Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 10, 2012
    Amy from NB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can we strategize with our meal credits for our most value, such as the kids sharing meals, sharing entrees, etc.? My 3 year old doesn't eat a lot at one meal and I don't like to overeat myself. Can you suggest the healthiest quick service places at parks?

    Guests who are paying with money are welcome to customize their dining by splitting meals. But on the Disney Dining Plan, you have to stick with the plan. The official rules of the Plan will not allow guests to split meals to economize on credits. However, that being said, it never hurts to ask. You may, on occasion, find a sympathetic waitstaff cast member who is willing to help you out by bending the rules.

    On the plus side, you may use your credits in any order you wish. For example, you could use three table service credits on your first day and then none on the next two days. You could use all your table service credits for breakfasts and use counter service for dinner. You can use snack credits to buy breakfast-type items such as bagels or cold cereal at many locations. Whatever works for your style of vacationing.

    For healthy dining, there are fresh fruit stands in all the parks. And the default side dish for most children's meals throughout WDW is now a choice of carrot sticks, grapes, or applesauce. While all WDW food is getting more healthful, some counter service venues are ahead of the game. The best is Sunshine Seasons at Epcot. There is a station with fresh salads and soups. Other stations are the sandwich shop with made-to-order items include grilled veggies and fresh meats, the Asian shop which offers stir-fry vegetables and noodle dishes, and the grill shop that offers salmon and chicken served with flatbreads.

    Columbia Harbor House in the MK: Offers vegetarian chili and a delish hummus sandwich. ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Offers black bean salad and tabbouleh wraps. Studio Catering Company at DHS: Greek salads and tandoori chicken. Flame Tree BBQ at the Animal Kingdom: Healthy options are harder to find at the AK, but this restaurant does have salads. Also try the the Yak and Yeti quick stand. Also, most countries at Epcot have healthy choices. I love the couscous with veggies at the quick service spot in Morocco.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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