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Diet in Disney World?

Walt Disney World: Wondering if there was a way to "eat right" while in Disney World.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 23, 2005 at 11:28 AM
I am trying to stay on a moderate diet and I was wondering if there was anywhere in Disney World that had healthy food! I know Disney World very well, but I never thought about eating right in Disney World.

Is it possible?


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From Dru Kniskern
Posted June 23, 2005 at 10:39 PM
It is possible. Animal Kingdom has some nice choices. The restaurant right by the safari has chicken and salmon. Seafood is always an option at Fulton's or Portobello Yacht Club in Downtown Disney. As always, on a diet ask how things are prepared and ask for dressings or sauces on the side. My mom lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers and she maintains her goal weight on our many visits to all parks.

From Adriel Tjokrosaputro
Posted June 23, 2005 at 10:53 PM
Anthony,why you didn't buy Birnbaum's Guide Book for Walt Disney World.He will tell you everything about WDW there.From the best restaurant(for kids,adult,and of course your type),best dining-show,best snack bar,to the best lounge!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 24, 2005 at 7:55 AM
The reason why I did not buy the guide book is, not to sound full of myself, that I can write the guide book. I go to Disney World at least one time a year and stay there for two weeks. I am fully aware of ALL places to eat in Disney World. My question was where is a good place to go and eat to stay on a "quasi-diet". I do not need a guidebook unless it is about eating right in Disney World!

From Robert Niles
Posted June 24, 2005 at 1:15 PM
This is a bit simplistic, but could help folks from up north visiting during the summer months.

One good way to stay on a diet at Disney is to drink massive amounts of water while you are there. Many people confuse early dehyration with hunger, and seek food to compensate for the lack of energy brought on by thirst. Drink water throughout the trip and you can not only avoid that, you can keep your stomach somewhat full, as well.

Beyond that, I'll second that Animal Kingdom and the hotels provide the best bets for healthy, low-fat, low-carb food. The Magic Kingdom is just a disaster for eating well, unless something new has opened in the past year, which I've missed.

From Sherly C.
Posted June 24, 2005 at 7:26 PM
My theory is to just eat when it's time to eat and don't have seconds or thirds or fourths. and no snacks in between, even if you see a gigantic chocolate cake covered in shugar. drink more water than soda and walk instead of riding any trains or monorails. sweating makes you loose weight too so going to a theme park is like the best way to loose weight. :)

From Robert Niles
Posted June 24, 2005 at 9:53 PM
Actually, working in a theme park is the very best way to lose weight. I've long said I ought to write "The Tom Sawyer's Island Guide to Weight Loss." When I worked the TSI rafts, I weighed in around 124 pounds (at 5'8") and had to eat like a football team just to keep that weight.

Man, I'd love to get back on the rafts!

From Jen Magee
Posted June 29, 2005 at 9:45 AM
Also keep in mind that Disney World involves an awful lot of walking. Depending on what your normal level of physical activity is, you may end up getting MORE exercise there, which does mean that you can eat a little more.

Some of the quick counter service places and carts have fresh fruit, non-fat frozen yogurt, or regular yogurt (good for snacking, which will help keep your energy up and will mean that you won't be starving by dinnertime), and most of the sit-down restaurants offer salads. And of course, the usual "ask for dressings or sauces on the side", and "remember that you don't always have to clean your plate."

If you want to scope out menus ahead of time, check AllEarsNet. Some of the menus there will be out of date (since most of the sit-down restaurants change their menus every month or two), but you can get a good idea of the actual dishes served, not just the general type of cuisine that each place offers.

From Chuck Campbell
Posted June 29, 2005 at 7:32 PM
I guess the best thing to do is resist tanking up at lunchtime. One routine that seems to work for me--if you're planning on having a nice, big dinner, keep lunch and breakfast vegetarian.

From Cameron Rust
Posted June 29, 2005 at 8:25 PM
I still think that the best lunch or breakfast at Disney is their fresh fruit. It tastes so good on a hot day. Each theme park has a location, I believe. Harambe fruit market at AK, Anaheim Produce Market at MGM, I think there's one in Toontown at MK, and Epcot has several, but I don't remember actual names. Hope my advice helped! Enjoy your stay!

From Cameron Rust
Posted June 29, 2005 at 8:25 PM
I still think that the best lunch or breakfast at Disney is their fresh fruit. It tastes so good on a hot day. Each theme park has a location, I believe. Harambe fruit market at AK, Anaheim Produce Market at MGM, I think there's one in Toontown at MK, and Epcot has several, but I don't remember actual names. Hope my advice helped! Enjoy your stay!

From Lisa Lambert
Posted July 18, 2005 at 11:25 PM
I've been to Disney countless times and even though I try to keep an "eye" on my diet, I don't always. However, I've never gained any weight while on vacation. The turkey legs are always a good choice. I usually eat fruit from the wagons, too. Watermelon is so good when it's hot! There is a LOT of walking - especially just from the parking areas to the actual entrance to the Magic Kingdom. Most restaurants have salads and you can get dressings on the side. You can also substitute fruit or vegetables for fries. My husband and I share most meals, too. Portions are large. Last of all, I really take advantage of the fixings bars at places like Wild Bill's and that place over by Tomorrowland whose name I can't remember! Mushrooms and onions don't have a lot of calories and you can pile as much as you want on your plate. There are tomato slices, too. I've always thought that this was a really nice "secret" way to stretch your dollar at Disney. I drink a lot of water and try to avoid the icecream/sweets/desserts wagons. I mentioned the turkey legs earlier - they are packed with protein and no carbs. I personally don't have issues with carbohydrates but if you need something nutritious and filling, the turkey legs are perfect.

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