One of the big cult-following Walt Disney World snacks is the Mickey pretzel. It’s soft, salty, buttery, and oh-so-cute. Featuring Mickey’s face and an irresistible cheese sauce, how could you go wrong? (Okay, side note, not a fan of the cheese sauce over here!)
Well, you could go wrong if you happened to be craving a Mickey pretzel when at the Magic Kingdom and have no idea where to find one!
Never fear, however, because we are rolling out a new plan called operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom. Helping you identify the most common spots Mickey Pretzels are located in the Magic Kingdom.
Where are Mickey Pretzels Located in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World?
The Lunching Pad Located in Tomorrowland
The Lunching Pad (yes, the Lunching Pad, not the Launching Pad. I see you Disney, you tricky) has Mickey Pretzels! Be sure to grab one after you ride Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin! Actually, grab it after you ride Space Mountain too. You want that pretzel to stay put after you consume it.
Gaston’s Tavern Located in Fantasyland
Gaston’s Tavern located in Fantasyland does not have a Mickey pretzel. They do, however, have an awesome cinnamon roll. If you need a little something to get you through the rest of ‘Operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom, be sure and grab one. Then, give yourself about an hour before you start your hunt again. It’s important to rest to make sure you don’t fatigue on your journies. That and the sugar is probably going to want to make you nap. Good thing Gaston has an amazing chair to rest in!
Liberty Square Market
Located inside of Liberty Square, the Liberty Square Market is hard to miss. Once you head into Liberty Square, keep walking all the way towards the back. If you see the Hall of Presidents look towards the left of it. There you will find the Liberty Square Market and the beloved Mickey preztels. Another success for ‘Operation Mickey Pretzels: Magic Kingdom.
Prince Eric’s Village Market in the Magic Kingdom
Prince Eric’s Village Market located in Fantasyland offers up a pretzel. Yet, it is not a Mickey pretzel. It’s a huge jumbo pretzel. Keep your eye on the prize if you have your heart set on an authentic Mickey pretzel. They are out there!
Main Street USA
Unfortunately there are no permanent locations for the Mickey Pretzel on Main Street USA. You might be able to find a snack cart here and there (see more on that below). However, places such as Casey’s Corner are not home to these treats. If you do happen to stumble upon Casey’s Corner, try the chili dog or one of those beloved corn dog nuggets. Then, leave me a comment and let me know how you like it. Still haven’t dined at Casey’s!
The Cheshire Café in Fantasyland
The Chesire Café in Fantasyland is home to the Chesire Cat Tail pastry treat. Yet, according to the Disney Food Blog, on occasion, there have been specialty pretzels here as well. It might not be a straight-up Mickey Pretzel, but a pretzel in some form for you to enjoy! If there’s no pretzel, get the Chesire Cat Tail. You can’t go wrong with it.
Operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom Snack Carts
One of the quickest ways to get a Mickey pretzel in the Magic Kingdom is at a snack cart. This is also our favorite way to find a Mickey pretzel.
The snack carts are located at various places throughout the park. A common one is located the right to the left of the Cinderella Castle. Before you reach the castle, but after you pass the ‘Partners’ statue of Mickey and Walt, head to the left. There you will most likely find a cart with the delicious Mickey Pretzels.
Keep your eyes peeled because while they aren’t listed on the Walt Disney World website, the food carts are staples throughout the Magic Kingdom. In fact, you usually can’t go too far without running into one. It just depends if it is going to be an ice cream cart, beverage cart, or pretzel cart. Hoping for your sake that it is indeed a Mickey pretzel cart. Then all your Mickey pretzel dreams can come true!
Do You Have to Get the Cheese Sauce with Your Mickey Pretzel?
No, you do not have to get the cheese sauce. If you don’t know what the cheese sauce is, its that typical orangey-yellow liquid cheese that comes in a plastic cup. The sauce is gooey and park guests LOVE to dip their Mickey pretzels into it.
No judgment here if that orangey-yellow cheese is your jam. However, just know that it’s not something you HAVE to partake in. Rather, you can request they hold the cheese. In the past, a dollar was taken off of your order if you declined the sauce, but that typically isn’t the case anymore. You can still rest easy though if you pass on the cheese. Just think about how you are helping another guest live out their true Mickey pretzel dreams by making sure there is enough for them!
Operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom Disclaimer
Believe it or not, Walt Disney World, including the Magic Kingdom, is ALWAYS changing.
Shocker, I know.
It’s usually for the better, bringing us cooler and newer things. Yet, sometimes they move around menus and food items. Know that could be the case and could cause ‘Operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom to be inaccurate at times. If you notice an error, be sure to drop us a comment below so we can update the post. We want to make sure you are on the quickest path to finding your Mickey Pretzel in the Magic Kingdom!
Vegan DIY Mickey Pretzel for Home
If you’re like me and can’t make it to the parks often, you probably find yourself missing certain snacks. Well, it turns out a lot of the favorites are pretty simple to make. Including the famed Mickey Pretzel! Just like the one we were hunting down in operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom.
Our homemade creation was inspired by the recipe posted on the Disney Family website with a few tweaks. We took their twisty shape and made it chocolatey!
1. 5 Cups Warm Water
1 Tbsp Sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 Packet Active Dry Yeast
4.5 Cups of Flour
1/2 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips + Extra for Topping
4 Tbps Melted Vegan Butter + Extra for Brushing on Top
8-10 Cups of Water
2/3 Cups of Baking Soda
Sugar for Sprinkling on Top
Directions for Making DIY Vegan Mickey Pretzels at Home
In a large bowl mix together the water, sugar, and salt. If you want, cut back on your salt a little if you’re going for a sweeter pretzel. Just not too much!
Then open your packet of yeast and pour it on top, but don’t stir it. Instead let it sit for about 5 minutes or so, allowing the yeast-sugar chemical reaction to occur. Things might get a little foam on top of your bowl. Plus, it’s probably going to start smelling like the start of something wonderful.
Oh how I love carbs.
While you’re waiting for the five minutes to pass measure off your flour, cocoa powder and butter. Combine the flour and cocoa powder until evenly mixed.
Once the time has passed add them, to your bowl. Start with the butter and add the flour little by little. We opted to mix in the flour with a wooden spoon and spatula. A hand mixer was attempted at first and it just resulted in the dough being wrapped up it all the way to the top. As the dough starts to form you might need to lose all the kitchen utensils and knead things with your hands.
If you’re in an extra chocolatey mood now is the time to add in the chocolate chips. About a 1/2 cup or less will do. They will be challenging to mix, but try and tuck them in so they are surrounded by dough.
Once the dough is well mixed and looking extra chocolatey, set it aside in a warm place. We covered ours with a tea towel and let it stand for about 15-20 minutes.
If you have more time, excellent! Let your dough sit for about 45 minutes, allowing it to rise and double in size. Just don’t fret if you don’t have a ton of time on your hands, your pretzels are still going to turn out tasty.
While your dough is rising, be sure to preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Next, grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. If you have cooking spray, go ahead and give your the baking sheet a spray.
We made one batch of pretzels with cooking spray and one without. Accidentally. Guess what? The unsprayed sheet only clung to the Mickey pretzels slightly. Therefore, don’t panic if you don’t have spray!
Next, prepare your pot of boiling water and baking soda. Grab a large pot, such as a soup pot, and fill it with about 8-10 cups of water and the baking soda listed above. (I wondered what the baking soda was for originally too!)
Grab a slotted spoon. One that is a little bigger than the size of your hand. It’s going to be the vehicle in which you do a quick dip into the boiling water with your pretzels. Be careful! The pot will boil quickly, so if you’re not quite ready to use it, hold tight on turning it on.
Alright! Does your dough look nice and risen? Or at least a little risen? If not, you probably should give it at least a few more minutes in its hot spot. If it does look ready to go, grab it and roll it out on a floured surface. Roll it out nice and flat, shoving those chocolate chips that fall out back into the dough. The roll should be about 12 inches in length.
Once it’s rolled out, divide the dough into three pieces. It’s going to be easier to work with smaller sections. Place two of the three pieces aside and cut the third one into long strips. You should be able to get about six strips from each of your three large pieces. You can either cut all three of your large pieces at once or work in smaller groups. (Oh, and be sure you’ve turned your pot of water on to boil at this point).
Whatever you decide to do, once your strips are cut, take them one-by-one and roll them out. This is just a quick roll to round the edges. Be sure not to make them too skinny and maintain the general length of about 12 inches. It should only take a quick roll. Once rolled, you’re going to take the strip and cross it over itself, forming a circle on one end and two long ‘tails on the other side of the cross. Finally, take the ‘tails’, roll them down and form into Mickey’s ears!
After your Mickey pretzel shapes are formed, place them on, one-by-one, on your slotted spoon. Make sure your water is boiling and then do a quick dip with your pretzel. About 15-20 seconds will do the trick. Don’t go any longer and try to keep the dough on your slotted spoon. The ears might unravel if your Mickey pretzel starts floating off.
Once dipped, shake off all the excess water and place on your prepared cookie sheet. Brush a little melted butter on top if you’d like. Plus, if you’re feeling fancy, add on some extra sprinkles and chocolate chips. The chocolate chips will have to be pressed into the dough, but trust us, they will melt nicely. Sprinkle on some sugar and sprinkles if you’re feeling extra fancy.
Place the baking sheet into the oven for about 10 minutes and watch these little Mickey pretzel treats rise. Once baked, remove from the cookie sheet and place on cookie racks to cool completely. Add just a sprinkling of sugar on top.
Final Step: Grab some honey mustard and enjoy! Yes, the thought of mustard with a chocolate chip pretzel sounds a little odd, but just trust us. It works and you won’t be disappointed. Unless, of course, you don’t like honey mustard, then you will indeed be disappointed!
If you, for some reason, you have leftover pretzels they will keep! Pop them into an airtight container for quick storage or wrap them each in plastic wrap to keep things fresh! You can even try to freeze them by wrapping them in plastic wrap and double bagging them. Just be sure they are completing cooled before you freeze them in order to avoid crystal formation.
Are Mickey Pretzels in the Magic Kingdom Vegan?
According to the awesome website, Vegan Disney World, stated at the time of their post that the Mickey pretzels at the Magic Kingdom are indeed vegan. This is in reference to the plain pretzels without cheese sauce or any filling. Things turn nonvegan quickly if you add any of those pretzel features. As with any food at Disney, be sure you get a current list of ingredients before you partake. This is especially true if you have any food allergies.
Conclusion to Operation Mickey Pretzels: Magic Kingdom
There ya go! Operation Mickey Pretzel: Magic Kingdom was a success. Once you are able to get back to the parks you will indeed know where to get this tasty treat. Plus, in the meantime, you’ll have all the tools you need to create Mickey Pretzels at home. Enjoy!
After you hunt down your Mickey Pretzels in the Magic Kingdom, before sure and check out these posts. Start with the best photo spots at the Magic Kingdom found here. Then, move on to these 4 Must Dos at the Magic Kingdom.