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8 Must-Eat Theme Park Snacks

8 Must-Eat Theme Park Snacks

Snack and sip your way through the most iconic and imaginative treats the Golden State’s theme parks have to offer

Roller coasters are great, but the food is also part of the fun at California’s top theme parks. Try these eight tasty treats on your next visit. For even more Disney-specific delights, check out these Don’t Miss Snacks at Disneyland Resort.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, Disneyland, Dole Whip

Dole Whip

Disneyland Park, Anaheim

The creamy, dairy-free pineapple soft serve in Adventureland tastes like summer in a cup. Lines at the Tiki Juice Bar can get longer than some attraction queues, so head to the Tropical Hideaway next door for the original frozen treat or a swirl of fruity, seasonal Dole Whip flavors.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, Disneyland, Cosmic Cream Orb

Cosmic Cream Orb

Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim

Don’t be fooled by the lava-rock exterior, designed to resemble the Guardians of the Galaxy orb protecting the most powerful infinity stone. Crack open that crispy cream puff shell from Terran Treats for a vibrant purple filling of whipped raspberry cheesecake that’s out of this world.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, Knott's Berry Farm

Boysenberry Pie

Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park

Knott’s started as a small family farm, and this classic berry pie is still a theme park staple that can be found inside the park at Ghost Town Grill and the Ghost Town Bakery, or outside the park at the Farm Bakery and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Also, if it’s in season, look out for the Boysenberry Fun Bun. A cross between funnel cake and a cinnamon bun, this deep-fried pastry is a Ghost Town favorite topped with a cream cheese glaze.  

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, Universal Studios Hollywood

The Big Pink

Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles

This pink-frosted ring of sugar topped with rainbow sprinkles is bigger than even Homer Simpson could ever imagine. Find the sweet confection at Lard Lad Donuts, where it’s served in a box the size of a dinner plate.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, Butter Beer

Frozen Butterbeer

Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles

You can enjoy Butterbeer three different ways—hot, cold, or frozen—and we’re partial to the last, which is perfect for those warm days in SoCal. This icy sipper pairs the frothy consistency of a slushie with the sweetness of vanilla and butterscotch, and it’s available throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, LEGOLAND

Granny’s Apple Fries

LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad

When fry-shaped slices of green apples are lightly battered and tossed with cinnamon sugar, the result is this crispy, golden treat that’s a gala for the senses. Dip each warm piece in whipped cream or enjoy á la mode with a dollop of vanilla soft serve and a drizzle of caramel.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods

Bacon Chocolate Apple

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo

Double-dipped in caramel and milk chocolate, this crisp apple is finished with a coating of salty bacon bits. It’s a great sweet and savory treat to grab and go, available at the Coaster Candy shop.

2023 California Visitor's Guide, Theme Park Foods, Gilroy Garlic Fries

Garlic Fries

Gilroy Gardens, Gilroy

In a town known as the garlic capital of the world, it would be a stinking shame if you skipped the hot and crispy fries flavored with the hometown crop. Enjoy them fresh from the fryer at the park’s Castroville Corners cafe.

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