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ThunderMTexpert
05-07-2006, 07:53 PM
so, last trip: I'm walking around WDW and there's this ..nice.. group of ..tourists.. in front of me in a line, MUNCHING down on turkey legs. are they THAT good?! i mean, to be walking in the grandest park in the world, and to eat food one would usually eat at a carnival? am i missing out? or.. i'm safe with my ADR's?

dalt01
05-07-2006, 07:57 PM
they are very good, smoked turkey tastes like ham. i think its a, get a picture of me eatin this big honkin turkey leg kinda thing. also its a very filling bargain at 4.50 apiece. and you can keep moving while you eat it.

maggiew
05-07-2006, 08:05 PM
Sorry. I can't stand them. They look disgusting and the smell of them makes me gag, literally. There was a person behind me in line one time eating one and I almost passed out!

Maggie

jlb
05-07-2006, 08:10 PM
We have bought the turkey legs a couple of times and they are good. We always claim we are going to buy one but we never find the time to sit down and enjoy one. It is something I feel you have to try once :)

Jrabbit910
05-07-2006, 08:13 PM
I have never had a turkey leg but I plan on getting one this year. We have heard so much about them, not just on the boards but on TV as well. I think that you have to try them once just so you know if your missing out on something. :yay: :p

abaldacci
05-07-2006, 08:16 PM
My DD thought she wasn't going to get to go last year(band) and all she ask for was a turkey leg. :rotfl2: She did get to go after all and we bought her three while in the world over 9 days. I like them they do taste like ham as dalt01 said.

disnut1149
05-07-2006, 08:24 PM
I heard that these are not really turkey legs. They are from a bird called an Emu. That's why they taste like ham, and not turkey. Does anyone know if this is true?. I've never tasted it since I don't eat meat, but if I did, it just wouldn't be something I could eat. I think it looks gross. Choppin on a big leg. Ugh!!!

FigNewton
05-07-2006, 08:33 PM
so, last trip: I'm walking around WDW and there's this ..nice.. group of ..tourists.. in front of me in a line, MUNCHING down on turkey legs. are they THAT good?! i mean, to be walking in the grandest park in the world, and to eat food one would usually eat at a carnival? am i missing out? or.. i'm safe with my ADR's?

See, that's what I think about people who run to get Dole Whip at Disney World. Dole Whip is great but Dole Whip is sold at fairs and carnivals too... you can order it from ice cream store / refreshment wholesale vendors if you were so inclined.

The Turkey Legs, on the other hand, are not in any way like the turkey legs you find at carnivals. The way these are prepared is completely unique to Disney. If you like smoked meats at all, you should at least give one a try, with the knowlege that people are very divided on them - most people either love them or hate them. Few are in between. Don't let the people who hate them scare you off if you are curious.

And enough with the rumors about the emu, people, it's not true!!!

Cinderellafifi
05-07-2006, 08:33 PM
Turkey legs are yummy!!! My whole family enjoys them!!!

One of the shows on the Food Network did an episode where one segment was about the Disney turkey legs. The spokesperson said they are indeed turkey - not Emu. :)

Have a great trip and enjoy that turkey leg!! :thumbsup2

Drake
05-07-2006, 08:38 PM
:eek:
We finally tried a turkey leg at the MK last Spring and couldn't believe how bad it was.
I guess we were expecting it to taste like our Thanksgiving turkey legs. Not even close :guilty:

blue_eyes5212
05-07-2006, 08:54 PM
I've not had one but I'm not big on meat with the bone still attached. I can barely eat fried chicken. But to each their own :thumbsup2

Pumbaa_
05-07-2006, 08:56 PM
I love turkey legs too. They are deffo not like your thanksgiving day tirkey. It is much more ham tasting. The way they smoke it makes the leg very flavorful, yumm!!

tiggersmom2
05-07-2006, 08:56 PM
I love Turkey legs but to be honest they are STRINGY (those tendons are all over the place) and MESSY!!! I don't like to be in 100 degree heat trying to rip apart a turkey leg with my bare hands.....then, no matter how well I wipe my hands, the turkey "smell" tends to percolate in that heat and then you end up smelling like.... :eek: :eek:


I'll eat my legs at Thanksgiving, thank you very much..... :lmao: :lmao:

Aimeedyan
05-07-2006, 09:00 PM
The Emu thing is an urban legend. Disney has tried repeatedly to debunk it but it's still going around.

I find them gross; something straight out of the Flintstones. I'm really picky about my meat and that is not one that appeals to me ;)

chanty
05-07-2006, 09:01 PM
Grossssss...sorry, can't stand the site of them!
They are...so...big! Eurk.

I'll keep my mickey ice cream bars instead.

5disneyfreaks
05-07-2006, 09:06 PM
My family really enjoyed them!!! In fact, we are planning on getting some more in December. :Pinkbounc
On the other hand, if my DB, DSIL, and DNieces (8 and 6) were to go to WDW, I know my SIL would NEVER get one. Then again, she doesn't it is lady like to eat corn on the cob. :confused3

eblack0409
05-07-2006, 09:06 PM
I think they look disgusting, but they must taste ok....people are always eating them!

DISUNC
05-07-2006, 09:11 PM
Careful They are HOT! I burmed mah thuung en wum ovh dheeze wahmse!!! :teeth:

blanq
05-07-2006, 09:34 PM
I vote trashy! My family got one of these once. After each taking one bite and having a disgusting look on our faces trying to choke it down, our turkey leg went right into the TRASH!

cdntourguide
05-07-2006, 10:37 PM
I have had the best turkey leg at WDW and I have had the worst turkey leg from there also.
The best one keeps making me go back and try another.
The worst one was full of tendons and was very salty. But it was not bad enough to stop me buying more.

I definitely would not buy one during the summer, but in the fall when the weather is cooler is the time to buy and eat. The taste is a bit smokey, and does not always taste like turkey.
:thumbsup2

jjatwdw
05-07-2006, 11:31 PM
Are they a CS on the DDP. I've seen them at MGM but do they sell them anywhere else in WDW?

Queenofthecastle
05-07-2006, 11:36 PM
Not sure if they are on the DDP, but they are also available in Frontierland at MK. The first time I had one (like 8 years ago) bees kept trying to land on it, but they were so good I didn't care and kept on swatting them away and eating it(turkey leg, not bees). If you liked smoked meat you will probably like it. :thumbsup2

disneyfreakjackie
05-08-2006, 12:10 AM
The worst one was full of tendons and was very salty.

That's enough for me to NEVER try one!!! ... and I've NEVER seen a turkey with a leg THAT big!!! ;)

cstraub
05-08-2006, 12:16 AM
Yuck is all I can say. I've tried them twice and both times yuck! To rare for me. Really red and gamey tasting.

ETA: Don't know this person but I googled Turkey Leg to see if there were any good pics on how red the turkey legs are. Found one and yuck again!

http://justinsomnia.org/images/sonoma_county_fair_turkey_leg.jpg

blue_eyes5212
05-08-2006, 05:20 AM
That picture..........ewwwwwwwwwwwww :crazy2:
and all the talk of "tendons" is making me feel sick!!

But as I said before to each his own!

dsnycrzy
05-08-2006, 05:31 AM
I love them, love them ,love them. The very 1st year at WDW I tried one (That was 10 years ago) and I keep running back for more. They taste like the best "ham" I've ever had. And for a quick meal, I buy to by that Buzz ride and my DS and I share one and my 2 DD's 13 and 3 share one. They are yummy.

mickeyfan2
05-08-2006, 07:57 AM
The outside is very tasty. We dispose of the the inside, it is kind of gross.

CoolDisneyCat
05-08-2006, 08:47 AM
I think they are really nasty .. looking and smelling. The worse is seeing them half eaten and throw on the ground! Yuck!

FigNewton
05-08-2006, 09:02 AM
For the people who are so grossed out by them, are you also grossed out by say, a slab of barbeque ribs? That may sound like I have some agenda but I really don't, just curious if there is a greater underlying preference involved or if there is something more specific about the turkey legs.

palmtreegirl
05-08-2006, 10:21 AM
My DD and DH love them.

BTown
05-08-2006, 11:01 AM
I've never had a turkey leg from WDW, but with all this discussion going on, they sound great. I'm definatly going to make a point to try them out in Sept.

Ryu
05-08-2006, 11:07 AM
I've had one. They taste alright, but they're kind of a pain to eat, they're so hard and stringy inside, and the skin's consistancy is like wet cardboard. My freind fed some of his to a crain, and then probably threw most of it away, I'm not sure.

thelobstershanty
05-08-2006, 11:58 AM
:thumbsup2 We love them! :thumbsup2

cstraub
05-08-2006, 12:04 PM
For the people who are so grossed out by them, are you also grossed out by say, a slab of barbeque ribs? That may sound like I have some agenda but I really don't, just curious if there is a greater underlying preference involved or if there is something more specific about the turkey legs.
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I don't like ribs either really. Big chuncks of red meat on bones just does not sound good to me.

thewishfire
05-08-2006, 01:19 PM
I haven't had one in years, but I know that last time I did, I liked them. In fact, my dad's already planned on having one on our MK day when we go! :cool1:

Chloesmom
05-08-2006, 01:34 PM
I too have thing with meat on the bone. My DD had to have one last year so i gave in. The outside looked pretty good and I tried a little piece. It was pretty good. The inside though.. was fatty and had a huge piece of cartilage in it that was surrounded by this clear slime. I know that since it is from an animal there is no way for anyone to know what is going on inside it but I was grossed out all day. To make it worse my DD still wanted it and I had to get napkins and scrape off the clear slime stuff. We smelled like turkey all day too. Now the sight of people munching on them makes me gag.

cstraub
05-08-2006, 01:43 PM
I too have thing with meat on the bone. My DD had to have one last year so i gave in. The outside looked pretty good and I tried a little piece. It was pretty good. The inside though.. was fatty and had a huge piece of cartilage in it that was surrounded by this clear slime. I know that since it is from an animal there is no way for anyone to know what is going on inside it but I was grossed out all day. To make it worse my DD still wanted it and I had to get napkins and scrape off the clear slime stuff. We smelled like turkey all day too. Now the sight of people munching on them makes me gag.


I'm right there with you. Your post made me laugh out loud! My DS9 loves the things. GAG! I love the comment about smelling like turkey all day. I so agree. Thanks for the chuckle!!! :goodvibes

jezebella
05-08-2006, 01:48 PM
Yuck is all I can say. I've tried them twice and both times yuck! To rare for me. Really red and gamey tasting.

ETA: Don't know this person but I googled Turkey Leg to see if there were any good pics on how red the turkey legs are. Found one and yuck again!

http://justinsomnia.org/images/sonoma_county_fair_turkey_leg.jpg


FYI --- the Turkey legs are not "rare"...you can't eat turkey rare unless you want food poisoning. The red color of the turkey legs comes from the smoking process.

cstraub
05-08-2006, 01:54 PM
FYI --- the Turkey legs are not "rare"...you can't eat turkey rare unless you want food poisoning. The red color of the turkey legs comes from the smoking process.
Thanks for the info. I still say yuck! :rotfl2:

jezebella
05-08-2006, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the info. I still say yuck! :rotfl2:

Oh I totally agree...something about when you bite into it and grease runs down your chin yacks me out. That being said, my DF loves them which is odd because he refuses to eat chicken on the bone but a big nasty turkey leg is ok... :confused3

Angel16
05-08-2006, 05:24 PM
Well, I guess there will a lot of "grossed out" people walking around this November/December. My DH loves them! :thumbsup2 He as even mentioned wanted to make sure he had one at least twice while we are there.

The one he had last year was tender and didn't have any stringy parts. He only let me have a couple of bites as it was that good. He did offer to buy one for me, however they are too large for me to eat by myself.

Just as a side note: Smoked meat is usually tender and the smoking is where the pick color comes from. The meat is completely cooked.

daisy_77
05-08-2006, 05:29 PM
My DH and I each got one while we were waiting for Wishes one night. It was so greasy! The ligaments made it impossible to eat! We threw them away after a few bites. NASTY

STEAMBOAT209
05-08-2006, 07:28 PM
During our last trip Nov 05, DS and I had to try one, they had a good taste, but I found them very dry, and difficult to eat while walking around the park. Maybe if in another setting, I may have enjoyed it more. That was my one and only, I'll be passing on those in the future.

disnut1149
05-08-2006, 08:14 PM
Now that I read everything here, I'm even more glad that I'm a vegetarian. Just the thought of eating something with slime and tendons on the inside,
YUCK!!! and Just the thought of eating an animal, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. But for everyone out here that loves them, ENJOY and have fun at WDW.

DaniDownUnder
05-08-2006, 08:57 PM
I adore WDW's turkey legs. They remind me of the smoked turkeys my dad used to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas...only now I don't have to fight for a leg to munch on!

I introduced my fiancee to them on his first trip to WDW in 2003. We spend a happy 45 minutes munching turkey legs and playing checkers in front of the shooting gallery in FrontierLand. :cloud9:

I can't wait for one in July!!! :Pinkbounc

Magic2000
05-08-2006, 09:02 PM
I definitely vote NASTY. It looks horrible. Anybody walking around with me is NOT getting one, so don't even get any ideas. :rotfl2:

Elfstar
05-08-2006, 09:26 PM
While DBF loves them, I think they are A-1 NASTY!

I was a volunteer firefighter for many years :firefight - the one time I tried a little piece of one, it tasted like actual structure fire smoke with a healthy dose of salt! I can't even stand the smell of them. Yuck, yuck and double yuck. When he goes for his annual petrified pterydactyl leg (no turkey has legs that taste like that), I go to Italy or France and get a wine flight!

Cannot_Wait_4Disney
05-08-2006, 09:59 PM
If you're not used to salt in your diet, they will end up tasting like a country ham someone forgot to boil the salt off before they baked it.

I'm not used to salt in my diet so my system really can't handle them. I'll usually take a bite off someone elses in my party and that's enough for me.

cstraub
05-08-2006, 10:28 PM
http://www.shocktherapyshirts.com/images/designs/xlh012.JPG

Conservative Hippie
05-08-2006, 10:30 PM
I don't eat anything that still has a bone in it, and that is a BIG bone! No thank you!!

dixipixi
05-08-2006, 10:37 PM
I have to say they're not my favorite...but DH and DSs love them!!!

They don't really bother me, though. I guess when you own an outdoor table with a garbage can built in (to discard the crawfish shells), nothing seems that trashy anymore!!!! :rotfl2:

abaldacci
05-08-2006, 10:42 PM
This is DD of abaldacci the pink is not RARE its SMOKED but it is best meat in the world can't go wrong with a giant SMOKED turkey leg! :cheer2: :bounce: Yuck is all I can say. I've tried them twice and both times yuck! To rare for me. Really red and gamey tasting.

ETA: Don't know this person but I googled Turkey Leg to see if there were any good pics on how red the turkey legs are. Found one and yuck again!

http://justinsomnia.org/images/sonoma_county_fair_turkey_leg.jpg

remmy_7
05-08-2006, 10:46 PM
Sorry. I can't stand them. They look disgusting and the smell of them makes me gag, literally.


same here! They are just nauseating. But hey, to each his own :)

Renee1061
05-08-2006, 11:03 PM
This is about all DD managed to eat of hers.
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4917/hpim06432ql.jpg

Dreamfinder2
05-09-2006, 07:14 AM
This thread is cracking me up, and the photography just sets it off.

I like them, a lot ... but it helps if you're (a) an unrepentant carnivore, (b) enjoy the taste of smoked meats, and (c) aren't upset by any poultry that comes equipped with bones the way God intended ... in other words, if the only way you can face chicken is in strips or nuggets, run away from turkey legs! If you meet the above criteria, try 'em at least once. You'll look like Henry VIII while you're eating it, and you'll understand afterwards why they make Purel.

One of our best friends raises emus, and they're quite tasty, btw.

Corinne
05-09-2006, 07:40 AM
For years our boys would say they were going to try a turkey leg "this trip"~ lol. They finally did try one a few years ago, and they do like them. They definitely taste like ham. They don't bother me too much, but I do not eat them. I guess what skeeves me is the way that some people eat them, gnawing away. It's kinda gross when you are waiting in a line.

tomandrobin
05-09-2006, 09:22 AM
I love them!

On our last trip to Disney I couldn't wait to get mine! Its the only place I know to get it.

This past year the rest of the family finally broke down and tried the leg. They are now converts.

OKWAnneMarie
05-09-2006, 09:31 AM
I heard that these are not really turkey legs. They are from a bird called an Emu. That's why they taste like ham, and not turkey. Does anyone know if this is true?. I've never tasted it since I don't eat meat, but if I did, it just wouldn't be something I could eat. I think it looks gross. Choppin on a big leg. Ugh!!!




This is absolutely NOT true. :rolleyes2 The turkey legs taste like ham because they are smoked.

Personally, I don't like them, but my husband and son love them.

OKWAnneMarie
05-09-2006, 09:35 AM
Are they a CS on the DDP. I've seen them at MGM but do they sell them anywhere else in WDW?



We've had them in the MK and the AK.

rrkman
05-09-2006, 10:18 AM
I saw everyone eating one and just had to have one...my DW (DGF at the time) didn't think it was a good idea. She was right. I ate as much as I could just so she wasn't right but it was disgusting. I don't mind eating meat off of a bone but the entire thing was full of small bone type tendons....I haven't heard anyone talk about the tendons so maybe I just got a bad bird.....but, the experience will keep me away from them on any and all future trips.

littleladykaty
05-09-2006, 11:00 AM
I too have thing with meat on the bone. My DD had to have one last year so i gave in. The outside looked pretty good and I tried a little piece. It was pretty good. The inside though.. was fatty and had a huge piece of cartilage in it that was surrounded by this clear slime. I know that since it is from an animal there is no way for anyone to know what is going on inside it but I was grossed out all day. To make it worse my DD still wanted it and I had to get napkins and scrape off the clear slime stuff. We smelled like turkey all day too. Now the sight of people munching on them makes me gag.

:lmao: that just cracked me up! I can't even look at the quote without laughing!! I acutally liked the turkey legs, and there is something very barbaric about chowing down on them, fun though... but I know what you mean...I have a very touchy gag reflex and anything slimey or stringy just gets me into gag mode...I'd have to tell the kiddo tough luck cuz that thing would have been in the garbage! "We smelled like Turkey all day..." :lmao: hilarious...

Lanie
05-09-2006, 11:34 AM
We thought they smelles so good on our first trip (2004) my DBf and I had to get some!!!

I really liked them, but there is NO WAY that you can eat it in a lady like manner!!! I was breaking off pieces of meat with my fingers, but still...

WE were sitting at a table eating them, and a lady came and sat with us. She looked at me and said: "I sure hope you are married, because I can't even think of eating that in front of a man who is not in a legally binding contract with me!!!" :rolleyes2

I chose to laugh that comment off, but even though it was pretty good, I haven't eaten a Turkey leg on our following trip...Maybe in October... :)

FigNewton
05-09-2006, 12:36 PM
I saw everyone eating one and just had to have one...my DW (DGF at the time) didn't think it was a good idea. She was right. I ate as much as I could just so she wasn't right but it was disgusting. I don't mind eating meat off of a bone but the entire thing was full of small bone type tendons....I haven't heard anyone talk about the tendons so maybe I just got a bad bird.....but, the experience will keep me away from them on any and all future trips.

Yeah, that's just a common problem with Turkey legs in general. Every turkey leg I've ever had, anywhere, be it at Disney or my Grandmother's Thanksgiving day feast, were laced with annoying bones and other parts. It's just not as neat as a chicken leg.

Todd&Copper
05-09-2006, 01:36 PM
They taste OK, but the tendons/veins/slimy things runnign through the leg totally gross me out and I cannot eat them. I'd rather have lean smoked ham slices.