Skip to main content

How to “Eat Keto” at Disney World

Chances are by now you’ve heard of the keto diet, which has been my husband’s preferred way to eat for the last six months or so. It was important to us to find dining options for our upcoming Disney World vacation that he could enjoy while maintaining his diet.


Our most recent visit took place over seven nights at the Yacht and Beach Club resorts (two nights at Yacht Club, and five nights in a one-bedroom villa at the Beach Club Villas). While there may be an exhaustive list that details every keto-friendly option available on property, here are my overall five tips for “eating keto” or following a similarly low-carb diet at Disney World:

  1. Substitute carbs for veggies 

    • Most menu items, whether quick- or table-service, come with a starchy side-item like French fries, chips or potatoes. In our experience, requesting to change that item to a vegetable was almost always accommodated. Some of the substitutions were broccolini, coleslaw, asparagus, and side salad.

      Get veggies as a side item instead of carbs

  2. Make special requests (if they aren’t too complicated) 

    • The number-one request my husband made was simply “no bun.” The table- and quick-service restaurants were happy to accommodate this request, and often the food looked even better without the bun – like at Hurricane Hanna’s when my husband skipped the bun and added bacon to the grilled chicken sandwich! Even the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival booths were able to accommodate his requests, such as leaving off the rice on the Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank at Lotus House in China and skipping the roll on the Beef Torta at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico (though I did make sure neither kiosk was busy before making the special request).

      Bun-less burger from Hurricane Hanna's

  3. Cook in a villa

    • This isn’t always an option, but if “eating keto” is extremely important to you, look into booking a one-bedroom or larger villa which comes equipped with a full-size kitchen. We used a local grocery delivery service for a few items so that we could cook breakfast in our villa a few times during our stay, which made for a relaxing start to those days and took the question out of what my husband would find to eat those mornings. I would imagine it’s also possible to cook a full keto-friendly lunch and/or dinner with some thought and planning as well!

  4. Eat at a buffet

    • At most Disney World all-you-care-to-eat restaurants, chances are there is something on the buffet to please everyone. We dined at Cape May for breakfast where my husband was able to assemble his own keto-friendly plate of eggs, meats, vegetables, an omelet and cheese. We also enjoyed 'Ohana where – though a set menu of food is brought to your table for the whole family to enjoy – he was able to pick and choose which items he wanted on his plate. There he enjoyed the salad, vegetables, and lots and lots of meat (which then left more potstickers and noodles for me!)

      Dining keto at 'Ohana

  5. Use snack credits wisely

    • The one area we had a little trouble finding keto-friendly options was when using dining plan snack credits in the parks. It took some looking, but he was able to use snack credits for Chip & Dale Snack Company Roasted Nut Mix in many of the resort and parks' gift shops; boiled eggs in the resort quick-service restaurant; and coffee from various places including Starbucks in the parks, which is always a treat!

      You can use your snack credits for coffee!
Disclaimer: We’re not dieticians or experts at the keto diet; this is simply what I found to work for us on our most recent vacation while trying helping my husband maintain his usual way of eating.

- Agent Katie

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paddlefish Restaurant at Disney Springs

After arriving in Walt Disney World around dinnertime with no reservations on our latest trip, we headed over to Disney Springs to see what was available and Paddlefish caught our eye with the beautiful boat shining on the water.  There was space for us at the bar where they serve the full menu, so we settled right in for what was about to be a delicious dinner. We started with cocktails and were very impressed by not only the cocktail selection, but also the bartender's knowledge and expertise on the menu to guide us through our selections tonight.  At the recommendation of the staff, we had to give the Lobster Corn Dogs a try for our appetizer.  These were so fun and very delicious (and I don't normally like lobster!) They are most like a corn dog in that they are on a stick, but don't let that stop you from giving these a try.  Next up it was time for our entrees, we both opted for options "from the port" since we were in a seafood inspired restaurant, we could

Agent Spotlight: Mackenzie

Meet Agent Mackenzie in this week's Agent Spotlight ! Mackenzie sailing the canals of Giethoorn, Netherlands Name: Mackenzie Kerste Kingdom Konsultant Travel Find me on… Facebook: @agentmackenzie Instagram: @agentmackenzie_ I specialize in… Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, Adventures by Disney, Disneyland Paris, Universal Orlando Where do you call home? East Bay Area, California! What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? I wanted to be many things… teacher, horseback rider, songwriter, and artist! Why did you become a travel agent? My mother is a travel agent, so you could say it runs in the family!  Favorite vacation destination? Anywhere in Europe, the cultures and architectures are beautiful. Bonus points if it’s a cruise! Mackenzie and her husband boarding the Disney Fantasy. This or that:  Walt Disney World or Disneyland: As a Californian native I’m supposed to say DL, but I actually love both the same! Caribbean cruise or Mediterranean

Fast Food Boulevard at Universal Studios Florida

Fast Food Boulevard is located in the Springfield section of Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort and is a must-do for any Simpsons fan!  This home to several quick-service dining locations has something for everyone. It is a great stop that will make everyone's belly happy even if you aren't a die-hard fan. The food choices range from the famous Krusty Buger to pizza, from fried fish to salad, and even specialty non-alcoholic beverages and plenty in between. If the variety of food options wasn't enough to entice you, the theming is on point and you feel like you've walked into an episode of the Simpsons.  I especially love to sit in Moe's Tavern because it just gives me those Homer Simpson vibes and is a little smaller and out of the hustle and bustle of the main area. One of my favorite details is the mural of all the Simpsons characters on the wall, it's just amazing! And a great backdrop for a beverage or two.   At Luigi's you will find