Family Paleo/Primal Eating at WDW…AND BEYOND! - Family Paleo/Primal Eating at WDW…AND BEYOND!

And a Dinner Here is Never Second Best!

We LOVE Walt Disney World… LOVE it! In the kind of way that makes our acquaintances bring up our recent vacations when they are searching for a conversation topic, and our friends roll their eyes and sigh, “Here we go…” when they do. In the kind of way that makes people that I don’t actually know from the office down the hall email me for advice before booking their first trip. In the kind of way that makes us listen to WDW Today and Lou Mongello in the car when it’s 20 degrees and snowing in our midwestern town. And, like many families, we recently discovered Paleo and Primal styles of eating. We don’t follow either diet perfectly and we find there are so many variations – dairy, non-dairy, nut-eaters, nut-avoiders, etc. – but we are trying to migrate to a diet of whole, unprocessed foods. And we are not only losing weight, but discovering many unexpected benefits to it. Our energy levels are higher, our sleep is more restful, and our bodies seem generally healthier. We find that as we adjust to this new way of thinking, it is not so terribly hard to eat this way – even on vacation! So, how, we wondered, could we create a website to share these two things that make us feel so enthusiastic? Well, hopefully, a little something like this…



  • Kelly Miller says:

    I, too, am super into WDW and Paleo eating! I also have many food intolerances. WDW is my favorite place to travel because I know I will eat healthy, delicious, safe meals.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:28 am
    • Sarah says:

      Thank you for commenting on our site. We’ve only been out here for a couple of weeks, but I hope that it will become a place for those of us who love Disney and seek whole food menu options to share tips on both. I’m working hard to generate content, so come back for new recipes and Disney Dining suggestions – and we welcome any you’d like to share.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:38 am
  • Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,
    My family and I (hubby and 2 kids) are travelling on a Disney Cruise next week. I have been eating Paleo for 8 months now and this will be my first time venturing on vacation since going Paleo. I have done quite a bit of research and “registered” as a gluten free cruiser. I feel confident that Disney will take care of my needs and not just try and feed me gluten free frankenfoods (i.e. hamburger buns, pizza, etc). Having been on a Disney cruise twice before and having a daughter with several allergies I know the chef will take me around and speak to me regarding my needs. I will be requesting whole foods instead of gluten free pastas etc.
    I will certainly give you an update when we return. I hope I don’t have my expectations set too high but I am looking forward to a very good experience!

    March 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
    • Sarah says:

      Hi, Michelle! We look forward to hearing about Disney’s response to your dietary requests. If you would like to write a trip report to share, we could post it for other readers. Your advice is appreciated!

      April 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm
    • ann henstrom says:

      i would love to hear how your disney cruise experience went with eating paleo. I started paleo right after I finished a disney cruise (def did NOT eat pale) and we’re considering going on another one this fall. I really want to stay on paleo, so I’d love to hear about your experience. Also, would like to know the best places to eat paleo in WDW.

      February 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm
    • ann says:

      I would love to hear how your experience went! We’re considering a disney cruise this fall & i don’t want to give up my paleo eating! 🙂

      February 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  • Lucy Bartholomew says:

    Thank you for sharing your findings! We switched to a paleo / NSNG plan around 7 weeks ago and are too feeling the benefits. One of my immediate worries was our vacations to WDW, travelling from the UK we tend to go for a couple of weeks and that sounded like food disaster time! Would defo be exercising some flexibility and enjoying some treats but would be good to get some primal fixes. So will read your site with interest!

    April 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm
  • Sarah says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve been eating paleo for the last year due to health issues (celiacs, Crohns and a few others). We’re planning our trip to the world in June and i’m trying to do some planning to make things easy for the “hunt and gather” at meal time.

    As far as counter service, what are your suggestions in the different parks for quick eats?

    I think Epcot and Magic Kingdom are relatively easy. Magic Kingdom is pretty easy with Gaston’s tavern pork shank and turkey legs.
    This is my first attempt traveling to the world paleo (last year’s trip was GF and pretty easy). Help!!

    What do I do for breakfast? Should I be packing a bunch of stuff with me? I’ll bring almond butter, sardines (not for eating together!) jerky and Larabars for quick protein.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

    March 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm
  • Chris says:

    OMG! I hope you all still blog! I L oVE! This! Disney and Paleo! If you have any suggestions on how to stay paleo at Disney I’d love to know. Cuz we all know Disney dining happens to be a carb-fest!????

    May 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Leigha says:

    I’m a three-month-in convert to paleo eating and a huge Disney fanatic! So happy to discover this blog and can’t wait to read more!!!

    June 10, 2015 at 12:55 am
  • Gabriella says:

    Hi Sarah,

    When is your next trip to WDW? We’ll be going from July 6 – 30 and I’ll be sticking to a mostly primal, somewhat paleo, strictly gluten-free diet. I can’t wait!! I’ll be blogging about it too!

    June 10, 2015 at 4:33 am

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