). Part of this architecture is the crazy, random steamboat
docked on the edge of Echo Lake, opposite Dinosaur Gertie's. Well,
if it's not an attraction, a store, or cleverly designed restrooms,
then at Disney, the last thing it could be is a place to eat!
Min and Bill's Dockside Diner is a terrific little
counter service restaurant serving up quick meals and snacks. The
diner's namesake actually comes from a 1930 MGM film Min and Bill
starring Marie Dressler as Min, an innkeeper, and Wallace Beery as
Bill, a fishing boat captain. Put the two characters occupations
together and you get the Dockside Diner! In keeping with the popular
Hollywood architecture of the times, Min and Bill's steamboat diner
is designed to be 'California Crazy,' an architectural style that
gets your attention because of its ridiculousness (another great
example is the Hollywood Brown Derby or for Kissimmee fans, the
giant Orange souvenir shop). It probably inspired Walt Disney's
concept of the weenie, a structure to grab your attention and draw
you near it.
Though named a diner, you won't find all of your
diner favorites. Min and Bill serve a menu of various sandwich
wraps, milk shakes, hot and cold beverages, frozen lemonades, beer,
chips, and cookies. The wraps are very interesting because rather
than a traditional sandwich wrap in some sort of soft tortilla, the
wraps come in a tube of bread. There's no other way to describe it!
The wraps available are the Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap, Italian
Sausage Wrap, and Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll. Today we'll be
sampling the Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll!
I've heard from friends and even other people in
line that this was one of the coolest things they've ever had at
Disney and I'll have to admit, I haven't seen it anywhere else in
the park, but in life I've seen variations. More on that later, but
onto the pretzel frankfurter! The treat comes with a bag of Disney
sea salt, kettle cooked potato chips and the actual pretzel
frankfurter is more like your Super Pretzel type of soft pretzel and
a generic hot dog. There is also Dijon Mustard already put onto the
Just enough mustard for flavoring without drowning the hot dog.
Critiquing this food item objectively was difficult
as I'm not a big fan of mustard, among other reasons soon to be
discussed. After getting past the piercing sting that is mustard,
I'll have to say the amount of mustard was tolerable for those like
me who do not like mustard, and hopefully adequate for those who do.
The hot dog was generic, not all beef Ballpark frank, which was a
bit disappointing considering how great the hot dogs are at other
quick service locations like Casey's Corner. Also, as I said before,
the pretzel was very Super Pretzel like, fluffy bread inside and a
shiny, glazed over, crust, but still eatable nonetheless. I enjoyed
it, especially with those delicious sea salt, kettle cooked Disney
brand potato chips! I can't complain too much as this is an
obviously outsourced product, not as fresh as it could be, but quick
and easy and overall interesting. I've only found these hotdogs at
Min and Bills and along with the other sandwich wraps, they make the
dockside diner a unique eatery in the resort.
The concept of a hot dog in a pretzel is not new,
but for many who travel to Disney World it's a brand new experience.
If you haven't encountered the pretzel hot dog (not counting Auntie
Ann's version at your local mall'that's just a hotdog in a pretzel
wrapper, not quite a real pretzel), I definitely recommend trying
Min and Bill's Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll.
Vinylmations love Potato Chips too!
Now with that review said and over with, I have to
admit, this was not and will never be a great hotdog in a pretzel
because I've grown up with the best hot dog in a pretzel, made by a
group of fantastic Amish farmers and entrepreneurs straight from
Lancaster, PA. For some odd reason, they choose to come every
weekend to Williamstown, NJ to set up a farmer's market. That's a
story for another time, another blog, and actually reported by
another member of the Days of the Week Staff (Albert G) in a
different blog. Though, I cannot discuss Disney's Frankfurter in a
Pretzel Roll without giving you a visual taste of Suzie Ann's
Now doesn't that just look delicious? A soft pretzel poppin' fresh
right out of the oven with real American cheese and an all-beef hot
Now that you've salivated enough over the Pretzel
Dog, hop on over to the Dockside Diner or your local Auntie Ann's
and try and get the worthwhile attempt at a Frankfurter in a Pretzel
Roll. Min and Bill will be happy to see you and you'll be happy to
get a little taste of Hollywood in its heyday.
Diner History from a fantastic article about Min and Bill's
Dockside Diner by Bill I: