The discussion really heated up for this topic! Last week we asked you:
Should Disney post calorie counts on their menus?
Going beyond the numerical results, there was a lot of good discussion about this issue. Overall, Yes won out by a 2:1 margin, but there were also many people who voted one way or the other with caveats. Here’s your results.
Yes: 1,651 votes
In general, yes votes included people who felt that more information is always better, people who need the information for medical or lifestyle reasons, or people who have come from places where calorie counts are already printed and so this wouldn’t be unusual. What was very interesting is that several people felt that more information would be better. In addition to calorie counts, information like carbs, sodium content, fats protein, or sugar content were often mentioned as useful information that people would like to see. Even just something like the Mickey Check logo found next to heathier kid meal options would be useful to many Currently at Disney, this kind of comprehensive information is only detailed on pre-packaged items like Mickey bars.
No: 1,020 votes
The overall theme for no votes were “I’m on vacation, I really don’t want to know.” It’s a valid concern. No matter how much we try to tell ourselves that vacation food has no calories or that we’re walking enough to burn off all the calories we’re eating, deep down we know that our diet tends to suffer when on vacation–and we don’t necessarily want to know how much it suffers.
What was interesting is that even among those who voted No, many people were agreeable to add that information into the MyDisneyExperience app or on the Disney website. Just because they don’t want to see it doesn’t mean that they don’t want the information to be available for those who do need or want it!
As an interesting postscript, over the weekend I popped into Blaze Pizza at Disney Springs, and noticed that they do have calorie counts on their posted menus. I know that it probably has been there since day 1, and yet I had never noticed it before — so at least for me, if calorie counts start being posted, I’ll be able to see them when I want them and ignore them when I don’t.
Any final thoughts about calorie counts at Disney? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, this week’s Ask It is now live on Twitter and on the blog here. We’ll see you next week as we tally up your results.