When you think about the words "Disney counter service," you probably immediately think of burgers and fries. But Disney has greatly expanded their counter service offerings and it's now much easier to eat healthier on your trip to the World — if you know where to look and what to order. Here are some must-visit spots at Walt Disney World guests can visit if they want to try and eat a little healthier on their vacation, without sacrificing taste!
1. Sunshine Seasons (Epcot, Future World)
Sunshine Seasons in Epcot offers a wide variety of items for whatever mood you're in, and the food court-type restaurant also serves breakfast from park opening until 11 a.m. Healthier breakfast choices include Bircher muesli (Swiss oatmeal), bran muffins and multigrain croissants. And for lunch and dinner, oak-grilled salmon is available, along with Vegan Korma with Gardein Meatless Chik'n and an oak-grilled vegetable flatbread sandwich. There's also plenty of salads and soups to choose from, like a power salad that has oak-fired chicken, quinoa, almonds and honey vinaigrette; Asian chicken salad and pumpkin soup.
2. Liberty Square Market (Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square)
On your rush to get through Liberty Square to get to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or the Haunted Mansion, you've probably passed by this stand many times. But Liberty Square Market in the Magic Kingdom is definitely worth a visit. Here, you'll find whole fruit such as apples, bananas and oranges; carrot and celery sticks; rice chips; grapes; and gluten-free snacks, but you'll also find enough other items to make a filling, healthy meal. This stand also offers roasted corn, and you can add your choice of seasoning from a list that includes barbecue spice, Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, smoked paprika and Jamaican jerk. You can also fill up on a baked potato here. And most of the items at this stand (including the corn and potato) cost only a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
3. Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland)
Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland is a big step up from the parks' other counter-service eateries for lunch, and there are several healthy options to be found on the menu. The tuna nicoise salad comes with warm seared tuna steak and chilled green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs, and there's also a quinoa salad and a vegetable quiche that's even finished with a champagne vinaigrette. At dinnertime, the restaurant becomes table-service and the prices and offerings change, but Be Our Guest is a better value (with a lot more healthier options) at lunchtime.