EINNEWS, November 18—McDonald’s is out, BabyCakes are in at Orlando’s DisneyWorld. Does that signal that times are changing in the fast food business, or what?
BabyCakes is a small, gluten-free vegan cupcake that has been a big hit since it was first sold in Los Angeles.
DisneyWorld, the theme park that attracts more than 20 million visitors a year, was approached by BabyCakes founder Erin McKenna years ago about offering a healthier alternative than McDonalds to all those “starving” kids. She said she joined forces with Larry Levy, the force behind L.A’s popular Spiaggia restaurant.
Levy last week opened Pollo Campero at DisneyWorld. Pollo Campero specializes in signature chicken dishes and side dishes with a Latin flavor. But on its web site it says, “In an effort to keep with Disney’s new commitment to offer delicious yet healthy options, the restaurant, which has locations in twelve countries, is also offering Fresh A-peel, a line of all natural burgers, salads, wraps, and gluten-free sweet treats.”
Three years ago Disney President and CEO Robert Iger announced that the company would begin offering healthier food options at its theme parks and with its brands.
“Disney will be providing healthier options for families that seek them, whether at our Parks or through our broad array of licensed foods,” Iger said. “The Disney brand and characters are in a unique position to market food that kids will want and parents will feel good about giving them.”
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