5 Tips for Eating Healthy Meals & Snacks at Walt Disney World

Tangierine cafe

1. Know where to go for some delicious meals and snacks!

Regardless of where your party has reserved a meal, you’re likely to find a healthy option or two on the menu.  The less planned, on-the-go dining is more of a challenge if you haven’t looked in advance. Here’s a list of a few particularly delicious Quick Service options for your healthy- eating needs!  

In the Magic Kingdom

A favorite quick-service location of many is Columbia Harbor House.  While they have plenty of not-as-healthy (but yummy) seafood options, they also have a delicious tuna sandwich and a  Lighthouse sandwich (hummus and broccoli slaw on multigrain bread); the tuna is also available for kids as a Disney Check item.

A few steps farther into Fantasyland, try a the Caprese flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus - I think it’s just as satisfying as a slice of pizza, and definitely healthier.   On the opposite side of the park, enjoy a southwest salad or chicken fajitas at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe. They have a full toppings bar, complete with several salsas, veggie fixings, and guacamole- so fill up on healthy toppings (you can practically make those fajitas into a salad)!

At Epcot

Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion is a fantastic choice for eating a balanced, fresh meal.  They offer tons of variety, from soups and salads, to fresh chicken and fish, hearty homestyle choices, and Asian dishes.  Kids can even enjoy Disney Check salmon or chicken drumstick options.

If you’re looking to grab a bite in the World Showcase (and really, who isn’t?) try Tangierine Cafe in Morocco (pictured) - they have some great vegetable and chicken options, as well as sides like couscous salad, tabbouleh, and hummus.


At Animal Kingdom

My go-to choices are Flame Tree BBQ (check out the watermelon salad) and my newest favorite, Satu’li Canteen.  Located in Pandora, Satu’li Canteen offers a variety of “bowls” that include a protein (chicken, beef, fish, or tofu) as well as a base (quinoa and sweet potato hash, to name a few)  and a sauce. Depending on the combination you choose, you can certainly build a light and nutritious meal.

This guide certainly only scratches the very, very delicious surface of the world of Disney dining.   Eating healthy foods on vacation will help with energy and stamina, but remember to strike a balance in your travels- stressing about food shouldn’t be on your agenda!  Menus at Walt Disney World do change, so also be sure to keep any eye out for new options. This guide is by no means exhaustive of all the great healthy options available- we would love to hear what your favorite healthy snacking and dining choices are!  

By Meredith Smisek

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