Destination Guide: Walt Disney World

A Disney vacation can be the trip of a lifetime. Here’s how to navigate the parks and stay on Plan.
Destination Guide Disney What To Eat destination Guide

Special requests

  • Book a table for a Disney restaurant up to 180 days in advance at www.disneyworld.com or by calling the dine line at 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463). Planning ahead of time will help you budget your PointsPlus values.
  • You can also call ahead to 407-824-5967 or email SpecialDiets@disneyworld.com to request dishes that meet vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar and other dietary needs.
  • Vegan visitors should check out BabyCakes bakery in Downtown Disney (in the building marked Fresh A-Peel). This specialty (and mostly gluten-free) bakery has already caused a stir with celebs and other fans at its NYC and Los Angeles locations. Look for red velvet cupcakes, banana bread, toasted coconut donuts and more.

Eating on the go
Even if you don’t special-order your meals, you can snack and dine on healthy fare at all the parks. Here are a few options to look for — and some foods to watch out for.

Heavyweight Nightmares—and Lighter Bets
Below, PointsPlus Target busters to plan for, sidestep or be certain to share with others:

In the Magic Kingdom
PointsPlus Target buster: Huge medieval-style smoked turkey leg (each weighs up to 1.5 pounds and has a reputed 1,000 calories) at Lunching Pad.
Lighter bet: Veggie wrap at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.

PointsPlus Target buster: Brownie sundae from Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard — the number of PointsPlus values is way too high for something you order from a window and eat standing up. Leave an indulgence like this for a nice table, where you can savor every bite.
Lighter bet: Citrus swirl (vanilla soft serve with orange slush) from Sunshine Tree Terrace. Or try a fruit smoothie, sold at most WDW table-service restaurants; Disney trimmed calories by 70 percent about three years ago by switching to nonfat yogurt and real fruit purées.

PointsPlus Target buster: Funnel cakes from Sleepy Hollow.
Lighter bet: Pineapple spears and juice from Aloha Isle.

At Epcot
PointsPlus Target buster: Caribbean Pork Ribs with Chipotle-Vanilla Glaze and a side of Shutters’ Potatoes at Shutters at Old Port Royale, Caribbean Beach Resort.
Lighter bet: Greek salad and Kouzzina appetizer sampler with chicken skewers and grilled pita at Kouzzina by Cat Cora, Disney’s BoardWalk.

PointsPlus Target buster: Coffee Margarita — made with two liqueurs, coffee, banana and ice cream — at La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico Pavilion).
Lighter bet: Skinny Margarita with salt on the rim.

In Animal Kingdom
PointsPlus Target buster: French-fry basket at Flame Tree Barbecue.
Lighter bet: Fruit plate with honey yogurt at same BBQ hot spot — for a cooling starter, side or finish.

PointsPlus Target buster: 1/3-lb Angus cheeseburger at Restaurantosaurus.
Lighter bet: Veggie sub with provolone at same place (skip the sweet-potato fries, or share with the table).

Insider tips from Orlando-area Leaders
“I love Epcot, and it’s truly Weight Watchers–friendly, with big open spaces for scenic walking and delicious food. You can find all sorts of healthy items, including portion-controlled options like hard-boiled eggs and side salads. I usually eat at the Land because they grow their own produce on-site and have a wide assortment of fresh foods to choose from. Or else I make a pit stop in Japan for sushi rolls.” –Stephanie Statuto

“You can bring your own food into Disney World or buy fresh fruit in the parks. Kids can choose healthy fruits with their meals, and grown-ups can find grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, veggie burgers, turkey sandwiches, tuna pitas and veggie flatbreads. I also like the oatmeal and the noodle bowls with stir-fried veggies at Sunshine Season Food Fair in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.” –Kerri Ginel

“Check the DIS site at http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningmain.cfm. It’s not affiliated with Disney, but you can check Disney World restaurants and menus and search for certain foods so you can plan. It’s a great tool.” –Rita Larsh

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