Last week, I spent a few days in Orlando at Walt Disney World. It was the first time I had been since my Disney College Program ended over a year and a half ago, and it was such a fun reunion with my roommates! I will be posting more blog posts about everything we did (stay tuned), but first, I wanted to talk about all the delicious vegan foods I ate while in the parks!
During my Disney College Program, I was vegetarian, and I rarely ate in the parks. I lived off cheese pizza rolls and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and on the rare occasion where I did get food in the parks, it would typically be something like popcorn or a Mickey ice cream bar. That being said, I had no previous experience eating vegan at WDW.
Luckily, there are so many resources available. There is an Instagram page (@vegandisneyworld) that posts about vegan food around the parks and resorts, and they were a huge help leading up to the trip. I was continually checking their website through the whole week to see what I could eat. Magic Kingdom also has a “Plant Based Cuisine” pamphlet at Guest Relations for an easy resource while you’re in the park!
During our first day in Orlando, we spent some time in Disney Springs! There are a surprising number of restaurants in the area with vegan options, but I decided I wanted to try D-Luxe Burger’s Beyond Burger! It was HUGE and difficult to eat, but it was very tasty. Just make sure you have some napkins available.
I was pumped to check out Erin McKenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs. Everything in the bakery is vegan and gluten free- AMAZING. I went later in the evening, so there weren’t as many treats left, but I was still super excited about my options. I ended up getting a brownie cupcake, which was super sweet and delicious. I can’t wait to go back again and try another baked good!
Ahh, my old stomping grounds. There are quite a few quick service options at Magic Kingdom that have vegan options, as well as multiple table-service restaurants! I packed food to eat during this day, so I didn’t eat a ton in the parks, but I did try a few things. Cosmic Rays has a plant-based sloppy Joe, which was pretty good! It was kind of chewy/firm, but the taste was delicious.
At the end of the night, I got some tofutti ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street. Holy WOW this was so good. It was very creamy and delicious, with zero animal products!
One day I’d like to try the vegan brat at Friar’s Nook and the vegan cheese flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus! And of course Dole whips are vegan, and Peco’s Bill has multiple plant-based options!
Epcot is my favorite park at WDW, but sadly, it has the fewest vegan options. There are a few snacks and a couple quick-service options around the World Showcase, and The Land has a couple things that are plant-based, but there weren’t many things that looked appealing to me. I had some popcorn for lunch (it is 100% the best Disney snack on property), and I also had a strawberry fruit sorbet from the France pavilion! The waffle cone was also vegan, and it was so yummy. They have multiple vegan flavors, and I am definitely trying more the next time I go!
My day at Hollywood Studios was my favorite day of vegan eating! I started the day with vegan grilled cheese from Woody’s Lunchbox in Toy Story Land. I’m not sure what brand cheese they use, but it was really tasty. They also came with (a very small portion of) tater tots, and who can say no to those?
Later in the day, I got a Mickey pretzel, which is vegan as-is! I had to get at least one during the trip.
After my ice cream in Magic Kingdom a few days before, I had been craving more Tofutti. I swung by Hollywood Scoops on Sunset Boulevard and ordered a chocolate scoop (since I had vanilla before). They accidentally brought me vanilla to begin with, so I got to keep both scoops, since they were going to throw the first one away anyway! I ate them both and they were amazing. (I forgot to say no cone, because I’m pretty sure they aren’t vegan, so I gave mine to Shane)
I had some extra money at the end of the night, so I decided to get something for dinner! I wanted vegan pizza from PizzeRizzo, but they were unfortunately closed by the time I got there. Instead, I ordered a vegan burger from ABC Commissary. I wish I had a more attractive picture of it (I ate it while waiting for Fantasmic across the park) because it was honestly one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had. It came with vegan mayo and I think that’s what made it so delicious. I’m obsessed, it was amazing.
Bonus: Kona Cafe
I’ve heard amazing things about Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe (at the Polynesian Resort) for years. Imagine my delight when I learned they have a VEGAN version. I made it a priority to try some during our trip, and thankfully everyone else wanted to go, too. Tonga Toast is basically two pieces of French toast with bananas in the middle, and it comes with a strawberry sauce. The vegan version was delicious, and I highly recommend it.
My time at Disney was short and sweet. I wish I had more money (and stomach room) to try even more food, and I’m already looking forward to the next time I can travel to the parks. Stay tuned for more detailed posts about my DCP Reunion over the next few weeks!