It’s that time of year again. The sun’s out.

The world seems to have reopened despite COVID-19 and its looming dangers. Many of us are past ready to go out and explore again. In today’s post, we’re going to give you two things: 1) Amusement park names that should be on everyone’s bucket list and 2) The names of restaurants or food items worth trying while there.

It should be stated that this list is not ranked. We find them equally good, depending on one’s taste, preferences, and current mood. Whether you’re a fan of sugary sweets or flavorful entrées, this list contains something for you.

The other restaurants and their foods at the parks mentioned are good too. We just wanted to highlight these famous places and treats. If you have a favorite amusement park or food item you would like us to add to the list, please let us know in the comments below.

1) Cinnamon Bread from Dollywood

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Cinnamon bread is one of our favorite foods. It’s delicious! This version, however, takes it to a whole other level. It is not for the faint of heart. With loads of sugar and cinnamon, this delicious loaf can easily be pulled apart into tiny pieces that melt in one’s mouth.

It “tastes like heaven” is not a cliché statement when it comes to Dolly’s cinnamon bread. She’s brought a divine creation into existence at Grist Mill through its baking ovens, dough mixers, and more. Her hired chefs and bakers deserve a round of applause for this tasty treat.

2) Granny’s Apple Fries at LEGOLAND

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LEGOLAND offers amazing foods- entrées, desserts, and an occasional dish with fruits and vegetables. We can argue that Granny’s Apple Fries are healthy, right? An apple a day keeps the doctor away after all. Their usually sour flavor is complimented and masked well at LEGOLAND with cinnamon sugar and vanilla cream dipping sauce.

Invented at LEGOLAND, they do contain a few “secret ingredients” (LEGOLAND, 2020). While we’d be curious to know the full recipe, we’d say it’s worth it to travel to the theme park to taste them.

3) Crazy King Size Shakes from Hersheypark

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This one sparks joyous laughter. Not only do they taste like the perfect chocolate summer treat, but Hersheypark’s Crazy King Size Shakes also have the prettiest, craziest, and most colorful designs. Decorated with yellow, orange, green, red, and so many more colors, these drinks are almost too creative to devour away. Be sure to take a picture before indulging in this sweet, cool shake.

One of the best parts of this chocolate lover’s dream is that the toppings are customizable so you get to choose between cupcakes, cookies, pretzels, pies, and more when you visit Hersheypark.

4) Mickey Shaped Beignets at Disneyland

Mickey Shaped Beignets

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While there are many versions of this, no one does it better than Disneyland in California. They shared their recipe last year when they were closed for the pandemic, but nothing compares to eating Mickey Mouse at the very home of Mickey Mouse. Disneyland sells this powdered sugar-coated treat exclusively at Mint Julep Bar, located at New Orleans Square.

They come in two flavors. You can get them in their classic form or with seasonal ingredients.

5) Cheddar Cheese Curds from Noah’s Ark Waterpark

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Located in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, Noah’s Ark Waterpark offers tasty cheddar cheese curds. Sold at BeaverTails, the Wisconsin classic has many variations. You can even add fresh-made fries with gravy to your order.

6) Cheese on a Stick at Cedar Point

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If you’re in or near Ohio, San Dusky’s Cedar Point park is the place to go to try cheese on a stick. This extravagant deep-fried summer treat is essentially cheese deep fried to a golden, crisp brown in corn dog batter. Definitely not for the health-conscious, it is exactly what its name describes. And you can find it at every restaurant within the park.

7) Blue Ice Cream from Carowinds

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Have you tried blue ice cream? Ideal for a restaurant located in Blue Ridge Junction, Granny’s Ice Cream shop sells BLUE ice cream. It tastes just like you would expect ice cream to except about a thousand times better since you’ll be eating it in the hot Carolina sun.

8) Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Dinner at Knott’s Berry Farm

Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Dinner

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Knott’s Berry Farm has been serving Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Dinner for almost 90 years! Beginning in the 1930s, they started making customers delicious tender chicken breasts and legs, freshly cooked vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, warm gravy, and boysenberry pie that’s “simply to die for” ("20 Theme Park Foods You Have to Try Before You Die," 2021). This is a meal worth ordering if you are ever in Buena Park, California. Maybe even one worth traveling to Knott’s Berry Farm to taste.

9) Deep Fried Oreos from Kennywood Amusement Park

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Johnny, an employee with us at Douglas Equipment, made us deep-fried Oreos a few years ago. They were amazing! Though very rich and sweet. We’d say it competed well with Kennywood Amusement Park’s deep-fried Oreos, but we may be showing some favoritism in that judgment.

However, Kennywood Amusement Park’s deep-fried Oreos wouldn’t be on this list if we didn’t think they were one of the most amazing amusement park treats in America! You can find them at Kennywood’s Star Refreshment Stand. We love Vacation’s Made Easy’s description of them. They wrote, “Once these all-American favorites are coated in a sweet batter and dropped into the deep fryer, they soften, and the filling transforms into a rich, velvety cream that satisfies even the biggest sweet tooth” ("20 Theme Park Foods You Have to Try Before You Die," 2021).

Rich and sweet, these powdered sugar-coated deep-fried Oreos are ideal for a long day of walking through the park and its many enjoyments.

10) Dole Whip at Walt Disney World

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The manager of DEQOnline.com lives for these. Every year he visits Walt Disney World, orders one, and sends the rest of the e-commerce department pictures of this glorious dessert. A cult-favorite among all Disney fans, this dessert can be ordered as a simple pineapple soft serve or with rum or in mimosa form.

Which one of these is your favorite? If you prefer a treat or meal we’ve neglected to mention, let us know. Or better yet! Send us pictures. We’d love to see how you are enjoying these amusement park foods and, with your permission, will share them on our social pages!