Let’s be honest, half the joy of visiting a theme park is the sugary, salty, deep-fried, calorie-laden deliciousness that awaits. And, while we’re on a bit of a mission to try every single delicious bite on the menu at Disney Parks, we’ve also been working hard on paying better attention to how we fuel our bodies. Today we’re going to talk about 10 Healthy Disneyland snacks that will not wreck your diet.
While sweet treats are found in abundance, there are plenty of heathy snacks at Disneyland IF you take the time to be deliberate in your food choices.
We’re using the phrase “healthy” a bit loosely here. In many cases there are far more healthy foods you could consume. Allergies or food preferences may impact your food choices and eating “healthy” looks a bit different for everyone. We’re simply eyeing Park snacks that will serve you better than Disney’s Kitchen Sink.
Looking to taste the best of the best without any regard for calories? Don’t skip this list of classic Disneyland snacks available year round.
Classic Disneyland Snacks That Will Not Wreck Your Diet
That Disneyland churro you’ve been dreaming about? It comes in at a whopping 250+ calories*. You might want to skip it and consider one of these classics…
Water – Free Throughout the Parks
Sugary drinks are often included on Disneyland “snack lists,” but you will not find them here. We stick to water in the Parks, which keeps us hydrated and full. Before you grab a snack, drink a bottle of water and ask yourself if you are really hungry.
Unlike soft drinks, smoothies and juices, water contains no calories or sugars. It’s available for sale at every dining cart and restaurant in the Parks. However, you can request a free cup of water at all of the quick service and sit down restaurants. You can refill a water bottle at several water bottle filling stations, or at quick service soda fountains.
Dole Whip – Tropical Hideaway, Adventureland
If we’re going to talk classic healthy Disneyland snacks, we’ve gotta start with the most famous of all Disney treats – the Dole Whip. From the “best treats in Disneyland” to “Disneyland must eats,” this sweet treat shows up on every foodie list.
There’s a reason this dairy-free dessert has developed such a cult following since its inception in the mid-80’s – it’s delicious! The light, refreshing flavor offers up the perfect amount of tart to cut through the otherwise sweet flavor.
The Dole Whip is vegan, gluten free, and, at about 100 calories (add about 100 calories* if you’re going with the pineapple float), this creamy soft-serve snack is one of the healthiest treats available in the park.
We like to sit down and enjoy our Dole Whip at Tropical Hideaway, but mobile order at the Tiki Juice Bar is a great option for those who want to indulge while on the go. Currently, a Dole Whip is priced at $5.99.
Corn on the Cobb – Various Locations
Corn isn’t going to top you’re list if you’re on a super low-carb diet, like Keto, but generally speaking it’s one Disneyland snack that isn’t going to wreck your diet.
Disneyland’s corn on the cob is relatively low calorie (estimated 175 calories*) and contains less sugar than most sweet treats. The startchy nature of this snack helps you feel full longer, while the water contained in corn, helps keep you hydrated, which means you’re less likely to grab a second snack
Corn on the cob also feeds the “good” bacteria in your cut, which aids in digestion and will help keep you “regular” while on your vacation.
We tend to grab an ear of corn at Ship to Shore, located in Frontierland, across from Big Thunder Mountain. We often grab a seat at Rancho Del Zocalo or Stage Door Café so that we can sit down and enjoy this snack.
Corn on the cob is available at multiple locations throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for $5.29.
Where to find corn on the cob in Disneyland:
- Food Cart, Central Plaza
- Edelweiss Snacks, Fantasyland
- Ship to Shore Marketplace, Frontierland
Where to find corn on the cob in Disney California Adventure:
- Poultry Palace, Pixar Pier
Disneyland Popcorn, Various Locations
butter better than a big ole’ box of Disneyland popcorn. The buttered popcorn scent pumping out of the old-fashioned popcorn carts is intoxicating.
Rumor has it the perfectly buttered and salted kernels are Pop Secret brand, which would put Disneyland’s popcorn at about 55 calories* a cup. Thanks to popcorn’s high fiber, it’s one of the most filling snacks in the park. It breaks down slowly, which helps regulate blood sugar and keep you feeling full, for longer, which makes it a great option for keeping your diet on track!
Popcorn is $5.25 a box and share it with a friend.
Don’t miss the opportunity to check out all of the little Roasty Toasties working hard to pump out your popcorn in each of the following Disneyland locations:
- Main Street USA
- Central Plaza
- Fantasyland Theater
- New Orleans Square
- Small World Promenade
- Frontierland, near the Mark Twain Riverboat
- Tomorrowland, near Star Trader
There are also plenty of options in Disney California Adventure:
- Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle
- Cozy Cone, in Cars Land
- Grizzley Peak Airfield
- Pixar Pier
Frozen Banana – Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Carthay Circle
Okay. Including Disneyland’s frozen bananas on a list of healthy snacks is a bit edgy…It’s certainly not the lowest calorie frozen treat in the Parks (Strawberry Outshine Bars available at most of the ice cream carts are under 100 calories), but it’s also a better choice than a Mickey Bar (which doesn’t mean we don’t still treat ourselves).
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You can grab a chocolate covered banana at most of the ice cream carts in the Park. These prepackaged banana snacks run about 310 calories*, but we’re partial to the handmade frozen bananas at Clarabelle’s.
At Clarabelle’s, the frozen treats are all handmade, which means you have options!!! You can have your banana dipped in milk or dark chocolate (we love dark chocolate) and then add a variety of toppings including sprinkles, Mickey confetti, crushed peanuts or crushed waffle cone.
Fresh Food Stand Disneyland Snacks That Will Not Wreck Your Diet
There are fresh food stands located throughout the Disneyland Resort. The snacks at Disneyland’s fresh food stands are the healthiest in the park.
Healthy Disneyland snacks that will not wreck your diet can be found at all of these locations:
- Main Street USA Fruit Cart (outside Market House/Starbucks)
- Tropical Imports, Adventureland
- Ship to Shore Marketplace, Frontierland
- Fantasyland Fruit Cart (outside Casey Jr.)
- Critter Country Fruit Cart (in between Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain)
- Tomorrowland Fruit Card (near Space Mountain)
- Mortimer’s Market (inside entrance to Disney California Adventure)
- Fairfax Market (across from Animation Academy)
- Filmore’s Taste-In, Cars Land
Fresh Fruit and Veggies – Fresh Food Stands
The fruit carts and fresh food stands located throughout the park are all stocked with fruit and veggies. You can purchase everything from whole pieces of fruit (apples and bananas), to cut fruit and veggie cups with ranch. Everything is always ICE COLD.
If you’re ready to grab some fruit, we recommend the delicious pineapple (90 calories*) and mango spears (80 calories*) cut and ready to share.
But read on…
Giant Dill Pickle – Fresh Food Stands
I know. I know. You’re thinking, a pickle? What kind of snack is that? Why are you calling THIS fresh food stand item out? Well, it’s one snack that Park attendees adore. It’s so popular, we really could have included it on the list of “classics.”
Not sure a pickle is for you? The Disneyland dill pickle’s flavor is milder than the average store-bought dill pickle. There are few people who can pass it by, once they’ve tried it. It’s one of the most perfect healthy Disneyland snacks on a hot afternoon.
The good old wholesome pleasure of a giant $3.99 Disneyland pickle isn’t just good for your mood. These 25 calorie* crunchy snacks, contain sodium that acts as an electrolyte that keeps you hydrated and provides energy. In addition, pickles contain a significant amount of water that can thin the blood and help your body to reduce heat on hot days.
Pickles have long been known as a “diet” aid for those who are looking to lose weight, as the vinegar in pickle juice helps regulate blood sugar and reduce appetite.
Oh, and if you’re a fan of spice, you’ll want to pick up a “spicy” pickle.
Chip and Dale Snack Co Packaged Healthy Disneyland Snacks
Disneyland’s retail and candy stores carries Chip and Dale Snack Co. packaged snacks. The pre-packaged snacks range from 150-180 calories per serving – making them a pretty healthy Disneyland Snack.
Here are a few of the Chip and Dale Snack Co. treats you can easily find in the parks:
- Crunchy Spicy Mix (almonds, cashews, pretzels, peanuts, toasted corn sticks, sesame sticks)
- Mountain Mix (peanuts, raisins, cashews, almonds, chocolate)
- Nature’s Trail Mix (sunflower seeds, raisins, almonds, cashews)
- Roasted Nut Mix (almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, macadamias)
- Fruit and Nuts (cranberries, almonds, banana chips, pineapple, papaya, raisins and coconut)
- Mickey Pretzels
Chip and Dale Snack Co. treats can be found at the following locations:
- Market House, Main Street USA
- Candy Palace, Main Street USA
- Pooh Corner, Critter Country
- Trolly Treats, Carthay Circle
Substantial Healthy Disneyland Snacks That Will Not Wreck Your Diet
Skewers – Bengal Barbecue, Adventureland
Our absolute favorite “snack” at Disneyland are the meat and veggie skewers at Bengal Barbecue. Order one as a snack or several as a full meal.
Our favorite skewer is the Chieftain Chicken Skewer, followed by the Outback Vegetable Skewer and the Safari Skewer (bacon wrapped asparagus). However, we’ve tried every skewer on the menu and they’re all yummy!
If needed, you can order your skewers without the sauce, which contains both sugar and gluten. Otherwise, skip the line and mobile order.
Skewers range in price from $5.49 for the veggie skewer to $7.49 for the Chef’s special Pork Belly Skewer (fantastic flavor, but a bit on the fatty side as pork belly often is).
Bengal Barbecue is a counter-service restaurant, located in Adventureland directly across from Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones Adventure. Though it’s a counter-service location, there is quite a bit of seating located adjacent to the pickup windows.
Turkey Leg – Various Locations
The turkey leg is another dining option that’s more like a meal than a snack, even if it’s shared. And, we highly recommend that you share this option. If you’re eating it alone, it’s anything but healthy. This bad boy weighs in at over 1,000 calories and 500 grams of sodium.
We’re not big fans of the giant turkey legs ourselves, but if you’re on a low-carb meal plan it may end up a decent Disneyland snack that will not wreck your diet.
Turkey legs can be purchased for $11.99 at the following locations:
- Hot Food Cart, Central Plaza
- Edelweiss Snacks, Fantasyland
- Ship to Shore Marketplace, Frontierland
- Poultry Palace, Paradise Pier
*Disney Parks releases ingredients but doesn’t provide nutritional information. Calories are provided as an estimate only, based on the information made available to the public.
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