Earlier this summer we shared the first publication of a book of Walt Disney World recipes from 1979. That year Dorothy Chapman, the food critic for the Orlando Sentinel, compiled some of the most requested recipes from Central Florida restaurants In “Thought You’d Never Ask”.She published weekly columns in the Sentinel and many of the recipes also appeared there.
We’ve acquired her followup edition published in 1983 shortly after the opening of EPCOT Center. There are significantly fewer recipes from Walt Disney World in this edition, almost certainly owing to Orlando’s restaurant scene beyond Disney’s borders growing by leaps and bounds since her 1979 edition. While the original covered over 100 recipes in 45 pages, Volume 2 covers 47 recipes from the World in 24 pages. They are shared with you here in our gallery below.
In 1986 Disney published it’s own Walt Disney World cookbook, following up with an updated edition in the early 1990s. Many subsequent Disney publications have shared recipes in the ensuing decades and Dorothy Chapman published a “Best Of” edition of her cookbook in later years. However, these two original editions from 1979 and 1983 are the best glimpse offered at the food scene offered in Walt Disney World and Orlando’s early years together. We hope you enjoy and if you make some of these recipes please send us pictures!