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Designer Dogs and Foodie Factoids from Walt Disney World

Designer hot dogs are the ultimate indulgence. Vacation food. The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom has added three to the menu – on-the-go eating (and, yes, the calories still count). The taco hot dog is topped with ground beef, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. There are two versions of the reuben hot dog: one with beef, onions, peppers and melted cheese, another with more traditional corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. We’ve heard that screaming on Space Mountain burns calories …

Reuben Hot Dog with Beef, Onions, Peppers and Melted Cheese Reuben Hot Dog with Traditional Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and Thousand Island Dressing Taco Hot Dog
Reuben Hot Dog with Beef, Onions, Peppers and Melted Cheese Reuben Hot Dog with Traditional Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and Thousand Island Dressing Taco Hot Dog

Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground this week changes lunch from a buffet to ordering off the menu. We like this idea – the chili and fried chicken stay, but they’ve added sautéed catfish, grilled pork chop, and spicy grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage to the menu. And how about a warm sticky bun sundae? (With a no-sugar-added dessert option too.)

Breakfast and dinner still are buffet style. Lunch will be 1 point on the Disney Dining Plan.

Fun Foodie factoids Worth Sharing:

  • More than 20 tons of fresh fruits and veggies are consumed annually at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Every table-service restaurant has at least one vegetarian option, and at least one low-fat or no-sugar-added dessert.
  • The top-selling kids’ drink? The 5-calorie lemonade-pomegranate punch.
  • All smoothies are now made with non-fat yogurt and fresh fruit purees (knocking them down from 420 calories to just 120 calories).
  • Seventy percent of trans fat items have been eliminated in merchandise locations.


  • Many great comments. I can see both opinions. There’s variety with food offerings, but only at select counter service locations. The others offer the typical fare that Julie said, burgers, fingers, pizza.

    I am amazed that people have every restaurant planned for each meal before even leaving their home. I prefer flexibility in being able to choose the park for the day rather than have the reservation limit the park.

    Oh and please wait 30 minutes after eating one of those hot dogs before going on Space Mountain or Astro Orbiters (eew)…

  • OK, I’m ready to go to Florida now!

  • The real reuben dog sounds amazing. I’m going to WDW in Dec, and you can bet I’ll be trying one of those! Thanks for the foodie fun facts! Great to hear all the smoothies have non-fat yogurt now! 120 calories is not bad for a refreshing snack!

  • Another vote for veggie dogs! although I’ve never gone hungry at any Disney park,but finding a quick veggie option can be difficult

  • As Vance said, the Reuben hot dog is no longer available at The Lunching Pad. The two available are Taco Hot Dog and Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dog.

    Orlando Attractions Magazine

    • Reuben should be back within 2 weeks, temporarily off the menu …

  • Those hot dogs look delicious! Too bad I’m vegetarian – but a veggie dog would be nice to see at Disney! There is always lots of variety in all the parks for great food – including for people with diet restrictions. Favourite quick service in Magic Kingdom: Golden Oak Outpost: great mexican style assorted wraps.

    Keep up with the great food updates!

  • You may want to double check the menu at the Launching Pad before posting,the Reuben Dog was removed about a week or so ago…you have a choice of a Taco Dog or a Philly Cheese Steak Dog…unless they changed the menu again in the last 2 days

    • Just got word that the Ruben dog has been “temporarily” removed, but should be back within 2 weeks!

  • Yum! How many weight watchers points in that? 🙂 I may just have to try one of those!!!! Love this website!

  • @ Grace, I leave in less than 10 days and I have never had a Dole Whip either!! It’s on the TOP of my list this time and I can’t wait.

    As for everyone else I’ve taken the last week to fully plan out a meal schedule for my family so that we don’t miss eating at some of the cooler places and I think Disney World offers lots of variety, half the places I picked out we’re chosen because they had something I’ve never eaten and can’t find where I live.

    Sit down eating isn’t expensive if you get the dining plan, ours came free this trip ^.^ so I get to have a sit down dinner every night and Disney is paying for it!

    BTW Pam, I LOVE food updates, please keeping writing and letting all us Foodies know about all these delicious updates.

  • I have to agree about having great variety. That is one our favorite things about traveling to the world…the food!!! We plan 8-10 months in advance where we are going to eat.

    My very favorite restaurant is the Boulangerie Patisserie which is located in France at Epcot. They have fabulous ham and cheese quiche. We also like to get the the ham and cheese croissant. They also have fabulous desserts; cheese cake, chocolate eclairs, chocolate mousse, apple/peach/strawberry tarts, etc.

    Hope you check it out next time you are at the park!

  • I agree with Paul. Plenty of variety in Disney! We never, ever eat burgers, chicken fingers or pizza while in Disney! So much to try that we can never get to it all and there’s always something new to try each trip.

    I like the foodie facts – please post more! I keep a list of things I want to see, do and eat so I can remember them for my next trip. Smoothies and lemonade-pomegranate punch are going on my list for the next trip! As is a pineapple whip – can you believe I’ve never had one yet?

  • Geesh, all these people complaining and moaning…you don’t like it, don’t eat it…you have a choice, take it or leave it. I can always find something you just have to plan ahead like everything in life – but for me, I’m so happy you are bringing on more sugar free desserts! Woot Woot!

  • I wish that Disney still had the mexican hot dog they used to serve at Crystal Palace before it became character dinning. Please bring back the mexican hotdog!

  • I stopped eating hot dogs at WDW because they don’t offer all beef hotdogs. Some people are allergic to fowl products … others can’t eat pork for cultural/religious reasons. They should be able to enjoy a hotdog

  • @Julie

    lack of variety?!? Where do you eat? I find there to be an outstanding amount of variety. Here are my quick service favorites, none of which include anything you mentioned above:

    Animal Kingdom – Flame Tree BBQ 1/2 rack of ribs, onion rings and safari amber brew. OR Yak and Yeti Fried Rice with a frozen chai late from the tea stand.

    Epcot – Sunshine Seasons grilled salmon with kalamata olive pesto, yulkon gold mashed potatoes and greens OR the tripleta Puerto Rican sandwich on fresh cuban bread

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios – ABC Commissary Curry Chicken… YUM!

    Magic Kingdom Park – Either the 1/2 rotisserie chicken at Cosmic Rays or the chicken BLT flatbread from the Golden Oak Outpost.

    And there are SO many more. It’s strange that your view is such the opposite of mine; I think Walt Disney World offers more variety than any other theme park or resort I’ve been!

  • Not really important but just bugged me…a reuben hot dog with beef, onions, peppers and melted cheese? Who’s ever heard of a reuben like that? That’s more of a philly cheesesteak if anything.

    • It’s the Philly!

  • I kind of agree with Leslie from IN. Although my biggest dining complaint at Disney now is there isn’t enough variety. It used to be each food stand or restaurant seemed to have different options. Now every place you go has the same menus, burgers, chicken fingers, maybe pizza. It used to be you get some pretty good deli sandwiches places, but those are really hard to find if they even exist at all. It is a big disappointment. The only way to get any variety is to either eat sit downs, which is too expensive, or travel to Epcot every time you want to eat, which is unrealistic.

  • “Seventy percent of trans fat items have been eliminated in merchandise locations.”–thus the reason the quality of food @ Disney dining locations has drastically gone downhill. I long for the days of trans fats…I mean we ARE on vacation, we should be able to splurge! We can eat healthy food before we leave for vacation and after we get home…come on Disney, offer us a CHOICE!

  • I’m so glad you have so many vegetarian options, thank you! I would love to see a veggie dog available wherever regular dogs are offered.

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