10 Foods You Should Never Eat at Disney World

Disney World might be the most magical place on earth, but that doesn’t mean you’re magically immune to the side effects of all the incredibly unhealthy foods this resort world has to offer. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy.

Whether it’s excessive calories and fat, or foods that are just plain risky, here are all the foods you should avoid on your next Disney vacation.

Epcot’s Kung Pao chicken

Chicken being picked up with chopsticks.

This chicken is full of sodium. | Nine Dragons Restaurant via Instagram

While there are some Chinese dishes you can order with steamed vegetables and brown rice, when you’re looking for something more flavorful, you’re bound to go with an unhealthy dish. This Kung Pao chicken at Epcot’s Nine Dragons Restaurant is incredibly unhealthy.

Kung Pao chicken typically has about 42 grams of fat in one dish. Not to mention 2,400 milligrams of sodium, which is more than an entire day’s worth according to the American Heart Association. Too much sodium can lead to serious health problems like heart attack and hypertension.

Next: This sundae is bigger than you can imagine. 

Kitchen Sink sundae at Beaches and Cream

Big sundae with cherries, chocolate, and whipped cream.

It takes a village to finish off this sundae. | Jill Wagner via Instagram

This massive sundae at Disney’s Beaches and Cream is loaded with nearly 30 different sugary, delicious items. And while it tastes incredible, it’s incredibly bad for you. It’s filled with fudge, butterscotch, peanut butter, brownies, cookies, chocolate chips, and so much more. Some may consider it a heart attack waiting to happen.

If you choose to dig in, make sure to split it with your entire family. It would be difficult (and seriously unhealthy) to eat this all on your own.

Next: This combination is one that will leave you feeling lethargic. 

The mac ‘n cheese hot dog at Casey’s Corner

A hot dog with macaroni and cheese on top.

This hot dog packs two meals into one. | Disney Food Blog via Instagram

Macaroni and cheese is amazing. But it’s also loaded with sodium, carbs, and fat. And when you add it to a hot dog, it only adds insult to injury. Hot dogs are considered a processed meat. They’ve actually been labeled carcinogenic by the World Health Organization, so it’s best to steer clear of them.

But at Disney World, you can get a hot dog loaded with gooey mac and cheese. And while it might sound amazing, it’s best to skip it.

Next: You’ve never seen waffle fries like this — and you’ll want to avoid them. 

Barbecued pork waffle fries at Magic Kingdom

Pulled pork fries.

These fries are topped with meat, sauce and other toppings. | Stella.Euni via Instagram

Barbecue anything is usually loaded with sodium and fat, so if you’re not making it yourself, you’re better off skipping it.

Waffle fries usually have around 17 grams of fat per serving. But the truth is, you’ll probably eat far more than a serving. Pulled pork is often teeming with calories and sodium, too. Eating a whole order of these, available at Disney’s Golden Oak Outpost, would definitely break your nutrition bank.

Next: This dessert is extremely unhealthy. 

Rocky road mousse brownie

A brownie with marshmallows, chocolate and toppings.

The toppings and sauce on this brownie will throw off your healthy lifestyle. | Liberty Inn

This is one of the most indulgent desserts Disney has to offer. It’s at Liberty Inn, which is one of the restaurants in Epcot’s America. It’s a decadent brownie topped with chocolate mousse and rocky road toppings (nuts, marshmallows, and more).

But with great flavor also comes a heaping amount of fat, calories, and sugar. If you’re walking around Disney parks all week, eating foods like this will only make you lethargic. Either forego this one and stick with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream for dessert or split it with someone else.

Next: A second mac and cheese dish makes the list. 

Pot roast mac and cheese

Pulled pork over macaroni and cheese.

This heavy meal will make you feel sluggish. | Castle to Castcle Travel Co. via Instagram

Another macaroni and cheese dish has made the list, and for good reason. That’s because mac and cheese is one of those addicting meals that should truly only be eaten in moderation. Pairing a pot roast with creamy, salty macaroni and cheese is the best way to not feel like moving for the rest of the day.

This dish, available at The Friar’s Nook, is one of many to avoid if you’re looking to keep your energy levels high while on vacation. Other options at this quick-service restaurant include buffalo chicken tater tots and fried Twinkies.

Next: This hot dog is another one to avoid. 

Chili cheese dog at Casey’s Corner

A chili cheese hot dog with beverages and fries.

This hotdog has virtually zero nutritional benefits. | Disney with the Coopers via Instagram

As we’ve already discussed, hot dogs are a type of processed meat that shouldn’t be consumed. And if you’re feeding your small children, you’ll definitely want to avoid letting them split one of these chili cheese dogs from Casey’s Corner.

In fact, the whole Casey’s Corner menu is filled with options that will sit heavily in your stomach and definitely aren’t worth the calories. (Check out another of their menu items on page 9.)

Next: This Teriyaki dish is terrible for you. 

Teriyaki beef bowl at Yak & Yeti

Disney Land seen from a distance.

While at Disney, you’ll want to keep your energy up …. and a heavy serving of this dish will weight you down. | Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Teriyaki sauce is tasty. But most Asian dishes that incorporate soy sauce or Teriyaki are filled with sodium. One tablespoon of teriyaki sauce will run you about 700 milligrams of sodium. And there’s far more than a tablespoon in Yak & Yeti’s dish.

This animal kingdom restaurant has a few better options. Try the ginger chicken salad or the Asian chicken wrap for a little bit of a healthier meal.

Next: These loaded fries are loaded with fat and calories. 

Loaded Cuban fries

Chili cheese fries on a table.

These chili fries are packed with fat and sodium. | Zezito_Ramon via Instagram

Casey’s Corner makes the list again. This time, it’s for the loaded Cuban fries. This “snack” dish contains fries topped with marinated pulled pork, pickles, cheese, and mustard. And if you order this side with a Casey’s Corner meal, you’ll no doubt be consuming a meal full of saturated and trans fats, plus calories and sodium.

Casey’s Corner might be the best place to avoid on your next Disney vacation.

Next: It’s best to forego this one because of allergies. 

Peanut butter and jelly milkshake

A woman taking a photo of the castle.

Keep your family healthy during your memorable trip. | EnchantedFairy/iStock/Getty Images

Kids love this shake from Disney’s 50s Prime Time Café. But today, peanut allergies are getting more attention than ever. Rather than avoid this one for nutrition reasons (although it likely isn’t very healthy, either), you should avoid it for fear of your kids spreading peanut butter in public places.

Since peanut allergies can be so serious, its best to let them publicly sip on a shake that isn’t potentially harmful to those around them.

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