom (and Disney) but it’s nothing like it used to be! The best Dole Whip was the Dole Whip float: vanilla ice cream submerged in pineapple juice. As the ice cream melted, it would combine with the pineapple juice for a thick sweet and creamy drink! It can also be argued that the pineapple and vanilla twist soft serve was just as good! The Dole Whip has since moved to Sunshine Tree Terrace and you can only get pineapple soft serve. You can find the original-style Dole Whips at Pineapple Lanai in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. They have vanilla soft serve and will do the twist as well as the float, but nothing beats a Dole Whip during a Magic Kingdom parade!
Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzel
This one was a true staple. While I’m a big fan of regular soft pretzels, Disney fans were outraged to find out that the stuffed cream cheese pretzels had been discontinued. I tried it a year or two ago—you know—for research purposes. These things were packed with cream cheese that melted within the hot pretzels. It was the perfect salty and sweet combination that was in high demand throughout the Disney parks.
The Strawberry Swirl at Enchanted Grove, Magic Kingdom
I almost forgot about this one! As an ice cream lover, this one really hit home for me. It felt like it magically disappeared one day, without any warning. The tartness of the strawberry soft serve combined with the creamy vanilla made for a delicious treat on a hot summer day.
Beaver Tails, Canada Pavilion, EPCOT
I don’t remember having this, but my parents claim they were a staple during any trip to EPCOT. Looking at photos and articles, I can see why. It consisted of fried dough with cinnamon sugar and was filled with a variety of tasty combinations: chocolate hazelnut and sugar; maple and chocolate; strawberries and whipped cream; apples and cinnamon; and Killaloe sunrise (cinnamon sugar with freshly squeezed lemon juice). DisneyFoodBlog has a wonderful post about the beloved treat.
What was your favorite now-defunct Disney treat?