I’m Just Here for the Food… Disney Food!

Food… DISNEY FOOD! We all have our favorites from our Disney Parks trips — popcorn, churros, Dole Whips, and even turkey legs (I guess for some!). Grabbing a snack and going to the next line was my way of visiting the parks for many years. Since I have been listening to Lou and the WDW Radio Show for more than 10 years, he has inspired me to slow down and appreciate the surroundings instead of running to the next item on the spreadsheet. What better way to do so than with a good meal? So just sit back, relax… (oh wait, that’s Lou’s intro, I got a little caught up!).
 
There are so many restaurants to visit throughout the Disney Parks, but Disney restaurants have come a long way in the past 50 years. When the Magic Kingdom debuted in 1971, it had several places to eat. Here’s a list of a few popular ones:
 
  • Town Square Cafe’
  • King Stefan’s Banquet Hall now Cinerella’s Royal Table
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Refreshment Corner now Casey’s Corner
  • Aventureland Terrace
  • Pecos Bill Cafe’
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland Terrace
  • The Lunching Pad
 
Interior of King Stefan’s Banquet Hall which is now Cinderella’s Royal Table, 1986. 
 
Photo credit: Image from Walt Disney World, 1986
WDW Radio Show #370 is one of my favorites about some of the extinct restaurants, so check it out to learn more about them.
 
As Remy found out from Gusteau, “anyone can cook,” but how much of that is really true?Now, I do know that anyone can eat, and I sure like eating at Disney Parks! When we are home and can’t get to the parks, we follow our favorite social media and ooh and ahh over the food videos and photos people share. Even better, we buy the cookbooks and copy recipes we see online, but we are often too intimidated to try them.
 
Ok, let’s be honest, we drool and go open a bag of chips or make microwave popcorn, and it’s just not the same. 
 
So let’s test this out. Let’s combine Lou’s favorites — food and history — and make a few recipes from Disney parks and resort restaurants and maybe learn a little history as well. While researching restaurant history I have found several recipes in old cookbooks and newspapers. So now it’s time to give them a try… together!
 
Go to the WDW Radio Clubhouse page on Facebook to vote on which recipe you want us to make first! We will share the recipe and all the good and the bad of the process. Follow along, if you dare, and if you can, help us out along the way. All suggestions and tips are welcome… please, send all the tips you can!
 
Here are a few recipes to get your thoughts going… and to get your tummy growling!
 
  • Stuffed French Toast from the Polynesian Resort
  • Walnut Bread from King Stefan’s Banquet Hall and Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Beef and Barley Soup from King Stefan’s Banquet Hall
 
What other delicious items should we make? Send us your suggestions and we’ll try a new recipe together each month!


 

My name is Molly and I live in South Dakota. With my art and design training and love for history, I have helped develop over 80 local history exhibits through the years as a Curator. Disney has been in my blood since I was born. Visiting my Grandparents in California also meant my parents taking us to Disneyland. Since the late 1970s, I have taken many trips to DL and WDW but sometimes it’s too long in between trips. I have always tried to stay connected to Disney from watching “The Wonderful World of Disney” every Sunday night, to movies, books and blogs. Once I found Lou on WDW Radio, it became even easier to dream of Disney in between visits!

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