Disney World Cinnamon Rolls

As you all know, I love Disney and I love cinnamon rolls. The two together is even better! My mom and I did this one together. She wanted to make them for my dad because he also loves cinnamon rolls (I guess we know where I got it). These are the cinnamon rolls they used to have on Main Street at Disney World before Starbucks moved in.

It is quite a process, so make sure you have enough time to devote to this recipe. It isn’t a hard recipe at all, but it does take time and patience. Making them at 7pm and wanting to eat one right away, does not lend itself to patience (just speaking on experience). Recipe below!


Cinnamon Rolls
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened (room temperature)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk


Cinnamon Rolls
1. In small bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar.
2. Stir until dissolved and set aside.
3. In large bowl, mix pudding according to package instructions with milk.
4. Add 1/2 cup melted butter, egg, and salt. Mix well, then add yeast mixture and blend well.
5. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth.
6. Place in a very large greased bowl.
7. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size.
8. Punch down and let rise again for second time.
9. Roll dough on a very large floured surface.
10. Dough should roll out to a long rectangle, about 34 x 21 inches in size.
11. Take the 1 cup of melted butter and use a pastry brush to spread over entire dough surface.
12. In small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
13. Sprinkle over top of buttered dough. Roll dough up like a jelly roll.
14. Measure dough every 2 inches and cut with a knife.
15. Take each roll into the palm of your hand and gently pack the roll (this keeps it from coming apart during baking).
16. Place each roll in a buttered baking pan and allow to rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes.
17. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown in color, about 15-20 minutes.
18. Frost rolls while still warm.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1. In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
2. Spread on the very warm rolls.

Yield: 16-18 Rolls

So as you can see if you made it this far, there is a lot to it. I promise you though it is a very easy recipe. They came out huge, and you could probably half the recipe and still have plenty to go around. The picture below doesn’t even do it justice to how big they are.

Disney World Cinnamon Rolls

We made ours the way the recipe says and we also made some with raisins mixed in with the cinnamon. I would definitely put the cream cheese frosting on when the cinnamon roll is hot so the frosting melts over it. This is definitely a keeper recipe. They are so good! Definitely not on weight watchers, but everyone needs a cheat day!