For the past two weeks I have classified the lands of Magic Kingdom and EPCOT based on their ability to satisfy our snack attacks. And while EPCOT is generally considered the best food park in Walt Disney World when it comes to food, Hollywood studios are often considered the worst.
Hollywood studios also posed a unique challenge, as most of the park lands (except the 2 newest ones) really have a similar theme and are quite indistinguishable from each other. You won’t even realize you’re leaving one land and entering another, as you do in Magic Kingdom or EPCOT.
But how do you stack your snacks? Let’s take a look. But first, a quick reminder of how I’ve been determining a land’s overall eating ability:
- Quantity: number of snacks or snack locations located within this land
- Quality: Not just having snacks, but having them well appetizers
- Variety: having different types of snacks within this land, not just the same
- Uniqueness: Classic snacks are classic for a reason, but having some unique options you won’t find anywhere else is also important
- Theme: how do snacks relate to the theme of that particular land?
1) Galaxy’s Edge
The new guy in the neighborhood is also the best, as he not only has a large number and variety of snack spots, but also has a very exclusive Star Wars theme. You can try the popular blue or green milk at the Milk Stand, grab some interesting types of galactic popcorn in Kat Saka’s kettle or enjoy snacks at the bar like Batuu chunks or a charcuterie table in Oga’s Canteen.
Ronto Roasters has many good options throughout the day, such as a breakfast wrapper or oatmeal overnight, and their Ronto Wrap specialty or pork rinds later in the day. They also offer some healthier vegetarian options like a zucchini wrapper and a fruit salad.
When building a new fully immersive terrain, the food must also be immersive and Galaxy’s Edge nailed it.
2) Toy Story Land
With only one location to eat, Woody’s Lunch Box may be small (in fact, toy-sized), but it’s also powerful in terms of the quality, uniqueness, and theme of the snacks. Lunch Box Cakes and Potato Barrels (also available as “totchos”) are fan favorites and fit perfectly into the “high baby food” theme.
Woody’s also offers a delicious tomato soup and snacks perfect for small hands, such as Cuties clementines and Babybel cheese. We will continue to love these snacks to infinity and beyond.
3) Sunset Boulevard
This country ranks third for its large number of options, including those offered by many classic people lovers.
Get your solution in the form of Mickey at Anaheim Produce with sprouts, ice cream and sandwiches, as well as churros and fruit. Fairfax Fare has several special options for hot dogs, and Hollywood Scoops serves delicious ice cream, including drinks and smoothies. Next to Roller Coaster Rock ‘n’, KRNR The Rock Station also has ice cream, as well as chips and cookies.
There is nothing scary or particularly thematic here, but what they offer is sure to satisfy.
4) Echo Lake
With three places to snack and some unique items, Echo Lake reaches number 4. Epic Eats includes funnel cakes, smooth service and floats. Backlot Express, located right next to Star Tours, includes some tracks such as the Wookiee Cookie and the Tatooine Two Suns Hummus. Next to the water, Dockside Diner offers some seafood options, such as fish dip, as well as desserts such as brownies and smoothies.
You will find a little more variety than the rest of the lower classified lands.
5) Grand Avenue
This area is home to a popular lounge, BaseLine Tap House, which serves a few snacks along with its alcoholic beverages, such as a giant pretzel with cheese and mustard, and a charcuterie table. Grand Avenue also includes Muppets-themed pizza, PizzeRizzo, which includes regular and seasonal cannoli varieties.
Despite offering some good items, there aren’t many options here.
6) Hollywood Boulevard
This terrain that invites guests to the park could use a ski lift. The Trolley Car Café is located in Starbucks, with typical breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as a unique product, the carrot cake cookie. Nearby, the Brown Derby Lounge includes some small dishes, such as prawn cocktail and BLT sliders.
In general, it is not the most impressive way to start the day.
7) Patio of animation
With so many attractions still closed in Animation Courtyard, it’s really more than a walkway to get to Toy Story Land, and it’s noticeable. The market serves the giant and delicious Num Num cookie, based on The Incredibles 2, but other than that, your options are a bag of fries, a banana or a pastry at the Joffrey’s location, right next door.
My suggestion: just grab a cookie when you walk down the road to Slinky Dog Dash.
8) Lane Commissioner
Another “land” that feels more like a way to get from here to there, the only place to grab any kind of snack on Commissary Lane is the ABC commissioner, and even that seems like a tros. Offering a dessert, in addition to Babybel cheese and apple slices, if you want to snack, it would serve you better to hit any of the other surrounding lands.
Overall, snacking at Hollywood studios is fine, but not great. The real stars are the two newest lands, as Walt Disney World is moving towards the creation of fully immersive lands based on a single film franchise. We can only hope that its success will generate a rippling effect of better snacks in the rest of the park.
What are your favorite places to snack at Hollywood studios? Let us know in the comments.