Do you snicker and laugh every time you see someone walking around Walt Disney World holding one of those massive Smoked Turkey Legs? My wife and I do too. There’s nothing better than sitting back watching someone try and look respectable as they gnaw into this prehistoric looking bone with fat and meat wrapped around it. You can’t help but laugh and sometimes even take a few pictures when they’re not looking!
Well, I was reading today and was surprised to hear that Disney sells about 1.5 MILLION turkey legs every year! Just to put that in perspective, that would be about 7 turkey legs for every man, woman and child that lives in Orlando, Florida! Each of these monstrous bird legs weighs in at 1.5 pounds and they supposedly come from 40-50 pound turkeys! So you’re probably thinking ‘hey, it’s Turkey so it has to be good for you.’ Well, if you think that 1,092 calories, about a days worth of fat and two days worth of sodium PER TURKEY LEG is good then you’ll need to go see a nutritionist for a refresher.
But, leave it to Disney to find better and more creative ways to sell odd things. If you would have asked me a few years ago whether I thought the whole turkey leg idea would have worked I probably would have said no. I don’t know whether it’s the taste or whether people just see them and have to try them but whatever it is, it works. For me I just can’t see buying one as I’m not a fan of grizzly looking turkey meat and fat hanging off a bone the size of my forearm. I think I would rather head to the Plaza Restaurant (Magic Kingdom) for their Turkey Sandwich, but that’s just me.
So next time you visit the mouse, unless you’re super hungry and have the metabolism of a 12-year old to burn the calories, I would steer clear of the Turkey Leg. My guess is you could find something better for you if you can resist your prehistoric urge!