VooDoo Doughnut Orlando
My first experience with VooDoo Doughnut was during a trip to Portland back in 2012. It was a bucket-list food item to try back then, just as they are for many now, but it was a much different experience than the large space at City Walk. It was a small shop, cramped, maybe even a little dingy but it still had the mesmerizing rotating doughnut case filled with color and excitement.
Fast forward to 2018 and the hype has traveled 3000 miles to Orlando. Now, I liked my first VooDoo experience, but it wasn't the most amazing doughnut I've ever had, so I didn't feel compelled to rush to the opening of the new spot here in City Walk.
As a Universal Annual Pass member I knew my time for a visit would come, like it did this past weekend.
Where it is: Located in City Walk you'll find it before you approach NBA City.
Tell me about those wait times: We went on a Saturday and visited twice, once before hitting the parks in the morning, and later in the afternoon. We waited no more than 10 minutes each time. I spoke to an employee about stories of 2 hour wait times I had heard about and he said that was during the first few opening weeks and that hasn't happened again.
The Doughnuts: There are 51 varieties including yeast, cake, and vegan options. While I am usually a big cake doughnut fan, their cake doughnuts are too dry for my taste, so my personal preference here is yeast all the way.
How to order: While in line you circle the rotating case so that should give you enough time to inspect the flavors so you can be quick when you approach the counter, BUT make sure to have some back-up flavors. Flavors will sell out, so you need to be ready to flip a doughnut decision on a dime (which is how I ended up with a doughnut I shouldn't have picked). There is an additional case in front of you when you order so don't stress, just re-examine your options.
Once you order you will be instructed to move to the left to one of the cashiers who will ring you up and deliver your doughnuts to you.
DOUGHNUTS I TRIED:
- The Loop $2.00 - Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops.
Oh Captain, My Captain $2.00 - Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch.
Pride Bar $2.00 - Raised yeast doughnut chock full of luscious Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla frosting and all the colors of the rainbow.
Mexican Hot Chocolate $1.65 - Chocolate cake doughnut dusted in cinnamon sugar and cayenne pepper.
Seating: It's pretty limited, so you are better off taking your doughnuts elsewhere (even into the park if you wish). If you aren't going into a park I would suggest the large outdoor seating at the Starbucks. It's covered and there are quite a number of tables.
Is it worth it: I'd say yes as long as the wait times aren't long. The doughnuts are affordable, it's a colorful and fun atmosphere, and you can't really resist a picture on the doughnut throne. Just remember the price of City Walk parking if you go before 6 p.m. and aren't annual pass holders ($25).
We have better doughnuts at some of our local shops in my personal opinion, but it's a fun pit stop if you are enjoying time in City Walk.
All photos are property of LemonHearted Creative and all doughnuts were purchased by me. This is not an ad or a sponsored post.