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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 daydream

Outdoor seating with terrific views of the castle. Reader tip: Though offering great castle views, these are terrible seats for Wishes.

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 5 pm.

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.


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