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10 Healthful Choices at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Even though vacation is a time for indulgence, one of the most-asked questions is “where can I find healthful choices”? Walt Disney World Resort chefs love the challenge of creating healthful bites that taste as good (or better) than we might imagine.

In no specific order, here are 10 of our favorite spots for eating healthfully at Magic Kingdom Park:

  • The fresh roasted corn at Liberty Square Market. And it’s a bargain at $3.79, grilled before your eyes all day long. (We’re told they sell more than 700 ears on a busy day.) And when local Zellwood sweet corn is in season, that’s what they grill in the husk. You can add all sorts of seasonings, but it’s best with just a little salt and pepper.

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  • Columbia Harbor House is a favorite for quick service – a little off the beaten path, and we often find a quiet corner upstairs. Best bets are the Lighthouse Sandwich with hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread; the broccoli peppercorn salad with greens, veggies, chicken and Parmesan cheese, and, on cool days, the vegetarian chili.
  • In Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe has lots of healthful choices, like the veggie burger, veggie sandwich and a hearty Greek salad. For something sweet the no-sugar-added mango gelato hits the spot.
  • Southwest chicken salad at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is a filling lunch. Or the veggie burger.
  • In Fantasyland, Pinocchio Village Haus is a quick stop for the Mediterranean Salad with greens, red onion, black olives, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and chicken. (They also serve the delish no-sugar-added mango gelato.)
  • For lunch, Liberty Tree Tavern is a table-service favorite. We usually order the Colony Salad with greens, Ocean Spray Craisins, apples, sweet pecans, applewood-smoked Cheddar cheese and grilled chicken with a honey-shallot vinaigrette. And the tavern’s vegan burger is pretty good, made with potatoes and quinoa and topped with a vegan tofu-tzatziki sauce. (Seriously, try it.)
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  • The ever-popular Cinderella’s Royal Table serves a healthful fish of the day, or go with the veggie pick: rice with roasted eggplants, mushrooms, onions and squash tossed with arugula pesto and a splash of aged balsamic vinegar.
  • Plaza Restaurant still serves the Chicken Strawberry Salad, which has been on the menu as long as we can remember, is still just as delicious with greens, cucumbers, strawberries and grilled chicken tossed with a white zinfandel vinaigrette.
  • Last, but not least, Be Our Guest Restaurant has some light bites for lunch, like the tuna Niçoise salad with warm seared tuna, or quinoa salad. For dinner, go vegan with the layered ratatouille: baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes and caramelized onions layered on quinoa with a bell pepper sauce. Again, splurge with a happy ending: the no-sugar-added option for dessert, a lemon-raspberry cream puff.
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Christina from GA on June 16th, 2014 at 9:50 am

I think you are missing something in this sentence – one of the most-asked questions is “where can (I or you??) find healthful choices”?

Great blog because I’m always looking for something healthy in the parks. I hope that WDW gets more variety like Dinsyeland has. They have some really unique options there.

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Karen on June 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Edamame at Animal Kingdom. LOTS of edamame at Bradley Falls Safari Cart. It is inexpensive and just perfect.

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Heide on June 16th, 2014 at 11:55 am

Also the bean burritos at Tortuga Tavern when it’s open!

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Tom on June 16th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

If Disney really wanted to provide healthy choices they would add appetizers to the basic dining plan. I don’t drink soda nor do i order deserts at sit down restaurants. So for that reason the dining plan doesn’t appeal us. I’m sure i’m not the only one who would opt for a salad over a piece of chocolate cake. And by the way i’m not a health nut, I just save my indulges for Mickey bars or Dole Whips from the parks.

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Krisztina on June 16th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Is there a similar list for Disneyland?

 

Pam Brandon on June 17th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Great question Krisztina, we created a similar list for Disneyland last month, you can find it here: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/05/our-top-10-delicious-healthful-bites-at-disneyland-resort/.

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chelsea on June 16th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Does Disney World have any Registered Dietitians on staff?

 

Pam Brandon on June 17th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Hi Chelsea, to learn more about special dietary needs at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/.

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Barbara on June 21st, 2014 at 3:30 pm

The Salmon & Broccoli at Columbia Harbor House is my go-to meal.

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Lynn on June 25th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Tom, I agree with you about the dining plans with dessert being offered with every meal. Remember the time that dessert was a special treat & not expected? I’d happily exchange a dessert for appetizer, though I imagine it’s a money thing for WDW. Having a choice would be wonderful, and allow a dinner to settle, perhaps creating an opportunity for a Mickey Bar while watching the fireworks event of the evening, or Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake :-)

Another good spot for a great salad is at Epcot Sunshine Seasons for the beet salad. Tangeriene Cafe has some nice offerings, too. I wish that the southwest quinoa wrap was not taken off the menu at Roaring Forks in the Wilderness Lodge, that one was delicious.

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Linder on August 21st, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I found all the food to be nutritious and well balance. I start my day with oatmeal and coffee from Coronado Springs resort and one glazed donut. This takes throughout the morning. My family found the Salmon , veggies ant Crystal palace to be great! A little pricy for kids. In Animal Kingdom, the fresh fruit was excellent. The pineapples were my favorite. Starlight cafe is good for that afternoon break. They have a little of everything. Beauty and the Beast rest. Was nice too and very elegant! The sandwiches ans green beans were delicious!

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