Hoping to maintain your low carb diet in Walt Disney World? It CAN be done, and we’re sharing our best tips on how to do it (along with some specific Disney snack and restaurant recommendations) in our DFB YouTube Video!
As with guests on any special diet in Walt Disney World, don’t be afraid to chat with cast members, or ask for substitutions or alternatives when dining low carb or keto in Disney World. And if you want to know what’s in the food you’re ordering — again, just ask! Quick service and snack kiosks will have binders with ingredients and allergens listed, and table service spots will typically bring out a chef to discuss your options.
Low Carb and Keto Dining TIPS!
1. Request sandwiches/burgers without buns (or with alternatives for buns, like lettuce leaves).
2. Ask to substitute carb-heavy sides (like fries, other potato products, pasta, etc.) for some veggies. OR order dishes without the sides. If you’re at a counter service location, this may even reduce the cost of your meal purchase.
3. When you find a great meal packed with proteins, be sure to ask about the ingredients in the rubs or sauces. Some may contain a lot of sugar, so you’ll want to steer clear of those or ask for your meat to be prepared without the sauce or rub.
4. If you are eating a ketogenic diet for weight loss and are counting calories, continue to keep that in mind in Disney World as many meat dishes are prepared with plenty of high-cal butters and oils. (And turkey legs ring in at 1000 calories each.)
5. Finally, do your research ahead of time, and plan your dining with keto in mind. Some restaurants will offer far more appealing options than others. If time allows, scope out Disney World restaurant menus ahead of your trip! You will find links to menus on our individual pages for Disney World restaurants.
Low Carb and Keto Dining SUGGESTIONS!
Low Carb Snack Options
Boiled Eggs: You’ll find these in grab-and-go cases in the parks and resorts, and even in the Starbucks locations around the property!
Dill Pickles: Look for park kiosks serving “better-for-you-fare,” such as Liberty Square Market (in Magic Kingdom), The Land Cart (in EPCOT), Harambe Fruit Market (in Animal Kingdom), and Anaheim Produce (in Hollywood Studios).
Mini Wheels of Babybel Cheese: Check the kiosks mentioned above, and note that lots of Counter Service locations carry these as well, thanks to Disney’s relationship with the company.
Pre-packed Chip & Dale Snack Co. snacks: These can be found in major merchandise locations like EPCOT’s Mouse Gear or Magic Kingdom’s Emporium. Options include nuts and seeds, including the Crunchy Spicy Mix and the Roasted Nut Mix.
Jumbo Turkey Leg: For those looking for an iconic Disney Parks snack!
Keto-Friendly Coffee: We found Octane Coffee at the Java Bar at the Disney World Swan Resort. The menu board lists a few surprising ingredients that folks following a Ketogenic diet might know something about — Kerry Gold Butter made from grass-fed cow’s milk and MCT Oil.
Low Carb Counter Service Options
Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom is well known for its meats, like Smoked Chicken and Pulled Pork. You’ll want to skip the sauces here, which contain some significant sugars. But the smoked meat is so flavorful, you won’t miss it.
Satu’li Canteen in Animal Kingdom specializes in customizable bowls! Go with the lettuce base and ask for the slaw and boba balls to be left off; the beef and chicken with a sauce make this super satisfying. (Ask about the carb content in the sauces, and make the selection that works for you! Or request it on the side so you can control it!)
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Magic Kingdom has lots of meals where one or two omissions will make it keto-friendly. The Fajitas, for example, are delicious eaten without the tortillas. Ask for yours without the rice and beans.
Ronto Roasters (in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios) The cast members are accustomed to making the signature item — the Ronto Wrap — without the pita wrap upon request!
Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT offers options like grilled salmon and roasted chicken, but you’ll want to be sure to hold the sauces and seek out stations with sides that will work for you.
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in EPCOT: What does this house of baguettes and pastries have for low carb diners? A fantastic Cheese Plate, that’s what!
D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs: Order up your burger on a lettuce bun.
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza in Disney Springs: Along with fresh salads, you can indeed have a PIZZA here, thanks to the option of cauliflower crust!
The Polite Pig has a menu packed with proteins and creative salads (plus some terrific veggie side dishes). You’ll want to double check the carbs in sauces and rubs, but otherwise: enjoy!
Chicken Guy! in Disney Springs: Try the Grilled Chicken Strips.
Low Carb Table Service Options
Though you will likely have a good experience at many Table Service locations around Disney World (due to the ability to more easily customize your order), we’re sharing some of our favorite locations and options for low carb dining here.
‘Ohana: The popular family-style, all-you-care-to-enjoy spot at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers delicious grilled meats as the centerpiece of the dinner experience.
Sanaa in Animal Kingdom Lodge: One of our favorite meals is the Potjie-Inspired which includes two choices like Butter Chicken, Spicy Durban Shrimp, and Paneer Tikka. Typically this comes with a small bowl of rice, but you can request some veggies instead!
Wine Bar George in Disney Springs: We’ve found this to be a great spot for low carb dining thanks to options like the terrific Charcuterie Board and Saganaki on Fire. You’ll find wonderfully prepared steak here, too.
Charcuterie and Cheese Boards: You can find all sorts of terrific charcuterie and cheese boards at several Walt Disney World restaurants, so we’re giving them their own category!
For more information, visit our Special Diets Resources Page.
For more Disney dining information, including details on dining discounts, restaurants, dining plans, menus, and more, visit our Disney Dining Reference Page.