With four theme parks, over 20 on-site hotels, a Disney Springs shopping and dining district, and two water parks, the 40-square miles of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL has a mind boggling array of food options—including vegan options galore. In October of 2019, Disney launched a plant-based initiative which brought more than 400 vegan items to dining locations at Walt Disney World. With a resort roughly the size of San Francisco, we’d have to hire a full-time vegan Disney correspondent to get through it all. Instead, we’ve created a guide that will enable you to confidently navigate all the options without fear of animal cross contamination or ordering a meal anything less than Fantasia-level spectacular. May your vegan dreams come true during your next visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Vegan Disney Food
Download the app
Your first step after securing your ticket is to download the My Disney Experience App. From there you can make your park reservations for each theme park you want to visit. This is a new step since the parks reopened after the temporary pandemic shutdown. You can also make dining reservations on the app up to six months in advance, look up menus, and mobile order at counter service locations. Passholder tip: load your payment information onto the app prior to entering the park to avoid holding out your credit card in a crowded line. A villain might swipe it!
If you’ve been sprinting from ride to ride and need to rest your feet, sail over to the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen where you can enjoy the Falls Family Falafel, Curried Tofu and Vegetable Crew Stew, Perkins Thai Noodles, and a vegan panna cotta dessert. If more traditional theme park fare is your thing, The Plaza Restaurant has an Impossible Chili Burger topped with grilled mushrooms, lettuce, and tomatoes that’s served with French fries. Alternatively, reenact the Lady and the Tramp scene at Tony’s Town Square in between bites of Spaghetti and Impossible Meatballs or a vegan strawberry shortcake dessert!
Let’s not forget character dining! The Crystal Palace features Winnie the Pooh and Friends who will interact with you as you scarf down the vegan Fried Cauliflower Steak and all the fixin’s. Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table also offer character dining with vegan options—just be prepared to pay a princely price for your meal ($62 per adult for a three-course meal).
Visit everyone’s favorite crooner, Sonny Eclipse, while you enjoy an Impossible Burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Grab a plant-based brat with sauerkraut at the Friar’s Nook, a vegan pizza at Pinocchio Village Haus, or a Veggie Rice Bowl at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe.
Snag a Mickey-shaped pretzel or vegan as-is popcorn from one of the many carts around Cinderella Castle and all the themed lands. Adventureland is where you’ll find the brand’s iconic Dole Whip in three different flavors—pineapple, orange, and raspberry—but if you’re really looking for something inside-out, swing by Storybook Treats in Fantasyland for lime or cherry-flavored Dole Whip. Passholder tip: no matter what Dole Whip flavor you order, get it as a float.
Michelle’s Magical Moments
While travel bans are still in place in some places around the world, EPCOT’s internationally inspired dining scene offers a taste of what’s out there. For vegan poutine and Impossible Chorizo Meatballs, take a seat at Le Cellier found in the World Showcase’s Canada pavilion. Spice Road Table over in the Morocco pavilion features delectable small bites such as Pomegranate Chili Crispy Cauliflower, Hummus Fries, and Stuffed Grape Leaves.
Over in America, head to the Muppets-themed Regal Eagle Smokehouse for an Impossible burger topped with barbecued jackfruit and served on thick vegan Texas toast.
Some travel to EPCOT just for the snackage—the park offers some munchies you won’t find anywhere else at Disney World. Just a few of the exclusive vegan snackables include Kakigori shaved ice or chilled edamame in Japan or a giant Bavarian pretzel in Germany. A brand new gelateria in the Italy pavilion offers strawberry and lemon sorbetto in a vegan waffle cone. Of course, if you can’t get enough Disney classics, you can always find popcorn at stands around the park as well as the classic Mickey soft pretzel at the cart right outside the Land pavilion.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is one park where the quick service options outweigh the table service, but there are still some vegan options if you need to put your feet up. You can find a Plant-based Polenta Cake with Mushrooms and Herb Cauliflower at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano—a California-themed Italian restaurant.
One of the best quick service meals in the entire resort is the Felucian Garden Spread at Docking Bay 7 inside the Star Wars-themed land of Galaxy’s Edge. This features kefta-style Impossible meatballs on a bed of hummus with pillowy pita bread. We’ve been told by omnivores that this item far surpasses its meat-based analogue. Another quick service option is the Vegan Toasted “Lobster” Roll found at Rosie’s All-American Cafe. This East Coast favorite is made with hearts of palm coated in a tangy hummus and vegan mayo dressing. No, it doesn’t taste like lobster, but it does taste good. For vegan comfort food, snag the Toasted Cheese Sandwich and Chili-Cheese Totchos over at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land.
The buzzed-about, Instagram-worthy blue and green milk is available in Galaxy’s Edge. Made with a blend of coconut and rice milk (and surprisingly no food coloring—it’s spirulina and turmeric), these other-worldly milks are vegan. You’ll also find popcorn and Mickey-shaped pretzels around the park as well—this is Hollywood, after all, popcorn is essential.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
At the Nomad Lounge on the edge of the Pandora: World of Avatar section, you can find Impossible Sliders served with yucca fries that are easily made vegan by nixing the chipotle aioli. Other items may be veganizable as well (Tiffin’s Bread Service, Seasonal Vegetables), just ask your server. Passholder tip: save the food for later and take advantage of the incredible cocktail menu here.
If you’re looking to dine and dash, stay in Pandora for Satu’li Canteen. The solid vegan option is the Crispy Tofu Bowl that’s served with your choice of potatoes or beans and rice then topped with chimichurri sauce and vegan boba balls. It’s a frequent order by omnivores and vegans alike. Flame Tree Barbecue on the other side of the park offers a vegan Hot-Link Sausage topped with a tangy mustard barbecue sauce, slaw, and crispy onions. Sit down and enjoy a view of Expedition Everest roller coaster while you eat!
Stroll by the Harambe Fruit Market for Grilled Corn on the Cob with (or without) African Spices. You can smell the corn grilling as you walk in the area—it’s impossible to resist. You can also find popcorn and even a Simba-shaped pretzel at carts around the park.
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Vegan Dining Tips
Beyond the parks, there’s still plenty more to consume between the hotel dining options, Disney Springs, and the water parks. The takeaway here is that depending on your culinary interests (plant-based meats, tofu, or vegetable-forward dishes), there is truly something for everyone at Walt Disney World. Here are the things you need to know when navigating a menu at the Walt Disney World Resort:
When looking at menus on the app or website, each plant-based option should be clearly noted. If it doesn’t say “Plant-Based,” then it contains animal products. However, that’s not to say you cannot modify the item if you ask politely. Disney Parks & Resorts chefs really hold the gold standard for accommodating guest allergies and dietary needs. Many of the chefs at the Walt Disney World table service restaurants love creating dishes on the fly from guest requests. So if the menu doesn’t look like something you’d enjoy, or you have specific requirements, just ask to speak to a chef and they’ll help you out. Also take note that new items are added all the time. Always feel free to ask a chef what’s new or see if they have any vegan ice cream or other items that may not be on the menu. You never know, with a little faith, hope, and pixie dust, vegan dreams do come true.
Suzannah Mitchell Otis has been writing about Disney since 2009 on Zannaland.com and runs VeganDisneyFood.com—sharing vegan finds from Disney parks on both coasts as well as the local Orlando area, where she lives.