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The Most Instagrammable Disneyland Snacks, Ranked

The social media era has turned everyday activities, like eating, into photo-worthy moments, capturing the imagination of audiences worldwide.

This phenomenon is no less prevalent at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland and Disney’s other parks, where the themed snacks are as Instagrammable as the iconic castle.

A new analysis by MagicGuides has now revealed the top Disney Parks food and drinks that shine the brightest on Instagram. Here’s the delicious rundown.

I’ve personally tried many of these snacks, and I can tell you that they’re both tasty and visually appealing! I last went to Disneyland in April of this year, and I ate at least half the things on this list.

Methodology of the Study

MagicGuides, known for their expertise in Disney vacation planning, analyzed Instagram hashtag counts of more than 50 distinct food and drink options exclusive to Disney Parks worldwide.

To keep the data as accurate as possible, only food and drink items exclusive to Disney Parks were taken into account. This approach ensured that non-exclusive foods, such as turkey legs or corn dogs, which can be purchased outside Disney Parks, didn’t skew the data.

The Instagram Kings of Disney Parks Snacks

Not surprisingly, the beloved Dole Whip clinched the top spot as the most Instagrammed Disney Parks snack. The iconic pineapple-flavored soft-serve treat, first introduced in 1986, amassed an impressive 316,535 recorded Instagram posts, more than the rest of the top 10 combined.

Coming in second place was Blue Milk, an exotic plant-based milk drink inspired by the Star Wars universe and found in Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge. It received 55,275 hashtags, overshadowing its green counterpart by a hefty 29,878 hashtags.

In third place, with 30,407 recorded hashtags, was the salty classic – the Mickey Pretzel, a snack with a cult following in Disney Parks.

Mickey Mouse pretzel at Disneyland
The iconic Mickey Mouse pretzel. Credit Bay Area Telegraph.

Top 10 Most Instagrammed Disney Parks Snacks

The remaining snacks in the top 10 list provided a delightful array of both sweet and savory, and some even quite out of this world:

  1. Dole Whip – 316,535 hashtags
  2. Blue Milk – 55,275 hashtags
  3. Mickey Pretzel – 30,407 hashtags
  4. Green Milk – 25,397 hashtags
  5. Mickey Waffle – 25,277 hashtags
  6. Disney Popcorn Bucket – 20,618 hashtags
  7. Mickey Beignets – 11,163 hashtags
  8. Night Blossom (from Pandora) – 10,468 hashtags
  9. Disney Churro – 10,278 hashtags
  10. Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar – 9,470 hashtags
Man smiling and holding blue milk drink at Disneyland
The author with a Blue Milk at Disneyland

Insights from the Analysis

In addition to uncovering the most popular Disney snacks on Instagram, the study also provides some interesting insights:

  • Mickey-shaped snacks are fan favorites, with four Mickey-themed treats making it to the top 10.
  • Themed treats that contribute to the overall immersive Disney experience, like Star Wars’ Blue and Green Milk or Pandora’s Night Blossom, hold a significant appeal.
  • Traditional favorites like the Dole Whip continue to hold sway, underlining the enduring popularity of classic Disney treats.

A spokesperson for MagicGuides reflected on the findings, saying, “Disney Parks are known worldwide for their thrilling attractions, enchanting shows, and dazzling entertainment, but Disney magic also extends to its delicious and unique food and dining options that cater to all kinds of tastes and preferences.”

The study reaffirms that Disney Parks’ snacks are more than just food; they’re part of the overall Disney experience, designed to ignite the imagination, tantalize the taste buds, and, of course, look absolutely fabulous on Instagram.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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