Ask It: Should Disney Post Calorie Counts?

by on August 9, 2017 18 Comments

Filed under: Dining, Just For Fun

I’ve been told many, many times that Disney food is calorie free and/or calories don’t count when you’re on vacation. No matter how often I repeat that mantra, when I get home, the scale doesn’t seem to agree. Many people believe that posting calorie counts can help diners make better choices, or at the very least more informed choices. But do you really want to know just how many hours on the treadmill you’ll have to spend for every Disney meal?

This week’s question is:

Should Disney post calorie counts on their menus?

  • Yes (64%, 502 Votes)
  • No (36%, 286 Votes)

Total Voters: 788

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Voting is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments as well.

 

Posted on August 9, 2017

18 Responses to “Ask It: Should Disney Post Calorie Counts?”

  • No, they shouldn’t post them on the menus. Most people really don’t want to think about that on vacation.

    But they should make them easily available in print and electronic form, for those who have a need or strong desire to see the counts. And this is coming from someone who’s on a severely restricted calorie count.

  • I voted yes but really I’d just like a selection on the menu that is under 500 calories at dinner and under 300 calories at breakfast.
    If they can put a little Mickey check next to Adult entrees that would indicate those options that is good enough. I already know the burger and fries is about 1200 calories but I’d like to have a clue about which things I could pick that might be closer to the realm of reason for a meal.

  • I agree with Kevin but I’d like full nutritional info; not just calories. With my needs, I am more interested in carbs and sugar than calories. I don’t like having to talk a chef every time I order. I can manage my own n eds with that little bit of information.

  • I live in a big city that mandates these on all chain restaurants. It really helps me think about things. Is this meal worth 300 more calories than this other meal? Probably not. Some salads can be remarkably high in calories- so you might think you are eating healthy, but you aren’t.

    • I agree—once you get used to seeing calorie counts everywhere, it’s kind of jarring when you go somewhere that doesn’t display them.

  • Enough information to make informed decisions is never a bad thing.

  • Yes. Absolutely. Sometimes this even helps when you are trying to eyeball how big the portions are (share vs not-share, snack vs this is gonna be lunch people).

  • By 2018, FDA is requiring calorie counts to be prominently posted on menus and menu boards. They don’t have a choice.

    They fall under the “covered establishments” because they have 20 or more locations nationwide. (Resorts alone add up to that)

    People tend to view WDW Resort as one place but technically it’s not.

  • by Sheryl Clark on August 9, 2017, at 4:30 pm EDT

    My son is Type 1 Diabetic. We just returned from WDW and a 7 day cruise and would really have appreciated knowing the carb count for meals while there!

    • I too,as a diabetic, must carefully watch my carbs. I have read and heard countless times that Disney Parks are supposed to be a place for people to “splurge”, and “Calories don’t count” there. But those calories and carbs DO count for so many people with diabetes, and other health issues. I manage my situation as best as I can, and I know what foods to avoid generally. But it sure would be helpful to have nutritional info available, so people can decide, what and where to eat while in the parks and resorts. I have often complained that Disney pushes sugar, sugar, sugar, and empty calories. I am not at all tempted by these, but would certainly appreciate more healthy and low carb and low calorie foods to enjoy while there.

  • by Ruth Woodhouse on August 9, 2017, at 5:28 pm EDT

    Whether they are on I wouldn’t bother looking when on holiday. However, my daughters prefer to know and they would prefer to know how many calories meals have before choosing what to eat. They are both in their twenties and work hard at eating sensibly at home. Certain items at so worth the extra calories – but some aren’t! I eat what I like at WDW but because of all the walking I don’t usually put weight on – in fact most times I actually lose weight. The secret is not to continue what you are at WDW when you get back home!

  • I don’t feel like they need to be posted, but nutritional information does need to be available.

  • I only voted no because that will cost Disney to make those updates and you know where that cost will get passed on to….us

  • I said yes but would prefer it ‘on request’ rather than when I’m just having a chill day. I’d want to see calories, protein and fibre.

  • NO! This is a vacation!!!

  • A calorie count without a breakdown of carbs/fat/protein and specific items like grams of sugar is useless for making an informed decision or accommodating people with conditions like diabetes. That would way too much info to post on a menu board. Make it available on MDE and in printed guides for people who want or need that info.

  • Yes, I believe so. However perhaps it can be provided on paper printed menu, easy to find without having to ask at the restaurant for people who want it

    If you ask me just put it visible but I can understand why others don’t want to see it.

  • Calorie counts on menus are practically useless anyway. They are often off by hundreds, calculated off of old information (e.g. an ingredient such as a biscuit in a breakfast dish may have increased in size but the old value is still used), and on top of all that the FDA allows them legally to be off by 20%. This is all before getting into the issue that calorie counting systems don’t take into account that each bodies needs are different and daily values can’t, and shouldn’t, really be standardized. If you truly want to eat healthy you are better off cutting out sugar and scaling back on oil and animal products, which would be nigh impossible at Disney. So I vote no, it’s basically theater to make you feel better about your choices not a true indicator of what the healthiest option is.