Sunday Brunch: Waiting for Waffles
17 June 2012
Waiting for the weekend, waiting in line, waiting
for waffles...waiting is that period of delaying an activity because
the world's not ready for you to experience it yet. Nestled in a
cozy corner of Liberty Square there sits a colonial style brick
building with a line of guests wrapped around it, waiting. Upon
closer look, guests will find a flurry of activity through one of
the many open windows and doorways as cast members rush around
creating and serving a few unique desserts and snacks for the Magic
Kingdom. For a 'Sleepy Hollow' this quick service food stand is
quite the opposite.
Amid the flurry of activity, some cast members take a moment to
Outdoor seating with terrific views of the castle. Reader tip:
Though offering great castle views, these are terrible seats for
Themed to the 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.
Toad, the sign is decorated with a silhouette
of the Headless Horseman.
These days, Sleepy Hollow seems to have more and
more guests waiting. Last Fall the Disney chefs modified a few menu
items and transformed them into a unique Walt Disney World
snack/meal. Formerly famous for offering Mickey waffles and ice
cream, Sleepy Hollow now serves waffle sandwiches as well as dessert
waffles. As mentioned in my
Disney Super Foods review, dessert waffles include the Nutella
and Fresh Fruit waffle sandwich as well as a plain waffle with
strawberries and whipped cream or powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Conversely, non-dessert waffle items include the Sweet and Spicy
Chicken and the Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss. Guests should note that
for some reason, these sandwiches are only offered between 11 am and
When my friends and I discovered the existence of
these new sandwiches, we knew we definitely had to try them.
Unfortunately, in the Fall, my friends were clear across the
continent and wouldn't return for the summer, but I agreed I would
wait for them to try it. Between that time and their return this
past May, I watched a few friends devour the new sandwiches in front
of me, but I managed to stay strong, which was made easier as I
distracted myself with the Nutella and Fruit waffle sandwich.
Finally, on May 9th, 2012, I set out to
try a Waffle Sandwich with one of Sunday Brunch's favorite dining
companions Hidden Mickey Monday Alex. Upon arrival at Sleepy Hollow,
we sadly realized it was just past 5 pm. After all of that waiting,
what's a few more days? Torture. But I knew it wouldn't be the same
if I gave in and did not wait for my friends.
Finally on May 14th, 2012, we were
together in the park again and finally able to enjoy a Waffle
Sandwich after months of keeping waffle sandwich hunger subdued. We
proudly ordered a Sweet and Spicy Chicken sandwich each and knew the
moment had to be documented for all of posterity.
Wibbly Wobbly Waffle
Finally, the moment nearly 6 months in the making, I
had my first bite of my first waffle sandwich. Sitting on a folded,
soft and fluffy waffle laid a crispy filet of chicken. Not an overly
plump chicken tender, but a flat crisp filet. Lightly coated on the
chicken, the sauce is sticky, and not too spicy, though there is a
distinct background spice. The coleslaw was cool, fresh and light,
with a little spice. The chicken was covered with a blanket of fresh
arugula. Of fresh greens, I'm not a big fan of arugula, as its
bitterness is undesirable, but it actually provided a good balance
with the sweet waffle. Overall, the sandwich had a nice contrast
between the crispy chicken and soft fluffy waffle. We would have
preferred a crisper waffle, though Alex, who has been back for more
has gotten lucky with crisper waffles. I guess it depends on who
makes the waffles that day. The one downside is the waffle easily
got soggy from sauce and slaw.
With few flaws and many positives, we did have one
major complaint: the sandwiches are served only in the afternoon
from 11 am to 5 pm. Being on a waffle, the savory sandwiches could
easily be a meal for most or else a hearty snack. My assumption is
the sandwiches were added to Sleepy Hollow to also provide other
sources of lunchtime foods during Magic Kingdoms busy lunching
hours. Then they cease offering them for dinner to return the
location to its original purpose for ice cream and desserts during
dinner hours. This restriction requires guests to adjust their park
schedules in order to get a sandwich, but it is well worth it. I was
quite pleased to finally have my first of many Waffle sandwiches at
Walt Disney World and waiting for my friends to try it brought back
those magical moments of waiting for your WDW vacation. Living here
has given me many opportunities to try new things right away, but
waiting for someone to try those things with made the experience all
the more exciting.
Documentation for all of posterity.
Image from Alex M.