Anyone who has read my More to the World post series knows that I make it my mission to persuade Walt Disney World® (WDW) skeptics that there is something more for them at WDW than they realize. In the biographical tagline that follows each column, I mention that I married a man who once was a WDW doubter. How did his transformation take place? Looking back on it, I guess there were several things that occurred over time. One notable factor was when I came to realize that he was open to trying almost anything that included enjoying good food. Not unlike now, when he and I were dating, we regularly discussed our love of food. I would often share with him about all the wonderful foods available at WDW. When he and I became engaged, it seemed only logical to us that we would honeymoon where great fun and food unite—WDW. Leading up to our trip, I made a purposeful effort to regularly mention the seemingly endless variety of wonderful meals, snacks, beverages, and desserts that could be enjoyed throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort property. By the time he and I hit the holiday road to Central Florida, he was every bit as excited as I was to pass through the famous Walt Disney World – Where Dreams Come True arch.
Right about now, as you read this post, you might be thinking, “Nice story, Kendall, but what does it have to do with an “I Have a Craving…” post about WDW Cheese Danishes. My answer: While I was busily creating visions of delicious WDW food sundries in my then soon-to-be husband’s head, I specifically made mention of one of my mother’s favorite Main Street Bakery treats, the Walt Disney World® Cheese Danish. I described how much she enjoyed it and how she, on numerous occasions, had proclaimed it to be the best she had ever eaten. I had to admit to him then, and I will admit to you now, that I was teasing his taste buds with something I, myself, had never tried at WDW. In fact, I had never even asked for a bite on any of my family’s trips there. After so much talk and thought about the famous WDW Cheese Danish, he and I decided it would be the inaugural breakfast of our WDW honeymoon.
The plan was to arrive at the Magic Kingdom® Park (MK) prior to rope-drop on our first day there. He and I would check-in at the resort, have our luggage delivered to our suite, and go directly to the park just in time to experience the official opening for that day. Just as soon as the rope was pulled back, the two of us would make our way to the Main Street Bakery to procure the long-anticipated fresh Danish pastry. Once our purchases were made, we would exit the shop to bustling Main Street, USA. There we would find a quaint, white wrought iron table to enjoy the cheese-filled, puffed goodie as we leisurely watched happy passersby. Great idea, right? Well, perhaps, in a perfect world, where traffic cooperates and plans work flawlessly.
In reality, we did not arrive at the WDW Resort in time to make the MK rope-drop that day. By the time check-in at the resort was completed, having the Danish pastry for his and my first breakfast at WDW was literally and figuratively off the table. For a moment or two, we contemplated going to get one anyway; then, we decided to wait until the following morning and enjoy the Danish as well as the experience as originally and most wonderfully planned. So, the following morning, the two of us left the room to make our way to the monorail. While in the hall of the resort building, my husband noticed the lavish breakfast spread in the Concierge/Club-level Lounge and almost went in for a bite, or two, or ten. I held him back and quickly reminded him of the long planned for WDW Cheese Danish. At the same time, I assured him that he could enjoy the complimentary breakfast the next day, and the day after that, etcetera. Following the momentary distraction, he happily agreed to stick with the plan, and we were off to the monorail for transport to the Magic Kingdom® Park.
As we arrived, my husband and I were more than a little surprised to see so many people there on an off-season weekday. That was not something we expected at all. You know where I am going with this, right? Yes, we missed rope-drop. Nevertheless, he and I made our way to the Main Street Bakery where we quickly discovered that every single person, who had made it to rope-drop, was now in line ahead of us. Okay, that is a slight exaggeration. Anyway, undeterred, he and I stood in line for more than half an hour to acquire the much-anticipated Danish. At long last, my husband and I left with the substantial pastry in hand. Just as was planned, we sat down near Casey’s Corner, and paused to take in the wonder of finally being there together. I recall looking at the simple Danish and thinking that it was not particularly fancy in a gourmet sort of way; yet, it was oh-so appealing. My husband and I took our firsts bites. The buttery, dreamily delicate, croissant-like pastry cradled sweet, smooth cream cheese within its concave center. As if that were not enough, it was topped with just the right amount of drizzled icing. Lovely in its simplicity, the WDW Cheese Danish was everything my mother had described and more, much more. Just to let you know, bite after delicious bite, I remember chastising myself for not having followed her lead years earlier. To this day, I console myself by choosing to believe that I was meant to share my first one with my husband, and he with me, on our first trip to the happiest place on earth. On that magical day, I declared my intention to eat one of the cheese-filled pastries every morning of our trip, save one, when I would be eating Tonga Toast at Disney’s Polynesian Resort instead.
Little did I know just how easy doing so would be for me. The next morning, just as I had promised, my husband and I made our way to the Club-level/Concierge Lounge for his complimentary breakfast. Much to my amazement and delight, there sat a platter, piled high with miniature WDW Cheese Danishes. I enjoyed more than my fair share of the yummy pastries that week. Even so, that has not stopped me from craving them whether at WDW or at home. In fact, right now, at [7:30] in the evening, in the comfort of my home, I find myself longing for one, again. Sadly, Disney’s Polynesian Resort has discontinued serving them in its Concierge Lounge. What’s more, the Starbucks® refurbishment of the Main Street Bakery brought a new menu and the omission of the WDW Cheese Danish from it. As I planned our last trip to the World, I feared I would no longer be able to satisfy my Disney Cheese Danish craving.
I am happy to report that I need not have worried. There are several places to purchase Cheese Danishes throughout the property. However, the words “Cheese Danish” being on the menu does not guarantee that the ones being served are the same as the original Main Street Bakery version. The WDW Cheese Danishes that were served at the Main Street Bakery are the same as those that come from the WDW Central Bakery. They are uniform in appearance and taste regardless of where they are purchased. There are Cheese Danishes available that vary greatly in size, appearance, taste and price from those coming from the Central Bakery at both Cafe Rix at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and The Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. What follows is a list of all the places where “Cheese Danish” appears on the menu. I can personally verify that the Danishes available at Captain Cook’s and Sunshine Seasons are the same as those formerly available at the Main Street Bakery.
- Sunshine Seasons – Epcot®
- Fairfax Fare – Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (DHS)
- Starring Rolls – DHS
- The Writer’s Stop – DHS
- Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery – Disney’s Animal Kingdom® (DAK)
- Safari Coffee – DAK
- World Premiere Food Court – Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Intermission Food Court – Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- End Zone Food Court – Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Landscape of Flavors – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- The Mara – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Contempo Cafe – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Cafe Rix – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Gasparilla Island Grill – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Good’s Food to Go – Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Captain Cook’s – Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Everything POP Shopping and Dining – Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Riverside Mill Food Court – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
(Photo from the author’s personal collection.)
Have you ever enjoyed a WDW Cheese Danish? Where did you find it?
Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7) Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)