Walt Disney World parks are known for their incredible snacks. To that end, there are seemingly endless options to suit just about any taste preference.
Usually, snacks can be a major attraction for many Disney guests.
For example, salt-seekers will love that popcorn is available at all the Disney parks.
Another fan-favorite salty snack is the Mickey Pretzel. This buttery soft snack is twisted into the shape of the main mouse.
Guests with a sweet tooth also will have plenty of opportunities to satisfy cravings on their Disney vacation. Notably, the Cheshire Cat Tail is a beloved treat.
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What is the Cheshire Cat Tail at Magic Kingdom?
The popular Cheshire Cat Tail is a flaky pastry filled with vanilla cream and semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with colorful icing.
Its shape is long and skinny, and it’s drizzled with zig-zagged stripes of pink and purple icing.
This shareable treat is named after the infamous Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland”. The finished product is a delicious snack that looks like the famous feline’s colorful tail.
Where is the Cheshire Cat Tail in the Magic Kingdom?
This park favorite treat has been available at the Cheshire Cafe in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom since 2017.
The Cheshire Cafe is located near the spinning teacups of the Mad Tea Party ride. Disney World experts know it as the home of the Cheshire Cat Tail.
Although it was unavailable for a short period of time, it is back on the menu at the time of this writing.
Previously, you might have been able to find Cheshire Cat Tails on the menu at two quick-service locations in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and The Lunching Pad. However, they no longer seem to be on the menu at those locations.
During Walt Disney World’s phased re-opening, the Cheshire Cafe was not equipped to process mobile ordering. Because of this, it remained closed for much of the year, which is likely why the popular treat was temporarily added to a breakfast menu at a new location.
Where can I get a Cheshire Cat Tail at Disneyland?
Unfortunately for California Disney-goers, I was unable to find the Cheshire Cat Tail on a menu at the Disneyland park.
What else is on the menu at the Cheshire Cafe?
In addition to the Cheshire Cat Tail, there is a Pepper Jack Warm Pretzel along with a variety of hot or iced coffee and teas, slushies, specialty beverages, bottled water and juice.
They also currently have the Merry Unbirthday Cupcake, a sprinkle-filled birthday cake-flavored cupcake with tea-infused buttercream.
But as a note, Walt Disney World dining menus are always subject to change, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date menu information.
How do you make a Cheshire Cat Tail?
You can find a plethora of copycat recipes for this twisty treat online.
Many of them will involve making your own mixture of pastries and icing. I like to make mine with pre-made puff pastries and cream so I can skip purchasing so many individual ingredients such as cornstarch, sugar, butter, eggs and whole milk.
- Puff pastry sheets
- Semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- Vanilla pastry cream
- White icing
- Red and blue food coloring (for the icing)
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take the vanilla cream out of the refrigerator and allow it time to cool and thicken before spreading it over the pastry.
Roll out the puff pastry sheets and spread a thin layer of vanilla cream over one half. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the vanilla cream.
Next, fold the empty side of the pastry sheet onto the side with the vanilla cream and chocolate chips. This should create a fold-over sandwich with puff pastry on the top and bottom and a filling of chocolate chips and vanilla cream.
Press gently to compress the sandwich slightly. Use a pizza cutter to make 1-1.5 inch strips. Separate each strip and twist 2-3 times to create a spiral shape.
Bake the pastries on a parchment-lined pan or baking sheet for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Parchment paper can help the pastries not to stick to the pan.
While the tails bake, prepare the icing. Pour into two separate bowls and add a few drops of red food coloring to one bowl to dye the icing pink. Add a few drops of red and blue icing to the second bowl and stir to make purple frosting.
When ready, remove tails from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes, ideally until they reach room temperature.
Finally, drizzle with pink and purple icing to create a crisscross pattern that looks like the Cheshire Cat’s tail.
Other popular snacks at Disney World
If you’re looking for other iconic treats at Disney World, I highly recommend enjoying a Dole Whip.
Disney Dole Whip is much easier to find throughout the park than it used to be.
For example, guests could only get a Dole Whip (frozen pineapple soft serve) in the Magic Kingdom for many years. Somehow, the knowledge that this treat was unique to that specific location made it taste even better.
Nowadays, the popular Dole Whip is also available at a few more locations – they have them at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and sometimes they pop up on the menu at EPCOT festival kiosks.
Truthfully, the Dole Whip may be a great option on a hot theme park day in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
What is your favorite snack at Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!