Survey Says: Calories Don’t Count at Disney!

Research indicates that the three most common new years resolutions are to diet/eat healthier, followed by exercise more, and lose weight.  If I lost 1 pound for every single time I made those promises to myself during the year, well, let’s just say I would be negative pounds. Now here we are, shuffling into the second week of the new year, and many of us are planning our Disney trips out, making dining reservations, drooling over all the foodie blogs we post and practically filing away our resolutions, because calories don’t count at Disney, right?

In a perfect world that would be the case, but unfortunately, calories do count, even at Disney. If you were one of the people who made a resolution this year to diet/eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight, TMSM has got your back with some helpful solutions to keep you on track while at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Disclaimer: Before embarking on any diet or lifestyle change, we recommend discussing it with your doctor. We at TMSM are not physicians, dietitians, or experts. We are not promoting or promising any kind of health benefits associated to the information provided. We just really like food, and we want to be healthier, just like you. 

All the information you can possibly read on getting healthier says that to be successful with any lifestyle changes, the key is to be consistent, even when you’re on vacation. The good news is if you want to exercise more, walk the World Showcase at EPCOT 3 times and you’re golden on reaching or exceeding 10,000 steps. The challenge is to walk the showcase and not eat everything dripping in delicious, thus canceling out the calories you burned walking.

I’m not saying don’t indulge, I’m saying let’s make smarter food choices to keep our resolutions. Here are some tips to help you be successful while on vacation:

  • Did you know that you can save a few dollars if you order entrees only? If you tell the cashier that you only want a grilled chicken sandwich, with no sides, your meal costs less! You can even ask that the grilled chicken be wrapped in a lettuce “bun”. Healthier option and you avoid the carb crash of eating bread.
  • Still want a side to go with your grilled chicken sandwich? Order a side salad instead of fries. Not into greenery, you can substitute fries for fruit as well. Make sure to ask for the dressing on the side.
  • Find your mini food market and grab fresh snacks. Each Disney park has these mini market areas where you can grab apples, oranges, and other healthy options versus a churro, mickey pretzel or an ice cream sandwich. As tempting as those sound, remember your resolutions, stay strong my friends.
  • Pack your own snacks – it’s cost efficient and saves time on waiting in lines to purchase something to gnaw on. You also control what kind of food you are feeding your body. If you have specific allergies or are trying to stay away from sugar, this is a good tip to help you get through your day at the park.
  • Prescribing to a specific diet? No carb, low carb, Keto, weight watchers? No problem! There are tons of food options for you, so you don’t have to be discouraged, you just have to do your homework.

Final tip: Never feel bad to substitute items when you order, remember that it’s important to put you and your health first, and Disney will accommodate that. The healthier you are, the longer you live, and that’s more time to enjoy Disney parks and magic.





Erika Roberts has been a Disney kid for as long as she can remember, but her love of visiting Disney Parks started after just one ride in a Doom Buggy. She couldn’t run to guest relations fast enough to offer up her soul in return for an Annual Pass. Since then Disney has taken all of her money, but has given her the most cherished memories; from watching her Nona’s face light up with happy tears as we strolled down Main Street on her first visit (she was 84 at the time), to her very own engagement on Halloween in front of the Haunted Mansion. Erika is excited to be on the TMSM team and where Disney Parks are concerned, you won’t catch her dead on It’s a Small World. If she asks to ride that, this is a clear indication that she is in danger and you must send help. You will, however, catch her performing Random Acts of Disney (R.A.D’s), park hopping with her amazing group of impressively talented and kind friends (usually in some themed attire), hanging out by The Haunted Mansion, and ugly crying during fireworks… then begging for a Mickey Premium Bar to eat her feelings…this is a judgment-free bio. Otherwise, Erika works for the State of Florida and is actively involved in her community. Erika believes in empowering others and spreading kindness to people from all walks of life. Erika also makes custom designed Disney inspired ears, etched glass, gifts, and accessories. You can check out, like or follow her work on FB, which also links to my shop’s Instagram: She looks forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the magic of Disney!

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