When you decide to take a family trip to Disney World, it’s assumed that you aren’t visiting to sample the haute cuisine. In a place where screaming children rule the roost, the chances of sustaining yourself on anything other than breadcrumbs, batter and nuclear coloured crushed ice drop dramatically as soon as you walk through the door. Abandon flavour all ye who eat here.
However, despite what may be unfair assertions based on the long history of what Disney World’s primary audience most like to eat, there are signs that the food at one of the planet’s most famous theme parks may be slowly getting better. Aside from classics like cheese-stuffed corn dogs, fried chicken and hamburgers, guests can now enjoy everything from fish and chips to Chinese food, as well as sampling sweets from a bespoke patisserie and wines from master sommeliers. Given this context, maybe it’s not so surprising that adults and decadent children alike can also enjoy some seriously epic mac and cheese.
Operating out of the west side of Disney Springs, the aptly named “The Mac & Cheese Truck” is about much more than gooey dairy and pasta elbows. The new street food stall will offer five different mac and cheese alternatives - each sounding as though they could sink a battleship. According to Disney Food Blog, “The variety of Mac and Cheese options will include Crunchy Mac-N-Cheese with six different cheeses and topped with crunchy cheese puffs and the Bacon Cheeseburger Mac-N-Cheese with creamy cheddar and American cheese mixed with ground beef and topped with bacon, shredded lettuce, tomato, sliced pickles, ketchup, mustard, and crispy potato sticks.” Clearly, it’s a bad time to be a lactose intolerant Disney fan.
The mac attack doesn’t stop with crunch and cheeseburgers. Also on offer are an Italian-inspired Chicken Parmesan Mac-N-Cheese, made with crispy fried chicken, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, Alfredo sauce and basil; and Smoked Brisket Mac-N-Cheese which combines cheddar and smoked gouda with brisket, smoky barbecue sauce, crispy onion rings, and chives. As if things couldn’t get anymore exciting, guests will also be able to get their hands on a loaded Lobster and Shrimp Mac-N-Cheese, which comes with more seafood than an episode of Spongebob. All told, Disney is clearly upping its mac game in a big way.
If, for some reason, the prospect of impossibly decadent mac and cheese doesn’t get you a little hot under the collar, Disney World have also announced a few other alterations to their street stall line up. Joining The Mac and Cheese Truck are new items from “B.B World’s Sausage Co.”, including a Hawaiian Island dog, topped with pineapple salsa, spam, and teriyaki and a New York Pastrami Reuben Dog, which does pretty much what it says on the tin. Eating has never historically been high on the priority list for theme park guests. Maybe the new additions to the line up spell the start of something seriously exciting.