I’m so excited to be back bringing you a health-centered blog post this month! Taking care of your body is so important and it can be done, even at Disney! This blog will focus on how to eat healthier at Disney World, since I have not been to Disneyland YET! But the tips and tricks I’ll give you can be used at any of the Disney Parks.
So, I’ll start with your basic tips that you can use anywhere at Disney to find better options. I will say this, if you are not trying to work around a food allergy or have a medical condition that keeps you from eating certain things, but just want to make better choices, PLEASE enjoy at least one thing during your stay. Disney is known for some pretty amazing food and allowing yourself the option to pick something you really want is fun! Ok, so tips...
1. Look for fresh foods.
You can find fruit and veggies if you look for them. Salads are easy to find, just order dressing on the side. Fresh fruit cups and snack bags of veggies are common for snacks. You can often find pretzel chips with hummus or hard boiled eggs too. Resorts often offer grab and go yogurt, no-sugar fruit bars, nuts, and healthy sandwiches.
2. Speak Up.
Even if it’s crazy busy and you don’t want to hassle anyone, it’s ok to ask for what you need. Request sauces and dressings on the side, substitute fruits or veggies for fries, as if they have a special diet menu because most restaurants do now. I ate gluten and dairy free at the parks and had no issues.
3. Think about portion size.
Just as most restaurants anywhere, Disney gives you a bunch of food and you don’t have to eat it all. Stick to a reasonable portion size or order an appetizer.
4. Make your biggest meal of the day breakfast.
Breakfast has wonderful healthy options like proteins, fruit, veggies, healthier carbs that can be burned off throughout the day. And typically, it’s less expensive than a large lunch or dinner.
5. Call Ahead. If you have serious allergies or concerns, the best option is to plan and call or email ahead of time. You can contact Disney Dining at SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com or 407-824-5967
6. Skip Dessert.
Well, let me say don’t do dessert at every meal, but enjoy one during your stay you really want or share with someone daily. If you really want a sweet treat, healthy dessert option is the Dole Whip. Even if you don’t like pineapple, in Magic Kingdom Aloha Isle (Aventureland) they have vanilla Dole Whip that my kids love and it’s dairy free!
Top Healthy Quick Service Picks by Park
1. Satu’li Canteen, Pandora, Animal Kingdom.
This is my FAVORITE quick service ever. They have special diet menus available when walking in and the choices were perfect for a filling, healthy meal the night before my half marathon. They offer wood-fired beef and chicken, chili spiced tofu, fish and steamed pods with cheeseburger or curry flavors. My favorite is the make your own bowl with either kale or sweet potato as the base.
2. Be Our Guest, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom.
You will need advance reservations for this quick service breakfast and lunch, but it is well worth it. At breakfast skip the complimentary pastry tray and order something with eggs, fruit and veggies. At lunch, you can order a nice sandwich or quiche. You will pay more to dine here than other quick service restaurants, but if you can get a reservation, the experience is worth it!
3. Sunshine Seasons, Future World West, Epcot.
Sunshine Seasons is located indoors near Soarin if it’s hot (yay for AC) and it’s quite a few counters to choose great, healthy options. The have choices like seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches and wood-fired entrees.
4. ABC Commissary, Commissary Lane, Hollywood Studios. With fewer dinig choices at HS, ABC offers some healthy options like chicken, salads and seasonal entrees.
Top Table Service Choices
1. Yak and Yeti, Asia, Animal Kingdom.
We love this restaurant with so many options. You can pick a beautiful salad, soup, Lo Mein, fish and there are healthy options for the children too.
2. Cinderella’s Royal Table, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom.
Yes, this is a tough one to get into, but if you can it is well worth it for the beautiful food. They offer a lovely breakfast with healthy options like oatmeal, quiche and beef tenderloin and egg. For lunch and dinner you have salad, fish and grilled meats. And the best part, you get to eat in the castle and see the princesses. This is a high priced, healthy meal, but well worth it in my opinion.
3. Tokyo Dining, World Showcase, Epcot.
Here you get options like sushi, grilled chicken, steak, veggies and rice.
4. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante, Grand Avenue, Hollywood Studios.
Here you can choose from Italian offerings like Chicken Campanelle, Shrimp Campanelle, chicken, steak, salads and soups.
Other Healthy Choices Around Disney
1. Animal Kingdom: Tamu Tamu, Flame Tree BBQ, Harambe Fruit Market, Tusker House.
2. Magic Kingdom: Columbia Harbour House, Price Eric’s Village Market, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Aloha Isle, Crystal Palace.
3. Epcot: Tangierine Café, Marrakesh (Morocco), Garden Grill, Teppan Eddo, Coral Reef.
4. Hollywood Studios: Hollywood Brown Derby, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, Anaheim Produce.
5. Resorts: Contemporary Resort: The Wave. Polynesian Resort: Ohana. Wilderness Lodge: Artist Point. Animal Kingdom Lodge: Sanaa. Grand Floridian: 1900 Park Fare.
I hope the tips have helped and you’ve gotten some ideas how you can stay healthy and feeling great while on your Disney vacation. There are SO MANY more restaurants to explore and that have wonderful healthy options too! Be adventurous and research before you go! Join a Disney Facebook Foodie group and ask for opinions! Enjoy your time at Disney and someone else making you a wonderful meal! And as always, feel free to reach out and ask for advice, more restaurants I enjoy and tips! Have a magical day mamas!!!
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