How to eat better than you expect at Disney World

posted on March 31, 2017 at 8:02 am
Fish and chips, in the United Kingdom Pavillion Photographed by Jennifer Zyman

Fish and chips, in the United Kingdom Pavillion
Photographed by Jennifer Zyman

Normally when I tell my food friends that I am taking my 5-year-old daughter to Walt Disney World, their reaction is something along the lines of: Ew. Gross. Theme Park food. Where will you eat? But they’d do well to remember that this is no ordinary theme park. The Orlando park, well, World has multiple hidden culinary delights, even holding events targeted to food and drink lovers throughout the year, such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (this year taking place from August 31-November 17). Alongside famously gluttonous turkey legs and Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bars, healthier kiosks offer lighter options such as hummus and crackers, chilled raw vegetable sticks, and yogurt. Beyond the parks, Disney Springs, the dining and retail development formerly known as Downtown Disney, relaunched in 2015 with restaurants from chefs such as “Iron Chef America” Masahiro Morimoto, PBS star and Chicago restauranteur Rick Bayless, and Art Smith, the man behind Atlanta’s Southern Art restaurant and Oprah’s former chef.

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