Yes, vegans can eat well in Walt Disney World, too… especially these days! In October 2019, Disney announced that every major table and counter service restaurant in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort would offer plant-based options!
Disney shares that the over-400 plant-based options that are available throughout Walt Disney World “are made with no animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey. They are made with ingredients that come from plants, including grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes.”
“Look for the Leaf”
Disney notifies that guests can easily identify plant-based options on Disney restaurant menus by looking for the Leaf icon.
More Helpful Hints and Resources
Though it is far less difficult these days for vegans to find options throughout Walt Disney World, as with other guests dining with special diet concerns, you may wish to note that there is a plant-based guest in your dining party on any Advance Dining Reservations you make for Table Service restaurants, and you may clearly note your restrictions (no eggs, no meat, no dairy, etc).
Of course, if you would like to learn more about your options even prior to making your Advance Dining Reservations, you can peruse individual restaurant menus on the Walt Disney World website or visit the Walt Disney World website’s Plant-based Dining Guide page.
If you are dining at a Counter Service location which accepts Mobile Order, keep your eyes peeled for the Plant-based icon in the menu sorting options as seen in the top row in our example below! (Not familiar with Mobile Order? Learn more here!)
Check out our DFB YouTube Video about some of the BEST Disney World restaurants for vegan and vegetarian dining!
Plant-Based Food Photos and Reviews
Here at the DFB, we have had the opportunity to try several plant-based dishes around Walt Disney World. Below we’re including pictures and links to reviews for a just a few of the plant-based items we’ve tried. As with any menu items, please note that while the specific items available may change and vary as new recipes are developed, these can give you an idea of what you might expect!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Customizable Bowl with Tofu at Satu’li Canteen
(Please Note: As the Bowls at Satu’li Canteen are customizable, options for plant-based guests include Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu, Black Beans and Rice or Potato Hash and Charred Onion Vinaigrette)
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
“California Grill [in Disney’s Contemporary Resort] also has a great plant-based offering where you get to pick four things off of the menu, which is super fun.”
And THAT’s just a glimpse!
A Few Favorite Disney SNACKS That Are Vegan
You didn’t think we’d let you go without a few SNACK recommendations, did you? Some of the most beloved and iconic Disney snacks just so happen to be vegan!
Mickey and Simba Soft Pretzels (without dipping in the accompanying cheese sauce), Popcorn, and DOLE WHIP fruit flavors (skip the vanilla) are all vegan! And don’t miss a visit to Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC in Disney Springs, where EVERYTHING — from breads to cookies to cupcakes — is vegan (and gluten-free, to boot)!
Vegan guests can also look forward to Beatrix, coming soon to Disney Springs! According to Disney, the location will be a “neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and grab-and-go market featuring healthy food options including vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan along with fresh-squeezed juice cocktails.”
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.
For more information, visit our Special Diets Resources Page.
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