Plant-based and vegetarian dining is a huge focus for Disney Parks and Resorts, and guests with this dining preference can have a great trip to both Disneyland and Disney World.
Disney is currently rolling out a plant-based logo for all vegetarian and plant-based items on menus and adding plant-based items to every table service restaurant menu in all three categories: appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Vegetarians often find eating at Walt Disney World to be relatively easy and plentiful, and with the addition of 400+ plant-based menu items and the plant-based logo, it’ll be more straightforward for vegans to dine in the World, too. As a general rule, if you don’t see an option that sounds palatable to you on a restaurant’s menu, ask your server or the counter service cast member for assistance. Often, they’ll readily give you a list of items that aren’t noted on the menu and/or help you customize your meal appropriately.
Magic Kingdom has also introduced a Plant-Based Cuisine Guide. Be on the lookout for this handy guide to find snacks and meal options within the Park. Click here to read more about the Plant-Based Cuisine Guide!
In some cases, table service restaurants will have a separate menu with vegetarian dishes, and as of October 3, 2019, table service restaurants at Walt Disney World will use the plant-based leaf logo to identify plant-based dishes.
We’ve also compiled several links and personal stories (below) to help inform your plant-based dining experience at Walt Disney World. If you’ve had a wonderful or worrisome vegetarian or vegan experience in the World, leave us a comment below!
Vegetarian Meal Reviews
Pecos Bill’s Vegetarian Burger – Magic Kingdom
Vegetarian Burger at Intermission Food Court – All-Star Music
Whispering Canyon’s Plant-Based Skillet – Wilderness Lodge
Dole Whips – Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom, Pineapple Lanai at Polynesian Village Resort, various locations
Favorite Restaurants for Vegetarians
Teppan Edo (veggies and noodles)
Sanaa (vegan and vegetarian Potjie options, vegetarian Indian Bread Service)
Satu’li Canteen (customize a Spicy Chili Crispy Tofu bowl)
Yak and Yeti Local Foods Cafe (ask for sweet and sour vegetables)
‘Ohana (vegetarian plate)
Chef Mickey’s (buffet)
Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo (Felucian Garden Spread)
La Hacienda de San Angel (Cheese Empanadas, Veggie Enchiladas, Veggie Tacos, Spinach Salad)
Hoop-Dee-Doo (grilled vegetable platter or pasta dish)
California Grill (roasted beet and goat cheese salad)
Helpful Links for Plant-Based Dining at Walt Disney World
Personal Reader Experiences
Reader Erin P.: Just ate at Boma in the Animal Kingdom hotel. Amazing choices for vegetarians and a few great vegan choices too (lots of the veggie dishes had egg and butter but very little dairy). Our server was vegetarian, too!
We went to Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner, but upon arrival realized the menu would not suit our needs. It’s very meat-based since it’s a mock-Thanksgiving dinner, and the veggie sides are limiting. We realized this at check-in, and the hostess was happy to let us out of our dinner reservation at no charge. She sent us instead to the counter-service Columbia Harbour House. We were able to use our table service meal plan there and had a great meal. The adults had hummus and broccoli slaw sandwiches, and the kids had vegetarian chili and French fries. We all shared sides of broccoli. We paid a little under $5 for an extra veggie chili. It was great! My only complaint is that it’s hard to plan in advance here. When you ask about veggie options they give you the company line, “There is always a vegetarian option at every restaurant.” That’s true, but it would be great if Disney made it easier to weed out the occasional veggie options from the restaurants that do vegetarian cooking right. There’s a big difference from a vast buffet at Boma and a few sides at Liberty Tree Tavern.
Reader Jean: Yak and Yeti in Asia has Vegetable Lo Mein on menu to which you can add Tofu. However, they will substitute Tofu for any meat dish on menu. I’ve had Bourbon Tofu, Sweet ‘n Sour Tofu, Honey Tofu and Miso glazed Tofu (instead of the Salmon) which was fantastic! Also the Maple Tamarind chicken made with Tofu instead is really good. For an appy, the wok-fried green beans are vegan. You can get some of these at their quick service next door because they share same kitchen.
Reader Gay B.: Best Meal of our trip was in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion at La Hacienda de San Angel. The restaurant has a separate vegetarian menu and the food was delicious; we both ate Enchalades de Vegetales.
France, Boulangerie Patisserie — great grab and go sandwiches, quiche and goodies, also like the cheese tray with a baguette
Morocco, Tangierine Cafe — good option for counter service usually, but was just okay this trip
Italy, Via Napoli pizza window — “pizza was cardboard”
Future World, Sunshine Seasons — not as good of a selection of vegetarian options as in previous visits
Second best meal: Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — great veggie burger, unusual and very tasty, unexpectedly good
Animal Kingdom, Pizzafari — okay pizza and pretty good salad
Magic Kingdom, Cosmic Ray’s — usual veggie burgers and toppings bar, but was so crowded our food was cold by the time we found someplace to eat it
Main Street Bakery — Starbucks coffee and pastries, happy adults!
Old Key West, Olivia’s — was out of veggie burgers and only option was pasta. Food was okay but not as good as previous visits
Polynesian, Kona Cafe — wonderful coffees and muffins and scones, also very delicious kid friendly hot chocolate with real whipped cream