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Disney through the eyes of teens
|Adrienne Krock, editor|
|A Taste of ODV (Outdoor Vending)|
around Disneyland, screaming on Space Mountain and spinning in the teacups
in Fantasyland can get you pretty hungry. The brilliant folks
who run Disneyland thought of that though. Their solution: ODV. Scattered
throughout Disneyland are wonderful little carts selling corndogs, soda,
cotton candy, frozen lemonade, pretzels and so much more! Together, these
carts make up the incredible edibles division of Disneyland's Outdoor
Vending (ODV). ODV carts are usually themed to specific lands. Fantasyland
carts are colorful and fun, Tomorrowland's have a spacey look to them, and
so on. ODV carts move around, and they are not all always out, so I am not
responsible if someone decided not to open a churro cart when you go,
We're going to start with the world's best corndogs. This cart (shown above) is run by the restaurants and isn't exactly classified as ODV, but it serves a similar purpose. On Main Street, in between the Main Street Photo Supply store and Plaza Inn, is an old, shiny, red truck. This is the corndog cart. Here you can buy the best corndog you've ever eaten, chips, a drink and chocolate covered New York cheesecake on a stick; a whole meal! You just can't go to Disneyland without stopping here. Right in front of the truck, an ODV funnel cake cart opens in the evenings.
Ice cream carts are all over the Park. These carts sell ice cream sandwiches, chocolate dipped bananas, sorbet, and other frozen yummies. They also sell toy pinwheels. There is one at the Hub -- that's at the end of Main Street in front of the castle (above), one at the Tomorrowland monorail entrance, one on the way to it's a small world and so many more. I found more ice cream carts than I ever thought there were.
Popcorn carts are everywhere. There is also one of these at the Hub (shown below), one in front of the American Space Experience in Tomorrowland, and one by Mickey's Movie Barn. There are hot dog carts, too! There is one of these in front of the Dumbo ride. At a stand in Fantasyland you can buy nachos, hotdogs, turkey legs, chicken legs, and chips; a meal on the run.
Now my mom's favorite: frozen lemonade. One of the best cool beverages Disneyland has to offer, the frozen lemonade is slushy and icy cold. Beware of brain freeze if you drink too fast! Lemonade carts also carry beef jerky. One cart is across from Fantasyland's Le Petit Chalet, and one is across from the Radio Disney Studio. If you buy a lemonade here, you can sit and watch Just Plain Mark and Zippy do their show. There are many other frozen lemonade stands throughout the Park. They tend to close up as darkness falls, so don't delay too long if you want one.
If your parents like coffee, there is a cappuccino cart in front of Carnation Plaza Gardens (shown above) and it is open until midnight. You can buy cookies, pastries and hot chocolate here, too.
Churros! The churros are possibly the best thing to hit food carts, with the exception of the corndogs. There are apple, strawberry, and cinnamon churros. All the flavors are not available at all the carts. Usually each cart offers cinnamon and one other flavor. Sometimes they get creative with the flavors for the seasons. One Christmas season, they had chocolate truffle churros. I think you should try the strawberry ones.
There is a churro cart in front of the castle (shown below). There is a cart in front of the American Space Experience, and one by Fantasy Fair Gifts. A Cast Member working at a churro cart near the Matterhorn told me that some carts sell about 400 churros per shift. His record was close to 700 in an eight hour shift! He said that, working at the cart, he gets to meet a lot of new people and gets to be outside.
In Toontown and Fantasyland, there are slushee carts. Toontown's is called "Goofy's Freeze" and Fantasyland's is"Fantasia Freeze." I love these carts. Depending on which cart you go to, you can get a Coca-Cola Classic, cherry, blue raspberry or raspberry lemon slushee. They mix the flavors if you want them to for a little more fun in your cool drink. (Editor's Note: Try raspberry lemon and orange. Trust me on this one.-- AK)
You can also buy cotton candy at Disneyland. What's a theme park without cotton candy? It's fun to watch the Cast Members make cotton candy because it gets all over them and it turns their hair pink! Cotton candy can be bought in front of the castle, where the really friendly Cast Members are, on your way to it's a small world and at various other places in the Park. The Cast Members working at the cart in front of the castle said that the best part about working there is making the cotton candy.
Next, we have fresh, and I do mean fresh, fruit. Like the corndog cart, they are run by the restaurants department and they don't move around like the ODV carts do. There is a fruit cart in front of the Main Street lockers, one in Adventureland (shown below), one over the entrance to the canoes, and one behind the castle. At these carts you can buy refreshing fruit including mangos, apples, bags of grapes, and my brother's favorite: bananas. They also have strawberries with chocolate sauce for dipping, little boxes of assorted fruits or veggies, huge watermelons slices, muffins, chips, and giant pickles. Depending on which cart you go to, your choices vary slightly.
Let's not forget the Mickey pretzels and big pickles. These can be found on the way to it's a small world, and in front of the Adventureland entrance. There is a cart across from the Radio Disney studio, too. They used to sell cheese filled pretzels that were really good, but apparently somebody didn't think so, because now they're gone. There also used to be chimichanga carts at Disneyland, but when I asked about them at City Hall, they told me they "have done away with them."
You can also buy Minute Maid frozen lemonade at ODV carts. This frozen lemonade, in a little carton, is more like ice cream or sorbet. Unlike Disneyland's frozen lemonade which you drink, these are eaten with a spoon and are good and refreshing on hot days. They have two flavors, strawberry and original lemon. A Cast Member told me that the original sells best by far. There are a couple of carts in Tomorrowland, and many more throughout the Park. These carts are everywhere!
When I went to Disneyland looking for ODV, I counted over 60 carts. Needless to say I have not mentioned them all. As you can see, there is no possible way to go hungry in Disneyland, although you could eat too many churros and lose your appetite for dinner! So next time you're getting hungry after a ride through the Matterhorn, take advantage of ODV. Maybe I'll see you at the lemonade cart ...
I am 13 years old, and a typical junior high student. I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. My family and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we go quite often. I love school, and science has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am in band and hope to be involved in music for the rest of my life.
Right now, my career goal is to become a deejay. In my mind, that is the coolest job in the world! My hobbies include: listening to and playing music, reading, writing, messing around on the computer and hanging out at Disneyland. We have seven cats (four of them found us), a black Labrador, and I have a goldfish.
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