Convenience + Quality: Food for “Ultimate Touring” Days

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Anadapur Local Cafe Menu

I’ve been there. You have two days to hit all four parks, and you want to ride everything. You know it’s possible, but you also know you’ll have to resign yourself to popcorn and Mickey bars for 48 hours.

Not true, my friends! It is possible to snag some good, healthy(ish) theme park food on-the-go!

Here are some of my favorite spots to grab some delicious, FAST food that will keep you going strong throughout your park touring. And the best news is — most of this stuff is easy to eat while you’re walking, so you don’t even have to jockey for a table! Just order, pay, and head to the next ride — eat on the way!

Pork Egg Rolls in Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Yum! One of my favorite suggestions! Over in Anadapur Village in the park’s Asia section, you’ll find a great little counter-service restaurant right between Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Kali River Rapids.

Anadapur Local Cafe serves a rockin’ pork egg roll that’s out of this world. Best part? It’s finger food, so you can grab and go!

Starring Rolls Turkey Sandwich

Gourmet Sandwiches, Muffins, Fruit, and Trail Mix in Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
There’s a plethora of grab-and-go deliciousness in the studios, and you won’t have to sit down once!

Head over to Starring Rolls Cafe for a sandwich (including a great veggie option!) or a pastry, and if you get hungry again, hit Anaheim Produce on Sunset Boulevard for trail mix or apple slices with caramel dipping sauce. I promise you won’t hit a mid-day slump with these choices!

Bratwurst and Dessert in Epcot:
There’s really no excuse whatsoever for eating poorly in Epcot; it’s bursting with delicious and easy options for substantial grab-and-go food! I like to swing by Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany pavilion for a Brat, then stop by Tangierine Cafe in Morocco for some delectable baklava.

Bratwurst from Sommerfest in Epcot

Now, if baklava isn’t your thing, keep walking a few paces and grab a crepe in France! All are easy-to-eat options that won’t weigh you down on your touring adventure.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup or Hot Dogs at the Magic Kingdom:
Shocked that you could find such a wholesome option in a theme park? Don’t be!

Disney’s been working hard to make delicious, healthy options easier for you, so take advantage! At the Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, you can get a nice-sized portion of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup — and the soup container is pretty portable, so it will be easy to eat while you’re waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion!

Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom

Of course, if soup isn’t enough to quell your hunger, head over to Casey’s Corner before the parade and get yourself a hot dog (hey, you’ve been healthy all day!).

One of my favorite traditions (with touring plan synergy!) is to get a hot dog and dine while saving my parade viewing spot on the curb. It’s a great opportunity to do a little people-watching and rest my feet while I’m still (technically) being productive!

What are your suggestions?
I’m looking forward to your favorite tips and tricks for eating on-the-go while you’re touring the parks in Disney World! Do us all a favor and share your ideas in the comments below — you never know when you can help a fellow Disney fan by giving a quick tip!

AJ Wolfe writes about Disney food, restaurants, news, info, and planning over at The Disney Food Blog!

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Posted on May 24, 2010

17 Responses to “Convenience + Quality: Food for “Ultimate Touring” Days”

  • by Amy from KC on May 24, 2010, at 5:07 pm EDT

    I saw a lot of people walking around with those big turkey legs last October. However I have heard that those are not very healthy, and are actually really high in calories and sodium. (On the WDW Today podcast I seem to remember that they topped out at over 1,000 calories – each!)

    On the same podcast I heard that a Dole Whip is actually lower in fat than many snacks. Who doesn’t love a Dole Whip?! They’re pretty darn portable, too.

    We like to grab something to go at Pecos Bill, and then eat while saving our spot for the parade.(Or even during the parade, for extra efficiency.) Of course, that is probably more for a typically busy day in the park…not an Ultimate Tour day!

    My husband says that food on a stick = maximum portablity. I’m not sure if he means that as a recommendation, or a request to Disney food service.

    • Amy — Agreed that food-on-a-stick is maximum portability! I didn’t find too many of those in WDW that didn’t include an excess of calories and fat (turkey legs, ice cream bars, corn dogs, etc…), so I went for other types of portable :-) DisneyLAND, consequently, has an awesome grab-and-go food that’s on a stick: grilled chicken, steak, and veggie skewers at Bengal BBQ!

  • Breakfast = Stay at a monorail resort, leave for MK a bit early and swing by the Kona place at Polynesian. Get your caffeine fix while watching the opening show. Chug the dregs while hoofing it to Dumbo. Any pastry being held more than 6 inches from someone else’s body is fair game. Console the person now bereft of their breakfast by yelling “We’re on a mission!” back over your shoulders as you run on.

    Lunch = Dole Whip + turkey leg. I see nothing wrong with that. Healthy be dammed. You know how many calories you’ll burn doing an Ultimate ™ tour?

    Dinner = Much tougher. Beware the pretzels in Fantasyland. They have cream cheese in them. I was not warned. Much better to get ice cream from Mrs. Potts. Not only is the service quick, but so will be your eating time…out of necessity. Or you could just sneak it into Stitch’s Great Escape and fling your melting cone at Stitch while screaming “He’s lactose intolerant, get him!” This will result in you getting ejected from the ride, saving you the time and annoyance of seeing it to completion.

    I will be doing the MK Ultimate Plan in October. This is my game plan. ;)

    • by Amy from KC on May 25, 2010, at 1:15 am EDT

      Oh, oh! You could add that Stitch bit to the WDW Today podcast about attraction challenges.

    • Charlotte, you’re pretty much awesome, and I wish you all the best in your ultimate touring! ;-D (Check in and let us know how it went!)

      • LOL, thanks! I will definitely keep people posted. Maybe they’ll even let me write a guest blog about the experience afterwards. I’m cheap. Will work for Dole Whip.

        • Ha! That sounds like a fun guest blog! Either way, I hope to find out how it goes — you can always find me over on the Disney Food Blog :-D

  • So awesome. Thanks for another great post, AJ!

    I’m telling you: wait times for counter service restaurants — it’s going to be huge!!

  • Mmm…you’ve got me feeling hungry while I’m eating lunch!

    Anyhoo, one of my favs in Epcot is the Tangerine cafe. Seems healthier and just being something different is fun.

  • the sittin down at Casey’s and waiting for the parade is perfect. We waited outside while my husband went inside to get the food and all the workers came out and sang “take me out to the ballgame” and passed out Cracker Jacks. My 6 year old belted it out so loud that they made sure he got some Cracker Jacks!!! Perfect snack during the parade and fireworks too!

    • Tammy — So fun! Good for your 6-yr-old. I’m going to try singing really loud at work tomorrow to see if someone will give me cracker jacks…

  • I love the ham and cheese croissant from the bakery in France. Besides being delish, the price is really reasonable.

    Love corn dog nuggets at Casey’s with some cheese sauce on the side. Yum!

    • Lorie — Great point on the Boulangerie in France — they’ve got some fantastic items that have enough protein to keep you energetic. And, of course, cheese sauce is its own food group, so…

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