Once upon a time, it was no easy thing to eat healthy at Walt Disney World. Unless you were visiting Epcot, guests looking to count calorie faced the cruel fate of having to pass on juicy turkey legs and warm cinnamon rolls in favor of melancholy iceberg salads and a side of steamed sorrows.
Oh, how times have changed. Healthy eaters can rejoice, for in the last decade, Walt Disney World has become not only one of the most hospitable destinations for visitors with special diets-- they have raised the bar on healthy eating entirely. With the notable exception of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (where dining may improve with upcoming developments), Disney’s parks and resorts now offer a treasure trove of healthy options often even tastier than the alternatives. You may have never even heard of #3 on this list!
1. Sunshine Seasons – Epcot
No exploration of healthy dining at Walt Disney World would be complete without Sunshine Seasons. For over twenty years, Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s The Land has proven a mainstay for good nutrition done right at Walt Disney World. Whether you’re on a special diet or just want to watch your calories, Sunshine Seasons has one of the widest range of choices for healthy eaters anywhere in the parks.
For breakfast, we’ve mentioned the delicious Muesli cups (now called “Overnight Oats”) as a healthy and unique sweet treat. At lunch and dinner, meat-eaters can find rotisserie chicken, fish tacos, wraps, and sandwiches to sate their appetites while vegans and vegetarians have access to a number of flatbreads, wraps, noodle bowls, and delectably fresh sides (we love the tabbouleh pinwheels). The best part is since everything is chosen ala carte, you can completely customize your meal down to each item.
Oh, and if we didn’t already love Sunshine Seasons enough, they now offer Mobile Ordering on My Disney Experience!
2. Satu’li Canteen – Animal Kingdom
No matter what your feelings are about James Cameron’s Avatar, guests across the board are agreeing that Disney knocked the ball out of the park with the debut of Animal Kingdom’s World of Pandora. While most of the focus surrounding this new ethereal land has focused on its amazing attractions and shopping experiences, our little geeky hearts just can’t stop gushing about how wonderful Pandora’s Satu’li Canteen is as an addition to Disney dining.
Sure, Satu’li Canteen has amazing atmosphere, wacky weird pods that taste like McDonald’s burgers, and they were one of the first locations to debut Mobile Ordering, but the area where Satu’li Canteen really shines is that it has taken healthy eating at Walt Disney World to a new level. You won’t find any mystery wraps, romaine salads, or yawntastic sandwiches here. Instead, Satu’li Canteen offers guests the opportunity to customize healthy grain, meat, and vegetable bowls in a wide range of zesty flavor combinations.
Each bowl starts with a protein choice: beef, chicken, sustainable fish, or crispy tofu. This is served on a base of either quinoa and vegetables, whole grains and rice, sweet potato hash, or vegetable chips. Last, you choose a seasoning of either charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette, or creamy herb dressing. The end result is pure magic and a world of healthy possibilities.
Satu’li Canteen’s food is legitimately delicious, particularly if you like bold flavors. It is the perfect choice for a party where everyone has different dining preferences, and it is definitely a must visit for anyone looking to maintain healthy eating at Walt Disney World.