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Sticking to Healthful Eating at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 10th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s time for New Year’s resolutions and vacation can be the worst time to stick to healthful eating – but you can forego the funnel cakes, sundaes and oversized burgers and eat with delicious satisfaction in all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

Here are some of our favorite healthful eats – tell us yours!

Grilled Salmon with Fresh Steamed Broccoli and Couscous at Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom Park

Magic Kingdom Park – The grilled salmon with fresh steamed broccoli and couscous at Columbia Harbor House is our go-to option when we’re in a hurry. With more time, we head to The Crystal Palace to fill up, not out, with edamame salad; shrimp, mango and black bean salad; turkey vegetable soup; beet salad; papaya and arugula salad; Thai curry mussels, and roast turkey.

Edamame Salad at The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park

Epcot – The options seem endless as we stroll World Showcase. Sushi in the Japan Pavilion; grilled veggie tacos at La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion (ask for the vegetarian menu); the Chinese chicken salad at Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion; the lemon chicken or kebabs at Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco Pavilion; the vegetable curry with lentil bread at Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in the United Kingdom Pavilion, and the jumbo shrimp with cannellini beans, olive oil and lemon juice at Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion.

The Grilled Veggie Sandwich at Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The grilled veggie sandwich at Backlot Express (forego the fries and eat the carrot sticks) for a quick lunch. For dinner, we head to Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano for a bowl of the whole-wheat campanelle pasta (shaped like a little bell) served with broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach and sweet onions.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – We head straight to Flame Tree Barbecue for the house-smoked half chicken (we splurge and eat the baked beans and corn muffin, but say no to the onion rings). For a bigger feast, it’s Tusker House Restaurant, where you can pick and choose from all sorts of salads; spiced tandoori tofu; couscous with roasted veggies; salmon, and curry chicken.

Our super-fast fave? Grab a piece of fresh fruit from one of the carts in the parks and join the guests who consume more than 20 TONS of fresh fruits and veggies each year at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

Happy New Year!

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11 Comments

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Eric on January 10th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I always have to stick up for Columbia Harbour House in MK LIberty Square: Nobody ever notices it, in a little corner between the Haunted Mansion and the old side entrance to Fantasyland, but their light sandwiches are perfect for a go-lunch–You wouldn’t think tuna or hummus, broccoli-slaw and tomato on multigrain would sound appetizing for a theme park. :)

As for Epcot, no mention of the counter service, like the Land’s Sunshine Seasons, or the shawarma, couscous and tabouli at Morocco’s Tangerine Cafe?

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ERIN from MS on January 10th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

They haven’t served corn muffins at Flame Tree in a couple of years. Meals are served with beans and coleslaw. It’s one of our favorite casual dining spots in the World, keep up the great work!

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Jeffrey on January 10th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Figuring out what to eat after I had to switch to a very heart healthy diet was a challenge on my last Disney vacation. But just like every aspect of Walt Disney World trips, with some planning and homework, it worked out well.

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Erin from RI on January 11th, 2012 at 8:31 am

I am an order off the menu gal myself, although I do love a good buffet now and then. When you order off the menu you get just want you want without over eating and you can always take any extra for a family member who did not stop ride-hoping to sit down for a nice lunch or dinner. I even ate my leftover Mama Melrose pizza at Fantasia one evening. Portion control is the key!

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Arthur on January 11th, 2012 at 8:38 am

Columbia Harbour House in MK is my favorite counter service restaurant at the parks. I love the Lighthouse Sandwich.

In my opinion Hollywood Studios is the park with the least amount of counter service options that are healthy and vegetarian. We were there recently and could only find the veggie sandwich at Backlot Express, otherwise it was pizza, fries and other fast food.

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Arthur on January 11th, 2012 at 8:40 am

At La Hacienda de San Angel you mention to “ask for the vegetarian menu”. Are there any items on there that are not on the normal menu, and are there any other restaurants around Walt Disney World with a special vegetarian menu?

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barb on January 11th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Columbia Harborouse’s Lighthouse Sandwich and Vegetarian Chili. Rice Dream of Tofutti ice cream on Main Street.

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Cristian from FL on January 11th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

You forgot to mention Sunshine Seasons at The Land, EPCOT. I love their variety of healthy food.

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Sylvia on January 11th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

where can I get info on what low sodium foods are available are the various restaurants??

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Pam from MD on January 15th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I’d love to see the corn muffins back at Flame Tree….

This was an excellent post – we try to eat healthy when at Disney and love finding new places we didn’t know about. Columbia Harbor house is a favorite. Oh and we were very happy to find organic soy milk when we were there last week – thanks for making that change! Any chance we’ll find organic applesauce or organic apple juice any time soon?

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AJ from TX on January 16th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Great post! Awesome tips that continue to show the versatility and flexibility of what’s available at Disney parks!

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