Lately, Walt Disney World has been upping its snack game (particularly at Magic Kingdom), with cute and colorful treats that are perfect for photos. It’s a nice start, especially those items that both look great and taste delicious. With that said, the kawaii foods OG and undisputed snack champ remains Tokyo Disneyland.
Snacking is a huge part of our Disney experience wherever we go (except Disneyland Paris…eating two meals per day there is often a herculean accomplishment). Nowhere is that more true than Tokyo Disney Resort. Guests there taking snacking very seriously, and in the spirit of embracing local customs, so too do we. (Yeah, we’ll go with that excuse for pigging out on a daily basis!)
In fact, two of the first posts we published about Japan way back after our first trip were Awesome Tokyo Disneyland Snacks and Awesome Tokyo DisneySea Snacks. A lot has changed since then, so in this post, we’ll offer a rundown of the top ‘kawaii’ snacks and desserts you can currently buy at Tokyo Disneyland, including where in the park you can find these and their approximate cost in dollars as of November 2019…
Based on the praise we’ve already showered on the snack scene at Tokyo Disneyland and given that there’s plenty more of that to come, I foresee this post garnering accusations of bias. While it’s true that Japan’s two parks are our #1 and #2 Disney parks, we don’t think everything they do is perfect or above reproach.
To that end, there’s one well-known Tokyo Disneyland snack that we think is overrated and overhyped: popcorn. All of it. I know that this is one of, if not the, most recognizable and iconic snacks at Tokyo Disneyland. I’ve waited in line and tried countless varieties, and it’s just not my jam. Some flavors are fine, but at the end of the day it’s just ordinary popcorn with a mild flavor. The ‘taste ceiling’ for such a product is pretty low.
Save your money, time, and stomach space for the more inventive and fun snacks listed below–they’re pretty much all better…
Alien Mochi Dumplings ($3.30) – The first time we visited Tokyo Disneyland, there were no English blogs covering it regularly and these treats caught us by surprise. Now, hundreds of Instagram photos and thousands of dollars (I hope that’s an exaggeration) later, we are very familiar with these mochi sold in Tomorrowland (and also at Tokyo DisneySea).
These custard, chocolate, and strawberry mochi are Sarah’s favorite snack at Tokyo Disney Resort, and something she orders multiple times per trip. I enjoy them, but am not nearly that keen on the mochi. Regardless, you’ll want to give them a try!
Tipo Torta ($3.70) – This is consistently the best snack at Tokyo Disneyland, frequently drawing as long of lines as popcorn. Our four-word description of the Tipo Torta is “like churros, but good.” Sorry churro fans, but this is how those overpriced and frequently stale snacks should be done.
The Tipo Torta is a flaky, semi-soft pastry on the exterior, filled with warm cream inside. Flavors change seasonally, and the Tipo Torta cart across from ‘it’s a small world’ (the only place in Tokyo Disneyland to get them) consistently has a line that’s longer than ‘it’s a small world.’
Beyond the packaging, these springs rolls are fantastic. The one with red packaging is pizza flavored, while the yellow is egg and shrimp. The latter might sound odd, but they’re both highly recommended. (We do prefer the pizza, if you’re only buying one.)
My favorite order here on the ‘standard menu’ is the Mickey Waffle with Strawberry & Custard Sauce. It has a sufficient amount of drizzle to liven up the waffle, and tastes great. Seasonal waffles cost $2 more and include ice cream, and that’s invariably what everyone ends up ordering. (Right now, the seasonal waffle is apple & caramel.)
Dessert Crepes ($4.15) – New Orleans Square exists at Tokyo Disneyland, albeit as a carved-out section of Adventureland rather than a fully-fledged land. With it, Cafe Orleans also exists, albeit as a walk-up restaurant for freshly-made crepes.
Strawberry or banana are the standard varieties available here, although one is usually replaced by a seasonal variety. My favorite of these is offered in November and December, when the Minnie Mouse-inspired Strawberry & Cranberry Crepe is served. It’s worth the high price, as the quality and decadent flavor are spectacular.
Blue Mousse Cake ($3.60) – Available at Plazma Ray’s Diner in Tomorrowland, which is a newish restaurant (and one of the few locations with good vegetarian meals, this is another winner.
I don’t know what the exact flavor is here, but it reminds me of Blue Hawaiian soda that’s sold in Japanese vending machines. There’s not really a single, distinct flavor, just a mix of quasi-fruit flavors in a delicious blue concoction. It’s fantastic.
Seafood Pizza Slice ($5) – Sold at Captain Hook’s Galley in Fantasyland, I’m not totally sure this qualifies as a snack. However, it’s not a full meal either. After the Alien Mochi, this is our most-purchased item at Tokyo Disneyland.
The seafood is shockingly high quality for counter service, and goes with the rich and cheesy flavor quite well. Perfect any time of day, but we usually grab these before Dreamlights (the packaging makes the slices stackable). Grab a side order of the potatoes while you’re here–they’re like gooey hash browns.
Soft Serve ($2.75) – There are soft serve ice cream spots in Adventureland (mango/milk), Tomorrowland (peach/milk), Critter Country (chocolate/milk), and Fantasyland (strawberry/milk). Often, one or more of these is replaced by a seasonal variety, like pumpkin for Halloween.
It’s imperative that you try these all–you really can’t go wrong with any of them. My go-to is the mango & milk mix at Squeezer’s in Adventureland, which is also home to an addictively-good mango tapioca drink.
Critter Sundae ($4.15) – If there’s only room in your heart (or stomach) for one soft serve order, make it the Critter Sundae at Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon.
This contains whatever soft serve is currently being sold, plus a Mickey churro, corn flakes, and toppings. It’s fantastic, with just enough texture to really enhance the soft serve. Plus, dipped in ice cream is the perfect way to eat a churro.
Ice Cream ($4.60) – Back on the corner of World Bazaar where you’d find similar scoop shops in the US parks is the aptly-named “Ice Cream Cones.”
Here, we recommend the double scoop, with the optimal flavors being strawberry cheese and matcha.
Curry Bread ($2.70) – The “normal” curry bread served at Sweetheart Cafe, the top spot for a grab and go breakfast in Tokyo Disneyland, is pictured above on the right. Occasionally, there are seasonal versions (including a hugely popular Jack Skellington incarnation).
Through the magic of modern technology, Tokyo Disneyland has managed to take the flavor from curry and naan and convert this into pastry form. The bread itself is soft but doughy, and the inside tastes like actual curry. This might sound off-putting or odd, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. If you want something delicious and cute, go for the Mike Melon Bread–but this curry bread stands head and shoulders above that, taste-wise.
Ultimately, this just scratches the surface of the delicious desserts and kawaii snacks at Tokyo Disneyland. In addition to these menu staples, there’s a rotating assortment of seasonal items that change each year and are almost all cute and/or delicious.
Add to that seasonal drinks from D’s Delights and other desserts–plus burgers, pizza, and sandwiches in the shape of Mickey Mouse–and there’s a ton to try at Tokyo Disneyland. While these items are what we view as essential, you’re going to want to eat way more than just what’s on this list!
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
Do you have any favorite or least favorite snacks at Tokyo Disneyland? Are you a popcorn diehard who strongly disagrees with us on skipping that? What about our other advice and recommendations? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!