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12 Disney Recipes to Recreate at Home

When you can’t get to Disney, whipping up these dishes will bring a little of Mickey’s magic right to your dinner table.

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Are you in desperate need of a Disney fix? Just because the Disney parks’ gates are closed because of the pandemic, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little Disney magic right to your door—or, more accurately, to your kitchen. Disney has recently released a slew of recipes for some of its famous appetizers, entrées, desserts, and drinks from favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Some of them can be whipped up easily for a fun weeknight meal, while others are a bit more complex—but they’ll all transport you to the happiest places on earth, at least for a little while. Just click on the links to the dishes below for step-by-step instructions and you’ll be on your way! To round out your experience, see how Disney park fans are recreating their favorite rides at home.

Cinderella's Royal Table Turkey Pot PieCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Cinderella’s Royal Table Turkey Pot Pie

You might still be waiting for that prince to come into your life, but you don’t have to wait one second longer to serve up a feast fit for royalty. This turkey pot pie from Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom is stuffed full of turkey and vegetables and topped off with flaky biscuits—the perfect comfort food after a long day. Since the recipe calls for a bit of chopping and advanced cooking skills, make your weeknight easier by preparing the filling the night before, then adding the biscuits and popping it in the oven right before dinner.

If you fall in love with this dish, you just may have to try it at the restaurant that created it. Keep in mind, though, that a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the things you have to book in advance for your Disney World vacation.

Epcot Chocolate Cake with CaramelCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Epcot’s Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

Warm chocolate cake is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Previously, only guests who attended Epcot’s 2017 Flower and Garden Festival could have tried this decadent buttermilk chocolate cake—but now you can have it anytime you like. Served warm with spiced pecans and whiskey-salted caramel sauce, it’s absolutely indulgent and just the right thing if you need to whip up a special dessert in quarantine. Before your next trip to Orlando, check out these 12 major changes coming to Epcot.

Lamplight Lounge Lobster NachosCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Lamplight Lounge’s Lobster Nachos

The lobster nachos from Lamplight Lounge at Disney California Adventure has gained a large following over the years—and if you haven’t had the good fortune to try them for yourself, you’re about to understand why. Crispy tortilla chips are paired with the usuals, including seasoned black beans, pico de gallo, and cheese, but then things take a turn for the completely decadent when the dish is doused in a lobster cheese sauce and topped with large chunks of lobster meat. While this recipe is pretty involved, especially when you remember you’re making nachos, trust us when we say that it’s definitely worth it.

Disney isn’t the only place that’s been trying to make people happy during the pandemic. Here are more secret recipes that were just released for the first time.

chinese long beansCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Trader Sam’s Panko-Crusted Chinese Long Beans with Sriracha Mayonnaise

If you’ve ever been to Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, then you know just how addictive these panko-crusted Chinese long beans are! They’re not only fried to crispy perfection, but they also come with an insanely delicious dipping sauce that we could drink right out of the little ramekin. Pair this dish with the cocktail of your choice and you have a great appetizer or late-night snack. By the way, these are the 10 new foods you need to try at least once when visiting Disney World.

Walt's ChiliCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney’s Chili

We couldn’t compile a list of Disney recipes to make at home without including Walt Disney’s very own chili recipe. Chili was one of Walt’s favorite meals, and this same recipe is served at Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe. The chili is loaded with ground beef and beans for a hearty appetizer or stand-alone dinner. Speaking of the man, the myth, the legend, get inspired to dream big with these 11 joyous Walt Disney quotes.

Disney Monte CristoCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Blue Bayou’s Monte Cristo

One of Disneyland’s most popular entrées is the Monte Cristo, which can be found at both Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans. This delectable sandwich is stacked high with ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese, then battered and fried. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it with grapes, strawberries, and blackberry preserves to feel like you’re sitting inside at Blue Bayou watching the boats for Pirates of the Caribbean go by. Don’t miss these 23 magical, mind-blowing facts about Disneyland.

Jiko's Crispy Savanna RollsCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Jiko’s Crispy Savanna Rolls

Jiko is the signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and it’s where you’ll find traditional African flavors mixed in with familiar dishes. These savanna rolls, which are actually no longer on the menu, are the perfect example of that blending. In this dish, goat cheese and corn are stuffed into a spring-roll wrapper, fried, and served with a spicy curry vinaigrette. Where should you stay during your next visit? Check out these 14 Disney resorts for the perfect family vacation.

PozoleCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Disney California Adventure’s Pozole

This soup could cross the line into entrée territory on cool nights, but it’s also a comforting appetizer that goes with any Mexican dinner you might be making. Disney California Adventure’s pozole, which is offered seasonally, is made with pork, lots of flavorful chiles, and hominy. The chiles do add some spice, but they don’t overwhelm the dish, and if you don’t eat pork, you could easily swap that out for chicken. These are the Disneyland secrets only insiders know.

mushroom aranciniCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Cítricos’ Mushroom Arancini

Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the incredibly well-reviewed Cítricos features flavors of the Mediterranean. These mushroom arancini are a great appetizer or snack, especially if you have mushrooms in the fridge that are about to go bad. Not familiar with arancini? They’re delicious, little fried balls of rice that hail from Italy. These are lightly fried to create a crispy exterior, which contrasts perfectly with the creamy, soft interior. Do you remember them fondly from one of your trips? They’re actually no longer on the menu at Cítricos, so the only place you can get them now is in your kitchen.

In case you were wondering, these are the 9 things that will change at Disney World when the gates open again.

Maple Creme BruleeCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse’s Maple Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée hits all the right notes when it comes to dessert. The crunchy burnt-sugar topping and the sweet and silky custard underneath make for an excellent combination. At Epcot, Le Cellier Steakhouse’s version adds a surprise ingredient: maple syrup. This unique twist takes the classic up a notch, which is definitely saying something. Make this dessert at home if you’re looking for a fun challenge and a way to hone your culinary skills. By the way, here’s what’s been going on at Epcot and the rest of Disney World—even while it’s closed.

Chris's Cold PieCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney’s Chris’s Cold Pie

The recipe for this lemon chiffon pie with a graham cracker crust was originally published in the 1960s in Mamie and Ike Eisenhower’s Cookbook in honor of Walt Disney’s first grandchild, Christopher Disney Miller. Chris actually named the pie himself and loved it as much as Walt did. In fact, it’s said that this was Walt’s favorite dessert. If you try it, you’ll see why. It’s the perfect summer treat to make you feel like you’re sitting at Disneyland.

Snow Leopard SalvationCourtesy The Walt Disney Company

Nomad Lounge’s Snow Leopard Salvation

Raise a glass to all things Disney with this refreshing drink that packs a punch. The Snow Leopard Salvation cocktail from Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Nomad Lounge features flavors like mint, pear, lime, and ginger. The whole concoction is poured into a glass over ice and topped off with ginger beer. If this sounds right up your alley, check out these 14 other hidden gems for grown-ups at Disney parks.

Megan duBois
Megan duBois is a regular contributor to RD.com's Travel and Culture sections, where she writes about theme parks, pop culture, and food. Her articles have also appeared on Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Insider, Orbitz, The Daily Meal and more. duBois has been quoted as an expert on theme parks for Forbes and other outlets. She earned her BA in Communications from The University of North Florida. Follow her on Instagram @MinglingwithMickey and Twitter @Megand315.