Where is the Cheshire Cat Tail at Disney World?

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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.

Salt-seekers will love it that popcorn is available at all the Disney parks. And if you splurge for a souvenir bucket, you’ll be eligible for discounted popcorn refills for the remainder of your trip.

Another fan-favorite salty snack is the Mickey Pretzel. This buttery soft snack is twisted into the shape of the main Mouse. Like popcorn, you can find Mickey Pretzels at multiple locations at any of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

Guests with a sweet tooth will have plenty of opportunities to satisfy cravings on their Disney vacation.

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Specially-themed cupcakes are available throughout many locations in the parks. Fans of cold and sweet snack treats can indulge in a Mickey Bar or Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches.

And it is amazing that most of these iconic sweet and salty snacks are widely available across Disney World’s theme parks.

Dole Whip at Disney World
A Dole Whip snack at Disney World (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Dole Whip snacks at Disney

However, several special treats are only available at select locations within specific theme parks. For many years, guests could only get a Dole Whip (frozen pineapple soft serve) in the Magic Kingdom.

Somehow, the knowledge that this treat was unique to that specific location made it taste even better.

Currently, you can find Dole Whips at Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Island in Adventureland. These quick-service locations are situated near one another on opposite sides of the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride in Adventureland.

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.

And you can even get one with light or dark rum at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The days can get HOT in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. But the good news is that this park has lots of delicious frozen treats to enjoy.

In addition to the Dole Whip, the Citrus Swirl can also hit the spot when you’re in Adventureland. A Citrus Swirl is vanilla soft-serve ice cream with a tangy orange swirl. If you’re looking for a Citrus Swirl, be sure to visit Sunshine Tree Terrace. That’s the only location that serves them.

Storybook Treats in Fantasyland serves up traditional soft-serve ice cream in cups and cones. They also offer special themed menu items that change periodically to reflect a favorite Disney character or movie.

A batch of fresh Cheshire Cat Tails at Disney World (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

The Cheshire Cat Tail snack at Disney

While it can be fun to sample new treats, there’s something to be said for the longevity of a long-time favorite that’s unique to a specific location, like the Citrus Swirl.

It’s also nice to have an option that is universally appealing regardless of the time of day or weather. Enter the Cheshire Cat Tail.

What is the Cheshire Cat Tail at Magic Kingdom? 

The 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.

The Cheshire Cafe at Disney World
The Cheshire Cat Tail can be purchased at The Cheshire Cafe at Magic Kingdom inside Disney World (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Where is the Cheshire Cat Tail in Magic Kingdom Park?

This Fantasyland favorite has been available at the Cheshire Cafe in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland since 2017. Cheshire Cafe is located near the spinning teacups of the Mad Tea Party Ride. Disney World experts know it as the permanent home of the Cheshire Cat Tail.

Presently, you can also find Cheshire Cat Tails on the menu at two quick-service locations in Tomorrowland. Specifically, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and The Lunching Pad.

The Cheshire Cat Tail is on the dessert menu at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe for lunch and dinner. Cosmic Ray’s is adjacent to the Cheshire Cafe near the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party ride.

The Cat Tail is also available during breakfast hours at The Lunching Pad. This quick-service restaurant is located below the Astro-Orbiter and Tomorrowland Transit Authority loading platform.

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 last year.

As a result, the pastry was added to the menu at a new location nearby, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. It was later also added to the breakfast menu at The Lunching Pad. They may only be available at these alternate locations for a limited time.

All Mixed Up Slushie
An All Mixed Up Slushie from the Cheshire Cafe at Disney World (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

What else is on the menu at Cheshire Cafe?

In addition to the Cheshire Cat Tail, there is a Pepper Jack Warm Stuffed Pretzel. The Cheshire Café also offers a variety of hot or iced coffee and teas, slushies, specialty beverages and bottled water and juice.

Finally, 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.

A look at the inside of a Cheshire cat Tail
A look at the inside of a Cheshire Cat Tail at Disney World (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

How do you make a Cheshire Cat Tail?

You can find a plethora of copycat recipes for this twisty treat online. There are lots of variations on the preparation of the vanilla cream and icing, but here is the basic recipe for how I like to do it.

You’ll need these ingredients:

  • Puff pastry
  • Semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • Vanilla pastry cream
  • Icing
  • Red and blue food coloring (for the icing)

First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the vanilla cream by allowing the mixture time to cool and thicken before spreading over the pastry. 

Roll out the puff pastry and spread a thin layer of vanilla cream over one half. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the vanilla cream.

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 on a parchment-lined pan for approximately 15 minutes.

While the tails bake, prepare the icing. Pour into 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 dye the icing purple.

Remove tails from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

Finally, drizzle with pink and purple icing to create a crisscross pattern that looks like the Cheshire Cat’s tail. 

What is your favorite snack at Disney World? Let us know in the comments.

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Kirby Russell

Kirby Russell is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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