21 Amusement Park Foods from Across the Country That Everyone Needs to Try at Least Once
Hot dogs, turkey legs, churros, funnel cake—these classic theme-park foods are an attraction all on their own. “There are certain tastes and smells that evoke amusement parks, and they’re special because they’re things you would never make at home,” says Stephen Silverman, author of The Amusement Park, which chronicles centuries of thrilling theme park history. “And just as rides have become more sophisticated, so have the menus. Everything now is more elaborate.” Here, we’ve rounded up the most iconic and innovative menu items you can get at parks across the country!
DR. SEUSS COTTON CANDY
The massive web of spun sugar—which you can get wrapped around a lollipop, if you're crazy—comes with a variety of topping options for a creation that looks like it was plucked straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Find it at Honk Honkers Candy Shop at Seuss Landing in Universal's Islands of Adventure.
STUFFED TURKEY LEGS
San Marcos, Texas
Smoked pulled pork, onions, pickles, cheese and barbecue sauce get loaded inside a massive turkey leg for a true meatstravaganza.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The yeasty pull-apart loaf is easily the most beloved food at Dolly Parton’s namesake park, and comes with a side of their signature apple butter if you like it extra sweet.
GRANNY'S APPLE FRIES
Deep-fried sticks of apple get coated in cinnamon sugar, topped with whipped cream and served in a cute little french fry box.
SKYLINE CHILI DOGS
Cincinnati’s most-famous dish, which you can get 3-way (with cheese) or 4-way (with cheese and onions.)
CRAZY KING SIZE SHAKES
Over-the-top milkshakes that are a chocolate lover’s dream, with topping selections that range from cupcakes and cookies to pretzels and pie.
Walt Disney’s original park is home to constantly-rotating variations of this classic at various stands throughout the resort, with flavors like s’mores, carrot cake, and shimmering purple sugarplum popping up recently.
WATURI FUSION ICE CREAM
This gorgeous tower of rainbow soft serve is not just a pretty face: Each color has its own distinct fruity flavor and the texture is perfectly smooth and creamy. (The only challenge is eating it all before it melts.)
HOT FUDGE-COVERED DEEP FRIED OREOS
As if cakey balls of fried dough filled with Oreo cookies aren’t decadent enough, the park’s sports bar, JB’s Barbecue, douses them with rich chocolate sauce and a dusting of powdered sugar.
These fluffy, powdered sugar-dusted treats are available exclusively at the Mint Julep Bar at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, and come in both the original and a rotating seasonal flavor.
25 LB. APPLE PIE
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Cooked from scratch in a massive cast-iron skillet, this whopper is also available by the slice, each of which weighs in at 3 lbs.
This pineapple soft serve has become a cult-favorite Disney treat in the park, and adults can even get it with a floater of rum at Disney’s Polynesian Resort or in mimosa form at Wine Bar George in Disney Springs.
Santa Claus, Indiana
This frozen concoction comes decked out with either a red velvet cupcake or a monster cookie on top, giving us holiday vibes even in the depths of summer.
CHEDDAR CHEESE CURDS
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
No trip to America’s largest waterpark would be complete without a taste of this deep-fried Wisconsin delicacy.
Guests can watch (and smell) along as these open-air skillets sizzle with fresh ingredients like corn, squash, ocra and meats like sausage and chicken.
CHEESE ON A STICK
This hunk of gooey cheese, deep-fried to a golden brown, is the epitome of extravagance. You pick one up at several different locations around the park.
FULL THANKSGIVING DINNER
Santa Claus, Indiana
Loosen your belts: This platter comes with with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, amazing green beans, cornmeal muffins, and pie for dessert.
HUCKLEBERRY ICE CREAM & FUNNEL CAKES
Idaho’s state fruit is the star of the show in these twists on amusement park favorites.
Coney Island, New York
Making its debut at this historic amusement park destination in 2019 is Al Cavallino, a not-your-average pizza stand that serves whole pies made entirely with ingredients imported from Italy.
BLUE ICE CREAM
Charlotte, North Carolina
This pastel-colored ice cream with a natural blueberry flavor is back in 2019 for the first time in decades to feed guests’ nostalgia.