There’s nothing quite like a day at a theme park. Whether you’re spending your summers riding roller coasters, wandering through haunted houses and trick or treating through the parks in the fall, or taking in the splendor of Christmas lights during the holiday season, theme parks are an absolute must-do at least once in your life. Even if you’re not into all the latest and craziest rollercoasters or log flumes, you can always eat your way through a theme park.
But some common amusement park fare is better than others. So we made it our business to rank them.
How did we decide our rankings? We considered a few factors. First of all, to make this list of 15 at all, these foods had to be iconic and common theme park foods. Sure, you can get a creamsicle-flavored doughnut at Universal Studios or a pretzel-wrapped turkey leg at SeaWorld, but you’re not going to find those treats everywhere. After we determined what foods made the cut, we rated them on portability, icon status, Instagram-worthiness, and objective deliciousness. Because why are you going to buy a food at a theme park if you’re not going to eat it? You have to fuel your dash from attraction to attraction somehow. (Just take some time between eating a funnel cake and going on a tilt-a-whirl.)
But what is the best theme park food of all time? Well, you’re going to have to check out our definitive ranking in order to find out.