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How Many Calories You Are Eating at the Theme Park (Slideshow)

How Many Calories You Are Eating at the Theme Park (Slideshow)

The roller coaster isn’t the only thing at the theme park that could make you sick...

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If you’re running around in the hot summer sun all day, it really is best to drink water. However, we know sometimes you just can’t resist the lure of a carbonated beverage. Here are some of the typical theme park options and how they break down calorically:

Coca-Cola: 186 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Pepsi: 200 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Sprite: 138 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Fanta Orange: 140 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Lemonade: 99 calories (8 fluid ounce glass)

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

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If you’re running around in the hot summer sun all day, it really is best to drink water. Here are some of the typical theme park options and how they break down calorically:

Coca-Cola: 186 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Pepsi: 200 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Sprite: 138 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Fanta Orange: 140 calories (16 fluid ounces)

Lemonade: 99 calories (8 fluid ounce glass)

Main Dishes

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Sides

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The Candy

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Desserts

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Theme Park Novelties

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Your Worst Day at the Park:


These 13 Disney Recipes Let You Experience the Theme Park at Home

It seems like we don’t have a whole lot to look forward to these days. We’ve canceled all travel plans for the foreseeable future and families everywhere were devastated when Disney parks had to close their doors back in early March. Obviously, all of this is temporary and we’ll get back to normal someday but right now, things seem pretty depressing. But we’re trying to make the best of a bad situation by doing small things like sprucing up our homes and backyards and finding fun activities we can do indoors.

Disney wants to help us out with the latter by revealing some of its most longheld secrets: its famous recipes. That’s right, people. We may not be able to visit a Disney park right now, but we sure can eat like we’re at one. Disney has been slowly rolling out the secret recipes to some of its most famous treats over the past few weeks on their blog. Whether you’ve been craving a famous Disney churro, some of Walt’s favorite chili, or the rich and creamy cheddar cheese soup served at EPCOT, here are all of the Disney recipes you can recreate right in your own kitchen.


9 Most Fattening Foods Of Summer

It's hard to enjoy a summer excursion without being bombarded by high-cal, fatty foods and humongous portions at every turn. And if you catch a whiff of funnel cake on an empty stomach? The temptation to get a plateful is probably more than your weight-loss resolve can handle.

We asked nutrition experts to crunch the numbers and tell us the calorie counts of common foods you'll find at popular summer events. Find out what they suggest you steer clear of&mdashand better-for-you options to try instead.

1. The ballpark

Diet bombs: Jumbo dogs and large beers

You really shouldn't get the super-sized foot-long, jumbo dog or the largest cup of beer, says David Grotto, RD, a former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and founder of Nutrition Housecall, a nutrition-consulting firm.

"A jumbo beef hot dog (larger than a foot-long) can contain about a half-pound of meat per dog!" says Grotto. That clocks in at around 750 calories and 68 grams of fat depending on the brand (and that doesn't even include the roll!). Washing that dog down with a tall 16 oz. regular beer will set you back about 200 more calories.

Better pick: Regular hot dogs and light beer

Grotto says enjoying a regular-sized hot dog (5 to 6 inches) and a small beer are fine. A regular dog on the bun with ketchup, relish and mustard comes in at around 280 calories. Pair it with a 12 oz. light brew for another 100 to 120 calories. Just make sure you don't overload the dog with high-cal toppings. "It's the chili and cheese layered on top," says David Kessler, MD, author of The End of Overeating. "That's when 300 or 400 calories turns into 1,500. The best trick is to have a plan. Know what you're going to eat and when you're going to eat."

2. Outdoor concert

Diet bomb: Frozen cocktails

What's often popular at these venues are "frozen everything" drinks, says Grotto. They can be fairly high in calories mostly because of the volume. A large frozen margarita can set you back 900 calories! Not to mention the fact that so much alcohol lowers inhibitions, and you start having a "Who cares?" mentality when deciding what to eat.

Better pick: Mojitos

This refreshing drink has about 170 to 230 calories and is usually made with light rum, lime or lemon juice, club soda, sugar, and fresh mint leaves. Choose the smallest size to save calories and keep from getting inebriated. If you are truly craving a margarita, order a small one on the rocks for a calorie range of 250 to 500 depending on the size. Remember, if you're thirsty and outside at an all-day concert, alcohol is the most dehydrating beverage you could have, says Grotto. Drink plenty of water to keep from getting parched. (Check out these 10 guilt-free summer cocktails.)

3. The county fair

Diet bomb: Giant fried drumsticks

Huge drumsticks remind me of the Renaissance Fair, says Grotto. "They're actually deep-fried turkey legs, and clock in close to 1,000 calories!"

"We make food into entertainment. It's becoming a food carnival," says Kessler. "In almost any recreational setting, the vast majority of foods are highly processed. That's what's driving intake at its core. It's the combination in these foods [sugar, fat, salt] that's stimulating us to eat more."

Better pick: Chicken kabob

Choose grilled foods, like a 4 oz. chicken kabob for 450 calories or a medium-sized corn on the cob (hold the butter) for 77 calories. Grotto also advises that you sit down and eat with a fork and knife because you're less likely to eat mindlessly.

4. The carnival

Diet bomb: Funnel cakes

Funnel cake is a food you definitely want to stay away from, says Grotto. "Anything with the F-word&mdashfried&mdashis going to be higher in calories per density." One 8.3 oz. funnel cake (about the size of a regular paper plate) with powdered sugar is 658 calories.

Better pick: Cotton candy

If your sweet tooth is craving something decadent, Grotto suggests cotton candy. "It's pure spun sugar and about 16 calories per teaspoon." A small (about 1.5 oz.) is around 150 calories. (Check out these other diet bombs at the theme park.)

5. An amusement park

Diet bomb: Fresh-squeezed lemonade

Homemade lemonade on a hot summer day sounds refreshing (even healthy!), but this is one of the more deceiving drinks, says Grotto. Quite often, it's made with sugar water in addition to the fresh-squeezed lemons. Lemonade contains about the same amount of calories as a full-sugared soda. Guzzling a 16 oz. lemonade will set you back 200 to 250 calories and no, this doesn't count as a serving of "fruit juice."

Better pick: Fruit-flavored water

Ask for ice water, lemon wedges or slices to squeeze and add artificial sweetener or two sugar packets for a tangy drink between 0 and 30 calories, says Grotto. Or, keep a few sugar-free single-serving drink mixes on hand to add flavor to your water bottle for 0 to 5 calories per serving.

6. Seafood festivals

Diet bomb: Fried foods

Grotto suggests avoiding fried foods at these warm-weather festivals. French fries (6 oz. have 520 calories), crab cakes (a 3 oz. crab cake can have between 160 to 200 calories), and hush puppies (5 small pieces are about 260 calories) won't help you reach your weight loss goals any sooner.

Better pick: Lobster and crab meat

Grotto says lobster and crab are fine as far as calories go, especially if you have to work at getting to the meat. He says you'll likely eat more if the meat is already pulled out of the shell for you. "It's not the lobster or crab&hellipbut the butter and the sides that will do you in."

Remember to stick with steamed. A medium (2.5 lb live weight) steamed or boiled lobster has around 287 calories. A medium (2 oz.) hard-shell blue crab has about 50 to 60 calories of meat in it. Steamed shrimp (4 large are about 30 calories) and oysters (4 steamed are about 40 calories) are more good low-cal choices to pile on your plate. Cocktail sauce is 55 calories for ¼ c, a better option than tartar sauce, which has 296 calories for ¼ c serving!

7. The movie theater

Diet bomb: Super-sized servings

Huge tubs of popcorn and extra-large cups of sugary sodas are tempting because the largest sizes don't cost much more than the smaller servings. Grotto says, "I get that it makes more financial sense to get the larger serving, but if you're going to do that, get two people to split a drink, and get the bucket that's shared by all."

A large buttered popcorn at AMC Movie Theatres can have 1,640 calories and 126 g of fat in its 20-cup serving! If you quench your thirst with a "medium" 20 oz. nondiet soda that adds another 250 calories.

Better pick: Kiddie-size combos

"I won't tell clients not to get popcorn at the movies because that's part of the fun and the experience and I enjoy it, too," says Grotto. "In some theaters in the Midwest, we have Kiddie Combos which have about 2 cups of popcorn, a small package of candy, and a small beverage."

At AMC Movie Theatres, a kid-size popcorn without butter has about 300 calories and 20 g of fat. (The buttered version of the kid's size adds 170 calories and 17 g of fat.) Grotto suggests you fill your cup with better beverages like unsweetened iced-tea, diet soda, or water.

8. The bar for happy hour

Diet bomb: Fried finger foods

Fried appetizers are definitely foods to avoid at the bar. "A lot of people get fried zucchini or fried mushrooms," says Grotto, thinking they're a "healthier" choice. "There's no calorie advantage to eating those foods versus fries or onion rings." Fried zucchini has about 346 calories for a 5 oz. serving, fried mushrooms have 315 calories for a 5 oz. serving, and onion rings have about 470 calories for a 5 oz. serving.

Better pick: Veggies

"Order a relish or antipasto plate," says Grotto. Munch a few cheese cubes, pickles, olives, or chew on hard, crisp veggies like celery or carrots. Medium-sized olives are about 4 calories each, small pickle slices are about 1 calorie each, and one cracker-sized slice of cheddar cheese is about 22 calories.

9. A cocktail party

Diet bombs: Bowls of snacks

The host generously made sure there were plenty of tasty snacks within every guest's reach at her party, but it's easy to overdo it if you're digging in mindlessly while you chat with friends. Twenty potato chips have about 200 calories, and a ½ c of dry-roasted, salted peanuts will set you back 427 calories. Not to mention those snacks will make you thirsty, causing you to drink your cocktail faster!

Better pick: Handful of snacks

"Take a handful and remove the bowl from the table if you can," says Grotto. "If you're out with friends and they want to keep eating, dip your hand into the basket as soon as you can and that's that with your portion." Grotto suggests taking small bites and eating one chip at a time. "It won't make a difference in the calories, but you might be more cognizant of how much you're eating if you do that." Stick with 10 potato chips (100 calories) or 40 peanuts (237 calories) to keep from taking in too many calories.


Real World Eating: The Theme Park

You may think that the healthiest food available at a theme park is a caramel-dipped apple. (That counts as fruit, right?) But with a bit of planning, you can have a great time and stay on track, says Laura M. Nance, RD, nutrition specialist at the MUSC Weight Management Center in Charleston, SC. The key is to set realistic expectations (“This is probably not the week for an ambitious weight-loss goal,” Nance says), especially if you intend to splurge on an only-at-the-amusement-park treat. Here’s how.

Prep for success

More and more theme parks are picking up on consumers’ desire to eat more healthily. Disney, for instance, offers fresh fruit, hummus, baked potatoes, and vegetarian chili, while options at Six Flags include fresh fruit and grilled chicken. And almost every park posts its menus online. Map out your course beforehand in order to estimate when you’re likely to be hungry and decide where and what you’ll eat. That way, your whole family won’t suddenly be starving with not a vegetable in sight. Also, packing healthy snacks, such as carrots, fruit, and 100-calorie bags of nuts and pretzels means you’ll have something on hand if hunger strikes.

Enjoy what you love

Looking forward to that Mickey ice-cream bar? Make it work by saving up your weeklies. Curious to try the Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Balance it out with a lighter lunch or dinner. Just be sure to plan how you’ll work in your treat, and then relish it. Another potential plus: Knowing that you’ll be having a specific goodie helps you avoid nibbling on the side. “It’s easy to think, ‘I didn’t get a snack, so I’ll have just a bite of my kid’s ice cream.’ Then an hour later, you’ll find yourself buying another snack,” says Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD, author of Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free.

Embrace the exercise options

With so much to see and do, a theme park is the perfect way to get in your steps. In fact, Connect members who spent a day at Disney report that they each easily logged 20,000 on their Fitbits. Go prepared with good walking shoes, and stay well hydrated. (Think of those trips to the restroom as extra steps!) And, if you can, Nance recommends starting the day with a resistance-training or yoga workout that mellow feeling can stay with you even through a stressful half hour of waiting in line.

Eat at off times

Ubiquitous fast food and clamoring kids can make it easy to overlook the excellent higher-end dining options at many amusement parks—good onsite (or nearby offsite) restaurants that let you have a calmer, tastier, and potentially healthier meal. To avoid the crowds, make a lunch reservation for around 11 a.m., and then aim for an early dinner, say 4:30 p.m. (Eat a healthy snack if you’re hungry later.) You’ll have a more relaxing meal and maximize your time on the rides, since you’ll be happily colliding in bumper cars while everyone else is waiting for food.

Remember: you’re not a garbage can

Amusement park prices can leave you as dizzy from sticker shock as from the roller coasters—but that’s not a reason to make unhealthy choices. Sure, it’s frustrating when your child loses interest after two bites of that foot-long hot dog you paid a small fortune for. Still, resist the temptation to finish it. Eating food you don’t really want doesn’t put those calories to any better use than throwing the food in the trash. Nance suggests taking a page from the parenting book and giving yourself a 10-second time-out before you unthinkingly polish off leftovers. “Ask yourself, ‘Is this really worth it?’ Chances are, the answer will be no.”


These 13 Disney Recipes Let You Experience the Theme Park at Home

It seems like we don’t have a whole lot to look forward to these days. We’ve canceled all travel plans for the foreseeable future and families everywhere were devastated when Disney parks had to close their doors back in early March. Obviously, all of this is temporary and we’ll get back to normal someday but right now, things seem pretty depressing. But we’re trying to make the best of a bad situation by doing small things like sprucing up our homes and backyards and finding fun activities we can do indoors.

Disney wants to help us out with the latter by revealing some of its most longheld secrets: its famous recipes. That’s right, people. We may not be able to visit a Disney park right now, but we sure can eat like we’re at one. Disney has been slowly rolling out the secret recipes to some of its most famous treats over the past few weeks on their blog. Whether you’ve been craving a famous Disney churro, some of Walt’s favorite chili, or the rich and creamy cheddar cheese soup served at EPCOT, here are all of the Disney recipes you can recreate right in your own kitchen.


  • A day spent at Disney's Magic Kingdom found to burn up to 1558 calories
  • That is the equivalent to spending almost three hours cycling
  • Study looked at and ranked the eight major theme parks in Florida

Published: 16:13 BST, 1 July 2015 | Updated: 17:41 BST, 1 July 2015

When it comes to losing weight, few people would target a theme park as the ideal place to do it.

Well, it turns out that traipsing around a theme park, as well as queuing, watching shows and going on rides, can help you burn up to 1558 calories - more than many people would shed on a 10k run.

That means that just visiting Epcot for a day would allow you to burn off the equivalent of five cheeseburgers, and walking around Magic Kingdom is the equivalent to spending almost three hours cycling.

A day spent simply walking around a theme park, like Disney's Magic Kingdom, could help tourists burn more calories than they would running a 10K

Online ticket company, FloridaTix.com, were the first to discover this unexpected fitness phenomenon.

Disney's Magic Kingdom is the best theme park to burn calories in - up to 1558 in one go.


Low-Carb Dining Tips and Restaurant Guide

If you’re a Disney Vacation Club member staying at any of the 1-Bedroom or more villas, it’s not only a moneysaver to have a meal or two a day in your room, but it’s also a carb saver. By eating low to no carb for the morning meal you could perhaps splurge a bit on your meals out in the parks. Here are some tips for cooking Low-Carb in your room:

  • Never underestimate the egg – We like to buy a large pack of eggs and make them in the mornings for a quick low-carb, high protein meal. They can also be hard boiled and kept in the fridge for a quick snack or taken into the parks if you have an ice-pack with you. Safety Tip: Once a hard boiled egg goes above 40 degrees it must be eaten within 2 hours to ensure it remains safe.
  • Cheese Sticks aren’t just a snack – We buy lots of cheese sticks because they’re a quick low-carb snack, the kids love them, and as an added bonus they are an ingredient. Buy a multi-pack of cheese stick flavors for variety. In the morning, cut them length wise, rotate and cut again lengthwise to get four long but small logs. Then cut across to make tiny cubes. These cubes can be sprinkled into am omelette to add cheesy low-carb goodness.
  • Bacon. You can never go wrong with Bacon. – Because it keeps so well and it adds needed fats for the low-carb dieter I just can’t recommend enough a good slab of bacon. Enough said.
  • Salt and Pepper are essential – You can buy pepper and salt in small jars with built in grinders now that are not only economical but allow you to get that freshly ground pepper and salt taste. Don’t underestimate the importance of these two ingredients when cooking with only a few ingredients.
  • Blue, Goat and Feta cheeses are amazing – Not only are they low carb but they are BIG on flavor. Buy a small tub of one of these cheeses to crumble over eggs.
  • Don’t forget the Heavy Whipping Cream – Heavy Whipping Cream is practically no carb. Use it instead of milk in your morning coffee or tea to get that creamy goodness without the carbs. Also, if you like scrambled eggs put about 1 to 2 tablespoons of cream in prior to scrambling. They will lighten the eggs and make them fluffier and give a luscious mouth feel especially when combined with cheese.
  • Ask for your food to go in the parks – Yes, you can take your food with you. If you can’t finish that steak, take it back and cut it up in the morning then add it to your breakfast scramble for a decadent and free reminder of your prior day’s meal. Safety Tip: If you are taking food with you make sure to get it in a fridge within two hours of it being prepared. Any more and you risk contamination. Furthermore, make sure to thoroughly reheat any left-overs to ensure any introduced nasties are killed off.

DINING OUT

First and foremost, ALWAYS ask your server if they have any low-carb or diabetic alternatives for any menu item. Specifically, alternate desserts can be provided more often than not. Also keep in mind that “low-sugar” or “no-sugar” does NOT mean “low-carb”, but these can be reasonable cheats while on vacation.

‘Ohana @ Polynesian – Dinner

Carb-Magic Rating: 7 of 10
Overall: You can’t go wrong with meat on spits for low-carb. This is definitely a destination to chow down without guilt but there are some mine fields to watch out for.
Go For It: The meat! While specific cuts may change, generally you can expect beef, pork, and seafood (usually shrimp) to come by. Eat ’till your heart’s content. The veggies are also a good choice just eat around the water chestnuts.
Carbs in Disguise: While the meats are the draw, you’ll sit down to well sauced chicken wings and scrumptious looking gyoza (pork dumplings). The chicken wing sauce is very sweet, and therefore full of sugar so they should be avoided. The same goes for the gyoza, the pork dumpling is mighty tasty but chock full of carbs in the wrapper so it should be avoided as well. Also, the lima bean salad is good but the dressing is definitely sweet (most dressings are sadly) and the beans themselves are a bit carby as well.
Steer Clear: The Bread. Noodles. Bread Pudding.
Making It Work:

  • Open the gyoza and eat the inside!
  • You can absolutely ask for the salad without dressing. They won’t make the salad without the beans however but they can easily be avoided if you’d rather not nosh on the legumes.

Reasonable Cheat: Have a chicken wing or two if you don’t mind the sweet sauce the same goes for the salad dressing. Also, the ice cream served on top of the bread pudding would be a decadent cheat that will be higher in fat but certainly not low-carb.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant @ Magic Kingdom – Dinner

Carb-Magic Rating: 3 of 10
Overall: The experience here is always awesome especially if you score outdoor seating on a beautiful fall or spring evening however I’m afraid the focus on the pasta is particularly pervasive in this menu. That focus does limit your low-carb choices and led to this low rating.
Go For It: The fish. During our visit the offering was tilapia, always an easy low-carb choice albeit very low in fat, which is typically not a good thing for many low-carb dieters. Other good options are the Pork Tenderloin, NY Strip Steak, and the Shrimp Scampi. The problem with all of these is they come with something very starchy as a side. Our server was happy to replace the starchy sides with vegetables!
Carbs in Disguise: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad sounds low-carb right? The Balsamic Dressing I’m afraid is the killer here as it’s loaded with sugar. If my palate serves me correctly, it’s the Balsamic Dressing from Heinz, which their ingredient list confirms has sugar. I’m sure your server can request the dressing be left off or on the side. Also be careful of the breading on the calamari, zucchini fries, and chicken parm.
Steer Clear: The pasta in all its forms.
Making It Work:

  • Ask your server to replace starchy sides for vegetables do be careful of all carrots as initially we were offered carrots as an alternative. While we love carrots they are not as low-carb friendly as other veggies and too many aren’t a good thing.
  • The kid’s menu has a fruit salad and apples on it. While fruits of course have sugars there is often a significant amount of fiber in them to offset the carbs. And I think we can all agree apples are lower carb than an ice cream sundae.
  • Ask for the mixed green salad sans croutons.
  • The Tomato and Mozzarella salad is a great choice if you leave off the dressing.

Reasonable Cheat: The seasonal melon with prosciutto sounds like dessert to me! This appetizer can easily stand-in as a desert and the prosciutto will add a bit of needed fat. If you’ve never tried the combination of smoked meat and melon, DO IT!

Coral Reef Restaurant @ Epcot – Diner

Carb-Magic Rating: 8 of 10
Overall: For its wide variety of both surf and turf (mostly surf) and friendly substitutions for starchy sides Coral Reef deserves its very high rating. Plus who doesn’t like watching sharks swim by your face while you dine.
Go For It: The numerous fish options are all solid choices along with the pork, beef, and chicken dishes. The minefield with any of these is the starchy sides our server was happy to accommodate with buttered green beans as a substitute.
Carbs in Disguise: The Tuna Tataki sounds like a good appetizer, but the Yuzu Syrup that is ladled over is high in sugar. The Octopus appetizer also comes as part of a potato salad and the Srirach Srimp appetizer is sadly breaded.
Steer Clear: The Lobster Manicotti.
Making It Work: Not much was needed at the Coral Reef to make it work, as there were many great choices here. Just ask for those starchy sides to be substituted and you’re all set.

Reasonable Cheat: Grapes are on the kids menu if you want a fruit option for dessert. But if you’re throwing caution to the wind so to speak then splurge on the Baileys and Jack Daniel’s Mousse. This mousse, while clearly sweetened did not appear overly so this is probably due to the heavy cream used.


The 16 Best, Most Over-The-Top Places To Eat In Dollywood

Hot take: Dollywood is the happiest place on Earth.

I, a person who enjoys eating lots of food and traveling to new and exciting places, recently trekked to Pigeon Forge, TN, in search of the most iconic eats Dollywood has to offer. The result? An exhausting and exhilarating day that allows me to confidently tell you where you should eat the next time you find yourself at Dolly Parton's theme park. Ready? It's a journey.

The walk-through establishment is without a doubt the perfect place to start your Dollywood day. The choices here are overwhelming&mdashdo you go straight for the slice of mondo apple pie? Is a box of small cinnamon rolls that's been drowned in icing the way to go? What about the cookies? Any of the cookies? Here's what you do: Sit down at Spotlight with the fam for a slice of pie and circle back on your way out of the park for a box of the buns. Skip the cookies, keep chipping at the pie.

I cannot overstate how much of a must Red's is. If you are a human who likes good food, kitsch, and air conditioning, it is one of your finest options. Seriously, the cheeseburger and fries and shakes and decor all feel very 1950s New Jersey, and the temperature control in there is just phenomenal. As a very hot (temperature-wise) person from NJ, I can be trusted on this.

Again, not to be dramatic, but the food truck (parked conveniently outside of Red's) is a very good place to stop if you enjoy, like, eating good food. It's got a curated menu of mac & cheese varieties, the best of which is undoubtedly the pulled pork-topped version. My only complaint: The truck is extremely and inexplicably tall. Anyone who's heigh is less than six feet has to reach for their meal.

Come for the pictures of the gigantic, ever-stewing skillet, stay for the cheese sauce that floods almost every selection on their menu (like this cheesesteak). Bonus: The whole Market Square area has lots of seating and lots of shopping nearby.

Sick of sugar but still need something sweet? The Kettle Korn stop right by Market Square offers Splenda-topped popcorn for those who might need or want it.

Well. I went into this trip very excited about a pickle-marinated fried chicken sandwich, and I left this trip craving that same sandwich every day. You don't need anything but the sandwich at Grandstand Café. It's a phenomenal salty bite I hope all those I love get to experience in their lifetimes.

The line piles up at Miss Lillian's (whether that's because the food is solid or the opportunity to watch meat smoke there is fun), so you can expect a wait. The Carolina Gold barbecue sauce that tops some of their sandwiches is worth it, though. Ohhh, is it worth it.

OK, you know what I just said about lines at Lillian's? They're omnipresent at the Grist Mill. That said, anyone who comes to Dollywood must pass through it. The cinnamon bread is legendary and exactly as good as everyone says it is.

Granny Ogle's is where you go for pork rinds and pimento cheese. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Listen. This wasn't my favorite stop. But if searing-hot turkey legs and chive-y cheese fries are your jams, by all means, enjoy. You'll find your people here.

Got myself a lil' butterfly pretzel at Skyview and loved every bite of it. The salt is thick and crunchy, the pretzel gives beneath all its butter, and the combination is heavenly.

Splinter's is the home of that Fruity Pebble funnel cake you've read so much about. It is very sweet. It is very delicious. Eat it quickly before the whipped cream melts into it, forming a sticky, cereal tie-dyed mosh.

The biggest mistake of my trip was not walking the extra 50 steps to The Dog House to eat my Reuben Dog before the Fruity Pebble Funnel Cake. Learn from my mistakes. Grow from them.

Till and Harvest was the first of two places we hit up in Dollywood's brand new Wildwood Grove, a pristine and gorgeous land that serves as a quieter offshoot for those who need a break from the craziness and heat of the park. The food is reflective of that calmness&mdashthe Smoky Mountain Nachos (which are drowned in all the best nacho toppings. plus an avocado creme) are something worth sitting at and enjoying for awhile.

It was here that I found myself with a "Flit 'N' Flutter" Sundae (which is essentially churros, ice cream, strawberries, and a mountain of whipped cream). It's another Wildwood Grove must, if even for just a few minutes.

Margherita pizza topped with mozz that's (perhaps unintentionally) shaped like a butterfly? Incredible. Find it at Lumber Jack's.


Make Your Favorite Theme Park Treats at Home

With theme parks temporarily closed, you can’t get doused with water on a log ride today or stand under the fireworks this evening. But you can enjoy some of their tastiest treats right now. To tide over fans who are hungry for theme park thrills, a few California parks have released special recipes. So get cooking! (And if you want to boost the theme park ambience in your kitchen, check out the virtual rides that are part of these cool online experiences for kids.)

Disneyland Resort

The iconic Anaheim destination has started rolling out classic park recipes on its blog and app, and they’re pretty easy to make. The famous Dole Whip, released on the My Disney Experience app, requires only three very basic ingredients, while the churro bites happily don’t call for a deep fryer.

Or, whip up one of the park’s old-school favorite recipes: this Monte Cristo sandwich, for instance, has been on the menu of the park’s beloved Blue Bayou restaurant since 1967. Then make a magical pot of chili the way Walt did himself: his personal recipe is pretty hearty, calling for two pounds of beef and two pounds of pink beans. While you’re eating, watch this virtual version of the Magic Happens parade from Main Street, USA.

Knott’s Berry Farm

This theme park in Buena Park originally grew out of a boysenberry farm, and management has posted a collection of recipes that harken back to those berry beginnings. Start your day with the Lemon Pancakes with Boysenberry Sauce, have a healthy lunch of a Boysenberry Broccoli Salad, a Boysenberry Sangria Sparkler for your Zoom happy hour, and boysenberry ice cream, shortcake, or cheesecake for dessert. Don’t have boysenberry sauce in your pantry? The recipes offer easy substitutions, and the Knott’s online marketplace is currently hoping to re-open in May.

LEGOLAND California

The Carlsbad park has not released a recipe for its beloved apple fries, but for now it does offer a “recipe” for creating a cupcake—out of LEGO bricks. This inedible-but-zero-calorie goodie was built to celebrate the park’s 21st birthday in March, as part of the park’s free, virtual LEGO Building Challenge. While you’re at it, recreate a little section of the theme park by ordering one of the LEGO sets available through the online store—like kits to build the Driving School, a Micro Castle, or the Fire Academy.


Shops & Gifts

Megastore

Located at the heart of the Island in Amity, take home a piece of keepsake cargo from the Megastore including ride merchandise, pocket-money presents and, of course, pick 'n' mix!

The Island Shop

The one-stop-shop for all your Island needs! If you're looking to satisfy your sweet-tooth, for an adrenaline-infused souvenir or just a thrilling keepsake, The Island Shop has you covered!

Colossus Shop

If the world's first 10-looping rollercoaster has got you in a spin, be sure to stop by the Colossus Shop to mark the time you braved the 10 insane inversions of Colossus!

Inferno Shop

Once you've braved the twists, turns and loops of Nemesis Inferno, be sure to swing by the Inferno Shop to take home a memory of the time you conquered the inferno!

Ghost Train Shop

Find an exclusive range of Derren Brown souvenirs, gifts, collectables and clothing – including the best-selling levitating train. Not everything is as it seems though…

SAW Store

If you managed to survive the 100 degree beyond vertical drop of SAW - The Ride, head to the SAW Store for a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs to prove you passed the ultimate test!

Flock 'N' Shop

Looking to bring back some official Angry Birds merchandise of Red and the gang? Head to the Flock N' Shop for our full range of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Land gifts and souvenirs!


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