Living in New York, we have access to some of the greatest restaurants in the world. But sometimes, you just have to get away. A surprise to this jaded New Yorker was how well you can eat on a family vacation – in Orlando. And not just Orlando, but Disney World. I have been the miserable complainer at many a theme park, where the food is fried and so is my brain.
But at Epcot, even a critical vegetarian can eat very well. On the Travelingmoms bloggers retreat, sponsored by Disney, I was reminded about the great food here.
My favorite is the Sunshine Season Food Fair at The Land Pavilion. My trick is to get a FASTPASS for Soarin’, ride the Living with the Land ride, eat lunch, then make it in time for my hang gliding flight on Soarin’.
The Food Fair is a festival for vegetarians, with homemade soups, fresh salads and sandwiches. The restaurant has different stations, then you bring your food to a table. If you go during a particularly crowded time, have one adult snag a table while the other gets food.
For a sit down spot, the Coral Reef Restaurant, at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion overlooks a coral reef aquarium with 85 different species of tropical fish. If your kid puts 2 and 2 together, he may snub the grilled mahi mahi, but there are plenty of healthy choices, including a salad with red and gold beets and a mushroom crisp with arugula.
You can also eat your way through the World Showcase international pavilions at Epcot, with a wide range of vegetarian choices. Find vegetable couscous in Morocco, tofu stir fry in China, or my favorite, a vegetable shepherd’s pie with portobella mushroom in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
And after you eat well, you can treat yourself. Mickey on a stick?
To find out more about dining at Epcot, click here.