Disney World helping create a healthier generation

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Fresh fruit for sale! ©The Walt Disney Company

Fresh fruit for sale! ©The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide: Healthy Eating Program

In February 2010, Disney World started collaborating with First Lady Michelle Obama to support her “Let’s Move” campaign with the goal of creating a healthier generation. Disney started making a conscious effort to promote healthier lifestyles and nutrition for children and families, however, back in 2006, when it implemented groundbreaking nutritional guidelines giving parents and kids much healthier eating options throughout the parks and resorts.

The food policies at the theme parks limit the use of Disney’s famous brand name and its characters to the kid-focused products which meet very strict guidelines including limits on calories, saturated fats and sugar.

Meals offered for children at all Disney-operated restaurants in Disney Parks and Resorts include fresh produce and low-fat dairy options. In fact, more than 85% of Disney’s licensed food portfolio is now made up of healthier options.

New Kids’ Meal Choices in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

French fries have been replaced with fresh fruit and soda with milk or water in kids’ meals in order to up the nutritional value of the food Disney’s youngest guests are eating and there have recently been some new options added to the menus of restaurants around the Magic Kingdom.

The Liberty Tree Tavern is now offering a couple of exciting new kids’ meals including a barbecued chicken and pineapple flatbread pizza with a side of apples and veggies as well as a serving of roasted turkey with veggies, mashed potatoes and fruit.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant has added a steak skewer “spiedini” served with sweet potato fries and fresh fruit. It’s also offering grilled cheese on multigrain bread.

Cinderella’s Royal Table has added chicken pot pie, grilled beef skewers and chicken drumette with rice and broccolini to it’s kids’ menu. And at The Plaza Restaurant, kids can now order grilled chicken with cous cows and fruit skewers.

Mmmm…who else is wanting to head to the Magic Kingdom for some healthy treats?

Great role modeling, Disney!

Tell us…

Would your kids choose french fries or fresh fruit, if given the option?