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    Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details (Merged)

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    The Walt Disney Co. will begin serving more nutritionally balanced meals at its domestic theme parks and will sign movie and other endorsement deals only with restaurants that limit fat and sugar in menu items, the company said Monday.

    Trans fats will be eliminated from meals at domestic parks by the end of next year, and will not be included in licensed and promotional products by 2008, Disney said.

    Disney CEO Robert Iger said the move came in response to comments from parents about the eating habits of their children.

    The company was "well aware of the huge responsibility we have, given our reach and our ability to impact people's behavior and opinions," Iger told The Associated Press from Singapore, where he was on business.

    Given the increased attention to healthier eating, "it was the right thing to do," he said.

    Disney said it would implement the new guidelines over the next several years as current contracts expire.

    Iger said the company also sees a business opportunity in promoting and licensing healthier products, ranging from breakfast cereals to the children's meals it serves at its 11 worldwide theme parks.

    The entertainment giant currently licenses characters to Indianapolis-based produce distributor Imagination Farms LLC to provide fruits and vegetables for the Disney Garden brand.

    Other large consumer products companies also are pushing healthier eating.

    McDonald's Corp. has been adding more salads and fruit to its menus, while Wendy's International Inc. recently said it would switch to cooking french fries and breaded chicken items with non-hydrogenated oil.

    Last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to study links between the ads that appear on kids TV shows and the rise of childhood obesity.

    A number of entertainment companies have come under fire for maintaining marketing deals with fast food chains and junk food makers.

    Last year, Disney and McDonald's ended an exclusive 10-year deal to promote animated films using Happy Meals. The move coincided with a growing national interest in healthier eating for kids although both companies said the decision had more to do with a desire to work with other promotional partners.

    Disney said it worked with physicians to develop the new food guidelines that:

    _ Place a cap on total calories, which will result in smaller portion for children.

    _ Limit fat to a maximum of 30 percent of calories for entrees and side dishes, and 35 percent for snacks.

    _ Cap saturated fat at 10 percent of calories for main dishes, side dishes and snacks.

    _ Limit sugar to 10 percent of calories for main dishes and side dishes, and 25 percent of calories for snacks.

    The company will keep licensing sweets for special occasions, such as birthday cakes and holiday candies, but will limit the number of "indulgence" items in its total food portfolio to 15 percent by 2010.

    Starting this month, kid's meals at Disney's domestic parks are being served with low-fat milk, 100 percent fruit juice, or water, along with side dishes such as apple sauce or carrots in place of french fries and soft drinks.

    Parents can still request soda or fries at no additional cost.

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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

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    As long as they don't do anything to the fried chicken at Plaza Inn, the gingerbread cookies at Blue Ribbon, the DOLE WHIPS, and the CHURROS....then heck, they can do whatever they want!!!!


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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    I can see it now,

    'Here at Munch Inc., our Foodologists are working hard to keep your 3-9 year old children full and healthy.'
    Kid: "I'm full!"
    Foodologist: "Genius!"
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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    Finally! I'm sure they won't loose anything good, they'll just need to reformulate a few things and finally loose the off-theme McDonalds.

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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    Okay, so I'm at my desk thinking about this statement:

    Quote Originally Posted by paulthespecialist View Post
    The company was "well aware of the huge responsibility we have, given our reach and our ability to impact people's behavior and opinions,"
    No, it's not Disney's responsibility, it's the parents & caregivers.

    ....
    .....that is all...


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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    I like it! Yes, we have (and parents have) the responsibility to choose healthy food, but when there are few options available, then what's a girl to do?

    I absolutely commend making healthier food available.
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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    I'm all for more healthy choices, but still want the Disneyland special goodies too!
    I think being able to have the choices are important, we like to combine our generally healthy choices, with the fun stuff on our trips, and we would love to have that option in the park.
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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    As far as not kids menus go, it will be nice to know that TransFats have been eliminated from the parks. SO in January.... huzzah!

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    Thumbs up Disney to serve healthier food at parks

    Very interesting news...

    This is from Yahoo news: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016/...mhuBHNlYwNtdHM-

    LOS ANGELES: By GARY GENTILE, AP Business Writer - The Walt Disney Co. will begin serving more nutritionally balanced meals at its domestic theme parks and will sign movie and other endorsement deals only with restaurants that limit fat and sugar in menu items, the company said Monday.

    Trans fats will be eliminated from meals at domestic parks by the end of next year, and will not be included in licensed and promotional products by 2008, Disney said.

    Disney CEO Robert Iger said the move came in response to comments from parents about the eating habits of their children.

    The company was "well aware of the huge responsibility we have, given our reach and our ability to impact people's behavior and opinions," Iger told The Associated Press from Singapore, where he was on business.
    Given the increased attention to healthier eating, "it was the right thing to do," he said.

    Disney said it would implement the new guidelines over the next several years as current contracts expire.

    Iger said the company also sees a business opportunity in promoting and licensing healthier products, ranging from breakfast cereals to the children's meals it serves at its 11 worldwide theme parks.

    The entertainment giant currently licenses characters to Indianapolis-based produce distributor Imagination Farms LLC to provide fruits and vegetables for the Disney Garden brand.

    Other large consumer products companies also are pushing healthier eating.

    McDonald's Corp. has been adding more salads and fruit to its menus, while Wendy's International Inc. recently said it would switch to cooking french fries and breaded chicken items with non-hydrogenated oil.
    Last month, theFederal Communications Commission announced plans to study links between the ads that appear on kids TV shows and the rise of childhood obesity.

    A number of entertainment companies have come under fire for maintaining marketing deals with fast food chains and junk food makers.
    Last year, Disney and McDonald's ended an exclusive 10-year deal to promote animated films using Happy Meals. The move coincided with a growing national interest in healthier eating for kids although both companies said the decision had more to do with a desire to work with other promotional partners.

    Disney said it worked with physicians to develop the new food guidelines that:
    Place a cap on total calories, which will result in smaller portion for children.
    Limit fat to a maximum of 30 percent of calories for entrees and side dishes, and 35 percent for snacks.
    Cap saturated fat at 10 percent of calories for main dishes, side dishes and snacks.
    Limit sugar to 10 percent of calories for main dishes and side dishes, and 25 percent of calories for snacks.

    The company will keep licensing sweets for special occasions, such as birthday cakes and holiday candies, but will limit the number of "indulgence" items in its total food portfolio to 15 percent by 2010.
    Starting this month, kid's meals at Disney's domestic parks are being served with low-fat milk, 100 percent fruit juice, or water, along with side dishes such as apple sauce or carrots in place of french fries and soft drinks.

    Parents can still request soda or fries at no additional cost.

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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    I think Disney should be commended for taking this step. This isn't necessarily a profitable move, but long term is a responsible move that is good for their image and the health of kids.

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    Re: Disney to serve healthier food at parks

    Sorry folks... paulthespecialist beat me to this...

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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    I think it's a great idea! While I love DL food, I think that there should be healthier options on the menu. But they should keep everything else (except for the McDonalds - serve the fries from Orleans Cafe - instead!).
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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    My kids actually don't like french fries (I know, go figure) I'd love to see carrots and apple slices as options.

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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    Does this mean the McDonald's Fry Wagon in Frontierland will be no more?

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    Re: Disney Parks to Serve Healthier Foods - w/ Details

    Little red wagon corn dogs are healthy right? Please say yes! I need my dogs!
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