It's a Disney Food Showdown: Healthy vs Indulgent
This week in Disney travel news, it's a clash of wills as healthy eating options go head-to-head with decadent delights at Walt Disney World. Which one will you choose?
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Disney Springs Health and Wellness Celebration in January
Disney Springs is embracing 2022 with a focus on health and wellness, inlcuding complimentary group fitness classes on select Wednesdays and Fridays in January. Each class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will take place in Town Center near Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories.
Wellness Wednesday Events Schedule:
Fitness Friday Events:
Registration is required for all events and space is limited. To register, visit the Fitness and Wellness page under the Experiences tab on DisneySprings.com.
Where to Eat Healthy at Disney Springs
It’s also important to eat a well-balanced diet. Disney Springs has plenty of great food, and that includes healthier option menu items.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC – Focus on diners with gluten, dairy, egg, and soy sensitivities, the health-minded, and those with allergies (especially kids) who can't find good food. Everything here is vegan, gluten-free and promises to be delicious.
Frontera Cocina – The Taqueria Ensalada features Arcadian lettuce, poblano rajas, carrot, radish, avocado, tortilla strips, Cotija cheese and an avocado-lime vinaigrette-grilled chicken breast or the Mojo garlic grilled shrimp can also be added.
Planet Hollywood – The Hollywood Bowl is a standout salad that features Romaine lettuce, house-roasted turkey breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, Roma tomato, and cucumber. It comes with bacon, swiss cheese and croutons, but you can omit those if you’re aiming for a lower calorie meal. While the recommended dressing is Thousand Island, feel free to swap in a balsamic vinaigrette if desired.
The Polite Pig – The Polite Caesar and Cobb Salads (without bacon) are satisfying bets, while the Chicken Salad Wrap is great for those who want a handheld option. There are even healthy choices for little ones including the Roast Smoked Turkey Breast and Grilled Skinless Chicken Breast.
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant – This Shepherd Went Vegan is a plant-based Shepherd’s Pie, and the Raglan Risotto is a vegetarian dish that spotlights wild mushrooms, glazed baby vegetables, tarragon and shaved parmesan. Raglan Road is also celebrated by those with gluten sensitivities as many of their popular menu items are gluten-free.
Yesake – The Tofu Power Bowl is a hearty mix of organic tofu, avocado, spinach, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, tempura crunch and wasabi ponzu. Best of all? Guests can modify it to your liking.
These are just a few of the healthier items you can find at Disney Springs. But remember to ask your server for recommendations and d forget you can always ask for a dish to be modified.
The Ultimate Foodie Guide to the 2022 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Running from January 14 through February 21, 2022 the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will showcase visual, culinary and performing arts from across the globe.
Here's the long awaited Foodie Guide to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! Be sure to listen to the podcast episode to hear our top recommended picks at each location.
Pop Eats! (Near Port of Entry)
The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)
The Craftsman’s Courtyard (near Disney Traders) (New)
Pastoral Palate (Germany)
The Artist’s Table (America)
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco & France)
Refreshment Port (Near Canada)
Gourmet Landscapes (Canada)
The Donut Box
L’Art de la Cuisine Française (France)
El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)
The Painted Panda (China)
L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
You Can Now Standby at Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
As of January 10, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure now has a standby queue instead of a virtual queue. You can also buy access to a Lightning Lane queue at this attraction.
Virtual queues continue to be helpful with the launch of popular attractions and the debut of new experiences and offerings, so we may use it again from time to time for select attractions in the future.
Cosmic Rewind will likely be the next virtual queue at Epcot.
National Geographic Expeditions Announces 2023 Departure Dates to New Destinations plus a new River Cruise
National Geographic Expeditions has announced new 2023 departure dates for their Signature Land, Private Expedition and River Cruise itineraries, including a reimagined trip, Costa Rica: Wildlife and Conservation. These trips take travelers to destinations around the world along with knowledgeable National Geographic Experts or guides who will share their experiences.
They offer premium, fully planned itineraries; a small group of 16-25 travelers and the best of history, culture, heritage and natural wildlife of a destination.
The enhanced eight-night, nine-day expedition to Costa Rica leads travelers through the country’s rich biodiversity and conservation efforts. During this trip, you will visit wetlands and tropical rainforests and may see sloths, monkeys, birds, frogs and more in their natural habitat. You can visit a family-run coffee, cacao and sugarcane plantation; join researchers at the Monteverde Institute to participate in cloud forest conservation projects; and journey to the Leatherback Turtle Trust to learn about monitoring turtles. National Geographic Expert, Vanessa Bezy, a National Geographic Society grantee, marine biologist and wildlife conservationist, will also join select departures to share her passion for conservation.
2023 Signature Land dates include Patagonia, Egypt, India and Borneo.
National Geographic River Cruises take travelers to grand cities, forgotten villages and the endless countryside all while exploring some of Europe’s most historic waterways aboard world-class ships with AmaWaterways, a premier luxury river cruise line. Each departure is accompanied by a National Geographic Expert—such as a historian, author or archaeologist—who gives presentations on board and accompanies daily included excursions, and a National Geographic Photographer who offers professional tips on technique and artistry to help voyagers capture incredible moments.
Book by March 10 for big savings. Choose from five itineraries, including Holland and Belgium in the Springtime, the Danube River Cruise, Danube Christmas Markets, Rhine River Cruise and Rhine Christmas Markets. Availability is limited. Please click here for more details.
There are also Private Expeditions that give travelers exclusive opportunities to explore unique places with their chosen companions on their preferred dates. Private Expedition destinations include Egypt, Peru, Morocco, Ecuador and China. A full list of private expeditions is available here.
In Other Disney News: The Latest Disney Vacation Savings
Disney Aulani Hawaii Escape
Save up to 20% on select rooms for stays of 5 or more nights or 15% on 4-night stays from April 16 - June 5, 2022.
Book by February 6, 2022 and arrive between May 10 and June 1, 2022, stay 4 or more nights and get a $150 Resort credit.
Fun in the Sun Spring and Summer Savings for Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Save up to $500 on a 5-night stay at select Disney Resort hotels most nights between March 6 -July 7, 2022. This offer is now available and they tend to sell out fast so don't delay.
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