Top 10 UNTOLD TRUTHS of Disney's Giant Turkey LegsFeb 27, 2020
What's the first thing you notice when you enter a Disney theme park, besides that
giantcastle on Main Street? People walking around munching on "Nice & Juicy" jumbo sized
turkeythighs. Considered one of the most popular snacks in the parks, there's a lot of mystery surrounding these
legs. So let's dive into 10 facts about Disney's famous turkey feet. Definitely not emu
legs. Before we begin, let's debunk this myth. There's an urban legend that dates back to the early '90s, right around the time Disney's
giantturkey legs were becoming wildly popular. The rumor was that, due to their large size, they were not actually turkey feet, but emu feet.
Some employees (whether disgruntled or not) said they were actually emu and the story stuck. Not helping the situation, the rumor resurfaced in 2017, after actor Zachary Levi appeared on The Conan Show and confirmed that some friends who worked at Disney told him the same story. Notice how they taste more like ham than turkey. Emu meat has a stronger flavor and a darker color. Disney eventually came out with a statement debunking this claim. They said the reason the turkey legs were so big was because the legs they used to make this popular snack were actually made from a male turkey named Tom's.
Male turkeys can reach up to 50 pounds. in size and their legs are considerably larger than females. These are not the typical birds that we find on our table at Thanksgiving. The Disney corporation is very careful to buy only the biggest ones, to keep up with the standards. Disney has come out time and again to dispel this urban myth, but people seem to love a good story. On Everyone's Bucket List Turkey legs at Disney are so popular that visitors have them on their bucket lists to eat and do during their visit. Which is just one of the reasons why they sell so many!
Compounded by the fact that numerous travel websites actually list it as a "must experience" while you're there. Disney's turkey legs have a pretty die-hard following and you can't go around beating them up, or Mickey might give you why. Biting into one of these oversized deliciously succulent turkey legs is like bringing out our inner Fred Flintstone. These snacks debuted at Big Al's Coonskin Caps in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom in the late 1980s. As they became more popular, they migrated to Disneyland's West Coast in California. There is still a dedicated turkey leg cart in Frontierland and others can be found at Liberty Market, Prince Eric Village Market in Fantasyland, and Yak & Yeti.
As a snack or meal, they can also be easily shared due to their size. For those who want to kick back, have a brewski, while eating these monsters, your best bet is Epcot in Fife & Drum Tavern in the American Adventure Pavilion. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park at Arctic Expeditions also sells them. A good source of protein, Disney Turkey Legs will get you through a few hours of walking. So, jump on the bandwagon, you don't know what you're missing until you try one. Turkey leg sales are astronomical Tomorrowland isn't the only thing that's astronomical at Disney! Turkey thigh sales are skyrocketing.
Between Disneyland and Walt Disney World, not counting other international theme parks around the world, a 2016 census revealed that annual sales can reach 1.8 million. That's a whopping 3.6 million pounds. of meat annually and sales increase and peak over Thanksgiving weekend. That makes it a whole lot of Turkey! Along with Mickey's ice cream bars, which is another of the park's top sellers, turkey legs have remained a popular item since its inception. Food is not cheap at Disney. If you want to eat three fast foods a day, the average cost is between $30 and $60 per day per person. Once you start adding dinners, snacks, and bottled water, the cost skyrockets.
Disney is a huge profit making machine and has been since the 1950s. As for finding the famous giant turkey legs in Tomorrowland, you can find a turkey leg cart located near the Rocket Tower Plaza stage. It can take you to the moon and back, it all depends on your taste buds. He's not heavy He's my brother These turkey legs sound like a bite! But the size isn't the most impressive thing about the Disneyland turkey legs, the weight is too! Each drumstick weighs approximately 1.5 pounds. During the Thanksgiving holiday, the average human consumes about 1.25 pounds per person, including leftovers.
Disney turkey legs may look huge and filling, but the actual serving of meat isn't much. You can always share your portion with someone. healthy or not? That is another topic! The legs are cured with a briny solution, which can make them very salty, but also very tasty and juicy. Calorie wise, they are way more than a Big Mac and come in at a whopping 1000 calories each. We will not go into the fat and salt content. Let's just say that eating too many will definitely make you very fat or very sick. These days, everyone is turning to healthier eating options.
Disney theme parks are no exception, they are working hard to change their menus. Now they offer a wide variety of options and have incorporated more salads and vegan food. You may need to walk a few miles to burn off the calories after eating one of these Disney turkey legs. So go ahead, there's nothing wrong with trying one, just don't try to eat 10! Tastes Like Ham One of the reasons the urban emu myth surrounding giant turkey legs is so hard to shake is because they tend to taste more like ham than turkey. The method to madness, and that different flavor is the secret ingredient.
This iconic snack is actually a smoking sodium bomb. First of all, Disney only buys their large male turkey thighs from Uncle John's Pride. These 1.5-pound thighs are not only heavy, but the meat is tough. To soften the dark meat and preserve it, they inject a salty, pink-colored curing brine, the same one used for corned beef. They are then cured for 24 hours or more, then smoked in a smoker for six hours. That's why they taste like ham and look pink. It is the same basic process as curing a ham. It makes the turkey legs taste very salty, but this probably works to Disney's benefit as they probably sell a lot more drinks because of this.
Disney Turkey Legs has been on the cover of The New York Times and spawned tons of copycat recipes all over the internet. Here's a tip, if you can make them at home, they can be even better and you can regulate the salt content. Historical value Disneyland in California was the first Disney theme park to open. The whole idea came about because of Walt Disney's desire for "a place where parents and kids can have fun at the same time." It opened in 1955 and after a rocky start it continued to grow, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Disneyland even hosted a world's fair in 1964. During this time, Walt Disney was also secretly scouting new sites for a second Disney theme park in Florida. In 1971, Disney World's Magic Kingdom opened, but unfortunately Walt Disney never saw his dream come true. He died in 1966, five years before he opened the new park. It wasn't until 18 years later that Jumbo turkey legs as we know them today made their Frontierland debut at the Magic Kingdom. Reminiscent of large caveman-style dinosaur bones, they always seemed like relics of the past. The legs first sold for around $9, today they sell for around $12. There won't be a huge increase in 30 years, but you won't be able to gnaw like velociraptors forever on giant turkey legs anymore, as they will eventually become a relic of the past.
Turkey Leg Merchandise Let the Disney Corporation always count on something good. One of the marketing tricks to further increase the profits of one of his beloved foods was to take the turkey leg to the next level with many merchandising options. In addition to making a huge profit selling real giant turkey feet and other foods on concessional terms, they have pushed the boundaries by not only posting pictures of turkey feet and funny sayings about them throughout the park, but also trying to incite their curiosity and taste buds. But as early as 2010, the Magic Kingdom's boutiques and kiosks began selling souvenirs such as hats, pins, sweatshirts and T-shirts printed with the slogan "Nice & Juicy." They even sold car air fresheners.
Not sure if the smell of freshly smoked turkey thighs is a good idea for your car? But people bought them anyway, hopefully as a gag gift. It reminded them of the delicious aroma that wafted through the park during their visit. Dole Whips and Mickey Bar scents might sound great. The pleasant aroma of freshly baked bread or the sweetness of a chocolate shop, but air fresheners with meaty treats seem a bit excessive. Giant Chocolate Dipped Turkey Legs Rice Krispy treats are great. There is no doubt that turkey legs are very popular and are sought after by visitors.
They have been a proverbial favorite for the past three decades. Long live Disney Jumbo Turkey Legs. Front Page of the New York Times You know you've made it when you land on the front page of the New York Times newspaper. In 2013, just as Disney's famous turkey feet were surging in sales, a New York Times front-page story appeared titled “Turkey Feet Conquer the Land of Mouse Ears.” The article revealed just how huge the popularity of these jumbo drumstick snacks had become. But not everyone is a big fan. People feel it's more of a rite of passage and a "must do" according to all travel websites.
As for whether you like them, that's subjective, sometimes they're dry and not what you'd expect at all. Die-hard lovers of Disney's turkey leg disagree; they love everything about them. Disney executives worry that the craze promotes unhealthy eating. His popularity is also blocking his efforts to improve the general supply of food. Some parents have resorted to bringing their own healthy foods. If this continues, it won't be long before sales drop and the Disney turkey leg may be harder to find. Disney is making changes by offering healthier foods and reducing salt in children's meals. However, giant turkey leg lovers have filed their lawsuits and “don't want to walk all over the park to get one.
When they want one, they want one now. Turkey Feet Sold Elsewhere We may know them as a cult favorite at Disney theme parks, but giant turkey feet didn't originate from the House that Mickey Built. Disney trademarked the name and increased its popularity with the 73 million visitors that pass through its doors annually. But Disney is far from the only purveyor of dinosaur-sized turkey feet. Many fairs, carnivals, and concession stands have sold them in the US for decades. They can definitely be found at the annual State Fair of Texas for as long as anyone can remember. Many other county fairs have also considered them as a signature snack.
Sea World, Universal Studios, and Six Flags sell turkey thighs. At most theme parks in the US, where they are sold, they sell every other snack for a lot. Whether roasted or smoked, the smell is so intoxicating that it's hard for anyone to resist wanting a bite. Popular since medieval times, they're an easy snack: easy to hold and easy to eat with one hand. So it's nice to know that no one has to wait until Thanksgiving, these days you can get turkey thighs anywhere. A True Cult Classic Jumbo Turkey Legs may be a fan favorite, but the truth is, times have changed even at Disney, a place where no one grows up.
With increasing demand for healthier options, the Disney Turkey Leg is being replaced in some retail locations due to menu changes. With the constant changes, it's sometimes hard to keep track of where they're sold, sometimes sending customers on a wild goose chase for turkey. However, the Jumbo Turkey Leg is the most iconic meal at Disneyland and Disney World and many want to keep it that way. There are some pretty die-hard fans. The cult following is so entrenched that they would never let the famous turkey feet sink and be lost to history. Still, even with all the changes, there should always be a place where you can find the delicious turkey legs at Disney, because demand is still strong, and sometimes the voices of fans speak volumes.
For many, eating at a Disney park is as much a main attraction as the attractions. But now might be the time to call on your inner caveman and get yourself a giant turkey leg at Disney because, just like cavemen, they too can disappear sometime.day. Go ahead and tap on another video, hit the subscribe button, and tap on the notification bell.
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