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Top 10 Ways To Eat Vegan At Disney World

Via Napoli - Italy Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

I’m not vegan but I have friends that are and they have been asking me for some research into how they can enjoy their vacation and still eat vegan. There are several guides and blogs on the internet and even Disney has a few sites that offer information. To help out my friends and readers, I decided to jump in and come up with at least 10 ways you can survive at Disney World eating vegan and actually enjoy the food as well.

 

1. Soft salted pretzels shaped like a Mickey head is probably one of the most popular snacks and can be  found all over the parks. They are pretty big so there's plenty to share. Some of the places have dipping sauces and I've even seen some of the kiosks where you can get an unsalted one if you prefer.  One of the things I love most about a nice warm pretzel is the delicious smell.

2. Veggie burgers are popular at mealtime and I’ve seen them on the menu at several locations when we are at the parks. There is always ample variety of toppings so you can pile it high and feel full when you are finished. I’ve had veggie burgers before and I usually don’t feel as full when I’m done, but I didn’t put any topping and I’m sure that made the difference.

Columbia Harbour House

3. The Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom has vegetarian chili that is really delicious and gets rave reviews from both vegans and non-vegans. I also found it on the menus at several of the resorts.  The Columbia Harbour House is near The Haunted Mansion attraction. It never seems to be very crowded and I wonder if it gets overlooked because people might not realize it's not a table service restaurant. It has counter service but is very nice and offers really good seafood baskets as well as the yummy chili.

4. If you’re spending the day at Epcot, there are several of the countries in the World Showcase that offer vegan dishes. La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico Pavilion) has guacamole con totopos, the Mediterranean falafel wrap at Tangerine Café (Morocco Pavilion), and the Veggie Pizza without cheese at Via Napoli (Italy Pavilion) are some of the more popular vegan menu items. For dessert, you can find a waffle cone and fruit sorbet at L'Artisan des Glaces (France Pavilion) and Sunshine Seasons at Future World has vegan desserts.

5. If you are an ice cream lover, The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom has vegan Tofutti and Rice Dream ice cream.  It is usually on the menu, but if it's not, then ask. Nothing tastes better if you need a break from the Florida sun.

6. For a quick snack while you are between rides we love to grab some popcorn. The regular butter popcorn is vegan and the popcorn kiosks can be found at all the parks . You can use one snack credit per serving on the dining plan.

7. If you are shopping at Disney Springs, drop by Erin Mckenna’s Bakery NYC for some vegan and gluten-free baked goodies such as cookies, doughnuts, and cupcakes. I have to admit, I was expecting them to taste bland, but they were delicious. For a great sandwich, The Earl of Sandwich has a good variety of veggie sandwiches. This is our favorite lunch place and I have a review in another post you should check out. You can use one quick service credit on the dining plan. We usually spend a whole day shopping and enjoying the places to eat at Disney Springs. The World Of Disney Store is the largest souvenir store at WDW. If you can't find what you want there, you probably won't find it anywhere else.

8. Jumping back to the Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Café is now serving vegetable bowls and the reviews show they are a big improvement and are drawing crowds that are not just vegan but those of us that just like a lighter meal for lunch and nothing fried. Unless we have to reserve a certain meal for our table service, we have found that a big breakfast and then a late light lunch keeps us going longer and also wastes less time at the parks. So we either book our reservations for a breakfast buffet or a nice table service dinner.  I know that is sometimes hard when you are making reservations and you have to take what is available, but keep that in mind if you have a choice.

9. One thing that has evolved over the years at both Disney World and Disneyland is the appearance of more salads and I don’t mean just a bowl of lettuce and tomatoes. You can now find a nice variety of salads with or
without chicken and they are big enough to satisfy the heartiest of eaters.  We ate a delicious Mexican salad with beans and guacamole. The kids loved it too.  We have also enjoyed the fruit stands. They are a nice break from all the sweets we tend to indulge in on vacation.

 

10. Last but surely not least if you haven’t had a Dole Whip, then you are really missing out on one of the best treats anywhere at Disney World. There is even a variety of ways you can get a Dole Whip but my favorite will always be just a glass full of the yummy pineapple delight.

One thing to remember is if you don’t see something on the menu, you can ask and most of the time if they don’t have it, they will know where you can find it. Disney cast members always seem to have the answers. A friend that used to be a cast member told me that it’s because you usually work at a lot of different locations
around the parks and resorts, so you learn what they have on their menus. A good thing to know! Even though I have offered some options for you, there are many more places to eat vegan than there used to be, it's always wise to do some research and Google sites about eating vegan at Disney World. Know before you go!

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