Disney’s Secret Menu Items You Never Knew Existed

You’d probably expect Disney enthusiasts to know each and every meal, drink, and snack available throughout the parks. But despite Disney’s large-scale, in-your-face marketing and advertising campaigns, there are some secrets that do fly under the radar. We’re talking all things food and drink at California Disney parks, in particular.

Thanks to our ever-changing tourism landscape — from travel bloggers to trending seasonal fare — even hardcore fans need to do their research if they want to maintain their know-it-all status. Here are 15 of Disney’s secret menu items you won’t find on any menu at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park.

1. Corn Chip Chili Cheese Pie with Jalapeños

bowl of chili

Hot meets spicy meets cheesy in this chili cheese pie. | iStock.com

Where to find it: The Fire-Fly at Main Street Refreshment Corner, Disneyland

Thanks to the committed reporters at Eyewitness News, Disneyland Resort officials have confirmed a list of items you won’t find on any menu. Kicking things off is one dish that’s sure to please any foodie with a love for all things hot ‘n spicy. That’s right, we’re talking about the Corn Chip Chili Cheese Pie with Jalapenos. And given the name, there’s not much explaining to do on this one.

Next: Order this burger a certain way, and you’ll get a whopper of a meal. 

2. Galactic Burger

Huge grass fed bison hamburger

The magic words here are “Alien Style.” | iStock.com/bhofack2

Where to find it: Galactic Grill at Tomorrowland, Disneyland

A burger at a grill sounds normal enough, right? The secret to this one, though, all comes down to how you order it. Be careful because uttering the magic words, “Alien Style,” could make or break the rest of your day at the happiest place on earth. According to Delish, “Just order the Galactic Style Burger topped with fries, bacon, cheese, and grilled onions, then smother it with Thousand Island dressing and cheese. It’s guaranteed to make you feel out of this world.”

Next: Get ready for some serious comfort food.  

3. Mac-n-Chili Bread Bowl

Turkey Chipotle Chili garnished with bacon

Chili, macaroni and cheese combo in a bread bowl? Yum! | iStock.com/csbphoto

Where to find it: Main Street Refreshment Corner, Disneyland

A Mac-n-Chili Bread Bowl? What more could a tourist ask for while schlepping around on a long, hot day? Well, believe it or not, there’s clearly a demand for a little comfort food at Disneyland, which brings us to our next point.

Next: More mac ‘n cheese coming your way.  

4. Mac-n-Cheese Bread Bowl

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

The only thing better than macaroni and cheese is when it’s served in a bread bowl. | iStock.com

Where to find it: Pacific Wharf Café, Disney California Adventure Park

Again, this one’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you’ve ever had a soup bread bowl from Panera Bread, it’s easy to visualize exactly what this meal entails. Creamy macaroni and cheese served up in a doughy bowl. Delivering enough carbs for an entire week, this meal probably isn’t your best bet if you’re already feeling sluggish in the sun.

Next: Think you’ve had your fill of cheese? Think again 

5. Fried Mozzarella Sticks

mozzarella sticks

For some reason, foods as simple as mozzarella sticks are considered secret. | iStock.com

Where to find them: Stage Door Café, Disneyland

This is typically one dish that both kids and adults alike can get behind. Everyone loves a little fried cheese in their life, which is why mozzarella sticks are about as common as appetizers come. But despite their all-too-simple ingredients, these cheese sticks are a secret item at Disneyland.

Next: The fried food options don’t end here.  

6. “Electra”-fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich

fired chicken with arugula and mayonnaise

Carnation Cafe is known for featuring some of Walt Disney’s favorite foods. | iStock.com/SherSor

Where to find it: Carnation Café, Disneyland

Located on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., there’s a reason Carnation Cafe is so beloved. The restaurant serves up classic American cuisine, and the menu even includes some of Walt Disney’s favorite dishes. But one thing you won’t find on the menu is the “Electra”-fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich. But now you know, so if it’s a little protein you’re after, this sandwich is for you.

Next: No meal is complete without a little dessert.  

7. Main Street “Floats”

root beer float

Main Street Floats are a perfect midday treat. | iStock.com

Where to find it: Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Disneyland

Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned ice cream float? Lucky for you, there’s a secret one at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. “The parlor’s secret float involves scoops of rainbow sherbet in orange soda,” Undercover Tourist writes. “You can order other floats too — especially if the secret but very elusive Fantasia ice cream is available.” And with that, we move on to our next point.

Next: Find out what makes Fantasia ice cream so, so good.  

8. Fantasia Ice Cream Whoopie Pie Sandwich

whoopie pies

Whoopie pies are even better with Disney’s Fantasia ice cream. | iStock.com

Where to find it: Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Disneyland

A good whoopie pie is hard to find, but not when you’re in the know about this secret menu item at Disneyland. You can find these mini dessert classics at the old-fashioned ice cream parlor located right on Main Street. The real secret sauce of these tasty little treats is the Fantasia flavor. According to Nerdist, “Disney fans have been on the hunt for the elusive ice cream and finally Disneyland has brought it back in an ice cream whoopie pie sandwich. Back in the day the cherry, pistachio and banana swirled ice cream was a secret treat only available to fans who were in the know.”

Next: If you’re someone who likes to drink their dessert, this next one’s for you. 

9. Neapolitan Shake

shake with Oreos on top

This shake is all topped off with Oreo sprinkles, to boot. | iStock.com

Where to find it: Flo’s V8 Café at Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park

Most folks know the basics of Neapolitan desserts — strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. But not everyone knows that this particular combo is an option at Flo’s. Seeing as the cafe already has all the flavors, it’s not too shocking that employees are able to whip up this “secret” shake. And according to Delish, Flo’s tops off the Neapolitan shake with Oreo sprinkles, too.

Next: This mega dish will give you serious ice cream envy.  

10. Ice Cream Nachos

Ice Cream Sundae

Ice Cream Sundaes have nothing on Disneyland’s ice cream nachos. | iStock.com/Bentaboe

Where to find it: The Golden Horseshoe, Disneyland

These aren’t your average nachos. Once a menu favorite but no longer listed, this decadent dessert is still available for guests who know to ask for it, says Theme Park Tourist. Made up of waffle cone pieces, three scoops of ice cream, and hot fudge, these sweet, sweet nachos also come with plenty of whipped cream and chocolate chips.

Next: Don’t be fooled by the next item’s name.  

11. Malibu Mocha Smoothie

milkshake

We’re not totally convinced this “smoothie” is anything by a milkshake. | iStock.com

Where to find it: Schmoozie’s at Hollywood Land, Disney California Adventure Park

Don’t let the word “smoothie” in the name fool you. It is Disney after all, and the parks are hardly known for healthy, farm-to-table fare. Combining a special blend of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream, we’d definitely say this secret menu item has a couple curve balls in its name. If you’re still hesitant, we’re sure the whipped cream topping and chocolate shavings will convince you otherwise.

Next: Now, it’s time for some alcohol-inspired items you need to know about.

12. The Zombie

boardwalk

The Zombie is probably the worst kept secret at The Cove Bar, which is right on the boardwalk. | Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Where to find it: Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure

Now for the fun part (at least if you’re an adult who’s been waiting all day for a cocktail). Turns out, there’s an entire secret menu of booze-infused drinks at one spot that attracts most, if not all, 21+ visitors to its boardwalk bar. The Cove Bar is home to signature, yet secret, cocktails, and people go bonkers for them.

To kick off the drinks portion of our list, we’ll start with The Zombie, as it’s one of the best-known not-so-well-kept secrets. According to Dining at Disney, this concoction is “a rum-lover’s dream drink!” All the rums, all day long. Yum.

Next: A Long Island lover’s dream

13. The Black Pearl

Boozy Long Island Iced Tea with a Lemon Garnish

The Black Pearl is similar to a Long Island Iced Tea. | iStock.com/Bhofack2

Where to find it: Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure

If you’re a Long Island Iced Tea drinker, the Black Pearl is for you. Beautifully layered colors will turn that tired frown upside down in no time at all.

Next: Another layered drink coming your way

14. The Fun Wheel

High Roller ferris wheel in Vegas

Cove Bar patrons have a great view of Mickey’s Fun Wheel. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Where to find it: Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure

Named after Mickey’s Fun Wheel, which you can see from the bar, the Fun Wheel combines pineapple juice, X-Rated passion fruit vodka, rum, gin, and more vodka. If you weren’t having fun before, you will be after one of these colorful cocktails.

Next: Ever wonder what the perfect drink for any Peter Pan would be?

15. Neverland Tea

iced green tea

After the Neverland tea, you’ll never want to leave. | iStock.com

Where to find it: Cove Bar, Disney California Adventure

Hailing from Neverland and resembling Peter Pan’s iconic green color, this tea is truly a hot summer day’s delight. Vodka, gin, rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, Sprite, and Midori make up the cocktail, which is perfect for any visitors who just never, ever want to grow up.

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