Being on a diet at Disney World can be a  challenge, but there are yummy, healthy choices available. We have listed a number of healthy options at various locations around Disney World, sorted by location and restaurant type.http:

There are options for just about every type of diet at Disney if you put some thought in ahead of time. As AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog says, “Food IS a theme park, but you have to plan ahead.” Here are some great choices for those that are trying to eat healthy on vacation.

Anaheim Produce at Hollywood Studios has lots of fresh fruits. Photo credit: Disney

There are options that fit into the categories of vegan, vegetarian, low fat, clean eating, low calorie, paleo, low-carb and others.

Almost every quick/counter service restaurant will have at least one healthy option. The same it true for table service restaurants.

Like most bits of advice to do Disney well, planning ahead is your friend. Check out the menus of different restaurants at disneyworld.disney.go.com and figure out a few that you would like to try that fit your specific diet.

Disney generally has large portion sizes, which is a great value, but detrimental to a diet. Be cognizant of how much you eat as well as what you eat. Some of the upscale, signature restaurants have smaller portions sizes, but most Disney restaurants give you a lot of bang for your buck.

MANY items are big enough for two, so consider sharing to shrink your waistline and fatten your wallet! When we last went, my daughter and I shared almost every meal since she was too young for the dining plan. Neither of us went hungry. By far the opposite. If Disney give you any good deals, they are on portion sizes.

The good news is most of us get a TON of walking in while we are at Disney World, so even if you splurge a little, you have a bit of wiggle room.

Healthy Food Options at Magic Kingdom:

Quick service/Snack
Eating Healthy at Disney World - Aloha Isle Dole Whiip
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Fresh pineapple spear – Aloha Isle (Magic Kingdom, Adventureland)

Dole Whip – Aloha Isle (Magic Kingdom) Also available at the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort.

A sweet treat and only 80 calories in 1/2 cup. (Pro Tip – rum is awesome in this if you are looking for an indulgent-tasting frozen drink at the Polynesian. Just order rum at a bar and add to your Dole Whip.)

Lighthouse Sandwich with hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw – (Columbia Harbor House, Liberty Square). Pro tip – you might be able to find a quiet table upstairs!

Table Service

Colony Salad – Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square)

Seared Salmon, Washington Apples, Sweet Pecans, Applewood-smoked Cheddar, Dried Cranberries tossed with Field Greens in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette (served for lunch).

Healthy Choice Breakfast – Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)Hard-poached Egg on a bed of Arugula, tossed with Quinoa, Avocado, Roasted Vegetables, and spritzed with Myer Lemon Oil and White Balsamic Vinegar – it is basically a breakfast salad, but it is really delicious!

Chef’s Fish of the Day – Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom). You will need an Advanced Dining Reservation for this one!

Eating Healthy at Disney World - Chef's Fish of the Day
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Healthy Food Options at Epcot

Quick Service/Snack

Energy Salad with Roasted Chicken – Electric Umbrella (Epcot)

Shawarma Chicken Salad – Tangierine Cafe (Epcot, Morocco Pavilion)

Served with a side of Hummus, Tabouleh, and Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan Bread

 Table Service
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Fruit de mer à la provençale
Fruit de mer à la provençale – Chefs de France (Epcot – France Pavilion)

Seared scallops, shrimp, mahi-mahi, clams served in a white wine broth with artichokes, celery, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, and coriander with red pepper oil

Harvest-Inspired Farmer’s Salad – Garden Grill (Epcot – Living with the Land Pavilion)

All the ingredients are grown in the Living with the Land greenhouse and are extremely fresh. The dressing also get very high marks.

 

Healthy Food Options at Animal Kingdom

Quick Service/Snack
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Roasted Vegetable Couscous Wrap

Roasted Vegetable Couscous Wrap – Yak & Yeti (Animal Kingdom, Asia)

Roasted Vegetables and Couscous wrapped in Lavash Bread with Lemon Herb Yogurt Sauce

Vegetarian Black Bean Burger – Restaurantosaurus (Animal Kingdom, DinoLand)

Spicy Southwestern-flavored Patty on a Toasted Bun with Cheddar and House-made Avocado Spread. Skip the fries 🙂

Table Service

Healthy Food Options at Hollywood Studios

Quick Service/Snack

Caprese Sandwich – Backlot Express (Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake)

Marinated fresh Mozzarella, Vine-ripe Tomatoes, Herb-cheese Pesto, and Arugula on a crusty Baguette served with Carrot Sticks

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich – Starring Rolls Cafe (Hollywood Studios, Sunset Boulevard)

Table Service
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Pan Seared Black Grouper

Pan Seared Black Grouper – The Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Boulevard)

Half Herb-crusted Lobster Tail, Heirloom Tomato, Baby Spinach, Orzo Salad, Cognac-Mushroom Beurre Blanc

Healthy Food Options at Disney Springs

Quick Service/Snack

Whole Wheat Hummus Wrap – Wolfgang Puck Express (Disney Springs)

Cucumbers, Arugula, Feta, Red Onions, Kalamata Olives, and Tomato Vinaigrette

Table Service
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Coriander-Seared Ahi Tuna

Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna (BOATHOUSE, Disney Springs) Blistered Shishito Peppers, Soy Lime Vinaigrette, Wasabi Mayo, Sriracha

Healthy Food Options at the Disney Resorts

Quick Service/Snack

There are LOTS of healthy options at the Disney Resorts. Most of their quick service restaurants have yummy, healthy options!

Table Service

Cedar Plank Salmon – Artist Point (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)

Coconut Vegetable Curry – California Grill (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)

Cucumbers, Arugula, Feta, Red Onions, Kalamata Olives, and Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled Teriyaki Steak with Grilled Pineapple Salsa – Kona Cafe lunch (Disney’s Polynesian Resort)

Salads – Fresh Mediterranean Market (Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel)

This is a salad restaurant. You can’t go wrong with their signature salads or you can create a custom salad to your taste.

Shellfish Tinashe – Sanaa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas)

Pepper-glazed Shrimp, Scallops, Nhopi, Apple-Coriander Chutney, Pickled Jìcama, and Chili Sambal

During various festivals at Disney World, you can find other healthy options as well. Both Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival and Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival have seasonal samplings of wonderful food. Bon appétit!

There are lots more healthy options out there, we would love to know your favorites!

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