Wandering around for hours in the humid Florida sun can be exhausting. One is to become irrevocably irritable in a matter of moments. The best way to keep a sour attitude at bay is by staying nourished and rested. Sometimes that means a piece of fresh fruit. Sometimes it means adding an extra shot of espresso into your Grande Vanilla Latte. Whatever your vice, rest assured there are plenty of snacks that are sure to cure the rumblies and make you feel slightly more chipper. I mixed in some healthy and more indulgent choices for your preference!
Note: Locations of these snacks can sometimes be elusive so keep your eyes peeled when searching for a pick-me-up! I’ve suggested places where you may find these tasty treats.
Water: I know, I know. Duh! But, I can’t stress how important this “snack” is. The humid Florida air will drain you completely if you’re not properly hydrated. It is essential that you drink plenty water and fuel up on liquids with electrolytes. I suggest buying a concentrate like Mio to drop into your bottle. If you want to last until the fireworks, heed my advice!
Found at: Use a snack credit for a bottle of water anywhere it is sold. Cups of water are given for free at most quick service locations.
Warm Cinnamon Glazed Nuts: The delicious aroma due to these warm, cinnamon-glazed nuts are notorious around the parks. They come wrapped up in a paper cone, so they’re perfect to eat while you wait in line. They may not be completely healthy, but at least you’re getting some nut-protein in your system. And fun fact: they’re vegan!
Found at: Multiple food carts around the parks. Adventureland Nut Cart is my favorite snack hub. Also rumored to have them: Fantasmic Amphitheater, Drinkwallah in Pandora, Future World Nut Car in Epcot, Tomorrowland Popcorn Cart, Storybook Circus Popcorn Cart, among other carts scattered about.
Fruits and Veggies: Disney has made an effort to add healthier snacks to their quick service carts and restaurants. Making it easier to find fresh fruit and veggies around the parks.
At the Garden Kiosk in Animal Kingdom, you can talk with a Cast Member about your dietary restrictions and provide restaurants recommendations. They sell some organic and gluten-free products and even have vegan cupcakes!
Found at: The places with the healthiest snacks are The Land Cart in Epcot, Harambe Market in Animal Kingdom, Liberty Square Market in Magic Kingdom, Landscape of Flavors in Epcot, and Anaheim Produce in Hollywood Studios.
Corn on the Cob: Liberty Square Market grills fresh, sweet corn all day long. It’s hard to miss that smoky, summer smell wafting down the path. You can dress your freshly gri corn with seasonings like Italian, Lemon Pepper, Jamaican Jerk, or Curry Spice. Packed with enough crunch and saltiness to make you feel satisfied!
Found at: Liberty Square Market and Harambe Fruit Market
Me looking far too cool in this giant, comfy Gaston chair.
Gaston’s Tavern: The tavern has a variety of snacks that are healthy and/or refreshing. The hummus with chips is a hearty choice that help will tide you over until dinner. And, Lefou’s Brew (frozen apple juice flavored with marshmallow and a passion fruit froth) is a rival to Harry Potter’s Butter Beer. (I know, blasphemy!)
Found at: Fantasyland. Other places that have hummus and sides are The Land Cart and Intermission Food Court.
Dole Whip Float: The infamous pineapple soft-serve is little lighter than ice cream with a good kick of sugar and citrus to boost your energy. Make it a float and the pineapple juice will quench your thirst and pump you up! Make it a double with a shot of rum at Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom. That would be more of a “winding down” snack, but I thought ya’ll need to know this important tip. P.S. Did you know Dole Whips are vegan?
Found at: Aloha Isle (Magic Kingdom), Pineapple Lanai (Polynesian), Refreshment Port (Epcot-World Showcase), Tamu Tamu (Animal Kingdom)
Pineapple Spear: If you want to avoid the artificial sugars of a Dole Whip, you can indulge in a fresh-cut pineapple spear. The spears are always juicy, cold, and perfectly delicious. It will energize, rejuvenate, and get you ready for that 3rd ride on Big Thunder Mountain
Found at: Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom and Harambe Fruit Market
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Fresh Fruit Smoothies: Fruit smoothies can be found many places around the parks. Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies at Disney Springs offers an extensive menu of flavors (even coffee with Kahlua). Also, Joy of Tea in the Japanese Pavilion at Epcot offers a unique Strawberry Oolong or Mango Green Tea Smoothie. The caffeinated green tea and fruit mixture is sure to make you feel awake and nourished.
Found at: Many places! Contemporary Grounds, Café Rix, Auntie Gravities, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea at The Landing, Lotus Blossom Café (China), Oasis Morocco Beverages (Morroco-Epcot), Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies, Fountain Eats and Sweets (Future World-Epcot), Trolley Car Café (Hollywood Studios), Coca-Cola Store (Disney Springs)
Power Pack: One of the best ways to find something that isn’t loaded with sugar is to look at the kid’s menus. They usually offer something with nutritional value on these menus. For instance, the egg-white omelet served with fruit and juice at Landscape of Flavors in Epcot. The Power Packs are a balanced and hearty, usually complete with yogurt, apple wedges, carrots, goldfish, snack bar, and choice of water or milk.
Found at: ABC Commissary (Hollywood Studios), Backlot Express (Hollywood Studios), PizzeRizzo (Hollywood Studios), and Rosie’s All-Amerian Café (Hollywood Studios), Grab n’ Go counter at Contempo Café (Contemporary Resort)
Frozen Banana: A giant banana saturated with chocolate and hazelnuts, frozen to perfection. Ok, so the banana is no longer a healthy snack once dunked in sugar, but the treat is quite filling and at least it’s not as heavy as say, a churro. The fact that it’s frozen helps keep the chocolate from melting away in your hands, so you can nibble on it while waiting in line at the Jungle Cruise. Which, by the way, is always the hottest cue in the park.
Found at: Basically any ice cream cart you lay your eyes on. They’re everywhere!
Shaved Ice: Shaved ice has the consistency of eating a pile of clean snow, flavored with your favorite fruits. This is the perfect treat to bury yourself in on a scorching summer’s day. They give you a huge helping so they’re great for sharing too. Mix and match with flavors like Strawberry, Melon, Tangerine, or Rainbow (ALL THE FLAVORS!)
Found at: Kabuki Café (Japan Pavilion at Epcot) and Florida Snow Company (Disney Springs). Other locations like Prince Eric’s Village Market and Harambe Market have a version of shaved ice as well. However, the texture is chunkier and not as light and frosty as Kabuki.
Starbucks: Now that Disney has partnered with Starbucks, we can all indulge in our favorite lattes and teas. They also offer the same variety of healthy snacks that you’d find in your neighborhood Starbucks like boiled eggs, salads, and muffins to name a few. You might find some unique options like the Rivers of Light cupcake that might help lift your Disney spirits.
Found at: Every park has a Starbuck’s, but they all go under pseudonyms to help blend in with the park’s atmosphere. Magic Kingdom: Main Street Bakery, Epcot: Fountain View, Animal Kingdom: Creature Comforts, and Hollywood Studios: Trolley Car.
Joffrey’s Coffee: I actually prefer Joffrey’s to Starbucks, myself. I’m a Seattleite so I like the beans to be freshly roasted. (Yeah, I’m a total snob) Although the beans may not be fresh out of the ground, the coffee tastes fresher than Starbucks, so I enjoy that. They also have specific roasts for certain restaurants in the park. My favorite is the Kona blend at the Polynesian Resort. And, you can order it to be delivered straight to your home. A tasty reminder of your time in the park.
Found at: Pretty much anywhere in the parks!
Ghirardelli’s Sundaes: Sue me! Sometimes the best way to boost your mood is to treat yo’ self. I’m not saying eat cupcakes all day, every day. It’s just that chocolate is an antioxidant so it’s beneficial sometimes! Or maybe that’s just something I tell myself when I’m drowning myself in a sundae. Either way, you’re at Disney, and this is where all your chocolatey dreams come true!
Found at: Disney Springs
Bonus: Check out Disney Springs Coca-Cola Store and Rooftop Bar. Because what’s more refreshing than a glass of coke and a rooftop view?
Despite the fact that everything I listed here is delicious, it’s also extremely important to keep yourself nourished and hydrated. Of course, it’s important to fill up more on the healthy snacks and water, while reserving the Dole Whips for sparing indulgences. Either way, it’s Disney and it’s important to take care of yourself throughout your vacation. Don’t want to burn out early and miss out on the magic!
Need help planning your vacation and more dining advice? Feel free to reach out to me here. I’m a trained Travel Agent and will be happy to book with you!