As many of you know, Bill and I (along with a few other awesome Shredheads) ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida this past March.
And while I’ve been do Disney World many times, the two times I’ve been there as an adult, I’ve been really disappointed with the food offerings, particularly in the Magic Kingdom. And since it’s a real pain in the butt to hop over to Epcot Center just for dinner (hello long bus rides), I think it’s one of the drawbacks of the park.
Now just this past week, I was invited to visit Disneyland in Anaheim, California to cover their brand new World of Color water and light show. My daughter and I were treated to a lovely weekend of the park itself, some of which I’ll be writing about at Cool Mom Picks.
And based on our time there, I have to say that the food seemed much healthier at Disneyland than at Disney World.
Maybe it’s because it’s California or something, but here are a few things I noticed.
1. At my breakfast buffet at the hotel, the options included egg whites as well as regular scrambled eggs, plus a vegetable medley (broccoli, peppers, and onions) that were obviously sauteed but still very crunchy and not greasy at all. Very cool.
2. During the awesome Discover the Magic tour, our “icy treat” was a 100% frozen apple juice slushie. I was impressed.
3. The offerings at Downtown Disney included a couple of Italian restaurants, and bistro/bakery, and a few other not-so-fast-food type joints. It was super easy to find good healthy food at all of these places. Also, there were several “Farmer’s Market” type stands throughout both Disneyland and California Adventure that offered fresh fruits, nuts, fresh baked breads, various non-soda drinks, and smoothies.Yes, they were pricey, but I’d much rather spend $4 on a smoothie than $4 on a gigantic soda.
I realize this might not be worth the longer plane ride and time change for you East Coasters, but I have to say that I definitely noticed a difference. And I know my waistline (and let’s face it, intestines), were much happier for it.
How do you eat healthy on vacations?
[Disclaimer - Disneyland resorts covered our travel and hotel, as well as other small amenities during our time at the park]