Disney Turkey Legs UNCOVERED! The Real Secret Behind This Tasty Disney Treat!

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 childDisney Park Food Turkey Leg 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!

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22 thoughts on “Disney Turkey Legs UNCOVERED! The Real Secret Behind This Tasty Disney Treat!

  1. MSE 4 Ever
    September 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I love Turkey Legs!!! It is one of the things that i look forward to when going to Disney, granted I worked there for several months, but I know how you feel. But hey, don’t knock it to you tried it. 🙂

  2. Dorothy
    December 20, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I actually bought one of these humongous legs last year but couldn’t stomach more than a couple of bites. They do look and smell just delicious 🙂

    I love your blog – just found it the other day and am now steeped in my favorite subject. Thanks

  3. Christie
    January 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    You’re missing out! I’ve been to Disneyland many times and I would snicker at those people walking around with those huge turkey legs, too. I’m also not a huge fan of turkey, it really is enormous and it’s just not like me to gobble up something 3 times as big as my own arm. For a girl, it just doesn’t look pretty. 🙂 Although, during our last visit, for whatever reason, we decided to try one. It is now my most favorite treat at Disneyland. I’ve been looking for the recipe online which is how I found your blog. You really should try it. It is DE-LISH!!! 🙂

  4. April 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

    The turkey leg in disney is so good. I haven’t had one in a while but I wish that wasnt true, anyway, account for the amount of walking one would do around the parks while on vacation. Keywords, walking and “vacation”. So people dont need to worry all that much about calorie counting and should worry more about enjoying themselves.

  5. Luis Rodriguez
    April 20, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I am a big fan of your Turkey Legs .
    As soon as I walk in to the Park I know I have to have one ….
    I feel like tell everybody in the Park about this delicatessen …..

    I only have one complain … Where is the recipe ? ?
    Would you share it with me ? ? ….

    Thanks ! !

  6. Sabrina Michele
    May 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I have to concede with the writer, seeing people knaw on these ‘turkey’ legs was definitely NOT the most pleasant part of our experience at Disney World when we went. Hmm….40 – 50 lb. turkeys, eh? Is that what they’re saying? Hah! That’s a load of baloney! We had a friend that worked for Disney for 8 years that let us in on a little secret…turkeys don’t have legs like that. That’s emu meat. Yes, you heard it…emus. Don’t ask me why…but maybe you’ll think twice before you decide to knaw on some meat on a bone! 😉

  7. Manny B
    June 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    LOL, spoken like one who has never actually eaten one of these wonderfully tasty treats.

    And lets be honest. Is its nutritional make up really an issue?
    People are on vacation, and when you are on vacation, you SHOULD do things you normally wouldn’t. Eat that desert you would normally skip. Have fries instead of veggies with your steak.
    And eat the Flinstonesque portion of Turkey.

  8. Kira
    July 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Umm Why snicker? But it is astroonomical how much disney sells every Year. In total from a website I found out that about 5.32 million turkeys are killed.

  9. Fay in CA
    September 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I am a huge fan on the turkey leg and at 44 years of age, 5’1″ and 105 lbs I can attest to the fact that the calories get burned during the day while walking the park. And don’t you go to Disneyland to feel like a 12 year old again?

  10. Manitoba
    November 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    The first time we went to disney world I saw someone with the leg and had to know where he got it. It was awesome, tastes like a roast ham to me. And yes, while on vacation one should not worry about calories or the thousands of dollars to pay for the trip

  11. Crystal
    December 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I LOVE turkey legs, next time I’ll be on the watch for people taking picture of me when I’m not looking… 🙂

  12. Al
    December 29, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Went to Florida’s Disney Park a few years ago and my son who lives there told me I had to try the smoked turkey legs here. I sent my wife over to purchase some and she came back with 1 per person. Man, it’s huge and delicious. Couldn’t finish it in one sitting so I had it again for a snack. What an experiance.

  13. February 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I will personally send $100 via PayPal to the first person who can find me the recipe/technique for cooking one of these masterpieces of meat.

  14. Eric
    September 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    LOVE turkey legs, the flavor is amazing. Can even sate the appetite of a carnivore like myself. God bless turkey legs

  15. Karen
    September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The turkey leg is on the top of my “must do” list every time I go to a Disney Park. My family teases me, but they also know that it’s not negotiable. Heading down to Florida for trip #7 this winter …

  16. Paula
    November 12, 2011 at 2:58 am

    what a woose!!!

  17. KaschK
    November 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    This turkey is exquisite. I saw them for years and just thought to myself that they were the most obnoxiously huge legs I had ever seen and they made me giggle but a short time ago I finally got around to buying one while taking the long way out of Disneyland via Frontierland and ZOMG it was the best fowl I have ever tasted. I must have been epically hungry because I pretty much could not stop biting, destroyed the whole thing in prob. less than 5 minutes and still ended up doubling back to Frontierland later in search of my former #1 Disney snack overlord, which of course is the funnel cake.

    By the time we got home it was all I could do to lay down like a well fed snake and not move for several hours. So glad I can find this turkey recipe online now!

  18. michele
    November 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I love the turkey legs at DW and I actually sit down and share it with my husband. his first time trying them bad boys was on our honeymoon this past february and he fell in love. I would not be shocked if it wasn’t turkey though because it doesn’t take like the typical turkey that I make. I don’t know if its from the flavoring or the way they cook it….either way don’t care they are awesome. And as for the calories, I am on vacation I don’t care what I eat I know I am going to walk it off around the parks… remember it’s a vacation…have fun and stop worrying.

  19. TurkeyMuncher
    January 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    @Sabrina Michele: It’s not Emu – it’s turkey. That emu legend has been around for years, but the fact is they’re just big turkey legs from big turkeys. Even if they were emu legs (which would be about three or four times bigger), it would be illegal to label and sell them as turkey legs.

  20. amcgrane
    January 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Ive never had one of their turkey legs, but would love to try one. What I wanted to say was in response to sabrina’s comment about how turkey legs dont come that big, oh yes they do. Our family had a hen and Tom turkey and that Tom was every bit of 50-60 lbs. He was a huge and scary bird, but nevertheless, he was a huge one. The hen was very big too-probably about 30 lbs, but Ive never seen a turkey as big as he was. Now Im not saying that the legs they serve at Disney arent Emu legs, Im just correcting you where you are wrong, only because Ive seen them.

  21. Erika
    February 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Turkey legs rock. Google “eating paleo” and you will find out why it might be one of the healthiest things you can eat at Disney, other than a salad. Fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs make you fat!

  22. Brian
    November 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    My good friend worked at Disney and told me they literally take meat, and wrap it around a bone, ever realize the muscle pattern? Not an ordinary growth, the food is real, it just didn’t come that way

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