I created this Healthy Disneyland food guide because finding healthy food at Disneyland shouldn’t be hard. I want to give you better advice than packing healthy food from home or suggesting you go back to your hotel fridge every time you need to refuel.
What if you simply want to eat healthy at Disneyland without making every meal yourself? After all, it is vacation!
My goal for our Healthy Disneyland Dining Guide is to give you at least one healthier option from Disneyland’s most popular quick service and table service restaurants.
While “healthy” has different definitions for everyone, I want anyone who is looking to stay on track to be able to enjoy their Disneyland trip without living solely off of apples and bananas.
Disneyland Nutrition Facts
Disneyland Nutrition Facts & Calories. Disney is making progress toward easy healthy dining, but still has a lot of room to grow. One major set back? Nowhere does Disney make public the nutrition facts for their food.
When I wrote to Disneyland dining services about access to nutritional information, their response was, “We are not able to provide Guests with nutritional information. However, we are happy to attempt to work within any dietary requests and may suggest some menu alternatives that may satisfy the request.”
The fact that Disneyland doesn’t share calorie counts and other nutritional information is a huge disappointment. It makes our healthy eating habits a bit of a challenge.
One solution is using apps like My Fitness Pal which offers a limited database of their “best guess” for Disneyland food, calories and nutrition content. I’ve also created these additional dining guides to help keep you on track:
- Disneyland Weight Watcher points
- Disneyland Keto food guide
- Eating Gluten-free at Disneyland
Remember, no matter what eating plan you’re following, Disneyland makes it easy to customize meal options. Don’t be afraid to ask for fresh fruit instead of fries or other fresh options like bagged carrots or apple slices (the latter two are great to carry with you for a quick pick-me-up).
Disney Check Meal
Disney is moving in the right direction with their “Disney Check Meal.” Select kids’ meals (but you can order them too!) are designated as a “Mickey Check Meal” which means they “meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.”
Disney Check Meals have 600 calories or less when eaten as a complete meal and includes 3 or more food groups. On a recent visit, I enjoyed this Turkey Sandwich Mickey Check Meal from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, served with 32 ounce Dasani water, sliced apples and baby carrots.
I actually couldn’t finish the entire meal. The bagged fruits and veggies made it easy for me to stash in my bag for a snack later on.
Disneyland Dietary & Allergy Concerns
If you’re coming to Disneyland Resort with special dietary and allergy concerns, you can use these resources as a starting point:
- Most restaurants offer no-sugar-added, low-fat, low-sodium and vegetarian options. Advance arrangements are not needed, just discuss your needs with your server upon arrival.
- Gluten-free dining at Disneyland is simpler than you think. Check out our easy guide to Gluten-free Disneyland food.
- Are you counting points on the Weight Watchers plan? See what I ate doing Weight Watchers at Disneyland.
- Low carbs and keeping it Keto at Disneyland is possible.
Healthy Disneyland Restaurants
Table service restaurants encourage reservations. You can make reservations 60 days in advance on the Disneyland App or use MouseDining for free alerts. It’s seriously a life saver.
The photo below meal is from Wine Country Trattoria at California Adventure. It’s one of my favorite dishes at Disneyland and I always order it when I dine at Wine Country. See other healthy food options at California Adventure here.
Healthy Disneyland Dining Blue Bayou. This is the iconic restaurant is located inside Pirates of the Caribbean. If you’re eating here, you will likely need a reservation. Healthier options here including the fresh catch of the day (I love ordering fish at Disneyland, it’s always delicious!) and various salad starters and vegan options.
In fact most sit-down restaurants at Disneyland Resort offer salads, fish and lean meat options:
- Cafe Orleans is best known for its deep fried Monte Cristo sandwich, skip that a head toward the salad or roasted chicken instead. Cafe Orleans salad pictured below.
- Carnation Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A. is where you’ll find a few healthier dining options in this picturesque restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A. including garden salads and fresh fish.
- River Belle Terrace often changes their menu, there is nothing I recommend at this time but I am hopeful it will be updated with some healthier options soon. See the full menu here.
Quick Healthy Disneyland Food
Quick service restaurants are available without reservations, and now that Disneyland has implemented mobile dining orders via the Disneyland app, you can order your food and pick it up at your convenience with little to no wait.
- Bengal Barbecue healthy food choices aplenty at this outdoor quick service eatery in Adventureland is known for its famous jungle skewers. Combine a protein packed Chicken Skewer and an Outback Vegetable Skewer for a satisfying and balanced meal. You can also order a spring roll or hummus trio.
- Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo in Galaxy’s Edge has so many new food choices. I really enjoyed the oven roasted tip yip (chicken) salad. Ask for the dressing on the side.
- French Market offers a lush garden setting in New Orleans Square, with two Mickey Check Meals (Pasta with Marinara and Chicken Breast with Rice) plus French Market chicken (oven roasted half chicken with seasonal vegetables) and New Orleans salad
- Galactic Grill located in Tomorrowland, this Star Wars themed eatery has healthier options like Veggie Sandwich or a Chopped Salad with grilled chicken.
- Hungry Bear Restaurant —who doesn’t love a view like this when dining at the often overlooked Hungry Bear Restaurant? Tucked back in Critter County, you’ll find lower level seating and a deck above with more spectacular views while you dine. Enjoy a salad or plant based burger. See current menu here.
- Red Rose Tavern is a busy spot in the heart of Fantasyland, you can grab a garden vegetable burger with fresh fruit, grilled chicken sandwich with fresh fruit or an apple and cheddar salad for a healthier fare.
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante Mexican food has its pros and cons when looking for healthy Disneyland food. I stick to street tacos, citrus fire-grilled chicken, fish tacos or the Hacienda chicken caesar salad with black beans on the side.
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Healthy Disneyland Snacks & Sweets
Snacks are available at ever turn and it’s easy to let those delicious smells over take you. But there are plenty of health options too.
- Harbour Galley serves salads to-go and fresh fruit, located in Critter Country but near the Haunted Mansion.
- Tropical Imports in Frontierland is your go-to place for fresh fruits and vegetables sold a-la-cart.
- Tiki Juice Bar is what everyone’s talking about, soft serve pineapple Dole Whip and fresh pineapple spears are on the menu. Head inside the Enchanted Tiki Room queue and try the line there which is often shorter.
- Tropical Hideaway also serves up Dole Whips and new flavors of Dole Whips including raspberry and orange.
- Fruit Stands are located on Main Street, in Tomorrowland and other places around the park.
- Frozen Bananas throughout the park also make a great treat while still staying healthy. You also get a beautiful fruit platter if you make a day of it by the pool, in a cabana at the Grand Californian Hotel.
Tell us what food you love, what items we missed and help us make our Healthy Disneyland Dining Guide the most complete healthy Disneyland resource online. What healthy food will you try on your next Disneyland vacation?
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This article is what I have been looking for and a little bit more. we are going to Disneyland this September and beginning of October. I emailed Disneyland and ask them about a sodium count on their bigger items. they told me that when we go in to a restaurant to ask the server and they will get those counts. my only concern is the server has to go ask the shop and bring that information back and they might not have that information so I can’t eat what they have if they don’t have that information. I just had a stroke 4 months ago and I am on a 1500 mg of sodium diet by my cardiologist. so I know most of the foods and treats I have come to know at Disneyland will not be available for me to have now. I am going to reread this article, but I did not see anything mentioned about sodium counts just that you did list it as a possible restriction. if you have any information on sodium counts that you have available or I can get a hold of please let me know. thank you and have a magical day
Hi Steve, yes it’s very tricky. And getting those numbers often applies only to sit-down dining establishments. To keep yourself on track, I would strongly consider speaking to a nutritionist prior to your visit and coming up with low sodium snacks and foods you can bring into Disneyland with no prep required. Disney allows you to bring in food in a small soft-side cooler with ice packs. Just no glass. If you bring most of your food and then aim for one Disneyland meal, I bet your doctor or nutritionist can help you choose that one meal per day in the parks.
This is exactly what I was looking for!
I am so glad it’s helpful!
Thank you so much! I’m interested in character dining on my upcoming trip, but I’d like to make the monte cristo at New Orleans café my splurge. What can I eat at the breakfast buffets. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!!
Hi Amy! I just did another character dining and was very happy with the selection for healthy eaters. Of course, there’s plenty that’s not so healthy. But, for example, at Miinie and Friends at Plaza Inn there is a variety of fresh fruit. It was all ripe and delicious. I usually choose my sides during any meal as fresh fruit and I’ve never had any that wasn’t ripe and ready to eat. I also had an omelet from the omelet station and added all the veggies they had to it like spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, jalapeños, etc. I asked the chef for a “teeny bit” of cheese but he probably put like 1/4 cup in it. I said, “Oh boy if that’s a teeny bit I’d hate to know what a regular amount is!” So if you’re counting calories, maybe don’t add cheese to your omelet or be more specific like 1 tablespoon or whatever works for you. Basically, I’d stay away from the pastries and maybe steal one bite of a Mickey waffle :).
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I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was a small child, I’d love to go back, though. All the different restaurants look so interesting. I’m just used to ours here in FL, I guess.
My husband is a chef at MK, at least at the signature restaurants, they will accommodate pretty much any allergy or health concern you have. They had a woman come in for lunch the other day who had a list of 26 different allergies and food issues. It might have taken a few minutes, but they created something that she was able to eat!
That is incredible that they were able to come up with something for her to eat. Where else can you get that kind of customer service? Thanks so much for sharing!