15 Beloved Theme Park Recipes to Try At Home

Ever wish you could replicate your favorite theme park eats at home? Here are some of the best theme park recipes you can try yourself! Fresh from the parks and straight to your kitchen.

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Every theme park enthusiast has been there. You’re at home and missing or craving that one delicious treat from your home park. And, even if there is a nearby restaurant that serves something similar, it’s just not the same. 

Good news is, I’ve collected a few theme park recipes from popular parks for you to enjoy at home. These official recipes are from the park’s themselves, and not just a copycat of the real thing.

Here are a few of the most popular recipes with step-by-step instructions and an ingredient list from parks including: Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Kings Dominion, Dollywood, Universal Studios, Cedar Point, and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Enjoy!

Related Reading: Universal Studios Butterbeer Recipes: Regular, Alcoholic, Frozen, & Hot

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Savory recipes of German potato salad to sweet treat recipes of Black Forest cake–here’s how to make some of Busch’s fan favorite eats at home.

Hot Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimento

Instructions:

  1. Boil potatoes and then refrigerate for 6 hours
  2. Peel and slice potatoes
  3. Brown chopped bacon and chopped onions in a skillet until crisp
  4. Add cornstarch and water to bacon grease
  5. Stir until mixture thickens and let simmer for several minutes
  6. Stir in sliced potatoes and simmer until hot
  7. Serve warm

Black Forest Cherry Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • (filling) 2 cups black cherries canned in heavy syrup
  • (filing) 2 tablespoons of Kirshwasser
  • (frosting) pint heavy cream whipped

Instructions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar together, adding eggs and rest of ingredients
  2. Beat 3 minutes on high speed
  3. Pour into two 9 inch round cake pans that have been greased and floured
  4. Bake at 350°F for 30-50 minutes
  5. Combine filling ingredients
  6. Slice each cake horizontally to make four layers
  7. Spread whipped topping 1/2 thick around the edge on top of the first layer
  8. Fill the exposed center of the topping with cherry filling
  9. Place the second layer of cake on top and repeat whipped topping & cherry filling
  10. Place the third layer of cake and top with entire layer with whipped cream
  11. Crumble the fourth layer into fine crumbs and sprinkle around the side of the cake
  12. Pipe rosettes on the top of the cake using whipped cream
  13. Top each rosette with a maraschino cherry
  14. Garnish the center top of cake with remaining cake crumbs or chocolate curls

Verboltini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz vodka

Instructions:

  1. Mix and chill
  2. Enjoy
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Dollywood

Any time is the perfect time for country fried chicken and cinnamon bread. Your taste buds will thank you!

Country Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups oil (omit if using an air fryer)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 chicken, sectioned

Instructions:

  1. Set fryer (or air fryer) to 350°F
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients
  3. Rinse chicken in ice cold water and drain
  4. Completely coat chicken in dry ingredients mixture
  5. Cook chicken in the fryer for 12 to 15 minutes
    (or until the chicken’s internal temp is 165°F)

Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients:

  • two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan
  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 pound loaf thawed frozen bread dough
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water

Instructions:

  1. Coat two loaf pans with vegetable oil cooking spray
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon
  3. Cut dough lengthwise into two pieces and make 4 crosswise slits in each piece
  4. Entirely brush loaves in butter
  5. Coat loaves in cinnamon sugar mixture
  6. In a warm place, let loaves rise for 30 minutes in loaf pans
  7. Set oven to 300°F
  8. Bake loaves for 35 minutes (until top is golden), turning the pans around once half way through
  9. Turn loaves out onto a rack while warm
  10. Mix powdered sugar and water to make the glaze
  11. Drizzle the warm loaves with the glaze

Holiday Wassail

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup honey

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in large saucepan
  2. Bring saucepan to boiling
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve hot
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Kings Dominion

Guest favorite treats using simple ingredients like donuts and… burgers?

Donut Burger

Ingredients:

  • 4 glazed donuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 8 (3 ounce) burger patties
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 2 strips cooked bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Slice donuts in half lengthwise
  2. Combine butter and olive oil in saucepan over medium-low heat
  3. Add onions, salt, and pepper and cook for 40 minutes
  4. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for 20 minutes
  5. Cook burger patties to desired temperature, top with cheese to melt
  6. Place 2 patties on top of bottom slice of donut, top with onions, bacon, and top slice of donut
  7. Serve with desired condiments

Funnel Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Enough oil to fill frying pan 1 inch
  • Toppings of choice (strawberries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Combined pancake mix, egg, water, and oil until smooth
  2. Pour 1 inch of oil in frying pan, sauce pan, or large pot
  3. Heat pan to 375°F
  4. Pour batter into oil in a circular motion
  5. Cook in oil for 1 minute, flip, and cook other side for 1 minute
  6. Remove from pan and top with desired toppings

Blue Cream Shake

Ingredients:

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 10 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Toppings of choice (i.e., whipped cream, crumbled waffle cone, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth
  2. Top with desired toppings
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Disney Theme Parks

From Magic Kingdom to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and to Disneyland Park, here are some easy Disney recipes so you can enjoy a little Disney magic at home.

Nudel Gratin

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch ground white pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 4 oz shredded swiss cheese
  • 4 oz shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound cooked elbow macaroni noodles

Instructions:

  1. Set oven to 375°F
  2. Coat16 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick spray
  3. Whisk cream, eggs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together
  4. Combine all cheeses together in a separate bowl
  5. Remove 1 cup of cheese mix and set aside
  6. Mix remaining cheese mix with cream mixture
  7. Add cooked macaroni noodles to cream mixture and pour into baking dish
  8. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes
  9. Remove foil and sprinkle 1 cup of cheese mix over baked dish
  10. Bake for 15 minutes
  11. Cool for 10 minutes and serve warm

Giant Cinnamon Roll

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened (frosting)
  • 1/2 unsalted butter softened (frosting)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (frosting)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (frosting)

Instructions:

  1. Stir together water, yeast, and sugar until dissolved
  2. Mix pudding according to package instructions w/milk
  3. Blend 1/2 cup melted butter, egg, and salt into yeast mixture
  4. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth
  5. Place dough in greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 15 minutes in a warm place
  6. Punch down dough, cover, and let rise again for 15 minutes in a warm place
  7. Roll dough on a floured surface and completely brush with 1 cup melted butter
  8. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon
  9. Sprinkle mix over dough and roll up dough
  10. Cut through dough roll every 2 inches
  11. Place each roll in a buttered baking dish and let rise for 20 minutes in a warm place
  12. Bake in oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown
  13. Combine all frosting ingredients and mix until smooth
  14. Frost rolls while still warm

PB&J Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups softened vanilla ice cream

Instructions:

  1. Combine peanut butter and jelly and mix
  2. Combine milk, ice cream, and pb&j mixture in blender
  3. Mix until smooth and serve
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Bonus Recipes

It wouldn’t be a theme park recipes article without some of the best dishes in the industry.

Universal Studios’ Butterbeer

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters cream soda chilled
  • 1/4 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch topping
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Mix cream soda, caramel extract, and butter extract
  2. Separately, whip heavy cream until it forms stiffened peaks
  3. Add butterscotch topping and powdered sugar to the whipping cream
  4. Pour caramel cream mixture into jar and top with butterscotch cream topping

Cedar Point’s Caramel Apple Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 pound funnel cake batter
  • 11 oz water
  • caramel sauce to taste
  • powdered sugar to taste
  • crushed peanuts to taste

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together funnel cake mix and water
  2. Mix in chopped apple pieces
  3. Drop one scoop of mixture into 350°F oil
  4. Cook fritter on either side for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown
  5. Drain fritter for 20 seconds and powder with powdered sugar
  6. Garnish with caramel sauce and crushed peanuts

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Knott’s Boysenberry Punch
  • purple food coloring

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Churn ice cream for 30 minutes
  3. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container to harden
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There are scores of more theme park recipes across park cookbooks, magazine articles, and their own blog posts! I can’t tell you how many I’ve tried over the years. There have been countless nights dedicated to replicating one tasty treat or another from the parks.

This post shall be the first of many exploring all of the different theme park recipes you can try at home. And for the many fan favorites whose trade secrets haven’t been unearthed yet, I’ll also be sharing the best dupes around. People have to get their fix of a Disney dole whip somehow!

What are your favorite theme park recipes you make at home? What parks and dishes do you want me to hit on next?

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For more ways to enjoy the parks from home, check out:

4 Easy Butterbeer Recipes: Original, Alcoholic, Frozen, & Hot

The Famous Dollywood Cinnamon Bread Recipe

10 of the Most Remarkable Home Decor for Theme Park Lovers

5 of the Best Theme Park YouTube Channels

Thanks for reading!

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