Disney World as a Vegan

Detour:
Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida

Again, prior to my 9 day trip in September to the most magical place on earth, I did my research. I searched Google, I viewed hashtags on Instagram and perused Facebook pages. I took notes. I packed my own snacks. None of this fully prepared me for my foodie endeavor in the land of princesses and talking animals. While there I vowed to return home and blog about my experience to give future vegans in Disney World further reference because , believe me, the more information you have, the better.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Lunch – Counter Service
Backlot Express

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich – basil asiago artisan bread, mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, watercress and cheese with sundried tomato pesto, served with carrot sticks or french fries

VEGANIZED: Order without cheese and with the multigrain bread. I would also opt for the carrot sticks; fryers are not separate for meat products and french fries

Backlot Express

Epcot

Lunch – Counter Service
Sunshine Seasons

ALREADY VEGAN: Orange Sesame Glazed Vegan Chick’n Chunks with Stir Fry Noodles

Seasons

Dinner – Table Service
Teppan Edo – Hibachi Style Dining

Appetizer: Garden Salad – Mixed greens and seasonal vegetables with your choice of our original ginger dressing or creamy sesame dressing

VEGANIZED: Choose the ginger dressing for the salad.

Salad

Yasai – fresh seasonal vegetables
– includes seasonal vegetables with udon noodles and steamed sukiyaki beef rice

VEGANIZED: Mention to the manager, waitress and chef that you are vegan. In my case, they cooked all vegetables prior to cooking meat products. Opt out of the udon noodles and steamed sukiyaki beef rice and ask for white rice.

Stir Fry 3

Snack
Food & Wine Festival

Terra

ALREADY VEGAN:
Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast
Chili Colorado with House Made Chips & Cashew Cheese, featuring Gardein Beefless Tips
Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and Coconut Foam

terra

Scotland

Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties-Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes

VEGANIZED: Opt for doubly rutabaga. The mashed potatoes are not vegan

hagis

Japan

ALREADY VEGAN: Youki Tofu topped with Miso Sauce, Edamame and Served with Grilled Vegetables

tofu

Animal Kingdom

Breakfast – Buffet
Tusker House – Donald’s Safari Breakfast

There are a handful of buffet items that can be veganized. Mention to your waiter and the hostess at check-in that you have a dietary restriction. They will send out the chef upon arrival at your table. Thankfully, one of the chefs at Tusker House was over the top helpful and took me around the entire buffet pointing out what was vegan and what could be made vegan upon request.

VEGANIZED: The chef prepared the following items special per the vegan diet.

  • Mickey waffles – Also gluten free
  • Tator Tots – Pan fried opposed to fried
  • Yam Casserole – without cheese.

ALREADY VEGAN: Fresh Fruit

Tusker House

Magic Kingdom

Lunch – Counter Service
Columbia Harbor House

ALREADY VEGAN: Vegetarian Chili

Lighthouse Sandwich – hummus with tomato & broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread with potato chips $9.19

VEGANIZED: Order without broccoli slaw.

Lighthouse

Resorts

Dinner – Table Service
Contemporary – California Grill

Chefs at the California Grill, atop the Contemporary resort, opt for a four mini entree to meet the dietary needs of a vegan.  I could not tell you what exactly my four mini entrees were.  To the best of my knowledge they were a risotto dish, a ratatouille dish, mini flat breads and a salad.  It was delicious and with each vegan this selection will change.

Contem

Downtown Disney

Snacks
BabyCakes NYC

All vegan bakery in the marketplace area of Downtown Disney with cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, brownies and more! (I picked up snacks for the week)

Babycakes

All Parks

ALREADY VEGAN: Pretzels and Popcorn throughout the parks are vegan as is!

Popcorn

And there you have it… vegan options in Disney from my point of view.  There are a few more, but these are the ones that worked best for me.  For further vegan options, I would view AllEars.net.

3 comments

  1. Good review. I’ve been told, by WDW customer relations, that one can pre-order a vegan meal to be served at any theme park at designated day/time. So, can order “off the menu”. Would really be interested to hear from anyone who did this.

    Have always heard great things about California Grill, which began with a vegetarian/healthy focus, ironically. They’d even use different pots/pans/utensils for veg v. meat. (Silly American carnists ruin everything.) And, have read about their chef vegan “pass the plate”, where each line chef adds their own item. How was it? (Even living in Orlando the past 7 years, never made it there.)

    Also ironic that the wild animal park buffett is the most vegan friendly of other park restaurants. Creates a bit of a dilemma. (It certainly is a beautiful lodge, and thank goodness the animals have much land to roam.)

    1. In all my research I have never come across the pre-order meal option. In the past, I have sent in the special dietary request form for sit down dinners. Though they received it, the restaurants were not well informed and acted as if me telling them at check in was the first time they were informed of the request.

      The California Grill was amazing! I recommend it.

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