One could argue that the best part of going to Disneyland is the food. Sure, the rides are fun, but the food is uniquely Disney and often the most memorable part of your experience. Disneyland treats are known for their flavor profiles, but what happens when you mash them up to make your own food hacks?
Youtuber Keith Lapinig made a video chronicling a custom Disney secret menu, revealing fun food hacks he created by running from place to place in the park. His first creation is a SoCal favorite, Tajin spiced Dole Whip. Tajin chile seasoning is a common fruit seasoning in Los Angeles and unbeknownst to Disneyland newbies, it’s given away for free in packets from the Tropical Imports store in Adventureland. All you have to do is ask! Sprinkle it onto your Dole Whip and you’ve got a sweet and spicy summer treat.
His second snack is a combo of two park faves, an ice cream sundae and a Disneyland churro. Pretty obvious if you’re all about getting two great treats in one. The third hack is one of the best: a combination of Disneyland’s famous Mint Julep and again, a park favorite, the Dole Whip. The Dole Whip Mint Julep is for sure a refreshing respite from a hot summer day at the park.
I loved these fun food hacks, and as a frequent visitor and Disneyland aficionado myself, I decided to add a few of my own featuring snacks on the other side of the resort, over at Disney’s California Adventure. At Disneyland they serve up a Mac & Cheese Dog at the Refreshment Corner, but it’s possible to make your own at DCA by simply going to Flo’s V-8 Cafe in Cars Land and ordering a side of macaroni and cheese. Take that over to Award Weiners in Hollywood Land and then spoon it over your hot dog to make your very own super easy, Mac and Cheese Dog.
What I love about DCA is that you can get unique items you won’t find anywhere else like the Cookies and Cream Churro from the Cozy Cone Motel snack bar in Cars Land. The churro is available at Cozy Cone 1, and after you’ve picked it up head over to Cozy Cone 2 to get a soft serve. Combine the two to create your own Cookies and Cream Churro soft serve sundae. Sweet, sugary goodness.
My last tip is for the hackers who love a good filling meal. Head over to the Pacific Wharf Cafe and buy a sourdough loaf. Just ask and they’ll slice it up for you free of charge. Once you have that, pick up a Jumbo Turkey Leg at Don Toma’s on the pier and you have the ingredients to create yourself the ultimate Disney turkey sandwich.
Have you tried any of these food hacks or have one of your own? Let us know in the comments and show us your creations on instagram by tagging @nerdist and @justjennrecipes, and check out Keith Lapinig’s full video on his YouTube channel.