Prices at Walt Disney World are always on the rise, especially when it comes to food and beverages. In fact, as of spring 2016, the cost of a classic cupcake at a Walt Disney World park will run guests around $5.99, and a simple funnel cake with no toppings costs even more at an outrageous $6.50 price point.
However, though the prices of sweet treats is steadily going up around the resort, there are some amazing items that can still be found for less than $5.00 for those who know where to look. Here are ten of our favorite sweet snacks that guests can still sample without breaking the bank:
1. School Bread
Location: Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (Epcot, Norway Pavilion)
Though the name might sound a little basic, School Bread from the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in Norway is anything but. This delectable sweet is a little like a doughnut filled with sweet vanilla custard. However, what makes this unique treat so special is a hint of cardamom seasoning baked right into the bun as well as a toasted coconut topping that mixes perfectly with an extra dollop of vanilla custard. And with a rock-bottom $3.19 price point, this is one treat you won't feel too bad splurging on.
Location: Kabuki Café (Epcot, Japan Pavilion)
Though this Japanese treat might look like a slushy drink, Kakigōri actually has a texture that more closely remembers a sno-cone (though the ice is shaved a little bit differently) and must be eaten with a spoon. This frozen treat is light and refreshing on a hot day, and comes in a variety of sweet flavors, including Strawberry, Cherry, Melon and Tangerine. If you ask, you can even combine these flavors for some interesting concoctions!
3. Macaron ice cream sandwich
Location: L’Artisan des Glaces (Epcot, France Pavilion)
Though the France pavilion's L’Artisan des Glaces has rightly earned a reputation for serving the best ice cream in all of Walt Disney World, there's more to this dessert shop than just delectable cones and cups. Next time you stop by, ask for one of this shop's hand-crafted macaron ice cream sandwiches, which are made with chewy macarons, and of course, a special, seasonal variety of ice cream. Flavors are always changing, but past offerings have included chocolate, peppermint, peach, and even pumpkin spice macaron ice cream sandwiches.
Location: Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie (Epcot, France Pavilion)
Also in the France pavilion is the Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, which serves a number of baked goods including Napoleons, cookies, and mousse. But the standout at this spot is the basic eclair, which comes in both chocolate and vanilla cream varieties. Though you may have had eclairs before, these fresh-baked treats are filled with the sweetest cream you've ever tasted and are surprisingly filling (and easy to share as well!)
5. Victoria Sponge Cake
Location: Yorkshire County Fish Shop (Epcot, UK Pavilion)
Though most cupcakes at Walt Disney World cost more than $5, those looking for a sweet cakey treat without spending too much can try the Victoria Sponge Cake at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Epcot's UK pavilion. This treat is kind of like an inside-out cupcake, with buttercream and berry-flavored jam sandwiched between two moist rounds of vanilla sponge cake. Though the portion size isn't overly generous, this treat is very sweet, and hits just the right notes for cake fans on a budget.